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Lasch saw all the panels on SOUTHLAND TALES and VERONICA MARS at SDCC!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This Comic-Con was massive. I heard tell that the attendence was over 150,000 people this year, almost 50,000 more than last year. I've been covering the Con for 7 years now and this is the first year I felt overwhelmed. There were so many panels going on, I missed quite a few. Thankfully many of our spies out there didn't. I'm posting up a few reports from the Con this morning that cover panels I couldn't attend. The first one up has a write-up on Richard Kelly's SOUTHLAND TALES panel and the VERONICA MARS panel for you viewers out there. Enjoy!!!

Southland Tales Panel

RIchard Kelly, his producer and some of the bit players were there (They were all or mostly in the Groundlings). They showed a clip, which was a 3-4 minute long musical segment with Justin Timberlake @ the Santa Monica pier Arcade(I think.) It's a musical number set to a "Killers" track. It's from the character's (who's a war vet) fantasy world. He said Justin's really good in the film. I hate nysnc, and their videos quite a bit. With that said, I thought the clip was awfully cool. THere are chicks in maryln monroe wigs, and it gets frisky.

The panel was rather lively. SO much so that you wouldn't think cannes never happened. Anyway, they are still working on the film, and Kelly did not get specific about the release date. Apparently the release date will depend upon the finished film.

Much emphasis was made with regard to the humor of the film. The groundling females play porn stars in the film, along with Buffy. The movie's got a message (About which he endeavored to articulate, but its involved.), and tries to bring it across through humor.

Also, Kelly said his next film will be "The BOX," which is set in 1976. That will be his third consecutive film set in an election year(DD-1988 ST-2008)

So far, between the footage I'ver seen at comic con and elsewhere and plot details I've heard, this movie is starting to reming me of the Wim Wenders film "Unti the End of the World," except the only thing funny about that film was the lead actresse's performance (The ten people who saw the film know what I'm talking about).

One last note. I finally figured out who RIchard Kelly resembles. He looks like a skinny Nick Lachey. Serious. I's wierd.

THere was a question about a possible DD graphic novel. He said there's no plan at this time, b/c he needs to move on. Frankly, I can't blame him.

Veronica Mars

Rob thomas and the cast were there. Season 3 will have Mini Arcs (A la "Murder One" season 2). The audience of apparenbtly rabid fans groaned a bit. The first will be nine episodes, starting October 3, and will run straight through. So season 3 mystery will be solved in time for the end of Sweeps(November 28).

Rob Thomas was somewhat vague on two points. The first was the episode order(13 vs 22). THat's understadable b/c it will be based on future ratings. The second one relates to that: THe ratings expectations. HE said if they match or exceed Gilmore'/s ratings, that's great(DUH!), but that if there is a big drop it would be bad. Okay. THere are drops and then there are DROPS. I don't think anyone seriously believes that the show will retain all more more of the GIlmore ratings, so I'ld be iterested in what a realistic acceptable audience retention rate would be(i.e. 70%, 80%, 90% etc..)


This was a short film at the independent film festival, directed by Jenn Kao. It was like Cube with Lesbians in a postapocalyptic setting. It was really neat. She's one to look out for. She said she's working on Zombie movie script. She is smart and came across as a real go getter, so she has to be going places.

Overall, a good comic con. With regards to the exhibition, I would say that there was somewhat more space devoted to comics compared to last year. Last year it was about a third. THis year was approximately 40%.

Call me Lasch

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  • July 27, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Darth Evil Dead


  • July 27, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Miami Vice (SEX) review bitch....

    by Darth Evil Dead

    Hey kids and child molesters, Just got out of Michael Mann's Miami Vice staring Jamie Foxx and Colin Ferrell. So how was it? Well it was just okay. Which is not good, not bad. If you want to see a good Michael Mann movie go watch Heat. Then watch Heat again because its that fucking good. Then watch Collateral. The movie has really nothing to do with the TV show, except for the character names. Thats about it. Oh yeah and there cops and one is black and the other is white and they live in Miami. Thats about it. They dont act like the characters of the show or anything. One thing about this its played real. There is nothing amazing happening here. No amazing stunts like MI3. Its set in the real world. And like people in the real world, these characters are boring. You will give two shits about Colin and Jamie in this film. These characters are boring..and you dont care about them on a emotional level. The Problem is Colin gets about 70% of the screen time in this movie. Jamie I think has 2 scenes in the movie that Colin is not in. Colin might have 20 scenes with no Jamie. And when Colin is on the screen..He is just sitting there stairing at the camera, with a fucked up look on his face. His character is played almost the same way he played John Smith in that Pochantas movie "The New World" he did. He does not do alot in the movie. So the more interesting of the characters Jamie, has a lot less screen time then the boring Colin. Another fucked up part of the movie is the fucking. There are two sex scenes in the movie that do nothing. Its that slow fucking in slow motion with music. Its not sex. There making love. And there long sex scenes. Each one is about 3 min long. So for 3 minutes we are stairing at really really soft core stuff in slow motion. You see no tits..No Pussy...No cumming..NOTHING!!! If your going to put some sex in your fucking movie atleast make it so a guy might get a hard on by watching it. Why the fuck do you Michael Mann think the audience would care to see Colin or Jamie's back to the camera..covering up the Lady their screwing for a total of 6 minutes? Why? I hate when directors put G rated sex in their movies for no fucking reason. Either put hardcore sex in your film...Or dont put that shit in it at all!!! If your not even going to show a breast or some pussy...Then dont fucking put it in your film...6 minutes of watching Jamie and Colin bobbing up and down in slow motion to music does shit for us. It does not advance the story..It does not make us hard....Its fucking useless...Your puting everyone in the theater to sleep!! The plot of this movie is that Jamie and Colin must go undercover has drug smugglers to make a bust on a drug lord. Same plot we seen a million times in movies...They gain trust of the bad guys..then their cover gets blown...then one of their loved ones gets kidnapped..And they must save her and stop the bad guys... There really is not alot of action in the movie..and not a whole lot of tension either. Heat and Collateral were way more intense and interesting to look at. You actually cared about the characters in those films. There is a shoot out scene in the end that is signature Michael Mann that is great. But the film on a just okay. And in a summer of huge blockbusters thats just not good enough. I dont see this movie as a franchiese.. It looks like it will be one and done... And I expect after a good openning weekend this movie will fizzal...As bad word of mouth will hurt it.. So its a okay movie.. You wont be mad at it. You will just wish it was more..more Jamie....more action....more character development...and less Colin...and less (I cant believe Im fucking saying it) sex..

