Monday, March 31, 2008
From geekology, Scott, a man who loves both fruit flavored sugar cubes and Star Wars, cast a Boba Fett PEZ dispenser in bronze.
I made this using the lost wax casting process with an organic burnout. The material is silicon bronze. The original sleeve for the Pez broke, so I cannibalize dparts from another dispenser: Simba from the Lion King. The hole in the body resulted from an incomplete casting of the thin part; probably could have had better sprue placement. I like the results, though. The replacement sleeve was modified for the "battle scar" effect, revealing the Pez. Finishing was minimal, with a pretty standard bronze patina.
Great job, Scott. And you were right about the battle scar, that turned out pretty awesome. Now you'll always know when you're running low on on your sugar fix. Speaking of fixes *shoots 50cc's of granulated sugar into arm* Ahhhh, that's the stuff. Wait, something's not right. *reads box* Iodized salt! Not again.
We're not satisfied with merely ruining your childhood with our obnoxious antics and dreadful musical numbers. We're gonna keep annoying you till the day you die! And we'll probably outlive you too!
From CHUD, When it was announced that Jason Segel and Nick Stoller - the writer/star and director, respectively, of the R-rated comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall - would be writing and directing the next Muppet movie, a lot of people wondered what the heck kind of a movie it would be. Would these two, members of the Judd Apatow company, be making some sort of post-modern or winking take on the Muppets? Would they be doing something edgy? From what I was able to gather at the Hawaii junket for Sarah Marshall, not at all.
Apparently their Muppet film is going to be incredibly old fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater (the theater from The Muppet Show?). The danger? An evil character wants to tear the place down to get at the oil underneath. It's sort of current!
Stoller and Segel don't know what film is next for them, whether it be romantic comedy The Five Year Engagement or this Muppet film, but considering that Segel is an avowed nut for Muppets, I think it's possible we'll see this sooner rather than later.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Heather Mills soon will be back in front of the cameras. The former Mrs. Paul McCartney, who recently wrapped up a very public divorce from the ex-Beatle, is among the celebrity judges just announced for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant.
Other judges for the April 11 competition include actor/comedian Rob Schneider, actor/musician Joey Fatone, actress Kristian Alfonso, Olympic-champion swimmer Amanda Beard, actress Kelly Carlson and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.
Donny and Marie Osmond will host the telecast of the 57th annual pageant, aired live from Las Vegas on NBC.
Contestants from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in the swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories.
From filmstalker, Danny Trejo has been talking about the much hyped Machete, a film that hasn't been made yet and was inspired from the response for one of the fake trailers made for the Grindhouse feature.
He says that Robert Rodriguez is in fact directing the film and that it's intended to be a trilogy.
Now I do think this is over optimistic, but then would you argue with Danny Trejo?
In a comment to Bloody Disgusting he reveals that Robert Rodriguez is still working on the film version of Machete and that he'll direct and produce, just as soon as he has his current project completed.
What's most interesting about his comments though is what he says about the plans at the studio for Machete. He says that Dimension films are looking at turning the film into a trilogy.
All this from a fake trailer? Well that is something. Saying that the trailer did look good, and Trejo playing this anti-hero might just pull off something really fun. Still, three films already?
I can't help but think that this is just the studio talking about securing everyone for the obligatory three films just in case the first is a big success, but then why not bank on it? There's a huge rise of opinion out there for it.
From geekology, Ever wonder what da Vinci's Last Supper would look like with video game characters? Possibly something like this. Except why on earth is Donkey Kong portraying Jesus? That's sacrilege if I've ever seen it. And Mario as Judas? So wrong. Mario or Link should be Jesus, and Princess Peach should be giving them all a table dance.
From iwatchstuff, Jerry Bruckheimer has a reputation for finding ways to fill any movie with enough star power, CGI, and/or explosions to pander to the unwashed masses, no matter what the subject. But after bringing life to the non-existent ghost-pirate-Disney-ride genre with Pirates of the Caribbean, can even the man often dubbed an "über-producer" revitalize the waning Lone Ranger franchise? I guess we'll find out, as Jerry and Disney have plans to try bringing the masked cowboy to screens.
