Peter T Chattaway

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  1. Evan C wrote: : As regards Keaton's line about "Native Americans," I believe the preferred term has actually gone back to being American Indians, because Native Americans more accurately refers to the Inuit, or that's what I was told by scholars studying music traditions of American Indians, so in addition to the line not making sense in context, it was dating itself as well. I think the Canadian government now uses "Indigenous" as a catch-all term for First Nations, Inuit and Metis. But no one ever looks back to their childhoods in the 1960s and talks about playing "Cowboys and First Nations", y'know? : The one scene that really stuck out to me as pointless and out of place was the gym scene where the three girls are playing Marry, F*ck, or Murder with members of the Avengers. Right! I'd almost forgotten about that scene. : And speaking of needless crudity, I'm sure every middle-schooler with the name Peter is really going to hate the film, or at least the party scene at Liz's. And that was the *second* scene in which Flash calls Peter that. (He did it earlier when he drove by in the car, at school.) : On the plus side, Keaton is one of the best Marvel villains . . . Indeed. : . . . the tie into Civil War was well done, and Holland is a very likeable Peter and Spiderman. Agreed.
  2. Links to our threads on Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the in-development films about The Sinister Six, Venom and Aunt May. Links to our threads on the original Spider-Man (2002) at the old Novogate discussion board: 'Spider-man -UPDATED- with Movieguide review' (Apr 29 - May 9, 2002) 'I saw "Spider-Man"!', page two (May 2 - 6, 2002) 'spider-man, shadowlands, son of paleface' (May 5 - 16, 2002) Two more sequels coming in 2016 and 2018.
  3. One other annoyance: the way the film tries to signal its wokeness from the opening scene, where Michael Keaton says he used to read "Cowboys & Indians" comics and his employee says -- unrealistically, given the context -- "You're supposed to say Native Americans." (I was reminded of kenmorefield's gripe about the way Key & Peele kinda-sorta lecture the audience on the reasons for not using the n-word in Keanu, instead of just *using* the word in a way that pushes our buttons the way that, say, Richard Pryor did. See also Baywatch -- or at least the trailer for the film (I haven't seen the film itself) -- where Zac Efron takes offense at the term "you people" and Dwayne Johnson tells him he's not allowed to take offense at it. The audience isn't trusted to get the joke, or the reference; the audience has to be schooled on the correct boundaries for correct speech in the 21st century.) There's another scene where Michelle (who says she wants to take part in some "light protesting" outside some embassies while she's in Washington, DC) says the Washington Monument was built by slaves, and a guard at the monument signals his agreement, and... apparently, the historical evidence around this claim isn't quite the slam-dunk that Michelle (and, through her, the film) seems to indicate. Slate notes that only the first 150 feet of the monument were built prior to the Civil War, and it quotes Jesse Holland (Black Men Built the Capitol) to the effect that "There has not been any clear evidence found to prove that slaves were used in the construction of the Washington Monument: no receipts, no log entries, no newspaper stories. We have all of those proving the use of slave construction on the U.S. Capitol and the White House. But we have yet to discover irrefutable evidence that slaves were used in the construction of the Washington Monument," though he also notes that DC was a slave city "and accustomed to the use of slave labor on major building projects". (Would Michelle refuse to enter the U.S. Capitol or the White House?) Meanwhile, Vulture quotes John Steele Gordon (Washington’s Monument and the Fascinating History of the Obelisk) to the effect that " the stonemasonry was pretty highly skilled, so it’s unlikely that slaves would’ve been doing it . . . The stones were cut by stonecutters, which is highly skilled work; and the stones were hoisted by means of steam engines, so you’d need a skilled engineer and foreman for stuff like that. Tending the steam engine, building the cast-iron staircase inside — that wasn’t grunt work," though he also notes that "The early quarries were in Maryland, so slave labor was undoubtedly used to quarry and haul the stone."
