Principal photography has started today on a couple of interesting productions. Here they are at a glance:
- Therese, formerly known as Therese Raquin, is an erotic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story).
- Graphic novel adaptation, The Scribbler, also started production with Katie Cassidy (Taken) set to star.
Hit the jump for much more on both projects.
If you’re a fan of the medium, then you already know that Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One is one of the all-time great graphic novels, a brilliant work that’s had more than its share of failed imitators over the years. The story—which concerns the trials and tribulations of Bruce Wayne’s first foray into Batman-hood in an old-school Gotham City—has long been ear-marked for an animated retelling, but only recently did Warner Bros. finally decide to get the project animated, edited, and slapped onto Blu-ray discs (and DVD’s, if that’s your thing) for our consumption. Does the Batman: Year One Blu-ray experience live up to Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One graphic novel? Find out after the jump, folks.
Warner Bros. has announced that New York Comic-Con attendees will be the first to see the 15-minute animated short Catwoman. The short will be attached to the upcoming Blu-ray of Warner Premiere’s animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. Tommy had some mixed feelings about the film when he caught it at Comic-Con, but it’s a nice bonus for fans that WP will be throwing on a 15-minute short film. Eliza Dushku provides the voice of Catwoman in both the short and the feature.
Attendees will also get to see the first footage from Warner Premiere’s next DC Universe animated film, Justice League: Doom. The presentations will be part of Warner Premiere’s panel on October 14th from 3:00-4:00pm. The panel will also include the one true voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, as well as executive producer Bruce Timm and casting director Andrea Romano. Hit the jump to check out the first image from Catwoman as well as the full press release. Batman: Year One hits stores on October 18th.
Warner Premiere, the Warner Bros. division that handles the direct-to-DVD animated superhero films, has released a trailer for Batman: Year One. The film is based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed 1987 comic miniseries of the same name. As if the title didn’t give it away, the film focuses on the Caped Crusader’s first year as a costumed vigilante. The trailer looks interesting and Warner Premiere did an alright job with last year’s Batman: Under the Red Hood. This time around, Batman will be voiced Ben McKenzie (Southland) with Bryan Cranston as Detective Gordon, Eliza Dushku as Catwoman, and Katee Sackhoff as Gordon’s love interest, Detective Sarah Essen. While McKenzie sounds fine, I always hear Kevin Conroy (from Batman: The Animated Series) as the proper voice of the Dark Knight. Thankfully, he’s reprising the role for Batman: Arkham City.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Batman: Year One will premiere at Comic-Con and hit stores sometime this fall.
Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, and Katee Sackhoff will provide voice work to Warner Premiere’s upcoming animated adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s acclaimed graphic novel Batman: Year One. Heat Vision reports that Cranston will voice a young liutenant James Gordon, while McKenzie is Wayne/Batman. Dushku will provide the voice for Catwoman, and Sackhoff is Gordon’s love interest, Detective Sarah Essen. The PG-13 feature is set to stick fairly close to the comic with executive producer Bruce Timm revealing, “It a pretty straight forward literal retelling. Mazzucchelli’s artwork is beautifully composed and we were able to refer to the comic for about 80 percent of the camera setups.”
You can check out the first images from the film after the jump. Batman: Year One will hit stores this fall but will make its debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Continuing his reign in the comedy world since his breakthrough performance in The Hangover (though he was extremely funny well before the summer comedy), master of hilarity Zach Galifianakis has just landed a first-look deal at HBO. He’s already had a home at HBO with a supporting role on Bored to Death, but now Deadline reports he’s kicking off his new deal at the cable network with a new comedy project with friend and fellow comedian Brody Stevens.
The two have been friends for ten years and Stevens has recently had small roles in both The Hangover and Due Date not to mention doing an online video or two with Galifianakis. The project will be some sort of comedy special served up as a mockumentary following Stevens as himself in the daily life of a comedian. Galifianakis will have appear in the project and if it ends up turning into a series, will continue to guest star.
For details on Eliza Dushku’s new project with Damon Wayans at CBS, hit the jump.
I remember when Clerks was announced. It was a Sundance favorite and trailered along with Pulp Fiction. Having had some counter experience, and being a Star Wars nerd, Clerks looked like sweet elixir. And I went to see it opening weekend (in a double feature with Stargate), and was in the Kevin Smith. Revisiting his films Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back on Blu-ray in the Kevin Smith collection is a chance to wrestle with what makes Kevin Smith great and somewhat terrible. My review after the jump.
THR is reporting that Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse is canceled although it will be allowed to finish its 13-episode order for season two. At the beginning of the year Fox thought it had a killer Friday-night genre pair with Dollhouse following The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which was canceled last May). Both shows featured ass-kicking Whedon gals in sci-fi shows with ads highlighting the sex appeal of stars Eliza Dushku and Summer Glau. It was a perfect plan except for one little thing: no one watches TV on Friday nights. It’s a lesson that the Fox network fails to learn time and time again. And while every showrunner can put on a brave smile and say they don’t believe in superstition or that they’re going to break the trend, we all know that Nielsen ratings continue rule all. This makes DVR, Hulu, iTunes, etc. not additional metrics of viewership but a drain on the almighty Nielsen rating. So much for alternative viewing methods.
Already pulled from November sweeps, there’s no word if Dollhouse will resume airing on December 4th as originally planned.
Universal has already issued their horror releases for Halloween, and I’ve already reviewed them, so I’m reviewing half of the 20th Century Fox releases for Halloween. Child’s Play, and Wrong Turns one and two. At least two of these movies are pretty good. My reviews after the jump.
by Cal Kemp Posted: August 29th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
“Dollhouse” is a strange, strange beast. The peculiar brand of Whedon-fan loved the show sight unseen simply for its pedigree (I love you guys and I’m one of you guys, but you still scare me) while preemptively planning the method of protest that would be employed with the series’ inevitable cancellation.
The show finally hit the airwaves (or the internets as the kids call it these days; I think “Dollhouse” is the first television show I’ve watched entirely on Hulu) and the reaction of Whedonfan and non-Whedonfan alike was sort of a resounding “meh”. The show had a supercool premise: A top-secret facility that uses specially targeted individuals (or “dolls”) that can have their entire personality replaced depending on their specific assignment. Every week, Eliza Dushku effectively gets to play someone else and goes on a wacky adventure. It’s like “Charlie’s Angels” meets “Quantum Leap”. So what went wrong? My thoughts after the jump:
It’s a little hard to believe that the “Ghostbusters” franchise has been dormant for so long (it’s not like the second film was a catastrophe of “Batman & Robin” proportions) but now “Ghostbusters” has risen from the dead with a videogame debuting this summer and now Dan Aykroyd telling the LA Times that the third film in the series could start filming as soon this winter.
While some elements are still in flux (such as the plot details), Aykroyd cements some elements:
- Ivan Reitman will NOT return to direct the third film as he’s far too busy with his producing commitments. However, Dr. Egon Spengler, Harold Ramis, could possibly direct the new installment.
- Aykroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver will all return but in a reduced capacity. Aykroyd wisely notes, “I’d like it to be a passing-of-the-torch movie. Let’s revisit the old characters briefly and happily and have them there as family but let’s pass it on to a new generation.” I couldn’t agree more. While we all love how these actors portrayed their characters, no one wants to guys in their sixties strapping on proton packs.
Hit the jump to read who Aykroyd would like to see fill out the beige jumpsuits.