“Alarmist” is often used as a way to dismiss or slag off an effort, but what about the times when there really is something to be concerned about? There’s plenty of data to demonstrate that many Americans have diets that are deficient and/or self-destructive, and much of that data appears to be collated into the new documentary Fed Up. The first Fed Up trailer paints the film as a more insistent companion to films like Food, Inc. and Super-Size Me. And the poster, excerpted above, really doesn’t skimp on the anger, even if the anger is tempered with humor..
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Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well. Read More »
So #CancelColbert worked, if not in quite the way anyone envisioned. Stephen Colbert will become the next host of The Late Show on CBS, taking over after David Letterman departs in 2015. This raises many questions, most notably: will Colbert cast aside the conservative parody character he created to host The Colbert Report on Comedy Central? (Update: The answer to that seems to be yes, according to the Wall St. Journal, which reports that Colbert “will retire the character he plays on his Comedy Central show.”)
Colbert did say, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”
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The big character reveal that some people probably wanted to avoid in the last full trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is front and center in this new one. So that’s a warning, but at this point, it seems like the studio is determined to give that particular point away. The trade-off is that this trailer for the film is absolutely gigantic, with a lot more information about precisely who and what Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and the dragon Toothless will be facing this time. The image above is a hint, and it also involves a sheep. That’s all you need to know — check out the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer below. Read More »
We show you a lot of behind the scenes footage, and quite a few Saturday Night Live gags, so why not a behind the scenes SNL video?
This two-minute short shows off the filming of a single episode of the show, sped up to lightning speed. In this case, it’s the recent episode hosted by Anna Kendrick (above) though the camera angle won’t really show you the star. What you will see, however, is the set of stages that are constantly used throughout a taping, the tiny audience, the intimate setting, and the relatively low-fi way in which all the show’s familiar bits are staged.
It’s a great perspective on a show you’ve likely all watched many times, but which you’ve never seen from this angle, even if you’ve attended a taping. Read More »
We’ve heard some description of how Man of Steel came to be, thanks to the efforts of David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and Christopher Nolan. Now the screenwriter himself gives an account of the genesis of the new Superman.
In a screenwriting lecture organized by BAFTA, David Goyer gives a wide-ranging account of his entire career. Regardless of your thoughts about Goyer, it’s an interesting half-hour talk. He talks about Man of Steel a few times, including explaining the approach to the “Superman doesn’t kill” maxim. Towards the end, Goyer talks specifically about how the original Man of Steel idea came to be. It’s a minor enough event — rooted in common problems that face every writer — that it’s worth checking out. Read More »
Briefly: A Timecop remake has been in the pipeline for the past year, with Mike Richardson, founder and president of Dark Horse Comics, as exec producer. (Dark Horse published the comic that led to the original Jean-Claude Van Damme film.) Truly motivating the reboot is Marc Shmuger, who produced 2013 films We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and The Spectacular Now.
The original film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as a cop in a near future in which time travel exists, and is policed by official agents. JCVD’s cop runs afoul of a politician who is abusing the time stream, and action and violence follow.
Now Shmuger has chosen writers to put Timecop on the page. Mark and Brian Gunn, writers of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, will script Timecop as “a more gritty and grounded police story [than the original] with the sci-fi in the background, though it will still have the main character on a personal journey.” That’s according to THR, which says the tone of the remake could be similar to that of Looper.
The Gunns are also scripting Journey 3, a MacGyver film, and the The Monster Squad remake.
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When The Truman Show was released in 1998 it was hardly the first time we’d seen the concept, in which a man discovers that his entire life is a television show designed to entertain the masses. Similar concepts had been explored in various sci-fi stories, but Peter Weir’s film starring Jim Carrey added a particular spin that made The Truman Show feel whole and very much its own thing. (The location, a Florida town called Seaside, helped. And Seaside still looks like that.)
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