Sci-Fi Movies Sunday: Captain America 2, Thor 2, Dark Shadows, Terminator 5, Prometheus, The Hobbit + more

This week’s Sci-Fi Movies includes updates on Fantastic Voyage, Frankenstein, Prometheus and the next Terminator, the first look at the cast of Dark Shadows, release date news for the Captain America sequel and possible director news for Thor 2. All that plus Star Wars blu-ray sales data and much more, including the latest images and video previews.

GENRE MOVIE NEWS

Chris Evans says Captain America sequel may not see release until 2014

"Captain America: The First Avenger" star Chris Evans told The Playlist | indieWIRE that he believes Marvel will wait until 2014 to release a sequel. Evans also confirmed he’s signed for three films but doesn’t think his character will appear in any other non-Captain America films save ‘The Avengers’:

"Confirming that he’s signed for three "Captain America" entries and three "Avengers" films, Evans told us, "They may wait until 2014 until they release the next Cap. Marvel has a lot of balls in the air, they aren’t going to cannibalize their films." And it could be very expensive for Marvel if Cap shows up in a non-Cap movie. "Out of those six films, if I pop up in one of those [other films], it counts as part of the deal. So if they needed me in a third Cap, and I say, ‘[frick] you, give me $30 million,’ well…they want to avoid that."

Although Evans doesn’t make mention of any potential date for the sequel, last month Disney — who distributes Marvel films — set release dates for two Untitled Marvel Projects: May 16, 2014 and June 27, 2014. Speculation at the time hinted towards at least one of those dates being set aside for a sequel to ‘Captain America’. Evans’ recent comments certainly point towards that direction. Read the rest of The Playlist’s interview with Evans here.

Marvel reportedly considering Patty Jenkins for Thor 2 director

With "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh not returning for the planned sequel, Marvel Studios has been searching for a replacement and according to Deadline, the studio "is getting close" to making a pick and it could be "Monster" director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins also directed the pilot for the AMC original series "The Killing". "Thor 2" is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2013 with "Thor" co-writer Don Payne writing the script.

First Official Look: The cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

When images from the set of Tim Burton’s "Dark Shadows" adaptation were leaked online last week there was some concern over the look of Johnny Depp’s character Barnabas Collins. The first official photo of the film’s cast is out to reassure fans of the original series:

The cast: Johnny Depp (Barnabas Collins), Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Chloë Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), Gulliver McGrath (David Collins), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters), Ray Shirley (Mrs. Johnson), Jackie Earle Haley (Willie Loomis), Jonny Lee Miller (Roger Collins) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard).

EW’s article on the photo also contains an interview with "Dark Shadows" screenwriter and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" author Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Richard D. Zanuck. Here’s an excerpt discussing the character Barnabas Collins:

“He’s been alive this whole time and very hungry, with no idea what’s going on outside,” says screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith.

"Two-hundred years later, he’s suddenly walking into the town he saw being built and seeing girls in skirts, cars for the first time. It’s a man-out-of-time, supernatural horror story, but I put ‘horror’ in quotes," says producer Richard D. Zanuck.

Read the rest of the interview at EW.  "Dark Shadows" is scheduled to hit theaters on May 11, 2012.

Justin Lin forced to drop out of Terminator project due to scheduling conflicts

Terminator rights holder Megan Ellison and star Arnold Schwarzenegger want to move faster on the first of two "Terminator" films in production; by the fourth quarter of 2012. That faster schedule, however, has forced Justin Lin to drop out as director of the project due to him already being committed to direct a sixth “Fast and Furious” film during that time table. Deadline further notes, however, that Lin could return to the project if Ellison and Schwarzenegger decide against quickening the production schedule:

Lin has been working closely with Schwarzenegger and Ellison to figure a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet. It would require some effort for Ellison to get the film underway by late next year. She hasn’t got a script and I don’t think she’s even hired a screenwriter yet. She also hasn’t set a studio partner, even though several are interested.

The article also reveals that Schwarzenegger has brought James Cameron into at least one or two brainstorming meetings — although the Terminator / Terminator 2 director has no involvement in the latest project.

