Sheesh, it's easy to fall behind on this movie news stuff... miss a couple of days and there's tons of new info out on all kinds of movies. So here's a quick grab bag of news for ya...
Bill Shatner has no idea what's going on with Star Trek 11. Are they sure they're going to put him in it? TrekWeb
"Advanced Dark" has scored a photo of the wickedly aggressive looking Batcycle from the upcoming Batman Begins sequel: The Dark Knight.
If you're reading this on the home page of my site, I've placed the image after the jump in case you don't want to be spoiled (yeah, right).
Holee crap... it seems like every other day another three movie clips and 24 new images come out for either Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer or Transformers.
I refuse to post another video clip or new image from either of these upcoming films here at Screen Rant. Seriously, just how much of these movies do you want to see before you ever set foot in the stinking movie theater?!? I understand the concept of the Hollywood Hype Machine and it's ever increasing need to beat the last box office record (most money made on a 3.5 day weekend in an odd numbered month during the summer solstice, for example).
Man oh man... First, let me say I deeply apologize for the site being down for over 24 hours! What a nightmare the last day has been.
Update: I know one of the rules of blogging is that you're not supposed to apologize for a lack of posts, but I will anyway. My email is still down and my brain is fried from too little sleep so I don't know how coherent any new posts from me would be anyway. Hang in there with me, folks!
The hard drive of the server on which Screen Rant is hosted died. It died so badly that they couldn't recover the data from it, although they spent hours trying. So they had to do a restore from backups and due to the number of websites on the server it took a REALLY long time to get the site back up.
It looks like the huge groundswell of support from fans of CBS' Jericho may have actually done something. :-)
[Update: Yes, it IS official. 7 new episodes (7? wierd number...) coming next mid-season.]
Before you fans of the show get all crazy-happy, please remember that this is NOT official NOR confirmed... Over at TVGuide.com one of their columnists is saying that a limited, 8 episode run of Jericho may very well happen next season.
Unlike Stargate SG-1, which came up with the viewer-wallet-milking idea of concluding the long-running series storyline in not one but two direct to DVD movies, the producers of Battlestar Galactica have no such intentions.
According to an interview with Sci-Fi Wire, producer Ron Moore had this to say regarding the final season of the most-excellent series:
"The plan is to bring us to a definitive conclusion. There's no plans or thoughts in our heads, really, of then doing a follow-up feature or any series or anything beyond that."
Now having said that, they don't intend on tying up every single character story with a pretty bow...
I'm going to make an effort to attend the Comic-Con this year. It's been quite a while since I've been there. If you're a fellow movie blogger or regular visitor to Screen Rant, drop me a line and let me know if you'll be attending. It would be great to meet some of the folks that I only know via "the internets." ;-)
Is the pendulum finally swinging the other way? For the longest time action movies pushed the PG-13 envelope, doing razor thin trims until they just barely escaped the R-rating and slid in to theaters as PG-13 for those lucrative teen and preteen dollars.
Now I hear from /Film that Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer has gotten a PG rating! I did not expect that at all... I had assumed it was a given that it would get a PG-13. Very surprising as far as I'm concerned.
There's been speculation whether Tony Stark's long-time friend "Happy" Hogan would be appearing in the upcoming Iron Man movie.
The answer is: Yes.
Who will be playing Hogan? It's not confirmed but my guess is that it will be the director himself, Jon Favreau.
When a movie like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest wins for best movie and Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen win an award for best onscreen kiss from Talledega Nights, I know I didn't miss anything.
Man, I realize it's difficult to come up with things to say on the spot in an interview, but sometimes celebs really crack me up. There's a video out of a press conference covering the upcoming movie Speed Racer... there's the unveiling of the Mach 5 car plus a panel discussion with the stars of the film.
When Ricci's turn to talk comes up she starts out great, but then...
The Screen Rant Empire continues to expand with yet another exciting podcast!
This week's action-packed podcast includes news about The Dark Knight and IMAX, Eli (Hostel I & II) Roth's more sensitive and artistic side, what you may NOT know about the Mach 5 from the upcoming Speed Racer movie, Iron Man related coolness, why movie trilogies are not always trilogies and how that relates to their failure or success.
Also, news on the unveiling of the ultimate Iron Man website for fans.
UPDATE: Not one, not two, but THREE video interviews are up at MTV.com. Click here to watch 'em!
One of the lucky dog-faced movie reporters over at MTV (just kidding guys, I'm just really jealous!) had the opportunity to visit the set of Jon Favreau's in-progress Iron Man movie and came away with a very happy report.
The guy who wrote the report (his name is not mentioned in the article) is obviously a fan of the Iron Man of the comic book and he seemed almost giddy about the visit and what he heard and saw. :-)
Warner Brothers has indicated that they're moving forward with a live action Teen Titans film for the big screen. I'm not really into them myself although I understand the animated series is very popular.
The first thing that popped into my head when I read the news was "Why this instead of Justice League?" The only reason I can think that the studio is moving forward with this while a Justice League movie languishes undeveloped is that it will be easier to get this one made due to franchise/studio commitments with such major and well known characters.
With Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer only two weeks away, Fox has release yet another trailer, with some new footage in it:
In a bit of Speed Racer news, USA Today unveiled an official image of the Mach 5 race car that will be used in the upcoming Wachowski brothers-helmed film. I thought it would be fun to compare the movie version (top image) with the version that's been around since 1999 as a real-world, driveable car.
So not only is Eli Roth a fan of the MPAA, but he's also showing some artistic integrity by stopping the Hostel movies at number two:
"There is 'Hostel' and 'Hostel 2' and that’s it. It’s like 'Kill Bill Volume 1' and 'Kill Bill Volume 2'."
In an interview he tried to highlight the difference between his Hostel movies and the Saw series with the above statement.
Here's the summary for the Hulk reboot movie, The Incredible Hulk:
Scientist Bruce Banner is living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone, nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross.
When he returns to civilization, Banner finds himself ruthlessly pursued by The Abomination - a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk's own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice -- accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or the creature he could permanently become: The Incredible Hulk.
And there you have it. Sounds like we may not have to suffer through another origin story and they'll get right to it with the next movie. Here's hoping they do it right.