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Woke Up This Morning, What Did I See? Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 22, 2012 | Comments ()


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


5. Patsy and Edina Put the World on Alert for Their AbFab Olympic Special.

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To hell with lighting the torch, Patsy's cigarette needs fire. In between the athletic competitions you can tune in complete madness on BBC One Monday, July 23rd at 9:30 pm, or BBC America Wednesday, July 25 at 10 p.m. EST.


4. The Bourne Legacy Went to Great Lengths to Convince Us Jeremy Renner is an Action Hero.

Renner's a powerful, if not tiny package--but are we buying what he's selling? I still can't decide.


3. Hugh Bonneville Donned a Nifty Tee at the "Downton Abbey" Press Tour.

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Season 3 addition Shirley MacLaine claims that she and Maggie Smith "...were lovers in another life," and related this cute tale:

(Smith) told me that we had met 40 years ago backstage at the Oscars next to the catering table. And I was up for something, and there was this big chocolate cake on the catering table. And whatever I was up for, I lost, and somebody else won. And Maggie said, "You know what you did, dear? You tucked right into that chocolate cake and said, 'F--- it. I don't care if I'm thin ever again.'"

Not many details about the new season were discussed; Whited out for very minor spoilers: The Crawleys will suffer a financial crisis, Matthew and Mary travel a "rocky road" toward matrimony and beloved Bates' situation will be resolved. End Spoilers.


2. Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master Trailer Debuted.

After all that "drugged-out," bearded, quitting acting nonsense, Joaquin Phoenix is on a mission to make us respect him again. If he keeps this kind of thing up, it just may work.


1. We Got Our First Look at Zack Snyder's Man of Steel Teaser.

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If you ran out to see The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, you've already been treated to this beautiful trailer, but it's worth another look (or two).



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  • TheOriginalMRod

    Saw the Dark Knight Rises this weekend, and saw the Man of Steel trailer, and said, "that looks like the Thin Red Line."

  • ,

    Kinks. "Superman."

    Nice.

  • AudioSuede

    Jeremy Renner's film career thus far has been action hero material personified: A soldier in the Iraq War, a street tough, a spy, and a bow-wielding superhero.

    Since when are we not buying him as an action star? Remember that Matt Damon was Will Hunting to most people until he made the first Bourne. At least Renner's got some fighting chops on film already.

  • BWeaves

    AB FAB! Strangely enough, my husband likes Patsy and Eddy more than I do, and they're really not the sort of characters he normally likes.

  • rachel612

    To answer your mostly rhetorical question re: Jeremy Renner.

    No.

    People will still go to see The Bourne Legacy, but Jeremy Renner is to Matt Damon as George Lazenby is to Sean Connery. He will only make one Bourne.

  • My interest in Snyder's Superman started at just above ground level. Since then it's been driven deeper underground than a Morlock peadophile.

  • Fredo

    I might be the only person who prefers the Pa Kent version of that trailer over the Jor-El one.

    Yes, Superman is meant to be "The Symbol" but that doesn't work if he doesn't choose that/accept that/embrace that.

  • Wicked

    I think people are so enthralled with Jor-El voice over because it included one of the most important lines in the Superman storyline, written by Grant Morrison for All-Star Superman. Maybe its because those who know about that, its why they prefer it.

  • Maguita NYC

    I agree.
    There is also bigger meaning for the Pa Kent voice over: Superman wouldn't be Superman if he wasn't raised by Pa Kent (and Ma'). It is only befitting that the introduction be done by his adoptive father.

    Let's face it, there is always that possibility that he might have turned out a spoiled, rich entitled brat if raised by Jor-El.

  • superasente

    I'm with you. I hate all that voice-of-Jor-El crap. It totally robs Superman of his own drive and determination to do right.

  • Melissa

    I definitely agree. It seems like they cut the trailer for the Pa Kent V/O, especially with the butterfly in the chain part.

  • Lbeees

    Henry Cavill is about to become the superstar Ryan Reynolds wanted to be.

  • Maguita NYC

    I wouldn't say that just yet. If I remember correctly, people were saying the same thing about Ryan Reynolds when he got the role of Green Lantern instead of Cooper...
    And we know how well that movie turned out...

