George Lucas Doesn't Believe in 2012 and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

george_lucas_225.jpgAlso in this Friday edition of The Broadsheet: A Star is Born gets born again with an unlikely duo... Russell Brand is ready to Rock... Taco Bell doesn't like potential kiddie porn... and more ahead.

· Not that we really believed Seth Rogen when he said George Lucas was a tinfoil hat-wearing nut who thinks the world is coming to an end next year, but it's always good to get confirmation. "I spoke with George," said Lucasfilm rep Lynne Hale in an e-mail to Wired. "He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012, but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into Indy 5 along with a roster of famous dead actors." To be fair, the dead actors were going to be inserted into Star Wars, Lynne, but we get your point. That Lucasfilm didn't deny the existence of the Millennium Falcon is worth noting. [Wired]

· Because nothing makes more sense than Clint Eastwood directing Beyonce in a remake of A Star is Born, here comes Eastwood directing Beyonce in a remake of A Star is Born. No word yet on who will take the male side of this coin, but apparently everyone from Jay-Z to Will Smith to Robert Downey Jr. to Jon Hamm could be in the running. [Deadline]

· Color us completely unfazed: Julian Assange's biography has been optioned for the big screen. Bill Hader, FTW! [THR]

· You might think Russell Brand would make a better "Stacee Jax" in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages than rumored star Tom Cruise, but your opinion doesn't matter. According to Deadline, Brand is "circling" the role of Lonnie, the guy who runs the musical's central bar, The Bourbon. Call me an idiot, but if they serve beers during this movie like they do during the musical, I'm sold. (Yes, I know: You can easily sneak beers into movies, but I like things to be official.) [Deadline]

· MTV's Skins has gotten off to a perfectly controversial start. The sex-fueled teen show lost a key advertiser on Thursday as Taco Bell pulled their ads. Said a Taco Bell spokesman: "Upon further review, we've decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming." And that's from Taco Bell. The same company that sells a burrito made with Fritos. [THR]

· How many eccentric actors can star in one movie? Three, apparently. James Franco, Benicio del Toro and Michael Shannon will star in Iceman, the story of insane mafia hitman Richard Kulklinski. Shannon, natch, will play Kulklinski. [Collider]

· Good news? Kiefer Sutherland says the 24 movie will start shooting in "eight months." [/Film]


  • G says:

    How do I get a job as a LucasFilm rep? I'd like to think I'd be pretty good at writing snarky e-mails.

  • The Winchester says:

    Did you learn nothing from Demolition Man? Taco Bell is going to be the champion supreme of fast food.
    When they say jump, I say how high, with no sour cream please.

  • Jon says:

    It was a publicity stunt for an Indiana Jones movie about 12/20/2012? It will star Shia LaBeouf. (Harrison Ford will make a brief appearance as the ghost of Indiana Jones.) It is titled "Indiana Jones and the Cult of the Great Cycle".