This week we celebrate the 50th birthday of Doctor Who, and while we remember all the good times and happy memories, we also have to keep in mind that 15 year dry spell when the BBC was cranking out no new episodes of Doctor Who. The series was cancelled after a 26 year stretch due to low ratings and production cuts, and aside from the one, singular TV movie that aired on Fox in 1996, the Time Lord was not seen in new adventures on TV screens again till 2005. (more…)
It’s been nearly 20 years since the last time a new adventure of Calvin and Hobbes graced the comic strip pages of your local newspaper, and for fans around the world that love hasn’t diminished in the slightest over the past two decades. The enduring love for the strip endures despite creator Bill Watterson‘s refusal to monetize the strip or its characters, and indeed many more people admire Watterson for taking an artist stance rather than deride him for their inability to own their own official Hobbes plush tiger. Now, in a new and rare interview with Watterson, it appears that the creator continues to stand firm on his instance that Calvin and Hobbes belong solely on the printed page. (more…)
You can’t fault his enthusiasm. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is talking once more about the prospects of a new film based on his comic book Spawn in which he discuss how he wants the new film to feel, what other films he wants to evoke, and just what he thinks went wrong with the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo. (more…)
Quentin Tarantino is not only a man with strong opinions regarding movies, but he’s also a bit of a contrarion. Typically, whatever the popular opinion of a movie maybe, you can be guaranteed that Tarantino will take the less-popular point of view, and yes sports fans, QT has done it again by offering praise to The Lone Ranger while downplaying the cultural relevance of Batman. Oh no he didn’t? Yes, yes he did. (more…)
The successful completion of Arrested Development‘s fourth season on Netflix left the door open for a potential fifth season of the series to air on the streaming video site sometime in the future. But does Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz have the desire to go for a fifth season? And what about that Arrested Development movie we’ve heard so much about, is there still a chance we’ll see that in a theater near us?
Those are some valid, and complex questions, so Rolling Stone decided to ask Hurwitz himself, what is he looking at next for the Bluth family, and it turns out the winner is movie. “I’m working on the movie right now,” Hurwitz said. “I can’t get into much more detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.”
Everyone’s eager, no question, but it did take like seven years to get to the Netflix stage of things. Naturally the next question was about timetables, and when we might see this mysterious Arrested Development movie. “I’m hoping it happens as soon as possible,” Hurwitz explained. “But I want to be very careful about not putting out false information. I want to get a time and tell everybody when it’s happening and not play with people. Right now, I’m trying to do something else for Netflix and a movie project and things. I’m always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It’s the best way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.”
Well, he’s right about that. Lord knows that in the years between seasons three and four, and there were a lot of rumors and rumors of rumors all the way through through to Arrested Development being picked up by Netflix. And even though the Netflix pick-up was a success, and people are looking for more, a movie is still making a lot of sense to Hurwitz and company since it’s easier to get the in-demand cast of the show together for a movie, than it is for a season of TV “A TV season is a six-month commitment. But I think it would be very doable to get them together for four or five weeks to make a movie,” he said.
Still Hurwitz is pleased with what’s happened so far with his little show that could. “The whole thing is sort of unprecedented,” he explained. “It’s always been its own little thing. I kind of feel like the more it stays original, the better chance it has. As soon as it goes back to trying to do exactly what it was before, you run the risk of doing a reunion show or something.”
What do you Bastards say, you want season 5 on Netflix, or do you want a movie?
I will admit that after I had the chance to speak with William Shatner yesterday, I hurriedly thumb-typed out the words “Captain Kirk said my name!” to my father, the man who had first introduced me to Star Trek when I was a 7 year old sitting in a theater watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Star Trek was and is one of those things, those shared interests that remain strong as they reach across the years and the distance. Like baseball, it is an institution and an heirloom to be loved and one day passed on.
For almost 50 years, William Shatner has served as Star Trek‘s greatest ambassador. It is, despite notable roles as TJ Hooker and Denny Crane, his life’s work and something he has taken a magnifying glass too over these last few years as an underrated documentary filmmaker and interviewer.
In this one on one interview with Mr. Shatner, we touch on his affinity for intimate interviews and how it shines in his new DVD The Captains: Close Up, inspiring young minds with Star Trek‘s thirst for exploration, JJ Abrams, the need for a Star Trek TV show, the recent fan ranking of Star Trek films, and whether Star Trek V got a raw deal.
The Wolverine made good money over the weekend, and we know that 20th Century Fox has an X-Force movie in development, so you know what that means: Fox is going spin-off crazy!
To confirm, Collider caught up with comic book writer Mark Millar last weekend at San Diego Comic Con. Millar, as you’ll remember, was hired as a consultant by Fox to corral the Fox-owned Marvel properties into a coherent universe on par with what Marvel/Disney’s been doing with The Avengers properties.
