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Tom & Dakota seem to be a pair of Cry-Babies in WAR OF THE WORLDS! What they crying 'bout' Warning - You'll see here!

Hey folks, Harry here... Ya know... this just doesn't look like the average Steven Spielberg film. On top of that - it doesn't look like the average Tom Cruise macho-mutha-movie. Tonight, I got an email from a super secret source (or so he claimed)... and it got me a bit excited - yeah yeah, I know, I've been a blathering idiot about this film... but the size perspective comparison between humans and the aliens and humans and the tripods... well it sent me a clicking over to WarOfTheWorlds.Com and I tried playing that damn Survival game, but I died like 10 times and quit out of frustration... Checked out the various desktops and photos... and in the photos - I found 3 images that I had missed and damn if I didn't find them evocative of the feeling in this film that I feel the sketch below gives the characters in the movie. Here, check em out...





















See what I mean? I think this is going to be the film that those that were disappointed by SIGNS and INDEPENDENCE DAY wanted to get. And it's going to be a film that combines that intimacy, with that scale of what should be horror, not fun. Right?

The above WOTW sketches are not "production sketches" - but rather were done by Kermici Farid - a professional production designer and storyboard artist from France - (worked on CRIMSON RIVERS among others) and he did these after he saw the latest trailer to satiate and make more clear sense regarding what he saw in the trailer. He is not associated with Spielberg's film, but very talented regardless.

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  • May 21, 2005, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Wow that's uber impressive...

    by andrew coleman

    Oh yeah and first!!!

  • May 21, 2005, 5:45 a.m. CST

    I dont know about you guys....

    by PiercedTeddyBear

    Is it just me or do thoes tripods look like Giegeresq eyeball/vagina hybrids...

  • May 21, 2005, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty cool, but...

    by LHombreSiniestro

    I dunno about this movie. It's Spielberg, so it's gotta be at least somewhat good, right? All the trailers make it seem like the movie takes place in 3 locations.

  • May 21, 2005, 5:47 a.m. CST

    That is a tantalising propect...

    by obi12kenobi

    ...the intimacy of Signs with the grandeur of ID and none of the shit that accompanied both films. You just know Spielberg is not going to mess it up. I cannot wait to see this film.

  • May 21, 2005, 5:51 a.m. CST

    6th!!!!

    by Mike Lovestein

    Go fuck yourself!

  • May 21, 2005, 5:55 a.m. CST

    I'm sure it'll be better then Independence Day

    by Mike Lovestein

    And it does indeed look good and impressive. Spielberg is still Spielberg

  • May 21, 2005, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Alien reflecting genitals.

    by Trevor Goodchild

    I like the design of the alien actually being a tripod itself but the elongated back of head is getting a little tired. Alein, Predator, Pitch Black. Indepedence Day and others I can't think of right now. Trying to think of a genuinely original alien design and I can only think of the Fifth Element creatures at the start. Kind of mechanical hedgehogs. A Doctor Who alien with a budget.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Dreyfuss>Cruise

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Looking forward to this the most of all the Summer Big Dumbs but I can't get away from the the fact that it's Cruise. It's impossible for him to have that everyman quality that made Close Encounters the classic it was. Would have liked to see WOTW have that seventies sensibilities. The family in it were so natural. These days you can tell it's manufactured. Look at Cruise's clothes in this film. It reeks of a stylist trying to convey blue collar. Working class at Gap.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Chewbacca

    by Trevor Goodchild

    is another very original design of alien.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:12 a.m. CST

    ...... There are better artist out there.. this would have been

    by Metallicant

    something designed by this guy.. http://www.cgchannel.com/gallery/viewimage.jsp?imgID=8596

  • May 21, 2005, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Tripod looks like the strider from Half-Life 2

    by TygerClaw

    The tripod design on the photo, Looks almost like those striders in the game Half-Life 2, With those skinny legs and all.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:35 a.m. CST

    I think...

    by moviemaniac-7

    ... that the trailers are showing only a little bit of the movie and so do the stills. Maybe only from the first hour of the movie. So it makes the pay-off in the last half of the movie bigger and more spectacular. --- Or not.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Good link Metallicant

