Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
From iwatchstuff, These days, it's pretty much impossible to find a sci-fi space film that doesn't rely on greenscreens and slick computer graphics to define its world. I guess the same is true for local weather reports, but on the first point, filmmakers Derek Van Gorder and Otto Stockmeier have been working to challenge that now-accepted production model with an older, much more costly and cumbersome one. Since 2011, they've been working to put together a sci-fi short with the practical, optical methods of yesteryear, using only tangible sets, cool little spaceship models, and a lot of party lights. So many party lights.
Well, now they're done, and you can watch the full 12-minute short online below. As you'll see, it's based in the teachings of a fake Carl Sagan, so you know it's real.
Terrence Stamp Doesn't Like George Lucas and Hated Making "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
From worstpreviews, During almost every press conference, actors talk about how they loved working with their co-stars and with their director. A real pleasure. But once in a while, an actor will come forward about the miserable time he had on the set of some movie.
This time it's Terence Stamp, who revealed the awful time he had playing Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and how disappointed he was with the directing style of George Lucas.
"We didn't get [along] at all. I didn't feel like [Lucas] was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn't interest me and I [don't] think I interested him," said Stamp. "I came all the way back from Australia [for the movie]. I didn't want to, but my agent leaned on me and I wanted to meet Natalie Portman because I'd seen her in 'The Professional.' And I did meet her and she was absolutely enchanting. But on the day I'm supposed to do my scene with her, for which I'd traveled halfway around the world, I said, 'Where's Natalie?' And George says, 'That's Natalie,' and points to a bit of paper on the wall. It was just boring."
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
From iwatchstuff: If you've been wondering why Marvel is making a movie about Ant-Man--especially when they haven't even touched their cache of flamboyant magicians--studio head Kevin Feige has some answers for you.
Speaking to MTV about the third phase of Marvel's ever-expanding plan of forcibly familiarizing audiences with ridiculous characters, Feige explained that while making a film about a talking raccoon was their idea, they're only doing this Ant-Man thing because of Edgar Wright being generally great. The writer-director apparently approached Feige about doing an Ant-Man film at a Comic-Con back in 2004, and Feige agreed solely because he, like the rest of us, was really curious what the director of Shaun of the Dead would do with a shrinking guy who talks to bugs.
As such, Marvel seems to be giving Wright pretty free reign with the project, Feige explaining, "It's very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish," while adding that, despite the expected stylistic departures, "it's certainly set in the Marvel Universe." And while there's no guarantee that Ant-Man will ever find his way into an Avengers film, as he's pretty hard to sell in a group shot, Feige did imply some sort of continuity, confirming, "Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three."
Also in Phase Three: Doctor Strange, the medically-licensed magician! Marvel has been talking about getting the character in theaters since at least 2010, and it sounds like it's finally going to happen sometime after Ant-Man's debut in 2015. "He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have," Feige explained. "He's totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He's totally different from anything we've done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited." Different is exciting!
He wouldn't get into what other increasingly-obscure heroes will be added in the third wave, but did say, "you probably don't have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we're toying with and beginning to develop." Sooooo, Speedball then?
From worstpreviews, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm have been planning to convert all six "Star Wars" films to 3D and then re-release them in 3D theaters. The companies accomplished that with "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" a year ago, but the movie debuted to a disappointing $23 million domestically.
Disney has since acquired Lucasfilm. And even though "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D" has been set to hit theaters on September 20th, and "Star Wars: Episode III:Revenge of the Sith 3D" has been set for October 11th, Disney decided to cancel both releases.
The studio only wants to focus on rebooting the franchise. It has already hired director JJ Abrams for "Star Wars: Episode VII" and has plans to develop a new trilogy, in addition to spin-off films focusing on specific characters.
From worstpreviews, Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) is already playing the villainous Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel. And now comes word that Paul Giamatti is in talks to join the new movie as the villain known as The Rhino.
The Rhino first appeared in 1966 and is an alter-ego of Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich. He's a former low-key thug, but an experiment grafted a nearly-indestructible polymer to Aleksei's skin, making him nearly unstoppable.
