I'm pretty sure the BB-8/Kylo Ren battle you see here won't be a setpiece in the movie, but I'm not saying I'd necessarily complain if it were.
I am saying these are less disappointing than most of the initial Hasbro waves are looking to be.
Filling in for my vacationing pal William Bibbiani, I got to cohost the B-Movies Podcast with sometime TR contributor Witney Seibold. If you want to hear rambling, semi-prepared reviews of No Escape, We Are Your Friends and Turbo Kid, this is the place to do so. We also cover the week's nerd-movie headlines, as I remain thoroughly skeptical that M. Night Shyamalan is really going to get even close to the Avatar/Last Airbender franchise again.
Okay, when the guy says "It has begun," I'm sure I'm not the only person who spontaneously yelled out "MOOOOORTAL KOOOOMBAAAAT!" at my computer screen, right? I am? Lame-os.
I think somebody at MTV must have made a mistake, because this isn't a reality series, nor does it have young women in swimsuits. I hope they hurry up and get it on the air before someone at Viacom realizes the error.
found via Gautham
If Wes Craven, who died last night in Los Angeles, was never quite the "master" of terror that ads would so often proclaim him as, he was mostly no slouch either, having earned a place in the horror film iconography of the '70s, '80s, '90s and aughts. I had heard second-hand from people who've worked with him that he was losing a step or two on some of his more recent film sets, but his brain cancer was a fairly well-kept secret, and he certainly seemed coherent and articulate when I had a chance to interview him back in 2011 (it is unfortunately no longer online). Wes Craven indirectly taught me that blind hero worship does not hold up when I saw Shocker and hated it, but he also taught me an old dog can learn new tricks, and that one misstep doesn't make you fall down forever.
76 is too young to lose a man who, even in his atrocious penultimate film My Soul to Take, was writing young characters with a vibrancy and believability that too many people his age forget. Though he tended to stumble when following a formula, his most beloved horror films utilized unique source material, blazed original trails and set the standard for so many imitators to come. Let us now take a moment to celebrate the best of them - and trust me when I say MY best will be slightly different than most others.
I'm not sure how many animatronics I would want in my own birthday cake as a matter of practicality, but a G1 Optimus who can become a robot and go back to a truck, and be (mostly) eaten by kids is impressive indeed.
However, next year I want to see cake creator Rusell Munro step up and make a Bayformers Bumblebee cake that sprays Mello Yello everywhere from its crotch.
But not for his kid. For me.
Yes, the Spider-Man producer who had to get booted off the Spider-Man series in order for the Marvel deal to happen and who also brought us the Bratz movie, is now planning on taking a game most distinctive for its stylized animation and pointlessly make it live-action. Lionsgate promises "a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon" with "the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."
Or maybe they just want to have trailers mentioning a planet called Pandora by the time the Avatar sequels are out.
Oh, wait, here's the best part of the press release (I'm assuming it's a press release because I'd think an actual written story would be more skeptical about Mr. Arad): "Avi Arad founded Marvel Studios in 1993 and resigned 13 years later to form his own production company, where Ari Arad is the president. He's continuing to produce some of the Marvel films, such as the 'Spider-Man' titles, along with videogame adaptations such as 'Uncharted' and "Ghost in the Shell.""
Yes, that groundbreaking video game Ghost in the Shell. I've heard of that. Am I being overly cynical here?
Given the flamboyant nature of the character played by Peele in this sketch, I thought for sure we'd be getting a Mannequin: On the Move joke. But maybe it's testing mainstream audiences enough to assume they remember all the Gremlins 2 references.