1. The “Heathers” Musical: A very interesting – albeit frightening – development from the theater world. I’m about as skeptical of it as I am of this, given that “Heathers” is probably one of my most cherished cinematic experiences of all time, and definitely the most quotable. Fucking with it (gently and/or with chainsaw) seems like a mega risk, but in its favour is the fact that its being translated to an entirely different medium (and genre), which would allow it to fail (or, I truly hope, succeed) on its own terms. It’s a better idea than that “Heathers 2: Veronica Heads To Washington” rumour that my beloved Winona Ryder was floating around a year or so back.
2. The new David Simon HBO series starring Melissa Leo: I didn’t even realized this project was happening: “The Wire” creator takes on the post-Katrina New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians in “Treme.” Clarke Peters and Wendell Pierce in key roles. Now Melissa Leo’s involved as well, making a very smart post-Oscar nomination move. “Generation Kill” notwithstanding, I trust David Simon with all my soul and am extremely hopeful about this project, which seems like it could play more to his strengths than “Kill.”
3. The premiere of “South Park”‘s 13th season: Satirizing Disney, Christians, purity rings, and the Jonas Brothers while in top form, Stone & Parker continue to prove “South Park” has somehow developed from the overexposed pop culture phenomenon it was 10 years ago to an underrated and often (but not always) totally brilliant commentary on American culture that puts current episodes of “Family Guy” or “The Simpsons” to serious shame. Please, please watch the full episode here and let it speak for itself.