‘School of Rock’ is becoming a TV series on Nickelodeon in 2015

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By Will Ashton
While Richard Linklater’s newest movie Boyhood is earning accolades left and right from critics and audiences alike as it slowly creeks into theaters across the country, it appears that another Linklater favorite is coming back. If on the small screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Nickelodeon has just given a straight-to-series order for a live-action School of Rock TV series. The new thirteen-episode season will have Linklater and mega-producer Scott Rudin executive producing, with Jim and Steve Armogida writing the program. While casting has yet to go underway, filming is set to begin this fall, with a spring 2015 premiere in place.

Details are limited other than that at this point.

My Nickelodeon days have long passed by now. The only time I even catch a glance of the station is if a Spongebob re-run is happening or if one of my sisters has the station on the TV. That said, if Linklater is involved, I am definitely curious to see what comes of this. I doubt that it will be anywhere near as fun and heartfelt as the original movie, but if he is involved, maybe some of the original’s magic will be seen. Maybe.

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Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

By Will Ashton

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One of cinema and television’s most prevailing stars, Mickey Rooney, is unfortunately no longer with us.

The LA Times reveals that the former child actor passed away last night of natural causes. He was 93 years old.

Making his start in vaudeville has a toddler, Rooney has lived a long and prosperous career, having earned four Oscar nominations and working for over 90 years in the entertainment business. He will be missed.

Rooney will next be seen in an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde later this year.

David Letterman to Retire in 2015

By Will Ashton

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With Jay Leno officially out of the running, it seems David Letterman is the oldest late host in the business. But that won’t be the case for long.

During the taping of his April 3, 2014 show, Letterman announced he will be retiring in 2015. His contract had been extended until 2015 back in October, but this is the first official confirmation that he is leaving the show.

The news was spread by Late Show guest Mike Mills on Twitter, as he tweeted, “Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave.”

Having hosted the show on CBS for the past 22 years, following 11 years on NBC, Letterman has certainly left his legacy and, to me, he will most certainly be missed.

No word yet on who will be replacing Letterman once he leaves.

‘The Simpsons’ Will Have a Fully Lego-ed Episode This May

By Will Ashton

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After the announcement of their Lego set earlier this year, and a certain cameo from a certain character in a certain movie in theaters right now, it seemed that the relationship between Lego and The Simpsons was already at its height. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, apparently.

According to TV Line, May 4th will see the release of a fully-Lego animated episode of The Simpsons, titled “Bricks Like Me.”

In an episode description, they stated the following:

“Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of LEGOs. He then must ‘put together’ how he got there and somehow figure out how to get home.”

In addition to this event, this episode will serve as the 550th episode of the ever-popular animated Fox series.