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Or how about designed by these folks. http://www.jameskwong.com/index.htm http://www.jonfoster.com/illo.html http://www.whitedunk.com/index2.html

  • May 21, 2005, 6:48 a.m. CST

    tenth

    by The_Dude_77

  • May 21, 2005, 6:49 a.m. CST

    or not

    by The_Dude_77

  • May 21, 2005, 6:54 a.m. CST

    man, i meant "Well's" not "Orwell's" in my previous post. ROFL

    by CurryIce

  • May 21, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by Windfola

    The car pick is great.Not sure what I think about the aliens.

  • May 21, 2005, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Shouldnt have shown it...

    by Termsak

    I thought they were going to keep it a secret prior to release...ah well...hope the movie is good.

  • May 21, 2005, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I like how they kept tripods

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    but still incorporated the ships from the 50s version, nice geeky touch.

  • May 21, 2005, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I got burned with A.I. but damn, I'm hyped for WAR OF THE WORLDS

    by godoffireinhell

    A.I. was, for me, one of the biggest disappointments ever. I did like MINORITY REPORT, though, even if it wasn't a great adaptation of the original Philip K. Dick short story. Spielberg has definitely come quite a long way since the wide-eyed, childish wonder of his early sci-fi movies (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, E.T.) and as someone who likes his science fiction dark and mature I couldn't be happier.

  • May 21, 2005, 7:43 a.m. CST

    godoffireinhell, I Totally Agree.

    by The Outlander

    This looks like the film that Spielberg was born to make. It has all the elements that made his earlier films so special. Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws & Close Encounter had an edge of your seat sense of reality to them, which has been missing from most of his later movies. He should have never stopped making these kinds of movies.

  • May 21, 2005, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Signs?

    by Lolthien

    Ok.. everyone tells me Signs was a horribly flawed movie... what was so friggin bad about it? You saying the aliens weren't scary? They were scary as hell to me... if it wasn't that, what the hell was it that was so bad about it?

  • May 21, 2005, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks this movie will suck?

    by Drunken Rage

    Just like "A.I." Just like "Minority Report." Steven Spielberg is a terrific craftsman, but... does he have an original idea left? I don't think so. The casting reeks of "I need a box office hit so damn bad." Oh, and "Signs" sucked because of the idiotic religious overtones, the awful acting, the insipid script and the aliens were killed by water. Isn't that enough?

  • May 21, 2005, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Sock Puppets theater is better then independance day

    by ChileanSeaBass

    Thats like saying the new star wars movie wont dissappoint because it better then Pluto Nash, wait till you see all the parallels between te alien conquest and nazi germany, sure to be real deep, like college dorm room bong hit deep...

  • May 21, 2005, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Signs was fucking awesome...

    by Lost in Uranus

    Nothing wrong with it... in my very own humble opinion. I was so drawn into the drama, that I simply forgot I was watching a movie whose main marketing tool was aliens invading earth. So the water issue never bothered me. I was too busy caring about the characters, to care about a glass of water. M. Night still rules in my book.

  • May 21, 2005, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Fly mode ships ...........................

    by calno9

    Is it me or do these flymode ships look just like ID4 ships ? I,m looking forward to this movie , but i hope we see some original ideas soon !

  • May 21, 2005, 8:40 a.m. CST

    OOOOO......LAAAAAAA

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    The Chances of Anything coming from mars...Are a Million To One...BUT STILL THEY COME.

  • May 21, 2005, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Knocked Into A Cocked Hat...

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    Thats what Lucas And Speilberg have done again, taken all the shit all these years but no one can deny the fact that they once again are going to set the bench mark so for all you tossers .......GO SPIT.

  • May 21, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Harry only sees fit to comment on WOTW news....

    by Praetor

    Everything else gets outsourced.

  • May 21, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Great Movie BAD CASTING

    by Darth Hidious

    This one should have been a SLY STALLONE project from the start....

  • May 21, 2005, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Independence Day most definitely did NOT suck!

    by TheMinorityVote

    And anyone who's comparing WOTW with ID4 should have brainsurgery 'cause the gerbil running the tredmill in their head just died. Morons. "Oh no, you did NOT shoot that green shit at me!!"

