Monday, January 16, 2006

Heroes For Hire? Daughters of Demons?

Happy Birthday MLK!

Instead of sleeping in and doing your Laundry, celebrate a great and lately, under appreciated man by watching a great film starring a great and under appreciated actor. Go rent Boycott (2001) directed by Clark Johnson (Homicide's Det. Meldrick Lewis) you will really enjoy it. Boycott tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King's journey into political activism as he finds himself handed the task of leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Jeffrey Wright becomes MLK and its really the only portrayal of him I have ever enjoyed. You will remember why we celebrate him. Here's to ya Dr. King!

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Is It More Than Meets The Eye?
http://www.filmrot.com/articles/news/006684.php#ATB
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Filmrot has an interesting clip that may be what it seems, an ILM clip of test footage for the "Transformers" movie. Nobody knows, but Director and all around creepy guy Michael Bay has apparently told Harry Knowles that its fake. Either way, I think its a good test, "test" being the word and improvement always being the reason we "test" things. I don't know why someone else would spend the time doing a live rotoscoped CG animation combination, but thousands film themselves running around in their backyards fighting Darth Vader with only a flashlight and their bathrobes, so anything is possible.

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Word is X-Men's Wolverine is getting some new moves. Freshman mutants in the movie franchise, like Angel and Beast, hog all the buzz these days, but don't expect the vet to sit on the sidelines filing his claws. In fact, Hugh Jackman, who plays the hotheaded, cigar-smoking superhero, recently told Entertainment Weekly's Neil Drumming that X-Men 3, directed by Brett Ratner and opening May 26, will roll out a much more refined Wolvie.
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What's different about Wolverine 3.0? HUGH JACKMAN: We tried to incorporate a little more of some of the artwork of the comics into Wolverine's fighting style. I was very adamant at the beginning in 1 and 2 -- I used to watch tapes of Mike Tyson -- and I was like, I don't want it to be pretty. I don't want it to be martial arts. I don't want him to be anything other than, like, a street fighter. He doesn't fight for the sake of fighting. If he can take someone's head off in the first punch, he'll take it off. Simon [Crane, stunt coordinator for Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Troy, and both Tomb Raiders] kind of convinced me and we worked on some styles of incorporating some of the artwork in the comics, which is a little stylized, more to use what his strength is -- which is [that he's] small. Me, I'm actually a tall man, so that took a little training and I worked hard on that. So here's the big question: Will fans of the comic book be satisfied -- especially since Bratt Ratner is new to the franchise? Oh, yeah. There's a lot of things we really tried to get in 1 and 2 which -- I don't mean to be blunt -- were just real expensive and we couldn't get them in until 1 and 2 were so successful. So there's some sequences there that the fans -- if you go to that midnight screening on the first night, they'll just be going ballistic. There's some specific choreography, famous fighting moves (FASTBALL SPECIAL!!!!!), that we use in this movie that we haven't been able to do before.
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The fans have been the foundation of the success of this movie and they're never forgotten. Trust me. No decision is made without considering the history of each character. You don't want to come in and just rewrite the history books. And let's face it: If I do a disservice to Wolverine, I can easily be spat on in the street. What's up with a possible Wolverine spin-off? I'm into it. We're actually working on a script. X-Men is an ensemble movie, even if some characters are in it more than others. It's about the X-Men. I love playing the part. I think it's the best part going around. I may be biased, but I think there's so much still to be mined, still to be learned from that [character]. I think it will stand up to a feature-length movie. And we've had some really amazing interests from some great filmmakers and great writers also really intrigued by the character.
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Would you consider writing it yourself? I will always put my input in from the actor's point of view. At this point I feel like I know the character, from some perspective, incredibly well, so I will always have a lot to say. But no. Posted by Neil Drumming 01. 6.06 , 03:05 PM
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"Sweet Christmas?"

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MTV Talks To Luke Cage?
01.09.2006 5:48 PM EST
From
www.MTV.com

