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?
I hate to be one of those guys who judges women strictly by looks, but Lana Condor has absolutely no IMDB credits whatsoever, so it's impossible to say how she'll do. And since Singer didn't even give us a picture of her with short hair, we have to use our imaginations even more.
I guess the cool thing is that Jubilee is finally getting a decent role in an X-Men movie and they didn't whitewash her. And perhaps like Ellen Page, two years later she'll be called a breakthrough star.
No, not the one above. The reveal is exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, with a picture that would appear to depict Jesse Eisenberg's take on the character in prison clothes (though it's tough to tell from the black-and-white photo). Maybe he's mad that the Wonder Twins took him to court over their invention of Lexcorp.
While Eisenberg seems more physically slight than the Luthor I grew up being used to, he definitely has the intensity, and looks more outright psychotic than Michael Rosenbaum, Kevin Spacey or Gene Hackman in the part. He also seems to have actually shaved his head for the part, which is a step above at least one of the aforementioned.
As George Romero again shakes his fist at the skies that he didn't get the copyright notice on the right frame of his classic film and it ended up in the public domain, a new comic book company offers a novel take on the Romero-verse - keeping it in the '60s, where it began.
These three new titles will be available in June. First there's Rise, which follows the first film's siblings Barbara and Johnny, who presumably meet different fates this time out as there's not much you can do with a dead guy and a girl in shock...More >>
The new Pacific Rim title follows from the previous Tales From Year Zero, and so presumably still predates the events of the first movie and does not as yet un-cancel the apocalypse - but we are promised it "will feature Jaegers never before seen in combat, squaring off against all-new Kaiju creatures," as well as a story written by the film's screenwriter Travis Beacham.
Continue for more artwork, plus a look at two new original titles from Legendary...More >>