Chris Evans is Captain America, Michael Bay takes on ‘Monster Squad,’ Sarah Palin’s TV deal, and 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:
Is Chris Evans Set To Play ‘Captain America?’

The Disney Tittie Test: Casting Call Requires “Real Breasts” Only

Lloyd Dobler Was Not A Fan Of The Breakfast Club, Apparently

The 10 Kinds of Television Cameos

Top ten worst accents in movies

Will audiences ever want to see the ‘Twilight’ stars do anything else?

Why ‘TV Everywhere’ Will Fail

The stamp of Shakespeare’s on it

profile of Steve Prokopy, aka Ain’t It Cool News’ “Capone”

3-D movie boom leading to 3-D ticket price hikes

James Cameron vs. Glenn Beck: Let’s get it on!

Actor Robert Culp dies after fall

Long-running review show ‘At the Movies’ canceled

Fiverr: The Things People Will Write for $5

The week in geek: Paul WS Anderson to direct 3D Buck Rogers

“Popeye” will return to the big screen in 2011

‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ gets network deal

Nintendo to Develop Doctor Who Game?

Sandra Bullock: ‘Why I hate romantic comedies’

A Letter from David Mamet to the Writers of The Unit

Reacting to ‘Remember Me’: An Interview with Screenwriter Will Fetters

Michael Bay & Co. to Remake The Monster Squad

60% of Americans engaging in couch potato multitasking

Variety to studios: Stop giving scoops to the competition!

The Curious Case of the LAT Critic’s Chloe Flip-Flop

Magazine Editor Intentionally Spoils ‘Frozen’ — Because He Didn’t Like It

Why are Twi-hards Deserting RPattz and KStew at the Box Office When They Don’t Play Edward and Bella?

How do you find good critics’ quotes when everyone hates your movie?

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Sat, Mar 27, 2010 5:35pm

Re: The “Jiggle test”:

Short story, the “Jiggle test” was added by the New York Post and embellished in scandalous detail by a “Big Hollywood” blogger. In comments, John Rogers of “Leverage” and “The Core” infamy, notes that it’s very possible that they are seeking an actress who can pass as a younger teen, rather than hiring an actual teenager, to bypass strict labour regulations regarding underage actors.

It may well be sexist, but considering the axe being ground here, it may just be blown out of proportion.

Sat, Mar 27, 2010 5:41pm

I would like to hear Alec Baldwin read that letter from Mamet to the writers.

Sat, Mar 27, 2010 6:54pm

I think it’s curious that Rolling Stone is surprised by Twilight fans not following the stars to other movies. That’s what happens when the character is more popular than the actor.

It’s also what happens when actors try to switch genre. The Big Names in Hollywood don’t forget that, they steadily build a base in a particular genre of movie as their money maker, and do smaller projects on the side.

Plus, both stars of Twilight have openly mocked their fans, so now people complain about the lack of fan loyalty?

Sun, Mar 28, 2010 12:56pm

Oh, almost forgot; have you checked out the “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” Trailer yet?

Dr. Rocketscience
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Sun, Mar 28, 2010 1:32pm

From “The week in geek:”

last year, JJ Abrams turned [Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s] excellent work on Star Trek into a hugely enjoyable sci-fi blockbuster, yet Michael Bay managed to transform what may have once been a decent storyline into the brain-battering collision of steel and stupidity that was Transformers 2.


Star Trek was just as cliché and plot hole ridden as Transformers if not more so. The difference was a reasonably restrained director and a well selected cast that makes ST entertaining enough to forget how awful the writing is.

Sun, Mar 28, 2010 3:11pm

i like chris evans but he is still too small

Sun, Mar 28, 2010 3:53pm

I don’t know, moose. I’m willing to give Evans a shot at it. And I think he’s only too small if you’re using Rob Liefeld’s work as an example ( ).

Sun, Mar 28, 2010 6:22pm

Oh, almost forgot; have you checked out the “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” Trailer yet?

I haven’t, but I’m sure I’ll feature it this week.

it’s very possible that they are seeking an actress who can pass as a younger teen, rather than hiring an actual teenager, to bypass strict labour regulations regarding underage actors.

It’s hard to know quite what is going on with this Disney boob thing. For one, young teen girls can certainly have large breasts, much to their own mortification (and I can attest from personal experience: it’s no fun being a 7th grader who needs an adult bra), so I don’t think it’s that (though I do absolutely understand the desire not to have to deal with child labor laws, which is a real concern when you’re making a movie about underage characters).

On the one hand, if there’s suddenly a change in mood in Hollywood toward women’s bodies — against fakeness and toward a more reality-based attitude — that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it’s pretty awful that actresses who have merely given in to the demands that Hollywood has made on them should be treated like cattle and forced to demonstrate certain qualities of their bodies like this. On the third hand, Keira Knightley’s body has been treated by Disney as if it’s deficient in some way, from the costume she could barely breathe in that was meant to enhance her breasts to the posters that were altered to imply that she’s bustier than she is.

But this is what happens when Hollywood insists that women be very slender — as Knightley is; I’ve seen her in person, and man, is she tiny — as well as huge-chested, which is simply not a combination that occurs in nature in a large enough percentage for Hollywood’s needs.

Overall, I’d said it’s a fail on Hollywood’s part.