According to io9, James Cameron may have spontaneuously come up with the concept for Avatar after reading Poul Anderson's 1957 sci fi novella Call Me Joe, and then conveniently forgetting that he read it:Like Avatar, Call Me Joe centers on a paraplegic — Ed Anglesey — who telepathically connects with an artificially created life form in order to explore a harsh planet (in this case, Jupiter). Anglesey, like Avatar's Jake Sully, revels in the freedom and strength of his artificial created body, battles predators on the surface of Jupiter, and gradually goes native as he spends more time connected to his artificial body.Cameron is no stranger to accusations of plagiary. After Terminator's release, writer Harlan Ellison sued the production company for ripping off two episodes he wrote for The Outer Limits. The company settled and Ellison is acknowledged in the film's credits.As far as Avatar is concerned, at least Cameron had the creative insight to change the name of the title from Call Me Joe. Sounds like a biopic of Joe The Plumber, who would undoubtedly be played by a bald Tim Allen.
Paul Haggis is best known as the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the 2004's Crash aka the Love Actually: Racist Edition. He's not as well known for his dance moves but trust me, dude does a sick robot. Anyhow, the writer/director/dance-fiend is in the news today because he has decided to end his 35 year relationship with Scientology. Incensed that the San Diego's branch of the Church has supported Propostion 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot, Haggis wrote an angry letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis. Here is an excerpt of the controversial letter: "Why are you so dumb?" Oops. Sorry I paraphrased. Here's the actually excerpt: “As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. […] I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated. […] The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots, hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”Many members of Hollywood were very vocal in their opposition to Prop 8. Will Haggis's leaving the Church inspire others to jump ship or will it inspire Hollywood to turn its back on Paul Haggis? When making your decision please note that unlike Xenu, Haggis doesn't have his own spacecraft. I think he has a Saab or something. [THR]
The second trailer for Men Who Stare At Goats has arrived, and it's clearly evident in it that Clooney is the man. Plus he's got a finely groomed mustache, which brings back fond memories of his hilariously over the top performance in O Brother, Where Art Thou? I was excited to see this movie after the first trailer, and now I'm giddy. Yes, just like a school girl.
Halloween is just around the corner, as if you didn't know and… Ah screw it. We don't need to justify this post. I mean, look at them! Gah! Adorable!
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has been silent thus far in the back-and-forth speculation on whether or not the cult favorite will find its way to the big screen. Until now. While appearing on a panel alongside series executive producer and Hollywood's beloved ginger Ron Howard, he was asked about the status of the film. Hurwitz confirmed that it is happening and he will be directing. When pressed for more details, Hurwitz only commented that the script will feature "a heavy jail presence." So there you have it. Once again, not much substantial info. The stars haven't been contacted and the project doesn't appear on any production schedules. So let's reclassify this one from a "Maybe" to a "Strongish Maybe Kinda". Don't let this one linger in Production Limbo too long. It very well may be our last chance to see Scott Baio on the big screen. (The Playlist)
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Our friends at Walyou.com and some people we don't know (but whose work we admire) at Pumpkin Gutter have assembled a rogue's gallery from the gourd family just in time for Halloween, and we've picked the best of the best. Every photo links back to the source page in case you want to keep exploring. Walyou alone has put together a mega gallery of 130 Pumpkin carvings that feature likenesses of video game characters, geek celebs, and more. So check em out when you're done cowering at the sight of these fruity monstrosities. (Yes, pumpkins are fruit.)
Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn't a cult hit! Well Castle isn't so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership. Personally, I'm a big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing. In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure. And all in under two minutes! I'm sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse's eminent death.
Sorry for the crappy bootleg version, but it's the best quality that exists online right now. You'll have to go to the theaters this weekend to see a better version of this three-minute Cliff's Notes epic on the big screen. Then… AND ONLY THEN… can we fairly judge the film's entire worth.
A quick trip over to Rotten Tomatoes will show you that Amelia, which opens this weekend, has a favorable rating of about 20%. For those of you who don’t know, that percentage means the movie sucks on a collective level. But you probably didn‘t need some Tomatometer, scientific as it is, to tell you that. After all, does the real life story of the first woman to not fly around the world sound exciting? Christ, why didn’t they just make a movie about my grandma? She didn’t fly around the world either, but unlike Amelia Earhart, she didn’t have a butch haircut. Plus, my grandma made some delicious pierogi. All Amelia made was a wrong turn.*My point is this: if for some reason you are going to make a movie about someone who didn’t do something, there are a lot more impressive failures to choose from. Here are five of them.Marv Levy and the Buffalo Bills – Not Winning Super Bowls
Tanedra Howard was the winner of Scream Queens on VH1 this past season, and her prize? A part in the new Saw movie. That Saw movie? Saw VI. Let's hope her performance as a woman in distress attached to a medieval torture device skyrockets her to fame and fortune. Or at least lands her a role in Saw VII as a woman in distress attached to a medieval torture device. A word from Tanedra: "I like drama, and I would love to do action. Blow me up, throw me from a plane, let me jump off a building."That's stunt work, not acting. It may be easier to find employment, but the Academy won't recognize you as an integral and award-worthy element of cinema. You ever see Meryl Streep get thrown out of a plane, save the infamous scene from Kramer Vs. Kramer?Check out more scream queen pics after the jump (out of a plane)!
