Movies/TV's 3R’s 12.10.13: Wonder Woman, X-Men, Godzilla, Paul Walker, More
Posted by John Dotson on 12.10.2013
From Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman and Bryan Singer announcing X-Men: Apocalypse to the tragic passing of Paul Walker, and more, 411's John Dotson breaks down the Right, wRong, and Ridiculous from the week in Movies/TV!
Welcome to Week 227 of The 3 R's for the Movie/TV world.
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Finally, it seems that the days of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine are days of the past, and Days of Future Past is upon us. As we all witnessed this week though, the saga of X-Men is far from being over. Mid-week, Bryan Singer took to the Twittersphere to make a surprising announcement. Here is the tweet from Singer below!
That's right 411mania readers! Age of Apocalypse is coming! Given that the plotline of Days of Future Past opens up the time-travel storyline, having Apocalypse now would make a lot of sense. Those familiar with the story know what I mean and I won't spoil anything here.. All I will say though, it's about damn time we get Apocalypse. I remember in my college days, I used to bullshit with other film/comic book movie nerds how awesome it would be if they took on the Apocalypse storyline. I was already excited for Days of Future Past, now I'm ready for this! Bring it on Singer!
Watch this amazing trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
I realize the Raimi version of Spider-Man had its fans, and I was a fan of Raimi's vision as well. That said, there is something about Andrew Garfield's take on the character that makes me really root for the guy. Of all the effort Tobey Maguire gave, I never felt he invoked the humor and personality that made Peter Parker who he was under the Spidey costume. This, and much more have got me really pumped for the next entry of The Amazing Spider-Man.
Which brings me to the latest trailer for the sequel, and I must say, it makes a ton of promises that I hope it keeps. For example, the Doc-Ock legs subtly placed in the background at Oscorp or this sexy little number…
This movie may be the rise of Electro, but it's only just a tease at The Sinister Six and Venom. That alone should be enough to get you electrified for the future of this franchise. My question to you readers… Do you think we'll ever get to see Carnage on the big-screen?
Check out the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below!
My childhood fears come to life!:
From Deadline. Who is ready for some 1990s nostalgia?! When I was a wee little lad, three things used to terrify me: 1) The crazy lady from The Goonies who looked like Sam Kinison; 2) The evil clown thing from IT; 3) And finally, the creepy children novels by Alvin Schwartz titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Well, fellow readers, it appears as if an adaptation of the children's horror anthology may be headed our way, and I cannot be more excited. If you've forgotten about the stories themselves, then maybe these images will ring a bell.
To this day, the illustrations by Stephen Gambell still send shivers down my spine. These are the kinds of images that would terrify almost any grown man, much less a child. That said, the anthology is getting the big screen treatment thanks to CBS Films and Saw sequels screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston. I seriously have no idea how they plan on bringing this beast to life without it being Rated R, that said, I'll be in the theater no matter what if they make the film half as creepy as the illustrations.
What do you think? Is a big-screen adaptation Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to scary for kids?
Epic Godzilla viral marketing has begun:
textI hate that the trailer isn't going live until tomorrow, but for now, we have some epic viral promos for the Warner Brothers reboot of Godzilla… and they are epic! I can only say so much with how little is shown, however, within each video is a small brief tease of what can be expected tomorrow. You can gather by the brief tidbits that when they said it was going to be a more serious take on the property, they weren't bullshitting around.
Maybe now we can all finally get past the Matthew Broderick days. High fives all around
everyone! A new era of Godzilla has begun!
Ladies and gentlemen… We have our Wonder Woman!:
From Variety. So, after weeks of rumors and speculation it's now official. Wonder Woman is confirmed for Batman vs. Superman and is being portrayed by the extremely gorgeous Fast & Furious star, Gal Gadot. I know most people are going to automatically think I'm labeling this as wRong because she is too skinny to play Wonder Woman—which she is. My issues have little to do with her physique because that is easily corrected by feeding this lady a few cheeseburgers and hitting the gym. With time, she can easily possess the build of Wonder Woman.
That aside, my concerns stem from Warner Brothers need to accomplish too much way too soon. It's a strange thing to complain about, especially since the fans always bitch that Warner Brothers doesn't take enough risk with their DCU archive, which they don't. Now that they are taking huge leaps, are they getting carried away with the idea? Not saying DC needs to embrace the Marvel strategy, but if all bets are placed on this one film, then what's next? Start from scratch again? Or just go with another safe Batman reboot? Time will tell of course, but at the moment I'm still skeptical about this entire project.
What do you think? Is DC placing too many eggs in one basket?
