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It’s become a sad coda to some of the major conventions, news after the fact that some of the behavior of fans at said convention was inappropriate. It’s happened once again at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, but this time, a group of cosplayers is looking to convince SDCC organizers to do something a little more proactive about the problem. (more…)

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It’s been a standard of modern times that there’s a constant allegory between Superman and Jesus Christ. Of course, the Biblical metaphor works better with Moses, but hey, I’m not a religious scholar. Of course, the marketing team at Warner Bros. aren’t religious scholars either, but that apparently hasn’t stopped them from calling on church leaders to help them sell Man of Steel.

A story on CNN’s religous blog recently discussed Warner’s unique marketing approach to Man of Steel: “Jesus: The Original Superhero.” Several pastors from local parishes were invited to advanced screenings of Man of Steel, and were given notes and materials to help them formulate potential sermon material. “How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask for instance.

“There was an actual push to say `We’re putting out something that speaks to your group,'” said Quentin Scott, a Baltimore pastor at the Shiloh Christian Community Church. “When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story. It was something I was very excited about that with the consultation of our senior pastor, we could use in our congregation.”

This isn’t the first time Hollywood’s pitched their blockbusters to regular church-goers, Les Miserables, The Book of Eli and The Blind Side were also pitched to the faithful, and some who are more on the critical side of Hollywood are actually okay with that.

“I think it’s a very good thing that Hollywood is paying attention to the Christian marketplace,” according to Ted Baehr, who runs a Christian-friendly movie review website called. Movieguide. “Where it gets sticky is when they try to manipulate the market and when Christians try to manipulate Hollywood. But here I think we have the right balance.”

Still, not everyone’s impressed.

“Any pastor who thinks using `Man of Steel Ministry Resources’ is a good Sunday morning strategy must have no concept of how high the stakes are, or very little confidence in the power of God’s word and God’s spirit,” writes P.J. Wenzel, a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Dublin Baptist Church in Ohio. “As they entertain their congregants with material pumped out from Hollywood’s sewers, lives are kept in bondage, and people’s souls are neglected.”

Well seems a little extreme, but I guess were all entitled to our opinion. And isn’t that what The Bible is all about?

I guess not.

Any of you Christian Bastards see Man of Steel this weekend, and was it Jesus-y enough for you? Sounds off below.

Source: CNN

As if the production of World War Z needed anymore troubles, it seems that there are now issues between the director and the film’s star & producer. That is correct, Admiral, apparently Brad Pitt is most displeased with Marc Foster‘s apparent lack of progress.

Putting aside the fact that the release of the film was delayed for six months to allow for seven weeks of reshoots, and the fact that not one, not two, but possibly three writers have taken a crack at penning a suitable ending, it seems that WWZ suffers from communication failures as well. Vulture is reporting that Pitt is no longer on speaking terms with Forster, and this with three weeks remaining in reshoots. Apparently, Foster was never Pitt’s first choice for director in the first place, but was talked up by Pitt’s producing partner DeDe Gardner to be the right man for the film.

Now the budget is inching past the $170 million mark, tempers on set are reported to be frayed with director and star not talking to each other, and what was once touted as possibly being one of the studio’s prestige pictures for year end is perceived as a frightful mess that will be lucky to arrive in theaters even remotely coherent. Perhaps Foster, whose sole big budget credit previous to WWZ was Quantum of Solace, should start steering clear of studio tentpoles.

More news as it will surely develop.

Source: Cinema Blend

Disney’s The Lone Ranger had a rocky road through development as the studio insisted deep cuts to the budget before it was greenlit. The Gore Verbinski-directed film starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto finally got rolling earlier this year, but now it seems that there’s some cash flow issues for the troubled production as it moves forward in New Mexico.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that once again The Lone Ranger is facing production trouble. Principal photography began on February 28th but the shoot is dragging on because of severe wind and dust storms that keeping hitting the outdoor sets. Now weeks behind schedule, the film’s budget is ratcheting back up to the $250 million mark, the plateau that Disney balked at when Ranger was in pre-production.

Now the film’s backers are forcing Verbinksi to make more cuts and do on-set rewrites to attempt to bring the budget back under control. The situation is rather financially dire as shooting is expected to continue until August, and then the rush will be on to make sure that the film makes its July 3rd, 2013 release date.

But despite that, once advertising and publicity costs are factored in, the total budget will likely exceed $300 million, meaning that the film will have to make in excess of $800 million at the box office to be successful. Considering that we’re talking about a classic cowboy tale like The Lone Ranger, will the film be able to make that much back? Doubtful, but who would have thought that Verbinski could have turned a series of Pirate movies into a billion dollar franchise?

More news as it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend

With over $700 million in the bank, you’d think that The Avengers was a hit with just about everyone. Not so. One group is not pleased with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a throwaway gag one its members says in the course of the film.

The group in question is America’s adoptees.

If you seen The Avengers, then you already know where this is going. In one scene, Bruce Banner is talking smack about Loki’s mental capacity, to which Thor remarks that Loki’s still an Asgardian and deserves, at least, a degree of respect. When Black Widow mentions that Loki’s “killed 80 people in two days,” Thor retorts, “He’s adopted.”

The crowd laughs, but not all of them. America’s adopted kids are mad as hell, and they’ve started a  petition to demand an apology from Disney:

“Sooo..according to your scriptwriter, the fact [Loki] was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy!

Being adopted is NOT something to use for the butt of jokes! Marvel, immediately cease using adoption as the butt of jokes AND issue a public apology to the adoption community!”

Really? A petition? Sigh. Of course when something’s really, really successful everyone tries to latch their cause or issue on it. I’m guessing the orphans of America are just trying to make some noise for their orphan agenda…

Source: Blastr