Do you remember the frustration you felt when viewing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Did you want to unleash your inner-Christian Bale on the filmmakers after that lazy attempt? Good news! Now you can own a piece of that cinematic turkey turd with this brand new "Nuke The Fridge" 12-inch figure!Actually all 600 of the limited edition have been sold out at $175 a pop. Sounds like a rousing success. Hopefully this means we will get more groan-worthy moments from film playsets. Such as Batman's Shark Repellent or Jeff Goldblum Uploading A Virus To the ID4 Aliens. (Sideshow Toys via /Film)
UGO reports that unsung actor Dylan Baker confirmed he will be making a return to the Marvel Universe in Sam Raimi's forthcoming Spider-Man sequel. In fact he had received his first call regarding the film just yesterday. Baker has appeared in both Spider-Man 2 and 3 as Dr. Curt Conners, better known as the web-slinger's scaly nemesis, The Lizard. Baker also reportedly stated that he would essentially have a background role, but no one is sure whether or not it's a joke and he'll finally transform from a mild-mannered Empire State University professor into the lab coat-wearing reptile. You can currently see Dylan Baker in screenwriter-turned writer-director Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat, available on DVD. While you're waiting for it to arrive on Netflix, check out today's top links:5 Horror Films Reviewed By You At Ages 10 and 24 (HolyTaco) 12 Amazing Sports Etch-A-Sketch (TotalProSports) Behold, The Reverse Photobomb (TheChive) Amputee Needed To Complete Halloween Costume (FilmDrunk) Parachuting Into Qualcomm Stadium (SuperTremendous) The Most Generic Actors In Hollywood (Pajiba) J Simpson And G Butler Hookup (CelebJihad) 12 Hitler Rants Toward Video Games (Unreality) 7 Real Movie Titles That Sound Like Porn (Asylum) Cheerleader Jayme Hamilton Lives The Jaguars Dream (BustedCoverage) Dirty, Dirty Pug Love (RegretfulMorning) Surfing The Internet Makes You Smarter (MadeMan) Carl Edwards Baby Shower Gifts (AllLeftTurns)
Director: Sam RaimiCast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Dylan Baker, Bruce CampbellSynopsis: TBD
A new clip from Robert Zemeckis's A Christmas Carol has crash landed like your embarrassment of an uncle after a few too many eggnog cocktails. That's a compliment. To the movie. Your uncle's a mess.If you're not familiar with the Dickens classic, then don't watch, because for some reason the studio decided to put the ending online before the movie hits theaters. If you are familiar with it, then I encourage you to watch, if only to see how far Zemeckis's animated filmmaking has come since Polar Express, in which all the characters looked like they hailed from the Village of the Damned. But this time around, Scrooge and company actually seem like they have soul. Not James Brown level, or even on the level of your fat uncle when he busts out the soundtrack to The Commitments and tries to sing along, which only ends up getting the cats all hot and bothered. But it's a step in the right direction.
Typical "Entertainment Tonight" puff piece here, but something worth checking out at the 1:30 mark. Is it just us, or does District 9's Sharlto Copley, who's been cast as Howlin' Mad Murdock, look a whole helluvalot like Dirk Benedict's version of Face from the original "A-Team" series?
I like to think of Shawnee Smith as the face of the Saw franchise mainly because Tobin Bell and a creepy puppet aren't much to look at. James Wan, the original director of Saw, had a crush Shawnee since he was 14, which is why he decided to cast her as Amanda. Now she's been getting hypodermic needles in her arms and reverse bear traps clamped to her face for years now, and I'm sure she couldn't be happier about it. A word from Shawnee: "One of the most breathtaking moments in my life was meeting Anthony Cumia. His boyish charm really moved me." If you think meeting a morning talkshow disc jockey is breathtaking wait until you meet a writer of an entertainment blog. Those guys'll knock your socks off with their boyish charm and rugged, Cheetos covered fingertips. Check out more breathtaking moments of still photography after the jump!
Not only is she easy on the eyes, but she’s got some acting chops as well.
