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WonderCon: Buddy-L returns to tell you about Superman, M:I-3, OMEN 666, LOGAN'S RUN, CLERKS 2, STAR WARS & more!

Published at: Feb. 12, 2006, 2:10 a.m. CST by staff

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with Buddy-L's continuing coverage of San Francisco's WonderCon. He's got tons of news here... Chris McQuarrie scripting LOGAN'S RUN! Some really, really interesting tidbits on the world of STAR WARS (TV series now to be set around the Original Trilogy? Not vaguely inhabiting the void between the Prequels and Sequels?), and tons more! Enjoy!!!

Hiya Harry, Morry, Quint. Buddy-boy's back again with Day 2 @ Wondercon. Sorry for the late post, but I just got home and I'm dead tired. I'll try to get in as much as I can.

As opposed to the simple walk-around that yesterday was, everyone knew that THIS was the day to be there, in room 20-00 for the big presentations. So I made it a point to have my Black ass there on time ! I got there was immediately pleased to get a free "M:I-3" cap just for showing up and a raffle ticket.

Things were supposed to kick off at 10:30 with the presentation of BRICK, but we were delayed for more than a half-hour. During that time, the room slowly filled with people. By 11:20, Gary Sassmancredit where due), then there was a clip from the film's opening where our hero gets a call from the girl in distress. Very quiet, very creepy, very cool. Huge applause.

Everything was 45min or so late from this point on, but trust me, we didn't notice or care. Before and after each presentation, people would come and go while the most-dedicated (nay, "foolish") of us didn't go for potty breaks or nothin'. Next was the Fox Searchlight thing. A Fox exec named Michael (can't recall last name) hosted. First he plugged NIGHT WATCH, a flick I've been waiting for forever. He showed the "whole movie in 2 1/2 min" (a la SIN CITY on DVD) clip. I buried my head in my notebook as I refuse to take in even the slightest spoiler of what looks like a kick-ass trilogy-starter. While I turned away, peope around me gasped and sighed and said "whoa" a lot. Big applause. Michael then brought out Wes Craven and the cast of THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake: Aaron Stanford, Vinessa Shaw, & Dan Berg. There was a bit of confusion as to which clips were supposed to be played as Michael kept yelling out "Wrong Clip ! Stop!" and the lights came back up. Craven eased the mood by saying that each clip was part of a trilogy (NIGHT WATCH jokes) and that the last part would be in Swedish. Wes talked up the director, Alex Aja, "even though he's French." Shaw said the original scared her to death. Berg said he "tried to rent [the original]" but wanted this one "to be its own thing." Craven: "Bullshit. Don't give this guy any residuals." Wes said this one "starts where the first one began and goes from there." The clip we saw was of the main characters witnessing one of their own being burned alive.

Then there was the Q & A: Wes was asked about FEAST. He said the Weinsteins "have it. It's delayed. I don't know if it'll ever be shown." This would be just the first swipe Wes took at Bob & Harvey. I asked him if this new trend for horror remakes diminished the originals. He said No, pointing out that the Bogey version of THE MALTESE FALCON (the masterpiece) is the third version of that story. "It all depends on the director." Then I asked what he thought of his peers' work in "Masters of Horror" (whichI love to death, Moriarty). He said he loved it and would have done one, but was filming RED EYE at the time. He's spoken to Mick Garris about maybe doing one for Season 2. Then... the bitch asked a question: some snotty chick from the crowd went to the mike and asked if she and her boyfriend could "get our money back for CURSED ?" (Lots of jeers for her). Wes laughed it off, but said the reason the movie failed was because the Weinsteins kept fuckin' with him through the whole shoot then re-edited it to the PG-13 version. Next for Wes ? A stage production called MAGIK MACABRE with the producer of Sigfried & Roy's show. This cast left.

