Thursday, June 22, 2017
It looks like we will be getting a Downton Abbey movie after all...
The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year.
NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018.
“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together,” said Edelstein. “Because, as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”
“Julian and I are enthusiastic to do it,” said Neame at the time. “And so are the cast, I believe, so hopefully it will happen.”
That's awesome news and I hope it all works out.
I've really missed me some Dowager Countess...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will air Sunday September 24th on CBS and then the following episodes will air exclusively on CBS All Access after that.
We'll see how this subscription-only series goes over with fans. Many have stated that they won't pay to watch the show.
We'll soon find out whether that's true or not.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Neill Blomkamp's (director of District 9) Oaks Studios has just released the first of a three-part short film he directed (this one features Sigourney Weaver) called Rakka, about an alien invasion.
It's really pretty good and would make a cool feature film.
I really liked it.
Here is a bit about what Neill is trying to do...
"The goal is to see ‘if’ the audience likes them and ‘if’ they would be willing to pay for volume 2, the director said. They are too short to charge now.
So after thinking about it for a while, I came up with the idea. I needed a place that I could sell short films, and it felt like iTunes or any of the obvious outlets were massively lacking in any other avenues besides the films themselves. In other words: they don’t give users the ability to look at all of the behind the scenes artwork in any real way.
The more I thought about that, the more it became, What if the users had access to all of the 3D files that we used for the visual effects? If we just gave that away with any one-time purchase and you could render stuff yourself? Or what if we just give away all of the raw footage of one of the pieces, and anyone in the audience could they recut the the entire thing themselves? Stems from all of the music, or voiceovers from the actors; I just wanted to open it up and let people remix it.
After realizing that iTunes and stuff wasn’t the right avenue for that, I started thinking about a game platform like Steam. I felt like Valve is a really awesome company and I’ve always had a massive level of respect for Valve. So we started moving in the direction of putting stuff on Steam, and that’s the road that we went down for two years.”
If his future short film releases are as high-quality and enjoyable as this one is, I'd consider paying to see more.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
One of the companies that does the visual effects for Agents of Shield released a new reel that showcases some of the cool work they did this year for the show, which includes several shots of the Ghost Rider character that was featured this past season...
This was definitely one of their best seasons!
Monday, June 12, 2017
Very sad news over the weekend...
Adam West, who defined the tights-wearing title role of "Batman" in the 1960s cult TV classic and remained a celebrated actor in the superhero world, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, according to his family. He was 88.
Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, he made appearances in popular TV shows of the 1960s, including "Bonanza" and "Bewitched." But he shot to fame playing the wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne — Batman's real name — on the ABC series adaptation of the D.C. comic book. Although it lasted for only three seasons from January 1966 to March 1968.
In 1966, West became the first actor to bring the masked vigilante to the big screen in a feature-length adaptation of the TV series. In "Batman: The Movie," the Caped Crusader and trusty sidekick Robin, played by Burt Ward, formed the Dynamic Duo to outwit The Joker and his goons, including The Riddler, played by Frank Gorshin, and Catwoman, played by Lee Meriwether.
West — typecast as Batman over his career — voiced characters in several "Batman" spin-offs, oftentimes lending his legendary deadpan to sidekicks instead of superheroes. He also voiced characters in animated series, including "The Fairly OddParents," and played Mayor Adam West in Fox's cartoon series, "Family Guy."
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2012.
He had a very colorful career and life and has left an ever-lasting impression in the Pop Culture world.
He will be missed, but very fondly remembered for many years to come.