Time travel movies always raise such interesting paradoxes. Would you kill Hitler as a baby? Would you attempt to profit from your knowledge of the future? Or would you prevent some of the worst movies ever made from coming to fruition? The science-fiction genre has long been a haven for the mediocre, even the awful, usually due to the belief that everything else is secondary to the sci-fi concept, and while the 1950s and '60s are famous for their goofy schlock as well as their timeless masterworks, there are plenty of high-profile targets from the past few decades that could disappear, and nobody would care. The day we get perfect our source code technology, we're going back and killing these in the script stage.
I've always been terrified of the ballet because, no matter how hard I try not to, I always wind up staring at the codpieces and wondering, "What would happen if Swan Lake got a little too arousing?" Val Kilmer's 1984 ZAZ classic, Top Secret, provided the answer, and now David Cronenberg is going to address the same question using the opera. In Paris, the Canadian goremeister has staged the operatic version of his 1986 remake of The Fly, with music by his frequent film score collaborator, Howard Shore, and a book by the writer of Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang.
Hollywood returns yet again to the remake well. This time, the bucket is filled with Alex Raymond's 1934 creation, Flash Gordon. "In the wake of 'Iron Man's' success, studios are showing a heightened appetite for branded fare that could be made into a franchise," says Variety. I question Hollywood's thought process: Studios make movies for the audience that most often comes to the multiplex, namely 12-year old boys. What 12-year old boy knows who Flash Gordon is? Or Bewitched? Or Sgt. Bilko? And why isn't said 12 year old boy playing Grand Theft Auto IV instead?
Remember John Carpenter's The Thing? That's right, the movie that for a time made people just a little bit suspicious of their own dogs, blood tests, and Wilford Brimley. Earlier this year, seeming confirmation of a long-rumored remake caused something of a stir among devoted fans of the original. Well, rest easy, lovers of the decapitated-head-spider! Director Marc Abraham recently told Latino Review that it's not a remake, after all. He also says that it's "'more of a prequel than a sequel'" and that it will be about "'the events leading up to the 1982 film.'"
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Summer is almost here! You may disagree with us, saying June is still over a month a away, but Hollywood would disagree with you. The summer movie season starts May 1, with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it doesn't let up until August! Because we know it's so hard to keep track of what's coming out when, we've begun creating our hand-dandy photo guides to the big releases, starting with one guide for Action and Drama movies, and one for the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror genres. Check them both out, and check back next week for our guide to comedies of both the romantic and non-romantic varieties!
You hear about them all the time -- awesome Hollywood props going for big bucks and then getting locked away somewhere where no one will ever see them again. Isn't it time we took back these historical treasures? And by "take back," I mean shouldn't we buy them ourselves, and lock them away somewhere where only we and a handful of our friends will ever see them again? Well, now's our chance -- online site liveauctioneers.com is hosting a big Hollywood auction, with tons of film-used superhero costumes (Superman, X-Men, Daredevil, Batman, Captain America and both the movie and TV Spider-Men), as well as a ton of items from Terminator, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner, Highlander and Conan, and it ends August 1st, which means we have to move quick.
Edward Furlong is going to jail, but this time it's not for aiding and abetting lobsters. Instead, the actor will be starring in a brutal prison flick called Stoic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's so "improbable" about that? Our old pal Uwe Boll is behind the project, and he doesn't seem to be blaming anyone for anything in the process. But instead of finding a good script, he's leaving it up to the actors to improvise their dialogue. The MTV Movies Blog is reporting that the same will also be true for Janjaweed, Boll's movie about the Darfur massacre. "Everybody should be based on his own research of creating that character," says Boll. Plus, I imagine he doesn't have to waste any of his slim budget on a script this way.
My mom always tells the story of when she was a kid and had to walk home from the theater after seeing Hitchcock's The Birds. She grew up on a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, and she had to cross a bridge that always had seagulls on or around it in order to get to her house. My mother is a strong woman, but I think that scarred her for life, and me in turn. I know it can be said for a lot of people, but Jaws screwed me up. Even pools freaked me out as a kid. The only thing that tempered me and has allowed me to function as a normal, swimming adult has been Shark Week. Seriously, I mean, you learn about what you're afraid of and it helps calm the fear. Unfortunately, there's probably not going to be a Discovery Channel show that is going to help calm the nerves of those few folks that are bound to be freaked out by the deep in the upcoming screen adaptation of comic Atlantis Rising.
I've seen all of the Star Trek movies and watched every episode of the original Star Trek series -- heck, I even read novelizations of most of the episodes in James Blish's series of Trek books (Star Trek 1, 2, 3, etc.). And I have never, ever heard Captain Kirk mention his Uncle Frank, and now I know why. In J.J. Abrams' relaunch of the Star Trek property, due out May 8, the audience is introduced to Uncle Frank, Kirk's alcoholic, abusive uncle. And according to actor Brad William Henke in an interview with Collider, Frank slaps young James Tiberius around when he's a kid. (Henke is probably gonna get slapped around, too -- by J.J. Abrams, for talking about this controversial detail when he was supposed to be talking about his role in Choke.)
Sometimes you get a nice slow one pitched across the plate. To promote Meet Dave, the new Eddie Murphy movie opening July 11th, Twentieth Century-Fox is using a 15-foot replica of Murphy's head. The 3-ton noggin has made appearances in Washington D.C., and should be in Times Square by the time you read this. The latest proof that all marketing people should be tarred and feathered is also interactive. No, it doesn't scream profanities! This is the PG-rated Ed-DEE, safe for kids and blue-haired old ladies! It's interactive because, as the newscaster on this site explains in the web video, you can actually climb into the replica of Eddie Murphy's head. Why on Earth would you want to do that, you ask? So you can find out what the hell Eddie was thinking when he made Norbit.