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Peter T Chattaway

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  1. Star Trek: Discovery is such an aggressively stupid show that I have little hope for Picard, which is also produced by Alex "franchise killer" Kurtzman, but we'll see. (Yes, we all love Patrick Stewart, but his involvement is no guarantee of quality; just look at the quality dive that The Next Generation took during its last season or two, and at how awful nearly all of the Next Generation movies are.) As it happens, I am currently about half-way through my first-ever binge-watch of Star Trek: Voyager -- the only series in the franchise that I have never seen all the way through -- and it looks like my catch-up viewing of that series will be useful here. A few quick notes: (1) It appears that Picard became an "admiral" at some point, after years of *resisting* promotion (and after Kirk specifically told him never to become an admiral, in Generations). (2) The teaser refers to a "rescue" mission "fifteen years ago"... and the trailer says Data died "almost twenty years ago", which was during the events of Nemesis in 2379... so this series appears to be taking place in the mid- to late 2390s, which would mean the rescue mission was in the early to mid-2380s. The producers have been saying all along that this series will have something to do with the destruction of Romulus in 2387 (as per the first JJ Abrams movie), so maybe Picard's rescue mission took place a year or three before Romulus was actually destroyed? (3) Whose body parts are we seeing? I would have assumed that Data's body was completely disintegrated in the destruction of Shinzon's ship. Have they held on to Lore's body parts since he was dismantled in Season 7 of The Next Generation (which took place in 2370)? Did they dismantle B-4 for some reason? (In the Star Trek Countdown comic that Kurtzman co-wrote -- and which Kurtzman and company always insisted was "canon" -- Data's personality had taken over B-4's body and the Data/B-4 hybrid had become captain of the Enterprise-E by the time Romulus was destroyed.) (4) Picard and Seven of Nine (does she still go by that name?) are both former Borg drones. A scene between them *could* be interesting. (5) Some observers have noted that Picard seems to be recycling some "Chosen One" super-powered-girl tropes from movies like Logan and The Fifth Element.
  2. Links to our threads on previous Ang Lee films The Ice Storm (1997), Ride with the Devil (1999), Hulk (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Lust, Caution (2007), Taking Woodstock (2009), Life of Pi (2012) and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016). We don't seem to have any threads on Pushing Hands (1991), The Wedding Banquet (1993), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Sense and Sensibility (1995) or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
  3. Links to our threads on Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).
  4. My kids and I also watched Captain America: Civil War yesterday, and yeesh, is it weird to watch the beginning of that film with Far from Home's retconning in mind. A throwaway visual effect that was deployed for dramatic efficiency in that film (and also to show off the digital de-aging process that had already been used on Michael Douglas and would go on to be used on Kurt Russell, Michelle Pfeiffer and Samuel L. Jackson) becomes the *whole basis* for the plot in Far from Home. And Civil War is the very film in which Tony Stark, having wrestled with the harm that his technology *and* superheroics have done, becomes determined to give the government control over the Avengers -- which is antithetical to how Stark relates to Spider-Man in both of the solo Spidey films. Oh, and in Homecoming, Peter Parker says he is 15 years old, even though that film takes place only "two months" after the events of 2016's Civil War and thus two years before the events of 2018's Infinity War (when Peter was apparently 16, based on what he says in Far from Home). Hmmm. Then again, Peter specifies that he is 15 years old *after* Tony Stark says it was foolish of him to recruit a "14-year-old". Maybe Peter *was* 14 during the events of Civil War, and then he turned 15 during the two-month gap between that film and Homecoming. In which case almost two whole years could go by before the events of Infinity War and Peter still might not have turned 17 yet.
  5. FWIW, I watched Homecoming with my kids today and was reminded that the first Spidey-suit that Tony gave Peter came with an "instant kill" feature. But Tony does take the suit back from Peter eventually. (Before returning it to him.) So the drone-strike thing in Far from Home isn't *entirely* unprecedented. But... still.
