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A Hodge Podge of Stupid: Because Some Trade News Doesn't Deserve Its Own Post

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 26, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 26, 2011 |

Some days it seems impossible to find a single worth while thing on the trade news sites, certainly nothing worth five hundred words anyway. Some days there is an entire pile, just pluck the shiniest one and start writing. Today is the sort of day where all the news I’m seeing is not just pointless, but infuriating in its idiocy. Let’s start pulling those fingernails.

Oh hey, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is getting made, which is fantastic news considering that all three people who saw the first movie have killed themselves. In addition to Nicolas Cage’s hair piece, the film will be smearing itself all over Ciaran Hinds and Idris Elba. But SlashFilm is really excited, they had this to say:

“The beautiful thing about those big Hall H presentations is that you can feel the mood of the room swing positive or negative in real time. The Hall H audience is like a 6000-person-sized elephant, only a bit quicker on its feet, emotionally speaking. As we saw footage of the making of the film, and then some of the final product, you could feel one big, stupid collective grin forming across the giant hall.”

The fact that delirious excitement for shit can spread so quickly within a large crowd in a closed room is a perfect summary of why I never go to hall H. That and the pencil stabbings.

(source: SlashFilm)

Oh and ESPN is getting into the remodeling things on reality shows game. They’re making a series in which dilapidated gyms at high schools are remodeled. I suppose that makes sense, since they’re ESPN, but one might expect that in such schools there are also other problems, like you know, the other buildings where education and such happens. Oh and Kenny Chesney will be writing the theme song. Go team.

(source: THR)

Remember how there were two competing King Arthur films in the works, one by Guy Ritchie and one by Bryan Singer? Yeah, they’ve both been canned. But WB just announced that they are fast tracking a modern reinterpretation of Arthurian legend called “Arthur and Lancelot” brought to us by the guy who directed Wedding Crashers. So I guess that in 2013 Ghost Rider 2: Go Fuck Yourself will have competition for the worst film ever made.

(source: SlashFilm)

Andrew Garfield announced in his “Spiderman” panel at Comic Con that Spiderman saved his life. Now that would be some pretty nifty news, had it actually meant that the webslinger swooped down and pulled the actor from the path of an assault by the Green Goblin. But no, what he actually means is that it is so terrible being rich and gorgeous that being given an opportunity to be more rich while working out for three straight months to be more gorgeous, pulled him out of an understandable slide into oblivion. How do these rich and beautiful people manage with all of their agony? I’ll let you know when I win the lottery.

Goddammit, the reality is that he gave a rather charming little speech that made me actually like him. Way to ruin a good rant Andrew.

(source: THR)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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