It’s Friday morning, so it’s time for the weekly roundup of blog posts and news blurbs. The post-Comic-Con slump has hit the media outlets, so things are a bit lighter this week, but there are still some quality posts to read and some interesting pieces of news to learn about. There’s a little TV talk, a new movie review, and word on the next young adult adventure novel to get adapted to the big screen.
So if you want to read about any of that, and especially if you want to figure out the title of this post, I suggest you read on for the Weekly Weblinks!
Paramount has remastered the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and released it on Blu-Ray. As part of the promotion, they ran two of the episodes in theatres for a special one night event. Alex Ryan Rhoades attended the event and gives his thoughts on the remastering.
Just how many faces can an actor have? Nostra at My Film Views explores this once a week with a look at the many roles taken by various actors. This week’s subject is Joe Pesci.
Have you seen any of those Disney Nature films they’ve put out in the last few years? You might not have known that this isn’t the first time that Disney has produced nature documentaries. Andy, of Andy Watches Movies, does a guest post for Forgotten Filmcast’s “Forgotten Disney” series, on White Wilderness, a film which somehow manages the paradoxical trick of being both forgotten and infamous at the same time.
Sherman Hemsley, who starred in The Jeffersons, All in the Family, and Amen, has sadly passed away at the age of 74. Rediscover the 80s has a nice tribute to this great comedic TV actor.
The Watch debuts this week, and Dan the Man has one of the first reviews of this comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade. Check out his review to see if the film is worth your time.
Minds Eye Pictures has set their sights on the next superhero to hit the big screen, and it’s not from Marvel or DC Comics. They’re planning a live-action adaptation of comic book character Captain Canuck, originally published by comely comics and recently reprinted by IDW. Arne Olsen, whose credits include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 and Cop and a Half, has been tapped to write the screenplay. The press release (in PDF format) can be found here.
Frank Pierson, who wrote Dog Day Afternoon, Cat Ballou, Cool Hand Luke and more, has passed away at the age of 87.
In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shooting tragedy, Warner Brothers has decided to delay their film Gangster Squad until January due to a scene involving gangsters shooting up a theatre. It is rumored they may cut the scene in question.
Chances are you haven’t heard of the novel Origin, or its 22-year-old author Jessica Khoury yet. The book isn’t even out until September. But Scott Steindorff, producer of The Lincoln Lawyer and Love in the Time of Cholera has heard of it, and has purchased the film rights. The story is reportedly about a 17-year-old girl named Pia who escapes from a compound in the Amazon, and seeks out the truth to her past.
Just For Fun:
TV Tropes is a site about all the tropes and cliches that get used in television, movies, literature, and everything else. It can be a fun and informative look at creative works and what goes into their plots. A word of warning, though: this is a wiki, and if you’re prone to wiki walking, you might just lose a few days at a time here.