Dunce Flash: Week of 11/08/10

This has been quite the week. It’s been chocked full of disappointments and total excitements, to be sure, and it’s been a rather hectic and disappointing week on my end, but I am eager for the weekend. And, certainly, I’m thrilled to share with you five big pieces of news for the week.

Cee-Lo drops “The Lady Killer”

Can you say finally? I’ve been looking forward to this album from Cee-Lo for months, what with the tease of such a killer (no pun intended) lead track. I haven’t given the full thing a spin yet, but I’m hoping to do it this weekend, with (hopefully) a review to follow. In the meantime, PopMatters has a pretty thorough review praising “Fuck You,” noting the album’s sheer brilliance in nostalgic hooks and failure to maintain the musical throwback. [PopMatters]

Check out the video for “Fuck You” above.

Warner Bros. attempts to redirect obnoxious VM movie pleas (like mine!)

The cast of "Veronica Mars," Image courtesy of CW

Five months after “Veronica Mars” producer Joel Silver confirmed that the feature film project was dead, Warner Bros. created an official e-mail address where fans can send requests and open letters (cough) for a VM movie. New York Mag (unfortunately) (and rightly) believes this is simply a ploy to clean out the inboxes, but the move must say something – maybe the fans are really demanding some sort of conclusion. I say give it a shot. If you want it as much as I do, the effort certainly couldn’t hurt. [New York Mag via Playlist]

Daria Morgendorffer directs you through traffic

Good news! Now you can customize your GPS to have MTV’s most apathetic teen guide you to your destination. Daria Morgendorffer (of the eponymous ’90s cartoon) will be your guide! And remember: “There is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza.” [Frisky via MTV]

Below, Daria on popular culture.

“Glee’s” new superstar elevates Katy Perry

Despite New York Mag‘s less than stellar review of the new “Glee” episode, “Never Been Kissed,” the show garnered a hit single. Fans are ravenously downloading Darren Criss’s excellent rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenager Dream,” and I have to say – I think it’s the best song “Glee” has done all season. Criss, of  the YouTube sensation “A Very Potter Musical,” absolutely reinvigorated the track, making it a longing ode to desire and need. I may even splurge on the download. Check out the performance (with the Tufts Beelzebubs, no less) in the video below.

And, for good measure, my favorite “Glee” tune from last year. You may disagree, but I, well – I freaking love Marky Mark. (Just audio)

“Glee” does “Good Vibrations”

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” headed to the big screen!

The jacket art for Mr. Popper's Penguins"

My absolute favorite children’s book is being made into a feature film! Director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) is behind the effort to bring Richard and Florence Atwater’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” to the big screen, with Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury and Carla Gugino all on the bill. The film is set for an August release, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. My sister used to read me the book from her bottom bunk, and she used to regale me with the tale of the poor house painter and his 12 Adelie penguins. The film is said to be a modern update of the 1938 classic.

This one is going to be such a winner. Count me in for opening day.

Such a great news week (VM news aside)! What’s exciting you recently?


One thought on “Dunce Flash: Week of 11/08/10

  1. I was in a store today and I got disappointed when “Teenage Dream” came on and it was the Katy Perry version. Criss’s version was one of the few bright spots of a mess of an episode, and really a mess of a season so far.

    I can’t let myself get my hopes for a VM movie anymore. I just can’t. But have you seen the trailer for Burlesque? I had to do a double take when I saw KB’s brown hair.

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