"I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid," Giamatti said back in 2011. "It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, 'Why don't they have The Rhino in one of their movies?' But maybe The Rhino wasn't that big of a deal for anybody but me... If they ever go with The Rhino I would be ready and waiting."
Meanwhile, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is also in talks to join the cast. Her role has yet to be revealed.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is once again directed by Marc Webb and is set to begin filming in February. It's set to hit theaters on May 2nd, 2014.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I got so excited about Spider-Man I almost forgot what's really important: one of our resident youngsters is one year less young today! This picture is recycled from an earlier birthday, but me and the fam are heading out today to glom onto some of 50P's several-hour-long celebration, and I'll slap up something more recent (if people his age still show up on film.)
I was going to get him a nice book, but I couldn't find one that had blank pages after page 50, so what's the point?
I'm bringing it back! I've been watching this strip with one eye in order to spot the story changeover -- looks like we're going to San Francisco, folks! Thanks, plot-specific flying newspaper! When you see it, say hello to the Gilligan's Island KPLOT radio for me!
SPECIAL BONUS: Here are the lead-in strips to today's crossover moment, in which Spidey's Las Vegas/Kraven caper ends with his sociopathic boss throwing garbage at him and stranding him in the desert. Excelsior!
Friday, January 25, 2013
From ew, Stephen King has released a new Kindle single titled Guns, in which the horror author — who says he owns three handguns himself — passionately advocates for additional firearm regulation. “In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, gun advocates have to ask themselves if their zeal to protect even the outer limits of gun ownership have anything to do with preserving the Second Amendment as a whole, or if it’s just a stubborn desire to hold onto what they have, and to hell with the collateral damage,” King writes. “If that’s the case, let's suggest that 'f— you, Jack, I’m okay' is not a tenable position, morally speaking.”
In the essay, which is available on Amazon for 99 cents, King writes about the first novel he ever wrote, which he penned in high school and was later published as Rage under his Richard Bachman pseudonym. The book is about a kid who shows up at school with a gun, kills a teacher, and takes his class hostage, and after it was published, Rage apparently helped inspire several real-life school shooters. So King pulled it. “My book did not break [the school shooters it appears to have influenced] or turn them into killers; they found something in my book that spoke to them because they were already broken,” King writes. “Yet I did see Rage as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale. You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.”
King hopes gun owners will take similar measures, agreeing to certain limitations on their constitutional right to own guns (which King fully supports) because, he says, it’s the right thing to do. “I didn’t pull Rage from publication because the law demanded it; I was protected under the First Amendment and the law couldn’t demand it. I pulled it because in my judgment it might be hurting people, and that made it the responsible thing to do…. They need to say, ‘We support these measures not because the law demands we support them, but because it’s the sensible thing.” King also counters some of the arguments frequently offered by opponents of assault-rifle and large-magazine bans, and he claims, perhaps less convincingly, that the idea that Americans are obsessed with violent entertainment is just “a self-serving lie promulgated by fundamentalist religious types and American’s propaganda-savvy gun-pimps.”
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Okay, I've known since it came out that Batman Returns featured a cameo by Paul Reubens as the Penguin's not-so-happy dad. But I didn't realize who mom was until today... Diane Salinger aka Simone from PeeWee's Big Adventure. It seems impossible I didn't know this, but I've searched my feelings and I know it to be true. Or I forgot, whatever.
What happens in a giant dinosaur stays in a giant dinosaur, I guess.
From slashfilm, The director for Star Wars Episode VII has been revealed, and it is J. J. Abrams, according to The Wrap. While we don’t have a release from LucasFilm at this point, the Wrap reports that Abrams will do the film, despite his proclamation to the contrary last year.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
From Worstpreviews: Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown on numerous "Peanuts" shows and TV specials, was arrested at the border of San Diego and Tijuana on Sunday on charges of stalking and making threats to cause death.
Robbins tried to cross the border in his car, but a background check yielded a warrant against him from the San Diego County sheriff's department. He was booked into jail shortly before 4am Monday and was being held on $550,000 bail.