  4. Juliet who? (Meaning no disrespect. I've just never heard of her.)
  5. I don't think I care for this new Aunt May and her four-letter words.
  6. I haven't seen Ed Wood since it first came out (in fact, I hadn't seen this scene again until just now), but "Let's shoot this fucker!" is a line I've quoted often while trying to psyche myself into getting some job or other done. Landau was also *fantastic* as the biblical patriarch Jacob in the Emmy-winning 1995 miniseries Joseph. (He also played Abraham in a 2000 production called In the Beginning.)
  7. A writer friend of mine complained on Facebook that she didn't expect to see the three witches (well, the two non-Oprah ones, at least) looking so young and slim. She was expecting a little more... maturity? I happened to read the book to my kids a few months ago, and it struck me as a very 1950s sort of story (though it was technically published in 1963). The critique of conformity feels *very* aimed at the modernist culture of the mid-20th century -- very TOS, but not particularly TNG, if I can put it in Star Trek terms -- and I don't know how well it will translate to the post-modern (or post-post-modern?) present day. (My kids also commented that Camazotz felt very much like the drab planet we see in the recent film version of The Little Prince, which I thought was interesting.)
  8. Link to our thread on the 2003 TV-movie. - - - Bedrock taps Jeff Stockwell to adapt 'Wrinkle' Jeff Stockwell has been hired to adapt author Madeleine L'Engle's classic time-travel head trip, "A Wrinkle in Time," for Cary Granat and his new Bedrock Studios. . . . The BBC made a film version of the young-adult novel, and Dimension produced a telefilm for ABC in 2004. Disney carried remake rights from that deal and is developing the new feature iteration with Bedrock, which had negotiated rights to the property from the L'Engle estate. Catherine Hand also is producing, and L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Voilkis, is exec producing. Granat has a relationship with Disney from when his Walden Media produced such films for the studio as the "Chronicles of Narnia" series and "Bridge to Terabithia," co-written by Stockwell. L'Engle wrote a handful of follow-up novels to "Wrinkle," now called the Time Quintet, and Disney's Rich Ross is seeking more franchise material in the mold of the female-driven success of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." The UTA-repped Stockwell has made something of a career out of tackling challenging children's literature. He co-wrote the adaptation of Chris Fuhrman's novel "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" for producer Jodie Foster and ThinkFilm as well as the adaptation of Katherine Paterson's "Terabithia," which Disney released in 2007. Stockwell also has adaptations of the novels "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" in development. His original screenplay "Our Wild Life" (formerly titled "Peaceable Kingdom") is set up with Mandalay Pictures at New Line. Walter Salles is set to direct. . . . Hollywood Reporter, March 18
  9. "Visionary director". It sounded silly when the trailer for Watchmen used it to describe Zack Snyder, who at that time had directed only Dawn of the Dead and 300. It sounds even sillier now. (Granted, DuVernay directed an okay but flawed docudrama about a visionary *character*. But that hardly suggests the sort of world-building or visual style on the director's part that would warrant using the phrase in a trailer for a film like this.)
