Archive for May, 2005

Does The Island owe someone royalties?

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I will now adopt my best David Spade voice:

I liked “The Island” the first time… when it was called “PARTS: The Clonus Horror”.

Actually, that’s not true. I should say I liked the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode #811 where they made fun of Parts, the Clonus Horror because it contained some hilarious comments.

Obviously, any movie about people being raised as cloned spare parts for the rich and powerful is going to have some elements in common, but this one seems very close. All the clones are kept in peak physical condition by being told that they are going to be rewarded with a trip to America (“Clonus”)/The Island (“The Island”). We’re shown one clone being subjected to the parts harvesting while he thinks he’s being rewarded. Then one guy falls in love with a fellow clone, learns the secret of what really happens to them, escapes and is pursued by the cloners. That’s the story of “Clonus”. Or, add lots of explosions and special effects and you have Michael Bay’s “The Island.”

No, I’m not the first person to notice. Apparently, MST3K Info Club is besieged with people e-mailing them to point this out.

MST3K’s Paul Chaplin points out a few implausible bits about the premise of “Clonus”, a 1970s movie, and at least one of these nitpicks is still relevant to “The Island”:

Since the older clones (in the world of the film) are really getting on in years, some of them nearing forty and even fifty, evidently this top-secret project has been around since at least the 1930’s. Unless I’m mistaken, science in the 1930’s consisted almost entirely of spindly rockets rising twelve feet and crashing back to the ground.

So the movie’s implausible, I guess is my point.

Another thing: the great majority of these clones would never get used! Most of us go through life and never need a transplant of any sort, so what you’d have is a bunch of really old clones, hanging around, expecting to be entertained and fed. Which would be okay, they seem fairly easy to keep happy, but what would be the point? I ask you. — Paul Chaplin.

Sith Stand Strong

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Yahoo! Movies: Weekend Box Office Report

“Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith” stands tall and faces down it’s next set of challengers. As the Red Stripe guy might say. “Hooray for Star Wars!”

Okay, now it’s a romantic comedy!

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Back in the mid-1990s, this movie called “Jerry Maguire” appeared. Before it debuted, the film company ran numerous trailers that were completely different in tone. Was it a sappy romantic comedy about Renee Zellwegger’s romance with Tom Cruise? Was it a cute comedy about Tom Cruise and this adorable, precocious kid? Was it going to be two hours of Tom Cruise shouting “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!!!” to Cuba Gooding Jr.? Was it a sports movie? Who knows?

Actually, come to think of it, I own that movie and I still don’t know what the heck it is.

The point is, the studio tried to court several different types of movie-goers. And it looks like Columbia is doing that with their newest Bewitched Trailer. The previous trailer (which has been yanked so you can’t even see it now) was a goofy promo about the hysterically intense movie star who is looking for an unknown actress to play Samantha opposite his Darren in a movie remake of Bewitched, and unknowingly finds a real witch. It looked pretty silly and it was the first time we realized it wasn’t going to be a straightforward adaptation of the TV show.

I remember being somewhat disappointed that it wasn’t a remake, though it was funny to hear Farrell’s character fretting that on the old show they replaced Darren with a completely different actor and NO ONE EVEN NOTICED!

This new trailer is all about the witch/actress, emphasizing the real romance she has with Farrell’s character and the problem she has with her relatives in abandoning her powers. In other words, pretty much the setup of the old TV show. The tone is much more what you’d expect of a big-budget Bewitched, even though it still has the plot that these are actors and a witch re-enacting the old show. (Confusing to describe, I know.) Plus it ramps up the romantic comedy level, with one of those “If you liked Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, you’ll like this film!” pitches.

Star Wars dethroned in second week?

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Is it really possible that Adam Sandler’s new film The Longest Yard has seized first place from The Sith already?

This Summer’s Other Superhero Movie

Friday, May 27th, 2005

The trailer has been released for this summer’s other superhero movie, Sky High. The movie follows the son of the world’s most well known superheroes and the high school he attends with other superheroes’ kids.

New War of the Worlds trailers

Friday, May 27th, 2005

We’re one month away from the War Of The Worlds debut, and this new trailer finally gives the briefest of glimpses of the tripods. Also, it’s set to Christopher Field’s “Gothic Power”, the Carmina Burrana-like music that was used for the Fellowship of the Ring trailer.

Super Heroes Wanted!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

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Electronic Arts (EA)in Florida is looking for a team to work on the game that will be released at the same time as the Bryan Singer SUPERMAN RETURNS movie.

EA has done a fantastic job on its soon-to-be-released BATMAN BEGINS game.

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The EA STORE is offering a free movie ticket and free shipping with all pre-orders from the EA STORE for the Batman Begins game for Playstation 2.

Initial reviews describe it as an action and strategy game that demands the player to utilize critical thinking to advance to different levels. Sadly, the game will not be available for PC platform.

Leeroy

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Most of you have already seen World of Warcraft with Leeroy, about a gamer who rejects strategy and planning and hurls himself into the fray. Leeroy is already gamer slang for a certain type of player, and he has his own Wikipedia entry.

Kistler’s Second Star Wars Interview!!!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

(this is a parody, of course. I’ve never actually spoken to George Lucas or anyone else here).

This is continued from Alan Kistler’s Interview with Darth Vader!

