You can’t trust Monday, but Sunday means: Important Stuff.
6. Eleven Said Goodbye.
I don’t know; I think I’d have preferred him vocalizing a bit. Sorry Matt, you’re no Michael Hutchence (*sob*)
5. Food Network Dumped Paula Deen After She Made a Lame Apology for Being a Racist; Her Fans Went Nuclear.
Following the release of details from her deposition (in a complaint filed by a former employee of the restaurant Deen runs with her brother) revealing Deen’s despicable behavior and comments, the television chef failed to show up for a scheduled “Today” interview. Later in the day she posted two apology videos; the one here is the extended version of the earlier. But Food Network wasn’t buying what Deen was selling, and they promptly issued a statement that it does not tolerate discrimination and will not be renewing her contract—which expires at the end of the month. This was my favorite response:
If you fall on the opposing side, your people are here.
4. A Book Trailer for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep Hit the Street.
Are these really a thing now—book trailers? I suppose when you’re Stephen King, anything and everything you write eventually gets some kind of trailer. This one will air during Monday’s premiere of “Under the Dome,” and it doesn’t give too much information other than Doctor Sleep’s general premise (The Shining sequel, Danny Torrance is all grown up—and presumably things ain’t all skippity-happy like) and the release date (September 24th). And eff me, I guess I’ll have to read it, even though I was so mad with the ending of Under the Dome that I threw my copy into an airport garbage can. Watch SK reading a bit of Doctor Sleep here.
3. Photos from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave Were Released.
McQueen continues his Fassbender alliance, though this outing focuses on Chiwetel Ejiofor starring as Solomon Northup. 12 Years a Slave follows the incredible (true) story of free man Northup who leaves New York for a job in Washington DC; when he arrived, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and transported to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Northup’s first owner, and Fassbender, another— a cruel plantation owner. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Quvenzhané Wallis, Lupita Nyong’o and Brad Pitt; it’s set to hit theaters this December.
2. Nicolas Winding Refn Announced He’ll Reunite with Mads Mikkelsen (Who Wouldn’t?).
The director made a surprise statement during an Only God Forgives interview that he’s developing a sequel to his über cool Valhalla Rising, the story of Norse warrior, One Eye (Mikkelsen). Winding Refn said he “…had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo.” Though he was coy about how One-Eye could be transported to the future, I love the idea of seeing this character in a completely different world…and Mads—anywhere, anytime.
1. Jurassic Park 4 Plot Details Leaked.
Script details that reveal the Jurassic Park 4 storyline have leaked —the original script, that is. There have been rewrites, so take what you’re about to read with a grain of salt. That said, it’s an exciting idea and definitely one that would entice people back to theaters. The information is pretty specific, so I’ll white it out for those of you who don’t want to see. HIghlight for major plot spoilers: “Jurassic Park 4 set in present day Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe - until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world. As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex - until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park. So, to sum it all up, JURASSIC PARK 4 will take place back on Isla Nublar with a fully operational dinosaur theme park (I’m sure no expense was spared) that’s both prosperous and safe, until a new dinosaur figures out a way to wreak havoc, causing the use of the now tamed Velociraptors (and T-Rex? Unclear) as a means to fighting the threat.” (JoBlo) Spoilers will find a way…