Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Justice Society Pics


Okay here's a follow-up to yesterday's post. Entertaiment Weekly has posted two new pics from the upcoming Absolute Justice movie set to air February 5. Up above is Hawkman (played by Michael Shanks of Stargate fame) laying down the law to Green Arrow and the other pic shows Dr. Fate and Stargirl. Go here for that one-http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/27/smallville-doctor-fate-stargirl-hawkman/

Friday, November 27, 2009

JSA Goes Live-Action! (and some other news)


Well I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are surviving Black Friday. Here though is some cool news and some maybe news.

First up, showing how out of it I am, is the trailer for the upcoming Smallville:Absolute Justice two parter, set to air in February on the CW-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUVwb47F7c0 I'm burnt out on superhero movies at this point but one of the few comics I still read on a regular basis is Justice Society of America and this sees such classic characters like Hawkman, the original Sandman and Dr. Fate (pictured above, courtesy of http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/thegeekfiles/) in action so I'll check it out.

Next up is two brief items, both from the Internet Movie Database, which at this point is right even less than Aint It Cool News. First up IMDB is reporting a 2012 release date for the movie version of Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, his award winning novel about two Jewish boys and their comic book creation the Escapist during World War II. The film has been on and off now for almost a decade with names like Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman attached at one point. Maybe the film will finally show up but I'll believe it when I see it. Also updated is IMDB's page for Carson Napier, the film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pirates of Venus that was mentioned here months ago. For a long time IMDB listed the film's status as "unknown" but now is saying it is in pre-production with a release date of 11-11-2011. Again we'll see but I won't be surprised if it doesn't emerge at some point to cash in on John Carter of Mars.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FG:Something Something Dark Side Trailer


Okay how about something different. Here's the trailer for Family Guy: Something, Something, Dark Side-their spoof of The Empire Strikes Back. The first one was funny so hopefully Seth McFarlane and company can top it. http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/familyguysomethingsomethingsomethingdarkside/

Monday, November 23, 2009

Princess of Mars TRAILER


I guess we get an early reason to give thanks-the trailer for Asylum's version of Princess of Mars is now up at http://www.theasylum.cc/product.php?id=163. It plays up Edgar Rice Burroughs, the story's influence on Avatar and shows up some decent looking effects and Antonio Sabato Jr and Traci Lords in action. It might not look as spectacular as Cameron's film or (we hope) Andrew Stanton's film but all things considered it don't look too bad. The film is still set for December 29 release on DVD.

JCOM Brief News-Kitsch may have to sit out FNL

Apparently Taylor Kitsch doesn't have John Carter's ability to astral projects between locations (sorry bad joke). According to Entertainment Weekly http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/20/exclusive-taylor-kitsch-leaving-friday-night-lights/ Kitsch may have to set out the fifth and suspected final season of Friday Night Lights due to scheduling conflicts with the production of John Carter of Mars. Kitsch himself stated in an online chat JCOM would begin shooting this January while EW reports FNL will begin shooting in March. The producers are hoping to work out a deal to get Kitsch back but we'll have to see.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Retro View: Doc Savage:The Man of Bronze


With the recent buzz about a possible new movie adventure for Clark Savage Jr. and the Fabulous Five I decided it was time to go back and watch the original film epic. Oh boy...

While away at his secret arctic hideout, the Fortress of Solitude, Dr. Clark Savage Jr. (Ron Ely) suddenly feels something is wrong. When he returns to New York he receives word from his close friends that his father has died in the land of Hidalgo. But before he has time to grieve, an assassin attempts to kill Doc. When a second attempt fails Doc and his team head to Hidalgo and discovers that his father had left him the deed to an ancient land thought long gone. It isn't too long though before he has to find this missing land, fight the villainous Captain Seas and rescue the girl. Will he succeed? Will that pet pig get roasted? Will you get that theme song out of your head?

I first discovered Doc Savage back in the early 90s when I got one of Bantam's paperback reprints from the 1960s with the James Bama cover. At the time I thought Doc had ripped off Superman since it was The Fortress of Solitude book. But as I got more into the character I discovered it was the other way round. I also found out that a movie version had been made but had never seen it (the local video stores never had it on video) and it was only recently released as part of Warner Bros' Archive collection. Most of the reviews and comments I had found dismissed it as campy, along the lines of the 60s Batman TV show and the 1980 Flash Gordon.

And were they right. Opening with that theme song (actually set to a John Phillip Sousa march) we get a lot of cheese-from Doc having his name on all of his vehicles to the bizarre sight of one of Captain Seas' henchmen sleeping in a giant baby crib! As Doc Ron Ely (best remembered as TV's Tarzan) does the best he can with the part. Not that he's required to do much except show off his physique and mouth some cornball speeches. On the plus side though the film at least in the first part is really faithful to the first novel in the series-complete with the attempt on Doc's life, the gathering of the Five and the red fingertips. And there is some familiar faces in the cast-including Paul Gleason (long before he raided Barry Manilow's wardrobe), Michael Berryman (best known for Wes Craven's original The Hills Have Eyes) as a coroner and Pamela Hensley (who would later dazzle us with her skimpy attire on Buck Rogers) as ourhero's love interest. The disc itself presents a good looking version of the film and the original trailer. Let's just hope the new version gives Doc Savage the proper film treatment he deserves. Rating: *** (just for the cheese factor alone).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Disney dumps Captain Nemo but still behind John Carter

According to Variety, a new take on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with McG and Will Smith attached has been cancelled by Disney, reportedly the first major casualty of the studio's regime change. However the article also states the studio is still committed to John Carter of Mars and the sequels Tron Legacy and Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides. For more-http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118011454.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Sunday, November 15, 2009

