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Tons of WAR OF THE WORLDS pics have landed and even a friggin' cool bit of official artwork, too!!!

Published at: Dec. 2, 2004, 6:33 a.m. CST by staff

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here... Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy... I have a feeling WAR OF THE WORLDS is going to be amazing. For instance, the official art released on the official site today has me giddy... check it out!

CLICK IT HERE FOR ART THAT'LL MAKE YOU THINK, "WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER WORLD"!!!

I'm just excited to see Spielberg doing a sci-fi/adventure film again. MINORITY REPORT was good, but lacked that bit of fantasy that is all over Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS. It would have been more perfect if the film was set back in the 1800s, but who knows what Spielberg has up his sleeve? Anyway, I got some more pics, this time from behind the scenes:

CLICK IT HERE TO SEE LITTLE DAKOTA FANNING RUNNING IN TERROR!!!

Lastly, I have bit that'll make you feel like a stalker... I don't know how many pics of Spielberg and Cruise you can handle, but there are tons here!

CLICK IT HERE FOR MORE IMAGES OF TOM CRUISE AND STEVEN SPIELBERG THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT!!!





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  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Is Spielberg shorter than Cruise?

    by redtom

    I always thought he was a tall guy...

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:27 a.m. CST

    That official art looks very similar to the end image of the tit

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    The series was on about 10 or so years ago as a sequel to the 1950's movie. At the end of the title sequence, that exact same alien hand creeps over an image of the earth. And in the series the aliens began faking as humans....and what is the new movies tagline....'Theyre already here!' Methinks Mr.Speilberg has benn watchin too many late nite repeats!!

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:38 a.m. CST

    We're gonna need a bigger star!

    by I Dunno

    Cruise is like 5'6. Movie magic can do wonders. That's why you never see 'candid' shots of him like those. He's probably going to sue. Anyway, I thought they already remade War of the Worlds and called it Independence Day. Between this and Kong, the Lords of this site have certainly changed their stance on remakes. Seriously, if you haven't already, check out the original and keep in mind that it was made in 1953. Full color, and FX that took 25 years to beat. Very lame, anti-climatic ending though. Although Spielberg is the master of taking a lame, anti-climatic ending and making it kickass (Jaws, Jurrassic Park) so who knows.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:45 a.m. CST

    I remember that, Big_Bubbaloola

    by I Dunno

    That was the "official" logo of the WotW TV series. It was also on all the spin off books. A definite rip off. I guess Spielberg figured no one would remember. It was actually a pretty good show. It had the guy from Predator, the guy who almost made it but got shot in the head, the TV Highlander, and some hot chick who played an alien. Ah, the 80's.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Cruise? When was that announced? Shitsnakes. Where's my rock?

    by scrumdiddly

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8 a.m. CST

    So is this thing really gonna cost like 300 million?

    by minderbinder

    Seriously, is Spielberg really that stupid? His last couple movies didn't even break even with much smaller budgets, he's nuts if he thinks this can make that much. Same goes for Cruise, he hasn't exactly been setting the box office on fire either lately.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:11 a.m. CST

    by Evildude

    I do know that this film is costing a bunch, In fact Its helping an old institution stay afloat. A film lab in NYC is processing film from it and one of the techs told me they are bleaching/processing the film to make it look like the original stock. It sounds hard to belive, but the lab was in the process of shutting down compleatly last month, and speilberg is essentially the only major client at that location.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I Dunno/Re-Makes

    by BTR1701

    The Kong movie is a re-make but I can't figure how you get that this War of the Worlds is a re-make. It's not. It's a movie based on a book. They're not re-making any of the previous movies that were based on the same book. I mean, after all, "The Lord of the Rings" wasn't a re-make of that insipid cartoon, was it?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cruise's box office numbers

    by Barry Egan

    A film's domestic take is often less than half of what it grosses in the end. Cruise's last 3 films were (in reverse chronological order) Collateral, The Last Samauri, and Minoroty Report. They did world wide box office numbers of $213 million, $456 million, and $358 million, again in reverse chronological order. If my math is right, Cruise's last three films have done over a billion dollars in world wide boxoffice. And two of them were rated R. Mission Impossible 2 wasn't even very good and it grossed $545 million world wide. His box office numbers are still very solid. I predict that War of the Worlds will crush Fantastic Four if it gets finished on time. They are going to be scrambling to get this out by late June.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:57 a.m. CST

    The artwork and early photos look good, but...

