So Much: Paul Rudd Is Dorky Cool, Robert Downey, Jr. is Pissed Off, Ben Folds, and More
Tonight’s edition of Barrel Scrapings is actually pretty great, so stick around for these news items.
First off, Tara Reid is apparently returning to the franchise that made her a star, before she stopped being a star and started being the Incredible Human Train Wreck. Looks like she’ll be in the next American Pie movie, the seventh in the series (although, this one, like the last several installments, will go straight to DVD). The title: American Pie: The Book of Love. It’s sort of a DVD reboot, if you will. The logline: “Ten years after the first American Pie movie, three new hapless virgins discover the Bible hidden in the school library at East Great Falls High. Unfortunately for them, the book is ruined, and with incomplete advice, the Bible leads them on a hilarious journey to lose their virginity.”
Oh ho ho. Belly chuckle! Let the hilarity begin!
I don’t know why I didn’t include this in the High School Musical 4 video from “SNL” post, but there’s even more Zac Efron news today. I know! I can feel your tingles through my computer monitor. Anyway, Efron — it has been confirmed — will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the race-car action pic, Johnny Quest. Apparently, that title means something to some people. It’s based on a vintage animated series inspired by James Bond that originally ran in the 60s before getting a second shot in the 80s. I’ve never heard of it. However, Johnny Quest was actually an 11-year-old boy in the original series, so — according to the L.A. Times — they are considering changing the name of the movie, what with Efron clearly being 13 years old (also, the studio fears that Speed Racer has tainted vintage cartoons for movie adaptation purposes).
Elsewhere, Elisabeth Shue — who was unable to resurrect her fading career playing herself in last year’s decent Hamlet 2 — has signed on to play the sheriff in Alexandra Aja’s 3D remake of Piranha. The movie is about a lake full of piranhas who start attacking locals. There’s probably not much more you need to know about it, except that John Sayles had a hand in writing the original screenplay and Roger Corman once did a television remake. I think that about sums it up.
Now the fun stuff. First off, here’s a snippet of an interview with Robert Downey, Jr. at a junket, in which RDJ gets pissed off. And, typical of the former Defamer editor, Seth Abramovitch somehow tries to make RDJ the dick in this scenario:
First Journalist: I’ve got to ask. What do you think [Tropic Thunder Method actor] Lincoln O’Siris would think of Jamie’s performance in this?
Robert Downey Jr.: Next question.
Robert Downey Jr.: By the way I could just say that to all them.
First Journalist: Do you think he’d approve?
Robert Downey Jr.: I have no idea how to even begin answering that question. And by the way—I want to have a good time. I want to have a great time, just that one tied my fucking shoelaces together right off the bat. What else you got?
Second Journalist: So I’ll kiss your ass and maybe it’ll be better.
Robert Downey Jr.: I don’t think that’s the answer either. Yeah, you do your thing and I’ll do mine.
Finally, as I must, I leave you with two clips. The first is Paul Rudd on “Sesame Street.” And as hard as he tries to be lame, somehow Rudd still comes off as super-cool. Dorky cool, but cool all the same. Amazing, really.
And finally, this probably should’ve gone in TK’s music news today, but he missed it (probably on purpose, the bastard). Anyway, in a couple of weeks, Ben Folds is putting out a university A Capella album. This, from author Nick Hornby: “I’d be surprised and delighted if I heard a better album than this in 2009. Ben Folds has recorded a whole bunch of top-notch university choirs who’ve been singing his songs a capella as part of their repertoire, and the results are just fantastic. Some of your favourite Folds songs - ‘Jesusland’, ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Landed’ - have been re-arranged so that instruments and percussion are replaced by the human voice, and I’m completely addicted. And the lead vocalists put every single Pop Idol entrant ever to shame.”
High praise. High praise.
Here’s a short promo clip to whet your appetite: