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Father Geek here with another of those Latauro thingies from the land beyond beyond, etc...

That woman deserves her revenge and we deserve to die.

AICN-DOWNUNDER

After going to see LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, a friend of mine commented on how boring he finds most action scenes. It was something he’d been thinking about lately after viewing a series of films that were sold on their action (BAD BOYS II, for one). He said he wants to go to sleep through most of them.

And I thought it was just me.

Fist fights have always been pretty standard and dull; it takes some pretty fancy footwork to make them interesting (Bruce Lee was the master of this, feel free to list other exceptions to the rule below). Car chases frequently let down, as well. Filmmakers fall back on the crutch of fast cuts, blurry action and loud noises, covering up for the fact that what we’re watching isn’t actually exciting. It’s a slightly-less subtle version of a subtitle that reads: “THIS IS AWESOME!!! (trust us)”.

So if I am, in fact, throwing down the gauntlet (or, more accurately, dropped a disposable glove in the corner where it won’t bother anyone), what barometer am I using? What do I consider exciting?

I re-watched MATRIX RELOADED the other night (fell asleep, but it was a lack-of-sleep issue, not a criticism), and though I maintain my initial assessment, I do enjoy watching it. The action scenes are incredibly well choreographed and filmed, and though I don’t for a second believe “there is no bar”, there’s some damn fine stuff in there.

It’s sort-of the same with KILL BILL: VOLUME ONE. It contains the action scenes I’ve been desperate to see in a film since I was old enough to see action scenes (or, rather, violent action scenes), yet I don’t believe the bar is as high as it can go.

I’m really enjoying the one-upmanship we’re beginning to see in films. The over-the-top, not-even-close-to-reality scenes we’re getting. Is it harmful to society? I don’t know. That’s an unanswerable question that I’m not going to bother with here. All I know is that I’m finally starting to get excited by action again.

(By the way, if you want to be bored by yet another RELOADED comparison, I suggest you scroll down to the KILL BILL review – post haste!)

NEWS

* The first of our many scoopers is a crewperson who lives on the continent of ******* (blacked out to protect identity). So he lives in Sydney and tells AICN-D that he was all set to go on the RED DWARF movie, until it got cancelled for what he says is about the sixth time in the past two years. The big delay at the moment is that Victorian Premier Steve Bracks (a confessed DWARF fan) wants the film to lens at the new studios in Melbourne. Problem is, they’re a long way off being built. A long way. So the news coming out of our scooper (who will now be known as “White Giant”) is that if RED DWARF films, it will probably be in Sydney. But that’s a big ‘if’, people.

* White Giant is far more optimistic about an almost-certain gig for next year: SUPERMAN. The talk of it going to Vancouver seems to be false (or at least no longer true), as Sydney’s studio space is now free up; that’s two big studios side-by-side with nothing going on. So now the Brothers Warner are looking to shift from Canada to Aus, with Giant adding the following: ‘And although you guys have probably heard the casting rumours more times than the national anthem, this is what we’ve heard: Brendan Fraser, and mainly because he’s about the only one not complaining about coming back to Australia (he did QUIET AMERICAN here), Selma Blair (from CRUEL INTENTIONS) as Lois Lane, and I kid you not... a heap of Aussie folks like Jack Thompson, Joel Edgerton and Tommy Long in the support parts. Why? They’re cheap. Much cheaper than shipping out US support actors. I suppose it worked for STAR WARS. I have no idea, but I guess Long would be Jimmy Olsen, and Thompson... Luthor? Yeah, a bit scary. But like the RED DWARF movie, this one’s been on and off about twenty times too, so wouldn’t be surprised if it all changes next week.’ Interesting as those rumours are, I have to disagree with Giant’s speculations. If I had to bet, I’d say Joel Edgerton may give a slightly cooler edge to Jimmy Olsen, whilst Jack Thompson would be a shoo-in as Perry White. But it’s all academic until the light goes green...

* And one last note from Giant: ‘A four mini-series of “Firefly” looks all set to film here by next Easter. Sssh...’ Oh, he said ‘Sssh’ at the end, that’s my bad. Just forget you read it.

* Seems to be the season for it: “MadMax” has given us the heads-up about Speilberg’s new TIN-TIN movie. Forget the trash you’re reading about Van Damme playing him (rumours that started just because he’s Belgian... by that logic, he should be playing Hercule Poirot, no? No, I was joking! Don’t do it!!!). Who’s The Beard looking at casting? Rumours are surrounding Clayton Watson, who played the Kid in MATRIX RELOADED and an ANIMATRIX segment. Believe it... or don’t.

