Talk in Technicolor 06/04/13- Dan Harmon Returns, Grumpy Cat Gets a Movie and Glenn Close Joins Guardians of the GalaxyA movie news article
Talk in Technicolor is your weekly round-up of the biggest news in tv and film, as well as a run down of what happened at the box office over the weekend and some suggestions about what new shows and films are worth checking out.
Dan Harmon is Coming Back to Community
Proving that sometimes temper tantrums are effective
In news that just about everyone thought wouldn’t happen Dan Harmon is returning to Community, presumably as showrunner. In a two day twitter tease fest, Harmon was vague about his return, but directed fans to thank Joel McHale. There’s also been speculation about Chris McKenna, who wrote the phenomenal “Paradigms of Human Memory,” returning too.
I was really happy to hear this news as someone who thought Season 4 was mostly fan service and brought few new ideas to the table (beyond a mediocre puppet episode because, you know, we like to use Harmon’s experimentalism without bringing in any of the heart). However, even with Harmon’s return, I wonder how the show will fare without former executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, writer Megan Ganz (“Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking”), and the Russo brothers.
It’ll be particularly interesting to see how Harmon handles Chevy Chase’s absence and how he’ll address continuity problems since on past episodes of his podcast he has stated his resistance to watching Season 4 [apparently he might address that via DVD/Blu-ray commentary- ed.].
But no matter what, Harmon is still the man who gave us this, so I’m sure we’ll still get a few chuckles out of it.
- Andrew Tan
Glenn Close, Others Join Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy
Does Thanos wear Prada?
Six time Academy Award nominee and enemy to puppies everywhere Glenn Close has been cast in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Deadline, Close will be joining Bautista and Chris Pratt (and Benicio del Toro, who has been given an as-yet-undisclosed “lead” role), in “a leadership role in Nova Corps.” It’ll be interesting to see her with a cast of mainly comedic actors (though Pratt can hold his own in dramas), but there’s a reason she’s so goddamned awarded. Which is why I’d rather see her in one of the following roles in Guardians of the Galaxy instead of her announced role.
- Rocket Raccoon (Pro: She is used to wearing furs on screen. Con: She has never played a raccoon)
- Groot (Pro: She played a man in Hook. Con: She is not made of tree)
- Iron Man (Pro: She played a man in Albert Nobbs. Con: Robert Downey Jr is already Iron Man)
- Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man (Pro: It would be hilarious. Con: Robert Downey Jr is already Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man)
- Dylan Garsee
Nicolas Cage, Milla Jovovich, Wesley Snipes and More in Talks to Join Expendables 3
Meawhile, Jesse Ventura is still waiting for a phone call
Because being involved in seven projects over the next year wasn’t enough to keep Nicolas Cage’s tropical island budget in check, the veteran actor is now reportedly in talks to join Sylvester Stallone’s forever growing celebrity tax shelter blockbuster film franchise, alongside Resident Evil heroine Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan and fellow financial fuck-up Wesley Snipes. But that’s not all: Sly has also dropped hints on Twitter that Steven Seagal could also be in the production provided “the part fits,” and his partner in facial transformation, Mickey Rourke, is returning. As fun as it will be to watch Nicolas Cage’s special brand of craziness in a production full of crazy people, I’m honestly most excited for Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes reuniting for what I sincerely hope will wind up a covert prequel to that treasured classic Demolition Man.
- Nick Hanover
Matt Smith Departing Doctor Who
Will regenerate as Inspector Spacetime
So the 11th Doctor is going to regenerate at the end of the year. Matt Smith, whose take on the Doctor has always struck an interesting balance between being a man more than a thousand years old and being a little kid in a new body, is leaving Doctor Who by the end of the year. The Doctor is set to regenerate during this year’s Christmas episode leaving Smith two more episodes before his exit. His companion Jenna Louise-Coleman, and puppet-master (showrunner) Steven Moffat will remain for the 8th series.