Batman producer says franchise will continue after Nolan’s trilogy

Christopher Nolan has long maintained that "The Dark Knight Rises" will be his final film in the franchise, but that doesn’t mean the character won’t see the big screen again. Producer and rights holder Michael E. Uslan recently spoke to MovieWeb and revealed that the extensive and on-going comic series will ensure the character will be around for a long time:

"The only thing I would direct your attention to is the new comic books. The comic books have kept this character vital, and intriguing, for seventy-two years. We are all still going back every Wednesday to see what’s new. I think the character is that vital and that sustaining. He is going to be around for a long time to come."

"The Dark Knight Rises" is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on July 20, 2012. Check out the latest set images and videos below.

Anne Hatheaway in Catwoman costume with Christian Bale (Batman) [more at JustJared]

Set videos [YouTube more via CBM, (2)]

Evangeline Lilly talks about her new character in The Hobbit

Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character called Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit", and the actress says that while she understands the concern of some fans about the addition, she also feels it was needed "to round out the story as an adaptation [SFX]:

I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them! That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien’s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.”

Read the rest of SFX’s interview with Lilly here. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" follows on December 13, 2013. Both films will be released in 3D.

Sigourney Weaver talks Prometheous + New synopsis released

"Alien" star Sigourney Weaver isn’t involved in Ridley Scott’s "Prometheus", but the actress offered some hints about what she’s heard about the project, specifically what role the space jockey may play [Hollywood Outbreak via Blastr]:

… I haven’t read the script, but what I think is interesting is the alien, when you first find it in the first movie with what we call the space jockey, you know, the kind of strange creature with the elephant face. Anyway, the eggs were in its ship. So where did they come from? So it’s kind of following that storyline with … another great ensemble. I actually talked to Ridley about this very idea, and I’m delighted he’s doing it … I feel it’s in good hands. It’s a wonderful franchise and if they can invigorate the creature, it could have another life.

In other news, the official Facebook page for the movie has released this new synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Meanwhile, star Patrick Wilson had nothing but praise for the film’s script, written by Star Trek’s Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts:

"I was blown away by [the script] and I don’t use that sort of phrase a lot, but I was blown away by it, so excited that I wanted to read it again. I just kept re-reading it, even though I knew what was coming. And put it this way, I’ve never done this, I’ve never finished the shooting on a movie, and then on the ride home read the script again. I had no reason to read it, it was not work-oriented, I just really loved it, it’s so cool."

"Prometheus" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2012.

Shawn Levy still attached to Frankenstein and Fantastic Voyage

Director Shawn Levy confirmed that he’s still attached to helm both Frankenstein (adapted from Max Landis’ screenplay based on the 1818 Mary Shelley novel) and the "Fantastic Voyage" remake. Levy described "Frankstein" as "a radical retelling of that Frankenstein legend." For the 3D James Cameron-produced "Fantastic Voyage", Levy revealed he’s been working with Cameron on the project for the last seven months, adding: "We’ve got a script and a world design that we love. It’ll be an underwater, 3D action sci-fi extravaganza". Shawn Levy’s latest film "Real Steel" is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX theaters on October 7, 2011. Check out a sneak peek clip from the film below.

Sneak peek clip [ComingSoon.net]

Kick-Ass still planned as trilogy, says creator Mark Millar

"Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar remains confident that a sequel to the 2010 comic-book adaptation — directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Jane Goldman — will eventually get made [Hero Complex | LA Times]:

"Hopefully, we can use the same actors if and when we do a sequel, but getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane [Goldman] to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they’re superstars now and they have projects of their own. I’d imagine, if this happens any time soon, that Matthew will produce and possibly co-write, like George Lucas did with “The Empire Strikes Back,” and hire a new director. But there’s a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed. I obviously know more than I can say, but I think people will be pretty happy with the conversations we’ve been having."

Millar also re-iterated his desire for the "Kick-Ass" story to conclude as a trilogy:

"…"Kick-Ass" is a trilogy of books and there’s going to be two volumes of Hit-Girl too. And then that’s it. The whole, very complete, story has been in my head since the beginning. "Kick-Ass 2" ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and this all gets resolved in "Kick-Ass 3." I’ve known the last page of "Kick-Ass 3" since I wrote Page 1 of the first series…you have to stick to your guns and let a story have a natural length. You can’t get greedy. Just because something sells doesn’t mean you should milk it to death. "Kick-Ass 3" will absolutely be the last book and it’s a good ending."