Next, Michael talked up Marcus Nispel's (TEXAS CHAINSAW remake) viking movie, PATHFINDER: AN AMERICAN SAGA. It's about a group of Vikings who come to the Americas 600 years pre-Columbus and fight Indians. The clips and trailer make it look like a mix of LOTR and SE7EN, I shit you not. We also saw some behind the scenes footage of Nispel on set, getting his grizzly beard shaven (it's grown back now) and baring his pale white ass for an injection to keep him awake. Nispel came and explained the story is meant to be a "medieval FIRST BLOOD" and that producer Mike Medavoy inspired him to do it. The German director went on to say that the Vikes in this flick are true bad-asses "Why [in the US] are Vikings 'cute' ? Like HAGAR THE HORRIBLE ? They raped and pillaged !" The hero of the flick is LOTR star Karl Urban, who Nispel says didn't have to go through the actors' "medival boot-camp" cause he'd already trained on LOTR and did his own stuntwork on this flick. Clancy Brown (who Nispel loved in HIGHLANDER--didn't we all) also stars as does the fiancee of his CHAINSAW star, Eric Balfour.

After he left, Michael asked if there were any biblical scholars in the crowd ? No. He then read a passage from Revelations and introduced THE OMEN remake. "Which comes out when ?", he asked. "666" we all said. Writer Dan McDermott and director John Moore came out. Moore explained that the teaser was actually the screen test for the kid playing Damien in this one. He said they'd only tested two kids and did this screen testthis flick's got tone and atmosphere to spare. The first tv spot was of a little girl drawing in a living room when she hears a "thump". She goes to the window and sees dead birds all around. The second was of a couple nailing crosses to the side of their house. Both end with the words "His Day will Come." Moore pointed out how dangerous it was for people to do drastic things based on religious convictions, "I'm sure there's a 'Dubya' in there somewhere."

Next, Michael showed a clip of ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN. It was of Scraps, the chipmu uh, whatever-the-hell-is still chasing after that damn acorn in and out of a frozen pond. Words wouldn't do it justice, but it was hilarious. They have GOT to put this clip on-line soon. Next, Michael showed us the (I have to admit, really cool-looking) X-3: LAST STAND posters made specifically for bus shelters. These... are... beautiful. Think of the solo posters for ATTACK OF THE CLONES taken to the next level. He then gave some out in a raffle which I did not win (shit). This was the end of Michael's show for Fox.

Next came the true highlight of my day, the best panel of the Con. Gary comes out and runs the M:I-3 Super Bowl spot then introduces JJ Abrams. He didn't answer question just yet, but intro'd a clip. It was the bulk of the "airplane interrogation" scene between Hoffman & Cruise as seen in the trailer. The close-ups of Hoffman are from a differenttake than the trailer ("You have a wife? Girlfriend?"), but the same dialogue. We get a clue as to why this guy is such a bad fucker and Hoffman plays him as really smug and unredemptively fuckin' evil. Since it's an interrogation, Cruise, after kicking that box behind him, decides to get answers by reminding Hoffman that they're in a plane. You will not believe this when you see it. Then... there was clip #2. Y'know that Chesapeake Bay Bridge shoot-out that we've been teased of in the trailers with Cruise slammin' into that car ? The guys shooting are trying to retreive Hoffman and to do that, they engage in an action sequence that is not only believable (perish the thought) but it makes the bridge scene from TRUE LIES and the chase from MATRIX RELOADED look like student films. And there were no PERCEIVABLE F/X, it all looked real (and Abrams said that the F/X weren't done yet). This isn't the cartoony, illogical, gravity-defying John Woo shit anymore; this is Jack Ryan's worst nightmare mixed in with a little PLATOON... and it doesn't miss a beat. Hell, when the Q & A happened, most of us praised Abrams for moving from tv-spy stuff "to full-blown Tom Clancy shit !" He told the story of how Cruise was given the ALIAS DVDs by someone on the show. Then, while filming the pilot for LOST, Cruise called and they chatted it up. After meeting in person, the two liked each other. Then Abrams got a surprise call from LOST co-creator Dan Lindleloff saying Cruise said JJ was directing M:I-3. Abrams thought he was being "punk'd". He says that his purpose for doing this one is to find out who Ethan Hunt is. He brought a lot of LOST and ALIAS folks with him onto the film and regrettably said that he won't be on hand to see the ending of ALIAS filmed as he'll be promoting this. (He also hasn't been involved in this season of LOST as he was filming) I asked if, now that he's done a feature, if he'd like to do more from other genres. He said, only if there were a great story. He'd love to do something like a TOOTSIE or BACK TO THE FUTURE. His biggest as-of-yet is writing for a comic book, for which he is jealous of pal Dan Lindleoff. He ended by saying that remembered John Woo's old interviews of how Cruise is determined to do his own stuntwork, so JJ was hesistant to write certain things. Even on the set, Cruise wanted to do it all, scaring Abrams. All in all, JJ Abrams is a cool, relaxed guy for someone responsible so many sucessful shows.

