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  2. Joel Mayward

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    Regarding Andrew and Christian's questions about participation, I didn't vote in the 2011 list, but reading through the various threads and nominations, many of the same people who were commenting there are still somewhat active on A&F, at least within the past year or so. And A&F has added a few folks since then. Are there any stats somewhere about the actual numbers for voting in previous lists? A bigger question for me is the role of Image--Greg Wolfe and Anna J seemed like the main organizers for the list, but I'm not sure what role Image would play now. All this to say, I still think it's very much worth doing.
  3. NBooth


    Sean T. Collins makes the (doubtful) assertion that Dune fandom is the last non-toxic fandom: Ok, whatever, I was on the messageboards a few years back and I remember how fans reacted to the Anderson-Herbert collabs. It was certainly not non-toxic. But the article does make a good point about why Dune is such an unlikely franchise-starter. (I decided today, several years after reading Dune, to finally get around to the sequels. We'll see how that goes).
  4. How many participated in our last Top 100? I think we'd need a certain minimum to make such an endeavor worthwhile and valid.
  5. Andrew

    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    Agreed - it was still entertaining, but a major quality dip from Season 1.
  6. Yesterday
  7. NBooth


    Timothee Chalamet in talks to star in Dune.
  8. Joshua Wilson

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    I'd be interested to participate!
  9. Joshua Wilson

    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I was only going to get one disc due to financial prudence, but due to an unexpected refund, I was able to get the Dietrich-Von Sternberg set and ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS.
  10. Christian

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    I'm on board but worry about the level of participation and how that might affect the results. What's our baseline participation goal for a new Top 100?
  11. I’m down for either. Like Evan, I’ve not posted as much lately, but I check in multiple times a day.
  12. I'm up for doing either a top 25 or a new top 100, although I wonder if there's enough participation here for that to be feasible. I know I've cut back on posting, but I still check the board once a day.
  13. Joel Mayward

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    YES. In a Top 25 thread from nearly two years ago, SDG suggested 2018 as the year for a Top 100. Ken also proposed the idea of a companion book. Both ideas seemed to be met with a lot of positive feedback, so is that enthusiasm still here? A&F seems a bit quiet these days, although I do check the forum daily. I'm game for a Top 100, and wonder if such a list-creating endeavor could reignite some of the discussion here.
  14. NBooth

    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    I found it passable enough, though by no means essential viewing.
  15. Partly because I want to find a good reason to spend more time in Arts and Faith, I would love to get a discussion going about the possibilities for a future film list. I have been more and more drawn to Letterboxd lately, but thinking (even considering) a film list would be enough to get me hanging out here some more. I miss Arts and Faith. Let's think about lists again!
  16. Brian D

    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    Any comments on Season 2? Should I prioritize it? I've very much enjoyed Season 1 as a boy who came of age in those days of ET and Stephen King films.
  17. Last week
  18. BethR

    The Nevers

    Joss Whedon signed on with HBO for The Nevers, "a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world." Some have noted similarity with a proposed comic book, Twist, described as "a Victorian female Batman," with which he was associated for a time. No premiere date as yet, but probably not before 2020, is my guess. Apparently Whedon is also still working on a Freeform series called Pippa Smith, Grown-up Detective. Don't hold your breath.
  19. Peter T Chattaway

    Zombieland 2

    Link to our thread on Zombieland (2009). (Has it really been *nine years* since Zombieland came out? Wow. Jesse Eisenberg before The Social Network, Emma Stone before her Oscar for La La Land, Woody Harrelson before he became "franchise guy" via his appearances in The Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars...) Links to our threads on Now You See Me (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016), which also co-starred Eisenberg and Harrelson. (We also have a thread on the in-development Now You See Me 3.) - - - ‘Zombieland 2’ A Go At Sony; Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg & Abigail Breslin On Board It’s official. Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin have all signed up to return Zombieland with the original film’s director Ruben Fleischer also on board to direct the film for Sony Pictures. Fleischer, the director of Sony’s hotly anticipated Venom standalone, is reteaming with the writers from the first film, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. . . . In Zombieland 2, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. . . . Deadline.com, July 13
  20. Peter T Chattaway

