Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Air Date Revealed


More from Comic-Con, in this case news of the return of possibly my favorite TV series. At the panel for Batman: The Killing Joke, actor Ray Wise (who played Leland Palmer in the original series) said that the new series will be airing next summer on Showtime and that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch will be directing all 18 episodes. Also Wise confirmed he will be returning which is interesting considering his character's original fate. For more head over to http://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/twin-peaks-pegged-for-summer-2017-premiere-david-lynch-reportedly-helmed-all-18-episodes/ and watch the promo video for the new season below.

'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Air Date Revealed


More from Comic-Con, in this case news of the return of possibly my favorite TV series. At the panel for Batman: The Killing Joke, actor Ray Wise (who played Leland Palmer in the original series) said that the new series will be airing next summer on Showtime and that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch will be directing all 18 episodes. Also Wise confirmed he will be returning which is interesting considering his character's original fate. For more head over to http://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/twin-peaks-pegged-for-summer-2017-premiere-david-lynch-reportedly-helmed-all-18-episodes/ and watch the promo video for the new season below.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

'Carson of Venus' Movie In the Works


More news from Comic-Con, in this case what emerged from the annual ERB Inc. panel. In addition to a planned Tarzan/Groo comic book, a new attempt at a Carson of Venus movie is being mounted. According to http://nerdvanamedia.com/events/san-diego-comic-con-2016-friday/113233/ "producers Harry Kloor and Matthew Rhodes announced that the picture is in early development with a treatment complete and plans to begin the script soon. A finished film is at least three years out, but this is exciting news as both filmmakers seemed very passionate about doing the project justice." Some might remember a decade or so back that a movie version was announced but never went anywhere so we'll see how far this one gets. Also there is some brief talk of a Pellucidar movie so click the link about for more and stay tuned.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

'Star Trek: Discovery' Title and Test Footage


More Comic-Con footage, in this case test footage of the title Starship of the new TV series along with the announcement of the official title. Still no news on the cast or when the show is set but as long as it recaptures the feel of the classic Trek then I'm on. Watch the footage below and let us know what you think.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

'Wonder Woman' UPDATE: New Trailer!


OK so it's not satin tights but so far so good. Entertainment Weekly has posted some new photos from the upcoming Wonder Woman, showing off star Gal Gadot in costume, with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor and director Patty Jenkins so head over to http://www.ew.com/gallery/wonder-woman-exclusive-images to check them out. UPDATE: Following its premiere at Comic-Con the trailer has arrived and it looks like an action packed film so check out the clip and leave any thoughts below.

Friday, July 15, 2016

'Rogue One' New Poster and BTS Video



While a new trailer screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe has not been released online, Lucasfilm has released both the new poster and a behind the scenes video showing the new characters and planets we'll be seeing so take a look and stay tuned.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

'The Legend of Tarzan' Remains No. 2


While the critics are still scratching their heads, it appears the A Cinemascore that audiences are giving it is helping The Legend of Tarzan. Early estimates predict the film will remain at number two at the North American box office, slightly ahead of Finding Dory. Box Office Mojo also reports it has currently a world wide gross of $137 million, which while there is still the issue of the film's budget to overcome is much stronger than most pundits were predicting. Stay tuned to see how it does next weekend.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan


Let's get this out right now. The critics are wrong! OK with that out of the way here's my thoughts on The Legend of Tarzan. Spoilers to follow so if you have not seen it yet approach with caution.

A brief text piece starts the film that sets up the film's historical background (King Leopold of Belgium and his "Congo Free State") before introducing us to Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), the man in charge of leading Leopold's plans for Africa. Rom leads a safari to the diamond mines of Opar and a deal with its king Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) is struck-diamonds to support Leopold's goals in exchange for one man-Tarzan aka John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgard). Pressured by his majesty's envoys, Clayton agrees to go, taking with him Dr. George Washington Williams (Samuel L, Jackson) and his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Before too long though Jane is captured and Tarzan pursues her while coming to terms with his past and the animal within.

Going into the film I tried to shut out the negative responses, naysayers and those who feel that Tarzan is an antiquated character and I am glad I did. In fact I'll say it right now, The Legend of Tarzan might be the best Tarzan film ever. It is certainly the most faithful to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, from flashbacks to Tarzan's past, making Jane a feisty American and even including references to characters like Mbonga and Muviro from the books. Director David Yates manages to keep things moving at a smooth pace, even when cutting to the past, delivering a surprisingly simple story that makes sense, something to be valued in this day and age of convoluted plot devices and character arcs that make little sense (looking at you Batman, Superman and Captain America).

Yates also gets good performances out of his leads, with the big winner being Robbie, who brings smarts and charm to Jane Porter. She's also not a clueless damsel, as the character has been portrayed but a woman familiar with the jungle and a deep love for her husband. It also doesn't hurt that she's drop dead gorgeous. For his part Skarsgard is more physical in his performance, even though he handles the dialogue well and brings humanity to the character. Jackson has some great one-liners, even though if there is a nitpick, its that Waltz is somewhat underused as the bad guy. Or maybe it's just his scheme is somewhat familiar (or considering the real life Leon Rom was the reported influence of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, something more sinister or even crazy might have been welcome).

As a Burroughs fan I guess I could nitpick some of the changes-like the fact that Mbonga's tribe is living in Opar, a reference to losing a child by John and Jane and some of Jane's backstory-but otherwise it's close to the characters and is reminiscent of plot and drive of The Beasts of Tarzan (with Tarzan having to rediscover his wild side). There are references to even past film versions (the best is Jackson doing his own spin on "Me Tarzan, You Jane").

Sure it has flaws but in the end the movie kept me entertained and that was all I wanted. Burroughs fans and just regular film goers will I think enjoy this. So ignore the negative press and go see it. Rating: **** out of 4.

Friday, July 1, 2016

'The Legend of Tarzan' Is Here (Will It Survive?)


Well it's here folks. And the bigger question seems to be less will Tarzan save Jane and more can he survive the box office battle and critical savagery. To date the film's critical response is a lackluster 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which the common complaints seeming to be centered around the script and character development. That's not encouraging, even though the film currently does have a 7.3 rating on IMDB, indicating that audiences are ignoring the negative responses (and to be fair there have been some positive notices too).

The bigger hurdle is the box office and while earlier predictions had it being overshadowed by Steven Spielberg's The BFG, it appears both films-and the cheap horror sequel The Purge: Election Year-will be beaten by the third weekend of Pixar's Finding Dory (somewhere there is a commentary waiting to be written about how once again Andrew Stanton has brought pain to ERB fans ;-)). Some though are giving some edge to Tarzan but we'll have to wait and see how it fares in the end at least here in the US. Overseas maybe another matter as we've seen a number of films fail or fall short Stateside and become huge hits in other countries (Warcraft anyone?).

The bigger question mark is how will ERB fans react to it? So far it seems to be getting a warm response and that might be the one thing that will make this fan happy. Of course that might change after I see it this weekend since we also know some ERB fans claimed that John Carter was a great tribute to ERB and we saw how that turned out. So be ready for a long July 4th and stay tuned for my review and the final results.