  10. From a press release I received: - - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Press@Inspire.Buzz 323-379-5180 The Growing Faith-Based Genre Goes Global as Action-Packed Fantasy Film “Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress”—Featuring a Powerful Cast of International Stars from Asia, Australia, Mexico, and the US—Begins Filming in California Bolstered by the success of faith-based and inspirational hits in the U.S., King Street Pictures—a production company with domestic and Asian ties—seeks to foster and develop a new global faith audience with an edgy, fantasy adventure film inspired by “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, a 1678 novel by John Bunyan, best-selling fiction author of all time, whose work is widely considered second only to the Bible in Christendom Cast highlights— South Korean film and television legend In Pyo Cha (LAUREL TREE TAILORS, CROSSING, MOKPO GANGSTER’S PARADISE, SEOUL SEARCHING), Karyme Lozano from Mexico (Televisa’s QUIERO AMARTE, FOR GREATER GLORY: THE TRUE STORY OF CRISTIADA), Peta Sergeant from Australia (CW’s THE ORIGINALS and ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND), Ricky Kim from South Korea (SBS’ OH! MY BABY), and Fernanda Romero from Mexico (400 DAYS and THE EYE), and including Americans Alan Powell (THE SONG, lead singer of Christian group Anthem Lights) and introducing Patrick Thompson with Matt Bilen making his directorial debut alongside Producers Dan Mark and David Kang and Executive Producers In Pyo Cha, Ricky Kim and Darren Wilson (FATHER OF LIGHTS, FURIOUS LOVE, HOLY GHOST) (LOS ANGELES, CA—July 11, 2017) Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress, a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking new faith-based fantasy adventure film, has officially started production in Los Angeles and Redding, California. The film, inspired by John Bunyan’s iconic 1678 novel The Pilgrim’s Progress, which is second only to the Bible itself in global Christianity, brings together a powerful cast of well-known U.S. faith-based actors, and international film and television stars, including South Korean legend Cha In Pyo. As the best selling fictional author of all time, John Bunyan and his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress is known in virtually every corner of the globe. “With this film, we’re trying to break new ground in the faith-based genre. It’s dirt-under-the-fingernails, action-packed, grittier, more stylistic, and more cinematic than what audiences have seen previously. Our cast is diverse, representing faith around the globe. We think this unique combination is the ‘next step’ faithful moviegoers have been looking for, said Director Matt Bilen. “We’ve wanted to make Heavenquest for so many years, I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be on set making this incredible epic brought to life. “The Heavenquest team has long believed that while the success of faith based and faith inspired stories in the U.S. is exciting, this powerful genre can and should have a life far beyond just the U.S. market. The international market for faith based films is relatively untapped and full of potential. As we have traveled the world, especially Asia, we have seen the strong demand for such content amongst Christians abroad, and we believe the next generation faith films should be designed to engage all of those audiences worldwide,” said Dan Mark, Producer and Principal of King Street Pictures. “We believe our modern, edgy retelling of this classic story with a diverse international cast is going to pioneer new markets for faith based content abroad and will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide, especially in Asia. So we are incredibly honored and blessed to have the esteemed In Pyo Cha in our cast and as our Executive Producer. We couldn’t have asked for a better creative partner to see this vision come to life on screen.” Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated in 200 languages in last 3 centuries, making it the second most read faith book after the Bible. Film Synopsis: King Street Pictures proudly presents an epic new fantasy adventure film inspired by the world of John Bunyan’s classic tale “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” In a war between the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Eos, a regal man named Vangel is thrust on a journey against his will when he is suddenly and mysteriously arrested. Brought before the Southern King and sentenced to death, Vangel escapes a chain gang and flees for the North. Armed with a book called the Record of the Ancients that he receives from a wise sage, Vangel embarks on an adventure that takes him through haunted forests, dark swamps, and enchanted mountains while being hunted all the while by the Southern King’s men in hot pursuit. Along the way, mysterious travel companions with special giftings arise and assist him on the journey, sharing about a fabled good king and pushing him onwards towards the Wicket Gate, the gateway to the North, while enemies lurk at every corner trying to derail him from his path.
  11. Links to our threads on Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). Link to our thread on 'Bergman Regretted Skipping Planet of the Apes' (Apr 2004). Matt Reeves has revealed that the villain who seemed to die in Dawn might actually still be alive, and might reappear in the third film. And apparently the possible survival of this villain was already suggested in a post-credits audio sting.
  12. Link to our thread on 'Pixar: The studio, its history and process', as well as the upcoming Pixar films Coco (2017), The Incredibles 2 (2018) and Toy Story 4 (2019). From a press release I received today: - - - UNTITLED DAN SCANLON MOVIE Director Dan Scanlon, who helmed Pixar’s “Monsters University,” joined Lasseter to share a few details about an all-new original feature film currently in production at Pixar Animation Studios. According to Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, the film is inspired by the question he’s always asked: who was my father? The story is set in a world with no humans—only elves, trolls and sprites—“anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,” said the director. “In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.” Kori Rae (“Monsters University”) will produce.
