Archive for February, 2011

Borders Line: GRIMM And TOUCH On The Lackluster TV Horizon

Posted in Television News with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2011 by xymarla

Two new supernatural dramas lined up for next season make it clear that mainstream genre television isn’t going anywhere, and it isn’t getting any better. One is the newest show by Tim Kring of Heroes infamy. The other is a blatant rip-off of Fables. Read about them in my post over at Badass Digest!

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by xymarla

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As you’ve likely heard by now, Adrianne Palicki is David E. Kelley’s new Wonder Woman. Solid casting. Pity she’ll be wasted on such a suck of a show. Linda Carter supports the new show, for whatever that is worth.

Mila Kunis is out for the Hughes Bros.’ live action Akira and in for Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful along with James Franco (replacing Robert Downey, Jr.) in the titular role. Kunis will play the Wicked Witch of the West in her younger, fairer years. Raimi, Franco and Kunis make an appealing team, particularly when paired with the great writer David Lindsay-Abaire. I’m in. (Read my review of Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell here.)

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As desperately hoped for last week, Shane Black is confirmed to direct Iron Man 3. Hells to the yes!

As desperately dreaded last week, DJ Caruso will be directing the Preacher adaptation. This is going to be devastatingly shitty, y’all. Continue reading

Fright Night Remake Sounds Increasingly Dismal

Posted in Movie News, Remake vs. Original with tags , , on February 17, 2011 by xymarla

In a recent interview with Marti Noxon, she discusses the ill-advised Fright Night remake and says a whole bunch of stuff that vigorously renews my displeasure. View my vitriol and share your own over at Badass Digest!

While you’re at it, refresh yourself on my review of the original Fright Night here!

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by xymarla

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Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to reunite with her Batman Returns director Tim Burton, possibly joining Johnny Depp, Eva Green and Jackie Earle Haley for Dark Shadows. You can read a interview here with Barnabas Depp about the film.

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The plot summary for the upcoming Wrong Turn 4 sounds nothing like a Wrong Turn movie. Whatever.

Check out the trailer and stills gallery for the Landis-produced Some Guy Who Kills People, starring the great Kevin Corrigan, Lucy Davis, Barry Bostwick and Karen Black! I really, really dig it.

Yay! Carpenter’s The Ward has a U.S. distributor! Ignore the shitty one-sheet and refresh yourself with the rad trailer. Continue reading

When Will We See Guillermo’s Next CRONOS?

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by xymarla

Yeah, yeah. We’re all excited about Frankenstein and At the Mountains of Madness. But when can we see Guillermo’s next original screenplay? Check out my post over at Badass Digest.

The Stand Adaptation Casting Call

Posted in Fantasy Casting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by xymarla

With the news that Warner Bros. and CBS are teaming up to bring Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic The Stand to the big screen (a move that is unsurprisingly not sanctioned by King himself), you had to know this was coming, right? Welcome to my Fantasy Casting of The Stand Adaptation!

My love for King’s The Dark Tower series has been officially recorded in the annals of the internet (like, a lot), but my love for The Stand is also deep and abiding. There was a long period of my youth in which I read that novel every single summer break. It was a significant tradition for me to crack open my fat, worn paperback on the first day of freedom and delve into King’s “dark chest of wonders” with gusto. The Stand is prodigious, engaging and profound. It’s also horrifying and hilarious. I don’t believe that any one adaptation can grasp the depth and scope of this vast story, but I believe Hollywood can do a better job than the 1994 mini-series. Don’t get me wrong–I love the mini-series. I own it! And Gary Sinise and Rob Lowe are both perfectly cast as Stu and Nick, respectively. But the series is silly and cheap when it should be terrifying, and many of the other actors are miscast. I hardly think one two-hour feature film can deliver this monumental narrative, but hopefully The Powers That Be will turn it into a trilogy or at least a two-parter. That shit could melt our collective faces, y’all.

So let’s jump in! (I tried to keep this from being too spoilery for those who haven’t read the book. Also: READ THE BOOK.)

Stuart Redman (Stu):

Originally played to perfection by Gary Sinise, Stu’s an intelligent, taciturn East Texan man who is forced into an experimental lab after the government realizes he’s immune to the superflu. Stu makes his escape and, while mild and laidback,  eventually emerges as the leader of the survivors as they try to rebuild an approximation of society. Stu is wise and brave, the closest thing to a main character in this sprawling ensemble of characters.

Mischa Collins:

As Castiel on Supernatural, Collins has established that he has poise, charisma and major chops. He can play mild or intense, which is key for Stu, and Collins has a pleasant, everyman way about him. I think he could definitely stand out in the crowd of cast members this adaptation will necessitate. Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by xymarla

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s supposedly in talks to join The Dark Knight Rises, although no one knows what character he might portray. Hopefully a shirtless one.

Woah! MTV is bringing back Beavis and Butthead with Mike Judge’s involvement. I am cautiously optimistic about this venture. They’ve also set a premiere date for Teen Wolf, for which I am wholeheartedly pessimistic.

Cobie Smulders is in for Joss’s The Avengers, playing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Maria Hill. Joss continues his mission to work with every cast member of How I Met Your Mother. Continue reading