Sci-Fi Sunday: Batman, Iron Man, Ghostbusters, Transformers, Fringe, Smallville, Heroes, Dollhouse + more

Another week and another Batman sequel casting rumor. We have that plus news on Iron Man 2 in 3D, that Arnold Terminator cameo, Bill Murry in Ghostbusters III and more including new images and vids from Transformers, Avatar and more. Plus there is tons of TV news, images and video previews, including Dollhouse, Terminator, Fringe, Heroes, Doctor Who, Battlestar and more.

 

MOVIE NEWS

More Rumors on The Dark Knight Sequel Casting
At the rate we’re going it seems like we’ll be getting a new Batman casting rumor every week. Michael Caine (Alfred) talked to MTV and the actor says he was told by a Warner Bros. executive that the studio would be pursuing Johnny Depp to play the role of The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin:

“I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, ‘Are we going to make [a sequel to "The Dark Knight"]?’ They said yeah. I said, ‘How the hell are we going to top Heath? And he says ‘I’ll tell you how you top Heath — Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.’ I said, ‘Shit, they’ve done it again!’” [Laughs]

MTV later caught up with Hoffman and asked him about the rumor, resulting in the actor saying the following: “No one has talked to me about it ever — never,” replied Hoffman. “It happened, like, five years ago, too. It was a rumor back then and it’s still a rumor. [laughs] It’s just in the press. It’s funny.” When pushed about whether he’d be interested, Seymour said “I don’t know. I think I’m more interested in seeing someone else do it. I don’t know if I’d be a good Penguin to be quite honest. [laughs].” In other news, "The Dark Knight" has now grossed $55M in IMAX theaters, breaking the record held by "The Polar Express" which grossed $45M in the theaters in 2004, although that film’s total take is nearing $70M thanks to annual re-releases. Speaking of re-releases, WB will be re-releasing "The Dark Knight" on IMAX screens in January 2009. At the moment a conventional theater re-release is "uncertain".

Iron Man 2 in 3D IMAX?
While at a press conference promoting the upcoming release of "Iron Man" on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def (September 30, 2008), Jon Favreau expressed interest in doing "Iron Man 2" in 3D and in IMAX. Favreau cited "The Dark Knight’s" IMAX scenes for the additional focus on the medium, calling the scenes a game changer. Favreau believes the decision to shoot in 3D will ultimately come down to cost, but that if they can make it happen, he’ll gladly do it. You can listen to the full hour-long interview where Favreau talks about the script and characters for the sequel including introducing Mandarin and turning Terrence Howard’s character into War Machine at this link, or click here for the 5-minute segment where he talks about the budget and answers the questions pertaining to IMAX and 3D.

More on that Arnold (Voice) Cameo in Terminator Salvation
A batch of photos showing Arnold Schwarzenegger chatting with Christian Bale on the set of "Terminator Salvation" have turned up on the internet (photo below–click here for more or click here to watch the video) and confirming previous reports, Latino Review is reporting through a tipster that Arnold will appear in the film in a cameo role:

“…I have various contacts in WB and from what I’ve been told the fans are in for a treat. The premise of Arnie’s involvement is to have a fully rendered digital face of Arnie replacing the recently cast Roland Kickinger (The Younger version of Arnie). It seems the Director McG will in no doubt try all he can to ensure the Governator has some sort of involvement and as a result Arnold was on set providing key ADR (Voice over) for the visual effects guys…”

DJ Caruso Interested in Directing Thor
In an interview with IESB, director DJ Caruso ("Eagle Eye") revealed that he has had talks with Marvel about "Thor" and has expressed interest in directing the film:

“…I would definitely tackle it and I sort of wrestled with it before and I was always a fan of Thor growing up as a kid. I know that they [Marvel] have a script, but there’s something, there’s a fear I have about Thor and depending on what Thor story you want to tell, whether you want to bring Thor into the modern world or if you want to go back to Asgard…”

Deal Close for Live-Action/CGI Hybrid TMNT
Earlier this month, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman wrote on his blog that talks were underway on a new live-action version of "TMNT". However, the post was removed shortly after writer Steve Murphy labeled it as "complete nonsense", causing Eastman to offer up an apology. The truth however, is that a new film in the series is being planned, but Eastman is not involved in the project. MTV caught up with co-creator Peter Laird, who revealed that a deal is close for a live-action/CGI hybrid TMNT film:

As it stands now, there is no intention of doing another live-action film like the first three, with actors and stuntmen in actual Turtle suits, contrary to what was said by Kevin. We have pretty much decided that the next “TMNT” movie should be what we’ve been calling a “hybrid” — that is to say, live-action humans and sets combined with very realistic CGI Turtles (and possibly some other CGI characters).

