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Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report]

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This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.

Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”

David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.

Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.

Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.

In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.

via Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report].

‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline

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Ladies and gentleman, it is time to have some cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. Twin Peaks will rise once more to continue its storyline from season two in  2016. So, should I spoil this series by revealing who killed Laura Palmer or how Agent Cooper is now…? No, I know the general time rule about spoilers and yes, we’re running close to 25 years since it aired but frankly, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it by now. To me, this show was truly remarkable for its time from the cast, to its direction, haunting images and music from Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise. I want that magic once more.

If you were a fan like me you will remember this great SNL parody sketch which includes the late and great Jan Hooks.

Yesterday, I came across this piece from Vanity Fair and I almost plotz in my pants. I have not seen Twin Peaks in ages but I do remember this scene and this shot above. This was one of those OMG moments that is making fall in love with this series all over again. I am also thrilled to know that there will be a new publication, “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” by co-creator Mark Frost. The only 3 produced media outside the show were the Agent Cooper Tapes (audio), The Diary of Laura Palmer (book) and my favorite Wrapped in Plastic (magazine). I am beyond eager to delve back to this great series.

 via http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/twin-peaks-book-being-released

UPDATED: Twin Peaks fans’ quarter-century wait is over. One of the top cult series of all time is coming back with a new limited series on Showtime from its original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.

via [VIDEO] ‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline.

Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk

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I don’t think Marvel needs to be too worried about losing Joaquin to play Dr. Strange. I’ve always felt, mind you, Joaquin is an incredible actor but playing this Marvel hero was not something I could easily see him do. This is not an insult to him but rather there are some actors that come to mind more easier than Joaquin. I hate to say this but Johnny Depp is someone who could master this role super easy just like the characters he did for Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood, The Mad Hatter for example. Basically, we want a character actor with leading actor appeal. This begs the question, if not Joaquin, who will be up for this role?

Rather than saying who I think would be great in the role, I have a bigger problem; magic. For the most part, I don’t see how magic is works well with superheroes. Sure, aside from kryptonite, magic is the only thing Superman can not defeat but hey, he’s on DC’s side not Marvel. Thor for the most part is part magic as he is a god and is immortal; that is until Loki let speak that there is a finite number of years for their own existence. Still, there is some type of magic how Thor channels lighting and uses it without getting killed. Well, what about Storm? For starters, she’s not a god though others may view her as a god and her powers of weather manipulation as magic but we know better. Storm is a mutant with a gene that gave her this powers. Dr. Strange may be the “mightiest magician in the cosmos” but what does that mean? Thor, in his first movie, explained that magic is another form of science. Is this enough to make Dr. Strange and magic grounded like we’ve seen with The Avengers? That will be a tough sell no matter who the ultimate actor may be to play Dr. Strange.

It may seem hard to believe, but after months of intense rumours and speculation it would appear that Marvel is still no closer to finding a lead for its upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Just prior to Comic-Con in July, everyone was reporting that Joaquin Phoenix was the man and that an announcement was imminent. A few weeks later, Marvel remained silent on the subject and we started to hear that other actors were being considered again, including Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. Then all of a sudden Joaquin was back in the picture again and reportedly on the verge of locking things down. Alas, it appears that the deal fell apart at the last minute and now he is out of the running for good. But is this a bad thing?

via Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk.

This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

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End of an era? For myself, this will be an end of an era. Being an only child, how many times did I build forts/tents in my room while watching Saturday morning cartoons plus I had my Star Wars figures to keep me company. Sad? No. These were happy times that I relished and something my own kids will never get to experience. What was even more exciting was the fFridaynight preview specials. I remember the 3 major channels: ABC, CBS, and NBC had their own show to promote what was coming the next day. Even worse, this was back before vcr so, choosing which shows you were going to watch was even more important because you had to watch it live and no switching channels because the damn plastic knob would make a loud CLACK, CLACK, CLACK noise that would have waken my parents. (This was a no-no in my house.)

Nothing pleased me more when it came to watching superheroes on tv. As a comic book kid, watching The Superfriends come to live was a very big deal for me. There was nothing else like it. Though CBS did have Shazam and The Mighty Isis (hmmmm, still have a crush on her) as a live action show they did some cool things but nothing could match The Superfriends even though many of the storylines watered down the comic book action. On the opposite of the spectrum, there was the BLANK and son series that every cartoon had to have. This drove me nuts as perfectly good series like Fang Face, Popeye and Plastic Man each had mini version paired alongside them during each adventure. I blame it on Scrappy Doo. Thanks the make for the Internet as my memories are still preserved to relive once more.