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...I'm concerned with the extremely compressed shooting/post-production schedule needed to get the movie released next year. I know Spielberg is a master at this sort of stuff, but I can't help wondering if they are going to have to cut too many corners to pull it off successfully. Whatever happened to directors spending a couple of years carefully crafting each film? These days every director seems to be making multiple pictures at once, or rushing through one movie after another in quick succession. Is it the huge sums of money committed to most modern mainstream films that causes them to be rushed out the door by the studios? I guess leaving a $100 million to $200 million dollars on the table for any longer than is absolutely essential is out of the question.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Interesting box office numbers Barry Egan, but what percentage o

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Any idea? I'm just curious and I've always wondered about it. Thanks.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 9:05 a.m. CST

    by primordial

    Bah! The old movie was shite, the t.v. series was shite and this is gonna be shite. Have any of these people heard the album? Have they not looked at the amazing artwork inside and thought.... my god, this how is how it should be done. And set it in the UK, America isn't the only place in the world people!!!! I mean, come on... they're not even allowed to vote anymore!

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 9:15 a.m. CST

    shooting in park slope tonight

    by timberwolf4545

    All the cars are being moved off of President St between 8th and the park. Usually, when there is a shoot here, they have signs up that say, No parking because Duplex is shooting, or something. This morning, there are only non-descript signs that say "no parking on Thursday" which tells us nothing (as would be expected to keep spies out). This will literally be outside my apartment tonight, which should be cool/annoying as hell. I'll post if I see anything cool tonight.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:19 a.m. CST

    The End of the Left

    by James Crackcorn

    The world has moved on. The hysterical reaction of the Western Left to the reelection of President George W. Bush is not just a primal scream from politicians and intellectuals deprived of political power. The violent language, numerous acts of violence, and demonization of Bush and his electorate

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Cruise looks awfully happy to be on an alien invaded planet...

    by Monkey_King

    are his nerves set on 'auto smile' mode?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Doesn't it seem obvious that this is going to have to become a 9

    by heywood jablomie

    And it looks like they already do.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:28 a.m. CST

    This is gonna suck hairy balls

    by rectalscan

    Spielberg is going to turn what could have been a scary as hell thrill-ride into a cutesy A.I/action flick? What the fuck people? Are you guys dense or what? The man hasn't done any horror since jaws. He's way too old and tame/lame like lucas to do anything with balls. It's just going to be a "fun for the whole family" merchandising crapfest.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:17 a.m. CST

    FILMING SUNDAY IN PARK SLOPE ???

    by optimist008

    Timberwolf4545, Many thanks for your info. Heard they may return Sunday. Whatever, please keep us posted. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all. (Including Spielberg and Cruise).

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Minority Report was awesome.

    by viola123

    That is all.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Are you kiddin' me? A Spielberg directed "WAR OF THE WORLDS" mo

    by JDanielP

    Hell yeah!!!!

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:29 a.m. CST

    RE: fucknuckles'

    by jorson2

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:29 a.m. CST

    RE: fucknuckles'

    by jorson2

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Vomitose

    by GypsyTRobot

    Spielberg and Cruise remaking War of the Worlds? bleaaaarghhhhhhhh. Hey Spielby, just make Jurassic Park 4 or 5 or whatever your franchise is up to, leave the classics alone.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:34 a.m. CST

    There is no hope.

    by Veraxus

    War of the Worlds is R-rated material through and through. Every time I read the book as a kid it scared the living shit outa me. Spielberg, being the big pussy that he is, would never be able to do this property the justice it deserves. Unless it's based on WW2, Speilberg just dosn't treat material with enough seriousness to make this the terrifying movie that it deserves to be. Just look what he did to AI, a movie that, had Kubrik been around to do it, would have not only been rated R, but we would have heard about cuts to get it under NC17. Spielberg filled that movie with god-forsaken lightheartedness and comic relief bullshit - do you honestly think he will do any different with this one?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah! F#@k Yeah!

    by Lost Skeleton

    That title poster is cool as hell! "They're already here" That is cool. Could it be that they are combining a little element from the television series in with the Wells book. I am very geeked about this one. Please, let this one be good!

