Friday, December 26, 2008

Trailer: 9

Trailer: Monsters vs Aliens b

RIP: Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt, who captivated audiences around the world with sultry performances as a singer, dancer and actress, died on Thursday at the age of 81. Kitt died of colon cancer for which she was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, said Andrew Freedman, a long-time friend and publicist.

Slinky, sensuous and cat-like, Kitt described herself as a "sex kitten" and used her seductive purr to charm audiences across the world. Actor-director Orson Welles once called Kitt "the most exciting woman alive" and, along with Lena Horne, she was one of the first African-American sex symbols.

Kitt picked up a string of awards during her long career, winning two Emmy's and being nominated for a third, as well as a Grammy. She also had two Tony nominations.

Best know for her role as Catwoman in 1967's Batman TV series, and more recently her voice was also heard in the Dreamworks movie and subsiquent videos The Emporors New Groove. Kitt was heard regularly at Christmas time with her 1953 recording of 'Santa Baby', for which she received a gold record this year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Year in Review 2008

2008 was a year of laughs and a year of sadness, both in the theatres and outside. This was the year of the Comic Book. The top two movies this year were based on Comic Book properties. Of the 9 Comic Book related films, with one more to come Christmas day, they have earned over $1.5 Billion or nearly $1.75 Million average. That's why there are three in the top-five of the year.

While many will site the death of Heath Ledger in January for the stellar performance of Dark Knight, but I think it was the stellar performance of the entire cast. Iron Man was propelled by a strong origin story and an actor that the fans could connect easily to the role.




January 2008 PredictionsYear End results
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $325mDark Knight $530.7
2.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince $250m (moved to 2009)Iron Man $318.3
3.Dark Knight $225mIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317.0
4.Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $200m ($141.6)Hancock $227.9
5.Iron Man $190mWall-E $223.7
6.WALL-E $175mKung Fu Panda $215.4
7.Hancock $150mMadagascar: Escape 2 Africa $169.9
8.The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon $125m ($102.3)Quantum of Solace $157.6
9.Horton Hears a Who $125mHorton Hears a Who $154.5
10.Kung Fu Panda $120mSex and the City $152.6


Moviefone named its annual list of best and worst movies of 2008. Here are the top 10


WORST:Best:
10
Meet Dave
Tropic Thunder
9
The Hottie and the NottieMilk
8
88 MinutesMan on Wire
7
Fool's GoldWALL-E
6
Saw VFrost/Nixon
5
JumperThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4
10,000 BCThe Wrestler
3
Disaster MovieThe Dark Knight
2
The Love GuruSlumdog Millionaire
1
The HappeningIron Man

Werewolves are Bitches



Mike Dougherty, writer of X2 and Superman Returns is working on a werewolf drama/comedy for FOX television, to be titled Bitches.

Described as a quirky fairy-tale set in New York, amongst a four female friends who happen to be werewolves - a hair-raising Sex in the City.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saving the World

Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Wild Wild West) is set to direct and produce The How-To Guide for Saving the World for MGM Films.

The action comedy script by BenDavid Grabinski's tells the story of a loser who discovers a book on how to prevent an alien invasion and then has to put that knowledge to use when one actually occurs. Acording to the trades, Grabinski's script made this year's unofficial Black List of most liked screenplays.

Sonnenfelds first job as a Director was The Addams Family in 1991 and his first Produced piece was 1995's Get Shorty, which he also Directed. His latest works are the TV series, Pushing Daisies and Notes from the Underbelly.

Friday, December 19, 2008

RIP: Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

While saying that Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is true, she was so much more in her own right. The 76 year old Actress passed away from leukemia just after mid-night Thursday.

Majel was involved in Star Trek right from the beginning, playing the strong female Number One in the original pilot. At a convention with Gene Roddenberry years ago, I heard him tell the audience that Paramount didn't find a woman second-in-command believable nor the pointy eared alien. He was told to get rid of one, he "kept the alien and married the woman. Then brought the woman back as the doctor's nurse."

