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