Monday, June 28, 2010

Movie News Roundup: Yoda Died Today

EDITED TO ADD: Frank Oz did not die today. I'm sorry to those of you I scared. I totally wasn't thinking that my headline might be misinterpreted that way.

The American trailer

The Anton Corbijn spy movie starring George Clooney looks really good. I especially love the setting of the little village on the Mediterranean.

After the break: Green Hornet, giant spiders, Conan, Wonder Woman, Oz, and Star Wars.

The Green Hornet trailer

I know nothing about the Green Hornet (except for that one crossover with Adam West's Batman), so I don't care much about faithfulness. I'd love to see a hardcore, faithful Hero Pulp movie, but I'm not sure that Green Hornet is the character for that. I keep hearing about a possible Shadow movie by Sam Raimi, so that's where my hopes are. This one just looks like a lot of fun and I'm okay with that. [/Film]

Giant Iraqi camel spiders finally get their own movie

And that movie is Extraction. Undead Backbrain has the details. I hate and fear big, nasty spiders the way my son and Calvin do cephalopods, so I'm counting on bad effects making these beasties look fake enough that I'll be able to watch the movie without freaking out.

Here's Conan!

I'm still really nervous about the story for the new Conan movie, but Jason Momoa sure does look the part. [/Film]

Wonder Woman villain input

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on who would make the best villain in a Wonder Woman movie, both here and at Amazon Princess. Since this wasn't a strict poll, a few people offered multiple suggestions, but it came down more or less equally to Ares and Cheetah.

I didn't like the Ares idea at first until someone suggested that he could be the behind-the-scenes villain in the first film, manipulating other villains until Wonder Woman has to battle him directly later in the series. I'd still like to see Wonder Woman's first villain be someone who threatens her power as a role-model and I can see how Cheetah could be used for that, but it makes sense that Ares is actually the one pulling Cheetah's strings.

Yet another Oz movie

Add a fourth Wizard of Oz movie to the pile. This one's an animated sequel with an all-star cast of voice actors that includes Glee's Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Akroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, and Jim Belushi as the (formerly Cowardly) Lion. Martin Short and Oliver Platt (and of course Patrick Stewart) have also been announced for roles.

Star Wars with David

I've been introducing my eight-year-old son to Star Wars and talking about it on Facebook. If you're a Facebooky kind of person, I hope you'll come check it out. It's been a lot of fun.
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