  • July 27, 2006, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Thanks Darth...

    by Animus

    Not that I was going to see Miami Vice or anything, but thanks for the reaffirmation. Can I ask you something though... about Colin Farell, does he have the American accent, or Irish, or is it where it's American at first and then he gets lazy and it's just Irish for the rest of the movie?

  • July 27, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Southland Tales panel and footage

    by forgetburma@yaho

    AICN fellows, I emailed you a much more thorough (and grammatically error free) report of the panel...need me to send it again? Also, here's a link to footage of the entire panel--

  • July 27, 2006, 4:56 a.m. CST

    buttf*ck this, really

    by rickycoogin

    Is this really even going to get released? You say the director tried to explain it and couldn't? Funny that, he couldn't really explain his first fiasco either and yet it has a resounding (echoing around a dried up uterus?) cult following. Dick Kelly is like the blair witch team meats M. Night a wannabe "deep" storyteller that can't draw on anything that didnt' come out in their lifetime=empty vapid void but has to keep sucking at the teat of their original success. Maybe I'm just bitter because r. kelly's next release "the box" sounds too much like mine "the vagina that made Donnie Darko and another film that sucked ass dipped in balls." Seriously some one explain to me how Donnie Darko wasn't just a bunch of wierdness for wierdness sake and pop-culture references. huh-huh-hack!

  • July 27, 2006, 5:38 a.m. CST

    lol darth

    by nef

    hardcore sex in a hollywood movie...the day that will happen... and to ricky above me, you're an idiot if you only think DD was just being weird for the hell of it, most of that stuff ties in the story if you wish to get involved with the story, best i can tell ya

  • July 27, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST

    "Frank"ly I can't blame him either.

    by brokentusk

    Frank the Bunny that is! Sorry.

  • July 27, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Okay, I'll say it:

    by fiester

    Southland Tales sounds like it has the potential to be a movie of epically awful proportions. Or brilliant. And I sort of like that degree of risk-taking.

  • July 27, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Oh Boy, Another Kelly Obscurantist

    by Aquatarkusman

    Election years? Maybe it doesn't mean anything apart from his disappearing up his own ass.

  • July 27, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Good review, Darth. I'd rather see "MIAMI MICE."

    by Uncapie

    Read the Southland Tales script and as one poster said previously, you'll either love it or hate it. I'm in the later catagory.

  • July 27, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelly: One Hit Wonder

    by godoffireinhell

    He will never direct another watchable film or write another decent script. There, I said it. It's harsh but even all you emo kids who love DONNIE DARKO since you first saw it in 2005 will have to deal with it. Cutting helps. Just make sure it's down the road, not across the street.

  • July 27, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by narky

    I will admit that the first time you watch Donnie Darko, if you're not in the right mood, it could look like just a bunch of weird shit. But if you watch the movie more than once, all the weirdness actually stops being so weird. It's a really simple story, the weirdness is brilliant in a way because most of it just comes from the character's exploration of his own story and what's happening to him. None of it is extraneous, except for the humor. And he didn't say that Kelly couldn't explain what Southland Tales is about, he said it was involved and did not want to repeat it.

  • July 27, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Primary Universe? Tangent Universe?

    by JAGUART

    Who gives a fuck. Its still extremely gay made up shit.

  • July 27, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    all i do is play video games

    by JackDonkey

    but I shut off the video game to watch Gilmore Girls, i think when gilmore girls is over i'll go back to playing video games.

  • July 27, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I loved Donnie Darko but.......

    by BobParr

    Southland Tales is going to suck major balls. RK's ego has gotten out of control because of all the ass kissing he has received from DD. This will be a mess!

  • July 28, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I fell in love with Donnie Darko from the first frame

    by oisin5199

    I didn't care that the time travel thing made no sense. The mood and feel of the film was incredibly evocative for me, as I was about Donnie's age at the time (I was a little older) - and I remember feeling like the characters in the film. And yeah, Until the End of the World was a challenge to watch, but what a great soundtrack! Wasn't that actress Wenders' wife? Her scene with Bruno Ganz at the end of Wings of Desire is still totally classic.