Actor Noah Wyle is in early talks to reprise his role in TV movie The Librarian for a 10-part series adaptation. The ER star played Flynn Carsen, a geeky librarian-turned-ancient artefact protector, alongside Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin in the 2004 film, which spawned two sequels, and now producers are planning to revamp the franchise for a new generation of fans.
The Librarians will centre on a group of young men and women vying to become Wyle's successor.
Production is slated to begin in April (14) in Oregon. Newhart and Curtin have also been approached to return for the TV series.
Here are some of this week's highlights from Flavorwire, VH1, Celebuzz, and Hollywood.com, ranging from Jennifer Lawrence to libraries.
There's a feud going on between Jennifer Lawrence and Joan Rivers. Apparently, Jennifer Lawrence dissed Rivers' show Fashion Police in an interview, calling it damaging to women and the world. Rivers fired back on Twitter, suggesting that Lawrence was arrogant and hypocritical. Read the full interaction at Celebuzz.
VH1 offers likability tips to Anne Hathaway. Number one: Be more like Jennifer Lawrence. The actress has inexplicably drawn the internet's anger, but could there be a solution? Here is VH1's advice to Hathaway to end all the Hathahate.
Find out who the best pop culture librarians are. Whether they are the villainous shushers or the sexy nerds, librarians hold a dear place in pop culture. From Tammy II of Parks and Rec to Conan the librarian, check out which librarians made Flavorwire's list.
There's a lot of genre-bending going on. Hollywood.com picks up on the trend and lists the shows, both new and old, that created their own genres. Super Fun Night is labeled a sad-com, while Golden Girls invented the much-mimicked quartet comedy. Read the full list at Hollywood.com.
In October 2004, Google announced an ambitious project, one that has imagined by the greatest minds of the world for as long as humans have recorded their thoughts. The Google Print Library aimed to be an all-encompassing destination for information. The plan: scan every book in the world and make them available to view by anyone, at any time, anywhere. A utopian concept — one that quickly took shape as Google connected with America's universitys to digitize thousands of manuscripts. "Google Books" was recognized by many as one the 21st century's great innovations. For others, a terrifying seizure of power.
In Google and the World Brain, director Ben Lewis investigates the potential issues with the company's rising stature through interviews with writers, librarians, employees of the Titan corporation, and futurists. On the surface, even the most cautious can't help but speak in awe of the "world library." But when Lewis drops cautionary quotes from H.G Wells into the mix - predictions of a super power who eclipses all government with knowledge - the tone takes a turn for the worse. Futurist writer Jaron Lanier is the most vocal: with everyone in awe over Google's attempts to manifest the world library, Lanier believes society missed the step to regulate them.
If there's one issue for the film is the inability to crack Google's secretive process. When it comes to their high tech tech book scanning, a mobile unit that treks to libraries across the globe, there are only 6 seconds of recorded footage depicting the process in action. The only Google employee Lewis enlists can't be pushed to weigh in on the negative ramifications of the project. When legal battles eventually ensue against Google, authors taking action in the murky world of copyright law, Lewis' often opt to keep mum. As the court room warring continues today, sources keep confidential information (that would add to Lewis' case) out of the interviews.
Still, Lewis intriguing subject matter outweighs any road blocks he faces when mining facts. Like the futurists he's speaks with, Google and the World Brain looks at today to predict the future. Google isn't a nefarious enterprise, but decades from now, will power change them? There goal is to create the ultimate vault of information, one that can also support ads and enhance the artificial intelligence of their search engine. H.G. Wells wasn't far off when he imagined the future being home to a "world brain." Lewis' documentary isn't that different from the science fiction author's own forward thinking.
Could Google pose a potential problem for the world as a whole, even if they're goals are to help evolve society? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week's theme: Music Video Memories!
Since MTV is totally not about the music anymore, we thought we'd take this week's throwback opportunity to revisit some of the most notable music videos from our staff's collective memory. Some remember their first videos fondly, while others may not have the same love for their virgin video viewing (although to be fair, Marilyn Manson isn't for everyone).
Browse through our list of benchmark videos that meant something to the Hollywood.com staff. Here's what we picked in this week's throwback...
Brian Moylan: When I was a kid and we first got MTV in the mid-'80s (yes, "I want my MTV" actually had a purpose in the early days) I was absolutely obsessed with the Dire Straits video for "Money for Nothing." Not only was it an amazing song, but it had "I want my MTV" right in it. And it was a cartoon. It was like a post-modern Max Headroom (Google it, kiddies) but without the stutter. I couldn't get enough.
Kate Ward: I became so obsessed with Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over" music video, that I rewound it ad nauseam on my Indigo iMac in order to learn the dance. My parents are glad I didn't feel the same way about "Dirrty."
Kelsea Stahler: *NSYNC not only had our tiny little adolescent hearts on a string, but they had jokes. And they had commitment. (Get it? Because they’re in the nut house?) They could have just made their “I Drive Myself Crazy” about being sad about a girl, but nope. They go all the way and plop the entire band into a padded cell in an insane asylum where all the doctors are sexy librarians. Ten cool points to Justin Timberlake for his excellent crazy eyes at the 1:31 mark.
Marc Snetiker: "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182 wasn't the most artsy of videos — the trio just runs around naked the whole time, because that's apparently what rockstars do — but it was my earliest memory of watching MTV and thinking, "WTF, man?"