Read the rest of Hero Complex | LA Times’s interview with Millar here.

Star Wars Blu-ray a record-breaking success; Over 1M sold and more than $84M in sales

Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox have announced that the 9-disc Blu-ray release of "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" sold a record breaking — bestselling catalog release on Blu-ray Disc — 1 million units and more than $84M worldwide. The release sold 515,000 units in North America in North America alone. From the press release:

"Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrateStars Wars continues to amaze us," said Kayleen Walters, Senior Director, Marketing, Lucasfilm. "Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would."

"Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago," said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality."

Episodes I-III and IV-VI are also available as separate Blu-ray trilogy collections.

Official: Sony rereleasing Ghostbusters in theaters this October + Sigourney Weaver updates Ghostbusters 3

Sony has made official what was reported on last week; the studio will be rereleasing "Ghostbusters" into movie theaters for three Thursday’s this October. From the press release:

Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.

Fans can follow "Ghostbusters" on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ghostbusters) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/StayPuft4Eva) or visit www.ghostbusters.com for the first information about the release. Meanwhile, Sigourney Weaver offered up a brief update on the status of "Ghostbusters 3":

"I have yet to read the script," she said, "I’ve had a couple of calls and I know they’re rewriting and all I said was that I hope my son, Oscar, has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that, I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and, if we have to let this one go, that’s fine."

Disney developing Avatar theme park attractions

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide has closed a deal to create themed attractions at Disney parks based on James Cameron’s 2009 film "Avatar". Construction is expected to begin by 2013 on the first attraction which will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’ll be inside the Animal Kingdom park, which Disney chose because "with its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the Avatar stories, which share the same philosophy.” James Cameron and producer Jon Landau will be creative consultants and partner with Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and developments of the attractions. More details at THR.


PREVIEW Videos & Images

Batman: Year One

Sneak peek clip [YouTube]

The Chronicles of Riddick 3

Concept art [Vin Diesel | Facebook]

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

4-minute trailer [YouTube]

Immortals

TV spot [YouTube]

 

Paranormal Activity 3

Poster [IMP Awards]

The Thing

Red band trailer [IGN]

MOVIE BITES

  • Warner Brothers has announced that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11, 2011.[Warner Brothers]
  • Zack Snyder’s "Man of Steel" will begin shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this Monday (September 26). Filming will run through January 21, 2012. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Nicolas Winding Refn says one of the conditions for remaking "Logan’s Run" was to start over from scratch, and he says he’s gone back to studying the original novel  for inspiration. [indieWIRE | The Playlist]
  • Paramount Pictures has announced that filming for "World War Z" has moved to the London Borough of Southwark. Starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, "World War Z" is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2012. [ComingSoon.net]
  • Jose Padihila describes how his "Robocop" remake will differ from Paul Verhoeven’s original: "I will not repeat what Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.". [Film1 via /Film]
  • …Padilha also revealed that filming will begin January, February or March of next year (with Detroit remaining as the setting) and that he wants Michael Fassbender for the title role. [via Bleeding Cool]
  • Details about the project remain scarce, but a writer has reportedly been found for Ridley Scott’s new "Blade Runner" project. Scott Burns ("Contagion", "The Bourne Ultimatum") is the top choice of Scott, producers at Alcon Entertainment and at Warner Brothers studio. [Twitch]

CASTING BITES

  • Robert Knepper has joined the cast of Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic "R.I.P.D." Knepper will play one of the spirits — or "deado" as they’re referred to in the movie — who refuse to leave the world. [Heat Vision | THR]
  • Michelle Rodriguez will reprise her role as "Rain Ocampo" in Paul W.S. Anderson’s "Resident Evil: Retribution 3D". In related news, Shawn Roberts will return to play Albert Wesker. [Bloody Disgusting, (2)]
  • After being turned down by Emma Stone and Natalie Portman, Blake Lively ("Green Lantern") has reportedly been offered the lead role in the film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Lively has reportedly already met with director Craig Gillespie. [Twitch]
  • Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she will [SPOILERS–highlight to view] be returning for "Avatar 2": "Don’t worry, I will be back." [ComingSoon.net]
  • Seth Rogen has provided an update on the cast for his survival horror comedy "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse". The current cast includes Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco. They’ll all be playing themselves. [Movies Blog | MTV]
  • Casey Affleck is in negotiations to play the angel Gabriel in Legendary Pictures’ "Paradise Lost". Alex Proyas is directing the project, which is an adaptation of John Milton’s 17th century poem. Bradley Cooper and Ben Walker star as Lucifer and Michael, while Djimon Hounsou is playing the angel of death, Abdiel. [Variety]
  • Karl Urban (Star Trek’s Bones) will be reprising his role as Vaako in "Riddick", the third film in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise. [MovieWeb]