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 12:48 p.m. CST

    let me guess-

    by dr.bulber

    tom cruise saves the world. go martians.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 1:01 p.m. CST

    From what I've seen, I don't particularly care for the color sch

    by Blue Devil

    I've noticed that Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and other extras have all been wearing rather dark colored clothing- dark blue jeans, dark jackets, etc. I'm thinking the color scheme in the film will be really dull. I've never particularly pictured the WoW story being so grim- I like the more realistic colors used in the Pal version. Guess we'll see in about 6 months.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I propose that the phrase "giddy as a schoolgirl"

    by eraser_x

    be replaced by "giddy as Harry" because schoolgirls nowadays all try to be too "cool" to be giddy, and only Harry and his AICN disciples are unabashed enough to gid to their hearts' content! ;-)

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Cruise saves people, not the world

    by Batgirl

    I'm betting Ray (Tom Cruise) is going to be helping people out. I don't think we will see any humans saving the world since that's not the theme of the the novel.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 2:11 p.m. CST

    the environment?

    by Silver Shamrock

    It wasn't just thousands of people that died on 9/11, a lot of liberal ideas expired along with them. Moral relativism? Try telling a Micheal Moore democrat that Bush is only evil from their point of view, and see what happens. The much vaunted tolerance of different people that liberals espoused? Try telling them that they must be tolerant of red staters and their different, but equally valid, point of view and see what happens. The enviornment?? that issue got knocked down serval pegs on 9/11 as well. If you ask people on the street what their concerns are, I'd be surprised if the environment comes up that often. That was another dumb movement full of scare tactics (earth in the balance) and failed to catch on with the public because the environmentalists COULDN'T GET THEIR STORY STRAIGHT. They'll say a cataclysmic (day after tomorrow) shift will happen soon because of the evil internal combustion engine, but they'll also say that the shift happens every 10,000 years. WTF? I truly hope democrats make the environment their top priority and guilt trip everyone using SUVs because it will mean they'll lose even worse next time.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 2:19 p.m. CST

    How come no one's mentioned Kevin Spacey saying he is probably p

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 2:55 p.m. CST

    ..

    by I Dunno

    Jesus Christ these people are stupid. The fact that a movie is based on a great work of modern literature does not give credibility to the movie version of it. I'm not the biggest LOTR fan but even I know that Jackson's film was better than the animated musical from the 70s/80s. I hope Speilberg and his halfling star's version is good, I really do.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 2:56 p.m. CST

    FUCK ALL YOU NEGATIVE FUCKS

    by JimmyRabbit

    You ALL KNOW you WILL be licking Spielbergs ass come june 2005. This is THE single best filmmaker of all time and I have faith in the fucking guy. See you in line FUCKERS

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 4:18 p.m. CST

    A.I. Minority Report... Turds?

    by BobFunch

    I will grant that in both Spielberg has some 3rd act trouble. (4th act in the case of A.I.) With Minority Report, I think the three psychics in the bath tub should have freed Tom Cruise and all the captives at the end and Von Sydow's character should have had an exploding head episode ala Scanners & Raiders. It should have been more about their liberation. Getting the wife involved that late in the game... kind of worked... kind of didn't. The quick introduction of the Civil War pistol was forced. Nuff said. Now all A.I. needed was a quick ten second reveal at the very end. When the camera's pulling back outside the "house" at the end of the movie, after the kid and his mommy are reunited and hugging in bed, and everyone in the theatre is either choking back tears or pissed that Spielberg still found a way to tack a sugary-sweet ending on a half-a-Kubrick movie... that's where you pull back to reveal the future robot/aliens watching the whole scene through their looking glass, coldly studying them. Hold for a beat in silence. Slam to black. End credits. Classic. Instead of a two hanky ending you have a one hanky plus a "whoa dude" ending. Instead of Spielberg ultimately stating "Mine!" He ultimately says, "This one's for Kubrick."

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 4:52 p.m. CST

    People don't give 'A.I.' enough credit

    by Ribbons

    And 'Minority Report' didn't "suck ass" like some misanthropes in here would lead you to believe. How truly spoiled you guys are. If most summer entertainment was as good as 'Minority Report' was, the state of the industry would be a lot better (maybe not in terms of B.O.).

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 4:58 p.m. CST

    rectalscan...

    by Ribbons

    Ironic, since 'A.I.' was about how families can fuck you up. But keep talking out of your ass if you want.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 5 p.m. CST

    Minority Report ending (spoiler)

    by vinylsaurus

    There's a lot of evidence in the film that Cruise's character never escaped and saved the day; he's just dreaming, ala Brazil. We're told that you live your fondest wishes in the deep freeze and many of the people seen giving congratulations at the party are the same folks in the VR parlor congratulating some other guy. Oh, he's also a replicant :)

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Gayzilla....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Speaking of people spewing ignorance, I see you couldn't resist taking a jab at Alabama. It's nice that someone of your orientation (judging by your username) who has probably railed at intolerance many times finds joy in bashing the south. Stereotyping goes all kinds of ways. I'm not trying to pick a fight, but, as a citizen of the state, I'm tired of it seeming like everyone gets sensitive treatment except southerners. We are just as diverse a group as you'll find anywhere else.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 5:15 p.m. CST

    vinylsaurus

    by Ribbons

    Interesting interpretation; don't know whether or not it was intentional (although the fact that folks from the VR parlor reappear is suspicious) seeing as the last line from the script, excised from the movie was: "The following year there were 100-something murders in Washington, D.C." It would have reworked the context of the entire film from the point Cruise went under. Also, even if it's true, I'm not sure it would add anything to the picture except for the subversion of its happy ending; which isn't to say it necessarily wouldn't, I'm just sort of wondering out loud. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought of the TV series...

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    I saw that poster and was like, "Did they just invert the planet?" Didn't the show have the three-fingered alien hand extending over the top of the planet or something? Guess there just aren't that many ideas in the marketing departments these days.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I doubt Spielberg has the balls to make a

    by Omegaman

    really scary, really intense War of the Worlds movie anymore. I mean, this isn't the same guy that made Jaws and Duel. This is the guy that recently replaced guns with walkie talkies. We'll see. Come on Steven, get your killer intinct back and scare the hell outta people.

  • Yup...thought so !

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 6:13 p.m. CST

    The next movie destined for the shredder.

    by watashiwadare

    i used to be so optimistic yet the hate towards certain people in movies is predictable now.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Modern war of the Worlds

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Much as I would love to see a version of W.O.T.W. set in 1900-era England I think this version is appropriate. Wells wrote the book as a warning against imperialist hubris after hearing of some sickening colonial slaughter in which the natives were mown down by maxim guns. That was relevant then, a warning against imperialist America is relevant now given the repeat atrocities in Iraq.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 6:53 p.m. CST

    speilberg

    by Barry Egan

    i am just wondering: do people not think jurassic park was intense for a pg-13 film? i had read the book going in and did not find it that scary, but i thought people really liked it.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 7:01 p.m. CST

    the onset of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome

    by DrKodos

    will create yet another pablamistic and emasculated story with lots of brooding and emoting Cruise close-ups.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Silver Shamrock

    by Kaitain

    "It wasn't just thousands of people that died on 9/11, a lot of liberal ideas expired along with them." *** Hmmm, although the interesting thing is that the city where all those people died was....let me see...oh yes, New York City. So, more than anyone else in the USA, the people there must surely have decided to chuck out their old liberal ideas in order to concentrate on the important issues of the war with terror, i.e. follow the Bush doctrine during these troubled times. Does anyone have any figures handy telling me which way the beleaguered people of NYC voted? Bush must have taken, what, 70% of the vote there? 80%? Anyone?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Ribbons

    by Kaitain

    I dunno about "sucking ass" (that conjures up images of a Wayans brothers flick), but Minority Report was a cool idea rendered logically incoherent in the hands of Spielberg and co. It really does not make sense, using sleight of hand to avoid the problem of second- and third-order predictions that are in fact the central elements in Dick's short story.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Didn't Spielberg never want to make aliens evil in a film?

