Monday, June 30, 2014

Bedtime Story From Fucking Bible Again

BEAVERTON, OR—Saying that he has to deal with this shit every single night, local 6-year-old Andrew Neel was exasperated to learn Thursday that the bedtime story his mother would be reading him was once again from the fucking Bible, sources confirmed. “Oh, please no, not another one of these,” Neel reportedly said to himself upon hearing his mother begin telling yet another tale about shepherds, adding that he’s listened to the account of that little shit Zacchaeus probably a hundred fucking times now and that he just wants to hear a regular goddamn bedtime story with a talking frog or a modern kid who maybe has some sort of magical adventure, even if it’s Amelia fucking Bedelia. “Dammit! It’s the same freaking thing every time: Someone gets into some trouble, but then he has faith in God and everything turns out okay. Christ, I’m just going to pretend to fall asleep to get this damn thing over with.” Neel added that he would likely be able to enjoy the Bible stories much more if his parents would just read him some of the awesome gory shit.

[via the onion]

'Snowpiercer' looks excellent!

From imdb, In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is apparently awesome

From cinemablend, Wherever you imagined the resurrected Planet of the Apes franchise might go following the downbeat conclusion of 2011’s surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you still will not be prepared for the scope, intelligent vision and accomplishment (both technical and emotional) of the superior, intense, terrifying, exhilarating and altogether spectacular sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Though we are only two moves in to this reconfigured Apes franchise – and we have a long way to go before reaching the point of introduction that occurred way back in 1968 – its evident that there is ample life and innovative storytelling in the Apes series, which should pave the way for a bleak but creatively (and financially) bright future.

That’s an odd thing to say about a nearly 50-year-old film franchise that currently takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where human beings are the tattered members of a decaying minority, perched on the brink of a war we’d have no chance of winning. As you may recall,Rise of the Planet of the Apes concluded with the global spread of a simian virus, promising a gradual cleansing of our species from the planet. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up the pieces 10 years after the events of Rise, and passes the baton to a brilliant filmmaker named Matt Reeves (CloverfieldLet Me In), one of many smart decisions made during the production.

Reeves and his team of screenwriters (which include Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Mark Bomback) welcome big political and social ideas into their science-fiction premise -- astounding since the director notoriously took the reigns on Dawn after Rise director Rupert Wyatt balked at the sequel’s hurried production schedule. The director wisely chooses to start his movie with a lengthy and nearly-wordless sequence in the ape community, where Caesar (Andy Serkis, mastering his motion-capture techniques) has established a peaceful existence. The apes communicate through sign language, reflecting on their new lives and reminiscing about the humans, who they assume died out after multiple, long winters.

If only that were the case. Dawn kicks into second gear when a band of exploring humans from nearby San Francisco stumble on Ape Town and cause harm to young Ash (Larramie Doc Shaw). Caesar, who has evolved his speech and now uses unbroken English, orders the humans to leave. But the deep rift has been established, and several members of the ape community – led by the aggressive Koba (Toby Kebbell) – want to retaliate while the powerful apes still hold the upper hand.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is filled with incredibly powerful and distinct personalities – remarkable considering so many of its performances are digitally created. It helps, of course, when it is the geniuses at WETA who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to enhance the performances of amazing actors like Serkis, Kebbell, Terry Notary (Rocket), Judy Greer (Cornelia) and Nick Thurston (Blue Eyes) as the main apes in Reeves’ story. Make no mistake: The digital apes seen on screen are legitimate “actors” now, capable of connecting with us on emotional levels that are groundbreaking and jaw-dropping. Reeves helps the process along, adopting physical techniques seen in silent films and foreign efforts to establish alternate means of communication when straight dialogue isn’t possible. There are long passages of Dawn that need no words to convey the sentiment, and it’s astounding how far the mo-cap technology has advanced when it comes to creating tangible characters with which we easily can sympathize and empathize.

Dawn would be a triumph if it only focused on the apes, and how they are adjusting to life in an embryonic society. But Reeves places as much focus on the human survivors of the devastating virus, and populates that part of the cast with incredible talents (even as they play recognizable caricatures from a post-apocalyptic drama). Jason Clarke plays the level-headed but unsure leader Malcolm, a man who’d like to re-establish power and resources to his decimated headquarters but has no interest in engaging Caesar and his troops in physical combat. The fiery and distrustful Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) has other motives. His distrust of the simian rivals mirrors the contempt felt by Koba, and there are numerous connections Reeves wants his audience to make between the dilemmas facing both the ape and the human factions.