  • May 21, 2005, 9 a.m. CST

    Speaking of OOOOOOOOLLAAAAA

    by Trevor Goodchild

    What happened to the animated version of Jeff Wayne's WOTW prog rock behemoth?

  • May 21, 2005, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Third photo had a caption there... "They can take our ships... B

    by SalvatoreGravano

    By the way, did the analphabetic midget scientologist insert any Ron H. messages in this flick?

  • May 21, 2005, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Still ripping off Giger, eh?

    by BurnHollywood

    Look at the long head on that "Alien en armure"...create once, pay never, rip off and repeat forever...FUCK HOLLYWOOD.

  • May 21, 2005, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I must have missed something.

    by Ingeld

    Those illustrations are not official, correct? On the previous talkback someone by the name of Kermci posted that he sketched them out based on his veiwing of the trailer.

  • May 21, 2005, 10 a.m. CST

    That Survival Game made me want to cry

    by Big Bad Clone

    what a pain in the ass

  • May 21, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    MY WOTW ARTS

    by KERMICI

    Hello Ingeld you are right these are my drawings but i guess that some people got confused (you know the web) i have sent mails to harry about it. I am a storyboard artist in france and here is my underconstruction website (sorry there is nothing yet but you can write me ill point you where you can see some of my stuff) kermici.free.fr

  • May 21, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Great wallpaper, Trevor

    by moviemaniac-7

    Moody and it has a doomsday feel to it. People keep bringing up Signs here. The only thing I liked in Signs was that homevideo of that alien. The rest was uninspired crap. WoW has me in line for a ticket this summer!

  • May 21, 2005, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Finally....tripods

    by RobinP

    I thought I saw a tripod on the trailer, but the damn thing was cut so fast...

  • Or maybe it's one nitpick...is a "fly mode" tripod still a tripod in the pure sense...since it doesn't have legs ? This'll send me in a spin for hours...along with the eternal question - would the invisible man cast a shadow ?

  • May 21, 2005, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Harry, you fool!

    by bigjeffrey

    A super secret email???? Those sketches were "artists impressions" done by an AintItCool talkbacker after he watched the latest trailer. Go check him out in YOUR OWN talkback from yesterday, idiot! Jeeez!

  • May 21, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Ingenious Alien Design.

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Somebody help me out. My brain won't release. Trying to think of truly inspired alien concepts in response to the fact that these are a little obvious. Anyone remember which ones blew you away?

  • May 21, 2005, 11:17 a.m. CST

    From where?

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Regardless of these sketches being fake or not they don't come from Mars. Anyone know where they invade from yet? Branch of human evolution developing secretly underground? Inter-dimensional? The future?

  • May 21, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST

    You people don't read.

    by Ingeld

    Check out a few posts before this. A French artist KERMCI (a very good one, I might add) created these after seeing the trailer. He posted his website and everything. He mentioned them on the previous Talkback. This seems like good publicity for him but bad publicity for Harry.

  • May 21, 2005, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Try Pods

    by Trevor Goodchild

    http://www.martinbowersmodelworld.com/html/war_of_the_world_s.html

  • May 21, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Yes

    by Trevor Goodchild

    The artist that paints the album covers of Yes, Roger Dean came up with a nice design. But it ended up being used for a Commodore 64 game. http://exotica.fix.no/gallery/games/images/t/Terrorpods.jpg

  • May 21, 2005, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Thunder Child

    by Trevor Goodchild

    http://drzeus.best.vwh.net/wotw/other/omni2.jpg

  • May 21, 2005, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Dammit, I DID IT AGAIN!!!!

    by Ribbons

    I can't help myself...

  • May 21, 2005, 12:02 p.m. CST

    What a joke!

    by jimmy_009

    At first I was disappointed because these designs weren't very unique for them to be guarding them so closely. Then I was relieved, and then pissed, that this was posted as artwork from 'inside' the studio and turned out to be from someones personal portfolio. Then I was even more upset because it turned out this person was French! (ok just kidding on that last one.) This is a big let down...

