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9 Things You Need to Know Today In Order To Be a Productive Member of Pop Culture Society

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | April 17, 2013 | Comments ()


Here are something that might be important for you to know today, as long as you define "important" as something useless that will rattle around in your brain for a few days before it vanishes from your memory.

First off, there will be a Pitch Perfect sequel, and Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be back for it. It's scheduled for release in 2015. Kay Cannon, who wrote the original, will also write the sequel. Here's Anna Kendrick's jangly joyous music video for "Cups." You're welcome.

Rember Neil LaBute? He made the great misogynist comedy In the Company of Men, and then a few other decent movies, then he sh*t the bed with Nic Cage's Wicker Man, and has lately become something of a director-for-hire with movies like Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral? Well, now he's making a TV show, "Full Circle," which is described as a modern day La Ronde meets My Dinner With André. It examines the "human condition" through conversations between 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined.

Oh brother. DirectTV has ordered 10 episodes.


The very pretty Tom Hiddleston will star alongside the very pretty Gemma Arterton in Capa, a movie, according to The Playlist, that "will likely focus on the brief but intense romance between fellow photographer Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, until the former was killed at the Battle Of Brunnete. Taro was reportedly the love of Capa's life as he never married and was found with only her photo in his wallet at the time of his death." That sounded a lot more exciting when it was just "Movie starring Tom Hiddleston and Gemma Arterton." Why?


Netflix's next original series, the Eli Roth produced "Hemlock Grove" will be released this weekend. Reviews have been mixed-to-bad so far, and I'm thankful because I don't need another 10 hours of television to plow through. You guys are on your own for this one. Here's a two-minute trailer, which features lesbians and werewolves and stuff, although you should know that the werewolf transformation doesn't occur until the end of the second episode, which was all I needed to know to skip it. Don't give me slow burn, Eli Roth. Leave that to the slow-burn professionals. Why don't you just stick to peeling people's skin off with potato peelers. Thanks.

Hey! Snow White and the Huntsman has been confirmed for a sequel. Kristen Stewart will also return. Nobody knows anything about it except that director Rupert Sanders will not return. No word on Charlize Theron or Hemsworth.

"The Walking Dead's" Michael Rooker has joined the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. He'll play Yondu, "an expert hunter and tribesman of the first planet outside of Earth's solar system colonized by humans." OK!

You know that David O. Russell movie we keep posting set photos of on account of it starring Jennifer Lawrence (clickety click) and Brad Cooper? It's gotta title now. Formerly known as American Bullshit, it will now be a more multiplex friendly, American Hustler.

SyFy's new TV series "Defiance," debuted to the highest ratings the network has seen for a scripted series in seven years (since "Eureka" in 2006). I watched it last night, and I liked it OK, and it's sure as hell better than NBC's "Revolution." I want to give it another episode or two before I come to a verdict, however. It could go either way. The pilot could've been an entry point to a strong sci-fi series, or it could've been the best thing about a cheesy "syfy" series. It's hard to say, but given the fact that the pilot is an hour and a half, I'd take a wait-and-see approach before you invest any time in it, unless of course you're a hardcore sci-fi nerd who insists on seeing everything.

Finally, here's the trailer for Starz' "Black Sails," the Michael Bay produced pirate series set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. The series doesn't arrive until 2014, and also, it really looks like the kind of pirate television series you'd expect from Michael Bay.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • e jerry powell

    The only thing I want to hear about Anna Kendrick right now is that Fritzi will be getting her own CAMP spinoff.

  • I'd totally watch a Michael Bay pirate series with un-ironic enjoyment. The man knows how to blow shit up and sometimes that's all you want.

  • ee

    Man... Anna Kendrick, and bread making. It's a window into my subconscious.

  • John G.

    that Anna Kendrick GIF is killing me. She's so cute.

  • foolsage

    She's ADORABLE.

  • Super interested in the Hiddleston news because of a song by Alt-J called "Taro". Honestly I find some of their other songs annoying but this one really stuck with me.

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  • anon

    Jody the sex-crazed idiot from Shameless is on Black Sails. It's hard for me to take him seriously.

  • pajiba

    My exact thought.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I am a hardcore sci-fi nerd who insists on seeing everything, so yes, I'm all over Defiance. Awww Eureka, I miss it. Although it started taking itself too seriously in the last season and lost the fun.

    Ooh yay more acapella! I loved PP, but I'm only in if they remove the boring guys. Seriously, what did they even add to the movie?

  • Hollyg

    One of them was part of my favourite dialog in the movie:

    - I set fires to feel joy.
    - That's adorable.

  • Natallica

    I once read a Gerda Taro biography and the story IS way more exciting than what it sounds on that movie premise. Both Gerda and Capa photographed the Spanish Civil War, dodging bullets and explosions while working with equipment that was waaay more uncomfortable than the cameras of today. And Gerda was a badass lady, she reportedly only asked for a cigarette on her deathbed, while she was bleeding to death after being crushed by a tank. She was only 27.

  • Robert

    I'll be trying Hemlock Grove. They're just aren't many horror series worth sticking with at this point. You can only rewatch Twin Peaks and American Horror Story so many times before they lose their impact.

  • toblerone

    Anna Kendrick and Tom Hiddleston news in the same post?

    Are you trying to Break Pajiba Dustin?

    *As much as I'd love to see a Pitch Perfect sequel Brittany Snow better be involved. Doing it without her is a deal breaker.

  • Janey

    I would love Brittany Snow and Anna Camp in the sequel but they've both graduated from college...Hopefully they can be worked well into the story!

  • toblerone

    Doh, I totally forgot about that.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    More shower scenes you mean?

  • Kala

    "I'm pretty confident about all this"

    "...you should be."

  • toblerone

    More shower scenes would be a plus but mostly it's because I love Brittany Snow. She is charming, funny, talented and oh so lovely.

    She is yet another reason why Fox's canceling Ben & Kate hurt so much because she just introduced as Tommy's girlfriend.

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