I don't know what it is about the Thanksgiving holiday that has people giving thanks, but I figured I might as well join the club. However, instead of being gracious to supportive loved ones or being thankful for the fact that I have any job, let alone an awesome one, I'll give some thanks to the few films and filmmakers that made sci-fi worthwhile in 2010, because, in case you haven't noticed, it's been kind of a crappy year for sci-fi. (Then again, 2009 was a pretty hard act to follow.)
I am thankful for The Book of Eli vicariously bringing my dreams of a Fallout movie to life.
Until someone with a lot more money and influence than I realizes that the Fallout series of games is rife with cinematic potential just waiting to be tapped, the best any of us PIPBoy-loving geeks can hope for are other movies that feel like they could exist within the Fallout universe. And no other post-apoc movie could have made for a better Fallout chapter than the Hughes' brothers' Book of Eli. Not only did they nail the look of a pervasive and stunningly destitute future, but they filled it with gorgeous bloodshed and situational humor-- and that is exactly what Fallout represents to me: a straight-faced sitcom set in the wastelands. Sure, it's not strictly a comedy, but it's got a great sense of humor about the end of the world all the same, and I love that about it.
I am thankful for Vincenzo Natali being such a weirdo.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Splice got shafted. The marketing campaign hung it out to dry as a paint-by-numbers Species-knockoff, when in reality it's a genre-bending creature feature that makes some bold decisions. Unfortunately, everyone who groaned at the trailers for being too Species-like but still saw the movie anyway hated it because it wasn't actually what they were expecting. It sucks that that crippled the movie at the box office, but I still love knowing that Splice disgusted and confused people with equal measure, and there just aren't enough filmmakers these days, at least in the sci-fi genre, who are willing to do that.
I am thankful for Jonah Hex failing at the box office.
If I'm sad that Splice flailed around like a slippery eel with audiences, I'm at least relieved that people treated Jonah Hex like it was the bloated corpse of a whale that the eels slithered out of. It's such a slapped-together, creatively disparate movie that it would have physically pained me had it succeed where Splice failed. Thankfully, it didn't. Though both were box office disappointments, Vincenzo Natali's bizarro creature feature managed to rake in a cool $7M more than Jimmy Hayward's goofy superhero flick, so hopefully that at least tells some suits at Warner Bros. that had they kept the original Crank duo (who are similarly weird filmmakers as Natali), maybe their movie wouldn't have been so dull.
I am thankful for Inception.
Inception arrived with such emboldened fanfare that it was met with a not unsurprising air of derision by those who are eager to say that Christopher Nolan is overrated no matter what he does. But screw that noise. Nolan made an original, big-budget, high-concept sci-fi flick with a tremendous cast and a fistful of indelible moments -- and I'm thankful for that.
I am thankful for Jon Favreau, Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones being such geeks.
Sure, 2010 was kind of a lackluster year for sci-fi, but at least Favreau, Blomkamp and Jones are giving us a number of reasons to geek out about what 2011 has in store...
On the Favreau front, we've got a movie called freakin' Cowboys & Aliens that, judging from the trailer, looks to take everything about itself seriously. Blomkamp may not have a film, at least that we know about, on the docket for 2011, but he's making new waves on the Internet with what looks to be the beginning of a series of viral videos -- and as much as I'd love to see a new movie from the guy who made District 9, I'm perfectly happy to watch him get back to his short-film roots. And then there's Duncan Jones, whose new film Source Code looks to be a pocket-protector-wearing dorkfest, and I mean that in the most loving way possible. The trailer makes it out to be two parts Deja Vu, one part Groundhog Day and one part Quantum Leap, which I think we can all agree is a pretty nerdy brew, and I am all for sci-fi flicks that don't give a damn about being macho.
Director Christopher Nolan has also lined up a pair of blondes - Blake Lively and Naomi Watts - to meet with as he casts two leading ladies for The Dark Knight Rises, the upcoming third instalment of the superhero franchise.
According to Deadline.com, the super-secretive filmmaker is on the hunt for a female villain and a love interest for Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne.
