Well, it’s Friday again already, which means it’s time for the weekend AND the weekly space junk cleanup, where I toss out all those little bits and pieces that tickled my funny bone or flicked my fangirl switch. “And here….we….go……”
** WE HAVE A TITLE: This week, shooting wrapped on Star Wars: Episode VII and a title was unveiled: “The Force Awakens” (and here I thought it was awake the whole time). Ehh (*shrugging*)…could be worse, I guess. As others have so aptly pointed out, at least it’s not “The Phantom Menace”. In other news of that galaxy far, far away, The Empire’s lighter side was on display in The Nerdist’s parody of that annoyingly catchy (or maybe just annoying) Meghan Trainor tune, “All About That Bass”. Check out “All About That Base: No Rebels” here … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV5WqRnFejI
** Dirty Deeds Done Not So Cheap (And with Possible Prison Time): Earlier this week, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with drug possession and “attempting to procure a murder” after allegedly hiring a hitman to kill two people. The procurement charge was later withdrawn after the alleged hitman stated the incident had been blown out of proportion and Rudd was letting off “hot air”. In other, less criminal news, AC/DC’s latest effort, “Rock or Bust”, will be released December 2nd. Someone really oughta tell these guys there are easier ways to promote an album. (http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bust-AC-DC/dp/B00O3UBB1U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415372742&sr=8-1&keywords=rock+or+bust)
** I Get High With a Little Help From My…Comics? DC Comics’ US release of the Harley Quinn Annual #1 on October 29th included a scratch-n-sniff gimmick that features the scent of pizza, leather, suntan lotion, and …cannabis. In an even more bizarre development, the international version substituted the cannabis scent with…freshly cut grass (because apparently US readers prefer the smell of pot with their comics). Somewhere, Mr. J is having a magnificently maniacal laugh. (http://www.dccomics.com/comics/harley-quinn-2013/harley-quinn-annual-1)
** Better, Stronger, Funkier: This week, Mr. Funky Bunch himself, Mark Wahlberg, signed on to play Steve Austin in “The Six Billion Dollar Man” (for my generation, he was known as The Six MILLION Dollar Man, but a movie about a bionic operative for the government with super-human powers requires the realism of inflation). The film will be directed by Peter “Butt-Whippin” Berg, and is due for a 2016 release. P.S. – if you don’t get the “butt-whippin” reference, then immediately seek out and serve up “The Great White Hype”, Ron Shelton’s hilarious mid-90’s satire about boxing, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, Jon Lovitz and Cheech Marin. Peter Berg co-stars as a white amateur boxer chosen to fight Wayans’ Tyson-esque champ as part of a pay-per-view stunt orchestrated by Jackson’s Rev. Fred Sultan, a turbaned and taller version of Don King. (http://www.amazon.com/Great-White-Hype-Samuel-Jackson/dp/B00020HB0U)
** And Now for Something Completely Different. Members of Monty Python got together for Entertainment Weekly’s annual reunion issue (on newsstands now) in which you can see how time has silly-walked across their faces. The interview was done to promote the DVD/Blu-Ray release of their first live performance in more than 30 years, “Monty Python Live (mostly), One Down, Five to Go”. You can grab a copy on November 11th, but in the meantime, you can check out the interview and a link to the trailer right here: http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/11/06/monty-python-reunion-most-irritating/
And that’s the cleanup for this week, Rebels and Imperials! Back next week, same place, same time.
Have a great weekend!