Ramis Provides An Update On Ghostbusters III
Harold Ramis sent in an e-mail to the Chicago Tribune about the recently announced "Ghostbusters III", and clarified that Bill Murray is a go for the movie:

“yes, columbia is developing a script for GB3 with my year one writing partners, gene stupnitsky and lee eisenberg. judd apatow is co-producing year one and has made several other films for sony, so of course the studio is hoping to tap into some of the same acting talent. aykroyd, ivan reitman and i are consulting at this point, and according to dan, bill murray is willing to be involved on some level. he did record his dialogue for the new ghostbusters video game, as did danny and i, and ernie hudson. the concept is that the old ghostbusters would appear in the film in some mentor capacity. not much else to say at this point. everyone is confident a decent script can be written and i guess we’ll take it from there.best, harold”

Director John Moore Upset Over Max Payne R-Rating
Director John Moore expressed his frustrations over the MPAA’s recent decision to give his film "Max Payne" an R-Rating, claiming that the organization treated WB’s "The Dark Knight much more favorably:

We’re suffering from what I call Batman blowback. The Motion Picture Association of America gave The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating and basically sucked Warner Bros. cock…The MPAA changes their rules willy-nilly and it depends on who’s seeing your actual movie at the time. It’s very difficult to get a hold on what’s acceptable. The only thing you can use is current standards. So I go and see The Dark Knight and I say, “Gee, that’s pretty gnarly for PG-13,” but I felt good about Max Payne after coming out of the theater. I thought Max wasn’t going to have a problem. And that’s not the case. They’re coming down on us pretty hard.

Moore is currently in the process of cutting and editing the film in order to hit the original target rating of PG-13. "Max Payne" hits theaters on October 17th.

Fraser Talks JJ Abrams’ Superman
Recently Warner Brothers announced they were doing a rethink on the Superman franchise, which sounds like they are going back to the time before Bryan Singer’s "Superman Returns" was released, when Warner went through through several different variations of the property. From 2002-2004, J.J. Abrams was working on a version with Brendan Fraser in the lead role. Fraser, who had read the script and got as far as shooting test footage–boy I’d love to see that video–before the wheels started to fall off the project, talked to Voices From Krypton about the aborted project and had some interesting things to say, especially in regards to J.J. Abrams:

"In my view, and I say this with respect, it’s far superior than Bryan Singer’s [Superman Returns film]. J.J. had a vision that was larger. It spanned galaxies. It was Lord of the Rings. I mean, it was that huge. It was like a Third World War on Earth involving different planets and universes, and brotherhoods – sibling rivalry and the collision of enormous powers. I mean, come on, it wasn’t smacking you over the head with a symbolic hammer till you weren’t paying attention. That’s how good J.J. is."

NEW IMAGES

Avatar (first set photo)

Gatchaman (click image, then "Our Films", then "Gatchaman", then click "View Images" for higher-res images)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Devastator Concept Art–click here for some set photos)

NEW VIDEOS

Feast II: Sloppy Seconds

FEAST II: SLOPPY SECONDS TEASER

Gatchaman

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Set Footage–another at this link–details here and here)

Watchmen

MOVIE BITES

  • Kevin Smith is developing a space comedy and hopes to have Seth Rogen star in it, according to an interview with SCI FI. Smith also cleared up the situation a bit with /Film, telling the site that the space film and his previously announced project "Ranger Danger" are completely different from each other.
  • 20th Century Fox is looking into the possibility of more "X-Men" spinoffs, including a young X-Men project as well as a film based on the character Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"). The studio is also considering a revival of the "Daredevil" property. [Variety]
  • New Line Cinema has acquired the film rights to "The Thirteenth Hour", a time-travel novel by Richard Doetsch. Described as a cross between "The Bourne Identity" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife", ‘Thirteenth’ follows a man accused of brutally murdering his wife who is given a chance to save her by going back in time in one-hour increments.[Variety]
  • Sam Raimi has given the go-ahead on a 3D movie based on "Evil Dead: The Musical". The movie will be co-directed by the musical’s original director, Christopher Bond, and choreographer, Hinton Battle. [Screen Daily]
  • AICN has debunked a report that suggested Will Smith was offered the role of Captain America. According to the site, Smith has never been entertained as a choice.
  • Universal has signed a deal to create a live-action film based on Sid and Marty Krofft’s ’70s children’s show "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters". [Variety]
  • Paramount held a press screening in London for their 2009 slate and the gathered press were treated to footage of "Watchmen" (which Paramount is distributing overseas) and "G.I. Joe", in addition to "Star Trek" which you can read about on TrekMovie here. Head over to AICN to read the trailer/footage descriptions. It was also announced that a full trailer for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (May 26, 2009) will be attached to "Star Trek" (May 8, 2009).
  • Darren Aronofsky, who’s prepping his upcoming "Robocop" reboot, says they’re "deep" into the project, but the screenplay isn’t complete yet. He also added that he doesn’t "think it’s set anywhere that’s recognizable," putting in doubt whether Detroit will be the focus of the film. [MTV]
  • Stephen J. Cannell, creator of the cult ’80s TV series "The Greatest American Hero" confirmed that a feature film based on the series is in the works: "We’ve written a screenplay, and we’ve hired a director, and we’re in the midst of putting this together for the future," he said. More at the link. [SCI FI Wire]
  • Production on "Kick-Ass" has begun and Mark Millar (who co-created the comic) has written a blog about the first two days of filming. Check out a photo of Nicolas Cage in character below (click to see more). [MillarWorld.tv]

