OK, this is the greatest thing I have seen in a long time (BUT BEWARE SPOILERS IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO DATE WITH GAME OF THRONES!!!)
I love The Princess Bride!
I’ve completely lost faith in M. Night Shyalaman over the past decade, but that being said I still think Unbreakable is his best film, and I would so love for the long-rumored sequel to someday happen. The one flaw with Unbreakable, in my mind, is that the story feels incomplete — it feels like the first act of a larger story. So every time Mr. Shyamalan talks about a possible sequel, I am happy.
So this is interesting: in the months after the success of Skyfall, there was a lot of talk that Bond 24 and 25 (the next two Bond films) would be two connected films. That was denied by the Bond producers. But amidst the recent news that Skyfall Director will be returning for the next Bond film, the 24th, comes this rumor that Mr. Mendes is going to commit to helm the 25th Bond film as well! I love the idea of a two-part Bond film, that would be super-cool if that happens.
Zack Snyder (director of Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (mastermind behind Batman: The Animated Series) are collaborating on a Superman short film in honor of Superman’s 75th anniversary? Awesome!
I have Superman because of my huge anticipation for The Man of Steel (which I hope to see this weekend!!), so now’s as good a time as any to read this terrific piece looking back at Superman II! That film was a HUGE part of my childhood…!!
There’s been a lot of rumors flying in recent weeks about the inclusion of the character of Quicksilver in both Fox’s upcoming X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, as well as the Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers 2. It will be fascinating to see how this all shakes out!
(Speaking of Days of Future Past — Nixon! Love it!)
And with that, my friends, I wish you all a great weekend. I’ll be back next week with my thoughts on Man of Steel, season four of Arrested Development, and cartoons making fun of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hope to see you all back here soon!… [continued]
First of all: Arrested Development. Sadly for me, life has intervened and, despite my years-long anticipation, I have not yet seen a single second of the new Netflix season. But rest assured, friends, that very shortly I will be devouring these new episodes and I will be back here, of course, with my detailed thoughts. Hopefully very soon!!
This will take some time to read, but boy is it worth it: the Onion A.V. Club’s in-depth, career-spanning interview with comedian Patton Oswalt.
I wasn’t nearly as in love with Skyfall as the rest of the world seemed to be (click here for my original review), but I am excited by the news that, contrary to reports from late last year, Sam Mendes just might return to direct the next Bond film. I hope that happens. No let’s bring back QUANTUM and make them a real, SPECTRE-like threat to Bond!
This is hilarious and I have never loved George Takei more. Click here to see Mr. Takei’s written responses to various bigoted anti-gay marriage protesters.
Speaking of Star Trek, I love this piece about a non-Star Trek fan who discovered Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I still feel strongly that the under-loved Deep Space Nine is the strongest of the Star Trek series. Sigh. I miss the days of great new Star Trek on TV every week…!
Still speaking of Star Trek, this is a fantastic piece that dissects crazy, ill-advised efforts that J.J. Abrams went to in order to mislead folks (OK, flat-out lie) about the identity of the character Benedict Cumberbatch was playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. I was tremendously disappointed by the Trek sequel (click here for my review) and this article supports and further fleshes out many of the points I made in my review.
I posted the first teaser for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, but I don’t think I ever posted the longer, three-minute version. Check it out.
Same goes for this deliriously huge trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film Pacific Rim. This was released a few weeks ago already, but if you haven’t seen it yet, you should take a look:
I lamented the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars a few weeks ago, so I am happy to see that many of that show’s key creative players are involved in a new, in-the-works Star Wars animated project, set between Episodes III and IV. I still feel terribly disappointed that the Clone Wars story was cut off unfinished. Dare I hope that this new series will resurrect some unfinished story-threads and characters from the Clone Wars series…?
I’ll leave … [continued]
I’ve enjoyed reading Howard Kurtz’s writing — about politics, and about media — over the years. He screwed up big-time in his reporting about Jason Collins’ coming out as gay. But hoo, boy, this video of him getting mercilessly grilled — on his own CNN show — about the incident is pretty brutal. Click here to see a very uncomfortable fifteen minutes. I was like a deer in the headlights — I couldn’t look away.
Another great season (thank goodness it’s not the last!!) of Parks and Recreation has recently wrapped up, and so once again Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall has another great post-season wrap-up interview with Parks & Rec’s show-runner (who also has been playing Dwight’s cousin Mose on The Office for the better part of a decade). Click here to read the full interview. (Fortunately, soon after that interview was conducted, the news broke that Parks and Rec has indeed been renewed for a sixth season.)
Is Star Wars the most over-rated franchise ever?? Click here for another fantastic opinion piece from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci. One fantastic film and one very good film out of six? It’s sort of hard to argue with that…
If you’re a comic book fan and you don’t know who Len Wein is, it’s time to learn. Click here for a wonderful interview with the man who had his hand in creating the All-New X-Men back in the ’70s.
I’ve been waiting for Alfonso Cuaron’s next film for a while (I think Children of Men is pretty much a masterpiece), and this first look at Gravity has me drooling:
Jack Bauer might return — but not in the long-talked-about movie, but rather in a new 24 TV series? That is a wild idea! I loved 24 when it began, but the series’ formulaic story-telling caused me to lose patience by the end, and I didn’t actually watch the last season. But with better writing, I definitely think there is still life in the character and the franchise. I am bummed the movie never happened, but I’d definitely check out a new 24 TV series. It’ll be interesting to see if this goes anywhere… UPDATE! It’s happening! 24: Live Another Day will run 12 episodes and premiere next May. Wow. Could it be good? (That spin on the Die Another Day Bond title doesn’t impress me.) Chloe, open a socket!
So they’ve finally made a movie of Ender’s Game? Feels like this … [continued]
The great Dick Cavett has a phenomenal piece up at nytimes.com on all of the recent Tonight Show silliness. This is definitely worth a read.
Also worth your time: the moving words of tribute posted at AICN in remembrance of the great Roger Ebert.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Arrested Development posters!! May 26th just cannot come soon enough!
And speaking of things I love love love — this trailer for Man of Steel:
That is just spectacular, action-packed and emotionally rich. Kevin Costner’s delivery of the line “you are my son” just kills me. If the film delivers on half of the promise of this trailer, we are in for a hell of a ride this summer.
And here is the final full Star Trek Into Dark Knight (I mean, Into Darkness) trailer:
That’s a very solid trailer, showing us more than we saw before though still keeping most of the film’s major plot points under wraps. We still don’t know if Bennedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan or not, which frustrates me but I guess we’ll all know for sure pretty soon! I am also interested to see how they undo all the damage we see poor old Enterprise taking in this trailer. Are we already going to see a refit-Enterprise in this rebooted film series? (That actually gives me hope that the next Trek film will see fit to bring the design of the Enterprise back a little closer to the classic original or, even better, to the refit-Enterprise of the first six Trek movies, which to me still stands as one of the most gorgeous space-ship designs ever, far superior to the bulky monstrosity of the Enterprise in J.J. Abrams’ films. We’ll see…!)
I always get excited when an original sci-fi film (not an adaptation, not a sequel or prequel or re-imagining) is released, and Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium — his follow-up to the phenomenal District 9 — looks absolutely dynamite. Take a peek:
Here’s a terrific Q & A with Ronald D. Moore, a long-time Star Trek writer (he was a key creative force on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and the creator/show-runner of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. (Part two of the Q & A is here.) Mr. Moore has been absent from television for too long now, I hope the series he is working on for Sy-Fy comes together.
This is a great behind-the-scenes pic from Ridley Scott’s original Alien. And these are also great, showing off the gorgeous model-work used to bring the refit U.S.S. Enterprise (still the greatest of all the Enterprise designs) to life in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.… [continued]
So, OK, bloody disgusting ran an article that Fox doesn’t know what to do with a proposed sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and that the source of the problem is that when Lost’s Damon Lindelof re-wrote Jon Spaihts’ original Alien prequel script into what became Prometheus, he turned a one-shot film into the start of a trilogy, except now he isn’t returning for film two and so Ridley Scott and Fox are left holding the bag with no idea where to take the story next. The article is pretty fierce in attacking Mr. Lindelof, and no surprise he has responded to defend himself, saying that Ridley Scott and everyone at Fox all wanted Prometheus to be the start of a trilogy and explaining why he isn’t returning for the sequel. I have no reason not to take Mr. Lindelof at his word, but the real story to me, here, is how clear Mr. Lindelof’s comments illustrate the brain-dead decision-making that went into the making of Prometheus. Mr. Lindelof comments that the whole idea was that, if/when they made a sequel to Prometheus, they didn’t want that sequel to be the already-made original Alien. They wanted room to explore the story further, to tell what he describes as a “parallel” story to the events of Alien and its sequels. That’s why instead of making the planet that they find in Prometheus LV-427, the planet where Ripley finds the crashed ship and the alien eggs in Alien, they decided to set Prometheus on a different planet (despite the fact that they kept in the film the Engineer’s ship that looks exactly like the one Ripley found, crashing at the end so it looks exactly like what we saw in Alien. Guess those Engineers just crashed their ships on LOTS of barren planets, huh? So stupid!!). Am I the only one who sees how easily the filmmakers could have had their cake and eaten it too? Had they stuck with Jon Spaihts’ original plan, the events of Prometheus would have beautifully lined up with what we saw in Alien, explaining who the Engineers were and how their ship carrying Alien eggs wound up crashed on that planet… and meanwhile, had the movie ended exactly the way it did, with Dr. Shaw and David’s head surviving the Engineer’s rampage and setting off in search of the Engineer’s home-world, they could have had their “parallel” story-line right there, continuing to explore Shaw’s adventures in future films without connecting any further to Ripley. Am I right or am I crazy?? Once again I am struck by what an enormous, jaw-dropping missed opportunity Prometheus was. (Click here for my original review … [continued]
This high school-set Game of Thrones parody, School of Thrones, is fantastic. Worth it for the awesome opening credits alone.
I often wax poetic about my love for the great, much-missed The Larry Sanders Show. My buddy Ethan e-mailed me this link to a terrific interview with Jeffrey Tambor (who played Hank “Hey Now!” Kingsley), filled with stories about his work on the show. A great read.
Louis C.K. has a new stand-up special on HBO in April. Love this trailer:
I must say I am shocked that, despite the BIG success of 2007′s The Simpsons Movie (I can’t believe it was that long ago, already!), they are not working on another one. That’s a shame.
I have spent a long time looking at this awesome infographic that lays out the entire backwards-and-forwards structure of Christopher Nolan’s fantastic film Memento. Wild.
I was VERY excited to read that an extended cut has recently been discovered of “The Wounded” and several other episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I hope some of this footage eventually makes it onto the blu-rays! I LOVED the extended cut of “The Measure of a Man” on the season 2 blu-ray, and I would kill to see some more extended cuts of episodes in the future… And “The Wounded” is one of my favorite TNG episodes! (I love O’Brien!)
Speaking of Trek, a new teaser trailer was released a few weeks ago:
Solid trailer. God I hope this movie doesn’t let me down.
Speaking of trailers — I still can’t believe they really made a movie of the deliriously unhinged, profane comic book Kick Ass. And now they’ve made a sequel? This new red-band trailer is great. The kids have grown up, but this could still work. (Though holy cow, how huge is Aaron Taylor-Johnson — who plays the titular geek kid turned super-hero, Kick Ass — now?? It’s weird to see puny Dave Lizewski so pumped.) I LOVE that they used Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s super-villain name from the comics! And Jim Carrey is in this??? This movie is going to be crazy. I can’t wait.
I’ve never seen Veronica Mars, but if this is true that a Kickstarter campaign has successfully lead to the show’s revival as a movie, that is super-cool. I am all for the rescue of fan-favorite, cult properties. Serenity 2, anyone?? (No, says Joss Whedon. Sigh!!)
Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman) is masterminding a new show for HBO? Yes, please!
Hmmm… are there any other HBO shows coming up that I’m looking forward to? Oh, yeah, there is one:
I am absolutely loving this new Iron Man 3 trailer:
This movie looks fantastic from what we have seen so far. I love seeing Tony really challenged. I love the idea of connecting this film to the Avengers not by featuring other super-heroic characters, but by exploring the psychological ramifications of what Tony went through in that film. I love what we have seen of Ben Kinglsey’s interpretation of the Mandarin as a media-savvy terrorist. I love the teases of what looks to be some great action set-pieces. It’s Shane Black working again with Robert Downey Jr. I am in.
