I’ll try to make this as regular a feature as possible, bringing a bunch of collected news bits and cool stuff that have surfaced over the internet over the previous week or so, and condensing it down into one digestable chunk. There’s no determined topic, and I guess it will mostly be movie-or-movie-related, but I hope you find at least something of interest. Here goes with the first ‘issue’.
Rogen/Goldberg adapting Garth Ennis’ ‘Preacher’ comics
After a few failed attempts to get an adaptation of this comic series off the ground – with linked names including high profile directors like Sam Mendes and (high-ish profile) Kevin Smith – it looks like Preacher is finally happening. With Breaking Bad having finished its excellent run on US channel AMC, their execs will be hoping for another big hit to take its place – perhaps taking a cue from the success of the previously adapted The Walking Dead, they’ve turned to the seminal comics works by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s no easy sell to mainstream audiences – telling the story of small town priest Jesse Custer, himself no stranger to the seven deadlies and drink, who is possessed by the embodied outcome of the mating of angel and demon, the supernatural creature Genesis. Armed with newfound and epic powers, and accompanied by his ex-girlfriend and a century-old vampire, Jesse embarks on a quest to confront God and question the abandoment of all creation, along the way encountering religious armies, the Angel of Death and a disfigured suicide survivor nicknamed ‘Arseface’ (after the hole left in his mug by a shotgun). As you can probably guess, the Charlie Churchgoers out there probably ain’t gonna be dropping many Likes on this one.
So it came as quite the surprise when AMC announced the creative minds behind the new run at the Preacher mythos; comedian Seth Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg (who previously adapted, uh, Green Hornet). Rogen is probably best known for his work with Judd Apatow, but has been known to push things into riskier territory; he co-starred with Joe Gordon Levitt in ‘cancer comedy’ 50/50, and last year’s ‘This Is The End’ was all over the top end of the R-rating. Both he and Goldberg are die-hard fans – “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right” they said in a statement – so hopefully they’re using their considerable clout to bring something dark, dirty, and very very funny to network TV. Whether you’re a fan of Rogen’s or not, for right now I think we can mark this one down as at least extremely interesting.
Say his name three times… Keaton and Burton are talking Betelguese
Another long-gestating project that finally seems to be gathering steam, the much-anticipated/dreaded follow-up to Tim Burton’s 1988 original looks like it may actually happen… and we’ll get another dose of the (admit it – brilliant) ‘Beetlejuice’*. For the longest time everyone involved seems to have danced around giving any sort of committed word, so it’s pretty exciting to hear about it straight from the mouth of the man himself. Talking to MTV News, Michael Keaton had the following to say about it:
“I’ve emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I’ve always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved one way or another. Now it looks like he is involved. And without giving too much away we’ve talked to each other, and emailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”
I’ll be honest: I didn’t like Burton’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and I absolutely hated his Alice in Wonderland. But I’ve also openly said of his filmmaking for some years “I want the ‘Beetlejuice’ Burton back”, so with his involvement bolstering Keaton’s, and the fact that it’s lined up to be a direct, 20-years-later sequel (not reboot), I’m pretty damn excited about this. MK’s roles in The Other Guys and Toy Story 3 (Ken!) proved he can still be hilarious in the right role, and to see him return to his Bioexorcist beginnings could be fantastic.
*I’m not bothering with writing a synopsis of Beetlejuice. If you don’t know what it is, you’re on the wrong site.
Only Lovers Left Alive – UK Release next week
The new film by Jim Jarmusch gets it’s UK release this coming Friday, and it’s looking pretty great. While the vampire genre is pretty tired, you can always count on JJ to bring something interesting to the table and Only Lovers Left Alive looks no exception. With excellent casting in the leads – Tilda Swinton and *swoon* Tom Hiddleston – and a supporting cast including Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt, this looks lush, epic and sexy. Check out the trailer here.
I LOVE BACK TO THE FUTURE
The longer this site is around, the more you’ll come to understand… my nerdism runs deep, and one of the things I have sincere and significant attachments to is Back to the Future. With that in mind, here are a couple of cool BTTF related things. I want them, and you should too.
Ellen Page is Gay
Well, that’s pretty much all you need to know really. Is it news? I guess so. She gave a fairly brave speech at an LGBT convention in Vegas, and said that she hoped outing herself would give confidence and courage to others. She’s a class act and this was a genuinely good thing to do, both for herself and others. Bravo. Watch it here:
Seinfeld is Being Pissy
Jerry Seinfeld took to Twitter this week to complain about The Lego Movie, implying that it lifts a joke of his:
and then take a bit of a mean pot-shot at the film in general:
For those who are unfamiliar with the gag, Seinfeld (a self-confessed lifelong Superfan) had originally done a webisode for American Express, in which an old lady regales Superman with a story of how Green Lantern had saved her uncle… while Supes seems less than impressed by the Lantern’s exploits. In the Lego Movie, Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) is idolised by Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), but finds the guy, well, kind of lame and annoying. Am I Supermental, or are they not the same thing at all? Sounds like someone’s got a Bee (Movie) in his bonnet about nothing.
And finally, Shia LaBeouf continues his journey down the u-bend of celebrity. Following his blatant plagiarism of Danial Clowes’ comic work, ol’ Beefy began his descent from brain to butthole by apologising on Twitter with further ripped-offs philosophies and quotes, then claimed the whole thing was part of a conceptual art project, appearing at a premiere with a paper bag over his head, and culminating in the opening of his LA installation ‘#IAMSOSORRY’ – in which visitors get the opportunity to chat to the man himself (complete, again, with paper bag).
I have no idea what this man is doing. It’s not clever, it’s not funny – it’s a desperate attempt to claw back some cred after his initial faux pas that’ s gone from strange to pathetic to straight up bonkers. At least Jerry O’ Connell is giving us something to laugh about the whole thing for – by setting up his own massive piss-take right next door to LaBeouf’s:
Nice goin’, Vern.
That’s about it for now. Catch you next time.