Trailer: Expendables 2 

The trailer lasts about a minute and perfectly captures why folks will go see this. You get the impeccable acting of Mr. Willis and Mr. Stallone, then a who’s who of ass-kicking action stars holding weapons: Norris, Li, Statham, Lundgren and the (former) Governator. The film is tentatively set for August 2012.

Animal Planet will potentially change its name

…for a day at least. Stephen Colbert’s “South Carolina Seriously Classy Republican Debate” was originally set to air on that channel, but then Nat Geo Wild made a counter offer. They sent Colbert a fruit basket, so Animal Planet took to their Facebook page to announce they’d be “Colbert Planet” if he’ll come back. Stay tuned (no date is set for whatever this may be).

The Notebook takes to the stage

The Nicholas Sparks book turned rom-flick empire is now set to become a stage show, a musical in fact. Very few details are available yet but Sparks talked with CBS to confirm the show is in development. If Ryan Gosling mania can get any bigger, reprising this role would shut the internet down.

TV commercials set to become quieter 

The FCC passed regulations on Tuesday to prevent commercials from being louder than the shows they run during. It’s part of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation act (CALM, we see what you did there Feds) that Obama signed last December. The rules will go into effect a year from now, penalties for violating are unspecified at this point. An ad distributor cited in this AP article found commercials sometimes 10x as loud as programs in recent analysis.

Keanu Reeves directorial debut gets greenlit

The film is called Man of Tai Chi and Universal Pictures stepped up to claim it. Reeves will co-star in the martial arts flick as well. One of the co-financers on the project is Village Roadshow who Reeves worked with previously on The Matrix trilogy. Production starts in February and the film will be shot in both English/Mandarin.

Wired.com: Jason Reitman Q&A

His next film, Young Adult with Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt, is out now. The director/producer sat down to discuss how much wiggle room he gave Patton Oswalt for his nerdy character, teaming up with Diablo Cody again and more.

[via Nathan Mattise]

As a bonus today, let’s appreciate a Drive sequel will exist (in book form… but you can picture Gosling already). 

The Shins detail new album

It’s called Port of Morrow and will be the band’s first release since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away and the band’s comeback tour (with revamped lineup) this year. James Mercer is back at the helm and his own label will produce it. The release is expected for March 2012 (two songs to preview through the link).

The Ting Tings also have a new album coming 

And it’s also due to release in early March 2012. The album will be called Sounds from Nowheresville. The Ting Tings said they wanted to get away from radio-friendly sounds (like their first album was full of - “Great DJ,” or “That’s Not My Name”), so they really tried to find inspirations in unrelated artists. This included… catching tUnE-yArDs live-loop fest.

Trailer: The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen is back doing another movie in a foreign character. This time he’s the fun loving dictator of Wadiya and he comes to visit the U.S. Trailer has some cameos by John C. Reilly, Megan Fox (as herself) and various U.S. politicians (via repurposed clips). The film is due out in Summer 2012.

George Clooney teams with Dustin Lance Black for one-night play

Black is the Oscar-winning writer of Milk and he’s got a stage play called 8, about the federal court trial that overturned the proposition. In March, he’s lined up George Clooney (among others, Rob Reiner is directing) to perform in the opening night show. All benefits from that evening’s performance will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Justin Theroux, Russell Brand working on animated series with Fox

Theroux (actor, wrote Tropic Thunder) is working on a series about a, “left-leaning NYC curmudgeon who daydreams of the good ol’ days of the 90s.” Michael Rotenberg (King of the Hill) is set to executive produce. Brand is working with the people who created New Girl for an animated series of his own, but details on plots are being kept underwraps. No time table available yet on either project.

Wired.com: Dave Mustaine’s music prodigy app

Mustaine is the lead singer of Megadeth (not to mention he was an early guitarist/songwriter for Metallica). Rather than produce wines like some of his contemporaries (c’mon Motorhead), he’s developed an app to teach individuals guitar through gamification. The Underwire caught up with him to talk through this project in full.

[via Nathan Mattise]

Trailer: G.I. Joe: Retaliation 

The sequel to G.I. Joe (2009) is set to debut in June 2012. Channing Tatum is back, joined by The Rock and Adrianne Palicki (and a surprise big name action star shown only at the end of the trailer). The Joes are set up by the government to be executed, but our three heroes survive and have to avenge it all. Somehow, Kill Bill style samurai sword fighting while repelled from a mountain comes into play.

Trailer: Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise as an aging rock star in the late 1980s (based on the musical of the same name). The rest of the cast is actually exciting (Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti… I guess Russell Brand/Catherine Zeta-Jones) and the music is pending your taste. Trailer highlights a mash-up of Twisted Sister and REO Speedwagon. The film is set for June 2012.

Netflix close to adding another original series order

The project is Hemlock Grove, an hour long horror series from executive producer Eli Roth (Hostel). The series is based on an upcoming horror novel from Brian McGreevy set to release in March 2012. The basic story centers around a werewolf in a town with lots of myths, poor relationships, etc. It’s the third original series Netflix has picked up (and fourth overall with Arrested Development).

