All you aspiring TV writers out there constantly searching for hard to find TV pilot scripts, look no further than "Pilot School," a treasure trove of TV literature in easily downloadable and digestible format. Now you can finally throw away that copy of The Secret and read something worthwhile (Don't throw away the DVD version, because the first few minutes are high comedy).Oh, and if you're also just into TV script arcana, Pilot School has innumerable unsold and unfilmed material as well. I highly suggest you check it out online, and then get back to your cigarette smoking and typewriter tapping or whatever aspiring screenwriters do, aside from run movie and TV blogs.[via the awesome JohnAugust.com]
In celebration of JJ Abrams' Star Trek film, which opens in a few weeks, the official movie site is posting images of Quantum Mechanix's scale models of the USS Enterprise that filmmakers, artists and celebrities have customized. The above mod was created by L.A. artist Jesús Diaz. The actual models are on display in select theaters around the country, but you can see almost all of them at the official site, including ones designed by Jim Lee, Robert Rodriguez, H5 and more. We did one, too, but it didn't make the list because someone decided it was a good idea to leave their kids unsupervised at the ScreenJunkies' offices:
Hey kids! It's the new Lars von Trier movie! *restrained cheers from handful of movie geeks wearing ironic Van Halen-inspired Von Trier shirts*Yes, indie darling Lars von Trier, whose Dogme 95 filmmaking style has a set of rules prohibiting filming cheese sandwiches with studio lighting or something like that, is coming out with what looks decidedly like a non-Dogme film in Antichrist. I say this because there's a CG shot of a dog growling, and not because Dogme prohibits butt shots. But – and this is a big but – there's a lot of butt in this trailer. And it all comes at the rear of the trailer (oh gosh, I just can't stop, can I?). Actually, the movie looks pretty terrifying in a Rosemary's Baby, slow burn sort of way, which seems right up Von Trier's alley (not a butt joke) since he is the king of slow movies. Want to see Willem Dafoe's satanic plumber's crack? Then look no further than the jump!
The Family Guy loves to give a good skewering, especially when the butt of the joke is a celebrity. The paparazzi prey doesn’t necessarily deserve it because they’re pompous or ignorant – although those types are certainly shown no leniency – but simply because all limelight hogs can afford to be taken down a peg or two. We here at Screen Junkies salute Family Guy for tackling superstar satire in their trademark no-holds-barred, consequences-be-damned manner by featuring 15 celebrity cameos (real or impersonated) that cut right to the core. They’ll make you laugh and think, but most importantly they’ll make you say to yourself, “Yeah, that is an over-the-top yet surprisingly accurate depiction of that particular person.”
Today, a new sizzle reel for Angels & Demons was released and got us very excited. In it, composer Hans Zimmer talks about his wanting to create a soundscape that the film can own. Here's a peek that Screenjunkies has exclusive-ized because we can, and because we had some success the last time we exclusive-ized an Angels & Demons clip. Angels & Demons & Hall & Oates & Farts – Watch more Funny Videos Okay okay… if you want to see the real sizzle reel with Zimmer's real score – that sounds pretty awesome, in all honesty – look no further than the jump.
According to MTV Movies Blog, Star Trek's Chris Pine has spoken with A-Team movie director Joe Carnahan about the possibility of playing "Howling Mad" Murdock. "Murdock is my man,” said Pine to MTV. If it happens, Pine and Carnahan would be reuniting for the first time since Smokin' Aces back in 2006 – Pine's first big role. He played a Neo Nazi assassin. Who would be your Dream A-Team to back up Pine'sMurdock? Here's who we think could be more than serviceable members of this crack commando unit. If you have a problem. If no one else can help and you can find them, maybe you can cast these guys:
Now that you capped those horrendous 40 days without footlong hotdogs, sit down and indulge with your old pal TV. Tonight, there's only 3 episodes left before the Heroes go on summer vacation, and 24 promises you a clock stopping episode replete with Jon Voight's killer Congolese virus. Your preview after the break. Heroes 9/8c on NBC
Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes is set to begin filming of their A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot at the end of this month. Fans everywhere rejoiced recently when it was announced that Jackie Earle Haley would don the sweater and glove of Freddy Krueger. Still no news about which young starlet will be playing Nancy, the film’s protagonist. We’ve compiled a list of sweet dream girls that we think should go toe-to-toe with the iconic dream slayer. LEIGHTON MEESTER
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watchmen screenwriter Alex Tse has been hired on to write the adaptation of "Battling Boy" for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Paramount. "Battling Boy" is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Paul Pope, and is due to be published by First Second Books in the spring of 2010. It is the story of the "son of a god who comes down from the top of a mountain… to rid the giant, continent-sized city of Monstropolis of a plague of beasts." Check out some original artwork from the world of "Battling Boy" here.Tse has been the king of big screen adaptations recently…
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, you can't deny the holiday is up there with Halloween and Valentine's in terms of the sheer amount of holiday-themed crap you can buy. And who better to celebrate with than filmmaker Michael Bay, who got his start hawking products left and right (and blowing some up, occasionally) as a commercial director. Michael Bay basically invented the "sheet metal porn" subgenre of car ads. But what if he crossed his eye for drama with his eye for product while staring at a box of Kellogg's High School Musical cereal? Well, you'd get Screenjunkies reader Chris Capel's short film, entitled "Michael Bay Eating a Bowl of Cereal. Let it blow your mind after the jump.
