Talk in Technicolor 07/10/13- It's All Good, ManA comics 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.
Orson Scott Card Would Like You to Please Tolerate His Intolerance
I wonder if he’s familiar with Intolerance?
Every 17 year old's favorite author Orson Scott Card has had a long, troubled issues with the LGBT community, calling them, amount other things, "tragic genetic mix ups". So with the upcoming film adaptation of Card's novel Ender's Game and the subsequent boycott by gay group Geeks Out, the totally not gay author issued the following statement to Entertainment Weekly:
“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”
Now, if the second season of Glee taught me anything, big hairy dudes that hate gay people are secretly gay and want to make out with Kurt Hummel in the locker room. So watch your back, Kurt. You're still not safe.
- Dylan Garsee
Franco Continues Faulkner Fascination with Sound and the Fury Adaptation
You mean Fast and Furious 6 isn’t a Sound and the Fury adaptation?
After conquering the box office with This is the End and Cannes with As I Lay Dying, art prankster celebrity James Franco has now set his sights on William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness classic The Sound and the Fury. And because this is a Franco flick, Danny McBride will almost certainly appear (as he did in As I Lay Dying), but perhaps more surprising is that Franco is hellbent on snagging Jon Hamm to play patriarch Mr. Compson and reportedly wants his brother Dave to portray Quentin Compson.
The Sound and the Fury was of course last adapted in 1959, with Yul Brynner in the starring role of Jason Compson, but given the reception Franco’s As I Lay Dying has received from festival crowds, there’s a chance the director-actor might pull it off. And if you’re Franco thirst hasn’t been quenched yet, you also have a starring role in the new Wim Wenders project Everything Will Be Fine and no less than three feature adaptations of stories from Franco’s Palo Alto short story collection to look forward to.
- Sarah Jane Rose
Saul Goodman Spin-off is Now Almost Definitely a Thing
No man should have all that power
That rumored Saul Goodman-centric Breaking Bad spin-off—which started out as an insignificant speck of an idea but has, through coercion, dishonesty and cold-blooded manipulation, become an unstoppable conceptual powerhouse that will inevitably destroy itself—is indeed “full speed ahead,” according to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Ideally, the show would take on Breaking Bad producer Peter Gould as its showrunner, although the actual format of the series is still being developed. Gilligan has suggested that the currently untitled show could function as a self-contained, episodic comedy, or it might simply preserve Breaking Bad’s format and overall universe.
The main consideration for those of us speculating about its content is whether it will be a prequel, interquel or sequel, as this would confirm whether Saul survives the events of Breaking Bad (although obviously he does). With so many concepts still in play for the show’s tone, structure and casting, I’m holding out for a pilot episode titled “Y’all Called Saul?!” in which Saul and Paul Wall haul RuPaul’s Pall Malls.
- John Bender
Terry Zwigoff Returns to Filmmaking with Two New Projects, Including a Nicolas Cage Vehicle
Will someone please finally answer how it got burned?
Ok, Terry Zwigoff is set to return from a 7 year hiatus to direct two movies, including Lost Melody, starring Nicolas Cage, where Cage will presumably play a married man who falls in love with a prostitute. However, the wording of the AV Club article doesn’t necessarily indicate that Cage isn’t playing the prostitute too.
Actually, according to AV Club, Zwigoff’s return will first be with a film called Justice For Al, where Fred Armisen is a man framed for a crime and placed under house arrest at his parents’.
But seriously, I loved Ghost World not only for spurring my crush on Scarlett Johansson (I WAS 16 AT THE TIME, IT’S NOT WEIRD GUYS) but for basically introducing me to comics in a roundabout way. Also I genuinely enjoyed Art School Confidential so I’m genuinely looking forward to Zwigoff’s return.
- Andrew Tan
Spielberg Wants to Make a New Grapes of Wrath Adaptation
Up next: Tommy Wiseau's Streetcar Named Desire
Usually I’d want to complain about a project like this, but Spielberg will probably kill it. Probably Daniel-Day Lewis plays Tom Joad? I could totally see that. But I’d prefer a complete left turn. Maybe Bill Cosby? Russell Brand? A surly Harrison Ford as Pa Joad? It writes itself – because it was already a book. That Steinbeck already wrote. I’m really hoping they find a way to incorporate the chapter about the turtle. It’s a metaphor! Audiences love that kind of cinematic gold.
- Ben Wachtel
Guillermo Del Toro Gunning For Charlie Kaufman Penned Slaughterhouse 5 Adaptation
This film will transcend our understanding of meta
Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro wants his next film project to be an adaptation of the classic Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse 5 and will only do it if crazy ass screenwriter Charlie Kauffman will write it. While Del Toro is certainly well known for outlandish visuals and over the top storylines, with an insane time traveling source material and a screenwriter responsible for the Russian nesting dolls in a black hole of a movie (Synechdoche, New York), this film, if made, will go beyond what we think of movies, turning into a film that is simultaneously a book and a Sky Mall catalogue performed as Kabuki theater.
