Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
From slashfilm, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has begun to screen and word is that it’s fantastic. We’d heard that executives at Warner Bros. truly loved the film and now, reports are coming in from other people too. (And from people who don’t have billions and billions of dollars potentially invested in the success of a rebooted Superman.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Hey gang! Please join me in a late-in-the-day (but still in the day) salute to my brother Landshark, who is having another Way To Keep Getting Older Day today. I had to rifle his Facebook page for a pic, and instead of opting for an embarrassing high school pic I used this one of him building a TRULY AWESOME TREE FORT for his kids. Check that out! I want to live in there.
Happy Birthday Dude! Go crazy.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
This is an Electric Company animated short about words that end in "tion," particularly the word "pollution."
When I was a little kid learning how to write I would run the "T-I-O-N!" refrain through my head to make sure I put the vowels in the right order and didn't spell "toin." I still play it in my head sometimes even though I haven't heard the song in more than thirty years. Until today, when of course I instantly found it on Youtube. Check it out.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Various items of Star Wars news, including new 80s pic of Carrie Fisher in her metal bikini, woo hoo!
From Slashfilm, in what I assume is a regular feature called Star Wars Bits:
Another day, another edition of Star Wars Bits. This week’s biggest news, so far, is the rumor that not only is Harrison Ford returning for Star Wars Episode VII, but that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will too. Plus some combination of their kids (hopefully not Mark and Carrie’s) may be the protagonists of the film. Of course, this is about as good an educated guess as one could make considering all the facts, but now it comes from an actual source.
Last week, a well-sourced rumor circulated that Harrison Ford was definitely returning for Star Wars Episode VII to reprise his role as Han Solo. That pretty much went along with every other rumor we’ve heard about the J.J. Abrams directed film but, of course, there’s still no official work on anything from Disney or Lucasfilm.
In response to the rumor, respected journalist Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, wrote the following:
"I was told some time ago that Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill would be reprising their roles in Episode 7. Obviously this new movie won’t pick up where “Return of the Jedi” ended. It’s some time in the future. Han, Princess Leia (with a presumably better hairstyle), and Luke Skywalker will be a lot older. Their children will be the new main characters. R2D2 and C-3PO will be unchanged, I would guess. since they are not human. But suffice to say, the three main actors are definitely coming back."
As I stated above, considering we know George Lucas spoke to Hamill and Fisher about the series, and that Ford has been contacted, plus the events are taking place after Return of the Jedi, the idea of the film being about their kids is easy to believe in. So while this is a rumor, it’s also an educated guess. The actual interesting bit is that this journalist was told “some time ago” that was the direction the story was going in. Whether or not the addition of Abrams, screenwriter Michael Ardnt or others has changed that, remains to be seen.
The joke these days is it’s probably more interesting to report on who doesn’t want to be in Star Wars Episode VII than who does. But when the interested party in question is a cast member of the original trilogy, it holds a bit more weight. Yahoo UK caught up with Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and – not surprisingly – he was extremely enthusiastic about coming back either for Episode VII or a Boba Fett spin-off.
Speaking to Moviefone, Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer said he felt his co-star, Nicholas Hoult, would be a great young Han Solo if a spin-off movie comes to life.
"I literally would not be surprised if something like that happened. I almost said something to Nick today about it, like, 'You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself in one of those.' But I have no idea, even though I’m working with Simon Kinberg every day and he is involved with that franchise, I have no information about that. It’s just my own intuition."
Geekrest (via Comic Book Movie) somehow found this behind the scenes shot of Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi – one that most people probably haven’t seen before.
Finally, a huge thanks to Zort.co.uk for the awesome Bad Robot Jedi image at the top.
[Octo:] I didn't include all the bits, so if you want to see more go here.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
JPX sent these to me recently and I saved them for when he was on his trip to go get drunk with some monkeys.
Fronm Geekology: This is a line of action figures featuring seven different presidents as the monsters from Universal's iconic horror films (plus a zombie George Bush for good measure). Each figure is guaranteed to fail to capture the imagination of today's youth and cost between $25-$30. Except Baracula. Baracula is only available by ordering the entire 7-president set for $175. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. Unless your guess is some sort of insane Illuminati-related conspiracy theory, in which case you guess was way, WAY better.
[Octo again:] My favorite of the group was The Romney, because it's so freaking funny to just use someone's actual name with a "The" in front of it as a monster name. But of course tonight I noticed that it's "The RoNMy" and it's Reagan and not Mitt Romney at all. But it's still funny because it reminds me how Romney was never close to being president, ha ha.
