11/22/2013

Star Wars Episode VII (2015) J.J. Abrams, Lee Towersey, Oliver Steeples and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy posing with R2-D2
Who is chasing cookies instead of Jennifer Lawrence? What are the possible titles of the Man of Steel sequel? Why was Yoda almost a monkey? How much money is the Spider-Man Broadway play losing?


Above image: R2-D2 First Character Confirmed for ‘Star Wars Episode VII,’ And He Was Built By Two Fans (via /Film)
“It all started when Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Celebration Europe this past summer in Germany,”  Steeples told the Official Star Wars Blog. “She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary. I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation.

Find out all of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

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10. List of Possible Titles for BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN (via Geek Tyrant)
We've already talked about the Man of Steel 2 sequel and David Goyer said is might be called "Superman vs. Batman" or "Batman vs. Superman." Now we have a list of other titles the studio is toying with.
According to Fusible, the studio has secretly registered several different titles for the film through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor. Here are the possible titles...
  • Man of Steel Battle the Knight
  • Man of Steel Beyond Darkness
  • Man of Steel Black of Knight
  • Man of Steel Darkness Falls
  • Man of Steel Knight Falls
  • Man of Steel Shadow of the Night
  • Man of Steel The Blackest Hour
  • Man of Steel The Darknness Within
None of them really grab me like "Superman vs. Batman." What do you think of the titles?

9. 6 Cool Things to Celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who (via Blah Blah Blah Yackity Smackity)
Don't forget the sonic talking pizza cutter!

8. Recut trailer using only bloopers shows the comedy Avengers could've been (via Blastr)
The Avengers was a great action movie, but it just might have been an even better zany comedy.


7. Yoda Was Almost Played By A Monkey In 'Star Wars' (via The Huffington Post)
Before deciding to use a puppet, The Empire Strikes Back production team planned to train a monkey to wear a mask, hold a cane and play the Jedi master. The results are terrifying. Will McCrab shared the pics via Twitter (@mccrabb_will) this week.

"Star Wars" fans are likely familiar with this bit of unbelievable trivia: The story of Monkey Yoda was revealed by author J.W. Rinzler in his 2010 book, "The Making Of 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.'" As io9.com reported back in 2010 when the news first broke, the simian plans for Yoda were scrapped when someone on the production noted that "the monkey's just going to pull off the mask over and over again." The character was eventually turned into a puppet that was operated and voiced by Frank Oz. Check out the photos, as well as a clip of Oz performing Yoda, below.



6. Sesame Street Presents THE HUNGRY GAMES (via He Geek She Geek)

5. Is ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Fox’s Second Most Expensive Movie Ever? (via /Film)

The Calgary Herald (via THR) dropped that little bit of trivia in a recent article about the project, which recently returned to the Canadian city for reshoots. If the claim is true, X-Men: Days of Future Past would easily shoot past the series’ most recent entries, X-Men First Class ($160 million) and The Wolverine ($120 million) in terms of cost.
The aforementioned Last Stand is the only X-Men movie with a price tag over $200 million, and is listed here as Fox’s second most expensive film to date. In comparison, Avatar had an official production budget of $237 million, though the real figure is rumored to be significantly higher.
As big as those numbers are, a $210 to $237 million budget would just put Days of Future Past on par with other recent Marvel and DC adaptations. The Avengers came in at around $220 million, The Amazing Spider-Man had a budget of $230 million, and The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel cost Warner Bros. $250 million and $225 million, respectively. And all of those are lower than the $258 million spent on Spider-Man 3 back in 2007.

4. Spider-Man’ Investors Shaken by Projected $60 Million Loss (via NY Times)

This play was doomed from the beginning, so it's headed for Las Vegas.

While Broadway flops usually lose $5 million to $15 million, [Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark] will lose far more, given the show’s record-setting $75 million capitalization; the enormous weekly costs of running this special effects-laden production; and its operating losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars a week this fall, as the box office faltered.

While “Spider-Man” has grossed a strong $203 million since performances began in November 2010, most of that money has been drained away by two huge expenses. The bigger was the production’s running costs of between $1 million and $1.3 million a week, which sometimes exceeded ticket revenue.

“We will see nothing back, not a cent,” said Terry Allen Kramer, a veteran Broadway producer who put about $1 million into “Spider-Man.” “A lot of us feel that it’s an extraordinary show with lousy music, but the main problem is that the budget numbers were a disaster — just a disaster.”

3. Death Star Owner's Manual will help you get it Fully Operational  (via io9)

No need to tear this ship apart till you got those plans. Now you can just buy the technical manual of the Death Star. Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual: Imperial DS-1 Orbital Battle Station is a Haynes manual, so you can build your own.
Just like the first two volumes, this book is chock full of specs and funny images. Some of the documentation is written by the great Grand Moff Tarkin himself, including his own insights into how you shouldn't overestimate the chances of anyone going against this battle station. There are sections about the early history of the Death Star, plus a special section at the back containing specs for the second Death Star from Return of the Jedi. You'll learn lots of insights — like those structures on the surface of the Death Star are more or less copied from city blocks on various Imperial planets.

