Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Movie Minesweeper - The Scent Of Green Marker Pens Edition

- A Fantastic 4/Silver Surfer ad aired during the Heroes series finale. Now, it's online. Do you see a shadow of Galactus' helmet in it or not?

- Reading between the lines, it seems that Southland Tales may not get a theatrical release, even in it's 'repaired' version. Have any of you seen it? Be honest - is it as outrageously bad as it looks?

- Seems like Soundwave the Transformer will be an iPod or, perhaps more accurately, a similar mp3 player.

- The entirety of Masters of Horror season 1 is available in 2 cheap boxsets here in the UK. The US will be getting their compendium in a single hulking pack this August, and Dread Central have the first look at the eco-unfriendly packaging. I'll split my sides laughing if this is a huge, huge sales winner and IDT are forced to realise what a mistake they've made letting season 3 go to Lionsgate.

- Extra scenes and songs featuring ghosts have been cut from Sweeney Todd, thankfully before they were even filmed. That means Christopher Lee's role no longer exists. The film is now pretty much a straight adaptation of the stage production - at least in terms of story structure and cast of characters. There's no reason given as to why the scenes have been axed, but schedule problems caused by the earlier production hiatus are likely at fault.

- Just Jared has a set of new Ocean's 13 stills. I'll have my up-close-and-personal look at the film's script coming soon...ish. Well, within hours, anyway.

- Only 20 minutes of Death Defying Acts were shown at Cannes, but it has sold very well to distributors worldwide. Lionsgate are my home team, and I hope they'll have it out sharpish.

- Terry Gilliam names The Apartment and Pinocchio as his favourte films in the new Radio Times, and also gives praise to Kung Fu Hustle, Paths of Glory and the paintings of Bruegel. The article isn't on their website, sadly...

- Bob Shaye is sticking to his guns over the whole Peter Jackson/Hobbit issue. Shame he's so utterly wrong.

- Bryan Lee O'Malley has unveiled a single page of Scott Pilgrim's fourth volume. Is the Edgar Wright/Michael Bacall film adaptation still going to happen? I'm starting to doubt it...

- Scorsese, for some reason considered the grand old man of cinema, announced the World Cinema Foundation today. The non-profit's mandate is simple: "to preserve and share films that are no longer shown or available on video". Also on the board of advisers? Variety list Fatih Akin, Souleymane Cisse, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Abbas Kiarostami, Ermanno Olmi, Cristi Puiu, Walter Salles, Abderrahmane Sissako, Elia Suleiman, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders and Wong Kar Wai.

- Rob Schmidt's Bad Meat has a vegetarian agenda, and he tells ShockTilYouDrop all about it.

1 comment:

Rob said...

Here's what Richard had to say about a theatrical release of SOUTHLAND TALES:

"Sony is partnering with Samuel Goldwyn to release the film, which they often do on acquisitions that are not appropriate for the Screen Gems or Sony Classics labels. Goldwyn has been very successful with docs (Super Size Me) and larger releases (Amazing Grace).

The film will get a very well-planned and enthusiastic theatrical release. They are waiting until after Cannes to let everyone know when the release date will be..."

Best,

RK

(I hope this helps. Rob McKelvey Ventura, CA www.myspace.com/rdm15)