I only wish they's stick a Cheney in there. He could be Dr. Moreau or maybe that thing from Slither. Okay back to folks at Geekology:
Click here to see the rest in their packaging as well as a shot of them all together at a party. No -- a MONSTER BASH.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
From worstpreviews, Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong was arrested twice in the last several months for violently attacking his girlfriend. Eventually she filed a restraining order against him. And now comes word that Furlong is now in jail for violating that restraining order and once again roughing up his girlfriend.
Here is where it gets complicated. The judge set bail at $250,000, but ordered Furlong to remain in jail until his probation-violation hearing on March 4th. The actor received that probation, of three years, in November 2010 for violating a restraining order put in place by his then-wife.
To recap... Furlong violated a restraining order filed by his girlfriend, which triggered a probation-violation stemming from 2010 for violating a restraining order filed by his wife.
Thejudge was very frustrated with Furlong, telling him to start taking the stay-away order seriously, adding that the actor belongs in a lockdown treatment facility for substance abuse.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
From aintitcoolnews, Well, it was only a matter of time before this news became a bit more concrete, but, according to El Mayimbe over at Latino Review, who has an exceptional batting average when it comes to his scoop accuracy, the deal is done for Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Han Solo in STAR WARS - EPISODE VII.
This was rather inevitable with Ford commenting that he'd be open to a return back around the time the STAR WARS sale to Disney was announced, complete with those plans for three new films being made in the core saga. For a guy who's tried awfully hard to distance himself from the Original Trilogy over the years to come around like that with willing participation, you knew The Mouse and Lucasfilm were going to make sure they locked up the beloved smuggler for whatever story J.J. Abrams will be kicking off in EPISODE VII. Plus, with rumors of a Han Solo origin story being floated around as one of the ideas for a STAR WARS stand-alone, it only makes sense to get the character fresh in people's minds, particularly younger generations of potential STAR WARS fans, who may not be as familiar with Solo.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
From slashfilm, Simon Pegg has already voiced his support for his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams‘ choice to direct Episode VII, but today we have a snippet of the actor fielding questions about whether this might mean he’ll hop over to the Star Wars camp as well.
Unsurprisingly, his response is far from definitive. “Well, there’s no script yet,” he said. “I’ve spoken to him and congratulated him, but it’s not written so there’s no casting or anything. That just hasn’t come up.”
Pegg also riffed on the similarity of the franchise names. “I hope he does more films with ‘Star’ before the first word,” he joked. “I think he should do Star Bucks. Just get them all. Star Man. Stars in Their Eyes.”
Less thrilled with Abrams’ decision is William Shatner, who offered a blunt and not-so-sweet assessment of the filmmaker:
"He’s being a pig. He’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented direct of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine, I’ve taken him out for sushi, I think it’s time for JJ and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either one of them, I think is just foolhardy."
I can’t tell if Shatner is being entirely serious (probably not), but it’s definitely a change from the bland “we’re very happy for him”s we’ve gotten from most of the rest of Team Trek.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
From geekology, This is a worthwhile video of a red-hot ball of nickel quickly melting its way through a block of ice from the same guy who brought us the red-hot nickel in a cup of water video. The sound effects aren't as rad (but are still pretty cool) in this one, but it's awesome to watch how fast the ball melts through the ice. It really got me thinking -- the next time you're faced with a driveway full of snow, instead of shoveling that snow, why not produce an Indiana Jones sized ball of red-hot nickel and roll it off the roof of your garage? BOOM -- snow melted. "That's ridiculous." Ridiculous or genius? "Ridiculous." Ridiculous or genius? "Ridiculous." Haters gonna hate!
Monday, February 11, 2013
From dinosaurdracula, Kids of the ‘60s loved astronauts arguably more than anything else, thanks largely to the Space Race. A quick browse through any photo collection of ‘60s toys will show an unmistakable lean on spacemen and rocket ships, and really, the old cliche of kids “wanting to become astronauts” found its foothold more in the ‘60s than any other decade.