I am intrigued by this announcement of The X-Files Season 10 in comic-book form. And I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Faraci’s statement that the time is ripe for an X-Files revival. I posted a lament when the date for the alien invasion came and went a few months ago, with no sign of the massive X-Files third movie I had been hoping for. I would love to see that remedied someday, before all the actors get too old. A man can hope…
I am always too busy over the summer to watch The Daily Show, a fact which eased my initial dismay when reading this announcement that Jon Stewart is taking 12 weeks off from the show to direct a film. What’s particularly fascinating is that Mr. Stewart isn’t planning on directing a comedy, but rather an adaptation (that he has written) of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. The book was written by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, and tells the true story of the detention and torture of Mr. Bahari, a BBC journalist, for 118 days in Iran. Viewers of The Daily Show might recall Mr. Bahari, as he appeared on the show both before and after his ordeal. One of the pieces of evidence used against him by the Iranians, who accused him of being a spy, was a previous comic appearance he had made on The Daily Show.
The fact that Warner Brothers seems to have no idea what to do with all of the DC Universe super-hero franchises they own, exhibited by their inability to get a Justice League movie off the ground, would be hilarious if it wasn’t so disappointing to folks like me who would love to see a whole slew of kick-ass DC movies. Here’s hoping Zack Snyder’s Superman film doesn’t disappoint. Going back to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale seems like a desperation move to me. Though I would rather see Christian Bale back in the bat-suit than Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as had been rumored. Look, I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt … [continued]
At last! Our first glimpse at footage from Game of Thrones season three!
This is a very funny article: Six Horrible Aftermaths Implied by Movies with Happy Endings.
Here is a terrific, in-depth interview with the show-runner of the phenomenal Parks and Recreation, Mike Schur. It’s no coincidence that the first half-hour of last week’s Parks and Rec double-episode felt like it could have been a series finale — that’s because it was designed to have served as such, had NBC not ordered nine additional episodes for this season.
Kristen Wiig will be appearing in the new episodes of Arrested Development?? And she is playing a young version of Lucille Bluth? Brilliant!!
I just wrote about Layer Cake the other day, and I am excited that Matthew Vaughn — who also directed Kick Ass (click here for my review) and X-Men: First Class (click here for my review) – in addition to producing the next X-Men film (the adaptation of the seminal Days of Future Past that will be directed by Bryan Singer, returning at last to the franchise he began) has also signed on to produce Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four film (which will thankfully be a total reboot, scrapping the two lame films directed by Tim Story). I love that crazy comic book writer Mark Millar (who wrote the comic book Kick Ass, which Mr. Vaughn directed as a film) will be overseeing Fox’s upcoming super-hero films (X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.) and I really love that his frequent collaborator Mr. Vaughn also seems to be stepping into a larger supervisory role. It’s obvious that Fox is attempting to shamelessly imitate the success of Marvel Studio’s crossover Avengers film, but if it results in more great super-hero films for us, then I have no problem with that!
Speaking of Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men film, Days of Future Past, I really hope he’s serious about fixing what Brett Ratner did to the franchise in the catastrophically disappointing X3. If they’re playing around with time-travel and alternate timelines, this is a golden opportunity to at long-last course-correct this franchise back to what worked in the first two X-Men films. I home Mr. Singer can pull it off.
Sticking with super-hero movie news for a second, this is an interesting comparison of the Spidey-Suit in this past summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man and the far superior, re-designed look for the sequel. (And I agree with the author of that post — MY cooler of haterade for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man ALSO runs deep! Here’s hoping the sequel is better.)
Sad news that actor Robert F. Chew, who played Proposition Joe on The Wire, has passed away. Close your eyes, Joe.
In another piece of sad news, writer Peter David recently suffered a stroke. Mr. David is a prolific author of novels and comic books, and I have been loving his work for well over twenty years. His run on DC Comics’ Star Trek series in the eighties is one of the things that got me into comics, and I still think those comics rank among the very best Star Trek stories ever told, in any format. He’s written a number of Trek novels, as well, with Q-in-Law (with the inspired pairing of Q and Lwaxana Troi) and Vendetta (the best Borg story ever told, and what I so wanted First Contact to be) being my favorites. For any fellow fans of Mr. David out there, here is how you can help.
In my review of Django Unchained, I compared Quentin Tarantino’s film to Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. A recent “behind the scenes pic of the day” at aintitcoolnews featured a wonderful shot from Blazing Saddles, and if you’re looking to waste some time, I encourage you to scroll down and read that article’s really fun talkback section, which is filled with quote after quote from that spectacular film. (Puts me in the mood to pop Blazing Saddles into my DVD player right now…!)
Speaking of Django, apparently there is a teensy tiny connection between Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction. OK then.
Trekcore has posted an extraordinarily in-depth seven-part interview with Roger Meyer Burnett, one-half of the duo responsible for the wonderful special features on the new Star Trek: The Next Generation blu-ray sets. Here is part one. Mr. Meyer is absolutely correct in that, until now, the Star Trek films and TV shows on DVD/blu-ray have NEVER had the type of quality special features that they deserve. The feature-length documentaries on the TNG season 1 and 2 blu-ray sets are a big part of why they scored so high on my list of the Top 10 DVDs/Blu-Rays of 2012. They are amazing, and interesting and informative even for a long-term, hard-core Trek fan like myself. This interview with Mr. Burnett is phenomenal, and will be of interest to all Trek fans out there. GREAT WORK, Trekcore guys!
With the return of Arrested Development inching ever closer, some great new info has been coming out about the new season. I CAN’T WAIT!!! ”One giant 700-minute Arrested Debelopment”??? Bring it!
Speaking of the return of beloved TV shows… a Bored to Death movie??? PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
Have you seen the fake Arrested Development shows that have been popping up around Netflix? (Mock Trial with J. Reinhold, anyone?) Brilliant!!
I have long ago lost all faith in M. Night Shyamalan, but my goodness this trailer for his new sci-fi film, After Earth, looks terrific:
“Fear is the mind-killer.” Heh heh.
Here’s a trailer for the new end-of-the-world comedy, This is the End, featuring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and a heck of a lot of other very funny people (Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, and more), apparently all playing themselves:
Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey are dueling Las Vegas magicians? And the film also stars Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin? OK, I’m in! Here’s the trailer for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone:
Well, I wrote about the first one-minute “announcement” teaser for the new Star Trek film, Star Trek into Dark Knight (ahem, I mean, Into Darkness), and I wrote about the nine-minute IMAX preview that was shown before The Hobbit. But I didn’t write about the first full official teaser trailer that was released a week or so ago:
That’s because there’s not that much more to say. There’s not much in here that’s too terribly different than what we saw in the announcement teaser. It’ll be interesting to see the full context of Pike’s ominous declaration that “there’s not an ounce of humility” in Kirk. Pike was Kirk’s biggest champion in the first film, and while I agree that the Kirk we saw in that film DIDN’T have an ounce of humility in him — he thought he was the smartest/toughest guy in the room at the beginning of the film and all the way through — it’ll be interesting to see how/why Pike changes his view. I hope this results in some growth and mellowing for this version of Kirk. The Captain Kirk I remember was definitely an alpha male, but that didn’t often tip over into outright arrogance.
Boy, for five seasons of Lost I thought Damon Lindeloff was the MAN. Then came that last season of Lost. And Prometheus. And so I think it’s good news that he will not be returning to script the Prometheus sequel (if that ever actually gets made).
I’ve got lots and lots of new movie reviews coming soon, my friends! See you back here soon!… [continued]
Arrested Development lives!! This photo of Buster from the upcoming new episodes (I’m hearing Spring 2013?) really made me laugh.
Rumblings of a Dr. Horrible sequel continue to, well, rumble. Could this actually become a reality next year? Hoping hoping hoping.
Yeahbutwha? The star of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series will be the killed-off-in-The Avengers Agent Phil Coulson?? I love Clark Gregg and love the idea of him headlining a new Marvel Universe TV show, but how is this possible? Does this mean the S.H.I.E.L.D. show is set in the past? Very curious…
This is a fascinating article by screenwriter Jon Spaihts on his original ideas for Prometheus, back when the film was without-question an Alien prequel. (Mr. Spaihts apparently wrote five drafts of the film, before handing it over to Damon Lindelof for further revisions into the film that was actually shot.) Hindsight is of course twenty-twenty, but boy Mr. Spaiht’s ideas as he describes them sound far superior to the film we actually got.
I love the idea that Emily Blunt (originally in the running to play the Black Widow in Iron Man 2, and I must say I think she would have been FAR better casting that Scarlett Johansson) is rumored to now be up for a role in Avengers 2. I hope this happens.
I am fascinated by the massive HD remastering project necessary for the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on blu-ray. (I loved the sample disc, though I haven’t yet shelled out for the complete season one, released a few months ago.) Because Next Gen was edited on videotape, each individual has had to be re-edited from the original film negatives — the scale of the endeavor just boggles my mind. Trekcore has posted a fantastic interview with the re-mastering team. Here also is an interview with the CBS producers overseeing the project.
Speaking of Star Trek: The Next Generation, last month marked the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Next Gen. Here is a fantastic interview with Ronald D. Moore (one of the key writers for Next Gen and then Deep Space Nine, and of course also the creator and show-runner of the re-launched Battlestar Galactica) on the occasion of Next Gen’s 25th anniversary.
Back in 1990, fans went crazy when they noticed an Alien skull hanging as a trophy in the Predator’s ship in Predator 2. Here is a much less-cool sort of inter-sci-fi-movie crossover. (Well, the idea does have a crazy sort of inspiration, I guess, but the problem is it just doesn’t really make any sense…)
Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg’s third film together (after … [continued]
Did you enjoy the new Hobbit trailer I posted last week? If you haven’t seen them, here are all of the other alternate endings to that trailer.
Uh oh. Looks like Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has dropped out of work on the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, apparently because Fox is rushing the film to meet the release date the studio had chosen. This is not a good sign.
This past weekend, on the eve of Treme’s season 3 premiere came the good news/bad news that HBO had renewed the show for a fourth and final season (four seasons was apparently David Simon’s ideal length for the run of the show), albeit a shortened season. The exact length of this shortened fourth season, what Mr. Simon refers to as “season 3.5,” is TBD. I’m bummed the show couldn’t swing a full final season, but I’m thrilled that HBO is at least giving Mr. Simon and his team some episodes to bring their television masterpiece to a conclusion of their choosing.
Well, now I know why Robot Chicken did a DC Comics special this year, rather than a fourth Star Wars one. It’s because Seth Green and many of the rest of the Robot Chicken gang are working on a whole new Star Wars parody show, Star Wars Detours. This first trailer is funny, though I’m not sure why this is a whole new show and not just more Robot Chicken…
Speaking of Star Wars, it looks like Episode II and Episode III will be getting a 3-D theatrical re-release in 2013. I sat out the Episode I re-release (I must admit I was a little tempted, but that film is just so bad I couldn’t see spending the money, even though I was curious about the look of the 3-D), and I’m not that much more interested in seeing Episode II. But seeing Episode III back on the big screen, and in 3-D? That just might have my ticket. But I am really waiting to see if they re-release the Original Trilogy. Any excuse to see those films on the big screen again is exciting for me, no matter how much new digital fiddling Mr. Lucas and his minions have done…
This is an interesting list of the Top 5 Best-Acted Moments in a Steven Spielberg Film. I definitely agree with numbers 5, 4, and 1, not so sure about 3 and 2…
I was already interested in Judd Apatow’s new film, This is 40, and this interview with Robert Smigel and Albert Brooks, both of whom are appearing in the film, has … [continued]
Raiders of the Lost Ark is being re-released to theaters!! IN IMAX!!! I am so there. Here’s a trailer!
My mind is reeling with the possibilities of Days of Future Past, the newly-announced upcoming X-Men film. I agree with every suggestion on this list of 10 cameos that would be great to see in the X-Men sequel.
They’re really making Kick Ass 2?? And they’re courting Jim Carrey to appear in the film?? I am so happy.
While I’m on a role with super hero movie sequel news, this is a great idea.
I loved the early seasons of The Office, but I’ve been dissatisfied with the last few years and I finally gave up on the show about halfway through the last season. But with the recent news that this coming season will be the show’s last, I’m considering tuning back in to see how things wrap up. We’ll see… (Here’s some more info on the end of the show.)
Looks like Ron Howard’s proposed TV-and-film adaptation of The Dark Tower has hit another snag. I have nervousness about the idea of Akiva Goldsman being involved in the scripting, but boy would I love to see this incredible property done right. I agree 100% with Devin’s opinions in that piece (both about wishing fervently that Viggo Mortensen would take the title role, and feeling that a cable TV series adaptation is the best way to go, rather than a film trilogy…).
Sad news that actor William Windom, who played Commodore Matt Decker on the Classic Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine,” has passed away at age 88.
“Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom…”
Wow, that is targeted exactly to my funny bone. Can’t wait!… [continued]
In response to this summer’s lousy Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man (click here for my review), comes this great article on 10 Remakes that Got it Right. There are some really intriguing films on this list that I have never seen, but have been immediately placed on my “to-watch” list…
It’s old news by now, but I haven’t yet waxed poetic on this site about how excited I am that Peter Jackson has expanded his adaptation of The Hobbit from two films to a trilogy! Very exciting. The hints of obscure bits of story from the Lord of the Rings appendices that Mr. Jackson is going to be filming in order to flesh out the story are even more exciting still. The battle of Dol Goldur?? Awesome!!
The new X-Men film is going to be Days of Future Past??? That’s hugely exciting, but also very worrisome. Days of Future Past is one of the greatest X-Men stories (heck, one of the greatest comic book stories) of all time. The idea of that being adapted into a film is extraordinary!! Bravo to Bryan Singer and xx on taking on this iconic story. But the thought of a BAD version of Days of Future Past would be horrifying. I was burned by X3′s brutalization of the Dark Phoenix Saga (probably THE greatest X-Men story of all time), and that’s a pain not easily forgotten… I am crossing my fingers and toes about this one…
Speaking of Bryan Singer, why the heck is he still developing a Battlestar Galactica movie? Do we really need another version of Galactica, after Ron Moore’s fabulous TV series…? The only place to go is down…
I am excited to see DC’s upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s seminal “Last Batman Story” The Dark Knight Returns. (DKR was a strong source of material for Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, as I noted in my review.) However, this first trailer leaves me underwhelmed in the extreme. This trailer should have been slow, spooky, and reverent, selling us on a world that had moved on without Batman. Instead, it seems to be selling a zippy animated adventure. I hope this doesn’t reflect the tone of the finished product.
In happier news — Larry David, Dave Mandel, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer (key players on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland, Paul) are working together on a new movie for HBO? Can’t wait!!… [continued]
Yes, this really is an enormous oil painting depicting The Death of Jennifer Sisko at Wolf 359. Love it.
I’ve really been loving the first season of Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls. For anyone out there who is similarly digging this weird, funny show, allow me to direct you to this fabulous in-depth interview with Ms. Dunham and her fellow show-runner Jenni Konner.
I agree with pretty much every selection on this list of 15 superheroes who deserve a great reboot. I’d have the Fantastic Four as number one on my personal list.
Speaking of super-heroes: this is old, but somehow I just recently stumbled across this wonderful depiction of Peter Dinklage as Wolverine. Genius.
Parks and Recreation is my favorite comedy on TV right now. The show just wrapped up a great fourth season, and I’m pleased it was renewed for a (short) season 5. Here’s a great interview with show-runner Mike Schur on season 4.
I think it’s super-cool that, to promote the upcoming release of season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation on blu-ray, they’re screening two season 1 episodes in theaters around the country. I love that idea, and I wish it was something studios did a lot more of. But why oh why did they choose to show “Datalore” and “Where No One Has Gone Before”??? Urgh, those are two very weak episodes. Ordinarily I would jump at this sort of thing, but I don’t think I’m that interested in seeing those two episodes. Two bad. (For the record, if we’re picking first season Next Gen episodes — which is tough, because that first season is VERY rough — I’d have gone with “Hide and Q” and “Conspiracy.”)
I’ve gotta open with Alan Moore’s article about his feelings on the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta (his brilliant comic book series, published in 1982) is now being used by protesters of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The piece is a fascinating read (and if any of you haven’t read the brilliant V for Vendetta, do so immediately!! The film adaption is OK, but the original graphic novel is genius.).
Alan Sepinwall on Hitfix posted an article in honor of The Simpsons’ 500th episode (a ludicrously incredible milestone) asking fans to pick their favorite Simpsons episode. The article currently has nine pages of comments and is still going strong. You’ve got to read them — it’s a wonderful trip back down through memory lane, remembering classic Simpsons episodes. By the way, my pick? ”Homer the Heretic” (in which Homer decides not to go to church and winds up having the best day of his life, then starts his own religion, then finds himself trapped in a fire from which he must be rescued by his friends of other faiths, “be they Christian, Jewish, or… miscellaneous.” ”Hindu! There are seven hundred million of us!”).
And if you’re looking to kill any MORE time, check out Mr. Sepinwall’s follow-up post asking fans to pick their favorite Simpsons quote: “Pick Only One Favorite Simpsons Quote? That’s unpossible!” That article has NINETEEN pages of comments and they’re all so much fun to read through. My favorite Simpsons quote? ”Man alive! There are men alive in here!”
Capone at AICN has posted the start of a fascinating interview with David Wain. I am very excited for his new film, Wanderlust, starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. Here’s the red-band trailer and here’s the green-band trailer. They’re quite different and both are very, very funny. (I especially love the green band trailer for including lots and lots of Party Down’s Ken Marino, who co-wrote the film with Mr. Wain.)
If you have eight minutes and forty-two seconds to spare, I encourage you to check out this video montage of Nic Cage’s 100 greatest quotes.
I’ve been watching this slightly-extended version of The Avengers’ Super Bowl spot a LOT lately. I REALLY hope this movie is good! In all of these trailers it still looks pretty small-scale to me, which has me worried… and I think the new versions of both Thor’s and Captain America’s costumes both seem a little more “costumey” and less real than the versions in their individual films. Still, it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of the extra-terrestrial bad-guys (please let them be Skrulls please let them be Skrulls) and that circular pan of all the heroes … [continued]
Let’s kick the day off with a wonderful analysis on AICN about Why Star Trek II Works So Well. The piece is a wonderful love-letter to Star Trek II (which happens to be one of my very favorite films of all time), and it’s a very thoughtful analysis of why the film is so ridiculously awesome, even thirty years later. (THIRTY years! That’s crazy, right??)
Speaking of Star Trek, I’m starting to get excited about the high-def upgrade of Next Gen for blu-ray. This before/after comparison video is pretty staggering. (Follow the site’s advice and expand the video to full screen, so you can get the full effect.) If Farpoint looks that good, I can’t wait for the later seasons. (And Deep Space Nine!!!)
Did you know there was an alternative, rejected main song for Quantum of Solace? And it was sung by Shirley Bassey?? Give this a listen:
That is a fun case of cinematic might-have-been. ”Where is the solace that I crave?” That makes me laugh and laugh.
I love movie posters. I have quite a few hanging in my home! So I really enjoyed this look at the top ten movie posters of 2011.
Speaking of cinematic might-have beens… I enjoyed the first six-episode season of The Walking Dead, but for some reason all of the season two episodes are still sitting unwatched in my DVR. Maybe show-runner Frank Darabont’s outster the news of all the apparent behind-the-scenes turmoil has cooled my interest. This detailed letter from Mr. Darabont to AICN reveals a major story that Mr. Darabont was planning that will now never come to be, and it’s a damn shame.
Is there a possibility that there might actually be a Party Down movie??? I highly doubt it, but man would that be great. Click here for my reviews of season one and season two of this brilliant, tragically cancelled-before-its-time TV show.… [continued]
Check out this sneak peek at Game of Thrones season two! AARRGH, I can’t believe we have to wait until September! (But I’m intrigued by the rumor that seasons 3 and 4 will shoot back-to-back and will comprise a two-season adaptation of the third book, A Storm of Swords.)
Speaking of waiting, looks like Star Trek 2 (or whatever they’re gonna call it) finally has a release date: May 17, 2013. That’s a long four years after the 2009 release of the first (or eleventh, depending on how you’re counting) film (which was itself delayed from its originally scheduled release in December, 2008). Here’s hoping the film is good after such a long wait, and that Paramount can get the third (or thirteenth!) film rolling with a little less down-time…
While we’re on the subject of Star Trek, check out these fascinating early-draft versions of the famous “space… the final frontier” opening monologue.
I love Devin Faraci’s recent piece on the increasingly crazy Frank Miller. Click here to read The Devin’s Advocate: Frank Miler is an Asshole, but I Still Like His Work. I wholeheartedly agree.
Interesting the hear that David Simon feels that four seasons is his ideal length for Treme. God, I love that show. Season three is definitely happening, so I really hope HBO give sMr. Simon and his team their desired fourth and final season.
There’s a new trailer out for John Carter (of Mars). I wish I was more excited about this film. The trailer looks absolutely gorgeous, but I am really not loving the glimpses we’ve seen of Taylor Kirsch so far in the lead role. Maybe I am letting bad feelings from his appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (as Gambit) get to me. Or maybe it’s that Disney’s butchering of the title (it should be called John Carter OF MARS!!!) that has me uneasy. We’ll see. I’m crossing my fingers big-time on this one.
Speaking of movies coming out this spring, Joss Whedon’s film Cabin in the Woods looks like it’s finally, FINALLY getting released after sitting on the shelf for two years. Love the new poster. I don’t really know anything about this film other than the fact that Joss Whedon directed it, but that’s enough to get my butt in the theatre. (UPDATE: A trailer was just released and now that I’ve watched it I know MORE about this film than I wish I did!! BEWARE SPOILERS, and watch at your own peril.)
This is a fantastic article from the New York Times about how baseball dugout payphones are the last bastion of the landline.
The web-site io9 always has some great lists, and I particularly enjoyed their recent list of 10 stand-alone episodes that totally represent their respective shows. Choosing “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” for The X-Files was a great choice.
Quint from AICN has begun posting reports from the set of The Hobbit. Check out Part 1 of his Unexpected Journey here. Meanwhile, Peter Jackson has recently posted the fourth video diary from the set of The Hobbit, this one focusing on the film’s 3-D effects:
Did you catch that glimpse at The Hobbit’s official logo, there at the end? Cool!!
This review of the Star Wars saga on blu-ray from Chud.com is interesting — especially the “fuck you” opening (early in “the lowdown” section)! The reviewer has some interesting comments on all the films, particularly Empire. (Though his rating both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones as better films than Return of the Jedi is lunacy. Jedi is flawed, absolutely, but still way better than those two prequels.) (By the way, so far I have held firm in my vow not to purchase the saga on blu-ray. I’m itching to watch the series again, and I will admit to a morbid curiosity as to what has been changed in this latest version of the films, but I’m still avoiding paying almost a hundred bucks for something that I know will, in the end, just sadden and/or anger me. Still, if anyone wants to give it to me as a GIFT…!)
But the articles that have really reminded me of my love for Star Wars, and that have got me thinking about re-watching the series, is Drew McWeeny from HitFix’s series of FilmNerd articles about showing the Star Wars films, one at a time, to his young kids for the very first time. These articles represent some of the finest writing Mr. McWeeny has ever done, and if you’ve ever enjoyed a Star Wars film, these are well-worth your time. It’s fascinating to re-experience these films through the eyes of someone who has never seen them before. Consider, if you will, two boys who have seen the Clone Wars cartoons but not the films. They think Anakin Skywalker is the hero of Star Wars. Reading how they react to what the film series is REALLY about is poignant and mind-blowing. Start with Drew’s article about showing his boys the original Star Wars (A New Hope) and go from there. Here’s his piece on Empire, and then his pieces on Episode I, Episode … [continued]
Click here for a wonderful look at the films of the Coen Brothers. This fellow re-watched all of the Coen Brothers’ films (which sounds like a wonderfully fun project, by the way), and writes about his impressions of their body of work. It’s an impressive article, and I love his assessment of the Coens’ wonderful characters, who “verge on caricature yet have a vivid particularity that makes them hard to forget and easy to return to.” That’s a good a description as I have ever seen!
I love this look at Six Comedians We Wish Would Return to Stand-Up! I wholeheartedly agree. (There are some wonderful video clips embedded in that article.)
This fascinating oral history of the very short-lived Dana Carvey Show makes me want to track down those episodes and watch them immediately.
I am a big, big fan of Dave Sim’s sprawling comic book epic Cerebus, the unprecedented “300 issue limited series.” It gets pretty crazy (and, at times, pretty unreadable) near the end (I am a subscriber to the theory that Dave Sim went insane while working on his magnum opus), but the vast swaths of the story that are good are REALLY REALLY GOOD, some of the finest comic books ever created. It’s fun to see some writers giving Cerebus some much-deserved attention these days. Click here for a lengthy excerpt from the Comics Journal’s recent look back at the series, and I also am really enjoying the series of pieces running at comicbookresources.com, written by a writer who is reading through the complete epic for the first time. Click here for part one, and here for the even stronger part two. Although I personally choose to believe that the Cerebus story ends on the final page of Rick’s Story, I appreciate this author’s debunking the commonly-held notion that the last hundred issues of Cerebus are entirely without merit. He writes, and I agree, that it’s only in the series’ final stretch of issues — Dave Sim’s bizarre exegesis of the Torah — when the comic really becomes unreadable.
