Tuesday, December 18, 2007
With the semester just having wound down, I'm currently chilling in Chicago for the holidays. And by chilling I mean chilling. Seriously. It's freezing. Anyway, posting might be even slimmer than usual through the new year, though I'll certainly try to keep up, but I did want to make sure I stopped in and posted the new Joker-centric teaser for The Dark Knight. Based on everything I see here, I'm still on board for this one. Looks like Chris Nolan and Co. have done it again.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Also, jump over to USA Today to get a hint of the plot (be aware of spoilers, if that kind of thing bothers you).
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It's a bit of a wait until (long breath) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, henceforth to be referred to as Indy IV, hits theaters next May, but you can see more pics up at AICN.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
In the movie's defense, I didn't dislike it as much the second time, for whatever that's worth.
(Special shout-out to your friend and mine, Brian Hall, for sending this my way.)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
One of the biggest sticking points coming from the Figurehead was his frankly ridiculous demand that any bill he received contain immunity for any telecommunication companies that might have allegedly done anything illegal (not that they did), such as, say, handing over their private caller records to the government without a warrant or just cause (not that they did). In other words, Bush wanted retroactive immunity for any potential crimes that might have been committed, all the while maintaining that they did nothing illegal.
Seems this was an easy fight for the Dems to put up, right? Not so, says Glenn Greenwald, as he lays out how the so-called opposition has sold us out yet again.
UPDATE: Looks like there's at least one lion among the lambs, with Senator Chris Dodd placing a "hold" on any FISA legislation that includes amnesty for the telecom companies. Good for him, and make sure you fill out Dodd's petition here.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Oh, and Harold (as in "& Kumar") is the new Sulu. Oh my.
Read all about it here.
UPDATE: And here's a nice compare-and-contrast of the new actors and their TOS forebears, with two rather large "Kirk" and "McCoy" sized holes yet to be filled. Click the pic to enlarge.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Anyway, following Limbaugh's comments, the group VoteVets.org, founded by some of those very same "phony soldiers," took him justifiably to task. In retaliation for daring to criticize Limbaugh and The War (presumably in that order), here are some of the letters VoteVets received from the brave, noble Americans who Limbaugh numbers among his faithful fanbase. He must be very proud.
Cost Of Freedom At All-Time High
WASHINGTON, DC—According to a report released Monday, the cost of American freedom has soared from its previous 1779 high of bravery, sacrifice, fighting for what's right, and 25,071 human lives, up to a record bravery, sacrifice, fighting for what's right, 321,932 human lives, personal privacy, peace of mind, honor, liberty, comfort, and $14.2 billion. Even as it reaches unprecedented levels, most Americans have no choice but to pay for the intangible commodity.
"I suppose you need freedom," said Nancy Holstrom, who was forced to send her two eldest sons to Iraq last month to help defray rising freedom costs.Government officials said they are committed to exploring all viable alternatives to freedom, including converting to a military dictatorship.
Playing the villainous Nero is Aussie actor Eric Bana, late of Marvel's Hulk movie franchise and last seen in May's blink-and-it's-gone Lucky You. While we don't know a whole lot about the plot, indications are that Bana's character is a time traveling Romulan (the green-blooded, pointy-eared cousins of Mr. Spock's Vulcan race) out to do no good by mucking with the timeline of Trek standbys Kirk and Spock.
Next up is actor Chris Pine, whose dubious claim to fame up to this point is playing himbo to Lindsay Lohan in last year's floptastic Just My Luck (maybe these guys should just stay away from movies whose titles involve the word "luck"...). Pine is in negotiations to suit up as James Tiberius. Not having seen him in anything up to this point, I can't say anything about the guy's acting abilities, but if he has director JJ Abrams' confidence, that goes a long way with me.
More, of course, as it develops.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Democratic Concessions Are Expected on Wiretapping
Here, yet again, is your Democratic opposition at work.
Since the Dems took the reins of congressional power in last year's midterms, powered largely on the promise of a much-needed change of direction both internationally and domestically, the story of this Democratic majority has been disappointment after disappointment as they accede to the administration's wishes on issue after issue after pressing issue. It'd be one thing if they actually went to the mat and got taken down, but more often than not they either don't even try.
