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The Approval Matrix: Week of January 23, 2006

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


Director Spike Jonze and literary impresario Dave Eggers are moving forward with a film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are; Tom Hanks’s Playtone company will produce. . . . Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello’s long-anticipated orchestral tour, originally scheduled to begin this month, and featuring music co-written by Costello and jazz legend Allen Toussaint, will start in March and arrive at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 12. . . . Matt Groening’s animated series Futurama may be revived on Fox (as was its network neighbor Family Guy), thanks to its high rate of success in cable reruns and on DVD. . . . masterminds Ricky Van Veen and Josh Abramson have signed a deal to produce a feature film for Paramount, the details of which are being kept under wraps. . . . George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh will develop Ocean’s Thirteen, another installment in their Ocean’s Eleven franchise; production is scheduled for later this year.