  • May 21, 2005, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Cameron

    by Fortunesfool

    Jim Camerons Battle Angel will own all your asses..including Spielbeards.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction

    by stlfilmwire

    The original alien invasion flick of 2005... Taste it: http://www.geocities.com/stlfilmwire/inbredredneckalienabd.html

  • May 21, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Oh

    by Ribbons

    So it's not official? Okay, that's cool. Although they probably aren't that far off the mark.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Not official art but almost

    by Dreamworkz

    This is not art from the concept design team of the movie. However i suspect the artist (KERMICI is it?) to have seen the real designs because they are very close to his version. You'll see...

  • May 21, 2005, 12:15 p.m. CST

    If the Tripods look like Vaginas, no wonder Tom Cruise is runnin

    by cookylamoo

    Oh right, he has a GIRLFRIEND!!

  • May 21, 2005, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Alien en armur

    by JediStryker

    Has a very strong resemblance to the aliens in their armor in Independence Day.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:22 p.m. CST

    NOT close to the film version...

    by jimmy_009

    First off, Doug Chiang and ILM are doing the concept work for this film and there's no way he/they would design something that so much resembles so many other movies (Independence Day, Flight of the Navigator, Alien etc. etc.) And how exactly would an amateur storyboading artist in FRANCE who has nothing to do with this film gotten a look at the concept drawings. Not likely. I'll say this, if these are what the final designs look like, Speilberg will have an extremely unimpressed audience on his hands.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    And that middle shot of someone in a car with people running aro

    by JediStryker

    is one that appears in almost every single one of Roland Emmerich's disaster movies. If Will Smith makes an appearance, I'm writing this one off as crap; and I liked Independence Day!

  • May 21, 2005, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Spielberg make movies in normal colors anymore???

    by Orionsangels

    Ever since Schindler's List, everything he makes has mute colors. Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, now War of the Worlds.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Great to see a film that...

    by danowen

    ... doesn't ruin everything in the trailers. They know people are going to see this based on Cruise and Spielberg... so for once I can watch a film where only AICN ruin the fun with pics, etc.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009

    by KERMICI

    Man you need to chill, i said everything about these designs in my previous posts. I never tried to make them pass for real ok?! Also easy on the French bashing man (even if i don't care about it really) its really small. "OH no a french based artist can be right or near it that's impossible" Blah blah blah.Keep your hostility for you cause there is really no need for it here. Last thing i am no amateur ok This my work, i do storyboards and concept designs for a living. I made these drawings in 15 minutes just for fun. Now if someone claims that they are near the truth good for him, i was just drawing and having fun about a movie i am expeting a lot.

  • May 21, 2005, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Precisions

    by KERMICI

    Just to let you know that several fx compagnies(buf for batman begins) and french directors that i work with are also working for some major american studios gothika's Kassovitz is the most well known (he was planning on shooting "i am a legend" for warner as a trilogy). We are not on an island isolated from you people we see some stuff before you do (i worked on the t3 videogame cinematics ans i saw all the movie by pics before it was released). Did you know that the director of Constantine was planning a cg movie, No? Well its being developped in france as we speak. Just to fill you in about the whole movie relation about France and the US.

  • May 21, 2005, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Kermici

    by Ingeld

    Don't let some bad comments get you down. Most Americans I know respect French culture and its people, even if we have some disagreements on politics. Sounds like you have a great job that any one of these geeks on these talkbacks would kill for. In regard to the WOTW I hope we don't see any clear images of the tripods and the aliens. Some people want to open their Christmas presents early.

  • May 21, 2005, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I am NOT seeing this film because of Tom Cruise's estimated 300

    by Psalmolive

    Anybody who sees this film has no respect for money, or people's hard work in the world. Paychecks like this devalues money and makes America hated by the world. There are people who do more than just ACT who deserve far more than what they get. Fuck Tom Cruise and Spielberg, and fuck all of you sheep who go to support this crime against the economy and humanity.

