Looking for a little sci-fi in your political commentary? No? How about political commentary in your sci-fi? Yes? Well, then, you should see District 9, about a slum in South Africa populated entirely by aliens from the giant spaceship hovering overhead. Maybe. We dunno, we've only seen the trailer. So have Omar G. and Pablo G., and they have a lot to say about it in the latest episode of "Trailers Without Pity." The brothers can't believe they got suckered in by the pseudo-YouTube video moviemaking style, which got them all riled up over the poor little oppressed, marooned, marginalized aliens. Check out the episode below, or click here!
One ring to rule them all. One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all in and New Zealand to bind them. That last part seems to be the sticking point in finding a director to take over helming duties on The Hobbit, which recently lost Guillermo Del Toro due to relocation issues. Other directors are willing to make the trip -- David Dobkin (Fred Claus), Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 1-3) and David Yates (three Harry Potter films) -- but two of those directors are awful. Besides, Warner Bros. and MGM both want Peter Jackson, the original man with the plan who made the Lord of the Rings trilogy into an Oscar-winning blockbuster. Jackson is holding out, citing prior commitments, but he also doesn't want to see the movie fail, or he loses money on the deal. To help him make a decision, we've put together a list of pros and cons for why he should or shouldn't take the job.
What would Jim Henson think? The company that bears his name is making a Muppet movie for adults. I guess we all have to grow up sometime, but it raises several questions: Does this mean we'll finally get to see what the Great Gonzo does with those chickens? Will Fozzie Bear show us his "wakka-wakka," and will it be funnier than his jokes? Will we discover Bert and Ernie's Rainbow Connection, and will Kermit be depicted putting his pointy lips on some pork loin? Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is not Sesame Street After Dark; instead The Jim Henson company is making a film noir featuring puppets. Somewhere Raymond Chandler is going "What da EFF?!!!"
While some people were excited to see Titanic duo Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio teaming up again for Revolutionary Road, some of us were eagerly waiting for another big movie pair-up... for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, co-stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Not only will they buddy up again as comic book geeks for 2010's Paul (which the two also wrote) but they've also just been confirmed for Steven Spielberg's big-screen adaptation of Belgian artist Hergé's comic strips, The Adventures of Tintin. The two will play Thompson and Thompson, a pair of bumbling detectives who will be showing up earlier in than they did in Hergé's work, where they first stumbled onto the scene in Tintin's fourth adventure.
The rumors about the amount of Steven Spielberg's input on the upcoming Tintin movie have been greatly under-exaggerated. The original plan was to have Spielberg helm the first in the series, with Peter Jackson succeeding him for any sequels. Recently, Herge Studios (Tintin's owners) released word Peter Jackson would be the director of the first film, not Spielberg. Now we have word that Spielberg is still slated to direct the kickoff Tintin movie, which is scheduled to begin lensing this October, and Jackson will produce. It's a lot of confusion over a movie about the German Shepherd who saved Warner Bros. from bankruptcy. Oh wait, that's Rin-Tin-Tin. My bad.
The fellowship that led to Middle Earth success is officially coming back to Hobbiton. No, that other fellowship. As Variety reports, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have signed on to collaborate on The Hobbit and its sequel with director and my favorite matador, Guillermo del Toro. The wonder-writers of the immensely successful (and totally awesome) The Lord of the Rings trilogy will finish telling the rest of J.R.R. Tolkien's story before del Toro takes the reigns on directing the two films back-to-back. (Filming starts next year.)
Now that director Guillermo Del Toro is no longer directing The Hobbit, a mad search is on to find the new director, both by the studio and by the press, who have thrown out the names of every geek-friendly genre director from Abrams to Raimi. But why does the director have to be known for the fantasy and sci-fi genre? After all, the last three directors of the Harry Potter franchise were virtual strangers to the fantasy film world before they signed on to their installments, and they've been incredibly successful, each with their own distinctive voice. While we aren't going to scour the film festivals to find the next Peter Jackson, there are plenty of established directors who aren't known for swords and sorcery, but might be willing to tackle such an important work of literature.