‘Nuff said.

What were some on your favorites?

 

Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation’s home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid’s weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won’t find any animation on broadcast this morning. It’s the end of an era.

Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. This week, where you once saw shows like Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, you’ll instead find “One Magnificent Morning,” a block of live-action educational programming.

via This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Gotham Pilot Review

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Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.

What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

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I think this is a case of trying to have your cake and eating too for Marvel.  I came across this article and was wondering about WTH (What the Hogwarts) was going on with the Fantastic Four movie. Aside from changing the race of Johnny Storm, I did not see much of a problem with the reboot but Marvel is having an apparent shit fit.

If Marvel is not happy with Fox Studios treatment of their property, well Marvel, you can suck it. You gave away to rights to Fox because you 1) needed the movie and could not afford to produce your own version or 2) you didn’t care enough about this product in the first place and if you did you would have still kept the rights. Does anyone remember the first Fantastic Four movie by Roger Corman??? Well, do you? ‘Cause I sure do remember this piece of…

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So, did Marvel stop making the Fantastic Four comics after Corman’s movie? No. What about the two movies in 2005 and 2007? No. Granted that the movies were not up to the caliber of Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney’s $$$ but it make money. What gives then? What could be the underlying decision for Marvel to cancel their Fantastic Four books? Racism? Really?

I would really hate to think this is the case but the recent news yesterday announced that the character of Falcon Sam Wilson, first African-American in mainstream comics back in the late 60’s, will be the new Captain America. Couple of years ago, Miles Morales, a Black Hispanic, took over the duties for the dead Peter Parker. Heimdall in the Thor comics was white but in the Thor movies he portrayed by Idris Elba who is black. Moving back to the reboot Fantastic Four movie, actor Michael B. Jordan is going to play the white role of Johnny Storm. I think I can rule out racism on Marvel’s part.

So is Marvel really pissed at the idea that the reboot is going to ignore the comics? If so, Marvel needs to get over it. In some cases being a slave to the source material does not translate well into a different medium. Regardless, the reboot does not come out till next year whether or not Marvel prints any Fantastic Four titles. I think that Marvel is shooting themselves in the foot.

Let’s say that the new reboot takes off, one would think that fans of the movie may want to see out Fantastic Four books and if so, there would be a new crop of fans that Marvel can tap into and perhaps lead them to their other Marvel titles and product. If the movie bombs, Marvel can still claim victory by saying to the consumers that Marvel is the only place to go to read and buy great Fantastic Four stories. On the other hand, the recent death of Johnny Storm was a mark of trying to do something new and creative and yet it fails to be either one. Perhaps, the really reason for the cancellation is because the Fantastic Four comics are really done.

Well, it’s a working theory.

Bleeding Cool has reported on Marvel executives’ extreme dissatisfaction with Fox Studios, who hold the rights to make X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, making its way out into banning Marvel sketch card artists to draw Fantastic Four movies, creators asked not to create new IP for X-Men and Fantastic Four books, the taking down of Fantastic Four imagery in the Marvel offices and the rumoured cancellation of all the Fantastic Four-named titles. The lack of an X-Men panel at San Diego Comic Con, unlike all other recent years also get thrown into the mix.But is the Fantastic Four movie striking back?

via What If The Fantastic Four Film Also Doesn’t Want To Have Anything To Do With The Comics? – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News.

RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?! – Nerd Reactor

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When I came across this bit of news, I had a WTF moment in my head until I started to read over the article. I think that I posted on FB that while I liked Looper by Johnson, I thought that Disney was taking a big chance with Rian taking the helm for the last two movies of this new trilogy.  However, this article goes on to mention that Rian wanted to being back Jar Jar Binks. Aside from Robot Chicken making Jar Jar a complete but lovable space goofball and the Clone Wars episode from season 1 “Bombad Jedi” Jar Jar is pretty much a useless character. If this appears to be true, though I still see Rian listed in IMDB as still the director and Variety has made no mention, I wonder why this is not bigger news if this is indeed true.

RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?!  By Alger Alama | June 29, 2014 – 3:36 pm |

In a sudden stunning change of directorial duties, Disney has released Rian Johnson as the director for Star Wars Episode VIII. This is a shocker for fans of Star Wars and fans of Rian Johnson’s work. When asked about the reasoning behind the release, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated this:

via RIAN JOHNSON FIRED AS STAR WARS DIRECTOR! WHAT?! – Nerd Reactor.