  • May 21, 2005, 1:30 p.m. CST

    The Spielberg/Cruise combo works in my book! Minority Report wa

    by Man of Stool

  • May 21, 2005, 1:32 p.m. CST

    PLUS, I WANT TO ENTER THE "WHO HAS THE COOLEST USER ID" CONTEST.

    by Man of Stool

  • May 21, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    The French Deify Jerry Lewis...'nuff Said.

    by hipcheck13

    ...and they wear their berets crooked, too.

  • May 21, 2005, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Spielberg/Cruise

    by JediStryker

    Minority Report was okay, but it wasn't anything that I would ever consider a favorite. The first thing I think of when people bring it up is the retarded computer interface. I mean, who the hell came up with that shit? "In the future, you'll put on gloves and move the windows around with a gesture!" Anyway, whatever. This is gonna be ID4.5, get used to it now or be disappointed later.

  • May 21, 2005, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Maybe Tom is crying because no one believes in his latest beard.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Next year it will be Lindsay Lohan, and no one will believe that, either. // I fail to see how Cruise's paycheck is a crime against humanity or the economy. How many millions of people will see this film worldwide? Do they each get $10 worth of entertainment out of it? You know, ten bucks. Less than 2 packs of cigarettes. Less then 5 gallons of gas. OK, now do the math. Who should get that money, if not Speilberg and Cruise?

  • May 21, 2005, 2:05 p.m. CST

    It

    by Judge Doom

    With the hand moves and all! May be a subliminar message for Jacko, after the ritual he made for spielberg with cows blood or something. YOU KNOW I

  • May 21, 2005, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Kermici - Hold up man!

    by jimmy_009

    Sorry, I guess I it seemed like I was trying to bash YOU personally, but I wasn't. I think you're work, from this concept drawing, is pretty awesomely rendered stuff. I just assumed you might have been an amateur because most of the time when you see fan art it -is- from an amateur, regardless of how good it is. Bad assumtion I suppose. Secondly the France bashing was intended as a joke, as I stated in my first post, trying to make fun of all the retarded France-bashing that goes on here in the states for no reason. The second post refers to France only to say that ILM probably wouldn't be sending any of it's work there. Once again, your work looks pretty sweet, don't take it personally. I was much more trying to make a point the posting it as inside studio work from ILM, not you who are clearly not to blame. My bad if it came off as an attack on you.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:11 p.m. CST

    this year's Godzilla

    by Silver Shamrock

    playing the "don't show the alien to build marketing hype" game can backfire in a big way. Even if it's cool, it'll be a let down if they keep hyping it. This plus the BS paring of cruise and holmes reeks of desperation and a multimillion dollar marketing machine. F U.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I think this whole fake thing is a conspiracy!

    by white owl

    How convenient that someone would post about these sketches belong to FRENCHKERMIT or whatever, and then right after that on the tb, this FRENCHKERMIT fellow comes and claims them. I think they just are a couple of geeks trying to stir up the rest of us talkbackers. Having fun at our dispense. *btw I think ILM will most definately have the CG ready on time, because Episode 3 restored my faith in them. This movie will rock no matter what.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The tripod looks a Vulture droid from TPM and AOTC.

    by Forestal

  • May 21, 2005, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy theories

    by Ingeld

    Wow, I have never been part of a conspiracy before. White Owl check the story that appeared yesterday about WOTW. Scroll through the TB and you will see that Kermici posted with the URL for sketches he drew. I was the only one who responded yesterday. I was very suprised to find them on this new story as authentic pictures. That's the extent of the conspiracy. Also, Oswald was the true assasin of JFK.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I hate to be repetitive Harry, but...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    that sketch did indeed come from a talkbacker. It was in the previous WOTW trailer story from thursday. The guy's TB name is KERMICI. Here is his post: [ Aliens design fanarts by KERMICI Hi, i have done some sketches of the aliens and their machines based on what we saw in the trailers. Tell me what do you think? http://www.ifrance.com/tylerart/wotwaliens.jpg?NOM=tylerart ] I don't know how you became aware of the sketch. I can only imagine the amount of info flowing in and out of the Aint-it-cool-news Ironworks. The trailer IS good. I seen it just a few minutes after midnight Wednesday amongst a plethora of Darth Vaders, Princess Leias, and various Jedis all waving lightsabres. Its been a long time since I've been that deep in geekdom. Later.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:51 p.m. CST

    white owl

    by Dreamworkz

    This no conspiracy man, if you had followed anything you would have seen that these drawing were posted yesterday by KERMICI in the talkbacks of the last trailer: http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/tb_display.cgi?id=20274#898357 and that he already said that it was his version of what he saw in the teasers that's all. So stop being an ass and inform yourself before making accusations.

