We begin with an amusing video from Funny Or Die, depicting The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin deciding on his next role. Which is apparently every role.
I always cater to the comics and sci-fi geeks but now here’s one for the music geeks. (Yes, there are music geeks). I09 has a very intriguing article where composer Bear McCreary breaks down the physics of some of science fiction’s most famous theme songs. Ok so it was for the sci-fi geeks as well.
I propose that George Lucas be made Dairy Farmers Weekly’s man of the year, from now until eternity. There’s quite frankly nobody in the entire history of everything that has ever been so good at milking.
Not content with just finding way to screw us out of our money every few years, George Lucas has now come out and said that we’ve all been suffering from some mass delusion all these years. Speaking to THR, he commented on his much maligned decision to make Greedo fire on Han Solo first, when he re-released Star Wars in 1997.
The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
Sorry, Georgie ol’ pal. You ain’t fooling me this time:
Grantland has an hilarious article titled Robert’s Excellent Dumpuary Adventure, detailing the experiences of their editor as he spent 48 hours straight in a huge cinema multiplex, attending one film after the other. And for those of you that don’t know, Dumpuary is “…the post-holiday, pre-Oscar period when Hollywood disposes of its least promising fare…”
It seems that Marvel are being douche bags to Gary Friedrich, the artist/creator of Ghost Rider. They’ve sued him for $17 000, which is sadly pretty much all the elderly Friedrich has, for unlawfully selling prints of the character at comic conventions. A fan has written a letter of appeal (via Bleeding Cool) to Nic Cage, star of the Ghost Rider films to do something, or perhaps face the ire of outraged fans:
Dear Nicolas Cage,
I have read that you are very dedicated to making Ghost Rider II a success, so much so that you have taken a hefty pay cut in order to get this film made. Unfortunately Marvel Enterprises has won a settlement of $17,000 from artist Gary Friedrich (I am sure you know Mr. Friedrich is one of the creators of the Ghost Rider character).
Marvel winning a lawsuit against a financially destitute and unemployed senior citizen who helped create the iconic character that is the subject of the movie you care so deeply about has created a distinct antipathy toward your project.The negative effect Marvel’s lawsuit has caused is perhaps far greater than you know. Facebook and Twitter are aflame with negative comments, petitions and people urging others not to see your film solely because of Marvel’s treatment of Mr. Friedrich. You stand to lose millions because of the public relations disaster Marvel has caused.
Mr. Cage I know how you can personally overcome this PR nightmare, save your movie and make yourself a true hero in the eyes of the comics and movie-going public. Do you want that and more positive publicity than you have ever had? All it would take for you to be a true hero to millions of people is $17,000. That’s less than the price of a car. Give $17,000 to Mr. Friedrich so that he can pay Marvel. Save your movie by saving Mr. Friedrich. My best regards to you Mr. Cage. I hope to see you at the movies.
And I’m out of here! If you will excuse me, I need to go find myself an adult-sized frog costume as well as have a man stick his arm up my butt, as a courier company I’m dealing with insists that they need to deliver my parcel to a Mr Kermit Cooper.