CASTING BITES

  • Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck on "Battlestar Galactica") has been cast in the NBC drama "Lost and Found". The series is about a cop who is put in charge of handling cases that nobody else wants. [Yahoo]
  • Julie Andrews has joined the cast of Fox’s family fantasy comedy "Tooth Fairy". Andrews will play Lily, a high-ranking, acerbic supervisor with the Tooth Fairy Department charged with overseeing Derek’s (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) stint as a tooth fairy. [THR]
  • Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey are all in talks to star in the psychic war movie "Men Who Stare at Goats". McGregor is in talks to play the desperate reporter who discovers that George Clooney’s (who has already been cast) Army veteran has psychic powers. Bridges may play the founder of the psychic research program. Spacey’s role is unknown. [io9]

TV NEWS

Dollhouse Shutdown for Two Weeks
Production on Joss Whedon’s Fox drama "Dollhouse" has been shutdown for two weeks. While Joss says that just like the decision to reshoot the pilot, this shutdown is entirely his decision and has the full support of the network, it’s hard not to be at least a little concerned. The shutdown is a result of Joss’ need to work on two pilots, resulting in some of the writing going un-supervised. The break will allow Whedon to spend more time in the writers room, working on some of the later scripts. "Dollhouse" isn’t set to premiere on Fox until January 2009 so this shutdown decision will not affect its premiere.

“We have tremendous confidence in Joss and his team, and we wholeheartedly supported his desire to take some time to focus on upcoming scripts before resuming filming,” a 20th Century Fox spokesman said. “It’s not often in television production that you have the luxury of extra time, but in this instance we did. And this is a show we all believe in and we want to give it every opportunity to succeed.”

Shooting is scheduled to resume on September 25th. For more "Dollhouse" news, check out an interview with co-star Amy Acker (Dr. Claire Saunders) at this link.

Fringe Ratings, Orci Answers Questions and More
The 90-minute series premiere of the new J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi series "Fringe" drew 9.13M viewers and a 3.2 Adults 18-49 rating on Fox, second on the night among viewers and first overall among A18-49. Speaking of the episode, executive producer Roberto Orci is offering up some answers to questions that have already arisen among fans about the pilot. Read them over at TV Guide. Popular Mechanics has also put up a feature straightening out how realistic some of the things that happened in the pilot are. Read it here. There’s also an official podcast out which you can listen to here. And lastly, while there were some changes between the leaked pilot and the final aired pilot, those changes were minimal. Check them out for yourself at this link. Episode two of "Fringe" airs this Tuesday night at 9pm. Before that, however, be sure to check out the September 14th repeat of the premiere, which will include the first four minutes of episode two (September 16th at 9pm) as well as an extended scene from the 20th Century Fox movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and a preview of the two-hour November TV movie "24: Redemption". I’ve attached a new promo from the series below (and you can check out a behind-the-scenes video at this link).

Tennant Interested in Doctor Who Feature Film
According to a report in the British Daily Telegraph, David Tennant is in negotiations to play the lead role in a new film version of "Doctor Who". Tennant is currently contracted for five more episodes of the series, and has reportedly agreed to star as the lead character in the fifth season (which returns in 2010) if the big-screen role can be added to his new deal. In a separate report, outgoing showrunner and writer, Russell T. Davies said he would like Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the Doctor’s companion in the film version.

Much In Store for Sarah Connor Chronicles, Including a Visit to Original Terminator Set
In an interview with SCI FI Wire, Josh Friedman, the creator and executive producer of Fox’s "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Monday’s at 8pm), revealed that over the course of the season the series will showcase more visitors from the future, more scenes set in the post-apocalyptic future, a visit to one of the locations from the original "Terminator" movie and a re-use of an iconic prop as well.

"There are some people who [ask], ‘Why do people keep coming back?’" Friedman acknowledged. "Well, first of all, I think, … there’s not a lot of people that come back from the future. We’ve had really only one person, one group of … four people, [who] came back, but only one of them … survived [Brian Austin Green’s Derek Reese]. That was only one event, one timetable event. I know that originally in the mythology, it was all, like, it’s very difficult for people to come back. …

There’s a really cool thing. There’s an episode coming up where we use a set that’s been redressed–I won’t say [what]–but it’s a really famous set from the first movie and a very famous location from the first movie, [which] we use as a very significant location in one of the next few episodes. I won’t say what it is, just because it’s more fun that way. … Our location scout called us up and said, "You’re not going to believe where we can shoot." It’s like, yeah! We’re shooting there. We definitely do stuff. We have Arnie’s original gun from the first movie in our show this year. The actual prop, yeah.

Click here to read the rest of the interview. You can also check out an interview with Shirley Manson, the newest cast member, at this link.