Didn’t this rebooted franchise start as a James Franco vehicle? How did we come so far, so fast?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes bests its immediate predecessor on every level. If Rise was a chapter in the lengthy Apes story, Dawn is a complete book, with multiple messages and lessons about multi-cultural co-existence, political lessons about managing fears in precarious situations, and thrilling action set pieces that expand the narrative. Dawn boasts some of the finest and most intricate special effects that we have seen on screen all summer. (Look for an extended scene from Koba’s point of view atop a tank turret in the middle of a battle. It is a graceful, chaotic commentary on a long-brewing war, and is one of the most eye-poppingly beautiful accomplishments I’ve seen in a movie all year.)

Apes isn’t exactly the kind of light, fluffy, escapist entertainment Hollywood often programs for the dog days of summer. Critics frequently advise crowds to “turn off their brains” when it comes to conventional popcorn flicks. The opposite holds true for Dawn. This groundbreaking, challenging and immensely rewarding sequel offers audiences a veritable feast consisting of mature science-fiction themes, complex emotional performances (both human and digital), and riveting combat set pieces. Dawn both honors the history of the popular franchise while also setting the table for future chapters in the saga that, honestly, can’t get here soon enough. 

"Transformers" Scores $300M Global Opening

From darkhorizons, Following its $41.6 million opening day on Friday, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" opened to a further $31.8 million on Saturday at the U.S. box-office. The studio is now estimating a $100 million weekend, but the actual number won't be revealed until tomorrow morning.
Overseas the film is conquering everything it touches, scoring the biggest opening weekend internationally of 2014 with $201.3 million from just 37 territories (not including domestic). The film took the top spot in every market it opened in, and is up 35% over the opening of the previous entry "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon".
Most significant is China where it's expected to score $90 million for the weekend. The film also has deliberately avoided many European and some key South American countries - holding off opening the film until the final days of the World Cup.
Back in the United States and in its second week, "Think Like a Man Too" plunged 64% to score $10.4 million and a fourth place spot. Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" fared better in its second time around with a 43% drop to $7.6 million. "22 Jump Street" came in second with $15.4 million and has pulled in a total so far of $139.8 million domestically, surpassing the gross of the first film.
Both Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. The latter has pretty much wrapped up its run at the box-office whereas the Disney fantasy tale is still in the Top Ten and has a few more weeks of life left to it.
In limited release there were two strong performers with sci-fi tale "Snowpiercer" taking a $20,263 per screen average across eight screens, whilst the Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo musical "Begin Again" took in $29,600 per screen across five screens.
Over in the UK, "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie" easily took the top spot with $7.8 million. The film adaptation of the popular sitcom also had Ireland's biggest opening of 2014.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Jameson and Parker are not expecting the debut of the Octomobile!

Next 'Star Trek' film to be set in deep space

From darkhorizons, Now that he's been given the keys to the castle by J.J. Abrams, "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci has spoken a bit about his plans to both write and direct the next "Star Trek" film.

In a recent edition of the podcastHumans From Earth with Geoff Boucher, Orci says the film will be more like the original 1960s series than the previous two movies with the crew now out of the prequel phase and onto their five-year mission. It also means a lot less time on Earth next time out:

"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films - especially the 2009 [Star Trek] - was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren't the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.

So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space... they are in deep space now, so lets see what's out there."

Sh*t no one says

Mary Rodgers, 'Freaky Friday' Author And Broadway Composer, Dies At 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress" and as the author of the body-shifting book "Freaky Friday," has died. She was 83.

Rodgers died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, her son Alec Guettel said.

Rodgers' hit "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable "The Princess and the Pea," made a star of Carol Burnett. A Broadway revival in 1996 starred Sarah Jessica Parker. Her other shows include "From A to Z," a revue featuring her songs, and two other short-lived shows: "Hot Spot" and "The Madwoman of Central Park West," a one-person musical starring Phyllis Newman.

She was also a children's book author who scored big with "Freaky Friday," in which a mother and daughter trade bodies. The book was twice adapted into a Disney movie, most recently in 2003 starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Her other books include "A Billion for Boris," ''Summer Switch" and "The Rotten Book."

