Constantine: Fear, Loathing and Leaked Pilots

Constantine

So, the pilot for Constantine–NBC’s live-action adaption of DC Comics’ HellBlazerleaked to the internet, as was bound to happen, and it is…certainly a pilot. The bad notes aren’t insurmountable, and the good will hopefully be built-upon, because the sooner they recognise and correct their issues as well as reinforce their strengths, the better off we’ll all be.

Story starts with John Constantine having checked himself into Ravenscar Sanitarium after having caused the gruesome death of a young girl named Astra. He’s ranting and railing at the head psych there, talking about a girl’s soul being damned to Hell and dragged off by a demon. And so of course the lead doctor tells him “There’s no such thing as demons!” Our John’s reply?

“So you keep telling me. Now make me believe it!”

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Your Weekend Justice #172: A Volcanologist and a Swinger Walk Into a Bar…

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that wants to talk about aliens but inevitably gets shut down by the Illuminati and has to go through some serious audio retrieval before it can be brought to a shambling form of semi-life. And we don’t mean a life with eighteen wheels, either.

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Bacon Egg and Cheese Cracker Combos

Agenda:

  • Never discuss Area 51 on a podcast–bad idea
  • Aaron’s film!
  • Rox’s adaptation of “The Rats in the Walls”
  • Poltergeist!
  • Rob’s travel report
  • Laurie Anderson live
  • Who Rob isn’t
  • Smoke jumping. We think.
  • How to torment people through the mail, but without fun and profit
  • Why Jon is not a time traveler
  • One surefire way to get a room upgrade
  • Leigh’s Mystery Box
  • The chat suddenly explodes into the regular podcast
  • Open swinging
  • A new niche for newsletters and zines
  • Always search safely
  • Dry heaving on the playground
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    Stuff: Googling “Henry Rollins Sucks” Just Got More Interesting

    Henry Rollins in Suck

    There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world of pop culture. You don’t have time for it all. So we grab all the best bits and give them to you in a single post. Because somebody had to. Enjoy.

  • Okay, so the story‘s about Splendid Films, a German distributor. So while Dom might be interested in that, I’m more interested in the array of films that are coming: Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel (who brought you the Texas Chainsaw remake) and due in 2011; Tekken, directed by Dwight Little (who went and did a lot of television after Anacondas) ; and…

    …wait a second, a vampire comedy starring Iggy Pop, Malcolm McDowell and Rollins? Called Suck? Jesus, I wish we had a trailer.
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  • Stuff You Need to Know, Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • Chris Columbus is in talks to helm Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Dean Cain will not be reprising his role as–wait, never mind, this is something different. Tim Burton was previously attached to direct when the film almost happened in 2007. Jim Carrey is attached to star as Ripley himself. No script yet–that happens after Columbus signs officially. Paramount wants a 2011 release date. Source: Variety.
  • Alice in Wonderland has snagged Crispin Glover to play the Knave of Hearts, who is put on trial for theft of some tarts. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • The rights to game Army of Two have been snagged by Universal for production next year and Peter Berg will direct. Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum co-writer) is scribing. Also of interest is the news that The Sims is at Fox and Mass Effect has been optioned by Avi Arad. Source: Variety.
  • Case 219 will star and be executive produced by woefully underutilized Harold Perrineau. It’s about “the aftermath of a high school shooting from the perspective of three misfit teens.” Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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