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March 21, 2008

Children of Men the series?

SCIFI

Bionic Woman executive producer David Eick told SCI FI Wire that he's working on a pilot script for a proposed TV series based on Children of Men, P.D. James' SF novel, which also inspired Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 film of the same name.

"It's really taking root more in the origins of the novels in that it will focus on the cultural movement in which young people become the society's utter focus," Eick (Battlestar Galactica) said in an interview at SCI FI Channel's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York on March 18. "Much like our culture, whenever Lindsay Lohan does something [and] it becomes the headline of every news show, it's about how, when you don't have a responsibility to the next generation and you're free to do whatever you want, where do you draw the line?"

Eick added that Children of Men will question how society defines responsibility, freedom and a sense of values when it doesn't necessarily believe humans will survive as a species. "So it's a very compelling, I think, human question that science fiction has always explored extremely provocatively," he said. "It's not really a war show like the movie was. It's more an exploration of that issue."

March 19, 2008

Michael Cera to play Scott Pilgrim?

Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim's Little Life - Superhero Hype!

Michael Cera is in final negotiations to star in Scott Pilgrim's Little Life for Universal, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Edgar Wright is directing the adventure romance, which is being produced by Marc Platt and Eric Gitter. Wright and Nina Park also are producing.

"Life" tells the story of a young slacker (Cera) who meets the woman of his dreams but finds that he can only win her heart by battling and defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

The project is based on the Oni Press graphic novel "Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life," written by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Michael Bacall and Wright wrote the screenplay.

March 16, 2008

"Black is the new president, Bitch."

The inimitable Tracey Morgan....

March 14, 2008

How to understand The Big Lebowski

Metaphilm - The Big Lebowski

To our Western eyes the Dude of The Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) looks like a slobbish, lazy, hippie hold-over, decades past his prime. The story even begins with a narration by The Stranger (Sam Elliot), a cowboy, the ultimate icon of a Westerner, noting:

Away out West there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin’ parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude—that’s a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

The Stranger is unable to grasp why someone would call himself a dude—fightin’ words to a real cowboy. But appearances are, not infrequently, deceiving. Read that again and replace “Dude” with “Buddha.”

The Stranger continues:

Now this story I’m about to unfold took place back in the early nineties—just about the time of our conflict with Sad’m and the Eye-rackies. I only mention it ’cause sometimes there’s a man—I won’t say a hero, ’cause what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here—sometimes there’s a man who, wal, he’s the man for his time and place, he fits right in there—and that’s the Dude, in Los Angeles.

. . . and even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that—quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide.

Read that again and try replacing “hero” with “god.”

In a Buddhist understanding, the Dude is not lazy: he just doesn’t concern himself with unimportant things, or at least important things in the Western sense. Money seems of little value to the Dude. He isn’t employed and he doesn’t care to be. He even ultimately resists the temptation of the ransom money.

March 06, 2008

Battlestar Galactica's Backstory in 8 Minutes

Battlestar Galactica: Battlestar Galactica Backstory in 8 Minutes

Embedding is foo, so you'll have to click through to check it out.

Watchmen costumes revealed

THE BEAT -- First look at the Watchmen

This is Nite Owl:

Oh god. Click through for Ozymandias, The Comedian, Rorscach and the Silk Spectre. They all look kind of awful, in my opinion.