A couple of reveals about the second movie in the new Star Trek series came out yesterday and today. One I think is probably more legit than the other, but we’ll see…
The reveal that came out today I saw on blastr (but it was credited to Bleeding Cool). It says that Alice Eve’s character is molecular biologist Carol Marcus. For fans of Star Trek, that should ring a bell. Not because she had a relationship with Kirk (because that’s not very unique for women in Star Trek), but because she was behind The Genesis Project. For those who need a reminder, the Genesis Project is a big part of the Khan storyline, so is Khan involved or not?
Second, as revealed on tor.com, Benedict Cumberbatch has a character name: John Harrison. Or is it? Because in Star Trek, John Harrison was a placeholder name for unimportant characters who were only on screen for a second. Surely Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t a redshirt, so who is he really? Is he the lowly genius ignored by the Federation? Is it an alias Cumberbatch provides when imprisoned–check out the pic on the tor.com link–(ugh, maybe part of his plan all along like the BBC’s Sherlock series, Skyfall, and the Avengers?)? Or is J.J. Abrams fooling us yet again by giving us a placeholder name instead of his real name, so we’ll spend our holidays wondering if Khan will be in this movie or not? Damn you, Abrams, you evil genius.
Oh, and if you go read the original Bleeding Cool article, you’ll also get another reveal: Klingons! Lots of Klingons in the new movie. But then again, if you have eagle eyes, you would have spotted at least one in the trailer.
So what is your take on the reveals? Legit? Hoax? Both?
Nickelodeon is bringing back the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a CGI-based cartoon, and the show’s theme song has been released. Go listen, and SPOILER–there’s a rap, but it’s not “go, ninja. go, ninja, go.”
To quote Homer Simpson, “Sweet, merciful crap!” That is just terrible. TMNT was a big part of my childhood. I had the toys. I saw the movies. I had the video games (even the incredibly hard NES one). And I loved the cartoon. A big part of that cartoon was the theme song. And yes, the new theme song hints at the old one, but c’mon. It just doesn’t hold a candle to the silliness and infectiousness of the original.
Yet another bit of my childhood gets recycled for a younger generation and thereby destroyed (just like several versions of Looney Tunes). I think I may need some pizza. And maybe Casey Jones to visit the new show’s producers.
P.S. Get off my lawn.
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed “The Avengers.” It had a great cast, a good story, and (to be honest) I’ll pretty much see anything Joss Whedon had a hand in. But part of me wondered, where the hell was the Justice League? That would make a great movie.
Well, duh. I’m not the first person to have this idea. Warner Bros. tried to make one in 2007, but the attempt failed. But, according to Blastr, Warner Bros. is trying again. The big problems? Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale are out after The Dark Knight Rises; Green Lantern was a flop; and who knows what will happen with the next Superman film? So DC and Warner Bros. would be hard pressed to put together a stable of films like Marvel did prior to “The Avengers.”
So do you hire actors only for a Justice League movie (or series)? Can it live up to Nolan’s Batman trilogy? Will people forget about crummy Green Lantern and Superman movies? I’d love to see Warner Bros. pull it off, but as of now, put me in the “highly skeptical” column.
Prometheus opens this Friday. I’m sure you can tell that I’m eagerly anticipating the release. Your best bet for “Prometheus Prep” is to re-watch Alien and Aliens before seeing Prometheus, but if you haven’t seen them before and/or you can’t do that, Blastr.com has a list of some things worth knowing/reviewing before you head into the theater.
On a side note, most of the reviews I’ve heard seem favorable. However, The Economist had a negative review (but I didn’t read all of it because it starts with a spoiler–who does that? Besides Roger Ebert, I mean.). Anyway, it’s the final countdown. I can’t wait. What do you think? Are you as excited as I am, or are you not buying into the hype?
Blastr has posted Moffat’s reaction to the CBS Sherlock Holmes show “Elementary.” Go check it out.
Am I wrong to interpret Moffat’s statement as saying 1) CBS had to make enough changes to the show that they could avoid a lawsuit, and 2) they changed a lot of things; therefore, 3) it was started for the wrong reasons and it produced a bad result? Is it relief I detect from Moffat? A bit of schadenfreude in advance, perhaps? Maybe I’m reading too much into it because of my bias in Mr. Moffat’s favor. What’s your take on Moffat’s reaction?