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ON NOTICE: Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning, YOU'RE ON NOTICE.

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According to every movie site and entertainment news show, you're in the running for the role of Jane in the next Twilight Movie, "New Moon."

Don't Do It. You're so much better than this! Dakota Fanning, you were in "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn, "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise, "The Secret Life of Bees" with that whole ensemble cast, and now you want to go and join Twilight's miserable production?!

The death of EGM

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egm_logo1.jpg So for those of you who haven't heard... EGM has been shuttered.

It's actually not much of a surprise, and many  industry insiders had already known this was coming, though I doubt many realized it would come in such a violent and thorough fashion.

American gaming mag journalism has been dying a slow death as it is, and EGM has been in trouble for awhile. I mean, they've been giving away subscriptions for years (3 months, 6 months, 12 months), and in all the years that I've read EGM, I've never had to pay for a subscription. All told, I've probably gotten over two years of EGM for free. When a publication is giving away that many free issues, you know they're just trying to inflate their circulation numbers to make their audience numbers more appealing to advertisers for more ad pages and ad revenue. The fact that they couldn't do it organically for so many years was a bad sign.

Then there was Ziff Davis (the parent company) filing for Chapter 11. That's never good, no matter how hard the editors tried to spin it. Basic business rule #1: Don't Run Out of Cash. Ziff ran out of cash, and what can you do without cash? NOTHING.

With EGM gone that leaves...

Cowboy Up

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CowboyBebopDVD.jpgIn 1998, I was introduced to an anime series entitled "Cowboy Bebop". To tell the truth, I wasn't all that excited about it after the first episode. Not a fan of westerns (another reason why I scoffed at Firefly), not a fan of the animation style (Spike wishes he was Bruce Lee), don't listen to all that much jazz music (sure, it's the famed Yoko Kanno composing, but...), and what was up with Spike's hair?!

I kept watching it because people said it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, and it did end up growing on me (huge points for Ein, the awesome Welsh Corgi). I tend to hate episodic series, but the episodes were compellingly humorous or gripping, and tiny sprinklings of Actual Overarching Plot kept me watching until the end of the show alternately ripped my heart out then made me want to crush the VHS tapes. (Yes, VHS fansubs. Old. School.)

So when the movie, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, was released, I gladly pounced on it, loved it, then moved on thinking I had just left Cowboy Bebop for good as I assumed the movie had been the show's true final gasp.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

They're turning it into a live action movie that's being developed by Fox, produced by Erwin Stoff...

...and you'll never guess who's the frontrunner to play Spike.


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