Battlestar Galactica Will Live Beyond Caprica
Bryan Singer, who directed The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X2, and Valkyrie, has signed on to direct the big-screen BSG spinoff. Great news for fans, right? With one exception: Universal says the film version will be a "complete reimagination."
Verdict: I was late to the phenom, but became a fan quickly once I finally found it. (Come on, SciFi channel? Isn't that the one with Lexx? And don't get me started on that whole SyFy business.) The Caprica DVD didn't fill the void, and if anything deserves to jump from TV to the cineplex, this is it. But I'm a little worried about that "reimaginination." It couldn't be a musical . . . could it?
Jackman to Play P.T. Barnum in Musical
If you were one of those people who couldn't get enough of Hugh Jackman both dancing and prancing at the Oscars, your day is about to be made. As a direct outgrowth of that . . . performance, a musical for Fox called Showman is in the works, with Jackman as the circus pitchman and a part being written for his Oscars dance partner Anne Hathaway.
Verdict: I found the hammy musical bits anything but enchanting. But apparently Jackman's really sold on the idea; he's also forcing a remake of Carousel, which features the song "That Was a Real Nice Clambake." Yikes.
Wall Street 2: NASDAQ Boogaloo
Verdict: Try watching Wall Street again, and look at how uncomfortably dated it is; expect the same from the sequel. I'm thinking lots of Twitter references and T-Pain and Kelly Clarkson on the soundtrack. Timeless.
Stallone to be Awarded "Glory to the Filmmaker" Award
At the Venice Film Festival next month the Italian Stallion himself will take home the Jaeger LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. In a statement, the festival organizers said, "His is a cinema capable of tenderness even when dripping with blood."
Court Order Splits Superman in Half
On Wednesday, a Solomonic court ruling gave the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel the rights to the Man of Steel; at least, to parts, like the alien origin story, the costume, the Clark Kent alter-ego, and Lois Lane. But DC gets to keep the powers, kryptonite, Lex Luthor, and Jimmy Olsen. Seriously.
Verdict: Siegel and co-creator Joe Schuster, who died penniless after a second career drawing bondage comics, kind of got the short end of the stick, so it's good to see some belated justice. But for better or worse, it means that after 2013 the heirs can develop their own Superman movies and TV shows. Expect some pretty bad cashing in. Like, worse than Superman Returns cashing in.