Thanks to Marc Ecko and his new Black Rhino Collection, you can finally dress like your favorite psychopath without worrying about catching a light chill. Ecko has released new hoodies in the likenesses of The Joker, The Batman, The Jason, and The Saw Puppet. Knocking over gas stations has never been so stylish.Star Wars hoodies have been out there for awhile now and I'm really enjoying this fad. I eagerly await the day that it goes full-Elmo. Gangsta. (/Film)
Hot Chicks Trapped in a Cave – Watch more Funny Videos According to the end critic quote in the above trailer, The Descent 2 is the "Feel sh*t scared film of the decade." I'm not quite sure where on the unofficial Scare Meter 'sh*t scared' lands, but it's gotta be well above 'piss scared.' I've been piss scared before but never sh*t scared, nor do I have the desire to become so frightened by a film that it causes me to involuntarily evacuate my bowels right smack dab there in the theater. You think pop corn butter's hard to get up… The trailer does have a few good moments, but in order to beat its predecessor it's going to have to work all kinds of magic, or provide laxitives upon theater entrance. Today's links are full of fun and fiber! Flow Chart To Determine What Religion You Should Follow (HolyTaco) Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari Set On Fire (TotalProSports) The Juxtaposition Of People And Signs (TheChive) Patrick Bateman Was Based On Tom Cruise (FilmDrunk) 20 Examples Of Going Green Gone Wrong (SuperTremendous) Your First R-Rated Movie Theater Experience (Pajiba) Model Marisa Miller Changing Bikinis (CelebJihad) A Visual Guide To Twist Endings (Unreality) Picking Up Women On Halloween Made Simple (Asylum) Brooke Hundley Letter To Steve Phillips' Wife (BustedCoverage) Balloon Boy Neighbor Fist Fights Media (RegretfulMorning) What Your Cocktail Says About You (MadeMan) How To Jimme-Proof The Chase (AllLeftTurns) Car Eager For Cupcakes (NothingToxic) Legend Of Neil Season Finale (Atom)
Jon Stewart reacts to Senator Al Franken proposing the Pentagon shouldn't hire contractors who make their employees agree not to sue if they're raped by co-workers.Slam dunk indeed, Mr. Stewart.
YouTuber jkpyle posted this impressive mashup trailer, which runs Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler through the grindhouse. What comes out is as bloody and chills-inducing as Randy "The Ram" Robinson's hand after he caught it in the deli slicer.
Below are a couple new clips from This Is It, the Michael Jackson tribute film that arrives in theaters next week for a 2-week limited run that we're sure, based on pre-ordered tickets alone, will get extended. The first clip is a featurette that gives us a glimpse of just how huge this concert tour was going to be and how meticulous the preparation had to be to pull it all off.
Every new image or clip of The Wolfman gets me less and less excited for the film's release… and now comes the second full trailer, which ends up playing out like some sort of Victorian version of The Fast & The Furious.
Welcome to Cougar Town. Betsy Russell may be in her forties, but damn if she doesn't make us do a double take. She's been starring in the Saw movies as Jill since Saw III, but you may better remember her in the role of 'Girl' in a 1982 episode of Family Ties. Also, we can't show you the NSFW pics on our site, but Betsy rode horseback in Private School…without a shirt. Sounds painful. A word from Betsy: "Saw VI answers the question, 'What's in my box?'"(Slack-jawed blank stare) One ticket, please! First, Betsy's box and then Cameron Diaz's next month. The mysteries of the universe are about to be revealed to us. The pics after the jump deliver, but not as much as you'd hope.
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If you're a homophobic straight guy, you might want to shut the eff up right now, because Rob Marshall's man-lovin' ass is about to make it rain hetero-boner pills with his new movie, called Nine. Yes, it's a musical. And yes, it has dancing and singing. And guess what, bro? Those dancing and singing women happen to be a scantily clad Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. So when you're fap-fap-fappin' it up to this here video clip, don't finish by saying gay guys never did nothing for you.
The 120-minute Warner Brothers presentation at Comic-Con 2009 made for one of the hottest talking points at the event, not for the Where the Wild Things Are footage or the A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer that finally showed up online the other day… but for Cameron Diaz's potentially massive spoiler slip-up during the presentation for Richard Kelly's third film,The Box, starring Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. We won't remind anyone of the specifics, but suffice it to say that the slip could turn out to have been fairly egregious. The producers have kept pretty mum since, but some new production stills from the film have arrived online, and we have a handful of them for you after the jump. We think you'll agree that the film's 1970s setting, paired with the compositions and unsettling subject matter have turned Richard Matheson's short story, "Button, Button," into some meticulous, cool Kubrickian nightmare.
Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench Synopsis: Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.