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Harry Ballz
September 25, 2011 10:08 pm

Thor 2? Any chance they could recast Hemsworth?

He came off looking like a Venice Beach moron.

StevenPDX
September 25, 2011 11:00 pm

Some good sci fi on the way. Will keep me goin’ to the theater.

Let’s hope T5 is better than the last two films. T2 set a very high bar.

MJ
September 25, 2011 11:26 pm

Why would anyone want to see a sequel to the truly awful Kick-Ass movie? It was nearly as bad as the horrid Watchmen.

James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK
September 25, 2011 11:44 pm

Do we NEED another Terminator movie?

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
September 25, 2011 11:45 pm

I am very excited about Capt America. Loved the movie and can’t wait for the Avengers. This has the making of a great franchise. Thor looks good but a recast might be in order. Would lovve to see Cameren direct the next two Termanator Movies.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
September 25, 2011 11:46 pm

#4. Yes. Not a reeboot. But a conclusion to the franchise.

Jeffrey S. Nelson
September 25, 2011 11:47 pm

Casting looks pretty good for “Dark Shadows,” especially the actress who nails Grayson Hall’s look as Julia Hoffman.
Johnny Depp has the Barnabas bangs alright, but they could be combed sideways a la Jonathan Frid, rather than straight down. Of course, maybe he just got out of the coffin and hasn’t shampooed yet. “Willie, you betrayed me…!! Get me some Suave!”
Of course, I’m the guy who thinks Shatner’s hair looked more Kirkish in publicity apperances for “Star Trek Generations” rather than it did in the actual film… :)

MJ
September 26, 2011 12:23 am

Time Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter….

Been there, done that, no thanks!

AJ
September 26, 2011 1:03 am

I thought Hemsworth was fine as Thor. The character is not too charismatic in the comics, either, don’t forget.

September 26, 2011 1:14 am

Thank you for posting the Anne Hathaway pics. You don’t have them in a larger size perchance.

September 26, 2011 1:15 am

Kick Ass rocked, great film.

CmdrR
September 26, 2011 1:26 am

So Dark Shadows is now The Addams Family.

Great. Carve another slice outta my childhood.

CmdrR
September 26, 2011 2:40 am

Jose Padihila describes how his “Robocop” remake will differ from Paul Verhoeven’s original: ” I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.”.

?????? Beyond, “What the hell is he talking about?” “How is this NOT what the first movie dealt with?”

Just once, a director should look at a reporter and say… “It made money once. We intend to milk that sucker dry.”

Digginjim
September 26, 2011 2:52 am

I’ve parted ways with Star Wars after the hideous additional changes to the films. I just don’t recognise those movies anymore. So its sad to see how well they have sold. I was hoping Lucas might get a wake up call. The eventual 3D versions will have more changes still I guarantee it. Imagine if someone went back and did this sort of thing to Wrath of Khan. its a disgrace.

captain_neill
September 26, 2011 3:02 am

13

Totaly agreed, that is what the original RoboCop dealt with as well as a satire on media. RoboCop was a film that worked on so many levels.

Robo is one of my all time favourite movies and I am angry that Hollywood is doing a remake of it. It will not be as good and what Robo needs is a proper sequel.

CGren123
September 26, 2011 4:11 am

#14 you mean like they did to the Original Series when they remastered them?

