Tributes to the late, great Alan Rickman continue to appear from those that knew and worked with him. A most gracious one has just been given by Tim Allen to The Hollywood Reporter about their time together making Galaxy Quest together. As well as Allen painting Rickman once again as one of the nicest people in the business, he also seemed to let a particularly large cat out of a not so tight bag. (more…)
In a week already filled with sad news, we got more sad news today as we learned that Alan Rickman, star of stage and screen, had passed away at the age of 69 after a non-public battle with cancer. One of Hollywood’s most reliable character actors, and one of its most versatile, Rickman had fans from around the globe, and built up an impressive movie resume in the last 30 years. Everyone has their favorite Rickman performance, and here are five. They are perhaps not his best (some of them anyway), but there are among his most memorable. Whatever else these movies may be, there were made better because Alan Rickman was in them. (more…)
It was a kind of joke (but not really) for years as Trekkies fans of all stripes identified the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest as the best Star Trek films in years. A nice complement that also has the virtue of being true thanks in no small part to a great cast and sharp editing and visual effects work. For Trek fans, it was an Easter egg-filled delight of all the Star Trek tropes, not mention a kind of parody of all the behind the scenes drama of cast discord with the show’s conceited and marginally talented star (ahem). But might the Galaxy Quest concept be durable and adaptable for television? Well, Amazon certainly thinks so. (more…)
The news made its way across the Internet yesterday afternoon that Paramount was developing Galaxy Quest as a television series. The 1999 Dreamworks movie did quite well at the box office, doubling it’s $45 million dollar budget with a world-wide gross of $90 million. The film has gone on to achieve a cult like status in television reruns, so it was no surprise that Paramount would eventually get back to Galaxy Quest in some capacity. The question though, “Is television the right medium for a Galaxy Quest return?” (more…)
Hey! There’s still comic book news at Comic Con. Who woulda thunk it? A number of new comic books have been announced so far at this con, and while many of them do have a film or TV connection, they are surely titles that all types of fans will be interested in. From the final frontier to California suburbia, from seminal 60s sci-fi to 80s nostalgia kitsch, there’s some interesting options coming to a comic store near you. Let’s take a look at what SDCC 2014 has in terms of actual comic announcements. (more…)
It seems that there’s some movement on the sequel to RED, the 2010 action film about retired group of former CIA assassins caught up in a government conspiracy.
According to Screenrant, Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) and Byung-hun Lee (from the G.I. Joe movies) have been cast in the sequel, which will follow the retired assassins from the first film on a new adventure where “they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.”
First film stars Bruce Willis, (Dame) Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich are back to get their kill on. Mary-Louise Parker, as Willis’ civil servant love interest, will also be back. No word yet on if supporting players Karl Urban and Brian Cox will also be in part 2.
So this is good news. The first RED was a really solid effort that had cool action and a lot of hilarity. It should be interesting to see what Dean Parisot (director of Galaxy Quest) can do with the material, Parisot is stepping in for Robert Schwentke in the director’s chair.
RED 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on August 2, 2013.
Any self respecting nerd has seen Dean Parisot‘s Galaxy Quest; the hilarious meta spoof of Star Trek. Even director J.J. Abrams went as far as calling it “one of the best Star Trek movies ever made.”
Now, did you know the original cut of the PG film was actually rated R? Not only that, but this very adult cut is out there…somewhere. My god, imagine if someone found it? It be like finding the Ark of the Covenant, but with boobies and aliens in side. Oh how glorious it would be.
In a recent interview with Collider, John Carter producer Lindsey Collins talked about a meeting she had with star Sigourney Weaver, who subsequently told her of the originally R-rated feature. Complete with sex scenes, cursing and way more shots of Gwen DeMarco’s motherboard. According to Sigourney, this mythical cut of the movie is rumored to still be out there.
“We had lunch with Sigourney [Weaver] who was telling us that there actually used to be an R-rated version of that movie which was awesome. It was the director’s cut and it was R-rated and everybody was swearing and there were sex scenes, and the whole thing,” Collins said. “They didn’t know what to do with it, so they had to re-edit the whole thing and made it what it is today. We were like, ‘How do we get our hands on the R-rated version of Galaxy Quest?’ She said ‘I don’t know!’ and we were like, ‘Come on, Sigourney!'”
Weaver could just be messing with everyone about this cut of the movie. But she was there, so if anyone would know it’s going to be her.
By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, this should be released!