I own well over 1,000 comic books collected over the years, and to this day they sit “bagged n’ boarded” for their protection, tucked away safely in my grandparents’ basement. But I would only consider myself a comic book geek on the superficial level. I was in it for the pictures. If it looked cool, I bought it. If I wanted to read words, I’d buy a novel. And, with no disrespect to artist Dave Gibbons, I never got into Watchmen because it just didn’t look as cool as, say, Jim Lee’s X-Men, or Rob Liefield’s New Mutants. In my adulthood, though, I’ve read the book. It’s dense. It’s dark. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. But I don’t love it like I’m supposed to.
Director: Pete Docter Cast: John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer, Edward Asner, Paul Eiding, Jordan Nagai Synopsis: By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. Genre: Children & Family Release Date: May 29, 2009
This morning, the folks at Slashfilm published a list of movie directors, writers and actors on Twitter…The list includes:Directors DAVID_LYNCH, ThatKevinSmith and Jon_Favreau…Writers diablocody and johnaugust…And Actors emmyrossum, ElizabethBanks, Russell Brand, Heroes' greggrunberg, and WilliamShatner…We were curious what eccentric director David Lynch could possibly be twittering about, so we have a screen grab for you after the jump…
Ah, Friday morning. The sun shines down and warms the dewy grass. The air is crisp like the first bite from an apple. My pants and wallet are elsewhere. Why am I locked in a storage unit?Here's your morning news. I know where I'll be Saturday mornings in the 1980's (Variety)
So, according to MTV, Aussie director George Miller, creator and director of all the Mad Max films has in the works a fourth animated installment of his post-apocalyptic series set in the outback. When confronted with the question of whether Mel Gibson would be involved in any capacity, Miller responded with a rather P.C. "We'll probably go a different route."In Australian English, that means, "Mel Gibson is batshit crazy and you and I and everyone knows it now, so why in the sweet, sweet name of Outback Steakhouse would I even let him do voiceover work for me? Have you seen What Women Want?"Oh, George Miller. You know you can't get past Altavista Translator.
The trend in horror movies today is to pick up the pace, for example, fast zombies and fast Jason. I even heard there’s a movie called Fun Run Frankenstein in the works. However, these films have left behind a certain void. There are practically no horror flicks left for those of us who prefer a more sluggish killer, a more stand in one place and barely do anything killer. Until now. Behold! The trailer for Crawler; it is a movie about a shape-shifting alien that tries to devour humanity by taking on the form of a mostly stationary bulldozer. After all, there is one in every household. So if you are a fan of listless killing machines, buy a scratch-off because today is your lucky day.
Tuesday, we gave you a glimpse of Watchmen's Malin Akerman, a.k.a. The Silk Spectre II. Now meet her mom… the original Silk Spectre, played by the shapely Carla Gugino.Carla's the rare sort of actress that shows her assets in adult fare like Watchmen and Sin City, then covers herself and relies only on acting talent in kid flicks like the upcoming Race to Witch Mountain, or the Spy Kids franchise. Though I did hear that for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, they had to frame Gugino from the neck up so she didn't accidentally gouge anyone's eyes out in the theater. Ga Ga Guginooooo!More pics after the jump…
NASA has turned to the public for help in naming the International Space Station's brand new Node 3 module. The top two nominees in the write-in category are Colbert and Xenu. As in the Church of Scientology's Xenu. Who would you rather see ruling the cosmos, Tek Jansen or Tom Cruise? Here's your morning news.Help Stephen Colbert cock-block The Church Of Scientology (Colbert Nation)New X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer premieres today (MTV)Watchmen will not feature any hover-boards (iO9)
See! Johnny Depp as scoundrel Charles Dillinger!Hear! Christian Bale speaking at normal room volume!Covertly Adjust Yourself! As French siren Marion Cotillard enters frame!Laugh! As comickster Billy Crudup does his best impression of an old timey baseball announcer!It's a hot off the web trailer for auteur Michael Mann's crowd-pleasing talkie, Public Enemies! Coming to a silver screen near you!
This just in from Variety: Transformers 2 babe Megan Fox is attached to star in "Fathom," an adaptation of the Michael Turner-created comicbook, for Fox Atomic. According to Variety, "Fox would play Aspen Matthews, who was found abandoned on a ship and is adopted by a military man. She becomes a champion swimmer and marine biologist who comes of age realizing she has water-based powers and is part of an underwater race" I heard through the grapevine that Michael Phelps was up for a cameo but his role in the remake of Up In Smoke conflicted. He will be replaced by the dolphin from Seaquest DSV.
Here's a glimpse at the creep-tastic Haunting of Connecticut motion poster, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. I know I wouldn't want a ghost shoving its way out of my mouth, but then again, I just passed a kidney stone last week. Nah, I'm gonna give it to ghost-out-the-mouth… that's way worse.
Who watches the Watchmen? I'm guessing about everybody, this weekend - Including homeless people. Admit it. If the city sends "interior decorators" to redo your bus shelter once a month with shiny new Watchmen "wallpaper," you'd panhandle just a little extra hard to see what all the buzz is about. And then there's the film's luscious leading lady – Malin Akerman, who'll be kicking ass and breaking hearts as Laurie Jupiter a.k.a. The Silk Spectre II. See more pics of Ms. Malin after the jump…
The new Terminator: Salvation trailer just launched today. I watched. I peed a little. I suggest you sit on some Scotch Brite™ and watch, too. Explosions. Nine Inch Nails music, plus Christian Bale angrily yelling, which we can never get enough of. Late in the trailer, he implores someone off-screen that “if we don’t stay the course, we’re dead. We’re all DEAD!” I think it’s behind-the-scenes footage from the day catering changed the lunch menu from steak to salmon.