ABC teams with Budweiser for original series

It’s called Bud United Presents: The Big Time and it will be reality show featuring adults competing to fulfill their dreams in the realm of sports and entertainment. ABC ordered seven episodes to air beginning on 1/21 (weekend afternoon programming to fill your college football void).

New Talking Head doc, Chronology

This post showcases early video of the band performing “Psycho Killer” at CBGB in the mid 70s. It’s a straight to DVD documentary, a deluxe version featuring 48-page book including an essay from Lester Bangs on the band. All the original band members participated, documentary goes up until the 2002 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductions.

Wired.com: Miyamoto full interview now online

The last comments he made about retirement (and what he meant by the term) is what caused some major Nintendo release work last week. GameLife now posted the entire interview online so you can read Miyamoto’s comments on that topic and more (like how he doesn’t believe mobile presents direct competition for Nintendo).

[via Nathan Mattise]

Jackie Robinson biopic gets Harrison Ford

Jack Nicholson was reportedly the early favorite to play Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, but over the weekend Ford was announced at the helm of the upcoming film. Chadwick Boseman (The Express) will play Robinson and Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) will write/direct. No timetable has been set on the film.

Trailer: Men In Black III  

Both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back, memory scramblers included. K appears to travel in time and someone ends up dead so J needs to figure out what happened and fix accordingly. The film is due Memorial Day 2012. As this article notes, no word yet if Smith will jump back into the rap game for this one (he’s recorded something for each of the previous two films).

First look: HBO’s Girls 

This is the Judd Apatow-produced series about 20-something women trying to make it in NYC. Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture fame) stars (with Brian Williams’ daughter) as someone who is off her parents’ trust funds and trying to make it in an unpaid-intern heavy world. Series debuts in April.

New game trailers from the Spike VGA Awards 

Like the Superbowl, Spike’s year-end game awards have as much notoriety for commercials as they do the show itself. Many games scheduled for 2012 revealed their official trailers during the broadcast. This year that list included major notables like a new Metal Gear game, more BioShock footage, and Mass Effect 3.

Clooney teams with Sony for a Smothers Brothers film 

They’ve optioned the book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Clooney is set to be a producer on the project (still with an option to possibly star/direct) and Brian Hecker/Craig Sherman are writing the script (the duo recently paired for a blacklisted script called Atari about the guy who created the system). The show is a landmark in TV comedy history, helped push the counterculture envelope early on and featured writers like Steve Martin and Rob Reiner.

Wired.com: Two new Doctor Who lost eps resurface 

A former TV engineer named Terry Burnett bought them at a fete in the 1980s. He wasn’t aware BBC was missing these specific episodes until mentioning them casually to an editor at Radio Times. The episodes (the third installment in 1965’s Galaxy 4 and episode two of 1967’s The Underwater Menace) were then restored, with their recovery announced at the British Film Institute’s Missing Believed Wiped event on Saturday.

[via Nathan Mattise]

Trailer: The Three Stooges

Larry, Curly and Moe meet iPhones, Snooki and more in the Farrelly brothers adaptation. The highlight of this is still the perfect casting of Will Sasso, not sure it equates to must-see overall. The film debuts in April.

New Andrew Bird LP 

The LP is called Break It Yourself and it’s due out March 6. Bird recorded and produced the entire album in his bard (western Illinois close to Mississippi). Bird also announced a tour for 2012 in which anyone who purchases a ticket gets a download code for the album AND for a live EP taken from recordings on his fall 2011 tour.

Sienna Miller in for upcoming Hitchcock film 

She’ll play Tippi Hedren in The Girl. It’s a BBC-vehicle that tells the story of Hitchcock’s obsessive relationship with the actress, focusing specifically around Hitchcock’s work with her for The Birds. No release date (or avenue for that matter) has been put on that film from BBC.

Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame: Guns N’ Roses, RHCP, Beastie Boys headline the class

The ceremony is in April and it marks the 25th year for the hall. GNR is interesting not only because they only have one solid album, but also because the band has been notoriously at odds with each other since breaking up (so no word on whether they’d reunite for the event). Among finalists who did not get inducted: Joan Jett, Heart, The Cure and Donna Summer.

Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson developing a cop drama at A&E

Fontana and Levinson are no strangers to the genre (Homicide, Fontana did some Law & Order) but this upcoming project is a first. It’s called The Box and it’ll be a half-hour show set focusing on an interrogation room. The duo is awaiting final word on the project being picked up, Arvin Brown (NCIS) is tapped to produce.

Wired.com: GeekDad approved Kickstarter projects

The blog teamed up with Kickstarter to highlight reviewed and approved projects to fund. Among the highlights – Twine (a wireless device that you can set up rules around the house with, i.e. “Text me if someone’s at the door”), zombie playing cards, plush DNA molecules and a ton of dice-based board games.

[via Nathan Mattise]