Friday, March 18, 2011

The Trivial Pursuit: March 18th Edition

I'm not sure what the time stamp on the entry will read once I've actually finished it, but I'll have you know that as I write this portion it's about 4 AM and for some reason my brain is wired.  I am the insomniac I was in high school: just wishing I could fall asleep as I struggle to get comfortable.  This feature seems to have become an every other week event.  Perhaps when my schedule gets straight things will be back to normal.  Right now, though, finding time on a Thursday or Friday simply to look back on the week's events in Google Reader is almost impossible.  C'est la vie, kids, c'est la vie.  There are just point in life where (if you're not getting paid for it) you can't do every little thing...

For those still buying into the whole "Natalie Portman became a ballerina through hard work" thing,  her ballet double for the film Black Swan is speaking out a little here and there.  It seems that Sarah Lane was silenced during Oscar season and not permitted to give interviews as the studios tried to rally behind the 'method' acting of one Ms. Portman.  Lane was fairly exploited; given little credit for her work in the film and even omitted during a special effects reel on face replacement.  Yep.  This is why you shouldn't hand out Oscars while talking up physical taxation.  Portman was good, sure, but generally her performance ran a manically camp course I feel I've seen final girls in horror films manage just as convincingly...[source]

The BBC reported Monday that director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11, Erin Brockovich) plans to retire from filmmaking soon, and that the two movies he makes after the films already slated for release this year (Contagion, Haywire) will be his last.  [source]

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) has been cast as Katniss in the film adaptation of the YA series The Hunger Games.  I still think she's too old.

RIP: Michael Gough, the British actor who famously portrayed Alfred in the 20th century Batman films passed away this week at age 94. [source]

In the wake of the horrid looking Mars Needs Moms tanking (absolutely and completely) at the box office last weekend, Disney has passed on future MoCap endeavors and will not be shooting the Yellow Submarine remake with Robert Zemeckis later this year.  Finally, Disney, finally.  I mean, you should have stopped before Mars Needs Moms, because that movie looks like it was a terrible idea.  Easily the ugliest character design I've seen in ages.  [source]

Quentin Tarantino has sued neighbor Alan Ball (writer for American Beauty, Six Feet Under, etc) claiming Ball's exotic bird menagerie emits "blood curdling, prehistoric sounding screams" which seriously interfere with his day to day routine.  Hey Alan Ball: if those birds are what's standing between the world and another Tarantino movie: you best get rid of them.  [source]

In Spider-Man Broadway news: director Julie Taymor has been fired and the show has been delayed a sixth time, now slated to open on June 14th.  If The Producers' math holds up, they should be making a killing on this sinkhole....[source]

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have broken up.

If you hadn't heard: TeenNick is bringing back the 90's Nickelodeon programming you love in their 12-2AM timeslot. All That, Keenan and Kel, Rugrats, Pete and Pete, Clarissa Explains it All, etc will be there for all procrastinating nightowls, college kids, and stoners to enjoy. [via EW]

There is now a slow loris with a tiny umbrella:

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