COMIC-CON 2012: Firefly 10 Year Anniversary!!

Great news for anyone going to Comic-Con this year (unfortunately, not me)! Most of the cast of Firefly including Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and the rest of the gang, plus writer Tim Minear and creator/best GoRRam director Joss Whedon will be appearing at a panel hosted by the Science Channel on Friday, July 13th in Ballroom 20!

Below is the press release:

FIREFLY 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Friday 7/13/12, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Room: 20

It has been 10 years since the crew of Serenity took flight in Joss Whedon’s short-lived but now revered series, FIREFLY. SCIENCE will reconvene, for the first time in a decade, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship, calling all Browncoats to unite at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The cast of FIREFLY will talk about the past, present and future of FIREFLY, 10 years after its debut. 

The series is part of the Comic-Con slate from first-time attendee Science Channel, which began airing repeats of the Fox space Western last year, continuing to draw an audience of loyal Browncoats and attracting new fans during its run. Science also will make available special collectible bags (see photo) featuring Firefly and the rest of its Comic-Con lineup.

In addition to the panel discussion, the hourlong session will also feature never-before-seen footage along with what Science is billing as “numerous buzz-worthy surprises.”


Wow this looks like an exciting opportunity for all you Browncoats headed to San Diego in a few weeks as unless something new is in the works (Serenity 2 perhaps?), the cast probably won’t be uniting like this again for a long time. With all the success that Joss Whedon has had with The Avengers, I’d say its definitely possible he now has the influence and money to pull together a sequel for the fans that have been supporting him all these years. Come on Joss, return to the ‘verse! He has shown interest in a sequel, saying,

“You know, I love all my raggedy children, but if I could be anywhere, I’d be on board Serenity.”

Below are the Trailers for Both The show and the film.





Templar Note: Make it happen, we want another movie! Or even better, somehow convince HBO to buy the rights to Firefly from FOX and continue the series! but unfortunately that highly seems doubtful due to most of the cast have moved on to other projects….but maybe a sequel to “Serenity” might be possible especially after Joss Whedon’s success with “The Avengers”.



Pictured Right: 

Me and Siddeeq Saafir from HeadHunta Studios with the Custom “Jayne” Drawing at MegaCon 2012



Captain Mal’s Pistol at MegaCon 2012



-Brian Lansangan

follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Debut Trailer and Poster for RZA’s "The Man with the Iron Fists"

Universal Pictures has unveiled the Debut Poster for RZA’s “The Man with the Iron Fists”, Presented by Quentin Tarantino and starring RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, and Jamie Chung,

Quentin Tarantino presents ‘The Man With the Iron Fists,’ an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.

Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

RZA, one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time and de-facto leader of Wu-Tang Clan (the legendary group that was highly influenced by Asian culture and 70s martial arts flicks – hence the name), has released through his Twitter account this debut poster for ‘The Man with the Iron Fists.’ Starring RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier, the story follows a blacksmith (RZA) in feudal China who makes weapons for a small village. He is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers. Look out for the trailer soon.

-Brian Lansangan
follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Prometheus Review

Prometheus is Director Ridley Scott‘s return to form. The story takes place before 1979’s revered sci-fi classic ALIEN. Set in 2093, 30 year’s before the Nostromo. It’s written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour) and Damon Lindelof (LOST, Cowboys & Aliens). Prometheus manages to stand on it’s own maintaing a unique look and feel while building worlds on top of the existing Alien mythology with out feeling out of place in terms of technical or creature design. It perfectly balances a strange but familiar atmosphere…

Being a fan of the Alien franchise, I had certain expectations going into this film. I’m happy to say that Ridley Scott took those expectations flipped them on their head and shattered them.

Right from the opening of the film, what I’ve come to call the “Genesis” scene, Ridley Scott makes his intentions clear… what you are about to watch is complex, beautiful, terrifying and facinating.

Prometheus isn’t just a return to form for Ridley Scott but for the sci-fi genre itself. Today, science fiction is more known for it’s lite hearted, brain disengaging story lines and eye popping special effects. Growing up in the late 80’s early 90’s, science fiction was better known for introducing strange new “ideas” and the serious “exploration” of possibilites. Prometheus refreshingly engages this concept.

The movie, besides it’s entertaining value, brilliantly asks the heavy questions. Where do we come from? Are we alone in the universe? Do we have a creator? What happens after we die? The movie explores those questions through the impeccably casted crew of the Prometheus and is the underlying motivation for the principle characters, who’s points of view range from Christianity, Creationism, Darwinism, to Atheistic. Needless to say, the movie doesn’t pretend to know all the answers instead leads our curiosity down a perpetual path of questions.

For example there was a small but interesting scene after the crew discovers the existence of the “Engineers” where Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) is sharing an intimate moment with Charlie Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green).

(More or less the way I remembered it)

Charlie (to Elizabeth): “You can take off your fathers cross now.” 

 Implying that they now have the answer to who created the human race, proving Shaw’s religious beliefs false.

Elizabeth: “Why?” 

Charlie: “Because we found our creators.”

Elizabeth (unwaveringly): “and who made them?”

