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BREAKING: Director Tony Scott Jumps to His Death

This is not the kind of scoop that The Daily Breeze or any other local SoCal newspaper wishes for.

Staff writer Art Marroquin, updating this evening his item from earlier in the day, identified a man who committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach as Hollywood A-list director Tony Scott. The bridge connects San Pedro with Terminal Island:

Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s apex and leapt off “without hesitation” around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner’s Department and port police. A suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn…

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Get Ready for Rotten Tomatoes Radio

Some of the liveliest content on rottentomatoes.com can be found in the comments to individual reviews as well as on the reader boards. Starting Thursday June 7, that same general flow will hit the airwaves of Sirius XM Radio.

Per an announcement first tipped to The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond, the site’s editor-in-chief Matt Atchity (pictured) will host a weekly one-hour call-in show. It’s a natural brand extension and an indication of how Warner Bros. is focused on adding value to its Flixster-crowned property:

Atchity will host Rotten Tomatoes Radio from the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. “My staff and I love movies, and joking and debating about movies fuels a lot of what we do on our website,” Atchity said. “We look forward to sharing those discussions — and arguments – every week with Sirius XM listeners.”

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Blogger: LA’s Blade Runner Future Appears to Be Right on Schedule

With Los Angeles just seven years away in real calendar terms from the fake version of the city showcased in Blade Runner, Matt Novak at Smithsonian magazine’s Paleofuture blog decided it was high time to take billboard stock.

The best part of his post is the stuff about how Los Angeles fought non-electronic billboard proliferation in the late 1920s. The city fared about as well as it has this time around in the face of electronic displays and so-called super-graphics adorning the sides of office buildings. Writes Novak:

Today, with digital billboard technology becoming commonplace, local governments all over the country have been fighting advertisers with outright bans. Cities claim that these relatively new forms of outdoor advertising are ugly and distract drivers. Of course, these were the exact claims that the opponents of billboard advertising were making in the early 20th century…

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Deadline.com Fails the April Fools Test

Today, The Guardian has clearly admitted their mistake. After picking up an April Fools joke item posted at worstpreviews.com that claimed James Cameron wanted to do a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the newspaper has amended the item sub-headline:

History may be set to repeat itself if Cameron signs on for the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s latest return to the Alien universe • … but in fact it’s unlikely to as we discovered this story was an April Fool’s joke on the part of the original source on 3 April. Sorry for the misinformation

On the other hand, Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, who sourced the errant Guardian report, has not been quite as upfront about the slip-up. And that does not sit well with the author of the original gag article, Alex Ginzburg:

After most sites realized it was a joke, they simply apologized. But not Deadline. It instead erased all user comments about how the original article was a joke and then posted an update that states: “Insiders tell me that James Cameron was making a slightly humorous off-handed comment about making a Prometheus sequel and they’d be surprised if it amounted to anything, considering how busy the director will be preoccupied with Avatar sequels.”

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Hero Complex Gets Its Own Geek Show

The LA Times Hero Complex blog is getting its own show on YouTube. Hosted by Times pop culture writer Geoff Boucher, Hero Complex: The Show will run on Nerdist’s soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel and will feature interviews on all things geek and/or nerd. Among other guests, Ridley Scott will be on the show to talk about Prometheus and Leonard Nimoy will also make an appearance to discuss long life and prosperity.

The Nerdist Channel makes its YouTube debut on April 2, while Hero Complex: The Show will premiere the week of April 9.

Press release after the jump:

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Graphic Artist, Hollywood Inspiration, Moebius Dies at 73

Jean Giraud, the graphic artist also known as Moebius, died over the weekend at the age of 73 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Giraud’s sci-fi, alien landscapes were popular in Hollywood and the artist served as a consultant on a number of films–including Ridley Scott‘s Alien, Steven Lisberger‘s original Tron and The Fifth Element among others.

More from the LA Times:

Even as Giraud’s productivity narrowed in recent years, his stature in the creative community seemed to grow as young illustrators, digital artists and video game designers looked to his work as a key compass point. In October 2010 the Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain in Paris launched a lavish five-month exhibit of Giraud’s work that included small, humble sketches and majestic wall-sized pieces.

The artist visited Los Angeles while the exhibit was underway and, in an interview with The Times, said he couldn’t put a name to the restless nature of his imagination or the persistent disdain for repeating his past accomplishments.

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With or Without Superman, Vancouver Flying High

We’ve written before about how Los Angeles is now essentially a TV production town and no longer a studio movie making metropolis. This is certainly borne out by a report today in the Vancouver Sun, a newspaper of record in the nearest runaway production hub.

British Columbia Film Commission staffer Susan Croome has just in fact returned from a business trip to LA. Though she can’t confirm reports that Zack Snyder‘s reboot of Superman will be shot there in 2011, like the filmmaker’s previous films Watchmen and Sucker Punch, it doesn’t really seem to matter.

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Should ‘Blade Runner’ Be On Boardwalk or Park Place?

ridley2.jpgWhat has Hollywood come to when it’s looking for subject material in board games? Okay, maybe for a game show (look at “Tic Tac Dough”), but a movie?

monopoly.jpgWell, considering that videogames and comic books have become not only the norm, but an extremely lucrative multi-billion-dollar norm, then we can only assume that these studio execs know what they’re doing when they hire a writer and a potential A-list director to do a film on Monopoly.

Yes, that’s the uber-Capitalistic game that every kid plays because it supposedly teaches them about money — how to use it, spend it and lose it. Now, the studio suits at Universal Studios want to make “Monopoly — The Movie.”

Universal has lined up A-list director Ridley Scott to potentially produce and even possibly direct as well as screenwriter Pamela Pettler (“Corpse’s Bride,” “Monster House”) to write a first draft of the plotless screenplay. It’s assumed that the story will be about money.

It’s a far cry from “Blade Runner” or even “Alien,” but being British, Scott may bring a distinctly non-American point of view to the Capitalistic foray.

‘Hillary 1984′ Attack Ad: ‘Brilliant’

Some descriptions of the above unauthorized pro-Obama “viral!”, “Internet-only!” political attack ad “mashup” — one that references Ridley Scott‘s famous Apple ad that debuted during the 1984 Super Bowl — making the rounds, courtesy of a single San Francisco Chronicle article:

stunning
creative
watershed
compelling
“a new era”
“new wave of politics”
groundbreaking
sophisticated
“very powerful”
“old versus new”
iconic power
“changed the zone”
biting
expertly created
sophisticated
brilliant