Archive for the ‘Scifi/Fantasy’ category

Shatner Is Definitely Not In ‘Trek XI’

July 10, 2007

shatner.gifIt’s officially official.  William Shatner is not in the new Star Trek movie.  How do I know?  There is now a video over at ShatnerVision that has him talking about it.  What’s worse is that Leonard Nimoy is getting to make an appearance in the film.  It seems kind of strange to have only one make an appearance.  I don’t really understand it.  Anyway, watch the video.  It’s good.

While we’re talking about the new Trek, there are rumors flying about that Zachary Quinto is in talks to play Spock.  Not sure how I feel about that one way or the other, but nothing is definite anyway.

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New ‘Spiderwick’ Teaser Online

July 10, 2007

spiderwick.gifIt seems thats fantasy book big screen adaptations are becoming increasingly popular, and profitable, and so Hollywood keeps churning them out.  The latest, The Spiderwick Chronicles, is based upon a youth series of the same name about a group of siblings and the adventures that they get into upon discovering a book.  I have never read these books, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying any of the other countless adaptations, so I doubt it will matter much here.  This is how IMDB describes it: Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Now, we can get our first look at the film via this teaser trailer.  So far the movie looks good and I’m a fan of the actor choices, at least the ones with which I’m familiar.  I don’t know if I’m tired of what but in one see the special effects looked to be lacking a bit.  Regardless, overall there’s enough here to like and it gives us something to look forward to on February 15 2008.

J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Cloverfield’

July 10, 2007

jjabrams.gifWith all that’s been going on concerning Cloverfield, or 1-18-08 or whatever the heck it’s called, as of late I think it’s about time we heard something from the puppet master himself, .  It seems that he took some time to drop Ain’t It Cool News a line about all these web sites.

Regarding the online stuff you posted: yeah, we’re doing some fun stuff on the web. But, obviously, if the movie doesn’t kick some massive ASS, who gives a rat’s about what’s online? So as you can imagine, we’re focusing mostly on THAT. For what it’s worth, the only site of ours that people have even FOUND is the 1-18-08.com site. The others (like the Ethan Haas sites) have nothing to do with us.

This brings up two points.  The first is that it seems like he’s saying that there are more sites to be found we just haven’t found them yet.  Secondly, if the Haas sites have nothing to do with the film, why did Paramount want the video footage from the site(s) taken off of YouTube?  Anyway, there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.  Keep searching guys, and let me know what you find.

Oh and the teaser trailer has officially been released in case you haven’t heard and you can watch it here.

‘Watchmen’ Casting News

July 9, 2007

billy-crudup.gifCHUD is reporting today that Billy Crudup has been cast as Dr. Manhattan in Zack Synder’s Watchmen. Their report reads:

A very reliable source tells me that Snyder has settled on Crudup for the role of Watchmen’s only super-powered character, a scientist who accidentally gets annihilated on an atomic level and reconstructs himself into a big, naked, blue, floating demigod.

This is still speculation at this point, but they seem pretty confident about the news.  I imagine we’re going to get first hand news about casting during the Warner Bros. event at SDCC in a couple of weeks.

Boatload Of Baddies For ‘Dark Knight’

July 9, 2007

anthonymichaelhall.gifMore news from the Batman front.  I reported a while back that there were rumors floating around that Anthony Michael Hall was supposedly playing Edward Nygma, whose alter ego is the Riddler, in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins.  These rumors are now making the rounds again, and I feel pretty confident that they are true.  This might work out fine if they are introducing Nygma pre-Riddler and don’t try to rush to him becoming his bad guy persona.

Not only that, film ick has reported that , who is playing Harvey Dent aka Two-face, has been seen on set, by a spy, in Two-face makeup.  The spy says,”Scarring acoss the nose just a tad bit. One of his eyes is deformed. And little bubbles across the scarring (They’re manips that look similar). Wicked cool.”

I’ll admit, these actors playing these characters is pretty exciting, however, I can’t help but be a little bit nervous.  I keep thinking about Spiderman 3 all the problems that movie had with too many bad guys.  I think Christopher Nolan is a very talented director and more that capable of handling the overload (if one exists), but I’m just not sure how this will play out.  The guys at film ick commented that maybe Two-face’s part would end up being an epilogue and kind of set up the scenario for a 3rd sequel.  That would definitely lighten the load, but there’s still a lot going on.

1-18-08.com Updated With New Photo

July 9, 2007

1-18-08pt2.gifI took a step back from the Cloverfield stuff for the weekend so I don’t know how long it’s been up, but if you head over to 1-18-08.com you can see that there is now a new photo to look at. This one looks like it was taken from the party scene from that the trailer. The timestamp on the photo indicates it took place roughly thirty minutes before the previous photo. The plot just keeps thickening.

While we’re on the subject, there is a lot of discussion going on over at ethanhaaswaswrong. There have been many cryptic messaged being posted and one user has put in a lot of time and effort to translate it. LiveJournal user, never-evil, has the translation here.

Here’s a snippet:
Clearly there are some among you who know the truth and may even be worthy of the Mezin, who have strength of mind and will to see what trial awaits and are not distracted…

Let me know if anyone finds anything else.

Pics Of Will Smith On ‘John Hancock’ Set

July 8, 2007

will-smith-john-hancock.gifEven though we’re still waiting for the release of I Am Legend, Will Smith is already in the process of working on his next film, John Hancock ( previously titled Tonight, He Comes).  The movie is about a superhero who falls out of public favor and ends up turning into an alcoholic.  A PR guy (Jason Bateman), that Smith’s character once helped, decides to try and help him rebuild his public image.  Things get messy when Smith hooks up with Bateman’s wife, Charlize Theron.  Sounds like an interesting premise to me.  The film is directed by Peter Berg.

Anyway, my point was to show you all some photos of Smith on the set of the film.  Head on over to JustJared if you want to check them out.  In the pics, Smith looks a bit goofy as a booze-hound , but I’d imagine that is the point.  They’ve got him on some wires so they can simulate flying later, at least thats my guess.  Anyway, it gives you an early look at his character at least, but this one won’t be in theaters until July 2, 2008.