The daughter of "South Pacific" and "Flower Drum Song" composer Richard Rodgers and Dorothy Rodgers, Mary Rodgers was also the mother of a musical theater composer, Adam Guettel, a Tony Award winner for "The Light in the Piazza."

She had been married to Henry Guettel, former executive director of the Theatre Development Fund, who died last year. She is survived by her sister, Linda Rodgers Emory, and five children.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stuntman Terry Richards, the swordsman from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' dies at 81

From ew, Terry Richards—who battled James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and many others onscreen—died yesterday. He was 81.

Richards’ most famous onscreen appearance was as a swordsman in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a chase through the streets of Cairo, the swordsman confronted Indiana Jones in a square and whipped out his scimitar. Jones, weary from the chase, pulled out a gun and shot him.

At a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, Ford revealed that a bigger fight scene was planned, but he was ill during the shoot. “I was no longer capable of staying out of my trailer for more than it took to expose a role of film,” he said. “Which was 10 minutes, and then I would have to flee back there for sanitary facilities.”

Richards worked on nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.

In a 2012 interview, Richards reflected on how the stunt acting industry has changed. “Now it’s all CGI,” he said. “After a day’s stunting when I was doing it, you really knew you did a day’s work, you were covered in bruises.”

Daily Spider-Man! I just can't get enough of Jameson and Peter trying to share panel space with those tentacles. I could watch this all week!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Report: Shame Of Walking Out Without Buying Anything Drives 90% Of Purchases At Small Businesses

ATHENS, GA—Citing it as one of the leading factors influencing consumer behavior across the country, a report released Tuesday by researchers at the University of Georgia found that nine of every 10 purchases from small businesses are driven by a customer’s shame at exiting the store without buying anything. “According to our research, 90 percent of all transactions at independently owned shops throughout the nation—be they bakeries, used bookstores, or one of those places that just sells unusual gifts and knickknacks—are motivated solely by intense pangs of guilt experienced after making eye contact with the owner and realizing you’ll have to walk past her at the register before you leave,” said the report’s lead author Emily Mosse, who confirmed that such purchases are typically initiated after the customer notices how every shelf is fully stocked and then realizes that he or she is the only other person in the establishment. “We found that most individuals who walked into a family-owned store with no intention of buying anything were quick to feel an incredible sense of sadness and pity upon seeing the clerk’s smiling face or the handwritten price tags on nearly every item, prompting the majority of them to pick out a minimally priced item such as a candle or at least a tin of mints at the cash register solely to mitigate their remorse.” Mosse added that nearly all individuals documented in the report admitted to then experiencing feelings of annoyance at having wasted money on some bullshit thing they could have gotten at a far better price anywhere else.

[Via theonion]

Daily Spider-Man! So the waiter brings the check for tonight's expensive nuclear dinner, and Doc Ock is all "Uhh, I don't have any...." as he pats his pockets with all his metal arms.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Every Music Biopic Trailer Is Exactly the Same, and Here’s Proof

From slate, The familiar, isolated sound cues from their big hit song. The screams and squeals of an adoring crowd. The star earnestly explaining his hope to become the biggest and best act in the world. You know what’s coming: the latest biopic about a world-renowned pop act. Whether it’s Frankie Valli or James Brown, Ray Charles or Bobby Darin, the trailer will always hit these notes.

Jersey Boys and Get On Up are the latest examples, and while the lives they profile may be enormously different, you wouldn’t know that from their trailers. Throw them together with some other recent films from the genre, as we’ve done (there are so many that we had to leave out Walk the Line just to keep things manageable), and you’ve got the makings of the most epic musical biopic ever. I’d go.

Daily Spider-Man! Jameson wants to give Doc Ock the best prom night ever.

Next Friday the 13th Movie Will Be in 3D

From cinemablend, Jason Voorhees is going to get all up in your face for the next Friday the 13th installment, as Paramount recently revealed at CineEurope that the sequel (or whatever it is) will get the 3D treatment. I’m both extremely excited about it, as 3D horrors are almost always enjoyably embarrassing projects. Come to think of it, I'm equally uneasy about it for the same reason. Let’s not forget those found footage rumors, which would make this one scratch-and-sniff card away from being the most gimmicky movie ever.

