Just Another ‘Frankenstein’ Remake — Or Is It?

Watch this trailer for Victor Frankenstein, yet another bash at the horror classic — but this one has moved the pieces around a little, including elevating Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) from a hunchbacked, bit-playing assistant to an equal partner with the good doctor (James McAvoy).

This clip also has a Young Frankenstein reference worthy of Mel Brooks himself, so this movie probably has a great sense of humor!

Trivia time: Where my horror aficionados at, the ones who know the name of the put-upon assistant in James Whale‘s original Frankenstein?

 

Victor Frankenstein opens Nov. 25.

Trivia answer: Henry Frankenstein’s assistant was called Fritz in the 1931 classic.

The Fourth Doctor Is Joining the Star Wars Universe

TomBakerScarfTom Baker, already am unrivaled genre legend for portraying the Fourth (and arguably most famous) Doctor on DOCTOR WHO, is about to join the Star Wars universe in an as-yet undefined capacity.

While signing autographs at the Day Of The Doctors convention in Slough, England, last week, Baker said:

“I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know? I’m going down to record some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.”

It sounds like his character will either be for an animated property, such as Star Wars Rebels, or it could be a computer-generated character for one of the main movies or the innumerable live-action spin-offs planned.

Whatever his role, it’s sure to be epic!

Second DOCTOR WHO Series 9 Trailer Materializes

The BBC has released a second trailer to help get us psyched for the return of DOCTOR WHO just barely more than a month from now!

 

“Same old, same old — just the Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS!” Indeed!

There appears to be a lot of new aliens and monsters in this forthcoming season — but also another appearance from the Daleks. (I would really like to see an entire season without the bloodthirsty pepperpots but, alas, they are to be too popular to exile.)

This season will also feature a dragon and Maisie Williams, but there is no truth to the rumor that there will be a full-blown GAME OF THRONES crossover.

In case you’ve forgotten the season’s first trailer, you can see it again here.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) will be back in action in just a few short weeks, when the series returns on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

George R.R. Martin Ponders the End of ‘Game of Thrones’

grrmonthroneSure, the HBO version of Game of Thrones has caught up to the books and George R.R. Martin should be home, typing as fast as his fingers will go to het to the end of his epic fantasy series. We all agree there.

But the bearded author was nevertheless in New York over the weekend to attend the Staten Island Yankees‘ “Meet George R.R. Martin Night.” There, he took a moment to at least muse about the end of the books when The Observer asked if plans to kill off everyone in the end…

“I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that [J.R.R.] Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended “Lord of the Rings.” It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. Frodo is never whole again, and he goes away to the Undying Lands, and the other people live their lives. And the scouring of the Shire — brilliant piece of work, which I didn’t understand when I was 13 years old: ‘Why is this here? The story’s over?’ But every time I read it I understand the brilliance of that segment more and more. All I can say is that’s the kind of tone I will be aiming for. Whether I achieve it or not, that will be up to people like you and my readers to judge.”

Season six of GoT premieres on HBO next year.

The Rock Wants John Carpenter’s Help Remaking ‘Big Trouble in Little China’

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Kurt Russell (left) and John Carpenter

There is rarely a good reason to remake a movie that was done well before, and there is absolutely no good reason to remake a perfect movie — there is only greed. And so money is the only possible rationale for remaking Big Trouble in Little China, a film that cannot possibly be improved in any way.

Word is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, currently ruling the box office with San Andreas, will star as Jack Burton, the role originally brought to life by Kurt Russell. The announcement was met with almost universal scorn by fandom — which has been spun to be “mixed reactions” — and Johnson told Entertainment Weekly he wants John Carpenter, low-budget maestro and director of the 1986 original, to contribute to the new version:

“I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized – I’m the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter.”

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Drax is the New Kurgan in ‘Highlander’ Reboot!

Let’s get one thing straight: Highlander (1986) does not need to be remade, reimagined or rebooted. It shouldn’t be remade, reimagined or rebooted. There can be only one.

But if it must be done, it has to be done right. With respect.

Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is off to a good start by making an excellent casting decision for the Big Bad. Dave Bautista, better known as Drax the Destroyer from last summer’s epic Guardians of the Galaxy, has signed on to play the Kurgan, the menacing barbarian baddie who challenges hero Connor MacLeod.

Clancy Brown made an indelible impression in the original with his imposing size and gravelly, groaning voice, so Bautista has his work cut out for him.
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New Photos From Tonight’s ‘GAME OF THRONES’

HBO’s GAME OF THRONES returns for its fourth season tonight, and the network has released a slew of big photos to promote the premium-cable event.

Tune in to HBO tonight at 9 p.m. ET for the season premiere.

New Spidey 2 International Trailer

This international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t in English, but you don’t need the words to see what’s going on: a lot of rehashed footage, but also a lot of new action —  including fighting with the Green Goblin.

Is it just me, or does Spider-Man have a new favorite weapon that he likes to deploy whenever possible: the manhole cover?

ASM2 opens on May 2.