  • May 21, 2005, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by CitizenToxie

    looks kick ass

  • May 21, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    GUYS AND GALS! THIS IS CRAZY!!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    http://www.storewars.org/flash/index.html

  • May 21, 2005, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Wow! Crazy!

    by kintar0

    way to post a 404 to a bbs that you can't edit...

  • May 21, 2005, 5:02 p.m. CST

    KERMICI

    by Ribbons

    Thanks for the info fella. You wouldn't believe how many times I've been completely wrong about how Hollywood operates. Any information is appreciated as far as I'm concerned.

  • May 21, 2005, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Mr_Miracle

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    "way to post a 404 to a bbs that you can't edit..." Are you talking about the URL that I posted? Because I tried it and it works. If you tried it and it didn't, I don't know why.

  • May 21, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Well I was fooled

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Nice work Kermici!

  • May 21, 2005, 5:47 p.m. CST

    link is working now...

    by kintar0

    too bad it sucks... did they see Darth Tater and freak out?

  • May 21, 2005, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Thank God.

    by coldreboot

    At least this will shut the talkbackers up who had the crazy 'parallel dimension; they are really humans!' theory. Looks good!

  • May 21, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    New War of the Worlds Website Here

    by camerontx

    If anyone's interested, we got a big war of the worlds fansite here: www.waroftheworldsfilm.com and a very active forum. Thanks.

  • May 21, 2005, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Is this movie worth downloading?...naw I catch it on cable next

    by ComputerGuy68

    Enough Cruse already.

  • May 21, 2005, 10:11 p.m. CST

    This movie looks... BORING! "Hey kids! It's Tom Cruise and thin

    by Negative Man

    Man, the trailers do nothing to convey any emotion (Save Fanning's look of terror in the one close-up). But the biggest mistake is casting costars that are more talented than your main star. "Ok Tom, in this movie we need you to act cocky, scream, cry and...well, that's about it. We know you haven't done any real acting in years. Here's your wad of money. Boy! The Last Samurai really sucked! What the Hell were you thinking?" Really, how cool would this movie have been if they made it a period piece? How amazing would it have been if Spielberg hired classically trained British actors and set this movie in the England of 1898?!!!

  • May 21, 2005, 11:21 p.m. CST

    "How amazing would it have been if Spielberg hired classically t

    by JediStryker

    Then we would have "Sky Captain 2" instead of "ID4.5". Though I actually dig that idea. It would be a million times better than the real film's going to be.

  • May 21, 2005, 11:54 p.m. CST

    You Unbelievable Bunch of Total Wankers.

    by Virgil Hilts

    Just wondering...do any of you go back and read the incredibly petty, egocentric and generally misinformed posts you write? Oh, and 8 out of 10 of you probably couldn't earn a G.E.D. if someone was pointing a Glock at your head with the safety off.

  • May 22, 2005, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Nothing like trying to make someone look like an idiot..

    by GiftedInThePants

    and come out looking like a dumbass yourself eh curryice?

  • May 22, 2005, 3:17 a.m. CST

    virgil hilts..

    by white owl

    I was the first one in my small class to finish the GED test one saturday morning. I've taken online quizzes harder than the GED test, I swear.

  • May 22, 2005, 3:40 a.m. CST

    To borrow a line from the 'X-Men 3' TalkBack

    by Ribbons

    It's awfully hard to do anything with a gun pointed at your head...

