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STALKING: ‘John Carter of Mars’

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Let me take you through a timeline.  More like a chronology, I’m horrible with dates.

First- I hear that Andrew Stanton of Pixar fame is going to make a live action film.  Sign me up.  Enough said.

Second- I get wind that he’s co-writing the screenplay, based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with none other than Michael Chabon, my boy!!  I don’t even care what it’s about, opening weekend, I’m there.

THIRD- and this is a big one, who was then cast to play John Carter himself???  Well let me tell you.  None other than ‘Friday Night Lights‘ (my new jam) very own Riggins, number 33, TAYLOR KITSCH.  Not familiar?

BAM:

He fine.

The cast also includes studs Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, and Dominic West (McNulty!!!).  That’s more talented manliness than you can shake a stick at.

FOURTH- and this brings us up to date, A press release came out last week saying that principal photography had begun with a release set for, get this, 2012.  UM.  I WILL BE 30 BY THEN!!!!  That feels epically far away.  TWO FULL YEARS, who knows where we’ll all be in two years?!   Well… there’s a good chance we’ll all be somewhat close to here, still going to movies on a regular basis.  So assuming this blog will stand this specific test of time, I plan to keep you updated as all hell and with any luck the movie will live up to a fraction of the expectation two full years of intense stalking can cause.  ‘John Carter of Mars’ consider yourself ON WATCH.

Here’s the full press release:

WALT DISNEY PICTURES’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON

BURBANK, Calif. (January 15, 2010) – Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings.  Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.

Produced for Walt Disney Pictures by Jim Morris (“WALL•E,” “Ratatouille”) and Colin Wilson (“Avatar,” “War of the Worlds”), the live action/animation film marks Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton’s (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) first foray into live action. Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Disney•Pixar’s “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award and Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature (2008); Stanton was nominated for an Oscar® for the screenplay.  He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award-nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (2003). He has worked as a screenwriter and/or executive producer on Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” (which he also co-directed), “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Ratatouille” and “Up.”

“I have been waiting my whole life to see the characters and worlds of ‘John Carter of Mars’ realized on the big screen,” says Stanton.  “It is just a wonderful bonus that I have anything to do with it.”

The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’S “Friday Night Lights”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“50 First Dates,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man,” “Shadow of the Vampire”) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas.  The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming “Clash of the Titans,” “Patriot Games”), Samantha Morton (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “In America”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Ciaran Hinds (“Munich,” “There Will Be Blood”), British actor Dominic West (“300,” “Chicago”), James Purefoy (“Vanity Fair,” “Resident Evil”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Spy Kids”) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The creative team includes Oscar®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“Public Enemies,” “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins”), costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”), cinematographer Daniel Mindel (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible III,” “Spygame”) and video effects supervisor Peter Chiang (“The Reader,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”).

STALKING: ‘Mr. Fox’ – you better respeck

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Please, pretty please, head over to Apple and check out this featurette about how ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ was made.  It’s fun and makes you feel like a child again, mainly because Jason Schwartzman is using his kind and energetic kindergarten storytime voice.

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They didn't put much time into this poster though did they?

I bet there’s a lot of that voice recording video hidden somewhere.  And by somewhere I mean coming up in the DVD special features section.  Can’t wait!!

But first the movie comes out and the challenge will be to not spend the whole viewing time going, ‘Think of the hours it took to make that fox’s eyebrow twitch.  Golly.’

STALKING: Alive in Joberg

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I know, I’ve been MIA (the acronym not the person). So here’s a little ditty to hold you over. Neill Blomkamp of District 9 started out with this shorty. Let’s gear up for the feature:

STALKING: ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I got a request for this one.  (I take requests.)  SO HAPPY TO OBLIGE BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING THERE IS NO BIGGER ROALD DAHL FAN THAN I!!!  Yeah.  I’m yelling.  And at one point in my life that was totally true.

And oh brother, I rue the day I gave all my Roald Dahl books away to my little sisters in a gesture of passing-down-what-is-good, and those little Bs paid that forward and gave them away to something/someone else.  And I was all ‘hey do you have those Roald Dahl books, I want them’ and they were like ‘NO.’  That’s a dramatization, pretty sure I forgot to mention it was a temporary loan, but needless to say, bitterness followed.  Not mad anymore though.  Promise.

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The amount of nostalgia I feel over this book cover is excessive I think.

Point is, I read ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and while it may not be as vivid as ‘The BFG’ (bubbles go down = farting) or ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More’ (where I learned that poaching is bad and that a clear mind gives you powers) or omg do you remember ‘The Twits’??? and ‘The Witches!’ or wow, ‘MATILDA!!’ and then there were the giant peaches and the great glass elevators, and wow I’m having a really close bonding moment to the 10 year old me right now…

Oh look, a trailer-

Wow!  We can put to rest our worries from seeing those creepy stills that came out a while ago.  If the idea of Wes Anderson taking this on was too cool to be true, well I’m relieved that it looks like the dude delivered.

There’s an Ocean’s 11 – 13 vibe to this, no?  Even beyond George??

Like, I don’t remember this many one-liners (‘…because I’m little’!!).  Man, I wish I could go back and read this right now but did I tell you about how I used to have like ALL these Roald Dahl books….

STALKING: ’300′ Sequel

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

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All kinds of half-nakedness in Miller’s ’300.’ A sequel? Why, sure!

