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Sequels I Pretend Don’t Exist

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Charles B. French

For my first column, I’d like to talk about sequels. I like sequels. When done right (Spiderman 2) they can expand upon the universe, explore the characters in greater depth than the original allowed, and resolve dangling plot threads from the previous film. When not done well, and sadly this is often the case, they not only are a terrible movie, they retroactively ruin the previous film. (On the plus side, they do allow a lot of actors to pay back what I assume are massive gambling debts.)

Thus, to preserve my sanity and continued enjoyment of the first installment(s), there are sequels I just pretend don’t exist. As far as I’m concerned, these movies were never green-lighted, scripted, cast, financed, catered, filmed, produced, and released. They didn’t happen, and a pox on anyone who tries to shatter my precious illusion. (And yes, I am aware of the irony that writing about movies I pretend don’t exist violates my own rule. I’m sure we can move past it.)

So let’s take a look at some sequels that, after this writing, I will go back to pretending that they didn’t happen. They can rejoin all my other repressed memories. They’re having a party and want these memories to bring Jenga.

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Marvel Studios 2014 Plans. Who, What, And Just Cause…

Posted on 23 September 2011 by Christian

What are the potential films that Marvel could release in 2014 and which projects currently in development make sense for the May 16, 2014 release date.

Recent interviews with Chris Evans [Captain America] have revealed that the inevitable sequel to the smash summer hit will likely come in 2014. Furthermore, Evans revealed that Cap likely won’t cameo in any of the post-Avengers sequels due to the structure of his contract. Also, I think because The First Avenger is a period movie, having Steve Rogers cameo in Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 would seriously screw up the continuity of Marvel’s films [looking at you Fox]. With one 2014 movie being released May 16, 2014, just two weeks after the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and another on June 27, 2014, it’s safe to assume that the Cap sequel will be the movie released on the 27th in order to capitalize on the following weeks Fourth of July holiday. So that leaves the May 16, 2014 release date as the big mystery. What could Marvel Studios possibly be planning that could match the hype and fanfare that Spider-Man will surely bring?

Well this past summer has seen a lot of news and developments come out of Marvel regarding their plans for life beyond Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man, and Thor. Back in August we were told Marvel just had the Doctor Strange script delivered by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Beginning in March of this year, the number of actors coming out and expressing interest in Luke Cage has to mean that this one is coming down the Marvel pipeline soon. Also in August, we were all somewhat stunned to learn that Guardians of the Galaxy were suddenly in active development at Marvel Studios. Back in April, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright also joined the dubious “in development” game when they moved their thimble a few paces past GO by handing in their second draft of the Ant-Man script. Lengthening the the growing list of Marvel movies in development, was the news that Raw Leiba recently met with Marvel about reportedly portraying Black Panther rogue, Erik Killmonger. Oh, and don’t forget those Namor The Sub-Mariner teasers that have been carefully sprinkled in Iron Man 2.
Based on these developments, we have a current list of potential Marvel movies containing:

  • Ant-Man
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Luke Cage
  • Namor The Sub-Mariner

Of course, there is also the possibility that Marvel could be planning a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie to spin-out of The Avengers or maybe even another Hulk movie. But more than likely, the other 2014 movie will be based on one of the character listed above. The character that makes the most sense here is Black Panther. He’s a character with a deep history and has strong ties to the Avengers which would work well with Marvels apparent plan to have individual character story-lines all weave back towards assembling an Avengers team. Plus, you can’t follow a movie like Spider-Man with a risky character that the general populace isn’t overly familiar with. If Marvel continues to follow their current plan for the Avengers sequel, then Black Panther makes the most sense out of all the movies currently in development. Of course if certain rumors prove to be true, then Guardians of the Galaxy also would make sense for Marvel but that’s a step in breaking away from the Avengers formula. Instead of a solo hero movie that leads back to a second Avengers film, the Guardians of the Galaxy already contains a team element, one that’s as different from the Avengers as apples are to oranges. What’s smart about this approach is that it truly opens up story line possibilities for Marvel to go beyond Earth and beyond it’s interwoven earthbound stories. What would be extremely cool, is if Marvel started a totally different space continuity, completely independent but running concurrent to what’s happening with Cap, Thor, Hulk, etc. You could then have the space storyline and earthbound storyline all come together for one seriously monumental cinematic comic book movie event. At the same time, it would be a neat mechanism for escaping the tight constrictions continuity places on the director and script writers who have been quietly voicing complaints ever since Marvel saw a golden opportunity with a harmless, last-second cameo in Iron Man. Speculatively speaking, the wonderful continuity Marvel has created has probably also cost them the directorial vision of both Jon Favreau and Kenneth Branagh, maybe even Brian Kirk. Continuing on this path, the creative constraints of continuity are probably the reason Marvel’s looking to bring in young, relatively inexperienced directors for their upcoming projects. Directors who won’t have the successful back-history to balk at heavy studio influence of how stories must unfold and what subplots have to be included. But that’s a different conversation all together and it’s just my personal musings.

