12 July 2009

Geek Bits 002

Hello! And welcome to the monthly Geek Bits column here at Ramblings of a Minnesota Geek! Please pardon the month that must not be named (okay, June), where I didn't really do much in the way of postings. Major amount of distractions and writer's leg: lack of enthusiasm. But hereith in July, I'm feelin' the urge to write! And not only am I writing here on my blog, but I'm also mapping out some stories that I've had stuck in my head for a while, so it's quite refreshing to have them finally jotted down on paper.

Well, Geek Bits serves to have little tidbits of news that may be relatively new or completely old; I'm not a news website, really, but there's a few things that I like putting up here. Makes me feel giddy. So here's a few items that I've found this month:

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- Apparently, principal photography for the Platinum Dunes re-take of Nightmare on Elm Street has finished, as revealed per Brad Fuller's
twitter page.

- New trailer up for Jennifer's Body, the follow-up for Juno scribe Diablo Cody, and the deliciously hot Megan Fox's (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, for those three blokes who didn't know) next flick-a-roo. Well, looks nice, all I can say. Amanda Seyfriend (Mamma Mia!) has already bought my ticket, there's a hint of Cody's trademark dialog, and from what I can tell - it'll simply be a bloody fun horror/comedy movie. Jennifer's Body hits theaters 18 September.[Beyond Hollywood/Slashfilm (Red Band)]

- Similarly, a new trailer for the 14 August District 9 release has hit the web, and although I still haven't the foggiest what the actual plot is, the cinematography and visual effects are simply breathtaking. Perhaps when I see this flick in action, the effects won't look as beautiful, but as it is watching that trailer on a semi-well-sized monitor at the local library, the effects are fantastically integrated with on-set cinematography. And the shots of destruction and the helicopters around the giant ship - awesome. All I can say is, I'm extremely excited. This movie looks intense and intelligent, a cross between Alien and Children of Men (at least, visual-wise, it appears). [Beyond Hollywood]

- For those intending on picking up the 21 July release of Watchmen on DVD, either in its single disc state or 2-Disc Director's Cut edition, you may want to first know that Warner Brothers is already in the process of manufacturing a 5-Disc Edition due out in Christmas time. Apparently, this 5-Disc set will only be avaliable up till June 2010. As expected, the Takes of the Black Freighter will be woven back into the movie; and for blokes like me who simply eat up commentaries, original Watchmen artist David Gibbons and director Zack Snyder provide a commentary track! That alone is making me uber-excited. With this pre-announcement, I'm already re-thinking my 'pick-up-Watchmen' idea, and save that extra dough for the following week's release of Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica 4.5, and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead. But then again, do I like Watchmen that much to wait until Christmas? Argh! In semi-related news, the Watchmen: Director's Cut will be screened theatrically in only about four (?) theaters across the US, and one of 'em is in Minnesota! The only downside - I hardly ever go to Minneapolis. Bloody lack of transportation, and MN buses are lousy. [Blu-Ray Blog]

- A settlement thingy with the Siegels and Warner Bros./DC over the Superman property has concluded. Well, Warner has until 2013 to make a Superman movie. Since I'm not too well versed on this whole dealio, I reckon you should check out Slashfilm for the actual page. Honestly, I really don't care about Superman unless they decided a go-ahead with a World's Finest Superman & Batman team-up, which I would pay mucho amounts of dinero to see. If another Superman movie becomes in-development immediately, all I hope is that Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) reprises his Superman role, despite his apparently being let go from his contract. Routh and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor were the best things about the entire movie. I could live without director Bryan Singer, although I recognize many fans consider such a statement blasphemy.

- Oh, and Ryan Reynolds has been cast as the Green Lantern, a character I'm sure not many folks know about. My knowledge of the character is close to null, and it probably won't be expanded until his direct-to-DVD animated feature Green Lantern: First Flight on 28 July [FYI: voice cast includes Tricia Helfer of BSG fame!]. I'm interested enough to check out the regular updates for this flick, but not exciting tingling with the excitment a officialy-in-principal-photography Deadpool movie starring Reynolds would elicit. But it's Reynolds and director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), so I'm game.

- Although there's no date yet, I've heard rumblings that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (now nearing the $600 million worldwide mark) will be hitting DVD shelves on 20 October. That's relatively close, but adheres to the unofficial 'five-month rule'. It's just a little sucky that inferior movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hit the market before Star Trek, which I'm super duper uber anxious for (for a hint of how much I dug the flick, click the link to get to my orgasmic review). Anywho, all these titles are getting 2-Disc Editions, and that makes me happy enough. Wolverine and Terminator I might wait to pick up if someone sells in a used copy, or I find it cheap at Half Price Books.

- Warner Bros. is prepping to release even more titles as part of their successful 4 Film Favorites line. Past releases saw releases that include all the Nightmare on Elm Street films, all four Christopher Reeves Superman movies, the three Matrix titles plus the Animatrix, and misc. Dracula and Elvis Presely titles. Now they're coming out with: the Batman Collection (Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), the Blade Collection (Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: House of
Chthon), the Ocean's Collection (Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve, Oceans Thirteen, Oceans Eleven [original]), and many more! So, if you need any House Party, Rush Hour, or Austin Powers, check out the listings at DVDEmpire, and thanks to the DVDTalk forums for the heads up!

Well, until next time...

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