Rituparno
September 26, 2011 4:22 am

Cool Sci-fi age old fiction which never grows old for me. Explore more at – http://liveoncampus.com/wire/for/Star-Trek

September 26, 2011 4:45 am

Anne Hatheaway is a pretty girl and I’m sure very nice but give me Julie Newmar. Julie custom made her suit to look sexier. Actually resewed it. Of course, she filled it out nicely too. This new version…..What is that, a wetsuit?

Prometheus is very intriguing.

Jorg Sacul
September 26, 2011 6:25 am

Andy, Julie Newmar is in her late 70s now. As much as dearly I love her as the penultimate purring perpetrator of dastardly deeds, we have to move on.

Danpaine
September 26, 2011 7:03 am

Remake, reboot, re-release, remake, sequel, sequel…blah, blah.

Prometheus will probably be cool.

Aussie Ian
September 26, 2011 7:29 am

I loved Chris Hemsworth as Thor, God of Thunder – I also loved him as Kirk’s dad in ST ’09. Let’s see what they do with his role in “The Avengers” before screaming for recasting please!

I think holding off with the Captain America sequel til 2014 is a good idea! In the last 11 years there have been nearly 20 superhero films, some great, some just OK and some called “Electra” (yuk). Maybe the Trek producers should ring Marvel / Disney and show them the box office receipt from “Nemesis” as a lesson of what happens when you go to the well one time too many!

Speaking of which, so the greedy producer of “DKR” wants to keep making Batman movies without Nolan. Maybe he should check the box office performance of “Punisher War Zone” 2008 compared to Johnathan Hemsleigh’s superior “The Punisher” 2004 to see what fans think when you cash in without substance.

Hollywood NEVER learns!

Aussie Ian
September 26, 2011 7:32 am

PS LOVE the sexy Catwoman pic! At least we won’t be confusing her with Bane anytime soon!

PPS Wrath of Khan WAS messed with – Director’s cut with Scotty’s smart arsed nephew, anyone? He deserved to die for giving Kirk lip!

Brian
September 26, 2011 7:36 am

#1…How bout no? Hemsworth was a fine Thor, and carried the movie rather well, in my ever-lovin’, comic book readin’ opinion

September 26, 2011 7:54 am

Glad to see that Evangeline Lilly didn’t retire after Lost, like she said she would. Great Actress (not bad on the eyes either)

allister gourlay
September 26, 2011 8:00 am

If you have seen it you’ll know what i mean – “edited for goats” lol brilliant!

Adam Bomb 1701
September 26, 2011 8:25 am

Julie Newmar, even now, would make a better Catwoman than Anne Hathaway could. Jeez, even Eartha Kitt could. And, she died back in 2008. If you have a strong stomach, watch Hathaway in the 2008 “Get Smart” movie; she gives new meaning to the words “phoning in a performance.” They should have given Annette Benning another chance. (In case you don’t remember, Benning was originally cast as Catwoman in “Batman Returns” back in ’91, but had to bow out when she became pregnant by Warren Beatty. Michele Pfeiffer replaced her. Sean Young took to the talk show circuit, with a Catwoman mask, lobbying for the role after Benning dropped out.)

Phil
September 26, 2011 9:37 am

Schwarzenegger is hitting Terminator two more times? First off, pardoning a killer as a political payoff isn’t going to help your box office. Second, you were a bit old for the part in T3, it’s only going to be worse now. Please reconsider….

Dr. Image
September 26, 2011 9:52 am

Anne Hathaway- well, she LOOKS good, (but then again, I have a thing for her;) but she IS miscast and because of this I believe the movie will, sadly, flop.
Johnny Depp/Tim Burton: MAKT IT STOP!!!

Desstruxion
September 26, 2011 10:44 am

Hemsworth would have made a better Jim Kirk than Pine.

mr. trek77
September 26, 2011 10:45 am

wonderfull catwoman, no doubt about that.
And for thor, well I as a DANE/from denmark, thought chris hemsworth was great as thor, so no re-cast, please no…….

Vultan
September 26, 2011 11:13 am

I’m going to hold off judgement on Hathaway’s Catwoman until I see her in action. I remember thinking Heath Ledger was all wrong for the Joker—then I saw The Dark Knight, and I learned a movie shouldn’t be judged by its casting (or behind-the-scenes photos). Sometimes they can surprise you.