Robbins provided the voice of Charlie Brown in the film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," as well as TV specials "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." He started voicing the character when he was 9 years old. But at the age of 14 his voice changed.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
My son Paul's band just received a kick ass review on their latest cd release. I'm being a Mom and exercising my right to brag about it. Afterall, how many Mom's can say their son is not only a successful accountant but a righteous sax player as well. Way to go Brunt of it!
From Shakefist Magazine:
Read the rest here.
In the black-and-white film, Abramsohn plays a down-on-his-luck father touring the park with his wife and children.
“As an actor, once you get over the fact that you didn’t get caught that first day, no one threw you into ‘Mickey Mouse jail,’ then you’re really just playing the scene,” Abramsohn said. “It’s almost easier, because you’re not waiting for lighting setups” and other typical preparation between takes.
Abramsohn described the experience as “almost more exciting” than a normal production because there was “always the thrill of getting caught.”
“It’s the constant thrill, like an illicit affair,” he said. “You’re never bored.”
Still, at various points during the shoot, the cast and crew were faced with the difficult task of playing the scene while not attracting too much attention from park staff and visitors. Abramsohn recalled one particularly challenging day when they filmed at the Germany section of Epcot in Orlando.
“There was a scene where I’m getting drunker and drunker and more belligerent,” Abramsohn said. “The waitress didn’t know [what we were doing], and I would have my arm around the waitress and saying ‘Deutschland uberalis!’ and I was trying not to say Nazi stuff so I wouldn’t get thrown out…. That was a little touchy.”
“There was a few moments where I was just crossing the edge, [where a person might say] ‘What are you doing?’” he added. “She didn’t know it was a movie. The cameramen were just at the other table, filming very quietly.”
Moore said he decided to make the movie in black and white because he “didn’t want it to be home movieish, didn’t want it to have a found footage feel.”
Without color, he said, audiences see “almost an alternate Disney World.”
“Fantastic things were popping out of the woodwork, things you normally don’t notice,” he said.
Moore said “Escape” is an exploration of a childhood that was influenced by “a great deal of time spent with my father at these places, particularly Disney World…. I was trying to explore the relationship I had with the park and my father as a child.”
Abramsohn said it was interesting to explore the question of “how do you live in a place that’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but you’re miserable and longing? There’s a real sadness, longing and wanting in this movie.”
It’s unclear if Disney will have legal objections to the movie that might prevent it from being shown beyond the festival, in movie theaters nationwide or on DVD or video-on-demand. So far, no distributor has picked up the film.
Moore said he was hopeful Disney executives “would just see it as a creative exploration of someone who does have a nostalgia for the park.”
“I’m not trying to shut Disney down or hurt them,” he added. “This was the story, and that was the only place I could tell it.”
Monday, January 21, 2013
From ew, Jessica Chastain is having a moment. Not only did the red-headed Oscar nominee win a Golden Globe last weekend for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, which forced her to take a night off from her Broadway run — yes she’s starring in Broadway’s The Heiress during the thick of awards season — but she’s now achieved something few actors have ever managed: she currently holds the number one and number two movies at the box office.
Chastain’s latest vehicle, Mama, crushed the competition over the three-day weekend with a whopping $28.1 million. Universal, who produced the PG-13 film for only $15 million, opened Mama in 2,647 theaters, where it earned a terrific $10,624 average. The horror title played very well with young women — 61 percent of viewers were female, and 63 percent were below the age of 25. Unfortunately, most of those audiences weren’t overly enthusiastic about what they saw, issuing Mama a lackluster “B-” CinemaScore grade.
Chastain’s other entry, Zero Dark Thirty, fell only 28 percent in its sophomore weekend of wide release to $17.6 million, which brought the Osama Bin Laden huntdown’s total to $55.9 million. Controversy continues to boost the Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama’s profile, but great word-of-mouth seems to be playing just as big of a role in Zero Dark Thirty‘s success.
