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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | June 16, 2013 | Comments ()


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All the Important Stuff that's fit to upload.


5. Matthew Weiner Blew Everyone's "Mad Men" Theories to Hell.

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Sorry, bossman...***SPOILER...

Megan isn't going anywhere. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Weiner confirmed that no one will die this season. Whew!

4. HBO Announced New Series Focusing on Science Fiction and Sex...

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And I'm humming My Favorite Things. First up is "The Spark," headed up by Oblivion scriptwriter, Karl Gajdusek. The series will have a (n as yet uncast) female protagonist investigating a signal coming from beyond our solar system, and will include artificial intelligence, technological advances and alien contact. Boo-effing-ya. A second series, "Open," comes from the brilliant mind of Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Glee") and will star Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty) as "handsome, arrogant, blowhard," Evan Stevens, in a "modern exploration of human sexuality and relationships." Let the games begin.

3. We Got Word Gary Oldman's Second Directorial Outing Will Be a Biopic, (Likely) Starring Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Finally following up his debut feature (1997's Nil by Mouth), Oldman is set to direct Flying Horse, the story of Eadweard Muybridge. The groundbreaking photographer had quite an interesting life, both professional and personal. In addition to his landscape and stop-action photos and his zoopraxiscope--aka the first movie projector--Muybridge survived a horrific stagecoach accident (suffering serious brain injuries), and later committed a murder (of which he was acquitted). Oldman reportedly has offered Fiennes the lead (accepted), and Cumberbatch, the role of theater critic Harry Larkyns--the man Muybridge killed. Oldman wrote the story script, after reading River of Shadows; he may also play a small role.

2. Another Only God Forgives Trailer Hit the Interwebs.

Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive follow-up is a violent thriller featuring Kristen Scott Thomas as a demanding mother who wants her son (Ryan Gosling) to avenge his brother's murder; from everything we've seen so far, he's compliant...and then some. I'm tantalized, yet terrified. Caspar didn't love it, but admits he's not the target audience. Only God Forgives hits theaters July 19th.

1. The Extended Elysium Trailer Dropped.

Neill Blomkamp's second feature (and science fiction outing) may be more high tech than District 9, but it looks to have a similar gritty style and sense of humor. Elysium is set in the year 2159, when the world's wealthiest inhabitants have moved to a fancy space station, leaving the rest of the population with a ravaged Earth. Damon is a dying man in need of a cure; the only place he can get it is Elysium, but immigration law is (still) a bitch--so is Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster). Elysium also stars Sharlto Copley,William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura; it opens August 9th.

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  • James

    Are you really excited about a new show coming from Ryan Murphy? Well..maybe if it's only going to last one season. That's the only way it could be right.

  • Mr_Zito

    I thought "hey, that guy there with Matt Damon REALLY looks like Wagner Moura". I guess he is gone all hollywoody now. That's gonna be weird.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Caspar didn’t love it

    Caspar isn't the only one. It's in the 20s at Rotten Tomatoes.

  • e jerry powell

    I am so here for the sexual exploration.

    And the Oldman doesn't hurt. Though Sexual Exploration With Gary Oldman would be even better. (And yes, I realize we've already had Prick Up Your Ears.)

  • Jim

    I am *SO* confused. I read #5 as "ANTHONY Weiner Blew Everyone's "Mad Men" Theories to Hell." I thought "Geez can we just send home or something."

  • e jerry powell

    I think we've all had quite enough of Anthony's Weiner; even those of us who wanted none of it to begin with.

  • Wembley

    So now they're storing rich people in space?

    I thought we were going to store criminals in space, in cryo-sleep so they will be nice and refreshed when released in a century or two.

  • Irina

    I'm really trying to be excited about Elysium, but the story seems so thin, and it's soooo been done before. Will see it for Matt Damon, I guess.

  • Maguita NYC

    Doesn't Wes Bentley look like a hotter version of Ian Somerhalder in this picture?

    Also, love it when Matt Damon shaves his head. Has anyone heard anything positive about Elysium so far?

  • MissAmynae

    wes bentley- so nice the photo's on here twice! he's delicious. like somerhalder's (slightly) less disturbingly sexy younger brother.

  • idiosynchronic

    It's being released on my birthday. Otherwise as known as the Blotting of Nagasaki. I adore District 9, so effing great birthday to me!

  • Maguita NYC

    Happy B-day in advance, and here's hoping Aug. 9th will hold more joyous and lighter memories than a frigging a-bomb. Also, District 9 was so all kinds of amazing, I'm afraid Elysium won't be able to deliver.

  • linnyloo

    Whenever I see Matt Damon with a shaved head, I'm reminded of "Scottie Doesn't Know"

  • Maguita NYC

    OMG!!! That bit from Eurotrip was hilarious. Damon just threw himself into that freaky skinhead role body, fake piercings, tats and soul.

    Never been more jealous of Kristin Kreuk in my life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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