Some pics from, and a new trailer for, Men in Black 3. I want to like this, because the original Men in Black is such a great movie, but... I just don't know.
Another movie I want to like is John Carter. You can watch ten minutes of it right here. I was hoping to be really impressed by this, but despite some clever moments (and an inspired choice of when to cut short the clip), I could take or leave this movie.
Here's an interesting list: the 5 best and the 5 worst Sundance purchases. In this context, "best" and "worst" are referring to the sale price compared to the eventual box office take. The fact that Son of Rambow is on the "worst" list makes me sad. I really liked that movie!
You probably already heard about the awful flooding they've been dealing with in Australia, but did you hear they also have to worry about sharks swimming in the streets?!? Among other sightings, a couple bull sharks were spotted going by a McDonalds. That's messed up. (Via)
Syfy made the fascinating and rather depressing decision to just dump out the five remaining episodes of Caprica all at once last night and be done with it. The Onion A.V. Club reviews them here so you don't even have to watch them!
Here are a couple of links that I already posted to Twitter, but couldn't help reposting here. First off, some fun travel posters for comic book cities. Next, some amazing casting news for The Hobbit: Cate Blanchett is returning as Galadriel, and Sylvester "Seventh Doctor" McCoy will play Radagast the Brown. Of course, the fact that Galadriel and Radagast are showing up means we're going to get to see the meeting of the White Council that happens "off-screen" in the book, during one of the various times that Gandalf splits from the company to do his own thing. I have to say, I am VERY EXCITED about this!! Plus, the Doctor is going to be Radagast! Awesome.
Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.
Above, Cookie Monster performs metal. (Via Tom)
Hayao Miyazaki says if Studio Ghibli's upcoming film, Arietty the Borrower, doesn't do well at the box office, the studio may have to be shut down. I can't tell you how sad that makes me. Especially since Miyazaki says if they do have some box office successes, he'd make a sequel to Porco Rosso set during the Spanish Civil War, and I need to see that movie. Everybody go see Arietty the Borrower when it comes out, for God's sake!!! (Via Camden)
Yeah, I gotta admit, this new Cee-Lo track that's going around is pretty fantastic. FYI, the lyrics are NSFW, and since the video linked here is just the lyrics printed on the screen, it's pretty much NSFW all the way around. (Via Amy)
Alternate universe movie posters. As in, movies from alternate universes, not movies set in alternate universes. I so wish I could see The Gunslinger starring Clint Eastwood, Ricky Shroder, and Jack Nicholson. Also, Leonardo DiCaprio as Kid Kthulu? Bruce Lee as Neo? Brilliant.
Sufjan Stevens put out a new EP that you can download for $5, or stream for free. I'm listening now! Can't say I'm all that impressed so far, but I'm still making my way through the first track, which is almost 12 minutes long. Good old Sufjan. (Via)
Bryan Singer revealed some details about the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie. It'll be set in the '60s, so the mutants' struggle can be easily compared with the civil rights movement; the costumes will be comic bookish; the Hellfire Club will be the villains, with Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw (!!!); other characters featured: Emma Smith, Azazel, Moira McTaggert, Beast, Darwin, Raven Darkholme, Banshee, Havok, Mystique, Charles Xavier, and a female version of Angel. Say what? Well... okay then.
Sci Fi Wire has helpfully compiled trailers and concept art for 9 upcoming sci-fi TV series. Some of this stuff I've seen (and posted here) before, but some of it's new to me. Persons Unknown looks like some weird combination of Cube, Prisoner, and a reality show; not particularly original, but intriguing. Undercovers is just Mr. & Mrs. Smith: The Series - ugh. The Event I'm vaguely interested in, even if it looks a lot like an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of shows like Lost and FlashForward.
They really are going to make a Planet of the Apes prequel film. Here's the synopsis: "Rise of the Apes is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. WETA will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors." I don't know about the CG apes, but if anybody can do it, WETA can.