Thursday, July 29th, 2004
'Batman Begins' and 'Fockers' teasers online; full title of third 'Star Wars' prequel
As I finally get a chance to post updates for the past week, and all the neat stuff I saw and learned at Comic Con this past weekend, the first three bits of news I absolutely *have* to address right away are the new teaser trailers for Batman Begins (starring Christian Bale, pictured above) and Meet the Fockers (starring the original cast, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand); and the full title of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Monday-Wednesday, July 26th-28th, 2004
Update on Greg's medical condition
It's not something I like talking about, so I was hoping the note I put up last August would suffice, but nearly a year later, the symptoms of my treatments are really starting to take an obvious toll on my ability to work on the site, so... here's an update that has very little to do with movies (so I'll keep it short!). Last summer, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic blood disorder, which after I did some research, I discovered had (probably) already killed a cousin of mine years ago at the very same age I was when I was diagnosed (33). For my own privacy, I'm not going to get into the specifics of the condition, suffice to say, it involves blood and the liver, it can go undiagnosed for a whole lifetime, and then just kill you like the proverbial "that." Scary stuff.
My diagnosis was a clarion call that I had to do everything I could to avoid a similar fate, so I began a series of treatments initially projected to last a year (though I will probably require another 3-4 months of them yet). The bottom line is... the big, bad life-threatening stuff is nearly "cured" (though, really, the core syndrome will never be totally cured), but the intensity of my treatments has had a cumulative energy-depleting effect on me which makes me fall into extended bouts of sleep/fatigue that can last days at a time (like say, most of this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
At one time, I considered going on hiatus from the site altogether, but decided it would be better for my own happiness to try to keep updating, even if it was only once a week, which as you can see, it sometimes has been. Anyway, I hate taking up valuable space here which could be going to talk about what I truly love... movies, but I've been hearing from a LOT of you with concerns (or understandable complaints) about the lack of updates. I wish I was doing dozens of updates nearly every day like I did for the first 6 years of the site, and if I have any say in this matter, I will hopefully soon be doing just that again. I am licking this thing.
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
Yet another 1960s movie gets remade for the 21st century in the form of 'Alfie'
Today's new preview page covers Alfie, yet another entry in the currently going wave of remakes of movies from the 1960s or 1970s (ie, movies old enough that most of today's teens or 20-somethings never saw them). This time around, it's a sexy romantic comedy with Jude Law (shown above) filling the shoes once worn by Michael Caine, circa the swinging '60s sexual revolution (a role that he sort of sent up when he costarred in the third 'Austin Powers' movie). Alfie
Friday-Sunday, July 23rd-25th, 2004
Greg at the San Diego Comic Con
I'll be at the big Comic Con in San Diego this weekend, where many of the next year's hot new comic book and/or action movies will be showcased. My days will be filled with comics and movies from dawn to dusk, but I won't, however, be online during the event; look forward to post-con updates on Monday and Tuesday.
Monday, July 19th, 2004
'M:I-3' loses a director, 'Superman' gains from 'X3's loss; and the 'Four' are cast!
My first batch of updates after being stranded away from the site for two weeks includes the casting news of who will be playing the Fantastic Four (one great, rocky-voiced guy we already knew about, and three other refreshing surprises; refreshing, that is, because they aren't awful choices!), as well as various new release dates, and the news that three different big tentpole projects are experiencing director shifts (Superman, X3 and Mission: Impossible 3, starring Tom Cruise, pictured above).
July 13th-July 18th, 2004
Greg got stranded out of cyberspace
Well, I did arrive home in Wisconsin last week, but the place I couldn't reach for the first several days was this wonderful "Interweb" thing. It took a few days, but now I'm finally back online (partially). The funny thing is... I will barely be online a few days, working on the site, and then later this week, I will be off to San Diego, attending the Comic Con, and given my busy schedule, I will probably not be online during much of *that* either. I will, however, hopefully come back with lots of insight into upcoming superhero movies, which I will of course share with you, my fellow movie fan. What a busy, busy month!