The net is abuzz with Joss Whedon's proclamation that there will be no Serenity sequel. Except ... that's not quite what he said. He said there's no movie in the works, and that in follow-up comments said it was unlikely unless a studio asked for it ... but that's a bit different from saying we'll never see Serenity again.
Personally, I've accepted this. Serenity was a good capstone for the series, and while there are still unanswered questions I'd love to see answered (what was the deal with Book anyway? And those blue-handed assassins?) I can live with the fact that I've got 13 episodes and one movie to remember the series by.
CNN/AP is reporting that an animated television series based during the "Clone Wars" time period of the Star Wars universe could be on the air as early as next year. It quotes George Lucas, who says that it would follow Anakin and Obi-Wan's adventures, as was the case with the earlier Clone Wars microseries on Cartoon Network.
Movie geeks can film their way to cinematic glory with the first-ever Dungeons & Dragons Fan Film Contest. The film contest is seeking 5-minute video segments dealing with D&D, with the winner receiving video editing equipment, a computer and a boatload of D&D stuff.
The deadline is September 1, 2006, which is unfortunate given that I only just heard about it in this month's Dragon, and I haven't heard a peep about it on any of the online forums, blogs and news sites I subscribe to. My friends and I have been kicking around some video projects tied to our group's 10th anniversary, and while I don't know if we'd enter anything, having a little more heads up would have been nice.
Wired looks at the men (and women) obsessed with Prince Leia's golden bikini from Return of the Jedi. Writer Philip Chien interviews the bikini's designer, Aggie Guerard Rodgers, who offers some advice to women thinking of crafting their own. You can find more fan takes on the famous desert swimwear at the fan site Leia's Metal Bikini.
I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, but CNN has an interview with Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon that discusses their respective new (at the time) movies MirrorMask and Serenity. They spend considerable time talking about geek culture and its intersections (and occasional absorption by) the mainstream.
Here's an excerpt, where they talk about their fans self-identifying as geeks and nerds:
Neil Gaiman: I think the fan base is literate. You need to be reasonably bright to get the jokes and to really follow what's going on. That, by definition, is going to exclude a lot of people who will then get rather irritated at us for being pretentious and silly and putting in things they didn't quite get. But it's also going to mean that some of the people who do get the stuff will probably be fairly bright.
Jeremy Lott writes about conservative reactions to Superman Returns, who are upset that Superman no longer stands for truth, justice and the American Way. Their logic is that since the editor of the Daily Planet replaced "the American Way" with "all that stuff", the movie itself rejects America despite the fact -- as Lott points out -- that Superman's primary task in the movie is to save America.
This film has problems, including the Man of Steel's sudden ability to throw mountains of kryptonite into orbit, but anti-Americanism is not one of them.
Historically I've ignored video blogs as I almost always have more time to listen to shows than watch them. That changed when Lucas was born, and I now find myself up at 3 a.m. with nothing but bad infomercials and reruns of SportsCenter to keep me company. Yes, yes, I know there's Tivo, but we don't have it and won't be getting it anytime soon.
So instead of staring absently at the walls as Lucas chugs down another bottle, I thought I'd look around the vlog scene and see what's around. Except I have no idea where to start; unlike podcasts there don't seem to be a ton of sites aimed at getting people to the vlogs.
When Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns, I couldn't help but feel a little dread. The first X-movie got off to an uneven start (mutagenic wave? killing off Senator Kelly?) but was ultimately satisfying. X-Men 2 succeeded on all fronts, evoking the comic books, introducing new characters, and telling a satisfying story.
And now we have X-Men: The Final Stand, a movie which struggles mightily with an ever-larger cast and myriad plots meant to satisfy diehard fans and newbies alike. Unfortunately, the plots and the characters caught up in them never managing to gel cohesively, ending with a movie that's the cinematic equivalent of one of veteran X-scribe Chris Claremont's rambling, multi-year, never-quite-explained plots.