Smallville Going On A Midseason Break
The CW’s "Smallville", which premieres its eighth season on September 18th, will be going on a midseason break after the tenth episode to make way for "Reaper". The break will allow for the network to make a decision on a renewal, and give writers the time to give the series a fitting ending should it not be picked up for a ninth season. Via the blog Operation Save Clark Kent:

The break means that the network can decide if they want more Smallville and if they do- the writers can adjust their back half of the season for this instead of having to randomly end things leaving no one satisfied if they don’t get their expected pick up.

Quinto Compares Spock to Sylar
Zachary Quinto, who stars as Sylar on the NBC series "Heroes" (season three premieres on September 2nd from 9-11pm ET) told reporters that there are similarities between his character on the show and Spock of "Star Trek":

"I think there’s elements of the characters that echo each other, but I think they echo each other through very different, opposite ends of the spectrum," Quinto said during a conference call with reporters. "Each of the characters employs a stillness and a sort of rich internal point of view that informs the way that they behave and the way that they relate to people around them."

Quinto added that it’s "great fun to have characters that are rich and that are full of challenge and full of rewards, " and that when he’s acting, he doesn’t distinguish good or bad: "…I don’t really approach a character as to whether or not it’s good or bad. I just approach a character as to where it lives in me, and I think for numerous reasons both of these characters– these very different characters–find life in me."

TV IMAGES

Eureka (more at this link)

Fringe (more at this link)

Heroes (more here, here and here and click here for photos from the "Countdown to the Premiere" event–video here)

 

Lost (Set Photos–more at here and here)

Pushing Daisies (more at this link)

Sanctuary (Promotional Photos–more at this link)

Smallville (many more at this link)

Stargate Atlantis (more here and here)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (more here, here and here–new season 2 wallpapers here and cast photos here)

TV VIDEOS

Chuck

Eleventh Hour (Rufas Sewell Interview–click here for an interview with executive producers Ethan Reef and Cyrus Morris, and click here and here for two new promos)

Heroes (more promos here and here and set report videos here and here)

Knight Rider ("Behind The Green Screen"–Watch an interview with Deanna Russo here–more here and here)

NBC Monday Promo ("Chuck"/"Heroes"/"My Own Worst Enemy")

Sarah Jane Adventures (Season 2 trailer)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Episode 2 Promo–click here to watch "Scene Maker: Crushing Cameron"–more videos/interviews/features here, here, here and here)

True Blood (more videos here)

TV BITES

  • This year’s "Simpsons" Halloween special will parody the hit film "Transformers". as well as "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". The writers have also already prepared for next year’s installment, which will spoof zombie movies a la "28 Days Later". [SCI FI Wire]
  • Before work begins on the third, and final, film in the "Hellboy" franchise, Universal is looking into the potential of developing a TV series based on the comic character. [Newsarama]
  • iTunes has begun offering HD downloads of its catalog of TV shows (which include a return of the once-departed NBC shows), and some episodes are available to download in HD for free. They include "Battlestar Galactica", "Eureka" and "Heroes". Click for direct links to the downloads. [TUAW]
  • The season one finale of "Primeval" aired last night at 9pm ET on BBC America. Meanwhile, the second season of the British import debuts next week, September 20th, at 9pm.
  • NBC will be televising a new Muppets special that will star Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa from The Sopranos, Richard Griffiths and Madison Pettis, alongside Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Jim Henson Muppets gang. The movie is entitled "Letters to Santa — A Muppets Christmas" and will be set on Christmas Eve when “Kermit and company mistakenly avert three letters en route to Santa Claus." [THR]
  • Seth McFarlane, creator of the Fox comedy "Family Guy", teased that the title of the upcoming "Empire Strikes Back" spoof will be "Something Something Something Dark Side". McFarlane expects the movie to be released on DVD before it airs on Fox. He also told the press he has other sci-fi knockoffs planned, including one where Stewie beams the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" into his room. [SCI FI Wire]
  • ABC will be broadcasting "Batman Begins" in HD on Monday, September 15th from 8-11pm ET.
  • British comedian Russell Brand expressed interest, however unlikely it would be, to play the Doctor: "I’d make a good Doctor Who…I’d camp it up: ‘Ohhh, it’s bigger in here than it is on the outside–and I’m not talking about the Tardis’". [Now Magazine]
  • There’s a reason that Nikki and Paulo were killed off so quickly on "Lost". Turns out Damon Lindelof and the show’s writers were as motivated as the fans to get rid of them: "‘Nikki and Paolo are not working. We don’t like them, the audience isn’t going to like them.’ By the time the audience starts complaining about Nikki and Paolo, we’ve already written a script where they get buried alive." [AMCtv]
  • Check out an interview with the cast and crew of "Knight Rider", where they talk about how the show will differ greatly from the high-rated, but mostly panned, telemovie. "Knight Rider" premieres September 24th at 8pm on NBC. [SCI FI Wire]
  • The "Battlestar Galactica" set of the CIC has been dismantled. This doesn’t mean we’ll never see the sets again, however, as the SCI FI Channel photographed all the sets in digital 3D and placed them in a computer allowing for the opportunity to revisit the sets in the future in a virtual setting. [13th Colony]

MISC

All Star Batman And Robin Comic Pulled Due To Curse Words Passing the Censors
Earlier this week, comic retailers were notified by DC Comics that all their copies of "All Star Batman And Robin" were not to be placed on shelves and instead immediately destroyed. The reason was unknown at first, but it now turns out that the comic, written by Frank Miller, contained some foul language that slipped past the censors. From Comic Book Resources:

Certain examples of obscene language in the book were, as has happened in the title before, blacked out, sometimes with little bits of the letters sticking out to give a clue as to what they may have been.

