Despite the fact that it sounds totally made up, this is fantastic news that is real: Directorbro Judd Apatow is teaming up with Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman, to make "an untitled Pee-wee Herman feature," Variety reports. While Apatow doesn't plan on directing the film -- the director's chair is as yet unfilled -- his production company Apatow Productions will be backing the movie, which is to be written by Reubens and Paul Rust, who played one of the titlular Basterds in Inglourious Basterds and starred in I Love You Beth Cooper.
Despite -- or maybe because of -- the almighty publicity blitz that has accompanied the movie since December, Kick-Ass has been garnering surprisingly good reviews, with a 76% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 67% score on Metacritic: Not stratospheric numbers, mind you, but a surprise to some who had been following Kick-Ass' progression.
But one influential reviewer is dragging down those numbers, and the film's backers have to be taking notice: Roger Ebert. Ebert himself acknowledges that he tends to give higher-star reviews than most critics -- or even himself in his "first 10 or 15 years on the job" -- which makes his 1-star takedown of Kick-Ass, which he calls "morally reprehensible," all the more devastating.
2009 was a good year for geek movies. Of course, there were a few notable exceptions, but we are a culture that can occasionally embrace such duds as secret cinema gold, and usually forget the rest. Usually. Yesterday's announcement of the 82nd Academy Awards nominees shows that Hollywood has also noticed that Science Fiction, animation, and, um, Quentin Tarantino stepped up to the plate and slammed out quite a few home runs this year. This year's awards ceremony includes the 2nd animated nominee for best picture in history, the first Wallace and Gromit movie since 2005, and... Well, we'll be honest with you. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was nominated for an award. But its just Sound Mixing! Nobody even knows the difference between that and Sound Editing. The rest is much more exciting, we promise. Follow the jump for the things we are most excited about in this year's Academy Awards.