It was Oscar Wilde who said, “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat seems willing to take a page from the Irish wit when it comes to dealing with all those stories in the British tabloid press about DW’s supposed ratings problems.
A reader of Doctor Who Magazine asked Moffat about the negative headlines, and the executive producer wrote:
“‘Doctor Who continues to be a massive hit’ is not a headline. ‘Doctor Who in ratings crisis’ is. Perversely, so long as Doctor Who is huge, those newspaper stories will continue. I’ll start worrying that there’s a problem when people stop trying to pretend that there’s a problem. So long as we’re click-bait for the papers and bloggers, we’re just fine. Highest-rated drama of the year – highest-rated drama on Christmas Day. Only the insane would quote that as evidence for decline.”
This is being promoted as the ‘final’ trailer before X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 22. It certainly is epic enough to be the last word in prerelease promotion!
The hilarious folks over at College Humor created this. It’s very funny. (Sensitive folks should note this is college-level humor, and there’s one quick half-mumbled f-bomb.)
According to Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been producing X-Men movies since the beginning, the time could soon be right for Jennifer Lawrence’s shapeshifting Mystique to get a spin-off solo movie.
Donner told Entertainment Weekly:
“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
In fact, Donner envisions a number of solo X-Men titles:
“There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
A solo Mystique movie would be great, but only if they let her be bad — and I don’t really see that happening. Blue-skinned mutants must be proper role models, doncha know…
Personally, I’ve never really liked Gambit in the comics — not his power, not his costume, not his staff, not his patois and not his personality. And on film — in X-Men: Origins — Wolverine — he came across as even shallower. And don’t get me started about Deadpool, a joke character that ended up taking on a life of its own.
Now that we’ve all had time to ruminate on the addition of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Avengers: Age of Ultron for better (Wanda) or worse (Pietro), what about that other new Avenger, the Vision?
android synthezoid is familiar to fans of the comic book, but he may come as a shock to moviegoers — especially if he is created as a weapon by Ultron to destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes but falls in love with Wanda, as he did in the comics!
Paul Bettany — known until now as the voice of Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. — will play the artificial lifeform in the movie, and he went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week to
not really say anything tease his role:
“Oh, I can do all sorts of things [as the Vision], but I’m not allowed to really talk about them and what we’re going to do, because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me…. It’s very exciting for me, but everything is a double-edged sword, right? Because I was playing J.A.R.V.I.S. for years, and my job was, I would turn up at a recording studio for 45 minutes, do all my stuff, and then they would give me a huge bag of cash and then I’d go home. Now it turns out they’ve found me out and they want me to actually do something!”
In the comics, the Vision’s coolest power by far is the ability to render himself immaterial and then plunge a hand into a person or machine and solidify, thereby disrupting that person or machine, rendering him/it unconscious/inert. It’s the kind of thing that could look really great onscreen.
uuperhoeDeathIt’s April 15, the most dreaded day on the calendar here in the United States: the day tax returns are due. And no one likes to pay taxes — not even superheroes!
Here is a selection of comic book covers from the Golden Age to the Bronze dealing with rendering unto Uncle Sam. You’ll notice the frequent theme “Death & Taxes,” which I find very ironic because while no one beats taxes, most superheroes have conquered death — having died and been resurrected many times.
Well, there’s now photographic proof that one of the characters/monsters Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor was rumored to encounter in series eight of DOCTOR WHO is definitely happening!
If you don’t want to know who/what it is, then move along to something else. If you do wish to know, then make the jump — but beware: SPOILER!
Because I’m having a hard time resisting anything to do with James Gunn‘s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, here are three new images from what promises to be a bat-shit crazy movie! (We should be so lucky!)
Here we see Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord wearing his mask and running on the set, plus Peter dealing with Gamora, as played by Zoe Saldana. And then there’s all the self-described Guardians in prison jumpsuits: Quill and Gamora flanking Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax the Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista.
Director Gunn recently doled out a bit of info about Peter Quill’s origin in the movie, as well as Gamora and Nebula:
“He was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age eight and raised in a group of thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a d**k and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora's] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bioengineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.”
Let the GotG insanity begin on Aug. 1!
Trying something new today: A post consisting of a series of trailers for movies I find interesting — and some I consider execrable. It’s a sort of good, the bad and the ugly of coming attractions.
First the films I am looking forward to seeing…
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson doing Hercules the way it should be done? Yes, please.
This looks like Source Code as told from the other side — what happens to a doomed hero on his personal Groundhog Day in hell. Yeah, Tom Cruise doesn’t have a great batting average with sci-fi, but — Emily Blunt is considerably better at picking material.
Former STAR TREK: VOYAGER star Kate Mulgrew took a lot of flak recently for narrating a purported documentary that supports the long-discredited and demonstrably false idea of geocentrism: the belief that the Earth is the center of the universe. Even worse, the creationist-geocentrist garbage doc was produced by notorious Holocaust denier Robert Sungenis, who runs a fringe-Christian ministry out on the edge of sanity.
But Mulgrew has finally come out against the crackpot documentary — which I refuse to name because the lunatic fringe does not deserve any more free publicity — denouncing it for being… well, garbage:
“I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called The Principle. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew”