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There's a New Whedon Film Out There, Just Waiting to be Watched: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | January 6, 2013 | Comments ()


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Stuff of the Utmost Importance!


5. Terry Gilliam's Short Film, The Wholly Family, Became Available Stateside.

Why it took so long to get here, who knows, but this delightful bit of surreality is well worth a watch. Though it was financed by a pasta company, "The Wholly Family" won Best Short at the European Film Awards (2011!). Gilliam's only restraints were its Naples location, and that no one should die. You'll have to watch, and decide whether he succeeded.


4. We Got Our First Peek at Concept Art and the Poster for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer.

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The gods have apparently heard us begging for more Science Fiction in film this year, and this could be a beauty. Directed by Joon-ho Bong (Mother, The Host), Snowpiercer is based on the graphic novel Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochetteg, and features an all-star cast as the last survivors of an Ice Age that wiped out most of humanity. The year is 2031 and those who remain live on a train, separated by class. We all know that won't sit well for long. Snowpiercer features one of our favorite alien/human hybrids (The Swinton) and was picked up by The Weinstein Company; it's expected to be released this summer.


3. I Discovered There's a Small-Budget Movie Written by Joss Whedon, Already Filmed, and Just Sitting Out There.

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A little film called In Your Eyes was filmed and headed into post-production, September 2012. And then...nothing. Directed by Brin Hill (Ball Don't Lie) and starring Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and Mark Feuerstein, the "timeless romance" is about a young couple physically separated, but with a deep mental connection. In Your Eyes was also executive produced by Whedon and produced by his wife, Kai Cole, but who knows when/if we'll se it.


2. The BBC Announced a Group of Well-Known Children's Authors Will Help Mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of "Doctor Who," with Original Stories About Each of the Eleven Regenerations.

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Starting January 23rd, the first eshort story will be released on the Doctor Who Facebook Page, and subsequently in a paperback collection of all the stories, November 2013. Beginning with William Hartnell (the First Doctor), stories by eleven famous authors (the first of whom will be revealed Monday, January 7th) will provide tribute to the Doctor's individual incarnations. Add the book to your must-have list, along with the Doctor Who stamp set being released this March.


1. HBO Released the First "Parade's End" Trailer.

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While Moffat continues his slow torture, we bide our time following the Cumberbatch wherever he may go (Hobbitland, The Final Frontier, but neigh, not War Horse), hoping he'll at least don a scarf. Perhaps this HBO/BBC miniseries (previously aired in the UK) can help get us through the long, cold winter, with five episodes airing over three nights this February. Based on four novels by Ford Madox Ford, "Parade's End" looks a bit like "Downton Abbey's" slutty cousin; set in Europe during World War I, Cumberbatch stars as aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, who is cheating on his socialite wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) with suffragette, Valentine (Adelaide Clemens). When Christopher is called to fight, Sylvia wastes no time trying to destroy both her husband and his lover. Pull up a straight-backed chair, un-crumple your hanky and crunch crumpets with me, starting February 26th.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) would not mind a Terry Gilliam dream intrusion.



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  • pfeiffer87

    The best thing about Parade's End is Rebecca Hall as Sylvia. She's awesome and a bitch. Just awesome.

  • annie

    Having had seen the beginning of Parade's End, Cumberbatch is pretty great (and very jowly) in it, but Rebecca Hall is a mothereffing winner in it.

  • BWeaves

    For a moment, I was hoping they were going to put together mini-episodes of the old Doctors. I just watched Luther, and Paul McGann still looks damn fine.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Paul McGann has a horrible smile: he looks like he is in pain. I am convinced it is what stood between him and greater success.

  • BWeaves

    Actually, I just read Paul McGann's Wiki page, and holy shit. I think THIS is what came between him and greater success (and also explains the "pain smile.")

