If we’re being honest, then you know that the Hollywood lore that’s sprung up over the making of 1982’s Poltergeist is far more interesting than the actual movie Poltergeist. From the question of Steven Spielberg Vs Tobe Hooper: “Who really directed it?” to the supposed “curse” that reputedly killed several cast members, including its young star Heather O’Rourke, the making of Poltergeist is a story far more compelling than the simple haunted house tale starring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. It would have been a fascinating post-modernist twist if they remade Poltergeist as a behind-the-scenes dramatization of the E! True Hollywood Story of the original’s production, but instead they slapped together a version that’s a weak tea variation of the original. (more…)
Galaxy Quest was arguably one of the best sci-fi flicks of the 90’s. The movie was a funny, not-so-subtle parody of Star Trek, that spoke to both audiences and critics alike. In fact, included in the director commentary for the 2009 Star Trek reboot, J.J. Abrams called Galaxy Quest “one of the best Star Trek movies ever made”. The movie follows the cast of Galaxy Quest, a science fiction television series that was cancelled decades before, as they discover that much of what they portrayed on the show was made reality by a peaceful alien race who believe the episodes are documentaries. The crew soon find themselves traveling through space in real life and fighting for the survival of the race that depends on them. Like the original Trek series, fans who loved the Galaxy Quest movie refuse to let it die, and it turns out they aren’t the only ones. (more…)
Iron Man 2 wasn’t a very good film, but feel free to say otherwise in the comment section below. One of it’s saving graces, however, was whenever Justin Hammer was on screen. The egocentric arms dealer of H.A.M.M.E.R. – portrayed by Sam Rockwell – was always entertaining to watch. From trying to hide his own failed Iron Man test to getting Whiplash his bird, and, eventually, watching him get hauled off to jail, he was gold in every seen. Speaking of being hauled off to jail, this make him one of the few villains to survive a Marvel film; the bad guys usually get killed in some anticlimactic fashion. So, just where is Justin Hammer these days?
While there was no mention of him, or his namesake company in Iron Man 3, the possibility of Hammer’s return has always been there. Perhaps in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
In a recent interview with Vulture to promote his new film The Way, Way Back, the actor expressed his interest in reprising his role saying:
“Ah! I was hoping to come back in one of the Avengers films and come after Gwyneth Paltrow, because that’s what they set up, that I was going to get revenge on Gwyneth for getting me arrested or something. I could do a Cape Fear thing with Gwyneth. But they’ve got a lot of mojo in there already, so I don’t know if they need another pirate like me in the mix there! [Laughs.] Maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. is the way to go.”
It wouldn’t be an insane notion, a subplot involving Hammer and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Until anything official is announced by the studio heads at Marvel, Disney or ABC, this is just Sam expressing where he would have liked his character to go. Return to your lives and keep trying to guess what kind of marketing the studio is going to come up with beside giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logos on billboards.
Source: Comic Book Movie
As a reader of this blog I’m going to assume you’re excited for Cowboys & Aliens based on its title alone. You probably also enjoyed Alien vs. Predator for the mere fact that you got to watch Aliens fight Predators. If you want to see cowboys (and Indians) fightin’ aliens, then yes, this film delivers and you won’t be disappointed. But, the real surprise is when you sit down to watch these two heavyweights duke it out you’re also rewarded with a poignant, heartfelt drama.
Cowboys & Aliens is a western in the truest sense of the word, from it’s sweeping landscapes to it’s gruff characters trying to make a living in an unforgiving world. Then, you thrown in some good ‘ole fashioned alien abduction, and you’re in for fun ride.
Mild spoilerage below the cut.
With everyone preparing to squee over Iron Man 2, set for a May release, IO9 has kindly posted a primer on how Tony Stark’s armor has looked in the comics over the years. There are a number of versions, from the original unwieldly silver look to the weird “stealth” armor to the costume with strange, riveted boots and gloves. Check out Stark’s armored looks at IO9.com.
Iron Man 2, scheduled for a May 7 release, stars Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle and Sam Rockwell, among others. Below, watch Downey’s awesome acceptance speech for winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) as the title role in Sherlock Holmes.