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Who You Gonna Call for a Ghostbusters Script Read? How About Seth, Rainn and Jack

As per usual, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has the exclusive scoop on who will be participating in filmmaker Jason Reitman’s next “Live Read” event at LACMA. For a script indelibly stamped by Reitman’s dad Ivan.

Standing in on Thursday for the Ghostbusters trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis will be, respectively, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson. The only problem is that a lot of Murray’s best lines as Dr. Peter Venkman were not on the page, so Reitman had to combine the original script with a transcript of the finished film. Per Breznican’s report:

“While almost all of the dialogue in the original screenplay is echoed on screen, the Venkman character is completely improvised,” Reitman tells EW. “It’s as if Bill Murray was given a mumblecore-style essay about each scene and then permitted to say whatever he wanted as long as he got the point across.”

“He slimed me” is in the script, but not the follow-up line: “I feel so funky.”

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KPFK-FM Host Adds Berkeley Morning Slot

Today, KPFA-FM 94.1 Berkeley launched its new 7 a.m.-8 a.m. offering, Up Front!

Joining KPFA alum Brian Edwards-Tiekert as co-host is Sonali Kolhatkar, who can also be heard from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. weekdays on Pacifica sister station KPFK-FM 90.7 in Los Angeles as the anchor of Uprising.

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Diablo Cody Goes Day for Mamma Mia! Night

For the past month or so, Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has been doubling as a talk show host for Lexus’ L/Studio portal. Her Hollywood Hills backyard gabfest is called Red Band Trailer and welcomes to an Airstream trailer and Tiki bar a single celebrity guest each week.

For Episode #5, Cody chatted with actress Amanda Seyfried, not only the co-star of her Jennifer’s Body flick but also a key player in the host’s first date with husband-slash-show-director-co-producer Daniel Maurio. Go to the five-minute mark of the video below and watch as she puts hubby on the spot regarding their first date involving an ArcLight showing of Mamma Mia! and cheap grub at a nearby Denny’s:

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Pondering Jack Black’s Giant Penis

Strange things are bound to happen when a freelance travel reporter sets sail for the Bermuda Triangle. But quite frankly, FBLA was completely unprepared for the scene about a third of the way through Gulliver’s Travels that sees Jack Black whip out his privates and dangle them off-screen, for an extended period of time, above Lilliput’s citizenry.

While the 20th Century Fox family film showcases a remixed version of Jonathan Swift‘s fabled kingdom, the basic big-person-little-people ratio remains the same. Ergo, viewed from below, the manhood of our moonlighting mailroom clerk Lemuel Gulliver would be the equivalent of a small dirigible.

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Jack Black as the Mis-Informant

We get sent a million spoofs and parodies a week…no exaggeration at all. Few are funny. This one with Jack Black and America Ferrera featuring the adorable Caitlin Carmichael is hilarious. “I don’t want Obama beans up my nose!”

Part one is here.

Writer Not the Only Villain in VF‘s Discovering Brooklyn Story

vf04.08.jpgYesterday, you may have come across some media watchers along with seven pages and counting worth of comments ripping brilliantly dissecting Kate Ahlborn‘s blog post on VanityFair.com detailing her weekend trip into Brooklyn. And for good reason as, in the immortal words of Jack Black‘s character in High Fidelity, it sucks ass.

But young Ms. Ahlborn isn’t the only villain here. Sure, her take on a Williamsburg performance art piece is biased, a bit more than ridiculous, etc., etc. but let’s reserve some ire for her editors.

First, they published the piece. That, in itself, shows pretty poor judgment. But more to the point, the title — “Brooklyn Virgin Discovers Naked Dancing” — seems right out of “How to artificially inflate pageviews 101.”

Type “Naked Dancing” into Google (here) and the post pops up as the fifth link. This might be a good time to point out that the word “dancing” never actually appears in her story.

Look, we know it’s a tough time for magazine revenues, but we’re pretty sure shredding whatever small credibility you have in the Internet sphere for a couple thousand cheap pageviews isn’t the best business plan.

Prop 8: The Musical

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Composer Marc Shaiman, director Adam Shankman present John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Margaret Cho, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris in a musical of biblical proportions…

“Marriage will save the economy…”

We like how if there is a religious zealot on television, film or the internet Allison Janney is playing it.

Annie Awards Won’t Excise Oscars, But Will Probably Be More Fun

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DreamWorks “Kung Fu Panda” dominated the nominations for the 36th Annual Annie Awards with 17 nods for best animated feature, character animation, character design, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice work and writing, Variety reported.

Pixar’s “Wall.E,” Disney’s “Bolt,” Sony Pictures Classic/Bridgit Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” and Sherman Pictures/Lama Films’ “$9.99″ round out the field for best feature.

Other nominations are below:

The Annies will be given out Jan. 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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NIMH Physicist says Be Kind Rewind is Fiction!–No Such Thing as Magnetized Brain

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Turns out the whole premise behind Be Kind Rewind isn’t based in scientific fact! In the movie, Jack Black–with a brain magnetized by a civil disobedience act gone wrong–erases all the tapes in a Passaic, NJ video store, thus impelling the re-shooting of all the movies destroyed.

According to professional spoil-sport Jeremy Berlin, no way, Jose. He cites Jerzy Bodurka, a Polish physicist who works at the National Institute of Mental Health:

Overall, soft brain tissue has weak diamagnetic properties and cannot be magnetized to [that] level. If it could, then the kitchen, the mechanical shop, the hardware store, and many other places would be very dangerous environments for all human beings. So the answer to that question is NO.

In a few dozen years, or perhaps sooner, when nanotechnology, robotics, and power-generation technologies advance into something like a human-machine hybrid…such a hybrid [could] have a part of its body–say, an arm-equipped not with a deadly gun or flamethrower (like that cute-but-dangerous lady aka Terminator 3) but with a magnetic conduit.

That explains so much.

FBLA 20 Questions:Jesse Thorn

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Jesse Thorn is the creator of The Sound of Young America, which has nothing to do with Up With People!. As his website says,

Think of it like Conan O’Brien on public radio, or “Fresh Air,” but more fun.

Or think of it as Terry Gross on mescaline. A grad of UC Santa Cruz, Thorn lives in Koreatown where he blogs, produces his show, and obviously agonized over our carefully crafted questions. (If we were really clever, there’d be a podcast. Sigh.)

1. What newspapers do you read? The only actual physical newspaper I get is Current, the industry rag for public media. I read the New York Times online a lot, along with the San Francisco Chronicle’s sports section for a Giants fix.

Reading the NYT (and the New Yorker) is a contractual thing for us public radio personalities… there are pop quizzes, and you can actually lose your show if you don’t remember the subject of Frank Rich’s last column or whatever.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? I actually read everything out loud as slowly and clearly as I can (to practice my gravitas).

3. Which Web sites (besides FBLA)are on your favorites bookmark? Bloglines, for the quajillion blogs and news feeds I read compulsively. I love Boing-Boing and Ask Metafilter, and the Apiary family of comedy blogs particularly. A couple of forums–my site’s, where I mingle with my really cool smart interesting listeners, Okayplayer.com, where I argue about rap music, and aspecialthing.com, where I talk about comedy with fellow comedy super-nerds. A couple of sites of questionable legality, where I make up for the fact that I don’t have cable. The usual, in other words.

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