* MadMax added another piece of amusing news: GIGLI ain’t coming out in cinemas down here. It’ll be released on video under the title (as we predicted) TOUGH LOVE! That’ll fool us!

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN SOUND GUILD AWARDS

Best soundtrack of the year went to Phillip Noyce’s THE QUIET AMERICAN. The awards were announced on October 10 in Sydney, and covered areas of excellence in sound for both film and television.

ANNECY

Described as the Cannes of Animation, Annecy will play host to Aussie animation short HARVIE KRUMPET. KRUMPET has already picked up awards all over the place, including the Louis Le Prince 2003 animation competition.

2003 INSIDE FILM AWARDS

The nominations were announced in Sydney this Tuesday past, with the Best Feature Film category being filled by GETTING’ SQUARE, JAPANESE STORY and SWIMMING UPSTREAM.

BOX OFFICE

PIRATES just won’t go away, and neither will NEMO. Anyone else heartened by that? CALENDER GIRLS took out fourth spot in its arthouse release, thus signaling the beginning of the Manufactured Sleeper Hit.

This week's winners are...
  • 1. PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
  • 2. THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
  • 3. FINDING NEMO
  • 4. CALENDER GIRLS
  • 5. BAD BOYS II

RELEASED THIS WEEK

A buddy movie featuring Hitler and Jesus gets an arthouse release, the Israelis give kitchen sink dramas a go, Tarantino releases his 3 ¾th film (if you consider KB:V1 to be half a film, and you add his quarter of FOUR ROOMS... fractions rule!), and a documentary examines the realities of THREE MEN AND A BABY.

Annnnnd here are the new Downunder releases...
  • BONHOEFFER
  • BROKEN WINGS
  • KILL BILL: VOLUME ONE
  • MANMADE

KILL BILL: VOLUME ONE

Wow. This is some violent shit.

There’s something that always bothered me about the film FLAWLESS. You remember it, right? FLAWLESS was one of the films that Joel Schumacher made in his awkward transition from B&R to PHONE BOOTH. No, I didn’t see it either. But I saw the poster. The tagline was: “Nobody’s Perfect. Everybody’s... FLAWLESS.” I kept channeling Willy Wonka: “Wait – scratch that. Reverse it.” In my opinion, it’s the other way around. Nobody’s flawless, but everybody’s perfect. It’s flaws that add to perfection. Why I’m wasting valuable bandwidth with this, I’ll explain later.

I want to start with talking about how awesome Lucy Liu is in this. It actually gave me a new perspective on what a great performance is, to be honest. Within moments of her appearing on screen, I’d lost all baggage that Liu brings: Ling, Alex, etc... And that’s as much to do with Tarantino as it is with Liu. I couldn’t even tell you why, without a second viewing. That first shot of her in that boss meeting, I believed that she was that same girl from the anime back story. I believed she was sensitive about her heritage, that she was in total command of all these people. I believed it all, and after this and CYPHER, I think she needs some kudos for the ways in which she’s left-fielding our perceptions of her as an actress.

The House of Blue Leaves sequence is where I really got into the film. I remember when Harry was in China, I spent the best part of an hour bugging him in the AICN about this sequence. I wanted to know if there were *actual* blue leaves, and I wouldn’t leave it alone. On some level I was just killing time by being irritating, but I was actually fascinated by the concept. When I heard the words “blue leaves” I was obsessed with the idea of an image I’d not seen before. And okay, the House of Blue Leaves is actually a night club, but it still blew me away. This is the sort of scene I imagine when I wonder why we don’t see glorious excessive fight scenes. This is the scene I imagine when I get bored in movies.

I know that the cliché of comparing films to MATRIX RELOADED is getting tired, and it only fuels cyclical talkback arguments, but I gotta do it here to illustrate how a cliffhanger is meant to be. The beat we leave VOLUME ONE on is similar in tone to how we leave RELOADED. Only here it works. Why? Because the cliffhanger, that last beat, is a new piece of information. It’s shocking, and turns everything we knew about the world we’ve been watching on its head.

And that brings me to Tarantino. My formative filmmaking years (back in high school) where characterised by the Tarantino obsession that I and every other kid my age had. RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION were perfect, and that was that. Expectations are high for him, probably too high. It’s why I didn’t like JACKIE BROWN upon first viewing. And it’s why I had such a big problem with KILL BILL for the first twenty minutes or so.

