Bless whatever deity you choose to believe in that we’ve been spared a Princess Bride sequel/remake/spin-off/TV show. The film remains a perfect little charming nugget of nostalgia. I was a little a-feared at first to check out the cast reunion photo because, as many of you know, the Dread Pirate Roberts has contracted a serious case of The Bloat. But he’s actually looking pretty great here and I love seeing Elwes and Robin Wright together. There’s also a charming video of the cast on “Good Morning America” where only one of them (it’s Crystal…with the hat) manages to look like a loon. (Warming Glow)
Speaking of childhood nostalgia and perfect stories, please read Adam Gopnik’s lovely piece on “The Phantom Tollbooth.” (The New Yorker)
In other book news, here’s Neil Gaiman interviewing the wonderful Terry Pratchett about Pratchett’s newest Discworld book. I’ve read it, it’s fantastic, go buy it now. (Boing Boing)
And, finally, I loathe the book “Lost In Austen” and I hated the BBC miniseries and now Nora Ephron is making a movie about the insipid story of a modern woman who gets sucked into the plot of “Pride and Prejudice” and a million women will go see it because they don’t understand why they like Jane Austen, just that they’re supposed to. Criminy. (CinemaBlend)
Here are 25 Actors And Celebrities You Didn’t Know Appeared In “Star Trek.” Not so fast, list makers, I’m pretty Trek savv-HOLY CRAP, IGGY POP? (Gamma Squad)
Connecticut prisoners are fighting for their right
to party to watch porn. I like the part where they’ll settle for “soft core or cable channels.” Seriously, let the dudes watch “True Blood.” (NY Daily News)
Speaking of Very Important Protests, the Occupy Boston group was rounded up and evicted from their tent city last night. I’ve read eyewitness reports claiming police brutality, specifically aimed at the elderly Veterans For Peace, but no concrete evidence yet. (MSNBC)
The wonderful British actress Olivia Williams has written a piece for the Guardian on what she sees in the mirror. It’s about aging and the film business and it’s delightful. (The Guardian)
Tracer Bullet sent me this link about Frankie Muniz’s new film Pizza Man. Yup, Bryan Cranston is burning up Hollywood and little Frankie Muniz is Pizza Man. (Comics Alliance)
I usually don’t write about the same actor two days in a row, but I couldn’t pass up this link on how to crochet your very own Drive version of Ryan Gosling. HE HAS TINY CROCHETED GLOVES. (Pictorial Gosling)
A group of Mexican architects have designed an inverted skyscraper. Can we call them Corescrapers? Mole People Hotels? Anyway, it’s pretty swanky. (Dvice)
Finally, the track list for The Muppet Movie soundtrack has been released (not to be confused with The Green Album). Seriously, how goddamn adorable is this movie going to be? (Bleeding Cool)
Speaking of the muppets, I was at the movies last night with my father who a) got there a little late b) snacked on popcorn pretty loudly c) forgot to turn off his cell phone d) talked throughout. I was one second away from “HI-YA”-ing his *ss.
And, finally, The Thing remake you’ve been waiting for. No it’s not that thing. It’s another thing. A musical thing.