May 29, 2008

Bilbo Baggins = James McAvoy?

That's the rumour at least.

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March 17, 2008

New Entry On the 'Awesome Possum Show List'

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles! We watched all of them over the course of the weekend, and loved it to pieces! What a great show!

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November 20, 2007

New TV

I ended up watching a lot of new shows this season. The ones I'm still watching and still enjoying are:

Chuck
Life
Women's Murder Club
Moonlight
Journeyman
Private Practice

I've been recording Pushing Dasies on the DVR, but still haven't had time to watch. And new to me this year is Las Vegas since Tom Selleck now stars.

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August 7, 2007

'There Can Be Only ... Five Movies and Counting'

Highlander' Back on Television ... Because Theatres Didn't Want It

Fans of Adrian Paul and the whole Highlander continuum should be happy to hear that he'll be chopping off more heads in the near future. "Highlander: The Source" is scheduled to air on SciFi on September 15th and again on September 20th.

The film features Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod (insert your "of the Clan MacLeod" here) bemoaning his life after the loss of his great love. One hopes that means Tessa, but who knows. He joins up with Methos (Peter Wingfield) and Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes) on a quest to find the first Immortal and the Source of their Immortality. Everyone who's seen the second movie, think of this as your way of pretending it never happened. Speaking of the movies, apparently this was originally scheduled to be a big-screen release but Lionsgate pulled it from distribution. This should be interesting.

I've seen the Russian release, and it is glorious in its absolute badness. The one saving grace is that Methos is in lots of it and is very very nice to look at :)

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July 31, 2007

'Masters of Science Fiction'

Interesting...

The creators of anthology series "Masters of Science Fiction" revealed the program was always meant to be a gamble of sorts, which they and ABC will soon see will either pay off or go bust when it premieres Aug. 4.

The hour-long show, narrated by famous Cambridge University physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking, tells classic sci-fi tales by famed writers such as Robert Heinlein and Harlan Ellison, and features notable actors such as Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell ("Star Trek: Generations"), John Hurt, Brian Dennehy ("Cocoon"), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings trilogy), Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") and Sam Waterston. Directors include two Academy Award nominees, Mark Rydell and Michael Petroni, as well as Jonathan Frakes, best known to genre audiences as Cmdr. William T. Riker in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

The entire article here.

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July 27, 2007

Bit of Fry & Laurie

Good news! A Bit of Fry & Laurie is now out on DVD!

A Bit of Fry & Laurie: The Complete Collection ... Every Bit, a four-disc set with all four seasons of the dry British comedy-sketch show with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, tacks on a welcome bonus: The Cambridge University Footlights Revue. This is the hour-long 1982 BBC film of The Cellar Tapes, the 1980-81 show created when Laurie was president and Emma Thompson vice-president of the university's Footlights troupe. (Other alumni: John Cleese, Eric Idle.) The show was the hit of the 1981 Edinburgh Festival and launched the careers of Laurie, Fry and Thompson, who in one skit sends up the period dramas for which she would later win acclaim.

Oh yes, this is so going on my Wish List! I've never seen all of the episodes, just scattered smatterings that I've caught on PBS. But what I have seen, I've loved. Hey, it's Hugh and Stephen -- what's not to love? [g]

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July 26, 2007

Allen Confirmed In Indy 4

Steven Spielberg, who is directing the upcoming fourth Indiana Jones movie, revealed that Karen Allen will reprise the role of Marion Ravenwood in the movie via a live video remote appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 26.

"It's great to be on the set of this next Indiana Jones," a beaming Allen said via video conference from Hawaii, where the movie is shooting. "Comic-Con is getting the first peek at us all together as a ... family."

Joining Spielberg and Allen were Harrison Ford in costume as Indy, Shia LaBeouf as Indy's sidekick and co-star Ray Winstone.

Spielberg said that the film has already completed 25 days of shooting. "This picture, I promise I'm making for you guys and girls," Spielberg said.

Ford added: "It's a great pleasure to be back with Steven in ... the sweaty, dirty clothes that Indy always wears ... and to be making a dynamite movie."

Ravenwood's character was first introduced in the original Indy film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The fourth Indiana Jones movie opens Memorial Day 2008.

Via SciFi Wire

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July 25, 2007

Jericho

In totally other non news, I can't figure out why I'm watching Jericho. It's my big fear. Since I was six, I've been certain that a post nuclear future was what awaited, and reading 'Alas, Babylon' in seventh grade just helped reinforce that. It was the reason I didn't watch it when it started in the Fall. But here I am, watching the repeats, freaking myself out [sigh] I'm nuts!

(a good friend loves the show, and when the fan campaign saved it from cancellation, she convinced me to give it a try)

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July 12, 2007

Watch!

If you aren't watching 'Burn Notice' on USA, you should be!

That is all.

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June 7, 2007

Friday Night Lights

I seriously love this show! And since I didn't watch it from the beginning, I was stoked that NBC was going to reair it in the summer. Yay! Except they didn't start it from the beginning, but farther in! So I still don't get to see the episodes I missed. Guess I'll have to buy the DVDs when it comes out.

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June 4, 2007

When Atlantis is Grey's Anatomy

This week's episode, I kid you not!

Detials below for spoilers...

Okay, first off, why do all the kleenex heavy episodes of shows air all at once? First Doctor Who, then I start on Atlantis. By the end of the night, I couldn't breath and I had a terrible headache. But on with the show.

I'd heard rumours that Carson died, but I didn't have any details. So last night, we're watching, and as soon as I heard the words 'explosive tumours' I knew what was going to happen. (Side note: I can just see a bunch of writers around the table and some guy saying, "I know! Explosive tumours!! That would be so cooool!) So how was it like Grey's? Well, there was an episode in second season where a patient had an unexploded bazooka shell in him. Carson was a combination of Meredith and Burke and 'Bomb Guy' (Kyle Chandler in a guest role). The surgeons refuse to leave the patient, operate to remove the shell, they carefully place it in Bomb Guys hands, he walks down the hall toward the disposal container and BOOM!!! Since I'd seen it in Grey's, I wasn't totally shocked when Carson got blown up.

I liked Carson! And who's going to take care of his turtles? :(

Some of the not sad things I liked: While this show is totally free of any sort of ship for me, I had to say, I found the Teyla and John, and Rodney and Plant Chick interactions adorable. While I wouldn't want this to become a frequent feature of the show, I wouldn't be adverse to a little exploration on that front. Even Elizabeth and her lunch date were cute.

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June 3, 2007

DW: Human Nature & Family of Blood

Whoa! I didn't know Doctor Who had it in it to pack such an emotional punch. We watched the two newest episodes last night, and I went through half a box of kleenex. And Martha, I just love her more and more. A real improvement over Rose.

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May 15, 2007

Fond Memories

We've had something of a 'Christy' marathon the last two nights, and it's been great. You know, sometimes, you watch a show after not seeing it for many years, and you end up wondering why you loved it so much back then. Not so with 'Christy' -- I'm falling in love with it all over again. Now I remember why I was heartbroken when CBS canceled it in favour of 'Touched By An Angel'. I wish Catherine Marshall had written a sequel, or that they'd do a follow up movie that reconnected with the characters ten years later. I want to meet Christy and Neil's children, and see where the schoolchildren ended up, and find out if David found someone else to love. But mostly, I just to visit with them all one more time.

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May 3, 2007

Tonight's Grey's

Tonight was the two hour spin off episode.

In the extended entry for spoilers...


I like the cast they assembled for the spin off. I could see watching these people every week. Though, I admit, I really will miss Addison on Grey's. I really felt for Addison, totally being able to relate to the dried up barren thing. Though, I could totally deal with having a hot guy like the one she had kiss her to prove she isn't. Bu that's why it's TV and not RL! I so want Addison's car, and her wardrobe, and really want that bag!!

I was afraid the preview I saw with Thatcher hitting Meredith would ended up meaning what it did. I really did like Susan too.

Izzie and George? God, I feel so bad for Calllie. Can no one in this show be faithful?

Burke and Christina.? I love how bizarre their relationship is, and how it works anyway. I hold out hope that they can get it right.

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Gilmore Girls -- The End

The CW canceled it today. I admit, I have mixed feelings at this point.

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May 2, 2007

DVR Boost

Getting a DVR bump


TV's most DVRed shows include “House,” “Lost” and “The Office,” according to Nielsen Media Research,

Last week, Nielsen unveiled its “timeshifted” viewership figures for the week ending April 8, revealing the shows making the biggest viewership gains in digital video recorder playback, a group that includes established hits and several underdogs that probably appreciate the boost.

Fox's “House” (starring Hugh Laurie, above) added 2.74 million viewers in playback, adding to the show's 19.02 million live viewers. ABC's “Lost” added 2.47 million, up from 10.83 million live.

In terms of pure percentages, no show could touch NBC's “The Office,” which got a 31 percent boost, going from 5.77 million to 7.59 million after the addition of playback viewers. “Lost” was up by 22.8 percent, followed in percentage terms by “24” (19.4 percent) and “Prison Break” (18.3 percent).

According to Nielsen, DVRs are now in between 15 and 17 percent of the nation's TV households.

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April 17, 2007

One Day Only!

For one day only, today, Amazon has the
entire seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on sale for $98.99

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April 10, 2007

SG1: The End

Thoughts on the Stargate finale in the extended entry.

I know there's going to be two movies, but this all seemed like 'The End'. I got way more emotional than I expected. Starting with the destruction of the Asgard, which really upset me, especially that Jack wasn't there. By the time we got to the last scene, I was crying. Oh, and I hated Daniel for how he treated Vala -- it really seemed so OOC. Daniel has never been a favourite of mine, but even I expected better from him than how he acted. and now, it's all over, except for a few straight to DVD movies [sigh] all that's left is Atlantis, which while I enjoy it, isn't SG1 and doesn't have that place in my fangirl heart.

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A Bit of TV Chat

Been watching Dresden Files and Blood Ties. A little discussion about both series, and the Blood Ties books in the extended entry.

Dresden Files:
First off, I always thought her name was 'Agent Mai' not 'Ancient Mai'! But how awesome was it that she was a dragon?! Squeee! I really enjoyed this episode. And the episode prior with his rat bastard uncle. Dang, Harry's been through a lot! But Bob, I love Bob [sniff] I think this has to be one of my favourite new shows! I can't believe it's already all over for the season.

As for the books, I haven't read any yet, but I'm thinking of trying to get through a few while I'm on vacation.

Blood Ties:
Which brings us to Blood Ties. I'm on the fourth book in the series, and I'm having a hard time sustaining interest. I know the series has a lot of fans amongst my friends, but honestly, if I hadn't been loaned all of them, I'm not sure I would have gone on past the second one. I don't read a lot of vampire fiction, and when I do read books in that genre, I'm looking for a more... erotic sort of read, I guess. And the books just don't push any of those sorts of buttons for me. I don't care whether Vicki is with Henry or Mike. and I actually find Mike more attractive than Henry -- what's with that? [g]

At the end of the incubus episode, I really did enjoy the interchange between Henry and the Incubus. Very amusing! But I thought the fighting over Vicki thing between Henry and Mike a little over the top. Actually, it's a little much in most of the episodes I've seen so far.

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March 19, 2007

300

We went to visit friends this weekend. and one of the things we did was go see 300 yesterday. Awesome movie! We all really enjoyed it, even if we did have the urge to shout 'I want nachos!!!' at the snackbar.

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March 6, 2007

Drek

So they sold the Russian release rights to Highlander: The Source separately, and the movie has been released on DVD there. Which you can buy and have shipped to you here. Yes, I've seen it. And hard to imagine, but it's worse than Endgame! The one, and only one, redeeming feature was lots of Methos in this one. Otherwise, it's worse than those B movies that the SciFi Channel makes and airs. What a waste. I expected it to be bad, but this surpassed even my lowest expectations.

Supposedly, they're still editing it for a North American/UK release. Though one wonders why they're even bothering.

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February 2, 2007

WKRP

Finally, it's coming out on DVD!

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January 30, 2007

The Last Sin Eater

It's movie time!

There's a movie by Fox Faith coming out on Feb. 9 called The Last Sin Eater. It will be in limited release, with, as I understand, a DVD coming out by Easter this year. You can find trailers and info here. Why am I reccing this? Why, it stars Peter Wingfield, that actor I'm so fond of, Methos in Highlander :) and what's best, is that by all accounts, this is going to be a good movie! now, it's only playing in the conservative parts of CA, so I'm going to have to go to Fresno to see it, but if you live somewhere it's playing, check it out!

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November 20, 2006

PJ Not Doing the Hobbit?

The latest, straight from the horse's mouth.

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June 30, 2006

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

Just came across the last half of Ghostbusters on some movie channel. I always forget how much fun it is. And it still makes me think "summer movie".

What movies make you think 'summer'?

Ghostbusters
Top Gun
Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T.
Wrath of Khan

All movies from when I was much younger and actually went to the movies a lot [g] Why no "Star Wars"? Because I didn't get to see it till the fall of 1977. We moved back to Canada, and I finally convinced my mum to let me see it because it was only rated G there.

And speaking of summer movies! Since it's a week today till Dead Men's Chest comes out, here's a series of shorts and trailers here. The shorts are awesome! Jack is quite Methos-like in some of the clips, though that isn't surprising as he as always has shades of that for me from the first time I saw PotC. and there's a very funny line about 'his only love being the sea'. [weg]

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June 2, 2006

'Age of Steel'

Just finished watching the second part of Dr Who, Age of Steel. Really excellent! I still have to watch Idiot's Lantern. Now continuing working my way through season three of Highlander, since I promised to watch the non Methos episodes :)

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May 24, 2006

Calling All Forever Knight Fans!

Due to the popularity of my Live Journal Highlander episode discussions, Forever Knight has been added to the programming.

The first one, for Dark Knight I/II is here.

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May 22, 2006

24

Okay, I just have to say, how kewl was it that Carlo Rota showed up as Chloe's ex? He's an absolute doll, and it was a pleasure to see himon my TV screen again!

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May 17, 2006

The TV Season So Far

Gilmore Girls: What a disappointment! I expected so much better of Loreli by now. And shame on the PTBs for dragging me totally unwilling into Luke/Loreli in the first place, but making me a believer. Dirty pool! She never loved Max? What a crock.

Grey's Anatomy: Crap! I was a sobbing weeping little puddle by the time it was all over. Not happy with Derek at all, loving Calli more and more, poor Denny!, Doc [sob], Addison and Fin just poor them for being suckers, Alex was my hero at the end with Izzy, and those aren't words I ever expected to say. Enough happened over those three hours for most series in a few months!

Survivor: I didn't care. I wanted Terry to win, but I didn't think that was likely. On the plus side: Cook Islands! That's my fantasy destination.

Dr. Who: 'Girl in the Fireplace' was so good, and had me all weepy. Seeing the Cybermen back this week was much fun!

24: I expect an alien invasion next year.

House: Next week's season finale looks to be a humdinger! As for last night's, isn't it interesting that the only person who seems to notice his increasing pain is Cameron?

West Wing: I'd forgotten just how good is was back in the day until reviewing the first episode all over again. Not that it was terrible now, just that it really wasn't the same once Sorkin left.

Lost: Let's see what they pull out of their hats tonight. I see that Sayid is back from the previews! Yay!

Stuff to look forward to this summer: 4400, Stargate, Atlantis all back. Not TV, but a stellar event, Dead Man's Chest!! Arrr! And more new Who to watch, that's always a fine thing.

In old TV sort of news, we're discussing Highlander episodes over on my Live Journal if you'd care to peek in. It's sort of like matter and antimatter colliding, but what the heck :)

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May 3, 2006

I Was Right!

I said two weeks ago that Michael was not to be trusted! When I'm right, I'm right.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you don't watch Lost :)

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Triple Play

And it would be a foursome if not for toppiing out my DVR's record capacity.

House, Lost, and Alias!

The left by the roadside choice was Amazing Race.

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May 2, 2006

Serenity Over Caprica

This is an interesting bit of BSG trivia

The Zoic personnel were apparently responsible for the insertion of Serenity (from Whedon's Firefly series). Serenity can be seen flying above Caprica City just prior to Laura Roslin learning of her terminal condition.
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April 27, 2006

Awesome!

Sci Fi confirms the news that Michael Ausiello broke Wednesday -- that "Firefly's" Morena Baccarin will be joining "Stargate SG-1" ...

As who is below the fold:

via The Watcher

... as Vala's daughter Adria. As watchers of the show know, Vala (Claudia Black) was pregnant at the end of last season (and that baby will grow up, as most sci-fi and soap-opera babies do, superfast).

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'Caprica'

SCI FI Channel announced the development of Caprica, a spinoff prequel of its hit Battlestar Galactica, in presentations to advertisers in New York on April 26. Caprica would come from Galactica executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, writer Remi Aubuchon (24) and NBC Universal Television Studio.

Caprica would take place more than half a century before the events that play out in Battlestar Galactica. The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better.

But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga, the channel announced.

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April 26, 2006

Alias

Oh, there were some great lines! My favourite being Jack scolding Sydney about keeping bladed weopons under wraps, especially 'around young Bristow women" ! Too funny. How I love Jack Bristow [insert girly sigh] He really needs his own series. Seriously!

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April 25, 2006

Crazed Plot Bunnies

I'm just up to watching Gilmore Girls, and discover that Paris is pre med. Lord, now I have visions of Resident Paris and House....

Stop it now before my brain explodes!

April's friends call Luke 'Hagrid'???

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April 19, 2006

Alias?

DVR cut out in what I think was the last 30seconds. Saw the monk get up and walk over to someone, then blank. I'm assuming it was Vaughn?

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April 3, 2006

24

What can I say except "ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"? We hates them, precious, we does!

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A Bit Of Silly

I was talking to Nin on the phone about this post at Cyberducks, and it degenerated into just what exactly a new Highlander based series would be like. I say degenerated, cus it got silly fast :)

Highlander: CSI (that one requires no explanation)

An Immortal Vegas showgirl who solves mysteries on the side.

An Immortal surgical resident who solves mysteries on the side (you're sensing a theme here, right?) and has a lot of sex.

An Immortal mystery authour who solves murders -- a Highlander meets Murder She Wrote sorta thing.

An Immortal version of the O.C.. Instead of catfights, they duel to the death, declaring after victory, "Now, there's one less!" (solving mysteries optional)

A cranky Immortal diagnostician solves mystery illnesses, surrounded by eager young residents.

Feel free to add your own.

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March 24, 2006

Keeping The Brown Coat

Firefly/Serenity star Nathan Fillion told SCI FI Wire that he's not ready to hang up Capt. Mal Reynolds' brown coat and that he doesn't mind if he's speaking at conventions 20 years from now. "Did you ever see Galaxy Quest?" Fillion said. "When Tim Allen comes out and he cheers, well, that's going to be me when I'm 60. I'll be this fat and balding guy who's trying to squeeze into his outfit and wears suspenders."

The Canada native said not a day goes by without someone coming up to him to talk about the canceled series or the feature film. "It makes me feel really good when they say they like what we did and are appreciative of your work," Fillion said. He is now telling fans about his upcoming horror comedy SF movie Slither, which comes out March 31, a few days after his 35th birthday on March 27.

More here.

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It's Not Like We Don't Know How It Ends

George Lucas' longtime producing partner Rick McCallum told the BBC that a proposed Star Wars TV series will run for at least 100 episodes.

[....]

The series will be set between Episode III and IV of the film saga and will cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up. McCallum said there would be "a whole bunch of new characters" and the series would be "much more dramatic and darker."

Why set it between III & IV? I'd much rather a series set after Jedi, even if it's about Han, Leia, Luke's kids or grandkinds. But that's just me.

Via SciFi Wire

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March 22, 2006

The Things I Find

In my continuing quest to find Methos 'not slash fic' I've never read, I find a whole archive of Sharpe/Methos fic! I shouldn't be surprised -- if I were a slasher, I could see how the two would go together. But since I'm not, I'm about ready to give up.

Oh, and I read today that an early version of the script for The Source kills Methos off. Whatever. AFAIC, canon ended with the TV show. Methos will always live on in my own personal Highlander universe.

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March 20, 2006

PW & 'L Word'

As I noted a few days ago, Peter Wingfield's ep of The L Word aired last week. Well, I got to see it myself on Saturday, and just have to ask: why the hell don't we get to see Peter on our TV screens more often? Geez! There are so many really bad actors on TV, on regular series, and yet someone as talented as Peter is rarely seen. My dream? Peter on House. If only.

It was a small part, but what there was of it, I enjoyed. And thankfully, he didn't have to do an American accent for the part, which was great! As for the show itself, I don't think it's my cup of tea. It has that whole "we're on pay cable so we can say f*ck as much as we want for no discernable reason" thing going.

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March 17, 2006

New Who

If you get SciFi, I encourage you to check out the new Dr. Who series which begins its run in the States tonight. It's really really excellent! Honest!

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March 13, 2006

The Source

So I've been reading around that there was a con recently with footage
shown from the new Highlander movie

A couple of things...