Bruck has some of his best men (the writers of Pirates) on the script, but trade mag The Hollywood Reporter still doubts the ascotted horseman's viability in modern times, noting such problems as "wearing a mask, using only silver bullets, [and] a creed that includes not killing your fellow man." So apparently the thin line between Batman-level popularity and increasing cultural obscurity is drawn at the ability to kill a werewolf?
From iwatchstuff, Now many straight-to-video years after his rise to nearly becoming the next Jean-Claude Van Damme and fall to becoming current Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren has plans to reinvent himself. Say goodbye to '80s action star Dolph Lundgren, hello to modern action star/director making '80s movies Dolph Lundgren.
Currently in post-production on his last acting/directing vehicle, Missionary Man (playing "a mysterious stranger [who] rolls into town on a unique motorcycle"), the Swede has announced plans to direct and star in Command Performance, described as "Die Hard at a rock concert." Set in Ivan Drago's native Russia, Lundgren will play an ex-marine drummer who, naturally, kicks ass after some motherfuckers disrupt the show--an idea he says he got from... Madonna? Since I don't remember a terrorist attack on Madonna's Russian tour, I'll assume the "idea" he means is being old and grossly muscular.
By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
21 drew a better hand than projected this weekend, collecting $23.7 million at theaters this weekend, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Nielsen EDI.
The blackjack film starring Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne did $8 million more than analysts expected, despite earning recommendations from less than a third of the nation's critics, according to the survey site RottenTomatoes.com.
"A lot of people see Vegas as an adult Disneyland, and this movie captured that escapist fun," says Rory Bruer, distribution chief for Sony Pictures, which released the movie. "They wanted to be taken inside that life."
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who became the first movie of the year to break $100 million, taking second place with $17.4 million and bringing its three-week total to $117.3 million.
The spoof comedy Superhero Movie was third with a debut of $9.5 million, about $3 million less than many analysts projected.
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns was fourth with $7.8 million, followed by the comedy Drillbit Taylor with $5.8 million.
The only other major newcomer, the Iraq war drama Stop-Loss, continued the struggle of war-related movies. It managed eighth place with $4.5 million, about $1 million below projections.
Ticket sales plummeted 24% from the same weekend last year and continued Hollywood's spring doldrums.
Attendance is down 3% from the same weekend last year, according to Media By Numbers.
ComingSoon.net has learned that Warner Bros. Pictures is currently planning to reveal the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters with the studio's own Speed Racer on May 9th. We are uncertain at this point when the trailer would debut online, though studios usually bring trailers online that same week.
The August 15 release will feature such characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. In the film, Sinister villains – led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous – are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the "Star Wars" universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations.
The theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be followed in the fall when the TV series premieres on Cartoon Network, followed by airings on TNT.
From aicn, NBC Universal is mounting its third “Knight Rider” series in three decades, following the 1982 David Hasselhoff vehicle (if you will) and the 1997 Brixton Karnes-led “Team Knight Rider” (whose series finale featured a cameo by Hasselhoff).
The new series, whose 2-hour February pilot also featured a Hasselhoff walk-on, stars “All My Children” vet Justin Bruening and “Young and the Restless” vet Deanna Russo.
The network is expected to announce the new series’ tentative fall timeslot during its early upfront Wednesday.
"Battlestar Galactica" and "Star Trek" were two aging franchises successfully revived for TV, but much more common are failed and forgotten network remakes like "Young Maverick" (1979), "The New Odd Couple" (1982), "The Twilight Zone" (1985 and 2002), "Mission: Impossible" (1988), "The Fugitive" (2000), "Dragnet" (2003), "The Night Stalker" (2005) and "Bionic Woman" (2007).
Will the new "Knight Rider" beat the odds?
Read original Variety article here
Saturday, March 29, 2008
From darkhorizons, We’ve already heard that the Justice League movie is in all likelihood still happening, and as we predicted way back in November they’re probably abandoning the idea of shooting in Australia in favor of moving production to Canada. In fact, we’re starting to get reports from Canadian readers claiming to have spotted various members of the cast and crew in British Columbia, hanging out while director George Miller scouts locations.
