Saturday, February 25, 2006

Spider-Man 3: Back in Black

You heard it here first, true believers! Spider-Man in the black suit, although not quite like the original black symbiot suit from the comic books. Rest asured, this living organism of a suit will be the one that morphs into the evil Venom when worn by Daily Bugle photographer Eddie Brock, who I think is played by Topher Grace from "That 70s Show." The other villain will be The SandMan, played by Thomas Hayden Church from "Sideways."

Can't wait to see the result, plus a love triangle with Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, played by Bryce Dallas Howard from "The Village."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie on DVD

That's right true believers, Marvel's first full-length animated feature hit store shelves today. Not bad. Some nice extras and not too much deviation from the original comic book by Mark Millar. They had to lighten it up a bit to appeal to kids, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Can't wait for the real, live-action Captain America movie due in 2009. Here's a brief update on that from the Associated Press:

The Associated Press has published a new interview with Marvel Studios' Avi Arad in which he talks about the Captain America movie. The project is part of Marvel's deal with Paramount in which Marvel will make the film and Paramount will distribute.

"Without giving too much away, obviously there'll be a little bit of the origin and then we come into our real world," Arad says. "What makes Captain America such a compelling character is that it allows you to judge history so you see where he came from and you see what he stood for."

Although the script by an unnamed writer isn't finished and Arad doesn't anticipate Captain America arriving in theaters before 2009, he does have a director and leading man in mind. Of course, he's not declaring the independence of those details just yet.

"One of the things our movie is going to deal with is what happened in 60 years," says Arad. "Which world was better? Sixty years ago or now? Within, obviously, a kick-ass plot and all the stuff that you've come to expect from a superhero movie."

He also talks about casting the title role and what the costume may look like. You can find those audio clips on the right-hand side at this site:

Monday, February 13, 2006

Shelly-Shell is back in the hizzle, Raider Nation

Art Shell is back. He was the last choice ... but let's be real: he was the only man for this job.

Shell is a man that will run this team after practice. Discipline them with tough love. He'll challenge them and if they challenge him back, he'll strap it on if he has to. I'm serious. During his first stint with Raiders he dared his players to challenge him and offered to get into uniform to prove it. He conditioned his players after practice to instill discipline. All of the players said that when Art took over for Shanahan, the sense of family and "I got your back" Raider pride came rushing back. He never should've been fired after a 9-7 season.

But now he's back and most of all, he's part of the Raider family and he's good at relating to people. Who do you think Randy Moss is gonna listen to: Art Shell or Norv Turner? Art Shell or Bobby Petrino? Art Shell or Ken Whisenhunt? The list goes on.

This team will tackle better, it will block better and it will play better special teams. Period. This team may go 8-8, but it will play tough, scrape out some close wins and not get blown out in any loss. Mark my words. It may take 2 seasons to get back into the playoffs, but it'll get done.

Raider football is back! And now what to do about this quarterback situation ... hey if did well with Jay Schroeder, maybe Kerry Collins ... nah!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Highlights from WonderCon S.F.

From the Bryan Singer/Brandon Routh Superman panel:

When pressed by a fan, Bryan Singer said "yes" with regard to his perception that this movie is a continuation of Superman II, in a sense replacing Superman III with Richard Pryor. Singer referred to it as a blend of Superman II and what he imagined Superman III should have been.

Depsite what's been said about the "S" making Routh looks small, he looks the part. Tall, strong, big legs and so on. Dude wasn't the most articulate guy, you can tell he's not used to doing a lot of press.

Lois Lane has a kid and a fiance - posing a big non-kryptonite obstacle. Lex Luthor will be more sadistic due to a stint in jail. Superman had to get away from Earth for a while to find himself and "Zen." The film is larger in scale than X-Men 2, also directed by Singer. He's collaborating with the co-writer from the Usual Supsects on a remake of Logan's Run.

Kevin Smith joked that he looks forward to gay undertones in Superman as there were in Singer's X-Men and X2. He kept going back to this joke again and again.

Smith showed a couple of scenes from Clerks 2 after about 5 minutes of gag screens that teased the audience. Black screens, white letters that said "turn off the videocamera," "yeah you," "I won't show this unless you f*&$ internet pirates turn off your f*&$# cameras," "F*$#* Ain't It Cool News Geeks." Funny stuff.

From the Kevin Smith panel:

Highlights included Randall ripping two LOTR nerds and defending the Star Wars trilogy. Good gay joke about Froto and Sam. The crecendo was Jay and Silent Bob with a recreation of the disturbing "dance in the mirror" sequence from the end of Silence of the Lambs. It was complete with music provided by boombox. Classic!

Kevin basically did 90 minutes of stand-up comedy in reaction to fans asking questions and trying to "attack" him for Spider-Man/Black Cat or Daredevil Target. He admitted some things:

- He's off the Fletch project after not getting Jason Lee attached as the lead.

- He's off the Green Hornet movie after realizing he can't do action.

- He was never in discussion to do a Star Wars TV Show, but he perpetuated the rumor by not denying it. He says on one occasion, Lucas didn't deny it either! Later than night, LucasFilm's Steve Sansweet said the Live Action TV Show will take place between Ep. III and Ep. IV, based on little known background characters who get expanded storylines where the main characters we know become background characters.

- Jason Mewes still lives with Kevin Simth.

- Everyone hates J-Lo, according to focus groups and screen audiences.

From MI: 3 Panel:

- JJ Abrams was easily the most humble, charismatic and relatable panelist. He showed some great action from the movie. It looks great. P. Seymor-Hoffman adds a real credibility. Apparently Tom Cruise loves ALIAS (so do I) and does almost all of his own stunts. Cruise love Abrams so much he waited a year from him to do this movie while Abrams worked on Lost. How cool is that for JJ?