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- If there was a case for why movie adaptations shouldn’t stick religiously to their source material, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made it emphatically. While the movie is undoubtedly a bona fide classic, Peter Benchley’s original novel is… well, it’s just bad. So what did they change/improve in the transition from book to screen?
- Dean Cain and Helen Slater’s roles in the upcoming Supergirl may have just been revealed. According to an unconfirmed listing on IMDB, the pair will play Fred and Sylvia Danvers, the foster parents to Melissa Benoist’s Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. As Cain was the 90’s TV Superman and Slater was most famous for actually playing Supergirl in the (famously terrible) 1984 movie, the casting would not only be quite apt, but also in keeping with producer Greg Berlanti’s approach. He also cast the John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash on the 90’s TV show, to play the father of Grant Gustin’s current speedster Barry Allen on The Flash.
- And speaking of The Flash, it and its sister show Arrow held a panel at the recent Paleyfest, and while the cast and crew on both productions kept upcoming plot details pretty light, there were some major changes hinted at for both shows. Also, The Flash producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that they were working towards adapting a major recent Flash comic book arc. And while he doesn’t say which arc that is, you easily guess it. Here’s a clue: Its title starts with an “F” and ends in a “lashpoint”.
- Poster of the day: The Thing
- Say hello to my little friends! And by “say hello” I mean “run away from” and by “my little friends” I mean “this pack of velociraptors that may just flip out at any second and eat both of us”. It’s all courtesy of a new promo pic for Jurassic World that Universal Pictures have just released.
- In case you having restless nights wondering, hip hop superstar and martial arts superfan Method Man was not happy with Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins due to all the shaky cam usage in the fight scenes. Also the lack of ninja gymnastics.
“The Batman movies, I give [Christopher] Nolan credit. He took it from where it left off with Joel Schumacher, the campy nipples-on-the-batsuit s–t and brought it back to what core Batman people love. Now, mind you, Batman is a detective, so, you know, you want to see the detective work. You want to see him in the shadows. But when he’s fighting… That fight between him and Ra’s al Ghul, man, come on! We’re talking about two ninjas. I didn’t see a flip or nothing! Oh my god, are you serious? And that first scene in ‘The Dark Knight’ when he busts Scarecrow and the criminals? Are you kidding me?”
I checked and Batman does a grand total of zero flips in Batman Begins. The man has a point.
- Before watching this video about 9 Things You May Not Know About Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the only thing I knew for sure about the beloved animated film is that I knew every single word in “Under the Sea” due it playing on a loop for the last few years at certain cinemas before the trailers start.
- CBS’ TV series adaptation of Rush Hour has found its Chris Tucker counterpart in Justin Hires. No, I don’t know who that is either. With the recent casting of Jon Foo as Inspector Lee – played by Jackie Chan in the movies – it would seem that the network realizes that the Tucker and Chan are so linked to the roles, that the best thing to do is cast unknowns so that they don’t get compared as unfavourably.
- The plot descriptions for that first batch of new Star Wars novels have just been released and it contains everything from Luke Skywalker’s very first lightsaber duel to the introduction of two new characters named Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell who I have a feeling may just play big roles going forward in the stories.
- Besides for the incredible James Spader impersonation that Joss Whedon pulls off, this new video also sees the writer/director explaining the “nightmare” experience the actor had to go through to do the motion capture to play the villainous Ultron in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Celebs do weird things when they’re in other countries. And no, I’m not even referring to their unspeakable international sexual fetishes. Although, those may probably be less embarrassing than these foreign commercials they ended up doing. Prepare to lose a lot of respect for some of your favourite stars.
Oh, Arnie. What are you doing, man?!
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Last Updated: March 16, 2015