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Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 10, 2012 | Comments ()


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1. According to THR, "Chuck" star Zachary Levi has been tapped to play Fandra in Thor 2, which will be directed by Alan Taylor, a regular directed of "Game of Thrones" episodes. He will replace Josh Dallas, who played the character in the first film because Dallas has a television show commitment (ironically, Levi was the original choice for the first film but couldn't do it because of a television show commitment).

2. According to Variety, Rob Cohen, the genius behind Stealth xXx and Skulls, is making an action movie about Sir Isaac Newton, focusing specifically on a "part of Newton's life when he served as chief detective and head of the British Mint." Yeah. Sir Isaac Newton: Action Hero. Obviously.

3. According to THR, Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) has been tapped to adapt Stephen King's It. Into two films. He will co-wrote the script with Chase Palmer, who co-wrote Frank Herbert's Dune. I don't quite know how it will work, but you can never have enough Pennywise and, hey! Fukanga. Tim Curry is still around. You're not going to find a better actor for the role.

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4. Deadline is reporting that Universal is in discussions with director Rupert Sands to direct a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The studio has an option on the principal actors for two sequels.

5. Yes. We changed the commenting system again. GOD. Why did we change it in the first place? Honestly, because clinging to our old comment system was like newspapers clinging to print. I'd love to honor all the old-timers on the site who prefer the commenting system without the bells and whistles, but 152 newspapers shut down last year because they refused to adapt. But why did we change again only one week later? It's not a change so much as it's an upgrade to the beta version of Disqus. You're all Official Beta Testers' with Exclusive Preview Access to the new Disqus! Congratulations! I wasn't keen to make this much change this fast, but in the old version, a lot of commenters were left out because they're forced to use old Internet Explorer browsers by their corporate IT overlords and Disqus does not work well with IE8. It is my understanding that a lot more folks will be able to participate with this new version, although not all (I apologize vociferously).

My first suggestion, because it's not the default, is to go under "Discussion" and change the sorting option from "Best" to "Oldest" first, unless you'd prefer the "Best." You can also upvote and downvote comments, and under the "Community" tab, there's all kinds of cool features for regular commenters. Dick around with it, lob your complaints, and electronically throw shit at me.

You do not have the power, however, to downvote this post.

Oh, and one more thing: To the gentlemen who was freaking the hell out last night because we "changed" his commenter name: I have no idea what you're talking about, sir. Your commenter name is determined by Disqus, and it's likely that you signed up before under a certain email address, and it remembered your commenter name from then. But if I could, that's totally how I'd spend my weekends: Changing people's commenters names because obviously that's the kind of sick bastard I am. Obviously. Did you see the size of that Pennywise GIF?

Love,

Dustin





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  • That was pretty boring.

  • Michelle

    Wow, people get to use IE8 at work? I'm cruisin' on IE7 in my office. WE ARE TOP NOTCH.

  • Yossarian

    Will the new Disqus let me post as Yossarian?

    If so, then I begrudgingly accept it.

  • Yossarian

    Hot damn, and I can edit comments, too? What a time to be alive.

  • causaubon

    with this new comments thingy, can we go bold or italic?

  • causaubon

    ok. we can. but there's a trick - you have to post your comment, and then go in and edit it and put the html tags in at that time.

  • ,

    That's more like it.

  • Yeah, this works for me. zeke is happy with this.

  • Fredo

    The horror...the horror...

  • I will be *so* glad when this "It" news blows over, and I can go back to repressing the memory of Pennywise.

  • thaneofmemphis

    I've never even clicked on Discus once in my life. When I've commented here before, it was always under my Google handle. I wrote the comment, clicked the Google button, and got a brand new name.

    Not your fault, I guess, except for you fixing something that wasn't broken.

  • Matty

    I've been less afraid of It ever since i went to a diner late one Halloween and saw a man in full Pennywise regalia, contacts, prosthetic fangs and all, eating a stack of banana pancakes with his sexy military costume girlfriend and the Easter Bunny.

