Stuff: Who’s at the Helm of Tintin?

Tintin
  • Who’s directing the Tintin movies? Steven Spielberg is on board to helm the first one. Although Herge Studios, who owns the rights, said Peter Jackson is doing the first film. But no, he’s on board for Tintin 2. That’s what Spielberg’s and Jackson’s people both say. But Jackson is producing the first film. And of course, Jackson is going to do this after Hobbits 1 & 2, so I hope he can fit it all in. Anyway, film one is based on The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure and will be adapted by Stephen Moffat. And it “will be animated with motion-capture technology and star 18-year-old Thomas Sangster as Tintin and Andy Serkis as his friend Captain Haddock.” But if Jackson’s involved, we at least know it will be the good mo-cap rather than the Zemeckis mo-cap. Source.
  • Chemical Wedding is the biopic of Aleister Crowley. And it’s written by Bruce Dickinson, former frontman for Iron Maiden. And it’s starring Simon Callow as Crowley. According to the IMDB, Julian Doyle (editor on Life of Brian and Brazil) is helming. Source.

    Oh wait, here’s a trailer:
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  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 27 Second Review

    The Incredible Hulk movie poster

    Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
    Directed by: Louis Leterrier
    Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

    Review: This movie has gotten bad reviews from critics due to the lack of a worthy storyline and any deep character development. These people go to movies for different reasons than I do. The effects were quite nice, the splode was kickass, and the splode was kickass. Did I mention the splode? Well, I meant to. It was kickass.

    Time: 16 seconds
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    The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Movie Review

    The Incredible Hulk movie poster

    Beyond Believability: The Incredible Hulk

    Written by: Zak Penn & Edward Norton
    Directed by: Louis Leterrier
    Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

    First, the revamp of the new Hulk franchise has some promising things going for it. A FEW. The Banner/Hulk back story is cleverly covered in the opening credits sparing the audience from a tired drama tinged rehash that we’ve been through before. There also some clever cameos by Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno and even the very dead Bill Bixby.

    But the biggest problem that The Incredible Hulk must overcome however is not the military, gamma radiation or even his broken heart, but the amazingly shallow storyline he’s been stuck with.

    Once again we are treated to a comic book film that demeans the intelligence of the audience by throwing together a story with such minimal character development that it drowns under an avalanche of big booms, CGI gimmickry and impotent drama.

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    Headsup: The Satellite of Love and The Big Green Angry Guy

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie DVD Cover Art
    Kirby Five-Oh!: Celebrating 50 Years Of The King Of Comics Cover Art

    It’s no secret that we’re big fans of MST3K around here. We’ve spent a long time condemning truly shit films to limbo since when we say “Wait for MST3K,” we know that they’re never going to get around to doing them. (Rifftrax might. Or the Film Crew. We suppose if you had to watch one of the films we’ve labeled to wait for MST3K, then that’s better than nothing.) But still. This Universal release of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie finally replaces the ten-year-old out of print Image Entertainment release. There’s no special features, but if you’re a fan of the show (and of course, you are), then you need to add this to your collection. Because the guys vs. This Island Earth is something to behold. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

    I know we harp on TwoMorrows all the time, but there’s a reason: all you have to do is look at the care with which they treat the fifty-year span of Jack Kirby‘s career in Kirby Five-Oh. This oversized book has a slew of fifties: the 50 Best Kirby Stories, the 50 Best Kirby Covers, the 50 Best Examples of Unused Kirby Art, the 50 best Kirby character designs, 50 people influenced by Kirby, a 50 page gallery of Kirby art, and a never before seen Superman cover inked by Darwyn Cooke. Are they thorough? They remembered Giganto the mutant whale as one of his best designed characters. How cool is that? Plus a color section of photos, art and designs. It’s Kirbypalooza, folks. Gotta love it. (Click here to buy it from TwoMorrows.)

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    Get Ready for a Cinematic Throwdown in June

    Spotted by Siege in a cinema yesterday:

    Kung Fu Panda vs. The Incredible Hulk

    Kung Fu Panda opens June 6th. The Incredible Hulk opens June 13th. The advantage the Panda has is that he’s animated, he’s voiced by Jack Black, and his entire movie was not contained in his trailer. The advantage the big green guy has is…um. Um. Come to think of it, I really don’t know what the Hulk movie has going for it.

    What do you think?
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