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

Meet Dave
Tropic Thunder
The Hottie and the NottieMilk
88 MinutesMan on Wire
Fool's GoldWALL-E
Saw VFrost/Nixon
JumperThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10,000 BCThe Wrestler
Disaster MovieThe Dark Knight
The Love GuruSlumdog Millionaire
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.