Such is the case with the recent update to the FISA law, which would give the government expanded legal powers to wiretap and eavesdrop on citizens. Before the summer recess, congress largely folded once again for fear of being labeled soft on terror and gave the administration everything they wanted (and then some). Still, despite all this, they promised -- promised! -- that once they returned from break they'd fight to have the newly-minted law repealed and restored to its previous restrictions. Well, based on today's news we can already see how well that's working out.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
In anticipation of impending strikes, Warner execs are rushing this one to the screen, which is generally not a good sign, as whenever studio execs are more worried about release dates than the actual story, we wind up with things like 2001's Planet of the Apes, and last year's X-Men 3. Another point of concern, this movie will stand separate from the still-ongoing Batman and Superman big screen franchises, so no Christian Bale and no Brandon Routh playing their respective alter-egos.
Who will step into their heroic roles, who will be joining them on the team? More news when and if it develops.
Friday, September 14, 2007
President Bush's TV address tonight was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot. Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction. The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional.More at the link.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
The stunning (though, if you asked anyone who grew up back then, inevitable) success of the Transformers feature has already led to the recent announcement of a G.I. Joe movie, helmed by Mummy/Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers, and today comes word that Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire will produce and star in a big budget redo of Robotech. Presumably Maguire will play the lead character Rick Hunter (Rick Imata in the original Japanese version, Macross -- and yes, I'm that big of a geek).
Now, there's a world of difference between a project being announced and a project actually happening, so who knows if this thing even gets made, but it'll be interesting to track its progress, as well as that of all the other nostalgia-infused lemmings that are sure to follow in Transformers' considerable wake. MASK, anyone?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Given both Gonzales' and Bush's obstinate "Ain't goin' nowhere" stance in the face of ever-increasing scrutiny over the past few months, I have to admit that this too, like Rove's resignation, caught me off-guard.
That being said, let's hop in the Wayback Machine and look at what I wrote when former AG John Ashcroft resigned in '04:
I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be rejoicing over this news, but I'm a little leary of who BushCo is going to pull out of their hat to fill in the ranks. Forgive my pessimism, but this administration's history can be summed up in various permutations of bad and worse.We all know how that shook out, so here I sit waiting, again, for that other shoe.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
For a boatload of production stills from the flick, jump on over to Dark Horizons and check 'em out (unless the lawyers at WB have had 'em pulled by the time you read this...).
Monday, August 13, 2007
In his rhetoric, the president usually seeks to distinguish the religion of Islam, which he has honored in the White House on many occasions, from the murderous perversion of that faith. And in his best moments after 9/11, he has defended the rights of Muslim Americans to live here without suffering persecution or prejudice.
Perhaps Bush's efforts deserve to be dismissed as little more than lip service, but semantics matter. The Republicans most likely to win their party's presidential nomination constantly use language that is meant to inflame anger against Muslims for political advantage.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm shocked -- shocked -- that Republicans would stoop to such tactics.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
As you can see, just Star Trek. No roman numerals, no colons. And, based on the "classic" font, we have a good sense of when the movie is set. Next, meet the new Mr. Spock, played by Zachary Quinto of TV's Heroes, flanked by the man who originated the role, Leonard Nimoy.
Possibly the biggest news is that Nimoy, who is quite enthusiastic about the project and the script, will return to the role in what is presumbly a framing sequence. One of the biggest mysteries about this project has been whether it's a ground-up redo or whether it fits into what's come before, and I'd say Nimoy's presence pretty much clears that one up.
Still undecided at this point is whether or not William Shatner will reprise his role as Kirk, and who will fill "Young Kirk"'s Starfleet issues. I'm sure there'll be plenty of new to trickle out between now and the movie's Christmas '08 release.
Friday, July 20, 2007
It's just one thing after another for the junta these days -- as evidenced by their latest attempt to subvert democracy. It's reached a point now where there are basically two things happening in the White House at any given point: Either the Figurehead is insanely defending his disastrous Iraq policy against all facts and evidence to the contrary, or his team of cronies is actively taking a whiz on the concept of constitutional accountability.
Speaker Pelosi famously (infamously?) took impeachment off the table when she assumed her new role, and I have to ask, what was she thinking? What has this administration done that could remotely justify the one means of actually, maybe, giving us some oversight being removed from consideration? Am I missing something here?
You know something is seriously awry when Senator Russ Feingold, who has consistently been on the right (as opposed to Right) side of this war, won't even consider impeachment. This is something that is constitutionally mandated so as to prevent the exact abuses of power that are happening right now, yet the so-called opposition party would rather act in the interests of their own political expediency.
When will enough finally be enough for this spayed-and-neutered Democratic congress before they actually start, you know, doing something to protect the interests of the people who put them there?
