Hollywood adaptations I didn’t expect to see

Part one: Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is adapting the BBC comedy The Thick of It for a US audience, with Armando Ianucci as executive producer.

Part two: Acclaimed indie director Wes Anderson, best known for quirky films like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, has chosen his next project – an animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.

Colour and Sound and Motion

Revealed

“Get off the road!”

I may be slightly too fond of trailer mashups, but this mix ofLord of the Rings and the Transformers movie is awesome.

Sci-fi pumpkins

First they brought you the Cylon-o-lantern; for their nexxt trick, EvilMadScientist.com made a Robotic Dalek Pumpkin.

“Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.”

Six-word stories at Wired. (Although none of them tickle me quite the way the Stephen Baxter story in the Concussion souvenir book does: “Big Bang. No God. Fadeout. End.”)

Shenanigans

Gary K. Wolfe on podcasting.

I hate podcasting.