  • Lbeees

    Yeah everyone is always saying so-and-so is about to become "the next big thing" but in Cavill's case I truly believe it. Saw him on The Tudor's where he played second fiddle to Johnathan Rhys Meyer's King of England and he stole every goddamned scene.

    Plus, with Nolan producing Man of Steel I have a hell ofa lot more faith in the movie being awesome. But just my opinion! I am definitely rooting for Cavill. :)

  • Maguita NYC

    Hey, I'm rooting for him too! I think he is unbelievably hotter and more palatable than anything that had been mass-produced lately.

    I just think that we should wait a bit and see how the movie does. Because there was that much more hype for the Green Lantern, that turned out to be a bitter disappointment (in my POV).

    Plus, I like my men with their fur firmly planted on their chests (not back or ass though)!

  • googergieger

    Every time I tell one of the fellow gays I don't like AbFab they look at me like I just told them I'm secretly Rick Santorum who has been wearing a gay Mexican mask all these years. Then I tell them I like Kyle Minogue and all seems to be forgiven. Though all the hipsters that worship me lose a little of that respect/fear when I admit I like Kylie. Then I bring up my love for Kung Pow: Enter The Fist and my fondness for Kylie seems pretty alright by comparison. I call it building yourself up by building yourself down. It's kind of Zen in a way where it isn't at all.

    *lets himself out*

  • TheOtherGreg

    Superman? Most uninteresting superhero ever.
    1. Look at me discover my powers! I'm invulnerable!!
    2. Look at me:
    a. lose my powers, or;
    b. meet an enemy against whom my powers are useless
    3. Look at me overcome through determination and heart!

  • superasente

    If Superman has to get somewhere quickly, he flies. If Batman has to get somewhere quickly he flies. In a jet. If Superman has to lift something heavy he lifts it. If Batman has to lift something heavy he uses a suit of armor with steel-piston-driven hydraulics. Or sophisticated new anti-gravity leverage machines that he just invented cuz duh. If Superman get's shot, he's cool. If Batman gets shot, he's cool too. Even if it's in the face with a sniper-rifle. That like, JUST happened in Batman Inc. If Superman loses his powers he has to prove that he's still just as much of a hero without them, and still pretty much manages to kick ass and take names. Same thing for Batman, but without the utility belt.

    They're always going to encounter a struggle that challenges them and they're always going to overcome those challenges. It doesn't matter if they're near-omnipotent super-aliens or just really really rich. They're going to encounter challenges and they're going to overcome. They're going to use the same methods. They're going to have the same weaknesses. They all have some variation of the exact same abilities. Superman has X-Ray vision? Batman planted a tracking device on the dude. Either way they're going to discover the hidden base and kick up some shit.

    Just remember that. Superman can fly. But Batman owns a jet. After you realize the significance of that you'll never bitch about how boring Superman is again.

  • Maguita NYC

    Are you dissing the original superhero archetypal to all superheros?

  • Lbeees

    ...doesn't that kind of describe every super hero, ever? I mean, they all discover their 'powers', and then find themselves helpless against a stronger enemy. Otherwise it would be 2 1/2 hours of Spiderman hanging out in New York, taking pictures on Instagram.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Sure, except it's worse in the case of Superman - immensely strong, invulnerable, ridiculous.

  • dmm

    I am so looking forward to The Master. Regardless of the stunt he played, I've always loved Joaquin Phoenix as an actor and think he's one of the best of his generation. Add Philip Seymour Hoffman and make is a PT Anderson film, how could I not want to see this film. The slam on Scientology is just the icing on the cake for me.

  • zyronife

    "...Joaquin Phoenix is on a mission to make us respect him again...."

    Yeah, speaking of Mission Impossible...

  • Wicked

    Even though the Superman teaser did borrow the music, I have to admit that it works for me, especially when Jor-El(Russell Crowe) is speaking those lines. I dunno, maybe it's me but I think this movie is going to actually be good.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That The Master trailer leaves me confused, because I can't tell if it's supposed to be positive or negative about Scientology. Isn't Anderson himself a member? Why would he denigrate the "church"? And why should I watch a movie that glorifies it?