Friday, July 13, 2007
Both the American public and the Iraqi public want us to leave Iraq. However, both the American government and the Iraqi government want us to stay. So we're staying.
This is called "democracy promotion."
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Even when I was a kid, when the names of voice actors didn't mean much of anything to me, I knew. Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime.
And now, he is again. But we'll talk about that in a second.
It seems a safe bet that anyone who grew up at anytime past the 1980s pretty much knows the basic concept at the core of Transformers, the splashy summer entertainment from director Michael Bay and exec-producer Steven Spielberg: Giant alien robots show up on Earth. Some are good, some are bad. Property damage ensues. It's funny, I've taken the whole "Transformers" thing at face value since I was a wee one, so it wasn't until I saw the movie try to make sense of the storylines laid out in the various cartoon shows and comic books that I realized that, y'know, this stuff is hard to take too seriously.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Yes, Virginia, it is Indiana Jones. And he's coming soon to a theater near you.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
What it comes down to, though, whether your name is Hilton or Libby, there is now considered to be a class of people in this country - the rich, powerful and connected - for whom the application of the law in the same way it is applied to all the rest of us is considered to be a gross miscarriage of justice. Not that there hasn't always been, but there haven't ever before been quite so many voices with access to the media howling to make it an acknowledged standard.That about says it, doesn't it? Read the entirety of Grant's piece here (scroll down past the comic book stuff).
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Still, the could be worse. They could've put nipples on the thing.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
It's always been surprising to me that Hollywood never got around to doing a good movie version of the story. I emphasise the word "good," as they've tried twice already with mixed results -- a low-budget '60s Vincent Price shlocker called The Last Man on Earth, and a more well-known Charlton Heston starrer from the '70s entitled The Omega Man. Though each has its interesting point, especially the Heston one, neither version quite got what made the Matheson story work.
An updated adaptation of the project has been kicking around Hollywood for several years now, with Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all attached at various points, all ultimately dropping out for one reason or another. The version of I Am Legend that finally hits screens at the end of the year is directed by Constantine helmer Francis Lawrence and stars Will Smith as Neville, with a script from Da Vinci Code and Batman & Robin scribe Akiva Goldsman (uh oh...).
Based on this just-released teaser, I can't say for sure whether this version will get Matheson any better than the others, but here's hoping.
Following on the heels of Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and the inexplicably-popular Pirates, Ocean's Thirteen marks the fourth three-quel to hit theaters in just over a month, and it's probably the one that most had to justify its existence. Happily, Soderbergh and Co. return to fine form in this third entry, making for a crackling summer entertainment that far eclipses this year's other sequels for sheer enjoyability.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Watch it while you can.
Three more weeks.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I have a feeling that a great many blog entries between now and when the party's nominee becomes apparent will be spent looking at one or the other candidate and pointing out why they're a horrible, horrible, horrible choice. First up, it's Rudy Giuliani's turn, and as Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi makes clear, this self-styled "hero" (lower-case and in quotes) could turn out to be even worse than the guy currenty sitting in the big chair:
Yes, Rudy is smarter than Bush. But his political strength -- and he knows it -- comes from America's unrelenting passion for never bothering to take that extra step to figure shit out. If you think you know it all already, Rudy agrees with you. And if anyone tries to tell you differently, they're probably traitors, and Rudy, well, he'll keep an eye on 'em for you. Just like Bush, Rudy appeals to the couch-bound bully in all of us, and part of the allure of his campaign is the promise to put the Pentagon and the power of the White House at that bully's disposal.It's funny, Brian Hall made mention a few posts back about what a cliche it is that "Republicans are stupid," and that's a fair cop. On the other hand, what does it say about the party and where its collective head is at that a deceitful, corrupt snake-oil salesman is the apparent frontrunner based entirely on an hallucinatory record of being the Big Bad Terrorist Fighter?
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
That, plus I'm not crazy about our presidential timeline going "Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton."
May 21, 2007
Dear The Simpsons,
I’ve always explained my relationship with The Simpsons like a marriage. It was a torrid romance during the 90’s - one where we grew together and I learned much from my beloved bride. Then, in early 2000, my wife developed a ‘drinking problem’ and would start spouting weak imitations of her normally insightful and witty observations. She became an embarrassment at parties and friends of my wife - or ‘fans’ if you will - began to stop hanging out with us. I supported my wife through her rocky struggle because I had invested so much time into our relationship and was not yet ready to give up on her.
