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Volume I, Edition 31- Thanksgiving happened last week, and not much else. Still, our intrepid reporters have dug deep to find you plenty of news that will be relevant to your entertainment life sometime next year. But shut up, we’re trying to watch The Big Bang Theory. Read on!


Long-rumored ‘Ender’ adaptation takes one more step toward disappointing fans

Patrick Sessoms (source)

It’s starting to look more and more likely that an Ender’s Game movie will happen in the near future. Recently Summit Entertainment announced it began casting a number of kids to fill the roles of tortured futuristic battle schools tudents, including Hugo’s Asa Butterfield as the protagonist, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin.

The film is largely contingent on child actors giving good performances. It’s based on the classic Orson Scott Card novel, which focuses on a time in the not-so-distant future during which interstellar war is imminent and Earth’s best and brightest kids are taken to study in an elite battle tactics academy hanging in orbit.

Not only that, but it was also revealed that Gavin Hood would be directing the film (you might remember him as the guy who directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Filming will be done in Louisiana between Feb. 24 and June 8, 2012. It’s too early for us to make any snarky predictions, especially because a large part of our childhood is invested in this being a good movie (that’s right, we were those dorky kids reading on the playground while that big kid who got held back three grades threw rocks at us). So for right now, we’re just keeping our fingers tightly crossed.    


HBO attempts to make most HBO show of all HBO shows

Joseph Hunter (source)

In an attempt to out-do itself, and with a Jeremy Piven-shaped hole in its lineup of offensively hilarious characters, HBO has tapped writer Brett C. Leonard (Hung) and actor/producer James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) to adapt the dark French Canadian comedy Taxi-22 for American audiences.

The show, produced by Gandolfini—who will also likely star in its lead role—follows the life and times of a politically incorrect New York taxi driver as he struggles to make ends meet. While no other details are yet known about the project, HBO’s history indicates we can expect no lack of profanity, nudity and off-color humor.


Christian Bale hangs up the tights

Patrick Sessoms (source)

In a way, we all knew this was coming, but recently Christian Bale, beloved actor and one of the best ranters and ravers of the past 10 years, announced that he has no intention of reprising his role of Batman again after next year’s The Dark Knight Rises.

“I wrapped a few days ago,” Bale said recently, “so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off. I believe the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris—that will be the end of that Batman era.”

Despite the fact that this was rumored months ago, it doesn’t mean it hurts any less for nerds everywhere. While it’s not known if this is the end of the Caped Crusader on the big screen (spoiler: It’s not), it is certain there’s going to be a big, pointy-eared hole in our summer movie season from now on.

On the other hand it’s only a matter of time before another tall, dark and mysterious masked man with a gravelly voice steals audiences’ hearts. 


Pop music and American tradition not as important as ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ratings say

Joseph Hunter (source)

Thanksgiving is a time in which families across the United States come together to reflect on all their blessings, eat home-cooked meals, and watch The Big Bang Theory. Apparently.

Another damning indictment of values and priorities, a rerun of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory topped the non-sports Turkey Day ratings with some 11.2 million viewers nationwide. In second was yet another attempt by Fox to cash in on Ice Age with the special Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas AT 7.1 million, and ABC’s traditional Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (and add-on Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown) cracked 5 million nationwide.

At least we can rest safe knowing all those shows beat Lady Gaga’s intimate family Thanksgiving special (which we reported on here). Could it be that the Fame Monster has been slain? Or were we the Fame Monster all along? This isn’t a rhetorical question. I really don’t know. Somebody help me.

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