This is a great piece by A. O. Scott of the New York Times about three summer 2011 movies worth debating. I’m sad to say I haven’t seem any of them yet, but this wonderful article reinforces the desire I already felt to try to track all three films down as soon as possible. (The fact that I haven’t seen Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life but I have seen Cowboys and Aliens makes me feel a little sad inside.)
Lots of fun geeky goodness has been spilling out onto the nets recently, mostly because of the annual San Diego Comic-Con.
Did you miss the teaser trailer for The Avengers at the end of Captain America? Check it out here. Pretty sweet.
Here’s another teaser for one of next summer’s big films — though this isn’t just a teaser, it’s a full-length trailer for the Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. The trailer is well put together, but I still can’t muster up too much excitement for this film. I hate that they’re rebooting the series, and that we have to sit through another version of Spidey’s origin. Just re-cast the roles and tell a great new Spider-Man story. Why start over from zero?? Frustrating.
Now this is more intriguing: it’s the much-discussed abandoned introduction sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, in which Superman explores the ruins of Krypton. I can understand why it’s not in the movie (the whole scene is perfectly summed up in Superman’s one line to Ma Kent, that all he found at the end of his long journey into space was a graveyard), but it’s still a pretty cool sequence. I love Supey’s crystalline Kryptonian ship, and I love the huge S.
Oh, Lost, will you ever stop breaking my heart? If you are (or WERE once, like me) a fan of Lost, this hilarious “lost” scene from season one, that was unveiled at Comic-Con, is a wonderful piece of genius. (But Damon Lindeloff’s comments about why they didn’t answer one of the most annoying, to me, lingering questions from season 5 — just who was shooting at Sawyer and co. from the other boat — makes me CRAZY. CRAZY!!!)
Sooo… is Prometheus an Alien prequel or not??? AAARRGH!!! I’m desperate to know, but either way, a new sci-fi film from the great Ridley Scott has me excited.
We’ll see what people say about the set once it’s released, but for now I stand by my comments that I do not plan on purchasing the blu-ray set of the Star Wars films. Still, I did begin salivating at the report that the set will include never-before-seen deleted scenes from the Original Trilogy, and this teaser trailer for those deleted scenes is pretty awesome:
Speaking of George Lucas, it seems that he and his collaborators have FINALLY finished Red Tails, the film about the Tuskegee Airmen from WWII, about which Mr. Lucas has been talking … [continued]
My friend Rabbi Ethan Linden has written a wonderful article on his blog about HBO’s recently-concluded Game of Thrones mini-series (which I LOVED) and some broader thoughts about the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Here’s an excerpt:
People love to make fun of the superhero comic book genre, the fantasy genre, and the science fiction genre, both in movies and in books. This is unfortunate, because all three of these types of fiction provide some the most fertile ground for the creation of words that, though different from our own in important ways, nonetheless allow us to reflect on the realities of our customs, cultures and institutions. For some reason, these three genres are often considered to be “nerdy” or “dorky” and the typical mainstream reviewed will often make a snide remark about the intended audience for these types of fictions before launching into a review of the actual material in front of them. (Take a look at this New York Times review of the TV series for a prime example.) That these genres are taken seriously is a shame, because great fantasy, science fiction and superhero stories can be among the best ways we have of thinking deeply about who we are.
This is a superlative article, over at Hitfix.com, listing 25 Movie Sequels That Hollywood Should Have Made. The list is spot-on, with excellent choices both common (Serenity) and obscure (Devil With a Blue Dress). Warning: reading this will make you a little sad that sequels to these films do not exist, while X-Men Origins: Wolverine does.
Check out this great new trailer for the adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Looks phenomenal.
Speaking of trailers, Steven Spielberg has finally released a new film, his first since Munich in 2005! (What’s that, you say? He directed an Indiana Jones film in 2008? No, no, you’re wrong, there’s no way Mr. Spielberg could have had anything to do with that train-wreck.) Anyways, take a look at the trailer for War Horse.
Cars 2 didn’t really interest me, but I’m looking forward to the next Pixar film: Brave.
Here’s a look at the latest Mission Impossible film: Ghost Protocol. None of the first three Mission Impossible films have been as great as I’ve wanted them to be, but I’ve enjoyed them all, so I’d be excited for this fourth installment even if it wasn’t Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant)’s live-action directorial debut.
Here at last is our first teaser trailer for John Carter (Of Mars). Is it possible this is going to be good? … [continued]
I have had to reevaluate my opinion of Adam Carolla after listening to his marvelous interview (well-over an hour long) with the great Albert Brooks. This is a MUST-LISTEN, friends.
Attorney General Eric Holder has challenged David Simon to produce a sixth season of The Wire?? That is awesome.
This expose on the dramatically underlit images found at many big-chain Boston-area movie theaters is very frustrating to read. Every time I read about an amazing theatre chain like the Alamo Drafthouse, I wish there were better movie theatres in my area.
This is a great article about when to show Star Wars to one’s kids. I’m going to face this dilemma in a few years! The follow-up piece is great, too: when to show the Indiana Jones films to one’s kids!
Io9 has weighed in on the 10 Best Star Trek Episodes. It’s an interesting list. I’m thrilled by how well-represented Deep Space Nine is, but having an episode of Voyager on the list really nullifies any credence the writer might have. And “The Void” of all episodes? Decent, but I could name about a hundred Trek episodes from the other series that are superior. For my own list of my favorite Star Trek episodes of all time, click here.
I am very excited by the report that the phenomenal comic book series 100 Bullets just might become a TV show on Showtime! 100 Bullets is one of the finest comic book series of recent memory. Click here for my thoughts on the series. Now, I’m not holding my breath for this proposed TV show to actually happen, but damn would it be cool…
In my review of Super 8 last week, I mentioned that I felt the monster in the film (directed by J.J. Abrams) was quite similar to the monster from Cloverfield (produced by J.J. Abrams). Don’t agree with me? Then check this out. Case closed, I think!… [continued]
Following up on my review of Source Code, which I posted yesterday, click here for a wonderfully spot-on assessment of all of the myriad problems with the film’s ending. It’s a sweet ending that felt right when I walked out of the theatre, but like the rest of the film, if you think about it for more than five minutes, it totally falls apart.
Here’s another trailer — this is for the very low-budget indie sci-fi movie Another Earth. I don’t know anything about this film, but my curiosity is piqued. It’s always interesting to see sci-fi elements mixed with drama (rather than action).
This is awesome. Lucasfilm Animation’s new building is shaped like a Jawa Sandcrawler.
It’s really happening! The Avengers has begun filming!! Here’s what Joss Whedon had to say on the matter. Funny as always. Boy, The Avengers is happening, The Hobbit is happening… this is all very exciting! Now if we could just get the next James Bond film into production, then I’d be over the moon.
I’ve written before about how I think the way some people defend bad movies by saying “oh, it’s not a movie you’re supposed to think about” is incredibly stupid. Here’s a well-reasoned support of my opinion.
This is a beautiful article but it also made me kind of sad. No matter how much we might try to read all the books we want to read, or watch all the films we want to see, or listen to all the music we want to listen to, the simple mathematical truth is that we’re all going to miss almost everything.
I’ve always thought that the next Star Trek TV show needs to move the story forward (the same way Next Gen did after the original Star Trek), not backwards. Apparently I’m not alone in that thinking. Trekmovie.com has put together a fascinating piece on the pitch for a new Star Trek TV show that Bryan Singer, Chris McQuarrie, and Robert Meyer Burnett put together in 2005-06 put never actually presented to Paramount. I would have watched that show!
This is a great defense by Nordling of AICN on the experience of seeing movies theatrically. I agree with him wholeheartedly, but I wish there were theatres like the Alamo Drafthouse here in Boston. It kills me to go to a movie and have people talking on their cell phones or texting or doing other annoying things that distract from actually watching the movie.
Finally, … [continued]
Though I think the quality of his films has dipped considerably in the last decade or two, I remain an enormous Woody Allen fan. So I tip my hat to Juliet Lapidos from Slate Magazine who just watched every single Woody Allen film and summarized what she’s learned. It’s a wonderful piece — well-worth your time. (I’m also pleased that to learn that, after her massive re-watching project, she concurs with my long-held opinion that 1997′s Deconstructing Harry was Mr. Allen’s last truly great film.)
Here’s also a fascinating ranking of Mr. Allen’s films into categories (from the “masterworks” to the “bad”). There’s not too much I can disagree with about this listing! It’s pretty spot-on, I think. A few quibbles: I think Hannah and her Sisters and What’s Up Tiger Lily should be bumped up to “great,” as should Play it Again Sam, Deconstructing Harry, and Zelig. Bananas deserves a spot in the “Masterworks” category, and I’d bump The Purple Rose of Cairo down one notch to the merely “great.” And Scoop definitely needs to be shifted down into the “bad” category. OK, I guess I did have some objections! But still, over-all, a terrific list.
Speaking of obsessive-compulsive types, check this out: a complete guide to every single sneaker Jerry Seinfeld ever wore on Seinfeld. Very cool (and just slightly frightening).
So, Rise of the Apes (which was originally called Caesar) is now Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Wow, the title just became simultaneously way more awesome and also way, way stupider. I can’t wait! (By the way, did you watch the new trailer???)
I’m not sure what makes me happier: that we’re actually getting a new Planet of the Apes movie this summer, or that in New Zealand right now they’re actually, finally, for-real, filming Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of The Hobbit. Have you seen the first new production diary? I have tingles. I’m not kidding! Peter Jackson was a true innovator with the video diaries that he posted back in the day, chronicling the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then King Kong, and I have fond memories of devouring those whenever they were released during the pre-production and production of those films. It makes me so happy that they’re finally back, and that The Hobbit is at long last under-way. CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE.
Are we really just a few weeks away from Thor? I really want that movie to be good, but I’m a bit nervous. This very positive early review has me optimistic, though!
I’ll be posting a piece soon with my thoughts on the last few DC animated projects … [continued]
My friend Ethan e-mailed me this terrific article from Salon.com, entitled “Will Future Generations Understand The Simpsons?” It’s a great piece analyzing how pop-culture references might date once-great shows like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, etc., rendering them incomprehensible only a few years later. I’m not sure I entirely agree, but it’s a really interesting read.
As regular readers of this site might recall, I read the first four books of Stephe King’s magnificent magnum opus the Dark Tower series earlier this year. I’ve taken a little break to read some other things, but I’m eager to begin book five some-time soon. I thought I only had three books left in the series but now, to my delight, it looks like I have four! That’s because Stephen King has just announced that he’s written a new Dark Tower novel, to be published next year! Very exciting news.
I have written before, many times, about Mike Mignola’s amazing comic book series Hellboy, and also about the phenomenal spin-off series B.P.R.D. So I was shocked to learn that long-time B.P.R.D. artist Guy Davis is departing the series!! Very sad news. Mr. Davis is one of the greatest comic book artists working today, and his idiosyncratic style has defined the B.P.R.D. series for almost a decade. To honor his departure, the fine folks at comicbookresources.com have assembled seven great moments from Mr. Davis’ B.P.R.D. run. Take a look.
Have you, like me, been reading about the phenomenal events every year at the Paley Center for Media, jealously wishing that you could be there? (Want an example? How about the recent Undeclared reunion panel, followed by a Freaks and Geeks reunion panel??) Well, huzza! The Center has FINALLY begun to make DVDs available of some of their panels! There are many great panels that remain unavailable, but 44 popular panels are now available on DVD. I will definitely be ordering some of these!
Have you seen the glorious new trailer for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Spielberg-homage film, Super 8? Check it out here. That’s a terrific trailer. I am VERY intrigued and excited for this film. How fun is it to finally see that Amblin logo again??
This is a pretty funny assemblage of 1980′s movie references. Don’t miss Topher Grace’s dynamite Marty McFly impersonation that comes at around 2:30.
I was sad to read of the passing of famed composer John Barry. He’s responsible for so many pieces of iconic James Bond related music, it’s staggering. He wrote the scores for eleven Bond films, including Goldfinger and From Russia With Love.
In happier Bond news, is it possible that Javier Bardem will be the villain in the next Bond film? James Bond vs. Anton Chigurh? What an inspired idea!
In even-happier-than-that Bond news, comes this casting possibility. I really hope these casting rumors pan out! I’m very excited with the way Bond 23 looks to be shaping up so far…
Click here to read The New Yorker‘s fantastic profile of Guillermo del Toro. It’s a lengthy piece, stuffed full of delicious tidbits of information on the many projects that he has in the hopper (and some — like The Hobbit with him as director — that sadly will never be). I really hope that his adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness actually happens.
