Friday, November 10, 2006

The Drama, The Pain, The New Spider-man 3 Trailer

UPDATED!! WITH KEEN SCREEN SHOTS!!

Long ago I called this movie as I saw it. It was all about the black suit and yes we found out long ago, (but less long ago) that it WAS all about the black suit. Until recently, everyone has been complaining about this thing having too many villains and being overwhelmed with characters. Don't worry, Sam Raimi has not forgotten the key to Spider-man. No matter how many villains or troubles swirling round in the chaotic tornado that is the life of this tragic superhero, it's always, always, always.... all about Peter and the choice.

And now that we have seen the new trailer that just came out (and is now provided to you everywhere including below) we see that good old Sam has not forgotten this rule. The reason Spider-man will never be defeated in the hearts of his ever growing fan base, is that he is a royal, guilt-ridden mess.

Stan Lee and the boys at Timely Comics (Marvel Comics' original name) spent years writing teen romance focused soap opera comics, before they fatefully decided to merge their characters with colorful costumes and bad social skills, first with the bickering Fantastic Four and the brooding Hulk and then in their most perfect concoction: The Amazing Spider-man, equaling one part dark mysterious hooded hero, one part teen angst ridden pubescent nerd, one part monster movie (I Was A Teenage Fly), and one part internalized Woody Allen monologue.




Spider-man is at heart about the purpose of the hero, not the antihero who has largely taken that role since Clint Eastwood stood in the hot sun and put on a knit rug, but the hero, who has an ethical standard and a selflessness, that sadly many people Today cannot equate to their own choices. Peter didn't do the right thing because he wanted to or because he got rewarded, he did it because it was the right thing to do. His actions held together a larger ethical system, that believed that heroism is not fun, it's damn hard and thankless, but regardless, it is the only thing that elevates us from opportunism and blind rationality.

Perhaps this all sounds rather silly, optimistic and juvenile, and perhaps it is, but as much as I like Wolverine, I don't think he has anything to teach children about ethics they couldn't learn from TV Wrestling or the latest horror movie. The anti-hero is applauded when he kicks ass, and survives to fight again.

Spider-man is about overcoming fear, anger and selfish desires. It's about the pain of sometimes doing what is correct as opposed to sitting on the couch with your friends getting drunk on gin and tonics. In this world where self is all important and kids seem to have no idea how to rip themselves away from the "symbiotic" media monster that sucks at their brain, it's nice to see some piece of popular culture that focuses on something a little more noble than most.

After watching the new trailer I can see that once again, regardless of the cast of characters, Spider-man 3 is about Peter, fighting himself, to do the right thing.


Nuff Said.

More Spider Stuff HERE

Stuff Daddy on Spider-man 3:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Venom, Sandman & Harry, They Don't Want You To See!

Aintitcool News again....
They put up something.. and it was taken down....
by the request of Sony.

It was Here, But now it's here!!

What are they?


Early designs of the major three baddies from Spidey 3,
Venom, Sandman and the dreaded..
Harry...the green surfer!!
(click em all... go ahead!)


Well, he looks kind of silly,
but I have complete faith in Sam Raimi..
so nuff said!!

Also!
The new Spider-man 3 Trailer will be on Thursday night primetime
on CBS and MTV!
I'm not sure what time on CBS,
but MTV will make you watch
'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel' at 10 pm.
Casino Royale will also have the trailer on the big screen on November 17
and of course, you can just watch it on the web Thursday night at iFilm.

Update!!
From Sony Pictures Entertainment:

Spider-Man fans will get a long-awaited sneak peek at Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated motion picture Spider-Man 3 when a new, full-length, two-and-a-half minute trailer debuts in a special unprecedented "road block" across Viacom Inc.'s brands and on the CBS Television Network on Thursday, November 9, at approximately 10:00 pm. Spider-Man 3, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi, kicks off next summer's moviegoing season on May 4, 2007.

The television networks airing the new trailer include BET, CBS, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Spike TV and VH1, with each supporting the event with custom promotions both on-air and online. A total of 14 online destinations from Viacom's networks are supporting the airing of the trailer, including AddictingGames.com, AddictingClips.com, BET.com, MTV.com, IFILM.com, Nick.com, ComedyCentral.com, GameTrailers.com, LOGOonline.com, Neopets.com, SpikeTV.com, The-N.com, VH1.com, and Xfire.com.

Immediately following the television premiere, a high-definition version of the trailer will be available exclusively on MTV Networks' IFILM.com.

In Spider-Man 3, based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. As Spider-Man basks in the public's adulation for his accomplishments, Peter becomes overconfident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. His newfound self-assuredness is jeopardized when he faces the battle of his life against two of the most feared villains ever, Sandman and Venom, whose unparalleled power and thirst for retribution threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Marilyn Manson's Nightmare Before Chirstmas?