Except in the printing process, the lettering was of a richer black that the bars, rendering the blacking out pointless.

CBR also provided some examples of the lines of dialogue, including this one from a teenaged Batgirl (click here to see one of the pages from the comic–click here to see another):

"Text every friend you’ve got, shitheads— Sell your poison somewhere else. This arcade belongs to the fucking Batgirl."

MISC BITES

  • Midway has announced the character lineup for their upcoming Xbox 360/Sony PS3 video game "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe". The DC characters include Batman, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Flash, Green Lantern, Joker, Lex Luthor, Shazam, Superman and Wonderwoman. They’ll face off against Mortal Kombat characters Baraka, Jax, Kano, Kitana, Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Shang Tsung, Shao Khan, Sonya and Sub Zero. [Kotaku]
  • Chuck Palahniuk ("Fight Club") told MTV that DC Comics has approached him about doing a comic book miniseries. The talks haven’t turned up anything, but Palahniuk says he’d like to create a ghost/monster series like the "Tales from the Crypt" comics he remembers reading from his childhood.
  • A U.S. judge ruled on September 8th in favor of Warner Bros. Entertainment and author J.K. Rowling to stop the publication of an unofficial encyclopedic companion to the "Harry Potter" series. Judge Robert Patterson wrote in his opinion that publisher RDR Books "had failed to establish an affirmative defense of fair use" and that publication of "The Harry Potter Lexicon" should cease. [SCI FI Wire]
  • Mark Millar spoke with Newsarama about his upcoming comic "Ultimate Avengers". Read the interview at this link. The project is due out in early 2009.
  • Harper Collins is launching a new division for Sci-Fi. The imprint, called Angry Robot, will publish 2-3 books per month starting in July 2009. The books will be made available in mass market paperback format and online in digital form. [io9]

SCI-FI RATINGS

Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows  HH Rating
1) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (R) 2.0
2) Smallville (R) 1.2
3) Supernatural (R) 1.0
4) Reaper (R) 0.7

8/18/2008 to
8/24/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows  Rating
1) Stargate SG-1 0.8
2) Star Trek 0.8
3) The Dead Zone 0.7
4) Stargate Atlantis 0.6

8/18/2008 to
8/24/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows Rating 
1) Eureka 1.8
2) Ghost Hunters International 1.6
3) Flu Bird Horror 1.6
4) ECW 1.5
5) Stargate Atlantis 1.2

6) Dawn of the Dead
1.2

7) Resident Evil Apocalypse 
1.1
8) Scare Tactics  1.1
9) Snakehead Terror  1.0
10) Kaw  1.0

8/18/2008 to
8/24/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

 

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Great report!

are the images linked right, i tried to view the heroes and avatar image and the heroes one came up wrong, and the avatar took me to an error page.

Why did this article just disappear for a couple of minutes?

Ah, the giant link to Youtube. Where would the internet be without Youtube?

I love Smallville. I haven’t missed an episode in all these years. But please, no 9th season. Let it end…

Look carefully at Summer Glau/Cameron–that terminatrix has tan lines!

“It was also announced that a full trailer for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (May 26, 2009) will be attached to “Star Trek” (May 8, 2009).”

That means the full trailer for Star Trek might not be seen until 2 and a half weeks before the film premiers.

Smart move.

#6
Lol i saw them too Gary!

I for one love T:tscc, i just wish they picked a better name lol!
I obtained the first season and watched it all the way through. I thought it was brilliant. Being Scottish i’m a bit dubious about Shirley Manson’s involvment in the new season. She has a stout accent and i’m worried that she cant pull off a decent american one, not just that she’s a singer rather than an actor. i’m currently very impressed with the show and its doing a lot better than i anticipated.

Incidentally, T: tscc, is my shortenend down version of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. i’m sure many understood but just incase there was a break down on communications lol

Green-Blooded-Bastard

Ugh. Why are they able to tell us the Transformers trailer will be attached to Star Trek, but they can’t tell us what the Star Trek trailer will be attached to?

#6 Gary – Terminators are covered with real flesh, so the skin should tan. Still, it’s difficult picturing this terminator sunning itself in a bikini. Still, I’d probably watch a whole episode dedicated to that if it was done.