I’m a dreamer, and I dare to dream that someday we’ll get another awesome X-Men movie. (I adored X-Men and X2, but was disappointed by X3 and thought X-Men Origins: Wolverine was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.) I’m starting to think it just might be happening when I read articles like this about The Wolverine, the upcoming film directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan), written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), and based upon Chris Claremont & Frank Miller’s famous, amazing Wolverine mini-series from 1982, set in Japan. My hopes are VERY high for this one, gentlemen. Please don’t let me down!
The moment I knew was coming has arrived: Brandon Routh is officially not playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming film. Readers of this site know that I am a fierce defender of Superman Returns, and in particular I thought Mr. Routh was phenomenal as Clark Kent/Superman. I totally understand that Mr. Snyder wants to set his film apart from Bryan Singer’s film, but I’m still really disappointed that we’re not going to get a whole series of films with Mr. Routh in the lead. It’s a big disappointment.
And, I must add, this rumor that Jessica Biel is up for the role of Lois Lane has me VERY worried. Urgh, that’s a terrible idea. But then I read that that Jessica Biel rumor is just that — a rumor. OK, whew, I thought, bullet dodged. But then I read … [continued]
One of my favorite web-sites these days is Badassdigest.com — you should definitely check it out if you’ve never seen it. They’ve had some great pieces up recently, such as Devin Faraci’s simple, rational piece about why you should avoid purchasing the just-announced Star Wars saga on blu-ray, and this article decrying the ridiculous people who are putting together a version of Huckleberry Finn with then “offensive” language removed, and this scary story of a Lost fan who won the lotto using the cursed numbers (“the numbers are bad!!”). They also linked to this illustrated history of the Batmobile, which is really fantastic (and extraordinarily thorough!!) Seriously, the site is great. Check it out.
Drew over at Hitfix has also had some killer articles up recently that are well worth your time, such as this epic interview with Edgar Wright (seriously, anyone out there reading this who hasn’t seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World needs to remedy that RIGHT NOW) and this in-depth conversation with The Social Network director David Fincher.
Speaking of in-depth conversations, those fine folks at the Onion AV Club have posted a wonderful career-retrospective interview with the great Jon Lovitz. This is a great read. (Thanks to my buddy Ethan for sending this my way!)
So, they’re actually making a fifth Jack Ryan movie, with Chris Pine cast as the lead? I’m not sure how I feel about that. I guess I hope that they can pull it off. I have a lot of faith in director Jack Bender (a prominent director from Lost) and I do think the series still has legs. I absolutely adore The Hunt for Red October, and while I like all three follow-ups I don’t think any of them quite succeeded on all cylinders. I’d love to see another great Jack Ryan film. Will this be it? One can hope…
I’ve got LOTS more reviews of 2010 movies (and some TV shows) coming up in the coming days, and I’m hard at work on my Best of 2010 lists (which I expect to post at the end of the month), so keep checking back to MotionPicturesComics.com!… [continued]
Apparently police officers in Pittsburgh spent eight hours investigating “the most grisly murder scene in 35 years” before discovering it was, in fact, a movie set. Pretty funny.
The breaking news this week, of course, is that Jon Favreau won’t be returning to direct Iron Man 3. I’m somewhat disappointed. I like Mr. Favreau as a director, and I think he was a key component of the first film’s success. And I like it when the creative teams for these super-hero sagas remain consistent from film to film. (Look at what happened to the X-Men franchise once Bryan Singer departed after X2.) On the other hand, as much as I adored the first Iron Man (click here for my original review), I think the second one was pretty mediocre (click here for my review of Iron Man 2). So maybe some fresh blood is in order. I’m a little nervous about just what Marvel has planned following their grand Avengers crossover film in 2012. How does one go back to making Iron Man movies after The Avengers? I hope they find a talented, steady hand to guide this franchise forward. (And psst! The Mandarin would be awesome!!)
Speaking of Marvel, last week they released the first full trailer for Thor, and it’s a much more substantial look at the film than I’d been expecting. I really want this film to work, but I’m still a little dubious as to whether they’re going to be able to pull off all of the Asgardian stuff convincingly. Fingers crossed….!
Speaking of trailers, have you seen the preview for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides? Click here to check it out. Is this going to be any good? So far it certainly looks of a piece with the previous three films, despite Rob Marshall’s taking over from director Gore Verbinski. On the other hand, I was never all that wild about any of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so it’s difficult to get too excited about the prospect of a fourth (and possibly a fifth and sixth) installment.
Since I’m posting links to trailers, I guess I should also note that, sigh, Paramount has released a trailer for the aren’t-they-missing-a-word-in-that-title third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. Click here to check it out. It’s actually a pretty clever, well put-together trailer. If I hadn’t seen the first two Transformers films, I’d probably be pretty excited. But I did, so I’m not. (Also, many on-line writers have already noted how the trailer is basically just a souped-up version of the original teaser trailer for … [continued]
The casting announcements have been coming fast and furious for the new Spider-Man film, but I just can’t muster up much excitement. I simply think it’s a terrible idea to re-boot the Spider-Man franchise, which felt to me like it still had a ton of gas in the tank (despite my dislike of Spider-Man 3). Take the recent news that Rhys Ifans will be playing The Lizard in the new film. That should be exciting news — I think the Lizard is a great Spidey villain. But I’m just bummed that they’re finally using The Lizard in a Spidey film and the great Dylan Baker — who appeared as Dr. Curt Connors in ALL THREE previous Spider-Man films — isn’t going to get to play the character.
Speaking of big announcements about which I just can’t muster up too much excitement is the news that George Lucas will be releasing the Star Wars movies back to theatres in 3D, as well as the follow-up announcement that they’re also working on 3-D conversions of the Indiana Jones films. On the one hand, any excuse to see the Star Wars and Indy films back on the big screen is exciting. (After having so much fun seeing Back to the Future back on the big screen, I’ve been hoping that other studios would follow suit and bring some of their best films back to theatres so we can enjoy them as they were meant to be seen.) But I’m not so excited about the 3-D conversions. That has the potential to be cool, but a big part of me would really just rather see a beautifully restored 2-D print of those films. Also, Lucas has unfortunately decided to release the Star Wars films one per year, in order of episode number — which means he’s starting with Episode I, and we won’t get to see The Empire Strikes Back until something like 2016!! That stinks!
I’ve been interested in the upcoming sci-fi film Skyline ever since seeing the trailer. But I’m even more interested now, after reading Mr. Beaks’ great piece at AICN about how Colin & Greg Strause basically made the film independently, free from studio oversight or interference. I can’t wait to see what they’ve put together.
Check out this amazing web-site that contains a treasure trove of footage of Andy Kaufman performing throughout his career, arranged chronologically. Astounding.
I’d never heard of this movie before seeing the trailer, but now I’m intrigued:
The combination of Andy Serkis (who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films) and Simon Pegg is genius, and it’s exciting to see John Landis directing again!
Like most viewers, … [continued]
Quint over at AICN has posted an amazing, career-spanning interview with the extraordinarily talented Drew Struzan. Mr. Struzan has illustrated many of the most iconic movie posters of the last several decades — posters I’m sure you’d recognize for all of the Indiana Jones films, the Star Wars films, the Back to the Future films, and so many more. The man is an incredible talent. I have already ordered my copy of The Art of Drew Struzan, and I can’t wait for it to arrive!
The AICN seaman has also been posting a really fun series called The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day that is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already been following it. Maybe you’ll want to start with this one that has done far worse than kill you, he’s hurt you, and he wishes to go on hurting you. Heh — fits right in with my current run of cartoons!!
A fun animation test for the abandoned Roger Rabbit 2 project, from 1998, has recently surfaced on-line. Worth checking out.
This recent brief interview with Joss Whedon, discussing his work on the upcoming Avengers film, has been making the rounds of the net but it’s worth reading if you haven’t seen it yet. I love Mr. Whedon’s comment that “I would like to put these actors in a room and just make Glengarry Glen Ross.” Boy would I happily pay to see that!!
This is an interesting list of the 33 Greatest Movie Trilogies of all time, as voted for by readers of Empire magazine. There are some weird choices (I think the terrible fourth entries in the Die Hard and Indiana Jones series would disqualify those as trilogies — and what the hell is the Star Wars prequel trilogy doing on that list???) but it’s a fun read.
So actor Robert Wuhl, who once played a sports agent on the TV show Arliss, is now hosting an actual sports radio show? That’s pretty funny.
I love this:
I am speeding ahead with Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and loving every page. (Click here if you missed yesterday’s review of Book II: The Drawing of the Three.) Now comes word that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have acquired the rights to the series, and are planning a trilogy of films AND A SIMULTANEOUS TV SERIES. Here’s the juiciest quote from Deadline.com:
The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey.
WOW. That is an awesomely ambitious idea. I hope this comes to pass, and that Ron Howard is up for tackling this dense, dark saga.
Here’s an intriguing rumor that Judd Apatow might be returning to television! It’s hard to know, at this early stage, just how involved Mr. Apatow would be in this proposed show — surely nowhere near as centrally involved as he was in Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. But nevertheless, this is cool news.
If you’re a member of facebook, check out this list (compiled by a key contributor to The Digital Bits, my favorite DVD/blu-ray-related web-site) of films that he’s still waiting to be released on DVD. It’s a hoot. While I’m discussing the Digital Bits, here’s something cool: In anticipation of the upcoming release of all four Alien films on blu-ray, they have posted an extensive look at the making of Fox’s amazing Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set from a few years back. This was originally published in the book The Digital Bits: Insider’s Guide to DVD. Since all of this material will appear on the blu-ray set, this is well-worth a read, if you’re a fan of these films.
The deleted scene from Return of the Jedi that was shown at Star Wars Celebration V has been taken down from youtube, but as of this writing it can still be seen here, so check it out. It’s a cool moment showing Luke’s constructing his new lightsaber, and Vader trying to speak to his son through the force.
Speaking of Star Wars, I have waxed poetical many times on this site about the magnificence of Adywan’s e-edit/restoration of Star Wars: A New Hope. (I am sick of referring to it as Episode IV.) Here is a phenomenal visual guide to over 500 of the changes/fixes that Adywan has made. If you have any way of getting your hands on this film (and fanedit.org is a good place to start), then do so immediately.
This is an interesting article about a new book about the Bond films: The Man With the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World. This is a book I need to read! By the way, I don’t agree with the author of the article’s closing thought that the recent films have been entirely without artistic merit. I was disappointed by Quantum of Solace, but didn’t think it was a complete catastrophe. I also am not nearly so down as that writer on Pierce Brosnan. I love Brosnan as Bond. He was just in some bad Bond films. (His first two were strong, but his last two — The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day — were TERRIBLE.) But I don’t blame Brosnan for what went wrong in those films. It’s a shame that MGM’s financial woes have put a halt to the series for now. But James Bond Will Return. Someday, I guess.
There’s a nice defense of Tom Cruise by Nick Nunziata over on CHUD, and I must say I agree wholeheartedly. Speaking of CHUD, I was very sorry to read of Devin Faraci’s … [continued]
Has the pain of the end of Lost faded yet? (Click here for my thoughts on the finale.) Wanna rub some salt in the wound? Then be sure to check out this video compilation of all the questions Lost left unanswered.
Movie adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories have a pretty terrible track record. But I’m pretty excited about this one. Click here for a trailer for The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (who really should have been the Black Widow in Iron Man 2).
Has Rob Reiner finally made another good movie? Check out this trailer:
I’m intrigued by that sweet trailer. Rob Reiner had one of the great winning streaks of all time when he directed This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. But with the exception of The American President, it’s been a long, loooong dry spell since then. Here’s hoping that Flipped represents the master’s return to form!
Whee, still more great trailers to see! Here’s the second peek at Scott Pilgrim vs The World (about which I must admit I know very little, but these trailers have hooked me), as well as our first glimpse at Part One of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
CHUD is running a fantastic list of the Worst CGI in History that is sad, funny, and well-worth your time.
See you all back here tomorrow!… [continued]
I have an extensive series of posts, that will be running over the course of the next month, in which I write about my revisitation of Arthur C. Clarke’s four-novel Odyssey series which began in 1968 with 2001: A Space Odyssey — as well as the two film adaptations (of 2001 and 2010). On Wednesday of this past week, literally moments after I had typed the final words of my review of Mr. Clark’s fourth and final Odyssey novel, 3001: The Final Odyssey, I read the sad news that Mr. Clarke had passed away at the age of 90. What sad news. This detailed obituary from the New York Times is worth a look. Mr. Clarke was a giant in the world of science fiction, and he will be sorely missed by all of his fans world-wide, including this one.
Some big trailers have hit the web recently. Check out this terrific new trailer for Iron Man 2, as well as this intriguing glimpse at the I-can’t-believe-this-actually-got-made sequel to Tron. How great is Bruce Boxleitner in that trailer? How about that glimpse of (newly-minted Oscar winner) Jeff Bridges? Both films look fantastic, and I fervently hope they both can deliver.