Actually, I find this quite fitting...

At the link below, you can hear Marilyn Manson singing "This Is Halloween." I think he finally found his way into mainstream pop. They say that every 30 years one generation's rebellious music becomes their children or grand children's nursery rhymes. What this means is that if you put "The Wiggles" into a time machine and set it back to 1950, Graceland would suddenly be Australia's biggest tourist attraction and "In The Ghetto" would be sung in four part harmony. Also "Jail House Rock" would probably have references to a Pirate, an Octopus and a Dog.

Over HERE you will find everything you need to know about the release (or re-release) of The Nightmare Before Christmas In 3D including the Manson cover!

Disney says:

Tim Burton's holiday classic, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, makes a return to the big screen just in time to celebrate the film's 13th Anniversary this Halloween in stunning Disney Digital 3D(TM). The dazzling new make-over of the musical-fantasy was led by the film's original filmmaking team of Academy Award(R) nominated writer/producer Tim Burton ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride") and director Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach") as well as the talented technical wizards at Industrial Light + Magic. Audiences will get closer than ever to Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon), as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara), a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters -- Lock, Shock, and Barrel -- to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack"

Disc One of the soundtrack includes the original score and ten songs by Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated composer-songwriter Danny Elfman.

Disc Two contains nine songs: five new versions of original soundtrack songs specially re-recorded by alternative rock superstars Marilyn Manson, Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Fiona Apple and She Wants Revenge, plus four never-before-released demo tracks performed by Danny Elfman.

A pulsing, electric-guitar-driven "This Is Halloween" shows off the dark side of Halloween and the many voices of Marilyn Manson.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fiona Apple's moody voice echoes Sally's longing and despair in "Sally's Song."

Fall Out Boy contributes a jubilant, propulsive version of "What's This?"

That contrasts with the electronic, post-punk aesthetic She Wants Revenge brings to "Kidnap the Sandy Claws."

Panic! At the Disco delivers their own unique, sweeping and lushly orchestrated twist on "This Is Halloween."

Rounding out the disc are four previously unreleased demo tracks -
"Making Christmas,"
"Oogie Boogie's Song,"
"Kidnap the Sandy Claws"
"This is Halloween" - from the singing voice of Jack Skellington himself, Danny Elfman.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Popeye VS Anime, a Study of Contrasts

I spotted this on YouTube, and I have no idea if you've seen this or not, but you should.

Who doesn't love Popeye? That lovable muttering-under-his-breath sailor has had it hard lately with the whole "people talking about me spinach" thing, so it's great to see him out and about again, especially for his latest cause "Protecting Children From Anime."

You see, geeks are a fun but trusting group, who greet all manor of genre media with enthusiasm and open arms. Whether it's something of quality like the new "Battlestar Galactica" DVD or something toxicly "B -rated" like the 21st season of "Stargate SG1: Pretend We Are Farscape (Because we hired the whole damn cast)," the geek market opens it's wallet wide, supporting anything that even tries to mention space, aliens, superheros, time travel, monsters or cloned bikini clad women with blue hair (not that I'm complaining...Wait...I am complaining...Sorry I forgot).

Anyway, geek culture needs someone kicking their ass and making distinctions of quality. The past six years has been good to us comic book film geeks or as we call ourselves "Sequential Art to Film Aficionados" (yes....we really don't call ourselves that).

If we want more "Spider-man 2," "Ghost World," "X2," "V For Vendetta," "Justice League Unlimited," "Batman Animated," "Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex," "Samurai Champloo," "Lost," and "Battlestar Galactica," we need to point our disdain at "DareDevil," "Fantastic Four," "X3," "Pokemon," "Yu-Gi-Oh," "Stargate," "The 4400," "The Deadzone," "Inuyasha," and "Who Wants to Be a Superhero." (we all hate that last one right?)

Oh yeah, Popeye!
Popeye is performing an important role, by allowing us to visualize the stark contrasts between traditional western animation and its direct, non-referential "character gets hit in the head and says Ow!" style of story telling and the negative aspects of "Bad Anime," whose, repetitive, bureaucratic rule based hierarchal tournament plots churn out obsessive, gambling children who act like pint-sized heroin addicts in their never ending, lust quenching for the new monster, card or tournament. Check it Out!



I am not an Anime hater, by any means. But I will admit that pre "Cowboy BeBop" I had no use for anything other than "Akira," the work of Hayao Miyazaki and "Gatchaman/Battle Of The Planets," which as a child of the late seventies is my birthright! (Battle Of The Planets Rules!!)