I didn't realize so many fans loved the last movie. And boy, are they
excited about this one! I barely remember the last movie, and apparently,
the new one requires some familiarity with it.

Since all the HL fans I seem to run into online and in RL seemed to really
dislike the last movie, and aren't too excited about this one, I wonder if
there's two segments of the fandom? Which one is more dominant, I wonder? And what's the makeup? I mean, are the intense, "I loved the movie" fans young guys? The ones the HL PTBs are always saying they're aiming for? Older, female fans need not apply, and all that :)

I really am going to reserve judgment on the new movie, because I'm hoping it will be good. But nothing can convince me the last movie was any better than the sequels preceding it [shrug] However, with all the Methos content that's apprently in this one, I can be appeased somewhat!

(lots and lots of Methos) (what a girl wants)

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Smackdown!

Regarding the season enders of Stargate and Atlantis: WWE Smackdown! Wraith v. the Ori!

Coming soon to a PPV wormhole near you!

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SF Talk

If you'd like a place to discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy entertainment, be it books, TV, or movies, please check out my list Speculatrix. It's about seven years old and started as a Buffy list initially. But its focus was changed a few years back.

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March 10, 2006

Seven Months?

Is it true that Battlestar Galactica won't be back on the air for seven months? I'd assumed the new season would start in June along with SG1 and Atlantis as usual.

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March 1, 2006

I Can't Wait

The Watcher, Maureen Ryan, has some tantalizing tidbits on the season finale of Battlestar Galactica, here.

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February 28, 2006

Slings & Arrows List

New email list for the show Slings & Arrows, starring Paul Gross, can be found here.

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February 25, 2006

Battlestar Last Night

Whoa! Now if that didn't turn everything on its ear. What a kick ass episode.

Thoughts? Care to share?

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February 23, 2006

Slings & Arrows

Forgot to mention a gem of a TV discovery. A Canadian show called Slings & Arrows, that airs here on Sundance Channel, and I believe on Showcase in Canada. I wanted to see it after reading thisand this, and discovering it starred Paul Gross. Highly reccomended! Nin and I both loved it.

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February 9, 2006

Random 'Lost' Thoughts

A few weeks back, when the Others had the standoff with our heros, I thought of how much the head bad guy reminded me of Sawyer. Then there's the modern washer and dryer in the hatch, and last night, a radio station playing Glenn Miller. What if the some of the Others are some of the survivors of our group? What if the survivors from the Black Rock slave ship have only been on the island for a dozen years instead of their possible descendants being there for centuries?

Time travel? A tear in the space time continuum?

Hmmm....

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February 7, 2006

Oh!!

I've been trying to figure out why 'Ivan Erwich', the bad guy on 24 this season looked so familiar. He's Badger from Firefly aka Mark Sheppard!! Now I can rest peacfully!

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January 26, 2006

Help A Guy Out

I got a very nice email from Garth, who's serving in our country's armed forces. He has some questions about the Narnia movie that I can't really answer since I've never read the books. So those that have, could you fill him in? He's a big fan of the books, and he'd like to know if it is worth seeing, and how loyal is it to the books?

Thanks!

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January 21, 2006

Battlestar Last Night

I was going to post at some point in the topicality of last night's Battlestar Galactica episode. Surprisingly "right wing" with the already beat up fleet facing a new threat from their own version of ANSWER 'insurgents'. Jonah Goldberg's take was pretty much what I was thinking, so go read what he has to say instead.

One other thought: they're slowly moving Baltar in the direction of the original one from the old series. At least, that's how it seems to me.

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January 19, 2006

Lost

What happened at the point Jack sat down with Ana Lucia on the beach? We got as far as him asking her if she had indeed killed one of 'them', and then DVR ended its recording. Yes, there were screeches :)

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January 16, 2006

24: Hours 1 & 2

Jack Bauer and the 'sunglasses of vengeance' -- how true!

Chloe's boy-toy is a bad guy. No, I don't know, I'm just saying.

Replace annoying Kim with annoying male Kim. Just what we were missing -- annoying teenaged character.

But I loved Michelle!

How did the baddies know that Jack was still alive? Or did they? That, I'm not clear on.

Not to expect any sort of reality, but I'd think Jack's alibi was pretty strong. Yes, I know, it's 24! I really shouldn't do this to myself.

They really need to screen close Presidential advisors more carefully.

What? Palmer couldn't have called CTU or the Law Enforcement/Intelligence Agency of your choice directly instead of attempting to confide in the slightly loopy First Lady?

Jack killing the assassin. This is why I love the guy.

Geraint doing his "Nick possessed by a demon voice" from 'Sons of Belial'. (but how I wish Peter Wingfield hadn't had to give up the part)

Nin hasn't seen it yet, so I'll be seeing it all over again tonight.

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January 15, 2006

24

The first five minutes....

CRAP!!

Double Crap!! The last 115 minutes :)

And seeing Ger was weird after all these years.

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January 14, 2006

Battlestar

The last two eps of Battlestar Galactica were excellent! It never fails to leave me with all mixed up feelings. Not something that happens to often in TV.

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January 13, 2006

Random SG1 Observation

Watching last week's ep as I try and transfer it to a tape for the boss and his kids, and have to admit, that though Daniel hasn't been a favourite of mine lately, Michael Shanks Ben Browder have some great chemistry going. The way they play off each other and the banter is great!

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January 12, 2006

Who Nine to SciFi!

For those of you who have eagerly been awaiting Dr Who #9 here in the States, your wait is nearly over -- if you get SciFi that is.

I really recommend you catch this if you can, even if you've never seen the show before. It's been a hit with both old and new viewers. As I said in email earlier today, they made a Dr Who for the
people who are now grownups that watched it as a kid.

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Fingers Crossed!

Serenity Might Fly Again?


Loni Peristere, visual-effects supervisor for the SF movie Serenity, told SCI FI Wire that there's hope for future flights of the cast and crew of the movie, which just came out on DVD. Director Joss Whedonwho also created the canceled Fox TV show Firefly, on which the movie is basedexpected that the movie might draw the low numbers it did in its theatrical release, Peristere said in an interview. But he added that the movie's sales on DVD, which came out on Dec. 20, are running neck-and-neck with the hit comedy Wedding Crashers, which bodes well for a possible Serenity sequel.

"We kind of expected this from our audience," Peristere said. "We did so well on [Amazon.com] with the Firefly box set and the performance of that helped us get the movie made. We wish the audience would get up and go to the theater, but it shows that they like to keep coming back and revisiting the world Joss created." Serenity made $25 million at the domestic box office after it was released Sept. 30.

Whedon and his crew are waiting to see how well the DVD numbers go before proceeding with a Serenity sequel, Peristere said. "We really hope to return to this work," he said. "We love the characters. It's fun storytelling, and we all love using our talents. ... It all depends on Joss. He's not giving up on the characters. He had incredible writers who had a million stories to tell, and we're all just hanging out and seeing what the world has to give us, and given the opportunity we'll make more."

In the meantime, fans of both show and movie can enjoy the DVD's various extras, which include an easter egg: a featurette about the making of the Fruity Oaty Bar commercial that appears in the film. "In the main menu, if you play around with the buttons you'll find a featurette of the Fruity Oaty Bar," Peristere revealed. (From the main menu highlight "play," then press left, which will highlight a marker on the right side of the menu; press enter to see the featurette.) "It's all a lot of fun," he said.

After the news there may be another incarnation of Firefly, the bit about the Fruity Oaty Bar ad is the best news! I love that jingle -- in an annoying, can't shut it off in your brain sorta way :)

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No Way!

First off, I had no idea Patrick Stewart was 65. He certainly doesn't look it. Second, I see no reason why his age should keep him from playing Picard. Heck, Sean Connery is still doing action films!

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December 22, 2005

An Xmas Story

The first story I ever posted, way back when, was a Christmas one. The last few weeks, I've been on a writing jag -- and considering it's been more than two years since I've posted anything this is different. Anyway, I have two epics in the works, one at something like 27 pages so far, but yesterday I was inspired to try and do another Xmas story. I had found a snippet from a Star Wars challenge I never completed, but I really liked what I had, so voila! I adapted it, and hopefully, I'll be done in time for Xmas posting! So be afraid!

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December 20, 2005

For Fellow Night Stalker Fans

Via SciFi wire comes the news that SciFi Channel is going to air the series, including the episodes that never aired on ABC. So those of us who were left hanging after part one of the two parter aired will get some resolution.

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December 19, 2005

Methos Heaven

I splurged and got myself season 4/5/6 of Highlander on DVD when a friend told me that the official store sold them at $29 a set as opposed to the over $80 charged everywhere else. I'd never been able to justify that price when all I wanted was the episodes with Methos in them. What I had been doing was rewatching really old VHS copies that were getting very distorted. So it was time for the DVDs! What I didn't know was they had extras! lots and lots of extras! More Methos! More Peter Wingfield. They had the alternate cut of Revelations 6:8 and Comes a Horseman! And bloopers, including the Cow Quickening!

So that's what I spent the majority of yesterday doing, watching the Methos eps on DVD and viewing all the extra footage included with each one. [sigh]

Methos heaven!

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December 16, 2005

All But Forgotten

Spike TV runs three episodes ST:TNG every weekday, so I've been taking the opportunity to review the series. Some of these I haven't seen since they originally aired. They just started with season one, and while I remembered that a lot of it was dreadful, I'd forgotten how much pretentious twaddle littered the dialogue. It's like John Kerry was one of the script writers. Bleah! Can't wait to move past season one and on to the better seasons. Though, I'm sure the twaddle factor will still be high, just the memory of it blurred by too many years.

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December 8, 2005

Uncharted Waters

That's the potential, possible, maybe title of Pirates of the Caribbean III.

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December 2, 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The legal -- and much better quality -- teaser trailer can be found here.

Let the countdown begin!!.

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Joss Interview

A video interview even!

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November 25, 2005

Darn It!

According to an article about Alias being canceled, they've also canceled Threshold. Darn it! I really like that show. And with Catherine Bell joining the cast, I was really looking forward to where it was going.

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November 23, 2005

Quick!

If you're a big fan of "that Pirate movie", as I am, and are really looking forward to the sequel next summer, you can find an illicit trailer for it here. But the ruler of the Kingdom of the Mouse is looking for it, so go watch it quick!

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November 20, 2005

Goblet Of Fire

If you've never read the books, and are going to the movie, for you, I'll put the review in the extended section :) Cus I CARE!!

(and this time, the category means it!)

We saw it last night -- 1030pm with hardly any kids in the audience! -- and yeah, a 2:30 minute movie isn't enough to get even 1/4 of the book in, it seemed to me. I did enjoy it, but I have to think if you'd never read the books, this one would be a bit of a mush. And the editing did seem a little choppy. I though the acting was just fine, it was nice to see them finding ways to use Neville so that people remember him for the next one when his role become much more pivotal. Not enough Snape, but I have a feeling that won't be a complaint in the next movies. This current Dumbledore really seems overly emotional both in comparison to Richard Harris and the Dumbledore in the books. A couple times I wanted to tell him to take a pill and chill [g] Lots of good stuff with the Weasly twins. One really glaring omission was Rita Skeeter as a rouge animagus. That was dropped entirely, as was Hermione blackmailing her over it. Since that's rather important in the next one, it surprised me. And they didn't dwell on Harry finding out about Snape's past in the pensieve. That surprised me to. I will admit I wanted the scene where Snape shows his Dark Mark to Fudge. Oh well. Ralph Feinnes made an excellently chilling Voldomort. I thought the Death Eater hats were silly as all get out. Looked like dunce caps, and one wonders if they get stuck in doorways often [g] Oh, yes, but we did get Draco as the bouncing ferret! Excellent! Minerva giving dancing lessons! I had a lovely mental image of Snape doing a similar class for Slytherin. The ball was beautiful! They do some amazing set design on this series. And dragons! I love dragons. In the credits, near the end, it said, "No dragons were harmed in the making of this film" LOL. David Tennant, who was Bartie Crouch Jr., is also the new Dr. Who, and he's damn cute! Just thought I'd mention it.

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November 11, 2005

Dec. 20, 2005

Serenity comes out on DVD!

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November 6, 2005

Popcorn Interview

Little interview with the Potter kids and what's in the future. Most interesting bit to me was the following:

David Heyman revealed that JK Rowling has, however, chatted to Alan Rickman (Snape) and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) about what plans she has for their characters... so it's probably worth keeping an eye on them for any hints their performances might give about how everything works out in the last book!
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October 11, 2005

It's James Blond

He has just proved his ladykilling credentials by seducing Sienna Miller from under the nose of his friend, Jude Law.

Scores of others, including Law himself, Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell and Orlando Bloom, were considered but rejected.

In the end a shortlist of two emerged - Craig and newcomer Henry Cavill. The pair were auditioned again and tried on tuxedos to see how they would look in the quintessential Bond clothing.

Craig, 37, whose choice will be confirmed by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson later this week, will be the sixth Bond, but the first blond.

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October 9, 2005

At Three

I went with Nin and C to see Serenity this morning. Now, Nin's gone to work and I'm watching the Firefly DVDs. Fixing to make bagles in the next little while. Made cornbread Friday night, and used up my stale dinner rolls to make breadcrumbs, and the left over molasses bread to make croutons.

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October 7, 2005

Seeing Serenity This Weekend Can Result in Swag!

Arrr!

Via an email from C:

The all-important second weekend of Serenity in theaters fast approaches. We know you are planning on taking everyone you know to the film, and now that dedication can pay off! Send in your Serenity ticket stubs for a chance to win cool Serenity prizes! One lucky winner will get an international Serenity poster signed by Summer, Jewel, Gina, Adam, Nathan, Morena, Sean and Joss, an official Serenity Tshirt and a Serenity Prize Pack (bandana, chopsticks, window cling, mug, patch). Five runners-up will get Serenity Prize Packs. How do you enter? Mail your Serenity ticket stubs dated between Friday October 7 - Sunday October 9 to Serenity Leader, with your name phone number and email address either written on the back of your stub or on an attached sheet of paper. The more ticket stubs you enter, the more chances you will have to win! Remember, the stubs must be dated from Friday October 7 - Sunday October 9 to be entered. All entries must be postmarked by October 11th to be eligible. Winners will be selected by a random drawing. *Sorry, we can only accept ticket stubs from U.S. and Canadian theaters. No photocopies can be accepted* Please mail your tickets to:

Serenity Leader
235 Park Ave South
5th floor
New York, NY 10003
Ends Oct 10, 2005

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October 5, 2005

When It Comes To "Lost"....

... reading may be fundamental.

Is 'Lost' a literal enigma?

Literary references have been sprinkled throughout the mysteries of Lost: In an episode last season, the character Sawyer was reading Watership Down by Richard Adams, the story of rabbits searching for a safe place in a threatening world. At another point, he read Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, about time travel.

Look for another literary reference - and possibly another clue to the island's secret - on tonight's Lost (ABC, 9 ET/PT).

At one point, someone will pick up a copy of the novel The Third Policeman by the late Irish writer Flann O'Brien. The cover will be seen for about a second, ABC confirms.

It will be featured at a "key moment" in the show, Craig Wright, who co-wrote the episode with Javier Grillo-Marxuach, told the Chicago Tribune. Wright also said anyone familiar with the book will "have a lot more ammunition" in dissecting Lost plotlines.

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October 4, 2005

Card Reviews Serenity

Here's Orson Scott Card's review of Serenity. I get the feeling he kinda liked it.

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Serenity Post of the No Spoiler Variety

Here's something those of you who haven't seen the movie yet can read without spoilers.

I never realized that the Firefly universe was contained in a single solar system until the movie. Don't know if I missed it entirely during the series, or if it was never really mentioned in any concrete way. It changes the way I think of the show's universe altogether. Then there's the science aspect. I was involved in an email list discussion yesterday about what kind of sun it would have to have, and where the planets and moons would have to be to be able to sustain life after terraforming. And science geek types that would like to throw their two cents in, please do!

And one of my fave quotes thrown in just because: "Dear Buddah, I want a plastic pony, and a rocket ship..."

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October 3, 2005

I Saw Serenity (Twice)

First off, I saw it twice, and within a three day period, so that should tell you something.I saw it opening night with Nin, C and a friend of hers, and yesterday with Jen and Dave. We were going to see Corpse Bride, but all of us decided we wanted to see Serenity a second time instead.

I thought it was excellent. I laughed, I cried, I jumped outta my seat.

The rest of the review -- WITH SPOILERS -- is down in the extended entry. Spoilers are allowed in the comments, so you may want to avoid reading the comments section if you wish to remain pure.

.... I knew about Wash from something like six months back, so that didn't shock me as it did some people.Time wore down my inital howls of NOOOO! I wasn't expecting Book to die as well, so by the last part of the movie, I had no idea who would make it. That last stand against the Reavers reminded me of the last scene in Angel -- except with a resolution.

I thought the soundtrack was great, I enjoyed getting to know the characters a bit more, and I thought the villain of the piece was several cuts above the usual movie bad guy. I really loved the look of the movie as well. About half way through the movie, I whispered to April that I bet the Alliance was somehow responsible for Reavers, though I was thinking they were some botched experiment along the lines of what they did to River.

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September 29, 2005

A Bit Lost

Boss pointed out that the symbol from "Desmond's" pad was on the shark! My TV wasn't good enough or big enough, to catch it, but he sent me this link to a screen grab.

Now, for "Desmond" -- I don't think he's the guy Jack met in the FB last week. I'm thinking twin or clone. The shaft apartment is very much mid to late seventies, and the way "Desmond" asks Locke if he knows what the computer is makes me think he's been down there since it was a new and shiney thing. Now, Jack is younger than me, and I was a teenager back then, so the FB from last week couldn't have been that long ago. And he certainly didn't seem to recognize Jack, but Jack sure remembered him.

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September 28, 2005

Lost, Yet Again, ARGH!!

The back half of the plane, I presume?

Posted by Ith at 10:10 PM

A Message From Joss

Well boys and girls and boys dressed as girls and girls dressed as Kaylee, the time is almost upon us. This Friday we take that old rust-bucket out of the shipyard and see if she can breach atmo. It's been a long (to paraphrase a band I like) strange trip, and it'll be nice finally to show everybody what it is we've been tinkering with all this time. You already know you have my thanks, from the hardcore fans to the softcore... fans.... let me try that again. From the people manning the booths, buying DVD sets for their friends, getting banners seen everywhere on Australian TV, raffling artwork for ticketholders (Adam Hughes, take a bow), to the most casual fan who just wants to see the flick and won't ever even read this. You guys are the fuel in the engine, the Fire in the Fly, the weird green stuff coming out of Serenity's butt. (Hmmm. Forget that last one. I'm a little bit out of control here.)

Everyone needs something to keep them going. Mal has his ship. Zoe has her integrity. Jayne has Vera. And I've got you guys.

So what now? There have been so many posts about seeing it, seeing it again, the first weekend, the second weekend, being enthusiastic without being obnoxious (and yes, it IS hard to see over the pom-pom of a Jayne hat), buying tickets in advance, making a noise... I honestly wouldn't know what to add. I can tell you this: the movie will play in about 2200 hundred theaters, which is a good number. Too many, and you get empty theaters with no energy -- not enough, and you get, well, not enough. It may be hard to find in some areas but it'll be out there. Leave no multiplex unturned! This is going to be a ground war, peeps -- we have to hold the valley for a long while. However it opens, it needs to HOLD. Instead of the Alliance we'll be fighting viewer apathy, fear of something new, the urge to wait for DVD, and Jessica Alba in a bikini. (Although I have it on good authority that she spends 90% of the film in a huge wooly parka. Make sure that gets out.)

The day this puppy opens, I'll be seeing it with my family (don't worry, there's a lot of them, and they're all paying) and then I'm off to Europe to learn the word 'Browncoats' in nine different languages -- 'cause like I said, it's all about holding. I'll never be far from a computer, though, so I can check in with y'all. Thanks for every damn thing.

And remember, amidst all the urgency to make this an event, all the work and the worry, to take two hours and just enjoy yourself. That is, after all, what all this fighting's about.

-joss.

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September 27, 2005

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

The words of Huey Lewis have come to pass: It's finally hip to be square

There was a time--yes, my children, the legends are true--when J.R.R. Tolkien was not cool. Really. Very much not cool. Also video games, and Spider-Man, and the X-Men. There was a time, not even that long ago, when you could get beaten up by jocks in the woods behind the backstop for being down with the X-Men. Not that this happened to me personally. Friend of mine. Friend of mine's cousin, actually. Lives in Canada. You wouldn't know him.

The point is, things like that don't happen so much anymore. Over the past few years, an enormous shift has taken place in American culture, a disturbance in the Force, a rip in the fabric of space-time. What was once hopelessly geeky--video games, fantasy novels, science fiction, superheroes--has now, somehow, become cool.

[....]