Next was Kevin Smith's turn. If you've ever seen AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH then you know what happened here. I neither have the time nor the internet space to write it all up, so I'll try to be brief: he loved Bryan Singer's X-flicks because they were "gay allegories. Part 3 woulda just been a full-on BROKEBACK MUTANT." I asked about FLETCH and GREEN HORNET. He isn't doing FLETCH anymore because Harvey Weinstein refused to hire Jason Lee for the lead; Harvey wants Zack Braff. Has been offered to direct an episode of MY NAME IS EARL, but would rather be on-screen as "Earl's retarded cousin." He realised he bit off more than he could chew by wanting to direct HORNET, so he won't do that, "but the script is good." and it's in the hands of the Weinsteins. Although folks liked that SPIDEY: BLACK CAT is finally out, one guy bitched that his DAREDEVIL: TARGET isn't finished. He joked that he's the master of never finishing things. There was a former Prince employee in the audience who apparently corroborated his EVENING comments ("I should take this guy on tour with me.") There was a six-year-old Jay-look-a-like who asked to be in a movie as "young Jay." Kev was agast that this kid's father let him watch the flicks. He invited the kid onstage, but when he got applause, he told him to go sit back down. He said the rumour of Bill Murray being the oringinal choice for JERSEY GIRL was just a brief thought, not serious (furthermore, the rumour of Bill refusing the flick because he's friends with Chevy Chase werenot true, he never offered to Bill). He says he was NEVER offered any part of the STAR WARS tv series; he just kept saying "wait and see" in the hopes that it would crystalize. Ironically, he says that when Lucas was recently asked about Smith's involvement, the Flanneled One said "wait and see."

Then came the CLERKS 2 clip. Remember in DOGMA where the "disclaimers" kept popping up in the beginning ? There was five minutes of that for this clip with titles humourously "warning" people not to record this ("fucking AICN-wannabe-spy"). The clip was of Randal at Mooby's debating the shittiness of LOTR to two Hobbit fans who talk shit about the prequels. Funny stuff. The clip ended with a new version of Jay and Bob dancing to a beatbox. This time, it's Jay recreating Buffalo Bill dick-less dance ("Would you fuck me? I'd fuck me") from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Funny shit that my poor typing skills do no service.

Next was the Pixar panel. After showing a short "best of Pixar" montage, the guys took the stage: Morg Vass, Bob Pali (sp?), Scott Quart, Jay Schuster and Jonas Rivera. Now, I love Pixar as much as the next guy, but (no offense to them) hearing these guys talk was like watching paint dry. They were dull as hell. People kept nodding off. Fortunately, they perked up when the clips for CARS were shown. (There are no humans in this world, and the cars have the personalities of the people who drive themI swear to God, this looked just like the Quidditch tounament in GOBLET OF FIRE. Cool, nonetheless. They ended by showing us the latest Pixar short: ONE MAN BAND. It's a nice and funny 6-min. piece that takes place in 19th century Europe where a one-man band (walkaround drum, tuba, harmonica, trumpet) notices a child about to drop a gold coin in a well. The band-man starts playing, hoping to win the coin. Just as the lil tyke's about to give it over, another band-man (with violins, mandolins, and the like) plays. I won't give away the ending, but it's hilarious.

After that, Gary introduced the ridiculously-HOTT Deborah K. Unger, who was just there to show the trailer and a clip from SILENT HILL. All I'll say is that it's not gonna be PG-13 (thank God). It's a bloody clip of a spirit ripping the skin off of a body the way a shell is taken off a peanut. Ponder that for a moment.

