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Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Review (Article) - 10/28/2014 4:24:32 AM

 Tim - What happened to your 31 Days of Horror series? It seemed to have gone POOF in the middle of the month! 

ROY ROGERS Trilogy Coming (Article) - 6/16/2009 3:32:08 AM

There's actually one small pocket of Roy Rogers restaurants in my area. When Hardees took over Roys, one franchise owner held out in selling, and instead of selling Roy Rogers to Hardees, the franchise owner actually bought out the Hardees in this region, and either converted them to Roy Rogers restaurants or shut them down. Since then, the franchise owner bought the full rights to the Roy Rogers Restaurant trademark, and has rebuilt the franchise into a successful regional chain.   

The idea of rebooting Roy Rogers as a film franchise is not gonna work. Franchises from that era - especially ones which have had few if any revivals over the years - have been doomed in their reboot efforts (Little Rascals, for instance). There's also something sort of creepy about these revivals of franchises based on the originals' star (including the Farrelly's upcoming Three Stooges reboot).

If a company is trying to create a family-friendly cowboy franchise, I wish them luck because they face an uphill battle to begin with, given the failure of most attempts to revive the Western. But for cryin' out loud, why not try coming up with something new or adapt any one of the thousands of cowboy novels or short stories which have never been to the big screen? I know, it comes down to "brand name recognition".

HOBBIT Stars Confirmed Returning (Article) - 6/13/2009 5:41:05 AM

Perlman would be best utilized either as Beorn the shapeshifter or the Goblin King, assuming del Toro officially brings him into the project. Speaking of del Toro's usual posse of actors, I wouldn't be surprised if Doug Jones shows up too.

As for LotR cameos, Aragorn would be possible, but not played as audiences knew him in LotR. He was only 10 years old at the time that The Hobbit takes place. His father was killed by orcs when he was only two, so his mother delivered him to RIvendell for safekeeping, where he was being raised as a member of Elrond's household (so location-wise, the cameo would be plausible when Thorin's party passes through Rivendell). But to confuse the typical viewer further, Aragorn would have been using an assumed name (Estel) and his real identity was known to very few (even Aragorn himself would not know until he "came of age"). Technically, he wouldn't meet Gandalf for the first time for another 12 years or so. And, given the Elves' general distrust of Dwarves, Elrond probably would have been extra-cautious in keeping "Estel" out of sight. Perhaps they could sneak in a brief meeting chance between Bilbo and a curious "Estel" as a little "easter egg" for the Tolkien geeks.

The character who could make the most seemless cameo in The Hobbit is Legolas. His father was Thranduil, the Elven-King of the novel. Although Legolas was never mentioned in The Hobbit, there's certainly no reason for him to not be by his father's side, especially at the Battle of Five Armies.

Craven Ponders SCREAM Sequels (Article) - 6/9/2009 3:39:51 AM

The first Scream was a satire of slasher movies, the second one satirized slasher sequels, and the third satirized slasher trilogies.

IMO, they should produce a remake/reboot of the original Scream, satirizing the horror movie industry's current trend of remaking any and every horror film ever made. Recast it with some young, attractive actors from the CW network, overuse CGI effects (when conventional effects would do), make a couple alterations guaranteed to piss off fans of the original, and make sure it's toned down to a PG-13.

They could follow that with a prequel, then round out the trilogy by producing a gratuitous 3D movie.

Del Toro Rules Out HOBBIT Bridge (Article) - 6/8/2009 5:21:34 AM

TayDor, I'm with you on the bridge movie - I think it's a bad idea from the start. LotR and the Hobbit are based heavily on Tolkien's writings. But whenever the LotR movies worked with original material inserted by Jackson, it never worked as well. With the bridge movie, Jackson will only have Tolkien's skeletal outline to work with (as you posted above) - all the dialogue and particulars will have to be worked out by Jackson & Co. I'm not crazy about splitting the Hobbit in two movies, but I really think the bridge movie is setting up the series to end on a less-than-stellar note.