Every now and then she would show signs of recovery but it was last night’s 400th episode that proved to me that her problems run too deep, her disease at this point is incurable and that we must divorce for irreconcilable differences. It makes me sad thinking back on the early years of our relationship. Every night, reruns act as a photo album showcasing the joy that once was.
My wife, The Simpsons, was smart, funny, and had her pulse on the state of the country and even the American family. Cynicism mixed with satire and sentiment is a damn-near impossible feat to pull off but she did it and she did it well. Now she settles for Homer getting poked in the eye, among other very tired and very unfunny violent circumstances, and Marge saying something that rhymes. Remember when Itchy & Scratch used to be the sole receivers of cartoon violence on the show, reminding us that they were ‘fake’ and the Simpsons were ‘real?’
Don’t get me started with her take on politics. Having Homer repeatedly saying the word "liberals" with disdain (over and over, waiting for it to be funny), Flanders putting papers that say ‘Jesus’ onto windshields and taking digs at the Fox Network is not ‘important commentary,’ it’s lazy, it’s rehashed and it’s embarrassing. Republicans-are-dumb jokes are about as insightful and fresh as men-leaving-the-toilet-seat-up gags. My current mistress, South Park, has fortunately picked up the ball on this one. Hell, they even handled the 24 parody better.
I can’t believe I have stuck around for 400 episodes but I think it was necessary for me to see that it is time for us to part ways. I can never discredit you for all the good you’ve done for me and will always visit reruns to remember the good times. Scratch that, the great times.
I will miss you and truly do wish you the best of luck.
Your Former Husband,
Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo
It's a shame these kids couldn't make it work.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The long-and-short of the story is that the aged Rambo comes out of retirement to rescue some Christian missionaries from Burmese pirates. Yeah, I know, riveting. Now, it's no secret that my favorite film in the series is the first one, First Blood, and I was hoping that this would get back those dramatic roots.
Unfortunately, from this footage it looks like exactly what I feared it would be -- a too-old Stallone traipsing running around the jungle dispatching various foes in ways both gory and cliched. That, plus the shaky-cam, HD-video feel betrays the movie's low-budget roots.
Anyway, check out the clip and decide for yourself. Oh, and for you Angel & Buffy watchers, that's Julie Benz (Darla) as the blonde aid worker.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
My thoughts in a nutshell: Too many villains, too long, and far, far too much Kirsten Dunst. Thomas Hayden Church turned in a great performance as the conflicted Sandman, and I would've loved to see more of him. Venom (never referred to by that name) shouldn't even have been in the movie for the short shrift they gave him. And what the heck was Gwen Stacy doing in this thing? Overall, just a tired, weak ending to what had been an exemplary series up to this point.
But hey, enough from me, what did everyone think? Leave comments below and I'll expand on my thoughts as well.
Over the years, I haven't had many kind things to say about him, which should come as no surprise given the unkind things he's had to say about others. But a life is a life, and there'll be time to revisit that ground later.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Naturally this doco has caused much consternation from those who accuse Moyers of finger-pointing (i.e. Bill O'Reilly and Fox News), and while I certainly believe it's agenda-driven (as any documentary would be), I don't think one can accuse Moyers of being partisan, as it's more a mentality he's taking aim at, one that exists irrespective of affiliation or leaning. This is some real riveting stuff, and I've been meaning to post this for more than a week now, but as is often the case, life tends to get in the way. Regardless, you can view the documentary in its entirety at the PBS website here. It's truly not to be missed.
While we're on the subject of Bill Moyers, also worthy of a look is this installment of his weekly Journals show, featuring his in-depth sit-down with Daily Show host Jon Stewart. One need only watch Stewart's nightly faux-newscast to know that he's obviously an intelligent guy with a sparkling wit, but it's nice to see him get the chance to be intelligent and witty in a non-comedic setting. Not only does Jon offer some insights into the process that goes into the nightly creation of his show, but he also comments on his recent interview with John McCain that saw the Republican senator have to answer some far tougher questions than he's faced on "real" news shows. Again, not to be missed.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Moving on, last year Warner Bros. announced that it was inaugurating a new line of comic-based direct-to-DVD animated features. Well, that roll-out begins this fall with Superman: Doomsday, based on the celebrated "Death of Superman" storyline from the halcyon days of 1992. Cast includes Adam Baldwin (late of Firefly/Serenity) as Superman, James Marsters (late of Buffy/Angel) as Lex Luthor, and Anne Heche (late of Ellen Degeneres/women) as Lois Lane. Check out a behind-the-scenes featurette here, and the trailer here.