Then came the moment everyone was waiting for. Gary came out and introduced Bryan Singer to a standing ovation. He was asked how he acheived the flight F/X. He said that they used every trick in the book from greenscreen to Cyberscan. He was asked if he'd met John Williams. He said he'd first met Williams years ago to ask him to score X-1, but it didn't pan out.

He then showed the SUPERMAN RETURNS footage from last year's ComicCon. As I wasn't there, this was my first time seeing it, and I can see what all the fuss was about. Great stuff. He was asked was he thought about "Brett Ratner 'raping' the franchise you helped bring about?" He said he wished he could have done both, but an opportunity like SUPERMAN doesn't come around everyday. He said he and Brett have been friends for years and that he likes the X-3 trailer, and that it might surprise us. (Y'know, I'm like you guys: I really want to enjoy X-3, but everything I've seen so far has left me discouraged) He then turned to his side and said "I wanna introduce somebody who worked on the film with me. He's a nice guy and he came a long way to be here." From backstage, comes the one, the only... Brandon Routh ! [Standing ovation, Cameras go crazy]

The two then did a tag-team Q & A. They were asked if Lois would be the usual (?) damsel in distress. Singer explained how this Lois "has achieved things. She's up for the Pulitzer. She's fiesty as always." When asked why Lois had a new love when Superman returns, Singer said "besides kryptonite, there's not much that can hurt him. This will hurt him and test him." Routh added: "it's the only un-moveable obstacle for him."

Singer was asked if he'd spoken to his USUAL SUSPECTS writer, Chris McQuarrie, recently. He mentioned that McQuarrie did uncredited rewrites on X-1 and is currently writing LOGAN'S RUN for Singer. Brandon was asked about the infamous cod-piece. He sheepishly grinned and said that he wasn't there for the meetings, but can't believe that it was such a big deal. "It's good news for me, I guess... it's like a [baseball player's] cup, only softer because I'm not supposed to be hit there."

Routh was then asked if he believed in the so-called "Curse of Superman". He said that the tragedies of the past actors were "things that happened beyond their control" and that he "can't let it stand in my way." When asked about beating out bigger names for the role, he said he was honoured to do the film. Singer concurred and mentioned how both George Reeves and Christopher Reeve were both relative unknowns upon taking the role. "A star brings a lot of baggage. [An unknown] can represent the character from our collective memory."

Singer was asked about sequel possibilities. He said he's taking each project one-by-one; that he has some ideas for a possible sequel "but then I had ideas for X-MEN 3, too." When asked why Superman left and returns at the beginning of this film, Routh said "there are things about himself that he didn't know and could only find out by leaving." Both mentioned how the new Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) will be "more villianous." Singer: "He's been in prison. He still has a wit about him, but he's much more villainous."

The ended with Routh being asked about the best thing of being Superman. "Being part of things like this [WonderCon]. Having kids recognise me. Being an iconic, inspirational character. [Being part of] a movie that took a long time to get off the ground." They got another standing ovation as they left.

Many folks made their way out, too. Gary came back on stage. "Where ya goin' ?" He held up a V FOR VENDETTA mask in his hand. Anyone still in their seat will be receiving these if you stay for the two trailers. It's a cool Halloween mask of the Guy Fawkes caricture used in the story. Everyone was given one (I got three, in my own sneaky way). The trailers were just the teaser for THE FOUNTAIN and the trailer for V.

I stayed for the LucasFilm presentation. Steve Sansweet was lead in by Stormtroopers and Darth Vader to the SW theme (not the Imperial March); he joked that it was "the strangest wedding march I've ever seen". He mentioned how next year will be SW's 30th anniversary AND their 30th year with ComicCon, as the first movie was first hyped at the '77 Con. After talking about the Bay Area's role in creating SW, he played a short doc (akin to the ones that appear on SW.com) called "The Journey" that featured interviews with the cast and crew of ROTS and had footage of the premieres. Kinda sad, really. He then mentioned that Hyperspace is running a contest where the winner will be the SW fan-club pres. for a year.

