Movies/TV's 3R’s 08.07.12: Fantastic Four, Daredevil, VH1, Ghostbusters 3, More
Posted by Porfirio Diaz on 08.07.2012
From Marvel being in talks with Fox for character rights and how it impacts Daredevil & Fantastic Four and Lohan and Sheen in Scary Movie 5 to Ghostbusters 3 drama and more, 411's Porfirio Diaz breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 162 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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Trade pending: Marvel/Disney offers the rights to Daredevil; Fox offers rights of two characters from the Fantastic Four universe: Daredevil once had a promising career in the majors of cinema. The character wasn't a superstar like others in the same field were but he was destined the play the role of someone who could contribute right away and become a solid starter for his franchise. Unfortunately a slow start hampered his rise and soon critics began to point out all of the plot vulnerabilities and faults associated to being a superhero commodity. Then the character abruptly retired his movie career and ended his short stint as a big screen crusader.
On the other side of the pond The Fantastic Four, while faced with a similar destiny that short-changed Daredevil out of a decent existence in Hollywood, enjoyed a little more success to its name than its rival. True that their first try in the big leagues was a critical failure on every level, the film was a commercial success. So much so that the franchise was able to profit greatly from it and allowed the film to be given another chance on the field. Their second stint saw an improved (though not by much) game from the last turnaround and the introduction to another promising character in the Marvel universe. Once again it failed to spark the imagination of critics everywhere but such as the first time, the sequel made enough gross at the box office for the studio to ignore their shortcomings.
And now here we are: two franchises looking to rejuvenate the other one's past and see if they can bring them back to the relevancy that they deserve.
Man I missed football.
That's worth mentioning, as Variety‘s report indicates that Carnahan is in talks to deliver a Daredevil reboot described as a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller." Little-known screenwriter David James Kelly was reported to be taking a stab at the script earlier this year; if Carnahan signs on to direct, there's an excellent chance he'll also handle the next rewrite personally (he's contributed to the writing process on all his feature directing efforts to date).
Carnahan has yet to receive an official offer, but his involvement mostly depends on whether Fox chairman Tom Rothman strikes a bargain with Marvel to extend the Daredevil reboot deadline. It seems such a deal could involve the latter studio gaining the rights to two prominent characters from the Fantastic Four franchise (specifically, the Silver Surfer and Galactus). - Screen Rant
This sounds like a fair deal for both parties. Fox wants to turn Daredevil into a "hardcore 70s thriller" (I can appreciate that) while Marvel wants to see if they can bring their new toys in for "Phase II" of their Marvel cinematic universe and beyond. Can you imagine the Silver Surfer in the Guardians of the Galaxy or Galactus as the Avengers' next biggest threat after Thanos? The possibilities are grand – $1,000,000,000 grand.
I would also want to see a Fantastic Four reboot with Ron Swanson as The Thing. Come on Hollywood. We're almost halfway there I think!
Good idea: VH1 is reviving Best Week Ever: VH1 announced that they will be reviving Best Week Ever. Around the same time MTV announced that they will be ordering more seasons of Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww. Guess which one I care about more?
VH1's sardonic hit series "Best Week Ever" is returning after a 3-year hiatus with a fresh new look. The weekly series will examine all that was good, bad and "so-bad-it-was-awesome" in the world of pop culture news and gossip. All the juicy bits of celebrities' lives to the crazy "I-can't-believe-they-did-that" moments on the internet will all be discussed by your favorite funny talking heads. The series will also have an expanded social media aspect to the show.
"Best Week Ever," is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Jeff Olde. - Deadline
Best Week Ever is like the television version of Twitter before Twitter became Twitter and not about the time I took an all-expenses-paid luxury cruise with Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, The Rock, and the Brazilian beach volleyball team (never happened). It is unknown whether Patton Oswalt, Rachael Harris, John Mulaney, and all of our favorite panelists will be making their returns but as long as Larry Kenney (aka voice of Lion-O on ThunderCats) is back then all is stellar dude.
When Archer meets Bob's Burgers: So the next season of the wonderhit Archer series will include a Bob's Burgers crossover episode. This is my official analysis on what is a significant development:
In an interview with EW, [Jon] Benjamin revealed that the Archer team has produced a crossover episode in which he'll play both ISIS agent Archer Sterling and grillmaster Bob Belcher. The episode's already been recorded, he says, and will air during Archer‘s next season (FX has yet to announce a premiere date).