Just ask two of the ringleaders of this bloodless, prom-dateless coup: archgeek Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the science-fiction movie Serenity, which opens this Friday; and Neil Gaiman, creator of the classic comic book Sandman and author of the fantasy novel Anansi Boys, which comes out this month. Gaiman also has a movie opening this Friday, the Dark Crystal--flavored fantasy Mirrormask. "It will be national geek day!" he says.

Whedon and Gaiman agree that the line between dork and non-dork has become hopelessly blurred. "When I started doing Sandman, I could look at a group of people lined up to get my autograph, and I knew who was my fan and who was somebody's mum there to get a signature," says Gaiman, who's English. "It doesn't work that way anymore. They're people. They're us. That's what they look like."

"They're a lot more attractive than I am, actually," Whedon deadpans. "Which kind of disturbs and upsets me."

Well worth reading the whole thing, and an interview with Whedon and Gaiman here.

Posted by Ith at 3:17 PM

Behind the Scenes

There's a special tonight on SciFi that's behind the scenes of Serenity. For those that are on a pre Serenity buzz like I am :) Check your local listings for time. It's on here in Monterey at 7p and 10p, but we get the eastern feed, so you do the math.

On another subject, I see that the SciFi production classic, Chupacabra: Dark Seas, is on again!! I've never seen it, but of all the ads for all the goofy SciFi produced movies, Chupacabra is my all time favourite. Nin and I came up with all sorts of variations, and it entertained us for weeks.

Just look at the expression of terror -- or is that a bit too much rum? -- on John Rhys-Davies' face! Now imagine the face with Gimli's beard. Now drink some of that rum.

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September 24, 2005

Pegasus

I'm going to write something about last night's mid season ender of BSG (it's going to be a long time till Jan. and the end of the season!) but till then, Darleen has it more than covered.

I will say I found it incredibly disturbing, This isn't simplistic television.

Later: Jonah Goldberg's reaction.

And more later: Excellent post and comment thread here. At this rate, I may never write anything.

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September 22, 2005

How I Wish!

Of course, since I don't live in a major metro area, it doesn't do me any good, but if you're itching to see Serenity -- early even -- and you're a blogger, you're in luck!

And via CB, you can get a countdown counter.

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'In a Hole In the Ground, There Lived a Hobbit...'

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo & Frodo! A pint of the Green Dragon's best to you both!

Besides being a birthday, it's the first day of Autumn as well.

Fall is my favourite season. In a way, it mirrors my favourite time of day; twilight. Autumn and Twilight, two spans of time that usher in dark and sleep. A time to cast aside the cares of the bright light of day and to lull your thoughts into dreams.

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Lost Premiere

ARGHH!!!

That's all I have to say :)

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September 19, 2005

In Honour of "Talk Like a Pirate" Day

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(he can talk like a pirate to me any day) (just sayin'!)

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September 15, 2005

A Pal

Johnny Depp Lurves Captain Jack (and don't we all? ed.)

And more here.

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September 8, 2005

Serenity

The official movie site is now up and running.

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August 17, 2005

For You Jackman Fans (Jen!)

Jackman Gets Flushed Away D avid Bowers, co-director of DreamWorks' upcoming animated Flushed Away, told SCI FI Wire that the movie stars Hugh Jackman as the voice of Roddy, a pampered rat in a London penthouse. "The wretched humans are gone, and a rat named Roddy has the house to himself," Bowers said in an interview at a preview of DreamWorks' upcoming animated film slate last week. "He makes himself at home, going on the Internet, ordering food in and using the two pet hamsters as his servants." Ultimately, Roddy finds himself ousted from his luxury digs and forced to fend for himself in the sewers of London.

In Flushed Away, Jackman is reunited with his X-Men co-star Ian McKellen, who voices Roddy's chief nemesis. The Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis (Gollum), meanwhile, gives voice to a rat named Spike, and others in the cast include British comic Shane Richie, Simon Callow, Bill Nighy, Jean Reno and Kate Winslet.

Roddy ends up being flushed out of his house while using the toilet as a Jacuzzi. Flushed Away tells his story as he tries to get back home.

As a major plot device, the British soccer team figures prominently, as did the Red Sox in the recent baseball movie Fever Pitch. Flushed Away is scheduled for release on Nov. 3, 2006.

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007 No More

Pierce Brosnan Out As James Bond, 007

A single, surprising phone call and it was over. That's how Pierce Brosnan says he learned that his services as James Bond would no longer be required.

"One phone call, that's all it took!" the 52-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Aug. 19 issue.

Brosnan starred in four Bond films. He says that before they stopped negotiations, the producers had invited him back for a fifth time.

"You know, the movie career for me really started with Bond," says Brosnan, acknowledging that by the time "GoldenEye" premiered in 1995, he was already 42.

Let the replacement stakes begin for absoulute real this time!

(Any mention of Adrian Paul being cast will get you banned and blacklisted!) (Just kidding) Well, maybe I'm just kidding) (You don't want to find out)

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August 6, 2005

TV Posting

If you want to talk about last night's Stargate and Atlantis, feel free to join us here. Battlestar Galctica and science fiction in general, here. We've also been talking about Harry Potter.

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August 2, 2005

Honest

I've been reading a most unusal piece of fanfic that's a xover between Harry Potter and Stargate. Don't laugh! It works. It's not finished yet, a new part was up today. It's called "Crumpets Aren't My Style".

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Amazing Race 8

According to this report, all is not well with Amazing Race 8, the kiddie version. Apparently, it may not even air.

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July 31, 2005

New!

There's a new Serenity trailer!! Woo! This is an opening day "must see!" for me and Nin!

Jay found it first.

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July 25, 2005

30 Sec. Movie Review: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Jen & Dave treated me to a showing yesterday for my birthday. I have to say it was a wonderful movie. Everyone in the audience, from little ones to old ones, seemed to really enjoy it. It was visually stunning, the acting was spot on, and the musical numbers with the Oompa Loompas were roll in the aisle funny. Now if only the teenage girls next to me had just shut up for 5 minutes, it would have been perfect!

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July 18, 2005

World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean: World's End

According to actor Martin Klebba's official website, the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie will be called Pirates of the Caribbean: World's End. Klebba plays the character Marty in the original Pirates of the Caribbean and the two sequels which are now being filmed back to back.
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July 15, 2005

SciFi Friday

Man, yawning so much my jaws are cracking. But just before I collapse... Stargate was awesome! Ben Browder was an inspired casting choice. Battlestar Galactica had me on the edge of my seat.

I'm for bed, but feel free to discuss in the comments, and I'll catch up later.

Stargate email list.

And totally unrelated to Scifi, but who's counting? Have a dog? Want to share how much you love your pooch? Then check out Mickey's place.

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July 14, 2005

All New SciFi

Just a reminder that Stargate, Atlantis, & Battlestar Galactica start up again tomorrow on SciFi.

If you want to talk about it after, check out my email list: Farscape SG1

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July 13, 2005

TV Goddess

If you're a fan of TV in general, and SF TV in particular, you need to be reading Maureen Ryan's "Watcher" blog for the Chicago Tribune. She is a goddess of the TV column :) No, I don't know her, I just think she rocks. How cool is it to be an SF TV fan and get paid to write about it? And she does it very well. Plus she's a big fan of "House", so what's not to love?

Anyway, she has a treasure trove of interviews and news on both Stargate/Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica.

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Johnny Sparrow

I'd taped an interview with Johnny Depp that I finally got to watch last night. It was the oddest thing. The interview was done in the Bahamas where he's filming "Pirates" II & III, so he was half in his Capt. Jack garb, and his voice held an accent that was an odd mixture of Jack Sparrow and Depp's own speaking voice. It was a longish interview for a morning show, so we got plenty of time to listen to his voice and to watch the Jack Sparrow mannerisms with his hands! It was an interesting insight into how he works.

I've read that some of the Chocolate Factory print publicity interviews he's been givng have been in full "Jack" regalia. Now that would be something to see!

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July 11, 2005

"BuffyAganza"

Lots of Buffy and Angel stars showing up in new series this fall. Full show descriptions if you follow the link.

Nicholas Brendan Was: Xander on Buffy Is: Bad-boy chef in Fox's Kitchen Confidential, costarring Bradley Cooper

Alyson Hannigan
Was: Willow on Buffy
Is: Newlywed nympho on CBS' How I Met Your Mother

David Boreanaz
Was: Angel, the vampire with a soul, on Buffy and Angel
Is: FBI Agent Seeley Booth on Fox's Bones

Christian Kane
Was: Lindsey on Angel
Is: Married to a lawyer on CBS' Close to Home

Seth Green
Was: Oz on Buffy
Is: Barry, one of four roommates in NBC's Four Kings

In the meantime, you absolutely should be watching another Whedonverse alum's show: The Inside on Fox, which comes from Angel producer Tim Minear and is really fantastic television...And about to be canceled if you don't tune in, so please--do!

And we can't forget yet another glorious return...Angel's Fred (Amy Acker) will be back midseason alongside one Mr. Noel Crane (Scott Foley) in CBS' The Unit. Yes, the Whedonites just keep coming and, of course, for good reason. They're good.

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June 16, 2005

Mmm, Hawk

Reminded of Buck Rogers by Jonah Goldberg (who else?) and Hawk. Though my appreciaiton of the character was no doubt a little different from his! Way cuter than Buck Rogers (sorry Gil).

(apologies for the girlie moment) (but I could have brought up Han Solo, Starbuck, and Avon)

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June 13, 2005

Oh, Yeah!

'Into The West' was really very good. Highly recommend you catch one of the re-airings of the first episode if you missed it this weekend.

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June 12, 2005

Ed Wood

My brother bought me Ed Wood last Xmas, and I finally watched it last night. What a great movie! And while I know it was about Ed Wood, it was Bela Lugosi that really drew me into the film. I can see why Martin Landau won an Oscar for the perfomance -- completely riveting. I cried more than once, I'll admit. Ed's concern for an old man made the character complete, and something more than a guy who liked angora and made really bad movies.

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June 10, 2005

Into The West

I'm very much wanting to see this because anything to do with Westward expansion is something I'm interested in. On the other hand, it's a Steven Speilberg production, so it'll probably be a PC fest.

I guess I'll tape it and see.

Later today: Worry no more! Cathy Seipp has seen it, and says:

How politically correct is Into the West, the epic 12-hour miniseries about pioneers and Indians that premieres Friday (with multiple repeats every weekend) on TNT? Not as much as youd think! The sprawling Steven Spielberg production, which cost $50 million to make and another $50 million to promote, takes great pains to be authentic all around but particuarly with the Native American actors, who were all forced to learn Lakota. But any film that shows Indian hunters stampeding hundreds of buffalo off a cliff, as Into the West does in the first episode, isnt being particularly delicate about portraying them as ecological saints.
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June 6, 2005

Get Today's "Lost" News Right Here

First off, the chick Jack met in the airport bar is coming back:

ABC confirmed Monday that Michelle Rodriguez will join Lost's cast of castaways full-time next season. The news was first reported by E! Online TV columnist Krisitin Veitch. (This story contains possible spoilers, so consider yourself alerted.)

In part one of last season's finale, Rodriguez's character, Ana-Lucia Cortez, was briefly shown in a flashback scene flirting with Matthew Fox's Jack in a Sydney airport bar before the ill-fated Oceanic flight 815 boarded. She and Jack compared seat assignments (Jack was in the middle of the plane, she was in the tail section) before she got a cellphone call and left him hanging.

And in the bad news department, the actor that plays Sayid is rumoured to be unhappy so, he may be going. I'm just hoping it's all part of the contract dance and it will be worked out, because he's one of my favourite characters.

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June 4, 2005

DVD'oRama

We don't rent movies all that often, but today was that sort of day. We just finished Elektra, and the Aviator is up next. If we're still not sleepy, we can choose from Lemony Snickett, Bourne Identity, or National Treasure. They don't have to be back till Thursday midnight, so we have plenty of viewing time.

We went to the produce mart earlier, so a fresh fruit crumble is on the menu later tonight -- cherries, nectarines, peaches. I thought it seemd a nice combo.

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June 2, 2005

And In The Next Galaxy Over...

George Lucas has reportedly checked on the availability of Australian actor Matthew Newton to see if he's free to appear in a proposed Star Wars television series, according to the Oz Sunday Herald Sun newspaper. Lucas first met Newton a few years ago when the actor (Queen of the Damned) tested for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IIAttack of the Clones, the newspaper reported.

It's believed that Newton was Lucas' second choice for the part of the man who would become Darth Vader; he was even flown to stay at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California for a test.

Blond-haired newton Newton, 28, is no doubt being considered for a leading hero role in the series, believed to be centering on all-new characters, the paper reported.

Via SciFi Wire

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May 29, 2005

Lost Stuff

From my friend, Jen:

If you visit Oceanic-Air and click on the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42, you will see a "teaser" preview for Lost season 2. (The numbers are at the bottom of the seating chart.) After the preview, you'll be redirected to another site with a longer movie - most of the interesting stuff is the sound to it, there are only a few motion shots included.
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May 25, 2005

I Sense Your Fear

but if you're brave enough to face Darth Vader....

Via Jonah Goldberg

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May 23, 2005

Sniff

Po' po' Jack. 24 had me in tears at the end.

What a great season!

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Revenge Could Have Been Sweeter

Scifi.com's editor weighs in:

Does it make sense to feel sad for the creator of a film that has already earned $303 million worldwide in its first four days? Some would think not. But as someone who winced whenever the lightsabers stopped glowing and the dialogue began, who felt battered by the schizophrenic nature of a film that mixed visual magic with verbal groaners, I knew that Sith could have been so much more. editorial2.jpg

Which is why I felt sad for Lucas. If I were him, I would not want to read that Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times that "To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion. The dialogue throughout the movie is once again its weakest point: The characters talk in what sounds like Basic English, without color, wit or verbal delight, as if they were channeling Berlitz."

Or that A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times that "Mr. Lucas's indifference to two fairly important aspects of moviemakingacting and writingis remarkable. ... Mr. Lucas, who wrote the script (reportedly with the uncredited assistance of Tom Stoppard), is not one to imply a theme if he can stuff it into a character's mouth."

Or that David Ansen wrote in Newsweek that "We also have to put up with the usual Lucas liabilities: graceless dialogue, wooden acting, overcluttered compositions and undercooked characters, and an utter inability to stage a convincing love scene."

Those zingers have got to hurt, no matter how loudly you're laughing on the way to the bank. It has come to be an accepted fact that even as Lucas' visual effects and action scenes push the envelope, his dialogue shouldn't even be in the envelope. I've heard Lucas shrugging off this critical response, and he's done it well, but I still believe that no one would want that said about him, no matter how successful his films.

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It's A Concept

This sounds kind of interesting:

TrekToday reported that Lifetime Television has ordered a pilot for Scarlett, a new series developed by former Star Trek: The Next Generation writers Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Hans Beimler, about an Anne Rice-like gothic horror writer who moves into an old mansion in New Orleans and finds her fictional characters coming to life, or so she thinks.

Sort of Toy Story for horror fans...

Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM

Generation War

Lucas says like and dislike of the prequels falls along an age divide:

"I really don't pay too much attention how people like one chapter or another chapter," Lucas said with a shrug. "We have discovered in the last few years, and it becomes more apparent all the time, that we have two fan bases. One is over 25, and one is under 25. The over-25 fan base is loyal to the first three films."

Lucas added that he thinks that the reason so much has been made about audiences not liking Episodes I and II is because the fans who are over 25 are "actually in their 30s and 40s now. They are in control of the media. They are in control of the Web. So mostly what you're hearing from are people over 25 years old. The films that those people don't like, which is the first two [Episodes I and II], actually, are very fanatically adored by the under-25-years-old [fans]. And if you get on the Web, and you listen to these conversations, they are always at each other's throats. The devotion for each group is equal. I never even paid much attention to it until about a year ago. I am curious to see what happens in about 10 years, when that other group starts to get their voice."

To be honest, I've noticed something of an age gap as well, though I think it breaks slightly older.

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More Star Wars Thoughts

Hey, it's a thing right now for me.

We were watching some of the extra stuff on the DVD last night, and I was reminded of all the grief Lucas took in making Star Wars, not to mention his experiences with the studios prior to that. I said to Nin that that might explain how bad I & II were, and well, III wasn't much better. If you figure he got the original three made -- and he didn't direct ESB or ROTJ -- and he was unimaginably successful, why on earth would he listen to anything anyone had to say when he started making the new ones? I mean, they'd never been right before. He was so close to it, the story was so intensely personal, that he couldn't see the forest for the trees. But he was "George Lucas" and it was his money, his vision, and no one could tell him that maybe he should rethink some of it.

And that leads me to this review by Orson Scott Card:

On the first Star Wars film he had help. He was not yet so powerful that no one would criticize his work and help him get rid of the most embarrassing clunkers. On the next two films, better writers helped him even more, so that, at least in The Empire Strikes Back, his saga matched his vision aurally as well as visually.

Then he went sixteen years without making a movie before returning to write the true beginning of his epic.

But by now he was a legend. Fans not only worshiped him, some actually believed in the Force and listed "Jedi" as their religion. In Hollywood, a land where the only signs of divinity are fame and money, he had so much of both that there was no one left who could say to him, "George, please, get some help on that scene, it's going to make people laugh in the theaters, and not the right way."

Instead, it was apparently all "Yes, Mr. Lucas" and "Wonderful, Mr. Lucas" and the result was two of the most successful wretched films in history.

Star Wars, the idea of Star Wars, will always be more for me than the memories of three disappointing movies. In the end, George Lucas was responsible for changing my life in ways that only now, looking back over all these years, can I really see. So I'll redo "Revenge of the Sith" in my head, pretty it up, and then I'll go see it again and mesh the two together. Somewhere along the way, the actual movie has come to mean less than the idea, the vision, the myth. And I'm okay with that.

Here's the strange thing. Even though that opening day audience largely understood how bad the writing was -- and laughed out loud and even cheered for the absolutely worst lines -- they still got a sense of fulfilment out of watching everything come together.

I'm glad I saw it.

And, incredibly enough, I will almost certainly see it again. And buy the DVD.

So many of us will do that, in fact, that Mr. Lucas will no doubt think that we think his movie was triumphantly good.

Well, that's one of the nice things about having supreme power over your own kingdom, as Mr. Lucas has: You can so easily convince yourself that the people love you.

There's always VII, VIII & IX!

A little later: my morning after review is here, and if you're a real geek, we're discussing "Splinter of the Minds Eye" here.

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May 21, 2005

Ahhhh, That's Better

We finally got the original Star Wars movies on DVD today, and I'm much more at peace with the Force now :) We're about halfway through Empire, and I'm a happy camper!

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ROTS: The Morning After

Now I've slept on it...

Through this whole lead up, I've made a point not to look forward to this movie. But there was the part of me that saw Star Wars in the theater 14 times when I was 15, who discovered the science fiction part of the book store due to SW, that really wanted to be wrong, that wanted to go see it and love it. And all the viewer reviews I read prior to last night sparked that little flame.

Yes, ROTS is much better than the last two. But that isn't saying much, is it? And yes, I will go see it again. And don't get me wrong, there were parts I quite liked, mostly near the end of the film. But there was just so much that while not necessarily bad, was just average stuff. I was thinking to myself in the theater, if this wasn't Star Wars, would I be feeling even this charitably towards it?

But I'll start out with the stuff I liked:


Way down in the extended entry, just for you purists!

Annakin to Vader. Back in the last movie, when they showed the children at the Jedi Temple, my heart skipped. I realized that they were all going to be murdered, unless Lucas decided on some backdoor escape. But he didn't. He went for the brutal reality, and that really surprised me.

Hayden as really improved as an actor. Annakin is still whiny and insufferable, but he has to be. (Like father like son)

Yoda and the Wookies. Shades of ET when he left in his little ship.

Annakin dying on the side of the lava. (any thoughts on why Obi Wan didn't finish him off? Other than he can't cus he has three more movies to do!) Excellent special effects that made my tummy queasy.

Ian McDiarmid was amazing (especially in comparison to most of the rest of the cast) Him playing the victim when Annakin comes upon him during the battle with Windu was excellent.

Frank Oz was the other cornerstone of the movie. His "Yoda" was probably the best acting in the film.

Visually, it was stunning.

We got to see Alderann!

The last shot with the music on Tatooine, which is my favourite scene in a New Hope.

The not so good:

The first 2/3s of the movie.

The acting! Natalie Portman is painfully bad. When she died, a scene that should have been powerful left me pretty cold. She did look very pretty in her funeral cart though. Even Ewan McGreggor, who I'm told is a very good actor, was flat. I suppose you can blame a mixture of really bad dialogue and direction [shrug] It's sad when the best acting is Frank Oz's voice.

All the clever little insertions of lines from the original movies. Once or twice is a nice homage, but constantly just reminds you how bad the new lines are.


Random thoughts:

Guess the first Death Star must have been a union job. 18 years to build.

People sure age fast in the Empire! Obi Wan alone goes from 30ish to 70ish in less than 20 years. Lets not mention poor Beru and Owen!

In the scene where Annakin is choking the daylights out of Padme, and they cut to Obi Wan at the top of the ramp. Did I miss something? Nearly the entire theater started laughing, and Nin and I are at a loss as to why.

