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A & E news, Aug. 21



Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editor Werner Trieschmann is helping pen a new web series for Strike TV, a soon-to-launch web channel conceived during the writer's strike. The series, “With Angels,” is based on characters from “Church of God's Glorious Light,” a play Trieschmann wrote years ago and then, with the help of screenwriter Mary Feuer, adapted into a screenplay. Trieschmann said that the screenplay generated some interest some years ago, but eventually didn't go anywhere.

The show revolves around a young woman from Arkansas struggling to find her place in Venice, Calif. Her faith in God figures prominently. Feuer, who recently served as head writer for the web phenomenon “lonelygirl15,” brings that same kind of video-blog style storytelling to “Angels.” The lead actors, too, will be familiar to fans of “lonelygirl.”

Set to launch in the next month or so, Strike TV will also feature contributions from the likes of Kriten Wiig, Timothy Dalton and Lester Lewis, a writer/producer on “The Office.”


RIP Alan Donahue, a local piano player who performed in Jody Evans' rockabilly band the Silver Crickets. The Mayflower native was 42.


The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Russell Crowe is developing a project based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks, who went to high school in Little Rock and later, at 32, returned to be with friends and family before dying of pancreatic cancer. Hicks is one of the greatest comics ever. His brand of smart, acerbic and hilarious social commentary (self-described as “Chomsky with dick jokes”) has been oft imitated but never duplicated. Crowe looks a lot like Hicks; otherwise, this sounds like a terrible idea.


Surprise! Glen Campbell, Delight, Arkansas's most famous son, is not only still alive, he's still making records. Released on Tuesday, “Meet Glen Campbell” follows the Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin model. With the help of former members of Jellyfish and Cheap Trick, Campbell takes on covers by acts like Green Day, U2, the Velvet Underground and the Replacements.


Billboard reports that negotiations are underway to release Guns N' Roses long-gestating album “Chinese Democracy” exclusively through a big box retailer, either Wal-Mart or Best Buy.

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