Star Wars Prequel Reboot: Blog #1 – Foundations of Stone

This is the first of a series that I have not planned out, about an idea that I have had for some time, for how the Prequel Trilogy should have been formatted.  This is something that I know that many people have their own ideas for, and I am curious to see what others think of my own ideas, as well as hopefully foster something positive with regard to the often hated and much maligned Star Wars prequels.

I should start by saying that I really like the prequels.  In fact, I love those movies.  I grew up watching the original trilogy and was absolutely beside myself when the prequels were announced and watched each film as they came out, ignoring as much as I could, the general public’s reaction to the films.  I should also say that I have a very high tolerance for movies of varying degrees of quality.  If you continue reading my blog, you’ll see that in what I write about.  Especially if you look at the contents of my DVD collection, or my flixster movies list.

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Ghostbusters 3: Ivan Reitman to Direct, and in 3-D?

Since I last wrote about Ghostbusters 3, there has been some major progress.  First is that Ivan Reitman is going to return to the directors chair.  This is a positive, in my book, even though his latest string of films has been somewhat of a string of horrible movies.  A franchise like Ghostbusters is something that he won’t mess up.  It’s not something that Sony would risk damaging, nor would anyone that wants to make it.  Everyone is invested in making it right, and not forcing things just for the sake of making it.  So, putting Reitman back in that position is the right move for the franchise.  That way, the whole gang is back together for the last hurrah from the original team, and a young director isn’t going out of his way to prove himself to a fandom that has grown up.

The second piece of great information is that there is a complete first draft of the script for Ghostbusters 3.  They’re now working on the second draft, and things are falling into place very well, according to Reitman.  This is very promising, and I’m really hoping that it keeps moving forward.  Seems pretty steady now, though.  Sigourney Weaver said on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that she was excited to read the script, and thinks it’ll be great fun!

The third big news is that there is some information that they’ll be filming Ghostbusters 3 in 3-D!  The fact that the rumor even exists means that they’re definitely looking into it in a more serious fashion than just a “maybe.”  That’s exciting.   But what about the 3-D idea?  Instead of talking about the advantages or disadvantages of everything coming in 3-D, what about the implications of a GHOSTBUSTERS film in 3-D? I can already see Slimer coming straight at the viewer and sliming the screen. The proton streams also would come at the screen, and likely the trap.  These thoughts don’t really excite me. I’d rather they make the film as written, no 3-D gags that don’t translate to 2-D, and then make it artificially 3-D if they still feel it has value.  This news came by way of MarketSaw: “Yes – I have word from one of my top sources that a friend of his at a certain well known effects house (I can’t say who it is, but their initials are ILM) said that GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is proceeding as planned – but – with the added benefit of stereoscopic 3D!”

All in all, very exciting news from the land of Ghostbusters

Michael Bay on Transformers 3, Haiti

Michael Bay is hard at work on Transformers 3, which is scheduled to go into active production this summer.  I’m excited for it, although I have some hopes that after Michael Bay’s Transformers 3, Hasbro pulls a Spider-Man and reboots the series.  I have a feeling that someone like J.J. Abrams would do a great job with it, though two of his writers were the primary writers of Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The third film is written by the third part of the writing team from the second film.  Alone.  So who knows… Michael Bay fills us in on both the feel of the script for the third film, as well as his work to help out Haiti:

Hello everyone,

Busy scouting – Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C. for Transformers last week. Things are going well. The script is feeling very different from the other two. I ended my scout down in Miami this weekend to load my plane with 14 Florida Surgeons, specialists in various fields and flew them down to Haiti. We then returned with a planeload of a team of exhausted Miami Fire rescue. It is proving very difficult for these volunteers to get back home.

They say the news hardly gives the true scope of what really happened. They really feel about 500,000 probably died. One of the worst stories I heard from people down there – because of the huge lack of education in Haiti – when the earthquake struck – everyone ran inside buildings most likely to their graves. The state of Florida is really pulling their weight in this massive effort.

Michael

So, he’s scouted for locations in Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C.  Nice.  I live about 3 1/2 hours from both Chicago and Detroit, so even though I don’t think I’ll have time, I’d love to try to be an extra in the film, if he settles on it.  He did shoot in Detroit on the first film, and I think Washington D.C.  Not sure about Chicago, though.

One thing that I really loved about it, though: “The script is feeling very different from the other two.”  I hope this is different in a positive direction.  For example: focus more on the robots.  It’s called “Transformers.”  Not “Humans, with special guests, the Transformers!”  I have heard that they’re cutting it back to a movie about a boy and his robot, which is fine with me, so long as Bumblebee can speak this time around.  I’m also hoping that they take the time to actually build up the Autobot characters as well as the Decepticons.

I’d also appreciate a less vulgar film than the second one.  It’s based on toys for kids, it should be MARKETABLE toward kids.  A film that full of innuendo, cursing and all that is not.

I have to hand it to Michael Bay for helping with Haiti, though, regardless of his sense of humor and swearing habits.

You can see pictures from Michael Bay’s trip on his blog.

Conan’s Tearful Goodbye on his final Tonight Show

“There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at “Saturday Night Live,” “The Late Night Show,” and my brief run here on the “Tonight Show,” I have worked with NBC for over 20 years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways, but this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.

“Walking away from the “Tonight Show” is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult,” O’Brien continued. “This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting the “Tonight Show” and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.

“Finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the Internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational. To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. ”

“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere,” he concluded. “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

Good night Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. See you in September, Conan!

Conan O’Brien: A Total Class Act – “People of Earth”

Jay Leno should do the noble thing and quit.  Making the affiliates happy is not Conan’s problem, it falls on NBC.  The affiliates wanted one thing: programming that kept people watching until the news.  CLEARLY Leno isn’t that programming.  That fact should make it all the more clear to NBC that Leno isn’t what people want.  Putting him at 11:35 isn’t going to make the affiliates happy.  It’s going to make NBC look like a failure.  Good job, NBC.  You’re ruining yourself.  What becomes of the Tonight Show if Conan leaves?  Does Leno get it back?  That would be a nasty move on the part of both Jay Leno and NBC.  Conan’s put years of work into the Tonight Show, and I believe his run would have rivaled Johnny Carson’s in the end.  Now we’ll likely never know.

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