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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dirty Harry Returns?, Caprica, TV DVD News, Stranded, Disney Treasures, Comic Previews

Dirty Harry Returns?

Empire Movies reports here that a rumor has surfaced that says Clint Eastwood might be talked into playing Harry Callahan again. Leonard Hirsham, Eastwood's agent, said: "If a good script came along he would play Dirty Harry again." Ain't It Cool News has previously reported that an anonymous email that was sent to the website: "I recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn't interested for numerous reasons (probably the modifications). He told me they were looking for the right car for a new Clint Eastwood movie. He said it was a thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan's grandson, are shot and killed by the guy."


SCI FI Wire says that David Eick and Ronald D. Moore, producers of SCI FI Channel's original series "Battlestar Galactica," told them that the prequel Caprica will be a different series. Moore said: "Caprica is a story that Ron Moore and I concocted with [co-executive producer] Remi Aubuchon, and we're casting as we speak. I'm very excited about that." Eick said: "If Battlestar Galactica is Black Hawk Down, I would say that Caprica is American Beauty. Caprica is all about the inner lives of the people on a planet and how their personal relationships as well as their professional relationships inform what will become the creation of the Cylons." Moore said "It's a different animal altogether. Unlike those shows [like the Star Trek Spin-offs], which are all riffs on the same notion of what Star Trek was, Caprica is really a completely different kind of genre. We're trying to do something different. This is really more of a sci-fi Dallas. It's a political story, a family story. It's about the creation of the Cylons, and it's about a company. It's planet-based. It's very character-oriented, very serialized and very much about the characters. It's a whole different genre, and that's what makes it exciting." Shooting starts this spring on a two-hour backdoor pilot.

TV DVD News has posted info about "Cannon" (Season 1, Vol.1) here, "The Streets of San Francisco" (Season 2, Vol.1) here, "Da Vinci's Inquest" (Season 3) here, "Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!" (Season 5) here, "Californication" (Season 1) here, "Weeds" (Season 3) here, "Home Improvement" (Season 8) here, "Dallas" (Season 9) here and "Tak & the Power of Juju" (The Trouble with Magic) here.

The Stranded

This article at ICv2 reports the Mike Carey Virgin Comics series "The Stranded" will become a two-hour pilot on the Sci Fi Network.

Disney Treasures

About 250 pieces of original Disney animation art has been in a janitor's closet at Chiba University in Japan since the opening of "Sleeping Beauty" there nearly a half century ago. That art is being returned to the Walt Disney Co. and in return, Disney has agreed to provide high-resolution digital copies of the artworks and $1 million for further studies in animation art. Items include artwork from the 1932 short Flowers and Trees, Disney's first animated film in Technicolor. A major portion of the material focuses on "Sleeping Beauty," plus cels and background paintings from such movies as "Fantasia," "Bambi," and "Cinderella." Lella Smith, creative director of the Disney Animation Research Library, said: "There is no way to put a price on these works -- they represent our artistic heritage. That said, their value as archival materials for study and research is very high."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Avengers Classic #10,

Wolverine: Origins #23,

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #4,

Marvel Adventures Avengers #22,

War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle #1,

Thor #7,

& Incredible Hercules #115

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