One such report rolled into my inbox tonight from a CB reader named Candace, who says she managed to corner Adam Brody in a BC bar and get him talking about JLA. What he told her is kind of a shocker. Here’s her story: “I asked Brody to sign a napkin, and asked what he/they were doing here. They're in BC to check out locations for their new superhero movie Justice League is Mortal. Brody pointed at Miller and said "George is our director". He said he's playing The Flash, Common is playing Green Arrow (or Lantern, one or the other), Armie Hammer (sounded like Arm and Hammer) is Batman, someone from "mad max" is Martian Man-hunter (didn't catch the name) and Hayden Christensen is Superman. Brody also nodded to the woman to his right and said "she (he said her name but i didnt catch it) is in it too". Oh, and they had lots of drinks.”
Just in case you missed it, you might want to go back and read the part where Adam Brody told her Hayden Christensen is playing Superman. Yeah that Hayden Christensen. Anakin Skywalker Hayden Christensen. Over the past few months a lot of different names have been rumored for the Superman part, but Hayden’s has not been one of them... until now. If this turns out to be true, it’s a pretty big shocker.
In a way though, it make sense to get someone like him on board. One of the big criticisms of this project all along has been the complete lack of star power. Hayden, having starred in two of the biggest box office successes of all time, definitely brings a little of that.
For now though, consider this just a rumor. A rumor which, for reasons I can’t explain, I’m finding myself inclined to believe. If they really are up there scouting out locations, then don’t be surprised of Warner Brothers finally gives us that long promised official cast announcement soon, and clears the whole thing up. It would be nice if we could all just stop guessing. In the meantime, Monday morning I'll start nosing around to see if I can get an official confirmation not only on Hayden, but whether the movie is actually being called Justice League is Mortal. Weird title.
50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex and the City
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life On Mars
39. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
32. Babylon 5
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
See Top 10 here
Friday, March 28, 2008
From Muslimah Media Watch:
The sophisticated and flirtatious Begum Nawazish Ali has been on Pakistani airwaves for a few years now. With people tuning in to watch her grill, joke around, and shamelessly flirt with her guests who include celebrities and politicians, her talk shows have been huge hits. (This shameless flirting demonstrated as she asks Bollywood star John Abraham to father her future children.) Her invasive questions, political interest, and classy style have made her a sensation on Pakistani television. Not to mention her beautiful saris, and flawless make-up.And there is one important thing that makes her a pioneer in South Asian television. She is actually a he.
One would easily think that such a personality would not be tolerated on television in a Muslim country. One may even think that people have made life hard for him. The Western media certainly seem to think so with their articles overflowing with shock. The New York Times "When She Speaks, He’s Breaking All of Islam’s Taboos " provides one example.
But reality is quite the opposite. He has never received any threats of any kind and is free to express himself on Pakistani television screens. As pointed out in this Los Angeles Times article "...in a country where extremists are at war with such cosmopolitan heresies, Saleem has never received a single threat over his open lifestyle."
Even religious leaders have not had any issues with the Begum. The Los Angeles Times tells us:
He gleefully recounted taking a domestic flight on which most of the passengers were religious leaders. He was collecting his bags from the overhead compartment upon landing, when one of the mullahs put a hand on his shoulder. He froze."He told me he liked the show," recalled Saleem, clearly thrilled to tell the story. "But he did remind me to be sure to pray every day."
From moviesonline, “Throwback to the old Godzilla films” is becoming the new catchphrase for making movies. J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves used it when talking about Cloverfield. It’s how the producers have described the upcoming Monsters vs. Aliens (although, to be fair, they’re throwing back to B-movies, not specifically Godzilla). Now Calling All Robots joins the others as Michael Dougherty joins forces with Walt Disney Pictures and Robert Zemeckis’s ImageMovers to create a new animated tale.
Specific story details haven’t been released other than it being a throwback to Godzilla. Dougherty told Variety that the movie is not a story that could be told in live action or traditional animation, so the production will use the motion capture technology used to create Beowulf and The Polar Express. Disney will distribute the film, much like the upcoming Christmas Carol which was created by ImageMovers but being distributed by Disney.
For those unfamailiar with Dougherty, he’s one of the writers behind Bryan Singer’s X-Men 2 and Superman Returns. His own stint as a director hasn’t been seen though due to the delays in his directorial debut, Trick ‘r Treat. He will write and direct Calling All Robots.