Aly Semigran: The first music video that really made an impact on me as a youth was Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade." I remember being completely horrified and transfixed by the mosh pit (I'd never seen one before and vowed I would never find myself in one, a promise I have stuck to to this day) and coming to the realization that certain music and musicians had a greater cause. I didn't know what RATM stood for at the time, but when I watched that video I knew they had something to say and that it was worth listening to. It was the first video and band (one I'm still a fan of to this day) that opened my eyes to music with a message.
Alicia Lutes: "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners. First of all, I was obsessed with this song after seeing the music video. BEYOND obsessed. I was (shocking to no one, I'm sure) the kid that loved to sing nonstop ad nauseam around the house and for several months this was the song of choice. Also this was the first music video I ever saw. And on top of it being a killer tune, the video was all vagabond-y and British which are two of a young girl's favorite things, right? There were a lot of overalls in my life at that time.
Anna Brand: "C'est La Vie" by B*Witched. OK, everything about this music video is so demented, and yet so addicting. Four girls swaying in unision on an animated flower-popping lawn of sorts, wearing jean on jean and singing to a confused boy sitting in a haphazard treehouse. Totally trippy looking back now.
Abbey Stone: When I was a pre-teen I wasn't allowed to watch MTV. But, alas, I got home from school approximately 2.5 hours before my parents got home from work, so the television was m-i-n-e and TRL was totally my jam. Unfortunately, one quick glimpse of Marilyn Manson was enough to make me think that maybe my parents were on to something. Considering all it took was 12 seconds to give me nightmares for years, I'm not entirely sure which terrifying video I stumbled across. But it was probably this one.
Matt Patches: I didn't watch a lot of MTV as a kid, but I do remember being exposed to Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Aeroplane" while at a friend's house and immediately thinking, "What have I been missing?"
Shaunna Murphy: 'Tearin' Up My Heart' by *NSYNC. Screw Christian Grey. Justin Timberlake on that four-post bed was all I needed for my sexual awakening. But, like, looking back, I'm pretty sure that he was 14 or so when that video was shot. I'm so okay with the fact that Lou Pearlman is in prison now.
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In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we've started Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week's theme: '90s Commercials!
Looking for a quick splash of nostalgia? Here's what our staff picked...
Marc Snetiker: Remember that old Gushers commercial where all of the kids turned into humanoid fruit? That was traumatizing. How did their parents react?! There was one kid who even turns into a cactus. Worst fruit snack transformation ever.
Brian Moylan: Who can forget the Taster's Choice commercials about a man and a woman entering a relationship? It was like a soap opera centered around instant coffee (as all romances should be). And it stars future Buffy star Anthony Head!
Alicia Lutes: PeeWee Herman knows what cool is: and apparently it does not involve smoking crack rocks. I'm uncomfortable. And terrified. And will definitely never smoke crack. Mission accomplished?
Samantha Xu: Gak made my hands smell weird, was a black hole for pet and human hair, and always got stuck in the carpet, but boy did I love knowing that I was offending those snooty librarians.
Kate Ward: Seth Green's old Nerf ad is everything that was great about the mid-1990s in 30 seconds. Including a "NOT!" joke. Worst commercial ever. NOT!
Matt Patches: Crossfire looked like the most badass game of all time. Flying into a deathmatch arena on hoverboards, lighting striking down to reveal the board, a theme song that sounded like a rejected single from a Guns N' Roses kids album — it was bliss. That said, shooting a triangular piece of plastic with marbles is interesting for approximately two seconds. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I knew anyone who actually owned Crossfire.
Aly Semigran: Thinking back to the '90s, I don't resent what my parents, or any parents for that matter, went through. Not only were kids constantly inundated with toy commercials, but the jingles were so damn catchy. Seriously, remember the Skip-It jingle? You do now. And you won't be able to get it out of your head for roughly 17 weeks. (Also, can I have a Skip-It, please?)
Abbey Stone: A creepy commercial, but an unforgettable theme song. And so what if Chicken Limbo was recalled in 2006 for injuring 23 children, it was the highlight of every eight-year-old's birthday party in 1995.
Kelsea Stahler: Polly Pocket may have been the perfect choking hazard, but I mean, it’s a tiny city with tiny pets and tiny cars and tiny little circles to click our tiny little dolls into. This also proably the most effective commercial ever — I may or may not have owned every single one of these teeny-weeny sets.
Can't pick just one? This week's double whammy writer is... Kelsea Stahler!
Double Whammy!: You'd have to include Cool Shaving Ken, because it’s in the name. There was a time when Barbie was brazen enough to make out with Ken, all over the small screen. Also, sometimes, by the magic of chemicals, Ken could shave his beard (oh yeah, Ken had a beard sometimes). Which was super cool.
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Anthony Kiedis, frontman for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, on how the rock band Talking Heads affects him, at the induction of the Talking Heads into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month:
"Some very strange things happened to me when I heard the Talking Heads. For one thing, I felt smart.
"Another thing that happened to me when I started listening to the Talking Heads is I wanted to have sex with a lot of librarians, and other music hadn't made me feel that way, either. So, I'm definitely making a bond with the Talking Heads at this point."
Four people with extraordinary talents discover that they have been selected by Flynn Carsen to work for the Library, an ancient fellowship of knowledge and heroism. They travel the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous, secret world of magic.