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I'm Begging to Drag You Down with Me to Kick the Last Nail In: Six Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | October 14, 2012 | Comments ()


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I find the Important Stuff so you don't have to.


6. Jerry Siegel's Daughter Wrote a Moving Letter to Superman Fans About Her Fight to Recover Her Father's Copyrights.

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As much as we love these comic and graphic novel movie and television adaptations, it's heartbreaking to read how writers are so often cut out of the profit picture. You can check out an interesting history of disputes between creators and the big comic houses/publishers here.

5. "The Walking Dead" Zombies Were Unable to Gain White House Access.

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AMC sent zombie minions to Washington to bring attention to Dish Network's refusal to carry "The Walking Dead" (due to an agreement stalemate between the cable outlet and the satellite company). But because the creatures failed to obtain the proper permits, park police refused to allow zombies to storm the Lincoln Memorial, and when they got too close to the White House, Secret Service agents questioned the group leader. "Eventually it was negotiated that the zombies would be allowed to march down Pennsylvannia Avenue, between the White House and Lafayette Square, so long as they stayed a car length away from either sidewalk, so as not to frighten the natives or the First Family. In no uncertain terms they were told if they took one step too close to either side of the street, that--zombie or no zombie--they would be arrested." ("Attica! Attica!")

Don't forget "The Walking Dead" returns to non-Dish customers 9 pm EST tonight on AMC, and come back tomorrow for TK's recap.


4. Marvel Released Thor: The Dark World Plot Details.

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In conjunction with announcing the film's release date of November 8, 2013, Disney and Marvel put out a brief summary: "Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all." (But who will save us from Natalie Portman?)


3. Director Joe Wright Set His Sights on Houdini.

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While Emo-team America carries on its fascination with the Vampiric Twi-Twats, I shall forever carry on mine: Magic. So I'm particularly delighted to hear that Wright (Hanna, Atonement) is interested in doing a biopic about the master, himself. Early reports say the film will be based on The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. Casting suggestions?


2. At New York City's Comic-Con, Marvel Announced Clark Greg Will Reprise His Role as Agent Phil Coulson for "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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*Avengers Spoiler Ahead--Swipe to read: Though he died on film, Agent Coulson is set to reappear in the pilot of Joss Whedon's ABC comic series. "We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show..." The showrunner and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also assured fans Coulson's appearance will not be Swipe to see: only a flashback. A nation squeed...

1. The Second Gangster Squad Trailer Dropped and By Gum, Sean Penn May Be on His Way to Another Oscar.

Okay, I know we've all been looking forward to this film because...Gosling! and Stone! and They're Reunited! and They Kiss! and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is directing, so we know it'll be Good! And I know we all Despise Sean Penn! He's such an Asshole! But holy mother of a monster, Dude practically jumps out of that trailer. I've got to give credit where credit is due and he could be up for acting the polar opposite to his last winning role (Harvey Milk).


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  • $27019454

    I have Pavlovian thing about Sean Penn: When I see that he's in a move, I slap my money down and see it. Even if he is showy and Lookamee sometimes (Dead Man Whining), for every one of those roles there is another 21 Grams and I can't stop myself...

  • AsdffAnon

    The Superman that Siegel created is not the Superman that we know and love today. Our Superman was created by countless creators working at DC over the decades. Siegel's children did not have a hand in that. Don't let them fool you into thinking their legal claims are motivated by anything other than greed and avarice. If they really wanted to to do right by the Man of Steel they wouldn't be trying to fleece the company that cares for him now.

  • Jezzer

    What did Natalie Portman do to attract withering scorn from Pajiba? I swear to God, there is no rhyme or reason to the people Pajibans choose to love and hate.

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    I can't speak for any overall anit-Portman vibe, but I specifically didn't appreciate the Jane Foster character in Thor. Which totally bummed me out, because on paper it was a smart, capable love interest. A freaking astrophysicist fercryinoutloud. So outside the realm of past damsel-in-distress tropes in comic book movies.

    And I was really disappointed that I just couldn't buy Portman as that character. She didn't sell SCIENCE!chick for me. On top of that, I really wasn't feeling the chemistry between her and Hemsworth. So for Thor, she kinda seems like dead weight.

    Maybe we can get a side movie where Loki and Darcy go on a cross country car trip and wacky hijinks ensue. With lots of tasers.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    I don't know, it's not that I hate Sean Penn, it's just the fact that I never forget that it is Sean Penn acting. Oh look, Sean Penn is on death row, or Sean Penn is learning disabled, or Sean Penn is heartbroken over the death of his daughter. He never gets lost in the role. The only time I really forgot it was him was when he played Harvey Milk. In Milk he wasn't just Sean Penn being gay, he was Harvey Milk. This, though I am excited about it, just looks like another Sean Penn is... film.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    That's exactly how I feel about Sean Penn. And Will Smith. Denzel Washington. Anybody who was in the Godfather movies after the 80s. Also Michael J Fox, but in a way that's endearing and awesome.

