Odds and ends from the Friday before a looong weekend:
- After originally setting a release date of May 2, 2008, Columbia Pictures has decided to push Bond 22 (ya know, the one that comes after Casino Royale) back a few months and, instead, debut it on November 7, 2008. The next installment in the James Bond franchise has run into a bit of trouble as of late, what with director Roger Michell quitting the project. No new director has come onboard yet, though Richard Curtis (Love Actually) has been rumored to be penning the script.
- You know it's a wacky Friday when Michael Jackson makes it into Quickhits. The pop star (who was recently acquitted of child molestation charges) is in talks with John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers) to direct his comeback video. While this may seem a bit strange to some of you (for many different reasons), Landis has a history with Jackson, having helmed the videos for Thriller and Black and White. Says Landis, "Michael is a genius. He's obviously an eccentric but he really has a great talent." And that talent is?
- In my wildest dreams, I never imagined a film could be described as a 'Jewish blaxploitation movie.' However, The Hebrew Hammer is just that ... and I loved every minute of it. Thus, I was thrilled to hear writer-director Jonathan Kesselman is planning a sequel and calling it Hebrew Hammer 2: Hammer vs. Hitler. (Ed: Will this come before or after his screen version of Beemer?) After Hammer battled Santa in the original, I think it was pretty obvious who the bad guy in the follow-up would be. Anyway, according to reports, Kesselman has written the recent Mel Gibson "incident" into the script. And, apparently, Gibson dies at the end of said scene. Says Kesselman, "I think if Mel wants to truly extend an olive branch to the Jewish Community as a whole, his on-screen death would go a long way in accomplishing that goal." Hmm, I guess that's one way to look at it.