It’s fair to say that Chastain’s presence in both Mama and Zero Dark Thirty had little to do with each film’s successful box office performance. Neither was marketed on her appeal, and yet, that doesn’t take away from her achievement.
Silver Linings Playbook performed very nicely in its nationwide expansion. Upon jumping from 810 to 2,523 theaters, Playbook increased 126 percent to $11.4 million, which brings its total to $55.3 million so far. (Kudos to the Weinstein Co. for its deftly executed platform strategy. If they had opened Silver Linings Playbook in wide release, as planned, we almost certainly wouldn’t be talking about it 10 weeks later.) In the month leading up to Oscar season, good word-of-mouth may continue to carry Silver Linings Playbook to a total as high as $100 million.
In fourth place, Warner Bros.’ crime drama Gangster Squad fell 47 percent to $9.1 million, giving the $60 million Sean Penn/Josh Brolin action flick an unremarkable $32.2 million total after ten days.
Still, Gangster Squad’s second weekend was better than the debuts of new releases Broken City and The Last Stand, which both flopped out of the gate. Fox’s $35 million Broken City, which stars the usually reliable Mark Wahlberg alongside Russell Crowe, drew only $9.0 million worth of tickets from 2,620 theaters, while Lionsgate’s $45 million The Last Stand, an Arnold Schwarznegger film, fared even worse with a puny $6.3 million. Both films played primarily to older male audiences (who are also seeing Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Squad), and they may have cannibalized each other over their first three days.
1. Mama – $28.1 million
2. Zero Dark Thirty – $17.6 million
3. Silver Linings Playbook – $11.4 million
4. Gangster Squad – $9.1 million
5. Broken City – $9.0 million
Friday, January 18, 2013
From cnn, The Governator is back! Retired from politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking a leaf out of his "Expendables" buddy Sylvester Stallone's book and setting out to prove that he can still kick butt at 65.
"The Last Stand" represents his first starring role in eight years, and it seems there's plenty more gas in his tank. The timing for a primed, pumped, itchy-trigger-finger shoot-em-up leaves something to be desired, no doubt, but with Nicolas Cage unaccountably AWOL this January, Arnie has the knucklehead R-rated action field pretty much to himself. What's more, "The Last Stand" brings it. If you park your brain outside, and double-park any misgivings about vicarious gun mayhem right alongside, it's passable fun.
It's a modern-day Western -- a souped-up and dumbed-down "Rio Bravo," if you will -- with Schwarzenegger making like John Wayne as border town Sheriff Ray Owens, the last man standing between a runaway bad guy (Mexican drug baron Eduardo Noreiga) and his freedom. Charting a spectacularly erratic 24-hour course, the movie juggles self-consciously hokey small-town comedy with slick (or at least semi-slick) high-tech chase scenes as the road-racing desperado leads Forest Whitaker and the feds on a merry chase through the Southwest in his prototype Corvette 01.
The auto action seems a transparent pitch to sell high-end sports cars and inject a little momentum in a movie that's equally content to dawdle over its morning coffee, shooting the breeze with amusing (or at least semi-amusing) supporting players like Ray's deputies, ornery Mike (Luis Guzman in the Walter Brennan role), bumbling Jerry (Zach Gilford), and sexy Sarah (Jaimie Alexander).
Schwarzenegger: I'm a better actor now Johnny Knoxville gets unaccountably prominent billing for little more than an extended cameo as a guy named Dinkum, a screwy gun nut with a penchant for cavalier headgear. He's excruciating, but almost puppy-like he's so eager to please.
The same might go for director Kim Jee-woon, a talented Korean known for macabre ghost stories like "A Tale of Two Sisters," whacky adventures ("The Good, the Bad, the Weird"), and grisly cop thrillers ("I Saw the Devil").
His first U.S. effort is full of bold, broad comic book strokes -- some of them pleasingly original, like a car chase through a cornfield, the husks of corn thudding against the windscreens like oversized bugs. Listen to how he picks out the sound of a helmet rolling across the pavement. That's a filmmaker alert to his environment and the tools at this command. But there's just as much that's ham-fisted or tin-eared. At best these are stereotypes we might recognize from other B flicks. There's never a whiff of authenticity, except maybe when Harry Dean Stanton appears for a cruelly brief bit part as a cranky local farmer.