Since we had flashes, or scenes, of everyone else, a flash of a teenage Han would have been nice.

I liked the costumes. Though that pearl nightdress thingie that Padme wore to bed looked painful.

I'm assuming the reason the Empire enslaved the Wookies was because they helped Yoda escape.

Wish we'd had more Bail Organa. I liked his character and Jimmy Smitz's performance.

I think Peter Jackson spoiled me. Maybe he should have directed! Or let Steven Spielberg do it. They'd always said he direct one of the segments.

Who thinks we'll be seeing episodes 7/8/9 within the next 20 years? [raises hand]

And lastly, I'm too old to go to 1030pm showings and getting home at 130am after a long work day.


more tea!

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Reporting In

It was okay. That's about as enthusiastic as I can get about it.

It's late, time for bed, but the one major "HUH?" I had was ...


down in the extended entry

What's with Padme dying in childbirth?!?! Luke asks Leia on Endor if she remembers her real mother. Leia says she does, that she was very beautiful but very sad, and died when she (Leia) was very young.

Is it too much to ask for a little continuity? Pfft!

More tomorrow after I've slept on it.

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May 20, 2005

Tonight's The Night

Nin really wants to go see ROTS, so I checked to see if there were any tickets left for later showings tonight to accomodate her later working hours. There were. So it would seem we're going to the last show of the evening.

I hear the last 1/2 hour or so is much better than the majority of the film.

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May 19, 2005

Firefly On SciFi

Here's your chance to see Firefly!

FIREFLY (FOX) - The Sci Fi Channel has landed the repeat rights to all 15 hours of the short-lived FOX series (and basis of the upcoming "Serenity" feature film). The network's July schedule lists the series as joining its Friday lineup on July 22 at 7:00/6:00c where it will precede original episodes of "Stargate SG-1," "Stargate Atlantis" and "Battlestar Galactica."

via the Futon Critic

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May 6, 2005

The Reviews Begin

The Hollywood Reporter & Variety have reviews for Revenge of the Sith out today.

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May 4, 2005

A Little Orly

I saw Orlando Bloom this morning on FOX News doing what must have been the hundredth "Promote Kingdom of Heaven" interview. What a refreshing surprise he was! He was articulate, gracious, funny, and quite thoughtful. He was engaging enough that the anchorette didn't keep interrupting like they usually do. He even used words with more than two syllables!

He has his "Will Turner" hair and beard and looked quite charming. He's a little young for me, but I can quite see why the younger gals are so enamoured :)

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April 30, 2005

Speaking of "Kingdom of Heaven"

Interesting review on it here.

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April 29, 2005

Special Joss News On Serenity

Got this in email this morning.

Hey Browncoats-

Joss has some special news for you posted on the message boards.

Well.

It gets better.

As thus: The movie is very nearly finished. You've seen many pretty images in the trailer. But I've still got work to do and you've still got months before you can see it.

Unless.

And, no, I'm not talking Australia (but Hi, Australia! anyway), I'm talking here in the more-or-less-United States, a one time multi-city Browncoat sneak event. Thursday, May 5th at 10:00 pm, the movie (Serenity! Pay attention! Jeez.) will be playing at exactly 10 theaters in 10 cities across the country. You (or possibly someone much like you) (or possibly a robot EXACTLY like you, but with better manners and sonic arm-lasers, sent to take your place) will be able to buy a ticket to see Serenity months in advance. Not just the bitty trailer with not enough Kaylee and Book, but the whole film, in its extremely almost completed state.

You probably have some questions. How is this possible? What cities exactly will it be in? What are these changes my body is going through? All valid. It's possible because some clown put a bunch of Universal execs in a theater full of Browncoats and dude, they came out SWEATING, they never seen energy like that. They loved it, and even though they were already wicked supportive of the movie (see: earlier posts re: we're making the movie) they simply weren't ready for you guys. When I whinged on about pushing the date and everyone here was posting about "what do we do till September", they agreed to let me sneak it out.

Maybe they thought it was a fluke. Maybe they wanna see if people really do care about the flick. Or maybe they're just treating us with respect and kindness, though that last option confuses and terrifies me as much as these changes my body is going through (I'm "perspiring" and becoming "interested in girls", which believe me is very unsettling when you're 40.) Does it matter? The plan works for me, and it can work for a select bunch of y'all. Here's what I know:

The cities to be hit are:

Seattle
Austin
Sacramento
Boston
Altanta
Chicago
San Francisco
Las Vegas
Denver
The Portland of Oregon

If you're in or near one of those, you might wanna stop by. There's supposed to be a "Can't Stop the Signal" page on this website (I don't know where it is -- hey, I remembered my damn password, doesn't that buy me any cred?) There should be more info there soon about how to get in, bringing peeps into the fold, I think there's even competetions and stuff. (All I know is I have exactly 20 Brownie points. I answered ONE triv Q and got it wrong. Forget cred. I have no cred.) Now a couple of us might just creep into one of those major metropolitan multiplexes to see if anyone does show up, so remember: swearing in Chinese ONLY.

All right. This will please the fans and satisfy the employers of Joss Whedon, so I must stop as my arm-lasers are getting tired. I politely thank you for your attention.

Should be fun.

-j.

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April 26, 2005

If

If you're a fan of "Firefly" then this new trailer from "Serenity" is going to make you as happy as I am right now!

This is so kewl!!!

Random quote:

'This is going to get interesting."

"Define "interesting"."

"Oh god, oh god, we're going to die!?"

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April 11, 2005

Yes, We Watched It

Super Volcano!! It actually wasn't too bad all in all. Afterwards they talked to the real scientists with Tom Brokaw hosting. And I have to ask: does Tom not own another coat? I swear, every time I see him host some nature/science doc, he's always wearing the same bright yellow parka. He must be very fond of it indeed.

We also caught Flight of the Phoenix on PPV -- had to get my Hugh Laurie fix. Pretty good flick. Definitely worth a rental.

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April 7, 2005

The James Bond Stakes Continue

The latest rumour....

The hunt for the sixth James Bond is over: English actor Daniel Craig is the new 007, according to London's Guardian. Producer Brabara Broccoli reportedly offered Craig, 37, a three-film deal worth $28 million.

No offense to Mr. Craig, but who?

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April 4, 2005

Lost To Two

Lost Finale Expands

The season finale of ABC's hit SF series Lost has been expanded to two hours, from the originally planned 90 minutes, for creative reasons, Variety reported. The May 25 finale is also being scheduled directly opposite Fox's American Idol climax, the trade paper said.

Series creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof had planned for a 90-minute Lost wrap-up, but once the final script came in longer than expected, the decision was made to expand the finale to two hours, the trade paper reported. Alias will air its season finale at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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April 2, 2005

Battlestar Galactica Open Thread

Well, the last episode has aired. Thoughts?

I'm going to put mine in the comments, so Rue won't be accidently spoiled -- she doesn't get it till next week.

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March 31, 2005

One Season Wonder

He sure didn't last long.

LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Christopher Eccleston has quit his role as time-travelling hero Dr Who after just one episode of the new series was screened, the BBC says.

Eccleston, who took up the ninth reincarnation of the Timelord, feared being typecast.

He said he was planning new projects and that he found filming the 13-part series gruelling.

"The audience's response for the new Dr Who has been incredible and I am really proud to be part of it and I hope viewers continue to enjoy the series," Eccleston said in a statement on Thursday.

Talks to replace him with period drama "Casanova" star David Tennant for the second series were taking place, the BBC said.

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March 29, 2005

Hitch

We had two free movie tickets to use before the end of the month, so Nin and I went to see "Hitch" Saturday night. It was cute. Good movie to take my mum to -- no cursing or nudity. A very nice change from the usual Hollywood fare.

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March 28, 2005

Young 007

ORLANDO BLOOM's dream of becoming the next JAMES BOND looks set to become reality - but he'll be playing the young 007.

The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN actor has confirmed he has been in negotiations to star in YOUNG 007.

He says, "I love the idea, in principle, as he can be far more adventurous and do more stunts. This is as near as I think I will get to playing the grown up James for the next 20 years."

The first Young 007 movie will be based on new novel SILVERFIN and will be set in the 1930s, years before Bond discovered he likes his Martinis shaken, not stirred.

The film will follow the young Bond from school at Eton, England, to his uncle's house in the west Highlands.

Meanwhile, Aussie actor JULIAN McMAHON and Brits CLIVE OWEN and GERARD BUTLER remain the current favourites to take over from PIERCE BROSNAN as the grown-up Bond.

Later: the link to the article. Oh, and while looking for the article I found a bunch more here.

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March 22, 2005

Yo, Ho, Ho

Pirates Of The Caribbean stars take on yacht race

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are set to take part in a round-the-world yacht race.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean stars will set sail on-board a replica of the film's Black Pearl ship - complete with a giant skull and crossbones sail - later this year to promote the movie sequel Dead Man's Chest as part of the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race challenge.

But the superstar trio will join the race at different legs of the journey to compete in one of seven in-port races rather than complete the full 48 280km global trip.

Sexy Knightley will board the boat when it docks in Europe, followed by Bloom, who will cover the South African leg and finally Depp, who will join the boat when it reaches south America.

Walt Disney chairman Dick Cook said: "Given the film's high seas adventures and nautical themes, this marathon sporting event is a great way to make some waves and generate awareness among the millions of viewers."

Over the next few months the trio will undergo rigorous training sessions at the race headquarters in Britain - before being treated to the relative luxury of the yacht complete with "Hollywood-style berths".

Posted by Ith at 8:09 PM

March 12, 2005

SG-1: Threads

I had read huge spoilers for this ep, so I knew what was coming, but Jacob & Selmak dying really got to me anyway.

Yay, Pete goes bye bye! You know I liked him till he spied on Sam to figure out what she did in the USAF and I've disliked him ever since.

Boo, the Jack/Sam shippy stuff. Bleah!!!

Geez, how much of Daniel in "the diner at the end of the universe" did we really need?

Liked how Jack said he wasn't falling for Daniel being dead again.

Jack finally gets to have a relationship with a woman from this planet and they bust them up after five minutes! What was the point other than to wave more shippy stuff around? Bleah! I say again.

Yay, no more Replicators! (one can only hope)

I liked it, yet at the same time, thought it could have been done in an hour.

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Open BSG Post

I know a lot of you like chatting about Battlestar Galactica, so feel free to discuss last night's in the comments.

My comment: looks like Lornkanaga was right about the breeding thing! Morning sickness, anyone?

Posted by Ith at 11:17 AM | Comments (4)

March 10, 2005

Hmmm...

So what are Jack Bristow and Arvin Sloane up to anyway?

Posted by Ith at 10:44 AM

March 8, 2005

4400

I caught the mini-series when it repeated last year, and really enjoyed it, but I didn't realize it was going to be a regular series.

SA Network's highly rated SF series The 4400 will begin production on its second season soon and returns to the cable network in June, Zap2It reported. The show, about 4,400 people presumed missing or dead who return to Earth looking exactly as they did when they disappeared, is scheduled to premiere June 5.

When it comes back, The 4400 will pick up six months after the events of the first season, with Homeland Security agent Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) having been reinstated to his job and continuing to investigate the returnees with partner Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie).

Meanwhile, would-be 4400 leader Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell) has published a book about the abductees containing some rather controversial allegations about the group, the site reported.

Posted by Ith at 11:37 AM

March 5, 2005

I Said I Would

Post about Battlestar Galactica that is.

How come last week, it took a few minutes to run the Cylon test, and now it takes 11 hours? And how come Baltar is going to lie about someone coming out Cylon? I understood why he lied last week, because blonde chick scared him into thinking that Boomer might kill him since he was alone with her. But why lie now?

I love the fact Starbuck is still injured. Most shows would have had her all better by the middle of the next ep.

The President is becoming quite ruthless.

Helen/Ellen? -- Cylon? She seems like an older, less stable version of blonde chick cylon. I think she is.

Very amusing at the end in Baltar's lab where they're all confessing and telling Adama that they thought he might be a Cylon.

"Bill"??

And Debbie asks in the comments of this post:

I'm not figuring out the purpose of the sub-plot of the Boomer cylon and the other guy trapped on that planet. It's not tracking for me...anyone got any theories?

Debbie, I asked that a few weeks back. One of the commenters said she thought it might be a breeding attempt. That makes more sense than anything I've come up with.

On a related SF note: SG1 and Atlantis were both awesome! If you'd like to discuss either further, you can check out my Stargate email list.

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March 2, 2005

At Home With The Gilmores

Good article here on the Gilmore Girls

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March 1, 2005

Farscape:SG1

I started a new email list for Stargate. I'm tired of all the anger and bad feelings on the lists I'm on over the season nine casting, and I wanted a place to post where I won't get chased down by an angry mob :)

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February 19, 2005

Citizen Joe

Last night's Stargate was a clip show, but they've always had a way of doing creative clip shows, and last night was no exception. It was touching and funny, and there several places where they poked fun at themselves and the show. The guest star was quite good, and held his own, which was a good thing since he anchored nearly the entire ep.

Atlantis was a good one. I love seeing more of the Ancients, so I enjoyed last night's offering.

Battlestar Galactica was also very good. I'm finding the Cylons religious beliefs fascinating (not to mention the fact that they even have them) and am looking forward to more on that aspect of the show. I still can't figure out what the point is with the Boomer Cylon and the human pilot guy on Caprica.

A whole night of SF programming! Who's have thunk it?

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February 18, 2005

Random Alias Mutterings

So who else thinks Syd's sister is going to end up being a bad guy? Maybe I'm just paranoid. And poor Weiss! [sniff] He's so cute all in love.

I'm glad they finally gave some sort of rationalization on why on earth Dixon would work for Sloane, cus that's been bugging me.

Faux Francie is still alive?? Piffle!

Think we'll be seeing Will anytime soon?

Posted by Ith at 9:16 AM

February 8, 2005

Yet More Pirates News

Pirates Sequels Detailed

The upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel film will be called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and will open in summer of 2006, followed by a third film in summer of 2007, Disney studio chairman Dick Cook revealed in a conference call with investors. The two sequels are being shot back to back.

In Dead Man's Chest, Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, who owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, ruler of the ocean depths and captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. The sequel will also bring back Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, according to a report on the ComingSoon.net Web site.

Jerry Bruckheimer will again produce, and Gore Verbinski is back to direct. Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgrd and Alex Norton round out the cast.

Sounds promising! [fingers crossed]

A bit later: I like Keira Knightley (as my long time readers know) a great deal. In a world of spoiled, irritating starlets, she's a nice down-to-earth young woman. We could use a few more like her.

Even Later: Checking out the IMDB listing, and Yun-Fat Chow is listed in the cast. That's interesting.

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February 7, 2005

More New Cast For SG1 Season 9

Three new faces on Stargate and Atlantis next season: Beau Bridges, Lou Gossett & Mitch Pileggi.

Bridges will join SG-1 as Gen. Hank Landry, the new head of Stargate Command, when Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) is promoted to oversee Homeworld Security. Bridges will have a regular role on SG-1 and will also appear in a few episodes of Atlantis.

Oscar winner Gossett joins the cast of SG-1 in a recurring role as a
Jaffa leader who vies with Teal'c (Christopher Judge) for political
control of the new Jaffa nation.

Pileggi, best known to SF fans for his recurring X-Files role as
assistant FBI director Walter Skinner, takes on a recurring role in
Atlantis as a hard-nosed colonel who butts heads with Dr. Weir
(Torri Higginson) and Maj. Sheppard (Joe Flanigan).

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January 17, 2005

SG1 Chat

There have been some updates on the Stargate front, so click on the extended entry (don't want to spoil anyone who doesn't want to be)

Richard Dean Anderson will not be in Season Nine at all, according to what I'm reading. So, that being the case, thoughts on how they will write him out? Ambassador to the Asgard? Special Advisor to the President? Lost in space?

Ben Browder will be in all 20 eps, will be a Lt. Col. and will be leading SG1 while Amanda Tapping (Carter) is on maternity leave.

Claudia Black will be in five episodes.

There will be a new general taking over Stargate Command when Jack leaves (however that might be).

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January 13, 2005

Pretties!

As you might have gathered from my domain name, I love dragons. Via my bestest friend Tammy (even if she is a liberal) comes this link to an artist and her amazing and beautiful wares. Wow!!

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Mixing It Up

The next season of Survivor is almost upon us, and they're mixing it up a bit:

.... Instead of the usual 16 castaways, Survivor: Palau will pit 20 would-be millionaires against one another. However, by the end of episode one, only 17 will remain.

"They're given very little instruction about what to do, and some of them are genuinely lost," Burnett told Variety. "Two people don't make it to the first challenge. That's how tough it is. It's very emotional."

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January 11, 2005

Oh, Yeah

We went and finally saw "The Incredibles" on Sunday. It was great! Loved "the message".

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January 10, 2005

24

Yes, 24 is back, and what a rollercoaster! I'll share two favourite moments:

1) William Devane's character (SecDef) said to his loony leftist son: "Spare me the 6th grade Michael Moore logic." I don't cheer often watching TV, but last night I whooped at that line!

2) When Jack shot the terrorist they were interrogating in the leg, I said to Nin, "But you can't hurt the poor terrorist! You'll upset Teddy Kennedy and all his cronies!"

Can't wait for tonight's two hours.

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January 7, 2005

You Don't Know Jack

For those of you, like me, eagerly awaiting the premiere of "24", here's a pretty good peek at what's to come. It's vaguely spoilerish for those that worry about such things.

Posted by Ith at 10:20 AM

January 6, 2005

Alias & Lost

Both were great last night! Though Lost always leaves me gnashing my teeth in frustration -- in a good way. They never went back to what Walk About Guy and Lazy gal's Brother Guy (I never remember character names, so bear with me) were doing with the axe in the jungle. What were they doing anyway? And a plastic plane in a safe deposit box?? All that for a toy? What else is going on?

And Alias was more like its old self. Though I can see no way that Dixon would ever work for Sloane again. For Pete's sake, the man murdered Dixon's wife!! I also hope that Vaughn's buddy from the CIA gets let in on the secret. I like him a lot and would like to see more of him. And I must mention how much I enjoy the relationship between Sloane and Jack -- for both of them, the other is the only one who can possibly understand the things they've done.

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January 5, 2005

Really

I'm watching the extended Return of the King while waiting for Nin to come home. Have I mentioned just how much I love this version?

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December 21, 2004

"Edge Of Reason" 10 Second Reveiw

Chris asked what I thought of the second Bridget Jones movie, so here we go.

I liked it, but.... :) Oh, you want more than that? Hmmm.... It had some genuine sweet/bittersweet moments, but this sequel seemed to lack the charm of the first, and it had a much harder edge. A good example is the Daniel Cleaver character played by Hugh Grant. In #1 he was a rouge, a cad, and a rake, but he still had a charm, even if he was the kind of guy your mum warned you about. In this one, he's just become fairly cruel and unlikable. In fact, there's something he does in this one that I can't imagine the Daniel from #1 doing. There's a fine line in portraying a character like his, and this time I think they lost sight of that.

So I'm glad I saw it, I'll probably take a peek at it again at some point on DVD, but it's a pale shadow of the first one, as most sequels are. It won't be the DVD I pop in when I'm down like Bridget Jones' Diary is.

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December 8, 2004

I Have To Say...

that my two favourite shows this year are "House" & "Lost" . I'm loving both of them and eagerly await new eps. apparently, tonight is the last first run ep of "Lost" till the New Year. I bet it's a cliffhanger!

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November 22, 2004

I Lied (aka "Finding Neverland" Review)

So I didn't come back later. Oops.

I did want to say a little bit more about "Finding Neverland" though.

First -- how come the average art house theater goer is always so glum? I suppose they were mostly depressed Kerry supporters. I swear to god the two women in front of us were talking about Thanksgiving being "a holiday about the British infecting the Indians with diseases". I take that back -- I'm sure they were depressed Kerry supporters. Anyway, back to the movie! Johnny Depp was excellent, and I'm sure there's another Academy Award nomination in his near future. The kids in the cast were equally excellent and gave the grownups a run for their money. Definitely bring some Kleenex with you though.

And since its really not "out" yet except in a few cities, click down below for some slightly spoilery stuff....

The movie shifts into "imagination mode" several times, and as I was watching the Cowboys and Indians segment, I realized that the Peter Pan parts, as Barrie is writing it, would be similarly "imagined" visually. I leaned over to Nin and whispered, "If Johnny is Captain Hook in those parts, I'm going to lose it!" Sure enough, Captain Hook! And I wasn't the only one thinking the same thoughts, because the entire audience was laughing. It was a very funny moment.

One of the touches I appreciated was keeping the costumes down to a minimum. Movies seem to always have the female charters in a never ending wardrobe. This movie was realistic in matching the number of outfits to the characters financial standing. Nice for a change.

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October 16, 2004

We Wants It now!

Trailer for the extended RotK DVD -- utterly awesome!

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October 14, 2004

Let's Talk About "Lost"

WHOA!!!