As for Superman, JJ’s idea sounds a lot better than Singer’s Richard Donner tribute. MUCH better. But not the idea of Brendan Fraser as Superman. That idea really really sucks. Glad that never happened.

What are DJ Caruso’s concerns about Thor? That it would be in a modern world or back in Asgard? My vote is Asgard. Limitless story possibilities there.

Regarding Superman: I’d love to see to see a Superman done in the style of the original Max Fleischer cartoons when he was just beginning. When he wasn’t all powerful as he is now. When it was the old days with retro technology and simpler times. When they were clearly modeling Clark after Cary Grant. That’d be fun. For those of you not familiar with those cartoons I highly recommend picking them up and catching up.

What a lot of news all in one report!!! Thank you!

I just watched the encore of the “Fringe” pilot and…well, now that I’ve seen the, uh, quality of writing by Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman, I am officially scared about Trek.

This was some of the WORST writing I’ve seen in ages! Dumb, dumb, dumb. No subtlety, no nuance, no intelligence, no characters worth caring about, bad storytelling. I kept watching, hoping it would get better, but it didn’t. Crappy, unoriginal, unintelligent, bad-TV writing. (The preview of episode 2 looks like a bad straight-to-video horror flick at best.)

Along with the “evil uncle Kirk” rumors, watching Fringe has moved me from cautiously anxious to very, very worried about the new Trek movie.

I’m not alone on this, am I? I mean–come on, y’all didn’t LIKE the Fringe pilot, did you?

Gripe, Part II: I just read that Abrams designed the titles/location cards for “Fringe.” (The big 3-D “Essex County, Mass.” and such.)

Did anybody else really, really hate those? They reminded me of cold/flu medicine commercials for some reason, where the symptoms are displayed onscreen the same way.

And in one scene where the camera seemed to move through the titles, and in the Iraq scene we even see them from below, as if they’re really there.

If this is Abrams’ idea of creativity–putting ugly, distracting text into the scenes instead of simple text–then, again, I’m worried about the new Trek. Can’t you just see it? The Enterprise approaches a planet and we see the name of the star system in big, glowing, flashing letters that seem to orbit the planet…

(sigh) Sorry to be so negative, but I really, truly, genuinely hated Fringe, especially the writing and the titles: namely, all the stuff our new Trek team is responsible for. I went into it with an open, eager mind; I really needed to escape into TV tonight. Instead, I wasted a bunch of time watching crap.

And then more time typing about it….

I rewatched the Fringe. I thought it was better on a second viewing. The 6 minute trailer for The Day The Earth Stood Still was excellent. The trailer for upcoming Fringe shows was very interesting.

The 3D cards reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000

JJ’s idea for supes was that Krypton was still around, Kal el was a prince sent to earth for safe keeping while a civil war was fought on Krypton, and that Lex Luthor was a Kryptonian who was sent to kill Kal el. The story idea was broken on AICN, then JJ tried to damage control by giving a full interview to the AICN crew,it didn’t work. After all the fan outcry, and probably some legal issues with supes availability, someone blessedly pulled the plug on it. I didn’t like the Singer movie all that much but at least it was about Supes and not Moses in space.

Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire

Ok. Im Excited about the movies. The Greatest American Hero. I think Jim Carey would be great as Ralph and I think that Beau bridges would be great as F.B.I Agent Maxwell. I love that show when i was a kid. I just seen Frienge tonight and i loved it. Great show that makes you think and scares the hell out of you at the same time. I Hope they let J.J Abrams do the next real supperman Movie. I think he would make a Movie That the Late Mr Reeves would like. The Next Transformers movie looks real good and Can’t wait to see it. The Termanator movie looks great and Im glad they got the Governator to do some voice work and that is great. The series is great and Im glad they are using some actual locations from the origanal movie. Kool. I love the Trailer of The Day the Earth stood still. Looks Amazing!!!! Smallville Needs to continue as it’s the Best series on the C.W Network. I love they way we are seeing the way that Supperman Comes to be from a teenager to the Man of steel.Ok. Now. J.J Abrams. If you Do not release a New Trailer for The Star Trek Movie. I will Find a Termanator from the Terran Empire and set him loose on you. LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE!!!!!!!!

Brendan Fraser as Superman? Is JJ smoking crack? They already have the perfect Superman with Tom Welling from Smallville. In fact they should bring Smallville to the big screen, now that would make for a good Superman flick. Brandon Fraser and JJ would only bring total destruction to the Superman franchise! First Bryan Singer who everyone hoped would do a great job failled, yet he was treated like a god by Hollywood same as JJ is now being portrayed! Mission Impossible 3 SUCKED, Finge SUCKED, are the studios dumb enough to give JJ, Superman?!? Please Hollywod, STOP destroying classics with poor lead actors and terrible director/writers! There are so many good writers and directors I would rather have on this project including Frank Miller, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson just to name a few!

Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire

#15 AND #16. Why are you being so negative on the new Trek Movie. Ok. You Did not like Fringe. But i Thought it was a great show. Fringe and star Trek Are 2 Entirely Differnt Shows. 2 Differnt Styles as well. Just because you did not like fringe and the things they did there Don’t Start fretting about the new Trek Movie. All the Trek Puriest who were on the Set. Including Nimoy who was in it and People like Cawley who is a big Puriest love the movie and thinks It will be fantastic. if Puriest like that and Nimoy Himself loves it then we should all relax and wait for the Movie regardless if you likes fringe or not.

As bad as Superman Returns was, it was nowhere near as bad as JJ’s Superman would have been, based on the leaked script.
I am hoping this is not an indicator of how Star Trek will be.

Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire

WOW. The Haters are on tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

16 – Those titles on Fringe were distracting; the similar type titles on Heroes are not nearly so. Neat idea, I guess, but maybe a little bit too much of one for its own good. I liked the interstitial pictures like the 6-fingered hand and theta toad.
Fringe was OK, better than I expected, but I was not really expecting much: this type of pseudo-science conspiracy genre seem to be lame by its very nature, or least the examples of it have been lame so far. Finding out a major character was a bad guy was an interesting twist, and John Noble was really good. Nothing in it really threw up a red flag for me in terms of Orci and Kurtzman’s writing.
And you don’t see a Mike Powers Atomic Man-like transparent bionic arm on Blair Brown everyday! >;>}

russell brand as doctor who? hmmmm….LMAO well if russell brands idea falls through, theres always tom hardy (hence my name, shinzon of TARDIS xd) XDXDXDXD

#22 – I’m not being negative on the new Trek movie, I’m being WORRIED about it. I’m one of the TOS fans who actually got excited about the new movie instead of whining that Shat wasn’t in it. But now, after watching what the Abrams/Orci/Kurtzman team did together on Fringe, I am worried about the film. You said it’s a “Great show that makes you think and scares the hell out of you…” Scares? What the hell was scary? Aside from some gore early on, it was just dull. (If you’re young and/or easily scared, okay, I guess it could get to you.)

#25 – I actually really like the titles on Heroes because they fit the comic-book feel of the show, but the Fringe titles just took me out of the story every time. On Heroes, the titles bring you in.

As for Blair Brown’s arm, it looked like a leftover CGI bit from “I, Robot” or something. Neat, okay, maybe, but nothing special. And yes, John Noble did pretty well with what they gave him, but almost all of the characters’ dialogue throughout was boring and bad.

In one scene they should have Noble watching LOTR on TV.

Brendan Fraser has test footage as superman , oh how much i would give to see that lol.

And yea alot of haters on tonight , oh well i am not worryed ( mainly cause i did not watch fringe lol , meh i like real sci fi shows )

And kevin smith doing a sci fi comedy …………Cool !

Capt Mike Of the Terran Empire

# 27. Im 39 and Am a big sci fi fan. I thought it was a great show. Just because you did not like it does not mean it was a bad show. Sure it is not your taste or style. But just because it is not does not mean they did a bad job. I rather liked the way they did the tittle and such. I think they did great job and from the ratings so did a lot of other people like it.

#16

Funny, all the people I watched the pilot with agreed the titles were pretty neat. I guess it’s just a matter of aesthetic preference, but I thought they were a nice touch. I will agree that the pilot was a bit uneven and I’m still not totally sold on Joshua Jackson, but I think it was a far cry from ‘the worst writing…in ages’.

If there’s one show that never gets enough credit, it’s Eureka. It’s one of the best shows on TV.

I don’t understand why so many people here and elsewhere on the net are trashing Fringe so much. I was talking about it with a friend of mine over the weekend (she’s also a big scifi/paranormal fan) and we were both adamant about it. We simply LOVED it and we definitely want to see more.

Kudos to Mr. Orci, Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Abrams for their great work on this series. Considering the serious lack of good scifi shows on TV these days, Fringe is like a breath of fresh air.

anyone see ‘bring back star wars’ in the uk on channel 4 last night? it was pretty good…didnt know 3po and r2 hated each other like that or that mark hamil is very bitter over fords career

anyway the JLC is planning to do bring back star trek (tos) soon – he said so on Paul O Grady.

you heard it here 1st

Yet another great genre roundup! Good work.

Glad to hear that Bill Murray is perhaps going to agree to another turn as a ‘Ghostbuster’! I don’t mind a ‘handover’ to another bunch of younger ‘mess-ups’, as long as the original bunch are seen to ‘suit up’ at ONE point, if even briefly….and I don’t care how overweight or balding they are now!

A ‘Hellboy’ series could be neat, IF it has a decent budget…. Who’ever did this would seem a poor match for Ron Perlman though, because of his features AND his voice…. He IS ‘Hellboy’!

The Underpants Monster

Well, as long as I know I’m going to get to see Mohinder with his shirt off, all’s well with the world.

I really love to see a new batman movie but I prefer a movie with Catwoman above The Riddler and the Penquin. But maybe that would come as a 4th movie with Nolan. I Prefer more a style who will bring Back The Batcave who was seen on THe Beginning andwho was deleted on DARK NIGHT and to more in a way like Batman Returns with more womans and Romance. Furthermore more action and more to The Beginning style

I don’t trash Fringe, I just think it was derivative and mediocre and I don’t have time to invest in yet another venture of this type.
Disappointing is the word.