I just hope Nolan goes back to the cool whisper Batman voice used in Batman Begins. I thought TDK was a great follow-up, but old Bats sounded like he had a severe head cold. I wanted to shout at the screen: “Someone get that man a cough drop!”

N
September 26, 2011 11:20 am

@27 that’s assuming he’s reprising his role as a Terminator, he could easily play the human that created them, there was a similar plan, apparently, for Robert Patrick

REM1701
September 26, 2011 11:23 am

Thor 2? Any chance they could recast Hemsworth? He came off looking like a Venice Beach moron.

Really? Really? Seriously? Only a Moron would make that statement…

Dee - lvs moon' surface
September 26, 2011 11:36 am

•Jose Padihila describes how his “Robocop” remake will differ from Paul Verhoeven’s original: “I will not repeat what Verhoeven has done so clearly and strongly. Instead I try to make a film that will address topics that Verhoeven untreated. If you are a man changes into a robot, how do you do that? What is the difference between humans and robots developed? What is free will? What does it mean to lose your free will? Those are the issues that I think.”.

Okay, but I ‘ll just get interested in it, if Chris Pine star in the film… only if he really want to be the Robocop!…

;-) :-)

September 26, 2011 11:37 am

Hemsworth was fine as Thor. Portman’s portrayal of a strong smart woman set back feminism a few decades though.

Could we please stuff Catwoman’s top a bit.

How’s that for feminism? Hey. Strong and sexy is my preference.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
September 26, 2011 12:28 pm
One year ago today Del Trame Aka (British Naval Dude) BND. Passed away. He was a great guy and his post were always the best. In Honor of our friend here is something he posted. Please Enjoy. Chattie Room Writin’ Guide Thar’s a simple formula fur’ writin’ in this here chattie room… First oof’- Spock encounters Kirk or Kirk encounters Spock likes so: KIRK: Mr. Spock, good to see you this morning on the bridge. SPOCK: Likewise, Captain. Here are the current duty rosters and updated starcharts. AJ: Uhhhhhhhhhh… Include chattie room folks in yer’ spongee stories. But makes sure our (apparently sterilized nows) resident Riker, CmdrR, gets all bland and unfunny-like lines likes so: BND: There is a spider crawling upon my arm. CMDRR: Awwwwwwwk! Ye’ dunna’ have a spider! It be tha’ DTs, laddie! Like tha’ time ye’ thought yer’ trousers were made o’ fieldgrass so ye’ ate ‘em and yer’ poker wuz’ hot fur’ puttin’ it in tha’ campfire! Flames ain’t dames! Waits- I gots confused thar’… uhhhhhh… Who be I agains? Aw, wells… what else? Oh, treat tha’ women folk quite well or, as Lord Anthony once bespoke, this be just a “sausage fest.” Wait… I guess it always is anyways wit’ scenerios likes: KHAN: Since I have captured your vessel and taken your crew as my prisoners, you may be wondering why I have forced all of you to completely disrobe and stand at attention. KIRK: Wait- he MADE us strip? Whatthedevil? I thought it… Read more »
Adolescent Nightmare
September 26, 2011 12:49 pm

Star Wars is biggest bluray of all time? But I thought whiny fans had awesome power. I thought there is no way to be successful without fans.

No I didn’t.

September 26, 2011 1:50 pm

I’ve got my fingers crossed on Prometheus. Alien is one of my favorite movies of all time and the mystery of that fossilized space jockey is something I cherish. I’m not really sure I WANT to know how he got on that planet, nor how he looks as a CGI.

Odkin
September 26, 2011 2:04 pm

Not too impressed with Chris Evans saying that he wouldn’t show his face in another movie without it counting as one of his three commited films. “(frick) you, give me $30 million” – Really? Why is he even discussing this. Everything is negotiable.

As for Thor, Hemsworth was actually great. I’m glad they replaced Branagh. Between never once letting Thor appear in full costume (WITH HELMET), he blew every “beauty shot” of the hero.

devonp
September 26, 2011 2:49 pm

Chris Hemsworth was a great Thor… perfect!!! Recast? Really, I am sick to death of re-casting characters, a little continuity PLEASE!!!! I mean really how many Hulks will there be before he even joins the Avengers? Spiderman,Batman, Superman, Hulk, etc. who hasn’t been recast? Enough already! The problem isn’t always casting… if a movie flops it may not be the actor’s fault????!!!!!

