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August 29, 2008

Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier have seen Watchmen

1135218398_58cfb52573.jpgThey say it is entirely faithful to the book and awesome. SModcast 62 | 08/24/08 | The Human Quilt
1:09:05 - Scott Mosier: I did go see The Watchmen [sic] and I enjoyed it a ton. I haven't read the book in a while, and I felt more like I was watching a movie... parts of it related to the book, but I wasn't scrutinizing it against the book... Kevin Smith: I just re-read the book, so for me it was even more delightful, 'cause I'm remembering detail from something I read 24 hours earlier, seeing it depicted on the screen, so I was like, oh, shit! Not only can I pay attention to the big story, and the performances, and all the stuff you see on first viewing, but I was into second-viewing shit at the same time, almost. "Oh, my god, look at that! Holy crap, the sugar cubes! Oh my god, the can of beans, it's the exact fuckin' same can of beans! Where the placement is, the exact same!" Mosier: Yeah, I really, really, really loved it. ... Smith: That's two votes for it. Now, my vote, take it with a grain of salt, but this motherfucker here, holy cats! That is literally a rave to the tenth power, considering the source. Put that on a fucking movie poster, Warner Bros.! Put that in your newsprint ad! Scott Mosier says: "I loved it!" Then, below that, I say: "Look, motherfucker, you don't understand!" Mosier: "This motherfucker doesn't like anything!"

An argument for flawed female characters

Why Strong Female Characters Are Bad for Women | Overthinking It

Some interesting points in here regarding characterization.

I think the major problem here is that women were clamoring for “strong female characters,” and male writers misunderstood. They thought the feminists meant [Strong Female] Characters. The feminists meant [Strong Characters], Female.

So the feminists shouldn’t have said “we want more strong female characters.” They should have said “we want more WEAK female characters.” Not “weak” meaning “Damsel in Distress.” “Weak” meaning “flawed.”

Good characters, male or female, have goals, and they have flaws. Any character without flaws will be a cardboard cutout. Perhaps a sexy cardboard cutout, but two-dimensional nonetheless. And no, “Always goes for douchebags instead of the Nice Guy” (the flaw of Megan Fox’s character in Transformers) is not a real flaw. Men think women have that flaw, but most women avoid “Nice Guys” because they just aren’t that nice. So that doesn’t count.

August 27, 2008

HBO dumps Preacher

Sci Fi Wire

Mark Steven Johnson, who was set to adapt Garth Ennis' Vertigo comic-book series Preacher into a television series for HBO, told Comics Continuum that the project is no longer going forward. Johnson, who directed Daredevil and Ghost Rider, said that HBO had issues with the tone of the script.

"We were budgeting and everything and it was getting really close to going," he told the site. "But the new head of HBO felt it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial. Which, of course, is kind of the point."

Johnson said he would rather scrap the project than compromise it or be unfaithful to the source material.

August 25, 2008

Target: Women -- Chick Flicks

Sarah Haskins Targets This Fall's Terrible Chick Flicks - WebJunk - Videogum

Cher, Johnny Depp to villainize next Batman film?

Blog@Newsarama -- And now … the greatest casting rumor ever!

A British newspaper reports that the next actress to don the catsuit will be — brace yourselves! — Cher. According to “a studio executive,” the 62-year-old singer/actress is director Christopher Nolan’s first choice for the role.

“He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years,” the anonymous source tells The Telegraph. “The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.”

What’s more — oh, you knew there’d be more — the newspaper casually confirms Johnny Depp as The Riddler.

Squid the movie brings comedy, horror

$Quid: Don't Go Boating If You Owe Money to a Giant Squid

Imagine Anaconda directed by the Coen Brothers; a 'creature feature' driven by character rather than action. Then imagine a giant squid attacking a singles cruise on the out skirts of the Brisbane River. That is the inspiration for the feature film, $quid. [It's] about a giant squid that terrorises a New Year's Eve cruise on the Brisbane River.

*Thanks to Savage Jeff Lester for the link!*