The Green Lantern

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With Dark Shadows set to hit theaters this weekend, Warners hosted a small Q&A this past Tuesday to highlight what will be composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton’s fourteenth film together. I am notorious for getting lost on studio lots (I once accidentally wandered into a background shot during the filming of Private Practice while looking for a screening room), but I was pleased (and relieved) when I arrived and realized this event was being held outside making it easy to find (although the long line of Elfman fans flanking the venue was also a pretty clear indicator). It was a nice change of pace to be outside on a warm afternoon and seemed to put everyone in a good mood. While the Q&A was moderated, the goal of the afternoon was primarily to open the floor up to the fans and have them ask the questions. This can be a precarious opportunity when the questions are unfiltered (and sometimes cringe worthy) as anyone who has attended a Q&A can attest to. However this afternoon the questions (save for a few – no, Oingo Boingo will not be getting back together) were incredibly thoughtful and interesting. Elfman noted that doing events like this are something he gladly takes time to do as he loves interacting with fans and this was clear as he took every question seriously and gave each person his undivided attention when answering. The event was also to commemorate the release of Elfman and Burton’s 25th Anniversary […]

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On January 11, 1991, the then-head of Disney studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg, circulated an incredibly important memo about the state of the movie industry and the products they were making. It was called, “The World is Changing: Some Thoughts on Our Business,” and it had a simple purpose: to locate the root of a growing problem and to take steps to avoid falling victim to it. Katzenberg began the memo by stating: “As we begin the new year, I strongly believe we are entering a period of great danger and even greater uncertainty. Events are unfolding within and without the movie industry that are extremely threatening to our studio.” As we begin a new year two decades after this memo was written, it’s critical to look back at the points Katzenberg made to see that his period of great danger is now our period of great danger, to note that the same events unfolding within and without the industry still threaten the entire studio system in 2012, and to predict our future based on the past.

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Amidst the pinky-out prestige of awards season sits the manic pixie of The People’s Choice Awards. Perhaps they can easily be dismissed by the cinephile crowd for not being nearly well-rounded or interesting enough, but looking at the nominees and the winners can provide a bird’s eye view into the abyss of mass-entertainment. With over 200 million votes cast, according to a press release, the winners included Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern, Adam Sandler‘s comedy and Bridesmaids. To put that into perspective, that’s a ridiculous amount of people. To really put it into perspective, it’s 7.6 million more people than the entire population of Brazil, and it’s 2/3rds the population of the United States. The giant, faceless wad of “the people” have made these their movie champions of 2011:

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Boiling Point

The Green Lantern movie has an uphill battle from the start. Why? Because it’s not starring Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, the X-Men, or anyone remotely near that level of recognition to the average viewer. The first question many may ask when hearing there is a Green Lantern movie is “Why?” The second is probably “What?” or possibly “Who?” I’m willing to give The Green Lantern the benefit of the doubt and not just because I have a huge man-crush on Ryan Reynolds. Well okay, yeah, mostly because of that. And so far, much of what we’ve seen looks pretty good. The trailer was fun. And the costume is… Well… Uh…

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The super hero news and pictures are falling from the sky like the black snow just before a Fire Nation attack, and it probably won’t end until four or five months after these movies have all come out. The next to send out a new image is The Green Lantern – and the production has provided a non-blurry look at the receding hairline and giant cranium that Peter Sarsgaard is sporting as Hector Hammond. Check it out for yourself:

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In August, I was fortunate enough to trade the heat of Arizona for the heat and humidity of Louisiana in order to visit the set of The Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, a ring that makes him powerful, Mark Strong, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. I can’t say much about the visit yet (because of the court order), and I wasn’t the only one there (which is why they added “conspiracy” to the charges), but the set visit did yield a ton of really cool information about the film, and FSR will be delivering it straight to your brain like no other site can. While you wait on pins and needles awaiting all that comic book goodness, check out these two pieces of concept art that you’ll only see here (and several other websites). They both feature the design of Oa – the planet where the Green Lantern Corps makes its headquarters – and they’re both worthy of hanging up on your wall next to your poster for The Last Starfighter: The Musical. Don’t let evil or these concept pieces escape your sight, and remember to click to make the images much, much bigger:

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Because it won’t be able to get a finished print ready in time that’s up to snuff, Warners has decided to show Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 of a 2 Part Series in glorious 2D. Apparently the smell of higher ticket prices wasn’t enough to motivate them. Is this one more sign that 3D doesn’t have quite the sway people claim it did? Probably. Is it another sign that the latest edition of the 3D fad will soon be over? Possibly. Does the release of this film and the next Potter the following summer signal the end of an era for Warners? Most definitely. To fill that gap, Warners is going to be pumping out at least 2 films based on DC Comics properties, starting with Green Lantern – the trailer for which you’ll be able to see, wait for it, in front of the 2D Deathly Hallows. It’s almost like they’ve got a long term plan over there at Warners that doesn’t simply involve sending Todd Phillips to Thailand with a case of booze and his Hangover stars.

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Ryan Reynolds last suited up for a superhero film in a red sleeveless shirt that left his arms cold enough to make him sarcastic about everything. The speculation was that, since Deadpool was one of the few bright spots of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds and the Merc with a Mouth would get their very own stand alone movie. It seemed like a foregone conclusion, especially considering the popularity of the character, but with Reynolds trading the red tank top for a green CGI body suit, it might leave Deadpool out in the cold. A Deadpool movie? Not if Green Lantern has anything to say about it.

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Hey! It’s that Green Lantern concept art all the cool kids seem to be talking about!

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we discuss the finer points of something or other.

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Quentin Tarantino turned down a chance to make The Green Lantern, but that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine how he would have made it.

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There’s an onslaught of DC adaptations coming down the pipeline – either finishing principal production or heading into it – and we’ve got a quick rundown on how to protect yourself.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we explore the seedy underbelly of Bruno, discuss fighting skeletons, and imagine a world where a Steven Spielberg-directed Musical exists.

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The die has been cast. And by die, I mean Ryan Reynolds – as Hal Jordan – for the forthcoming Green Lantern. Start freaking out positively or negatively….now.

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Who should be Hal Jordan?

We know the director, the story, and how realistic they want to make it. Now to whom should Martin Cambell and company give their ring of power?

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Green Lantern Concept Art

Our good friend Frosty at Collider caught up with Warner Bros. Chief Alan Horn this week at the premiere of Yes Man. And instead of asking him about Yes Man 2 (which we’re all hoping for), he asked about a bunch of silly superhero movies…

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Officially Cool

I may be $20 closer to the poor house, but at least everyone will know I’m a bum with style.

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