Flesh for Fantasy: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week
Oh, the Important Stuff you’ll read!
5. Ben Wheatley Signed on to Direct J. G. Ballard’s High Rise.
The ABCs of Death and Sightseers director will take on Ballard’s tale of building denizens gone mad. Ballard’s 1975 novel centers on a self-contained city dwelling that has everything its occupants need, including a school and grocery. Isolated from the outside world, residents form separate classes and the inevitable infighting gives way to total chaos. Interestingly, the “Doctor Who” episode “Paradise Towers” was based on High Rise.
2. Emilia Clarke Talked Up Her Favorite “Game of Thrones” Season Three Scenes.
Remember that brilliant moment when Dany revealed the glory of her Valyrian, ordering the Unsullied to slay the slavers and Drogon to rain fire upon Kraznys? Of course you do; it was one of your favorite scenes…and one of Emilia’s too (even her brother was impressed) . As was the moment she unflinchingly and confidently rose naked from her bath to face Daario (“Second Sons”). You can read why, and watch the rest of Clarke’s favorite scenes here.
3. Rupert Grint Dropped Trou in the First CBGB Clip.
If you always wondered how Ron Weasley would look all grown up and wearing his best Billy Idol scowl, here’s a dream come true…with a little added cheek action. Grint stars as The Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, alongside Alan Rickman’s CBGB club owner, Hilly Kristal. CBGB also stars Johnny Galecki, Malin Åkerman and Freddy Rodríguez; it hits theaters October 11th.
4. A New Thor Preview Let Us Ogle the Brothers a Little Longer.
You know the drill people: we’re headed to The Dark World and all we really want is to see more Loki and Thor. Watch, drool and listen…
5. J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan Announced They’ll Remake Westworld for HBO.
Yes, it’s me—queen of the screams about reboots and do-overs, but this time I’m actually excited. If you’ve never seen Michael Crighton’s original, starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, do yourself a favor and check it out. Westworld imagines a future where people pay big bucks for a fantasy vacation in an adult theme park replete with androids who’ll do anything the customer wants. But you know these things never work out like they’re supposed to; somebody’s programming goes wonky and maybe instead of a blow-job, you get blown up. I love this film and it is so ripe for a proper retake; let’s hope Nolan and Abrams get it right.