Majel stayed involed in the Trek Universe, running Lincoln Enterprises, a mail-order-company specialising in Star Trek merchandise.

In the 80's with the spin-off series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequently Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, she guest starred on numerous episodes as the amorous telepathic Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, mother to Deanna Troi. She also provided the voice of many of the Federation's computers in the various series and two weeks ago completed the same role for the upcoming J.J. Abrams reboot of the franchise.

She was also Executive Producer of the Gene Roddenberry created TV series Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, where she played re-ocuring roles as well.

Our condolences go out to her family, friends and fans. She will always be remembered as the Fisrt Lady of Star Trek.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Third Stargate TV series

Robert Carlyle has been tapped as the lead in Sci Fi Channel's new series Stargate Universe.

SGU, the third installment in the cable channel's Stargate franchise, hails from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, who will write and executive produce the new series.

Shooting for the series is set to begin in Vancouver in February. A two-hour premier is targeted for the summer. The American Sci-Fi Channel is expected to order 20 episodes for SGU's inaugural season

Described as edgier, darker for a younger audience than its predecessors, SGU follows a group of soldiers, scientists and civilians left to fend for themselves when forced through a Stargate after their hidden base comes under attack. The survivors, who emerge aboard an ancient ship missing in the far reaches of space, are led by Dr. David Rush (Carlyle), who works to unlock the ship's mysteries and return the group home but also might have ulterior motives.

The network had said it was looking to cast a well-known actor as Rush and fresh faces to play the rest of the ship's crew.

"Robert Carlyle brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise," Sci Fi original-programming chief Mark Stern said.

Scotland-born Carlyle, best known for his roles in Trainspotting and The Full Monty, recently starred opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Fox's 24: Redemption.

Casting: Tr2n

Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett, are the first official cast to sign on for Disney's Tron 2.0.

In the follow-up to the 1982 classic, Wilde will play a worker in the virtual world who tries to help fight Master Control Program, the villainous intelligence protocol that was the nemesis in the original film.

Garrett will play a virtual siren. The male lead has not been cast but screen testing is underway.

Shooting begins this spring under the helm of Joseph Kosinski. Sean Bailey, Jeff Silver, and original Tron writer/director Steven Lisberger are producing.

Trailer: Wolverine



X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be shooting two additional weeks of footage in Vancouver, starting January 12th. For those wanting to get more scoop, Hugh Jackman has given his first full Wolverine interview. He talks Gambit, Deadpool and the future of the X-Men franchise.

Monday, December 08, 2008

It's just a Fable

ABC has ordered a pilot for a series based on the Bill Willingham created comic-book, Fables. The book, published under DC's Vertigo imprint revolves around characters from fairy tales and folklore living in exile in modern-day New York.

"Their lives become interconnected in a very big way," said Stu Zicherman, who will write the script for the hour-long pilot with Raven Metzner. "They share a secret and a bond."

Zicherman and Metzner wouldn't elaborate which fairy tale characters will be featured in the TV series, but noted that Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, who are central to the comics, will have a similar role on the show.

"We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode," Metzner said. The fairy tale characters will keep some of their trademark characteristics. For instance, Prince Charming will be handsome, while Big Bad Wolf will have to shave a four-day shadow from growing back every day. Overall, "they are just like real people in the real world who live and breathe and look just like you and me," Metzner said.

Describing themselves as "lifetime comic book fans," Zicherman and Metzner fell in love with "Fables" when they read the series' first issue in 2002.

NBC tried to develop a TV series based on the comics during the 2006-07 development season. Among other projects the pair wrote the Elektra Comic-book based movie.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Desert Bus II final

$69,476.00 raised for Childsplay. The guys played that horrible game for 5 days 5 Hours and 5 days. Way to go.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Desert Bus for Hope update



Having started Friday at 6pm Desert Bus for Hope by the Loading Ready Run comedy crew of Victoria has raised well over $51,000. All this money goes to Child's Play, the charity to provide games, toys and books for patients in children's hospitals in six countries.