He mentioned how ROTS has received many F/X nods and awards in the past year. He played ILM clips from WAR OF THE WORLDS, GOBLET OF FIRE, and ROTS. He then mentioned upcoming LucasArts games: LEGO SW 2: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY (during which, the screens showed the classic NEW HOPE poster with LEGO characters) and a RTS for the PC called EMPIRE AT WAR (takes place between the two trilogies). He also mentioned that they're considering a Celebration 4 for next year, the 3-D re-releases of the original trilogy, and that the live action series is still in the planning stage.

We were then shown a fan-made short called FOR THE LOVE OF THE FILM. Taking place during the SPECIAL EDITIONS in '97, the flick is about the projector breaking, so the patrons act out the flick themselves. Pretty funny. During the Q & A, he was asked if George cared about the "box office slump." (A 6% drop is not a slump) He said that "it wasn't a slump where SW was concerned." He said the live action show will occur around the classic trilogy. The full scores for AOTC and ROTS have not appeared on CD because Sony Classics had bad sales for the PHANTOM MENACE sets. When asked if CLONE WARS' Gennedy Tartakovsky would be involved, he said "No. He's head of The Orphanage now. He's doing DARK CRYSTAL 2. When asked about RED TAILS, INDY 4 or whether ILM would be involved in the upcoming TRANSFORMERS, he said (respectively): "No script has been written. Close but can't guarantee yet. Not to my knowledge."

With that, I finally left room 20-00. I was a bit pissed to find out that Bryan Singer was giving out SUPERMAN posters while I was listening to Sansweet. Plus, I missed Mark Waid's panel. Fortunately, Waid was at the DC booth and he signed my KINGDOM COME hardcover. People kept offering to buy my V mask, but it wasn't happenin'. I wore that thing home and scared half the folks with it (the other half thought I was part of the day's SF Chinese New Year Parade). Dave Stevens still wasn't there, but this was the end of the day, so I may have just missed him.

Well... that's all for the exhaustive cornerstone of WonderCon. I'll be there tomorrow. I might not have much to write as there isn't much scheduled and I'll be leaving early. BUT... I will be there for Frank Miller's Q & A. Till then, later y'all.

Buddy-L



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  • Feb. 12, 2006, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Nice stuff

    by viranth

    Anyone know if it's possible to get a video from wondercon?

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Where's the bit about the TV series being set in the OT

    by Tall_Boy

    Alls I see is, "the live action series is still in the planning stage." Who, what, where?

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST

    too much reading

    by Stimpson J Cat

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Re: Tall_Boy

    by Lord_Soth

    "He said the live action show will occur around the classic trilogy."

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    V for Vendetta Preview Showing

    by OtterKnowBetter

    Just got home from the 10:00 PM preview. The handed out wrist bands at the DC booth on & off today for it. Looked very finished. No Intro and no Q&A after. Everyone got a mask that wanted one. Many got 2 or 3. The security was tight, poorly prepared and rude. Was more true to the comic than I expected. I liked it, but it won't do well @ the box office. Not enough 'ACTION' to be an 'action flick' and too 'comic booky' to be a thriller.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:14 a.m. CST

    V for Vendetta is a masterpiece.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I just got out of that same screening. Everyone who's seen it and talked about it on AICN is right, it's a fucking revolution. Anyhoo, concerning other stuff: The Pathfinder director was boring as hell; the movie doesn't look very well done, but it could just be because it's not that together yet; The Omen looked pretty cool, they also showed us a scene from the movie which is apparently an homage to the original, it was set during a birthday party, Damien's on a carosel, and his nanny gets on the roof and says "It's all for you Damien! It's all for you!" and jumps off and hangs herself in front of everybody. Hardcore and interesting. The Ice Age 2 clip was definitely funny and I was able to score the Phoenix X-3 poster. The MI3 clips were fucking bad ass as hell and I'm totally excited about this thing. The only thing that kinda irked me was that Hoffman's scene with Tom Cruise where Hoffman says "i'm going to kill you in front of her" isn't as dramatic as it is in the trailer. Kevin Smith was great and hilarious as always and the clip he showed was pretty sweet. The Pixar Panel was boring as hell unfortunately, and the clips they showed scared the fuck out of me. Each car is so insanely stereotypical, whether it's a racial or social stereotypes. Even if you take that part out, the clip wasn't that funny. They showed another clip of Wilson's car racing and it looked pretty sick and well done, but there doesn't feel like there's enough danger, I hope they allow cars to get in crazy accidents and stuff. The Silent Hill clip was CRAZY, totally totally unexpectedly hardcore with it's violence. This dude forgot a lot about the Superman panel: not only did the show the ComicCon foortage, Singer also showed another reel that was much more character driven, a lot of Clark and Lois interaction, lots of interesting Clark stuff. It actually gave me chills near the end, which surprised me, so maybe it has a chance after all. The V masks are awesome. So fuck yeah, great day, great stuff. AND REMEMBER REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER!