  13. Justin Hanvey wrote: : But on top of that we are offered some of the most humanistic morals of the whole film with mercy and forgiveness winning out over revenge and hate. This was the film I was thinking of when I tweeted this: More recently, I tweeted this:
  14. Whoa. Not only was the release date bumped by a year, but today it was confirmed that John Lasseter has been bumped from the director's chair. Cartoon Brew hinted at this almost a year ago -- on August 13 of last year -- when they posted this excerpt from an e-mail they received: "Following a harsh internal review, he has been removed as writer/director of the latest film in this beloved series. The review was brutal. He can’t write. The studio will spin it as he was stretched too thin." Cartoon Brew didn't publish the name of the director at the time, but today -- in a since-deleted tweet -- they said that the story was confirmed today. And while they *still* didn't reveal the name of the director that they had been referring to, I *have* to assume it was Lasseter, because today I got a press release from Disney which included this sentence: "Lasseter invited Pixar’s Josh Cooley ('Riley’s First Date?' short) to the stage, revealing that Cooley has assumed full director responsibilities for 'Toy Story 4.' " I had assumed all along that Cartoon Brew *couldn't* have been referring to Lasseter, because he is not just a mere director, he is also the guy who runs both Pixar and the main Disney studio. As my wife puts it, Lasseter is the guy who bumps *other* directors, he isn't the guy who *gets* bumped. And yet, here we are. This is probably all to the good. Cars 3 might be one of Pixar's lowest-grossing films (it could very well be their second-lowest grosser, ahead of only The Good Dinosaur), but it's also the first film in that franchise that Lasseter didn't direct, and it is *also* the first film in that franchise that I actually liked (it was neither offensively sentimental like the first film nor aggressively stupid like the second film). Lasseter hasn't directed a non-Cars film since Toy Story 2, way back in the previous century, and whatever mojo he once had as a filmmaker is evidently gone, gone, gone. The question now is whether Josh Cooley, who has only two short films to his name, can make a film that will live up to the high standard set by the earlier Toy Story movies.
  15. Links to our threads on Toy Story 1 + 2 (1995-1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). - - - Exclusive: Tim Allen Signed On for 'Toy Story 4' Tim Allen is ready to go to infinity and beyond again -- the question is, are Disney, Pixar and the rest of the gang? Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, is under contract to reprise his role as the heroic spaceman in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 4," TheWrap has learned from individuals familiar with the "Home Improvement" actor's contract. Allen's commitment to a fourth film doesn't necessarily mean that Pixar has plans to put another feature-length sequel into production. And it's certainly possible that Allen and others signed on for multiple films some time ago. But the existence of Allen's contract does indicate that Disney and Pixar brass are thinking about the possibility of extending the franchise. . . ., July 14
  16. Meanwhile, Bilge Ebiri seems to like the film (haven't read his review, but saw his comments on Twitter; when I asked him how it compared to Gods of Egypt, which I thought was visually spectacular dumb fun, he said Valerian was definitely better).
  17. Evan C wrote: : I'd never even heard of this film before. You evidently weren't reading my blog nine years ago.
  18. Ewan McGregor to Play Dual Roles of Holy Man and Demon in 'Last Days in the Desert'; Lubezki Set as DP Ewan McGregor has signed on to star in "Last Days in the Desert," written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs"). He'll actually be doing double duty: McGregor will play both a holy man and a demon, who together are journeying through a desert when they discover a family in dire circumstances. Also (!), recent ASC winner Emmanuel Lubezki is set to shoot the film. Yup, we're on board. . . . Beth Hanna, Thompson on Hollywood, February 5
  19. Links to our threads on David Lowery's other films Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Pete's Dragon (2016), Peter Pan (2018), To Be Two (in development) and The Yellow Birds (in development). We don't appear to have threads on St. Nick (2009) or Old Man and the Gun (2018).