Speculation has been rife about the forthcoming blockbuster's plot details, with recent reports suggesting Tom Hardy will play Batman's foe in the follow-up to 2008's The Dark Knight.
Rumours over casting for Christopher Nolan's upcoming third superhero film have been rife ever since The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger as The Joker, hit cinemas in 2008 - with fans speculating over which characters will be re-introduced.
Nolan is said to be considering bringing feline femme fatale Catwoman back for the new movie, along with The Riddler.
Williams is adamant he would make a good replacement for Jim Carrey, who played the fiendish puzzler in 1995's Batman Forever, because the part was originally offered to him. The funnyman also reveals he was lined up to play The Joker in the original 1989 Batman movie before the role was later handed to Jack Nicholson - and the snubs have made him determined to secure a part in the next installment of the hit franchise.
He tells Empire magazine, "I would do Batman in a second. I'd play The Riddler in the next one, although it would be hard to top Heath Ledger as the villain and I'm a little hairy for tights.
"The Batman films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered me The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey. I'd be like, 'OK, is this a real offer? If it is, then the answer's yes. Don't pump me again motherf**kers'."
Rumours about which actors will join Nolan's third superhero film have been rife ever since The Dark Knight hit cinemas in 2008.
Internet gossip sites have been filled with reports about the possible addition of feline femme fatale Catwoman to the next installment in the film franchise - Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Cher and Kate Beckinsale have all been linked to the part, while Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy have also been linked to the picture.
Warner Bros. film studio chiefs were so exasperated about the gossip they issued a statement last year (09) about the casting speculation, stating: "It's rumour. There is no script. There is no project to be cast in."
And Nolan admits he's tired of movie bosses asking him about the rumours.
He says, “The studio called me and said: ‘Why did you cast Cher?’ It’s clear they had been reading things online.
“At a very early stage after taking on Batman I realised it wasn’t going to be helpful to read what people were saying online. I don’t really look at the internet. I don’t even e-mail - it gives me more time to think.”
Rumours about the planned follow-up to The Dark Knight have been plentiful ever since the blockbuster hit cinemas in 2008.
Internet gossip sites have been rife with reports about the possible addition of feline femme fatale Catwoman to the next picture in Christopher Nolan's film franchise, with a British tabloid reporting over the weekend (22-23Aug) that Megan Fox is in negotiations to take the coveted role.
Angelina Jolie, Cher and Kate Beckinsale have also been linked to the part, while Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy have also been in rumoured negotiations concerning the picture.
Movie chiefs have confirmed they do want to shoot another Batman movie, but they are adamant the project is in the very early stages and producers haven't even discussed casting yet.
A representative for the Warner Bros. film studio tells People.com, "It's rumour. It's not true. There is no script. There is no project to be cast in."
Hollywood bosses have stepped in to silence speculation about the next Batman movie -- insisting there isn't even a script yet for the superhero sequel.
Rumors about the planned follow-up to The Dark Knight have been plentiful ever since the blockbuster hit theaters in 2008.
Internet gossip sites have been rife with reports about the possible addition of feline femme fatale Catwoman to the next picture in Christopher Nolan's film franchise, with a British tabloid reporting over the weekend that Megan Fox is in negotiations to take the coveted role.
Angelina Jolie, Cher and Kate Beckinsale have also been linked to the part, while Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy have also been in rumored negotiations concerning the movie.
Film chiefs have confirmed they do want to shoot another Batman movie, but they are adamant that the project is in the very early stages and producers haven't even discussed casting yet.
A representative for the Warner Bros. film studio tells People.com, "It's rumor. It's not true. There is no script. There is no project to be cast in."
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Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Christopher Nolan's next directorial outing, Inception.
The sci-fi action film was set up last month at Warners which reportedly paid seven figures for the script by Nolan who will begin production this summer. The Web is also rife with rumors that Ellen Page may play a part in the pic.
The contemporary film is said to be set within the architecture of the mind and is being eyed as a summer 2010 release.
With Nolan turning to DiCaprio, it could mark the first time he has not worked with Christian Bale since 2002's Insomnia.
Nolan will produce with Emma Thomas, his longtime producing partner.
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