Mark Hamill — who may be familiar to some of you from his voice work on “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” but to most of you is still Young Luke Skywalker — has apparently met with the screenwriter, Michael Arndt, for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Hamill tells Entertainment Tonight (via Vulture) that they’re “talking to us,” which presumably means Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, as well, about returning to the franchise in some capacity. Hamill is eager for the entire gang to come back, including Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, and while that is admirable and great and fantastic, I’m not sure that any of those guys can lend much box-office prowess these days. They may be best left in cameo roles.
That’s right! “Parks and Recreation” is getting Patton Oswalt as a guest star. There is no word yet on a cameo from the Failure Pile In A Sadness Bowl. I have no clue what Oswalt’s role will be, but he’s dressed like an Amish dude or pioneer and tending to a garden with Amy Pohler’s Leslie Knope. My guess is that Leslie accidentally offends the Amish community in Pawnee and has to make it right through Amish Community Service. Or it might be Pioneer Days, with free hotdogs and balloons for the kids!
Amazon’s “Zombieland” series continues to cast people that are completely unknown to me as leads. Tallahassee will now be played by Kirk Ward (Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Barry Munday). Ward joins Majara Walsh (Wichita), Izabela Vidovic (Little Rock) and Tyler Ross (Columbus) in the continuation of the movie’s events. Of course, pilot actors aren’t always still there when shows begin their run…
In movie news, Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) has released a clip from his new crime thriller Dead Man Down. Victor (Colin Farrel) was the second-in-command to a crime lord (Terrence Howard) until his wife and daughter died. Victor decides to seek revenge on his former boss and meets Noomi Rapace, one of his former victims, who has the same idea.
Do you like talking animals but hate watching them dance and sing instead of saving lives? I have some great news for you, weirdo! Dark Horse Comics title “Beasts of Burden” will be an animated film directed by Shane Acker (9). In the comic, a group of dogs and one cat decide to protect their town, Burden Hill, from supernatural events. Amazon’s synopsis includes this tidbit:
These are the Beasts of Burden Hill-Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red and the Orphan-whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil. This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery-events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move.
It sounds awesomely ridiculous! What? Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) is writing the script? Does that mean fart jokes and pee jokes and poo jokes? I want this to be a kickass animated film that adults can enjoy without their spawn hanging around, like “Phineas and Ferb” or “Regular Show.” I might need to seek out the source material before it is either adapted well or ruined forever. Has anyone read it?