With Iron Man 3 [May 3, 2013], Thor 2 [July 26, 2013 release date] coming out a year after the Avengers and Captain America set for a 2014 release date, we can rest assured that the other 2014 film won’t be one of the big 3. While there’s still a chance that the Avengers will setup the Hulk to steal the show and use that momentum to steamroll him into another solo film, it’s really unlikely given the past financial figures and overall critic/fan perception of the last two attempts. It’s looking like Marvel will be introducing a new hero in 2014 and it’s someone that has the potential to derail or invigorate the Marvel Studio superhero franchise. Which of the above heroes has the following and origin story to handle that pressure?

As for the other potential movies on the list, I’ll leave it to you guys to argue the merits and detractions of releasing them in 2014 below, in the comments section. Sound off in an orderly and civilized fashion!

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Starz announces date for end to Netflix streaming

Posted on 01 September 2011 by TH3 No08

On a day when Netflix put its new higher prices into effect one of their content providing partners Starz announced that they would end negotiations with Netflix and set an end date for when it would allow streaming on the Netflix site. February 28, 2012 will be the last day of their partnership.

From www.comingsoon.net

“Starz Entertainment has ended contract renewal negotiations with Netflix. When the agreement expires on February 28, 2012, Starz will cease to distribute its content on the Netflix streaming platform. This decision is a result of our strategy to protect the premium nature of our brand by preserving the appropriate pricing and packaging of our exclusive and highly valuable content. With our current studio rights and growing original programming presence, the network is in an excellent position to evaluate new opportunities and expand its overall business.”

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All Con 2011: Neil Kaplan Interview

Posted on 22 March 2011 by mjones

Experienced Throat Artist Neil Kaplan takes a minute with The Noob News to talk about his start, what he will and will not say as Optimus Prime, and why there is no whipping of voice actors in LA.

Some of Neil Kaplan’s credits are Optimus Prime, Tychus Findlay from Starcraft II, and more Video Game and Anime voices than you can shake a stick at… go on, try it! I dare you…

P.S.- Here’s the video to which he was referring in the video… where he’s talking about the video… and stuff…

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Episode 24: Geek Weekend Live

Posted on 01 March 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian are joined on location by friends of the show and contributors for Geek Weekend 2 and the semi-annual geek roundtable for a rowdy discussion of all the days news involving comics, video games, movies and television. It was a wild and rowdy time so check it out on this episode of Noob Radio!

Intro:

Quick Hits
Sponsored by: Provenance Media

Movie news.
Lots of first looks this week

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RUMOR: Yvonne Strahovski Cast As Ms. Marvel In The Avengers?

Posted on 07 February 2011 by Christian

An insider at Marvel has apparently leaked the news that Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski is the studios #1 choice for Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel in upcoming superhero epic, The Avengers

As you may already know, both myself and many others have been campaigning for actress Yvonne Strahovski to be cast as Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel for quite a while, and unbelievably it seems like our collective wishes might just be coming true! Strahotski, one of the top fan sites for the Chuck star, have apparently been sent a scoop revealing that she’s going to be cast in the role by Marvel Studios! Check out an excerpt from their report, and be sure to head on over to the site by following the link at the bottom of the page.

