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Archive for October 2012

VIDEO: Darth Vader – What are you going to do next?

Disney Parks totally took advantage of an old commercial, reworking it to fit with the news that Disney is buying Lucasfilm. Brilliant.

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A+X #1 Review

AvX: Versus sought to provide a little brainless levity in the middle of Marvel's big event storyline by focusing only on heroes punching other heroes. A+X is a similar project that instead focuses on heroes teaming with other heroes to punch bad guys. Despite the cover design and naming scheme, it has absolutely nothing to do with AvX itself. But like AvX: Versus, there is some enjoyment to be had out of the two stories within.

The first segment sees Dan Slott weave a team-up adventure between Captain America and Cable. The twist is that the team-up takes place during WWII, long before Cap had become acquainted with the contemporary heroes of the 21st century. Slott's script is fun and lighthearted despite dealing with Nazi doomsday weapons. He introduces a new member of the Trask family whose grand plan involves helping the Nazis build early model Sentinels in order to wipe out mutants before they become a major force in the world. The resulting team-up is enjoyable and succinct in an old school Marvel way, and never do readers have to worry their heads about where this fits into continuity.

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New Muppets Film To Star Christoph Waltz, Be Set In Europe

My favourite new actor* is about to collaborate with my all time favourite actor as Christoph Waltz is negotiating to star in the next Muppets movie.

His role, say The Hollywood Reporter, would be that of an interpol inspector. Not just a cameo, this will be one of the leading human roles.

Other human people to be cast include a Russian femme fatale and the chief male role,

a mysterious figure “whose intentions are always in question.”

If Interpol are on the trail of the Muppets, I sense a proper caper. Art theft, maybe? They did jewel theft already…

The film is to be set in Europe, which likely means right across Europe, in the grand tradition of the second Griswolds movie, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, Eurotrip and Madagascar 3.

Okay, take that use of “grand” with a pinch of salt.

James Bobin is returning to direct again and has co-written the script with Nicholas Stoller. Walter is back, Gary is not.

*Of the last ten years, say. For sake of being able to label it. And for making my first sentence true.


Get A Look Inside The New Evil Dead’s Necronomicon

It’s Hallowe’en so, of course, there’s a little something fresh from the Evil Dead marketing team. Well, I say “fresh” but “well preserved” might be rather more accurate.

Published to the Evil Dead Facebook tonight are two images of the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead, as it will appear in this do-over. Ironic, really, as it used to be a “face book” and now it’s more of an… ass book? Where have they taken all of this skin from, I wonder?

Who will suck my soul dry, sorry? That devil chap again, I suppose.

Now, I can’t be the only on to think that entrails-chomping demon in the image on the right is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland‘s caterpillar, can I?

Yeah, maybe I can, but I couldn’t help it. It just popped in there.


Sit Tight For Terminator Movie News

The rights to the Terminator movie series now sit with Annapurna pictures, the producers of The Master, Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty.

When they first picked the series up for sequelisation, they were talking with director Justin Lin, and there was even a consultation with James Cameron. It also seemed likely that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be involved.

And then, as the months went on, Lin came off the project, Schwarzenegger denied involvement and the whole thing just seemed to go away.

But now Annapurn have tweeted:

What does this mean? Well, that The Terminator series isn’t dead and something – a bit of casting, the hiring of a writer or a director – has been going on behind the scenes.

More than that, I don’t know, and HitFix who flagged up the tweet have no idea either. Still, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to Conan in the coming months, it would seem like the perfect time to tie-him down for some more… er… “being back.”


Neuromancer Sales Poster Invites Us To Jack In

This poster was snapped at the AFM by Coming Soon, as you can tell from the huge watermark in the corner. What it shows, with curious and confusing perspective, is one of the computer ports that the Neuromancer‘s ‘cyber jockey’ characters have embedded in their flesh. It’s by plugging a connector into a port like this that Case, the protagonist, connects himself to ‘the matrix’ and accesses ’cyberspace.’

We can presumably take this image as representative of the direction director Vincenzo Natali is taking the aesthetic in-narrative technological logistics of his film.