Tarantino is aware of the impact he’s had on the art form he so adores, and his self-consciousness comes close to being overtly impactful on his filmmaking. The opening of KILL BILL is massively flawed. The font of the opening credits change constantly, almost at random. Whenever he sets up a style, be it for shots or music or character presentation, he goes against it instantly. But because it’s QT, we know he’s doing it on purpose.

So, for the first twenty minutes, I was annoyed at how badly he was trying *not* to create a classic film. How badly he was trying to buck against his own trend of reinventing cinema with every film. But he screwed it up. The flaws interacted with the rest of the film to make something that is a brilliant whole, a tone-perfect film that manages to sustain its energy and sincerity from go to whoa.

And I absolutely believe that’s what he meant to do.

(Disclaimer: I should mention that I almost wasn’t going to write a review, as I feel I’ve only seen half the film. I couldn’t even describe to my friends what I thought of it when it was over. So anything I say now... well, you’ll get a real review in a few months.)

MORE COOL TEAMUPS!

- Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will go head-to-head in Robert Rodriguez’s PC VS MAC

- J. K. Simmons and Jack Thompson find themselves contractually obliged to participate in EDIT IT THERE: J. JONAH JAMESON VERSUS PERRY WHITE!!!

- As part of their effort to make every single video game into a movie, producers have begun work on PACMAN V. TETRIS: TRIUMPH OF THE WILLS

Peace out,

Latauro

downunder@aintitcoolmail.com

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  • Oct. 18, 2003, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Firefly mini-series?

    by pianukim

    This is the first I've heard of this...did I misunderstand? And is it separate from the movie? Hmm...

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 12:02 p.m. CST

    total agreeance on my part...

    by jacinta

    I think Joel Edgerton is one of the most over-rated actors to come out into the limelight in recent years. I mean, come on, he was in Secret Life of Us for a couple of seasons and he's suddenly the bees knees? What a crock. But, hopefully, being in the early stages, it's all LIES and I won't have to be put off seeing Superman when it (finally...ever?) comes out. Rock on.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Agreeance?

    by SuperJew

    Didn't Fred Durst prove once and for all that wasn't a real word? I hope to god you were serious becuase i didnt read it to see if you were joking. if you were, my bad but oh well. I should just read it, but i wont.

  • It was a traumtizing day when I was eight and I saw a signed herge poster of tintin giving haddock a blow job. I believe someone mentioned jude law as tintin, that would be good. BTW brendan fraser would be a TERRIBLE superman. It's almost comical thinking of that big doofus trying to play that part seriously. And with glasses on being kent? Hahaha.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Endings - Kill Bill vs Reloaded

    by zabbadoo

    "The beat we leave VOLUME ONE on is similar in tone to how we leave RELOADED. Only here it works. Why? Because the cliffhanger, that last beat, is a new piece of information. It

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Brendon Fraser as Superman...

    by Falcon-1

    It's just wrong. I can't put my finger on it but thinking of him in the blue tights just doesn't compute. Maybe it's the puppy-dog sad eyes. Maybe it's because I've seen him in "Blast from the Past" too many times (seems like if you watch TBS, it's on every other week!). I don't know. I liked him in the Mummy movies. Thought he did a good job in them. But, he's just not Superman. At least, he's not the Alex Ross / Curt Swan / Wayne Boring Superman that I grew up with. That Superman was big and beefy. He wasn't some slimmed-down underwear model. He had the physique that made you believe he could do the things the Man of Steel could do. Fraser doesn't have that. Sure, he's tall and he's got a good build; but not Superman's. Look at Alex Ross' depictions of him. Any of them, it doesn't matter. That's what Superman is supposed to look like. So far, I haven't heard of a single actor proposed who could fill that bill. Everyone's thinking if they can find someone like Christopher Reeve, he'll grow into the role. Well, Reeve was a once in a lifetime find. It was a Hollywood miracle that they found him (and in reality, they didn't find him, he found them). WB is wanting a big name to draw in the audience. They need to take a page from Marvel's playbook and look at what they did. With the exception of "Daredevil", they didn't have a big name actor portraying their famous characters. Most were A-/B+ level actors and actresses. Hugh Jackson's Wolverine is a great example. Now, Hugh's Wolvie was different from the source material in that he was taller than Logan; but that is for the purists to argue. He pulled it off by studying the character and his traits. The point is, though, no one had really ever heard of Jackson prior to "X-Men". I think when Warners decides to let the characters and the story be the stars of their movies, they'll have a success. 'Til then, forget about it. I have no desire to see Halle Berry as "Catwoman", nor do I have a lot of faith in Christian Bale's turn as "Batman". I've got less hope for that film than I did for the first Batman film when they announced Michael Keaton would star. I wish they'd just scratch Fraser off the list and find a relatively unknown who looks the part.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I think he meant FARSCAPE, not FIREFLY

    by Frank Einstein

    At least that would make more sense. (And be cooler.)

