Monday, May 31, 2010

Gargoyles



Four posts in two days!? I must be on some kind of roll...


Speaking of TV shows, here's something that I recently came across: the original pitch for the animated series, Gargoyles. Cool premise. More mature than you'd expect from Disney. I'd catch an episode here and there, but never got around to watching the whole thing. Might be of interest to folks with an eye on animation/television.

Behind The Gun

Still have a ways to go with my sitcom contest entry, so I won't be making tomorrow's first day of submissions. Took me longer than I had anticipated to come up with a sustainable concept. Too many false starts. A leisurely stroll through my spec graveyard of abandoned ideas and characters was all I really needed to find the missing pieces. Should have something done before the final deadline. After that, I'm probably done with contests for the rest of the year.

Lost Boys: The Thirst Trailer



Because some of you demanded another Lost Boy's movie — you know who you are — we now have Lost Boys: The Thirst. The Frog Brothers must stop evil vamps from...yada, yada. The production values on this one look better than the previous installment — although the wire work looks a little shaky. I kinda dug Dario Piana's The Deaths of Ian Stone, so I'll probably check this out.

FUN FACT: Back in the day, Piana came *this* close to directing a werewolf hunter flick, produced by Joel Silver and starring DMX, called...wait for it... WEREWOLF. If you poke around on his website, you can still see some of the concept art.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

FlashForward Cancelled



FlashForward is gone, but I can't say that I'll miss it. The writing was on the wall for quite some time. Maybe I'm still a little surprised that V made the cut and FF didn't, but never underestimate the power of cheesy 80s nostalgia.

Serialized drama is hard as heck to pull off these days. Lost and 24 left some awfully big shoes to fill. FlashForward's premise was strong enough to get 12 million viewers to tune in for the pilot, but not compelling enough for them to stick around on a weekly basis. At one point, Vampire Diaries was pulling better numbers in the 18-49 demographic. The show was never able to find the right balance between sci-fi conspiracy thriller and character-driven drama.

Honestly, the only compelling character to me was Agent Demetri Noh (John Cho). Unlike most people, his flashforward revealed only darkness, suggesting an inevitable death. He's in a race to solve his own murder before it happens. Sounds like a good central character to me. But no, the powers that be decided to have everything revolve around Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes), an incredibly unlikable character. Even the kind, beautiful wife and cute kid failed to warm me up to this hotheaded, sullen protagonist. Maybe if he had a dog?

The supporting characters and subplots added up to a lot of fail. Who cares if the Doctor hooks up his Japanese love? Mark's AA sponsor going to Afghanistan to play Rambo? Will Mark's wife sleep with a handsome scientist in a moment of weakness? Who's side is Janice on? And who's her baby's daddy? Can Demetri's fiancée be any more annoying? What's that Campos guy up to now?

The conspiracy itself was muddled and uninteresting. The winter hiatus didn't help matters, nor did the game of musical showrunners. If only I could have flashed ahead to the see the unsatisfying finale. I would have found something more interesting to do with my time...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Last Exorcism Trailer

Kinda bears more than a passing resemblance to the Exorcism of Emily Rose, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. See for yourself...





Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quick Lost Thoughts (Spoiler Free)


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Didn't love it...

Didn't hate it either...

Still processing...

I guess Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse took Stephen King's advice (read it in Entertainment Weekly a few years back) about that final shot. Gonna check out the alternate endings on Jimmy Kimmel. More too come...

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There's no such thing as a perfect ending. Stories are about the journey, not the destination. Well done.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fresh Meat

Interesting selection of genre shows on the table for next season. Some might be spec worthy — if they can manage to survive...



The Cape - guy presumed to be dead, fights crime with a special cape that let's him do cool stuff and Keith David - HEY, IT'S SPAWN: THE LIVE ACTION SERIES!!! Maybe not. Don't know about this one, given the high cheese content, but it does have Summer Glau. Fanboys and Browncoats will give it a shot.