Friday the 13th, which reportedly has The Signalco-director David Bruckner at the head, would be the second 3D movie in the franchise, as the vapid and goofy Friday the 13th Part III made viewers don the multi-colored eyewear back in 1982. This second trip to the third dimension wouldn’t have to work very hard to be better than that one, and they’ll hopefully film the entire thing in 3D, rather than just post-converting it after filming is complete. Whichever way it goes, I’m going to be in the theater with everybody else on November 13, 2015, hooting and dodging digitally created blood splatter.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Harrison Ford broke leg, not ankle, on 'Star Wars: Episode VII' set

From ew, It wasn’t his ankle that Harrison Ford fractured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII — it was actually a bone in his leg.

The word comes as part of a new announcement from Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, that has revealed that surgery was necessary to repair the damage.

“Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly,” she said in a statement. “He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”

Exactly when he returns is another matter. Producers of the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars film have been reorganizing the schedule to shift Han Solo’s remaining scenes until later in the shoot, while still keeping the film on track for its Dec. 18, 2015 release date.

A lot will depend on how quickly Ford recovers, how smoothly his rehabilitation goes, and how athletic his remaining scenes are. With a broken leg, it could easily take up to two months to heal, and then there is likely to be some atrophy of the muscle.

When Robert Downey Jr. broke his ankle on the set of Iron Man 3, the shoot was halted for a month and a half — resuming in October 2012, while the film still went on to meet its planned May 2013 release date.

That window was much shorter than the one Star Wars is working under, and Star Wars has more characters than Solo to focus on (although his is a major role). With that in mind, it’s unlikely the sci-fi film will be postponed even if there has to be a pause in shooting while Ford recovers.

In a pinch, though … he could always ride in a net on Chewbacca’s back, C-3PO style.

Daily Spider-Man! Jeez! I guess all Bugle employees heading out for hot scoops are required to walk at a 45 degree angle.

Final 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' trailer looks incredible!

Duck stampede!

From huffingtonpost, When you woke up today, did you think that this was the day you'd see 100,000 vivacious ducks sprinting toward you as if their lives depended on it? No? We didn't either. And yet, here it is.

In this brilliant moment of weirdness caught on camera by Sirichock Maneechot, we could ask a few questions -- why are there SO many ducks? Where are they going? Why are they in such a hurry?

But really, none of it matters -- this duck stampede is quackin' us up.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Video Games: The Movie trailer

Watch Tim Burton’s Long-Lost ‘Hansel and Gretel’

From slashfilm, Way back in 2007, in the early days of /Film, Peter wrote about one of Tim Burton‘smost obscure works. The piece in question was Hansel and Gretel, a half-hour version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, produced as one of Burton’s collaborations with Disney. This was before Frankenweenie turned everything sour, and well before Burton became a star director.
Shot in 1982 and aired once on the then-new Disney Channel on Halloween night in 1983, the short quickly disappeared. While it eventually surfaced in art exhibits at institutions such as the the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hansel and Gretel has remained relatively un-seen.
Burton was given a long leash when creating this Hansel and Gretel. He cast Japanese-American actors, and used Japanese toys as props. The witch’s oven (above) could come right out of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The film climaxes with a martial arts battle complete with nunchucks and Nickelodeon-worthy splatters of goo.
It all caps off a half-hour of entertainment that is a lot like the stuff Burton would eventually make, only in a very abstract way. There are visual trademarks such as whirling spirals, simple monster eyes and sharp teeth. And there is a bit of Kabuki theater colored with a sense of romantic absurdity that points towards Burton’s more polished stuff. 
Filmed on 16mm for a budget of just over $100,000, the film is strange even by Burton’s standards.

Daily Spider-Man Double Dose! I went to the beach yesterday!

In a move I can finally agree with, Spider-Man fucks off out of his own strip for some time off.

God, look at him in panel two.  "What's that?  Corruption at the highest levels, the sort of thing I should be using my power to thwart?  Boring!  I'll make this Rex Reed face instead."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Holy shit, how did that happen so fast?!?!?

Awesome Horror Map of the United States!

[Click on map to enlarge]

From bloody-disgusting, This Imgur user has shared this fantastic horror map of the United States. I don’t know what else to say except that it’s a really cool visual representation of our favorite genre’s geography. It also makes me happy that You’re Next made it on here.

