A Fistful of News – 10 Extra News Stories to Wind Down Your Week

     November 13, 2009

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It’s been a pretty crazy week for news here at Collider as Steve landed the first photos and full synopses from dozens of upcoming films.  If you haven’t seen them, you can check them out here, here, here, and here.  That was on top of all the good stuff we bring you on a regular basis.  But even with all the news we posted this week, there’s still more and while we didn’t have time to give these stories their own articles, we wanted to make sure you knew about some other cool stuff from the past few days.

Hit the jump to read about how James Franco’s General Hospital stint folds into a larger art project he’s doing, South Park taking their shot at James Cameron’s Avatar, Spider-Man finally arrested for being a menace, and more.

J. Jonah Jameson must have been smiling as Spider-Man was finally arrested.  According to Hero Complex, a man, who had prior outstanding warrants, dressed as the wall crawler punched a guy near the Hollywood & Highland complex last Wednesday.  It’s currently unclear what led to the altercation, but I’m thinking the punched-guy must have said he tossed Mary Jane’s salad.  That or he thought Spider-Man 3 was sub-par.

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Super Tremendous collected what they think are the 15 worst bootleg DVD covers of all-time.

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New Regency and Peter Chernin have acquired the upcoming book series My Name Is Memory for a deal in the high-six against seven figures.  The project follows a couple who have been reincarnated hundreds of times but only the man knows that they keep losing each other every time.  The book is described as having elements of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Twilight to create a chick-flick so powerful it can punch away a man’s genitals with a single frame.

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Avatar just can’t catch a break.  The film is still over a month away but South Park couldn’t resist taking their shot at the movie though their main target was Glenn Beck in this past week’s episode, “Dances with Smurfs”.  The clip below features Cartman’s tale of living with the Smurfs.  Later in the episode Cartman finds that his story has been stolen and turned into Avatar.

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Johnny Simmons (Jennifer’s Body, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has joined the cast of Robert Redford’s The ConspiratorThe Playlist also reports that the film may not be the 2010 Oscar contented it seems to be.

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Batman might loosen up if started smoking and drinking in the middle of the day:

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IFC Films has acquired the upcoming Eva Green thriller, Cracks.  Directed by Jordan Scott, daughter of Ridley (who served as a co-producer on the film), IFC will release the film sometime next year.

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Leonard’s mom (played by Christine Baranski) will return to The Big Bang Theory this January.  While the details of the episode are unknown, I think it’s safe to assume that the connection she had with Sheldon will deepen.  Since both are asexual and don’t seem to care for emotions, I have no idea what a deeper connection means for those two.

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The promotional poster for the upcoming BSG spin-off series Caprica makes the show look like it’s about a young woman who had the face of a 40 year old woman grafted on to her body.  I suppose it’s more of a sci-fi horror than I’d been led to believe.

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As we previously reported, James Franco’s stint on General Hospital is apparently part of a larger art project he’s doing with the artist Carter.  However, we erroneously said that the project was called Erased James Franco.  That title refers to the short film Franco and Carter did previously.  The name of this current project is currently unknown.  You can see the short film below and click here for more details on what the two are currently putting together.

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