Title animation from "Black Mirror"

British TV show “Black Mirror” creates horror from Twitter and YouTube tech

“Black Mirror” is the BBC’s answer to the old “Twilight Zone” series, but with a modern twist. “Mirror’s” tales turn on how technology twists our reality in truly horrific ways. Series creator Charlie Brooker told “The Guardian,”

If technology is a drug — and it does feel like a drug — then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area, between delight and discomfort is where ‘Black Mirror,’ my new drama series, is set. The black mirror of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor or a smartphone.

Take the first episode, “The National Anthem.” Continue Reading →

“National Lampoon’s Vacation” sequel posts family photo of the Griswolds

Chevy Chase, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswolds

Courtesy Warner Bros

Even though no one asked for another sequel to “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” somebody decided it’d be cool to make one focusing on young Rusty all grown up with a family of his own.

They even conned Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo into reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold. Though that’s not much of a stretch as they did the same for some Old Navy commercials back in 2012.

And yes, that is D’Angelo in the picture on the far right.

Seriously.

Now I’m confused about another thing. Continue Reading →

They said that? — Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Courtesy Sony Pictures

It was a very difficult call for Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli] to make. It was a very difficult call to receive. But one day I picked up the phone and they said, ‘We don’t know where we’re going with Bond.’ I said thank you. Then click. And that was it.

— Pierce Brosnan (my favorite Bond) on how he got the news that his license as James Bond had been revoked, from the documentary “Everything or Nothing”

Black Bolt the Inhuman replaces the X-Men

Marvel continues its FU crusade against Fox’s “X-Men”

The “Uncanny” Inhumans?

“Uncanny” was the word reserved for the X-Men characters. Until Marvel came up with the god-awful idea to put “All-New” in front of every title; kinda like the DC Comics “New 52” but dumber.

There’s been an unofficial official war between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox over the “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” properties. Marvel wants them back; Fox is milking them for all they’re worth. Continue Reading →

“Power Ranger” fan filmmaker explains film finance and why there’s no “Dredd 2”

As an executive producer (translation – the money guy), Adi Shankar has given us several interesting fan films, or “Bootleg Universe” films such as those featuring the Power Rangers and the Punisher.

He also exec produced several movies you may have seen like “The Grey,” “Lone Survivor” and “Dredd.”

In this video clip, he not only explains how film financing works for independents, he also explains why there isn’t (and probably won’t be) a sequel to the Karl Urban-starring “Dredd.”

No matter how good it was.

Subaru asks for a dirty meme with “Backseat Daughter” ad

Dear Subaru Forester marketing group:

Lots of things happen in the backseat of cars. Some of you have probably done them. You may be reading this while doing them right now.

And then you STILL make an ad about how a Subaru owner’s daughter “grew up” in the backseat of a car.

I can see where your idyllic (and naive) sensibilities would think this all innocent. A “Real America” kind of thing.

I assure you the memes from the REAL “Real America,” the one in which people have premarital sex, are already flying.

Seriously.

Just try and watch your ad without throwing in the line, “The backseat of my Subaru is where my daughter gave her first bj.”

I dare you.