From geekology, Come on Star Wars franchise, get with program. With all the other awesome products you had to choose from to release you pick freaking golf bags? WTF!? These golf bags are made in Japan, come in Stormtrooper or Darth Vader styling, cost about $500, and are stupid. Mostly because I'm pissed they didn't release any of that other, cooler stuff instead. I mean Jesus, Star Wars franchise, at least get creative. How about an AT-AT golf cart instead? Death Star golf balls? I mean this thing could have at least been shaped like R2 for Skywalker's sake. #$&!!%! %)#@!!)$#! Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2 - Attack Of The Phantom French Ticklers am I furious right now.
From moviesonline, Sick Nurses follows a clandestine team of nurses and a chief surgeon who sell human body parts and whole bodies on the black market for profit. When one of the nurses threatens to expose the operation, she is instantly attacked, killed and wrapped in a body bag to be sold by her cohorts. A bloodthirsty spirit, she emerges from the dead seeking revenge for her untimely death, attacking each victim and forcing them to perform violent acts against themselves and others; ultimately leading to a horrible yet brutal death.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
From iwatchstuff, Even a leather jacket, bloody knife, 90210 hair, and a mirage of a mustache are unable to portray any hint of manliness against LaBeouf's full, pouty lips.
Alternately: Who is this, Shia LaBouffant!?
By David Germain, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Heath Ledger's frenzied reinvention of the Joker had fans and colleagues buzzing. His dreadful clown face was seen online by millions, and stood as the goosebump-raising image upon which nearly all early marketing of The Dark Knight hinged.
All this, while Ledger was still alive.
Now the Batman archfiend stands as Ledger's next-to-last performance. And while it's not the first, The Dark Knight has already emerged as arguably the biggest movie featuring a posthumous role in Hollywood history.
Major stars including James Dean, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Spencer Tracy and Will Rogers had high-profile films released after they died. The deaths of others — notably Bruce Lee and his son Brandon — created an eerie allure that heightened interest in their final films.
Yet none had the magnitude of a comic-book franchise with an illustrious 70-year history, and movies in those eras did not arrive with the fanfare of today. Certainly none had the advance word of a delirious, demented turn by an actor completely reimagining of one of Hollywood's greatest villains.
"It was punk, it was 'A Clockwork Orange, it was druggie. It was this kind of fantastic, anarchic look to him. This character who had absolutely no rules whatsoever," said Christian Bale, who returns as rich guy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman. "That's not like any Joker I've ever seen before, what I saw Heath do."
As the sequel to 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins,The Dark Knight already was one of this year's most-anticipated films. Opening July 18, the film's must-see status has only risen since Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose Jan. 22.
"More people will come to see it because of his death," said Bill Ramey, founder of the fan website Batman-on-Film.com. "No doubt some people may be apprehensive about seeing it because there may be a little ghoulish factor about it. But I'm betting that more people now kind of look at it as a tribute to him, and the biggest tribute you could give someone is to go see it and enjoy his performance."
When Dean died in a car wreck in 1955, studio executives lamented "there goes the movie," figuring audiences would be scared away from his final two films, said Wes Gehring, who teaches film at Ball State University. To the contrary: Rebel Without a Cause and Giant were huge hits.
In today's anything-goes celebrity climate, it's doubtful anyone in Hollywood ever felt Ledger's death might hurt the box-office prospects for The Dark Knight, Gehring said.
"It's a tacky thing to say, but what would have been a negative in the past now could be a positive thing," Gehring said. "I think we've done a flip-flop on pop culture. Now it might actually be a selling point for a movie where you say, 'So and so's dead. Let's go see his movie.' What might have been a hindrance in 1935 now won't be a problem."
In the days after Ledger's death, fans debated how it might affect the film.
Would distributor Warner Bros. make changes or even delay its release? Would the advertising shift away from its early focus on Ledger's demonic Joker and his mocking taunt, "Why so serious?" Would the Joker's ghastly persona disturb fans? Would viewers be able to set thoughts of his death aside as they watch his performance?
"Of course, you find more poignancy in moments, and I'm very, very aware he's not here with us," said Bale in an interview shortly after the film's opening segment — in which Ledger's Joker orchestrates a bank heist — was screened in mid-March at ShoWest, a convention for theater owners. It was the first time Bale had seen the sequence, and Ledger's death weighed on his mind.
"I can't deny that kind of threw me watching that just now," Bale said. "You can't help but have that different feeling when I'm viewing it, especially since he's somebody I was in touch with until just recently and believed would be a future friend."
