Looking for Little Bloodsuckers
Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, is gearing up to film right here in New Mexico. While I’m awfully mixed on the idea of a remake, I’m excited it’s happening in New Mexico. The story of a bullied young boy who befriends the little vampire girl next door is being directed by Matt Reeves (who gave us the monster romp Cloverfield). Casting agents are looking for children ages 8 to 18 in Los Alamos, Taos and Albuquerque. The two main roles are already filled by Kodi Smit-McPhee (from the upcoming film The Road) and Chloe Moretz (who appeared in (500) Days of Summer), but there are plenty of other roles to cover. If you’re interesting in getting your offspring involved, please register with Elizabeth Gabel online at egcasting.com or call 967-9533.
Japan’s favorite robot kid flies, but doesn’t soar, in Americanized version
It seems odd, in such a rabidly anime- and manga-literate culture—where practically every new pop-culture entry is stumbling over itself to emulate the style found in Japanese cartoons and comics—that we’d need such a watered-down, Americanized version of a Japanese classic like Astro Boy. But that’s exactly what Imagi Animation Studios, the folks behind the 2007 CGI version of TMNT, thought.
Buddhist quest opens door to exotic world
Kids these days are under a lot of pressure. There’s the pressure to excel in school, even at a young age. There’s the added responsibility of organized sports. There’s the fact that many kids are now growing up in broken homes. There’s the continuing pop-cultural lure of sex and drugs. And if 30 years’ worth of PSAs are to be believed, there’s an awful lot of peer pressure exerted on young people to smoke cigarettes. Imagine, then, that you’re a 3-year-old Nepalese tyke who’s just been fingered as the reincarnation of recently deceased 84-year-old Buddhist master Geshe Lama Konchog. No pressure or anything, kid, but pack up your stuff—you’ve got a 1,000-year mission of peace and enlightenment to get cracking on.
The Singing Detective
“Batman: The Brave and the Bold” on Cartoon Network
A certain percentage of the fanboy population has dismissed Cartoon Network’s “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” as a too-cartoony take on the Dark Knight Detective’s adventures. Haters may be eating their words after this weekend, however, when the show gets a healthy injection of awesome in the form of Neil Patrick Harris.
The Week in Sloth
“The Jeff Dunham Show” (Comedy Central 10 p.m.) According to my sources, Jeff Dunham is incredibly popular—for a ventriloquist, anyway. That’s apparently why Comedy Central gave him his own TV show.
“It Only Hurts When I Laugh” (truTV 8 p.m.) Alternate title: “America’s Funniest Home Videos, Version 79.”
“Ultimate Parkour Challenge” (MTV 11 p.m.) Suddenly, television has realized that the urban sport of parkour—which blew up some time back in 2003—actually exists. Hey, better late than never, TV.