Archive for October, 2010

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! It's Back to the Future day!

 They’re re-releasing the first film to theaters—I saw it on the big screen last night, and it was glorious! You can buy the 25th anniversary blu-ray of the trilogy today and you can read some fun anniversary scoop here and here. Eric Stoltz, huh?

the crow

WHYYYYYYY?! Mark Wahlberg is allegedly in talks for a remake of The Crow. This shit is getting ridiculous.

the hobbit

Yes! Ending months of speculation and hoping, Peter Jackson announced that Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.  More perfect casting can’t be imagined. Continue reading

The Dark Tower Series Casting Call Round 3: Enemies

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by xymarla

And thus! We reach the final volume of my Dark Tower Series Casting Call. Round 3: Enemies of the Tower! Or Foes of the Rose if you please.

the dark tower

But first! Read Round 1: The Ka-Tet of 19. I fantasy-cast Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy here.

And read Round 2: Allies of the Tower. I fantasy-cast the Pere, Patrick Danville, Calvin Tower, Aaron Deepneau, John Cullum, Moses Carver, Young Roland, Susan Delgado, Sheemie Ruiz, Cuthbert Allgood, Alain Johns, and Stephen King (uhm, duh) here.

Now! On to the scary stuff!

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Remake vs. Original: Let Me In vs. Let the Right One In

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! Today we bring you the ULTIMATE BATTLE:

let me in vs. let the right one in

Round One: The basics.

Let Me In. USA, 2010. Written and directed by Matt Reeves. 116 mins.

Let the Right One In. Sweden, 2008. Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own novel. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. 115 mins.

Title:

Let Me In is the title of the American release of the novel, because publishers thought the original title was too long. I happen to love long titles, and Let Me In just doesn’t have the same poetry. -2

Let The Right One In is one of the eeriest and most elegant titles ever, and it’s the one chosen by novelist Lindqvist. If it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for you, AMERICA. +2

Country:

Speaking of AMERICA, I love my country bunches. But not when it comes to remaking foreign movies that just came out two years before. I never EVER like that, because JUST READ SUBTITLES, AMERICA. It’s super easy! -1

Sweden! They have snow and Lisbeth Salander and reindeer and aquavit and the Sami! I took a class on the Sami people once and they are quite interesting. Also, meat pies! I forget, did I mention Lisbeth Salander? +2 (for Lisbeth) Continue reading

Recap of Smallville’s 200th episode “Homecoming!”

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MAN OH MAN what an ep! Read my recap of the stunning milestone episode over at Watchtower!

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! Marla's got a lot of irons in a lot of fires!

And this will therefore be a shorty edition of NDTD. Let’s hop to!

Scream

There’s a trailer up for Scream 4, and nothing surprising whatsoever happens in it!

men in black

Dramz on the set of Men in Black 3, which may feature Betty White! She’s probably the troublemaker on set. No wait, it’s Will Smith’s giant ego.

alien

Damon Lindelof’s magic script apparently rescued Ridley Scott’s trubs-riddled Alien prequel, thereby perhaps scoring Natalie Portman as the lead. Allegedly. Continue reading

The Dark Tower Series Casting Call Round 2 (Allies)

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by xymarla

dark tower 2

As you probably know, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are adapting Stephen King’s epic (and I don’t mean that in the “THIS PARTY’S GONNA BE EPIC!” sense so much as the “this is a sprawling heroic journey traversing centuries and universes” sense) The Dark Tower series into a television series, as well as multiple theatrical releases. It’s a big d, you guys.

I’ve already fantasy-cast the Ka-Tet of 19: Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake and Oy. Now to cast some of the allies that float in and out of the gunslingers’ journey. I’ll wrap up my casting call with Round 3: enemies of the ka-tet. Or Foes of the Rose, if you will. (If you need a lesson in Dark Tower 101, check this out.) And don’t worry, I’m trying to keep this post mostly spoiler-free.

father callahan

Pere Callahan:

The Pere is a former priest who first appeared in King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, resurfacing in the final three Dark Tower books. He is a wise, grave, recovering alcoholic who believes himself to be damned. He has fought vampires, “wolves,” and agents of the Crimson King. He’s an all-around bad-ass.

clint eastwood

Clint Eastwood: Continue reading

Recap of Smallville episode 10.03 “Supergirl”

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by xymarla

supergirl 2

Check out my review of “Supergirl,” the third episode of the final season of Smallville, over at Watchtower!