Director Christopher Nolan, who revived the franchise with Batman Begins, said he expects the performance will speak for itself, that morbid thoughts of Ledger's death will not affect the way audiences view "The Dark Knight."
"Having seen the movie myself in such heightened and tragic circumstances, no, I don't think that's going to be the case," Nolan said. "What I found in watching the movie myself is that you're not looking at the actor, you're not looking at the friend, you're not looking at the colleague. You're looking at the Joker. ... He inhabits this character, and it's an extraordinary icon, so it's easy to enjoy it on that level, just as a great piece of acting."
Ledger — known for serious films including Brokeback Mountain, which earned him a best-actor Academy Award nomination — was a surprise choice for the Joker, most famously played previously with Jack Nicholson's giddy performance in 1989's Batman.
Nolan, Ledger and their collaborators came up with a wildly different Joker, whose ominous clown makeup seems to have been finger-painted onto his face, an outer portrait of the black and twisted soul within.
Ledger's performance floored two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine, who reprises his role as Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred. Caine's first glimpse of the character came when Ledger emerged onto the set from an elevator; in an interview last September, four months before Ledger's death, Caine said he was so startled that he forgot his lines.
"He came out of the bloody lift like a whirlwind," Caine recalled. "They said, 'It's your line, Michael.' I said, 'What is it?' Extraordinary. It will be one of the characters of next year, the Joker as played by him."
Warner Bros. executives, who declined to comment for this article, have moved ahead with The Dark Knight and its marketing as planned. To do anything differently would have disrespected Ledger's memory, the filmmakers said.
"The greatest testament to Heath's portrayal is to do everything that we were planning on doing with Heath's portrayal," said producer Charles Roven. "His family knew him to feel exactly the same way. They knew how excited he was, knew how much fun he had doing it. When you see the film, it's undeniable how much fun he had playing the character."
While the Batman brand-name virtually assures blockbuster status for The Dark Knight, other posthumous films have had a mixed history.
Rogers scored a posthumous hit with Steamboat Round the Bend, as did Tracy with Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon and Brandon Lee's The Crow found broader audiences beyond action crowds because of their deaths. Singer Aaliyah's Queen of the Damned overcame bad reviews to become a modest commercial success.
Received coolly by critics, John Candy's Canadian Bacon and Wagons East were box-office duds, as was Natalie Wood's Brainstorm.
The final films of Lombard (To Be or Not to Be ) and husband Gable (The Misfits ) earned critical acclaim and have held up over the decades but initially were disregarded by audiences.
Unlike Oliver Reed, whose death during the filming of Gladiator prompted the filmmakers to digitally graft his head onto another man's body to complete a scene, Ledger had finished his work on The Dark Knight.
Ledger died with his final film, Terry Gilliam's fantasy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, only half finished. Gilliam salvaged the production by casting Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell for the fantasy portions, each playing Ledger's character on trips through a magic mirror into a parallel realm.
The snippets of Ledger's Dark Knight performance released in trailers have captivated not only the average fan, but also his close colleagues from past films.
"You can tell Jack Nicholson was having fun doing that, but you can see Heath probably put his soul into it," said Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee. "That's why it's scary. You see the trailer, just a few shots of him, you have to see the movie. ... I'm anxious to see it. I'm afraid to see it. I don't know how I'll respond to it, but you have to see it."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The truth about "The X-Files" sequel - some of it, anyway - is now out there.
"X-Files" creator Chris Carter, writer Frank Spotnitz and other crew members gathered Wednesday to discuss the TV series - and declassify some information about the upcoming film.
The popular Fox paranormal drama, which aired from 1993 to 2002, starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
"While this is not a mythology movie, it's true to everything that's come before," Spotnitz said at the William S. Paley Television Festival. "It's true to Mulder and Scully, who they are and where they would be this point in their lives and all of the experiences that they've had."
The series first made the leap to the big screen with 1998's "The X-Files: Fight the Future." Plans for another film were grounded in 2005 when Carter sued Fox over syndication profits for the show. The lawsuit was later settled.
Carter, who also directs the new movie, said it takes place in the present and uses a story envisioned when the series ended. While the show's sprawling alien mythology isn't part of the plot, Carter said there is a reference to Scully's seemingly supernatural son, William, who was born in season eight and later given up for adoption.
