2/12/2011

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1. Ender's Game Ready to Begin?
Producer Robert Orci, recently talked about the the highly anticipated movie of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender's Game he said, "We're finally in the year when an audience is sophisticated enough." He added, "...they crave original stuff, and that is why we decided right now to take it out, and hopefully we'll have good partners."
Q: Are audiences sophisticated enough for "Enders Game?"


MauriceM
I don't think so. In fact audiences are craving simpler films. A movie with this level of sophistication would go over their heads. Look at Starship Troopers.
Monkey Migraine
I don't know. The idea of children playing war-games is topical. And the meditation on war is timely. I think a faithful adaptation would be great.

2. Now You Can Eat Han Solo
Someone made a candy bar out of chocolate, peanut butter and bacon shaped like Han Solo trapped in carbonite.
Over\Under: Answer this question in the comments: I could eat more/less than five chocobaconite bars.
Source: http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2011/02/07/han-solo-in-chocobaconite/

3. Catwoman and Bane are the villains in The Dark Knight Rises

It was officially announced by Warner Bros. that Tom Hardy (Inception) will be playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland) was confirmed as playing Selena Kyle, more popularly known in the comics as Catwoman.

MonkeyMigraine
I actually like this a lot. The other rumored villains like the Riddler and Black Mask sounded like scraping the bottom of the Rogues' Gallery barrel. Of all the crimes commited by Hollywood against Batman, turning Bane into a brainless thug in Batman Forever was one of the biggest. He desperately needed a do-over. I'm actually excited to see how Chris Nolan handles him. Here's hoping that they handle Bane as the worthy adversary he was meant to be. Big question, though, is will they keep the Mexican wrestler outfit? As for Catwoman, not as excited, since she was never a favorite character of mine. Still interested in Nolan's revisionist take on her versus the dominatrix she was portrayed as in Batman Returns. Perhaps as a cat-burglar who just happened to have an affection for cats, rather than the full-on cat ears and claws? As for Anne Hathaway, good call. She does have a feline look to her.

MauriceM
I think it will be liberating to see what they do with Bane, because it can only get better. What's interesting about Anne Hathaway is that they said she's playing Selena Kyle, not Catwoman.
Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/anne-hathaway-cast-catwoman-dark-73418

Happy Trails
On February 11th in 1986, Frank Herbert died. He was the creator and writer of the original six Dune novels. Since its publishing in 1965, Frank Herbert's Dune has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The Sci-Fi Channel called it "the best-selling science fiction novel of all time."
The story, set in the far future chronicling events over a millenia, touches on themes of politics, ecology, psychology, religion and power. His attention to detail was legendary and he included glossaries, quotes, documents, and timelines to help readers explore the world he created.
He lived long enough to see it made into the cult classic film by David Lynch before he died. A sign of Dune's enduring appeal: it's been adapted into three card games, a role-playing game, five video games, and Paramount is working on a reboot film to reintroduce the series.
Happy trails, Mr. Herbert. You taught us we must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

What's your favorite Dune moment?
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