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5 Bits and Bobs You Need to Know Today to Really Get Your Batch Properly Cumbered

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 15, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 15, 2012 |


  • I’m not even sure when it debuts on HBO, but Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star with Rebecca Hall in a six-part mini-series, Parade’s End, sometime this year. The series actually begins in England later this month (you can watch what I assume is an unauthorized trailer for it here — the official trailer is not available in America yet). Written by Tom Stoppard, it’s an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It looks fantastic, and in it, Cumberbatch plays a repressed government civil servant. Cumberbatch is so stoked about it, he even made a veiled dig at Downton Abbey while promoting the series in England.

    “You rarely see a piece about this class of people that is this accurate, funny and pointed, but also three-dimensional. We’re not serving purposes to make some clichéd comment about, ‘Oh, isn’t it awful the way there’s this upstairs-downstairs divide’. It’s a little bit more sophisticated.”

    OK. Maybe not so veiled.


  • Look: I’m going to give you a SPOILER ALERT, but you’re almost certainly going to ignore it because you don’t really care enough about Scary Movie 5 to turn out to see the film, so you might want to know that the first two deaths in the film will be SPOILER ALERT Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, who will play a couple, according to THR.

  • Because Joss Whedon is awesome, he’s put together a little tongue-in-cheek video urging everyone to boycott Mike Birbiglia’s film Sleepwalk With Me (co-produced by Ira Glass and This American Life), asking people not to go see it because of the threat it poses to The Avengers.

    Tracking Board — which tracks movies in the very early stages of development, many of which never actually come to fruition, and others which don’t come to fruition for literally years — is reporting that a Young Sherlock Holmes reboot is in the works. With Guy Ritchie’s franchise, the BBC series, and the new CBS series, Elementary, that would officially oversaturate the market with Sherlock Holmes, which of course means it will almost certainly happen.

    Here’s a 10-second teaser for the upcoming season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which tells us nothing except that the season may be Japanese-themed?

    Finally, The Price is Right is — for the first time — going to add a male model to their roster of display models. I’m not sure who they’re thinking, but if they want to take this guy and tuck him away in a corner of the television universe where I don’t have to think about him, I wouldn’t object.


    Bonus: I don’t know if you’ve heard the fantastic song, “Northside Gal,” yet, but in our home, we’ve come up with an awesomely fun game. It’s not something you can really play on the Internet, but if you know someone that doesn’t know anything about the musician responsible for the song, play the song for about 60-seconds, and then show that person the video. When they see whose face that voice is coming out of, it may blow their minds.

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