Archive for November, 2010

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by xymarla

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YAY! James Gunn’s Super has a release date and new photos. It feels like I’ve been waiting for this shit FOREVER. (Read my review of Gunn’s Slither here.)

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Sorta maybe almost-definite confirmation that Ian McKellan will return as Gandalf in The Hobbit. He had fucking BETTER. Just finished re-reading The Hobbit and I’m ready for this movie to get itself rolling already. Even though it will be shot in tiresome 3D.

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Nice! Leland Palmer/Ray Wise has been cast in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class as the Secretary of the State. (Read my reviews of Vaughn’s Kick-Ass here and Ray Wise in Twin Peaks here.) Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2010 by xymarla

Y’all, I totally almost forgot about NDTD today! It’s not like I haven’t been doing this for the past 84 weeks or so. Someone’s got turkey brain! I’m gonna blow through this before I start daydreaming about broccoli cheese rice casserole again.

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Mike White, who penned School of Rock, has been tapped to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Having just finished the audiobook of P&P today (for the 400th time, what.), I’m unusually interested in this news despite Natalie Portman’s dropping out. I suppose ScarJo will suffice.

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Speaking of zombies, we probs have a full year to wait before S2 of The Walking Dead. Check out the full convo of my Walking Dead reviews with Henri and Devin on Badass Digest! Continue reading

The Walking Dead ep 1.04 “Vatos”

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by xymarla

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Episode 1.04 “Vatos” Airdate 11.21.10

Directed by Johan Renck, Written by Robert Kirkman

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You can read my write-up over at Badass Digest! It’s in response to Devin’s post, which you can find here. Hope you enjoy it!

The Walking Dead ep 1.03 “Tell it to the Frogs”

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by xymarla

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Episode 1.03 “Tell it to the Frogs” Airdate: 11.14.10

Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee and  Jack LoGiudice

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You can read my write-up over at Badass Digest! It’s in response to Devin’s post and Henri’s post. Do me a solid and check it out!

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by xymarla

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Zooey Deschanel is being considered as Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, the role delightfully captured by Elizabeth Banks in that super-old black and white version that came out a hundred years ago. Or, like, 5 minutes ago, what have you. Andrew Garfield (as Spidey) and Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy) will co-star.

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Wes Anderson’s newest opus, Moon Rise Kingdom, will boast a giant amazing ensemb cast as per yuuzh. Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis are all said to star in the upcoming noir thriller. Sweet! Continue reading

My first Walking Dead post at Badass Digest!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by xymarla

OH MAN I AM SO EXCITED! It’s up, you guys! Already!!

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Constant readers (all both of you) may notice that I mined a bit from my DIH Walking Dead posts for this baby, but most of it’s new, so please support a sister and check it out! It’s gonna be a weekly thing, so I’ll just start linking to those posts rather than writing new ones on here—but you’ll still get your weekly Walking Dead fix, fear not!

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Blog News, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

 Stick around to the end of the post for some exciting updates in Marla land!

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Christopher Nolan has revealed the catchy title of his third Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises. He rules out The Riddler as the film’s villain, which leaves…who? Deadshot? Catwoman? Poison Ivy? Harley Quinn? Mr. Freeze?! WHO WILL IT BE?

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Dig the deets on the new The Howling flick, currently in post-production. Continue reading

Review of The Walking Dead episode 1.02 “Guts”

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by xymarla

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Episode 1.02 “Guts” Airdate 11.5.10

Directed by Michelle Maxwell McLaren, Written by Frank Darabont 

Previously, on The Walking Dead: the pilot episode, “Days Gone Bye,” reviewed here.

The Walking Dead‘s second episode of the 6-episode season is titled “Guts,” and let me tell you, on that score, the ep does not disappoint. As far as gore, kick-ass action and a few moments of breath-holding suspense, “Guts” is a perfect episode. However, as I said last week, The Walking Dead is *supposed* to be about believable characters making relatable decisions. While I understand and appreciate Darabont’s choice to introduce new characters who aren’t in the comic book to the universe, homeboy’s going to have to try a little harder than Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and T-Dog (IronE Singleton).

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Allow me to repeat: new characters MERLE DIXON and T-DOG are in this supposedly racially charged episode. ughh. Continue reading

Walking Dead pilot

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2010 by xymarla

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Hey there zombs! Sorry I missed yesterday’s News Day Tuesday—I have been struck by THE PLAGUE (or possibly the common cold) and I have felt far too puny to be my usual chipper blogging self. I promise to make next Tuesday extra-newsy for you!

Who watched The Walking Dead pilot live Halloween night? How exciting was that?! We had a small spooky party and a group of 10-or-so people cozied up in my tiny living room to watch the mayhem unspool—commericals and all!—on my big, pretty TV. And jeezy chreezy, am I glad I have such a nice HD television, because The Walking Dead is, if nothing else, GORE-geous. The stark lighting and bleak landscapes make stunning supplements to the not-insignificant blood splatter.

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Just PRETTY, you know? (pretty scary!) I’ve been waiting breathlessly for this show to premiere since it was first announced. Robert Kirkman’s comic is elegantly told, structured around the depths to which society can plunge when, well, there is no more society. The Walking Dead is not a horror comic, although there are certainly horrific elements in spades. Rather, Walking Dead strives to tell a sprawling character-driven epic, delving into how such havoc and devastation can deeply change a person. Even a good, strong, God-fearing person. Sometimes ESPECIALLY that person. The Walking Dead is a marathon, not a sprint, and Frank Darabont’s adaptation gives every sign of being in it for the long haul. The 90-minute pilot ends approximately 40 pages into the first issue of the so-far 13 volume series. There is a LOT of story left to tell, and after watching the pilot, I am convinced that Darabont is the man to do it. Continue reading