this is my "Mega Post", this'll be 6 blogworthy posts crammed into a nice bite sized blog!
So here we go!
Sam Raimi to remake 'House of Flying Daggers'?
House of Flying Daggers is a truly fantastic foreign film and today while doing some morning reading of Production Weekly I discovered Sam Raimi it seems is going to be remaking the movie. The trend of remaking films is definitely getting out of hand when we start remaking classic asian films which feel like they were literally just released.
I am a huge fan of Sam Raimi but have to ask why he or his production company is so fixated on remakes as of late. They have alot of really cool new original stuff coming including Drag Me To Hell and BURST so what gives with the remakes? Are you interested in seeing a remake of this film Spilldos?
Anyone play the demo?
Anyone buying Street Fighter IV? If you wanna fight, I will give you my XBOX name.
I've been meaning to post this last one for awhile but photobucket has been lame lately.
Say it isn't the end...:(
So, how does Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder---the fourth, and possibly final, Futurama adventure---stack up? Continuing the environmentally-driven themes of Bender's Game, our story revolves around Leo Wong (Amy's rich dad, who owns Mars) and his eco-unfriendly developmental habits. Not content with the size of his miniature golf course, Leo plans to destroy a large arm of the Milky Way for expansion purposes. A curious incident at Wong's construction facility injures Fry (and several members of a group of female protesters, who we'll hear from again), which gives the lovable goofbag mind-reading abilities. Deciding to use his powers to win at poker---and with the help of a tin-foil hat, to block out the voices when needed---Fry competes against Bender and a gaggle of greedy gamblers. Meanwhile, Leela departs to join the feminist protesters, we're introduced to "The League of Mad Fellows" and the story of a mysterious dark enemy unfolds. Long story short: the fate of the universe depends on Fry and company, even if they aren't completely aware of it.
Keeping the trend of past Futurama movies, Into The Wild Green Yonder comes equipped with plenty of entertaining bonus features. Leading things off is a feature-length Audio Commentary with creator Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, voice actors John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche, co-writers Patric Verrone and Mike Rowe, producer Lee Supercinski and director Peter Avanzino. As expected, this laid-back but lively track is filled with plenty of production stories, Futurama memories and just plain goofing around. This one's definitely worth a listen, especially if you've listened to and enjoyed any previous installments.
Next up is another Storyboard Animatic for Part 1 of the film (read: the first 22:25); it's not terribly interesting on first glance, but the alternate audio tracks and rough sketches are interesting to see in the proper sequence. On a related note is "Docudramarama: How We Make Futurama So Good" (5:10, below left), a brief but amusing tour of the production facility. Apparently, voice actress Lauren Tom keeps quite busy. Rounding out this section of miscellany is "Louder, Louder: The Acting Technique of Penn Jillette" (2:08), in which the guest star works his magic behind the microphone.
Next up is a collection of Deleted & Alternate Scenes ("Dolomite Hill", "Matcluck", "Paint?!", "Morbo Solo" and "Mind Reading", 2:52 total), which don't really add much but are interesting to look through. Presented in various stages of completion, these nuggets are bookended by scenes where they would've normally fit in. Shifting gears a bit, we're also treated to "Matt & David In Space" (4:24, below right), in which the co-creators document their trip on Peter Diamandis' "Zero G Weightless Experience". This privately-owned corporation allows paying customers the chance to experience various levels of gravity by flying in a parabolic arc---and though this little souvenir video has little to do with Futurama, it's still worth a look.
Also here is "How To Draw Futurama In 10 Very Difficult Steps" (11:10), in which hosts Dwayne Carey-Hill, Crystal Chesney-Thompson, Derek Thompson and Steven Wall teach us to draw Professor Farnsworth, Nibbler, Hypno-Toad and Fry (respectively). This is obviously geared towards more visually-minded fans, but even the artistically challenged will want to have a look. Another gallery of 3-D Models (4:20) is up next, complete with commentary by members of the creative team. It's interesting to see the visual process from start to finish, even though the more technical end of things isn't necessarily my cup of tea.