Hello, again. Alan Kistler here. Having decided that my Vader interview only scratched the surface of many of my questions, I have decreed we must ask OTHERS. So, thanks to a time-scoop which I have … um … ACQUIRED from the Timelords … *cough* … we can now have whoever I want brought to us. First guest, a good buddy of mine, R2-D2!

(A blue haze and the droid appears.)

R2-D2: Bee-doo-bee-boop?
ALAN KISTLER: Hello, R2. Nice to meet you again. Remember me? We met outside that bar on New Alderaan.
R2: Clik! Clik! WHIIIIIIISTLE!
AK: Yes, well, I did apologize for that, I was rather short on temper that day and your buddy 3PO just picked the wrong moment to ask me how I was doing. How is his head, by the way? Get all the dents out?
R2: Neee-Doop!

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X3 To Shoot in Vancouver From August 2 Through To December 15

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Looks like another superhero flick is being filmed here. Thanks to Hollywood North Report for the info. The movie is being scheduled for a May 26, 2005 release date.

By the way: yes, we do get used to seeing Movies shows being shot here in Vancouver. At least anyone who has lived here for any length of time. But it is still very cool to walk by a production and chat it up with the staff/crew. That has happened on a number of occasions. This being said, I will see if I can get some pics from the X3 prouction. I have a couple of friends who work in ‘the industry’ and that shouldn’t be too difficult. Vancouver is an amazing city, folks. We have it all here!

Nerding kills

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Two hurt in mock light sabre duel

Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol.

A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it.

Remember, kids…light sabres cannot really exist, and imitating what you see in movies can hurt or kill you and those you love.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!

Ten Page Preview of THE OMAC PROJECT

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

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The Comic Fanatic website has this tasty 10-page preview of issue #2 of THE OMAC PROJECT.

He’s baaaaaaaaaack!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

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Check here at NEWSARAMA for a delicious interview with Jeph Loeb!

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KISTLER’S INTERVIEW WITH VADER!!!

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Alan Kistler here and once again I have done the impossible. Thanks to hitch-hiking with my Time Lord buddy The Doctor (of DOCTOR WHO fame), I am now in his ship the TARDIS, and cruising through the multiverse on my way to the Star Wars movie universe in order to interview Darth Vader himself.

THE DOCTOR: So why is this interview so important to you then?
ALAN KISTLER: Have you looked at the new Star War films recently, Doctor? George Lucas’s fictional reality is running rampant with too many ideas that contradict each other! I must find the cause!

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In Memory of Ben “KryptonKid” Grose

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

I had a bit of a shock this morning. I was searching my old contact list for digital colorists and, upon visiting the web site of Benjamin “KryptonKid” Grose, I found out that he died last November! Ben passed away from complications with muscular dystrophy at the age of only 25. I would like to belatedly offer my condolences to his family.

Ben is now the third contributor of Fanzing to pass away in the last few years. Ben contributed only a few pieces of superhero artwork but he also created graphics for the site back before Phil Meadows came on board as the official graphics designer.

Ben was always an enthusiastic and helpful young guy. Even when he wasn’t contributing, he used to hang out with us in our Forum. I hadn’t talked to him much in the last two years since Fanzing ended, and I now regret that I won’t be hearing from him anymore.

If you knew Ben Grose, please send his family some kind words to let them know that you enjoyed his work and friendship

Oh, REALLLY?

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

‘Sarcasm’ brain areas discovered

If they’d examined my little brother’s brain they could have found this a decade ago. His sarcasm center has to be five times the normal size.

Johns Is Making A Speedy Exit

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Geoff Johns has confirmed internet rumors by announcing that his last issue of Flash will be August’s #225 (the conclusion of the Rogue’s War story-arc).

He also announced that issue #226 will be a single issue story written by Stuart Immonen. It’ll be followed by a story-arc written by Darwyn Cooke.

Funny moment when watching Sith

Friday, May 20th, 2005

I saw Sith yesterday, in a theater with a relatively small attendance. I think anyone dying to see it went at midnight, as the Chateau vowed to put it on as many as 14 screens to meet demand.

I’m sorry, but I don’t know that I’ll have time for a full review. I will say that it’s much, much better than the two prequels, all this political hype is overstated nonsense (not that Lucas wasn’t making jabs, but they’re rather ham-handed and ineffectual so who cares?), and I just wish that all three movies had been this quality. But more to the point, Lucas lied. He never had his prequels in even rough draft form or there’s no way he’d have written the original trilogy the way he did. Every Star Wars fan can find twenty ways that this prequel doesn’t jibe with the original movies.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a funny note. The first time Jar-Jar speaks, I heard a light huff of air going around the audience. You can almost hear the eyes rolling whenever he appears onscreen. Part of me wonders just what part Jar-Jar would have played in the trilogy if audience reaction wasn’t so negative.

Stealth trailer

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Saw the trailer for Stealth before Star Wars today and it looks like it could be, maybe, not all that bad. Lots of flash and pizzazz, but if it handles the subject matter well (artificial intelligence in a fighter plane) it could make for a decent movie.

He nails it

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Jim Geraghty’s “Sith” review hits on a lot of the points I was planning to make in my review, so I’ll either be hammering them home or skipping on to other points.