Ladies and Gentleman, We Have An Aquaman!!!!

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auquaman staring vincent chaseMany times, art imitates life but today we have life that is imitating art. Call it self-fulfilling prophecy of the sorts as the mock-up poster of Vincent Chase from the fictitious show Entourage staring in this underwater superhero role of a lifetime – AQUAMAN. Sure, this was back in 2006 but you know long those prophecies can take to be fully realized but seriously, this movie made like Spiderman money!!!

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And when I mean Spiderman, I’m talking about Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman not Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spiderman. Check out the trailer to Aquaman.

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As all kidding aside, we actually have an actor for Aquaman. Jason Momoa has been reported have landed this SPLASHY role. (Made a funny!!!) For me, I’ve only known him as Kohl Drago from the HBO series Game of Thrones. Prior to that or there about was the remake for Conan the Barbarian which I have not seen to date. A prior tv role had Jason on Stargate Atlantis which again I have not seen. Still, seeing Jason as Kohl on GoT was still impressive enough to see his screen appeal however, is he the Aquaman? Is Jason going to get his hair colored blonde? Will he be wearing the traditional orange and green colored costume? Will he have a hook for a hand or a hand made out of water? Still, I want to see an Aquaman wear no gloves. Seriously, wearing gloves underwater may look cool but has no practical application in life. I tried washing dishes with rubber gloves and once that water gets in there, no amount of superpowers will ever get rid of that icky feeling I felt. Putting that all aside, I am truly, truly happy that DC/Warner Bros. are getting their shit together. Plus, Aquaman is rumored to appear in the Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice movie. From what I’ve read, it seems the tie in for Aquaman was the World Builder over the Indian Ocean as seen the Man of Steel. I see this as a downstairs neighbor who is pissed at you for not lowering the volume of your music but on a bigger scale. Someone not very happy!!!

We are coming to a new golden of superheroes on the big and small screen. I can not wait to see how this all plays out.

 

The Monster Scifi Podcast – Disney’s Star Wars Weekend and X-Men Days of Future Past

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Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com

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Yes, instant blacklash can be tiresome but really, who is to blame? Imagine our world would have been like if today’s internet existed back in the 1970’s? One could read, “Who the Hell is Christoper Reeves and why is he playing Superman? Or “Star Wars? What the HELL is a Star Wars? That’s the STOOPIDEST title if I have ever heard for a movie.” Or, “A rubber shark?!? Really?!?” Back in then, my fanboy-ism was just growing and if I vented, it was among my close circle of friends. In today’s world, we have too much information and we fanboys are gobbling it up and then spewing it all over the internet as if to say the everyone is my friend everywhere.

Yes, I am guilty of doing a mental facepalm when my podcast co-host told me that Ben Affleck was going to be the next Batman. I have had my share rants and raves on my blog, podcast and various social networks. I love having this admit discussions because this is my passion. However, in the grand scheme of things, good or bad, fanboys are drumming up publicity for free for various companies. These same companies continue to leak out information out into the internet because it’s in their best interest to generate enough buzz for their product.

Is there a way to control the chatter? Unfortunately, no. However, you can either don’t use the internet but if you do, don’t expect the noise to dissipate as more and more companies will continue to fuel this fire years ahead of the real release. I mean, really, we are talking about Batman v. Superman, a movie that will not be seen in almost and people are going ape shit now. Movie studios aren’t stupid. We’re just playing right into their hands. Wake up, fanboys!!!!

Today Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Internet immediately lost its mind and pounced on the title like a bunch of ghouls feasting on a newborn. And as I watched the vitriol flow across social media, all I could do is sit back and wonder why everyone is so angry all of the time these days.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a comics guy. I didn’t grow up reading them, and as an adult I’ve only read a few of the more acclaimed comic runs. But can someone please explain to me what is so deeply offensive and noncomic booky about the subtitle Dawn of Justice? How is it a betrayal of characters that have had celebrated comic subtitles like Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: Blind Justice or Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth?

I don’t understand what separates Dawn of Justice from those. You tell me Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are coming together and I can easily picture a comic book cover with Superman’s massive chest pushed outward, Batman crouched closer to the shadows, both their capes billowing in the wind, with Wonder Woman standing between them with her lasso glinting in the perfect sunrise at their backs; the words Dawn of Justice in big, blocky letters over their heads. The title effortlessly evokes stereotypical comic imagery, so what’s so awful about it?

via Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com.