Either Vanity Fair's standards have gone way down, or it's almost time for April's issue dedicated to "Comedy's New Legends" to hit the shelves. This above image of Paul Rudd getting intimate with Jonah Hill, Jason Segal and Seth Rogan apes the now legendary VF photo of Tom Ford, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson cover shot (marvel at it, plus bonus shots from April's issue after the jump).
Finally, a cute indie romantic comedy with some solid mini-xylophone music in the trailer. It seems like there are so many of these, is it a genre yet? Director: Matt AseltonCast: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, John GoodmanSynopsis: Mattress salesman Brian Weathersby (Dano) finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, Happy (Deschanel), who comes into his workplaces, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.Genre: ComedyRelease Date: April 3, 2009
This is just a reminder that YOU are the best around. No one is ever going to get you down. Not even dudes from the 80's with blond hair.
Director: John HamburgCast: Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Thomas LennonSynopsis: Peter Klaven is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward 'man-dates,' before meeting Sydney Fife, a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds.Genre: ComedyRating: RRelease Date: March 20, 2009
Director: Harold RamisCast: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, June Diane Raphael, David CrossSynopsis: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Black and Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.Genre: ComedyRelease Date: June 19, 2009
Director: Judd ApatowCast: Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana, Leslie MannSynopsis: When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.Genre: ComedyRelease Date: July 31, 2009
This was just sent to me by special correspondent Matt Sears. It's exactly what it says it is. Its Locke and Eko watching a movie. A totally awesome movie. It also raises a really important question. Why don't we have more artificially intelligent robot friends yet? We have the technology. I'm guessing it's just an issue of political will.
The just don't make movies like The Never Ending Story these days. Kid flying around on a magic BFF dragon dog. That was a FILM. What? They're remaking it? Please, PLEASE tell me that George Lucas is not involved. He's done enough damage to all of us. Here's your news.If the Story is Never Ending, How Can There Be A Remake? (Cinematical)Total Recall is Recalled Back to Theaters (/film)Samuel L. Jackson Is On Board For Iron Man 2 (Filmonic)A Glowing Review of Watchmen (Reel Movie News)
This video serves as yet another bit of proof as to the absolute superiority of Japanese TV shows in the realm of 'finding people with amazing and bizarre skills.' How does this guy brush his teeth? Nunchucks. How does he do his taxes? Nunchucks. Change a baby's diaper? Nunchucks. Everything. Nunchucks.
The term Zeitgeist is a German word that means "when two people have the same idea to make a movie about a mall cop at the same time." Seriously, look it up. Blart did really well. In a money making sense. I never saw it. I skipped my screening because I had the intuition that another, far superior mall cop movie would come out. Germans have a word for that type of intuition. And that word is Blart.Director: Jody HillCast: Anna Faris, Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Patton Oswalt, Michael PeñaSynopsis: Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show.Genre: ComedyRelease Date: April 10, 2009
Wednesday. The Middle of the week. A week where we are all totally not reeling from the devastatingly-predictable Academy Awards. An academy awards where a gay man beat a wrestler and Hollywood got outsourced in the best possible way. Here's some news from this week. Danny Boyle Buys houses for Slumdog Kids. AWESOME (/film)Really? Gondry? Green Hornet? Rogen Speaks (MTV)Amenabar’s Epic AGORA In Trailer Form. With Rachel Weiss (Twitch)Avatar Shot on 197 Cameras. At the same time (Filmonic)
This show sort of eluded my radar so I watched the first episode ala On Demand last night. It was pretty good, which means I have 12 episodes to watch before the season two premiere, which is doable. By the way AMC, when does Mad Men come back? I need me some Don Draper. In a Viking way.Here's the blurb: Catch up on Breaking Bad with this :90 recap of Season 1, just in time for the Season 2 premiere March 8 on AMC. For more info check out AMC TV.
It was a bummer that The Wrestler was snubbed last night at the Oscars. Sean Penn did a great job with Milk and yada yada yada whatever. But Rourke's performance was captivating on a whole different level. Plenty of people outside of the Academy realize that, which is why he's picked up so many other awards. The above video is a reminder of why he's so rad, and a refreshing voice among the trite, breathless acceptance speeches we're all so used to. Kate Wislet– whistle so I can point at you. Great.
Aside from the obvious Seth Rogen one-liners, this movies seems to be a little more serious than Apatow's others. A few of my friends caught the cast around town rehearsing for their roles at various comedy clubs. The verdict: Awkward. Stand up ain't easy.
Once again, I am faced with a deficit of TV recaps to post. Im temped to post rerunrecaps, but that would go against every principle of the internet. Luckily, there is a nice slew of morning news on this Friday, Feb 20th, the Year Of Our Lord, 2009.Screenjunkies Will Be Liveblogging the 2009 Oscars HERE. Slumpuppies Will Go To The Oscars (Filmdrunk)Twilight Two Has A New-New Title (MTV)Linda Hamilton To Crawl Out Of Cave, Voice Terminator Salvation (Filmonic)Mel Gibson To Crawl Out Of Cave, Yell About Jews (Pajiba)Early Buzz For Watchmen (/Film)