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Oh and V spoilerish.... sorta.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    At least the subtext. If you can't see that this is an allegory not only for the United States, but also for 9/11, then you are crazy.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Does this mean the TV show will have, you know, paint?

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    As in, damaged stuff? Scuffed stuff? Woo hoo if it does. Though it probably won't. Silent Hill sounds pretty awesome...that and Hills Have Eyes, though not original properties, could actually be quite good. Clerks 2...I can't wait for some LOTR vs SW Smith dialogue!!

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    The M:I 3 Problem

    by DerLanghaarige

    Part 1 & 2 sucked as hard as a Joel Schumacher-Film, but it seems like I will watch part III anyway. Please let it be as cool as it sounds like!

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    V for Vendetta

    by PurityOfEssence

    Hard for graphic novel to be an allagory for 9/11 when it was written in 1980's. Now the reason why they chose to make this film could be related to 9/11. Could be, but not necesarily is.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    excellent write-up

    by goremonger

    kudos

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Clancy Brown=Mr Crabs

    by zekmoe

    I still can't belive that voice comes from that guy.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Good Job !!

    by RobinP

    Excellent job of reporting. Plenty of stuff here to keep us geeks happy for the months to come. Some points that spring to mind...so, Singer LIKES the X-3 trailer ? I guess a recant from Harry along with a reposting of his article, artfully disguising the hatred can only be around the corner. Aw please - not a Logan's Run remake. Yikes didn't we have one last year and didn't they call it "The Island" ? I, for one, definitely had a deja vouz feeling while watching it. That and boredom.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Superman 06

    by Dolmes

    So will the Lois/New love/Superman love triangle be better than the tv attempt?

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Kevin was fucking spot on

    by Rufus

    the AICN spies running around to snatch up shit are not much better than the kid who got boo'd for pitching in a script.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Wait

    by Busky

    The Rent/X3 bus shelter posters are "cool looking" and "...beautiful?"

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    The SW TV series

    by performingmonkey

    I was hoping they wouldn't set it DURING the Original Trilogy time period because a) it's playing too much to fanboys who hate the prequels, b) it means no SW actors can make cameos because they're too old or too young or whatever, and it will suck if Vader and the Emperor are in it (along with Yoda, Chewie and Boba Fett, these are the only characters they could use as they're in a suit or behind makeup), anyway it would totally diminish Vader if he was in a TV series. Why don't they set it after the Original Trilogy? There's no way they'll be able to show certain things due to effects limitations. They could get away with Galactica-style space action, but realising the planets on a TV budget is a big no-no, especially Coruscant.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    knew I shoulda went

    by butnugget

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    superman comiccon footage

    by Goatweed

    has this hit the internet yet? it's been over a year.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    They should set it during the Knights of the Old Repub

    by I Dunno

    Thousands of years before ANH, with a bunch of Jedi and a bunch of Sith running around. I can't believe I'm saying that because I hate the EU but setting it during the OT leaves too many temptations for cameo appearences, despite what GL said. I mean how can they resist guest starring Vader during sweeps?

