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Rolling Stones unveil gopher- and loon-themed Minnesota merch for tonight's show

Whether or not the Rolling Stones put a special twist on their set list tonight for Minnesotans remains to be seen, they did tailor their merchandise to tonight's TCF Bank Stadium show.

The iconic band unveiled a special line of T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts and even a rally towel fashioned after three Minnesota icons: gophers, loons and Walker Art Center’s Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture.

One design shows the Stones’ omnipresent tongue logo altered with a pair of big, buck gopher teeth and maroon and gold colors, à la the stadium’s resident University of Minnesota Gophers football team. Another shows a loon spreading its wings with the tongue logo emblazoned on its back. The best might be the one with the tongue logo poised to lick up the cherry in the Walker’s sculpture.

Click here to see the full all-Minnesota Stones merch store.

What, no Paul Bunyan swinging a tongue-shaped axe? Or the Twins’ Minnie and Paul shaking hands over a tongue-shaped river? Or Garrison Keillor standing next to a tongue-shaped Lake Wobegon?

Apparently, the Stones don’t know about one more thing Minnesotans really are passionate about: saving money. T-shirts are going for $40, jerseys and sweatshirts for $100, and that’s after tickets to tonight’s show – which are still available, by the way -- mostly fell in the $150-$400 range.

  

Snowbate wins a summertime film project

Woody Harrelson may take the lead of the dark comedy "Wilson," beginning its Twin Cities filming later this month. Photo: Katy Winn, AP

Woody Harrelson may take the lead of the dark comedy "Wilson," beginning its Twin Cities filming later this month. Photo: Katy Winn, AP

Maybe they should rename Snowbate as Sunbate. The state’s feature film funding incentive will draw in a rare studio project later this month according to the Minnesota Film & TV Board.

Woody Harrelson is reportedly in negotiations to star in “Wilson” as aging suburban misanthrope lonely and dissatisfied following a long ago divorce. Following his father’s death he seeks out his drug abuser ex-wife, a part offered to Laura Dern. When he learns of his teenaged daughter, born privately after the breakup, Wilson strains to pull them all together for his last attempt to create a family.

A mixture of poignancy and comedy, it’s based on the graphic novel by writer/illustrator Daniel Clowes. One of his earlier comic book sagas inspired 2001’s “Ghost World.” "Art School Confidential," a college farce based on another Clowes comic, followed in 2006. He wrote both scripts, earning an Academy Award best screenwriting nomination for his first at bat, and is expected to pen this feature as well. "Wilson" is being directed by Craig Johnson, whose pessimistic Sundance comedy hit "Skeleton Twins" cast Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged siblings.

"Wilson's" filming is expected to concentrate on metro locations. Despite recent indie efforts such as “Dear White People” and “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter,” Minnesota hasn’t hosted a significant studio project since the Coen brothers’ best picture nominated “A Serious Man” in 2009. The 2011 dark romance “Young Adult,” scripted by City Pages alum Diablo Cody, and starring Charlize Theron, was based in the Twin Cities but shot in the metro for only a few days.

Nevertheless, there’s a small feeling of Hollywood homecoming in the new production. The producers of “Wilson” include Edina native Jim Burke (who also produced ‘Kumiko”) and Sam Raimi (who directed the 1998 thriller “A Simple Plan” with Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thorton, and Bridget Fonda in and around Delano.) The 2005 Iron Range courtroom drama “North Country” starred Harrelson (alongside Theron in her first Minnesota feature film and Frances McDormand in her follow-up to “Fargo.”) And Dern was here in spirit last year while filming “Wild,” which cast her as the Chaska-based mother of local memoirist Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon.)

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