  • May 22, 2005, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Negative Man

    by Ribbons

    First of all, "War of the Worlds" wasn't exactly a period piece when it was written. Therefore, to set it in 1898 London, therefore making it a period piece, would actually do a disservice to the intentions of H. G. Wells, which was to 1) deliver social commentary and 2) scare the bejeesus out of people (granted an impossible thing to do now) by making them believe that an alien invasion could actually occur. But I'm sure you've heard all that before. The other argument is that an alien invasion circa 1898 circa London would straight-up look cooler than one circa 2005 circa New York (Newark). Well, I'm inclined to agree with you there. Koepp spoke against the idea, saying that "that type of thing has been done too many times before." I'm not quite sure what he's talking about; in any case I'm pretty sure there have been more present-day alien invasions in small American suburbs (AND big American cities) than there have in historical English cities. Maybe not though. I do think that by updating the piece though, one at least pretends to care about reaching people the same way the source material did, so I'm cool with it (now an alien invasion set in a modern-day English suburb; THAT's something we've yet to see). A rote adaptation seems more like an empty spectacle if you ask me, or at least, even more pointless than the version we're getting in four weeks. Welcome to summer indeed.

  • May 22, 2005, 4:50 a.m. CST

    I heard Cruise asked Speilberg to reshoot the flick with Katie H

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • May 22, 2005, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Oh, you

    by Ribbons

    Why? Just because they're boyfriend/girlfriend/PR wet dream? Or did I miss Tom do or say something crazy?

  • May 22, 2005, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Pleased, I Am

    by Evil Chicken

    Taking bets... This will be the biggest thing next to Episode III this summer. Odds? Fox ran away scared with the Fantastic Four between it's legs. This one will be worth the wait in line.

  • May 22, 2005, 7:49 p.m. CST

    ID4 was awesome

    by respectablechum

    ID4 kicked balls my friends! One of the top 10 movies of our times.

  • May 22, 2005, 9:58 p.m. CST

    metallicant, you can't be serious?

    by payton 34

    If you're going to start ripping on professional artists you better have something to back it up, and that junior high school drawing ain't it!! Where's that back leg coming from? His ass? Terrible!!!

  • May 22, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds, Best Picture of the Year???

    by IMAXIMUS

    This could become one of Spielberg's best in years and maybe of all time. More emotionally driven and tense than Revenge of the Sith? Possibly, but I am biased since Star Wars is one of the greatest things in the world. But, Sci-fi epics need to be recognized for their pure drama against the backdrop of a fantasy world that can only be seen through the eyes of both George and Steven. With that in mind, I am prepared to take that ride in the mini-van and escape a higher intelligence that has planned the attack for eons.

  • May 23, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Anything is better than Independence Day

    by Bong

  • May 23, 2005, 2:44 p.m. CST

    On what planet...can this be considered grand?

    by the_pissboy1

    Hello, Spielberg is the king of smaltz. David Koepp writes brainless, bland films. And Cruise never makes anything remotely good. What drugs are people taking that they think this could be a good picture?!

  • May 25, 2005, 6:32 a.m. CST

    mmmm, hovering...

    by Slimby

    I kinda like the way it turns into a flying woodlouse! But come on, it's just a sketch! By the way, does anyone know where the other WOTW movie is? The one directed by Timothy Hines.. Is it gonna be released (DVD only?) or did Spiely just crush it in his giant kung-fu-cash grip? It looked way more original, if a little budget...

  • Myself, I can't wait to see this.

  • May 25, 2005, 11 p.m. CST

    by whovian222

    Look at the long head on that "Alien en armure"...create once, pay never, rip off and repeat forever...FUCK HOLLYWOOD. Oh no a long head! We must pay giger at once! Or maybe wayne barlowe. Fuck you!

  • May 26, 2005, 1:58 p.m. CST

    "So, you live around here much?"

    by SpikeTBB

    The human standing next to the martian looks real casual about the whole encounter. Maybe it's a chick martian and he's trying to make a move.

  • May 26, 2005, 2:49 p.m. CST

    New concept art

    by KERMICI

    I have done some new sketches based on what i saw. I think they are more closer to the real thing than the last ones. What do you think? http://img92.echo.cx/my.php?image=kermiciwotwart1eg.jpg

  • Oct. 19, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    first!

    by ironic_name

    and last!