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Thursday Sci-Fi Miscellany

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 7, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 7, 2011 |

It’s that time of the week again, when there are a bunch of small stories of interest, none of which can feasibly be spun out into a full length post. Below the fold you will be treated to wonders about which you will tell your grand children. Planet of the Apes title changes, Attack the Block distribution news, The Hobbit casting news, and the Internet debut of Star Wars in the form of a high school musical.

The upcoming Planet of the Apes movie has been renamed once again, after cycling through: Caesar, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, and Rise of the Apes, it will now be called Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Besides its grammatastic gymnastics, the most literal interpretation of the title would be astronomical. So if we’re talking about the rise of a planet, that could only be observed from another astronomical body, such as how from a vantage point on the moon, the Earth appears to rise. Either the title is as terrible as it looks, or it is in fact implying that the movie actually takes place on the moon.

(source: Cinema Blend)

But hey! Some good news for once! It looks like that fantastic indie alien invasion film Attack the Block is getting actual distribution by Screen Gems. You can check out TK’s review here, and it should be noted that the film is not actually about tetris addicts, as I originally assumed from the title. No word yet on whether this will mean theatrical or DVD release, but either way it looks like the downtrodden masses will get the opportunity to ignore the film while they go watch terrible terrible movies instead.

Also, THR notes that “There was some concern among some U.S. buyers about the thickness of the accents, something the movie wears as a badge of honor for sticking to the authenticity of the London scene, but Screen Gems boldly looked past that even as others didn’t.” [emphasis mine]

I sincerely hope that calling the decision to purchase a film despite accents “bold” is sarcasm, because if that’s what boldness looks like these days then we can pack it in and wait for a meteor to just end this farce.

(source: THR)

Also, it seems that Orlando Bloom and Saoirse Ronan are about to be signed to roles in The Hobbit, despite the fact that the novel features neither Legolas nor any other female characters. Ronan was quoted as saying that the film would add “a few new characters.” Great! They’ll be fantastic additions to the battle that Jackson will undoubtedly expand to fill two-thirds of the film!

(source: Cinema Blend)

To finish off, we have the musical so hot that even George Lucas couldn’t suppress it for more than 15 years. In 1996, a high school produced a musical version of Star Wars, which only managed to run for three days before the Sith Lord himself issued cease and desist letters.

Here’s the first clip, though you can watch the entire thing here.

Star Wars the Musical: Act 1, Part 1 from Funny Farm Films on Vimeo.

Hey, it can’t be worse than the prequels or “Glee,” right?

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

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