    by TheSeeker7

    Am I making up this memory? I mean, look at "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS". I just could've sworn hearing years and years ago that Spielberg would never make an aliens film where the aliens were portrayed in a negative or threatening light, it's simply how he felt about the 'character dynamic', if you will. He would never make an "attack" film. Well isn't that what this is, then? Granted, I don't know already every detail of the source story, but I feel confident in the recollection that it features the aliens attacking Earth.

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:04 p.m. CST

    "Send in the Martians"

    by TimBenzedrine

    They're already here? So they bastardize H.G. Wells, rip off the key graphic from the TV show, toss in a little blonde girl for some forced sentimentality, AND they rip off their tagline from Stephan Sondheim. Is there an original idea left in Hollywood?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Yes, Spielberg *has* said in the past that he never wanted to ma

    by Osmosis Jones

    On the 90-minute making-of documentary on the E.T. laserdisc (stupidly not ported over to the DVD), Spielberg talks about being offered a John Sayles script called Night Skies, about an isolated family having their farm attacked by aliens (pre-dating Signs by two decades), around 1980 or so, but turning it down, because he personally believed aliens visiting the earth would be friendly in intent. This makes it weird that Spielbergo is now making the ultimate alien invasion story. Maybe the dude's beliefs have changed as he's gotten older...?

  • Dec. 2, 2004, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones

    by Ribbons

    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly a couple years ago, Spielberg said "If there's a part of my work I wish that I could botox (note: did he just say botox? Ugh) it would be my sweet side." Maybe this is a self-conscious attempt to rebel against his more sentimental outlook towards aliens.

  • keep telling yourselves that there's a link between Osama and Saddam, you morons. if Bush overturns Roe V. Wade, blood will run through the streets, politicians will be murdered, and churches will probably be burned down

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The poster makes me think of War of the Worlds the series!

    by elab49

    Which may be about Cruise's level. After Minority Report (more Logans Run than Blade Runner ie OK) and AI - how bad can this be? And if you change so much - like the ending - why not give the damn film a different name?

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 4:08 a.m. CST

    The WoW Musical

    by theoneofblood

    I would so love it if John Williams uses a little of the great music that came from the radio-play of War of the Worlds. Just have that prologue, don't change the words or anything, and then that awesome string section comes in. DUM DUM DUUUUUM, DUM DUM DUUUUUM. Hell fucking yeah!!

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Commentry for the Spielberg / Cruise pics

    by Mr Incredible

    PIC 1: Sure it's big, but you'd think Martian shit would be a little more impressive. PIC 2: fwor, it just smells so bad, but damnit, can't...seem...to...leave... PIC 3: Hold on a sec babe, I just gotta get rid of this guy, he seems to think we're buds cause we've made a couple of films together... or something, hold tight. PIC 4: "Alrighty Tom, now lets get it straight, I don't like you. I never liked you. You were good in that risky busness crap, but you're just here to sell tickets, ok!" PIC 5: "Now get your ass over there, and wait for me to come tell you when I'm ready to direct your short ass. By the way, Get off my Oscar". PIC 6: "Tom, don't think I wont call Dreyfus and replace your dumass!" PIC 7 "Hey Speilber..." "Hwogeez, That does it!" PIC 8: "But... (sniff) But..." "Ok, shut up ok, there are camera's around" PIC 9: "hehe, I knew you were just kidding". "Hehe..... (Sigh) yeah" PIC 10 "I'm still going to be an action figure, right" PIC 11: "Ever read aint it cool news?" PIC 12: "Not since DocPazuzu turned up.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Damit, I have to appologise for being so stupid in my last post.

    by Mr Incredible

    "Get off my wallet" is what the script revision now says.