"[Archer creator Adam Reed] really likes Bob's Burgers," Benjamin says. "And the fourth season has a Bob's Burgers tie-in, which is really bizarre."
Indeed: "It's like a Bourne Identity-type plotline. It starts off with Archer as Bob, making hamburgers, but he doesn't know that he's Archer. He's at the restaurant and these, like, I think Russian thugs come in, and Bob dispatches them expertly. And then he's like, What just happened? How did I do that? So he has to try to figure out why he's so good at killing people."
I have to admit something – I initially gave Bob's Burgers a dismissive pass since it replaced King of the Hill on Fox's Animation Domination lineup and seemed like a valid excuse to not give the show a chance. Then I learned not to poo-poo on things without giving them the benefit of the doubt, especially if said things include H. Jon Benjamin. Now I think Bob's Burger is awesome. Archer is awesome. Getting the shows floamed together is awesome.
I should also tell you that I love crossovers and think the Laff-A-Lympics is better than the real Olympics.
Cockneys vs. Zombies is not the zombie film you want but the zombie film you need: Tired of zombie movies? Tired of things that has "vs." in the title? Geez that's too bad. I was going to suggest you watch the trailer to this delightful little romp. Before you dismiss it as another zombie movie, let me tell you what the trailer contains:
- British people shooting zombies in addition to yelling out British things
- Watch as Jaime Sommers from the reimagined 2007 Bionic Woman remake chews bubblegum and kicks ass (the memo on the bubblegum might be exaggerated)
- Pussy Galore, once Bond girl, now a zombie killing fun grannie.
- Alan Ford. Just Alan Ford.
- Lee Asquith-Coe, who you may not know but was also in another Vs. movie titled Strippers vs. Werewolves.
NBC continues to demonstrate why they suck at covering the Olympics: Hating on NBC's Olympic coverage seems like the hip thing to do. We may be beating the same drum over and over but when you look how pitiful NBC has been – what with their tape delay coverage, their inexplicable salty excuse to change their broadcasting habits ("People like it when they know the results of events beforehand," says very unbiased NBC study), and their live online streaming service with a
slight chance it might work during the height of Usain Bolt ecstasy – then one might find a reason (or two, or 45) to be frustrated by their handling of the Summer Games. Oh, and this, this, and this. In short, they stink. *holds nose thusly*
Why can't Chick-Fil-A jump on this bandwagon as well?
Jeff Ross dressed as Joe Paterno for Roseanne's Comedy Central Roast: Jeff Ross is known for many things – he's a comedian, he's a roaster for Comedy Central Roasts sessions, and that's it actually. OK, so maybe he's not known for many things but if you want to remember him for the time he climbed out of his mancave and went to Roseanne's Roast last week dressed as former Penn State coach Joe Paterno plus-two – the two being shirtless young men – then by all means you can.
Ross walked the carpet before the roast dressed as former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, wearing a blue Penn State hat and jacket. By his side were two young men who were wearing only towels and football helmets.
Before the show, Ross told THR that the "P" on his hat stood for "People who can take a joke."
"If they're offended by what they see, they can do what Joe Paterno did – look the other way," he said, referring to 2011's Penn State sexual abuse scandal. On June 22, 2012, Jerry Sandusky, the assistant coach, was found guilty on 45 charges of sexual abuse. - The Hollywood Reporter
I'm not one to scream "TOO SOON" when it comes to this sort of thing nor am I one to criticize what jokes comedians should and shouldn't go with. Nothing should be off limits for them. Fair game, Freedom of Speech, and all that. If Jeff Ross wants to dress up like Joe Paterno and be escorted by two towel-wearing scamps then Jeff Ross should dress up like Joe Paterno and be escorted by two towel-wearing scamps.
I can, however, tell you if whatever offensiveness displayed was funny or not. This one was pretty ugh. Look guys Joe Paterno and the children who got molestered! HIGHarious!
Eh, I dunno. I laughed at all the featured Paterno jokes South Park had to offer but this is what pushes my off button? Maybe it's because my priorities are out of whack or that Jeff Ross is a booger breath. You can come to your own conclusions come Sunday August 12 @ 10 p.m.
