Friday, April 27, 2007

The Real MARVEL Phoenix: IRONMAN

UPDATE: From Mr. Favreau's Myspace Page (here)
Posted: Apr 28, 2007 7:58 PM
I just got back in town. The company has been on the road for many weeks. We started off in the mountains of Lone Pine which doubled for Afghanistan. We then moved to Edwards Air Force Base. We finally closed out the out of town work with Fontana, CA.

Let me confirm a few things: The movie will contain both the gray suit and the gold and red. The light you see in the photo on Robert's chest in the USA Today article is the chest piece glowing through his shirt. He is in captivity and forging the mask of the Mark 1. Both suits have been built practically by Winston Studios and are busily at work as we speak. We are exploring ideas for teaser trailers, though no date has been decided. We are planning to attend San Diego Comicon. Bridges is bald and plays Stane. The movie is on schedule and could not be going better.

We know Spider-man 3 will, at worst, be better than anything else Marvel's come up with this year, but what do we really have to look forward to in a sea of GhostRider/Elektra/Fantastic Four/Punisher/DareDevil mediocrity?

MARVEL is finally helming it's own films. With cash in hand and a deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute, Marvel will call the shots alone and will reap the rewards or failure by itself. So what's on tap?

Let's stick with the certainties for now.

A new Hulk movie, more action, more savage, more hitting, but starring Edward Norton, so we know the acting will be an important factor. MARVEL regained the rights to the Hulk when Universal opted out of making a sequel to Ang Lee's controversial father/son epic "Hulk," which I liked a lot personally, but which was apparently to cerebral and boring for most.

But first we have Jon Favreau's IRONMAN, (the Howard Hughes of Superheroes) the first solely MARVEL produced feature, and on paper, it is a dream come true.

The Cast (as you might already know):

Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark/Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Virginia 'Pepper' Potts

Jeff Bridges ... Obadiah Stane
Terrence Howard ... Jim Rhodes

This is the real barometer for the future success of MARVEL. If this is successful, and I mean really successful, then MARVEL may become the next Disney and we are hopefully in for great things. So make it count guys!

Below USA TODAY has a peak at Downey forging the metal tuxedo (here) and the full suit picture is from all over the net.

First look: Downey forges a bond with 'Iron Man' role
By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Robert Downey Jr. is hardly the obvious choice to play an iconic crime fighter.

After all, this is the guy who became a poster boy for Hollywood excess, serving a year in prison on drug and alcohol-related charges and checking in and out of rehab like it was the Four Seasons.
But it is exactly that past, says director Jon Favreau (Elf), that makes Downey the only choice to play playboy millionaire and recovering alcoholic Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, the comic-book superhero who hits multiplexes next year.

"We didn't want to just go with a safe choice," Favreau says from the set of the film, due in theaters May 2, 2008. "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl. Plus, he's simply one of the best actors around."

"I'm more diligent than I used to be," Downey says. "I want to show Jon he was right to have faith in me. Whatever questions might have arisen about my life weren't issues with him." It wasn't until Downey matured that he came to appreciate the man in the iron suit. "He struggles with his lifestyle, he struggles with the drinking," Downey says of Stark. "He faces the same issues a lot of people do."

Fantastic Four: Pimp My Ride

I thought this was a funny, albeit harmless, new story on the marketing lows a distribution company will go to, to "Pimp Our Movie!" Plus, since this movie is possibly ruining an iconic hero like the Silver Surfer in great Elecktra style, I thought it was fitting that it is his image that is pimped!

This is from the Hollywood Reporter (here):

While MTV has engaged in content partnerships with Hollywood's film studios since its inception 25 years ago, it has recently been shifting the type of content it offers. According to the network, the results speak for themselves and benefit both the studios and MTV.

For Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," MTV will use a different strategy to promote that film. On "Pimp My Ride," tuner experts will transform a viewer's car into a Silver Surfer-themed vehicle complete with a built-in plasma screen and an Xbox 360.
As the great Jack Kirby always said, "Nothing says Silver Surfer like a plasma screen and an Xbox 360!"

"If the studios generate more boxoffice revenue and we generate more viewer interest, then the partnership was a success," Shea said. He continued, "Money equals money! Who has a baby I can sell? What! I'm a soulless marketing guy! What!"

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ben and the Bear

I found some FF pics over at this Russian site: (here)

Fun, fun, fun... Boy I wish I was looking forward to this..

Monday, April 16, 2007

Product Placement By The Light of a Dimwit

I just don't get it. First, why would a hovercar even need a "Hemmi?" Second, who thinks looking at a spaceship with a Dodge hood ornament will make anyone buy cars that rental places won't buy?

