Meat-scented potpourri


By Cheryl Eddy

1) Nicolas Cage to star in Liberace biopic. (Via TMZ via Hollywood Wiretap.) I can't decide if I'm excited or horrified, frankly.

2) A Barney Fife statue, set to be erected in Mount Airy, NC (basis for the fictional Mayberry, setting for The Andy Griffith Show) has been destroyed before it was finished. Why? Details are suspiciously sketchy, but money -- not interference from lovable lush Otis Campbell -- looks to be the cause. A few more deets on the "statue snafu" here. (Via Ohnotheydidnt.)


Image from The Shrine to Don Knotts

3) The Descent is poised to be summer's greatest snake-free film -- and 2006's scariest cinematic entry by a mile. While you're waiting for its August 4 release, take a cue from one of those hopped-up Ain't It Cool News talkbackers and reacquaint yourself with C.H.U.D. (Also recommended: C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.)

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