Prometheus starts with an overwhelming sense of discovery and wonder but promptly hits a slippery slope of terrifying events that progressively increase in shock and intensity. The “Caesarian” scene comes to mind. Which reminds me, this morning the news reported that in Australia a 13 year old boy suffered a seizure during that scene. So you can add Prometheus to the infamous list of movies that killed/almost killed an audience member (Pulp-Ficiton, Jaws).

The Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger returns to create the new creature designs for the film and as you would expect they’re completely faithful to the Alien-verse. Fresh and new but indicative of what the species will inevitably evolve to.

Supporting that sense of exploration and foreshadowing terror is the films soundtrack composed by German composer Marc Streitenfeld which features two supplemental pieces by English composer Harry Gregson-Williams. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for a week now (I’ve been avoiding the song titles until I saw the film lol) and my 3 favorite tracks are “Life”, “Going In” and “Space Jockey”. Symphonically those 3 tracks sum up the movie for me.

The movie has a running time of 124 minutes and I’ve heard complaints about the films pacing, but in all honesty I didn’t find it to be problematic. To the contrary. Once the story takes a turn for the worst the films pacing induces a feeling of falling down a horrifying rabbit hole. Every climatic moment in the story immediately leads you to the next, twisting your expectations along the way. From the Xenomorphic microbes, the phallic shaped creature, to the “Space Jocky’s” exo-suit. It got to the point for me that I just had to stop trying to outthink the movie and let it resolve itself.

The main characters in the film felt hefty and believable. David the synthetic (played by Michael Fassbender) was creepy, cold, but fascinating to watch. Meredith Vickers (played by Charlize Theron) was rigid, authoritarian but alluded to something more. Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) was surprisingly good and well fleshed-out, worthy of being Ripley’s predecessor.  Charlie Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green) wasn’t the most intriguing of characters but I don’t think he was meant to be. He’s was pretty straight forward in his pursuits throughout the film. Janek (played by Idris Elba) is the Captain of the Prometheus and delivers a calm and cool-headed performance. The rest of the supporting cast  do a good job adding to the ambience of the film with some memorable moments sprinkled throughout.

As I was leaving the theater my mind started to run wild with all the numerous questions the film leaves you with and I bantered back and forth with my brother and sister-in-law.

Shortly after I came to the conclusion that Prometheus has to be the best summer movie so far. Few movies manage to get me excited with anticipation and leave me with a renewed sense of excitement afterwards. I’m well aware that The Dark Knight Rises is just around the corner. But I honestly don’t see The Dark Knight Rises being better than Prometheus, not that TDKR will suck, God no. But Nolan has to wrestle with the bar he set with The Dark Knight… so theres a giant Texas-sized hurdle he has to over come.

Ridley Scott proves that he still has his movie making mojo. Prometheus is nothing short of spectacular. It more than succeeds in intriguing, entertaining and scaring you. I’m sure the Bluray/DVD of Prometheus will be one of those discs you watch over and over again, dissecting each scene and discussing minut details with your fellow movie-going friends.

As an Alien fan I give it a perfect 5 Crosses out of 5, it gives you more than what you want and leaves you wanting more. As an average movie-goer I give it 4 out of 5 because it leaves you holding a few loose ends.

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Sets the bar for the 2012 summer season! IMAX/3D is highly recommended!

-Eric Chacón

Deh-Shay! Deh-Shay! Bah-Sah-Rah! Bah-Sah-Rah!

The world famous composer, Hans Zimmer rises to the task of scoring the third and final Dark Knight film. Zimmer’s approach to the Dark Knight Rises has been called unusual by the film’s director. And if that’s any indication, this will be one hell of a soundtrack.

In an interview with MTV, Zimmer mentioned that he did go over the story arc of the film with Nolan and discussed the themes for many of the films returning and debuting characters. But insisting that he can’t say more than that. In the interview he goes on to say…

“The thing about Chris and myself is, what we try to do, is treat each one with the autonomy it deserves, to try and invent and reinvent, not just go over old ground,” he said. “I think that’s what was most exciting for people on ‘The Dark Knight.’ They knew we were doing the ‘Batman’ movie, but they had no idea it was going to be that kind of ‘Batman’ movie.”

In an other interview with Collider, while promoting Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Zimmer talked about coming up with an unorthodox idea to not only create a new sound for the 3rd film but to open the project up to the fans as well.

“Well, before I started on Sherlock, I had an idea for Dark Knight. I said to Chris [Nolan], “Would it be okay if I got the most outrageous orchestra together and tried this experimental thing?” It involved chanting and all sorts of stuff. And, if I decided that it was just complete rubbish, then we could just throw it away and nobody would ever mention that Hans went and spent all that money. So, I went off and spent weeks writing it. I recorded the piece, and Chris came by and said, “Well, you’ve done half the movie now.” I said, “Well, I don’t think that’s quite true.” But, I think I figured out my cornerstone to the thing. I’m hellishly ambitious on that. The chant became a very complicated thing because I wanted hundreds of thousands of voices, and it’s not so easy to get hundreds of thousands of voices. So, we Twittered and we posted on the internet, for people who wanted to be part of it. It seemed like an interesting thing. We’ve created this world, over these last two movies, and somehow I think the audience and the fans have been part of this world. We do keep them in mind. And I thought it would be something nice, if our audiences could actually be part of the making of the movie and be participants in this. So, we’ve got this website up, www.ujam.com, where you can go on and be part of it. It was fantastic. The first Tweet that went out just melted our server because we had tens of thousands of people a second, trying to get onto the site.You always want to create a sound that nobody has ever heard, but I think, this time, we might be doing that. As a musician, I think about what environment things are recorded in. Now, you have hundreds of thousands of voices, all recorded in their own individual environment. Up until now, that’s been impossible to do. There’s a lot of people doing a lot of editing, as well.”

