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?
What better way to avoid the heat and rain of August (and procrastinate from GenCon preparations) than to grab a few giggles from The Chopped-Off Hands of Star Wars?
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?
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!
He’s more than willing to do Buffyverse movies for the WB.. and to take on the X3. Nothing official yet, but I’ll be there for either.
Rebelscum has an article on Thomas Hodges, an artist who’s now doing work for LFL. He’ll be drawing a pre-ROTS comic arc scripted by Paul Ens and due to appear on starwars.com in the near(ish) future.
The three people who haven’t yet read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix might be interested to know that the paperback came out yesterday.
If you’re all HPed out, a list of sci-fi & fantasy books for August can be seen at Locus Online.
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.
Or an elf, a dwarf, or… well. Fonts based on those used in the LOTR movies. Use them wisely!
More movie fonts can be found at dafont.com
Joss Whedon on why he took the Astonishing X-Men gig. Includes a 5 page previeew of issue #4. If you’re not reading this, you need to motor to your local comic store ASAP, folks. Yes, X-Men continuty makes the Expanded Universe look like an issue of Martha Stewart Living, but it’s THAT GOOD.