Daily Archives: March 16, 2009

Grand Ole Opry Week On American Idol

It’s Grand Ole Opry Week on American Idol and while the theme might benefit singers like Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, and maybe even Matt Giraud.  How about something more contemporary like the songs of U2, John Mayer, Eric Clapton or even let the American Idols pick from the current Billboard top 50? 




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Zac Efron Talks Jonny Quest Movie

High School Musical” franchise star Zac Efron talked to Moviehole about possibly starring in a live-action adaptation of “Jonny Quest” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Race to Witch Mountain director Andy Fick and star Dwayne Johnson are circling the project as well.

Efron would play the title role, while Johnson would play Race Bannon. The popular 1960s animated Hanna-Barbera TV series revolved around a young boy who travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent (Bannon) assigned to protect them as they go on their adventures investigating scientific mysteries.

Efron says the project is in its early stages. “It’s a long, long process. It’s so hard when people start leaking tidbits. They’re very, very early on [with it] – not that it won’t happen happen, it’s just early.”

A few weeks ago, Johnson commented on the script. “I don’t know if you’ve read the latest [draft] but it’s awesome and it’s badass… I hadn’t read an action script like that in a LONG time. And that action was unbelievable. That will happen.”

The show, which is owned by Warner Bros. Animation, aired during primetime on ABC in 1964, lasting only one season. It was updated in the late ’80s and ’90s as “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” on the Cartoon Network. The property has also been spun off as a comic book from DC.



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Dr. Martens For Life

Doc Martens are already well known for their ruggedness and longevity, but this takes it to a whole new level. Each shoe in the new Dr. Martens For Life Collection ($130-$150) comes with a lifetime guarantee, including unlimited repairs for life. Of course, you don’t want you shoes out for repair very often, which is why they also feature a thicker inner core for the sole, and a highly resistant leather outer, called Hardlife, to extend their durability.





Aref Adib’s “Lookalike” archive is a remarkable collection of images that are improbably similar, from cauliflower heads and African workers relaxing on cotton bales to Tony Blair and Jack Nicholson.


Was the iPod design based on an eyeshadow case?


New York Times Releases Official iPhone Crossword App

The New York Times Crosswords Daily 2009 has been released on the App Store. Developed by Magmic, the game allows users to play the daily puzzle from the New York Times print newspaper, as well as over 4,000 classic puzzles from the Times archive. Other features include the ability to send messages and compare solve times with friends online, an option to listen to the in-game soundtrack or music from the iPod app, the choice to write in “pen” or “pencil,” and more. The New York Times Crosswords Daily 2009 is available now and sells for $10.





More of these at GraphJam. (From The Presurfer)

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Has Hollywood Run Out Of Ideas…Prepare For a MacGyver Feature Film

New Line is using twine, bubble gum and a pencil to throw “MacGyver” into development as a feature film.

Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis, is producing through her Raffaella Prods. along with Martha De Laurentiis and series creator Lee Zlotoff.

Dino De Laurentiis is exec producing.

“MacGyver” was a science-oriented adventure series that ran from 1985-92 on ABC. Richard Dean Anderson, later of “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SG-1” fame, starred as an incredibly resourceful secret agent for the Phoenix Foundation who frequently would escape from dangerous situations with ingenious and lightning-quick engineering trickery.

Two telefilms starring Anderson aired in the years after the show’s cancellation. The character eventually achieved enough cultural penetration to become a reference for anyone attempting to jury-rig a solution out of household items. “Saturday Night Live” took the concept to the next level with its spoofs “MacGruber,” starring Will Forte.

No writer is attached, but the studio hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place into pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie.

“We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise,” said New Line’s Richard Brener, who will oversee with Sam Brown and Walter Hamada.



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Cake of Resignation

W. Neil Berrett  decided to give two week’s notice at his workplace in an unusual way.  He wrote the resignation letter with frosting on a full sheet size cake. The cake apparently was delicious and it was well received.  Here is what he wrote:

“Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.


W. Neil Berrett” 


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Anthony Bourdain’s Guide to Food Television

Anthony Bourdain provides his takes on various food television shows. No surprises, really: he’s a fan of Top Chef, questions the “douchebag” judges on Iron Chef America, admits that his wife watches Rachael Ray’s talk show (and by default so must he!) but calls her “very nice,” gives due props to Martha Stewart, Alton Brown, Emeril Lagasse, and Adam Richman from Man v Food, calls Sandra Lee’s cooking a “war crime on television,” and calls Toby Young a “useless” “egregious add-on.”  Read more HERE.



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