Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Poster

kickas2This Kick-Ass 2 poster opens up the story canvas a little bit by teasing Jim Carrey’s Col. Stars and Stripes and Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Motherf—er in addition to Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the title character.

I like it.

Check out the latest trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 will be released Aug. 14.

Maybe Those DOCTOR WHO Episodes Really ARE Real…

"The Celestial Toymaker"

“The Celestial Toymaker”

The zigzagging story of the alleged recovery of 90 lost episodes of DOCTOR WHO missing since the 1960s has zigged again — this time solidly in favor of the “Yes, it’s true!” camp. Then it zagged away again — or did it?

It is paramount that you keep in mind that everything surrounding the supposed cache is rumor, with nothing to substantiate it beyond other rumors and conjecture.

First the latest concrete fact — one of the few in the case so far: Philip Fleming, head of Communications, Brands, Content & Digital, BBC Worldwide, told Bleeding Cool website:

“There are always rumours and speculation about Doctor Who missing episodes being discovered, however we cannot confirm any new finds.”

Notice the language. This is not a denial of any find. Fleming said, “we cannot confirm.” Maybe because the news is being kept secret by the BBC? This sounds more like a coded message to fans, saying, “I am not allowed to confirm it.” I know it sounds like wishful thinking (and let’s face it, it is), but I really thing that on a topic like this, the BBC would be better off tamping down fan expectation than allowing it to simmer and thrive on half-truths and conjecture. A flat-out “no” would serve the Beeb’s interests much better. And in this case there is more than mere conjecture to go on. Much more.
Continue reading

Second ‘Kick-Ass 2’ Trailer Ups the Action

There’s a lot of new footage in this latest trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson — and it looks like a lot of fun!

It would appear the movie earned its hard R rating, as the content advisory lists “strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.” See the NSFW red-band trailer here.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.

Recovery of Missing DOCTOR WHO shows a Hoax?

marcopolo

“Marco Polo”

That rumored recovered trove of lost DOCTOR WHO episodes may turn out to be false for the most heartbreaking and painful of reasons: The whole thing may be a hoax. Yes, a hoax. What kind of a sadist would derive pleasure from pretending to hold episodes of an old TV show?

As I wrote about last week, a long-running rumor that a large number of missing episodes from the shows first six years became substantial enough for reputable outlets to report on it. I stress now (as I did last week) that these reports were and continue to be only rumors… and the latest developments strongly indicate there may be no truth to those stories. Although, due to the very nature of this “news,” even the denials are technically rumors of denials.

Worst of all is the extent of the hoax (if it is a hoax). It now turns out that 90 of the missing 106 episodes were said to be among the episodes recovered! 90 — leaving just 16 elusive installments. The exact number of found episodes was left out of website reports last weeks, as were the specific stories involved. That gigantic number of recovered episodes — again, 90! — is a red flag itself; almost the whole kit-and-caboodle returned in one fell swoop? Talk about wish fulfillment! That sounds totally too good to be true.

Continue reading

New Riddick Trailer: More Action — and French Subtitles!

This international trailer for Riddick doubles-down on the action with lots of new footage and a better looks at some of the new monsters. This clip also makes the movie look like Pitch Black 2 — which would not be a bad thing in my book at all…

Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, opens Sept. 6 (in the USA).

Have Many Lost DOCTOR WHO Serials Just Been Recovered?

"The Macra Terror"

“The Macra Terror”

With this being the 50th anniversary of the launch of DOCTOR WHO, a lot of fans had wishes and dreams for how the milestone would be celebrated, with many (most?) invested in the hope that there would be a very special episode filmed using all of the surviving actors to create a multi-Doctor story to air on Nov. 23. With those hopes now dashed — although I am certain the story that will air will be a lot of fun — many fans despaired of a seeing a “proper” celebration.

But now comes word — and I cannot stress strongly enough that this is all just rumor at this point — that the BBC may have uncovered a huge trove of missing episodes in Africa, where they were sold into syndication in the late 1960s and ’70s. And by huge, I mean lots of episodes. Supposedly even full serials that were lost when the BBC either junked the masters or recorded over existing tapes. The story is that an “eccentric” broadcast engineer who loved science fiction took a lot of DW tapes into his personal custody for “safekeeping” — a move that turned out to be more necessary than he could ever have dreamed.
Continue reading

Spidey vs. the Hippo— er, Make That Rhino

I just stumbled upon these images of Andrew Garfield and Paul Giamatti taken during filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The photos show a fight scene between Spidey and a villain called the Rhino. The baddie will be a CGI construct, so Giamatti is lashed into the practical elements of the suit that will be gussied up later by the whiz kidz with the fancy computers.

According to a witness, the battle scene sees Spider-Man grab a megaphone to taunt Rhino as “a mechanized hippopotamus.” (That sounds like a very in-character taunt to me!) The spider-sequel opens May 2, 2014.