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Episode 21:The Noob Rises

Posted on 04 February 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on the noobnews podcast, Richard and Christian discuss Joseph Gordon Levitt joining the cast of The Dark Knight Rises, the new segment “The Comic Break” brought to you by comicbreak.com, as well as all the Superman casting news you can fit in a pair of red tights. All this and much much more on this episode of The Noob News…

Here’s this weeks rundown…
Quick Hits…

movie news…

Joseph Gordon levitt signed on to Dark Night rises, who would you like to see him play? no riddler or joker in this movie, i could see him as a young dick grayson perhaps?.

television news…

Will ferrell will be doing a 4 episode stint as a saber manager helping to fill in for michael scott when he exits the show
later this season,

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Tom Welling in his Superman Jacket!

Posted on 01 February 2011 by TH3 No08

This from GeekTyrant.com

The CW just released this new picture of Smallville’s Tom Welling wearing his new “Superman” jacket. Slowly but surely they seem to piecing his outfit together. I expect in an upcoming episode he will receive a pair of red underwear after Ma Kent leaves them in the wash with her red sock collection…

Smallville returns with on 2/4 with the episode “Collateral” on The CW.

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The Stand coming to the big screen?

Posted on 01 February 2011 by TH3 No08

It looks like Stephen Kings (IMO) best work is finally gonna get the Hollywood treatment it’s fans have always clamored for. Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the book will make its way to the big screen via a Warner Bros. and CBS Films co-production. What’s yet to be seen is the size and scope of the story to be told. Stephen King’s “The Stand” is a monster of a book that could probably be turned into a 24 episode tv series. There are a ton of characters that come and go as well as major story arcs that just couldn’t be told in even a trilogy of

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Judi Dench to reprise role of M in James Bond Sequel

Posted on 28 January 2011 by TH3 No08

It looks like Dame Judi Dench will reprise her role as M in the upcoming James Bond Sequel. Dench announced the news at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards

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New Battle: Los Angeles poster foreshadows global invasion…

Posted on 25 January 2011 by TH3 No08

Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles will be dropping soon and the posters just keep getting better. I was thinking this movie was gonna be on a smaller scale but things are looking bigger and bigger with each bit of info we get.

The action epic stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, and Bridget Moynahan and hits theaters on March 11th, 2011.

Synopsis:


For years there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world

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Episode 19: King of the Rats

Posted on 21 January 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on the podcast, Richard and Christian discuss Arnold Schwarzenegger’s future film choices, Anne Hathaway being cast in the upcoming Batman sequel, as well as all the winners from this years Golden Globe Awards. All this and much, much more on this episode of The Noob News.

Welcome to the show outline, here’s the rundown…

Intro

Quick Hits…

Movie news
Apparently Arnold has reported that he’s currently reading 3 scripts 1 is CRUSADE with Paul Verhoeven.

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Bruce Willis to expand role in next installment of Expendables…

Posted on 18 January 2011 by TH3 No08

Apparently while he was being ridiculed by Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes over the weekend, Bruce Willis had other things on his mind, mainly the fact that he would be joining Sylvester Stallone for the sequel to Expendables. Stallone has previously stated on his twitter account that Willis would have a much larger role to play in the sequel and it looks like it’s gonna happen soon. When speaking to Yahoo after the globes he had this to say…

“Apparently it’s going to happen this year,” he said.

When asked if he will be in it — as has been rumored — Bruce confirmed the news.

“As far as I know, barring any unforeseen circumstances, but yeah, I would love to be a part of it,” he said.

It also looks like Jean Claude Van Damme will be joining the fray as well, as long as Steven Segal isn’t involved. Apparently they don’t play nice together.


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Complete list of Golden Globe Winners

Posted on 18 January 2011 by TH3 No08

Over the weekend the precursor to the Oscars, The Golden Globe Awards took place with the Hollywood Foreign Press handing out it’s awards for television and film. Other than Ricky Gervais destrying everyone with his witty yet acerbic banter, it was business as usual. Here are the list of winners from this years awards…

Full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture – Drama: ‘The Social Network’
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Best Director – Motion Picture: David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Paul Giamatti, ‘Barney’s Version’
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo, ‘The Fighter’
Best Animated Feature Film: ‘Toy Story 3′
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: ‘The Social Network’
Best Original Song – Motion Picture: ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,’ ‘Burlesque’
Best Original Score – Motion Picture: ‘The Social Network’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘In a Better World’
Best Television Series – Drama: ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Best Television Series – Comedy: ‘Glee’
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Steve Buscemi, ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy: Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Katey Sagal, ‘Sons of Anarchy’
Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy: Laura Linney, ‘The Big C’
Best Supporting Actor – Television: Chris Colfer, ‘Glee’
Best Supporting Actress – Television: Jane Lynch, ‘Glee’
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: ‘Carlos’
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Al Pacino, ‘You Don’t Know Jack.’
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Claire Danes, ‘Temple Grandin.’

