Tuesday’s Daily Dump (1/19/11)

Doodily doo...nothing to see here today...no news that would send shockwaves across the interwebs, wrinkling the brains and uncorking the loins of nerds or anything...squiddy squoo...I'll just sit here twiddling my HOLY ANNOUNCEMENT (that isn't the 10 commandments), BATMAN!!! We bagged ourselves a kitty!


Anne Hathaway, who I'm on the fence about as an actress (not as someone to look at, where there is no argument), is going to be Selina Kyle. Following in the tight leather of Halle Berry, Hathaway can be assured that she has the one role everyone is more than willing to see remade...and not just because it means seeing her presumably in something heavily spandexy. The problem is, I'm not sure Hathaway's the right gal for the gig. Why? Well, I think she can play goofy in a goofy movie and straight in a straight movie but not straight in a goofy movie. What do I mean? Say what you will but Maggie Gyyylllllllenhaaaaall (that's the right spelling, right?) acted the crap out of her role in The Dark Knight. She did. She tried so hard to make it seem like her stuff was compartmentalized, as though she were in a drama and everyone else was in some goofy superhero movie. The problem here is that Hathaway I think may be prone to playing up the costumed-shenanigans. I say this because she's been circling just about every comic movie out there (reports had her IN the original Spiderman 4 cast). I am also not sure I like the inclusion of such a garish, loud, obviously comic booky character in the world Christopher Nolan created. I guess we'll have to wait to see who the bad guy is before we make a judgment.


Tom Hardy is going to play Bane, who is known in the comics for snorting drugs that make him look like a shitty Mexican wrestler and for snapping Batman's spine. Hell, that'd be a way to definitively end this installment of the trilogy, right? Leave Christian Bale in a wheelchair. Somehow I don't think so. Look, the internets are going to devour these stories. One side will tell you that the inclusion of these two characters has damned the trilogy forever. The other side will hail this as "THE Batman movie I've always wanted to see." I don't know which it will be, but I know I have faith in Nolan, and so should you. It's going to come down to the script, to the consistency with the other films, and to the acting that's done up on screen. This won't stop me from rampant speculation as to what I think is going to happen, but until I see the costumes and hear the plot, I'm going to keep cautious optimism alive.

There are other stories today, but they pale in comparison. Still, here they be:

The new X-men look like crap.

Sorry to my boy Matthew Vaughn, and hopefully this is just a bad promo picture, but this "cascading heads" photo from X-Men: First Class sucks like it was a Green Lantern cast photo.

Seriously, Beast looks like he's droppin' a deuce, everyone looks photoshopped in, Magneto looks like Gaius Baltar from "Battlestar Galactica," and the costumes look awful. At least January Jones is hot.


Rumors have it that the reason we don't know who will play JJJ in the new Spidey movie is that there will be no J. Jonah Jameson in the next Spidey movie. LAME! The day after the internet kinda confirms the mechanical web shooters (via Emma Stone saying "a device" is used...I was gonna make a "that's what she said" joke there), the internet takes away by removing a classic, vital character. You can't have Spidey without the Daily Bugle. You can't have the Daily Bugle without JJJ. Thus, by the transitive property, I declare this stupid.

This is awesome

One more chance to prove how on-track Marvel is. Folks, this is as cool a photo as I have ever run. I cannot wait...I CANNOT WAIT! I would describe more, but I don't need to.

Home fires are burning

Alexander Payne is returning to Nebraska. I mean, not the state, he already lives here. I mean the script. It's a father/son roadtrip movie CALLED Nebraska, so I see why he wanted some distance between Sideways, a roadtrip movie, and this one. Personally, I couldn't be happier, if only because I love watching the man's work...especially when it takes place in my home state. Folks, I declare this a pretty awesome day. Now I just need a pretty awesome weekend (specifically on Sunday).

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Cutting Room for January 19

I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life. Well, at least not all of it. I just want to tell you how to live your life on a few specific days. So grab a pen and get to stuffin’ your schedule.

  • By now you’re all kinds of aware that the Omaha Film Festival (omahafilmfestival.org) runs March 2-6 at the Great Escape Stadium 16 Theatre, right? That’s cool, but why wait for March when the party starts Feb 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the North Sea Films Building, 2626 Harney St. The OFF’11 Release Party will kick the shindig off right, with no admission fee and plenty of passes, posters and T-shirts. And just like in a rap video, after the party there’s another party. Then Feb. 27, from 6-11 p.m. at the Nomad Lounge, 1013 Jones St., the OFF’scar Party is the best way to watch Hollywood give itself a high-five. See, like I said, feel free to write this stuff on your calendar in ink.