    ETA: And Robert Downey, Jr., of course, but that kinda goes without saying.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    Yeah, you make a really good point. None of them are character actors. There's just something about Sean Penn doing it that really gets my goat. Maybe it's cause he is so obnoxious or maybe cause it fails like he's trying to be a character actor and so clearly failing.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    See, for me I think Will Smith is the one that's always really bugged me. Mostly because we've seen him *really* act, but then at some point he decided he was going to mostly stop and play Will Smith in things.

    I don't care so much about it with Sean Penn because he comes across as kind of an asshole in real life and it makes it hard for me to care whether he gets good things. The only thing about it that bugs me is everyone still ends up thinking, "Wow, Sean Penn was so good in that every single movie he made," and I'm just all, like you, "Okay, if he was so good what's his character's name?" There's this hard-on for "performance" people have that seems to miss the point of really playing the character.

    Paradoxically, Daniel Day-Lewis is the kind of guy who somehow manages the trick of disappearing into his characters while simultaneously never letting me forget I'm watching Daniel Day-Lewis disappear into a character.

  • Bedewcrock

    This. I think Daniel Day-Lewis pulls it off because A. he is a phenomenal actor, B. he's a quirky and fairly warped motherf*$&er (see The Ballad of Jack & Rose), and C. his celebrity persona hasn't quite overshadowed his acting persona.

  • $27019454

    Agree about the fact that his personal life and persona never gets in the way of his playing a part. I also agree that he seems to be a warped motherfucker. But I'd like to add Oooo, Lalalala I'd like to get Cecil in a Vyse.

  • AudioSuede

    Not liking Natalie Portman is as eye-roll worthy as the weirdly negative Ryan Gosling comments in this thread.

    Jesus, people, what did these actors DO other than be awesome?

  • $27019454

    Ryan Gosling spoke. I think that's the problem.

  • AudioSuede

    It;s gard tio tyupe wiht my eyes rplling do gard

  • $27019454

    I'm summarizing what I think I am getting from the comments. Don't eye-roll the messenger, man.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Natalie has said some kind of eye-roll worthy things in real life, but nothing so egregious as to make her a snark target forever. I really like her as an actress.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Whereas my main gripe with her is that she appears to have stopped trying recently.

  • !

    Sorry but I'm in no way buying Emma Stone in this part. It's like she's desperately trying to channel Annette Bening in BUGSY and failing miserably.

  • Three_nineteen

    I just finished watching The Greatest Event in Television History.

    I am so happy right now.

    ETA: Just bought it on iTunes. It's mine forever now.

  • John G.

    I don't hate Sean Penn, and you're right. He comes right out of the screen with his raging gangster character.

  • Green Lantern

    I'm so conflicted on the Siegel lawsuit story. My understanding was that there was to be a settlement around 2008, until the Siegel lawyer stepped in and decided Warner Bros. could do better and continued pursuing more money.

    Frankly there have been so many twists and turns in the thing that I can't keep them all straight, but I will say that yes, Jerry and Joe DID get themselves taken advantage of as kids back in the day. That's what happens when naive kids enter the world of business, and why we have greater protections today...not to mention the development of artist/creator rights that simply did not exist when Jerry and Joe were in the business.

    I know Laura Siegel only wants "what's fair", but her mother, father, and his partner have well passed on. Now she seems to be fighting for money that will sustain her and her family, after (possibly) rejecting what seemed to be a decent, if not wonderful, settlement offer. I can't help but be a tad suspicious at her motives.

  • John G.

    I agree. I'm only getting one side of the story with that letter, and the use of superman in the beginning and end seems like a cheap ploy. On the other hand, Warner Brothers just made a billion dollars on The Dark Knight Rises in international box office. Maybe they could throw a little money to this family.

  • Gina

    So they're bringing Jane back? Isn't that going to be kind of forced after she had no part in "The Avengers"? I wonder how well they're going to handle this.

  • ghisent

    They actually had that little expository moment in the Avengers where Coulsen explained to Thor where she was, which was their way of telling us why the character was absent.

  • linnyloo

    From what little I know, Nat signed a contract for a certain number of films with Marvel, and they didn't want to blow their load on a limited cameo, so they held off showing her in the Avengers to save her for Thor.

  • Tinkerville

    I'd be a lot more excited about Thor if Jane Foster weren't so terribly written in the first one (and Darcy was just plain obnoxious). Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter was the only good love interest in all the Marvel movies.

  • Bandit

    I can't hate Sean Penn. The man is a phenomenal actor. That face should
    not allow a man to meld so effortlessly with the variety of characters
    Penn has taken on, but he does it with seeming ease. You don't even know
    you're watching Penn, you just get swept along with his characters.

    Ryan
    Gosling I do not get. That face does not match that body and none of it
    matches that voice. Every time he speaks in a movie, its like getting a
    big wet slap from a fish. It just jars you awake and out of the movie.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I agree about Gosling. It worked in "Drive" (the only thing I've seen him in), because he didn't talk much. But here, he's worse than Bruce Willis.

  • This. I also like that it's the fish doing the slapping instead of the more usual and pedestrian version where the fish is just an instrument of slapping.

  • kirbyjay

    I cannot get this visual out of my head.

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