The uninspired score by Kim's countryman Mowg doesn't lift the so-so climactic shoot-out any, but the movie's tongue in cheek humor will buy off most of the target audience. And Arnie? He's indestructible.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
From chron, TMZ.com is reporting that Pauline Phillips, the creator of the "Dear Abby" advice column, died yesterday at the age of 94.
Phillips retired in 2002 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over the column. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Phillips' Wikipedia entry has already been changed to reflect the death.
The "Dear Abby" column started in the mid-1950s in The San Francisco Chronicle. Jeanne Phillips had been helping her mother with the column since she was a teenager, she told the newspaper in 2008.
When Pauline Phillips retired, Jeanne Phillips continued the column in her mother's voice, before deciding it was time to take it over in her own style. "My style and her style are different," she said. "My mother's style was softer."
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I don't know if this is standard Disney Store fare, but the new one near us has a spot where kids can sit and color and zone out in front of a big curved screen. A touch screen device will let you queue up featurettes to watch; these range from useless promos to decent music video tie-ins to old Disney shorts with Mickey et al, some of which are pretty damn good. I watched the one in which Chip and Dale get to live inside a Christmas Tree (I'm so jealous!) a couple of times last month. (The "Mickey Mouse Store," as Zack calls it, is a standard stop on our mall trips, our indoor playground venue when it's too dark or too cold to hit the outdoor kind.)
Anyway, the Toy Story short above was available on the Diz Store screen last week, and it is freakin' HILARIOUS. Rex is the nerd amongst the usual cast, but when he pulls a guest stint in the tub he becomes the King of Rave. There's no genuine place for the words "drug-fueled" in this story, but it sure feels like there should be.
I just bought it on iTunes, and I may go after the other two Toy Story Toons as well (neither of which are available on the Disney Store screen). If you happen by one of those stores, I suggest poking your head in to check it out.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Most of us are probably aware that the White House has set up a petition page where anyone can put up any petition they want and once a petition gets to (I think) 25,000 signers the White House will respond. Recently this petition was put up: "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." And this petition got 34,435 signatures. The White Houses response? Total awesomeness:
"This isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For"
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The 33rd Annual Razzie Awards have announced the nominees for the worst achievement in film for 2012, with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"a total of eleven nominations, which means it was nominated in every category, including twice in the Worst Couple category.
Taking second place is Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy," which received eight nominations. The actor ends up on the list almost every year, most recently for "Jack and Jill," which earned him nominations in both male and female categories, something Tyler Perry usually dominates in.
Check out the full list of nominees below, and stay tuned for the awards show, which will take place on Saturday, February 23rd, the day before the Oscars.
* Oogieloves in theAdventure
* That's My Boy!
* A Thousand Words
* The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Katherine Heigl -
* Milla Jovovich - Resident Evil: Retribution
* Tyler Perry - Madea's Witless Protection
*- Snow White and The, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Barbra Streisand - Guilt Trip
* Nicolas Cage - Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance, Seeking Justice
* Eddie Murphy - A Thousand Words
* Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Tyler Perry - Alex Cross,
* Adam Sandler - That's My Boy!
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
* Jessica Biel - Playing For Keeps, Total Recall
* Brooklyn Decker - Battleship, What To Expect When You're Expecting
* Ashley Green - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Jennifer Lopez - What to Expect When You're Expecting
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
* David Hasselhoff - Piranha 3-DD
* Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Liam Neeson - Battleship, Wrath of the Titans
* Nick Swardson - That's My Boy
* Vanilla Ice - That's My Boy
WORST SCREEN COUPLE:
* Anyof Two Cast Members from "Jersey Shore" - The Three Stooges
* Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Robert Pattinson andKristen Stewart- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry as Madea - Tyler Perry's Madea's Witless Protection
* Adam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg or Susan Sarandon - That's My Boy
* Sean Anders - That's My Boy
* Peter Berg - Battleship
* Bill Condon - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Tyler Perry - Good Deeds, Madea's Witless Protection
* John Putch - Atlas Shrugged: Part II
WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE:
* Entire Cast of Battleship
* Entire Cast of Oogieloves inTheBig BalloonAdventure
* Entire Cast of That's My Boy
* Entire Cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
* Entire Cast of Madea's Witless Protection
* Atlas Shrugged: Part II
* That's My Boy!
