The teaser poster and a few pix from next year’s third leg of the Iron Man series has hit the web. John Favreau has handed directing duties over to Shane Black (although he appears again as Happy Hogan), so fingers crossed that the third time is still a charm and that the film upholds in quality and keeps the fun rolling—and isn’t a turd.
Black is a good choice as a successor. He wrote a couple of Lethal Weapon shootemups and previously directed Downey in the fab kiss kiss bang bang (if you’ve never seen this film, treat yourself). The trailer looks far more serious than the initial two chapters:
And, yes, that’s Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. Guy Pearce also seems to be playing a baddie, so the cast is solid.
Conan the Sexagenarian
Comingsoon.net is reporting that Ahnold has signed on to reprise his role as Conan the Barbarian in a 2014 release. WTF! The former Guvernator, now 65 years old—three decades older than when he first played the character from Robert E. Howard’s book series—is eligible for Social Security. I understand Hollywood is dog-eat-dog and a job is a job, but this is ridiculous. Movie tech wizards are going to have to use a lot of CG or just strap a bra on him to prevent Ahnold from looking like a parade float that sprang a leak.
Evil Rises from the Ash-es!
In 1980, would-be filmmaker Sam Raimi and some friends drove his bomb Oldsmobile into the Tennessee woods and on a budget of about eight bucks made a modern horror classic. The campy production was so seat-of-the-pants that in order to get the effects of the evil spirits racing towards their victims, a visual that a Hollywood production would have spent thousands on, Raimi and friends simply attached the camera to a board, hoisted it on their shoulders, and ran through the woods, thus inventing his signature “shakycam.”
The film, of course, was The Evil Dead, which spawned two equally fun if not superior sequels (Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness) and introduced the character of Ashley J. Williams, a.k.a. “Ash,” played by Bruce (“This is my boomstick!”) Campbell. How can you not love a guy who, when an evil spirit takes control of his hand, chops it off with an axe and bolts a chainsaw to the stump!
Raimi and Campbell now have produced an Evil Dead remake, which Bruce has been canvassing at all the cons, claiming it lives up to the ahem “spirit” of the original. Judge for yourselves: NOTE that the trailer is NSFW (f-bombs, put in your earbuds) and not for the faint-hearted.
DVD Release of the Week!
If Abraham Lincoln can kill Civil War vampires with his trusty ax, why shouldn’t FDR slaughter Nazi werewolves in a pimped-out wheelchair sporting more weaponry than James Bond’s car? In the straight-to-disc horror comedy FDR: American Badass, the 32d president goes to the mattresses with the werewolves that crippled him (you can’t make this stuff up, folks).
The film stars Barry Bostwick in the title role along with Kevin Sorbo and other down-on-their-luck actors who probably don’t want their real names included. There’s a very NSFW trailer on YouTube, but to keep things PG-13, I’ll only post the link. While outrageously funny, that two-minute preview might be as much as you really need to see—or can take!
Belated Geeky Friday 99th birthday wishes (Oct. 22) to Jerome Horvitz, a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who, although lacking formal acting training, was a natural comedic genius. You know him better as this guy:
Sadly, after a period of ill health during which he suffered numerous strokes, Curly died when he was only 48 years old.
Wyatt Shot First
Lastly, on this day in 1881, Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil Earp along with the tubercular Doc Holiday shot it out with Ike Clanton and a handful of other members of the ragtag group of politically powerful criminals known as the “Cowboys” at the OK Corral in the wealthy mining town of Tombstone, AZ. Like Han Solo, Wyatt shot first. For a great book on the subject, read Jeff Guinn’s outstanding The Last Gunfight.
Have a good weekend, all. Thanks for tuning in. For those in the path of Hurricane Sandy, batten down tight. And happy Halloween. Let’s hope it’s not a wash out. Be safe, everyone, and get your geek on!