#18- Yeah! That’s where I last saw titles like that!

It’s funny how everything I remember growing as a kid in the late 70’s and early 80’s is being remade. This Sci installment alone mentions Sigmund the seamonster, Superman, Greatest American Hero, BSG, BAaman, Ghost Busters, a Star Wars parody, TMNT and Trasnformers. Is there nothing new to be created in Scifi. I am thankful for JJ and crew actually creating new fiction with stories such as Fringe, Lost and Heros. At least his team doesn’t resort to rehasing old ideas. Oh wait, they’re re-doing Star Trek aren’t they : )

I was ok with Fringe. The pilot for a show like this is always a challenge. They’re trying to set up the characters, introduce the theme for the show, introduce long term story lines and all while they do an “episode” in the middle of that. I think that’s part of why LOST worked so easily…Setting up the cast/story was so simple. A plane crashes on a creepy island and now we get to find out what happens next. We can move almost immediately into story. Backstory comes later (and ultimately defines the first season of the show). Fringe is suffering from the same problem the X-Files had in it’s pilot. They need these characters to work together, but making a plausible excuse for them to be working together isn’t easy. Once we accepted that Scully was Mulder’s partner, we could get into the substance of the stories. Accepting that she’d be willing to put up with “spooky” was always the hardest part to swallow. Same thing with Fringe, in my opinion. It’s difficult to accept this odd assortment of people working together, especially under the circumstances set up in the show. I’m gonna give it a few episodes, though…it may not have the immediate “grab” that LOST had, but it may grow into a show like the X-Files which I really liked in the early seasons. My advice for Fringe? If you invent your own version of “the cigarette smoking man”, try not to use killing him off like… Read more »
It took awhile for me to get into Fringe. About halfway through I realized it’s a comedy. You’ve got the mad scientist and his son providing the comic relief, while the FBI agent plays straight man. The whole thing is played as if it’s deadly serious but it’s so over the top and implausible that it’s very funny and entertaining. The main problem I had with the pilot is that it’s composed of so many stock elements, it took until the second half when their script picked up steam to get good. And it’s hardly science fiction. It’s just an excuse to take every possible pseudo-science idea and throw it in the pot. The opening scene was closer to an Evil Dead movie than anything else, and all their meaningless technobabble wasn’t plausible, not that it mattered. To see how to do science fiction and make it believable, watch Eureka. The recent episode, “Show Me The Mummy” looked like it was just a Halloween episode but turned out to be much stronger. It also had a biological threat but it was handled realistically, not in horror-movie style. On the other hand, Eureka went through a weak time during the end of season two (A scientist comes up with an invention that could destroy the town! Again.) and what we’re seeing this year is much improved. So I hope that Fringe gets even farther out. The less they worry about trying to be believable science fiction, and the more they can… Read more »

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters? That show was unwatchable when I was 8 years old, how is the premise any better now?

What’s next? Peter Jackson’s “Grape Ape?”

Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Speed Buggy”?

Steven Spielberg presents: “Captain CAAAAAAVEMAAAAAAN! . . . . and Son!”

Andy and Larry Wachowski do a live version of “Speed Racer?”

Oh wait . . . never mind.

Sell the “dirty word” Batman comic! Seriously, just ask for ID so no one under say, 16, buys it.

42 – Remember “Ark II”? I’m surprised they haven’t dug that old thing up and remade it. As I recall, it had something to do with doomsday stuff, so that fits in with current popular themes. Plus, it had a monkey!

You can’t have enough movies with monkey’s in them.

#44

I had to wiki Ark II . . . and Yes, I remember it! At least, I remember the cool vehicle they drove around in.

Here’s another one: What was the name of the show with Jim Nabors and Ruth Buzzi in a flying saucer? I think they were robots, if I remember correctly.

I also remember the guy who played Gilligan in some kind of futeristic live action TV show.

All of these arcane childhood memories are getting brought to the surface.

PS. When they come out with a Wonder Twins movie, you know they’ve run out of old ideas to reuse . . . .

They should remake Salvage One. Heck, Andy Griffith could still be in it.

The show with Gilligan in it is, “Far out Space Nuts”,

“It spanned galaxies. It was Lord of the Rings. I mean, it was that huge. It was like a Third World War on Earth involving different planets and universes, and brotherhoods – sibling rivalry and the collision of enormous powers.”

W.T.F. is this s** ?! And Brendan Fraser? I loved him in the Mummy films but picturing him as Superman simply doesn´t work…

#44

Thank you! I have been trying to remember the name of a show I remembered with a big funky traveling truck with a dunebuggy in the back. The Ark II, I wouldn’t have guessed that in a 100 years.

The show with Ruth Buzzy and Gomer Pyle was “The Lost Saucer”…and it deserves a George Takei “oh my”.

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