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The Reloaded cliffhanger

    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    To zabbadoo.... the last beat of Reloaded ISN'T Neo stopping the sentinels. The so-called cliffhanger to Reloaded is the shot of the guy who we'd already seen twice in the film, therefore ISN'T a new piece of information, which is the point that Latauro was correctly making.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 5:06 p.m. CST

    PC VS MAC: Cagematch to the Death

    by MiltonWaddams

    i'd totally watch that. that would be the worst movie ever, appealling to like one in thirty people, but still. that would rule.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    At least KILL BILL's ending didn't have a 'Dum-dum-duuuuummm!' m

    by Cash Bailey

    THE MATRIX RELOADED was 24-carat shit.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 7:10 p.m. CST

    So now WB are penny pinching on actors for Superman?...

    by Wungolioth

    Do they not understand what kind of predicament they're in? If they can't pull off a good Superman movie, you may as well kiss the whole DC Universe goodbye. Which, frankly, is ok by me, it seems as if they need to let go of the licenses and turn it over to studios that will take some chances with these projects. If WB were to sell all of their interest in DC tomorrow, the fans will be that much better for it. They haven't ever known what to do with these characters, the original Superman movie was solely Richard Donner's creation, and the first and second Batman movies were only as good as they were(could have been better) because Tim Burton was an oddball and they couldn't tell him what to do. They need to stop production, get someone into the director's chair that gives a crap, and leave that person alone. Otherwise, expect that WB will sell DC in about 2 years, that's my prediction.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 7:47 p.m. CST

    You guys are STILL going on about Shrill BIll- that's so last F

    by watashiwadare

    The ratio of actual people who saw it and laughed at it vs. the amount of ecstatic internet hype is mounting in the favor of those who hate it. Just check the size of the auditoriums now showing it. Little ones,

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 7:48 p.m. CST

    FUCK ALL YOU FUCKERS< I LIKED ALOMOST ALL THE MOVIES THIS YEAR C

    by JimmyRabbit

    Man, I liked THE MATRIX RELOADED, X2, HULK, TERMINATOR 3, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, BAD BOYS 2, KILL BILL, EQUILIBRIUM, 25th HOUR, NARC, PHONEBOOTH, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE, FINAL DESTINATION 2, WRONG TURN, FREDDY VS. JASON, THE ITALIAN JOB, 2FAST 2FURIOUS, BLUE CRUSH, 28 DAYS LATER, AMERICAN PIE 3,THE PIANIST GANGS OF NEW YORK 8 MILE SHAOLIN SOCCER BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE THE RULES OF ATTRACTION ADAPTATION THE RECRUIT CATCH ME IF YOU CAN THE RING JACKASS THE MOVIE yes I liked them all and you know why ; I'M A FUCKIN MOVIE LOVER WHINING BITCHES . There were of course a few POS movies but only a few this year I saw: A MAN APART TOMB RAIDER 2 CHARLIES ANGELS 2 CHUCAGO JUST MARRIED DREAMCATCHER DIE ANOTHER DAY LXG those movies raped my mind and no the rest didn't and if you dont like it suck my precious cock

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I thought Matrix Reloaded and Kill Bill both were subpar at best

    by JoeMammaRawks

    I'm not here to start an argument but i thought Kill Bill and Matrix Reloaded weren't that good. I'm saying 5 out of 10 star movies. Matrix Reloaded's fight scenes seemed like they were stuckin there whether they had to do with the plot or not. And Kill Bill had the WORST DIALOG I have seen in a long time. Both movies had awesome fight scenes I just wish they lived up the my standards.

