Fanboys Weep

The advance buzz on Aliens vs. Predator isn’t very good. Fox cancels their premiere. The Movie Blog speculates. A corporate plant shows up in comments. People are generally cranky. AICN, the bastion of good taste, is invoked.

Seriously, is anyone really going to be surprised that a movie with ‘vs.’ in the title probably sucks eggs?

Harry Potter DVD Preview

Fan reviews of “The Prisoner of Azkaban” seemed to be fairly split on the “loved it” or “hated it” opinions of Alfonso Cuaron’s interpretation.

Get ready to start the debate all over again. The Harry Potter Official Site has posted a trailer for the upcoming DVD.

Some very fun features. But what intrigued me most was a clip from the interview with JK Rowling in which she says that Cuaron has actually included some bits that foretell what is to come in upcoming books.

Won’t that have everyone running to check out the movie again?

Because real grown-ups don’t read Harry Potter?

Time has an article on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which they’re describing as ‘Harry Potter for grown-ups:”

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is set in an alternative version of early 19th century England, one in which magic is real but on the wane, to the point that there are only two practicing sorcerers left in England. The pair are a pleasing study in contrasts: Mr. Norrell is exceptionally learned but shy and fussy. “He is,” a character remarks, “at one and the same time, the most remarkable man of the age and the most tedious.” Strange is charming, young, fashionable and romantic. Clarke could have called the book Sense and Sensibility if the title weren’t already taken.

In related new releases, be sure to keep an eye out for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2. The first volume was the basis for a less than faithful movie adaptation in 2003, but don’t let that scare you away. It’s good stuff!

Apples and oranges

I’m rather resigned to the fact that George can’t stop fiddling with the Original Trilogy, but in the light of that, isn’t this quote just a tad bit hypocritical?

“Would color distract from their comedy and make it not as funny anymore?” Lucas said. “Maybe just the fact that they’re in black and white makes it funny, because their humor is dated. But by putting it in black and white, it puts it in a context where you can appreciate it for what it was.

“But you try to make it in full living color and try to compare it to a Jim Carrey movie, then it’s hard for young people to understand. Because you’re then thinking you’re comparing apples to apples, when you’re not. You’re comparing apples to oranges. I’m saying it’s not fair to the artist.”

From The Three Stooges — in color?

Replace ‘color’ with ‘CGI’ and ‘black & white’ with ‘guys in rubber masks and ships on strings,’ and… well.