Discuss :)

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October 5, 2004

Pray He Doesn't Alter Them Any Further . . .

This is one of the best explanations I've read of why the Star Wars DVDs are eeeeevil.

This part in particular is something I brought up when the "Phantom Menace" came out. The timing doesn't make sense!

.... INFINITELY WORSE is the end of the new DVD version of Return of the Jedi, which has been altered so that when Luke looks over at the ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker, the actor who played Anakin in the original trilogy, Sebastian Shaw, has been replaced by Hayden Christiansen, the actor who portrays Anakin in the prequels.

Again this seems a small matter, but on closer inspection it nearly unravels the entire Star Wars universe:

(1) Hayden Christiansen is 23 years old. When he filmed Return of the Jedi, Shaw was 78.

(2) This creates a timeline problem for Lucas: If Anakin Skywalker is in his early twenties when he becomes Darth Vader, and Star Wars introduces us to a Luke Skywalker who is also in his twenties, that means that (a) When Darth Vader dies, he's only in his forties; and (b) the reign of the evil Empire has been barely 20 years--not nearly long enough for all the drastic changes we're led to believe have happened since the Emperor took over. For example, after only 20 years, would people already be regarding Jedi knights and the Force as "old wizards" who practice a "hokey religion"?

(3) Making Anakin Skywalker younger runs counter to everything Star Wars had told us about his character. In Episode IV, Obi Wan tells Luke that Anakin was "the best star fighter pilot in the galaxy and a cunning warrior." In Jedi, Obi Wan says that Anakin was "a good man" before he turned to the Dark Side. To hear Obi Wan tell it, Anakin was a grown man when he suddenly turned evil, which is dramatically interesting. Now, Lucas is saying that Anakin was simply an adolescent who went bad. Not a particularly epic theme. After all, when people are young and irresponsible, they're young and irresponsible.

(4) Forget the epistemology: At the end of Jedi, Mark Hamill is 32 years old, so he's now looking on beatifically at his 23-year-old father. Even worse: At the end of Jedi, Luke removes Vader's mask and sees the face of his father for the first time. This face belongs to actor Sebastian Shaw. So when Hayden Christiansen appears as Anakin's young ghost, Luke wouldn't have any idea that this kid is his father.

(5) By inserting an actor from the prequels, Lucas has made it philosophically impossible to separate the original trilogy from his weaker and less interesting work. After seeing The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, some Star Wars fans believed that they would be able to stick their heads in the sand and continue to enjoy the originals by pretending that the new installments never happened. George Lucas has now denied them even that cold comfort.

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October 3, 2004

Say What?

A musical version of "The Last Starfighter"?!?!?

A musical version of the 1984 SF movie The Last Starfighter takes the boards in an off-Broadway production at New York's Storm Theatre, Oct. 15-30, Playbill Online reported. Lyricist-composer Skip Kennon (Time and Again) based the musical on Jonathan Betuel's screenplay, about a teenage video-game player enlisted to save the universe. Fred Landau wrote the libretto, the site reported. Storm artistic director Peter Dobbins directs.

The Last Starfighter, which starred Lance Guest and featured the final feature-film performance of Robert Preston, was notable for marking the first extensive use of computer animation in a movie.

The musical Starfighter will take the stage Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Forever Knight, Season Two

Some great news on Forever Knight -- season two is being released on DVD in a few months. And, unlike the first season, this one will have some extras:

Commentary Tracks:

* Killer Instinct - Jim Parriott and Geraint Wyn Davies
* A More Permanent Hell - Nigel Bennett
* Curiouser & Curiouser - Nigel Bennett
* Crazy Love - Jim Parriott and Geraint Wyn Davies

"About the Show" featurette (20 mins)
Questions from the fans (7 mins)

Yay!! I love season two!

Posted by Ith at 3:46 PM

Harry & Sally

I finally saw the movie, "When Harry Met Sally" last night. It was amazing how many segments of the movie I'd already seen over the years even though I'd never actually seen the movie.

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The Source

According to what I'm reading there is indeed going to be another Highlander movie. Heaven save us!

Yes, there's a remote sliver of possibility it could be good, but I'm not holding my breath.

(and if there's no Methos, I'm not interested)

(the only saving grace of "Endgame" [shudder] was Methos' very brief appearence)

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Speculatrix

I've had a "Buffy" & "Angel" email list for awhile, but with the death of those two shows, the list kinda died along with it. So, today I changed it to an SF & F genre discussion list.

You can check it out here.

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September 23, 2004

Lost Review

Yes, definitely a winner! I'm going to watch this new series with interest.

Nin and I had a running guess conversation about what the "creature" is. It could be a dinosaur, but that's kinda cliche. It seems to only like the dark/overcast, so maybe something nocturnal? My guess: a giant mutant opossum!!

Later: My friend, Jen, says that they're airing part one and two of the pilot on Sat, Oct. 2 from 8pm-10pm if you missed it yesterday.

Someone on an email list said they'd heard that the critter is "Death". ('possum! really!) (uh huh)

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September 22, 2004

Lost

Anyone else looking forward to this new series? My attention was initially caught by the fact Dominic Monaghan of LotR was going to be in it, and now, I'm reading all sorts fo great buzz. Sounds like this one may be a winner.

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September 21, 2004

10 Second Movie Review: Sky Captain

(and it really will be about ten seconds of your time)

My review: I keep forgetting that I actually did see it.

The End

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August 10, 2004

Oscar for Neverland?

The buzz for "Finding Neverland" is pretty good for all acocunts. Even hearing it might mean an Oscar for Johnny Depp.

Drinks all around! :)

Posted by Ith at 12:58 PM

August 9, 2004

Random Atlantis Thoughts

Very random indeed.

First off, is there a term for commenting verbally to what you're seeing on the TV? (other than 'nuts') I do that a lot, and that's what I was doing when these random bits occured to me. Anyway, on with the post! (and if there isn't a term, there should be)

When I saw the Wraith in action, my first comment was, "Vampires!". And my complete talking to the TV moment was that they were killing two myths with one stone: Atlantis and vampires, and what was next? Of course the Ancients have always seemed Elven to me, so, you know.... In fact, I was verbally composing LotR/Atlantis fanfic for Nin (much to her distress) (no, I'm not writing it, just telling the TV about it!)

Oh, wait! The rest of the thought... The Wraith don't seem all that menacing, at least not to the extent that they were so deadly to the Ancients menacing, if you know what I mean.

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August 6, 2004

Atlantis?

Now that its been on a few weeks, what are you thinking about it?

I'm enjoying it myself.

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August 4, 2004

Daleks Back

Turns out we'll be seeing the Daleks after all!

EXTERMINATE!!

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August 3, 2004

Knightley News

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, star of Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually and King Arthur, has signed on to star in the based on the true-life story of model-turned-bounty hunter DOMINO HARVEY in Domino. TONY SCOTT, director of Top Gun and, most recently, Man On Fire, is on board to direct. Scheduled to begin filming on September 27, Domino was penned by RICHARD KELLY, screenwriter of the deliciously campy cult classic Donnie Darko.

Domino will recount the compelling true-life story of Domino Harvey, the fabulously gorgeous daughter of movie star Lawrence Harvey (star of the original The Manchurian Candidate) who traded in her runway passport to become a real-life bounty hunter. Raised in Beverly Hills, Domino started her professional career as a successful Ford model. A rebel with a penchant for confrontation, Dominos aggressive manner didnt resonate with the well-heeled fashionistas in the couture world. A serendipitous chain of events eventually led her to the exhilarating world of bounty hunting, which proved to be a natural fit with her outlaw outlook. By the time she was 23, Domino was an established rebel with a cause in the extremely specialized field of bounty hunting.

More here & here.

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July 31, 2004

I Knew It!

Extended Extended Versions!

....But even when the final product hits the shelves in November, only New Line and EA will know which plot elements were created from scratch and which are based on actual footage Peter Jackson shot but still hasn't seen the light of day. "They're really protective of that footage," Gray says, "because obviously, they want to make the extended extended versions someday--in a trilogy box set or whatever. They want to keep the franchise alive for years to come."...........Thousands of movie production photos line the walls, and hours of footage from the films--some of it not even included in the special extended editions--fill artists' hard drives.
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July 30, 2004

Harry Pottawa....

It's Harry Pottawa, as Muggles descend on capital

....Is Professor Severus Snape a Byronic romantic hero or an unredeemable "greasy git?" Can Harry Potter's moods in "Order of the Phoenix" be put down to teenage angst? Or are there Jewish overtones to J.K. Rowling's output?

All that and more will be revealed in academic and literary papers to be delivered at the Harry Potter fan convention this weekend in the capital.

But there's bad news for Harry's younger fans -- the adult Muggles (non wizards) -- want all the fun for themselves.

No one under the age of 16 will be permitted at what the convention's website is billing as an "adult oriented" event -- and those between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Grown-up Potter devotees argue that while the series is primarily aimed at children, Rowling sprinkled clues and references throughout the books which only adults would pick up -- hence the academic parsing of all things Potter.

Three days of lectures, discussions and socialising for up to 500 Potter groupies expected to attend, will include a party Saturday night to honor the fictional wizard's birthday on July 31.

The convention, which is not endorsed by Rowling, or the publishers of the Potter series of books and films, is taking place at the University of Ottawa.

Whether devotees will ride the Hogwarts Express into town, or arrive by more conventional transport, remained unclear.

Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM

July 21, 2004

King Arthur -- The Review

Forgot to mention I saw it. Generally, I enjoyed it, and it proved once again that a lot of reviewers don't pay attention. I remember seeing/hearing more than one review that mentioned that Arthur was not a native of Britain. Except that wasn't the case -- his mother was a native and his father was a Roman. Anyway, back to the review... It was very much -- to me at least -- the beginning of the Arthur legend, as opposed to the end. I liked that. Meant I didn't have to cry when Arthur "died". The "no one expects the Spanish Inquisition" part was just plain odd though. Could have done without that. The head Saxon baddie and his vaguely Texan sounding accent was jarring, especially since his son had a very pronounced Germanic accent. I assumed the actor was an American, but it turns out he's Swedish. Wonder where the accent came from? The other oddity for me was making Arthur a follower of Pelagius. Now, I thought it was cool, Pelagius being an interest of mine, but I did think it was rather an odd thing to find in a summer action movie. What else? Beautiful horses, great looking movie over all, Kiera Knightly was enjoyable as usual, and Arthur and his Knights were not hard on the eyes at all. Ioan Gruffudd, who played Lancelot, I'd only ever seen in the Horatio Hornblower mini-series, and he's always had that puppy dog look --- no puppy in this movie!

No Arthur movie I've ever seen has been perfect, or met my mental vision (if only they'd turn Mary Stewart's books into movies!), but I'd have to say this one came closet.

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July 16, 2004

SG: Atlantis

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July 12, 2004

30 Sec. Movie Review: Last Samurai

We watched it finally on PPV last night and quite enjoyed it, despite the cliches. I swear, can anyone make a movie set in that time period where the Army guy isn't guilt ridden, angsty, and alcoholic?? The one cliche they did avoid, which pleased me no end, was not having the seemingly obligatory, "hero has sex with female lead just before going to die in battle" scene. Their alternative, where she dresses him for battle was far more powerful.

What really made this a winner was Ken Watanbe's performance. I see why he got an Oscar nomination. How I wish the movie was done from his POV. I don't have anything against Tom Cruise, but Watanabe commanded every scene he was in. (Not to mention he has the most gorgeous eyes.) It's also a wonderful looking movie -- the camera lingers on the seasons as they change. And the attention to detail in the costumes and weapons was excellent as well.

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July 10, 2004

In Theaters Again?

Mickey left this link in the "Lend Me Your Links" post, and it deserves its own post!

Block out October for LotR.... You may well need it. Rumours are circulating at The One Ring.net that, at least in the UK and, er, Denmark, the extended version of The Return of the King will be coming to cinemas this October... along with Fellowship and The Two Towers. Yes, that's the extended cut, pre-DVD release.

Would I do it again? You betcha, baby!!

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July 9, 2004

Programing Note

Stargate season eight starts tonight! It's two hours, so record accordingly :)

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July 2, 2004

Riddick

We just got back from seeing "Riddick". Hey, it has Vin Diesel -- what's not to like? I actually enjoyed it, we all did. I though it "looked" wonderful, and Karl Urban was great!

Now to bed and try to sleep this cold away once and for all!

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June 22, 2004

For You Firthters

Colin Firth to star in Egoyan film

Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth have signed to star in Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's film noir "Somebody Loves You," its producer says.

The project is based on the Rupert Holmes novel "Where the Truth Lies," and explores the "underbelly of fame, fortune and the mores of sexual convention," according to Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point Films.

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June 14, 2004

Pride & Prejudice Go-Round

They're doing Pride and Prejudice again. This time with Matthew Macfadyen & Keira Knightley.

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And This Makes Sense?

Remember we talked about the Harry Potter actors and the studio saying they may be recast since they'll soon be older than their characters? Well they just cast a 21 year old as Fleur in GoF!

Whatever.

Posted by Ith at 6:09 PM

June 7, 2004

Magnum On DVD

Via Spoons, the news that Magnum P.I. is finally coming out on DVD! Something else to add to my wishlist.

Favourite episode (and one of the best TV episodes fo any series): "Did You See The Sunrise?"

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May 30, 2004

Van Helsing

We just got back from a matinee of Van Helsing. Very enjoyable movie! It took me back to many weekends as a child when I'd watch old Dracula, Frankenstein, & Wolfman, movies. Definitely worth the price of the ticket and some popcorn! I'd wanted to see it because it was like an old fashioned monster movie, and to see David Wenham (Carl) but I have to admit that Richard Roxburgh totally stole the film. It isn't easy playing a role like Dracula that isn't cliche or over the top, or both, but he managed to make the character his own -- not to mention he was more than a little sexy :) All good things in a movie!

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May 28, 2004

Xanth

From this week's SciFi Wire comes the news that, "Warner Brothers has bought the film rights to Piers Anthony's fantasy novel series Xanth, to be produced by Wolfgang Petersen and David Benioff, Variety reported. A Spell for Chameleon is the first book in the series, which will see its 30th installment published next year."

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May 25, 2004

It Be Here!

It's that day. The day the theatrical version of Return of the King comes out! Something to hold me over till the extended, real, version comes out :)

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So?

.... The 14-year-old face of the "Harry Potter" movies is getting too old to play the part, so his role may eventually be recast with a younger actor, producers admitted yesterday.

The same goes for the other young "Potter" stars, Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), both of whom are also 14.

"There will come a point when one, two, or all three of them will move on," said David Heyman, who has produced all the Potter films, including "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," which opens June 4.

"I don't know when that will be with the fifth, sixth or seventh movies but it's inevitable."

Radcliffe, who will turn 15 on July 23, is now two years older than his character, and the age difference will just get bigger, because Potter only grows one year older in each successive movie and producers haven't been able to keep up the pace.

And I say, so what? Lots of young actors play parts younger than themselves. Off the top of my head, Alexis Bledel who plays Rory in Gilmore Girls is four/five years older than her character, and Amber Tamblyn who's 21 plays a teenager on Joan of Arcadia. And what about Alyson Hannigan? She's 30, so she was what, 22 when Buffy started? Those are just the ones that come to mind immediately, but I know there's more.

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May 20, 2004

Angel Goes Bye Bye

I hated the ending! Okay, it's likely we'll get at least a couple TV movies, but if we don't, I made up my own ending: Buffy and Willow and a bunch of Slayerettes show up to help them do battle with the baddies.

They killed off Wesley!! Not happy with that. Not happy at all, precious. Though I have to admit that Wesley had died inside, had seen and done too much. So I suppose his death -- since they seem to have to kill someone off all the time -- made the most sense.

But other than that, good ep!

* Spike reciting his poetry at the biker bar was excellent.

* Connor showing up with the comment, "You stop by for coffee and the world isn't ending?".

* Finding out for sure that Connor knew Angel was his father and being at peace with Angel's choice.

* Poisoning the Duke's "bottle".

* Bringing back Anne for that scene.

* "One of you has to betray me." Spike raises his hand.

Question: Did Angel tell Loren to kill Lindsay? I wasn't sure if he did, or if Loren decided to on his own, knowing Lindsay's future from when he heard him sing.

Discuss!

(and the category for this post is quite apropos)

Update: Jonah Goldberg comments in The Corner, "Am I wrong or did the final scene seem perfectly set-up for the calvalry-like arrival of the slayer army?". GMTA and all that. (follow the link to read his entire review)

More From The Corner: Jonah is posting some email he's gotten on the subject, and I had to share this bit, " Why does everyone have this thing about dragons? That is one spot that really upset me, Angel's closing line about how he wanted to kill the dragon. Just because you are big, winged, breathe fire, and have a taste for virgins, everybody is on your case. There is way too much anti-dragon bias in television, the movies and fiction in general."

Yeah! Dragons rule, and I'm tired of all this bigotry!

More: A Thank You note from LW.

And one last: WB has a lovely "Goodbye" poster for download.

I lied, one more: Jim Treacher runs down some favourite final moments, and includes one I forgot to put on my initial list -- Angel signing away the Shashu Prophecy. That one really got me.

Thanks to Andrea for the link.

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May 19, 2004

Any Gilmore Girls Fans?

Wasn't the last night's season ender awesome? I can't remember the last time I laughed so much. Kirk and his night terrors, and poor Luke at dinner. And what about the Luke/Loreli thing -- it worked! Normally I hate the Moonlighting/Remington Steele sort of pairing in a TV show, but wonder of wonders, they pulled it off to where I was going for the concept. That really surprised me. "What are you doing?" "Just stand still!" [snicker] And then the end where you go from laughter to tears. Loreli's disappointment in Rory was palpable. Totally blew me away.

Update: Nin comments.

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May 16, 2004

No Extras

I bought "Master & Commander" on DVD Friday, and as I was prying off the damned security tape (three sides of blasted tape that won't come off without gouging the plastic!) I looked at the back and am surprised to see there's no special features. I get it open, look at the menu card, and nada. No commentary, no featurettes, nothing. How weird is that for a big budget motion picture these days? I'd been hoping for something like Pirates of the Caribbean did chronicling the ships they used. What a bummer.

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May 5, 2004

Star Wars: The Series

This from SciFi Wire:

TheForce.net Web site reported a rumor that Lucasfilm will mount a Star Wars television series in 2006, after the last Star Wars movie, Episode III, premieres in theaters in May 2005.
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May 3, 2004

Ooooh!

'Rings' Music on 9-Disc CD Collection

The soundtrack CDs for The Lord of the Rings movies are going the way of DVDs, featuring "extras" not heard in the theatrical versions, Britain's "Empire Magazine" reported Friday. Composer-conductor Howard Shore told the magazine that plans are in the works for a nine-disk set of music from the film, eight of them featuring the music from the theatrical versions and a ninth featuring "rare unreleased music" with commentary by Shore. Shore also indicated that he's hoping that the DVD of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King will also include a 45-minute documentary about the making of the Rings symphony and a performance with the Montreal Symphony. Shore, who currently is performing the symphony on a world tour, told Empire: "I don't think there's ever been a full concert piece of this size devoted to one particular film or series."
Posted by Ith at 6:15 PM

Troy

I've been looking forward to the movie "Troy" since I love epics, history, battles, etc, in my movies. The other plus being Orlando Bloom starring (don't care much about Brad Pitt either way). Today, I read this snippet from the FOX News entertainment critic:

Brad Pitt partied over the weekend at the new, hot Maritime Hotel and at Bungalow 8. Lots of girls, lots of fun, but no Jennifer Aniston. Pitt will open in "Troy" soon, in which, I have heard, Orlando Bloom steals the show two sandals at a time. ...

Go, Orly!

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May 2, 2004

Big Freakin' Frodo Face!

I have to mention it because of Andrea. (yes, it's her fault)

I just changed my RotK calendar to May, and I'm greeted by this huge 1 1/2 page Frodo face. His eyes, Precious, are like lakeses! (better to gaze at girls with)

(this is the nicest of the LotR calendars they put out, IMNSHO)

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April 27, 2004

Thirty Second Movie Review: Thirteen Going On Thirty

I saw this on Friday, and since I just went to kill time while Nin and Jen were at the Tower of Terror opening, I wasn't expecting much from it. But I was very pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed it thoroughly, and so did the other members of the audience. It's been a long time since I've heard so much laughter and applause during a movie. Jennifer Garner sparkles, and does a fine job making me believe she's a 13 year old in a thirty year old's body. It also has a great late 80s soundtrack. An added bonus is Andy Serkis as her boss -- there's one scene where he does the moonwalk that's a hoot!

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April 8, 2004

X-Files To Ride Again?

Duchovny Expects Second 'X-Files' Movie

.... Duchovny said a second big-screen installment of "The X-Files" remains in the works. Though he doesn't know the plot, Duchovny said "X-Files" creator Chris Carter has signed off on the story premise.