I spoke to Natali about the film many moons ago now, and at that time, he had these plans for how cyberspace will look:

[Case] enters what was coined the ‘Matrix’ but what was actually blatantly lifted by the Wachowski Brothers, so I’m calling it something else, but essentially he goes into this other alternative universe which a kind of platonic universe, where everything is pure and clean and beautiful. So that would be very much a digital construct in the film.

Neuromancer is a great book and Natali is an outstanding director. I hope the AFM deals run deep and cameras can actually get sparked up for this one soon.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/10/05/bleeding-cool-chats-with-splice-director-vincenzo-natali/


George Lucas Met With Mark Hamill And Carrie Fisher About New Star Wars This Summer

This one might take Derren Brown, Eddie Fitzgerald or Hannibal Lecter to really perfectly read between the lines but Mark Hamill has been speaking about his meeting with George Lucas, this summer, in which the bearded one revealed his new Star Wars plans.

The meeting, it seems, was between Lucas, Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The question, perhaps, is why.

Here’s Hamill:

He asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about – which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor—or the 3-D releases. So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!”

I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be—and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.

I’ll make a bet with you now. Lucas wants Hamill and Fisher to come back. That doesn’t mean they will, but I’m convinced that he wants them too. The bits I’ve bolded in the quote above underline why I’m so convinced.

That’s right, I’m the new Hannibal Lect… Eddie Fitzg… Derren Brown.

There’s a bit more from Hamill at Entertainment Weekly, but it essentially amounts to “I didn’t know Disney were part of it, I can’t say anything more until we know more. Congratulations George!”

Lots more details on episodes 7, 8 and 9 in my recent round-up of what we’ve learned so far.


George Lucas Met With Mark Hamill And Carrie Fisher About New Star Wars This Summer

This one would might Derren Brown, Eddie Fitzgerald or Hannibal Lecter to really perfectly read between the lines but Mark Hamill has been speaking about his meeting with George Lucas, this summer, in which the bearded one revealed his new Star Wars plans.

The meeting, it seems, was between Lucas, Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The question, perhaps, is why.

Here’s Hamill:

He asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about – which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor—or the 3-D releases. So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!”

I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be—and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.

I’ll make a bet with you now. Lucas wants Hamill and Fisher to come back. That doesn’t mean they will, but I’m convinced that he wants them too. The bits I’ve bolded in the quote above underline why I’m so convinced.

That’s right, I’m the new Hannibal Lect… Eddie Fitzg… Derren Brown.

There’s a bit more from Hamill at Entertainment Weekly, but it essentially amounts to “I didn’t know Disney were part of it, I can’t say anything more until we know more. Congratulations George!”

Lots more details on episodes 7, 8 and 9 in my recent round-up of what we’ve learned so far.


Unsolicited Advice for Disney’s New STAR WARS Trilogy

A new STAR WARS trilogy is coming from Disney, and here are some suggestions as to what they should embrace and avoid


Sherlock Director And Benedict Cumberbatch Reunite For Brian Epstein Movie


One of the many people to be called ‘the fifth Beatle’ was the band’s manager, Brian Epstein. He seems to be in vogue at the moment, with Vivek Tiwary producing a new comic and film about the man – called The Fifth Beatle, in fact – and now Tom Hanks‘ company Playtone announcing their own movie about the man.

This latter project is to reunite Sherlock director Paul Maguigan and star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing Epstein.

The best film about Epstein I’ve seen to date is The Hours and the Times, but that’s a pretty compressed picture, and arguably not a presentation of the real man. Taking place over a single weekend it hypothesises a romantic encounter between Epstein and John Lennon. With the broader audience it’s possibly most remembered for being the first time Ian Hart played Lennon.

The film has been written by Todd Graff, perpetrator of the truly diabolical Joyful Noise. Playtone have a pretty good tagline for the story they’re trying to tell, calling Epstein:

the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.

The film is eaking finance at AFM right now and wouldn’t get rolling until after Maguigan and Cumberbatch are done with the next series of Sherlock.