Donald Glover Will Be Less Involved with Community's New Season
Still isn't Peter Parker, somehow.
In more bittersweet news about Dan Harmon’s return to Community, Donald Glover will only be appearing in five episodes. Between this and the departure of Chevy Chase, before Harmon’s return, the dynamic of the show will definitely be different. That may not be the worst thing, considering how fundamentally different the pilot is from the season 3 finale of the show, but Glover’s performances will definitely be missed.
Meanwhile in Donald Glover land, other than competing with Ryan Gosling for tumblr’s adoration, he will be using his off time to continue working as his rap alterego Childish Gambino. I loved Camp and EP, but you can go ahead and insert some joke about how wack his rap is or whatever at your leisure.
Prince Martell Cast in Game of Thrones Season Four
Shut your mouth, Ryan Usher
In a bid to sex your tears away following the events of the third season, HBO’s Game of Thrones has announced the casting of Chilean actor Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, the swarthy, rakish prince of Dorne who also goes by—in case you didn’t notice he was a sexy sex guy—the “Red Viper.” Provided you can actually see anything through the watery film that now perpetually glazes your puffy, pink eyes, you can decide for yourself whether the actor’s unexpectedly light skin matches the books’ description of “salty Dornishmen” (for non-ASOIAF readers: it mostly does but kind of doesn’t, but it’s not a big deal either way). The Red Viper—*swoons, resumes weeping*—is a longtime fan favorite among readers, and Pascal will be tasked with driving a lot of the fourth season’s action as his character makes an unexpected arrival in—SPOILER ALERT—somewhere the other characters weren’t expecting him. He then initiates the most memorable sequence in the second half of A Storm of Swords, in which he narrates the book’s lengthy appendix.
Unwritten Book About Boston Marathon Bombing Already Optioned for Film
There are a lot of reasons why people make films, many of which are directly related to making money. I really can’t think of a good reason to justify this particular endeavor. Terrible things happened that day and, yes, heroic first responders did some pretty amazing things. But I’d rather not relive it. I’m certainly not going to pay nine bucks to sit in a theater for an hour and a half to see it. Though who knows, United 93 was halfway decent, and this is pretty much the same movie. Let’s just hope Uncle Ruslan gets to play himself. That guy was hilarious.
Box Office Antidote
Any talk about box office this week inevitably centers around Lone Ranger, which got slammed critically and commercially, pulling in $41 million over the week, enough to put it in second behind Despicable Me 2. Of course, Despicable Me 2 pulled in nearly $100 million more than Lone Ranger, a fact that is kind of mesmerizing in its ridiculousness considering Despicable Me 2 had less than half the budget and centers around a bunch of formless blobs with goggles. The Heat continues to perform stupidly well, as it has already doubled its budget in gross and Monsters University is faring similarly well with a gross of more than $215 million in its third week. Somehow, Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain snuck into the 8th spot with a draw of a little under $20 million while World War Z and Man of Steel continue to pull decent numbers despite a dip in numbers in their 3rd and 4th weeks, respectively. All in all, this is shaping up to be a good year for Hollywood.
(via Box Office Mojo)
Movie Recommendation of the Week:
In all honesty, I was prepared to fully ignore Pacific Rim, despite having repeatedly heard the always hilarious (never annoying!) sarcastic argument made by otherwise intelligent people who secretly like big summer blockbusters: “but, dude, it has giant monsters/robots, and they fight!” Aw! Bruh! Why didn’t they make that clear in the trailer?! But my opinion has changed in light of this deluge of awkwardly orchestrated celebrity endorsements from superstars across all artistic spectrums. It turns out that Pacific Rim is one of Kanye’s favorite movies of all time (insert joke)! Emma Watson wishes she could fight like Mako! RZA confirms: “Sonic was Bionic”! If you enjoy being told what to do by beautiful famous people with glittering teeth, then Pacific Rim is the summer movie for you!
I must admit that I find one aspect of the film very intriguing: Guillermo del Toro is apparently an outspoken pacifist who has gone to great lengths to avoid glorifying the military or depicting mass slaughter of civilians in the movie. All of the ranks in the movie are Western ranks (“marshal,” “ranger”) rather than military ranks, and the movie clearly depicts the evacuation of the cities under attack before the monsters and robots arrive. This, of course, completely gives away the ending, in which all of the monsters have been knocked unconscious forever and the robots have been repurposed as jungle gyms for at-risk youth among the desolate urban ruins.
TV Recommendation of the Week:
Comedy Bang Bang Season 2
Other than having some record breaking guest list, I’m really excited for Comedy Bang Bang’s second season which starts this Friday. While the first season was primarily funny concepts that didn’t always land, I feel confident that the second season will consistently deliver funny concepts executed well if the Sarah Silverman episode is any indication.