I knew this news was coming and it’s honestly bumming me out way more than I thought it would. As a fan of the Moffat episodes, Smith’s Doctor is the one I’ve enjoyed the most, probably due in part to Moffat’s writing, direction and what I assume is an increasing special effects budget. It’ll be interesting to see if the Doctor continues getting more boyish and handsome or if he’ll return to his stately roots.
Amy's Baking Company Get Its Own Reality Show
Now we will finally meet the cat children
Amy’s Baking Company and the owners behind it, Amy and Deep Roy, the man who played the Oompa Loompas in the TIm Burton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Samy are rumored to be close to closing in on a deal that would land them their own reality show. The Kitchen Nightmare failure turned social media chaotic mess has transformed this Arizona restaurant (and not at all drug front) into something that future television historians will cite as the one redeeming quality of reality television.
I’m not sure what exactly the show would entail, but seriously, any situation will be amazing. Think about it: What if the show just followed the day to day operations of ABC? Guaranteed crazy. A Top Chef-esque competition show to find new waitstaff? Sign me up. A reverse Kitchen Nightmares show where Amy and Samy travel the country and ruin successful restaurants? I don’t think my body can handle that.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Gains Female Lead in Katherine Waterston
But when will Phillip Seymour Hoffman get announced?
Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice has landed its female lead in the relatively unknown Katherine Waterston. Waterston will now be jumping aboard a production that already features industry vets like Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Owen Wilson and Joaquin Phoenix, the latter of whom will be playing her character’s ex-boyfriend. While Waterston has mostly been seen in supporting roles in films like Michael Clayton and Taking Woodstock, she has an upcoming arc on Boardwalk Empire and has netted a few other choice roles in upcoming productions, including Night Moves. Anderson has a knack for casting great but unestablished actors in key parts that lead to bigger things for them, and this will likely continue that tradition.
Grumpy Cat Gets a Movie Deal
I guess we haven’t learned $#*! from $#*! My Dad Says
Apparently unsatisfied by making presumably a good bit of cash off mugs and t-shirts emblazoned with an upset looking cat, Grumpy Cat is now getting a movie. According to the always wonderful Sean O’Neal over at the AV Club, producer Todd Garner is developing the movie. Garner’s previous producer credits include that one time Ice Cube replaced Vin Diesel in a franchise, xXx: State of the Union, and the deadliest collection of stratus clouds, The Fog.
Kon-Tiki Director Team Tasked with Taking On Pirates of the Caribbean 5
Plot is basically just the sinking boat gag repeating for two hours
Fresh off a Best Foreign Language Oscar nod (but not a win), Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have now been recruited to helm the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. The directors were previously tied to the Legendary Pictures’ project Spectral, but split with that film after they had issues with the script. That’s all well and good, but one has to wonder how Pirates of the Caribbean 5’s own script will fare with the duo, since it’s written by notable hack Jeff Nathanson, better known as the guy who arguably ruined Indiana Jones with that Crystal Skull nonsense and who is behind the spectacularly awful Speed 2: Cruise Control. Admittedly, I would not be opposed to a rehashing of that latter film combined with Kon-tiki’s isolation. I mean, come on, no one cares about anything in the Pirates films other than Johnny Depp, so the next logical step is to trap him by himself on some kind of boat with a magic bomb in its hull, preferably with a smirking Willem Dafoe lurking in the background. JUST HIRE ME ALREADY HOLLYWOOD.
Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Ratings Smash for Animal Planet
Furries get new competition in creepiest fetish department
Animal Planet saw its highest rating ever with the "documentary" Mermaids: The New Evidence. With 3.9 million viewers, the special beat out every Puppy Bowl special so far, because God himself is dead. I didn't watch Mermaids: The New Evidence, so I have no idea what the special entailed, whether or not it was any good or if it was actually a sequel to the 90's Disney Channel film The Thirteenth Year.
Does the rating success of Mermaids mean that Animal Planet is about to join TLC and The History Channel in the prestigious "we used to be real channels with fascinating documentary programming but now run shows about Jesus and psychics"-club? Perhaps, but as long as Animal Planet continues to air Too Cute, you won't hear me complaining.