* A Thousand Words
* The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
[Octo: Good morning! JPX's work computer is screwing with him and he asked me to post the Guillermo del Toro story below, then I couldn't resist posting more. I wouldn't have bothered with this one about poor Laurence Fishburne dealing with a crazy person except that the last line revealed (to me) that he's married to Gina Torres, pictured above as Zoe from Firefly. Kaboing! Since I'm a nut about Firefly I'm using this as an excuse to plug it. If you haven't seen it, see it! Octopunk, out!]
From Yahoo News: Laurence Fishburne has been granted a temporary restraining order against an ex-convict who claims to own the actor's home.
Anthony Francis even went to the Hollywood property on New Year's Day to try to evict the 51-year-old star.
The order requires Francis, whose real name is Mark Francisco, to stay 100 metres away from the actor, his 43-year-old wife and their daughter.
Francisco was sentenced to two years in prison for a cyberstalking conviction in records show he spent time in a mental hospital for that case.
He had pleaded no contest to cyberstalking after being found competent to go on trial. He also has a 1993 conviction for burglary in San Diego, court records show.
Francisco went to the Oscar-nominated actor's home on January 1 and told his wife Gina Torres that they were living there illegally.
Police were called, and based on Francisco's agitated state and criminal history they advised Fishburne to seek a restraining order.
Francisco also left a handwritten letter threatening to evict the the couple and called police in recent days to try to get them to leave. Attempts to reach Francisco for comment were unsuccessful.
According to court papers lodged by the star, he and his wife have owned their home for 10 years.
"This is a case of stalking, and the judge had no problem in issuing a temporary restraining order to stop it," said Fishburne's lawyer, Donald Etra.
The temporary restraining order will be followed up by a court hearing on January 23 to determine whether it should be extended for three years.
Fishburne starred as Morpheus in The Matrix series and was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1993 for What's Love Got To Do With It.
His wife is an actress, appearing in 24 and other television series such as Alias and sci-fi cult hit Firefly.
From Yahoo News: Good news for fans of disgusting stitched together monstrosities. The Human Centipede 3 has finally got the green light after director Tom Six abandoned his legal battle with star Dieter Laser, and it will feature the biggest ‘centipede’ so far, made from ‘500+’ unlucky victims.
According to a press release, Laser will star alongside The Human Centipede 2 actor Laurence R. Harvey in the sequel, but rather confusingly they will not return as characters Dr. Heiter and Martin, and will instead “play a new villain duo with a storyline no one will expect. Also a big American celebrity will be attached to the film.”
We’re also promised "a megalomaniac 500 + human centipede". Gosh.
Director Tom Six said: “I know my ‘Human Centipede 3’ will be very politically incorrect, but I didn't want to change anything in the script. I am very happy Dieter will follow my vision for a full 100% now and know he is absolutely the most brilliant actor I could wish for."
Laser added, “I never ever would have thought that all our differences and misunderstandings would in the end lead to an even deeper and warmer understanding and appreciation of each other. In this regard I am actually thankful about the whole fuss because it turned out to be an advantage and a wonderful present for our film and for our friendship.”
Last March we heard that Six was threatening to sue Laser for breach of contract after saying the actor’s ego had “grown to laughably big proportions” during pre-production for ‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’, “demanded unacceptable script changes” and dropped out “only seven weeks prior to shooting”.
The sequel eventually made just £942 when it was released in the UK last year, despite widespread media coverage after it was initially declined a rating from the BBFC. They eventually awarded it an 18 after more than two minutes of footage was cut.