Just don't be too proud of the technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

2. “The Five Doctors – Reboot” – Some Classic Doctor Who Stars Have Made Something Special (via Bleeding Cool)

We’ve seen a lot of evidence that Peter Davison has been up to something a touch sneaky and hopefully rather fun to mark the Doctor Who 50th anniversary. It’s now fairly clear just what the secret project actually is.

Using a Twitter account he’s set up just to hype the project, Davison has just posted an image of a beaten-up script cover. This, the tweet says, is how it all began, back in January.

Other tweets have indicated that this project, presumably a video on Davison’s fairly healthy Vimeo account, will be unveiled tomorrow, on the actual day of the anniversary. Not at 7.50pm GMT, I’m sure.

Follow @dayoftheFishDr to learn more.

1. 11 Foods Inspired By The Hunger Games (via Neatorama)
If you’ve only seen the first movie, you probably know that the people in The Hunger Games are pretty hungry (unless they’re living in the Capitol), but you might not realize just how food is specifically mentioned in the books to illustrate the difference between the impoverished people living in the many districts and the wealthy urbanites in the Capitol. In fact, there are even a few cookbooks written about these foods.

If you’re ready to go check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere this weekend, consider getting in the spirit before you hit the theater with these delicious recipes inspired by The Hunger Games. I’d like to give a special thank you to Fictional Food, which specializes in recreating recipes from popular fictional sources.

Dishes like "Burnt Nut Raisin Bread" and "Basil-Wrapped Goat Cheese" let you live the life of The Hunger Games.

Reviews

TV

Arrow (02x07) "State Vs. Queen"

Official Synopsis: "MOIRA FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE; THE COUNT RETURNS – Oliver (Stephen Amell) is concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle (David Ramsey). Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle’s blood and realizes The Count (guest star Seth Gabel) has broken out of prison and is once again distributing his drug. Meanwhile, Moira (Susanna Thompson) goes on trial for her participation in the Undertaking. ADA Adam Donner (guest star Dylan Bruce) collapses in court with Vertigo symptoms so Laurel (Katie Cassidy) must step in and try the case against Moira. Oliver is torn between standing by his family during the trial and catching The Count. However, things change when Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) follows a lead and walks straight into a trap set by The Count. Bethany Rooney directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg"
The Count (who finally goes by Count Vertigo) has an amazing plan to take over the city and finally establishes him into a major villain. This episode has some huge moments in Oliver's mother's trial and Arrow gets closer to being the comic book version of Green Arrow. Plus, Slade gets closer to being Deathstroke after half his face gets burned off. I guess my plan to have Vertigo join "Suicide Squad" isn't going to happen after all.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (01x08) "The Well"

Official Synopsis: "In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film 'Marvel's Thor: The Dark World,' Coulson and the Agents of SHIELD pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team."
I never saw Thor: The Dark World, but someone who did said the connections are "mind-blowing." I don't know about that, but it's a good episode. It's not one of my favorites, but it did have some great super-villains in the "Berzerkers" and some powerful moments with Agent Ward. It was directed by former Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes and he did a good job. Coulson gets another episode where he reflects on his death and Tahiti (it's a magical place). The show wrapped up a little too nicely, so I wish the show took more risks like Whedon did in Firefly and Dollhouse. Not my favorite episode, but still one of the best genre shows on TV.

Almost Human (01x01) "Pilot"
Official Synopsis: "ALMOST HUMAN – Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”) and Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor (“Six Feet Under,”), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world."
I watched the 8-minute preview and it really only touched the surface of this show. The characters have such depth that it sets a new standard. You really care about all of them and even the robots. My wife is in love with Ealy's blue eyes, so she's a fan of the show. I can see why Abrams was able to talk Urban into doing television. The show suffers from almost too many science fiction tropes (distrust of robots, synthetic humans, desires to be human, Minority Report-style displays) there's enough originality that it sets it apart. I recorded part two, but haven't watched it yet. I'll review part two and episode three next week.

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5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A monkey as Yoda would've been a mistake.
Liked the trailer of bloopers. Apparently there was a lot of dancing on the set.
None of those titles for Man of Steel II grabbed me. Definitely need to leave the word Darkness out of it.
And they did a great job with Almost Human. Looking forward to more episodes.

Meradeth Snow said...

I don't know, I kind of like Man of Steel Black of Knight. None of them are great, and all are a mouthful, but that's the only one I'm okay with. I haven't caught Almost Human yet--loved the British version, and one of these days I'll get caught up! Can't wait for The Doctor tomorrow!

Tony Laplume said...

I'm partial to Man of Steel Beyond Darkness. The only problem is that it is so incredibly similar to Star Trek Into Darkness. I just think if they keep "Man of Steel" in the title, it needs to have a connecting phrase rather than subtitle. Otherwise go with the "v." one we've heard most about.


I so desperately want to see Turn Off the Dark. Even if it really is the turkey everyone seems to say it is, I need to see it. Its dismal failure is a huge responsibility for those who let the budget spiral so wildly out of control. What were they thinking?

Yolanda Renee said...

Do like the new show Almost Human, wasn't prepared to, but do!
I agree with Tony, Man of Steel Beyond Darkness sounds good.

Love blooper reels, and a monkey - OMgosh! No way!

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