Evening all. Had the day off today, which entailed me taking care of my son, going over to a friend's apartment to feed her cats while she was on vacation, going to the grocery store, doing a metric assload of dishes, and a few other things. Some day off. Unfortunately my time ran out on me and I will unable to do a Banned Books Week post today, because I still have other things to do tonight. But the newsnotes are ready to go!
Nominees were announced yesterday for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, and the bag is getting ever more mixed: Bon Jovi is up, along with the Beastie Boys, Dr. John, J. Geils Band, Tom Waits, and . . . Neil Diamond. Seriously? Neil forever in fucking blue jeans fucking DIAMOND? Someone must have gotten a big ole sloppy beejer for that to happen.
Sooooo, looks like the role of Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes sequel may have been cast . . . and if the reports are true they're going with Mad Men's Jared Harris. Which is an interesting choice, as he's a relative unknown -- and if he turns in a solid performance this could be a huge break for him. And if he fucks it up, he could torpedo the entire franchise. Time will tell.
My big fat geek wedding, dept.: Seth Rogen has gotten engaged to his longtime girlfriend, writer/actress Lauren Miller. Congratulations to the happy couple, and here's hoping it lasts at least a month or two longer than most Hollywood marriages.
John Scalzi lists five years that changed science fiction in film forever. Like, forever, maaaaan! Seriosuly though it's a good list if not a very surprising one, and Scalzi makes some god points with it. Check it out.
NBC has landed a new show from Josh Schwartz, creator of The O. C. It's called . . . ugh . . . Ghost Angeles, and it's a romantic comedy starring Rachel Bilson as a young woman who can talk to spirits, and who helps and is helped by those same spirits. Which is a totally original idea that has never been done before by anyone like, oh, Jennifer Love Hewitt or anything like that. I'm going to go slit my wrists now for some actual entertainment.
Unlikely rumor is unlikely, dept.: Darren (Pi, Requiem For a Dream, Black Swan) Aronofsky's name is being bandied about as a possibility for the Superman reboot. Can you just imagine Lois Lane and Lana lang in a double anal dildo scene? (And no, I don't want you to Rule 34 me on this, I just want to make bad jokes at Aronofsky's expense before he decides it's a good idea for a depressive and freaked out Clark Kent to take a power drill to his temple.)
Aaaaand finally: George Lucas is going to single-handedly kill the new 3D craze by releasing The Phantom Menace in 3D. So now we may actually have a reason to be thankful that Lucas made The Phantom Menace.
That's it for now. Well, not completely it. Look over there. Now look back.
Snooki's on a horse.