'Expendables 3' full trailer is exactly what I want in an Expendables trailer

Next 'X-Men' Movie is Set in the 1980s

From latinoreview, In an unsurprising move to anyone that has been paying attention, writer of X3: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mr. Simon Kinberg said that X-Men: Apocalypse will take place in 1983. He did so on a podcast.

That's ten years after the events of Days of Future Past, and pretty much expected from anyone that saw the whole "one X-movie per decade" pattern slowly being revealed. I've speculated previously how X-Men: Days of Future Past basically cleared the slate of the old cast, so I'd expect a new Jean Grey, a new Cyclops - heck, new everyone that isn't Wolverine.

Kinberg is two steps into the three step process of ruining the X-Men then making it up to us, so let's hope the newest grey-skinned big bad, En Sabah Nur, manages to right the franchise after so long in the darkness.

I would say props to Kinberg for sticking to his guns, but he stuck to those guns by killing off a beloved cast, so...I guess I'm still on board?

No word yet on if Fox will let legally-troubled Bryan Singer back on to direct, but that could creatively go either way.

Come on, X-Men, get crazy faster. That's your premium over these other superhero movie properties. Put new Storm in a mohawk, and only bring back Dazzler if you really,  really have something for her to do.

Rumor: Potential Details Revealed About ‘Star Wars 7′ Villains

From slashfilm, This might be total BS. We’re going to be honest about that. But reading this new information was interesting and fun, and even if it may not be true, why deny you the same joy? Let the Star Wars speculation continue!
As you all know by now, we know nothing of the plot to Star Wars Episode VII. We know the original characters are back, thirty years have passed, and some younger actors play new characters. That’s it. We can safely assume there will be Jedi, but there’s no real pulse on the bad guys. You see, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker defeated the Sith, returning balance to the Force. However, characters revealed in other canon stories (mainly Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) could potentially still be around. We simply don’t know.
Now, a new article has some exciting speculation on the topic, with at least a potential hint of truth. The team at Making Star Wars have some info they believe to be from actual Star Wars insiders on who and what the Star Wars 7 villains are. More over, they may also have an idea of how those villains figure into the entire sequel trilogy.
Suffice to say, if any of this is true, this information contains both minor and major spoilers. We’ll differentiate after the jump.
This information all originates on MakingStarWars where, they offer a long, bolded, big-font disclaimer that includes the following:
This is simply what we are hearing from people that have proven to us that are from Pinewood. I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up or down for that matter. But let it be known, this is what we are heard in the last two weeks and it could be accurate or inaccurate.
 So all that said – minor spoilers to start.
The article says people making Star Wars Episode VII are referring to the bad guys as “Jedi Hunters.” They’re dressed in black, use lightsabers, and hunt Jedi. However they’re not necessarily Sith. They just hate the Jedi. Apparently, they also have foot soldiers who look like Storm Troopers, but in black and chrome.
Now, yes, this sounds very much like the Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels but according toMakingStarWars, no one who gave them this information every used that character’s name. It sounds very likely, however, they’re related in some way and Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver are playing two of them. The report also says David Oyelowo is part of the cast, which has not been confirmed via Lucasfilm. Rumor has it he was going to be a voice on Rebels so, maybe, The Inquisitor? ( reminds us Oyelowo is not playing the Inquisitor, but there’s no guarantee he’s in the film anyway.)
Now, onto the potentially major spoilers. Like, possible Episode VIII and IX spoilers.Beware
According to the article, the Jedi Hunters have been around for a long time and were tasked with protecting the Sith. Once the Sith were destroyed, they began to rise up and disturb the growth of the Jedi. So that’s what Luke Skywalker has been doing for the past 30 years, attempting to stop the “Jedi Hunters.” One scene that was reportedly filmed includes the “Jedi Hunters” worshiping the Sith. The rumor is their goal is to resurrect at Sith and will succeed at the end of Episode VIII, which will then lead to the conflict in Episodes IX.
There’s more detail and speculation at this link but, that’s the gist.
Once again, this might just be someone confusing Star Wars Rebels with Star Wars Episode VII, or maybe it’s just totally made up. Whether it’s true or not, it’s an interesting thread to start unraveling about how J.J. Abrams could potentially reinventStar Wars.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Box Office

