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Top Gun 2? A LEGO Movie? Is It Crap-Down-My-Leg Day? Again Already?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 29, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 29, 2010 |

  • It’s official what had been almost official before: Steve Carell will indeed be leaving “The Office” in May. NBC is already making plans for how to handle the show after his departure. Unfortunately, those plans do not include cancellation. Has a sitcom ever been good after a seventh season? Even “Seinfeld,” struggled creatively in its final two seasons — why does anyone believe “The Office” should continue?

  • I’ve had a Blu Ray player for a year and a half now and I’ve watched exactly two Blu Ray discs — Wanted and Iron Man. I just hardly see the point, but Big Media is going to try and squeeze every cent out of the Blu Ray format that they possibly can before it’s made completely obsolete by digital downloads, which is why the Back to the Future trilogy is being released on Blu Ray. Clutch those hard copies, folks. They might be valuable someday … or they’ll sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. (Back to the

  • Jerry Bruckheimer is talking some shit about a Top Gun sequel, featuring Tom Cruise, suggesting that Cruise has even shown interest. Oh, come on. Cruise is a lot of things, but he’s not that guy. This won’t happen. Go make a Kangaroo Jack sequel and die, Bruckheimer. (MTV)

  • I know a lot of you are still watching “Rescue Me,” and I know we short-change you with coverage of that series (I’m sorry — I quit after the rape season; not because of the rape, but because the show, to me, had lost its magic), but here’s a preview of the upcoming season to appease you good folks. (FSR)

  • The Guillermo del Toro-scripted Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of a 1973 TV movie that stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, will be released in January. Don’t read anything into that January date, though. Because … because … oh, fine. It’s probably a dump job, too. (THR)

  • I know that no one wants a LEGO movie, but it’s happening. You just have to accept it. And in making the best of a bad situation news, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) have signed on to write and direct the film. That’s not so bad, right? Oh, OK. Fine. Make your shitty movies, Hollywood! But stop dragging the good directors down with you, assholes. (THR)

  • Janeane Garofalo is in negotiations to star in the “Criminal Minds” spin-off with Forrest Whitaker, due out at mid-season. (Deadline)

  • Spike Lee is eying the thriller Nagasaki Deadline as his next directorial project. James Cameron is on board as producer for the film that “focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. The fed goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.” (Deadline)

    Oh, and people: John Barrowman (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”) has just signed a deal to write a young adult novel. (Bookseller)

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