Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 22, 2007

Former "Doctor Who" Christopher Eccleston is covering familiar ground in an upcoming film role.

"The Dark Is Rising" is based on Susan Cooper's novel about a young man who travels back and forth through time to fight evil.


Introduced at this year's Toy Fair, Mattel's "DC Super Friends" line provides action figures for the pre-school set. Superman and Flash figures are also planned.


Chris' Invincible Super Blog sums up Marvel Comics' big "Civil War" event in 30 seconds--using crayon drawings!


Fred Hembeck also takes a well-deserved satirical jab at Marvel, a publisher that seems to have lost its collective mind. On the other hand, people read and buy this stuff? Why are you reading and buying this stuff?!!!! Stop enabling the writers and editors who think this is what comics should be like.


Britain's Empire movie mag has the Silver Surfer from "Fantastic Four 2" on its cover.


Hugh Grant wants to be a villain on "Doctor Who."

"I'm in talks about a one-off role. I'd prefer to be a baddie. They're always more fun."

Grant was once offered a part but turned it down because he didn't think that it would be a hit.

"I was offered the role of the Doctor a few years back and was highly flattered.

"The danger with those things is that it's only when you see it on screen that you think, 'Damn, that was good, why did I say no?' But then, knowing me, I'd probably make a mess of it."


Stretch Monster Week continues at Neato Coolville.


The Motown label has obtained a disclaimer from producers of the "Dream Girls" flick.

The film, adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name, is loosely based on the story of one of Motown's greatest acts, Diana Ross and the Supremes. But the film has rankled a number of recording artists, writers and others connected with the label who felt Motown was falsely depicted in a negative light, Motown spokesman Paul Freundlich told Reuters.

Their objections led to "amicable discussions" between representatives for Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., 77, and executives from DreamWorks and its parent studio, Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., Freundlich said.