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Bale, Batman, and $50 Million? (Article) - 8/16/2013 4:37:18 PM

From a cold, logical perspective the presence of Bale in this movie guarantees a colossal opening. I don't know about 50 million upfront though.  I'd spin Bale a piece of the movie profit (and future movies in which he participates).  They could sign him up for Batman/Superman (2015) and Justice League (2017, probably the next appearance of Batman) with such a deal.  If Justice League is a world-wide hit, then Bale would essentially be in a similar spot as RDJ was after Iron Man 3.  If the Justice League is established, that would be the first opportunity to recast Batman for Justice League 2 or the next Batman solo movie (2019). However, at that point, Bale would be 45 years old.  He'd probably be sick of Batman (again!) by that time but he could have any dream project he wants greenlit by WB.  Plus, they would dangle another 50 million in front of him to restart the Bat franchise and appear in Justice League 2.  We're talking 100 million dollars and artistic freedom for four movies.  That's a lot to walk away from.  Just ask RDJ. 

Mania Box Office Report: Avengers beats Potter (Article) - 5/7/2012 9:42:49 AM

@Hanso - I would love to see a Justice League movie too but it would be an even greater challenge for the writers and directors than the Avengers.  Whedon benefited from an ecosystem of established franchises, creative talent, and corporate support that had four years of success spawning multiple franchises. To produce the Justice League first, all of those characters will have to be created from scratch in terms of a cinematic DC Universe.  The movie would be awful expensive and unlike Disney, Warners would not be playing with characters the public has already embraced in their separate franchises in the recent past.  It's an awfully risk proposition.

The only guy on the planet I would think crazy enough to accept that impossible mission would be Joss Whedon....but would the suits at Warners have the stones to make that call?  If a Justice League movie fails...even if it's only moderately successful that would still be considered a failure...then you just might have screwed the pooch for a lot of potential franchises.

Of course, I hope that Warners does try a Justice League movie but they definitely need a gifted ubergeek like Whedon to climb that mountain.

Ross Leaves Hunger Games 2 (Article) - 4/6/2012 9:44:57 AM

Kathryn Bigelow.

Walking Dead: Save The Last One Review (Article) - 10/31/2011 4:17:00 PM

Shane isn't bad.  He's learning to survive any way he can.  That's something they're going to have to all learn sooner or later...or they'll die.  Simple as that.  Shane had a mission to get that ventilator back to Carl (whom he loves like a son). Otis had to die to get that done. Shane is willing to make decisions in a cold-blooded way that sooner or later will bring him into an all-out showdown with Rick. I can't wait.

Shane is willing to sacrifice his humanity and perhaps his sanity to protect his own...will Rick be willing to compromise his morals when his time comes?

The Top 16 Most Important Video Games of All Time (Article) - 9/7/2011 10:03:27 AM

Listen to Frog.  Wolfenstein 3-D should be on the list. Influence should be measured on how all other games looked before versus after the game under consideration.  Wolf 3-D singlehandedly created the modern 1st person shooter. Its engine went on to spawn countless descendants.  Hell, it's still fun to play (sorry to any Germans out there).  Having Wolf 3-D on my iphone is the best investment I've made all year. 

Mania Review: Captain America (Article) - 7/23/2011 1:22:34 AM

Saw it.  Loved it. I gotta disagree with the B-.  The cast was excellent.  Chris Evans was so amazing in this that I can't imagine anyone else as Captain America.  Hayley Atwell is a goddess.  The interesting twist in this movie to me was that the story is all about Steve Rogers, the guy and not so much about Captain America, the symbol.  The action was competent but the action never felt to me as the primary focus.  It seemed that even the action scenes took time for little (and sometimes big) character moments that kept me engaged. I had a good time and it fulfilled my expectations. I'll give it an A-

Fringe: Olivia Review (Article) - 9/25/2010 4:11:15 AM

This episode was definitely an A.  From the red opening credits, to John Noble's Walternate looming over the proceedings like a Sith Lord, to Olivia's breakdown in the bathroom...this episode set the bar pretty high for the rest of the season.  I had my doubts about the mythology as they began to reveal it but Fringe seems to be one of the descendants of the X-Files whose mythology has the potential to overwhelm the 'creature of the week' episodes which eventually wear thin....

And how could I not love Bubbles in Fringe?  It's like the character just walked out of Baltimore and popped up Over There.

I still miss Lost.  I'm suffering through True Blood withdrawal.   But at least Fringe has given me some hope for the next few months.

Kick-Ass,Dragon Race to Top (Article) - 4/19/2010 9:38:54 AM

Saw Kick-Ass last night.  Good movie.  Predictable ending.  Hit-Girl was good.  Big Daddy was better.  The late night show was maybe half full.  Everyone liked the movie.

Just one thing though.  Not a woman in the place.  My fellow geeks, that is the death knell for a movie like this.  I think we're looking at a classic geek marketing failure.  The marketing didn't try to extend curiousity about the movie beyond males with a comic book fascination.  Even in the movie itself, the female characters (even Hit-Girl in her own way) were kinda subservient. 

Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie.  But any movie that doesn't illicit any interest from my wife or the female teenager in my house is in trouble especially with the big Summer movies on the horizon.  If Kick-Ass had been released late in the summer after the big movies shot their wad it might have had a better chance. 

 

Lost Happily Ever After Review (Article) - 4/9/2010 9:50:17 AM

Eloise is the guardian of the timeline(s) just like Jacob was the guardian of the island.  Eloise is aware of both timelines and what is eventually going to happen in both of them.  Desmond's consciousness has the ability to bounce across timelines (which isn't really that surprising seeing how he has already shown the ability to jump within a timeline).  Eloise is just making sure things happen the way they're supposed to.

The interesting thing to me is does Eloise's consciousness singularly exist across the timelines?  Is she experiencing these timelines together? 

Lost Ab Aterno Review (Article) - 3/25/2010 9:28:20 AM

I think that Jacob is just the latest in the chain of guardians for the Hellmouth.  The way he pimp slapped Richard around was just so much more engaged than the way Jacob acted in the cave with Ben before his death.  I think Jacob was tired of it all (or he knew it was his time). 

I loved the trash talk Jacob put on MIB in the end of the episode.  My only quarrel with the episode was that there wasn't too much suspense.  But the revelations were worth it.

Is it me or did Jacob come off like the old Jack (ya know before he got his faith)?  I personally vote for Hurley as the new guardian.  He'd have all the food he can eat, eternal life, and he'd never be lonely (with the whole talking to the dead thing).

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