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PARTY DOWN (SEASON 2)
Last time I wrote of the brilliance of this series, I begged people to watch and support it. My pleas were in vain, it would appear, as the show was canceled due to its low ratings failing to pick up over the course of its second season. Truthfully, I’m stunned it even made it past its first season, and for that alone I am grateful. Season 2 continues some time after the first left off, and a lot has changed since then. The new character dynamic takes a few episodes to find its footing, but once it does, it results in some of the funniest scenes the show has to offer. (The final moment of this scene in particular makes me bust up laughing every time I think about it.) While it’s sad to see such a biting, cynical satire vanish from the air, the series provided us with two knockout seasons, a perfect note to close the show on, and one of the few honest (read: depressing) portrayals of the costs of trying to lead an unorthodox lifestyle in modern society. It is, for my money, one of the best comedies to have ever been on television. Before I begged you to watch it; now I’m begging you to buy it.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A gag reel.
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Many of you probably noticed that Iron Man 2 was missing a sequence that was prominent in the trailers: a moment on an aircraft where Pepper kisses Iron Man’s helmet before throwing it off board and Tony dives to retrieve it as he makes his entrance into Stark Expo. Director Jon Favreau has said that the sequence was removed because he wanted to give Robert Downey Jr a big entrance, and the reveal of Stark on stage after landing worked better without the opening bit of comedy. There is actually a bunch more to the sequence that we didn’t see, including Iron Man and a toilet. For those of you who are interested in seeing the three minute opening scene, hit the jump.
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Since the day Iron Man 2 opened, fan speculation has run rampant over the cleverly integrated easter eggs that snuck their way into the film. Now, some of that speculation can be put to rest as director Jon Favreau provides confirmation on what’s what in the scene featuring Tony Stark and Nick Fury discussing the Avengers Initiative, the background of which was littered with an assortment of footage, maps and images hinting at other Marvel properties. Read More »
It’s a slow Friday at the end of a pretty insubstantial news week, which makes it rumor time. We still don’t know what character will act as the bad guy in Sony’s new version of Spider-Man (persistent scuttlebutt says it’s the Lizard) and we don’t know who’ll be hired to play the character. But one report, now seemingly corroborated by Production Weekly, is that Sony has an eye on Christoph Waltz for the role.
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Excuse me if I state the obvious: While this daily column is titled “Cool Stuff”, the stuff we feature doesn’t really fit the traditional or mainstream definition of “cool”. We feature items that might be of specific interest to tv and movie geeks, some of which could be enough to get you ridiculed by the actual “cool” people. But we’re film geeks, who really cares? Today’s item is one of those things I’d never personally buy as wearing this shirt in public outside of Comic-Con is likely to result in a lot of strange looks. But I thought it was geekarific enough to feature on the site.
The Iron Man 2 Comic Chest t-shirt is being sold exclusively on Play.com for $15 Euros or around $18.
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In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess the history of Matthew Vaughn’s relationship with the X-Men franchise and discuss the frightening implications of straight-to-TV movies. Special guest Vince Mancini joins us from FilmDrunk.
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A couple weeks back I got the opportunity to chat with Justin Theroux, the actor-turned-director-turned-screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Tropic Thunder, and penned Iron Man 2, which is the main topic of discussion. Read the full interview below.
Q: Okay, so we should start at the beginning.
Justin Theroux: Alright. <laugh>
Q: How do you get involved with this project. I mean, you were on Tropic Thunder with Robert [Downey Jr] and then all of a sudden…
Justin Theroux: Tropic Thunder, the obvious connection was Robert. We had a great time doing that movie. And he was like <whispers> you got to meet Kevin Feige, and Jon [Favreau], and those guys. And so I went in and I met with them. And it was super-organic. And it wasn’t clearly well orchestrated. It was just kind of like I met. I explained what I loved about the first movie. Ideas of where it could possibly go into. The themes that I thought were interesting. And we really sort of jived on a lot of things, so. We just started from there. And it moved. I got asked to do it. I met with Jon obviously, and we talked, and…
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Jon Favreau’s Iron Man took a lot of people by surprise. It was Favreau’s first tentpole film, for one thing (unless you count Zathura), and his seamless blend of action, CGI, and practical effects cemented him as a credible and skilled action director. But it also showed us that Robert Downey Jr. could perfectly incarnate billionaire playboy Tony Stark. Despite the film’s flaws, the first one had a nice balance of drama, humor, action, and sci-fi geekery. So how well does Iron Man 2 carry on its legacy? Hit the jump for some of my brief thoughts, and leave yours in the comments section below.
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There are screenplays that are as well-engineered and powerful as the armor Tony Stark built for himself in the movie Iron Man. And then there are those that…aren’t. But a sloppy script can still be charming and fun enough to pass a couple hours when acted out by people like Robert Downey, Jr., Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Thinking back on Iron Man 2, it is difficult to say what the point of the story was, but I had a fine old time watching the cast and crew try to figure it out. Read More »