Right off the top of my head I can tell you what I'm liking in the Anime world:

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Cowboy BeBop
Samurai Champloo
Wolf's Rain
Paranoia Agent
FLCL
Fullmetal Alchemist


Each one of these shows is deeply character based, strongly written and unabashedly strange.
(yes I watch Adult Swim) Let me know, if you have any recommendations.


Friday, October 13, 2006

The Green Surfer..







Not much to say.. except that if you thought that Tim Story was joking about bringing the Silver Surfer and Galactus into his sequel to the tepid "Fantastic Four," here's proof that he was serious.

Flickr has unearthed the first two pictures of a green screened Norrin Radd or in this case Doug Jones (he was the actor who played Abe Sapien in "Hellboy" although the voice was rerecorded by Frazier's brother Niles). HERE


I can't comment on the pictures since its obviously green screened (not "motion capture" like others have mentioned). Since that means they will probably layer computer generated effect on top of him, we will have to wait and see. I just hope that Tim Story understands why fans feel he did a lousy job and actually tries to make a better film.


As I stare at what should be Marvels' most inspiring and philosophical character, I fear him slipping away from us like Elecktra and Kingpin and Frank Castle. Maybe he will make a better film. I liked "Barber Shop" a lot. He did "Taxi" too... Bye Bye Norrin!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Why 300 is the Next Sin City!













Solace In Cinema has a great comic to film
comparison of "300" that should help people understand why "Sin City" will now have it's aire.











Shot in a green screened environment, Director Zack Snyder painstakingly recreates image after image of comic genius. Check it out HERE!!


Comics aesthetic influence on Movies!
The revolution has begun!!

Another Ghost Rider Trailer.. Still Looks Fun..?

Over HERE is a new trailer for "Ghost Rider," the movie brought to you by Mark Steven Johnson, who made DareDevil fly like Peter Pan.

The thing is, while I still have no doubt that this movie will not be good, I still feel like I want to see it. Now that the effects look complete and they added that Spider-man "Curse is his Gift" line, I think the actual "Ghost Rider" looks pretty damn cool. His bike is cool, the transformation is cool (especially since we get to see that horrid wig Cage is wearing burn off) Sam Elliott is cool, Peter Fonda desperately wants to be cool again and Wes Bently, who I haven't seen since "American Beauty" demonstrates what happens to the actors that don't get picked to be Spider-man. Too bad, he is a good actor, for that matter, what happened to Thora Birch? Since her "Ghost World" co-star Ms. Scarlett Johansson became "THE" actress in Indywood she has faded into the wall, and that is not easy for a girl like Thora, nossir.

Damn, I think I just got infected by the "Entertainment Tonight" virus. I better go before I start talking about famous people who haven't been in good films. Even though I liked this trailer, I think we can be pretty safe that "Ghost Rider" isn't going to get Eva Mendes out of that group. Although, technically..... is she famous?

Friday, September 29, 2006

Holy Crap! Robert Downey, Jr. is Ironman!!!














"It is true. Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. I am about as excited as I can be. I saw what he can do and he is extremely enthusiastic about playing Stark. I can say with absolute certainty that there is no better choice. The humor and emotional dimension he brings truly raises the bar on this project. Get ready."


-Director Jon Favreau
from his myspace group HERE




This is not the way I would have gone,
as I said back in THIS post, I was thinking Billy Crudup.

None the less, Robert Downey, Jr. is one of the finest actors walking on this Earth
and nobody knows about addiction more than he does, so watch out for the "Demon in a Bottle" story arc that will probably be in Ironman 2: Leaving Las Vegas!!

Robert Downey, Jr. certainly doesn't scream,
macho Italian billionaire and he ain't that young anymore,
but the man was Chaplin!! Chaplin!!

This is a very Michael Keaten/Batman type of move and I wish Director Jon Favreau all the luck in the world.

AINTITCOOLNEWS has the exclusive story:

Brace yourselves for what happens when someone makes the right choice for once.

Tony Stark will be played by
Robert Downey, Jr.

I can’t even express how much I love that choice. First of all, congratulations to Paramount and Marvel for having the nerve to pin their franchise on Downey. He’s had some rough years, but if I’ve ever seen anyone aggressively work to rehab their career, it’s Downey.

Even in his darkest days, he was
doing good work, but lately he seems more in touch than ever with what makes him great as a performer. He’s excellent with comedy, and he can break an audience’s heart with ease. Rare combination. And when the franchise finally gets into some of Tony Stark’s darkest hours, when he faces down his own demons in the second film or the third, can you imagine how much soul Downey can bring to it? If handled right, that’s some of the most potent dramatic material in any Marvel movie, and now they’ve got the right actor to make it all work.


As an added Bonus, I dropped in some designs for Ironman that didn't get Favreau 's approval.


Okay Tony's in there somewhere, I can see it.