Friday, April 13, 2007

Breaking Indy 4 News!

Editor's Note: And yet another scooplet passed along by dweebpal PlanoKevin! (YOU rock, Kev!)

Rumors true: LaBeouf will be in 'Indiana Jones 4'

After months of building Internet buzz, this can finally be reported as fact: Shia LaBeouf has been cast in the upcoming "Indiana Jones" movie.

Producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg announced Friday that LaBeouf will appear alongside Harrison Ford in the fourth installment of the adventure franchise, scheduled for release May 22, 2008. Production is set to begin in June.

"We are excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family," Spielberg said in a statement on the "Indiana Jones" Web site. "His talent has impressed not only his audiences throughout his young career but the directors, producers and fellow actors who have worked with him in his television career and now his film career."

Paramount, a division of Viacom Inc., declined Friday to say what role LaBeouf would be playing.

The 20-year-old actor told The Associated Press in March that the persistent Internet rumors about his casting in the film were just that -- rumors.

"The way that thing started, it's just wild how it snowballed," LaBeouf told the AP then. "I don't have a deal on the table, it's just a rumor. Would I do it? In a second. It'd be working for a legend and working with legends. Who wouldn't? But is it something I'm doing right now? No. I'm an out-of-work actor."

It's a busy weekend for the up-and-coming actor. He stars in "Disturbia," a high-tech, teen version of "Rear Window," which opened Friday; then he's hosting NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday.

LaBeouf also co-stars in this summer's "Transformers" movie for Spielberg's DreamWorks Pictures, and provides the voice of one of the penguins in the animated "Surf's Up."

His previous films include "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "Holes."

He also won a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for the Disney Channel series "Even Stevens."
Editor's Note: So there you are. NOW all they need is a good script?

OddBob, we've missed ye SO!

Editor's Note: You thought, just cause we hardly get any dweebing of substance going these days, that somehow, OddBob would be forsaken?

Heaven forFEND!

No....we ain't that lucky.

The Top 10 Diet Crazes of the Future

10> The Sith Beach Diet

9> Lunar fat farms. You instantly lose 5/6th of your weight when you arrive!

8> Grok Your Weight Away on the Valentine Michael Smith Diet!

7> The Full Cranial Transfer diet: Take one simple pill, go to sleep, and when you wake up, your brain's been transplanted into a slimmer body!

6> The Pluto diet. It was small to start but then someone took it away from you.

5> Q's Cwazy Quiche Cookbook.

4> The "On the Beach" diet: You have to travel to Australia and wait for the end of the world before chowing down.

3> "The Soylent Green Diet". Once you find out what it is, you'll never eat again.
Editor's note: if THIS one worked, no one would eat hot dogs, blue cheese, or street-fair meat pies.

2> The Water-Sharing Diet: Order one meal and share it amongst your water brothers.

and the Number 1 Diet Craze of the Future ...

1> Jedi Mind Trick Diet: "This is not the chocolate strawberry triple cheesecake you're looking for." Editor's Note: NOW we're talkin!!!! (either that, or you just convince everyone ELSE that you are actually very thin and attractive?)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

If it's Wednesday, there must be more Harry Potter news?

Editor's Note: A day without SOME sort of Harry Potter news is....well, it doesn't EXIST at this point.

37 Lucky Libraries Across the Country To Host the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour


Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced today the 37 library tour schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour.

The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described in the Harry Potter books, will launch on June 1, 2007 from New York City and will travel to 37 libraries across the country over a seven-week period ending back in New York at Scholastic headquarters to kick off the release of the seventh and final book in the series at 12:01a.m. on July 21, 2007.

In each location where the bus stops, fans will be invited to board the Knight Bus and share on video their thoughts and feelings about the Harry Potter books. Select video clips from each location will be uploaded for viewing and sharing on

Additionally, each person will receive a unique username and password so that they can view their own video online.

"We know that one of the most incredible things about Harry Potter is the amazing discussion that it ignites among fans of all ages," said Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Trade and Book Fairs, Scholastic. "The Knight Bus tour is the perfect way to let fans from across the country share their Harry Potter experience as they await the conclusion of this remarkable series."

The schedule of libraries was planned to reach the largest possible number of fans all across the country during the weeks from June 1 through the release of the book.