http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1520415/story.jhtml

Below, MTV.com has an interview with Tyrese Gibson who apparently thinks he'll be playing "Luke Cage: PowerMan" sometime soon in theaters near you.
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Personally I think they shouldn't dilute Luke cage and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) by separating them into two properties. Alone you have two low level urban Marvel heroes who were at best 1970's stereotypes. ("I'll Crush you SUCKA!!") Of all the Black heroes to emerge after the "Silver Age" of comics, Powerman didn't have the character or depth of "Black Lightning" or 1980's hero and Teen Titan "Cyborg" (not to mention Marvel's prize possession "Black Pather" which, if handled right could become the biggest thing since Bond or Batman.)
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Powerman just shouted big stupid "Sucka" lines and wore a ridiculous costume, that made him look like "Pimp of the Year" Iron Fist looked like "American Ninja: The Comic Book!"
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But, when you add "Iron Fist" and "Powerman" together as say, ahem...."PowerMan & Iron Fist: Heroes for Hire!!" Then you have a hip Seventies buddy film about two guys who kick ass, do super type things for money and love to wear their collars real high. I never read "Iron Fist" or "Luke Cage: Powerman," but I loved those "Heroes for Hire!" Before "PowerMan & Iron Fist" the characters really didn't breath. "Power Man and Iron Fist" gave each character life and definition as well as a positive and strong relationship between two guys who couldn't be more different and had bills to pay.
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(for more important Marvel history)
With "Heroes for Hire" You can make a Seventies action/comedy buddy film that parodies Marvel's corny yet awesome 1970's era! Bring in "MoonKnight" or "The White Tiger." Call up "Misty Knight" and "Colleen Wing!" Pump up the P-Funk and the JB's! Now that's a Movie!
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I must note that modern day "Luke Cage" is in fact a cool and well developed character who recently joined the Avengers and is a proud pappy. He has depth and has lost the famous yellow shirt and metal crown (or whatever that was, I would call it a tiara, but I don't want my ass kicked) he is a contemporary hero with dignity and he's well written.
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That's definitely the way they want to go with him and that's cool, but Danny Rand is his family, and well, I don't think they'll ever make a Smokey movie without the Bandit or a BJ without the Bear. Don't give me "Powerman" without "Iron Fist."
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Luke Cage Today: an actual bonifide Avenger!! Spidey shows Luke how he usually takes down Electro.
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Tyrese Gibson stands more than six feet tall, crammed with hulking muscle. In this month's naval drama "Annapolis," the camera admiringly zooms in on his massive arms as he portrays a merciless commanding officer and boxer. By the time he's done preparing for his dream role, however, his current appearance will seem scrawny by comparison.
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"I'm probably going to be benching about 415 pounds once I get into that mode," Gibson said with a grin as he discussed his desire to play Luke Cage in an upcoming superhero flick from the makers of "The Fantastic Four" and the "Spider-Man" films. "They're just saying that 'Luke Cage was a real big and muscular guy, and we want to make sure that you appear to be that.' "

For the benefit of those poor souls who wasted their childhoods playing outside, Cage has filled the vibrant pages of Marvel Comics for more than three decades and was the first black character to receive his own comic book series. Developed to capitalize on the so-called "blaxploitation" film trend of the 1970s, Cage possesses superhuman strength and resistance to injury, the result of scientific experiments he underwent while in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Something of a cross between Shaft and a member of the Black Panther party, Cage is a "hero for hire" who's been known to invoke the catchphrase "Sweet Christmas!"
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It was this past Christmas season that was particularly sweet for Tyrese, as he continued to receive indications that Marvel would select him from a wide range of rumored names (including Jamie Foxx) for the high-profile gig. "They have me in mind, along with a few other people," he said, not wanting to jinx himself. "Do I have a better chance at getting it? Probably."
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(Director John Singleton)
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Tyrese would indeed seem to have the inside track, as "Luke Cage" director John Singleton has worked with him three times ("Baby Boy," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Four Brothers") and has stated that he'd like Marvel to hand the role to his frequent leading man. In order to show Marvel that it'd be making the right decision, the star recently began a strict workout regimen that will hopefully render him superheroic.

"I just have to get in shape for it; that's the only thing," he said. "They want me to be really massive, and big, and it's going to require a whole other level."
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(Marvel's mouthpiece extraordinaire)

Marvel Chairman and CEO Avi Arad has stated that he expects the film to be brutal enough to earn an R rating, and that longtime nemesis Diamondback will be the film's villain (Terrence Howard has been frequently linked to the role). "This will [have an] urban soundtrack, it will be great," Arad said of his goals for the film. "The whole idea behind Luke Cage is that he's anything but a hero. He's [a mercenary] for hire, and men like that find out it's a good business by accident. And then [find out] what's really inside him."
— Larry Carroll

(Below, I remember this ad, this is what Luke Cage needs...)

Read more:
http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1520415/story.jhtml


Cool New Beast Picture!!

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Cool New Beast Picture!!


