Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Entertainment This Morning by Daniel Cho

The Hobbit: A while back the film rights to "The Hobbit", which is basically a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings", were obtained by New Line. Peter Jackson isn't too keen on the idea of directing the film, but hasn't ruled it out completely. "People ask if I'm going to do 'The Hobbit' as my next film, and the answer is no. I think when I'm done with this trilogy I'll need a break from this theme and move on. I'm not saying never, but certainly not immediately."

Batman: The Frightening: This is all a big, unconfirmed rumor (for now). Two writers turned in a first draft entitled "Batman: The Frightening" just before Christmas. The script sets up 'The Scarecrow' as the villain, and Batman fights alone (no Robin or Batgirl), although the roles of Alfred and Commissioner Gordon have been expanded. The script also depicts Batman as more of a detective than a superhero, and takes on a darker tone than any of the previous four films (especially Batman Forever and Batman and Robin) - more like the animated series.

This is definitely good news, if it's real. I love the animated series, and this is a step in the right direction for the franchise.

Smallville: Christopher Reeve will guest star as a brilliant scientist and "lend some guidance to a young Clark Kent". The episode will air in February.


Eight Legged Freaks 2: Producer Dean Devlin is in talks with David Arquette to star in and Ellory Elkayem to direct a sequel to the giant spider flick.

Did anyone other than me, Paul, and Dooj see that movie?

Kill Bill - teaser: This played before the showing of "Gangs of New York", and it's now online in Quicktime format. Perfect editing to the music, which, by the way, kicks ass.

We got this, the Matrix sequels, and "The Return of the King". It's gonna be a great year.

Cradle 2 the Grave - full trailer: Can Jet Li stop making movies with DMX? Please? Well, this actually looks fairly decent. But I've said that about every American Jet Li movie, and look how "decent" those turned out.

Tears of the Sun - full trailer: Navy Seals in Nigeria. Starring Bruce Willis. I bet Steve is drooling already.

One question: why are Nigerians speaking English to each other?

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