Speaking of Jeff Bridges, I wanted to direct your attention to this great recent piece from aintitcoolnews.com, in which Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for “the Dude” in The Big Lebowski, waxes poetic about Mr. Bridges.
And speaking of films I hope will deliver, here’s a sneak peek at Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s upcoming movie Predators. Is it possible that we might finally be getting a truly kick-ass Predator film that can hold its own with the Arnold Schwarzenegger original? I am beginning to hope… (At the very least, they have settled on a phenomenal title, one that echoes James Cameron’s Aliens, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s film Alien.)
OK, enough looking back on 2009. Let’s look forward to 2010!
Quite a number of intriguing new previews for 2010 movies have recently appeared. Let’s take a look…
Let’s start with one of the greatest things I have seen in a long time. It’s the trailer for Ricky Gervais’ next film, Cemetary Junction.
Bring on the Schindler’s List jokes! Oh my.
Hot on the heels of that, in terms of unbridled awesomeness, is the fantastic new trailer for Kick Ass. Click here to check it out. Kick Ass is a terrific comic book (click here for my thoughts on the series), and I am overjoyed at the way that trailer indicates that directer Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) and his team have brought the book to life. Can’t wait.
Another film that I can’t wait for is Christopher Nolan’s Inception:
I don’t have any more of a clue of what the film is about, after watching that second trailer, than I had after watching the first. But who cares. I relish not having the entire film spoiled by the trailer. And Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) can pretty much do no wrong in my book.
Next, in the “does this REALLY exist??” category — Disney has actually made a movie version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?? And it stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel (who I will follow pretty much anywhere after his terrific work in Judd Apatow’s short-lived TV series Undeclared)? And it also stars Monica Belluccia and Alfred Molina??? Is there any hope that this could actually be any good? Sigh, probably not. Take a look and judge for yourself:
Speaking of Jay Baruchel, click here to check out the new red-band trailer for She’s Out of My League, a comedy in which he’s starring. Don’t know much about this flick, but it looks like it might be amusing.
Red Riding is a trilogy of films based upon the true man-hunt for the “Yorkshire Killer” who terrorized England in the ’70s & ’80s. I am fascinated by this project — a trilogy of interlocking films, all being released at once? Wild! I hope this plays here in Boston. Check out the trailers for all three films, each named for the year in which they take place: 1974, 1980, and 1983.
Finally, you all know that Robert Rodriguez is actually making a full-length movie of Machete (one of the fake trailers from Grindhouse), right? Check out that original Grindhouse trailer once again in all its NSFW glory, and ponder the potential wonder of the feature version.
Lots of great Lost analysis out there. Click here for EW‘s Jeff Jensen’s in-depth write-up of the season 6 premiere. I’m a big fan of “Doc” Jensen’s weekly Lost write-ups — they’re always insightful and ridiculously detailed. Click here for Mr. Jensen’s interview with Lost masterminds Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindeloff, and click here for collider.com‘s interview with Mr. Lindeloff. Both contain some tasty morsels of hints about what awaits us in season 6. (And here’s a great interview with Mr. Jensen himself in which he discusses Lost‘s final season.) On a less serious note, check out this very funny (and also super-detailed) review of the season 6 premiere from bestweekever.tv. (The graphic of Jacob’s note to the Temple-Others is phenomenal.) Lastly, this review of the premiere from chud.com is worth your time. This dude has a Lost re-watch blog that I often checked out while conducting my own Lost re-watch project. I hope you all enjoyed my extraordinarily lengthy list of the burning questions left hanging after Lost‘s first five seasons. Can’t wait for tonight’s episode!
Click here for a terrific interview with comedian Patton Oswalt. Click here for the Onion A.V. Club‘s interview with Aziz Ansari. Both are great conversations with two very smart and funny individuals.
Speaking of interviews, for anyone out there who loved A Serious Man as much as I did (read my review here), you MUST read this phenomenal interview with Fred Melamed. Mr. Melamed is the actor who portrayed Sy Ableman, one of the my favorite new characters that I saw created on screen in 2009. The interview is a hoot, particularly when Mr. Melamed declares his effort to “bring the pompous, Jewish, overweight, rabbinic figure back to the center of American sexuality.”
Bill Waterson, the amazingly talented creator of Calvin & Hobbes, is well-known for having pretty much disappeared from planet Earth following the end of his beloved comic strip. He hasn’t granted interviews, he hasn’t appeared at conventions or other gatherings of comic strip artists, and he hasn’t allowed any licensing of his characters. So die-hard Calvin & Hobbes fans like myself took notice when he agreed to an e-mail conversation with a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Click here for the question-and-answer exchange!
This is very disturbing. Back to the Future Part III is officially ruined for me forever.
That’s all for today!… [continued]
News broke yesterday that Sam Raimi’s planned Spider-Man 4 has been scrapped, and the studio is going ahead with a total reboot of the series. DeadlineHollywoodDaily broke the story. Personally, I’m bummed by this news. Though Raimi & co. broke my heart with the atrocious Spider-Man 3, the first two Spidey flicks were so great that I really wanted to see him come back and try to return to the greatness of those first two films. I hate that his run on the character is ending on such a low note, and the idea of rebooting a series that is only eight years old and wildly successful just seems insane to me. But hey, I’m the guy who also wants to see Bryan Singer make another Superman film.
I have not read any of the Twilight books, nor seen the movies, nor do I have any intention of doing so. But this piece over at CHUD about why Breaking Bad (the fourth and final Twilight book) MUST be made into a movie is absolutely hysterical.
Behold the weirdest wedding video I have ever seen. This dude had his friends in the wedding party act out scenes from Superman II. I am at once awestruck and disturbed.
Speaking of slightly-insane Superman fans, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon photos of this guy who decorated his office cubicle as the Fortress of Solitude. Check it out:
You can find the full story behind his crazy construction project here.
Then there’s this incredibly bizarre stop-motion animated interview with Fantastic Mr. Fox director Wes Anderson. Except Wes Anderson is played by Jason Schwartzman. You read that right. Check it out.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, a super-cool new trailer for Iron Man 2 came out last month. Take a look. I was an enormous fan of Iron Man (read my review here), and have high hopes for the sequel. Don’t break my heart, Mr. Favreau! (By the way, in re-reading my review of Iron Man, I can see that I was sure that the Mandarin would be a key villain in the sequel. It’s not looking that way… so I’m wondering whether that character factors into the story at all. I certainly hope he does!)
Speaking of trailers, let me lay a few more on you. Here’s a sort of weird new trailer for Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe’s latest collaboration: Robin Hood. Take a look. This seems like familiar ground for Scott and Crowe, and I can’t say that I have been lying awake at nights waiting for a new version of the Robin Hood story. That being said, … [continued]
Love that photograph. (I first saw it here.)
My friend Andy recently pointed me in the direction of a terrific web-comic called XKCD. It’s a self-described web-comic of “romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” My buddies who work in the computer world picked this comic as their favorite.
Here’s an interesting article that compares various shows’ original pilot episodes with what actually made it to air. I was particularly intrigued since I recently saw Joss Whedon’s original, unaired pilot for Dollhouse that was rejected by FOX (it was a special feature on the season one DVD set), which Steph and I agreed was FAR superior to the pilot that aired (and, frankly, superior to ANY episode that actually aired during the first season!! The two episodes that FOX never aired, that pilot and the epilogue episode Epitah One, were far far better than any of the 12 episodes that were actually broadcast. But that’s a blog for another time…)
Here‘s an interesting list of one fella’s thoughts on the 10 best series of the 21st century so far (2000-present). Some interesting choices there. Love his description of season 1 of Battlestar Galactica (though beware a spoiler for that season’s shocking finish if you’ve never seen it!).
Click here for an absolutely fascinating, lengthy look into Spike Jonze’s almost decade-long effort to bring Where The Wild Things Are to the big screen, from the New York Times. I cannot wait to see what he has created.
There’s a really intriguing new trailer out there for Up in the Air, the new film from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You For Smoking) and starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, and Zach Galifianakis that looks spectacular.
Last year I wrote a piece that I called My Farewell to Heroes, in which I vowed to stop watching that incredibly disappointing show. Luckily (judging by the consistently terrible reviews that the third season of the show got) I was able to stick to my vow. Life is just to short to watch shitty TV. Anyways, there’s an amusing review of the third season DVD set up at DVDactive.com (a terrific DVD/Blu-Ray site) by someone who shares my disdain for the show. Worth a read.
I’ve breen pretty down on the movies of summer 2009. My feeling has been that this was one of the more disappointing summers in recent memory. But a recent article by Devin Farici over at Chud, listing his 10 best movies of summer 2009 just might cause me to change my tune. I haven’t yet seen Moon, Away We Go, or World’s Greatest Dad (missed ‘em in theatres, but … [continued]
Welcome back to Motion Pictures! We’ve got lots of great stuff coming your way in the next few weeks (including my LENGTHY dissertation on Inglourious Basterds, coming on Wednesday). For now, let’s see what sorts of fun stuff has hit the web recently:
James Cameron has finally made another movie! And after almost two years of teases, we have at last been graced with a trailer — check it out here. I don’t hate Titanic — not at all. I happen to think, though, that it’s one of Cameron’s weaker movies — because I absolutely adore the two Terminator Films, Aliens, The Abyss, and True Lies. Those five films are all pretty much masterpieces, in my book, so I have been bummed that Mr. Cameron has gone a decade without making a new film. But that drought is finally at an end! Let’s hope Avatar is good…
Some other interesting trailers have hit recently: Here’s a glimpse at the long-delayed The Wolfman. It’s got a great cast (Benicio del Toro, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and Emily Blunt) but the year-long delay and lots of rumors of problems with the film have me skeptical.
Then there’s the latest Michael Moore joint, Capitalism: A Love Story. Check out the trailer here. That should be interesting…
Earlier this month, when I was looking for an image of the crows from Dumbo for my Transformers cartoon making fun of the ridiculously infantile (not to mention offensive!) Skids and Mudflap, I came across this fascinating list of the Nine Most Racist Disney Characters.
In a recent interview with Europe’s Sky TV channel, Quentin Tarantino listed his twenty favorite movies of the past twenty years. It’s a pretty bizarre list, hence Chud‘s article titled Is Quentin Tarantino Totally Fucking With Us? (Unlike the author of that piece, I for one was THRILLED to see Unbreakable on that list!!)
Finally, take a gander at this:
Been there, man. TOTALLY been there. I can’t wait for this! Might have to bite the bullet and sign up for HBO for a few months so I can see the much-heralded Seinfeld reunion…… [continued]
Some great new trailers have hit the web in recent days, and they have quite a lot in common with one another in some fascinating ways.
First up, we’ve finally been given our first substantial glimpse into what Terry Gilliam has cooked up in his new film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and, as one might expect, it is spectacularly bizarre. I cannot wait to see Heath Ledger’s final performance. Click here for the trailer.
Is that not enough cinematic weirdness for you? Then check out the trailer for Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. That man was born to make this movie. I just hope it has a little more life to it than Burton’s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did.
Are we on a roll yet? Continuing the theme of visionary directors adapting famous books, take a peak at the newly-released second trailer for Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. That looks absolutely marvelous, doesn’t it?
Finally, speaking of visionary directors adapting famous books, here‘s a long-anticipated (by me, at least) look at Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones that is absolutely haunting. Can’t wait.… [continued]
Battlestar Galactica vets Hamie Bamber (Lee Apollo) and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo) will be together again on the season 2 premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse! Click here for more details.
Speaking of Dollhouse, any interview with Mr. Whedon is always worth a look, and this piece contains some tantalizing glimpses at the unaired Dollhouse episode “Epitah 1″ (which screened at Comic-Con and sounds super-cool) as well as hints at a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (one of my favoritest things ever)!!
So wow, Capone over at AICN has a report from Peter Jackson covering about 10,000 upcoming projects, all of them enormously exciting!! Click here to get an update on The Hobbit, District 9, The Lovely Bones, Tintin, and more!
The Sci-Fi channel (urg, I really don’t want to call it Sy-Fy) has posted video from all of its Comic-Con panels. Perhaps, like me, you couldn’t care less to watch video of people talking about Stargate: Universe — but be sure to check out the full hour-long panel about Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Caprica!
Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill will be lending their vocal talents to The Simpsons? Awesome! Here’s some additional info that came to light at Comic-Con on the season’s upcoming 20th (20 years! Unbelievable!!) season.
I am disappointed, but not terribly surprised, to read that Kevin Smith might have to change the title of his upcoming buddy cop movie (starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan), A Couple of Dicks.
