Stuff You Need to Know: Paradise Lost Movie Shelved; Milton Quits CAA

Satan from Paradise Lost

Dammit, I wanted that guy from The Hangover to play me!

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  • “Greedily Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost engorged without restraint,/ And knew not eating death.” That’s right, the film has been killed due to budget issues. According to Variety, the technology to pull it off is still too expensive and the budget couldn’t be brought down to earth enough for Legendary Pictures. So whatever fantasy you had about Bradley Cooper in a satanic red loincloth or something will just have to remain inside your own heads. And really, the only person who needs to touch this project is Peter Greenaway. I’m just saying.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:15+00:00 February 9th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: You Say Faora, I Say Ursa, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

    Antje Traue

    Could this woman use a manhole cover as a weapon? I think so.

    Pop culture news is a constant bombardment of bloated informational pieces that sites use to draw traffic. That might work for them–but we know you have better things to do. Here’s all the news with all the irrelevant bits taken out. We kept it on a warmer, so don’t worry. You can subscribe to the Stuff feed solo or get this as a free email newsletter.

  • Amazon headsup for a killer deal: today and today only they have The Immaculate Collection of Dawn French’s The Vicar of Dibley for 60% off the list price of $98.98, putting it at $39.49. While stocks last. Thought you’d like to know. Snag yours here.
  • Superman: Man of Steel has a Zod (Michael Shannon–yes, the creepy agent from Boardwalk Empire–which is good casting, methinks) and now has a Faora. Which is apparently Ursa. Or…something. The female villain. Antje Traue (Pandorum), a name designed to screw me up when I inevitably try to Wayhomer any film she’s in, is been cast, according to Variety. Production starts this summer.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:41:33+00:00 April 27th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Why We Think Parkour Is Cool

    Daredevil and Spider-Man

    Last time we spoke, I said I’d have more to say about Parkour at a later date. Well that date is now. Several weeks ago, the website AmericanParkour.com reported that Parkour had been explicitly banned, in name, in the Battery Park area of NYC. This caused a flurry of Internet reaction from those connected to or concerned with practicing the art of Parkour, including yours truly (see picture at right *ahem*).

    Fortunately, when they issued an update on the situation, it became clear that we were all over-reacting, and that the supposed “parkour ban,” was really just the same NYC Law 2008/042 (File Int 0721-2008), “prohibiting climbing, jumping or suspending of oneself from structures.” This is for the best, because it means that traceurs (a term for those who practice the art) are not specifically prohibited from doing Parkour, provided they are in or on spaces and structures that have been approved for Parkour. Ideally, this means that the door is still open for those in the NYC Parkour community to have a conversation with those in power, to start working to craft more Parkour-friendly legislation. This can have multiple benefits.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:47:34+00:00 October 10th, 2010|Stimuli|4 Comments

    DVDs That Live a (Shelf) Life of Action

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Vol. 1 DVD
    Bourne Ultimatum DVD cover art
    Transformers DVD cover art

    First up, let’s talk the massive twelve-disc set that is The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Vol. 1, out from Paramount. Now I never watched this series when it first hit television (I don’t really watch television, as long-time readers will know), so it was a surprise to me when I learned that this hadn’t been originally a series of made for TV movies–because that’s certainly what it is now. Apparently, bits with an actor by the name of George Hall playing an older Indy are completely excised, and what were single episodes have been spliced to create the seven TV-movies we now have. I fear I can’t comment on whether or not this is detrimental to the content we have here because I’m not familiar with its original version. That being said, I think it’s a shame that we don’t have both versions available to us so I can make up my own mind on the subject. And with that being said, George Lucas altering his shit and pretending it never existed in any other form? Well, I never!

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:24:08+00:00 December 10th, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments

    The Bourne Identity (2002) – DVD Review

    Bourne Identity DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Tony Gilroy & William Blake Herron, based on the novel by Robert Ludlum
    Directed by: Doug Liman
    Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Clive Owen

    Features:

    • Alternate opening and closing with introduction by producer Frank Marshall, scribe Gilroy and actor Cox
    • “The Bourne Mastermind”: tribute to author Ludlum
    • Interview with scribe Gilroy
    • Featurettes: “From Identity to Supremacy”; “The Bourne Diagnosis”; “Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops”; “Inside a Fight Scene”
    • Sound featurette
    • Deleted scenes
    • Music Video: “Extreme Ways” by Moby
    • Cast and filmmakers info
    • Production notes

    Released by: Universal
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Get the original DVD release; rent this one.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:00:20+00:00 July 29th, 2004|Reviews|0 Comments