‘The Human Centipede 3’ starts shooting in the US in May.
Guillermo del Toro Moving Forward With Supernatural DC Comics Movie ‘Dark Universe’ Featuring Swamp Thing and John Constantine
From slashfilm: Not long ago word came down that Guillermo del Toro is working to produce a film, originally referred to as Heaven Sent and now tentatively called Dark Universe, that will feature supernatural DC Comics characters such as Swamp Thing and John Constantine. We didn’t know much about the movie at the time, but now in a new interview del Toro talks about finally hiring a writer — who he refuses to name — and giving some more details about the potential character roster of the film. Fans of the Vertigo line from DC might be very happy with this one.
In the video interview below, del Toro talks up the writer he’s been courting for some time, and says “right now the working title is Dark Universe.”
Asked about his favorite character in the potential roster for the film, he runs down a lot of names, confirming many likely inclusions:
"Swamp Thing, for me is a rock star. The Demon, Etrigan, is amazing. And then you go to Constantine, who I thought is an amazing creation — and I want to do the Constantine of the comics. Deadman is really a lot of work, but a lot of fun."
Asked to elaborate about the full roster, he says “I can’t say, because then you’ll know the plot a little bit,” but does mention/confirm The Spectre, Zatanna as well as the characters mentioned above.
He says the early movement for this goes back a bit, and talks briefly about some effort at DC to “make their universe cohesive,” but that with Man of Steel WB and DC are more confident than ever. And the tone of that movie, combined with what Christopher Nolan established, is helping define the cinematic tone of DC.
The script isn’t written and the film isn’t greenlit, and so all the details above could be subject to change as the picture evolves.
Go here to watch the interview.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
From ew, What exactly are the errors and inconsistencies that everyone complained about when Prometheus came out this summer? Well they’re all laid bare in a single, concise video on YouTube. CinemaSins, whose other targets include The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers, takes the whole movie to task in four minutes, notching 82 separate complaints. Now’s your chance to relive all of that initial frustration, only this time it doesn’t last for two hours and cost $15!
Friday, January 04, 2013
Thursday, January 03, 2013
All of a sudden, speculation is rampant that master of the weird David Lynch is bringing his cult TV show, Twin Peaks, back for another season on network TV, 22 years after the show ended. But is it really happening?
When Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost first introduced Twin Peaks on ABC with an eight-episode first season that revolved around the death of a high school girl named Laura Palmer in the small title town, the response from audiences and critics alike was tremendous. Lynch's trademark blend of the macabre, the surreal, the blackly comedic and the unexpectedly poignant, combined with quirky characters and an atmospheric setting, made Twin Peaks the most talked-about new mid-season series of 1990.
But the second season didn't fare so well as the death of Laura Palmer was solved and the show became increasingly bizarre and plunged full steam ahead into the supernatural. Hardcore fans loved it, but viewers gradually dropped away. The second and, as it turned out, final season ended with a cliffhanger in which heroic FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) was trapped in the alternate dimension known as the Black Lodge, while his body in the "real" world was possessed by the murderous entity known as BOB (played by the late Frank Silva).
Aside from a poorly received although highly underrated prequel movie, 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, little has been heard about the series since 1991. But now rumors are circulating that Lynch and Frost could be bringing the show back. Frost told SciFi Now (via Moviehole) in a recent interview that a revival of the show was "something we talk about from time to time," adding that there's a "rich trove to draw from" should they go ahead with it.
But the more substantial chatter is coming as a result of recent reports that Lynch has been taking meetings with NBC, possibly about creating a third season of Twin Peaks for that network (which, by the way, is part of the same company that owns Blastr, in the interest of full disclosure).
Here's where it gets a little vague, though, because some Twitter chatter suggests that the show would take place a short time after the events of the second season, with the Cooper/BOB scenario still playing out, while other reports say that the show would take place 25 years after the original, although it would resolve the plot threads from back then.
We certainly wouldn't mind seeing how Lynch continues the story, although we hope a new show is as weird and wonderful as the original was. Do you want to see Twin Peaks return to TV?
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