  • Oct. 18, 2003, 10:35 p.m. CST

    what the fuck are you talking about, latauro?

    by tommy5tone

    joel edgerton or "tommy" long as jimmy olsen? one can only assume you're taking the piss. edgerton's in his late twenties, long's in his thirties - olsen's a fucking cadet reporter! if fraser gets the lead in 'superman' (which he bloody well should), then either of these guys could go up against him as luthor's muscle - I'd be happy to see it. but not as olsen, no way. (dumbo-eared clayton watson - the kid from 'reloaded' - would probably be a better fit.) still, jack thompson could get away with playing perry white, just as long as he doesn't fall back on that southern accent he always uses when he plays an american role. and whoever said edgerton was overrated simply hasn't been paying attention - the dude's a solid actor (check out his top-shelf work in the otherwise abysmal 'hard word').

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 12:49 a.m. CST

    bad boys 2

    by Soma Imp

    Anybody who rationally believes that Bad Boys 2 is a good movie, please stay the fuck away from me and my family. Come to think of it, get the fuck off my planet. I'll find you and put you in a rocket with Michael Bay, Simon West and Jerry Bruckheimer and send all of you hurtling into the fucking sun.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Yep, a FARSCAPE mini-series would be the frelling best! Especial

    by StoneMonkey

    It's a sad shame when one of the best Sci-Fi shows ever gets cancelled by the network that spawned it, then they continue to produce crap shows like Stargate, Tremors and that infernal faker John Edwards. FIREFLY came and went so quickly here in the U.S. that I blinked and it was gone.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 12:58 a.m. CST

    you know why RELOADE was much better than KILL BILL

    by Judge Doom

    Because the chicks there were wearing Black leather ! 'Nuff said!

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Kill Bill Gates!!!

    by Mr_Sinister_31

    I wrote a very lengthy, informative & amusing little talkback and friggin winblows crashed my PC for me just as I was getting ready to post. Now I am pissed and don't feel like writing all that shit again so i'll just boil it all down. Matrix Reloaded.....blah. Kill Bill....Fanfuckintastic.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Olsen

    by Latauro

    Joel Edgerton and Tom Long were the names the scooper had heard were associated with Superman. I speculated that Edgerton would be cast as Olsen, not because I think it's dreamcasting, but because it's the sort of thing Warners would do: cast a young, blonde spunk in the role, regardless of whether he's appropriate or not. You don't think Warners would look at a character like Jimmy Olsen and say, "Yeah, but can we make him a bit cooler?"? On the other hand, I do think Thompson would make a pretty good Perry White...

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Farscape/Firefly

    by Roj Blake

    I'm inclined to agree with folks who've been posting that this is a bit of a frell-up. The rumor of either a 4-hour FS mini or a theatrical film has been floating around pretty heavy in the fan community for about a month now. This and the fact that Firefly wasn't made in Australia in the first place and FS was. On the other hand, the in-development theatrical Firefly film seems to be on the fast track, so hopefully within the next year BOTH sectors of fandom will have something worth singin' about.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 4:25 a.m. CST

    The Quite American

    by Boba Feet

    I'm quite the American, heh heh. <BR> <BR> Oh, and whatever Stuporman movie gets produced is inevitably going to suck harder than your neighbor's daughter.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:51 a.m. CST

    FIREFLY ... Possible Confusion ?

    by Soloman

    White Giant could well be right but I think there is a possibility of some major wire crossing here. An Australian TV network has recently shot a telemovie called FIREFLIES and they've commissioned it as a new series for 2004. It's actually about the rural fire service!

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Firefly and Farscape

    by Latauro

    I haven't spoken to White Giant since the column went up, but I do agree with the idea that he confused Farscape and Firefly. Those of you who are saying it's going to be Farscape will probably be proven right. Also, Purple Prole is correct with the Reloaded cliffhanger. The bit with Neo stopping the sentinels? Classic. Love it. That should have been the cliffhanger.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Zabbadoo

    by LewMoxon

    the lame beat that Matrix:Reloaded ended on , wasn't Neo downing the sentinel. That was actually kind of cool. The film ended with the <gasp> startling revelation that the only survivor of the massacre was Bane (I think that was his name), the dope who got his ass "Agent Smith-ed" earlier in the movie. And, yeah, we all saw that coming.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Brendan Frasier is an Excellent Choice for The Man of Steel

