First: Happy Friday. I mean that. Not in some bullcrap, mass-produced, consumer way. I really hope you’re having a wonderful “Weekend Eve.” Why am I in such a good mood? Let’s move to…Second: I’m on vacation starting Monday. Will I blog? Yes. Will it be with the same frequency? Perhaps. Will it be as regular as a fiber-addict’s bowel movements? Probably not. Just a word of warning for those who set their schedules by mine…so, nobody. Third: I have some fun Friday news that are in two unrelated installments:

George Clooney is the new Robert Downey Jr!

Yep, we’re STILL talking about Gravity , the movie that will neither die nor live. Apparently, RDJ is out, the Cloonster is in, and the lady is….

Yep, Sandy B hauled some ass and got herself a big project! For some reason including these two makes me less interested in the project. I know Alfonso Cuaron is the one directing and writing it, but now instead of a claustrophobic character study set in space, I feel like we’re getting a “get out of there before you run out of oxygen”/explosions in space type movie. I hope I’m wrong. Cuaron has pretty consistently delivered, and Clooney has a nose for good material (other than The American …which Roger Ebert is INSISTING is one of the best films of the year somehow). And I like Sandy B. I do. She seems like a good person…but her acting style is…let’s say I feel like she really tries hard to be good. I respect that. It’s just…okay, here’s my best analogy: If you’re only 5 foot 8, you can’t be an NFL quarterback. I know, I know, Doug Flutie and all, but the best example I can give you is that she doesn’t seem to have the unlearnable intangibles to be a really great actress. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my take. So the good news is (A) we’re done with casting roulette for this movie and (B) we finally get to see what the fuss was about. Here’s hoping it was worth the friggin’ 2 months of stories and 20 posts on casting news.

Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman are pitching a project.

Seriously, this is how that pitch should go: “Hi, we’re Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman and we’d like to pitch you a…” “Do it. Whatever you want. Do it now.” Those two creative SOBs are just so good at what they do that denying them the right to do it is like making a bird walk from place to place. Let these crazy bastards fly, dammit! There’s no plot outline, no script, nothing…but already it’s on my radar. Kaufman is as good a writer as film has ever known, and Jonze continues to prove with offbeat short films and great feature work that he’s one of the best young voices behind the lens. FOR GOD’S SAKE THESE ARE THE MEN BEHIND ADAPTATION AND BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. Give them what they want and no one gets hurt. Seriously, if we live in a world where Yogi Bear 3D is a reality and these two struggle for financing, then it’s not the terrorists who have won…it’s crap. Crap won. Don’t let crap win.

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