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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:40 PM »
I would expect that after spending $4 billion to buy the franchise Bob Iger will be cheerleading all the way.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:23 PM »
Here's more on the timeline of future Star Wars releases from Disney CEO Bob Iger.  He also mentions a little bit about one of the standalone Star Wars projects:

As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.

Some bullet points, courtesy of Slashfilm:

1.Iger has seen most of the footage from The Force Awakens.
2.He believes it’s “worth the wait.”
3.He mentions the 2016 standalone movie.
4.He hints the 2016 standalone movie is about “these characters,” potentially meaning characters from the new movies.
5.Star Wars Episode VIII will be out in 2017.
6.There is no mention of a second standalone movie, directed by Josh Trank, hypothetically in 2018.
7.Star Wars Episode IX will be out in 2019.
8.He refers to that film as the end of “this trilogy.” That makes it sound like there will be more.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:11 AM »
I think it's been pretty well established that Hollywood likes a proven story.  Especially when they're going to put a lot of money into a project.  Is that a completely failsafe sort of formula?  Not necessarily.  Look at the run of Biblical epics.  Lots of those films have done very well.  But then there was Ridley Scott's recent effort, Exodus - Gods and Kings.  Solid director.  Solid star.  And a story that's a known quantity.  But it really didn't perform that well.

As for rebooting Indiana Jones?  I think I would prefer to just leave the franchise alone.  Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not a good way to end things.  If it had ended with The Last Crusade?  THAT would have been an exercise in going out on a high note.  It was a solid Indy movie.  But these film franchises are big money, and Disney wants to get their money's worth.  So?  It's reboot time.

I saw something about the Chris Pratt rumor a few weeks back.  And I had seen something about Bradley Cooper being considered, too.  I think they could both fill the role reasonably well.  And I think from a story standpoint it would be interesting to take the timeline a little bit further back than Raiders and Temple of Doom.  How about starting off with Indy in the 1920's?  How about some of that backstory of him and Abner Ravenwood?

The key though?  A good script.  Time and time again we've seen plenty of movies that had good casts and great filmmakers.  But give them a crap story, like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?  Guess what?  You're going to end up with a dogshit movie.  Sometimes you wind up with a writer/director/producer who has so much clout that nobody will speak truth to power... like George Lucas.  And maybe they've gotten lazy or unfocused and their script needs some re-writing or punching up.

And that phenomenon isn't exclusive to Indy 4, but to lots of movies in this CGI era of movie making.  Go in with a ****** story and 9 times out of 10 you're going to have a ****** movie.  Part of the problem is screenwriters and directors who write around things to specifically shoehorn in special effects.  Everyone seems to want the same level of attention for their effects that something like the bullet dodge in The Matrix got.  Get over it.  Write a solid screenplay and let the special effects serve that story, not the other way around.

It's seems pretty likely that whomever Jayson was communicating with does not read/speak/write English as their first language.  And THAT was the root of the issue.  Let's just acknowledge that and move on happy in the knowledge that Bossk has an articulated jaw.

Based on the images released on eBay, I contacted the sell and he said that the jaw for Bossk is no longer articulated.  :(

LOL, JTA is calling that guy a liar now.  :D

From the pics they just posted, the jaw is clearly articulated. Hoping this is not just a funky variant...

Ah, the JTA drama queen always working hard to incite nerd rage.  ::)

Dude needs a hobby other than trying to stir up ****

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:36 PM »
One of my cool independent spots actually had a great CW/SOTDS find today:  a Mandalorian Assault Shuttle!  It was $29.99, but it's cool to have a second one of these now.

Picked up the 6" TIE Pilot and Yoda today.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:22 PM »
The NDA has likely been a common practice at UK Toy Fair for some time.  Still, with the giveaway bag?  And the timing of the release of the line for THE FORCE AWAKENS?  I'm betting that something has been shown.  But almost certainly the public reveal for the TFA line is going to be at Celebration in Anaheim or SDCC.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:28 PM »
JEDI NEWS IS REPORTING that representatives for major retailers came out of closed meetings with Hasbro at the UK Toy Fair holding bags emblazoned with THE FORCE AWAKENS logo.  Despite the reports from Hasbro's PR firm it does seem that Hasbro is showing some of the offerings for THE FORCE AWAKENS to retail buyers, while holding back that product for a later reveal to the media.  Jedi News also mentioned that they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to check out the Hasbro offerings.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:58 AM »
I'm just so tired of genpop hits being frowned on for awards.  If you sold a whole bunch of tickets and there's positive buzz around your movie, you should be up for "Best Picture."  If you were a little 200 theater release artsy fartsy that a dozen people liked, you should be up for "Best Artsy Fartsy." 

I get where you're coming from.  The only time in recent memory where we saw a blockbuster film get some serious recognition at the Oscars was for Lord of the Rings - Return of the KingAvatar got nominated, and I think that's because of pure force of will on the part of James Cameron.  But he didn't win for Best Director or Best Picture.  Still, a film like American Sniper is doing well at the box office and got a bunch of nominations.

The problem is the Academy.  The people who vote regard themselves as artists/filmmakers.  Some of their work makes money, some doesn't. And they take themselves VERY seriously.  Probably far more seriously than they should.  When a comedian like Ricky Gervais knocks these actors while hosting the Golden Globes there are all these gasps and groans from the audience.  And really, they need to get over themselves and what they do.  They're entertainers.  They aren't curing cancer.

The economy of filmmaking does come into play here.  The blockbuster movies are designed to make money for the studio as a whole.  They're considered tent-pole movies that will support the studio as a whole as well as provide funding for the smaller films that are more artistic and less likely to turn a profit.  That sense of broad appeal seems, in most cases, to have this inverse effect among the Academy voters where a big summer movie rarely gets nominated.  At least not for the major acting awards.  So maybe there's some resentment from the filmmakers who are involved in the smaller projects that feel money that could be funding their films is going towards the next Star Wars or Avengers film?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:01 PM »
If only.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:05 PM »
Check out this article for a look at what's coming in the Avengers - Age of Ultron toy line

12-inch Titan Hero Tech Figures
-Iron Man
-Captain America

12-inch Titan Hero Tech Deluxe Figure
-Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor

The 2.5" figure line appears in this article as a series of multipacks with playset elements.  There's a Hulkbuster set with the Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man along with a playset component. Other playset elements combine to build up an Avengers tower.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: January 18, 2015, 10:11 AM »
We can find a speck on mars but not that Jet that crashed in the ocean? 

The ocean can be a real sonuvabitch when it comes to downed aircraft searches.  Even when searchers knew the vicinity of where Air France flight 447 went down in the South Atlantic on a flight from Brazil to Paris, it took 2 YEARS to recover the flight data recorders.  The Malaysian Air incident is that much worse because it seems like someone on the flight crew went rogue and wanted to down the plane in one of the most inaccessible parts of ocean on the planet.

Back on topic, researchers have released findings that there may be two more planetary bodies in the Kuiper belt beyond Pluto.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:00 AM »
Chopper has been impossible to find here, too. Kallus and the Inquisitor were tough to find, but I found them at some point. But Chopper?  Never.

The stores where I've se the increased prices along with this one have not done any resetting.

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