The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition defines “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” as “Keep trying.” And in that spirit of redundancy, I present this week’s trend: the do-over.
1. Marvel Studios chief Avi Arad has made cryptic comments suggesting that the new Hulk movie he’s preparing is a do-over of the ill-fated Ang Lee angst-fest (pictured). Arad is making a new Hulk movie “in-house,” under the new Marvel Studios banner, and he lyrically describes it as “big and awesome and a big ride.” When asked if he’d be bringing in a completely new cast, Arad said: “It’s a do-over.” I didn’t know you got do-overs in feature filmmaking. If that’s possible, well, I’d like to call a “tag-back” on Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, which I had to sit through this morning.
2. Family of B.I.G. vs. City of Los Angeles: Last we heard, a mistrial had been declared. Now we’ve got a re-trial on our hands. So this means we’ll finally find out who really killed the Notorious B.I.G., right? Right. And they’ll find Hoffa the same day.
3. What’s the expression again? Ah, yes: History repeats itself as bluegrass. You’ve probably seen the video of David Lee Roth performing his bluegrass version of “Jump” on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, but the studio version is a far better representation of the song itself. Plus, you’re not so distracted by Roth, in bad pastels, looking goofy-lost in a crescent of fiddlers. Oh, and as long as we’re listing off bluegrass do-overs, Stereogum’s got another I’ve taken a cotton to: Dolly Parton’s reinvention of Billy Joel’s Travelin’ Prayer.
4. Oh, and wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute! Pete Seeger doesn’t like Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome cover album after all! Call him crotchety, but I think when you’re Seeger’s age, you’ve earned a couple of do-overs.