The film is due out July 25.
Carter was tightlipped about the title.
"I can't tell you," he said. "I know what I want it to be, but Fox has some ideas of their own."
From geekology, We've seen several video game inspired energy drinks here at Geekologie, and even a Nintendo offering, but now comes another -- Donkey Kong Jungle Juice. Spotted at the Nintendo World Store in New York, the drink comes packed with all those sperm-reducing agents* energy drinks are known for. Apparently the concoction is pink, smells like bubble gum, and has the flavor of carbonated Kool-Aid. There are theories circulating that it's the exact same stuff that's in the Mario can, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was. You can score a can from Anime Castle for $2.25 if you still want to try. I'm going to pass though, as a matter of principle. Everyone knows jungle juice is alcoholic and does not come in a Donkey Kong can. No sir, jungle juice is a combination of Everclear and every other kind of liquor you have in your college apartment mixed with Hawaiian Punch and Sunny D. You scoop it right out of the cooler it was mixed in with a Solo cup. It gets you drunk as shit and makes you puke and pass out on the bathroom floor while people bash your brain in with the door trying to get in to take a piss.
From stephenking, Just say the name and the memories come flooding back--Somewhere in Time, Duel, The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and countless more. He's one of the greatest storytellers of our time--or any time.
Now Gauntlet Press has assembled He Is Legend: Celebrating Richard Matheson, a spectacular anthology of original, never-before published stories by today's best writers--stories set in Richard Matheson's own fictional universes, and published with Mr. Matheson's complete cooperation!
And, among the many contributions to the book is the first collaboration ever between Stephen King and his son Joe Hill, the novella “Throttle” their take on Matheson’s classic “Duel.” This is, obviously, a once-in-a-lifetime publishing event as its father and sons first collaboration. Both Stephen King and Joe Hill will be signing both the numbered and lettered editions.
Other contributors to this anthology, edited by Christopher Conlon, include F. Paul Wilson, Joe Lansdale, Whitley Strieber, Richard Christian Matheson, William F. Nolan, Gary Braunbeck, Thomas Monteleone, John Shirley, Ed Gorman and an introduction by Ramsey Campbell (additional contributors will be announced at a later date).
And, as an added bonus, He Is Legend features the original full-length screenplay Conjure Wife--over 20,000 never-before published words by Richard Matheson himself, in collaboration with the late-Charles Beaumont that was filmed at “Burn, Witch Burn.”
Cover art and six interior illustrations by Matheson’s favorite artist Harry O. Morris.
To be released in February 2009 this signed limited edition will appear in the following states:
750 copy signed numbered edition (signed by all contributors except Richard Matheson)
52 copy lettered edition in a special bonded leather traycase This is the only edition that will be signed by Richard Matheson
We will begin taking orders immediately at the Gauntlet Press website (www.gauntletpress.com) but will not charge credit cards until January 1, 2009. Further details are at the Gauntlet Pres website. Address any questions to Gauntlet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From cinemablend, Even though no one particularly liked it, the second National Treasure movie made a ridiculous amount of money. More than the first one, which most seemed to dig. That of course means there will be a third one on the way, and today in an online press conference promoting the DVD release of National Treasure: Book of Secrets director Jon Turteltaub laid out a time table for the arrival of National Treasure 3.
Speaking of the next installment he says, “I'm guessing that we're a few years away. By the time we come up with a decent idea and develop it into a complicated and intelligent puzzle it's going to be at least 2009. Then to prep it and cast it... it should be three years away.” That’d put it in 2011. Three years was about the time lapse between the first and second films as well, with the first one coming out in 2004 and the second in 2007.
Turteltaub though doesn’t feel that the National Treasure sequels are driven by money. He thinks I’m a cynical bastard. He’s probably right. Jon justifies the franchise this way: “This movie begets sequels because it's the kind of genre MEANT to beget sequels.”
Turteltaub didn’t confirm whether he’d actually be directing the third movie, but he does sound open to it. In the meantime though, it sounds like he’s also ready to get away from lurking around national monuments and try something different. Ready is actually kind of an understatement. When asked if he’d like to do something else, Turtletaub said, “YES!! Please let me make something else! PLEASE!!!!” I agree. The world needs more 3 Ninjas movies.