By all accounts, the Iron Man 2 panel was pretty awesome. (Click here for a description.) Why can’t some of this footage be found on-line?? Grrr. But here’s another interesting tidbit of Marvel movie news: some hints about the line-up for the upcoming Avengers movie! Some interesting choices. I really hope that they use Millar/Hitch’s magnificent Ultimates series (which I reviewed here) as the basis for this film.
Since Comic-Con is also a place for news about, you know, comics, I’ll close with a piece of comic-book news that should get any true comic fan very excited: Planetary #27 is finally being released in October!!! Can it possibly live-up to the hype generated by the years-long delay? We’ll see!… [continued]
So, wow! After the recent Comic-Con the web has been flooded with all sorts of teases about upcoming movies, TV shows, and other geeky goodness. Here’s some of the best stuff that I’ve found:
After so many years of speculation and false starts, the sequel to Tron is finally, actually happening!! Check out the STUNNING trailer here. It’s going to be in IMAX 3-D?? I’m THERE.
I cannot believe they’re actually making a Jonah Hex movie. (And with Josh Brolin, no less!) Check out the poster.
The ending of Lost revealed? Um, not quite. Check out this video from the Lost panel! Quite a lot of additional footage from that panel can be found here. For some reason, Michael Emmerson’s fake audition for the role of Hurley isn’t included, but you can find that here. Funny stuff.
Here’s a pretty bad-ass trailer for Season 2 of The Clone Wars. I actually found the first season to be fairly watchable, and this glimpse at the next season looks pretty promising.
You know what it takes to sell real estate? The same thing it takes to re-make one of the most brilliant TV shows of all time. Well, AMC’s version of The Prisoner, starring Ian McKellan and Jim Caviezel, is nearly upon us. Check out this lengthy trailer. I must say, that looks pretty damn intriguing!
Amongst all of this glorious fun is the extraordinarily troubling continuing story about the newly-resurrected Futurama‘s uncertain future. This report from the Futurama panel at the con is grim indeed. Can’t everybody just make nice already?!!
That’s all for now — have a great weekend everybody!!… [continued]
Here’s a fascinating/hilarious article assessing the Ghostbusters‘ Risky Business Plan. Those of you in finance, take note! And, speaking of Ghostbusters, here’s a link to 50 Reasons Why Ghostbusters Just Might Be The Greatest Film of All Time.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles show-runner Josh Friedman has a lengthy, funny, and sort-of-sad assessment of the cancellation of his show that is worth checking out.
Here’s an interesting piece about the Seven Director’s Cuts That You Didn’t Realize That You Wanted. I DEFINITELY would love to see an alternate cut of The Fountain!
I loved this article about the 10 Most Polarizing Films of the Last Decade. I strongly disagree with some of his opinions (I really enjoyed both Watchmen and Fahrenheit 9/11, while I had absolutely no patience for Eyes Wide Shut), but I was THRILLED to find someone other than me who loves the criminally underrated Vanilla Sky!! Follow the link and join the debate.
Here’s another great list: The fine folks at DVDActive.com (one of my favorite DVD-related web-sites) have put together their list of the 10 Franchises That Deserve Better. It’s a great read, and I am in full agreement with most of their choices.
Did you happen to catch William Shatner’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien last month? Check out the clip on Trekmovie.com. It’s worth watching for the insanity of the last 30 seconds.
Have a great weekend, everyone! See you back here on Monday!… [continued]
So Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) is joining the cast of 24 next season? Time for the Battlestar Galactica actors to learn what the members of the ensemble from The Wire have discovered: they’ll never again be in a TV show as good.
Did you see The Daily Show’s John Hodgman’s uproariously funny speech at the 2009 Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner? Not to be missed.
A nice farewell to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles can be found on Composer Bear McCreary’s excellent blog, as he lists his 15 favorite moments from the show. (They are all excellent choices.) This show had its flaws, to be sure, but I am really disappointed that we won’t be getting a third season. (By the way, Bear was also the composer for the reinvented Battlestar Galactica throughout its run.)
I don’t play videogames, but I must admit that this trailer for Lucasarts’ new Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer is ridiculously cool. I wish we’d seen half that much bad-assery in the prequels…
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien! Watch him make fun of some hippies here.
Have a great weekend, everybody! See you back here on Monday!… [continued]
Click here for a terrific three-essay series that delves into the first three Indiana Jones films. These are all really well-written pieces, filled to the brim with love for the cinematic adventures of Dr. Jones.
Clever tourists wrecking the world one monument at a time. Don’t think — just follow that link. You won’t regret it.
Click here for a fascinating list of the twenty best non-fiction books for people who think they hate to read non-fiction. I need to get on this, having only read two of the items on this list!
I’m not exactly recommending this lengthy essay, because I disagree with it wildly, but it’s sort of bizarrely fascinating two see two individuals who really don’t seem to like Star Trek at all go on an enormous length about it as they revisit the first six Trek films. (Well, one of the two authors seems to be a fan, but he doesn’t seem to put up much of a fight whenever the other one bashes the series.)
Speaking of Trek, here is a link to a lengthy, fascinating Q & A that’s been going on over at Trekmovie.com between Star Trek screenwriters Bob Orci & Alex Kurtzman and a number of fans who, like me, had lots of questions about elements of the new movie’s plots. I really respect Mr. Orci for engaging with the fans in this way — though I feel most of his responses are pretty flimsy. Check it out and see what you think. (UPDATE: Still MORE Q & A with Mr. Orci & Mr. Kurtzman can be found here!)
It’s pretty obvious that the new Star Trek movie was pretty heavily influenced by the action and dynamism of Star Wars. But have you considered just how deep those similarities run? Shocking! (And hysterical.)
That should keep you all good and busy until tomorrow! See you back here then!… [continued]
Big dumb summer movie trailer alert! It’s the new trailer for Transformers 2, filled with lots of robot smashing action, and the new trailer for G.I. Joe, filled with Ninjas and, um, Eiffel Tower smashing action! Sigh. Hard to believe these two iconic and beloved cartoons of my youth are both now big-budget blockbuster movies coming out this summer. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were both really awesome? Isn’t it sort of sad to know that they definitely won’t be?
For a peek at a movie that might actually be good, click here to check out District 9, the new sci-fi flick directed by Neill Blomkamp and executive produced by Peter Jackson (The Lord of The Rings). Color me intrigued.
Keeping up with the trailers, here‘s a glimpse at the new film from Francis Ford Coppola, Tetro. I never saw his last film, the critically-demolished Youth Without Youth, but this looks really interesting. It’s a new film from Francis Ford Coppola! Of course it looks interesting!
Did you know that Robert Rodriguez is working on a new Predator film?? If it happens, it’ll be called Predators (in a clever nod to James Cameron’s sequel to Alien, entitled Aliens). Check out the tantalizing details here. I need to see this movie RIGHT NOW.
So it’s been ten years since The Phantom Menace, huh? Here’s an interesting look back. I agree with this fellow’s thoughts about the two Phantom Menace trailers (among the finest trailers ever crafted), but I certainly don’t think anywhere nearly as highly of that dreadful turd of a movie as he does. (You can read my memories of first seeing Episode I in theatres here, and my thoughts on the movie looking back almost a decade later here.)
Did you not have enough Star Trek content here on the site for the past two weeks? Then check out this great piece from the Onion A.V. Club: “Space Racism is Bad and 17 Other Not-So-Subtle Lessons Learned From Star Trek.” If you’ve never seen it before, you MUST scroll down to the clip of William Shatner’s Kirk reading the Preamble to U.S. Constitution in selection #12, from the absurd Trek episode The Omega Glory. ”WE… the… PEOPLE… not written for thekingsorthechiefsortherichorthepowerful but for ALLTHEPEOPLE!” Classic Shatnerian magnificence.
Since seeing J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film, I’ve been enjoying reading all the different reactions on-line and in the press. I always enjoy Alexandra DuPont’s film reviews when they appear (not often enough to suit me) on aintitcoolnews.com, and her take on the new film is well worth your time. (I remember well … [continued]
Let’s begin the day by my pointing your attention to two great pieces recently from The Onion A.V. Club: this article about 25 great albums that work best when listened to from start to finish, and a spirited defense of the recent seasons of The Simpsons that lists 10 episodes from the past 5 seasons that stand among the series’ best.
If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to watch the new trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie Bruno. For a little more detail on some of the sequences that you get glimpses of in the trailer, click here for a terrific write-up of the 25 minutes of footage that screened a few weeks ago at SXSW, the theatre-owners convention. How is he able to still fool people with this stuff after all the publicity that surrounded Borat?
I am not a big fan of Broadway musicals. That is putting it mildly. So I’m not exactly doing cartwheels at the news that there is a Spider-Man musical in the works. And I was completely befuddled to read that they’re working on a musical based on Groundhog Day! What a bizarre notion.
By the way, speaking of Spider-Man, has director Sam Raimi admitted what was immediately apparent to discerning movie-goers about an hour into the film — that Spider-Man 3 was just terrible? Well, sort-of. Click here to read his interesting comments. Since a Spider-Man 4 seems inevitable, this gives me a smidgen of hope that perhaps we will see a return to the high quality of the first two Spidey films. What could possibly go wrong, right?
Harlan Ellison is a brilliant Sci-Fi author. He’s also responsible for one of the finest hours of Star Trek ever committed to film: the Original Series episode “The City on the Edge of Forever.” He is now suing Paramount and the WGA. You have got to read his hilarious press release all the way to the end.
So there’s going to be a James Bond museum? And I thought Christmas only came once a year.
Finally, did you know that some people are getting all bent out of shape about a Chuck Jones Looney Tunes print that parodies Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper? Well, they are. In these troubled times, aren’t there more important things that we should be worrying about? Like the enormous size of the nacelles on the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek movie??… [continued]
Out-there director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) is making a film of Maurice Sendak’s beloved childrens’ book, Where The Wild Things Are? What an insane, inspired notion. Check out this wondrous trailer. This is a movie I need to see.
Speaking of trailers I really want to see, I didn’t know anything whatsoever about Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty) new film, Away We Go, before I saw this new trailer (mentioned at the Motion Captured blog over on HitFix.com). It stars John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) and Maya Rudolph (from SNL), and now that I’ve seen the trailer I am very excited for this film!
I love this new poster for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie. I need this in my home.
Speaking of Trek, there’s been some interesting pieces posted on-line lately about the use of Bryan Tyler’s magnificent score for Children of Dune in the trailers for the new Star Trek film. This article summarizes the confusion nicely. I am fascinated by this stuff. Tyler’s score was also used extensively in the first trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I loved both of the Sci-Fi channel’s Dune mini-series, and it tickles me to hear snippets of the score being used all over the place these days!
Come back here tomorrow to read my thoughts on a terrific older film from director Guillermo del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone!… [continued]
So have you all seen Watchmen yet? I am eager to hear people’s thoughts. Roger Ebert has seen it twice, and after his first review he felt he needed to go back and write about it again. Pretty interesting. Speaking of Ebert, I really loved reading his recent tribute to his partner, Gene Siskel, on the tenth anniversary of Gene’s death. Don’t leave that page without watching the video of the two of them on the Howard Stern show, which is posted at the bottom.
George Lucas has apparently begun casting his Star Wars TV show. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Have some money to burn? Then have you considered adorning the wall of your home or office with this damn dirty ape?
In anticipation of the new Star Trek movie, Devin Faraci over at CHUD has been reviewing every single original Star Trek episode. (Or, at least he was, before the pace of his articles slowed to a crawl.) But he seems to be back with his review of episode 17, “The Squire of Gothos.” This episode is, for some reason, considered a classic of the Original Series, but in the cold light of 30 years of hindsight, we must acknowledge that it’s pretty bad. Anyways, Devin’s reviews are always HYSTERICAL, and this one is no different.
Let’s end where we began, with Watchmen. Was my lengthy pre-movie-release dissertation on some of the themes of the graphic novel not in-depth enough for you? Well then have I got the web-sites for you. Clear your afternoon’s schedule, and the click here and here.
