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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Watchmen Bios

Warner Bros. Pictures has started adding biographies for the characters in Watchmen to the official website. First up is The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

Monday, November 03, 2008

Red Dwarf returns

After a ten-year hiatus the crew of the mining vessel Red Dwarf are finally back. In only four episodes, but still they are coming back.

The 52 episode series aired on BBC2 from 1988 to 1999. And in syndication in North America ever since PBS introduced us to it.

"The level of excitement has been huge and we're very confident there'll still be a big audience for it," says Lisa Perrin, director of commissioning for entertainment at UKTV. Perrin will hope the show repeats the success of Doctor Who, which made a barnstorming return to the small screen after an even longer hiatus.

SUSPENDED ANIMATION: WHAT THE RED DWARF STARS DID NEXT

Craig Charles (Dave Lister)
The actor joined Coronation Street in 2005 as charming cabbie Lloyd but was suspended from the show in 2006 after the 'Mirror' claimed he'd smoked crack cocaine during a cab journey. He was later cautioned by police for possession of a class A drug, but returned to the soap. In 1994, while Red Dwarf was still in production, he was accused of rape but was cleared at trial the following year.

Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer)
Appeared as Angelina Jolie's sidekick Hillary in both Tomb Raider movies and made a cameo in an episode of the ITV crime series Midsomer Murders before becoming a television presenter for the Discovery Channel. He hosted three seasons of the engineering series Massive and writes about classic cars for a motoring magazine.

Danny John-Jules (Cat)
Plays an undercover secret agent who mentors three teenage spies while pretending to be a school janitor in the popular BBC children's television series M.I. High. John-Jules's off-screen life took a dramatic twist earlier this year when he was arrested after allegedly threatening a binman with a knife following an altercation in north-west London, for which he faces trial.

Robert Llewellyn (Kryten)
Presents the Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge, which sees him looking on as teams of competitors attempt to build everything from powerboats to motorbikes from items found on a scrapheap. He starred alongside his Red Dwarf co-star Danny John-Jules in M.I. High, playing an unfortunate British Prime Minister who is cloned.

Hattie Hayridge (Holly)
The comedian has done gigs across the country in recent years. Reviewing her Edinburgh Fringe show in 2007, Julian Hall of The Independent noted her "surprising edge" and "delicious one-liners". She has published her autobiography, appeared in the BBC series Jonathan Creek and penned material for comedians such as Jasper Carrott and Lee Evans.

New Forbidden Planet

J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of Changeling is set to write the long-in-the-works update of 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet for Warner Bros. Pictures and Joel Silver cording to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original was a sci-fi spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest and tells the tale of an expedition sent from Earth to check on a colony of scientists on a far-off planet. The movie, directed by Fred Wilcox, starred Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, but is perhaps best known for the character Robbie the Robot.

Saturday, November 01, 2008