The Slate: How Do You Know, Red State, Gulliver’s Travels

The New York Times tells us all it knows about James L. Brooks upcoming How Do You Know. Frankly, it’s not a lot. The recap of the softball romantic comedy, pitched around some “can a big-star rom-com score?” hand-wringing, is that Reese Witherspoon is a ballplayer, and Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson compete for her heart. But did you know that Brooks is “known in these parts as the creator of a “Panic Attack!” cheer for his daughter’s soccer team”? (Or what that means?) And when will I’ll Do Anything get a director’s cut DVD release? (NYT)

Kevin Smith’s Red State, a horror movie which he once claimed was bleaker than Requiem for a Dream, is ready to roll. That’s Kevin Smith-bleak, of course, which for all we know is an empty refrigerator. The film is inspired by right-wing firebrand preacher Fred Phelps. Expect a Dogma-tic approach (i.e., totally headscratching) to the issues. (/Film)

In literary news, Emily Blunt is apparently good enough friends with Philip K. Dick to call him by his first name. She’s also playing a ditzy Lilliputian princess in a Gulliver’s Travels that will have little to do with Jonathan Swift. Raises frightening image of what a “Swift purist” might be like. (Inquirer)

Screenwriter Diablo Cody, meanwhile, acknowledges that adapting Sweet Valley High ain’t exactly tackling Atlas Shrugged. (We know which one we’d rather read.) (Vulture)

“I’m not indulging myself in any Neal Pollack-style Alternadad bullshit here.” Hey, the fact that your 4-year-old daughter loves 2001: A Space Odyssey is wonderful. The fact that you’re telling us isn’t. (Chicago Reader)

The cast for Wes Craven’s Scream 4 is going to inspire the same sort of nightmares as that Oscar tribute to John Hughes. (Variety)

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