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Wait for It: New Stuff By Aqua Teens and Steve Carell

[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in
pop culture. Everyone needs something to keep them going, you know?
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Aquateen_waitFurther proof that the rude geniuses at Adult Swim have extended their contracts with Satan: the soundtrack for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. The film (out Friday, April 13 – coincidence?) already shut down Boston earlier this year, when Beantown PD mistook a promotion for the movie as a terrorist attack. Now the network is trying to shut down your ears. In addition to signature tracks from the cartoon?s characters (Master Shake, MC Pee Pants), indie metal gods Mastodon, Andrew W.K. and 9lb Hammer play their contributions loud. Best bet is to listen to new New York metal purveyors Early Man. Their song, a tribute to Meatwad, the sweetest character a cartoon ever saw, is titled ?More to Me Than Meat and Eyes.? [SPIN.com] – Johnathan Durbin

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Carell_waitSteve Carell can’t lose (or so it would seem), which is why his involvement in yet another classic-TV-to-big-screen adaptation is something worth getting excited about. Steve has been cast in the title-ish role of the forthcoming Get Smart flick, and if that isn’t incentive enough, this will be: his Little Miss Sunshine co-star and recent Oscar winner Alan Arkin has just signed for the film, as well (Alan will play boss man CONTROL). Reunited and it feels so, well, smart. Peter Segal (The Longest Yard) will direct the flick, which will also star Anne Hathaway, Terrence Stamp and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Well, four out of five ain’t bad. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Wait for It

[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in pop culture. Everyone needs something to keep them going, you know?]

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Just thinking about the upcoming Todd Haynes-directed Dylan
biopic, I’m Not There, is exciting beyond belief. The singular take on
portraying Dylan through various actors is refreshing: Christian Bale as
Dylan, Heath Ledger as Dylan, even Cate Blanchett as Dylan. As
for the soundtrack, it only follows that the veritable pantheon of indie rock
will contribute, including former Pavement frontman and current Jick
Stephen Malkmus (“Ballad
of a Thin Man” and “Maggie’s Farm”); the Hold Steady (“Can
You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”); and Calexico (“Senor [Tales
of Yankee Power]?). [Pitchfork]

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Janet_wait_1With two failed albums in a row, it’s seemed lately like Janet Jackson can’t catch a break. But maybe that’s about to change. The fallen star has been cast as the lead in Tyler Perry’s upcoming stage-to-film adaptation, Why Did I Get Married. Yes, Perry’s sense of humor runs from lame to so-unfunny-it’s-hilarious and he relishes playing to the lowest common denominator. But maybe Janet needs a safe bet to get her vocational wheel going again ? post Nipplegate. Putting together the words “Janet Jackson” and “underachiever” would have been unthinkable four years ago. A hit could restore some order to the universe. [Variety.com]

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Wait for It

[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in pop culture. Everyone needs something to keep them going, you know?]

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Neyo_wait Songwriter to the stars and a boldfaced name in his own right, Ne-Yo is set to release his sophomore album, Know Me, on April 24. The set will feature production from, well, people who know Ne-Yo: previous collaborators Stargate and Ron "NEFF-U" Feemstar are on board for another round of knob twirling. Recent Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is set to be the disc’s sole guest. Things are off to a good start for Know Me — the disco-inflected first single, "Because of You," manages to be both mournful and bouncy. Let’s see if Ne-Yo can keep the pace — he admits that he isn’t "100 percent" finished with the album. Hurry, Ne-Yo, make that release date! You haven’t disappointed us yet and now isn’t the time to start. [Billboard.com]

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Cguest_wait It’s a match made in heaven for pop-culture cynics: Christopher Guest (director of Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and, most recently, For Your Consideration) has signed on to helm a comedy pilot created by Arrested Development mastermind Mitch Hurwitz. The Thick of It will be adapted from a British show of the same name that concerns a bumbling government worker and his staff. It’s being developed for ABC and written by Hurwitz and Development collaborator Richard Day. Guest hasn’t directed for TV since the early ’90s, but doesn’t even matter — Thick is about as sure a bet as the ’08 Democratic ticket. [Zap2it]

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Jennifer Hudson: Queen of the World

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The last person left awake in hour three of last night’s Oscarcast has emailed VH1 Blog to inform us that Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress. Noted. But we can’t turn over and go back to sleep without considering some of the ramifications:

1. You know Beyonce’s taking notes. With the success of Hudson and Norbit, expect Ms. Bills, Bills, Bills to bulk up for a forthcoming biopic of George Foreman. She plays George.

2. American Idol rejects can now expect a brighter future than flipping burgers with Justin Guarini. Look for Antonella Barba to appear in a remake of Star 80.

3. Will there be a Dreamgirls, Too?  In this exciting sequel, a quartet of girls from Houston become a trio, then a few other members are traded around, the lead singer goes solo and sleeps with Jay-Z, and everyone lives happily ever after. (Except the other, less-famous two.)  You’ll weep as Beyondi sings, "I Am Telling You I Am Not Staying in the Same Hotel As Those Two Skanks."

4. Er, that’s it.

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