Graphic novelist Frank Miller is placing the final ink blots on the pages of 300‘s yet-to-be-named sequel. I know 300 received mixed reviews, but I effing LOVED it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is to be determined whether or not writer Kurt Johnstad and director Zack Snyder will be back on board. Um. They’d better be. Cause how lame would it be to have a sequel that isn’t stylistically consistent? Not that THAT hasn’t been done before, but I’d like to avoid it at all costs. Did you hear that Kurt? Zack?

Now, with all of the rushed sequel-ness floating around the biz, THR writer Steven Zeitchik nicely points out Miller’s ‘deliberate pace’ in writing the new installment. I, for one, can appreciate his not churning ‘em out. Thank goodness he’s already insanely rich and doesn’t have to consider this franchise as his money maker. Take your time Frank, make it good.

While we can’t have Gerard’s abs back, I’d LOVE to see who gets cast in this bad boy.

STALKING: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Yes, again.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

WTF!? I jump through hoops signing up for The Mad Hatter’s crew on Facebook and EW has this up on their website? Whatevs. Here’s the teaser trailer for Alice.

Thoughts? Okay. First of all, somebody please hire someone else to do the real trailer. It’s like they recycled the music and editing from a half-million other trailers I could think of. This is ALICE we’re talking about. And second, I’m a disappointed in some things. Tim, you’re killin’ me here. The Cheshire Cat – unimpressive. Looks like a normal cat. Boo. The White Rabbit? In crappy CG? Please tell me he’s a placeholder.

Somebody back me up here!

STALKING: RyRey in ‘Green Lantern’ – one more opinion.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Don’t make fun of me.

1 – for writing about this again.

2 – for this not sinking in sooner.

3 – for how embarrassed I am to have to retract that letter I sent to Warner Bros. and send a new one that says ‘Bradley Cooper was ROBBED.’

Why does Ryan Reynolds get to be TWO SUPERHEROES????  Deadpool AND Green Lantern?!

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I am Ryan Reynolds.

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I am also Ryan Reynolds.

Are Fox and Marvel like, so mad?  Shouldn’t they own him, or shouldn’t he have to sign something that states ‘I AM Deadpool.  Only Deadpool.’

And isn’t that risky for Warner Bros and DC?

Won’t people be like, didn’t I just see this guy in that other movie?

Don’t you think that took away from Christian Bale as John Connor (besides the fact that he was a lifeless bore) since he is far too identifiable as  Batman?

Is Ryan just being GREEDY????

I guess I have a lot of questions.

STALKING: ‘The Green Lantern’ News – Angela’s loins may rest assured.

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

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(Left) Reynolds in shirtless glory / (Right) The Green Lantern, art by Alex Ross

Start spreading the news. According to pretty much every film industry publication that exists, Ryan Reynolds has been cast as the Green Lantern. We’re totally okay with that.

So – like Angela – I have no idea what this Green Lantern is all about. To save some face, I turned to Wikipedia since everything you read on the internet is true. But holy shit – there’s like a million versions of Green Lantern! What’s a girl to do? From the looks of it, I think this guy, Hal Jordan, is the main man. Correct me if I’m wrong comic geek readership.

In any case, so long as Ryan can pull off saying this ‘oath’ that apparently charges his super-power ring…

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

…without looking and sounding like a complete tool, we’re all in!

STALKING: Casting news for ‘The Green Lantern’ has my loins in a tizzy

Friday, July 10th, 2009
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Bradley Cooper, left, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake (Getty)

Ask me what I know about ‘The Green Lantern’ and you hear crickets.

Cast any one of these dudes and you hear my wallet emptying.

The THR story:

Along with director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti, Warners has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

This week, the race narrowed to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. The clock is ticking on the decision as the holding deal the studio had on the actors expired Monday, meaning the three are now free to accept other offers.

It goes on to mention a couple other choices, two names I don’t recognize and then…. Jared Leto.  Hear that?  It’s my wallet closing and my legs crossing.

Don’t F this up, Warner Bros.  I’m gonna go on Wikipedia right now and read all about Green Lantern and then ooh baby I’m gonna get all worked up if you don’t stay true to the material by messing with the plot and characters I hold dear and PLEASE CAST ALL THREE OF THESE GUYS.

That was an open letter of sorts.

Signed – GreenLaternFanForLifeAsOfToday

STALKING Hayao Miyazaki: Comic-Con 2009

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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Illustration of Hayao Miyazaki w/plenty of his characters. Not a clue who did this, so if you are the proud creator please let me know and I will happily credit you.

WTF? The New York Times actually published this horrific phrase:

‘…Hayao Miyazaki, often called the Walt Disney of Japan.’

Michael Cieply, you take that back.

Rant: Hayao Miyazaki is a STORYTELLER of insightful, meaningful, tear-jerking, amazingly directed animated films that teach the youngins’ a thing or two about life, values, emotions and the importance of their decisions. Walt Disney made lots and lots of money off the slapstick antics of a mouse (not that I don’t LOVE that mouse).

Now, what was I saying? Oh, yes. In a very rare appearance, Miyazaki will be speaking at the packed-to-the-brim (obviously, Angela and I both feel that already existent adjectives do not suffice and must hyphenate our own) spectacular spectacular Comic-Con 2009. Unfortunately, the damn thing is already sold out. LAME. This convention has simply become too big for its britches. Of course, I will be trying to get in on a press pass and will hopefully have something to report.

Now excuse me, I have tickets to Disnelyand…