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Hangover 2 images released

Posted on 18 January 2011 by TH3 No08

Here’s a couple of cool screen shots from The Hangover 2 featuring a dishevled Ed Helms, a nearly bald Zack Gafanakis and a sweaty (but still cool in his sunglasses) Bradley Cooper. The plot of this movie has been held pretty close to the chest so far but it looks to involve a monkey on a wire (see second picture). This is on my list of must see movie for 2011 and if it’s half as funny as the first one it will be awesome.

Synopsis…

In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy

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VUDU update adds stereoscopic 3d to movie streaming for ps3 users

Posted on 14 January 2011 by TH3 No08

Exciting news for ps3 owners who own a 3d tv, with the VUDU video subscription service you can now stream 3d stereoscopic movies on your playstation 3. They’ve started with a slow roll out including Chicken Little and Bolt, but also include several 3d trailers to try out the techonlogy.

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Edward and Bella gettin it on!

Posted on 13 January 2011 by TH3 No08

This from the guys over at Geek Tyrant, a screen grab from the most anticipated scene in the upcoming Breaking Dawn movie. Apparently they get married and then get

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Episode 18: Welcome to the Shire

Posted on 13 January 2011 by TH3 No08

This week on thenoobnews.com podcast Richard and Christian discuss James Bond 23 getting greenlit, DC online Universe’s 50 million dollar gamble to take on world of warcraft, as well as all the Hobbit casting news you can stand. All this and much much more on this episode of The Noob News…

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tosh.0 gives antoine dodson a webredemption in his season premiere…

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Web Redemption – Antoine Dodson
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Bobs Burgers meet the characters…

Quick Hits….

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Noxville and Samberg to be the next 3 Stooges?

Posted on 07 January 2011 by TH3 No08

It looks like Johnny Noxville and Andy Samberg could possibly be joining Australian actors Shane Jacobson as the newest iterations of The Three Stooges. Deadline reports that the actors are on a short list for The Farrelly brothers on again, off again, on again film which at one time had Jim Carrey, Sean Penn, and Benecio Del Toro attached. For pure slapstick funny (which is what the 3 Stooges were) I take Noxville and Samberg over Penn and Del Toro any day.

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Razzie Award Shortlist: Jonah Hex, Clash Of The Titans, The Expendables And More

Posted on 04 January 2011 by Christian

The Razzie noms are on their way. And for now we have a shortlist of several movies that may be honoured in the prestigious category of Worst film of the year. Click for the full list and the details..

The Golden Raspery Awards, or “The Razzies” are always a bit of fun. Every year they celebrate the very worst in film making. This year the nominations will be announced on January 26th but here are the shortlist of 12 films that could make the cut. There is only one true CBM(Jonah Hex) but many have spin off comics and have been covered here.

According to the Los Angeles Times Awards Tracker blog, the 12 finalists include ‘Little Fockers,’ ‘Sex and the City 2,’ ‘The Expendables,’ ‘Grown Ups,’ ‘Clash of the Titans,’ ‘Killers,’ ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ ‘Yogi Bear,’ ‘Jonah Hex,’ ‘The Last Airbender,’ ‘Vampires Suck,’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.’ There is also a new category this year: worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D. Among those eligible films: Piranha 3D, The Nutcracker in 3D and Resident Evil: Afterlife. (No Clash?) Also, Mickey Rourke is expected to receive a worst supporting actor for both The Expendables and Iron Man 2! That I do find a bit strange since I thought he was great in IM2 and about the only good thing in The Expendables! But different strokes I guess.

I haven’t seen all of the above movies but those I have I pretty much despised. What do you think of the shortlist?

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