Daily Archives: September 13, 2011
It’s no secret that I have a giant man-crush on director J.J. Abrams. The man created LOST, which is my favorite television show of all time; directed a beautiful homage to the sci-fi/kid gang films of my youth with Super 8 last Summer; and in the Summer of 2009, he was able to do something that I thought would never happen — he made me like Star Trek.
J.J. put together a terrific cast and made a Star Trek film that was bright, fresh, and easily accessible to non-Trekkies. Of course, many Trekkies now have a deep-seeded hatred for Abrams simply because of that — “How dare you put explosions and action in a Star Trek movie!” Despite the outrage expressed by these hardcore Trekkies, Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel, and the last piece of the puzzle was put into place today when J.J. Abrams finally signed on to direct once again. Vulture has all the gory details, which involved multiple delays due to JJ’s commitments to Super 8, and Alex Kurtzman’s (one half of the notrious Kurtzman/Orci screenwriting duo) plans to make his directorial debut.
When Marion Cotillard signed on to The Dark Knight Rises, everyone immediately assumed she would be playing a substantial character – possibly a main villian – because you don’t spend the money on an actress of Marion Cotillard’s caliber to play a nondescript board member of Wayne Enterprises. Cotillard has been seen in spoilery set photos wearing Tibetian-style garb, looking badass and leading an army of thugs. This would lead anyone who ever read a Batman comic book or saw an episode of Batman: TAS in their life to immediately assume Cotillard is secretly playing Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Liam Neeson’s R’as Al Ghul from Batman Begins. However, as Cotillard repeatedly tells this nerdy MTV reporter at the premiere of Contagion, she is not playing a character from the Batman comics. Really. Honestly. Wink.
Last night, Steven Spielberg attended a screening of a new digital restoration of his 1981 masterpiece, Raiders of the Lost Ark in Los Angeles. While there, he announced that the new digital print of Raiders is ready to be transferred to Blu-ray along with the other two films, but they won’t be released until — surprise, surprise — George Lucas takes some time out of his busy schedule raping the corpse of Star Wars to give his final approval. Spielberg also took a shot at his longtime friend by informing the crowd that the digitally restored version of Raiders they were about to see contained no new CGI tweaks or any added dialogue, which drew huge laughs.
Industry sources say the Indiana Jones Blu-ray set should hit no later than June, 2012, which will be just in time for Paramount’s 100th anniversary celebration. Spielberg also confirmed that the original theatrical version of E.T. is coming to Blu-ray around that time as well.