Reflecting on the death of Paul Walker:
I know this is last week's news, however, I wasn't here last Monday due to health reasons. That said, I really wanted to comment on the tragic passing of Paul Walker. When the heartbreaking news hit the interwebs, there was two initial reactions: 1) A surprised feeling of how much we cared for the actor, and 2) everyone else who didn't realize so many people gave a shit. I was among the first category of people who didn't realize or appreciate his talents. Was he a mega-star in Hollywood? No, Paul Walker wasn't the A-list asshole that usually gets the super coverage following death. So, why should we care? Why do so many of us feel impacted by his death?
The thing is, although no one actually knew him personally, we all had the privilege of having his screen presence feel like our family for the last decade. Fast and the Furious has always maintained a theme of family and togetherness. In Walker's character Brian O' Conner, we've subliminally gained a member to an extended family that we didn't realize we had. Having this guy torn away is harder on some than others because of this. Not saying this implies to everyone by any means. I know for me personally, I've experienced the shock of losing a close friend in a car accident, so anytime this happens, I revisit that same tragedy. Point being, I think anyone who is a fan of this "guilty pleasure" franchise in some way feels as if they lost a close friend. We didn't know him personally, but we didn't have to.
Rest in Peace Paul Walker and Roger Rodas! Here is a tribute video posted this week in honor for the actor.
Joe Cornish no longer involved with Star Trek 3:
From Variety. Ever since J.J. Abrams walked away to a galaxy far, far, away, … the question everyone is now asking, is who will direct Star Trek 3? Many of names were brought to attention as solid potential replacements, but only one made sense in my eyes. That name ladies and gentlemen is Joe Cornish. Those unfamiliar with Cornish might remember a sci-fi comedy called Attack the Block from a couple of years back. He's also the writing partner for Marvel's Ant-Man, alongside Edgar Wright, which speaks volumes about the potential of that movie. Up until now, it seemed as if Joe Cornish was the frontrunner to helm Star Trek 3. Sadly that is no longer the case.
The other two directors who are said to still be in the running are Jon M. Chu (GI Joe: Retaliation) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), which neither one of those names excite me on the level as Cornish being involved. Whatever caused the departure, hopefully it means the director has something solid lined up in its place.
If not Cornish, who do you believe to be a solid replacement to helm the Star Trek franchise? Does either of the two names that are left strike you as a fitting replacement for Abrams?
Is there anything funnier than watching Benedict Cumberbatch call J.J. Abrams a dickhead?:
Earlier in the week, J.J. Abrams expressed his acknowledgement that having Cumberbatch-Khan remain a secret in the marketing might've been a mistake. He also made clear that the intention was to have the audience feel the same surprise as the characters in the film. To have the viewer surrounded in the mystery as well.
In a recent interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, he is asked about the comments J.J. had about regretting the secrecy around Khan, to which Cumberbatch hilarious responds with, "What a dickhead." Of course this is all said very jokingly. Here is the quote:
I don't know if it's a bad or a good thing. It was his call. I was fine with it. The intention was to have the reveal for the audience that was going to be thrilling, people were going to go, [gasps] ‘Really!?' And that worked to an extent, 'cause not everyone knew what they were in for when they went into the theater and some people wanted to join in that thrill of seeing it and experiencing it in the theater rather than having it spoiled from reviews or Internet gossip or trailers that gave everything away.
So, who knows? For those people, I would say it was a good thing. For anyone else who wants to find out, you know, there are always ways of finding out. And people have their hunches. But I sat in a couple of theaters … and both times, it was like, [gestures] ‘Yeah! Whoa!' There was a verbal and physical reaction to it. So I was like, well, there, it kind of works.
Here is the video of the interview as well. Gotta love that Cumberbatch fella!
Paul Rudd loves One Direction:
I have to admit, I'm really digging the new cast of SNL. Ever since they started fresh, these guys have delivered some pretty solid skits. Over the weekend, Paul Rudd took the helm as host of the SNL stages. Alongside his hosting duties, many old friends returned to the stages including Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Accompanying the actor on the program was mainstream pop sensation One Direction. The resulting pair up led to a rather humorous sketch involving Rudd playing Dan Trathers—a grown man who claims to be One Directions number one fan. I'm not sure anyone else could pull this off as gloriously as Rudd. Check out the hilarious clip below!
Here are some other great highlights from Saturday's program!
Jimmy Kimmel dance dance revolution:
Any of you may or may not have seen the video of the kid in the stands having a dance-off with an usher at a Detroit Pistons game. If you haven't, then the video I'm about to show you has it provided below. It's quite hilarious. One kid starts dancing for the jumbotron, and then an usher from the other side of the arena does the same thing. Both guys begin passing their moves to each other via jumbotron. Well, of course Jimmy Kimmel decides to bring these two gents on the show and what results is pretty ridiculous. Check out the insanity for yourself below!
And as I bid you readers farewell, I leave you classy folks with this holiday jingle brought to you by Patrick Stewart himself! Have a great week everyone and thanks for reading!