From ew, Identity Thief (CinemaScore: B) fared even better than expected, bringing in $36.6 million over the weekend across 3,141 theaters. For comparison, Melissa McCarthy’s last major film, Bridesmaids (though it was in a supporting role) opened at $26.2 million, in 2,918 theaters. With an opening like this, big things are surely expected from Seth Gordon’s R-rated comedy which has already surpassed its $35 million production budget. Though Bateman and Gordon had a successful run with Horrible Bosses after a $28.3 million opening weekend in July 2011, Bateman hasn’t had this kind of luck with most of his starring roles. Universal’s The Change-Up (with Ryan Reynolds) opened at $13.5 million in August 2011 and went on to gross only $37.1 million domestically, on a $52 million production budget. Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies took second place for its second weekend with $11.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $36.7 million. This breaks Levine’s record, beating the lifetime domestic gross of his last feature, the cancer dramedy 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which brought in $35 million.
The R-rated Hitchcock-style, prescription-drug thriller Side Effects (CinemaScore: B) ended up beating director Steven Soderbergh’s January 2012 weekend opening of Haywire, earning $10 million weekend this weekend and averaging $3,845 per theater. We talked a little bit about stars Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum’s box office history yesterday. Another star of Side Effects is Jude Law, and he’s got a varied track record at the box office. He generally participates in ensemble casts – Anna Karenina, the Sherlock Holmes franchise, Soderbergh’s Contagion, The Holiday – making his singular box office appeal somewhat more elusive. Side Effects has Soderbergh’s name and another strong ensemble, and could go on to a respectable run, even though it won’t reach Contagion heights (the epidemic thriller eventually grossed $76 million).
Rounding out the top five are Silver Linings Playbook and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. The Academy Award-nominated Silver Linings Playbook is now at a cool $90 million domestically. The Weinstein Company’s $21 million David O. Russell feature is steadily on its way to becoming a $100 million movie. This would be a first for Russell whose The Fighter came close with $93.6 million in domestic grosses. The $83 million Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters came in fifth place this weekend with $5.8 million, bumping its domestic total to $43.8 million. Notably, the Jeremy Renner vehicle is doing quite well overseas with $84 million.
1. Identity Thief – $36.6 million
2. Warm Bodies – $11.5 million
3. Side Effects – $10 million
4. Silver Linings Playbook – $6.9 million
5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – $5.8 million
Top Gun 3D also opened in 300 theaters to a $1.9 million weekend, and awards favorite Argo expanded its release to bring in $2.5 million, bumping its domestic total to $123.7 million.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Friday, February 08, 2013
From EW: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson set out to answer a truly perplexing scientific question Thursday on his Twitter feed: How much does Thor’s hammer weigh?
If Thor’s hammer is indeed made of a star, like the Marvel comic book says, it would weigh as much as 300 billion elephants. Assuming the average weight of an elephant, this equates to approximately 4.5 quadrillion pounds, according to a Slate report (we’ll trust their math).
Tyson even posted a photo of himself holding the hammer, to provide some proof of the accuracy of his report. He is one of pop culture’s favorite scientists, having hosted NOVA ScienceNow on PBS for five seasons and appearing frequently on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He has hosted three of Reddit’s top 10 Ask Me Anything Q&A’s. He’s also no stranger to comic books — Tyson was featured in an issue of Action Comics in 2012, where he helped determine the location of Superman’s home planet, Krypton.
This offbeat way of imagining just how heavy the legendary hammer Mjölnir is gives me a renewed sense of pride for my personal favorite Avenger. It explains why only Iron Man’s exoskeleton and The Hulk can put up a fight against the king from Asgard. Alien or no, the guy is super, super strong. Really, how many elephants can you lift?
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
From ew: Yesterday, The Walt Disney Co. unveiled plans to make a number of spin-off movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — in addition to the post-Return of the Jedi trilogy that had already been announced.
Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.
Several sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking, although each cautioned it’s still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered futher. Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the information.
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return visit with everyone’s favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt. Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the existence of spin-off plans yesterday as part of the company’s quarterly earnings report. He said the screenwriters working of the stand-alone films are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the filmmaker behind The Big Chill.)
The pair are also involved in the drafting of the new trilogy, with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) penning the first of the series, which J. J. Abrams has agreed to direct. That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.
There is no indication who might direct the Boba Fett and Han Solo films if they end up coming to fruition. Joe Johnston, director of Captain America and The Rocketeer, originally designed the armor for Boba Fett and told Screenrant he would like to make a film based around the character. Recently, Robert Rodriguez told MTV he would jump at the chance to make a Han Solo film if it were offered to him — although that seemed more like casual interest than a serious proposal.
