The newly reborn Renaissance News rolls along for its second issue. Many of you (and by many I mean the three people including my wife who read this) may wonder about the title. I shamelessly stole it from a good friend’s online ID as the title perhaps eight years ago when I first started the email version of the newsletter. I find it rather snobby and elitist in a Frasier sort of way, which segues nicely into me being snarky about-what is in the grand scheme of life-trivial news. So let’s get to it!
- For those of you who enjoy the LEGO video games (LEGO Star Wars is among my favorite 360 games…just keep in mind I’m 12), there’s going to be a lot more coming. Warner Bros. who own developer Traveler’s Tales, extended an agreement to keep producing the games through 2016. LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 will be hitting shelves in June.
- Burt Reynolds has been released from a Florida hospital after a planned heart bypass operation. The mustache/actor is 74.
- In one of those rare instances where comics news makes the mainstream press, you may have caught that in an upcoming issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker will be fired from his job, joining those Americans in the ranks of the unemployed.
- It looks like Wolverine 2 will begin filming in January and will focus on the Japanese adventures of the X-Man.
- Neil Patrick Harris is starring in the Smurfs movie. Do with that what you will.
- Harrison Ford says there’s a germ of a story for Indiana Jones 5. That will relieve all of us who noted the absence of one in Indiana Jones 4.
- Ben Stiller has confirmed that Zoolander 2 is in the works and the movie will take place 10 years after the original.
- Here are 2 sequels no one needs but they are still making: Death Race 2 and Big Momma’s House 3. Yes. 3.
- Angelina Joile has pulled out of Wanted 2, but writer Mark Millar is still hopeful the movie will be made without her. I don’t want to spoil Wanted for you, but there’s a specific reason bringing Joile back would have required a lot of creativity. Joile will instead be starring in an adaptation of Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta novels.
- Guillermo del Toro is working on plans to bring The Hobbit to the screen in 3-D.
- Matt Damon says the Borne franchise is dead at least as far as he and director Paul Greengrass are concerned, though he said he’s fine with the franchise continuing with other actors (psst, I’m not).
- The new frontrunner to direct the next Superman film (a title held now by half of Hollywood) is Jonah Nolan, brother of Chris Nolan, who has scripted Memento, The Dark Knight, and The Prestige, but would be making his directorial debut. David Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins, is attached to write the screenplay.
- HBO has greenlit the pilot and 9 episodes based on the A Saga of Fire and Ice novels of George RR Martin. The project starring Sean Bean and Lena Headley will adapt one novel per season from the epic which is currently awaiting the publication of book 5. If you haven’t read the novels, they’re probably the most influential fantasy published since Tolkien, so pick them up immediately!
- Rolling Stone Album Charts
1. “Soldier of Love” by Sade
2. “Need You Know” by Lady Antebellum
3. “America VI: Ain’t No Grave” by Johnny Cash
4. “The E.N.D.” by Black Eyed Peas
5. “Fame” by Lady Gaga
- New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
3. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
4. Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins
5. Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah
- Worldwide Video Game Sales
1. Aliens vs. Predator XBOX 360
2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
3. Wii Sports Wii
4. Aliens vs. Predator PS3
5. BioShock 2 XBOX 360
- Box Office
1. Shutter Island $22.2 million
2. Cop Out $18.6 million
3. The Crazies $16.7 million
4. Avatar $13.7 million (passed $700 million domestic take)
5. Percy Jackson $9.8 million