Dan Aykroyd really really really wants to make Ghostbusters 3: Dan Aykroyd has made no secret of his giddiness to Ghostbusters 3. He wants it to happen. Sony wants it to happen. The only one who doesn't want the film to happen is the very small percentage of Bill Murray – oh and the rest of Earth's population. But despite numerous postponements and on whether the film can be done, Aykrody has come out and said the movie was back on track. Here's a snippet of his interview with Metro:
Is Ghostbusters 3 finally happening?
Yes, we've got a brilliant new writer on it and we'll be passing the torch on to a new generation. We're working on it to make it just right to satisfy our fans. I'm confident we'll be in production in the next year.
It's been a long process, hasn't it?
Yes, but now we've got the studio on side. We've tried a few concepts which weren't right but now we've got a good structure and will make it happen.
Is Bill Murray doing it?
No, I can tell you he won't be involved.
How do you feel about that?
It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one. - Metro
Other things that Aykyrod had said can be successful (at the time):
- Blue Brothers 2000
- Crystal Pepsi
- The ending to Mass Effect 3
- The 2007 New England Patriots
- The Segway
- The Chevy Chase Show
- The Nokia N-Gage
- Kristen Stewart and her faithful relationship to Robert Pattinson
- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)
In conclusion, Dan Aykroyd wants to cuddle-love Ghostbusters 3 and have its babies.
Bad idea: VH1 is putting Courtney Stodden on Couples Therapy: Courtney Stodden married former Lost actor Doug Hutchison, which in itself isn't a big deal until you uncover the part where the married couple is separated by 35 years. Thus began Stodden's rise to mediocrity, mostly in part of her marriage to, again, someone who is this many *extends arms as far as possible* years her senior.
Then she tweeted the news about how she got a reality show. Great. Super. Excelsior. Then we – and by "we" I mean the journalistic standards of TMZ – found out which reality program Stodden will be appearing on. Needless to say I was SHOCKED when I read the news.
TMZ has learned … Stodden — who married Hutchison when she was 16 — has signed on to the upcoming season of VH1′s "Couples Therapy."
Sources connected to production tell us .. the couple has acknowledged there are "obvious problems in their relationship because of their age difference and the notoriety they've gotten because of their relationship." - TMZ
You're telling me a couple – one part 17-year-old and the other part 52-year-old – is having marriage problems? The devil you say. Well if you are saying they're having a teeny riff then obviously the only situation would be to obviously settle their differences on a fancy schmancy reality show exactly about this sort of thing. OBVIOUSLY.
Beware: M. Night Shyamalan is coming to your television set: I hope all of you have cleanse the thought of The Last Airbender out of your mind. It's been, what, two years ago since the film premiered and smacked every single moviegoer upside the head? Just as we were finally passed that horrifying incident, here comes M. Night Shyamalan to invade your television screens as well.
According to TVLine, Syfy has given a put-pilot commitment (basically meaning the network has agreed to air the pilot or else face substantial monetary penalties to the studio) to Shyamalan's TV project called Proof. Shyamlan and Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) severed as co-writers for the project.
This is what the show is about:
The project — which marks Shyamalan's first stab at scripted television — follows the son of a billionaire tech genius who, after the unexpected passing of his parents, offers up a big financial reward to anyone who can find proof of life after death. - TVLine
Doesn't sound TOO bad until you remember that Syfy is home to such so-awful-you-can't-miss-them classics such as Sharktopus, Tyrannosaurus Azteca (?), and Dinocroc vs. Supergator (!!!). While it's too early to say Proof will join the ranks of SyFy's incredible lineup we have to remember the one who is driving the pilot and whether he'll drive it off a cliff or drive it off a cliff but the cliff is actually a bowl of cucumbers. TWIST!
I hope you're ready for Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen to be in Scary Movie 5: Can you believe it's been 12 years since the very first Scary Movie and six years since the last one? "That's an outage. We can't have that! Stephanie, get Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg on the phone immediately. They're on speed dial. All of them," says Dimension, and thus we have the next installment of the should-of-stayed-dead franchise.
"Say, you know who is hip to the party? Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen. They're the cat's pajamas. Stephanie, see if Lohan and Sheen want roles in our movie. Offer them a promising monetary deal, and by that I mean eleven suitcases of cocaine. You may have to double it for Sheen. That manscrew can snort his way out of a phone booth if it was filled with blow," says Dimension, and thus we have Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen in the next installment of the franchise made of lazy pop culture.
