Archive for January, 2011


Henry Cavill Is Superman

Behold the face of the new Man of Steel.  British actor Henry Cavill has been cast in Zack Synder’s Superman reboot.  The Tudors co-star was a surprise choice over Joe Manganiello (True Blood) who up until the announcement was the leading contender for the role.  Scheduling conflicts with the filming the True Blood’s upcoming season may have been in factor.

Several other actors were considered including Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Colin O’Donaghue (The Rite) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network).  Tom Welling and Brandon Routh weren’t considered for the part even though Zack Synder said that he’d definitely give Routh a shot.

Having been pleasantly surprised with Christian Bale in the role of Batman, I think that Synder’s choice of another British actor for an American superhero role shouldn’t be criticized too much yet.  I think we should let this one also play itself out and see what happens.  Although my money was on Joe Manganiello to get the part, I am not outraged with Cavill getting it.

The decision to cast Cavill is an attempt by the studio (Warner Bros.) to make the Superman character in the film as contemporary as possible.

Star Trek Girl

This is at least the funniest thing I’ve seen today.

In case you didn’t know, the Wonder Woman reboot that got tanked last month is now on again.  NBC ordered a pilot for the series that will be written by David E. Kelley.  The latest rumor floating around the interwebs is that the pilot might be directed by McG.  Other rumors have been circling the series since it was announced several months ago.  Studios passed on the series because of the plot and Kelley’s unusual take on the character as a corporate executive who moonlights as a vigilante.  That’s just not going to work guys.

There is a great post over at Wired that lists 10 Mandates for a Kick-Ass Wonder Woman TV Show.  It pretty much sums up my hopes for the series.  To make it another version of Smallville is also a terrible idea.  I am tired of seeing superheroes as teenagers before they become the heroes we all know and love.  I stopped watching Smallville for that very reason.  But my interest is centered mainly on WHO will be Wonder Woman.

Several actresses have thrown their hat into the ring for the part, some more suited than others.  Lynda Carter set a standard for the role back in the 70s, but that’s not the Wonder Woman fans really want.  She has to be tough, really tough, least you forget that she’s an amazon warrior with strength on par with Superman.  She also has to be a dominating presence, not some meek secretary.  She’s a princess after all, and has led armies into battle.  There can be no doubt that in the presence of mere men, she is in charge, period, end of discussion.

In many incarnations, she does little to hide her “secret identity” from the world.  She’s Diana of Themyscira and if you have a problem with that, she’ll kick your ass and solve it for you.  Being one of the big three in the Justice League, she can handle herself in nearly every situation.  If you need help and expect Superman to show up and get Wonder Woman instead, you know she’ll take care of the problem.  No villain has ever said, “Oh, it’s only Wonder Woman, this will be child’s play”.  They see her crash into the room and they shit their pants because an ass kicking is about to commence.  This new Wonder Woman should incorporate all of that but still remembering that she’s a woman, not a man in a woman’s body.  The big thing also is to get rid of the invisible jet idea, Wonder Woman can fly.  Why does she need a jet and why does it have to be invisible?

Here is a list of actresses being considered and then a list of actresses I think should be considered.

Lake Bell – Definitely hot, but looks a little too skinny and doesn’t quite have the look.

Jennifer Love-Hewitt – Absolutely not, bad idea.

Eliza Dushku – Has got the bad-ass factor taken care of.

Tanit Phoenix – Certainly has the hair for it, but too skinny.

Christina Hendricks – Love her, love her to death, but not a good choice.

Beyonce Knowles – Not a terrible idea, but if she wants to sing the deal is off.

Actresses who should be considered:

Katie Sackhoff – Just look at her, she’ll kick your ass man.

Michelle Ryan – Did a great job as the Bionic Woman.

Minka Kelly – Got the hotness wrapped up.  Toughen her up a little and she’d be perfect.

Erica Durance – Sultry looks with a bad ass attitude…check!

Everyone seems to enjoy destroying my childhood memories lately.  When I heard last summer that the Triceratops may not have really existed, all those images of my favorite tri-horned dinosaur battling it out with a T-Rex were shattered.  But one plucky scientist refused to believe that Triceratops didn’t exist.  To him I say, bravo sir, bravo.

“Andrew Farke of the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California analysed the fossils in detail, he concluded that Nedoceratops was a distinct genera. In PLoS ONE, he reports that for the three genera to be different growth stages of a single dinosaur, “would require cranial changes otherwise unknown” in horned dinosaurs.
Who’s right? Horned dinosaur fossils are common as fossils go, more research is in progress, and more debate is sure to follow.
But whatever is decided, the name Triceratops is not at risk, despite fears to the contrary voiced online last year. Because it was named before either Torosaurus or Nedoceratops, its place in prehistory is secure.”

Source: New Scientist


After the leaked photos from yesterday, Warner Bros. Animation has released an official image promotion the new ThunderCats animated series coming soon to Cartoon Network.

Press release from Warner Bros.

THUNDERCATS
Series Coming Soon to Cartoon Network
Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.
The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.
“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.
“ThunderCats” © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. “ThunderCats” and all related characters
and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros.

I don’t know why this is so cool, but it is.  Courtesy of NASA, a very detailed view of the Earth at night.

Check out a high resolution version here.

Visitors at the London Toy Fair got the first look at the new line of toys from Bandai that are based off the upcoming ThunderCats animated series.  Visitors were asked not to take pictures at the fair.  Luckily someone ignored the request.  Check out the pics below and leave me your comments.  I’m actually excited about a new ThunderCats series.

Images of the Guardians of the Universe from the live active Green Lantern movie have popped up online via a merchandise site.  Along with a t-shirt depicting Hal Jordon, Kilowog and Tomar-Re a shirt with the Guardians are available for pre-order at Urban Collector.  Check out the image of both shirts below.

I think Catfish should be on the list for Best Documentary and Christopher Nolan for Best Directory for Inception.  Like it or not however, here they are.

BEST PICTURE:
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

DIRECTING:
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Anette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique
Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

FILM EDITING:
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter Paramount Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

DOCUMENTARY:
Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production
Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production
Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

ORIGINAL SCORE:
How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

ORIGINAL SONG:
Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)/span>
The King’s Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

COSTUME DESIGN:
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Glove, Actually – An Ode to Cinema’s Greatest Slaps 

Over 7 minutes of slapfest.  How many movies can you identify?