Lastly, but most definitely not leastly, here's our first full look at the very nice Mark III armor for Iron Man, by way of Entertainment Weekly.
Friday, April 27, 2007
And, just to be fair about this, it doesn't look like folks are happy with anyone right now. And who can blame 'em, really?
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Obviously this was a disappointment for Universal and Marvel, who were no doubt hoping for X-Men/Spider-Man numbers, and got something a little short of that. Then again, it sold plenty of toys, and the Hulk is still a pretty big kid in the Marvel sandbox, so it shouldn't come as any great surprise that they're going back to the well once again to see if they can't get it "right."
This time Lee's moody take has been jettisoned in favor of a more "comic book style" (interpret as you will, for good or for ill). Transporter director Louis Leterrier is at the helm of this one, so right there you know there'll be a considerable tonal shift. Also, leading man Eric Bana has been replaced by the surprising (though not unpleasant) choice of Edward Norton, who will step into the tattered purple trousers of tormented physicist Bruce Banner.
I'm a pretty big Hulk fan, due largely to the considerable influence of the '70s/'80s Bill Bixby-Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk TV series on my formative self, so it's good to hear that the new film, not really a sequel, not really a reboot, will pay homage not only to the comic books, but also to the show (most visibly with its title, The Incredible Hulk).
As always with these things, I'm cautiously optimistic, especially with early word that the movie's villain will be one of the Hulk's comic book baddies, The Abomination, but the fact that the script is the handiwork of writer Zak Penn, he of Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand fame (or infamy, if you like) is definite cause for concern. The Incredible Hulk is due to smash theaters June of next year, so for now it's just going to be a lot of wait-and-see.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The war, far from being the last critical test for the United States, is in fact weakening our position in Asia and around the world, and eroding the structure of international cooperation which has directly supported our security for the past three decades. . . . All this bears directly and heavily on the question of whether more troops should now be sent--and, if more are sent, what their mission will be. We are entitled to ask--we are required to ask--how many more men, how many more lives, how much more destruction will be asked, to provide the military victory that is always just around the corner, to pour into this bottomless pit of our dreams? But this question the administration does not and cannot answer. It has no answer--none but the ever-expanding use of military force and the lives of our brave soldiers, in a conflict where military force has failed to solve anything yet. . .Those are the words of the late Robert F. Kennedy speaking to us from beyond the grave, from a speech almost forty years ago, on a war all too similar to the one we currently find ourselves embroiled in. For the entirety of Kennedy's speech, visit this post by RFK, Jr.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Regardless of the various whys and wherefores, we still end up with Iran Hostage Crisis II: Mad Ahmedinajad, with the usual idiotic bluster and bravado from the knuckleheads on every side. Of course, all this is merely the public face of the brewing brouhaha, but according to Britain's Independent, there may be a whole other side to the story that we haven't gotten.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
The relevant bit:
Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.And a little further down:
Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued for the change in strategy.Ah. Of course.
Friday, March 09, 2007
(By the way, I had the opportunity to read the issue in question yesterday, and it certainly measures up the hype. Thanks to the supremely talented creative team of writer Ed Brubaker and penciller Steve Epting, this is one not-to-be-missed storyline. Highly recommended.)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Back in fall of '92, they were abuzz with the latest shocking news from DC Comics. Superman, the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Steel, beloved idol of children and adults everywhere -- was dying. Yes, dying! You couldn't flip past the network news without some commentator or other breathlessly, even mournfully, intoning that the iconic superhero was about to breathe his last.
"What were the implications of this?" they asked. "What does this say about us?" they pondered. And people bought the comics. They bought lots of 'em. They lined up for blocks. They packed them away for safekeeping. After all, surely the issue where SUPERMAN DIES would be worth a small fortune in a few short years.
Then, a few months later, something funny happened. Something that any comic fan worth his salt could have told you was coming from a mile away. See, death in comic books means about as much as truth in politics. You use it to get people's interest, then you ignore when it's no longer convenient. Thus, the immediate question you ask when a character is killed off is always, "When is he coming back?" And so it was, like a foregone conclusion, that Superman got better. The epilogue to the great "comic book rush" of '92 is that these days you can find copies of Superman #75 (the death issue) four for a dollar.
