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The Entertation Index: June 24

June 24, 2010

Avengers, The Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria are believed to be in talks to fill out the upcoming Avengers movie starring as, respectively, Ant-Man and the Wasp, both of whom are superheroes whose major powers include being able to shrink to insect size. It’s good to know the economy hasn’t hit the Avengers that hard, and that they can still afford to keep on the payroll two people with “shrinking to insect size” powers. Still, however, today’s news certainly hit the “fans of Nathan Fillion” camp, of which there are many people, harder than the “people who are huge Ant-Man fans” camp, of which there are three, and one of them couldn’t read the story because bullies stepped on his glasses earlier in the cafeteria.

Link: Fillion and Longoria in Final Negotiations To Be Ant-Man and the Wasp? (Cinemablend)

Cave, Martian — A class of sixteen California middle schoolers is raising eyebrows at NASA after, during a partnership with Arizona State University’s Mars Space Flight Facility, they discovered an opening to an underground cavern on the planet’s surface. Choose your own joke: a.) the children’s parents are still upset that their children went to Mars when they clearly signed a permission slip to go to the art museum, or b.) since the seventh graders are credited for the discovery, the cavern will heretofore be known as “The Fart Cave.”

Mars Cave Opening Found by 7th Graders (CBS)

Movies, Summer — It’s not too late to get interested in the great website Cinematical’s bracketed tournament to determine the “best summer movie of all time,” which features classic summer blockbusters from the past as Back to the Future, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Lion King, among others. Although between you and me, I think the contest is slightly rigged, as there is an obvious omission of my personal favorite all-time summer blockbuster, France’s 1999 Mauvesises Fréquentations. Don’t even act like its doomed romanticism wasn’t better than Armageddon, bitch.

Link: The Best Summer Movie of All Time Tournament (Cinematical)

Registry, Recording
— Wednesday saw the induction of 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” songs into the Library of Congress’ illustrious recording industry. Inducted songs included R.E.M’s “Radio Free Europe,” Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” the original cast recording of Gypsy and “Dear Mama” by Tupac Shakur. Sadly not inducted again? Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams (Get Into My Car).”

Link: Recording Registry is a Music Mashup (Hollywood Reporter)

Rolling Stone — In a clear example of how pop culture plays a role in our larger world view, it’s worth noting that — in case you hadn’t heard — the longstanding music magazine is currently getting the credit for the ammunition which got General Stanley McChrystal fired from the Obama staff after taking

You cannot escape Sharktopus.

several shots at the President. The entertainment world hasn’t affected the political world this much since Cat Fancy almost singlehandedly spearheaded 2002’s Senate bill for campaign reform legislation.

Link: Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Interview Shows the Magazine’s Nonmusical Side (Washington Post)

Syfy Network — The television network Syfy is going to let viewers pitch ideas for their own films, weighing on everything from the title to the wardrobe. But if you ever, ever think you’re going to pitch something better than Sharktopus, you’re crazy. This contest was over before it began, folks.

Link: Syfy Letting Viewers Create New Movie (Hollywood Reporter)

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