Bret McKenzie, otherwise known as the 50% of Flight of the Conchords that isn’t Jemaine Clement, is teaming up with Fox to develop an animated series. At this point, I have one question for you, Mr. McKenzie: will it be a musical?
I’ll admit, I’m not a big Shakespeare fan but I’m pretty impressed with Husky Jackal Theater’s rendition of one of my favorite films using his dialogue. I’m also seriously impressed by their recreation of the distinct visuals of Terminator 2. I’m kinda bummed I won’t be able to see it in person.
I’m a big Terminator fan. Like, tattoo on my body, big. I’ll take more no matter how bad it is but the latest on the reboot trilogy is director Alan Taylor is being courted for it. This is something I can get behind.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hasn’t even hit theaters yet and a sequel is already in the works from Constantin Film Produktion. While the fantasy adventure movie, starring Lily Collins as a demon killing “Shadowhunter,” is set for release on August 21, news has surfaced that Sigourney Weaver is in talks to appear in the next film, as the leader of the Shadowhunters, no less.
You can barely get through a sentence in English without using a word derived or straight up borrowed from French or Latin, so it’s somewhat ironic that our own mongrel language should be producing words that get borrowed by German, a language that we actually share linguistic roots with. And frankly, I couldn’t be prouder about the German adoption of our “shitstorm.”
Well, this caught my eye: Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, and the upcoming Quvenzhané Wallis-starring Annie remake, has been hired to write the movie adaptation of a yet-unreleased Jane Eyre graphic novel.
Let Bertha out of the attic, we’re going to the movies.
Natalie Portman is being pursued by Fox 2000 to star in the film adaptation of Megan Abbott‘s novel Dare Me, a story involving high school cheerleaders, suicide, mystery, and presumably lots of drama. The film will center around two high school seniors, Beth Cassidy and Addy Hanlon, who have a Heather Chandler/ Veronica Sawyer type relationship, and how their world changes for the more mysterious once a new, young cheerleading coach enters the mix.
It’s a miracle. Textile artist Claire Moynihan has created insects I would touch willingly. She calls her technique “a ‘freestyle’ form of 3D embroidery which can loosely be described as stumpwork.” I call it, really cute bugs on balls.
Rom-com isn’t my usual genre of choice, I’ll admit*, but Karen Gillan‘s first post-Who movie, Not Another Happy Ending, looks… kinda cute? I mean, the male romantic lead seems like a jerk, and a clean-shaven Desmond Hume is causing me some major cognitive dissonance (even if Desmond wasn’t always scruffy on Lost, my mental vision of him is), but other than that… yeah. This might be a Thursday-afternoon-eating-snack-food-and-wearing-a-Snuggie movie.**
*Bridget Jones’s Diary holds a special place in my heart, though. And The Shop Around the Corner, for Jimmy Stewart reasons.
**Yes, I do own a Snuggie. Respect it. Respect the Snuggie!
There’s no doubt that people like to take the distinctive silhouette of Hello Kitty and wrap it in the colors and accessories of other media properties, particularly ones with tones wildly divergent from “cute animal people doing cute things.” Sometimes those mashups are even created by Sanrio themselves, like when they created Hello Kitty merchandise in the likeness of each member of the band KISS.
And now, as Sanrio partners with KISS and The Hub television channel for Kiss Hello Kitty, a cartoon show, announced today, which is apparently already in production.