11 April 2009

News/Rumors Summary From The Last Week

Last week at Austin Texas, a big crowd of Trekkies gathered in the Alamo Drafthouse theater to watch, what they believed, a free screening of the 1982 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, which is considered by many as the best Star Trek movie so far.
The event was heavily advertised, if only for one reason - the organizers promised to show 10 minutes from the upcoming Star Trek movie, which intends to take "Best Star Trek Movie" title away from Khan.
Eager from anticipation, the geeks were passionately discussing whatever large group of nerds discussing when they are gathered together on common cause, when suddenly a special guest, Leonard Nimoy the original Spock, appeared in front of them with important announcement - they are not going to see The Wrath of Khan tonight, because the lucky fans who decided to come to the event will be actually participating in the secretly organized world premier of the new Star Trek film, and they are not going to see 10 promised minutes, but the whole thing.
I have no idea what happened in the theater at that moment, but I can imagine the effects of such bomb. Part of screaming and drooling fans were probably rolling on the floor trying to reach asthma inhalers in their pockets, others were standing on the knees, praying to all Klingon gods for such luck, the rest were having strong geekgasm and were quietly convulsing in their seats, breathing deeply and wiping their steamed up glasses with shaking hands.
When things calm down a little, the screening took place, and once it was over, all theater was standing in five minute long ovation.
The immediate responses that flooded Internet right after, together with responses from official world premier in Australia, were ranging from "Masterpiece!" and "OMG!" to "Brilliant!" and "Incredible!". Yes, the opinions were quite unanimous and very exciting, and rare chilling reviews, that stated flaws and expressed more negative impressions, were brutally bullied and pinned down as non relevant.

After reading more and more opinions, a certain central line is merging from all of that, the standpoint of rational review - the movie done very well, with the highest technical accomplishments, it is also very entertaining from the start to finish and even offers fresh and original look at the Star Trek origins. The downside is, that besides big and shiny cover to entertain trekkies for two hours, the movie has very little to offer, especially for people that less familiar with that specific universe. The movie does not disappoint, but has no special value outside of the closed Trek world, and the actual fuel of this movie is not the film itself, but the excitement and the enthusiasm of the viewers. I did not expect otherwise.


Second poster for the "Where The Wild Things Are"


Caprica is a new series, and is actually a spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica", set 50 years prior to the events of that show.
The series starts on the Sci-Fi channel probably in the beginning of 2010, but the 90 minutes pilot of the show will be released on DVD on April 21st.

Sci-fi channel, by the way, is changing it's name this summer and will be called Syfy.


Stargate Universe, the new series in the Stargate franchise that will premier at some point this Autumn, started to release promo teasers. Two of them are available at official website on Sci-Fi platform.

In related news, it was announced that another full length Stargate movie is heading for production. Like previous Stargate: Continuum, it will feature the cast of original SG-1 show, and will be released straight to DVD once completed.


Number of movies have entered the filming stage of production, and photos from the sets are started to appear. Here are number of such films:

The Expendables, USA (2010)

Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, the movie tells a story of the team of mercenaries, that head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. Now pay attention to the cast that Stallone managed to combine together: Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve "Stone Cold" Austin, Stallone himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger in a small role, Terry Crews, Gary Daniels and the list of big muscle is going on and on. Van Damme was also offered to join the cast, but he is now in some artistic and serious mode and simple action movies are not for him anymore, so he declined the offer.
Fresh pictures from the filming location in Brazil features Stallone only, but I predict that soon more cast will be exposed. Stallone looking sharp, isn't he?

Iron Man 2, USA (2010)

As Iron Man made tons of money last year, a sequel was only a matter of time, and there it is. The filming started last week with a few photos from the set. Downey Jr. is looking sharp as well.

The Rum Diary, USA (2010)

The movie, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart and others, and what is more important - directed by Bruce Robinson, is filming in Florida. Depp is being friendly with the fans.

Tron 2, USA (2011)

Not much info about this one, except for being a sequel to cult TRON from '82. Huge budget production, estimated by 300 million dollars, started the filming in Vancouver and first reports from there describe the movie as the "biggest production ever", with major highways shut down for the filming, and entire buildings designed as set pieces. The movie expected to be very big event of 2011, based heavily of special effects and probably even 3D.
One picture available of the building with the logo of ENCOM, a software corporation from the first film.

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