July 28, 2005Trailers)
Whoa. You can say that again. A Scanner Darkly is an upcoming Richard Linklater film based on a story by Philip K. Dick and starring Keanu Reeves. But the best part is that it was made using rotoscoping, where animation is drawn over live-action film. Yeah, funkadelic.
July 27, 2005TV)
TV icon Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue) is back with a ground-breaking TV series, Over There, which tells the story of soldiers in Iraq. It's the first television series ever to focus on a war that's still going on.
Too bad it's on FX, denying those of us with no cable.Buzz)
Remake-a-palooza continues with the announcement that the 1980s cartoon Voltron will be made into a live-action movie. Voltron: Defender of the Universe will follow in the footsteps of Transformers, another 80s cartoon that's being made into a live-action movie (with Michael Bay directing). Voltron, however, has the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams on board to ensure a killer score.
Check out Voltron Force for everything you need to know about Voltron. All I can say is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers better look out: the original primary color coordinated super team is back.
The Chicago Tribune had the best headline: Giant robots from the '80s to invade U.S. theaters
July 21, 2005TV)
The Sci-Fi channel is airing one of the quirkiest sci-fi shows ever made, Joss Whedon's Firefly. The sci-fi-western-comedy-drama show lasted less than half a season before Fox canceled it. Of course Fox has canceled more than a few worthy TV shows. As one writer says, "every time you support a canceled Fox show, somewhere a network executive loses his wings."
The best reason for watching Firefly is to prepare for the upcoming movie version, Serenity.
July 11, 2005Movie News)
Ralph Winter, the producer behind such hits as X-Men and X2 talks about the continuing X-Men saga, the new Fantastic Four movie, and an upcoming project, a movie version of pastor Rick Warren's best-selling book, A Purpose-Driven Life.
Currently Winter is the development stage with A Purpose-Driven Life, trying to come up with a script loosely based on one or a few of the book's princples.
He also talks about the growing role of Christians in Hollywood and why some Christian efforts haven't worked:
[Christians] want to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ and make sure it’s uber-clear what’s happened by the end of the story. We’ve lost the ability to create mystery and wonder.
Movies are not good at giving answers. Movies are great at asking questions. Movies that do that are lasting.
July 9, 2005Extracurricular) Inspired)
Depp continues to star in top-notch flicks, including this summer's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He explains his rationale for picking projects, which includes not doing something for money and doing work his children can be proud of--a motivation that started long before he even had children.
I was released (from Jump Street) while I was doing Edward Scissorhands, and I swore to myself that I would only work on these films or these projects that I would at least someday be able to say to my kids, 'That was all me. That's pure me. I didn't sell out because I don't want you to be mortified or embarrassed.' So that was what was in my head at the time, just thinking if I am going to this, I am going to do it on my terms. If I am going to fail, I am going to fail on my own terms.
July 6, 2005Extracurricular)
An archive of concise movie reviews written on ticket stubs.
What more needs to be said?Extracurricular)
While I don't usually read Wheaton's blog, I do like his style. He's not a pretentious actor and speaks pretty freely about what it's really like trying to get acting jobs.
July 5, 2005Business)
You can expect to see more commercials before your next summer blockbuster. The ads grew 23% last year and are a $438 million industry. With the luster of TV advertising fading, companies are enjoying the captive audience of the movie theater.