  • Aren't there political douchebag websites for you to post in? Like www.politicaldouche.com? What exactly are you trying to accomplish here? "I clicked on that link to check out some pics from the new War of the Worlds movie but along the way, I read some posts that completly changed my political, social and ideological views. I thought I had it all figured out but it took some douche on a poorly designed movie web page to completly turn my belief system inside out. The walls of my reality are crashing around me. I must spend some time in Tibet and reflect on the genius that 'Wampa1' has bestowed upon me..." Well you get the point. Now on topic, I think this will be good unless they do the "aliens look like us" crap. They did that in the tv series because they had no budget. I don't think that's a problem here. And if it's not set in the 19th century, I might as well stay home and pop in Independence Day. Wil Smith is exactly one notch below Tom Cruise on the scientific Irritation Scale.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Whoa, Ribbons is actually talking about movies.

    by I Dunno

    The idea of the ending of Minority Report being a dream never occured to me. I guess I didn't pay enough attention to it to notice the same people in bot places. But you're right, it wouldn't add much to the story or make any real point. I also think that if that was his intention, Spielberg would have added more clues. Great director? Yes. Subtle director? Not so much. It's good to see that some people actually think about the movies they watch though. Kudos.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Although...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...I'm sure the film will be entertaining at worst, and mind-blowing at best, I still can't help feeling disappointed that they didn't make it a period piece. If they felt audiences are too dumb to understand the subtext, they could have tacked on a prologue with one of the main officer characters in Africa witnessing a massacre. It would have been a way to keep the Victorian motif yet cover all potential "dumbass pitfalls" in understanding the narrative.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Whoa! Didn't know Miranda Otto was in this...excellent!

    by morGoth

    I like the graphic too. Looks like the Martians(?) wear bionic shirts!

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST

    The ending will have the ring of...

    by daglesj

    ....and they all lived happily ever-after! I can see myself now, sliding my hand over my face at the end of the movie in gringing embarrasment thinking.."you fool you knew it was going to have such a soppy family feel-good ending!" I know I will feel used. If a movie which portrays mass destruction and violence against people/humankind gets less than a adult rating there is no point going. In the UK thay have made a rating that really young kids can go seen more adult movies as long as the parents are there. Jeeez we avoid those as all you get is "mummy whats that man doing?" or parents getting up to run the kids to the toilet. I weep!

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 1:45 p.m. CST

    This is going to rock!

    by coen_fan

    Holy crap, 2005 is going to be such a great year to be a geek. Star Wars: Episode III, Batman Begins, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fantastic Four, Constantine, and War of the Worlds!!!! Friggin' sweet.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 1:54 p.m. CST

    DUM DUM DUUUUUM

    by Kaitain

    TheOneOfBlood, unless I misunderstand you, the music to which you're referring actually has nothing to do with the WotW radio play. You're referring to Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of The Worlds, a double-album from 1978 featuring Richard Burton as the journalist. I'd recommend anyone here to get hold of a copy if they haven't already. Unless you really despise the prog rock stuff of the late 70s (and of course there are those who do), or loathe musicals (I'm not generally a fan, but I love this) it really is first-rate stuff. It's an album that millions of people know really well in the UK, but my understanding is that it never made a major impact in North America. Shame. It's pretty faithful to Wells's novel, bar the fact that the journalist goes to London early on in the musical version and witnesses all the stuff his brother does in the book, e.g. the destruction of the Thunder Child torpedo ram, before leaving again and encountering the parson (the curate as he's known in the book). And there's some love interest thrown in just to facilitate one ballad (a good one, though, "Forever Autumn") and the parson gets given a wife to up the quota of female characters. By sticking to the book we get to hear about tripods wading through villages in Surrey and up the Thames Estuary, so refreshing these days when all aliens seem to decide to invade the USA instead. (Although it carries through the lovely hubris of the book's Victorian origins, though, i.e. after Britain's finest warship is destroyed, "no one and nothing was left now to fight them. The earth belonged to the Martians".)

