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Steven Spielberg bringing ‘Minority Report’ to television

- August 21st, 2014

Steven Spielberg has dug his own butt groove in TV’s couch and he’s not getting up anytime soon.

After the success (semi-success?) of his science fiction show starring Halle Berry, Extant, Spielberg is on the look out for his next project. If reports are true, he’s apparently already found it in the popular 2002 Tom cruise action flick, Minority Report.

Spielberg has allegedly joined forces with Godzilla writer Max Borenstein to write the television adaptation, The Wrap reported Thursday.

Although representatives for both parties refused to confirm or deny their ties to the show, it appears plot details have already begun to leak.

The weekly drama will focus on the “elite PreCrime unit,” the same task force Cruise was a part of in the original film.

The big question is who Spielberg will tap to play Chief John Anderton, a position previously held by the aforementioned Cruise.

Fans may be hoping Cruise will sign on board Spielberg’s next pet project, and while it’s highly unlikely, this is the man that managed to bring Halle Berry  to CBS.

There’s currently no estimated release date for the series.

Bryan Cranston helps kid get a prom date

- April 12th, 2014

Do you have a secret crush that you’d like to ask out on a date but are too scared he or she may say no?

Well then, maybe you need some help from a famous actor to give you a setup. That’s what high school student Stefan Montana did.

He cornered Bryan Cranston after a performance of All The Way on Broadway, where the actor is portraying Lyndon B. Johnson, Uproxx .com reports.

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Bryan Cranston winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for his role in “Breaking Bad” poses for photo backstage at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 18, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Montana asks the Breaking Bad star to record a brief message on his phone that’s a variation of one Walter White’s quotes from the final season.

Cranston reads into the phone: “Maddie, if you don’t go to the prom with Stefan, then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly.”

Then Montana takes the phone and asks: “Maddie, would you go to the prom with me?”

Montana posted the video on YouTube. (And there’s a longer version, which includes Montana’s request to Cranston.)

The gimmick seems cute at first, but it’s actually a little disturbing. The line Cranston referencesSPOILER ALERT – is actually a threat Walter White utters to his brother-in-law Hank Schrader when he realizes that Hank has discerned that he is Heisenberg.

But the gimmick apparently worked for Montana as he later tweeted to Cranston:

 

So maybe this Maddie girl really wanted to go to the prom with Montana. Or perhaps she was just afraid Cranston would slip ricin into her tea…

Childhood TV addicts more likely to commit crime: Study

- February 19th, 2013
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It appears I may be doomed to a life of crime.

While I’ve been a mostly law-abiding citizen for most of my life, it’s only a matter of time before I turn into a hardened criminal, thanks to a childhood spent in the care of a loving mother, a dedicated father, Fred Penner, Count Duckula and the cast of Saved By The Bell.

This, according to a new study out of the University of Otago.

The research, published in the US journal “Pediatrics” this week, found a strong correlation between childhood exposure to television and anti-social behaviour in young adults.

“The risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30 percent with every hour that children spent watching television on an average weeknight,” co-author Bob Hancox said.

The study also found excessive TV viewing was linked to aggressive personality traits and an increased tendency to experience negative emotions.

That’s true whether you’re dumb, smart, rich or poor.

And it doesn’t matter if you spend your childhood with the non-violence espousing Care Bears or the karate-chopping Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“It is plausible that excessive television viewing contributes to anti-social behaviour in ways unrelated to violent content,” it said.

“These mechanisms could include reduced social interaction with peers and parents, poorer educational achievement, and increased risk of unemployment.”

The study recommends limiting kids to to two hours of TV a day.

But it’s too late for me. I’m already doomed. I just hope I get to do cool crime, like sexy, elaborate bank heists, or maybe some high-level hacking.