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Surprise! It’s the return of the end of week movie news dump.

I thought I’d shock everyone and do a post that’s not built around a trailer — there’ll be time enough for that on the weekend.

* Tom Cruise may or may not be many things, but I’ve never really thought of him as a rocker. Yet, that’s exactly what he will be in the promised film version of “Rock of Ages.” I’ve long had mixed feelings about Cruise as an actor — he can be very good in some things and disastrous in others — and I have mixed feelings about this project, too. To be specific, I like good movie musicals but strongly dislike eighties hair bands and what some of us used to call “corporate rock.”

On the other hand, Mike Fleming touts Anne Hathaway, who I have few or no mixed feelings about, as a possible costar. I wonder what she’d look like as a glam rocker…


* A star has been set — or at least gotten to the serious negotiation stage — for the long discussed “Jack the Giant Killer” coming from Bryan Singer and his old screenwriting cohort, Christopher McQuarrie, writes Mike Fleming. He’s that kid who was so great in 2002’s “About a Boy” grown-up into 20-something Nicolas Hoult. Hoult has also appeared on the UK “Skins” and will be turning up in the upcoming “Mad Max” reboot/sequel or whatever.

Mike Fleming, however, is not correct when he describes the tale as a “scary” variation on “Jack and the Beanstalk.” It’s an entirely different, far less commonly told, fairy tale. As Wikipedia tells us:

Jack the Giant Killer is a British fairy tale about a plucky Cornish lad who slays a number of giants during King Arthur’s reign. The tale is characterized by violence, gore, and blood-letting.

No wonder they’re making a movie of it.

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TCA Tour, Jan. 2009: “Skins”

If I hadn’t been out here in L.A. for the last week and a half, you would’ve seen my review of the first volume of “Skins” on DVD, but when it finally does make it onto Bullz-Eye, you can count on it being a rave. I’ve groused on many occasions about the portrayal of American teenagers on television, how it always feel so terribly unreal and thereby presents a version of reality that they feel obliged to live up to. In the case of “Skins,” however, I’m torn by what I’m seeing: on one hand, there’s no denying that it feels really, really real, but, indeed, it’s so real that, unlike “Gossip Girl,” it makes me go, “Oh, my God, maybe this really is what my daughter’s going to be doing when she gets to be a teenager.”

(For what it’s worth, I’ve checked with my sources in the UK – hi, Claire! – and I’m assured that the Brit teen experience is far wilder than the US teen experience, so I’m feeling at least a little bit better about it.)

Those who’ve watched the first two series of “Skins” have been a little bit twitchy about the news that the father-and-son creators of the show, Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, are basically doing away with the entire cast of kids – except for Effy and Pandora – and starting fresh with a whole new bunch of young’uns.

“We feel like…each cast has a kind of two-year life span, mainly because we are mostly interested in the ages of 16 to 18,” said Brittain. “That’s the format of the show. We felt that, looking at shows that have been before, like ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘The O.C.,’ they tend to go downhill a little bit when the characters all go off to college or a university because, you know, then you have to contrive convenient endless ways to get them to meet up again. They’re always coming home for a party or something like that. Also, we sort of felt like, in the first series, we took the characters quite a long way and sort of took them to their conclusions, really. So any more of those original cast would be, you know, not needed.”

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