So, I was away this weekend. It's always nice to have a getaway of sorts, but coming home and catching up on blog related things is always hectic and crazy. I've missed so much. I have a slew of comments to catch up on on reviews I had set to post while I was away (thank you guys for stopping by in my absence) and I have all of your blogs to visit this morning as well...and there's work, which is going to have to wait a few minutes while I compile my obligatory Fistful of Thoughts post for Monday!
Hold up, coffee's done. I'll be back!
So the MTV Movie Awards were last night. We won't be talking about them today. The last MTV Movie Awards I actually watched was 2000, the year that Gladiator made me realize I should watch The Oscars instead.
But, we have a bunch of other stuff to talk about, so let's get to it!
First...apparently they are going to adapt The Odyssey again. This time, it appears that they are going to aim this at teens since they have enlisted everyone behind The Hunger Games films to get this off the ground. I have absolutely no expectations for this. Adapting a YA novel and a classic piece of literature are two VERY different things, and I'm not convinced that this is the right fit for the project. This could honestly go all sorts of wrong, and we all know they'll be courting Jennifer Lawrence for this as well; but I have a feeling she's smart enough to smell disaster here.
So, it's not new news that Nyong'o finally found a suitable (we hope) follow up role to her Oscar winning role in 12 Years a Slave, but now it's been announced that the Oscar nominated Captain Phillips' breakout, Barkhad Abdi finally has one in the works too. The film is called The Wolf Who Cried Boy, and it sounds interesting (Abdi plays a limo driver who handles stolen copper) to say the least. What is nice about this news though is that we are seeing two seemingly difficult actors to cast (Nyong'o should NOT be hard to cast, but apparently Hollywood can't find a place for her) getting work, and we should be applauding this. I hope that Abdi doesn't become a cliche actor, one who is typecast, but I have a fear there is no other place for her (like, he's not going to ever be a leading man), but we can hope and pray that Nyong'o gets a chance to spread her wings. I want so badly for her to do a romantic comedy.
So, The Incredibles is finally getting a sequel! I know that we're always griping about sequels, and we're always talking about how Pixar needs to get their head back in the game and write something original, but this news is kind of awesome since it's really the only Pixar film that screamed SEQUEL from the very beginning and yet they apparently thought it a better idea to give films like Finding Nemo (a masterpiece but far from a sequel starter) and Cars (we didn't even need to first one) a second coming.
I can't wait for this!
Oh, and Scarlett Johansson is being courted for a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake. I have no idea what to think of this. With all the incredible film choices she's been making, this feels like a poor one, but maybe I should see the original first.
Ok, so I said I didn't watch the MTV Movie Awards last night, but this morning the internet was buzzing with a particular trailer that aired last night and so, well, here it is:
So, when the news was announced a while back that this was coming our way, I debated starting a blogathon about 'Films We'd Love to See Given a TV Series', since Fargo was already on the air and L.A. Confidential was being formulated as well, but I was pretty busy with Twice a Best something or other and didn't have the time to juggle both...and then life moved on and I forgot.
What do we think of this? I'm intrigued, and I was kind of from the beginning as well, but adapting this into a series feels like it might just be a never ending circle of redundant cliches. I mean, even the trailer is pretty much filled to the brim with moments that emulate the very same thing we saw in the original film, and that film is so iconic at this point it's going to be really hard to pay homage to AND be something entirely new without looking like an unfortunate copy cat. I'll possibly give this a try, but I don't see this lasting past season one, to be honest.
And lastly, since the rest of the world is weighing in on the very IDEA of Idris Elba taking on James Bond, we might as well too. Recently, the famed Bond villain Yaphet Kotto said that this was a very bad idea and kind of went all Michelle Rodriguez with regards to black actors taking on roles written for white people. What do we think of this? I've mentioned my thoughts back when Michelle opened her mouth (she has a point, but not a full one) but I'm curious what any real Bond fans think of this. I have absolutely NO soft spot for Bond. I've been watching a slew of the older Bond films in preparation for Fisti Awards and they all kind of suck hard, you know, except for the new Daniel Craig born films, and so I have no longstanding love for the character at all. For me, Elba would be a great fit because he has the suave stature, the commanding presence and the sex appeal and so I'd love to see him take on the role and NAIL IT since I have a strong feeling he could give the series the same aggressive vitality that Craig did.
So, I'm a yes...but what about you?
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today
Luke talks his Cinematic Disappointments of the decade, so far
Conner continues to review Oscar's Best Picture winners with A Beautiful Mind
Chris is discovering new music through the power of film trailers
Birgit continues her A-Z Challenge with discussing Buster Keaton
Jay is still thinking about dance movies
Allie reminds me that I still need to see Incendies
Sati talks about a ton of shit
Josh is breaking down his favorite CinSpec acting classes
Britt reviews Starry Eyes
BUT THERE'S MORE!
Since wrapping up A Fistful of Moments, we've had four more entries into the blogathon, and like I promised, I'll be linking all new entries every Monday in the Fistful of Thoughts post, so here they are (they will all be added to the main list later today):
Jack Deth (c/o Flixchatter)
Jeffery at jdbrecords
Le0pard at It Rains...You Get Wet
The Vern at The Vern's Video Vortex
Thank you guys so much for playing along, and to anyone who hasn't yet, there's is no time like the present to keep it going! And to everyone else, I've got a busy day of blog perusing ahead of me, so I'm sure I'll be swinging by your place as well!