Del Toro Rules Out HOBBIT Bridge (Article) - 6/7/2009 6:32:40 PM

Once the hobbit is done, focus on one of the newer or older books, that'll keep me happy.

Unfortunately there's a substantial obstacle in the way of adapting any of Tolkien's other books. Tolkien's estate still holds the film and merchandising rights to all of Tolkien's works other than The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (Tolkien himself sold those rights in 1969 when his own cash flow was running low).

Tolkien also left his estate with directions to sell rights to any of his other works only under the conditions of extreme profit or absolute veto power over the content, if not deemed faithful to the source material (this is Tolkien's "Art or Cash" rule). Also, given their lawsuit against New Line for a couple hundred million dollars and the later attempts to block filming of The Hobbit, the Tolkien Estate had really gotten a reputation as not being easy to deal with in regards to film rights.

The studios would no doubt like to acquire the rights to Tolkien's lesser-known works, but I they are probably thinking twice when considering the money and grief it will take to acquire them.

On a related note, I always thought Farmer Giles of Ham would make an excellent candidate for a film adaptation.

Fringe: There's More Than One of Everything (Article) - 5/13/2009 10:01:54 PM

Did anybody else watch the now-canceled US version of Life on Mars?

I thought it was interesting that Life on Mars began with Sam waking up in 1973 to the mind-blowing vision of the Twin Towers standing in the NYC skyline. Now the season ends with Fringe using the WTC in a parallel universe. It's become a rather powerful visual way of saying "we're not in Kansas anymore."

BTW, the fourth hijacked plane was not intended for the White House, but for the US Capitol building. 9/11 organizer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed revealed this in an interview with al Jazeera a few years ago. It actually makes more sense - the Capitol is not only technically the seat of government, but it's a much more massive building than the White House, and sits exposed on a hilltop making it an easier target to hit.

NBC Announces Pick-ups for 2009-2010 (Article) - 5/5/2009 7:44:35 AM

I read elsewhere that the word from NBC's stage regarding Chuck was "maybe" it will be picked up, while Medium got a "probably"  (although I may be the only one at Mania who follows Medium).

Uninvited Blu-ray (Article) - 5/5/2009 6:07:41 AM

It's worth nothing that  The Uninvited is a Hollywood remake of the 2003 Korean horror movie A Tale of Two Sisters, IMHO the finest horror movie of this decade.

A Tale of Two Sisters is elegant, haunting, and shocking with beautiful cinematography worthy of an Oscar nomination. As with the remake, the original does not rely on buckets of blood for effect, but generates horror based on atmosphere and suspense with a few well-placed and well-earned shocks. Do yourself a favor, and pass on The Uninvited and see A Tale of Two Sisters instead (or at least, don't see The Uninvited until after you've seen AToTS so the surprises aren't ruined).

Bigfoot Fundamentalists (Article) - 4/25/2009 2:09:46 PM

When I was a youn'un back in the 70s, there was an endless stream of paperbacks on the Bigfoot phenomemon, and I would read through them almost as fast as they could be cranked out.

One of the books dedicated at least one chapter to the connection between Bigfoot and UFO sightings. It focused particularly on the spike of unusual sightings in western Pennsylvania during the early 1970s, The most obvious peculiarity is that footprints obtained had three toes rather than the usual five. There were also sightings that were among the most odd I had ever read about - people seeing Bigfoot legs walking through the forest, as if the rest of the creature were invisible. Another saw a hairy torso apparently floating through the air, again as if the creature were partially invisible. These sightings coincided with a rash of UFO sightings in the region as well, so naturally speculation arose that the two phenomenon were linked. So there you have it, yet another possible explanation: Bigfoot is an ET!

Personally, I tend to side with the more mundane "unknown primate" theory, but I'm certainly open to theories regarding more esoteric origins (you'll receive no hate mail from me).



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