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Martin Freeman is not Bilbo; Apple takes over Twitter; ‘The Dark Tower’ is a go; more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Martin Freeman turns down The Hobbit to stay at Holmes

2010 summer movie season sees faltering ticket sales

Apple TV isn’t 1080p and you shouldn’t care

Google to start TV service in U.S. this autumn

Nation’s Only Black Fulltime Editorial Cartoonist Is Losing His Job

William Gibson On the Future of Publishing: Made to Order Books

New plus-sized sitcom ‘Mike & Molly’ works hard to move beyond weighty issues

Gawker Media Now Bigger Than All Newspapers Online – Except One

Digital Comic Museum Is Library Of Free Comic Downloads

Can You Guess The Average Age Of A Facebook User?

A Close Look at Apple’s Latest Astonishing Twitter Takeover

Like It or Not, Twitter Has Become a News Platform

New Media Upstarts Relying on Journalism for a Change

How did all that movie talent crash?

Bruce Campbell on the horror franchise that launched his career: ‘All roads lead to “Evil Dead”‘

How Casting a Black Actor Changed ‘Night of the Living Dead’

3D or not 3D? Scientists recreate warts-and-all ‘image’ of Shakespeare… but have they got the right man?

Rachel Maddow: When You Leave the Studio ‘Your Ratings Go Down’

Stephen King exclusive: Who should star in ‘The Dark Tower’? ‘The Twilight cast, of course!’

Are zombies the new vampires in Hollywood?

Hilary Duff to star in new Spider-Man?

Ronald Reagan Biopic: Who Should Play the Gipper?

Peggy’s final farewell to Queen Vic

Tonight’s EastEnders fire: most ‘spectacular stunts’ in show’s history

Facebook Like Box Now Telling Users “F U”

The Xenophobic Right’s Weird Reaction to Hollywood Blockbuster ‘Machete’

Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here and the Rise of the Questionable Documentary



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  • Martin Freeman so is going to be Bilbo. It’s true, I read it on the Internet : http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/590315/the_hobbit_martin_freeman_may_be_bilbo_baggins_after_all.html

  • What a strange selection of filmmakers the Independent decided to tear down in their article about “crashing” movie talent. Their pronouncement that P.T. Anderson is the “only” director to have emerged in the late ’90s who continues to produce distinguished work is simply ludicrous. They ignore more than a few remarkable directors who emerged around the same period, including Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky, for starters — and a case could still be made for the likes of Bryan Singer and Jon Favreau. It’s puzzling, to say the least, how they came to their odd conclusion.

  • DaveTM

    I love the Dark Tower series and all I can think of is everything that could go wrong with an adaptation. While Ron Howard might be able to do it justice I’d probably be just as happy if it never got done.

    (Possible spoilers)
    Unless Roland has the Horn of Gilead with him the whole time and then I’d be hanging on every episode. Anyone whose read the books knows what this means.

  • Heh. A person on my blogroll was kvetching the other day about how Facebook was just for “old people” and it turns out that the average age of a Facebook user is 38. Which seemed old when I was a teenager but seems young compared to most of the people I know who talked me into using Facebook. Just more proof of how attitudes toward age change as you get older.

    Then again, a lot of twentysomethings I know are also using Facebook. And one such user still kvetches about the fact that MySpace won’t let her close down her page.

    As for the 2010 movie market, well, people with limited funds for leisure time activities don’t suddenly become less picky when a bad economy makes those funds even more limited.

    And after seeing Hollywood doing its damnedest these past few years to blow off any movie-goer who isn’t a young male between the ages of 13 and 30, it’s hard to feel sorry for them even though I was once a young male in that age-range. But then even as a teenager and a young adult, I still preferred to see a good movie whenever I had the choice.

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