December 2007

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Pop Culture Will Eat Itself Presents the Best of 2007
Tonight another year slips into the mists of memory like mime into quicksand. And to celebrate, here’s what those of us a PCWEI think are the best things to remember about 2007:
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David LettermanHow powerful is David Letterman? His tears cure cancer. Except he’s never cried. Oh wait, that’s Chuck Norris…

Letterman has negotiated his own deal with the WGA so his writers (and the ones for network mate Craig Ferguson) get to come back to work on January 2nd. Letterman and his production company Worldwide Pants worked for the last two weeks to hammer out an agreement. So like Leno, Kimmel, and Conan, Letterman will come back on the 2nd. But unlike the others he’ll have his writing staff. Advantage Dave.

via TV Squad

I’m proud to present, through the miracle of YouTube, the sneak preview of Heroes volume three: Villains that was shown at the Jules Verne Film Festival:

John C Reilly in Walk Hard:  The Dewey Cox Story
Anchorman. 40-Year-Old Virgin. Talladega Nights. Knocked Up. Superbad. It’s safe to say that Judd Apatow has had the Midas touch lately. He’s managed to either write/direct or write/produce films that range from completely silly to bawdily funny but grounded in reality. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is his latest writing effort, and it treads on new ground for Apatow: the musical. The spoof of music biopics like Walk the Line and Ray seems like perfect fodder for Apatow’s signature wit. But can it live up to it’s predecessors and fulfill the lofty expectations?
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Merry X-Mas Everyone

Hottie McHotterson Lauren Graham with Billy Bob in Bad Santa.
X-mas is finally here, presents are open, and the roast is in the oven. So let’s fire up the old jukebox for a little aural cheer:

Sufjan Stevens – “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”

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Jonathon Coulton – “Podsafe Christmas Song”

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Michael Bishop – “Rock-a-billy Christmas”

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And because no X-Mas is complete without mashups, here are a couple of selections from Santastic III (In 3-D!):
djBC – “You Shook Me All Noel”

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mojochronic – “Yuletide Zeppelin”

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There’s a red band trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming basketball movie Semi-Pro out, and like most red band trailers it makes the movie look much funnier than the G-rated version.

We’ve got a while to wait for the movie, as it’s not due to hit theaters until February 29th. Even if you’re not a Will Ferrell fan it should be fun to see Andy Richter, Tim Meadows, Will Arnett, and Woody Harrelson together.

It seemed like this week might be a good time for a Christmas-themed cover. So here are Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam covering John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”. U2’s the perfect band to cover a protest song, and their version is thankfully devoid of any of Yoko’s shrieking…

You may have heard of Pixar, the animation studio that’s brought us Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. They tend to make movies that don’t suck.

Well their next project is called WALL-E, and it’s about a robot that’s left behind when humans leave Earth. For 700 years he keeps doing his job, cleaning up trash. Then he meets EVE and everything changes. It’s written and directed by Andrew Stanton, who directed Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc, and it hits theaters next June. Check out the trailer below.

Director Tim Burton is making an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland
Uniquely strange filmmaker Tim Burton is producing and directing his own spin on the Lewis Carrol classic Alice in Wonderland. Linda Woolverton, writer of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King will write the script. Filming will start in early 2008, but no word on a release date yet.

This should be interesting to say the least. What do you think? Can Burton pull off the sublime quirkiness of Alice in Wonderland without going off the rails?

SciFi.com has all the details.
via BoingBoing

My Lost-lust has officially set in. Why? Watch these two videos, then we’ll discuss:

30-Second Trailer

Longer Trailer

Holy Schnikes. Ok, so after the videos what do we know?
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