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson

    by Kaitain

    I know it's a bit of an ad hominem fallacy risk, but... do people defending The Passion not realise what a whack-job Gibson is? He brings his weird personal agenda to every film he makes, be it his brand of Catholic extremism or his pathological hatred for the English. Read some interviews with the guy (and his father). Just as you have to read the text of an Oliver Stone movie taking into account the fact that he's a left-wing, conspiracy-theorist oddball, so you have to keep Gibson's strange perspective in mind.

  • It wasn't even aknowledged and the political douchebaggery continues. I'm glad I was at work when I wrote it and didn't waste my own free time.

  • Dec. 3, 2004, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Amazing...3 Park Slopians in one talkback

    by Boris the Blade

    Truly amazing...Timberwolf, I love how you don't even mention what state Park Slope is in. Was it actually WotW? I know they film plenty in the Slope, but lots of L&O and Third Watch, especially up by me here on 7th and 13th

  • Dec. 4, 2004, 12:33 a.m. CST

    WOtW

    by Treadhead

    In the end, I'm just unhappy that it's not in period. That would have rocked. I finally read War of the Worlds as a jaded adult and it still knocked my socks off. The scene where the narrator sees the Martian machines revealed in the lightning flashes would have made great cinema-- but now it's not to be.***On a happier note, I recommend that folks track down a story called "Night of the Cooters" by Howard Waldrop-- I read it first in "War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches" which tells the story of the Martian invasion from the different perspectives of people of the period, such as Roosevelt and Twain. "Night of the Cooters" deals specifically with what happens when the Martians land in East Texas...the poor bastards.

  • Dec. 4, 2004, 4:05 a.m. CST

    OMG! Tom Cruise and Spielberg smiling for the camera

    by Bong

    Amazing! ...

  • Dec. 4, 2004, 11:33 p.m. CST

    League of Extraodinary Gentlemen

    by iceman199

    That's the War of the Worlds movie I want to be made. Allen Quartermain, Hyde, The Invisible Man VS. the Mars aliens...well, maybe not so much the Invisible Man since he sides with the Martians. But you catch my drift. And it's set in the late 1800s!!

  • Dec. 5, 2004, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Their is a PROPER new WotW film, seperate from this Cruise popco

    by Alternity_Orange

    It was made by Pendragon Pictures. It's set in England and in the 1800's. They filmed it in secret because Cruise's "people" were trying to muscle them out of it, but it was filmed and is in post-production. Few people are aware of it because the Hollywood suits (and those who play ball with them) are trying to keep it buried. But it's there and it's going to be great. That is, it'll be great if they can find a distributor willing to risk the wrath of Spielberg and anyone can actually see it. Ceck it out here there's even a teaser trailer (no effects shots yet though) http://www.pendragonpictures.com/WOTWKEY.html

  • Dec. 5, 2004, 1:30 p.m. CST

    For those who dont know....

    by uullaa

    ...there is 2 OTHER War of the world's movies in production.A compleatly word for word adaptation of the novel to be released on 30th march 2005 by a small compant called pendragon pictures(www.pendragonpictures.com) goto there website for pics and 2 teaser trailers.Secondly there is a $48million all CGI version based on jeff wayne's double album,its being produced by jeff wayne himself,not sure if its going to cinema looks more likely it will be going straight to DVD.Should be a great year for War of the worlds fans(like myself).I hope at the very least the spielburg version features TRIPODS it would be a sin to go back the flying machines of the 1953 movie.(i do like that movie but they only ended up doing flying machine instead of tripods because of the lack of technoligy).Nice artwork though(is that THE RED WEED or VEINS on the artwork).

  • Dec. 5, 2004, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Remember Nicole's knock on Cruise on Letterman?

    by BigTuna

    Dave asked how she was doing after the divorce and she said "Now I Can Wear High Heels". Ouch!

  • Dec. 8, 2004, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Fuzzyjefe

    by EntryNmbrV

    Hey, Fuzzyjefe, I'm gay and from Virginia. Now, you have to admit we have an aweful lot of bogoted fucks down here. I love the South, but I'm not welcome here.