Don’t forget that, since January, I have been on a new schedule in which I ALWAYS post a new blog on Friday (even though there is no new cartoon on that day). So don’t forget to check back every Friday to see what’s cooking here! Coming up tomorrow is a look at some of the great DVDs that I’ve been watching recently. See you then!… [continued]
Haven’t done one of these in a while…
Here’s some of the fun stuff floating around the interwebs these days:
The Simpsons has moved to HD! This has apparently necessitated a change in the show’s iconic opening credits sequence, which has remained constant for 19 years. (Can you believe it’s been that long??) Fear not, fans, the new credits sequence is quite spectacular. It follows the general pattern of the old opening, bringing us through Springfield — from Bart writing on the blackboard to Homer working in the plant to Lisa in band class to Marge shopping with Maggie, etc etc. But there are a LOT of great new gags, and new appearances by many of the popular characters who weren’t around when the show originally launched (Groundskeeper Willie, Otto, Ralph Wiggum, Pattie & Selma, Sideshow Bob, Apu and his Octuplets, and many more). And the new animation is terrific. If you missed yesterday’s episode, check out the new opening by clicking here. Note that the couch gag is, of course, just this week’s version — that ending joke will continue to change every week. By the way, after watching this clip, do you find yourself missing Bleeding Gums Murphy? (He’s one of the characters Bart used to skateboard past, who has now been removed.) Don’t worry, he’s still there! Check out the pictures on the wall behind the kids in Lisa’s band class…
Just like the year when there were two asteroid-hitting-the-earth movies (Deep Impact and Armageddon) or the year when there were two volcano movies (Dante’s Peak and Volcano), this year there are two Mall Cop flicks coming out. Perhaps you, like me, chose to pass on Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. But you might still be interested in Seth Rogen’s much, much darker take on the idea. Click here to see a trailer for Observe and Report.
Speaking of trailers, Quentin Tarantino’s let’s-go-kill-some-Nazis flick Inglourious Basterds (yes, that is how the title is spelled) has a teaser trailer that was just released. Click here to check it out.
Is Joaquin Phoenix melting down before our eyes, or is this all some kind of hoax for the documentary that Casey Affleck is apparently filming about Phoenix’s attempt at a rap career? I have no idea, but click here to watch his truly bizarre appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and judge for yourself.
If you’re a Watchmen fan who is chomping at the bit for the movie to be released (Match 6th is coming!!), then you definitely need to click here to watch the teaser for the Tales of the Black Freighter direct-to-DVD release.
Finally, I … [continued]
Not to distract anyone’s attention from MotionPicturesComics.com, but I wanted to point out to y’all that Drew McWeeny, one of my favorite writers over the years at Aintitcoolnews.com, is now writing for HitFix.com and his blog (about movies, DVD, and lots of other fun, related stuff) is definitely worth checking out. I’ve always enjoyed Drew’s writing over the years (he was known as “Moriarty” over on AICN), particularly his articles on all of the many many DVDs that he watches. Those DVD pieces, in particular, were among my inspirations when I started this blog.
McWeeny’s new blog attracted a lot of attention last week when he posted a lengthy open letter from one of the producers of Watchmen about the on-going litigation between Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox over the film (and Fox’s attempts to stop Warners from opening the film as scheduled in March). If you are at all interested in this story, you should click on that link and read this fascinating letter. Another recent post of interest drew my attention to a phenomenal evisceration of Ben Stein’s recent “documentary” Expelled (if you haven’t heard about this film, it’s a defense of creationism and an attack on the theory of evolution) by none other than famous film critic Roger Ebert. This is an older article (Expelled was released last year), but it is a terrific read.
But enough of all that — let’s talk about the first four hours of 24‘s much-delayed seventh season (it was supposed to have launched LAST YEAR at this time, but was scuttled by the writers’ strike), which premiered on Sunday and Monday nights.
I have made no secret of my opinion that, for some time now (since, oh, I’d say about season four) 24 has been crying out for a total reinvention. Keep Jack, keep the adrenaline-pumping real-time format, but start telling some entirely different types of adventures. For too long now, 24 has been telling the same types of stories over and over and over again, usually involving some variation on the following themes: a terrorist captures someone and forces them to help with a nefarious plan… Jack tortures someone for information… there’s a lot of technical talk about access codes and opening sockets and someone gaining access to a weapon or a code or a piece of equipment that they can use to menace the United States… Jack winds up on his own with no one to trust, because there’s a mole or multiple moles in the government agencies trying to stop the bad guys… and meanwhile there’s a lot of intrigue in Washington involving the President trying to make some big decisions about important world … [continued]
The folks over at aintitcoolnews have posted something very cool — a slightly tweaked version of the new Star Trek trailer. It’s basically the exact same trailer, with one big glorious change made to the very last shot. This isn’t a fan-made hoax, this is a real first glimpse at something cool from J.J. Abrams’ new movie. Now, this addition to the trailer could sort of be considered a spoiler, so beware (although this particular plot point has been pretty common knowledge since the movie was first announced over two years ago, and I have no doubt that it will feature heavily into trailers that will get released closer to the film’s opening). Anyways, it’s pretty neat, so check it out here.
I have a lot more to say about the Star Trek trailer, but I’m holding it in for now. In the mean-time, there have been a LOT of words about the trailer written all over the web, and here are my two favorite pieces so far: Devin over at CHUD (Cinematic Happenings Under Development) identifies a lot of the fears that long-time Trek fans like myself have over the new film, while Moriarty at AICN expresses a much more optimistic and excited view (which is where I’m at when I’m not getting insanely crazy over the idea that this new film seems to be ignoring established Trek continuity like the back-story that Robert April was the first captain of the Enterprise.) OK, deep breaths…
In other news:
Wired Magazine has an amusing article on The Five Awesomest TV and Movie Spaceships. I still think the refit U.S.S. Enterprise (from the first 6 Star Trek movies) is my favorite, but this fellow’s picks are pretty good, too.
There’s a neat new motion-poster out for the new Terminator movie. See the thing in motion here (give the image a minute to get going), or click here to see a still of the poster’s final image. Cool poster, but if this movie winds up actually being any good I will be stunned.
Can someone explain to me why Fox isn’t making lots and lots of X-Men sequels? OK, the third one stunk, but it made a lot of money, right? There are so many great X-Men characters and comics that are just waiting to be made into awesome films — what’s going on? Instead, Fox is making spin-offs (there’s the Wolverine movie coming out this summer, inexplicably titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine; and they’re also working on an Ian McKellan-free Magneto spin-off titled, oh yes, X-Men Origins: Magneto), and now word comes that Fox is gearing up for an X-Men PREQUEL. Read Variety’s story here. A PREQUEL? … [continued]
A pretty slick new trailer for the seventh season of 24 is on-line here. After a dreadful sixth season and a two-year hiatus, it’s hard for me to muster up much enthusiasm for the return of this once-great show…but the trailer is snazzy, and hope springs eternal! We’ll see…
Joss Whedon updates his fans on the status of his new show Dollhouse here. There have been a lot of rumors about trouble on this show, and Joss sets the record straight in his always hilarious style. I’m not exactly reassured, but a new Joss Whedon show is something to anticipate, so I’m hoping for the best. Hope it lasts longer than the killed-WAY-before-its-time Firefly. Sniff.
Speaking of sci-fi, as we count the days until the the final batch of Battlestar Galactica episodes being to air, the web-site Galactica sit-rep has a pretty thorough update on all things Galactica. Check it out here.
You’ve all probably heard that Terrence Howard, who played Tony Stark’s buddy Rhodey in Iron Man, has been replaced by Don Cheadle for the sequel (coming in 2010). Entertainment Weekly has an interesting theory as to why the change was made, and you can find that here. Whatever the reason, I’m disappointed by the switch, as I really enjoyed Howard’s performance in the first film and hate this kind of continuity change mid-series. That being said, Don Cheadle is a tremendous actor, so this could be worse.
Let us end with the greatest and weirdest story I’ve read in a long time. Is Fox planning on re-making Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (the FOURTH of the five original Planet of the Apes films)??? Check out this story. I can’t imagine that a) this will ever get made, and b) that if it did, it would be any good. Still, what a bizarre and wild idea!!!
Lots of movie and DVD reviews coming in the next few days… and tomorrow, we have a special guest reviewer from across the pond give us his thoughts on the new Bond adventure, Quantum of Solace (which doesn’t open here in the States for two more long weeks)!!! See you then!… [continued]
A trailer for the fifth and penultimate season of Lost has made its way onto the internet. Check it out here. Nothing earth-shattering, but its enough to get my anticipation building for the return of the show in ’09.
Speaking of building anticipation, some new footage from Watchmen aired recently on Spike TV and is now, of course, up on YouTube. Check it out here. The first half is mostly familiar to those of us who pored over the amazing first trailer, but the second half is mostly new stuff. Visually, this footage is incredible — Zack Snyder has really nailed a number of iconic moments from the acclaimed Graphic Novel. Will the film live up to our hopes? We’ll find out on March 6th…
Finally, due to nothing more than my own incompetence, yesterday’s cartoon (recapping Pirates of the Caribbean 2) went up pretty late in the day, so if you missed it just click on Comic Archive to check it out.… [continued]
There’s a new, longer trailer out for Frank Miller’s The Spirit, the movie-version of comics pioneer Will Eisner’s comic book. And, well, I have no friggin’ idea what to make of this. Looks like it’ll either be brilliant of completely unwatchable. Guess we’ll all find out together on December 25th.
Interested in some more fun trailers?
Here’s a new one for Bryan Singer’s film, Valkyrie. Mr. Singer has taken a lot of hits recently, as rumors are swirling that Warners’ next Superman film won’t be a follow-up to his Superman Returns but rather another reinvention of the franchise. (I am VERY disappointed by that idea, as I’m one of the people who loved Superman Returns and I’m intrigued to know where Singer would have taken his story.) His latest film, Valkyrie, has been bouncing around the release schedule for the past year, which many saw as a lack of confidence in its quality by the studio. It was initially scheduled for release in October, then pushed back to February 2009, then back to Decmber 26th. Will it be as good as this trailer?
Here’s one for Oliver Stone’s W. Josh Brolin is George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks is Laura Bush, Richard Dreyfuss is Dick Cheney, James Cromwell is George Herbert Walker Bush, Scott Glenn is Donald Rumsfeld, and Jeffrey Wright is Colin Powell. At the very least, I am intrigued.
For a look at another sure-to-be controversial film, take a gander at this trailer for Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous. This could be the film that I am most looking forward to this fall.
Have you seen this peak at Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins & The Dark Knight) as John Connor? That’s great casting, although I have every confidence that I will ultimately be bitterly disappointed by this movie…
Finally, here’s something to get your blood pumping for the next Bond film, the oddly-named Quantum of Solace. It gives a way a good chunk of the film’s plot, so beware of that. But damn does it look good! Can’t wait.… [continued]
There’s a great, in-depth interview with Jon Favreau on his plans for Iron Man 2 (and 3!) to be found here. Some really interesting tid-bits to be had. I have a lot of faith in Favreau and am really excited to see what he and his team cook up over the next two years.
I love movie posters, and here’s one I think you might enjoy as well: Kevin Smith has posted the new poster for Zach and Miri Make a Porno, his upcoming movie starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. If you follow that link, be sure to also scroll down a bit to see the poster design that the MPAA rejected. Pretty funny, the both of them!
This is old news, but I’ve mean meaning to mention it: Don LaFontaine passed away earlier this month. Don’t recognize his name? Well I guarantee you’d recognize his voice. He’s the famed “trailer guy,” whose deep tones graced the narration of so many movie trailers over the years. A fascinating trip-down-memory-lane sampling of his work can be found here.
Hope to see everyone back here tomorrow!… [continued]
LOTS of fun stuff continuing to hit the interweb in this past week, after the San Diego Comic Con. Check out these links:
Creepy new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince can be found here!
Is the new Terminator movie going to be any good? I doubt it. But is this poster pretty cool? Why it surely is.
Speaking of posters, some gorgeous new posters for the Watchmen movie can be seen here.
The entire hour-long Battlestar Galactica panel from Comic-Con (hosted by KEVIN SMITH!) is on-line here.
If you’re going to go see the next X-Files movie, this somewhat humorous recap of the final two rather lame seasons of the show can be found here. Of course, the movie doesn’t deal with any of that stuff. But its a fun trip down memory lane, as well as a reminder of why I haven’t rewatched any of the episodes from those final years of the show recently!
And finally, who better to sum up the entire Comic Con experience for those of us who couldn’t attend than Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He is merciless.
OK, that should keep you all off the streets for the next little while…… [continued]
Every now and then a great, cancelled-before-its-time TV show earns a magical second chance. My favorite recent example of this is the staggeringly underrated Futurama. This wonderfully bizarre and hysterical show, created by Matt Groening, was cancelled back in 2005, but it was revived last year for four direct-to-DVD movies. The first, Bender’s Big Score, came out this past November. The second, The Beast With a Billion Backs, is nearly upon us. Check out the trailer:
If you don’t know what the twist of the story is going to be from the DVD’s title, the last line of the trailer spells things out pretty clearly.
In other news, the creator of the Pringles can died last month, and was buried in…oh yes, a Pringles can. Could I make that up?
Finally, in sad news, Alexander Courage died last week. He was a tremendously talented film composer and arranger…but his most famous work was probably writing the theme to the original Star Trek series. There aren’t too many pieces of music more iconic. What a giant. More information on his life and work can be found here:
That’s all for me for today!… [continued]