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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, TV DVD News, Strike News, While I Was Gone, Comic Previews

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins

The Hollywood Reporter says that Christian Bale is in talks to play John Connor, now in his 30s, in the fourth Terminator film in the series. McG is scheduled to direct the film, with story by David Campbell Wilson, John Brancato and Michael Ferris.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Guardian tells us here that Tim Burton is set to direct and produce a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Both live action and computer-generated animation will be used. The 3D film is part of a two-project deal between Burton and Disney. No casting yet, but Burton says: "It's such a classic and the imagery is so surreal. The stories are like drugs for children. It's like, 'Whoa, man'. So I think it's an interesting challenge."

TV DVD News has posted info about "The Invisible Man" (Sci-Fi 2000: 1st Season) here, "Sliders" (4th Season News) here & here, "Lil' Bush: Resident of the United States" (1st Season) here, "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Special) here, "Love, American Style" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here, "The Mod Squad" (Season 1, Vol 2) here, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Season 6) here and "Wings" (6th Season) here.

Strike News

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has rejected a request to have striking members write scripts for the Golden Globes and Oscar awards ceremonies, both to be scheduled to take place early next year. Instead, they will picket the Golden Globes, on January 13, and the Academy Awards, on February 24, if the royalties dispute has not been reached. Many stars will also boycott the ceremonies in solidarity with the WGA. Meanwhile, NBC announced that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien will return to the air on January 2. Leno and O'Brien will doubtless perform without their usual opening monologues, ordinarily written by staff writers. However Executive producer Debbie Vickers said: "I would like to not rule that out." Leno and O'Brien are members of the Writers Guild of America themselves and both are denounced as scabs by writers on strike-related blogs. One writer on Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood blog said: "Before we go too far in denouncing Jay and Conan as scabs, we need to see the shows. If they're willing to let the shows suck without scripted material, they're playing the game reasonably." Officially the WGA said, "NBC forcing Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien back on the air without writers is not going to provide the quality entertainment that the public deserves." Also, many celebrity guests may refuse to cross picket lines in order to appear on the shows.

While I Was Gone

You may have noticed that the page hadn't been updated for about 3 weeks. There is good reason. I (as one of 2100 members) was chosen to be on the nominating committee for the Screen Actors Guild awards. I have therefore been watching eligible films (sometimes 5 a day) to consider who to nominate. Some I saw at theaters, some I went out and bought DVD's, yet others I caught on cable. The most part, however, were on DVDs submitted by the studios. Now my ballot is in and in case you might be interested, here is the list of who I nominated (in no particular order). You can weigh them against who finally gets the nominations:
1. "Hairspray"
2. "Lars and the Real Girl"
3. "The Kite Runner"
4. "Dan in Real Life"
5. "Music Within"

1. Morgan Freeman- "The Bucket List"
2. Beniccio Del Toro- "Things We Lost in the Fire"
3. Samuel L. Jackson- "Resurrecting the Champ"
4. Steve Carell- "Dan in Real Life"
5. Ryan Gosling- "Lars and the Real Girl."

Suporting Actor
1. Joe Morton- "Badland"
2. Ashraf Barhom- "The Kingdom"
3. Tom Wilkenson- "Micheal Clayton"
4. Michael Sheen- "Music Within"
5. Paul Schneider - "Lars and the Real Girl"
1. Julie Christie- "Away From Her"
2. Nikki Blansky- "Hairspray"
3. Marion Cotillard- "la Vie en Rose"
4. Jodie Foster- "The Brave One"
5. Angelina Jolie- "A Mighty Heart"

Supporting Actress
1. Amber Tamblyn- "Stepahnie Daley"
2. Laura Linney- "Breach"
3. Tilda Swindon- "Michael Clayton"
4. Ruby Dee- "American Gangster"
5. Leslie Mann- "Knocked Up"

Stunt Ensemble
1. "300"
2. "Grindhouse"
3. "The Kingdom"
4. "Live Free or Die Hard"
5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

All of these were taken from those who had put in the paperwork, several performances I loved were not elegible, so they didn't get a nod.
Update: Here are the final nominees. Seems my choices were not that popular. Surprise, surprise.

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers Classic #7,

Exiles #100,

Marvel Holiday Special,

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #1,

& Ultimate X-Men #89

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