Well, that was unexpected. I hardly thought the official still I posted yesterday would actually be a clearer look at our favorite nuclear beast than anything else in the new teaser. It seems to my eye, in fact, that almost every glimpse you get of him comes from the proof-of-concept trailer that's a year and a half old by now.
Unlike the deluge of Star Trek fanzines in the 1960s and 1970s, which we looked at last time, there don't seem to be quite as many Star Wars fanzines. There are still plenty, but not quite as much of a slew as there had been for Trek. Part of this, I suspect, is because the largely adult / female fan base for Trek was a bit more industrious than the teenage / male base for Wars. I'm aware that I'm speaking in generalizations, and of course the fandoms span generations and genders, and I don't want to ruffle any male feathers, but the earliest Trek fans and zinesters were women, plus the majority of the 'zines we'll look at below were edited by women - a fact that was not lost on some of the male readers at the time. The merchandise-and-marketing train was also already barreling forward by the time the movie came out, so there just wasn't as much of a niche for 'zines to fill, and Lucasfilm's open disapproval didn't help. But they were made all the same, so let's enjoy some of the best art from 'em!
When you cast Jason Momoa in a superhero movie, there's no way he's not one of the super-powered characters. You don't waste a muscular guy like that with reasonable acting chops in the role of a rebooted Bob the Goon.
Every writer at this stage is guessing, and most are guessing Doomsday because it's a name known to the public.
I'm thinking Ares. And that's how you bring Wonder Woman in.
Spitball some ideas in comments below.
It seems to be effectively crashing YouTube at any given moment - took me several browsers and sites to finally see the thing, and even then, I feel like I need to see it bigger and sharper. This a teaser that starts out looking like every semi-futuristic actioner ever, then about halfway through, goes "Fuck you, sanity - here's a planet with multiple rings in different directions, here are some seahorse men, there are a million other worlds you didn't know about, and you'll be goddamn lucky if we even start explaining all this in a way you can figure out."
In other words, I'm totally sold. But then I kinda liked Cloud Atlas, so who knows.
Summer movie trailers already. It's on.More >>
If this can be made on almost no budget, Dimension has definitely been doing the sequels wrong.
Director Mike Le Han's most prominent directorial credits are on various UK true-crime reconstruction shows. With the aid of concept artist Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans, Seventh Son) he has done one hell of a lot more than simply reconstructing Clive Barker's world. Think Hellraiser meets Silent Hill meets whatever other Japanese video games have depicted Hell over the years.
Since this was put together, Barker himself got the go-ahead to write a new script, so the odds of this particular version happening are slim. But what could have been is fascinating - and suggests a lot of potential even if the Weinsteins don't go super huge with the funding.More >>
Some of the best reader submissions from the Weekend Open Thread.
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I guess in advance of the imminent reveal of a brand new trailer, they figured it was time at last to stop pulling this one down. Most of you have probably seen it already, but in case you didn't - it is a proof-of-concept teaser made before any of the movie itself was shot, and is NOT what was shown at Comic-Con this past summer, where footage was revealed of Bryan Cranston and crab-like monsters.
I found it on a Chinese site - linked to by Legendary, so presumably they endorse it - that, once you put it through the Google translator, reveals where you're likely to see that new trailer appear first.
Just in case anyone was wondering.
But I don't think they're dumb enough to make Mutt Williams and the Tantrum of Doom as their next film. And judging by the reactions to Harrison Ford's last outing, there's a good chance they could say screw it and reboot.
So what next? Will future incarnations of Indy feature the Disney castle dissolving into similarly shaped scenery? Will they keep Ford and continue the trend of making the movies reflect the decade in which they're set...and have Dr. Jones at a '60s beach party? Or how about standalone films - I think literally the only one I'd like to see is Mola Ram Rising, but if I have to put up with The Sallah Chronicles to get that, I will.
How about you?
You only get to put a totally made-up word like "Jedi" or "Smaug" in your title when you're pretty sure the audience is so guaranteed to show up that marketing to newcomers doesn't matter much. And that sums up the feel of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in general - save for one early flashback (call it When Gandalf Met Thorin, and tell Bilbo he'll have what they're having) there is no hand-holding for the casual viewer when it comes to the quest for the Archenstone. Five movies in to Peter Jackson's Middle-earth, there's really no excuse for not having at least the vaguest sense of what's going on, even if the specifics of ancestral lines and blood feuds are both too complicated and too pointless to bother with.More >>