Will Batman Begins 2 feature...
The Daughter of The Demon?
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I have been talking to Jett, whose website http://www.batman-on-film.com/ is the top of the heap if you like Batman movies and want the latest info on who Christian Bale will be ass kick'n in the next flick. In fact, Jett probably deserves some credit for "Batman Begins" happening at all. His site became a positive focal point in the communication between Warner Bros. and Batman fans and had an impact on the creative decisions and choice of director. Too bad he doesn't run a "Fantastic Four on Film" website, huh?
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I had emailed Jett to ask him if he had heard anything about the possible addition of Talia into the new franchise. Talia is the faithful and passionate Daughter of Ra's Al Ghul and the true beloved of Batman's life. She's really the only woman who knows Bruce for his true self. Plus she can kick ass with the best of them. In the DC comic book universe, Talia and Bats conceived a baby boy, although she has hidden this knowledge from him.. Jett thought that she probably wouldn't be in the next film, which seems focused on Joker and Harvey Dent/Two face. A day later he emailed me a heads up on an article from www.Moviehole.net which I had just read myself. check it out below:
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A few more Batman rumours to chew on
Posted by Clint Morris on January 12, 2006 Take it with a grain of salt for now, but have just had a bit of a chinwag with a scooper who seems to be as on the ball as you can get when you're separated by a sea. In such occasions, we usually give them the floor… 'Fly-on-the-wall' says he's got wind of a new name that the brothers Warner hope to have in the next "Batman" film. She'd play a femme fatale. "This is the first screen appearance for this character in the Batman films and she has a very close connection with a major character in Nolan's first Batman movie. She will be out for revenge against Bruce Wayne and Gotham in a major way . As of who the studio is looking at for this role, let's just say that she is nominated for a SAG, a Golden Globe and is on her way to an Oscar nomination as well. She is also in fact five months pregnant and will be in tip top fighting shape once production begins to roll early next year but not before she throws a few coins in a fountain".
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Imediately, I thought Talia! She has never been represented in a movie and she's the only conceivable character that would want revenge based on the first movie. Jett also thought he knew who the actress was. At his website he mentions he thinks its Rachel Weisz. (oh yeah..."throws a few coins in a fountain" she's starring in "the Fountain" with Hugh Jackman) check out the link to read more on the Joker rumors. Personally, I'm so sick of those rumours. They haven't made a decision and everyone wants in.. This week its Johnny Depp, next week it will be Adrien Brody or Michael Keaton or The Rock or Jim Carrey or Jennfier Anisten. Everyone wants this part! So until we know more, here's some cool background on Talia:
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(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

Talia al Ghul, the daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul and a love interest (and sometimes wife) of Batman. She sometimes uses an anglicized form of her name, Talia Head (derived from her father's name, which is Arabic for "Head of the Demon").

She first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). Her usual role is as a recurring romantic interest for Batman; her father, the leader of a worldwide criminal empire, considers Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and become his heir. Naturally, Batman is not interested in the criminal empire, but he has shown considerable interest in Talia.
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She is a complex character, not quite heroine nor villainess. She has undoubtedly committed criminal acts; however, they were usually committed out of loyalty to her father rather than for personal gain. She has saved Batman's life or helped him on numerous occasions.

In her youth, Ra's took her traveling with him around the world. He taught her hand-to-hand combat as well as the use of most conventional weapons, from swords to guns. She helped him in the management of various organizations he controlled.
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Talia first met Batman in the story "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971) by Denny O'Neil. In the story, Batman rescued her from Dr. Darkk, apparently the leader of the League of Assassins. At the end of the story, she shoots and kills Darkk to save Batman's life. There are reasons to believe that the entire incident with Dr. Darkk was a setup designed to test Batman.

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That "Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!" was a setup would be consistent with the storyline of the next appearance of Talia, in "Daughter of the Demon" in Batman #232 (June 1971). This storyline, by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, introduced Ra's al Ghul and is widely considered one of the greatest classic Batman stories. In "Daughter of the Demon", Dick Grayson (Robin) is kidnapped. Ra's al Ghul enters the Batcave, revealing to Batman that he knows Batman's secret identity and saying that Talia was also kidnapped along with Dick. Batman then goes with Ra's to search for Dick and Talia; in the end, it is revealed that Talia loved Batman and that the entire kidnapping was a setup designed by Ra's as a final test of whether Batman was suitable to marry Talia and become his heir. Though Batman rejected Ra's's offer, Batman nevertheless returned Talia's feelings.

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In the years since Talia met Batman, she would repeatedly be torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman.


In the graphic novel Son of the Demon, Ra's al Ghul successfully enlisted Batman's aid in defeating a rogue assassin who had murdered Ra's al Ghul's wife. During this story line, Batman married Talia and she became pregnant. Batman was nearly killed protecting Talia from an attack by the assassin's agents. In the end, Talia concluded that she could never keep Batman, as he would be defending her. She claimed to have miscarried and the marriage was dissolved.

The child was eventually born and left with an orphanage; he was adopted and given the name Ibn al Xu'ffasch. The only identification provided was Talia's jewel-encrusted necklace, which had once belonged to Talia's mother.

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