"I'm dying to hear it," the 43-year-old actor told The Associated Press in an interview for his new movie "Connie and Carla," starring Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette, which opens April 16. "So now it's just a matter of making sure everybody can get together at the same time and do it."

Posted by Ith at 11:43 AM

April 1, 2004

The Hobbit -- Coming 2007

From TORN:

A press release has been announced indicating that The Hobbit will begin
production with director Paul Anderson, who is, and I quote 'the young
director whose portfolio includes smash successes such as Resident Evil,
Event Horizon and Mortal Kombat'. This comes directly from a new teaser site
www.thehobbitfilm.com. My question is where is PJ? Why hasn't he picked this
up after King Kong?! [More]

"THE HOBBIT" TO BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN NEW ZEALAND in 2005

New Line Acquires Distribution Rights; Paul Anderson to Direct; McKellen,
Serkis to Return

- The Hobbit will begin principal photography in Wellington, New Zealand, in
2005, under the direction sci-fi/fantasy director Paul Anderson, it was
jointly announced today by Robert Shaye, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of New Line Cinema; Michael Lynne, President and Chief Operating
Officer of New Line Cinema; Mark Ordesky, President of Fine Line Features;
and Anderson, who is also a writer and producer of the production. [Press
Release]

Hmmmmmmm..........

Is it still April Fools Day in New Zealand?

Update: Heh, turns out it was. New Line contatced TORN and gave them a heads up.

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March 19, 2004

TV Notes

If you can, check out the new series on USA, "Touching Evil". I watched it because Peter Wingfield had a part, and ended up liking it enough to watch again.

And don't forget the season ender for SG1 is on tonight, This is the second of two parts that will set up the spinoff, "Atlantis" that starts in July. Part one was great, mostly because it was an ep that Jack was actually in.

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March 11, 2004

A Little Depp

Mickey emailed me a link to an interview with Johnny Depp, and I picked three questions -- and answers, of course -- to share here:

Now that everybody--audiences, critics--likes you, do you like everybody?

I've always liked everybody. [Laughs.] I'm not sure everybody likes me. Everybody thinks that I don't live in the United States anymore, that I live in France, which is not true. I just happen to have a home in France, as well, because my kids are half French. And that interview where suddenly I'm anti-American? It was untrue. It blew over quick, but it was an ugly moment. You don't want people believing that stuff. If I had said it, I'd take full responsibility. But it wasn't what I meant.

What's tastier, Mr. Wonka: Scrumdidilyumptious Bars or Everlasting Gobstoppers?

Scrumdidilyumptious Bars. But there's one even better, the Willy Wonka Scrunch Bar. They don't make it anymore. It was just unbelievable. If I have anything to do with it, the Scrunch Bar will be coming back--with my mug on it. Why not?

Okay, we're talking two days before the Oscars, but this interview won't run until after the ceremony. Um...anybody else you wanna thank?

[Laughs.] God. Being nominated was such a surprise, such a shock. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. Being nominated is plenty, actually. I'd just thank the people out there who have been with my up-and-down, weird-road, strange career and supported me and stuck with me all these years. I mean, they're my boss. That's what keeps me working.

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March 9, 2004

10 Sec. Review -- Hidalgo

We saw Hidalgo this weekend with four other people. The overall impression was that it was "adequate". Worth a matinee at least. I thought it could have been about 1/2 hour shorter -- it really dragged in places. Viggo wasn't bad, but this wasn't a "Will Turner" roll for him, IMHO.

Some of the horse cruelty scenes really upset me and took me out of the picture. Nothing in the portrayal of the average Arab in the movie did anything to leave the audience with a very high opinion about Muslims in general. Your mileage may vary on that point however. surprising to me at least, since Viggo had said in the movie that Arabs and American Indians got a much fairer portrayal in Hidalgo, and it was something he was happy about.

OTOH, our 6th viewing of RotK on IMAX was a winner all round. I know, big surprise. It loses some sharpness in the transfer. Wide scenes were kind of blurry. But the sound!! It was incredible! You can read Nin's to the point thoughts on it here.

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March 4, 2004

Nothing Like A Little "Serenity"

Coming to a theater near you: Serenity!

Almost makes up for the Angel cancellation!

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March 3, 2004

Regretting It Even More

The more stories on the party I read, the more I'm bummed I didn't get to go. [pout] (and it wasn't a fan club event)

Despite The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's 11-for-11 win, the New Line party at the Pacific Design Center never really got going. By 1 a.m., only two hobbits (Sean Astin and Billy Boyd), one dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) and a Gollum (Andy Serkis) had put in brief appearances. Director Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood and the rest of the cast partied at a Lord of the Rings fan club event.

Just as all seemed lost, at 1:10 the New Line publicists began dancing like happy hobbits. Jackson had at last arrived, and with an Oscar in each hand. Swamped by media and fans, a severely drained Jackson appeared as though he had just reached the top of Mount Doom.

Though their multiyear collaboration had finally reached its crescendo, the cast was busy making plans to stay tight. Several Ring-ers hoped to attend Monday's Hollywood premiere of co-star Viggo Mortensen's Hidalgo. Then, for New Year's Eve, surfing buddies Astin, Boyd, Wood and Dominic Monaghan are planning to hang ten in Hawaii.

"We're all great friends," Boyd said. "We'd do anything for each other."


TORN has a roundup of party reports and pictures. And here's a report by a TORN staff writer.

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March 1, 2004

For ConVirgins

Nifty website for the NeoCon attendee.

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February 29, 2004

Luck!

Best wishes to Peter Jackson and the entire Lord of the Rings family tonight. Here's keeping my fingers crossed for a sweep!

Thank you for the gift of seeing the trilogy on the big screen, and for keeping the heart and soul of what the books meant to me.

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February 26, 2004

Tale Of Two Women

So it was Dr. Janet Fraser that bought it on SG1 last Friday. Wasn't happy to see her go, but it was a very well done episode.

And what's with Joss "demoninzing" his female leads?? First Willow, then Cordelia, now Fred!! How about doing that to one of the guys? Geesh.

I must say, that from the snippet for next week, I was reminded of the Blake's 7 episode "Sarcophagus" (a Tanith Lee classic). and anyone who knows that the hell I'm talking about will get extra cookies.

(obscure SF TV refs are us)

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February 15, 2004

So That's Who

After seeing SG1: Heros Part 1, I guess it's pretty much decided who dies, huh?

And if your're spoiler phobic, join me down in the extended entry...

So, it's Janet. I like Janet! Damn.

Wonder what will happen to Cassandra? Will Jack or Sam become her guardian?

and Adam Baldwin, the head of SG-13. I'd heard he was up for the lead in Atlantis. I wonder if he'd be the same character? I like the Colonel he played, so I hope so! That whole betting pool, the the talk about kids was very funny.

Oh crud. Just realized I won't be home next Friday, and since my brother will be with me, I have no one to manage the VCR/Digital box hoohaa.

Posted by Ith at 1:16 PM

February 5, 2004

Angel At A 100

Who else watched Angel last night? Boy, it was good! The end totally took me by surprise. When Angel picked up the phone, I realized what was about to happen and reached for the tissues :)

So many good things, but not enough time to post about it all, so please feel free to leave your comments, and I'll try and expand a bit when I get off work.

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February 1, 2004

Kills Them All, Precious!

'Rings' characters discuss Oscar snub

The city of Minas Tirith has been abuzz today over the news that 'The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,' while receiving 11 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, did not receive any nominations for acting.

"Eleven nominations?" said Pippin Took, of the Shire. "Well, that's good news."

His friend Meriadoc Brandybuck responded by swatting him over the head with the newspaper and protesting, "But the cast is a part of this movie! Aren't they?"

Their kinsman Frodo Baggins shared Brandybuck's dismay. Upon reading the list of nominations, Baggins commented with an ironic chuckle, "They've left out one of the chief characters: the cast. I want to hear more about them." Waxing solemn and soulful, he added, "The movie wouldn't have got far without the cast."

"You almost don't want to watch the awards ceremony," contributed Baggins' gardener and loyal valet, Samwise Gamgee, "because how can it be happy? How can the awards go right when so much bad has been nominated? Folks in that Academy had lots of chances of voting for these actors, only they didn't."

Legolas Greenleaf, of the Mirkwood realm, commented somewhat cryptically on the Academy's choices, "A red sun rises. Lame decisions have been made this night." When asked to clarify his opinion, he told reporters that he had not the heart, for the grief was still too near, and retired for a walk in the forest.

Go read the rest.

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January 29, 2004

The Road To Hell

As disappointed as I've been with Stargate the last few eps, Angel has rocked! Last night's ep was excellent. It had that perfect mix of Joss banter and deadly seriousness. Finally, we get some news on what's up with all the Slayers that Willow's spell called last year, and Andrew made an appearance as Buffy's representative. Andrew has always cracked me up, and he sure did this time around too. I'm going to have to go back and listen to some of his scenes again since Nin and I were laughing so hard, I didn't hear some of it. The end of the ep was pretty heartbreaking when Andrew told Angel that Buffy didn't trust him anymore since he was working for Wolfram & Hart. I have to wonder if placing divisions amongst friends and allies is part of whatever the senior partners have planned. I don't think anything good is going to come of our heroes working for them no matter how gingerly they do it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I think Angel needs that tattooed on his forehead!

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January 16, 2004

If You're Interested

A little more info for my post yesterday. The fic site I've been reading the Buffy/HP fic on is "Twisting the Hellmouth". Most of the fic are Buffy xovers with various fandoms, but there are some straight HP stories there as well.

I've particularly liked stories by Jinni, echo, magicharm, and houses.

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January 12, 2004

Ringlet -- 01-12-03

This was from today's entertainment column on FNC:

..... So where was Peter Jackson? In New Zealand, finishing up an
extended DVD version of "Return of the King." The film now playing clocks
in at three hours, 12 minutes, but Jackson via a filmed acceptance speech
promised the DVD will be "much longer."

That's good news for Hill, who plays King Theoden in the trilogy (not the
king who returns, though). He told me that many of his best scenes were cut
when it was decided that Christopher Lee's character, the evil wizard
Saruman, would be completely excised from the final installment. Luckily,
it will all be restored when Jackson is finished.

Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM

January 7, 2004

Happy Now?

I finally gave into massive peer pressure and read the Harry Potter books. Got through four of them this weekend, and read number five yesterday. I'm blaming it on Cold Mountain and the loopy punctuation that drove me to reading anything else!

Verdict? They're enjoyable books, I liked the last two best, despite my favourite character being killed off. I'll read six when it comes out, but unlike some people I know, I won't be first in line to buy it. Nor will I be searching out Snape/Dumbledore fic [weg] (that one's for Nin)

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January 3, 2004

Raise A Pint...

.. to the birth, 112 years ago, of Professor John Ronald Ruel Tolkien.

Thank you, Professor, for all the joy you've brought to so many of us.

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January 2, 2004

Attention Leather Bra Fans!

(you know who you are)

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for "King Arthur". It looks awesome!!

You can find it here, or here.

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Rings Makes Cut

From this week's SciFi Wire:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King made the first cut for nominations for the visual-effects Oscar, but neither of the Matrix sequels did, Variety reported. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week tapped the seven movies that will compete in the effects business' annual bake-off to fill the final three Oscar nomination slots in the category, the trade paper reported.

The films that made the cut: Hulk, King, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and X2.

The academy surprised observers by eliminating both the effects-laden Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The first Matrix won the Oscar for visual effects in 1999, the trade paper reported.

Other films that were in contention but failed to make the cut included Bad Boys II, Big Fish, The Haunted Mansion and The Cat in the Hat.

Final nominees will be announced Jan. 27, along with nominees in the 23 other Oscar categories.

Posted by Ith at 5:15 PM

Joss Talks Firefly Movie

Joss Whedon, creator of the defunct Fox SF TV show Firefly, told SCI FI Wire that his proposed series-based feature film will aim at an audience that has never seen the show, but will also contain "big giant payoffs" for faithful fans. Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) added that he's finishing up the script for the proposed movie.

"It is still just that, a possible film," Whedon said in an interview at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention. "We have a good chance, actually. It looks like it's a real possibility. But more than that I cannot say. ... I don't want to jinx anything."

Whedon acknowledged that it seems odd to try to mount a movie based on a failed television show (Fox canceled Firefly after airing only 11 of the 14 produced episodes). But, he added, referring to his hit Buffy TV series, "It also seems unusual to want to mount a show from a failed film, so you know unusual is sort of my stock in trade. The only reason I'm doing this is because I believed that there was a story to tell that I had not had the opportunity to tell. And I believed that I didn't want to work with anybody except these guys for a long while. So ... there was just too much to give away."

The rest of the scoop here.

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December 21, 2003

The Number Is 3

Just got back from the third veiwing and I have to say, it really does get better each time. All except for parents who should frelling stay home with their brats instead of spending nearly 4 hours behind me yakking, crying, and kicking my $^&(*$! seat! I swear I came near to doing a Gollum on them. It kept pulling me out of the movie and we wasn't pleased, precious, oh no we wasn't. The parents were just oblivious to their kids, not once did they try and get them under control. ARGH! Once school is back in, I'm going to go see it one weekday afternoon, where hopefully the theater will be blessedly child free.

This time, I filled in the bits I've read are coming back in for the extended version. Like I noticed that when Gandalf comes to rescue Faramir from nutty dad, his staff is gone. That's because during the scene we saw in the trailers, where he confronts the Witch King, his staff is broken.

Anyway, sleep calls, and I'm listening to the soundtrack since I'm not quite ready to let it go yet.

Posted by Ith at 12:40 AM

December 20, 2003

Oh!

Just remembered another touch from the books that made it into the movie that I appreciated: Gandalf wearing Narya at the Havens.

And did I mention the characters I really missed -- even though I knew there wasn't a chance in hell of them showing up -- were Imrahil and the Sons of Elrond?

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In Other Ring News

We're going with my brother tonight to see RotK. First time for him, third for me and Nin. I always find third veiwings to be the ones where I get the most out of a complex film. My brain starts sorting better!

TORN has a list of the cameos. I'd picked out some of them by myself, but here's the list as it stands now:

* Sean Astin's daughter plays Elanor, daughter of Sam and Rosie. * Sarah McLeod's daughter plays Frodo, son of Sam and rosie. * Peter Jackson's children have cameos as Gondorian children. * Peter Jackson is the captain of the Corsairs of Umbar. He also had a longer 'cameo' of around two minutes where he battles a major character - reportedly Legolas - but decided to cut it from the theatrical release. He spoke about this at the world premiere press conference in Wellington. * TORn Staffer Quickbeam has a few seconds of fame as a Gondorian soldier. * Previsualisation supervisor Christian Rivers as the Gondorian soldier in charge of the beacon. * Senior prosthetics supervisor Gino Acevedo is a Corsair of Umbar. * Richard Taylor is a Corsair of Umbar. * Bret McKenzie makes a reappearance as Figwit (one of Arwen's escorts) and even gets to speak some lines!

Hey, wait a minute... that reminds me! I'd heard that one of the Tolkien grandkids had a cameo as a Ranger from the North. We never saw any of Aragorn's kinsmen in the movie.

This site has the trailers from the DVD portion of the CD soundtrack.

Possible extended scenes for the RotK DVD. Cool if it's true!

And this relates to a post of Sharon's on Tolkien and his faith. It's an interview with some of the movie's cast and crew on the subject.

And one last (for now) note on what from the books I missed. The part when the minstrel sings, "Frodo of the Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom", and Sam weeps. (it's in the chapter "The Field of Cormallen" and takes place after Frodo and Sam wake up.) It was just one of those little moments and one that tied into the end of TTT where Sam wonders if they'll ever be put into song.

I think it's time to read the books again! It's been two years, and that's a long stretch for me!

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Would Be Pretty On My Toe

I'd been waiting for this! And thanks to Jen, I got to read it yesterday. It being the "Condensed Return of the King". Very funny! And if you haven't already, make sure to read last year's "Condensed Two Towers". It's all in the lavendar, precious!

Now if we can just get her to do a condensed FotR!

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December 19, 2003

NRO RotK Roundup

NRO was all over Return of the King. Jonah Goldberg's take, and one, two, three more!

Posted by Ith at 5:35 PM

A Long Expected Post

Where you will find lists, random thoughts, and the flotsam and jetsam of my mind.

* Moments that had me in weep mode: LOTS! Actually, there were lots of places I got sniffily, but I was started in full crying mode on the slopes of Mt. Doom aka Orodruin, and kept going till the credits. By the Grey Havens I was a mess.

* Stuff from the books I really wanted but didn't get: Gandalf facing down the Lord of the Nazgul at the gates of Minas Tirith, Gandalf taking Aragorn into the mountains to find the sapling of the White Tree, Aragorn as the Healer, which was the sign of his Kingship, Eomer finding Theoden and Eowyn on the battlefield, Gandalf dealing with Saruman, the Mouth of Sauron, Arwen giving Frodo the jewel for comfort from his wounds.

* Lots of scenes in the trailer that weren't in the movie (oh, to have to wait a year for the extended version!): Merry swearing fealty to Theoden, Eomer finding Eowyn on the battlefield, Gandalf on Shadowfax on one of the upper levels of Minas Tirith confronting a Nazgul, Merry telling Pippin that they would see the Shire again.

* The first full shots of Minas Tirith gave me shivers. Amazing!

* There's a moment near the end when Legolas comes into Frodo's sick room, and he's just... almost heart-stopping beautiful. In that moment I believed he was one of the Eldar. And the amusing aspect of that was the ripple of female appreciation that ran through the audience like a wave. Now, I'm much more of an Aragorn appreciator in the movies, but even I could appreciate Legolas in that moment!

* Departures from the book that bugged me the most: Denethor! Believe me, he's not my favourite character, but even so, he got quite the hatchet job in this telling. Elrond telling Aragorn that Arwen was dying!?!?! At first, I thought he meant it as in she's mortal now, dude. But no, her fate was tied to the evil leeching from Sauron or some such nonsense. Frodo casting Sam aside. Now that I may be able to rationalize eventually, as with Faramir. It was a way to show something that was happening in Frodo's head in the books. But still!

* Hugo Weaving did a masterful job of portraying the emotions Elrond was dealing with in letting his daughter go, probably beyond the ending of the world.

* Scrubbing bubbles deal with bathroom grime and orcs!

* Gollum. There's a moment when he's sleeping and you just marvel that he seems so alive and so real. I usually forgot he wasn't real.

* The soundtrack -- other than the aforementioned "Into The West" song, the score was one of the best of the three I think.

* Amusing to see Legolas get off the pirate ship with the dead guys.

* Just reading the Shelob part used to have me crawling. Now I've seen it, I think I'm going to have nightmares. I'm a big arachnaphobe as it is!

* Touches from the book I appreciated: Sam telling Frodo not to go where he couldn't follow, Arwen bringing the banner, Frodo crying out in Elvish when he raised the Phial of Galadriel, Gandalf telling the hobbits that not all tears are evil, the sounds of birds and running water when Frodo wakes up, Faramir and Denethor calling Gandalf, Mithrandir, Grond.

* Outstanding performances from Bernard Hill, Miranda Otto, Sean Astin, and Elijah Wood.

* The ending, as most are saying, felt rushed. I felt a little cheated on the lack of closure I got considering the emotional investment I have in the characters. There was Hobbit closure, but none for anyone else. I wish PJ had gone for the leave taking as it was done in the book more or less. We see Eowyn slay the Witch King, and that's it. We don't see her again till the wedding. It would have been nice to have some acknowledgment of Eomer now being King of Rohan, a little more emphasis on what killing the Lord of the Nazgul did to Merry and Eowyn, the hobbits saying goodbye to Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli. Just quibbles, I know, but I guess I wanted more of a feeling of closure. Not that I can't pull out a copy of the book of course :)

I've seen it twice now. Once as a part of Trilogy Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, and I can't wait to see it again! I guess that says more than anything.

Trilogy Tuesday itself was cool. There was something very nice about seeing one movie after the other, and to see the extended versions in their full glory. I would definitely do it again! And New Line showed their quality by giving each and every member of the audience a gift. It's a frame with a cell from each of the three films in it. Mine had Frodo, Haldir, and Gandalf.

More as I think of it, I'm sure :)

And if you have a review of RotK, leave the URL in comments or email it to me, and I'll try and do a compilation this weekend.

Posted by Ith at 5:31 PM | Comments (1)

December 17, 2003

Real Quick

Just got home and it's been a loong two days. But before I go to bed...

Trilogy Tuesday was much fun, and RotK was well worth seeing twice in a row. Yes, there's departures from the book that annoy me, but that's happened every movie. There were moments of true wonder, despair, and joy. I cried so much I look all blotchy.

More tomorrow. Sleep now, precious.

Posted by Ith at 11:02 PM | Comments (7)

December 15, 2003

The Start Of A Trend?

One can hope!

'Return of the King' Gets N.Y. Film Honor

Normally a champion of arty, independent fare, the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday chose "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the top film of 2003.

The three-hour-plus epic, which is the final part of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels, is a sweeping spectacle of computer-generated imagery - and it couldn't be more different from the rest of the films the group honored.

