If anybody had seen sense the first time around, we could have been spared those two live-action atrocities. Finally someone semi-sane realized that all-animated and based on the comics is the way to go.
On the other hand, it is still quite likely to suck, as it comes from the director of Gnomeo & Juliet (because little guys with hats, amirite?) and Shrek 2.
Nobody stopped to consider that maybe NO Smurf movies at all were needed, because that's just crazy talk.
Sigh...all these years, we heard that John Travolta was the holdout...and it looks like he still is. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis have been toys multiple times, but I don't think there has been a prior Ving Rhames toy to get medieval on their asses. In keeping with Diamond Select's usual style, expect these to come with diorama bases.
A bigger surprise from Diamond's 2014 catalog, perhaps, is that DST is also doing Kill Bill, which NECA did pretty thoroughly and well (though Lucy Liu was a significant holdout, likeness-wise). We have an early look at them too...More >>
Over at Nerdist, my former editor Brian Walton has a description of the footage, with some potential SPOILERS. A sample:
The tram dangles precariously as Aaron Taylor-Johnson reaches out to save his young ward. But even if he does, who will stop the creature destroying the airport? Who the hell do you think? In the most heroic reveal for a character that has already caused mass destruction, the King of All Monsters steps up to put a smack down. With a a massive roar, we get our first full look at the original big bad ass. And he is gorgeous! A perfectly updated look of Toho's creation stands before us. Massive trunk legs and all.
But there's more. Thanks to intel from our man on the ground, Fred Topel, we can give you a slightly better picture of what the other creature is...More >>
As you may have noticed from the new disclaimer appearing on all advertising for Noah, there has been much talk about the difficulty of selling it to the hardcore religious folks who don't want to see any deviation whatsoever from scripture, even if that would mean the movie ends up being 30 minutes long. (Hardcore Muslims, who believe no prophet should be depicted by any actor onscreen ever, have been pretty well written off.)
So the new trailer goes out of its way to be sensiti...Wait, no. No it doesn't. It's introduced by Emma Watson striking hip-hop poses and screwing up her lines. And we all know how well Emma Watson's prior movies have gone over with conservative Christians.
It feels like they're honestly just saying, "Fuck it." But the new trailer is pretty decent.More >>
Via our colleague Ali Lerman over at the OC Weekly - whom Sheik insists on referring to as "the Muhammed Ali daughter" - here's a look at the poster for his crowd-funded documentary, which premieres at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto next month.
Normally I avoid post-movie Q&A sessions at film festivals like the plague, but I would strongly suggest not missing this one..."accept" if you are the jabroni Mel Gibson. I know it will be a serious documentary about his career and health issues, but honestly, if it were just 90 minutes of him reading his Tweets aloud I'd pay to see it twice.
Somebody in Toronto please make sure your mayor is invited.
Get ready to, uhh, brew some brown Boba tea as you crap in Carkoon with the Toilet Sarlacc sticker sheet that turns your tidy bowl into Star Wars' most famous vagina dentata! It's enough to make Han Solo go blind again. Creator Robbie Rane has this to say:
One day I was making poop jokes with a buddy, you know the kind: "go drop the kids off at the pool", "end the search for Brown October", and someone said "toss Boba Fett in the Sarlacc", ever since I've wanted to make this.More >>
You ever notice how toy company logic doesn't seem to hold from one company to the next? Like, Mattel will say, "Oh no, we can't do a new Castle Grayskull, that would cost $250," and then Icon Heroes makes a tiny one for $300 that people actually buy? (Mattel learned on that one.) Or Hasbro might say, "We can't do a large Sandcrawler; it would cost over $100, and it's not a dynamic enough vehicle for kids to play with, especially in a non-movie year," and now Lego busts out a $300 version featuring mini-vehicles, secret compartments, working winches, steering column, secret cockpit and more?
This thing rules - it is the droid transporter you're looking for. We've got more pics and a video that showcases everything it can do...More >>
You lost an hour, but don't miss out on these stories from the past two days! Highlighting some of the Weekend Open Thread's top tips, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Toy collecting can be one pisser of a hobby...
FUCK THE #DaylightSavings— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) March 10, 2014
This week's tipsters include: troi, Anyone00, SlyDante77, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, DrAbraxas, Dr.Gonzo82More >>
The toys were supposed to be under embargo for a little longer, pending a big reveal in Entertainment Weekly (I think), but Mowry, writer of IDW's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, found an early release of Jakks Pacific's 40-inch (head-to-tail tip) toy and couldn't wait to share, posting this on Facebook.
It looks a lot better than most of Jakks' giant-scale toys, mainly because Godzilla is supposed to be huge. And apparently they're out there now, so start looking!