The complete Knight Bus current tour schedule is as follows (subject to change):
Friday 6/1 Book Expo America
New York City (open to conference attendees only)

Monday 6/4
10 am-1 pm Providence Public Library
South Providence Branch
3-6 pm Providence Public Library
Mount Pleasant Branch

Tuesday 6/5
9:30 am-12:30 pm Boston Public Library
Central Library
2:30-5:30 pm Boston Public Library
Codman Square Branch Library

Thursday 6/7
12 noon-3 pm New York Public Library
Bronx Library Center

Friday 6/8
10 am-1 pm Queens Borough Public Library
Hillcrest Library
3-6 pm Queens Borough Public Library
Elmhurst Library

Saturday 6/9
10am-1pm Brooklyn Public Library
3-6pm Newark Public Library

Wednesday 6/13
10 am-1 pm Free Library of Philadelphia
Main Branch
3:30-6:30 pm Free Library of Philadelphia
Lawncrest Branch Library

Friday 6/15
9 am-12 noon Baltimore County Public Library
The Cockeysville Library
2-5 pm Enoch Pratt Free Library System, Baltimore
Southeast Anchor Library

Saturday 6/16
10 am-1 pm Prince George's County Library System
New Carrollton Branch Library
3-6 pm Prince George's County Lib System
Oxon Hill Branch Library

Tuesday 6/19
9:30 am-12:30 pm Washington DC Public Library
Petworth Branch Library
3-6 pm Montgomery County Lib System
Bethesda Public Library

Wednesday 6/20
10:30 am-1:30 pm Fairfax County Public Library
Chantilly Regional Library
3:30-6:30 pm Arlington Public Library
Central Library

Saturday 6/23
10 am - 1 pm Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio
Parma Snow Branch Library
3-6 pm Cleveland Public Library
Rockport Branch

Tuesday 6/26
11 am-2 pm Chicago Public Library
Sulzer Regional Library
4-7 pm Chicago Public Library
Budlong Woods Branch Library

Wednesday 6/27
10 am - 1 pm Chicago Public Library
Woodson Regional Library

Thursday 6/28
10 am - 1 pm St. Louis Public Library
Main Branch
3-6 pm St. Louis County Public Library
Daniel Boone Branch Library

Tuesday 7/3
9-12 noon Maricopa County Library District, Arizona
Northwest Regional Library
2-5 pm Phoenix Public Library
Chavez Branch Library

Thursday 7/5
10 am-1 pm San Diego Public Library
Mission Valley Branch Library
Fenton Marketplace in Mission Valley

Friday 7/6
9 am-12 noon County of LA Public Library
West Covina Library
2-5 pm County of LA Public Library
Clifton M. Brakensiek Library

Saturday 7/7
9 am-12 noon Los Angeles Public Library
Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library
2-5 pm Los Angeles Public Library
Central Library

Tuesday 7/10
10 am-1 pm San Jose Public Library
Cambrian Branch Library
3-6 pm San Jose Public Library
Berryessa Branch Library

Wednesday 7/11
11 am-2 pm San Francisco Public Library
Main Branch
4-7 pm Oakland Public Library
Main Branch

Editor's Note: SO....nothing in the south, nothing in the SouthWEST. Houston, the 4th largest city in the country gets NADA.

This is clearly the work of deatheaters.

The fastest-selling book in history, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling's sixth Harry Potter book was released on July 16, 2007 with a first printing of 10.8 million. It sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours.

All six Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have been number one bestsellers in the United States, Britain, and around the world. The American editions of the Harry Potter books are published under Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine imprint.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tuesday Snippets

Maguire Might Be Done With 'Spider-Man'

Tobey Maguire, star of "Spider-Man 3," isn't sure he'd play the superhero a fourth time. Editor's Note: sniffle....

"I appreciate movies from a standpoint of entertainment and distraction, and I also love when people make movies that help raise awareness," says the 31-year-old actor, whose films also include "The Cider House Rules" and "Seabiscuit."

"I don't really have a lot of formed ideas. It's more just thoughts," he tells Men's Journal in its May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.Editor's Note: He doesn't have a lot of formed ideas? Well....big of him to admit that, I guess. I mean, there are LOTS of folks out there these days (hail to the chief, etc) with no formed ideas, and none of them ever own up to it. So.....umm...YAY, Spideyboy!!! "I might do another `Spider-Man' movie — I don't know."

Maguire says "Spider-Man 3" has a "fresh story" for his character
"The public is adoring him, and it goes to his head. He's behaving arrogantly and is self-involved, which changes the feeling of the character for me. And it just gets darker from there," he says.
Maguire says he talks to the media to publicize his movies — "I don't feel compelled to share anything."

"I used to prepare to go to battle with journalists," he tells the magazine. "Now I don't have my feet planted. I won't talk about what I won't talk about, but I'm more relaxed about it."

Maguire says he began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 19 because his life had become oddly predictable.

"I have an addictive nature," he says, "an obsessive-compulsive nature — well, I don't know that's what it is clinically. But I go to addictive extremes, and before I got sober, that became routine."

Maguire is engaged to Jennifer Meyer, a 29-year-old jewelry designer. They have a 5-month-old daughter, Ruby Sweetheart.

"When she smiles, it's the most fantastic thing ever," he says. "But it's not like I didn't expect that. I expected to fall completely in love with my child."

Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man 3" opens May 4. Editor's Note: So SOOON!!!! We need to have a Spidey Uno and Due mini-marathon chez moi PRONTO!!! (yes, I realize I just mixed bastardized parts of a couple of languages. I haven't had my coffee yet; it's a wonder I can even TYPE).

And by the by, it doesn't the headline so dramatically hinted...that Maguire has hardly any thoughts at ALL, much less that he's 'not doing spidey 4.' Hype and Hooie!

And then we have the opposite headline....

Maguire may do Spider-Man 4
Rumours suggesting that Tobey Maguire isn’t returning for another “Spider-Man” film – following this Summer’s “Spider-Man 3” – are rather premature.

The actor tells Sci-Fi Wire that he’ll indeed consider wearing the red spandex again for a “Spider-Man 4”.

"Well, it's possible that we make another movie," Maguire said in an interview. "It all depends on if there's a story worth telling. I feel very proud of the three movies that we've made. I feel like the stories all deserve to be told, and, you know, if they come up with a good movie, and the whole team wants to get back together, and we feel like we can make a good movie that's worth making, then I'm up for it."

Co-star Kirsten Dunst has said the same, that if there’s a great script on the table she’s not passing up the opportunity to bring Mary-Jane back. "I would work with Sam on any movie he wanted to work on it with me, because I just adore that man."

If Maguire does decide to hang up his tights, Producer Avi Arad plans on making “Spider-Man 4” anyway. Editor's Note: Just cause Jake Gyllenhal looks a lot like Maguire, doesn't make Maguire expendable in the role, huh?!

Staunton: Playing Potter villianess takes 'proper acting'

Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton wasn't exactly flattered when a friend first suggested she'd be perfect for the part of Harry Potter's first female nemesis, Dolores Umbridge.

"I read the book, and Umbridge is described as a short, ugly, toadlike woman," Staunton told Newsweek. "I thought, 'Oh, thanks very much.'" Editor's Note: And in point of fact, Staunton IS way to pretty for Umbridge. (I guess almost anyone HUMAN would be?)

But Staunton ended up playing the villainess as an "apple-cheeked schoolmarm — drenched in pink angora," the magazine says.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth movie based on the J.K. Rowling series, Umbridge is a new teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry bent on restricting free thought.

"There can't be any mess or individuality," Staunton said. "But, of course, that leads to brainwashed people."

Staunton, who was nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for playing Vera Drake in the eponymous 2004 movie, says the Potter role is no joke.

"You may think that it's just a bunch of hand-waving, but there's a lot of proper acting going on," she said. Editor's Note: It's a veritable who's who of Brit could there NOT be acting going on???!!!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is to be released July 13.

Orlando Bloom in next Superman film?

Editor's Note: Yes, this is a gratuitous pic. Your POINT?!

According to Just Jared, via, Orlando Bloom is in talks for a role in the upcoming “Superman Returns” sequel.

Apparently the “Pirates of the Caribbean” stud was spotted talking to rector Bryan Singer and producers Mindy and Jon Peters.

The latter site says, “Bloom’s ex-girlfriend Kate Bosworth played Lois Lane in the first film. So speculation has already begun over Bloom playing the Man of Steel.”

A source for Warner Bros tells us that Bloom will “definitely not” be taking over the role of Superman. Editor's Note: I luvs me some Orlando Bloom, but he is NOT right in any form or fashion for the Superman part. (And I thought Brandon Routh was already re-signed to that?)

As for whether he’s in the mix to play another of the roles? Say Zod or Brainiac? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Tom Hanks signs on for Da Vinci sequel reports that Tom Hanks has signed on to star in the sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” - “Angels and Demons”.

A scooper for the site says that Hanks is going to score “[the] biggest salary ever paid to an actor in the history of Hollywood” to reprise his role as adventure-seeking Robert Langdon.

The sequel, which Ron Howard is supposedly returning to direct, will reportedly lens in June.

Laura Dern to star in Jurassic Park 4

Laura Dern will return to do battle with the prehistoric rogues in “Jurassic Park 4”, the actress confirmed to Collider.

I’m told its happening and I’m told they’re calling me. I’m told that Ellie Sattler is involved in it”, Dern told the site. Editor's Note: And is actual SCRIPT this time? (not to be GREEDY...).

[A] certain fellow [Steven Spielberg] is the one that called me and it’s hard to say no to him cause he’s always got something totally genius up his sleeve so we’ll see what they have in mind. But I don’t know anything about it at this point.”

Sam Neill, who co-starred with Dern in the first and third “Jurassic Park” films, recently told the media he wouldn’t be a part of the new film. Editor's Note: I don't at all BLAME him, after he was such a trooper mushing through the last misbegotten JP flick, but no Neill, lowers MY incentive to see the next one.

According to Dern, the new film will be released next year. Editor's Note: Wouldn't the CG alone take longer than that? (If they haven't even started filming, I mean?) Or are they just going to cut and paste from the first three?