From geekology, This is a diagram from the patent Apple filed on the 20th for a 3-D Holographic Display.
The patent application goes on to assert that two-dimensional projections of 3-D scenes are inadequate. "Without the benefit of 3-D rendering, even high quality images that have excellent perspective depictions still appear unrealistic and flat," it says. "No headgear needs to be worn by the observer. "In one embodiment, the system of the present invention provides a stereoscopic 3-D display and viewing experience; in another, it delivers a realistic holographic 3-D display experience."
Sweet, 3-D. Not to brag or anything, but I see real life in 3-D. Does that make me better than everyone else? Yes. It's a scientific fact that most people only see in 3-C. Unless I've got things backwards and 3-C is actually an improvement over 3-D. In that case I see in 3-A, which is practically x-ray vision. That's right folks, boobs.
From iwatchstuff, Responding to some questions on his "E-Post" (apparently what old guys are calling blogs now), Sir Ian McKellen has announced he would indeed return to Middle Earth for The Hobbit if the opportunity comes.
Q: ...Will you again be our Gandalf in "The Hobbit" now that the deal is settled?
A: Yes I will, if Peter Jackson and I have anything to do with it, he being the producer and me being, on the whole, a very lucky actor.
Continuing the question & answer section, McKellen went on to respond to the second most pertinent query regarding the fantasy saga: When shooting Lord of the Rings, all of the key actors totally paired off into gay couples, right? Shockingly, McKellen denied such gossip, claiming these "straight" actors had "girlfriends", and blaming the rumors on "the fevered imagination of slashers."
If you ask me, his deft use of the term "slasher" asks the more pressing question: Sir Ian reads gay fan fiction?
From thesuperficial, Let's say you just won $48.6 million. What would be the first thing you would do? Me? After pissing my pants, I'd run around town throwing hundred bills at squirrels. Then come back under the cover of darkness and kick their asses until they gave it back. As for Heather Mills the first thing she did is hire forensic accountants to pore over Paul McCartney's assets because, apparently, she can't get by on $48.6 million. Of course, she's mainly concerned about her daugher Bea. I mean, how can she raise a child on such meager funds? The Daily Mail reports:
"Heather's thinking is that Bea should not be seen to have a different lifestyle when she is with Heather compared to Paul - and she is going about proving that is not possible. "Heather is hoping Paul will discretely make a payment to her annually rather than want to go back to court and rake all this up again."
I don't want to point fingers and call Heather Mills a gold digger. But if you opened the trunk of her car you'd probably find a pick ax and, let's be real, a dead prospector. I'm not saying Heather Mills strangled him for his claim, but I'm also not saying he wasn't beaten with a wooden leg.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
From defamer, The secret Tom Cruise Scientology video gets immortalized in Superhero Movie with perhaps the best impression we've seen yet, courtesy of astonishing Cruise-alike Miles Fisher. Seriously--someone give this lusciously be-eyebrowed kid a shot at a legit career!
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Sarah Jessica Parker has been named the Unsexiest Woman Alive.
The 'Sex and the City' actress, who is most famous for her role as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show, was given the dubious honor in the online poll by men's magazine website Maxim.com.
In a scathing attack on the 42-year-old actress, Maxim writers - who compiled the poll - likened Sarah Jessica to famous racehorses Barbaro and Secretariat and insisted they would rather get up close and personal with her 'Sex and the City' co-star Chris Noth.
One Maxim.com writer said, "How the hell did this Barbaro-faced broad manage to be the least sexy woman in a group of very unsexy women and still star on a show with "sex" in the title?
"Pull your skirt down, Secretariat, we would rather ride your co-star Chris Noth!"
Troubled British singer Amy Winehouse - whose beehive hair and prominent eyeliner has been copied by teenage girls worldwide - finished in second place.
Another Maxim.com writer revealed, "When we first heard this chick boast about her reluctance to go to rehab we thought, now there is a girl we can party with! But upon beholding her openly haemorrhaging translucent skin, rat´s nest mane and lashes that look more like surgically-attached bats, we were the ones screaming, 'Nooo, nooo, nooo!' "
'Grey's Anatomy' star Sandra Oh is in third place, while 49-year-old "menopausal" singer Madonna finished fourth and was ridiculed for her adoption of a boy from Malawi.
