The past hour the Internet has been all abuzz with news that George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and the rights to the expanded Star Wars universe to Disney for $4.05 billion (half in cash and half in 40 million shares of Disney). Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will take over as President of the company and serve as executive producer for Star Wars: Episode VII which is tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release date. I’ve decided to be cautiously optimistic, but someone may want to give teh ‘monkey a hug as he’s currently crawled up in a ball under his desk muttering obscenities and planning a way to kill everyone involved.
So it turns out Keira Knightley (who I like to think of as the future Mrs. Carrot) is getting married to James Righton, the keyboard player the rock group Klaxons. This pretty much sums up my response to the news. Thanks to lintly for the heads up (and for ruining my holiday weekend).
Monkees fans around the world let out a collective sob when news hit the interwebs that Davy Jones was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack earlier this morning. Although best known for his role as The Monkees frontman, Jones went on to have a successful theater career as well as popping up in various cameo roles in television and movies over the years. In 2008 Yahoo named Jones the #1 Teen Idol of all-time. I know I’m bummed (yes, I own an autographed copy of the man’s autobiography), but I can only speculate how longtime Transbuddha contributor ZolarCzakl is taking the news. G’night Davy, and thanks for some great tunes (which you can find more of after the jump).
Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globes again Sunday night. The big winners of the night were The Descendants and The Artist taking home Best Picture Awards from Drama and Comedy respectively. Both films’ leading men took home awards for Best Actor as well. I was happy to see Michelle Williams take home Best Actress for Comedy for My Weekend with Marilyn. On the television side Homeland was a big winner taking home the award for Best Drama and a Best Actress Award for Claire Danes. And Modern Family was Awarded the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. You can see the complete list of winners here.
In the keynote speech at the MIP Junior showcase in Cannes, France, Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, has announced the next animated Batman series for Cartoon Network, debuting in 2013, will be named Beware the Batman. The cartoon will focus on “a classic-looking Batman (sans classic yellow oval Bat-logo) teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick” named Katana (who may, or may not be a version of The Outsiders’ Katana) to take on Batman’s “more obscure villains, such as Professor Pyg,” but will also include well-known Bat-villains.
For the Bat-specific programming, check out the video starting at 35:37.