  6. NBC Nabs Robert Langdon Drama Based On Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ From Imagine With Big Commitment EXCLUSIVE: We have the first big sale for the 2019-2020 broadcast development season. NBC has given a production commitment to Langdon, a drama based on Dan Brown’s thriller novel The Lost Symbol, from Daniel Cerone (Motive, Constantine), Imagine Television Studios, the TV arm of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal Television. Written and executive produced by Cerone, Langdon follows the early adventures of famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped. The CIA forces him onto a task force where he uncovers a chilling conspiracy. The Last Symbol is the third Brown novel featuring the character of Langdon, following Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and is set after the events of The Da Vinci Code. The Langdon TV series is a natural extension to the Robert Langdon universe Imagine Entertainment had built on the feature side at Columbia Pictures with three movies produced by the company and directed by principal Ron Howard, which starred Tom Hanks as Langdon: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno, based on the fourth book in the series. The company also had developed a movie adaptation of The Lost Symbol at Sony as a follow-up to Angels & Demons before the studio went with Inferno instead. Just like the Angels & Demons movie took place after the events in The Da Vinci Code, opposite to the chronological order in the books, Langdon has been conceived as a prequel, focusing on a younger Robert Langdon to change the timeline in the novels. Imagine TV set the project at CBS TV Studios through the companies’ first-look deal. The series had been in development at the studio at least since last September. . . . Deadline.com, June 5
  7. Posted this at Facebook yesterday: The kids and I have now made it to Doctor Strange (2016) in our MCU catch-up watch. (They've seen it before, as well as most of the MCU films that came out afterwards, but they want to revisit all of these films in the context of the films that came before.) It's a little weird how The Ancient One tosses Strange out into the street and seems to *mean* it, given what we learn in Avengers: Endgame about her knowledge of Strange and his future before she has even met him. (Maybe she's only *pretending* to reject Strange here. We do know that HYDRA knew about Strange and considered him a threat two years or so before this. I guess it would be weird if HYDRA could foresee Strange's future and The Ancient One couldn't.)
  8. This one's getting a Christian-audience marketing push:
  9. Peter T Chattaway

    Rocketman

    Jason Adams wrote: : But Rocketman clearly benefitted well from having Elton John around -- it is truly as gay as all get out. For what it's worth, I've heard that John himself wasn't deeply involved in the film -- I think he didn't even see it for the first time until Cannes? -- but his *husband* produced it, so, yeah. And that plugs into the whole gay / Christian parallel that has come up in this thread, in a weird way. The dramatic arc of this film is that Elton John once was lost but now is found, partly through the help of the recovery group etc. It was apparently *after* he came out of rehab in the early 1990s that he met his husband, and all was well. In a weird way it's kind of like the dramatic arc of the anti-abortion drama Unplanned, which I just saw a few days ago; that film also has a "once was lost but now is found" kind of throughline, focusing almost entirely on the "troubled" part of the protagonist's life and ending with the assurance that the protagonist has found happiness and has had (or adopted, in John's case) kids since the story ended, etc. Matt Zoller Seitz wrote: : There's no possible way that a film like this could have been made in an earlier era, homophobia being what it was (and still is; it's 2019, and this is supposedly the first major studio release with an explicit gay sex scene). I've heard this claim elsewhere, and I don't know what to make of it. I mean, first, I suspect the qualifier "male" should be added there; as Vito Russo pointed out in The Celluloid Closet, Hollywood seemed to have no problem with naked *women* getting it on in films like Personal Best (Warner Brothers, 1982) even while they tiptoed around men kissing in movies like Making Love (20th Century Fox, 1982). And second, um, I vaguely recall that there were actual blink-and-you'll-miss-them pornographic clips of anal sex in Williiam Freidkin's Cruising (United Artists, 1980) in addition to whatever he had the regular actors doing.
  10. I checked out of this film as soon as it was revealed that Tony Stark had [SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER BOOM!]. I just could not believe that he would do that. Especially after all the angst of Age of Ultron led to him taking the side that he did in Civil War.
  11. "People die you don't expect to die." I assume he means the character whose death was given away in the trailer, and then confirmed on Twitter by the director.