Harry Ballz
September 26, 2011 2:51 pm

For those of you who disagree about my opinion of Chris Hemsworth, It’s all subjective, isn’t it? All I’m saying, it all comes down to when you look into someone’s eyes, and whether you see intelligence there or not. Every time they showed a close-up of Hemsworth, I really got the impression that the actor was subpar for intelligence. You know, a bulb out in his lighthouse, the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor, when he reads a stop sign his lips move, sharp as a pound of wet leather, room temperature IQ……well, you get the idea.

I guess steroids will do that to you!

(here we go….)

Platitude
September 26, 2011 3:05 pm

The next Terminator should be a sequel to Salvation. I enjoyed the direction they were taking with that and don’t see a need to reboot the franchise at all (ESPICIALLY with the fast and the furious director. why would that ever seem like a good idea?)

For a future batman film, I would enjoy a visit to the HUSH storyline.

Hemmsworth = awesome

Red Dead Ryan
September 26, 2011 3:10 pm

Can’t wait for “The Dark Knight Rises”! Anne Hathaway looks great as Catwoman. And even though Christopher Nolan has said it will be his last “Batman” movie, it’s possible that he could change his mind if TDKR is hugely successful.

I watched “Thor” last week. It was pretty good. But I have to agree with Harry. They need to recast the role. Chris Hemsworth was fine as George Kirk in “Star Trek” but he doesn’t have the chops to be a leading actor. He acted like one of the lunkheads from “Jersey Shore”.

As for the “Terminator” films, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to retire. He’s a parody of his former self, and is now too old and too fat to play a buff cyborg. He was really pushing it in “Rise Of The Machines” which came out eight years ago.

Not surprised about the “Star Wars” Blu Ray sets doing so well. They’re fantastic. Even though “The Phantom Menace” is still a crappy movie, the picture quality has been improved greatly. All of the other movies look great as well. Lots of great special features, and some interesting deleted scenes. The changes don’t bother me. I mean, there’s five different versions of “Blade Runner”, three different versions of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, and two different versions of “Star Trek: The Original Series”. As well as three different versions of “Avatar”.

Red Dead Ryan
September 26, 2011 3:17 pm

#41.

“I guess steroids will do that to you!”

Well apparently steroid use causes shrinkage of the testicles. If it’s true that Chris Hemsworth had taken steroids, it would prove to everyone that he doesn’t have the balls to play a superhero!

#42.

I agree! “Terminator Salvation” is a great movie. I don’t know why they’re abandoning that storyline. I like what Justin Lin has brought to the “Fast And The Furious” franchise, but he isn’t the right director for the new “Terminator” films.

September 26, 2011 3:19 pm

Prometheus sounds quite interesting.

The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI
September 26, 2011 3:42 pm

@16: “you mean like they did to the Original Series when they remastered them?”

The difference here is that all the TOS episodes & movies are easily available in their UNALTERED ORIGINAL VERSIONS in HD, whereas with SW Lucas has gone out of his way to make sure that by the time he’s done (and I’m surprised he isn’t already) finding even a crappy bootlegged copy of the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy would make finding Jimmy Hoffa a child’s game of hide & seek by contrast…

Harry Ballz
September 26, 2011 3:43 pm

Ryan,

every time we agree on something, the world makes a little less sense. :>)

GO
September 26, 2011 3:49 pm

#33 – keep it civilized.

#41 – Harry – you’ve got one more in your camp. Hemsworth looks like a complete buffoon and from the moment I knew he was cast for the role, I felt he was completely unworthy of Thor, a character that always struck me as mature, somewhat square-minded (in a good way) and WISE. This new young-un is nothing but a muscle-bound nothing.

GO
September 26, 2011 3:52 pm

Oh, and one more thing – I had much the same thoughts about Chris Evans as cap. He also came off as immature and just lacking in depth for the character. Made even worse by the fact that they double-cast him in the Marvel universe. UGGH.

Let them recast both! Suggestions?

Red Dead Ryan
September 26, 2011 4:02 pm

#47.

Well Harry, at least great minds think alike even if the rest of the world doesn’t get it! :-)

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