Blog Archive

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Journeyman, The Secret Life of Bees, TV DVD News, Strike News, New Modem, Comic Previews


Forbes reporter Lacey Rose has put up a report on the online effort to keep "Journeyman," starring Kevin McKidd on the air. The show has been dropped after its initial 13 episode run. To catch Lacey's report go here. To learn more about this campaign go here.

The Secret Life of Bees

Paul Bettany has been cast in "The Secret Life of Bees," based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd. The story tells of a 14-year-old girl named Lily who, with her friend Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), flee their small town hoping to escape their harsh upbringing and discover the truth about Lily's late mother. Along the way, they meet three sisters (Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo and Alicia Keys) who intorduce them to art of beekeeping. While Bettany plays Lily's father. Dakota Fanning is in talks to play Lily. Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct for Fox Searchlight.

TV DVD News has posted info about "Matlock" (1st Season) here, "Martin" (4th Season) here, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (4th Season) here, "Meerkat Manor" (Season 2) here, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1971 Animated Series) here, "Perry Mason" (50th Anniversary Edition) here and "American Dad" (Volume 3) here.

Ray Bradbury Pickets Fox
Strike News

Warner Brothers distributed 1,000 or so 60-day warning notices to employees on November 12. Those WARN's notify workers that they could be laid off as a result of the current writers' strike. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety say the company is expected to begin letting many of those employees go any time after Friday. A spokeswoman said: "Due to the ongoing WGA work stoppage, some studio divisions will have to lay off employees. We regret the impact this will have on our employees, and we hope to bring them back to work once the WGA strike ends." Variety says representatives of Disney, Sony, DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox said no similar cutbacks were in the works.

New Modem

Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a new cable modem capable of downloading a two-hour movie in high definition in just 4 minutes. The same movie would take more than 6 hours to download via a high-speed DSL modem, he said, or 7 days by dial-up modem. Roberts said millions of thsee modems would be delivered to Comcast subscribers by the end of this year.

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Spider-Man: With Great Power... #1,

New Dyanmix #1,

Mercenaries #2,

The Boys #14,

Sword of Red Sonja: Doom of the Gods #4,

& Army of Darkness: Long Road Home #5

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