From usatoday, Sequels ruled the cineplex this weekend as young cops and a young dragon duked it out at the box office.
22 Jump Street, the follow-up to the 2012 comedy, scored a surprise win at theaters with $60 million,according to studio estimates from box-office.
he debut exceeded the projections of analysts, who anticipated a neck-and-neck race between Street and the animated comedy How to Train Your Dragon 2. Both were expected to collect about $50 million.
But audiences were in the mood for a laugh. Neighbors marked the last broad comedy of summer, and that came out more than a month ago. Since then, moviegoers have had a steady diet of action and drama, from the X-Men sequel Days of Future Past to Godzilla to Maleficent.
And Street hit the funny bone of critics and fans, earning an 83% approval rating from critics, says survey site Rotten Tomatoes. According to CinemaScore, audiences gave it a collective A-minus.
Dragon was no slouch, taking $50 million and second place. And it could have legs, thanks to positive reviews and word of mouth. About 92% of critics gave that movie a thumbs-up, while audiences gave it a straight A.
Both films also ended the two-week run of original films ruling the box office. Along with Maleficent, the teen drama Fault in Our Stars topped theaters. Still, analysts say, studios did sequels right this time.
"Hollywood may be mostly out of ideas," says Reagan Sulewski, analyst for Box Office Prophets. "But the ideas they're reusing, at least this weekend, are pretty strong."
Maleficent was third with $19 million, followed by the Tom Cruise action film Edge of Tomorrow with $16.2 million.
Stars rounded out the top five with $15.7 million.

Casey Kasem died on Father's Day

Casey Kasem, one of the United States' most famous radio DJs and a cartoon voice-over artist who worked on several Scooby-Doo cartoons, died at age 82 on Sunday, June 15—Father's Day, his rep confirmed to E! News.
He had been suffering from Lewy body dementia, a degenerative disease similar to Parkinson's, and had been hospitalized in critical condition. His family had been involved in a legal battle over his health care and visitation rights and a judge had ruled that daughter Kerri Kasem, who was in charge of his care, be allowed to implement end-of-life measures for the ailing radio personality, against the wishes of his wife and her stepmotherJean.
Casey is survived by Jean, Kerri, other daughters Julie and Liberty, son Mike, brother Mouner and sister-in-law Mary and ex-wife, Linda.
"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," she said on her Facebook page, alongside a throwback photo. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie."

Daily Spider-Man! Renouncing your evil ways is quick and easy, what with all the computers nowadays.

Friday, June 13, 2014

DC superhero movie plans leaked

From aintitcoolnews [excerpt], WB and DC had planned to announce their long-term vision at next month's San Diego Comic Con, but someone leaked the info to Nikki Finke, and now we have the tentative DC slate through 2018. This is it:
July 2016 - SHAZAM
Xmas 2016 - SANDMAN
July 2017 - WONDER WOMAN

Harrison Ford Injured on the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set

From the hollywoodreporter, Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor hurt his ankle on Thursday and was transported to a local hospital.
A source close to the production tells The Hollywood Reporter Ford broke his ankle.
"Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates," studio Disney said a statement to THR.
A source tells THR that the actor, who reprises his role as Han Solo from the original franchise, was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character pilots in the original films. The spaceship looks to be making a return in the sequel.
Ford, 71, along with the rest of the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm's highly-anticipated project, is shooting under the direction of filmmaker J.J. Abrams in England.
Star Wars: Episode VII features newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall GleesonLupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow, who will join the original stars of the saga, Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark HamillAnthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker
While details of the plot have been kept tightly under wraps, the story will be set 30 years after the events in 1983's Return of the Jedi.
Kim Masters contributed to this report.

Daily Spider-Man! "On the other hand, to heck with it. Get outta here, you eight-armed bastard!"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! It's a trick. Get an axe.

'Dumber and Dumber To' looks kind of hilarious...