Desert Bus is considered to be the worst game ever made. The goal is to drive a bus on a straight desert road from Tucson to Vegas at the maximum speed of 45 MPH in real time, that takes 8hrs for one trip and one point. The trick to the game is that the Bus veers to the right.

The more donations that the LRR crew receive, the longer they'll drive the bus. So far they've driven for 88 Hrs and have taken donations to take them to 120 hours.

Tr2N name change


At Comic-Con Disney ran some test footage of their Tron sequel. Unfortunately they whent with a goofy title. Tr2n, which as bad as it is is readable, unlike the new idea for a title that they've launched, TRZ.

What is that supposed to be? If you don't know the buzz on this film, you'd never know what this is for. Hopefully they come up with something better before the publicity for the film realy get rolling.

Plot rumors have the CPU bringing a User in to the game world to battle a threat to the mainframe.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Desert Bus for Hope



LoadingReadyRun.com launched in 2003 to wild critical acclaim-that is, the acclaim was wildly critical. Started as an outlet for co-creators Graham and Paul to fulfill their desire of making funny videos, LRR has grown into an internet comedy destination.

Inspired in name and appearance by the Commdore 64 Home Computer System, LRR is a site run by-and for-geeks. You have to be at least a bit of a geek to think writing, shooting and producing a new, original short sketch every week is feasible. But you have to be a giant geek to actually do it. Since LoadingReadyRun's start in 2003, it has consistently updated with a new video, every week. Often more!

LRR videos have been featured in film festivals such as the Comic Con International Film Festival in San Diego, and shown on major TV networks, including G4 TechTV, The CW and even CNN.

In 2007, LRR organized the First Annual "Desert Bus for Hope" charitable fundraiser, in support of Child's Play. The event, which saw members of the crew play the worst video game ever made for 4 days solid, raised over $22,000 for the children's charity. This is year two.



Poster: Delgo

Anyone heard anything on this movie? Delgo? This movie from Fathom Studios, who I've never heard of, has the animated look of the first Shrek movie.


With Such a big star-studded cast I would have thought there would have been some buzz for a movie due in theatres in two weeks. The movie stars the voices of Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Also behind the animated characters are Kelly Ripa, Eric Idle, Michael Clarke Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Malcolm McDowell, and Burt Reynolds. See? Lots and lots of big names, yet no publicity on this film at all.


So how did I hear about it? Saw this poster on a site I follow, they thought it said Belgo. Appearantly the film opens everywhere, Dec 12th. We'll see.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Serenity Map

For my Serenity friends I found this gem of a map on Quantum Mechanix of The Verse.

Officially licensed product approved by Joss Whedon and made by graphic designer Geoffrey Mandel.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hunter Prey fanfilm

Every once in a while a fanfilm stirs the pot, sometimes its in the form of a trailer or a short, but this time its the feature film Hunter Prey from Sandy Collora. I won't go into details of the film here as I'll let the interview on Io9 do that.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Trailer: Star Trek - revised


With this new trailer release, I think its about time I spilled my theory on this new Star Trek film. J.J. Abrams has purposely kept us in the dark about the story and plot of this film, other than it shows the first adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise including first Captain, Christopher Pike. Now as we have heard and this trailer features Leonard Nimoy as older Spock and Zachary Quinto as younger Spock.

Why would we see Spock in two different time periods? I think the story starts post Star Trek: Nemesis, where Spock and some of the other members of the old Enterprise crew have gathered, then it either travels back to pre-academy days via storytelling or some form of time travel. My money is on a time travel event that changes the past and therefore allows for the rebooting of the series that this is, without destroying the canon material that has gone before.

Will Abrams turn this into a TV series? No, I don't think so. Its much more profitable to Paramount to keep going as a film franchise, besides It gives Abrams more room and budget, but time and economy will tell.

