He was the Yin to Vin Diesel's Yang, the bright shining star of one of the biggest franchises in movies today. Paul Walker has been killed in a car crash north of Los Angeles.
If you happened to grow up in the early eighties, you certainly knew about the Friday the 13th movies, even if you weren’t allowed to see them. They were what were called “mad slasher films,” an early incarnation of what became “torture porn,” and they ushered in an incredible era of make-up effects.
There were recent reports that a major character on The Simpsons will soon die on the show. The sad irony of this is that we just lost Marcia Wallace, the voice of one of my favorite characters on the show, Mrs. Krabappel. While we don’t know whether plans will still go forward to have a character on The Simpsons pass away, we did just lose a character on Family Guy, and fans aren’t too pleased about this.
Whenever people talk about rebooting superheroes, the most obvious one never comes up: Aquaman. He’s become a long running joke on Entourage as a fictional film directed by James Cameron, but there may now be a serious effort underway to revive Aquaman, and why not?
On November 24, Doctor Who had his 50th anniversary with the episode Day of the Doctor. The show was broadcast simultaneously world-wide, and in his native England he did very well in the ratings, with over 10 million people tuning in to watch him. However, it was not the top rated show that night. Strictly Come Dancing, a reality TV contest, was.
Dune has always been a famously problematic book to adapt to the big screen. The 1984 version was so silly, director David Lynch ended up taking his name off it. The subsequent mini-series versions, Dune and Children of Dune, didn’t hit the mark either.
Early this year, FX artists faced a bitter irony. Life of Pi won Best Director and Best Visual FX at the Academy Awards, but the FX company that created the incredible visuals, Rhythm and Hues, had just gone bankrupt. It’s hard to imagine FX companies going out of business, but they’ve been going through a hard time lately, which is thanks to studios underbidding movies, and outsourcing jobs.
As we’ve reported here on TGD, the next Star Wars film, to be directed by JJ Abrams, is currently casting, and it has a December 18, 2015 release date. As a number of tent pole films are gearing up to start shooting next year, they’re all trying to nail down their casts as fast as possible so they can start shooting as soon as possible.
It may not last forever, but right now superheroes have never been hotter. There are still a number of superhero films in development, and 2015 will be a crucial year with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Batman Vs Superman, which has a long way to go to prove itself with the fans.
A week ago Almost Human debuted, and it got good reviews, as well as pretty strong ratings. And like a lot of shows these days, Almost Human has gotten a nice boost from DVR ratings.
Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Jurassic Park came out and became a huge box office smash. It was a hell of a game changer for FX, ushering in the age of CGI, and it also took Michael Crichton’s career into the stratosphere as a “mega author.”
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, finally came on November 23, and Google even redid their page to celebrate. What’s remarkable is that after five decades the show is still growing by leaps and bounds all over the world.
Everybody knew The Hunger Games was going to be an enormous movie, that’s a given, and it indeed pulled in an enormous haul of $307 million world-wide. While it clearly beat the original’s opening weekend by a good $9 million domestically, it still hasn’t beaten the current record set by Iron Man 3.
Xbox One just came out on November 22, and it completely sold out, sending a strong shot across the bow in what we call the console wars. Xbox One is trying to appeal to more people than gamers, and even though it costs $100 more than Sony PlayStation, it looks like Xbox One has reached their goal.
If you’re not happy about Ben Affleck taking over as Batman, and who is really?, this story may not encourage you, but apparently he’s coming back to the comic business, adapting the DC title Sleeper with his old buddy Matt Damon producing as well.
It looks like Hollywood is no longer afraid of adapting video games. The movie adaption of World of Warcraft is slated for a December 2015 release, and many other titles are on the fast track for development. Now it looks like the big screen version of Gran Turismo has a screenwriter, and it’s somebody who understands genre well.
The next installment of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, opens today, and the box office pundits predict it could end up making $160 million this weekend. You may not be nuts about the Hunger Games, but thank God it replaced Twilight as the hot young adult property.
After all these years, I still have faint memories of seeing the Star Wars Holiday Special when it aired on November 17, 1978. It was the only time this special was ever shown, and George Lucas has said he wishes he could destroy every bootleg copy he could get his hands on with a hammer.
Comic books have been doing amazing business at the movies, and they’re also doing well at the newsstands too. And oddly enough, actual paper comics are still selling better than digital editions, much like actual paper books still haven’t been totally eliminated by Kindle.
You've got to go back to the 90s to truly appreciate how influential Carmack was and how he single handedly drove Microsoft to the Xbox.