So using the X-Men films as the basis, Millar says that he thinks that five to 10 other potential franchises that could be spin out of the main X-Men films, which is hardly surprising given how many X-Men and X-Men related books have come off the printing presses after all these years. So what’s Millar thinking? Let’s ask him.
“We’re not talking crossovers or anything just yet; the idea is to build it quietly in its own way and bring in the best possible talent but you’re right – Marvel sold the X-Men franchises back in the ’90s when they needed the cash but you have to remember they were the crown jewels…
The reason they got snapped up is that they were Marvel’s best-selling book really for 20 years. So we’re sitting on gold right now. Very vaguely, we are talking about lots of possibilities but I think there’s a good five to ten golden franchises in there.”
So could we see future film versions of books like X-Factor? Or New Mutants? Excalibur even? Time will tell.
Watch the full video interview with Millar below:
We’ll get some kind of official new details about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when the panel on the film is joined at San Diego Comic Con later today. In the meantime though, Screen Rant got a chance to interview director Marc Webb and tried to worm some definitive answers in regard to some of the rumors swirling about the film.
As an opener, Screen Rant’s Amy Nicholson asked Webb if Black Cat would have her bad luck powers in the film?
“Hmmm, I don’t even know if Black Cat is in the movie…,” he replied
Deftly deflected. How about whether or not the film ends with the death of Gwen Stacy? Well, the exchange went like this:
Amy: How intense it was shooting [Peter and Gwen's] final scene?
Webb: Um… whadda mean, the last scene in the movie?
Amy: I’m trying to get you to talk about her death.
Webb: Listen… the world we’re trying to create is… it’s partly obligated to cannon, but you also have to deviate from the cannon occasionally and so the… y’know… Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone] and Peter and Gwen are – I mean, they’re something really joyful and wonderful about that relationship and it’s a lot of that stuff from the first movie [that] will continue in this second movie… [trails off].
I think Amy almost broke Webb there. So let’s talk about something a little less spoilery. For example, the thematic arc for Spider-Man going into this film, what challenges await the web-slinger in this sequel and how will he overcome them?
“Y’know, if the last movie was [asking whether] Peter Parker can be Spider-Man, this movie is about if Spider-Man can be Peter Parker. At the beginning of the movie, he is extraordinarily capable, he is very good at being Spider-Man. There’s a virtuosity there, he’s so confident in the midst of total pandemonium that he may, uh, feel a little too confident and other elements of his life may erode because of that… I’ll say this, [the theme] has something to do with time and the nature of time and the first shot in the movie… it’s a watch… a ticking clock…”
“Ticking clock?” Does that suggest that Spider-Man will team-up with Jack Bauer? I digress, but it does open us up to a segue regarding the over-bloatedness of the film with so many new characters including the confirmed Norman and Harry Osborn, Electro and Rhino to rumored characters like the Black Cat and whoever Sarah Godan is playing. But Webb says relax because he and the writers are playing with creating a bigger universe here and telling a story that can unfold with multiple characters over multiple movies:
“Yes, yeah, listen, part of the fundamental concepts, the conceit of the universe that we’re making is that it started… in that first movie we tease up, for example, Norman Osborn. He was an entity, he was around but you didn’t see him onscreen. That allows you to unfold stories over a longer period of time and so you can create a sort of nuanced and complex world… The Rhino is in the movie for a very short time, because we’re sort of teasing out the possibility of something more interesting happening there.”
Hm. Could Webb be hinting at that Sinister Six rumor? I think we’ve made him sweat enough today, but if you want to watch the whole blow-by-blow, check out the video below:
Source: Screen Rant
Everybody loves Joss Whedon! He has a front row seat at the world’s biggest movie studio, he made the third most popular movie of all time, and has the biggest new show of the fall. But there’s another project that’s pretty close to the heart of a smaller number of Whedon fans, and it’s called Serenity.
The tale of a ship full or pirates, scoundrels, rebels and fugitives floating through the back end of space is beloved. So much so that the the TV series Firefly, which lasted only 13 episodes, did so well in DVD sales that a movie studio put serious cash into a feature film. And even though that film barely broke even at the box office, people are still clamoring for a sequel.
So what about that, Joss? Any chance for more Firefly? Well Coming Soon, got an answer from the man himself:
“Right now I’m happy to say everybody is working doing good jobs. There’s a real fear of ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ you know? You bring it back to life and it isn’t the same. Even if it’s GREAT and it isn’t the same. I’m dying to get on a ship with those guys again, but I’m also doing yet another goddamn huge ensemble movie ['The Avengers 2']. Why can’t I do a movie about just one guy? So right now I can’t even access that part of my brain. If all the planets align that would be great, but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and earth to make it happen.”
And those are some mighty big planets that have to be aligned considering most of the cast stays very busy with other jobs. Maybe we’ll just have to let this one go, space fans.
Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)
Here’s what Black had to say:
“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.
They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”
Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?