When You Wish Upon Star Wars – Episode Seven

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It took about five minutes for this news to go from an announcement to total domination of Twitter.My hopes? … [Read more...]

From Desert Planet to Ocean Blue… Stanton’s Finding Nemo 2

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It was bound to happen.Oh, the mixed feelings! … [Read more...]

Inspire me: What’s the best way to end a series?

Okay, I'm not really looking for ideas about how to end The Auralia Thread.The first draft of The Ale Boy's Feast is very roughly drafted, and by the time the fireworks go off on the 4th, I'll have given a readable version to the editors. (It feels like I'm preparing to take a patient with worrying symptoms to the doctor to await a diagnosis.)I know how it ends. And I get a little shaky just thinking about the questions that I won't pursue to full resolution, and the unexpected … [Read more...]

Most Underrated Franchise Entry?

Okay, after thinking that I was the only one on earth to hold this opinion, I've met two smart, thoughtful moviegoers in the last 24 hours who count The Matrix Revolutions as their favorite movie in the Matrix series. So since I'm coming out at a Revolutions fan, this is your big chance:What franchise film do you consider the most underrated and overlooked? … [Read more...]

Prequel to Boring: Yawn Howard and Dan Brown, Together Again

You probably remember how, after all of the hype, The Da Vinci Code opened to enthusiastic cries of "Underwhelming!" and "Boring!"Yes, after all of the fright and hubbub amongst Christians who thought the movie might lay waste to the Christian church internationally, it turned out that all moviegoers needed to do was read the reviews to learn that the movie was a jumbo-sized, deep-fried turkey."So, heck," say the brilliant minds at Columbia Pictures, "why not round up the same team for a … [Read more...]

“Chariots of Fire” Sequel In the Works

I spoke with a film producer several months ago about his new endeavor... a sequel to Chariots of Fire.The premise for the film was interesting and based on the true story of what happened in the lives of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams after their Olympic victories.And now, the project is far enough along that the news is starting to spread. … [Read more...]

Fizzgig returns!

Award-winning animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the man who made Samurai Jack and those impressive Clone Wars cartoons, has just made my day.He's directing the sequel to the greatest puppet-animation film ever made......and here's the scoop!The script for The Dark Crystal needed a lot of help, and the narration ranks among the most annoying of all time: "And so Jen set off on his journey... the journey... of... Jen."But the visuals in this film were so enthralling, it meant … [Read more...]

The Third Episodes – X-Men and Spider-Man. Vancouver vacation. And David C. Downing’s Narnia Adventures.

Kirsten Dunst has apparently confirmed the much-mocked rumor that the two villains of Spider-man 3 are, indeed, Venom (Topher Grace) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).And if the leading actress in the film is wrong about its characters, well... this project is in deep trouble."But I know the general story," she insists. "There's a lot that they're trying to fit into this one."And that's not the only super-three-quel trying to fit in a lot characters...I've just returned from a … [Read more...]

"ET 2, Barrymore?

Peter Chattaway somehow came across some Google news stories about Drew Barrymore and Steven Spielberg discussing a sequel to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial that would focus on a grown-up Gertie.I'll be shocked if it happens, and disappointed. E.T. is a perfectly complete story. It doesn't need a sequel. Spielberg's a much different person now, and I'm not sure he can write a story that takes place in that world anymore.I'm guessing this merely represents Barrymore trying to find something … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones, Part 4: Can they? Should they?

They like it! They really like it!ComingSoon.net reports that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have both finally agreed upon a new script for a fourth Indiana Jones film... one written by Jeff Nathanson.And that leaves fans with one super-sized question....HOW DO WE STOP THEM?Nathanson wrote the sentimental, uneven, largely forgettable film The Terminal. Oh, yeah... he also wrote Speed 2: Cruise Control and Rush Hour 2. The one genuine feather in his cap is Catch Me If You Can, … [Read more...]


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