JCOM Casting-Ciaran Hinds playing Tardos Mors

According to the actor's site http://www.ciaranhinds.eu/ he has been cast to play Tardos Mors, ruler of Helium. Mr. Hinds has appeared in some of the best films of this decade (including Road to Perdition, Steven Spielberg's Munich and There Will Be Blood) and is next set to play Dumbledore's brother in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Trailers-Prince of Persia/Clash of the Titans


Again more trailer fun! First up is the trailer for Prince of Persia-The Sands of Time http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/theprinceofpersiathesandsoftime/, based on the video game and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton (pictured above taking a splash). It looks fun in that brainless Bruckheimer fashion and Arterton looks hot as the female lead. (In one shot she actually looks like my vision of what Dejah Thoris should be. Wonder how much time at the tanning salon and costume and makeup departments Lynn Collins will need to look like that?)

Second up is the teaser for the remake of Clash of the Titans, with Sam Worthington (of Avatar) and Ms. Arterton (man's she busy) rubbing shoulders with CGI creatures and Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Don't know about this one-all I remember about the original was the Ray Harryhausen effects and actress Judi Bowker rising out of the tub. (I'm sure that raised some eyebrows back in 1981 for what was supposed to be a kids movie.) Hit http://www.davestrailerpage.co.uk/ and again scroll down.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Solomon Kane ISN'T coming

The last time it was a new Star Wars trilogy...now this!

Director Michael J. Bassett has confirmed on his blog that Solomon Kane is NOT being released by Lionsgate (even though he admits it would be a good fit.) You can read his comments-http://michaeljbassett.wordpress.com/ here. No wonder journalism has such a bad reputation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some movie news-Sherlock Holmes and Solomon Kane


With news now nil on John Carter of Mars, here's some cool news on some upcoming films.

First up is a new trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. as the master detective and Jude Law as Watson. It looks really good and a fun different approach to the character. The trailer is on this page http://www.davestrailerpage.co.uk/ just scroll down and make sure to have a good internet connection.

Second is news from Fangoria magazine that Lionsgate have picked up the rights for Solomon Kane in North America. The film based on the Robert E. Howard character stars James Purefoy (recently cast as Kantos Kan in JCOM) as Kane. The article suggests the studio is considering a theatrical run before its DVD release. Come on, considering Lionsgate's output of late has been Tyler Perry movies and more worn out Saw sequels, they can at least give it a release. The full article is here: http://fangoria.com/home/news/9-film-news/4546-lionsgate-opens-for-solomon-kane-genius-takes-tell-tale.html

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Princess of Mars casting


Since things are quiet on the big budget John Carter of Mars front, Asylum's Princess of Mars film has finally an IMDB page-http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1531911/ with some members of the cast listed. It looks like most of the main characters from the novel are retained-including Tars Tarkas (played by Matt Lasky), Kantos Kan (Matt Logan), Sola (Noelle Perris) and Sab Than (Chacko Vadaketh). However Asylum has added three new ones-a character called Sarka (also being played by Vadaketh), Cornwell Sams (played by Tomas Boykin) who I guess is filling in for the James Powell character and Saroh Kan (Kimberly Ables Jindra)-is that Kantos' wife, mother, etc? We'll have to wait and see how these characters are intergrated. (And yes another pic of Traci Lords in her Dejah Thoris-by way of Jabba the Hutt's slave tailor.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Taylor Kitsch:JCOM will begin in January

Earlier today actor Taylor Kitsch sat down for an interactive chat promoting the current season of Friday Night Lights. Sadly very little info popped up about John Carter of Mars except for two bits-first the film will be "something special" and Kitsch has been prepping for it and second that filming will begin middle of January 2010. If you want to see the full chat http://www.tv.com/untitled/story/19139.html?tag=search_results;title;3 still has it up.

Book Review: The Moon Maid


Another trip to Mars that doesn't go exactly as planned.

After a brief prologue that reveals a lengthy war that has consumed the Earth and now has come to an end on June 10, 1967 with the interception of a message from Helium on Barsoom (or Mars to us non-Martians) we meet Julian the 5th, who is the first (or third...I never understood this). In the future Earth and Mars has decided to begin crossing the galaxy to visit each other. Julian is assigned a ship, The Barsoom to take his men across the stars. However a jealous colleague, Orthis disrupts the ship's tanks and the crew must make an emergency landing on the Moon. What Julian discovers is life does exist in the form of half-human, half-horse creatures called the Va-Gas, the Kalkars (a race bent on supreme domination) and the Laytheans who are suffering from growing distrust of their leader Sagrorth spread by the feared Ko-Tah. And in typical ERB fashion a beautiful creature Nah-ee-lah who Julian swears to protect.

Published in 1923, The Moon Maid at first glimpse seems a carbon copy of A Princess of Mars-Earthling hero, beautiful princess, vile creatures and backstabbing races-but Burroughs goes off in a different direction. Julian is no master swordsman like John Carter and doesn't have the sheer luck that befalls Carson Napier. Instead of making friends with any of Va-Nah's (as the Moon is referred t0) inhabitants he finds a bunch of people ready to kill to dominate and to feast. (Yum, cannibals!) With the elements that made John Carter so popular missing it's probably not surprising that this didn't turn into a long series (Burroughs did write two sequels, The Moon Men and The Red Hawk) but it shows an author willing to at least test the waters of what science fiction could be in the pulp arena.

Rating: **** out of 4.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Zorro comes to DVD!


One of many shows I grew up on (in reruns anyway) was the classic Zorro series that Walt Disney produced with actor Guy Williams. Well finally their releasing the first two seasons on DVD this week. Now can someone release the Batman TV series?