What’s there left to say about the Simpsons? What begun as a series of not-so-funny throwaway Tracy Ullman show segments evolved into pretty much the longest-running cartoon show in TV history, starring some of the most recognizable animated small-screen personalities. While some fans may argue that the show is slowly but surely slipping off its own rocker, the developers have recently decided to try something that’s…well, completely different.
Dave Bautista went from a well-known wrestler to one of the Guardians of the Galaxy thanks to this summer’s smash hit Marvel movie. Now the man known as Drax is enjoying more fame than ever amongst a much larger and diverse audience than wrestling fans, and he’s enjoying every minute of it. At Toronto’s National Fan Expo this weekend, Bautista took a victory lap for his Guardians success, but also looked to his future in film, and perhaps a return to the wrestling ring. (more…)
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if you’re imitating yourself. In this case, filmmaker Kevin Smith has announced his intention to travel theater to theater with his new film, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, when it’s released later this spring. The model is the same one he used when his last film Red State come out two years ago, turning that independent release into a D.I.Y. hit.
Details and a trailer for Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie are coming sometime in the next month, but the official poster for the film was recently posted on Smith’s Blog.
What do you Bastards think? Are you ready to buy your tickets for Smith’s Groovy Cartoon and Q&A?
Earlier this week, the Director’s Guild of America hosted a sold out screening of The Avengers, which also featured a Q&A with none other than the film’s writer and director Joss Whedon. Naturally, nothing even remotely newsworthy came out of the discussion.
While being grilled by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine, Whedon let slip some subtle info about the team’s next challenge in The Avengers 2, and how The Wasp almost made the cut. As for the former, Whedon’s references about the future of the franchise began with a discussion of its past. Whedon says that he originally had more than one villain in mind for the film saying that he felt that the team needed more than Loki to justify their teaming up.
“But it took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit,’” Whedon said. When pressed to say who that villain would be, Whedon said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.”
As for his attempts to get in another one of the founding members of The Avengers into the script, it seemed that the director’s attempts to recruit The Wasp might have cost the film Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow. “[I wrote a] very Wasp-y draft,” said Whedon but, “it was way too Wasp-y. Cause I was like, ‘She’s adorable!’ I’m just gonna write her!’”
Another piece of interesting quotable that came out of the Q&A was Whedon’s response to which Star Wars is better: A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back? “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars,” said Whedon. “Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
And on the subject of franchising films, let’s just say that the filmmaker isn’t a fan of using one movie to tee up a series. “I rail against those movies,” he said. “Let’s just take a moment of honesty here and say Jumper.”
The Q&A will likely make a future podcast episode of The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith. Watch your iTunes queue for it.
Last Friday, Mark Ruffalo (who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Kevin Feige (the big cheese of Marvel Studios) held a 30 minute Q&A session at an Apple store in London, England as part of their promotion activity for The Avengers, which will be released on May 4.
Seeing as we’re all tired of seeing footage from that film after we’ve had 42521 clips thrown at us in the past few weeks, I’m not even going to focus on that part of the “Meet the Filmmakers” event.
We did get some interesting tidbits about future Marvel films and stuff like that – stuff that we nerd bastards like to speculate about.
We can anticipate an Ant Man movie at some point in the future; a draft of the script has been written and it’s likely that things will continue moving forward with that project. A Luke Cage, a Black Panther film and a standalone Hulk film are possibilities that are being considered at the moment. They talk about the idea of having a Civil War movie, but didn’t say much about it one way or the other. Could be a thing, who knows!
And about the future of the Avengers films:
Discussions are beginning. The idea is to replicate that experience of the comics, so we’ve got these individual solo titles, then the crossovers every few years,I would love to replicate that every three or four years.
[Asked about introducing new members to the team in future films] This is definitely the foundation, but I think part of the fun of an Avengers series is to introduce more.
Watch the whole Q&A session after the jump!
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in a web of secrecy. I mean, is it a prequel to Alien or isn’t it? So far all we’ve seen is photos of the set and a trailer which does ooze the science fiction film we’ve been promised.
That, however, all changes on March 17th, when director Ridley Scott and Lost creator Damon Lindelof will be on hand at WonderCon 2012 for a special Q&A session. Sitting in as part of 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus panel, the pair with be on hand to answer questions about the film and introduce a brand new trailer!
If you don’t have tickets to the to visit Anaheim, California, never fear, AMC will be live streaming the event for the internet masses.
Back in October of 2010, Kevin Smith teamed with video-on-demand service EpixHD for Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40, the fourth installment in his live Q&A recordings. In Too Fat Kevin answered one question, a question that turned into a near two hour story on everything from the much publicized “Too Fat to Fly” incident to the highs and lows of Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.
Well, Kevin has teamed up with Epix once again for Kevin Smith Burn in Hell. In the hour and a half special, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, Smith conducts a riotous and outrageous Q&A session about the aftermath of his latest film, Red State. Topics include his mishaps and misadventures such as drawing the ire of the entire movie blogger community at the Sundance Film Festival and being followed around the country by the highly devout, and highly angered, Phelps Family.
The original comedy event premieres February 11 on the EPIX premium network. We actually have an exclusive clip from the special. In the clip Kevin answers the age old question ” Do women find Smith sexually attractive?” Kevin goes straight into his own brand of classy answers. Check it out:
I’ve seen Kevin quite a few times and it never gets old. I am so amazed at how this guy never shuts up, no joke. He can talk about everything and everything and turn a one word response into a 20 minute story. Unbelieveable. But the guy is definately interesting to listen to. Burn in Hell sounds like another trip and a half.
Here’s a special treat for all you Twilight fans out there. I decided at 6:00 this morning (*Thurs 7/21) that I was going to grace the Twilight Panel with my presence. I hopped on the bus and headed down to the convention center and got in line. I actually had a pretty good spot in line and definitely had an in to this panel. While I was waiting out side, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Booboo Stewart and Elisabeth Reaser. Met some pretty cool people in line and enjoyed the most of my 3 1/2 hour wait. (more…)