Hey kids! Dragonball Evolution opened nationwide today. And if you didn't know already, it stars Emmy Rossum! Well she's just adorable – so adorable, we're willing to bet that her adorableness rubs off on not so adorable surroundings.Case in point, just look at this still from Dragonball. Adorable! Now look at it again without Emmy Rossum.
Reuters reports that Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) gun from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner will be up for sale at an upcoming Hollywood memorabilia blowout held by auctioneer Profiles in History."The blaster, with an estimated sales price of between $100,000 and $150,000, comes from Hollywood marketer and producer Jeff Walker, and Profiles in History called it the 'holy grail' of sci-fi weapons."Now, don't get me wrong. The gun that "retired" Zhora and a few of the other Replicants is no slouch. But calling it the Holy Grail of Sci-Fi weapons is the sort of stuff the gets you killed by this guy:
We hate goodbyes! Two of our favorite of shows are culminating their seasons tonight. Terminator:TSCC promises a climactic face off with a T-1001, and Friday Night Lights ends with a majority of the cast moving on to college (but don't worry, the show got picked up for another 2 seasons). Don't start going outside or anything, Breaking Bad is still goin' strong, and the absence of one show means the emergence of another. Here's hoping for summer long Knight Rider series. Your preview after the break.
ANGELS AND DEMONS with Tom Hanks opens in theaters May 15, and a new film clip has just been released! It's very dramatic. The tension is compounded by all of the alpha males posturing in the room and looking like they're trying to hold in hot farts. See for yourself in this exclusive Screenjunkies clip!!! Angels & Demons & Farts – Watch more Funny VideosThis clip is dedicated to Noah "Gold Dust" Griffith.
In 1984, a seminal film in my life (and many others of my generation) was released. It was a little flick about an underdog wiener kid from New Jersey with a major chip on his shoulder who wanted to prove the the world that he could kick his own height. So with help from Arnold from Happy Days, the wiener kid finds his way to Karate glory – which means he got some plastic trophy from the local Prize Emporium Dealership. But, for us kids, Karate Kid wasn't about the karate, per se. We didn't all want to grow up and be ninjas (although that would explain the brief success of Michael Dudikoff), we just wanted to be able to kick a douchebag in the face. That and we figured if Ralph Macchio could score Elisabeth Shue, heck, surely we could.
South Park skewered Kanye West this week by portraying him as an arrogant, angry, slow on the uptake, spoiled beeyach. Kanye has since responded on his official blog by saying, "SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. NOT AS FUNNY AS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I HAD WROTE IT THOUGH. AND THE ANIMATION WASN'T AS DOPE AS I WOULD DO IT. I WEAR WOOL SCARVES IN THE SUMMER AND UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES. I EXUDE GREATNESS. I INVENTED THE SNUGGIE." The episode marks the first time since Mr. Hankey that the show has animated a singing piece of sh*t. (KANYE WEST BLOG) Observe and Report or Paul Blart: Date Rapist? (Cinematical)Has FOX foreclosed on Dollhouse? (io9) VENOM MOVIE FTW!!! (I was being sarcastic.) (Latino Review) Spongebob Square Pants shakes ass, ruffles feathers. (CCFC) The Simpsons immortalized on junk mail. (TV Squad)
IGN posted the new trailer for Moon, starring the kickass Sam Rockwell and directed by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, who knows a thing or two about space travel, and has apparently bestowed his passion upon Ziggy Stardust Jr. The trailer explains all you need to know, but this looks like it has some definite ties to 2001 and especially the iconic HAL. Only this time, HAL is sort of a talking emoticon. Check out the trailer after the jump, as well as another clip courtesy of io9. Just don't jump too hard because of the whole gravity thing. Somewhere… in space… a physics teacher is laughing… right… now.
Turn on the TV & tune it to NBC, microwave up some popcorn, then chuck your remote control out the window and give those button pushing fingers a much needed rest. NBC has 3 hours of new shows and series premieres that mean no complicated channel switching. 2 new episodes of The Office, the series premiere of Amy Poehler's new comedy Parks and Recreation, new 30 Rock, and the series premiere of Southland, a police drama by the creators of ER. Your preview after the break.
So, Warner Bros. and Paramount simultaneously released mini-sites for their May 2009 flicks, and they're kinda fun if you have time to fart around on a movie site during the day. Trekyourself.com lets you create photos of yourself as a Star Trek character, like a Romulan, Vulcan or Red Shirt (try the latter at your own risk. Eh hum. Eh heh hum). On TerminateYourself.com, you can add battle damage to any of your photos, revealing your inner T-800 endoskeleton. I originally wanted to title this post something like, "You Betta Trek Yo' Self," but I realize that I don't have enough street cred to do so. Nor is this 1994. Oh and while we're combining movies in single posts, check out a huge spoiler from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after the jump!
