Saturday’s Shenanigans: Recent Entertainment News

It’s been a pretty slow week in my neck of the woods, there’s just not a lot going on in the sports or entertainment world these days. Here’s the bits and pieces I found worth sharing:

MGM is in a heap of trouble folks, they’re in such a financial mess that they’ve officially canceled the next Bond movie, and The Hobbit becoming a reality isn’t looking so good either, as it looks like they might’ve just lost Ian McKellen.

There’s some good and bad news for you in the casting department over at Marvel. Ed Norton won’t be back as the Hulk for the Avengers movie, which really sucks. Apparently Marvel just didn’t want to pony up the cash and decided it would be better to recast the Hulk for a 2nd time in 5 years. Norton was the one and only reason I had any interest in a Hulk movie. In other news, Kevin Bacon is set to play the villain in the upcoming X-Men First Class movie, which is a prequel to the other X-Men films.

So after all the Team Conan and Team Jay nonsense that NBC created over the course of the last year, and then the asinine decision made to let Conan O’Brien go instead of Jay Leno, might really backfire if things don’t pick up for Leno. Comcast may replace Leno when they take over NBC Universal later this year.

I’m not sure which is sadder, the fact that a “transient” 23 year old died in a movie theater, or the fact that the last thing he was subjected to was the latest ‘Twilight’ movie. Man, I wasn’t interested in this movie before, if it might kill me I’m definitely not seeing it!

Join us after the jump for our newest feature of Saturday Shenanigans.

Seeing as how that’s about all I can find worth talking about, and the fact that this little weekly feature is still growing and figuring itself out, I’d take this opportunity to try out a New in Theaters section. We’ll stick to the the big nationwide releases:

Movie: Despicable Me
Stars: Steve CarellJason SegelRussell Brand (Full Cast)
Rated: PG
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% – Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes,Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.
The Plot: A trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon.
Will I See It?: Yes, but this’ll be a renter, it looks like a good family movie with a laugh or two. Steve Carell is always great, even animated. Great cast of characters as well.

Movie: Predators
Stars: Adrien BrodyLaurence FishburneTopher Grace (Full Cast)
Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66% – After a string of subpar sequels, this bloody, action-packed reboot takes the Predator franchise back to its testosterone-fueled roots.
The Plot: A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.
Will I See It?: Again, looks like a renter. I’m interest in a Predator movie helmed by Robert Rodriguez, but the cast looks really sketchy.

We’ll see if we can get the trailer to work this weekend. We’ve been having trouble with the code, so this might be a very short lived feature of the Saturday Shenanigans. In case the video doesn’t show up I’ll still provide a link. Will Ferrell is back again, only this time it looks like it will actually be a funny movie, which has been rare since Talladega Nights. Without further delay, I bring you The Other Guys.

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Dave Sack

has been tasked with the great responsibility of covering all things entertainment related. His career is a quest of epic proportions. What that quest is ultimately leading toward is a mystery to us all. His family (wife & son), football, coaching, movies, and video games take up most of his time.


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