  • This next one is a bit sudden, but I believe there’s a rule about offers and refusals that’s going to spring to mind. Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theatre (filmstreams.org) is finally showing The Godfather. The winner of the annual “Film Streams Members Select” vote this year, the classic will screen Saturday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 27, at 8:30 p.m. And the first screening is free for Film Streams Members! Even if you’ve seen it before, if you haven’t seen it on the big screen, well let’s just say the experience is still more shocking than equine decapitation.

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Monday’s Daily Dump (1/18/11)

January is the cruelest month, no matter what Eliot said. Seriously, it's cold as blue balls out there, there's not enough football to keep us distracted, the movies largely suck, and there's no news of note really. It's a stupid, frosty month that only exists because my wife's birthday is in it. If it weren't for that, I'd have capped January in the face years ago. Let's take a look at the pathetic non-news news for the day in today's edition of the Daily Dump.

Ricky Gervais is Ricky Gervais, Hollywood is pissed

For a bunch of people giving each other shiny trophies for spending a few weeks making millions, famous people are total wangs. How else do you explain the sheer indignation DURING THE SHOW against Ricky Gervais' hilarious and stinging patter? The three people seemingly most upset were Robert Downey Jr, Tim Allen, and Tom Hanks. Hanks is a class act sticking up for his friends (but should have kept his mouth shut), and the other two DID TERRIBLE THINGS WHILE BEING DRUNKEN LECHEROUS LEECHES ON SOCIETY. Come on, RDJ, laugh it off a bit. Yes, Ricky mentioned your stints in rehab. So do you. You only like people remembering them when they're recalled in the wake of your triumphant return to stardom. So BE A STAR and laugh those jokes off. You're also scathingly clever, so why not fire a zinger back at Ricky? You knew he'd say something! And Tim Allen...are you for real now? You got pissy because Ricky said you were less famous than Tom Hanks? It was hard to feel sorry for the star of Jungle 2 Jungle and Whateverthehellmovieitwasyoudirectedandstarredinthatbombedlastyear when he was WEARING SUNGLASSES ON STAGE! You all came off worse than the guy making cracks at your expense with your petulance. For the record, versions of EACH of those jokes are told every night on late night talk shows that each of you frequent to promote your movies and I don't see you getting upset there. You just never had anyone with the stones to make those JOKES (and I stress jokes in the time-honored tradition of all caps) to your face. Hell, Hugh Hefner tried to play off like we're supposed to feel SORRY FOR HIM FOR MARRYING A 24-YEAR OLD and getting mocked for it! Are you shitting me?! Look, whether or not you found it funny, there was nothing wrong with someone helping to bring down the collective ego of the back-patting Holywood elite, and this is from a liberal movie blogger who loves award shows. Humility is a comely, charming trait. Waving your hands and saying "the big man is being mean to me" makes you look small. Also, the Tourist stuff he did was comic gold.

The Red Skull hearts Halloween

Reason number 1,732,000 why you should just release photos of characters from your movie before you release merchandising advertisements for your movie. The Red Skull in the new Captain America movie will look something like this:

Yes, it's a crappy photo, but it gives us a good idea of how the character will appear. It was going to be hard to bone this character's translation, given the simplicity of it. But then again, given what they've done to The Green Lantern, I don't put it past any effects company to molest a solid icon. Yes, for the record, I'm going to make Green Lantern jokes for the next full year.

I'm thrown for a Prime Loop

This is a talented man.

His name is Shane Carruth, and his film Primer is one of the best Science-Fiction (not sci-fi) films I've ever seen. It blew me away and was made for something like five dollars or so. It came out years and years ago, and I have been desperately wanting another film from him in some way, ANY WAY, as soon as possible. (Seriously, rent this effin' movie right now). So news that he's emerged on the set of director Rian Johnson's Looper can only be described as a miracle. Supposedly he's just working on some effects and such, but I hope it's more than that. Johnson, who has made some damn fine films of his own, has also talked up Carruth's script that's having a hard time getting funding. SOMEONE NEEDS TO FUND THAT SCRIPT! Seriously! Let's hope this buddying up with Johnson results in some serious coin so that I can SEE ANOTHER MOVIE FROM THIS GUY! We live in a world with a Yogi Bear movie. Can't we find a way to fund a genius's next work? Pretty please.

Okay, that's it today. Not only is there nothing else of real note, but if this system is slower than social progress today. See you tomorrow for more dumping!

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