  20. Links to the threads on Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, Episode VIII, Episode IX and the 2004 and 2006 editions of Episodes IV-VI on DVD and the 2011 edition of Episodes I-VI on Blu-Ray, as well as The Clone Wars, Rogue One, Rebels and the various rumoured other TV series (plus one quasi-duplicate thread on the comedy series) and spin-off movies. See also the threads on 'Star Wars Debate Redux' (which began as a place to bash Episode II; Jul 8 - Nov 11, 2003), 'Sci fi = spiritual? Star Wars, X2, etc.' (Apr 12-14, 2004), 'Best Star Wars Movie?' (with poll; Apr 18-20, 2004), 'Top 100 Discussion: The Star Wars original trilogy?' (May 6-7, 2004), 'Is Star Wars Blasphemous?' (Jun 15 - Jul 25, 2005), 'Star Wars in 20 minutes' (Aug 8-9, 2006) and 'Star Wars: Uncut' (Apr 2010). Links to our threads on previous films and TV shows directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), 22 Jump Street (2014) and The Last Man on Earth (2015-?). The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan (who co-wrote Episodes V and VI as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark and, uh, Dreamcatcher) and his son Jon (writer-director of 2007's In the Land of Women and 2012's The First Time). Coming to a theatre near you May 25, 2018.
  21. Overstreet wrote: : Has Tim Chey been approached for a role in the Trump administration? Seriously. He has all the attractive traits. The best part is when he threatens to sue you for claiming falsely that he said something in an interview... and then you watch the interview and you see him saying the thing you said he said. Or when he accuses you of libel and then, in the very next breath, he admits that he did what you said he did.
  22. Link to our thread on Cecil B. DeMille's Samson & Delilah (1949). Link to our thread on the Australian film Samson & Delilah (2009), which is *not* a Bible epic. Link to our thread on Scott Silver's "futuristic" Samson movie. Pure Flix, the studio behind God's Not Dead and The Case for Christ, is shooting a movie about Samson in South Africa right now, and several of the actors and extras have been posting behind-the-scenes pics to Instagram. Interestingly, the actor who played Goliath in Of Kings and Prophets (2016) appears to be playing a Philistine in *this* movie, too. Unless he's an Israelite jailer, I guess. Pure Flix's press release says the film is about "a man with supernatural strength who leads his enslaved tribe to victory over the mighty Philistine empire," which sounds a wee bit more triumphalistic than the Samson story in the Bible. (When does the biblical Samson actually *lead* anyone, for one thing? The one time the Bible describes him meeting a large group of Israelites, it is because they have decided to capture him and hand him over to the Philistines.) But I'm curious to see the film, at any rate. Just as long as it isn't another disaster like David & Goliath... Which reminds me, Pure Flix is one of the growing number of entities that have been sued by Tim Chey (not merely *threatened* with a lawsuit, but actually sued!) and have succeeded in getting the lawsuit dismissed. (See also Netflix.)
  23. Links to our threads on previous Sofia Coppola films Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010), The Bling Ring (2013) and A Very Murray Christmas (2015). We don't seem to have a thread on The Virgin Suicides (1999).
  24. Links to our threads on the big-screen versions of The Exorcist (1973), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) -- the latter of which includes discussion of all five of the Exorcist movies, including sequels and prequels, as well as the novel -- and The Exorcism Diaries (in development). Link to our thread on the stage version of The Exorcist (2012). - - - Exclusive: Martha Marcy May Marlene Director Preps Exorcist for TV What an excellent day for an exorcism! Nearly 40 years after The Exorcist became the first horror movie ever to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, Hollywood has again become possessed with William Peter Blatty’s best seller. Sean Durkin, the writer-director of last year’s excellent but criminally underseen Elizabeth Olsen thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, is adapting the fiendish classic into a ten-episode television series, this time backed by Morgan Creek and produced by Roy Lee, the executive producer of films like The Departed and The Ring. Unlike the iconic 1973 film, Durkin’s version of The Exorcist follows the events leading up to a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it: In short, not well (really, after you start, can you blame them?), and when medical and psychiatric explanations fail, the desperate family turns to the church, with Father Damien Karras finally brought in to attempt the exorcism. . . . Vulture, New York, May 24
  25. Huh. You're right. I ran a search for <overstreet> and got no results at all. That's very strange. I'm afraid I have no idea what would account for that anomaly.