the early-evening news

Amanda Bynes Is the Thinking Kid’s Michel Gondry

Gondry Watches Nick?: A YouTube video suggests that Be Kind Rewind’s origins might lie in a 2000 Nickelodeon show starring Amanda Bynes. Defamer, bless their hearts, uses that as an excuse to post a red-carpet photo of Amanda Bynes. [Defamer]

Sony Looks to 2012: Roland Emmerich’s 2012 lands at Sony after a heated bidding war; the film’s likely $200 million-plus price tag makes it clear that Hollywood will stop at nothing to buy its way into your heart. Why not just send us a diamond ring, Hollywood? [Variety]

CBS Ruins Marriage: CBS green-lights a new reality pilot called Splitsville, in which a divorcing couple battles it out for the family’s possessions in the grimmest, most awful reality show we’ll ever DVR. We suggest a crossover episode with Kid Nation, so the kids’ torture continues well past their time in Bonanza City. [HR]

Thriller Chart Drama: The Billboard Top 200 refuses to place the reissue of Michael Jackson’s Thriller where it belongs, at No. 2 on this week’s chart, classifying it as a catalog release. In a related note, Thriller was the first album we ever owned. In another related note, we are old. [Set List]

Amanda Bynes Is the Thinking Kid’s Michel Gondry