• It’s possible you have “Sherlock fatigue.” Symptoms include a nauseous reaction to the name Lucy Liu, a propensity to rave like a madman about the brilliance of Benedict Cumberbatch’s BBC show and a violent reaction to the following news: they are remaking Young Sherlock Holmes. But don’t worry; the guy who wrote The Lion King 1 ½, The Jungle Book 2 and Tarzan 2, all direct-to-video sequels, is handling the script duty. This isn’t “elementary” for dear Watson so much as an impending crime against cinema that it won’t take a super sleuth to solve.
  • This isn’t really movie news, but I have to share: a dude really made a house fly with balloons like in Up. Jonathan Trappe, a professional “cluster balloonist,” got a tiny house in the air using only tethered balloons. Let’s forget for a moment we’re actually in the midst of a helium shortage worldwide and embrace the sheer adorable and fuzzy-feeling nature of this totally pointless endeavor.
  • As we slouch ever closer towards the Gomorra of Star Wars Episodes VII-IX, we have some yin and yang news. They have hired two writers for Episodes VIII and IX: Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. While the latter has penned the timeless classics xXx: State of the Union and X-Men: The Last Stand, the former just so happens to have written Raiders of the Lost Ark and, oh yeah, Empire Strikes Back. In the interest of full disclosure, I should also mention that Kasdan’s last script was for the poo-heavy trainwreck Dreamcatcher. Still, getting the guy who wrote the best Star Wars movie ever to write the next Star Wars movies has to warm even the most carbonite-frozen heart.  

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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