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    star wars

    by Jubba

    wasn't that just info about the new Lego star wars game being set in the original trilogy? That's the title of the new game...nothing to do with the TV series...almost as if this report wasn't read before being posted

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Two Words: Boba Fett!

    by Shermdawg

    I betcha anything it will be his show. watch, just watch. Ooooh or possibly Dash Rendar!!! Whatever it may be, they had better include the greatest Star Wars character never to appear in a film: HK-47!!! (Sorry Mara)

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Poster

    by Jubba

    pretty cool, methinks http://tinyurl.com/93jea

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Star Wars TV show: I have a bad feeling about this:EWOK

    by warp11

    How much do you want to bet that Endor is in the series, not the mention Ewoks. Does no one remember the last time Lucas did a TV show. We got kids with crystals on their hands telling them that mom and dad were dead and Ewoks that learned to talk.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Night Watch

    by Geronimo666

    I saw this movie in Germany where it started in december 2005. The trailer looked awesome but the movie itself is a lot of BS! The whole thing is confusing and has nothing to tell. It is the worst movie I have seen in a long time! I will not watch the sequels and I can't think of someone who will pay for seeing them too. Do not believe the cool trailer because the movie you will see is NOT what you are expecting... believe me!

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Nice report!

    by moviemaniac-7

    I can't get enough of Kevin Smith talking. His one-man shows are f***ing awesome (especially the Prince and the Superman bits).

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I want on of those V FOR VENDETTA masks

    by Uncooked_Meat

    Great report, btw. Holy shit is it snowing here.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    There was alot more going on in the rebellion....

    by Bong

    besides Han, Luke, and Leia

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Night Watch - The Matrix

    by L. Duderino

    Looks a lot like the Matrix movies to me. Effects look very cool, but the music in the trailer sucked.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Niiiice

    by BCfreeB

    Very nice. Good, concise and informative reporting. www.unseenfilms.com

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "I'm sure there's a 'Dubya' in there somewhere."

    by Immortal_Fish

    There are people on this planet killing other people on this planet because of CAR-FRIKKIN-TOONS!!! And yet, Smirky McChimp is the first thing to spring to mind when the topic of people doing "drastic things based on religious convictions." I mean, I KNOW the ass was responsible for Katrina and the splinter I got on the middle finger of my left hand this morning, but EEESH... can't the guy be cut some slack? (Note that this was in the form of a question, so that makes it okay)

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    Christopher McQuarrie

    by blondeman

    Good to see Chris and Bryan are still friends. It's been soooo long since X1, I thought maybe they had a falling out or something. Glad to see that Chris is writing LOGANS RUN. After WAY OF THE GUN everything he was working on seemed to go away.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    My brief - and readable - take on WonderCon

    by Maul Rats

    http://o-dogg.blogspot.com/2006/02/highlights-from-wondercon-sf.html

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I was refering to the movie, not the graphic novel...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    my bad.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Wookies!

    by lynxpro

    That's what we need. A whole show devoted to Wookies and no subtitles because us Americans hate subtitles! And then we can get some of the cast all coked up and sing "Life Day". At the very least, the Ewok telefilms were watchable. I think for a Star Wars tv show to work, it would have to be able smugglers. Of course, I am also of the opinion that a Han Solo prequel theatrical film could be doable, and successfully.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    WAIT DARK CRYSTAL 2!?!

    by Alkohal

    WHY!

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Clerks 2...

    by The Midget_King

    Fuckin' A bitches. I cant wait for this.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    An evening with Kevin Smith

    by Emilminty?

    I'd rather get a bone-marrow transplant.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 7:15 p.m. CST

    "These... are... beautiful."

    by 3 Bag Enema

    You... are... gay.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Whoa! Someone "liked" Smith's Spidey/Black Cat?

    by Heywood Jablowme

    I call bullshit on that one. Nobody liked it, period. Hell, the only thing Kevin liked about the story was the fat check he got from Marvel eight years ago when he started writing it. Oh, another thing, bone marrow transplants are for pussies. Lighten the fuck up Mott. I don't think the guy was going after you. I suppose if we can't make fun of bone marrow recipients, the next thing you'll tell us is know we can't make fun of the blacks or Jews.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Of course, the above post should be "now", not "know".

    by Heywood Jablowme

    whoops.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Well then way to go Charlie Bloodcell.

    by Heywood Jablowme

    Did you trade him for a good eye? Sorry, sorry, I know I went too far with that one. No offense, but I had to throw that out there. Sorry about your troubles mate, hope you're doing better.

