28 July 2006

The Best Show on Television?

Decide for yourself with Battlestar Galactica Season 3. Enjoy the Sneak Preview.

24 July 2006

Films of 2007 - A Sneak Peek - Part III

Continuing from Part I & Part II

Due to the time out, there arent many official images yet for these films, so I had to be creative.

The Bourne Ultimatum - August 03

Jason Bourne returns for this third installment in the Bourne saga.

These movies have shown how dated the Bond franchise has become. The first one Bourne film was a real surprise. You really believe that Jason Bourne could kick butt, and the story is not dumbed down. You actually have to pay attention. Then the second film, in spite of its over use of the "shakky cam" effect was even more intense. Both films have sweet car chases, and fights as well as a great supporting cast. I do not know much about these books, or what this third installment is about, but I sure want to see this movie.

Bee Movie - November 02

A computer-animated film from Jerry Seinfeld. Barry B. Benson is a bee who has just graduated from college, and is disillusioned with his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans have been stealing and eating the honey, and subsequently decides to file a class action lawsuit against humans. Soon, Barry's actions raise a hectic war between humans and bees and he's caught right in the middle.

Another bug movie. Then again, I am sure Seinfeld's involvement will not only nake this movie pretty funny, but will bring out the crowds. I just hope its not full of "did you ever wonder why they call it honey" kind of jokes. This needs to be more than just an animated episode of Seinfeld to hold be for an hour and a half because Seinfeld reruns are already on way too much.

Beowulf - November 16

Adaptated from the epic Old English poem of the same name, the film will be made using the same performance capture techniques pioneered by Zemeckis and first used in The Polar Express, instead of live action.

Now this could be a real treat, or a real disaster. Everytime some ambitious filmaker tries to make a fantasy/sci-fi animated film, things do not turn out well. No one ever knows what demographic the film is intended for, and no one actually goes to the movie (except me of course). Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within comes to mind. As long as the budget is kept under control, and Americans finally realize that animation is not just for kids, this could be a hit... But those are some big "ifs."

The Golden Compass - November 16

The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied.

This book is in my to read pile. I am not sure how popular the series is, but I doubt it has the built in audience of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. Nevertheless, I think the plot involves armor wearing polar bears and magic. Sounds OK to me. In any case, I hope this film succeeds in keeping the Fantasy film genre alive and well.

23 July 2006

A Little Taste of Venom, And a Big Dose of Other Comic Con News

Spider-Man 3

The biggest hype from comic con has probably been surrounding next years Spider-Man 3. It is quite possible that this will be the best movie ever! :) A couple of images were released. The first is Eddie Brock getting all webbed up into Venom, and the second shows the softer side of Sandman as he protects a little girl. Ahh, how sweet.

Iron Man

The Iron Man camp announced that the man of FE would face off against The Mandarin in the origin style film. Also, as the movie progresses, Tony Stark may have more than one style of armor. Here is a look at one of the possible designs.

Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer

The F42 camp gave this tease for a revamped Dr. Doom. Good thing, F4 1's Doom was a wuss.

Many have stated their disappointment with the lack of "evil" ness in the last movie and I'd be lying if I said I was able to do everything I set out to do, but this time, there will be the plotting and the fighting and technology. He's just as smart as Reed, or as he would say, smarter and I'm going to represent that in the movie big time. Julian is on board and wants to have just as much fun in making him "that villain" we all know and love, or should I say hate. I'm wrestling right now with the cape issue and trying to have it but not let it get in the way of him fighting. He's not going to just shoot beams of power this time. He goes toe to toe with a really big surprise. My 2nd Unit director Ej Forrester was showing me storyboards on a sequence we have in the movie that involves Doom, and we're determined to have him blowing up shit! Wait until you see the mask! The armor!

The Incredible Hulk

It was promised that the jolly green giant would be more of a "hero" this time around with a bigger focus on the battle between Bruce Banner and the monster inside. Also, once again The Abomination was confirmed to be the film's big bad.


Development of the script for Ant-Man is still in the early phases, but the film will be an Action/Adventure, and also a solo film not featuring The Avengers.

Wonder Woman

Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame) has completed the script for Wonder Woman. If the studio likes it, things will get rolling. Along with Bats and Supes, Wonder Woman is one of DC's 3 crown jewels and they want to do her right.

Superman Returns Extended Version

Double dips in the DVD market are old hat. See my editorial. But Bryan Singer is going all out trying to invent the theatrical double dip (to be fair, I guess old George Lucas invented this one too with his "Special Editions" but at least he waited like 25 years, and for new technology before his stunt). A return to Krypton sequence was cut from the film for "pacing" reasons, but Singer has decided he would like to rerelease the film with this expensive sequence reinserted so that everyone will flock to see it in IMAX 3D, boosting Supes' box office totals. So, why was the sequence finalized before being cut only to be reinserted anyways. I am sure it had something to do with "artistry" and nothing to do with $$$.

DC Direct to Videos
My last but favorite bit of news is that DC is looking to do a series of animated titles that will tell the character bits and stories that were important to fans ala Marvel's recent Ultimate Avengers. Currently in development are The New Frontier, Superman/Doomsday AKA The Death of Superman, and The Teen Titans Judas Contract, with though being given to the Dark Knight Returns. These titles will be aimed at pleasing PG-13 crowds. I like it!

B.O. Derby

No rankings changes this week! But Pirates continues to increase its lead, and Cars is right up on the heels if the X-Pack. Superman continues to claw its way to 200. Lady in the Water (which I saw and thought was quite cool) opened to a disappointing $18 million behind Monster House at $23 mil, and the still in first place Pirates at $35 mil. Next week, the waste of money Miami Vice opens as does another CG film Ant Bully.

Current Rankings:

9) The Break-Up - $116,994,000
8) Click - $128,189,000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $133,382,309
6) Over the Hedge - $151,717,000
5) Superman Returns - $178,427,000
4) The Da Vinci Code - $214,891,691
3) Cars - $229,449,000
2) X-Men: The Last Stand - $232,329,982
1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $321,733,000

Superman Returns still needs $21,573,000 to reach $200 Million

My Top 9 Predictions

9) Lady in the Water - $160,000,000
8) Poseidon - $175,00,0000
7) Mission: Impossible III - $205,000,000
6) Over the Hedge - $220,000,000
5) X-Men: The Last Stand - $225,000,000
4) Cars - $260,000,000
3) The Da Vinci Code - $275,000,000
2) Superman Returns - $325,000,000
1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $350,000,000