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It's Up to Me Now, Turn on the Bright Lights: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | November 4, 2012 | Comments ()


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I find the Important Stuff so you don't have to.


5. Louis CK Wrote a Love Letter to NYC.

Before he hosted last night's SNL, the cynical ol' teddy bear took a few moments to wax poetic. And yea, it was sweet. (*sniff*)


4. Mythbusters Announced a "Breaking Bad" Episode.

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After reading showrunner Vince Gilligan's answer to which show he'd like to do a crossover event with--"'Mythbusters.' I'd dig seeing those guys prove or disprove some of the crazy stuff we've done on Breaking Bad"--the Discovery program jumped. They'll do an upcoming episode, including an appearance by Aaron Paul and Gilligan. The gang will test Season 1's infamous bathtub scene science, but not Walt's crystal meth formula. In fact, there are so many "Breaking Bad" possibilities to explore, "Mythbusters" is already looking at doing a follow-up episode. The first is expected to air, spring 2013.


3. ABC Announced Alex Proyas Will Direct "Evolve," Based on the Toxic City Trilogy.

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The good news for science fiction fans is that neither J.J. Abrams nor Damon Lindelof is anywhere near this thing. Instead, Director Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot, The Crow) will head up this new series based on the novels by Bram Stoker and British Fantasy award winning author, Tim Lebbon. The series follows what happens after the government discovers Los Angeles has been hit with a biological toxin and closes off the city, letting no one in or out. A group of people trying to find out about family/friends inside discover the official story may not be the truth, and there is more going on than what they've been told. "Evolve" will be written and co-executive produced by "Eureka's" Jaime Paglia.


2. Saoirse Ronan Joined Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Though as usual, we've gotten only minimal plot information for Anderson's sure-to-be-charming next feature--"the troubles and tribulations of Mr. Gustave [Ralph Fiennes], who serves as the hotel's perfectly composed concierge"--his impeccable guest list continues to grow. Saoirse Ronan has signed on as the female lead in this period piece, which takes place about 85 years ago, and is "inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time." Specifically, Anderson mentions as his influences Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be, The Shop Around the Corner and Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight. In addition to Ronan and Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel stars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum and Owen Wilson.


1. Soderbergh's Side Effects Trailer Premiered.

Director Steven Soderbergh is all over the creative map these days. He's followed up an outing in science fiction (Contagion) with an action flick (Haywire), then a comedy (Magic Mike); next up is a television documentary film about Liberace ("Behind the Candelabra"), and the upcoming crime thriller, Side Effects, starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones. Mara stars as a woman put on anxiety meds by her psychiatrist (Law), to help her deal with her husband's (Tatum) return home after a stint in prison. Apparently the pills have a bizarre side effect...murder?


Meanwhile, Jude Law Just Signed on for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert.

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Herzog's biography will chronicle the intriguing life of writer, cartographer, explorer, archeologist and politico, Gertrude Bell--played by Naomi Watts. Though Law's role is unknown; he joins Robert Pattinson (as T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia). Filming begins in Morocco, March 2013.


Cindy Davis hopes all your lights are back on.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Tinkerville

    Saoirse Ronan is so beautiful (and talented) it hurts.

  • plastic_cups

    saoirse ronan should be in all the movies.

  • Guest

    I've been un-excited by my one-time crush Wes since Life Aquatic, so I'm surprisingly keen on Grand Budapest Hotel. Looking forward to it.

  • Ranylt, did you not like Moonrise Kingdom?

  • Guest

    Not gonna lie, it's the only WA I haven't seen...because I can't muster up enough care. Regardless of all the praise. This is the level of my indifference. But GBH--turning point!

  • I swear, it's worth it!

  • Sunday news highlight featuring Saoirse Ronan AND Werner Herzog? Thanks, Pajiba.

  • linnyloo

    Yay! Yet another amazingly accurate portrayal of the field of psychiatry! Gosh, times like these, I just love being a psychologist.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    waitaminnit - you mean to tell me that Hollywood dramatizes things? Next you'll be telling me that all cops aren't like John McLane.

  • linnyloo

    Eh, I just really don't care for movies that add to the massive stigma/lack of understanding this country has towards therapy, mental illness, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti anxiety medication. But she's CRAY-CRAY! With the DRUGS! Which means she's gonna KILL SOMEONE! And Therapists are EVIL PEOPLE who SLEEP WITH THEIR PATIENTS. ALWAYS. *sigh*

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Oh, believe me, I get you. It's immensely annoying. But it's symptomatic of pretty much ALL career representations in Hollywood. There will always be evil psychiatrists and evil doctors and lawyers and cops and judges and construction foremen... because someone who just patiently and professionally does their job and helps people... well, that's just boring.

    Translation: Hollywood writers are dinks.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Yep, cause watching a movie about a responsible therapist who helps his somewhat disturbed patient become a more productive member of society would be really interesting. It would make like tens of dollars of money.
    It's the Hollywood writers fault for not writing movies that absolutely no one anywhere would ever want to go watch.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Well, or you end up with Good Will Hunting. That was pretty good, from what I recall.

  • Kat

    Not gonna lie, I was REALLY hoping Jude Law's new movie was a remake of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

    He looks like he could rock a mean tuck.

  • Natallica

    He played a transvestite in "Rage" and he looked sooo much like Peaches (the cool electro punk one, not the idiot Bob Geldof daughter one): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

  • I'm with you.

  • chanohack

    I can't wait for that Mythbusters episode. I wonder, since the meth formula is out, if they'll do the pipe bomb. Probably not.

  • Ash

    i'm hoping for mercury fulminate. those crystals did a a shitload of damage.

  • I'm hoping for magnets.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    You mean, "I'm hoping for magnets, bitch."

  • Anne At Large

    Still more and more intrigued by the Gertrude Bell movie. I am really rooting for Naomi Watts to pull it off, Bell had a fantastic life. And the Pattinson casting isn't even irking me, as she writes about T.E. Lawrence, he sounds like quite an unlikable guy

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