Welcome to another edition of On the Radar where we delve into all corners of the entertainment, tech and geek Internets for news, views and whatnot that may have escaped our regular coverage during the week. Let is know if we missed something interesting.
• It looks like Bryan Singer’s upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie is becoming more of a reality as Universal is seconds away from inking a deal with a writer.
• In more “things that need to be made” news, Sony has green lit an Assassin’s Creed film. Let’s hope 90% of it is just building-jumping
• Speaking of games-soon-to-be-movies, here is 6 minutes of Harrison Ford playing Uncharted 3. Why? Because why not.
• For a simple $50, you too can own an exclusive Chewbacca statue made purely of chewing tobacco (Chewbacco?). The only question left is: why would you?
• What happens when the Sin City trailer is set to a cast of characters from the Disney universe? Pure amazement.
• Love The Walking Dead? Then you’ll love The Walken Dead about a billion times more. Trust us.
• Speaking of things we love, what would happen if Joss Whedon’s The Avengers trailer only had a budget of $16? This is the product of that question.
• Nerdy, cuddly things are kind of the best. At least, that’s how we’re able to justify a plush version of Portal’s turret gun.
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It’s Comic-Con! Hurray!
In honor of this geek-stravaganza, today’s Film Score Friday is taking a break from the standard review and instead going through the top ten comic book scores of all time. So without further adieu, I present to you the top ten comic book scores of all time:
10. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Scott Pilgrim is a melting pot of geekdom. Mixing together video games, movies, TV, comics, music and many more into a singular generational experience. The movie has so much going on in it that the references and structure starts to bleed in on itself, making a seamless cinematic experience. A huge part of that is the music, which flows between songs and score better than almost any film before. The score bit in particular is what makes this list, making use of some great digital sounds that fit the movie like a glove.
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Word first came in Sunday afternoon that actress Brittany Murphy was found dead after going into cardiac arrest. TMZ was the first to report that Murphy was delivered, D.O.A. to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.
Brittany Murphy appeared in several television roles, but she is most remembered for her breakout role as Cher’s nerdy friend Tai in the 1995 film Clueless. The movie also featured Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone, and Donald Faison.
Murphy went on to star in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Sidewalks of New York (2001), Riding in Cars With Boys (2001), Spun (2002), 8 Mile (2002), Sin City (2005), and Happy Feet (2006), in addition to other movies and shows.
She co-stars in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables. She married screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007. Murphy died of cardiac arrest on Dec 20, 2009 at the age of 32.
The release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has reopened discussions about what makes a good book to film adaptation. The Potter series often divides fans, and the latest chapter is no exception. I’ve heard from a number of fans of the book series who are disappointed with the current film’s adaptation, while I’ve also talked to fans who are satisfied. Brad Brevet from RopesofSilicon reflected on some of the more negative fan reactions and he asks, “how faithful should film adaptations be?”
Adapting a book into a film is not an easy process. Squeezing a 300-page novel into a 120-minute film is difficult, especially if the book has lots of exposition or other elements that are not easily cinematic. For books that are rich and deeply characterized, like the Potter books, adaptation is almost always going to mean losing some characters or the minute characterizations that many fans hold dear.
That said, making an adaptation that is too close to the original work can often be just as problematic as making an unfaithful adaptation. Brevet mentions this spring’s Watchmen as an example of a film that while remarkably true to its graphic novel counterpart, still didn’t end up endearing itself to even diehard Watchmen fans. I would argue this was because despite getting the character and plot details correct, Watchmen didn’t effectively bring enough of its own cinematic virtues to the project. In contrast, Frank Miller’s Sin City was a tremendous adaptation of various vignettes from the graphic novel series, and it managed to be both accurate and bring in its own voice.
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Yes, you read that right. Directly from the “please don’t ruin my childhood. . . again” department comes word, via MTV Movies Blog, that director Robert Rodriguez will begin filming a live action adaptation of the classic 60′s Hanna-Barbara cartoon The Jetsons sometime next year.
According to Rodriguez, he will be pushing forward on his sequel to 2007′s Grindhouse with Danny Trejo in Machete and he’s also working on the sci-fi thriller Nervrackers for the Weinstein Company set for release next April. No word on where this fits in with Rodriguez’s reboot of the Predator franchise or what this could mean for a sequel to Sin City, but the Texas native says that filming for Jetsons could start as soon as 2010.
The director has already stated that he’s dropped a remake of Barbarella due to the amount of time he’d be away from his family, so doing a remake/reboot of the classic 60′s cartoon family from space may just fill that sci-fi void that the scantily clad vixen could have.
Given Rodriguez’s track record with both kid-friendly adventures (Spy Kids, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl) and adult-friendly horrors (Planet Terror, From Dusk til Dawn), what could this mean for our favorite childhood cartoon? Will his on-again off-again partner and friend Quinten Tarantino come aboard in any way, and will this be under the helm of Rodriguez’s long-term distributors, the Weinsteins? With production starting before 2011, these answers probably aren’t far behind.