The critics group, composed of writers for the city's major newspapers and magazines, usually recognizes films that stand as an intellectual counterpoint to the Oscar voters' more traditional choices.

In 2002, the critics picked the '50s melodrama "Far From Heaven" as the best film; the Oscar went to the musical "Chicago." In 2001, David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" was the group's choice for best film; the Academy Award went to Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind."

This year, the New York critics chose "Lord of the Rings" because it's "a masterful piece of filmmaking," chairman Andrew Johnston said.

"It's just beautifully made, it's pure cinema, it does everything," said Johnston, a critic for Radar magazine. "It's got amazing, epic scope to the drama, to the battle scenes, a lot of strong emotional stuff, really complex, well-rendered characters and effective comic relief where it needs it."

Tom O'Neil, author of "Movie Awards" and host of the awards handicapping Web site GoldDerby.com, said he was "totally stunned" by the group's choice for best picture.

"This pushes 'Lord of the Rings' to the Oscar forefront," he said. "The critics usually go for little indie movies. When they go for the blockbusters - 'The Silence of the Lambs' or 'Schindler's List' - they usually go all the way."

Johnston said choosing "Lord of the Rings" isn't a radical departure for the New York Film Critics Circle. Other films in the running for the top honor were "Mystic River,""American Splendor" and "Lost in Translation."

"All the films we tend to go for tend to be ambitious films that take chances," he said. "Making something on this scale - all three movies at the same time, New Line betting its very existence on the success of the project and having it turn out far better than anyone could have imagined - is very much in the same line as many of our past winners."

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM

Trilogy Tuesday Is (Almost) Here!

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, Nin and I head North for Trilogy Tuesday! I have my doubts on my ability to stay awake till past 3am, but I'm going to give it my all! We also have tickets for a late afternoon showing of RotK on Wednesday. Will make a full report Thursday!

Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM

December 12, 2003

Ringlet 12-12-03

I know, another LOTR article :) But this one was particularly good, I thought. It doesn't treat the fans like loons, and tries for some real insight.

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM

December 11, 2003

Here We Go Again

From SciFi Wire:

More Star Wars Changes Due?

The Digital Bits Web site is reporting a rumor that George Lucas plans more changes to his original Star Wars trilogy of films. Citing anonymous sources, the site reported that the changes will include new special effects, revised and updated shots and scenes and new footage shot with prequel actors Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would flesh out moments with their characters in the original films.

For example, an aged and scarred Hayden will now appear as Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi, when Luke removes Darth Vader's helmet, the site reported. Among the other rumored changes:

The original Star Wars movie will restore the moment when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shoots Greedo first.

Lucas will revamp the lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) and Vader.

"restore the moment when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) shoots Greedo first"

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM | Comments (4)

December 10, 2003

More Galactica

Here's the first post, where you can read the discussion up till now.

First off, I'm glad I wacthed it. It was so much more enjoyable than I expected. Maybe it helped that I hadn't seen the original in so long. Note of interest: the original pilot was shown in Canada as a theatrical movie. I didn't even know it was going to be a series when I saw it way back in 78 (?). In that version, the Cylons kill Baltar. I do like this Baltar a lot -- he doesn't try and copy John Colicos, but goes for a unique take. I wonder if he is going nuts, or if she did put something in his brain?

As for the original, I loved it. But I haven't seen a single ep since it was canceled. I know there was a Colonel Ty, but for the life of me, I can't remember what he looked like, same with Boomer. Being 16 at the time, I only had eyes for Apollo and Starbuck I guess [g] I wonder if there will be a Cassiopeia? I see they cut Boxie's mom out, so no wife for Apollo. Seems Athena is gone too.

Now maybe I should borrow Jen's DVDs and refresh my memory!

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (3)

December 9, 2003

Galactica

I reserved judgment till I actually saw it, and found myself pleasantly surprised! I even liked the female Starbuck -- it worked. Looking forward to tonight's chapter. It wasn't perfect, but better than expected for a SciFi channel movie.

What did you all think?

Posted by Ith at 7:56 AM | Comments (7)

December 5, 2003

Word!

This is via Dave, a friend of Ith and me.

Gollum Rap Video

It's Flash...

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by Ninjababe at 8:24 PM | Comments (1)

Ringlet 12-5-03

Anyone esle see the Primetime special on RotK last night? Awesome Possum! Well, other than there seemed to be more adverts than show that is. I am so stoked for this movie and less than two weeks to go. I've been reading some of the early buzz on the movie from those that saw it in New Zealand on Monday, and it's all good. This is going to be great!

[end fangirl moment]

Posted by Ith at 6:18 AM

December 4, 2003

Program Note

Tonight's "Primetime" on ABC is devoted to Peter Jackson and Return of the King. So get those hobbit feet on!

Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM

November 27, 2003

A Bit Of A Review

I've been listening to the Return of the King soundtrack and am enjoying it a great deal. About the only weak part, IMHO, is the Annie Lennox song, "Into The West". I like her in Eurythmics mode, all synthesized, but her voice is just to... I don't know, harsh or hard for this song. and her voice doesn't seem up to performing against symphony style music. I wished they'd used a boy soprano like they did for the end song in FotR, or someone like Karen Matheson, Loreena McKennit, Connie Dover, Triona NiDhomhnaill, or Alison Krauss. They all have strong, clear voices that would have been better suited to what the song is about -- the Elves, Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf, leaving Middle Earth to the West. Instead we get a poppish type performance on what is the last scenes of an epic three movies.

Oh well. Can't have everything I guess! Great soundtrack overall though.

Posted by Ith at 4:29 PM | Comments (1)

November 25, 2003

Too Funny!

This from a LotR list I'm on:

"Haldir: he's really not dead as long as we remember ... TO READ THE BOOK!"

SNORFLE!

(You have to have read the books, and seen the movies for this to amuse)

Posted by Ith at 6:08 PM | Comments (2)

Now What?

Geez, I suppose you expect a post now. [digs around brain] [ewww]

Sunday I watched some of the extra stuff on the Two Towers DVD. The most interesting -- to me -- was the whole "Arwen at Helm's Deep" thing. Now, we knew she'd initially been in those scenes, and had then been removed, but I never knew why. Apparently, when they were shopping the script, they weren't even going to try and explain to studio execs that their female lead had a 'psychic love connection' with Aragorn, and she had to be a major part of the story, so Arwen shows up at Helm's Deep. And she was there for a year! Liv Tyler went to sword and fighting classes with everyone else. Then they had started with the idea of the flashbacks, and then, delving into the appendices and the story of Arwen & Aragorn, they came up with the foretelling scene between her and her father. That scene is one of my favourites in the TT, and I've always loved that story in the appendices. For me it was the perfect choice, a way to include Arwen, while staying more true to the books. And as they said, Arwen had to have a presence in the TT so it flowed into RotK. So, Arwen left Helm's Deep, and all were happy.

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM

November 20, 2003

Yet More Ringlets

Wow! Check out Peter Jackson's production notes for Return of the King.

And on to the merchandising! I dunno, I don't think anything can beat those bobble dolls from last year!

The high-res version of the RotK poster. (the poster is my current wok wallpaper. it replaced Jack Sparrow temporarily)

Posted by Ith at 6:00 PM | Comments (4)

Yippee!

Lindsey is back on "Angel"!

And there was much rejoicing.

And Spike's corporeal again -- thank goodness!

Posted by Ith at 7:38 AM

November 19, 2003

Part VI

There's a new installment of "Diary of a Hobbit Fiend" up here.

A tidbit to whet (wet?) your whistle:

.... Suddenly, in what can only be called a moment of decadent whimsy, Wormtongue tosses the Palantir off the tower. Pippinstill caught up in the seductive power of Saruman's singing voicegrooves his way over to it.

Pippin: Merry, what do you suppose this is?

Merry: A lava lamp?

Pippin reaches down and touches the Palantir. Instantly, the Big Flaming Eye transfixes him.

Pippin: Whoa. Pretty lights!

Sauron's Big Flaming Eye: Who the hell are you?

Pippin: It's talking, Merry, the big flaming eye is talking!

Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM

November 18, 2003

Oooh, Yeah!

Do you know what happens today? Huh?

Okay, okay! The extended version of The Two Towers comes out! Guess what I'm doing when I get home? (silly responses to that will either be rewarded or smacked down, depending on my mood)

And it's also part of my mum's Xmas present. She loves Gollum, and the special set comes with a Gollum statue and artwork, so I'm putting that part away and will give it to her at Christmas.

Posted by Ith at 6:55 AM | Comments (6)

Another 5 Seconds

For fans of the book, you'll be happy to hear that Aubrey's earlobe is nicely scarred and mangled. One of those little touches you appreciate!

Billy Boyd did a nice turn as Coxswain "something or other" :) (I can never remember names)

The boy who played Lord Blackney (?) did an excellent job.

Very much like the actor who played the Doctor.

Update: since we're sort of on the subject, Jay pointed out this great post on wooden sailing ships. With pics to!

Posted by Ith at 6:45 AM

November 17, 2003

5 Sec Movie Review

Just back from Master & Commander and it was great! This is one you'll want to see on the big screen. Amazing seafaring filming. Lots of tension, battle, and enough light hearted moments to keep it from being depressing.

I'm off to bed now.

Posted by Ith at 10:21 PM | Comments (4)

Nifty!

According to the Lady Washington website they've made it onto the PotC DVD!:

The DVD will include "Diary of a Ship", A video journal of the voyage of Lady Washington, from L.A. to the Caribbean. The crew had been hoping that this piece would be included in the DVD and I can now confirm that all sources check out. Lady Love is 100% certain that the voyage is included in the DVD.

BTW, the Lady Washington will be in the Sacramento area till near the end of this month, so go check it out if you're in the area!

Posted by Ith at 5:06 PM

November 16, 2003

One Down!

Finished the first "Master & Commander" book!! Wooo! And it was worth ploughing through the first 2/3 to get to the meat. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

Posted by Ith at 1:18 PM

November 14, 2003

Amusing

Via Tam in email....


THINGS TO DO WHILE WATCHING ROTK

Stand up halfway through the movie and yell loudly, "Wait... where the hell
is Harry Potter?"

Block the entrance to the theater while screaming: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"

After the movie, say "Lucas could have done it better."

At some point during the movie, stand up and shout: "I must go! Middle
Earth needs me!" and run and try to jump into the screen.

After bouncing off, return quietly to your seat.

Play a drinking game where you have to take a sip every time someone says:
"The Ring." Point and laugh whenever someone dies.

Ask the nearest ring-nut if he thinks Gandalf went to Hogwarts.

Finish off every one of Elrond's lines with "Mr. Anderson."

When Aragorn is crowned king, stand up and at the top of your lungs sing,
"And I did it.... MY way...!"

At the end, complain that Gollum was offensive to Ethiopians.

Talk like Gollum all through the movie. At the end, bite off someone's finger and fall down the stairs.

When Shelob appears, pinch the guy in front of you on the back of the neck.

Dress up as old ladies and reenact "The Battle of Helms
Deep" Monty Python style.

When Denethor lights the fire, shout "Barbecue!"

Ask people around you who they think is the next "Terminator" sent from the
Middle Earth of the future to assassinate Frodo Baggins.

In TTT when the Ents decide to march to war, stand up and shout "RUN FOREST,
RUN!"

Every time someone kills an Orc, yell: "That's what I'm Tolkien about!" See
how long it takes before you get kicked out of the theatre.

During a wide shot of a battle, inquire, "Where's Waldo?"

Talk loudly about how you heard that there is a single frame of a nude Elf
hidden somewhere in the movie. -Start an Orc sing-a-long.

Come to the premiere dressed as Frankenfurter and wander around looking
terribly confused.

Remove the top off your drink, then proceed to light the straw on fire and
tell people in the seats around you about a great battle that took place in
your cup long ago.

When they go in the paths of the dead, wait for tense moment and shout, "I
see dead people!"

Imitate what you think a conversation between Gollum, Dobby and Yoda would
be like.

Release a jar of daddy-long-legs into the theater during the
Shelob scene.

Wonder out loud if Aragorn is going to run for governor of California.

When Sam holds Frodo's hand (or otherwise), start singing, "The Ambiguously
Gay Duo!"

When Shelob comes on, exclaim, "Man! Charlotte's really let herself go!"

Posted by Ith at 6:35 PM | Comments (8)

November 5, 2003

Have A Look

Here's a teeny version of the Return of the King poster that's just come out. You can go here to download various wallpaper versions.

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(No, it's not Dec. yet.)

Posted by Ith at 5:32 PM | Comments (4)

November 4, 2003

Episodes VII-IX?

Got this from the latest SciFi Wire:

The Dark Horizons Web site reported a new rumor that a long-hoped-forand long-deniedthird trilogy of Star Wars films may be back on the drawing board. Citing an anonymous "insider source," the site reported that a sequel trilogy "might happen."

Star Wars creator George Lucas originally told journalists that his plan
was to create three trilogies of films: the original one that included the
first Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, a prequel
trilogy and a sequel trilogy that would pick up the story after the events
in Jedi, consisting of Episode VII through IX. Subsequently, Lucas said he never intended to do the sequel trilogy.

But now, the source told Dark Horizons, "apparently there is some talk, even to the point of [Steven] Spielbergwho was interested in doing [Star Wars: Episode IIAttack of the Clones] at one pointstepping in for Lucas, who may want to write, but probably won't want to direct." The source added that it's possible Lucas could strike a deal with writer/director Frank Darabont, who is writing the script for the proposed fourth Indiana Jones movie, to write the sequel scripts.

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM | Comments (3)

November 3, 2003

Weasels

Those that have no interest in General Hospital, read no farther. Those that are interested can get steamed right along with me:

Last, but not least: In its continuing effort to self-destruct in a most magnificent way, ABC Daytime has taken 90-year-old actress Anna Lee off contract on "General Hospital." She's played beloved family matriarch Lila Quartermaine since 1978 and has been wheelchair-bound for several years.

Another brilliant move for ABC. You can almost imagine the meeting they had about this. "Do you suppose she'll live forever? Let's not take any chances."

In a way, Lee is lucky; her show, unlike ABC's "One Life to Live," doesn't have a serial killer bumping off favorite characters.

This so totally sucks dead bunnies through a straw! Anna Lee is a fixture of the show, not to mention she's a lovely woman who deserves to be treated better by the network weasels at ABC!

This really annoys the hell out of me.

Posted by Ith at 5:49 PM | Comments (2)

October 29, 2003

24

A little "24" behind the scenes info.

My friend Jayne, from LCA, was telling some of us what Kiefer Sutherland had to say about Kim when he was at this year's event. Now, I'm one of those viewers that can't abide Kim, and wasn't thrilled to hear she'd be working at CTU this season. So, onto the comments:

Kiefer explained that Kim being in CTU was Jack's way of keeping an eye on her. He got her in. He is all torn up about screwing their lives up and this way he feels he can keep her close and keep an eye on her.

Oh, and the website has some pics up from this year's LCA, which might get you inspired to go next year!

Posted by Ith at 5:07 PM

October 27, 2003

Ringlets ~ Oct. 27

~ A roundup of what's been added to The Two Towers extended DVD.

~ Some more new RotK pics.

~ And this is the pic of Arwen we've been seeing since before FotR was released. Maybe it will appear in RotK?

~ And a Ringlet from me: speaking of Arwen. Is it my imagination, or are we seeing less hype over Arwen preceeding this release than we have for the last two? They did rub Arwen out of Helm's Deep in TTT (here's a pic I posted back in Jan.) after all. Maybe PJ has realized inserting Arwen where she doesn't need to be to appeal to female viewers just isn't necessary.

Posted by Ith at 6:42 PM | Comments (4)

October 23, 2003

Star Trek Discussion!

Need I say more?

Posted by Ith at 5:54 PM

October 21, 2003

Not Elizabeth Swan

Check out Keira Knightley as Guinevere in the upcoming King Arthur movie.

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Article here, and more pics here.

And if you click "MORE" you'll see another pic. (Jay)

I'm looking forward to this one!

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Posted by Ith at 5:09 PM | Comments (17)

Oh, And....

... don't forget to add your choices to the BOO! poll.

Maybe I'll get all organized and turn the results into a list of some sort. Or not...

Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM

October 20, 2003

Okay, Somthing Makes Me Happy

My Forever Knight DVDs are being shipped!

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October 19, 2003

BOO!!

A question of Cam's inspired this post. He wanted to know what his readers 3 fave Halloween movies were. So here's my list, which I've increased to 4 -- just because.

I don't really like gory movies. If I have to keep my eyes closed through more than half a movie, there's not much point! So my list is at the edge of my gore meter and were picked either because they looked wonderful (I love movies that have a visual impact) and/or scared me mentally.

1) Dracula. This is the one with Frank Langella from 1979. It has a wonderful lush, dark look, and it's an erotic telling of the Dracula legend. It also has a great soundtrack.

2) The Changeling. This movie is just plain scary. No blood, no guts, just scares. It was filmed at a mansion in Victoria when I lived there -- a mansion that's haunted. I'm pretty sure I brushed past the ghost that lives there on one of my visits.

3) Time After Time. This one is pretty gory -- for me. But I remember seeing it in the theater and having the wits scared out of me! It's Jack the Ripper comes to modern day San Francisco in H.G. Wells' time machine. Great movie!

4) From Hell. This one I'm picking because it looks great, and Ian Holme is amazing in it. You'll never look at Bilbo quite the same way again.

So what are your scary movie picks? (and picking Phantom Menace would just be mean) (but mean can be good)

Posted by Ith at 3:37 PM | Comments (5)

For Da Goddess

Da Goddess had some GH (General Hospital) questions for me here, and the answers are too long for comments.

This Alcazar is the dead one's younger brother, Lorenzo. He's not nuts like his late brother, but still a baddie. He wants to move drugs through Sonny's territory and will do about anything to get it. He kidnapped Carlie as a bargaining chip, and of course he fell in love with her. There's just no accounting for taste! I loath that woman. Anyway, Carlie got away, and he ended up, during her escape, capturing Sonny's sister, Courtney. He didn't treat Courtney very well at all, unlike Carlie. So Courtney, thinking he was going to kill her, jumped off the yacht and almost drowned. She did have a miscarriage because of the trauma. Alcazar's current plot is a woman who he transformed by plastic surgery into Lily. She's haunting Sonny right now. Alcazar figures when Sonny self destructs, he'll be there to rescue Carlie.

Now, things we've learned about Alcazar: he wasn't in the family business initially -- he was a history professor. His father didn't approve, but his older brother wanted to protect him from the "life". Now Lorenzo had a lady love named Sophie, who was killed in the jungle while there doing charity work. It was her death that turned Lorenzo to the "dark side". And I'm sure Sophie will make an appearance one of these days! He's also taken Dillon Quatermaine under his wing -- sorta. Dilllon is Tracy's son that she kidnapped all those years back. Dillon and Georgie Jones are currently the cute teen couple. Actually, they're both very good actors and very enjoyable to watch.

Stefan. I'm bummed with what they did with Stefan's character when they brought him back. They turned him into a pale version of Stavros. Ruined one of my favourite characters. The Cassadine's were on the verge of bankruptcy due to Helena's past machinations. So Stefan borrowed huge amounts of money while he arranged for Nicolas to marry an heiress. Her grandfather wrote his will so that she had to marry Nicolas and produce an heir to get the money. The creditors had threatened to kill Nicolas if they didn't get their money. In amongst all this, Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer. since her mom died of it, she was sure she was going to die. So she went to Nicolas, her best friend, and he agreed to pretend they were in love. She didn't want Zander to watch her die, so she came up with this plan. So Nicolas and Emily got engaged. Stefan went off the deep end, and arranged to have Emily murdered to get her out of the way. The servant, in the fog, pushed the wrong woman off the cliff. It was Summer, a woman Luke was fond of, and Lucky was in love with. So, of course, Luke swore vengeance, and he and Stefan were on the cliffs, Luke had a knife pressed against Stefan's chest, and Stefan shoved it into himself and fell off the cliff. Now Luke is wanted for Stefan's death, and Lucky, being a cop now, is trying to catch him.

Did that about cover it? :)

Posted by Ith at 1:44 PM | Comments (3)

October 18, 2003

It's Easy!

Last week I was pondering just what was wrong with a commenter on another blog in regards to his nasty little comments about LotR fans. Well, I've found the answer right here. It's easy really, he's just stupid! Read an learn, young hobbits:

Ive noticed a disturbing trend among many of the emails Ive received for this column. I know it has been all fun and games up to this point, but now its time to get serious. Email after email describes how husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, co-workers, casual acquaintances, random strangers on the street, etc. dont support the hobbit habit. Frankly, this kind of behavior SICKENS me. Yes, it is a real tragedy that could reach epic proportions.

Ive given this lack-of-interest-in-the-Lord-of-the-Rings phenomena a lot of thought. Ive heard some of the fans say of non-believers, "oh, they just dont GET IT." I disagree with this assessment. The real truth is goes much deeper than simply "getting it" or not. And its far scarier. The cold hard facts are this: Theyre STUPID.

