Renaissance News Vol. 2 Issue 20

As the oppressive desert summer causes the staff here to melt (melting apparently severely damages RN productivity), we brave the heat to bring you the newest arcane news…

  • Our weekly Hobbit update, has Peter Jackson meeting with actors, though he’s not been officially confirmed as the new director this would certainly indicate he’s planning on assuming the role.
  • Wondering what the Wachowski Bros. have been up to? They’re making an Iraqi war drama called CN9.
  • Robocop is coming for Dexter! Peter Weller will appear in eight episodes of Dexter‘s upcoming fifth season.
  • Brian Cox has joined Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel.
  • The Hulk will be in The Avengers movie, but Edward Norton will not be playing him again. Despite Norton’s wanting to return to the role, Marvel will be recasting it for the upcoming movie. Norton had clashed with Marvel over the theatrical cut of The Incredible Hulk and it seems like these differences have festered into outright hostility if the press releases from both camps are to be believed. I think Norton was right and if you watch the deleted scenes on the Hulk DVD, the movie would have been amazing with their inclusion. At any rate, we’ll have a new Hulk soon.
  • Batman 3 will begin shooting in April 2011, according to Sir Michael Caine.
  • Universal is developing a movie version of Wicked.
  • More X-Men: First Class casting news. Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) is Magneto, Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) is Beast, and Caleb Landry Jones is Banshee.
  • The Academy Awards have increased the number of nominees for Best Special Effects from 3 to 5.
  • DVD Release Dates
    Iron Man 2, September 28th
    Johnny Carson Tonight Show Boxed Set, October 26th
    Letters to Juliet, September 14th
    MacGruber, September 7th
    Marmaduke, August 31st
    Modern Family: The Complete First Season, September 21st
    NCIS Los Angeles: The Complete First Season, August 31st
  • Box Office
    1. Despicable Me, $56.4 million
    2. Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $31.7 million
    3. Predators, $24.8 million
    4. Toy Story 3, $21.0 million
    5. The Last Airbender, $16.6 million
  • Billboard Album Chart
    1. Recovery by Eminem
    2. Can’t Be Tamed by Drake
    3. Twilight Eclipse Soundtrack by Various Artists
    4. Love King by The Dream
    5. Now 34 by Various Artists
  • Video Game Bestsellers
    1. Inazuma Eleven 3, DS
    2. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii
    3. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Wii
    4. Wii Sports, Wii
    5. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, XBOX 360
  • New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
    1. Private by James Patterson
    2. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
    3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
    4. The Overton Window by Glenn Beck
    5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Renaissance News Vol. 2 Issue 19

Life rolls (heh earthquake reference) along and arcane news continues. Shall we examine?

  • Emmy nominations are out and The Pacific, Glee, and Mad Men were the most nominated series in their respective categories. The Pacific, Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg’s WWII miniseries about the Asian Theater of the war, is only even competing against one other nominee and has 24 total nominations. SNL received 12 nominations to give it 126 for its entire run, passing ER as the most nominated show in history. The winners will be announced in September.
  • MTV looks like it’s going to revive the Beavis and Butthead franchise. Yes, I just called it a franchise. Congratulations, America.
  • Avatar will be returning to theatres on August 27th with eight minutes of additional footage and to squeeze even more money out of your wallets before finally giving us a decent DVD release in November. Oh you already bought the completely feature-free release? I told you not to do that. People….
  • One of my most anticipated films of the year, The Adjustment Bureau, has been pushed all the way back until March 2011, leading me to believe it may not be as awesome as its trailer (which you need to check out online).
  • Joe Wright (Atonement) is working on a live-action version of The Little Mermaid based on the original Hans Christian Andersen fable, which, if you haven’t read, will depress you to the brink of suicide. So enjoy that.
  • Ridley Scott will direct the adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, a memoir of one of the brokers who oversaw the rise and fall of a brokerage house in the late 1980’s. Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to star.
  • Your new Spider-Man is…..Andrew Garfield! Wha? Yeah, well you’re not alone. If you saw The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, he was the Doctor’s aide in love with his daughter, which I think is the only acting he’s done. He’s 27. This Peter Parker is supposed to be a high school reboot. Sigh. Just…..just give it all back to Marvel, people, so they can work with their characters.
  • Ilene Woods, the actress who gave voice to Cinderella in the Walt Disney classic, has passed away at the age of 81.
  • Judd Apataow is producing a new Pee Wee Herman film. Honestly. Why would I make this stuff up?
  • Richard Dreyfus will guest-star in four episodes of season six of Weeds.
  • Larry King has announced he will be ending Larry King Live after 25 years.
  • DVD release dates:
    Modern Family: The Complete First Season, September 21st
    Rules of Engagement: The Complete Third Season, September 14th
    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, September 28th
  • Box Office
    1. Twilight: Eclipse $64.8 million ($176.4 million since its Wed. opening)
    2. The Last Airbender $40.3
    3. Toy Story 3 $30.3 ($301.9 million so far)
    4. Grown-Ups $19.0
    5. Knight and Day $10.4
  • Billboard Top Albums
    1. Recovery by Eminem
    2. Thank Me Later by Drake
    3. Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack by Various Artists
    4. Love King by The Dream
    5. Now 34 by Various Artists
  • Bestselling Video Games
    1. Super Mario Bros. Galaxy 2, Wii
    2. Wii Sports, Wii
    3. Transformers: War for Cybertron, XBOX 360
    4. Red Dead Redemption, XBOX 360
    5. Wii Sports Resort, Wii
  • New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
    1. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
    2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
    3. The Overton Window by Glenn Beck
    4. Family Ties by Danielle Steel
    5. The Lion by Nelson DeMille


I do actually go see better movies than MacGruber and Jonah Hex. I’m just seeing them back to back here on the site and thinking that the site has looked more highbrow than this. Oh well, let’s dive right into the mullet-y madness that is MacGruber. The film is based on a SNL skit, so, wait, no, come back. It’s better than you would think or the complete death at the box office it suffered would indicate. In fact, not that this is a huge honorific, but this is easily the best SNL-inspired movie since Wayne’s World.

MacGruber is essentially McGyver with lowgrade Tourette’s Syndrome and a penchant for throat ripping. That’s the joke. Actually, prior to the movie, he hadn’t survived a single one of his sketches, so this is really quite the triumph for him as he takes on his arch-nemesis played miles over-the-top by Val Kilmer.

The film is ok. It has some extremely funny moments, but a lot of the jokes fall flat and the scatological crap (heee pun) gets old, or maybe I’m just too old for it. It’s worth a rental when it hits Netflix though, if nothing else just to watch MacGruber’s extended revenge on a driver who wrongs him.

Wonder Woman New Costume

Wonder Woman’s getting a new costume (amongst other things) in issue 600. Purist that I am…I actually like this look. I don’t like the character and find her absolutely uninteresting. I know writer J. Michael Straczynski is going to futz with a lot of other things and probably lead it all to ruin like he did with Spider-Man, but I like the costume. The old swimsuit armor has always struck me as ridiculous and I think this retains enough of the old elements while being practical enough to maybe appear on film one day. Thoughts?

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