Three new TV spots for X-Men Origins: Wolverine have SNIKT'D their way online today. Each one has something we haven't seen before, including glimpses of Blob in action, and Ryan Reynolds showing off more of what his maskless Deadpool can do. Here's one spot:X-Men Origins: Wolverine TV Spot #10 – Watch more Funny VideosYou'll find the other two hiding after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will play warring gods in Warner Bros. and Legendary's Clash of the Titans, the Greek-god epic directed by Louis Leterrier. "Neeson is playing Zeus, the wise yet sometimes ill-tempered king of the gods and father of Perseus (Sam Worthington). Fiennes will play Hades, ruler of the underworld who aims to overtake Zeus and rule over all. Fiennes' deal is in still in negotiations." And high school classical civilization teachers all breathe a collective sigh of relief, as their students will finally have another filmic representation of Zeus aside from this one:
The trailer for Mike Judge's new film, Extract, has started springing up all over the 'nets today. I enjoyed his last effort, Idiocracy, but it was an acquired taste. My take was that a visual FX-heavy movie can sometimes take away from the funny, no matter how much funny is there. In any case, it looks like Judge is back to his more pedestrian, Office Space stomping grounds with this new movie, which stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, a shaggy Ben Affleck, and a slow-mo close-up of Kristen Wiig's sweatpants. Check it out after the jump, and then give your verdict on Judge in the comments section.
More Terminator goodies today to top off the news the Ahnuld will be back for Terminator Salvation. Now the kind robots over at io9 posted this cool concept art image of the Harvester from Terminator Salvation, courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic's artistes. According to the Terminator Wikia, "Harvesters are non-humanoid hunter/killer units produced by Skynet sometime before 2018. They were large tank like structures that would capture humans in conjunction with Moto-terminators. They took the humans to lab testing for their stem cells. This research on humans led to the creation of the Series-800. If someone would escape, they would be blasted to smithereens by the robots shoulder mounted canon from a great distance." Check out some more atwork of the harvesters doing their dirty deeds after the jump.
Paper Heart, starring Michael Cera and his comedienne girlfriend, Charlyne Yi, opens August 7th, and Overture Films sent has released some new images. The film played Sundance this year and won the Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay. Previous winners included The Squid & The Whale, Memento, and The Station Agent. Apparently the film was improv'd mostly, so I'm sure there are a handful of seething indie filmmakers still listening to Iron & Wine albums in an attempt to "process" the travesty. Read the synopsis of the film and see some more pics after the jawmp!
TV's got a delicious feast for your eyes tonight–new episodes of Scrubs, South Park, Lost, and Reno 911!, and the premiere of a new NYC cop drama called The Unusuals. Make sure to catch the premiere of that along with it's main competitor Southland (premiering on NBC tomorrow tonight) too get your full dosage grizzly Police action. I think The Unusuals has an edge purely because of Adam Goldberg's glorious 'stache, but you be the judge. Your TV preview after the break.
According to Variety, Larry Charles, director of Borat, Bruno, Religulous and several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is taking on old people sex as his next project. Winter's Discontent "centers on a sexually frustrated widower who moves into a retirement community with his best buddy — looking to get laid."There's definitely an opportunity for a bingo party gone horribly, horribly, distastefully wrong in this concept, and it's certainly been Charles' M.O. to push the envelope.
According to MTV, actor Terry Crews has spilled the beans that Arnold Schwarzenegger will in fact be making a brief appearance (also known as a "cameo") in Terminator Salvation. Terry, you son of a bitch! But wait! Crews also confirms that he'll be teaming up with Arnold in yet another action flick… Find out which after the jump.
On April 30th, Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience becomes available On Demand, and then in limited theatrical release on May 22nd. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE. The film stars adult film actress Sasha Grey, and is her first experience working in the mainstream. We at Screen Junkies thought to ourselves that if Sasha can act in a mainstream feature film, then there are some other porn starlets out there who'd have a place in the broader market as well. Without further ado, here they are.
This Friday, Jody Hill's Observe & Report opens. It's the second mall cop movie of the year, but is to Paul Blart what Taxi Driver is to DC Cab. Co-starring in OaR with the hairy Seth Rogen is the very clean shaven Anna Faris (above). Where You've Seen Her: Anna is a comedienne who's career took off with the Scary Movie franchise. She's done all four of the films, as well as Waiting, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, "Entourage," and played Shelley in The House Bunny. Listen for her voice in the upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Pointless Quote: "I never imagined being able to make money from acting – and now I can."
The Fringe department of the FBI is back in action tonight after a near 2 month vacation from strange paranormal activity. Also, be sure to catch the series premiere of Deadliest Warrior, a show pitting the gnarliest killing machines in history against eachother. Tonights matchup: A Roman Gladiator Vs. Apache Warrior. Sick. Your preivew after the break.