    RoboCop Returns

    Links to our threads on the original trilogy (1987-1993) and the reboot (2014). - - - Neill Blomkamp To Direct New ‘RoboCop’ For MGM; Justin Rhodes Rewriting Sequel Script By Creators Ed Neumeier & Michael Miner EXCLUSIVE: MGM is developing a new installment of RoboCop and has set District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to helm the picture, which is titled RoboCop Returns. The studio hopes to revive a franchise that began with the Paul Verhoeven-directed satirical sci-fi action thriller that Orion released in 1987. Original writers Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner are producing and exec producing, respectively. Justin Rhodes, who co-wrote the Terminator film that Tim Miller is shooting, will rewrite the script that Neumeier and Miner wrote years ago as a planned sequel to Verhoeven’s hit, an installment that never happened. That duo is creatively involved in moving forward their creation for the first time since the original. . . . The plot: anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption. . . . Why wasn’t this sequel story told years ago? Neumeier and Miner sold the original as a spec script and Orion’s Mike Medavoy, emboldened by the success of Platoon, got heavily behind it. Neumeier and Miner got paid a paltry sum upfront, but eight points of producer profits fattened their wallets. The inspiration was classic Westerns with leading man of few words, namely John Wayne in The Searchers and Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. . . . The original grossed over $50 million and got three Oscar noms including a win for Best Sound Effects Editing. Despite this, and even though Neumeier and Miner had written a worthy followup in the spirit of the original, their sequel didn’t happen for several reasons. “Verhoeven felt at the time that making one would be de classe and he wasn’t interested in the politics of a sequel, “Neumeier told Deadline. “Then, the writers strike came along in 1988 and we were force majeured off the project. They brought in Frank Miller on a waiver. He wrote a draft and then another with Walon Green, and it got made by Irvin Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back. I went off and did Startship Troopers with Paul.” It came back around when he got a call from MGM president Jon Glickman, tasked with creating franchise material for that studio. “Right when Trump was about to be elected president he called me and said, ‘Did you actually predict in your sequel script that a reality star would run for president and win?’ We had. So Mike and I wrote a draft and gave one interview in Barbados and I think the only person who read it was Neill Blomkamp, and that set this in motion.” . . . Deadline.com, July 11
  21. BethR


    And the fan campaign for renewal resulted in Netflix picking up Lucifer for a (shorter) 4th season. I will say that Tom Ellis has done a nice job with the part of "Lucifer," which offers the greatest range of emotions and attitudes. The actress playing the police lieutenant seems more like a model than an actress, but according to imdb.com, she has had several recurring roles in the past. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/feature/a860487/lucifer-season-4-netflix-release-date-cast-trailer-episodes-spoilers/
  22. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars: Episode IX

    ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Eyes Keri Russell (EXCLUSIVE) Sources tell Variety that the “Felicity” alum is in early talks to join J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which Abrams is writing and directing. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.” The role calls for action-heavy fight scenes. Russell has shown her ability to perform tough stunts in projects like FX’s “The Americans,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Abrams and Lucasfilm execs met with several actresses for the role in the past two months and settled on Russell right before the Fourth of July holiday. . . . It’s unknown at this time whether Russell will be on the side of the rebels or the evil empire. Variety, July 6
  23. Peter T Chattaway

    The Flash

    Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up But the other DC movies are leaving behind the dark and brooding palette. The Flash, which will finally begin production in early 2019 with Ezra Miller starring, has abandoned the somber themes it had been expected to tackle. The film now has the Game Night team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein on board, and it's looking to Back to the Future as a touchstone. Hollywood Reporter, June 13
  24. Peter T Chattaway

    The Batman

    Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up The big question mark going forward is the future of Batman. Writer-director Matt Reeves turned in the first act of a new screenplay during the Memorial Day weekend. It's said to focus on a young caped crusader, and while the studio would not comment, it's unlikely that Ben Affleck, who has played Batman in three features, will again don the cowl. Hollywood Reporter, June 13
  25. Peter T Chattaway

    Joker origin movie

    Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Origin Movie a Go at Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix recently finalized his deal to star as the arch-nemesis of Batman and shooting is set to begin in September in New York. Todd Phillips is directing the film and co-wrote the script, which the studio describes as being an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Scott Silver co-wrote the script. Warners has yet to stake out a release date for the film, which goes against the grain of most comic book movies that have flags planted years in advance. But the Joker stand-alone pic is meant to be different from other comic book superhero movies. The project's budget is in the $55 million range, significantly lower than the tentpoles that dominate the form. And the stand-alone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content (at least as experimental as a studio can be with established brands such as DC), which is described as being akin to a crime drama. Hollywood Reporter, July 10
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