The survey said of Madonna, "Madonna traded pioneering sexuality for, like other old Jewish women, self-righteous bellyaching and rapid postnuptial deterioration.
"Combine a Paris Hilton-like pet accessorizing fetish - only for dirt-poor foreign babies - with a mug that looks Euro-sealed to her skull, and you've got Willem Dafoe with hot flashes."
Britney Spears - whose behavior has spiraled out of control this year with her wild partying, drug taking, shaving her head and bizarre performance at the MTV Video Music Awards - rounded up top five.
One Maxim.com contributor claimed, "Britney has lost the ability to perform, but gained two kids, two useless ex-husbands, and about 23 pounds of pudge."
Maxim.com's Five Unsexiest Women Alive poll:
1. Sarah Jessica Parker
2. Amy Winehouse
3. Sandra Oh
5. Britney Spears
Coming in 2009, directed by Peter Segal (Link).
Who is He?
Shazam! is actually just the name of the comic book itself, not the character. Before you mock our punctuation, we'd like to explain that the name actually contains that exclamation point, a precedent followed only in the early '80s by that short-pant wearing duo of fancy boy-meat Wham! The character's name is really Captain Marvel, making it one of the very few comic books not named after the central character, but rather after the made up word he yells to gain superpowers.
Captain Marvel was essentially the generic brand Superman. The editors at DC needed another success like Superman, and decided to ape Captain Marvel nearly exactly. Captain Marvel is to Superman what GoBots are to Transformers, what Power Rangers are to Voltron, or what Cracked magazine is to MAD magazine. They just took Superman, dressed him in your grandfather's pajamas, paid a sexual deviant to write his back story and watched the cash roll in.
The origin of Shazam! is that young Billy Batson, a 12-year-old homeless newsboy, follows a mysterious stranger into a secret subway tunnel and boards an empty train that takes him to the lair of a wizard who gives him the secret word "Shazam!" The word is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury who all lend their respective powers to whoever yells the word with the least amount of shame.
Yes, you've read correctly, Captain Marvel in all of that skin-tight clothing, with his rippled muscles and dangling package is actually a 12-year-old boy who, thanks to a secret magic word he learned only by talking to strangers and following them into abandoned subway tunnels, has the amazing ability to instantly transform into the legal age of consent.
Why Fanboys Are Excited:
The Rock is attached to play the villain, a likable enough actor who was seems genetically designed specifically to be in comic book movies. It's not a bad role, either. If you take away almost everything ridiculous that doesn't work about Captain Marvel, you have his antithesis and mortal enemy, Black Adam. Not to worry, though, sensitive readers, Black Adam is not a racist caricature of a black man that embodies everything evil. The "Black" only refers to his dark soul and corrupted nature. He's actually an Arab.
The script is being written by William Goldman, John August, and Bryan Goluboff whose individual past efforts have included Big Fish, The Basketball Diaries, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride. So, there's some real, actual writing people there who can actually write action and character depth at the same time, if given the chance.
There are some themes to explore here, the hero transformation serving as a rescue fantasy for a boy abandoned by his parents and society in general. Maybe this film can explore some of the emotional complexities of the superhero that were so clumsily handled in Superman Returns.
Why Fanboys Will be Disappointed:
First of all ...
Also, these generic-brand rip offs only make sense if the original is doing monster business. That's not the case with Superman, though, whose last film was greeted with a thundering "meh." Here, you have a character with all the problems of Superman (namely, the all-powerful invincibility that makes him impossible to identify with), only without the familiarity and with a foppish gold sash around his waist.
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From CHUD, American Zombie is the latest in a trend of zombie films that attempt to recontextualize and tinker with the meaning and the iconography of the ghoul. It's sort of what was happening with the vampire for the last twenty years, where filmmakers would play with bits and pieces of the mythology of the vamp to make new statements. It would take a real commitment to see every zombie movie made - IMDB lists over 100 for the last two years alone - but the vast majority of zombie films seem happy to leave the basics of the undead alone and instead tinker with things like setting and speed. In American Zombie the living dead (or revenants, as they're officially called) aren't the mindless flesh eaters that we know - they're regular people, just like us, who happen to have acquired a virus that re-animated them upon death. Very slowly decomposing, the zombies try to live lives as normal as possible in a world that won't let them get credit cards, get married or have a license.
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