First, Ainititcool has been serving up the rumors on the new film (here):

1) Well... turns out that they've found a voice for Galactus... Laurence Fishburne - now it's still a rumor - but a reliable one. Okay, not bad... I love Larry!! Great voice casting!!

UPDATE!!! According to Variety (here), Fishburne is the Voice of The Silver Surfer, not Galactus!!

Laurence Fishburne is waxing his board for sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Actor will voice the role of the Silver Surfer in the summer tentpole, which 20th Century Fox bows June 15. Internet buzz had suggested that Fishburne was up to voice the role of the evil Galactus, but the studio hasn't decided whether Galactus will even speak. Silver Surfer, who rides his surfboard through space, is the herald for the planet-destroying Galactus. Fishburne, who has strong credibility among fanboys for his role in the "Matrix" franchise, joined "Silver Surfer" this week.

And over at Aintitcool News (here) the rumor is that Galactus isn't a large man in pink and purple, he's a storm cloud!! Yeesh!!

Wanted to let you know what Galactus is going to look like / be represented as in the FF2 sequel:
A storm cloud. Yep.
That's it. That's the solution from the creatives.
(clears throat).....pretty lame.
Think Superman/Silver Surfer flying through clouds with Galactus / Jorel VO.

2) In Seattle on the night of April 10th - Fox had a test screening of FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER and the word on the screening that has reached me is that the film was "sooo bad that they felt dirty and wanted to write letters of complaint." Nice!

UPDATE!! As good ol' Anonymous says below in the comments, IESB disputes rumor #2. (here)

Fantastic Four Rumors You Shouldn't Believe!
Written by Robert Sanchez
Friday, 13 April 2007

A few days ago, a rumor hit the web that a test screening for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer took place in Seattle. Guess what?

Not true, the movie has not had any test screenings at all according to Fox and Marvel. Interesting thing about the initial report is that there was no review to go along with the scoop except for typical fanboy bashing.

So to all you Fan Four fans, take a breath, it was all a big lie. (Again, is this more or less credible than Ainitcool? A little more, because the studio has apparently put it on the line and answered a question, but then again, I wouldn't want people to know if it really stunk in testing. My bet, if they hold this from the critics like GhostRider did, then there was a test screening and FF2: Silver Surfer Bugaloo got a big "F.")

In keeping with the destructive, wasteful crapfest that I now believe FF2: Look it's the Silver Surfer, will be (and I'm talking wasteful like putting caviar on Velveeta covered Pringles) here's another piece of wasteful advertising that shows the complete difference between Sony and Marvel making Spider-man movies and
Sony and Marvel destroying Jack Kirby's legacy. (here):

Super Dodge for Superheroes
No. 5 U.S. brand lands product placement rights to 'Fantastic Four' film, inspires supercar's design.

Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

Superheroes need super wheels.
So it only makes sense to pimp their ride with a cross-haired grille and drop a Hemi under the hood. (yes "pimp their ride" is the "Bomb!" "Raise the Roof!!")

When the Fantastic Four start up their Fantasticar on June 15 in theaters, the car will be a Dodge.
America's fifth-largest brand has confirmed it landed the product placement rights to "Fantastic Four: The Rise of Silver Surfer." ("America's fifth-largest brand" says it all. Spam is America's fifth favorite meat byproduct.)

"We saw this as a great opportunity," said James Kenyon, a Chrysler Group spokesman. "We like the demographics of the movie and think it will play well with Dodge."
(I want to look at those demographics. I bet it says: People who tape their wallet on the outside of their clothes. That would be an opportunity!)

The sleek vehicle, inspired by the shape of a manta ray, took about 10 months to design and build, said the Fantisticar's designer, Tim Flattery, the conceptual artist for the film.
(I does look nice, but does it look like a Dodge? Thank God no! Not one that I ever saw.)

Once it was complete, it lacked the branding of any carmaker until Dodge struck a deal with 20th Century Fox last fall. Kenyon declined to say how much Dodge spent on the deal.
(I see, its just an added brand, It could have been anything. "GoldBond" foot cream, "Twinkies" or "Preparation H.")

Flattery, a Michigan native and 1987 graduate of the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, didn't have to look past his driveway for inspiration.

"I drive an SRT8 Dodge Magnum," said Flattery, who designed the Batmobile for the movie "Batman Forever."
(Let's be fair, below... the Dodge Magnum SRT8. Yeah....... it looks just like the Fantasticar above. He was inspired by Lamborghini, Hummer, Rolls Royce and BMW. Dodge called back.)

The 4,000-pound prop measures 20-feet long and 13-feet wide and has amazing on-screen abilities; in real life, however, it needs a crane to move. (The crane is sponsored by TONKA.)