  12. This is a weird film. It assumes that millennial identity politics are the solution to the death of comedy, rather than its cause, for starters. And the Emma Thompson character... well, I'll just quote what I wrote at Facebook: Is it just me, or does Late Night require some huge suspensions of disbelief? (In the negative, Tolkien-esque sense of the expression, where a fictitious story has failed in its world-building -- has failed in its ability to *create belief* -- and so you condescend to the story by suspending your disbelief.) On one level, the story seems to be taking place in the real world, because people make explicit references to real-life talk-show hosts like Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel. But it's also a story in which Emma Thompson plays a British woman who was given her own high-profile late-night talk show on American television at the age of 27 circa 1990 -- so, just before the time when Jay Leno and David Letterman, both of whom were in their 40s at the time, were competing to see who would inherit Johnny Carson's throne, while up-and-comers like Arsenio Hall and Dennis Miller were already in their mid- to late 30s. Joan Rivers was the first woman to host her own late-night talk show in the late 1980s (at a time when she was in her late 50s and had been guest-hosting for Carson for over 20 years), but her show didn't last very long, whereas the Thompson character's show has been on the air for 29 years when the movie begins (which is nearly as long as Letterman's 33-year run from the 1982 premiere of Late Night on NBC to his last episode of The Late Show on CBS in 2015; Leno was the host of The Tonight Show for most of the 22-year period between 1992 and 2014, except for the year between 2009 and 2010, when Conan O'Brien was the host because it was felt that Leno had been on for too long). Ordinarily, one might be able to roll with this premise, *but* the movie makes a big deal of how sexist the comedy subculture is and how things need to change... but the movie's very premise, that a super-young woman (and a foreigner, to boot) got her own late-night talk show circa 1990 and has kept it on the air for three decades, kind of undermines that insofar as it imagines a far more "progressive" starting point than exists in the real world. And that's just the beginning of the film's problems... (Side note: This isn't a major issue or anything, but the film begins with the Thompson character receiving an American comedy award and cracking a joke about how they're giving the award to foreigners now, and then she says something like, "Was Martin Short not available?" But Martin Short is, of course, Canadian, not American.)
  13. John Drew wrote: : I really have zero interest in seeing MIB: INTERNATIONAL. But I am curious to hear from anyone who sees the film confirm whether or not it follows the typical cliché that if someone tells you to “Trust no one”, it’s probably a good idea to start with the person who just said that. I'm not sure that line is in the film, actually... Incidentally, where did that cliche start? Did it exist onscreen before Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)?
  14. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Black Widow (2020), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021). - - - From today's press release: Following the “Black Widow” presentation, Feige had another big surprise up his sleeve for the enthusiastic Hall H crowd. He was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali and then announced the new Marvel Studios feature film “Blade” that Ali will star in.
  15. From today's press release: Feige spoke about the feature film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and detailed how the legend has been hinted at in the MCU films since the first “Iron Man.” In an unanticipated surprise for all, Kevin Feige then announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi and both the actor and the director, Destin Daniel Cretton, came on stage to greet the audience. Kevin also shared with the audience the casting of Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Then, Kevin revealed to the Hall H audience that the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be in theatres on February 12, 2021.
  16. From today's press release: Feige kicked off with an overview of the feature film “The Eternals,” an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film, including, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena. “The Eternals” will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in theatres on November 6, 2020.
  17. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Black Widow (2020), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) and Blade (in development). And so Thor becomes the first MCU character to get *four* solo movies... or does he? - - - From today's press release: Feige talked about the next Thor film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will be the fourth feature film in the “Thor” franchise. It was revealed that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder. Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman all came on stage for the presentation, eliciting a wild response from the Hall H audience who are looking forward to the film’s November 5, 2021 debut in theatres.
  18. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Black Widow (2020), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) and Blade (in development). - - - From today's press release: Feige introduced the second film in the “Doctor Strange” franchise, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and called the director, Scott Derrickson, and star Benedict Cumberbatch to the stage to a rousing welcome. In a surprise twist, Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who also stars in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and they talked about how “WandaVision”—the Disney+ series that Olsen will star in as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch—connects directly to the feature-film storyline. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theatres on May 7, 2021.
  19. From today's press release: Feige officially announced the feature film “Black Widow,” which is slated for a May 1, 2020 release in theatres, making it the first film of Phase Four to hit the big screen. Feige surprised the audience with the first footage from “Black Widow,” which is currently in production. The film is directed by Cate Shortland who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role of Natasha Romanoff, as well as newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
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