Watch David Lynch Interview Leland Palmer in ‘Twin Peaks’ Bonus Feature

“You’ve been dead for around 25 years now.” So begins this interview between Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch and Leland Palmer. Specifically, that’s Lynch speaking not to the actor Ray Wise, but to Wise in character as his Twin Peaks alter-ego. It’s part of what is sure to be the strangest bonus feature on the upcoming Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, in which Lynch speaks to the Palmer family as they exist now. (Or something.) Now you can watch a clip of the interview below. It’s the first new legit Twin Peaks material in many years, and that alone warrants a look.
Each Tuesday until the July 29 release of the Blu-ray set will see the release of a new piece of bonus content such as this one. Here, the look Lynch gives Leland after he talks about his wife’s laugh (see the header pic) is so priceless. Obviously you’ll get a lot more mileage out of this if you’ve seen the series, but if you haven’t this won’t totally spoil things.
As a bonus, here’s a video comparison between the previous DVD transfer and the 1080p transfer on the new blu discs. The official copy that accompanied this video suggests that we won’t see a universal HD upgrade across the series, but some is better than nothing. This is what the YouTube page says:
Locating original picture negative that was thought to be lost, CBS was able to upgrade image quality on numerous shots throughout the TV series for the new Blu-ray release.
 On stunning High Definition Blu-ray, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery is a comprehensive collection with every episode from the complete television series; both the U.S. and international versions of the series’ Pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of David Lynch’s follow-up feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film. The set also features newly transferred Log Lady introductions for each episode; picture upgrades to many shots in the TV series; a new featurette with series creator Lynch and the actors who portrayed the Palmer family which includes a mesmerizing return to the lives of their characters today; and hours of material never before released on Blu-ray, which dives into the fascinating story behind the celebrated pop culture classic.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Woody Allen to film movie in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE - Woody Allen plans to shoot his next film this summer in the Rhode Island.
Few details about the movie have been released, but it will star Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone.
"We were aggressive behind the scenes to have them take a look at Rhode Island," said Steve Feinberg, executive director of Rhode Island's Film and TV Office.
Feinberg said it worked.
It's not publicly known where filming will take place, but one specific location was scouted out: the University of Rhode Island.
"Through that experience, I think there was a certain amount of trust, and they gained a sense of what Providence was like, North Kingstown, Newport and the surrounding areas," Feinberg said.
Feinberg said he's been sworn to secrecy about locations. But there is a timetable for shooting.
"They're prepping now. Offices just opened up. It's going to start filming in July, through August. They'll be wrapping in the middle of September," Feinberg said.
Feinberg said Allen's film will be eligible for Rhode Island's 25 percent film tax credit, which after it was capped several years ago, is less competitive than states like Massachusetts and New York.
"We've seen somewhat of a reduction in our film production, here in our state. So, it's a lot of effort that goes into bringing someone of Woody's talent to the state of Rhode Island," Feinberg said.
He said when it came to bringing Allen's film here, tax incentive was secondary.
"So that didn't really come into play until they liked it creatively," Feinberg said.
That means it was the appeal of Rhode Island's landscape that won out -- a landscape that will once again take center stage.
"We've gone from Wes Anderson to Woody Allen. It's pretty cool for the state of Rhode Island," Feinberg said. (Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" was shot in Rhode Island in 2011.)
There is no word on the plot or title of the film or when it will hit theaters.

Bill Watterson draws again!

From Buzzfeed:
Bill Watterson, the creator of popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, is known as a bit of a recluse. Basically, he hasn’t drawn a comic since he quit in 1995.

So it was with little hope (and a lot of trepidation) that Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis set out to meet Watterson last April.

Check out the whole article!

Actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition after six-vehicle accident in New Jersey

(CNN) -- Actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident in New Jersey early Saturday, authorities said.

The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and "30 Rock" star was riding in a limo bus when the accident occurred in Mercer County, said Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.

The limo bus overturned at the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville, he said.

"The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned," Williams said. "Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that's preliminary at this time."

Williams said he does not believe alcohol played a role in the accident, but that is under investigation.

In addition to the bus, the wreck involved two tractor-trailers and an SUV, he said.

One person was killed and seven others hospitalized with injuries, authorities said. The fatality may have been another passenger in the limo bus, Williams said.

Peter Haigney, a spokesman for the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, said four patients are being treated there.  Three are in critical condition and one is in fair condition, he said.

The hospital said that a man named Tracy Morgan was among those in critical condition, but citing privacy laws, declined to confirm it is the actor. State police confirmed his identity to CNN.

Morgan performed Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware, the venue said.

Daily Spider-Man! "So how do you pull the trigger with those clunky binder clip fingers, Doc?"