A Fistful of News – 10 Extra Stories for Your Viewing Pleasure

     November 10, 2009


We want to bring you more news every day, but unfortunately our robot army of writers who never need to sleep, to eat, or to love, is still under development (currently all they do is sleep, eat, and love).  In the meantime, we’re going to be making “A Fistful of News” a regular feature you’ll see every other day where we bring you some additional news stories we found but didn’t have time to write.  Until the Robot Army is ready to proceed (which is unlikely as we cut corners and ordered them from Belize, a country not known for quality robotics).

After the jump you’ll find ten quick news items including what’s next for Up director Peter Docter even though it’s not Monsters, Inc. 2, Guillermo del Toro’s monster cameo in The Hobbit, and Jeff Bridges’ behind-the-scenes photography on the set of Iron Man.

You may not know this but Jeff Bridges, in addition to be a great actor (he’s getting huge Oscar-buzz for his role in the upcoming film Crazy Heart), is an avid photographer.  He recently put up a collection of behind-the-scenes black & white photos he did while on the set of Iron Man.  I’ve included one below and I strongly encourage you to click here and check out the rest.


Cecile de France will join Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming supernatural thriller, Hereafter. [Variety]

Popular Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says will now become a TV show.  The feed, where a young man who moved back in with his parents supposedly tweets shit his dad says where over 700,000 people laugh at how old people tell it like they think it is.  If picked up as a series, the title will need to be changed.  May I suggest: Shit I Won’t Watch. [THR]

Director Guillermo Del Toro is giving himself a monster cameo in The Hobbit in that he will have a small cameo as a monster.  Here’s what Del Toro said about his part on The One Ring message boards [via /Film]:

I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. I used to sculpt the creatures for NECROPIA (my FX company) and I miss it a bit. I will have a line or two and die quickly.

I say Del Toro should stop hedging, cast himself as Bilbo, and we’ll be able to stop speculating on who will play the lead.

Up director Pete Docter is working on a new film but it sadly won’t be a sequel to his 2001 film, Monsters, Inc. Docter tells New York Magazine [via PixarPlanet] that he’s begun development on another project which, gauging by the time of other Pixar movies, Docter estimates will take 4-5 years to complete.  So unless another director at Pixar plans to handle the sequel, it looks like the further adventures of Sully and Mike Wazowski will have to wait.


A Denver Blockbuster employee stabbed himself in the leg so he wouldn’t have to go to work.  This is not an Onion story.

The release of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel has been pushed up two days to December 23rd.  No word yet on how many parents plan to stab themselves in the leg so they don’t have to go.

Dwight Schultz, who played H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock in the A-Team TV series, will have a cameo in Joe Carnahan’s upcoming film adaptation.  The role of Murdock will be played in the film by District 9‘s Sharlto Copley. [The Official Dwight Schultz Fansite]

Composer Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas) has left Joe Johnston’s upcoming film The Wolfman due to a scheduling conflict.  He will be replaced by Paul Haslinger (Death Race 2000). [Cinemusic]

Today, Fenton’s Ice Cream, which was featured in the movie Up, will be celebrating the film’s Blu-ray/DVD release today with an ice cream social.  There will be plenty of fun events including Pixar Animators demonstrating how to draw characters from the film and a special “Spirit of Adventure Sundae” created and served for one night only.  Events start at 5:00 PM at Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland, California.  Click here for more details.


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