Winding things down is "Bender's Movie-Theater Etiquette" (1:17), a brief public service announcement in which Bender shows you what not to do at your local multiplex. The off-color PSAs conclude with "Zapp Brannigan's Guide to Making Love At A Woman" (2:49), a clip-heavy collection of 10 tips from the master of love. Sharp-eyed viewers should also be able to find at least one Easter Egg on one of the sub-menus, so happy hunting!
All bonus features are presented in 1.33:1 and anamorphic widescreen format. Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese subtitles are included during these extras...though English captions are nowhere to be found, unfortunately. It's odd that a major studio continues to overlook this aspect of a DVD release, but at least there's been some effort.
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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has exclusively revealed to Kerrang! that he’s in talks with Universal about turning his graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy into a film.
“There’s been a lot of progress on it,” Way tells K!. “Things in Hollywood move slow typically, but the comic was optioned as a film right before the San Diego Comic Convention last July. As soon as I got home from that I started meeting people at Universal and the film got fast-tracked and so recently I’ve been in talking to them about three times a week, first talking about the tone the film might have and then talking about screen writers who are going to work very closely with me when it comes time to do the film.”
As creator of The Umbrella Academy, Way has also hinted that directing is something he’d like to turn his hand to in the future.
“Directing is something I’d be really interested in,” he says. “People ask me if I would act, but acting to me is not nearly as exciting as directing would be. When I was talking to [video director] Mark Webb about the Ghost Of You video I was talking about the idea and I broke it down into shots and he’d said ‘You should really consider making your own videos eventually’. And I think that making videos would be fun and easy, but I’d definitely be interested in directing features. After this record cycle I’d be really interested in trying something like that.”
Vanessa Hudgens May be 'Dead @ 17'
Comics on Comics (via JoBlo) says that Hudgens may be in line to take over the Viper Comics adaptation, Dead @ 17. In a recent podcast about the project's development, creator Josh Howard said that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers and G.I. Joe) is pushing Hudgens for the lead role, a murdered teenager who comes back from the great beyond to fight evil. At this point, it's just idle talk, but the source material sounds like it could be pretty cool. But, oh, is it ever different from High School Musical. Now, all of this is coming from the other side of the ledger, and Hudgens hasn't said anything at all about taking the role or even expressing public interest in it.
I've never heard of this comic, has anyone read it? and if you have read it, do you think it'll translate well into a movie?
Ok, this news is not as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger, but what the hell we gotta show real Latino actors love.
According to my trusted source, tough guy actor Danny Trejo, aka MACHETE has joined the cast of Sylvester Stallone's THE EXPENDABLES!
I don't know what role it is but I think it might actually be for a bad guy role most likely in the regime of the main bad guy that The Expendables have to topple.
So now Trejo joins Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger!
The film follows a team of mercenaries who head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.
ok how fucking badass is this movie going to be? now you just need one more, Stallone
Preacher Being Made Into a Movie.
Preacher, the graphic novel series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, has finally found a home at Sony Pictures. Now that HBO has abandoned the idea of making the controversial and violent comic into a mini-series, Sony Pictures has hired Oscar winning director Sam Mendes to helm the movie adaptation.
Sam Mendes is best known for his work on American Beauty, Jarhead and Road to Perdition. Mendes had this to say about making the movie:
“It’s brilliant, it’s an incredible twisted vision. There’s so much of it you couldn’t possibly fit it all into one movie. It’s just about what you keep and what you leave out, and how you structure the story.”
So far, there aren’t any actors attached. However, this is going to be one of those ubber-geek movies that I’m sure they will find the right bad-ass for. With his clout, I’ll bet Mendes can get just about anybody he wants.
Preacher Synopsis: (in the graphic novel series)
It’s the “story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.”