  • Feb. 12, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    If Lucas is 100% in charge of the Star Wars T.V. series

    by Undead Neverhood

    And given his hideous track record with those....things.....that pass themselves off as Star Wars prequels, Then I think its safe to say the television series will stink on every conceivable level. And you all think Lucas destroyed the franchise. Oh no, he's just getting started in the destruction.

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Umm, how about...

    by Jaka

    ...fuck Star Wars. Anything Lucas does is an excuse for more marketing leverage. More toys. More sorry ass bullshit stories. Blech. At least as they build up the TV cannon all you fan boys can eat shit on the Trek vs SW argument. "Oh, well Lucas never made a lame TV series blah blah blah." Right. No, instead he made 400 plus million dollars worth of craptacular cimena, thus raping two generations childhood memories and stealing anybody who was dumb enough to BUY any of the 1,675,965 merchandise items money.

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 4:57 a.m. CST

    lol, ok ok

    by Jaka

    Before I get ripped a new Talkback asshole, I don't really HATE SW that much....but pretty damn close. I mean really, aren't y'all holding out hope for something that you KNOW is never going to happen? The franchise can't be saved. If you want good SW go read the books and comics.

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    X-Men 3 posters "really cool-looking"

    by Trazadone

    God, I think those posters are awful. I'm not one of those people who get bent out of shape because a movie's marketing maneuvers look like Gap ads, but the spots have to be better than Gap ads. What's with the tiny "take a stand?" The whole thing is very uninspiring. It makes me realize how great all the Matrix sequel posters were. I remember the contrasting styles for "Reloaded" and "Revolutions," and how the "Revolutions" posters in particular satisfied that particular "part 3 of a series" vibe of inevitability; you saw the screaming exoskeleton-wearing warriors and the dozens of scowling Smiths in the rain and thought, Ah, yes, THIS is where the story reaches the terminal point it's been heading towards all along

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah but this is TV and ratings so this will only last

    by spike fan

    One season.########### Also shows up that bull shit about making personel films Lucas yabbered on about.Hell this TV show seems soley designed to give Yes men like Mcallum a job.The fact is I am willing to bet the first couple of episodes are going to get sky high ratings becuase its Starwars and as the prequels showed Lucas can shove any type of crap down there throats and they will thank him for it. BUT after the first few episodes viewers will slowly realise what crap they are watching and drift away so by the end of the first series the ratings will be cancellation level.

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Smith Will Return

    by imkindofabigdeal

    To Glory that is with...MALLRATS II the Passion of the Schooner. CLERKS 2 will be good, make money, and entertain us all.

  • Feb. 13, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Star Wars TV series IS between EP 3&4

    by trevor2001

    Steve Sansweet confirmed it in his presentation at Wondercon, as well as showing the footage of George Lucas saying so as well from last year.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST

    re: Christopher McQuarrie

    by Ass Lesson

    LOGAN'S RUN is all well and good, but I personally can't wait to see McQuarrie's next directorial effort THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT.

  • Feb. 14, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    MI-3

    by vlade

    Tom Cruise is a sorry ass actor. The only reason his movies make money is because Steven Spielsberg and a cuple other good directors give him roles with good storylines and because almost all of his movies get released in the summer. When it is a blockbuster season. MI-1 was really horrible and MI-2 was worse. Especially the bike stunts in the end made me laugh. MI-3 will be even worse than the previous 2 combined. I bet that if it opened on labor day or september, the month of very low grossing weekend. It woul take in at most 20 million at opening weekend to atotal gross of 55 mil

  • July 2, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    what the

    by Neo Zeed

    deal<br /> yo

  • July 2, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Just trying to get the spaces

    by Neo Zeed

    LOGAN'S RUN is all well and<br />good

  • July 2, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Just trying to get the spaces

    by Neo Zeed

    LOGAN'S RUN is all well and<br />good