  • Winter Is Coming

    ...no one can see this comment as I have activated my cloaking device so that only will be aware that I am making a nonsense comment just to see if I can.....

  • Never saw It, so that gif and any other jpg, mpeg, or png always looks like a sad, aging Curry under bad makeup doing stupid Halloween schtick. Laughable, not at all creepy.

  • bleujayone

    "Yeah. Sir Isaac Newton: Action Hero. Obviously."

    -Really, Rob Cohen. What, does ole Sir Issac wield an arsenal of deadly trick apples? Does he partner up with Blaise Pascal, I'll wager? Do they fight off hoards of Calculus Ninjas? Will they be in search of the Archimedes Heat Ray before it falls into the hands of the evil mastermind René Descartes?

    Can he rescue Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz from the vile clutches of the Red Ink Cult & Coin Co. before marks are due at University of Cambridge? And what are the odds that everything I just pulled out of my ass is tenfold more awesome than anything that Rob Cohen produces?

    Find out soon in a theater near you!!!!

  • My name! You bastard!

  • thaneofmemphis

    That's not your name.

  • My name! You bastard!

  • pissant

    Well, maybe they'll change the ending of It. I was never a fan of that strange turn.

  • Still haven't seen the original IT. I prefer my Tim Curry sexed up a la "Rocky Horror" or charming a la "Clue," thankyouverymuch. Now I need some bleach to get that GIF outta my head...

  • lowercase_ryan

    So since Sundays are meant for naps and not for freaking out about commenting systems for websights, I just woke-up (downvote). But I had a dream I was working in the Pawnee Parks Department (upvote!) but we were all going to lose our jobs (downvote). Somehow dream logic had it that Google Maps was a huge threat to the parks department and Leslie and I had to figure out how to sabotage Google Maps cause if we "save maps we save ourselves". So what does it mean and who do I want to sleep with?

    This is what weekend threads are for right?

  • Semilitterate

    1. Disqus sucks the big one. 2. "It" wouldn't make sense if they tried to make it into 3 movies.

  • Jesus, that Pennywise GIF...

  • celery

    I haven't even seen the full movie of IT - just the shower scene - and I couldn't even read the news items because they were surrounded by AUGH.

    That said, Tim Curry will forever be the butler from Clue to me.

  • Guest

    Not Frank-N-Furter?

  • Always Frank-N-Furter. And Darkness.

  • Salieri2

    I, for one, welcome Fukunaga/IT. Jane Eyre rocked, and while the book had its flaws, it was damn scary. If Fukunaga follows the 2nd of 2 good decisions made by the ghastly miniseries and removes the pre-adolescent gangbang, I can live with the loss of Curry.

    But, dammit, shove another post up there so every time I check on Pajiba, Tim Curry's beclowned face isn't leering at me.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Oooooh, I like the Community tab.

  • DocDoom

    I miss commenting at work... *sniff sniff*...

  • Mrs. Julien

    *sob sob*

  • DocDoom

    And now with the sup-duper update, I can't even SEE comments at worl anymore.

    Pray for Mojo...

  • Thank you so, so much for that gif. It's like an early Christmas, birthday, and orgasm.

  • LaineyBobainey


    "Love,

    Dustin"

    Ha, I knew he loved us!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Yes... They have to get Tim Curry. But please don't use John Boy again...there is just something annoying about him.

  • foolsage

    Fandra? Fandra? Who's this Fandra person?

    Could you be referring to Fandral the Dashing, one of the Warriors Three? I'm sure he'd protest at the ignominious theft of his 'l'.

  • David Sorenson

    Logged in with facebook and now I'll just have to use my real name. Ah well. Not as snazzy as "Harborwolf," but it's worked nearly as well these last couple of decades. Plus I'll get actual credit for all of my "zingers."

  • Mrs. Julien

    So noted!

  • kirbyjay

    Thanks for the help Dustin!
    The new maid is working out just fine.....
    Oh, nevermind.
    Tim Curry doesn't need makeup to play a clown. And I never saw, read or had anything to do with IT, cuz clowns? ICK! You have to be some kind of perverted, twisted, pedofilic demon to do clownstuff. Except for Fizbo. I will not believe that Cam is a perv.