By the Numbers
The big news at the box office this week was that Will Smith's new summer flick After Earth pretty much bombed, taking third to the Jesse Eisenberg magician heist film Now You See Me and the still dominant Fast and Furious 6. The other newcomer on the list is the Bollywood epic Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which managed to also have the fourth highest opening in Indian history. While Fast and Furious 6 has already more than won back its budget in just two short weeks, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III and Epic are still working to get back their budgets. Meanwhile, the indie flick Mud, which stars Matthew Mcconaughey rounded out the list in the 10 spot, with Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's excellent Frances Ha not too far behind.
1. Fast and Furious 6- $35,164,440
2. Now You See Me- $29,350,389
3. After Earth- $27,520,040
4. Star Trek Into Darkness- $16,780,895
5. Epic- $16,616,310
6. The Hangover Part III- $16,385,254
7. Iron Man 3- $8,442,451
8. The Great Gatsby- $6,517,317
9. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- $1,568,677
10. Mud- $1,209,355
(via Box Office Mojo)
Recommended show for this week:
I lasted 12 cycles of America's Next Top Model, every Project Runway incarnation, and even the hilariously awful Fashion Show, and somehow only now am I finding myself burned out on fashion reality shows. But today on Hulu I saw a "suggested for you" banner of Elite New Face. I can say in full honesty that I clicked on the link thinking that it was a hilariously mistranslated Japanese spinoff of Extreme Makover.
Instead I was treated to a lovely, calm, and strangely poignant documentary reality show about the search for Elite Modeling Agency's newest 'it girl' to win a vaguely explained modeling competition in China. There's no crazy Tyra/Heidi/Iman-type to yell at the girls. There's no stupid challenges. There's no harsh studio lighting. Scouts find girls all across the UK and teach them how to be models, and no one is mean or harsh. Every coach and photographer is there to help the girls feel as beautiful as possible. And the best part: each episode is so short it never overstays its welcome.
Recommended film for the week:
Much Ado About Nothing
You might not have previously thought you wanted Joss Whedon’s very own equivalent of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, but the director’s heavily hyped take on Much Ado About Nothing seems to be exactly that. With an all-star cast that includes Whedon regulars like Nathan Fillion, Fran Kanz, Clark Gregg, and Amy Acker, Much Ado About Nothing appears to be the classic adaptation to beat this year since Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby has turned into the great debacle. Much Ado About Nothing makes perfect sense for Whedon when you think about it, though, as it’s wordy even by the Bard’s standards and is known for its caustic jokes and progressive attitude towards female independence. If you’re looking to beat the early summer heat, you may as well do so with a comfortably witty entry from Whedon before he heads back to the blockbuster fare of the Marvel U.
Dylan Garsee is a freelance writer/bingo enthusiast currently living in Austin, TX. He is studying sociology, and when he's not winning trivia nights at pork-themed restaurants, writing a collection of essays on the gay perspective in geek culture. An avid record collector, Dylan can mostly be seen at Waterloo Records, holding that one God Speed You! Black Emperor record he can't afford and crying. You can follow him on twitter @garseed.
Nick Hanover got his degree from Disneyland, but he's the last of the secret agents and he's your man. Which is to say you can find his particular style of espionage here at Comics Bulletin, where he reigns as the co-managing editor, or at Panel Panopticon, which he started as a joke and now takes semi-seriously. Or if you feel particularly adventurous, you can always witness his odd rants about his potentially psychopathic roommate on twitter @Nick_Hanover and explore the world of his musical alter ego at Fitness and Pontypool.
Andrew Tan spends his days working on a bunch of different stuff he can't really explain here. Before that, he majored in Journalism at the University of Florida, where he worked for a few newspapers. He loves comics (obviously), sad music, duck confit and San Francisco. He also has a sentence published in McSweeney's that he is proud of. He was also mocked in Gawker for said sentence, which brings him roughly the same level of pride.
Andrew is one of the many people on the internet vying for the moniker of Tandrew. Some are him, some are not. You can find him on Twitter at @TandrewTan.