Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Odds & Ends: "Pirates," Duchovny, Bateman and "Arcadia"

+ Did we already know that Disney planned on making a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie or was it just assumed? My brain is too foggy to keep track. Anyway, surprise! It looks like Disney's making a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and it's going to make all our steampunk dreams come true, incorporating a bit of sci-fi and Captain Nemo into the plot.

+ Remember how we were all "X-Files"-y yesterday? Well, let's keep that party going, shall we, with an A.V. Club interview with David Duchovny himself in which he talks about some of his past roles.

+ Jason Bateman talks about his role in the upcoming Simon Pegg/Nick Frost alien road movie, "Paul" and manages to spoil a pretty bad joke.

+ Here's a pretty fascinating story on what it takes to be a composer for film and television. Sadly, it takes more than just being able to whistle a jaunty tune, which totally eliminates me for the job. My parachute is not that color. :(

+ Did you know that the son of playwright Tom Stoppard is appearing right now in one of his father's plays? No, I don't really care that much either. What I do care about, though, is that there's a revival of Stoppard's "Arcadia" in London's West End right now and I didn't know about it. Trust me, if you live anywhere near there and have never seen "Arcadia," go now and see it. Like tonight. It is a thrilling, funny, miraculous play about mathematics and love and the passage of time. I saw it in London in 1994 and when it was over, just sat there with the words "that's the greatest play I've ever seen" pulsating through my little over-matched brain. And even if you don't live near enough to see it, go grab a copy of the play at your local bookstore -- I'd suggest paying for it of course, but I'm not the boss of you. Enjoy!

6 comments:

Michele said...

Ooh that composing article was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

I certainly knew there'd be a fourth PotC film - and given I've not been following that news (what with giving up after film 2)...

Cassandra said...

I so don't know what to think about a fourth Pirates movie...

Michelle said...

Yeah, Arcadia!!! I did this show in college and love love love it! Now, how to get to the West End...

Steampunk might be the only way I would see a 4th PotC.

JusticeRobin said...

Yes, Arcadia! Love it to pieces. My class read it in 8th grade (I went to a weird private school) and got to see it at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Every time I read it I find something new. Just pure genius.

And if anyone does get to see it in London, tell me so I can think angry thoughts at you ;)

Alison said...

I love Arcadia! One of my good friends in college was in a production of it, and seeing it turned me into a big Stoppard fan.

Cara King said...

Chiming in late to say that I, too, adore Arcadia! I've seen it twice, and read it once. Ha ha! I mean, ha HA!

:-)