  • space_oddity

    Pretty certain he PTA isn't a member. Just like I'm pretty certain the movie is not a positive take on the Co$. That line about science vs. a cult makes it pretty clear. At the same time, I've seen the producers argue that it isn't even centrally about a new religion in the 1950s... but that may well be to quell objections.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't know where I heard or read that he was a member. Could be I was thinking of another director (no, it wasn't Haggis).

  • Arran

    A former member of the church read the script (though not the final version, so some stuff may have been toned down or changed since), and said The Master was "the biggest fictional middle finger" ever pointed in Scientology's direction.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

    WHICH JUST MAKES ME WANT TO SEE IT MORE.

  • Maguita NYC

    And let us not forget the continuous rumor that Anderson had shown Tom Cruise the movie first. You would be quite elated to know that Tom hated it, and asked for Anderson to shelve it.
    (And I truly meant shelve the movie, not Tommy).

  • Rooks

    What a strange combination in those Superman-trailers. Music from Lord of the Rings, the voices of both Robin Hoods and am I the only one who, for some reason, is reminded of X-Men by the visuals? (Must be the hitchhiking-scene.)

  • BWeaves

    Yes, I was also distracted by the LOTR's score. I hadn't even thought of the two Robin Hoods as co-fathers.

    I was just wondering why he has contrails coming out of his feet. Did he fart? The moisture needed to condense needs come from somewhere. Sweaty feet?

  • lonolove

    THANK YOU! I was kind of excited to see how this movie would turn out, but the teasers just bored me. I was mostly just distracted by the LotR score.

  • Skyler Durden

    I have been a Zach Snyder defender up until Sucker Punch, where he lost me. However, he might pull me back in after that Malick-esque Superman trailer.

    Also, I'm going to put this out there. Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill are the same person. Seriously, I cannot tell those fucking two apart.

  • Maguita NYC

    One is naturally hairier than the other, and by the lack of waxing, I would surmise quite proud of it too: Henry Cavill.

  • Maguita NYC

    The Master is looking better and better with every additional second to the trailer. The definition of science vs. the basis of cult and how "the only way to defend ourselves is to attack"... October is looking very good.

    Jeremy Renner, still cannot see him as a believable action-hero actor. Maybe the anti-hero, but never the front man. Mission Impossible was clear enough for me. Renner is better at playing second fiddle.

  • Pooter

    I would like to point out, gentle readers, that the Man of Steel trailer lifts an entire section of music from the LOTR soundtrack. Y'know, the part after Gandalf falls off the bridge of Khazad-Dum and everyone is sad.

    I SEE YOU, ZACK SNYDER. TRYING TO USE YOUR PAVLOVIAN TRICKS TO ASSOCIATE YOUR MOVIE WITH ANOTHER THAT IS PROBABLY MUCH BETTER!

    Thank you for your time.

  • Fredo

    It's still not as bad as Ridley Scott lifting the entire "Valhalla Prayer" music from Jerry Goldsmith out of The 13th Warrior to put into Kingdom of Heaven's knighting scene.

  • Sofia

    A lot of trailers borrow music from other films, mostly because the original score is not finished/100% approved. Keep in mind that this film won't be released until next year and all of the shots in the trailer (except the ones where he's flying) have no special effects or were shot against a green screen. This is what they had.

  • Maguita NYC

    Was wondering if that was Enya. For a moment, I thought it was the LOTR rebooted in sea-side, small-town America.

  • I just hate the stupidity of "You think Bourne was the best guy we had, JEREMY RENNER IS 10X BETTER THAN THE BEST GUY WE HAD. WE MESSED WITH HIS DNA AND STUFF."

    It just feels... kind of unnecessary to me.

  • annoyed

    So this is Hanna?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That's what I thought. That maybe Renner & Weisz run off to make a little Hanna.

  • fribbley

    "Messed with his DNA" is the new midichlorians.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yes! I totally agree. Why does he have the be the best? Can't he just be one of the guys in the program who managed to get a little bit lucky? Otherwise, the movie looks pretty good.

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