Friday, December 09, 2005

TV-to-Film Translations Make Us Better

Let's get the important news out of the way first. Finally, some one's figured out that they can make feature films of old TV shows. What an incredible and underused idea. Anyway, here's the next memory of childhood, ready to receive a sound beating. I'm waiting for the movie version of "What's Happening?"

Valderrama saddles up for 'CHiPs'
By Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel
Wilmer Valderrama will star as motorcycle cop Ponch in Warner Bros. Pictures' big-screen version of "CHiPs." The studio has just acquired the rights for the TV series and has set Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove to adapt.
Erik Estrada famously originated the Ponch role in "CHiPs," which ran on NBC in the late 1970s and followed the adventures of California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Francis "Ponch" Poncherello and Jon Baker. Larry Wilcox played Baker.
The show had a serious macho tone, but over the years has achieved a cheesy, cult status. Sources say the project was built around the involvement of Valderrama, best known as Fez on "That '70s Show."
The movie will be an action-comedy set in the present day. The formula has worked well for Warners, which has had success with recent TV-to-film translations such as "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

WoW! Movies made from old TV shows...I wonder if it means a higher quality of entertainment. I wonder if we will one day look back and say "Making these movies was worth it because the gave us endless hours of joy!"

Hey, let's not be nasty, just because "some" of the "TV Movies" aren't that good, doesn't mean a thing!

Okay, Okay! Point made! Some of these movies weren't a good idea! It's easy to just pick the few bad ones to make a point!

FINE! Weren't there any good ones? I mean weren't any even watchable?

See? It was worth it!

DigitalFusion Assists Bringing Comic Book Hero to the Big Screen
The hints in this article may be sparse, but let me go on the record right now!
Spider-man 3 = Black Suit

Artist Hugh Milstein Designs Elements of the Costume for Spiderman 2 and 3 The Spiderman 2 suit was dreamed up by costume designer Jim Acheson whose film credits include Brazil, Restoration, and Daredevil. But bringing a 2D drawing into 3D reality takes a team. Acheson collaborated with DigitalFusion's Hugh Milstein to bring Spiderman's suit to life. Acheson worked closely with Milstein to create realistic muscles and fantastic colors for the costume.
"The catch was that we had to print on stretch fabric, so conventional color sync methods only applied so far," said Milstein. "The trick was to play with the levels of saturation and density so that when we pulled the costume over Toby, a darker color would stretch and become lighter - we took that into account with the digital patterns."
The key element in creating the suit was the subtle variations in shadow to emphasize muscle so that when Maguire put the suit on he instantly looked like he was in superhuman shape.
Milstein is now working with Acheson to create the costume in the eagerly anticipated Spiderman 3. "It's a top secret process right now," says Milstein. "But I can tell you, you're going to want to get a ticket for this one."
Okay, its really, really implied, but I chose to believe he's talking bout this!

An umbrella for Hoffman and Rockwell wants in on the Joke?

Man! Either people are way off on this or there's a tug of war at Warner Bros. about who will be smiling last. I love Rockwell, but I don't see this as a good role for him. Hoffman, on the other hand is as inspired as Frazier/Beast!

Author: Jett Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 8:35 AM, 2:50 PM CENTRAL TIME:
This is how it usually works - no news/rumors for a while, and then they flow in one after another. Fresh on the heals of this morning's Rockwell rumor, comes more scuttlebut on who may play The Penguin. A trusted source has told BOF that Philip Seymour Hoffman (CAPOTE) may get a look as a potential Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot. Honestly, I know of the guy, but I'm not all too familiar with his work. Anyway, another name to add to the mix...
I have been told that actor Sam Rockwell (CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND ) "...has been personally campaigning for the role of The Joker in [Chris] Nolan's [ BATMAN BEGINS] sequel." Hey, I'm sure he is - he any just about every actor his age in Hollywood! I'm kidding - sort of. Anyway, I'm not saying that Rockwell is "officially" being considered, and I'm certainly not saying he isn't either. This info came in from a reliable individual who got it from someone close to Mr. Rockwell. Our sources adds, "This doesn't mean he is confirmed or unconfirmed or even under consideration, but I can definitely say that the man is pursuing the role."

Nope. I don't see it.
Sorry Sam.
And now, for the Elektra fan who doesn't hate Jennifer Garner,
just her Elektra movies, I found this,
I call it what could have been:

I'll Leave you today with this Good News for TV Animation fans.

'Justice League' and 'Batman Beyond' Get Season Set Treatment in March

By Bird Boy12-08-2005, 11:40 AM

Warner Brothers Home Video has officially announced both Justice League and Batman Beyond box sets for a March 21st release. Both sets will contain each shows entire first season.
Details are below.
Justice League: Season 1 Synopsis: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl: they have all used their unique powers to fight evil across the galaxy. These 7 super heroes unite to become the Justice League. These 26 adventures feature battles with favorite villains like Lex Luthor, Vandal Savage and sorceress Morgan Le Fey. Acts of justice include saving Aquaman from a coup and clearing Green Lantern's name in a charge of genocide. From the smash hit TV series, these triumphant tales of teamwork will enthrall and inspire!

Batman Beyond: Season 1 Synopsis: Terry McGinnis was just an ordinary teenager...until his father was mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to battle injustice, Wayne refuses to help. So Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Batsuit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit: tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father's assassin. Get in on the action from the beginning of a new partnership between an ex-crimefighter and his apprentice.

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