Jena Malone Got Her Golden Ticket

At the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Jena Malone talked about her excitement joining the Hunger Games franchise as Johanna Mason in the Catching Fire adaptation.

We have to wait until Nov. 22 to see Jena and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and all the others do battle onscreen.

Kick-Ass 2 Trailer Sanitized for Your Protection

Another TV commercial for the movie Kick-Ass 2 has been released, and in it Universal included two scenes previously glimpsed in a red-band trailer, but with Hit-Girl’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) lines dubbed with less-crude language.

Those of you familiar with previous Kick-Ass 2 trailers will notice that the scenes in question are Mindy kicking Dave’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) ass in the gym, and Mindy interacting with the mean girls. In the first case, the line “Take your skirt off, Dave,” has been recorded over what she really says, and in the other, her dialogue is simply cut off.

Although in today’s hypersensitive political climate I can easily imagine the “clean” “Take your skirt off” line being more “offensive” to some groups than Mindy’s original diss. After all, doesn’t that imply that weak people wear skirts? Of course, such offended people will have forgotten that the line is spoken by a 15-year-old girl who is deliberately trying to insult a high school boy. But let’s hope everything is taken in the spirit intended: good, clean fun!

Kick-Ass 2 opens less than a month from now, on Aug. 16.

Gunn Rides Shotgun in Guardians’ Galaxy

GoTGlineupOne of the most interesting points to come out of the Guardians of the Galaxy panel at San Diego was, I think, the amount of faith that Marvel and Joss Whedon are showing in James Gunn as he guides this very important film, which is currently shooting in England.

Just think about it for a moment: GoTG is not a well-known property, yet Marvel is throwing a lot of money at it and making it a pivotal film in its movie universe. What’s more, they are apparently encouraging the creative force behind the movie to make it as gonzo as possible!
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Catching Fire Trailer Adds Some Sizzle (But Not Enough)

While the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is better than the inane “cackling supervillains” clip released a while back, I’m still not as impressed as I want to be. The new trailer still concentrates on the dull victory tour/rumblings of revolution first half of the novel and leaves fans panting for snippets of the actual Quarter Quell. I know the meaty action of the film is being held back for future trailers, but it’s frustrating.

And no, I’m not just disappointed that Jena Malone’s axe-wielding Johanna Mason is only briefly glimpsed… okay, well maybe a little. But it’s not just that, okay?

On the plus side, I can envision an entire “Meet the Victors”-themed trailer that would give us beauty shots of all the participants in the 75th Hunger Games, not just Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). That could definitely work.

Daleks Invited to 50th Anniversary Party

The Daleks have been officially confirmed by the BBC to appear in the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story — as if anyone would be surprised to see the demonic pepperpots in such a landmark episode — to battle the Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt.

What I find worth noting about these pictures, however, is the Gallifreyan writing and circular architecture in the background, which suggests to me these Daleks are actually on the Time Lords’ home planet, meaning we could get a glimpse of the Great Time War at last! That would certainly be worthy of an anniversary story.

My personal wish for the story is that it will restore Gallifrey and pave the way for the return of the Time Lords, so that the Doctor is no longer the last of his kind. Also, having Gallifrey time-locked and the other Time Lords all recalled from throughout time and space makes continuity just so messy that it needs to go away. Now.
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Remembering When M. Night Shyamalan Had a Career

Whatever happened to M. Night Shyamalan?

Oh, he’s been making movies at a more or less steady pace every few years, but where he was once a wunderkind he’s now a pariah. Instead of being anticipated, his new releases are met with derision.m Just look at the reception Will Smith‘s After Earth got. Or, rather, didn’t get. Not even a Will Smith summer action movie could get any traction with Shyamalan at the helm.

How the mighty have fallen. Once, he was the toast of the town thanks to The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Now, his career seems irreparably damaged.


Extended Red-Band Trailer for Kick-Ass 2

Fresh from Comic-Con in San Diego, it’s a new trailer for Kick-Ass 2 — specifically another red-band video, one that is almost twice as long as the previous two clips. And you know what a red trailer means: foul language and violence. In this, 4:35 of mature goodness. Make sure you’re old enough to view this very NSFW material!

Look for Kick-Ass 2 on Aug. 16.

Matt Smith Mixes Fact and Fiction at Comic-Con

mattcomiccon1The DOCTOR WHO crew (including cast and producers) are in San Diego for Comic-Con, and at a panel called “Brave New Warriors,” Matt Smith addressed his reasons for leaving the role of the 11th Doctor:

“When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go…. It’s sad I’m going to miss you and I’m going to miss Comic-Con too…. It wasn’t an easy choice; it wasn’t an easy decision to come to. But, I don’t know; you can’t play it forever. And, look, they’ll get someone amazing, they’ll get someone brilliant; they really will. And that’s the great thing about the show: It continues, and the strength of it survives. It will get better and bigger and keep it up, and you’ll forget about me.”

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Clone War: Tatiana vs. the Emmys

tatianaThe grotesque prejudice against so-called “genre” shows and performers reached its absolute nadir this morning when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences declined to nominate Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s Orphan Black for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama category. This snub is among the biggest (and most indefensible) in Emmy history, and renders the competition in that category meaningless.

This unfathomable hatred has meant that truly deserving shows and performances never received the recognition they were due — Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sarah Michelle Gellar (a Daytime Emmy winner), for example, were never acknowledged by the Academy despite the fact that BTVS is a genuine cultural touchstone of quality. More recently there was Battlestar Galactica and Fringe. And now, with just its first season under its belt, Orphan Black appears poised to be the latest victim of the genre ghetto.
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