Since the movie's still filming - I know at least one person who's currently visiting the set in Mexico - I'm not sure how much we could have expected (exSpectred?) to see. But this is a fair bit. I'm not keen on giving Bond parent baggage - it's the Batmanization of everything these days - but if Christoph Waltz isn't playing Blofeld, he is most definitely the next best thing.
Not sure if I like yet - but at least it isn't giving me too much too early.More >>
My enjoyment of Age of Extinction notwithstanding, I feel like the nerdpocalypse just happened. Akiva Goldsman is being hired to develop sequels AND spin-offs in the Bayformers universe. Let's just get Johnny Depp and the cast of The Big Bang Theory to star, hire M. Night Shyamalan and Tim Burton to direct, and Adam Sandler and Mike Myers to voice the new robots while we're at it.
Disney has been ultra-aggressive since it bought Marvel, which has cranked out superhero films with regularity, and it has done the same since buying LucasFilm. It created the infrastructure for three main Star Wars films-one with JJ Abrams directing and two with Looper helmer Rian Johnson. It also has spinoffs aplenty starting with Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed film to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.How do you even do spin-offs? Aside from Optimus and Bumblebee, each movie already has very different robot rosters every time. I guess with Optimus going into space at the end of the last one, we could get Quintesson spin-offs or something. And you will almost certainly get to see someone other than Michael Bay direct at least one.
It's not hard to see why Paramount covets more Transformers installments.
If Lars von Trier does a Sam Witwicky solo film where he's a drug addict who punches himself in the head nonstop, I might be persuaded.
On this week's podcast, our special guests The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato and TR contributor Fred Topel return from the South-by-Southwest film festival with tales of John Cena's bare ass, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Get Hard controversy, Ex Machina's Tinder robot and more! Also: Luke speaks way too soon about Comic-Con hotel rooms, Julia convinces Jen that Minions is a worthwhile franchise, Fred explains why sequels should never stop, and we discuss why that controversial Batgirl cover might be neither about sexism nor censorship.
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One of the only celebrities I have ever paid for an autograph from was Sam J. Jones, at Comic-Con some years back. 1980's Flash Gordon, while undoubtedly a travesty in the eyes of some old-school fans of the comic strips, has always been a favorite film of mine, in part because, just like the Adam West Batman, it works differently at every age. It's a great adventure film for kids, it's loaded with innuendos you start to get as a teen, and it casually drops Fellini references for the adult cinephile.
Back when I met Mr. Jones, probably at least 6 years ago, there was still no domestic DVD of the movie, so I asked when it would be coming out. He replied, "Probably next year, for the anniversary and the sequel." Sequel? Would there really be one? "Yeah, man, we're talking about it."
I guess he's still talking about it, and maybe his appearance in Ted made it more likely. In the meantime, though, here's a trailer for a documentary about his life that will be hitting Kickstarter in June. (Melody Anderson still looks gorgeous.)More >>
In an interesting reversal of stereotypes, it apparently takes a big-name black superhero-type to sell the white guy in a suit, as Agent Coulson - previously made by Hot Toys - hits Marvel Legends scale in a SHIELD three-pack also featuring Nick Fury and Agent Hill. According to my sources at Hasbro's PR company, this three-pack is the only way to get Coulson and Hill at this time, with no future releases currently scheduled. You can order it online now.
It's important to note that these are the movie versions of Coulson and Hill - as of the last time I talked to anyone at Hasbro, there were no plans to make figures based on any Marvel TV shows, so if you want Kyle MacLachlan - as we all do, right? - keep fingers crossed that his character lives to see the Inhumans movie. I suspect that may change if Daredevil, as rumored, does ultimately end up in a kickass red costume.
Sorry, but Schwarzenegger as a serious dramatic actor is still a concept that cracks me up. He sure is trying in this trailer, though, as he cares for a rapidly zombiefying daughter that the government somehow allows him to take home, because even in fiction nobody ever tells Arnold he can't do something.
But that review quote in the trailer says "Schwarzenegger is superb." It wouldn't lie, right?More >>
That headline sounds dirtier than it is, though frankly, every thought of Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm makes me feel dirty in the wrong way, but so it goes. We've seen Ben's post-mutation look from behind in the trailer and on a new poster, but today brings what appears to be an international banner that shows him front and center.
I say "appears" because the Photoshopping of Kate Mara on it feels a little off, but it could be because they're going for a halfway invisible look and it doesn't quite translate.
And I still like the actual look of the Roger Corman Thing the best, though it wasn't exactly the most emotive.
Potential spoiler below...More >>
Spielberg doesn't exactly strike me as a big gamer - if he were, would he have allowed Atari E.T. to exist? There's a reason LucasArts came to be rather than SpielbergArts.
And yet if anyone has the clout to get all the necessary permissions for all the third-party brands included in the narrative - or at least as many as possible - it's the one director in Hollywood who can pretty much do whatever he wants all the time, and isn't too busy with underwater missions to make sequels.
WB president Greg Silverman has a point - they got a LOT of brands onboard for The Lego Movie, including some WB doesn't own. I'm not expecting the next Wreck-It Ralph, but this has to at least be better than Pixels, right?