As our pals at Spinoff Online reported, extremists groups are poised to boycott the film. The reason: Idris Elba as Heimdall. “It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values,” writes the Council of Conservative Citizens in a post. “Now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin.” Some fear the ‘Euro-washing’ that happens as race becomes slightly less of an issue for sane people. “Marvel has viciously attacked the TEA Party movement, conservatives, and European heritage. Now they have taken it one further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie Thor. Marvel has now inserted social engineering into European mythology,” the continue. Um … I don’t think “social engineering” is the right word in this context. Anyway, some people agree with the CCC, but I doubt it’ll make much of a difference in the film’s box office.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
THE GREEN HORNET
And since it seems to be a day for controversy, director Michel Gondry lashed out against the nerds in The Guardian (via Superhero Hype). Recalling the walkouts during the film’s Comic-Con panel, he says, “These ones just reinforce the social rules. Their values are fascistic. All those people marching around in capes and masks and boots. The superhero imagery is totally fascist! When you step into this genre, they feel it belongs to them. They want you to conform, or they won’t like you. They want the conventional.” He also says the film plays fine for “normal people.” Wow. Them’s fighting words. I think the real issue here is something Gondry missed. The fanbase doesn’t want to see the heroes made into camp figures and the rift between the film and the audience has more to do with the perceived campiness of the film thanks to the casting of Seth Rogen than any concern of “conventional” filmmaking. Attention Darren Aronofsky, appeal to the base now.
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011
Director Joe Kosiniski explains (in this video posted on Collider) why you should see the movie in IMAX 3D and why I’m having such hard time finding a 2D screening:
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Actor Ernest Borgnine, who appeared in the film in a well-received cameo, will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. About time, too. Borgnine,who starred in Oscar contenders like “Marty,” and genre stuff like “Escape from New York,” is in his 90s! And he’s still acting! The full list of nominees can be seen here.
On Home Video: January 25th, 2011
Hot on the heels of Mehki Phifer joining the cast, Michael Ausiello reports Bill Pullman will play “Oswald Jones, a dangerously clever convicted murderer who escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation. Genuinely repentant yet boiling with lust and rage, Oswald gets caught up in a terrifying worldwide crisis.” This is ramping up to be a pretty good cast. While I thought the first season of the “Doctor Who” spinoff was genuinely awful, by the week-long miniseries, “Children of Earth,” it had found its footing and became good TV.
Speaking of “Doctor Who,” an intredpid YouTuber has uploaded this clip and interview of lead actor Matt Smith from BBC Breakfast:
Returns: Christimas 2010
ONE DAY TO TRON!
At long last, I’ll be seeing “Tron: Legacy” tomorrow. Despite mixed reviews, I’m still jazzed to see it. I honestly never thought I’d see a “Tron” sequel in my lifetime. If the film is a success that’s just icing on the cake. If there’s a third film, that’s just some marzipan decorations. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a 2D presentation as 3D can make me dizzy. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of “The Black Hole” remake.