What is the life-size Enterprise he talked about to The Hollywood Reporter? That in itself could be a red harring, or it could be something to do with a new version of the Star Trek Experience, which closed in September at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

One of Japan’s most prominent live action kids entertainment brands will make its U.S. debut January 3 when The CW4Kids launches KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT on its Saturday morning kids’ block. KAMEN RIDER is a sci-fi franchise created by renowned Japanese manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori that originated in 1971, and subsequently adapted into an iconic live-action kids television series by Toei Company, Ltd. Over the years, the popularity of the franchise has grown and the original series has spawned a number of successful television and theatrical sequels. Still going strong after 37 years, Kamen Rider has a steller history of 18 series, 892 episodes, 10 TV Specials, 28 theatrical releases, and 11 straight to DVD releases.

The story follows the heroic adventures of teenager Kit Taylor, who discovers a mysterious deck of Advent Cards that grant him the power to transform into an ancient armored warrior called a Kamen Rider. He joins Kamen Rider comrade Wing Knight to battle the renegade warlord General Xaviax and his army in both the real world and an alternate reality called Ventara, or Mirror World.

Produced in Hollywood, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT will make its U.S. debut with an exciting and attractive American Cast, fast-paced action sequences and stunning CGI special effects – all in high-def.

“We are delighted to join with 4Kids Entertainment as the US broadcast home of KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT,” said Fumio Sebata, President and CEO of Adness Entertainment Co., Ltd. “4Kids has built an impressive reputation for quality action programming, and we are proud to have our series as a part of their lineup for the 2009 season.”

“With compelling stories, an attractive cast and state-of-the-art special effects, KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT takes kids’ action entertainment to new levels of excitement,” said Norman Grossfeld, President, 4Kids Productions. “In expanding the 4Kids TV portfolio into the realm of great live action programming, we look forward to introducing this outstanding, high-energy series to American kids across the country.”

Friday, November 21, 2008

Trailer: Adventureland



What Kristen Stewart does when she's not into Vampires.

Poster: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

New X-Men series?

Josh Schwartz, the creator of Gossip Girl and The O.C., is in negotiations to write an X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class says the trades.

This First Class will focus on a younger set of super-powered mutants than the first trilogy, likely focusing on some of the students attending the mutant school introduced in the X-Men movies, like the New Mutants or X-Force.

There's also the possibility, though less likely, that it could serve as a prequel - focusing on teen versions of the current film characters such as Cyclops and Storm.

Marvel Comics ran a short-lived comics series with the same name several years ago.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and X-Men: The Last Stand scribe Simon Kinberg are also involved. Schwartz apparently has the option to direct but so far hasn't signed up for the possibility.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Captain America's director

Joe Johnston, of Jurassic Park III, is set to direct, First Avenger: Captain America for Marvel Studios.

The original 1940's comic dealt with Steve Rogers, a rejected Army candidate who undergoes an experiment involving a sort-of 'supersoldier serum' that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. The new film is a period piece set during the Second World War, though the upcoming The Avengers movie in which he plays a key role will be set in the modern day. That film is scheduled for Summer 2011.

Johnston's has wrapped work on The Wolfman remake which is scheduled for release April 3rd next year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Conan news

X-Men: the Last Stand director Brett Ratner is finalizing details to direct the first of what Lionsgate and Nu Image hope will be a long series of Conan films.

The first film has a $85 Million budget and Producer Avi Lerner says "The story opens on the battlefield where Conan is born and tells the origin story that sets the stage for what will be the first of multiple films." The writing team of Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly's Conan script adheres closer to Robert E. Howard's original 1930's pulp fiction stories about the famous warrior than the previous two 1980's films which turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a star. The scribes are now doing a polish to include some last minute ideas from Ratner. Production is set to take place next year at Nu Image's Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria for an early 2010 release.

Interestingly enough Nu Image is also working on a Red Sonja film with Rose McGowan.

Posters: Watchmen

Poster: Star Trek

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fanboys



This is the original trailer from May 2007, but now that the film is finally near release, a new trailer is on Yahoo Movies. Now the film is set for February 6, 2009.

Edit, I found the trailer where I can post it here.



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