Friday, September 28, 2007

Nostalgia Theater: Star Trek Edition

For many folks in the US, it was twenty years ago on this very day that a different kind of U.S.S. Enterprise took to the syndicated airwaves. That's right, we're twenty years on from the television premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I may have celebrated a birthday earlier this week, but this is what really makes me feel old:

Friday, September 21, 2007

"Get back behind that line, Mr. Bush"

Keith Olbermann had been sidelined since the beginning of the week due to appendix surgery, but he was back in fine form last night with a new Special Comment excoriating the Figurehead for his usual cowardice and hypocrisy, this time as it pertains to his use and abuse of the military for whatever political ends suit him. Check out the video here.


There've been rumors of a live action movie based on DC Comics' Justice League, which unites superhero mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc. for about as long as there's been an Internet. Up to this point I've mostly dismissed these rumors as the wishful thinking of fevered fanboys, but they took a huge step toward reality today with Variety's announcement that director George Miller, he of Mad Max and Babe fame, has signed on the dotted line to bring DC's seminal super-team to the big screen.

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

Recommended Reading

Fred Kaplan on the Figurehead's Iraq address last night:
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

It's not the years, it's the mileage.

For years now, it's been know simply as "Indy IV." Now, finally, we know what to call it:

Unfortunately, that's all we far.

Advanced Iron

Here it is, the first teaser trailer for next summer's Iron Man. There's been some bootlegged footage from the San Diego Comicon all over the web for the past month, but I've been waiting for something official to come out before I posted, and clearly it was worth the wait. This one keeps looking better and better.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Tobey Takes 'TECH

A couple of years ago, the successful relaunch of beloved '80s property G.I. Joe (on September 12, 2001, as it happens) hurled the comic book industry into a nostalgic buzz that saw updated versions of Transformers, Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, and Japanese/American hybrid Robotech all hit shelves in rapid succession. Most of these relaunches were unsuccessful, with really G.I. Joe being the only one to go the distance (though the Transformers license recently landed at IDW -- a relaunch of a relaunch). Now history seems to repeating itself in Hollywood.

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?