The recent novel Scoundrels, by sci-fi author Timothy Zahn, focused on the exploits of Solo in the period between A New Hope and Empire as he set up an Ocean’s 11-type heist of a gangster’s fortune. But sources said it was not the basis for any film currently in the works.
As for other spin-offs, Ain’t It Cool reported Monday that a Yoda-centric film may be in the works, and earlier last month Vulture reported Zack Snyder may create a Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars spin-off, although the filmmaker later said that was untrue.
Lucasfilm has ramped up its development in recent months under the new leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, who stepped in as co-chair of the company as Star Wars creator George Lucas stepped back and sold the company to the Walt Disney Co.
Kennedy, who has her eighth nomination for the Best Picture Oscar this year as producer of Lincoln, has a long track record of making films that strike a nerve with the original Star Wars generation, among them E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and everything from Gremlins to The Goonies and the Back to the Future movies.
The question now: If these films do happen, who would you cast as a young Han Solo – or should they cast someone as relatively unknown as Ford once was?
HAL 9000 Life-Size Replica
•The most movie-accurate HAL 9000 replica ever created.
•Based on the blueprints and studio files from the 1968 movie (keep in mind the prop was made before the movie release, hence the blueprints were from 1967).
•Machined in 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. Black components are anodized.
•Custom-ground glass lens with red LED eye (sticker included to make this lens have the Nikkor wording as seen in some close-ups).
•Digital sound randomly cycles through 15 phrases from the film.
•Trigger HAL's speech by talking to him (must talk for over 1200 Ms (1.2 seconds) to trigger voice activation) or by pressing a button on most IR remote controls.
•Did we mention this is frickin' HAL 9000?
•Rotate the lens ring to activate.
•Two minute auto-shutoff (to conserve battery) (or point an IR remote at it and hold button for 4 seconds).
•Easily mounts to wall (wall mounting hardware not included).
•Hand-assembled to make sure they are perfect.
•Batteries: 1 9-volt (included).
•Weight: approx. 2 lbs.
•Dimensions: 13.6" x 4.6" x 1.125" (exact to the movie blueprints)
From denofgeek, Production has now officially begun on Marc Webb's upcoming sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The shoot, which is to take place entirely in New York City and New York State, got under way earlier this week, and Sony has marked this by releasing a start-of-production announcement press release.
Said press release also gives us the first official synopsis for the film though, and a flavour for which direction it's heading in. It reads:
"In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past."
From the last line there, it sounds like there's more of the 'untold story' that they, er, pretty much forgot to tell last time. Sony has also confirmed that Paul Giamatti has joined the cast, as has Colm Feore.
We're hopeful for a much better film this time around. We'll find out on May 2nd 2014, when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released...
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Robert Rodriguez has expressed his own interest in a Han Solo movie, and there is a grand list of characters that could be explored in films with an individual focus. Now we hear more news that Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm are definitely prepping a solo film or two, and that the first will center on Yoda. Could this be what Lawrence Kasdan is writing?
AICN says “The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon YODA. At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate.” Harry writes the piece, but doesn’t have details other than that exclamation. Will this be Yoda as seen in the original trilogy, or the prequels, or in some other point in his life?
Harry also teases the idea of a Jabba the Hut story — and that would be interesting, as there’s a Han Solo-ish film to be made in which Jabba comes to power, perhaps — but there’s nothing big to rely on there, either.
Monday, February 04, 2013
From worstpreviews, Marvel will begin Phase Two of its cinematic universe with "Iron Man 3" in May. But now, LatinoReview is claiming that it knows some details of "The Avengers 2," as well as Phase Three and the studio's plans for The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Since none of this has been confirmed, consider it a rumor.
According to the site, "The Avengers 2" will feature the comic book version of the Illuminati, a secret group comprised of Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Charles Xavier, Reed Richards, Namor and Iron Man. Since Marvel can't use some of those characters, the structure of the group will likely change.
At the end of "The Avengers 2," the Illuminati will decide that The Hulk is simply too dangerous and will banish him from Earth into space. In Phase Three we'll see a new Hulk movie, which will follow the storyline of "Planet Hulk," in which the banished Hulk finds himself a gladiator on an alien world.
The end of Phase Three will result in "The Avengers 3," which will feature Hulk's return. That storyline will follow "World War Hulk," in which the Hulk returns to Earth to get revenge on those who sent him away.