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5 Biz Items That Suddenly Seem Terribly Insignificant In Light of the Shooting in Colorado

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 20, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 20, 2012 |

I give it roughly until noon before politicians get involved and start blaming others for the horrendous tragedy that took place last night at midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado, which is not very far from Columbine. Before people start flinging poo at each other, please take a moment to acknowledge that the victims in this case were people, like you and I, who were probably piss-their-pants excited last night to catch one of the first showings of the most anticipated film of the year. They could not have anticipated that a disturbed 24-year-old gunman by the name of James Holmes would’ve opened fire in a packed theater. Those are our people, y’all — excited moviegoers — and I grieve for the loss, the injuries, and for the families who didn’t think anything of sending their kids to a late movie in the middle of the summer. There are a lot of people who won’t be returning to their jobs, their summer camps, or their homes this morning. It’s cast a pall over what was supposed to be one of the more exciting days in our moviegoing lives, and more more significantly, it’s cost us 12 lives so far. There are true monsters in our midst, and we can never be vigilant enough to protect ourselves from these senseless random acts of violence.


  • How do I segue out of that? Well, if you’re curious about how Aaron Sorkin will cover these events two years from now on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” you should know that — accordig to EW — he’ll be doing it with a completely new writing staff, as he shit-canned his entire writer’s room, save for an ex-girlfriend. Before you start calling Sorkin names, you should know that 1) he rarely uses his writers, except for research and for ideas, because he (obviously) prefers to write the scripts himself, and 2) that this is not terribly unusual in the world of television. Matthew Weiner, in fact, often lets go of writers as soon as they turn in their episode drafts.

  • In other news, you should know that, according to THR, Kenneth Branaugh — who is directing the next Jack Ryan movie, which will star Chris Pine — will also take on the lead villain role, Viktor Stazov, a man who masterminds a grand scheme to cripple America.

  • If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, here’s a picture — via Filmdrunk — of the three-boobed woman from the Total Recall remake. It is strangely safe for work.


  • Here’s a new image from the next James Bond film, Skyfall, and I don’t want to speak ill or anything, but I have to say: I don’t care how cool you are, riding a motorcycle while wearing a suit looks silly. There’s a couple more images over on Slashfilm, if you’re curious enough to click.


  • Finally, John McCain is going to be on an episode of “Parks and Recreation” next season. How do we know that? Well, because we know that they’ll be doing some filming D.C. (where Adam Scott’s character will be a campaign consultant) and because John McCain tweeted this image.


    I sure hope it’s the cool John McCain we loved from “The Daily Show” before he became a bitter, curmudgeonly old presidential candidate.

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    Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.