  • Laurie Lolo Oatsvall Hutson

    My sister played a very terrifying joke on me when we were kids. I went to take a shower after watching the 1st half of the TV movie. And just as I got my hair soaped up she threw a balloon in the shower with me waited for me to start rinseing she whispers "they all float down here"...I jumped out that shower so fast I broke the glass shower door.she had to sit on the toilet seat for a week to protect me while I showered. Sothanks for the memories.

  • Ohh, even shinier and prettier! I like it a bunch :)

    Also: Changing peoples names sounds like a freaking awesome time---I would totally start a game at it, but my creativity is for fail. So who wants to give someone else a new name?

  • Jerce

    I liked the comments change; I like the change to the change even more. Jerce says two thumbs up, five stars, colon next to a capital D, all that shit.

    I've never really "gotten" the nostalgia for It and for the TV movie. I admit that Tim Curry was inspired casting. I suppose that if you were a certain age (very, very young), that TV movie might have left a deep impression. But people, It is a terrible novel (it has some compelling moments, but all King stories do); meandering, disorganized, poorly executed--just way down at the bottom of the King oeuvre (a gang-bang involving children? As a healing and holy experience? Seriously?!)

    All of which is to say, I don't think a movie or movies going back to the original material are going to be any fucking good, no matter who gets cast. Although it might rid some of you of this bizarre anxiety you have about clowns.

  • $27019454

    It really is a dreadful movie. But clowns are fucked. So IT was kinda fucked.

  • Guest

    Ooooh, downvoting now. Things just got real.

  • David Sorenson

    Oh goody! I wanna downvote something!

  • Guest

    Do me! Me!

  • calliope1975

    Clowns are scary. Pennywise is terrifying. Scroll scroll scroll.

  • Psychicdog

    I feel bad for people who are afraid of clowns. Actually, I usually giggle about it. So to me, clowns still provide laughter and mirth.
    I'm evil.

  • Nieve 'The Threadkiller Queen'

    Get Help

  • Psychicdog

    Sorry, I can't hear you over the calliope and the shrieking laughter of the innocent!
    Doo-doo-dododododo-doo-doo-doo...

  • ana

    He will co-wrote the script.

  • dorquemada

    Hmmm, a remake of Live and Die in LA starring Isaac Newton? Only if they get Dafoe as Half-Cocked Jack.

  • PDamian

    A Pennywise gif is bad enough. A moving Pennywise gif is just fucking twisted. And the black and white presentation just makes it worse, somehow.

  • BiblioGlow

    I wonder why people think you'd screw with them for fun. Weird!

  • Looking at the GIF of Pennywise is like pressing on a bruise. I know I'm going to hate looking at it, but it's so terrifying/huge/THOSE TEETH that I keep looking back at it.

    Also, now I can see comments being made as I'm typing mine. Handy.

  • John G.

    I love the new comment section. Finally I get to downvote the ass clowns and the pennywise clowns.

  • Nieve 'The Threadkiller Queen'

    Are you Freaking kidding me with gif!!!?!???!!!?!?!?!?!
    Nightmares, just nightmares all over the place you sick, twisted MONSTER!

  • DAMMIT, DUSTIN.

    For the clown. I like the Disqus. BUT THE CLOWN.

    YOU GO TO HELL, SIR.

  • Bequafina

    omg omg fuck you and your Pennywise pictures ... I tried to scroll down past the header pic to read the post but NOOOoooo you had to have a MOVING PENNYWISE staring into my soul.

  • I like the beta more than what we had earlier this week. It's cool to be able to see who has replied to your posts.

    As for It, I see your Tim Curry and raise you a Tilda Swinton. If anyone can play psychotic space clown monster, Swinton can.

  • I have not commented in a very long time. Twitter has made me lazy. Yeah that IT gif will haunt me all day.

    Edit: I like the edit button. Good deal.

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