    "In 1993, Paul McGann was cast as Richard Sharpe, the lead character in the Sharpe series of made-for-TV movies based on Bernard Cornwell's novels, however he injured his knee while playing football just days into filming Sharpe's Rifles in the Ukraine. He was replaced by Sean Bean and the role effectively kick-started Bean's career and is the one that he is most closely identified with. McGann's injury led to what was at the time the largest insurance settlement in British television history, a sum of £2,128,172"

    OK, that and "Lesbian Vampire Killers."

  • Guest

    Wow, yes please to Snowpiercer. Cannot wait.

  • just julie

    I enjoyed Parade's End.
    He looks quite attractive in a uniform and there is Cumbersex.

  • I remember hearing about the screenplay for "In Your Eyes" years ago, which is written by Joss. How the fuck did it just squirm out there?

  • Zirza

    Loved Parade's End. It's not so much Downton's slutty cousin as the highbrow one who went to art school and drinks gin tonics.

    However, Tietjens does mean boobies in Dutch.

  • BWeaves

    "However, Tietjens does mean boobies in Dutch."

    BWA-hahahaha. That is awesome. I wonder if anyone name Tietjens lives in the Grand Tetons?

  • Leelee

    I only find Cumberbatch attractive as Sherlock. At all other times he looks like a reptile without a jawline. But as Sherlock... I don't know what happens but I'm willing to take off my knickers as soon as he starts striding around in a long coat and ripping off a scarf.

    Do excuse me, I appear to be having a moment.

  • BWeaves

    I couldn't agree more! Blond Cumberbatch looks like melted Mathew Crawley.

  • Huxley

    I say no to blonde Cumberbatch it makes his face look washed out.

  • Nadine

    And with every passing day I continue not to understand the Cumberttraction. Just...none of it works for me, the 'acting' the 'looks', I don't get it at all.

    Hiddleston I get. Cumberbund...nada.

  • Candee

    For me, I don't get the Hiddleston thing. Totally get the Cumberbatch.

    But I've only ever seen Hiddleston in the Avengers.

  • TS

    I didn't get it that much (well apart from admiring his acting) till I saw him on stage in modern clothes and at a recording of a radio sitcom - much more attractive in person I'd say.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Neither.

  • Nadine

    It's not even that I think he's plain or boring looking. I find him actively unattractive, I feel like he has a strangely shaped jaw, he has weird colouring when his hair isn't died for Sherlock.

    I feel like his acting comes from that school of ' talking really quickly and occasionally being able to cry on camera but mostly just being able to exclaim! words! enthusiastically!like! Brilliant!'

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Cummberbatch looks scary there, it's like he's looking into my soul.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    I'm pretty sure he always looks like that.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    Cumberbatch is a good actor and all, but what piques my interest is that the miniseries is written by Tom Stoppard. His screenplay for Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina' was one of the most fascinating and innovative pieces of writing for a movie I've ever seen, so I will be keeping an eye out for this.

  • linnyloo

    First of all, LOVE Tom Stoppard as a playwright. Second, so very jealous you got to see Anna. It just wasn't playing anywhere in my area, and I want very badly to see it.

  • TS

    Parades End gets more bonkers the further in you get. Just go with it - the first episode is a bit odd but after that I found it got quite funny. I couldn't always work out if it was supposed to be funny but I think it was. Don't remember any scarves but if you like WWI uniforms you're in for a treat!

  • wojtek

    Snowpiercer sounds amazing, and pairs my utterly respectable Sunday Best love (Swinton) with my guilty back-alley brownbagged one (Evans). Oh God, please make it good.

  • googergieger

    Produced by Park Chan Wook's production company as well. Song Kang Ho is the greatest actor right now. So it should be pretty cocktastic.

  • Crumpets should not crunch, and Cumberbatch should not be blond. Other than that, this was the most interesting list of things I hadn't heard about yet!

  • Oh, no. Crumpets are best when cooked to have a crisp, dark golden edge. Then, you put lots of butter and Vegemite on them! Delicious!

  • Oh, the edges, certainly! Although I prefer mine with Devonshire cream or lemon curd.

  • I can certainly agree on the lemon curd. Well played.

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