The Event - I'm sensing a sci-fi angle. Hope it'll stick around long enough to see if my hunch pans out. The recent demise of FlashForward isn't a good omen for another serialized (sci-fi-ish?) drama.



Nikita - Dig the colorblind casting, but I need to see more. This is kinda meh.



No Ordinary Family - maybe they should call it, 'The Incredible Fantastic Family of Four Heroes!' Feels more like a made-for-cable movie than a weekly series. We'll see...



Undercovers - yay for more colorblind casting, but wasn't there a Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Jordana Brewster) pilot that never made it to air? This looks like fun though. With JJ Abrams exec producing, the show will be given every opportunity to succeed.


Honestly, I was expecting more of a Twilight effect. Vamps, werewolves and whatnot. What happened to Salma Hayek's Werewolf series and Michael Dougherty's Bitches? Also, The CW's Betwixt didn't make the cut.

MTV is readying a Teen Wolf series, and ABC does have The Gates coming in June. You can't tell much from the promo, but it's been described as something akin to Desperate Housewives — except with supernatural creatures.



Almost forgot about Spielberg's Terra Nova - which sounds a bit like the old Land of the Lost series.

And what's up with all the bland, vanilla show titles? Geez!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dororo


If a father pledges his unborn son's body parts to forty-eight demons — in exchange for the power to defeat his enemies — and is then abandoned by his mother shortly after being born, the kid's bound to have some issues... A young man with a mostly prosthetic body, tracks down said demons in order to become whole again. Kill a demon, magically regain a (random) body part. Along Dororo’s journey, he's joined by a cross-dressing, female thief. That's the gist of this supernatural action/adventure set in feudal Japan.



Think Edward Scissorhands meets Kill Bill and Hellboy, but with a smaller production budget. Some demons look great, while others appear to be castoffs from a forgotten Power Rangers episode. Action is solid though, and two leads are well cast. You’d think a guy killing demons would be beloved by villagers, but alas, they view him as a "little monster." Lots of brooding, swordplay and enough room for the occasional comedic moment. Solid story. As I watched, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the film would make a pretty cool anime. Turns out, there was an anime — 40 years ago!



And a manga before that. There was even a Dororo video game for the PS2 — also known as “Blood Will Tell.” I forget which production company has the rights, but it’s a property just bursting with all kinds of transmedia potential.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bite This!



I knew I wasn't crazy. A while back I mentioned finding scripts for She-Wolf of London. Well here they are:

The Official Website of Lee Goldberg

It even includes the SWoL writer's guidelines — just scroll down a bit. Mr. Goldberg's site also has scripts from Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, Martial Law and a few others.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

2010 Summer Movies

Just a short list of films on my radar:


5. The Last Exorcism (aka Cotton)

Don't know much about this supernatural thriller, except that it was produced by Eli Roth. The synopsis is as follows:

After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl brings him face to face with the devil himself.

Might be worth a look...



4. [Rec] 2

Really dug the first one. Hope the supernatural angle is explored further.




3. Predators

At this point, I should know better than to expect a decent movie that contains Predators and/or Aliens, but hope springs eternal. I don't care much for the plot: ruthless assassins/killers abducted from earth and dropped in the middle of an alien jungle. Enter the Predators. Let the hunt begin! I'd be a lot more excited with Robert Rodriguez directing rather than just producing. I mean, Nimród Antal's Armored didn't exactly set the world on fire. There are some solid casting choices like Danny Trejo and Laurence Fishburne, while others ... Topher Grace and Adrien Brody... I'll reserve judgement. Why am I looking forward to this again?




2. Salt

This has the potential to be more fun than the likes of A-Team, Knight and Day or The Expendables... or it could be another nail in the coffin for female-driven action flicks. *shrugs*



1. Inception

I'm not sure if this will have mass appeal, but it certainly appeals to me. Corporate espionage. Dream thieves. A sci-fi thriller for grown-ups with Christopher Nolan at the helm, and Leonardo DiCaprio headlining a strong ensemble cast. No giant robots or 3D glasses anywhere in sight. What's not to like?

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