Yes, thats right folks. I know, I know, it is difficult to accept this, but there is no other possible explanation.

Read the rest, as it is very amusing!

Update: Michele says (tracking back her trackback. Oooo, dizzy) she's more of a Legolas gal, so here's a pic of Orlando as Paris.

Posted by Ith at 5:13 PM

Aww!

A Lord of the Rings matchmaking group -- Sam Loves Rosie.

Posted by Ith at 5:07 PM

The Book Post

As promised, here's me sharing my book purchases from last night.

Right now, I'm trying to finish The Fiery Cross which is the latest in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I can not recommend this series enough, it is excellent! If you haven't read the books yet, the first one is Outlander. I'm not sure how I'd categorize it -- I've seen it in the SF section, Romance, and Historical Fiction. I'd probably say it's all three and quite unique. It's got as much sex as it does warfare and politics.

Now, on to the new books!

A few years a go, a friend recommended the "Master & Commander" series, but I forgot the title/authour. Then I saw a poster for the new Russel Crowe moive, and realized those were the books! So, I got the first book in the series, Master and Commander (the movie is based on the 11th book, I believe). I also got The Last Jihad, which had been on my wish list forever, so I figured it was time to get it. I also got The Sight (I was attracted by the cover and I love wolves), Rise to Rebellion (I'm on an American history kick), & Ruled Britannia (I love alternate histories, and Harry Turteldove does it better then just about anyone).

I shall report on them as I go.

Posted by Ith at 2:00 PM

October 17, 2003

Revenge Of The Sith?

That's what they're saying the last Star Wars movie will be titled.

I'm just hoping the third time will be the chanr for this set, because I have been majorly underwhelmed by the last two.

Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM | Comments (6)

October 13, 2003

Trilogy Tuesday Tidbit

According to theonering.net , there are still tickets available in Tulsa.

Lissa, the Tulsa Line Party Leader, writes: Thought you might be interested in knowing that as of today Tulsa still has about 150 tickets available for the marathon Tuesday showing. So if people from Texas or surrounding states wouldn't mind driving a few hours, they may still yet attend. You can purchase them through Fandango.com by phone.
Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (1)

Enthusiasm

.... Yes, that was Elijah Wood at a Saturday afternoon screening of "Kill Bill" on the Upper West Side. And yes, that was Elijah Wood applauding the trailer for "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," in which he stars. And yes, that was Elijah Wood saying loudly in the theater, for fun: "That looks like it's gonna be great!" ...
Posted by Ith at 7:32 AM

October 9, 2003

Kewl Beans!

I have tickets to "Trilogy Tuesday"!!

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (1)

October 8, 2003

"Trilogy Tuesday" Update

Remember, tomorrow tickets go on sale for "Trilogy Tuesday". You can get them through Fandango if your local theater is set up with them. Rumour has it they go on sale at 11am -- I don't know if that's PDT or EDT.

For those here in CA, the list of theaters showing the entire trilogy on Dec. 16, 2003 are:

CA, Bakersfield Pacific Stadium 14
CA, Dublin Regal Cinemas Hacienda Crossings 20
CA, Fresno Regal Cinemas Stadium 21 Theatre
CA, Hollywood Arclight 15 Cinema
CA, Orange AMC @ The Block 30
CA, Sacramento Century Theatres Complex 14 Cinema
CA, San Diego AMC Mission Valley 20 Theatre
CA, San Francisco Sony Metreon 15 Cinemas
CA, San Jose Century Theatres Oakridge 20

Sso who's going?

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October 4, 2003

Bummer

"XXX 2" Not Diesel-Powered

Ice Cube is sliding in for Vin.

The rapper-actor will take over leading-man duties from Vin Diesel in the sequel to 2002's box-office bonanza XXX.

The original film featured Diesel as Xander Cage, an extreme sports fanatic turned reluctant secret agent. The name "XXX" refers to a three-strikes policy enacted by the National Security Agency giving hardened criminals the option of joining "the Man" as a covert operator or going to prison.

Diesel, perhaps feeling sequel-squeamish after having just completed Chronicles of Riddick, the follow-up flick to 2000's Pitch Black, opted out of part two of the action franchise. Revolution Studios tapped Ice Cube to replace Diesel as a new character enlisted by the NSA to become--what else?--a secret agent.

"When we made the decision to cast a new lead actor, Ice Cube was the perfect choice," Revolution partner Todd Garner said. "He is a fantastic actor who has the attitude and versatility required to bring this new character to life."

Before he begins working on XXX 2, Ice Cube will star in the Revolution picture, Are We There Yet? , which his production company, Cube Vision, will also produce. He recently finished the sequel to last year's Barbershop, and will next be seen in Torque, due out in theaters in January 2004.

Diesel will turn his acting attentions to Revolution's Hannibal, the cinematic tale of the Carthaginian warlord who crossed the Alps by elephant to battle Rome. He'll also serve as executive producer on XXX 2.

Also departing from the XXX creative team is director Rob Cohen, who is moving on to pilot Columbia Picture's Stealth and work on a Roman Polanski (news) biopic for Showtime. He too will pull executive producer weight on XXX 2.

Filling Cohen's shoes is director Lee Tamahori, who's no newcomer to spy cinema--his last film was MGM's 2002 Bond flick, Day Another Day.

Diesel and Cohen seem to be developing a pattern--this is the second time that both have opted out of an action sequel. The duo also walked away from the follow-up to 2001's box-office hit, The Fast and the Furious. Model-actor Tyrese stepped in for Diesel, while director John Singleton (news) took over for Cohen in this summer's 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The original XXX pulled in $277 million at box offices worldwide. XXX 2 is due to hit theaters in 2005.

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October 3, 2003

The News You Actually Want

If you go here, you will find a listing of the the theaters that will be showing the special editions of FotR and TTT, and the marathon with Return of the King.

Tickets go on sale October 9!

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September 30, 2003

More RotK Stuff

(and be warned, I'm ramping up into full LotR pre-movie release mode)

You've seen the trailer, now it's time to pick it apart frame by frame.

And AICN has the running time: 3 1/2 hours.

And there's more! According to theonering.net, we are going to get the Grey Havens!! This is something I've been hoping for, especially after hearing there will be no "Scouring of the Shire".

Posted by Ith at 7:40 AM

September 29, 2003

Here!

The unsubtitled, high res, in all its glory version of the return of the King trailer is here!

Goosebump warning!!

Added thoughts: the music at the very beginning sounds very Loreena McKennitish. Is it too much to hope she might be doing this movie's "song"?

If the trailer is this good, imagine what the movie will be like.

I'm assuming Arwen is with Elrond when she says, "Give him the sword of the Kings".

Shelob creeps me out. I hate spiders!

The evil smile that Gollum gives Sam.... [shudder]

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September 28, 2003

Is It Dec. Yet?

Here's the Return of the King trailer, this one from Asian TV. It's in English, with subtitles. It does in a pinch since I didn't see Second Hand Lions.

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September 25, 2003

The Rum Is Gone

Haven't done one of my "Bit of Pirate" posts in a while!

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One of my favourite scenes in the movie, the "But why is the rum gone?" one. This whole part of the movie is great, especially for Jack Sparrow's explanation to Elizabeth as to what a ship "is". It's freedom.

Found this and a bunch of other caps here.

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September 24, 2003

New Sarah!

Wonder of wonders, I heard a new song by Sarah McLachlan on the radio today! It's called "Fallen", and I'm pretty sure I like it. I hope this is a precursor to a full album.

Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM | Comments (2)

The Really Important News Of The Day!

New 'Lord of the Rings' Trailer to Debut

It's official! The trailer will be with 'Secondhand Lions' starting this weekend.

YAY!!

Posted by Ith at 7:56 AM | Comments (1)

September 21, 2003

Don Juan DeMarco

Next on the rental list was Don Juan DeMarco. We watched it Friday night and I loved it. Maybe it was my mood at the time I watched it, but it left me feeling wistful and not feeling quite as cynical in matters of the heart as I usually do.

Johhny Depp was something to watch. He was 32 when he made this film, but I had no trouble believing he was the 21 year old "Don Juan". Having seen "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" a few days before, and "Chocolat", not to mention multiple viewings of "Pirates of the Caribbean", I find Depp to be an incredibly gifted actor. As I said to Nin last night after we got out of "PotC" (we took our mum to see it), you don't think, "oh that's Johnny Depp", you actually believe you're seeing Jack Sparrow, or Don Juan, or Sands. If you go see a Harrison Ford movie, there's no questioning it's Harrison ford, that's the first thing you notice. It's not a bad thing, just different. I think I prefer a movie where the movie as a whole is the "star". I certainly get that feeling from the movies I've seen over the last week.

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A Review

Nin has a review of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" up on her blog from when we went to see it last week.

Posted by Ith at 12:36 PM

September 18, 2003

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Or as April calls it, "Happily Ever After In L.A."

I liked it more than I thought I would actually. There were some confusing
bits, but I guess it doesn't matter in a movie where the plot wasn't all
that important [g] I kept my eyes closed through some of the gorier scenes. And I thoght the soundtrack was very good, as were the touches of humour in what would otherwise be a very dark and dreary film. My friend, Jen's right, if I didn't know Johnny Depp was in the movie, I would have never connected him with PotC. He's like a chameleon. There was a scene where he's explaining the plan, and says "savvy?". As you might imagine, April and I cracked up at that point.

We rented a few of his other movies later, because I had yet to see him
looking 'normal' with no accent. (I'd only seen "From Hell", and "Sleepy
Hollow" on TV prior to 'Pirates".) First up was "Chocolat", so I got normal, but
still with an accent -- Irish -- though in the behind the scenes bits, I
got to hear his normal voice (and in a side note, he smokes the same cigarettes -- cheroots? -- that his character in OUATIM does). One funny bit: the little girl asks Roux, when he gets off the his boat, if he's a pirate. I loved the movie! Now this movie I can understand the Oscar nods. I watched "Jerry McGuire a few weeks back, and while it was a nice movie, I couldn't understand why it got so much critical acclaim. Go figure.


Spoiler for OUATIM in the extended entry....

If you stay through the credits, it ends with one last scene of Sands. I
think they're implying he survives.

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September 4, 2003

Arda

I know I've mentioned this before, but the conversation over at Juliette's made me think it was a good time to post it again: The Encyclopedia of Arda. This site is awesome! It's an interactive, honest to goodness encyclopedia of Arda (the World in Quenya)

I've found it very useful, and if you're just digging into the Silmarillion it's a great resource.

Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM

YES!!!

[insert happy dance]


'Firefly' to become movie

.... The action-adventure series was set 500 years in the future and centered on a crew aboard a spaceship. The feature version will incorporate the mythology from the show but will take on a more epic feel. Whedon hopes to enlist the entire cast to come back for the feature, depending on their previous commitments, with new characters added as well.

"Ever since the show went off the air, our fan base has grown even more," said Mutant Enemy president Christopher Buchanan. "We've had tremendous outpouring from the U.S. and Canada as well as the U.K., which just finished a run of 'Firefly' over there. Every comic book and sci-fi convention has had a 'Firefly' presence since the show first aired."

happy happy happy happy

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At Journey's End

This has been running through my head constantly over the last few days. It's the song Sam sings in Cirith Ungol in The Return of the King.

In western lands beneath the Sun the flowers may rise in Spring, the trees may bud, the waters run, the merry finches sing. Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night and swaying beeches bear the Elven-stars as jewels white amid their branching hair.

Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.

Maybe it was seeing The Two Towers over the weekend and Sam's speech about hope and the old stories. That bit is actually from RotK, but it's one of the most emotional moments for me in the books, so that emotion transferred to the movie for me. I'm not sure why, but the song fits my inner mood over the last few days.

Posted by Ith at 7:15 AM

September 3, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield

Dedicated to Nin since she told me that she always thought the line was: "I wish I was Jesse's girl". Brings a whole new meaning to the song doesn't it, gentle readers?

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Do You Know The Way To Mordor?

I could waste my few minutes of lunch time posting on Johnny Depp's chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome, but this is much more fun!

Want to go to Mordor? Need directions? Look no further!

Posted by Ith at 12:20 PM | Comments (2)

September 1, 2003

In Again

Seems seafaring movies are in again (you'll get no complaints from me on that score). check out the trailer for the new Russell Crowe film, Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World. It looks like it's going to be great.

And here's a site with many trailers.

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Pirates Tidbit

Nice interview here with Keira Knightley on PotC, and her upcoming movie "King Arthur". I think she'll make a splendid Guinevere.

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The Fourth Age

via the One Ring

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Is it December yet?

Posted by Ith at 3:24 PM | Comments (1)

August 29, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

"I Want Your Sex" by George Michael

Now this one just has to drive Paul around the bend! (though my track record lately hasn't been good!)

come on I want your sex come on I want your sex that's right, all night oh I want your sex I want your...sex

sexy baby's
sexy body
keeps me guessing
with a promise
I know we can come together
but the question is
will we ever?

sexy baby's
(sexy baby's)
sexy body
(sexy body)
keeps me guessing
with a promise
I know we can come together
but the question is
will we ever?

together-you and me

Today's song is dedicated Roberta, who's bored at work.

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There Be Squalls Ahead....

Check out TellNoTales.com, you bloomin' cockroaches!

(though the website isn't actually at tellnotales.com)

(bloomin' cockroaches are just like blommin' onions... excpet different)

A hearty "Avast!" to Mickey for the link.

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM

August 26, 2003

The Precious

From the OneRing.Net newsletter I get:

Show Us Your TTT!!

So you've got your new precious eh? It still has that 'just bought' smell to
it doesn't it? Do you still have the wrapping? The bill? It's all so new and
exciting isn't it! Why not share your experience and send us a photo of
yourself with your TTT Video or DVD! You could hug it, or have it on your
head, you could be outside or in your car, anywhere or at anytime, just send
it to us! We wanna see you and share your love for your copy of TTT!
Send all images to: xoanon@theonering.net

I've got mine! It's in my lap as I type. Soon, it will make its way to the DVD player and all will be well.

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When The King Returns...

Peter Jackson may get an Oscar.

There's lots of good stuff in the article, so shoo!

Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM

August 25, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Up in Memphis the music's like a heatwave White lightening, bound to drive you wild Mama's baby's in the heart of every school girl "Love me tender" leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for

Black velvet and that little boy's smile
Black velvet with that slow southern style
A new religion that'll bring ya to your knees
Black velvet if you please

Dedicated to all my commenters :)

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August 23, 2003

Whole Lotta Hobbit Going On

The coolest of news! This came via EvilT in email and I'm passing it on to all fellow ME Addicts :) I'm there! What about you?

Attention, Frodo fanatics: Better load up on the popcorn and soda and invest in a comfy cushion--because you're in for a sore butt.

Two weeks before The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wraps things up on December 17, New Line Cinema plans to unleash in theaters special extended editions of the first two installments in director Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy.

Cinephiles who couldn't get enough of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring special edition DVD, which clocked in at 208 minutes and
included scenes not in the theatrical version, will be able to see the epic
on the big screen in all its glory starting on December 5 in about 100 movie
houses in the U.S. and 20 in Canada.

A week later, on December 12, New Line will unspool the special 214-minute
extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. That version is
slated to premiere as a DVD first on November 18 (the DVD of last year's
"official" theatrical release is due out on Tuesday).

But wait! There's more!

(realized this was looong, so I made it an extended entry. Click MORE!)

For those with serious Hobbit habits longing to venture into Middle Earth for more than a few hours, New Line plans to screen all three films back-to-back-to-back on December 16 in a daylong marathon that will carry over with The Return of the King's global release on December 17.

Per Daily Variety, New Line sent memos out to exhibitors across the country
this week informing them of the reissue and suggesting various screening
strategies to maximize promotion leading up to The Return of the King.

The goal, according to the studio, is not simply monetary, but it's intended
to refresh moviegoers' memories of the good-vs.-evil saga that has been
lording over the box office and critics' lists for the past two years.

"The release of the third film affords us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to give audiences a compelling new theatrical experience of Peter Jackson
(news)'s sprawling vision for this trilogy," Rolf Mittwg, New Line's head of
worldwide distribution and marketing, told Variety.

The memo lays out guidelines for theaters calling for Fellowship to begin screening at 3 p.m. on December 16, Two Towers to follow at 7 p.m., and the first official showing of Return of the King kicking off at 11 p.m. and concluding early in the wee hours of the 17th.

The final installment is going to be the longest in the series, coming in at over three hours. Jackson promised fans in a recent USA Today interview that the climactic clash between Middle Earthlings and the fiendish Lord Sauron and his minions at Pelennor Fields will surpass Two Towers' Battle of Helm's Deep in breadth and scope.

Jackson says the most satisfying part of Return of the King will be the
emotional climax, something he had to bring the entire cast back for
additional shooting this spring and forced him to even rework some key
scenes.

"Everybody feels we are paying off the story now," Jackson said. "The scenes tend to be more emotionally charged, which is why the actors enjoyed them and I enjoyed filming them. It absolutely has to be the best. We owe it to people."

New Line is banking on the Lord of Rings capper to build enough buzz to
finally garner Jackson and his epic an Oscar. Despite a slew of nominations
(Two Towers being the first sequel since The Godfather Part II to be
nominated for Best Picture) and some wins in technical categories, the
golden guy has proven elusive to the filmmaker. Many show-biz insiders
believe the usually fantasy-averse Motion Picture Academy is waiting for the
finale before anointing Jackson's work.

Regardless of whether Jackson stocks up his trophy case, his Rings cycle has
put him in a league of his own.

The filmmaker recently sealed a deal with Universal Pictures for his next
project, a massive retelling of King Kong that will see him earn $20 million
up front as well as gross points on the back end, one of the most lucrative
contracts ever for a director.

Advanced tickets for the rereleases are slated to go on sale in late
September or early October via movie-ticketing sites like Fandango,
Moviefone and Movietickets.com as well as exhibitor Websites.

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August 21, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Today's flash to the past is [drum roll please]

Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol!

Today's selection is dedicated to Michele, on her sickbed, way out New Jersey way.


I'm all out of hope
One more bad dream could bring a fall
When I'm far from home
Don't call me on the phone
To tell me you're alone
It's easy to deceive
It's easy to tease
But hard to get release

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face
Got no human grace your eyes without a face.

I spend so much time
Believing all the lies
To keep the dream alive
Now it makes me sad
It makes me mad at truth
For loving what was you

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face....

When you hear the music you make a dip
Into someone else's pocket then make a slip.
Steal a car and go to Las Vegas oh, the gigolo pool.
I'm on a bus on a psychedelic trip
Reading murder books tryin' to stay hip.
I'm thinkin' of you you're out there so
Say your prayers.
Say your prayers.
Say your prayers.

Now I close my eyes
And I wonder why
I don't despise
Now all I can do
Is love what was once
So alive and new
But it's gone from your eyes
I'd better realise

Les yeux sans visage eyes without a face....

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August 19, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

99 Luftballoons by Nina

99 Duesenjaeger
Jeder war ein grosser Krieger
Hielten sich fuer Captain Kirk
Das gab ein grosses Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fuehlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

This goes out to the Paulster, and to the DeLorean babe!

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August 17, 2003

RotK Snaps

All the screen caps from Return of the King, and the extended Two Towers can be found here, and here, and here.

But here are two of my favourites.

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August 16, 2003

The Sea

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You come from the Ocean. You've always been drawn
to the sea, the sound of the waves, the crystal
blue water, near the sea is where you belong.


Where Did Your Soul Originate?
brought to you by Quizilla

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Long Time Coming!

Something I've been waiting for for a looong time! Forever Knight is coming out on DVD!

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August 15, 2003

Avast!

A bit of "Pirate" for a Friday night!

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August 11, 2003

At The End Of All Things

From SciFi Wire:

Sean Astinwho plays Sam in the upcoming third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the Kingtold SCI FI Wire that his climactic scenes with co-star Elijah Wood (Frodo) were intensely satisfying as an actor. "I'd say the most sacred acting experience I ever had was at the top of Mt. Ruepahu, with Elijah Wood in my arms," Astin said in an interview at the recent Comic-Con International, referring to the New Zealand volcano that doubled as J.R.R. Tolkien's Mt. Doom. "It wasn't acting anymore. It was one of the most moving [experiences]. [Director] Peter [Jackson] was just sobbing."

Astin added, "I just remember this floodgate of emotion came through in the performance at that moment, when we did the scene. And Peter was crying, and I was crying. And afterwards, I was running around in the parking lot ... on this active volcano, like, yelling and cheering and like so excited. I was so, like, I had done it. I had nailed it. I had reached a point as an actor of emotional openness that I had hithertofore never been able to achieve. And that felt wonderful. So I'm so proud."

Astin said that he and Wood were helped by the "poetry" of the script. "My little brother [Mackenzie] is an actor, too," Astin said. "When we were on the train yesterday, they're like, 'So, what do you do?' And he's like, 'I'm an emotional engineer.' So I felt like I got my Ph.D. as an emotional engineer on Return of the King." King opens Dec. 17.

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