Monday, January 30, 2006

The Omen 666

The teaser is up. Check it out here.



Thursday, January 26, 2006

Update: Werewolf Spec

I’m working my way backwards, looking for weak spots...didn’t take too long to find 'em. The love interest is still a pain in butt to work into the story, but I think I’ve got him figured out. He functions best a painful reminder to the protagonist of what could have been. My antagonist starts off strong, fizzles in the middle then gets his teeth in Act III. I’ll have to work on that. There are a couple characters who really help set the story in motion but seem to outlive their usefulness by the end of Act II. To kill them off or not kill them off, that is the question.



Friday, January 20, 2006

Underworld: Evolution

That Len Wiseman must have a really strong pimp hand. Kate Beckinsale did Letterman on Wednesday and then Conan last night (you know what I mean). It’s interesting how “Underworld” was promoted as “Romeo and Juliet”, set in the world of vampires and werewolves. All the “Underworld: Evolution” ads focus on Beckinsale in latex, guns blazing and kicking ass. If you don’t blink, you might catch a glimpse of Scott Speedman. Seems to me that promoting the Selene/Michael relationship would attract more women but then again, I wasn’t at the test screenings so what do I know. The story looks mighty muddled to me (much like its predecessor). If we’ve learned anything from “Elektra”, “Aeon Flux” and “Catwoman” it’s that a hot chick alone can’t carry an action flick, but a hot chick in a horror film is another story. Horror fans will forgive gaping plot holes and mediocore acting, if the movie delivers on atmosphere. I’d be surprised if “U:E” isn’t in the top three at the box office this weekend.



Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Big Bad Box Office

I was skimming a review of “Hoodwinked” in “Entertainment Weekly” when this little factoid caught my eye: “The Edwards brothers, however, made their movie independently for 15 million--a miraculously low sum in the world of feature-length animation.” That’s downright amazing, especially when you consider that “Hoodwinked” made 16 million in its opening weekend, the number one movie in the country. Could we be looking at the start of a revolution? Perhaps an animated spec might not be a total waste after all.


Saturday, January 14, 2006

Friday, January 13, 2006

"Lost" and found

Incredible episode of “Lost” the other night. Here’s something definately worth checking out, simplyscripts has five teleplays from season one.




Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tagged

Zoinks! I've been tagged by theawfulwriter. Here goes:

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:

Being terrified of a dog with an afro, "Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell".

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:

“The Wolfman has nards.” - The Monster Squad
"Nimble little minx, isn't she?" - Ghostbusters

THREE (3) jobs you'd do if you could not work in the "biz":

1. Video Game designer
2. Comic book writer/artist
3. Military strongman

FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:

1. Paperboy
2. "Would you like fries with that?"
3. Stacking books in a library
4. "Clean up in aisle three."

THREE (3) book authors I like:

1. Stephen King
2. H.G. Wells
3. Dean Koontz (I'm reaching here).

TWO (2) movies you'd like to remake or properties you'd like to adapt:

The Green Hornet
Cat People

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:

Giullermo Del Toro. "Hellboy" and "Devil's Backbone" are well-written stories that just happen to have some cool visuals.

THREE (3) people I'm tagging to answer this meme next:

Gary
Joakim
Patrick

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hostel

creepy movie poster"Hostel" was the number one movie over the weekened with a 20 million dollar gross (pun intended). Not my cup of tea, as far as horror movies go, but I applaud the accomplishment. Movies like “Saw”, “Devil’s Rejects”, “Wolf Creek” and now “Hostel” are attracting bigger and bigger audiences. Here’s a link to an interview from www.fearsmag.com with the film’s director, Eli Roth. He talks about how the concept came together. It almost piques my interest in the film...almost.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Serenity How?

Picked up the DVD over the weekend. The “Firefly” fanboy in me loved it, but the wannabe screenwriter in me had some issues. It was great seeing all the characters together, the snappy dialogue and yet...I went to see a sci-fi western and all I got was a lousy political thriller in Act III. Mal and the gang risk their lives to expose the Alliance’s dirty secret about what really happened on Miranda. That’s it? Talk about a lack of high stakes.
If James Bond fails, some archvillain is going to blow up the world.
If Spidey doesn’t turn off Doc Ock’s machine gone haywire, it’ll suck all of New York into a void. If Buffy doesn’t stop the Big Bad, evil will rule the world. This isn’t to say that every story should involve our protagonists saving the world but there should be something to lose, dire consequences if he or she fails. If Mal fails to get the signal out, what happens? What’s at stake?
I haven’t finished listening to Whedon’s commentary so maybe he explains the reasoning behind the story. Overall, “Serenity” is a good companion to the “Firefly” boxset and hopefully, the DVD sales will be good enough for a sequel.



Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Slamdance Teleplay

The semifinalists were announced, didn't make the cut. Congrats and good luck to those who did, like redrighthand. Oh well, tommorrow is another day.

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