Friday, 30 May 2008
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Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Aside from his work on Doctor Who on TV and in books and audio, Paul is an established novelist and comics writer. His recent first issue of Captain
Hope you both get well soon!
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Monday, 19 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Fraggle Rock, that bastion of bizarre 1980s puppetry genius, is all set to make a comeback on the big screen in an all singing, all dancing live action musical extravaganza. I love this idea. Its so mad it may just turn out brilliant. DVD sales of the first 3 seasons have been so strong that it has made the prospect of a return very viable. Created by the Jim Henson company, the show became a hit with kids in the 80s and has struck a chord with viewers ever since those early days. The Weinstein Co. are to adapt the Fraggle Rock series for the big screen with a script by director Cory Edwards. Lisa and Brian Henson will be acting as producers for the project. You know, I think this is going to be lapped up by kids and those who remember Fraggle Rock from its original run. I certainly fall into the latter category, and will probably be in line when the thing gets released. I mean, with THAT theme tune, how could you not want to see the Fraggles back onscreen? The story, like the classic TV series, concerns the main Fraggles (and new characters) emerging from their magical home and being mistaken for aliens. Here’s hoping that we get to see the Doozers back onscreen too! This project has been reported to be live action, and I am hoping that the Fraggles aren’t CG, or at least for the most part. It would be great to see them run and jump and interact like fully rendered characters, so some CG is unavoidable, but they do need to mostly be traditional puppets for the transition to work. Anyway, I think we’ve got something to look forward to here. And yeah, I can’t get the theme tune out of my head either now :/
Monday, 12 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
IRON MAN 2 -
Apparently, the Captain America movie is to be titled: THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN
Saturday, 3 May 2008
IRON MAN 2 AND 3
These don’t have a date yet, but I’m sure they’ll be rushed into production as soon as possible, judging by the reaction to this first movie from Marvel Productions.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
The latest entry in the Punisher series of movies will be released later this year. With a completely different cast to the last one, it remains to be seen whether or not it will be a hit.
IRON FIST and DEATHLOK
These two projects are both slated for release this year, but have they even started shooting yet? That Iron Fist movie has been talked about ever since Ray Park (who is to play the title character) was in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. That was nine years ago!!! As for Deathlok, would anyone really go and see it? If it is marketed as something other than a superhero movie, it would probably stand a chance. Otherwise I’d say DVD bargain bin fodder.
X-MEN ORIGINS MOVIES
The first two X-Men Origins films are due next year, following the early years of both WOLVERINE and MAGNETO respectively. The Wolverine movie, starring Hugh Jackman in the role again, is halfway through production now, but the Magneto one is yet to commence. The Magneto movie tells the story of his young days, and will not feature Ian McKellen in it at all.
A Power Man movie? If you say so. Apparently due in 2009, here’s another one with rather limited appeal, but I’m curious to see how it turns out.
A fourth Spider Man movie is on the way next year, but with a whole new cast, a new director and a new direction. I hope they don’t reboot the series again…
Marvel’s own big blue boyscout is said to be arriving on screens next year. This one could be important, as it would set up the proposed Avengers movie very nicely.
Okay, we have Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain
Also due next year (2009 is getting crowded isn’t it?) is the Silver Surfer’s solo movie, which is shaping up to be brilliant. The demand for a Surfer film has pretty much killed any call for another Fantastic Four. I guess that’s something…
The year after that we’re apparently in for movies of Nick Fury, Ant Man (Why?), and Doctor Strange. Where’s the Thor movie? It is going to be interesting to see how many of these films actually get made. I’d say we’re due another Daredevil too, please. Get Frank Miller to make it, or at least write it. Thanks...
Friday, 2 May 2008
The Iron Man story, of a billionaire discovering the error of his ways and using his wealth and technology to make amends seems to have translated to the screen perfectly, and the casting of Robert Downey Jr couldn’t be better. If ever a man was meant to play Tony Stark onscreen, it’d be him. Aside from the scale of this film and its suitably heroic storyline, there are nods to various other forthcoming projects (stay until after the end credits to see what I mean. No really, you MUST see the extra bit), which hints at the Marvel Comics movies universe starting to edge towards becoming a coherent world in which characters from different films may interact. In the end, this will only serve to make the films better as they will all have to play alongside each other as well as being strong standalone tales.
Iron man really is about as good as the genre gets. It is huge, fun, scary, thrilling and uplifting, and is a great introduction to those outside of comics fandom to one of the industry’s most interesting and compelling characters. Two sequels are apparently on the way, and the first of those is already secure following the first film’s massive opening weekend. Now out in the
A full review will be posted soon!
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Yes, I am a gloating Doctor Who fan, and I readily admit it. We put up with so much before the show came back, that I’m damned well enjoying our moment of vindication while it lasts, if you don’t bloody mind. There was a time I remember only too clearly when the only new Doctor Who that was regularly coming out consisted of the BBC novels and the Big Finish audios. Reading a Doctor Who novel on public transport before the show came back made you something of a social leper. Not only were you into this shoddy old science fiction show, but you were displaying your love for it by actually paying money for a tie-in novel. You know what? Yes I did. The very idea of Doctor Who is a wonderful thing that really has done a great service to the country by coming back- a real hero, simply trying to help those in need with no desire for personal gain.
That, in this current climate of pointless violence and the gimme gimme mine min mentality is a breath of fresh air, and children have been introduced to a classic hero in a very modern guise. Hearing about kids’ reactions to the first series was wonderful for someone in my line of work. Their imaginations had been opened up to all the possibilities that science fiction could bring up, and families finally had something they could enjoy together again. That is massively important on many levels. Here is something that every generation can find something in, and they can find it in a format that doesn’t get bogged down with politics, shady characters or the acquisition of wealth. They are very simple stories told in a direct manner, but they are done in such a way that anyone can enjoy them.
It has come to a beautiful point in the evolution of Doctor Who’s new era, in that we are now literally going along for the ride and wondering where the enigmatic Time Lord will take us next, what we will see there, and how we will face the dangers that these journeys bring. The BBC are still releasing Doctor Who novels (albeit in a different manner) AND Big Finish are still producing their exemplary range of licensed Doctor Who audio plays, but now we also have Character Options bringing us all manner of Doctor who action figures and Doctor Who collectibles, as well as other companies bringing us posters., T shirts, magazines and much more. The new golden age of Doctor Who continues, and after this series is over, there is still the Christmas special to look forward to, and three more specials next year, followed by series five in 2010. After that, who knows where the Doctor will take us next? Hit the randomizer and let us discover the universe alongside our hero.