    by Kon-El

    You know why, because he has soul. That's why Mr. Reeve is the quintessential Superman - because he reflected the icon's virtues and vulnerabilities with simplicity and sincerity. Yes, Frasier has the height (6'3"), the build ("George of the Jungle," "The Mummy"), the hair (black), and the eyes (bright blue). But you know what about really connects with The Man of Tommorrow? The soul you see in his eyes. In each of his performances, no matter how lackluster the film, I find compassion, honesty, vulnerability, and shyness. He's not a pretty boy, he brings meaning and depth to each character. Has anybody seen "School Ties"? You really care for him because you know he's a decent person. Has anybody seen "Bedazzled"? A spot-on "Clark Kent" portrayal. Has anybody seen the "Mummy" films? Maybe not his most esteemed work, but he was tough, intense, and likeable all at once. The Hartnetts and Walkers may make the "Teen People" covers, but Frasier is the only known actor who's performance can not only bring Superman's physical traits to the table, but also what makes him great - his soul. p.s. Selma Blair is Lois Lane. 5'6", black hair, blue eyes, smart, tough, sweet, mischievous, and man is she a babe.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Red Dwarf's not past it yet.

    by raw_bean

    The dwarfers still have funny to bring to the table. (Now there's a sentence for you!). ---------------- As for Farscape/Firefly, it seems to me that this runour must be really a farscape one. Because, firstly, farscape was made in Austrailia, Firefly wasn't, and also Firefly's being made into a movie (or at least, Joss Whedon is trying to sell a Firefly movie at the mo), so it's not going to be made into an Austrailian miniseries in the imediate future. If it's Farscape, then what can I say but WAHAAAAAYYY!! The best damn genre TV show EVER is not to be left to rot on a "To be continued..." by the ungrateful SciFi channel, what better news could there be?

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Farscape Conclusion

    by The Paladin

    I really hope this is a conclusion for Farscape. The series needs to have an ending; the fans need to know what happened to the characters. And I am proud to say that I have not watched a single minute of anything on the SciFi channel, or visited their website since Farscape was canceled. I hope everyone else is keeping up with the boycott.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Brendan Frasier would be a terrific Superman!

    by Ivan_Mtl

    I completely agree with kon-el's post regarding the potential casting of Brendan Frasier as the Man of Steel. He is physically perfect for the role of Superman, and his warmth and personality are even more ideally suited for the role of Clark Kent. I hope this bit of casting news is true.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Falcon-1

    by adamantium

    It's JACKMAN, not Jackson.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I want my Red Dwarf, dammit!

    by Billy Goat

    Hurry up already! If this were an American movie, not only would it have hit theaters two months after the script was finished, there would be at least TWO direct-to-video sequels by now, replacing the big-screen stars with Dave Chappelle as Lister, Ed Begley Jr. as Rimmer, Paluy Shore as Holly, and Jimmie Walker as the Cat!

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Fraser As Superman And Other Casting

    by Barron34

    I was originally down on the idea of Brendan Fraser as Superman, but I have chnaged my mind. He can play fake nerdy (Clark Kent) as well as smart, moral, and heroic (Superman's actual personality). He is also physically a match for the role. I say give him a shot. I don't think casting an unknown will work. As someone said earlier, Christopher Reeve was the find of a lifetime for the Donner films. Lightning rarely strikes twice. Go with Fraser. *****As far as Lois Lane goes, Selma Blair would be fine (and she IS fine, if you know what I mean), but I would have preferred to see Neve Campbell get the role (I think Harry hates Neve Campbell, but what does he know? I think she's hot, she looks the part, and she can play the smart and adventurous reporter Lois Lane..Lois Lane is actually not too far off from the role she played in the Scream movies: both a heroine and sometimes a target/victim). *****Also, someone mentioned Seth Green for Jimmy Olsen in another talkback. I think that this is a good idea. Seth Green is funny, and I think casting him as Olsen would be good for laughs. *****Anyway, casting doesn't mean much if you don't have a good director and a good script/story. Warners needs to get those elements in place too (and don't give me that JJ Abram's shit: that script sucked harder than a nuclear-powered vacuum cleaner...anyone remotely associated with that script needs to be shitcanned or sent to the mailroom..get a good script that doesn't say "fuck you" to the character and the fans!).

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 6:39 p.m. CST

    A director who gives a fuck is what the Superman movie needs

    by super Cucaracha

    and of course a good script. Brendan Fraser or Tom Wellig (older version) should do just fine. The movie has to have soul and a lot of heart just like Superman himself. Blair is a good choice for Louis Lane. PLEASE WB, I BEG YOU...GET A DIRECTOR THAT CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!