It's been about thirteen years since last this all played out, and now it appears history is repeating itself, only this time it's DC Comics' crosstown rival Marvel that's playing puppet master to the willing media. Everywhere you turn, folks are talking about the cataclysmic happenings in Captain America #25 (released today), which itself comes on the heels of Marvel's year-long epic event Civil War (a pretty on-the-nose parallel of our post-9/11 socio-political landscape set in the Marvel Comics Universe).
I'm not going to divulge spoilers, but the preceding portion of this post should give you a sense what to expect -- if the picture up-top hasn't clued you in already. Suffice it to say, anyone looking to cash out quick on a copy of Cap #25 might want to think twice (though don't let it stop you from reading it, as Captain America has consistently been one of the best books Marvel is publishing).
I don't believe for one second that this is meant, in any way, shape, or form, to be permanent, but it sure is nice to see some mainstream attention showered on the comic book world that focuses on the actual books as opposed to some media adaptation thereof.
So, when is he coming back?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Since last June, scuttlebut has focused on Matt Damon playing a young Jim Kirk (even though Damon, at 36, is already older than William Shatner was when he first played the role in 1966). In addition to the Damon rumours, IGN has added Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Oscar nominee Gary Sinise to the mix as candidates for Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy (played originally by Leonard Nimoy and DeForrest Kelley, respectively).
“Star Trek,” one of the most popular and successful franchises in the history of movies and television, returns to the big screen under the creative vision of J.J. Abrams, the force behind “Lost,” “Alias” and “Mission Impossible III” for Paramount Pictures.
The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (‘Mission Impossible III”) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. JJ Abrams and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film will begin shooting this fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release.
One of the most popular film and television franchises of all time, “Star Trek” has encompassed 726 total episodes for television in six different series, beginning with the original 1966-1969 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The 10 “Star Trek” films have grossed in excess of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The original characters have been named among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time and the Enterprise has lent its name to two proposed spacecrafts.
"If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen,” said Abrams. “Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone -- life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."
Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, said, “We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is an important part of Paramount’s turnaround.”
While the IGN piece assures us that these picks are on the level, it has the suspicious whiff of baloney to me. My gut tells me that they're going to go with unknowns for this, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this all pans out.
"I threw a cell phone in the apartment. The cell phone hit Ana," Campbell said at her court appearance. "This was an accident because I did not intend to hit her."
In exchange for her guilty plea, she was ordered to pay Scolavino's medical expenses of $363, do five days of community service and attend a two-day anger-management program.
"I do therapy every day," Campbell tells "Extra," adding that she's also partaking in the healing powers of crystals: "I think they bring great energy. ... You should see how many I travel with."
Monday, February 26, 2007
Anyway, some thoughts on the aftermath: I was glad to see Alan Arkin take home an Oscar (for Supporting Actor, beating out Eddie Murphy and Mark Wahlberg), if only because he gave the commencement address at my college graduation, so in a weird "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" kind of way I feel "connected" to him.
As expected, Al Gore got his Oscar moment(s), which you can watch here, and one of the great Oscar injustices of all time was finally righted, with Marty Scorcese taking Best Picture for The Departed, and his Best Director award presented (or anointed) to him by the "Holy Trinity" of Spielberg, Lucas, and Coppolla (watch the clip here). I have a feeling that once folks saw that particular trifecta walk onstage, it was all but assured that the award would go to Scorcese.
I have yet to see The Departed, though it's currently sitting (sealed) by my DVD player, so I can't comment on its value as a film, but it is good to see Scorcese get his statue. Took thirty years, but at least he got one (as opposed to, say, Hitchcock and Altman, both of whom went unrewarded during their lifetimes).
Sadly, the same could not be said for poor Peter O'Toole, who lost out to Forrest Whitaker and also earned the dubious distinction of most Oscar nods without an actual Oscar (not including the Honorary "Pity" Oscar he got back in '03).
Saturday, February 17, 2007
This is one of those DVD releases that's been a Holy Grail of mine for as long as I can remember, and it's great to see that it'll finally hit store shelves come May. Apparently this Droopy release is something of a trial balloon to test the market for more Avery classics coming to the platter format, so do your part and pre-order now!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
While there isn't any indication that the Face appears in Dark Knight, Dent's prominent placement in the cast of characters seems to signify some place-setting for the inevitable third installment. Then again, those of you with long memories may remember the last time a good guy Harvey Dent made an appearance in a Bat-film, he was played by a post-Star Wars Billy Dee Williams in Tim Burton's '89 original. Of course, we never did get to see ol' Lando become a villain. Instead, two movies and one race-change later, we got stuck with this:
For all our sakes, I hope things turn out better this time out.