Entertainment for Friday, and other things

Well, you know this is going to be shite!

From: Variety

Lampoon sets an epic spoof
'301' mocks '300,' 'Gladiator,' 'Braveheart'

The revived National Lampoon, which hasn't thrown a toga party since "Animal House," is pulling out the sheets for another one.

The company has set a fall start for "National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas," a spoof of such sword-and-sandal films as "300," "Troy," "Gladiator" and "Braveheart." Jason Burinescu wrote the script.

Protag is Awesomest, an out-of-shape Spartan general who fails forward on a path to greatness.

Pic will be produced by National Lampoon, Dan Farah and Burinescu, who just sold an animated celebrity spoof show to MTV.

Once a prestige signature of comedies like "Animal House," National Lampoon has languished after licensing its brand name to underwhelming laffers like the Paris Hilton starrer "Pledge This!" The publicly traded shingle is trying to redeem itself by becoming a more selective and active producer under CEO Daniel Laikin.

Lampoon will finance "301." It recently completed production on "National Lampoon's Ratko: The Dictator's Son" and "National Lampoon's Bag Boy."

"As we aggressively move into the inhouse film production business, '301' is the kind of project we get very excited about," Laikin said. "This will be a great complement to our library."

Dale Rosenbloom will be exec producer. Farah Films is producing "Armored" for Screen Gems with the Raimi/Donen Co., and recently set up a screen adaptation of the fantasy book series "Shannara" at Warner Bros.

But jumping from from complete creative barrenness to the opposite of the spectrum, I must congratulate Warner Brothers on their current approach to the online marketing of their movies.

First there was the Dark Knight viral "campaign" for Harvey Dent - which was apparently hijacked by the Joker.

Now you can email Watchmen's resident hardlining vigilante, the keenly observing Rorschach, who has just set up his own online journal. This news comes via Aint It Cool News.

Anyway, in terms of South African movie releases, Shrek The Third finally starts today. And with another cold front sweeping across the nation, your best bet for huddling in a movie theatre will be Sunday. Which does also effectively mean for the Durbs crowd that Sunday's dam adventure will be postponed.

I'm also pleased to report that last night's session of D&D went surprisingly well. Exceptionally well in fact. After weeks of rolling terribly, my completely unarmed paladin grappled a crossbow-wielding guard to the ground, bashed him, pinned him down, stole his longsword, and then killed him. All without failing a single roll. So I was the only one to get experience from the encounter and gather enough points to reach Level 3. Yay.

I don't think I was particularly popular with my team members though. They had set up a complicated co-ordinated attack on 2 guards outside the cave where our arch enemy, a druid, is hiding. It involved a lot of giggling and torch throwing in the bushes to distract the guards - I kid you not.

So, disgusted by this silliness, I simply walked up to the guards and bluffed my way into the cave, having been invited there in the past by the druid. Of course next week I'll be back to botching my attacks (a problem since it'll probably be the BIG confrontation), but for once I was happy with my rolls.


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