While no offer had been made to Lohan as of early July, we hear now that she has officially signed on.
Her rep said that, "as of right this moment," she had not inked a deal, but all insiders are in agreement that she is definitely doing the movie.
Sources also say that the ever-comebacking Charlie Sheen, despite being uncomfortably killed off in Scary Movie 4, will be back for the next sequel, which is being touted as a complete reboot of the franchise and is due in theaters Jan. 11, 2013.
Well, we know what our Christmas wish will be—that Sheen and Lohan share scenes. (hits E! with newspaper until arm falls off) - EOnline
I'm getting too old for this guys (BTW, I'm 11 years old).
The Paperboy is a sweet story which contains a scene of Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron: Movies are great, aren't they? They can be about anything the filmmaker desires – as long as the film is within restrictions and has a studio willing to back them up and has a director ready to carter to the whims of Hollywood executives – and allows people like you or me to choose and argue over those that are most prominent for our viewing eyes. The Paperboy is such a film, especially when, well, read on:
… nothing will ever top the scene from the new Lee Daniels–directed film The Paperboy where Nicole Kidman looms over a supine Zac Efron, cries out, "If anyone's gonna pee on him, it's gonna be me," and then squirts an impressive stream of urine onto the High School Musical star's face and bare chest.
It's safe to say, then, that Daniels has followed up his Oscar-nominated Precious with a hot blast of crazy.
Wait wait there's MORE:
Covered in sting marks, he barely manages to drag himself to shore, and when Kidman is alerted to the attack by some comely girls who surround Efron, she pushes them away, pops a squat, and out comes number-one. And yes, you get a close-up of the stream. This is a movie that often seems to be missing important transitional scenes or specific inserts, but you had better believe that when Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron, that camera is there. - Vulture
This is a FAR cry from the Paperboy I remembered – the 1988 arcade-ported NES video game. I remember runaway tires. I remember that one man who was either breakdancing or having a stroke. I remember dogs coming out of nowhere. I don't ever recall Nicole Kidman pissing on me.
Worst video game fan fiction to movie adaptation ever.
Don't worry. No such scene exists in the trailer but it does have Zac Efron dancing in the rain, in his underwear. At least I sure hope that's rain.
TLC premiered a show called My Teen Is Pregnant and So Am I because of course TLC: Sometimes I can be critical of TLC because I know the network can do better. Then I found out they have a show called My Teen Is Pregnant and So Am I. So… yeah, look for that thread to continue immensely for a long time.
I saw the episode and honestly, I think you're better off watching Google Street View.
Check out this headline by Deadline: "The Brady Bunch Reboot Produced By Vince Vaughn In Development At CBS: That's not Mad Libs. It's a real thing.
On the new next-generation Brady Bunch, written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl), a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they also share a child. In addition, their ex-spouses are still part of their lives. The new setup reflects the evolution of family dynamics over the past four decades. Back in 1969, Schwartz wanted Carol to be a divorcée but the network refused, so the end of her first marriage was never addressed.
I hear Vaughn came up with the idea for the new Brady Bunch and teamed with Mariano. Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, will executive produce the CBS project along with Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley through Vince Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Prods. - Deadline
I bet your grandparents were excited. So I guess a Brady Bunch reboot is perfect for CBS after all.
Gratuitous Adorable Animal Video of the Week
Say hello to what will be billed as humanity's most brilliant invention since the air conditioner and bacon-wrapped [insert any meat] – The Pet Collective's first-ever 24-hour animal live stream called CorgiCam. One camera, one family of Corgis. All Corgi, all the time. So many Corgis, so little time.
Saw a 9:30 showing of Batman last night, and we finally broke and went home around 1:30am. Surprisingly, Roseville police patrolled by and didn't say a word. Guess I was wrong lol - Posted By: APrince66 (Guest)
And thus solves our first world problem mystery. Good work all around.
Last word: If you have a corndog, and you eat the corndog, and you find out the corndog is cold in the middle and on the bottom down, and you continue to eat the corndog without heating modifications because derp, you deserve whatever horrible ailment happens to you. In a related note, I can tell you what chunks of corndog meat and Pepto-Bismol look in a toilet bowl stew. Several times.
SO ANYWAYS, cook your corndog to a proper degree or face +100 stomach damage. You've been warned.