Apr
27
2017
4

So I saw the words ‘Helen Mirren’ and ‘Winchester’ together in movie news…

…and I thought to myself, Man. If only this was going to be a horror movie about that lady who built that crazy Winchester Mansion. But what are the odds that Helen Mirren’s going to star in a movie like that?

And LO! The universe provides.

The Winchester movie follows the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all. Winchester will take audiences inside the labyrinth like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

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Apr
26
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, We’re Not The Only Ones Wondering About The Cars Universe edition.

Pixar’s people have their own, highly macabre, theories as well.

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Apr
26
2017
2

The possibly-hopeful-maybe Cars 3 Trailer.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I would not be heartbroken to hear that all the people responsible for Pixar’s past rough patch had been unceremoniously fired from their jobs and were now in Japan doing knockoff animation.  Not least because of the historical irony involved. But this? This does not look half-bad.

I would not object to Cars 3 not sucking.  Neither would my kids, obviously.

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Apr
26
2017
2

Hot damn, they’re gonna make Mark Millar’s Starlight.

With… Sylvester Stallone as the lead?  Don’t care, this is still awesome. He’ll either be good enough, or they’ll get somebody else.

Starlight is a comic book from Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted), which tells the story of an aged retired Superhero named  Duke McQueen who hears the distress calls of a distant planet and decides to put on the tights one last time. The screenplay for the film is being written by Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and it’s being produced by Simon Kinsberg (X-Men franchise).

Starlight is one of those comic book series where I kept expecting Millar to start making fun of the entire premise.  Because that’s what typically happens: there’s a class of people out there who absolutely loathe 1950s pulp and and swashbuckling adventures and science fiction serials and all the attitudes found therein, and many of them have the ability to get stuff published.  But Millar apparently loves all that stuff, too, and he played it straight.  I enjoyed the heck out of it, and I will hopefully enjoy the movie just as much.  Assuming it gets made, of course. (more…)

Apr
25
2017
3

Live-action Teen Titans, Season 3 of Young Justice planned for 2018.

This is arguably good news and almost certainly good news, respectively:

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series Titans, which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s Young Justice: Outsiders, the highly anticipated third season of the popular Young Justice series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year. Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018.

Via Nerdbastards.  I’ve just started watching Young Justice, actually; I like it.  I’m not sure that I’m going to like a live-action Teen Titans, though. Animation just seems simpler, somehow.

Apr
25
2017
3

The Kingsman: The Golden Circle trailer finally dropped.

The comic book sensibility is strong in this one.  Which makes sense: Kingsman is based off of a comic book, after all. Guess we’ll see how it goes.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle comes out September 22nd.

Moe Lane

PS: Yeah, I’m maybe a little underwhelmed.  There’s promising stuff in there, but I’m not loving it yet. I longer trailer would be nice.

Apr
24
2017
10

Glen Cook’s Black Company series coming to TV.

Alternate title: I always liked you, Eliza Dushku.

IM Global Television has announced development on The Black Company, an adaptation of Glen Cook’s books, a fantasy series with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.

 Boston Diva Productions optioned the ten-book epic action fantasy series, as well as the forthcoming book, Port of Shadows, which falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series and will be published by Tor Books in 2018. Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will portray the pivotal role of the dark sorceress, “The Lady.”

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Apr
23
2017
6

So, they got David Hasselhoff to sing for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

It lacked only this.

Every time I think that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has hit the They Went There Ceiling, they up their game. At this point, there’s not much lef… no.  Wait. There’s somewhere they could go for GotG 3.  There’s somebody they could cast.

Quite obvious, really.

Apr
21
2017
2

It’s gonna be a year of movies!

We’re not doing a go-elsewhere vacation this summer, for reasons; so my wife is doing a particular art/craft event and I’m going to see movies whenever I feel like it.  Which means a lot of popcorn flicks, starting next week the beginning of May with Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  Which I really, really want to be silly and relaxed. They got nothing to prove, so they should just go have fun.

…Whoops! Hit Publish too soon.  What are you guys looking forward to?  I ask because I plan to use this license to the fullest extent possible. Ideas always welcome.

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Apr
21
2017
6

So. That ‘Cloak and Dagger’ trailer.

I was reminded of it by Constant Reader BigGator5, so I went and watched the Cloak and Dagger trailer a couple of times.

The problem is: I’ve never read the comics.  I mean, I grok the basic concept behind the characters, but without reading them I dunno whether this is a faithful adaptation of the original. Has Marvel gotten this one right?  Or at least right enough for TV? It’s going to be on Freeform** in 2018, after all.

Moe Lane

*I think that we can all agree that Marvel is at its best when it’s not trying to change the core identity of its comic book characters, yes?

**According to Wikipedia, this network has a fascinating journey through the wilds of cable networks.  Started off as a CBN satellite feed, became the Family Channel, segued into first Fox Family, then ABC Family, and is now Freeform and targeting millennials.  Imagine being the janitor who worked through all those paradigm changes…

Apr
20
2017
3

So, GeekTyrant lost its sh*t over the Tom & Jerry Willy Wonka movie.

Rather entertainingly, too.

But the kicker is this… the songs in the trailer are the same as the classic Gene Wilder movie. As far as I can tell, the whole movie looks like it’s just a remake of the Gene Wilder movie but with sh[*]tty CGI game-looking animation and F[*]CKING TOM AND JERRY!

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This is like a bad fan-fic someone thought up while hopped up on cough syrup. I hate you. You took something great and ruined it. What’s next? You’ve already screwed over Wizard of OZ, now Wonka. You gonna make Tom and Jerry Jurassic Park? Tom and Jerry Schindlers List? Tom and Jerry CarrieTom and Carrie… Uh-oh, Tom dumps blood on Jerry who goes mad and kills everyone with his telekinetic powers. STOP!

Come on, man. Tell us what you really think.

The aforementioned abomination unto the Lord after the fold. …What?  You’d think that I’d freaking LIKE a Tom & Jerry Willy Wonka movie that looks like they motion-capped the live action and recycled the songs?  Really?  Really? (more…)

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