News Roundup – November 20, 2009: The Beard, The King, The Pitts!

Here’s a few somewhat interesting developments for your eyeballs.


Sam Worthington earns the dubious crown of king of sci-fi

Worthington has signed on to star in what sounds like a rehash of Minority Report.  Based on an as yet unpublished funnybook, “The Last Days of American Crime” is “set in the not-too-distant future, and involves the U.S. government’s plans to secretly broadcast a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.”

Worthington “dropped out” of ‘The Tourist’, opposite Angelina Jolie (and was replaced by some unknown bloke named Johnny Depp), which is unfortunate because after T4, Avatar and Clash of the Titans, I reckon Sammy-boy needs to break away from sci-fi/fantasy blockbusters.


Brad Pitt enters the ‘Dark Void’

Get Uwe Boll on the blower, Pitt’s production company, Plan B, have bought the rights to the videogame ‘Dark Void’, which “follows a pilot who crash lands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission and finds himself in an alternate world resembling a primitive Earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilization.”  Plans are for Pitt to star.

Sounds a bit ‘Planet of the Apes’ish to me.  Has there been a videogame adaptation that’s actually been any good?


When Steven met Stephen

Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to Stephen Kings new book ‘Under the Dome’, with the intent of producing it as a television miniseries.  The book “revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine.  As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.”

Film adaptations of King’s books tend to fall on the side of diabolically awful (with a few exceptions like ‘The Shining’ or ‘Misery’), but as a miniseries it could work.  ‘The Stand’ wasn’t too bad, if memory serves.


It’s going to be a White Christmas.

Mike White is writing ‘Santa Wars’ which centres “around the battles that erupted after two men who made seasonal livings dressing up as Santas formed a union, the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, but then became bitter rivals.”

I’m not much of a fan of seasonal flicks, but if this can even come remotely close to the warped genius of ‘Bad Santa’ then it may be half decent.


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19 responses to “News Roundup – November 20, 2009: The Beard, The King, The Pitts!”

  1. Jarv says :

    What. A. Shit. List.

    Fucking hell.

    Santa’s Slay is inspired as well.

  2. xiphos0311 says :

    The force field in the King book is to keep the Maine residents IN.

    Kidding Tom.

    Maybe in this new movie Worthing will learn to keep track of his accent.

  3. lord bronco says :

    Well, whatever else-this is still more news in one posting then i’ve read all week over at gingertown-thanks for posting.

  4. xiphos0311 says :

    Gingertown that’s funny.

  5. koutchboom says :

    The Dome is so good so far. But some bloke at Gingertown just ruined the ending for me.

    If you care don’t read, but I’m not really giving anything away least to say that it sounds like the VERY VERY end of MIB.

  6. ThereWolf says :

    Gingertown – that’s a winner.

    Dark Void might be interesting. And I prefer King adaptions to head for the big screen. The mini-series stuff of his that I’ve seen wasn’t very good.

  7. Continentalop says :

    Is it just me, or does Under the Dome sound like a rip off of the Simpsons movie?

  8. ThereWolf says :

    Conti! Nice to see you here.

    Not seen The Simpsons. Don’t know anything about Under The Dome. I fell out with King after he berated his readers in the Author’s Note at the end of the last Dark Tower novel. Haven’t read anything of his since.

    I did read a fan’s explanation that the Author’s Note was “in character” and part of the novel. Interesting take, but it didn’t read like that. I think they’re making excuses for him.

  9. M. Blitz says :

    Holy shit, it’s Conti! I was wondering where you’d been…

  10. lord bronco says :

    regarding king-apparently-he’s writing another dark tower book-i went back to college in my late 30s and all the hipster doofuses said dark tower was the fashizzle.

    I disagree.

    But I’m a huge King fan, so fine, whatever…

  11. Continentalop says :

    Nice to be here everyone. Been busy of late.

    Plus, like klutz, I slipped a disc last week so I haven’t been sitting in front of my computer much.

  12. xiphos0311 says :

    did the disc thing set back your fight training?

  13. Continentalop says :

    Slightly. I’ve actually been working out a lot the last two months, and have been boxing again for the last month.

    I was planning on joining a BJJ school or getting back into Krav Maga next month, but I think I’ll just push that back to New Year. I’m back to road work, cardio and lifting, but I think I’ll take it easy until December before getting back into boxing, and no sparring until 2010.

  14. Continentalop says :

    BTW Xi, while you are in the Philipines, you should really take up Escima and Kali. That would be awesome.

  15. Tom_Bando says :

    I mis-read that, thought Xiphos had said ” did the DISCO thing hurt your back in training—” not that there’s anything wrong w/ that. In the naavyyyyyy…

  16. koutchboom says :

    Yeah thats why I picked up under the dome. I was like, whats King’s take on the Simpsons movie. Blah blah blah later true King fans informed me that he wrote the first script back in the 70s. I guess thats when he went through it again, the few musical references were out dated so he just picked random ass bands to make it seem fresh.

    Theres a scene with a dude in his 50’s listening to LCD Soundsystem. I’m in my 20 and I find my self a little to old to enjoy crap like them.

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