A big week for little news. Not little in the amount sense, but rather in nothing too extreme. TV, movies, and the internet itself all get news this week, from Wonder Woman to Lois Lane, Chuck Bartowski’s future, the internet in Kansas City, and a bunch of movies get delayed. Plus, one unconfirmed rumor and another confirmed one. And pictures too.
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The Mill: Confirmed and Unconfirmed Edition
Unconfirmed: Is this image on the left Martin Freeman as Bilbo on the set of The Hobbit?
It could be, but there hasn’t been anything confirmed. What’s cool about this? Well, beyond the fact that it is inherently clear that production is underway on the prequel, we also may have gotten a look at what the new Bilbo looks like. No big deal to some, interesting to others.
Confirmed: Time Bandits, that cult classic fantasy/scifi film, is getting a remake. I can hear the collective sighs and groans out there, but honestly, nothing is really safe from the “reboot” axe these days, so why are you surprised? IGN reports that Terry Gilliam hasn’t been able to make his own original movies lately, but apparently can get his older films remade. Ridiculous. On top of that, the film is supposedly set to be “a bigscreen kids action franchise.” Whatever that means. If memory serves, I didn’t really think of Time Bandits as necessarily a kids movie, but I could be wrong.
Superman gets his Lois Lane
It seems despite the relative failure of Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder is blazing along with his Superman Reboot. The iconic role of Lois Lane has been given to Amy Adams, and she joins Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent. The cast is turning out to be star studded. Still no confirmed word as to who will be playing the villain yet, but Adams seems fit to play The Daily Planet intrepid reporter, though Snyder has seemed place the timeline for this movie somewhere around Clark’s early days, so who knows how much of Lois we will get to see. Regardless, if Snyder can pull this one off, I think he may save his career.
Keeping up with the Bartowskis
If you’re not a fan of nice geek turned badass secret agent Chuck Bartowski yet, then you are most definitely missing out. The show is into its final stretch of the fourth season and we’ve seen some big changes for the Bartowski family in the past year, but we won’t ruin that for you here. So what’s next? Chris Fedak, co-creator and executive producer of the series spoke up at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) to let fans know of what was coming for the Bartowskis. For starters, Chuck’s Clark Kent persona will stay in tact, but he did mention that more people may be let in on Chuck’s little secret “in future seasons”. Future seasons? Does Fedak know something we don’t? Hopefully.
Beyond the Bartowskis, we’re also getting another look into Sarah’s life, but Fedak says not to hold for addressing too much more of that, in particular her mother. But, be on the look out for Gary Cole’s return soon, and the unending stream of guest stars, including the return of Linda Hamilton and Timothy Dalton. Lastly, the finale. This year, they’re going obvious titling it “Chuck versus The Cliffhanger”, and you guessed it, it’s a cliffhanger. Want to know about it? So would I, but Fedak kept it on the down low. For now, we’ll just have to enjoy the two episodes between now and then. Chuck me.
The Weinstein Company, the company behind Clerks II and The King’s Speech (two radically different films I know), has recently announced release dates for four of their films. Two of which are new, and two of which are delayed. So what are they? Our Idiot Brother and I Don’t Know How She Does It, two of the companies newer acquisitions are set to hit theaters August 26, and September 16 of this year respectively. On the delayed side, Apollo 18, that secret-moon-landing-alien flick has been pushed back from April 22, 2011 to January 6, 2012, almost half a year later. Why? No word, but presumably it is a post-production issue. The other delay was for Piranha 3DD, the sequel or whatever to Piranha has been pushed back two months from September 16 to November 23 of this year. So why is this news? Well, it’s good to be up to date on movie releases, and I’m sure there are some people out there looking forward to these films, I’m not sure if I count myself among them.
The recent buzz over the new Wonder Woman TV series and Adrianne Palicki playing the Amazonian was nothing compared to the hype over the costume design. In the image on the left, the original costume design is on the left and the new (and improved?) costume is on the right. Personally, the more subtle color and less shiny material makes the costume look better, and in terms of other superheroes these days, it fits in quite well. There was a lot of talk by fans who had seen the first costume and were not pleased at all, so back to the drawing board it went. Still, Palicki is no Lynda Carter, and the series has been in the works for awhile, I’m not sure if the costume is really the biggest concern here. So, fans of the DC goddess, what do you think?
Kansas City gets an upgrade
Speaking of upgrades…thanks to Google, Kansas City is getting an upgrade to their internet as a test of faster internet services. KC was selected after nearly 1,100 other cities vied for the same opportunity. Google plans to implement new internet hardware allowing for transfers up to 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to. If all goes well, Google’s new services will be offered in 2012. Who wouldn’t want to download 1 gigabyte of data in mere seconds? If you’re city was up for this opportunity, and I wish I had known because I would have totally fought for it, Google Vice President of Access Services Milo Medin apologized and affirmed that this is merely the start of the project and not the end. So when can I get my hands on this new Internet?