When asked if he cared about online reviews and criticism, Hans said

“I read it. My character is flawed, and I read it and suffer terribly when people don’t like what I do, or misunderstand it, but I learn things from it. Every and any conversation you have about the thing that you’re most interested in – which in my case, happens to be the movies I’m working on – might not be a novel conversation, but somebody’s point of view does make me think about things. Other than the really bitter and twisted stuff, I think people, especially with The Dark Knight franchise, are very interested in us making a good movie, and they’re trying to cheer us on, and they’re trying to make suggestions that are actually helpful to us. So, I am very aware of what’s going on out there.”

Zimmer elaborated on the “chant” used for the big Bane reveal. He said

“It’s nice to have the whole world join in on a chant. My only problem is that they’re so well-behaved on the chanting right now. If anybody goes onto UJAM right now, I need a little bit more. If you want to be heard, get a little louder, get a little more aggressive. It’s not necessarily his through-line; it will be an aspect of it. Right now we’re all focusing on the chant because that’s all you guys are hearing. It’s a very small part of the score, but I think there is something wonderful about finding a way of having the people who really care for this movie be participants in this movie.”







[sourc] MTV, Collider

-Eric Chacón

Kill Bill and the Curious Case of "The Whole Bloody Affair"

 The Whole Bloody Affair  is the official name for the integral cut of Kill Bill, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and has yet to see a release on DVD/Bluray or Theatrically (unless you visited the New Beverly Cinema for the week of March 27 – April 2 back in 2011).

Quentin Tarantino originally wrote Kill Bill, his ode to Spaghetti Westerns and Shaw Bros Kung-fu films, to be one big movie but it was cut in two volumes when it turned out to be too long.

Those of you lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of the “Japanese” release of Kill Bill Vol. 1, bore witness to a fully colored “House of Blue Leaves” fight scene, bloodier anime sequence along with additional material that was cut from the North American release.

Back when Q.T. was working hard on Inglourious Basterds he said in an interview with Sci-FiWire, that he’ll be adding one more scene to the already, four-plus-hour cut of the film,

“I need to do one thing with it, though… I’m not going to monkey around with the movie itself, but we’ve actually done a whole new section for the anime as the last thing [we added]. I actually wrote a much longer script for the anime section during O-Ren’s revenge chapter. Remember the guy with the long hair that kills her father? It’s like, what happened to that dude? Well, I wrote it and it was the biggest, most elaborate thing I wrote-her taking him down.”

He went on to say that he was going to go right into “The Whole Bloody Affair” after Basterds…
Well, since then, Inglourious Basterds went on to blow the minds of countless audiences around the world and is now available on home-video, we now have the complete version of “GRINDHOUSE” on Blu-ray and just a few days ago photos of “Django Unchained“, Tarantino’s new film, were released to the public. So something tells me we wont be seeing The Whole Bloody Affair on store shelves anytime soon.

However, there has been a list of changes that were compiled from the few people that have been privileged to see official screenings of The Whole Bloody Affair, along with what Q.T. has said on the longer cut of the film.

Here it is…

  • No “klingon proverb” quote. Instead will be a dedication 
  • Chapters will remain in order
  • House of Blue Leaves fight scene will be in color & cut differently 
  • Gorier anime scenes 
  • Completely new 7 minute anime scene added
  • Various other scenes slightly altered 
  • Sofie Fatale loses more limbs 
  • No “baby” cliffhanger ending from Vol.1 
  • Music-accompanied intermission between the two parts 
  • Volume 2 is not different

If you search Amazon you’ll find evidence of a possible bootleg that was sold which is crazy in my opinion. Another little known fact is that, just like the fan edits of Star Wars The Phantom Menace that hit the web back in 1999, there are people that took it upon themselves to splice together Vol.1 (Japanese version) and Vol.2 to created their own homemade “The Whole Bloody Affair”. I think that there’s enough proof that people really-REALLY want to own this, almost mythical cut of the film. I for one am one of those people.

[source] SciFiWire, ScreenRant

-Brian Lansangan
-Eric Chacon

Young Filmmaker gets serious about FCPX

If you’ve kept up with the latest editing software you are well aware of the craziness Apple stirred up with Final Cut Pro X a year ago. Personally, I was taken back by FCPX at first. My initial reaction was… “iMovie pro?”. It wasn’t until FCPX ver 10.0.2 that I threw caution to the wind and jumped into the infamous NLE to see what it was all about.

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