Robots, Space, Ships, Aliens, and yes, Super Powers!
Dec 17, 2008 17:57
Here's a new banner that shows all of the Enterprise crew looking gritty and grayscale. Woo! Grayscale! It's bigger at the link. [MTV]
Land Of The Lost:
We've read a bunch of script pages, and the biggest surprise is that Ferrell is the straight man.
We start out with a scene where a future astronaut on a world with two moons gets chomped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Then we meet Rick Marshall (Ferrell), a scientist who's developed a theory of "quantum paleology." He claims that because time travel is possible, we'll never run out of fossil fuels. We first meet him on Anderson Cooper's CNN show, on a panel with Stephen Hawking and other science bigwigs. Marshall claims to have found a Hello Kitty keychain in an ancient fossil, and he's plugging his book, My Other Car Is A Time Machine. The other scientists, including Hawking, laugh at him, and he wigs out.
Four years later, Ferrell is stuck working as a park ranger at the La Brea Tar Pits, doing a crappy routine to amuse fifth graders. (Like he says, "Science can be hair raising" and touches a Van De Graaf generator, which gives him a giant shock that he feels in his groin.) The kids are mean to him, and accuse his mom of being a slutty cocksucker, and when he tries to get his own back, they burn him. Later, he gets into a fight with his boss, Abe, who says if he screws up this job, he'll be lucky to get a job in a dry-cleaning lab. He's stuck dickering with some woman over her parking validation.
Meanwhile, we also meet Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel) a sassy British scientist. Two of those fifth-graders spit in the tar pits which she's excavating, and she grabs them and almost tosses them in. And then it sounds like we get a slow-mo shot of her walking sexily out of the tar. She tries to get Marshall's attention, but he's busy being an oaf.
Jumping forward, Rick, Holly and Will all end up in the Land of the Lost. Holly ties her shirt at her midriff, and Will follows suit. Will keeps claiming that all of this is his property. And then they see three Pakuni, or ape people, carrying a tied-up ape-boy, who turns out to be Chaka. Holly starts analyzing their saggital crests and talking about Austrolopithecus, but Will says he won't allow her to ruin his big moment, because he's wanted to see Bigfoot forever. That leads to this great exchange:
WILL: I have waited my whole life to see the mighty Bigfoot. RICK: Are you touching yourself? HOLLY: (Gasps) Marshall! (The Pakuni throw Chaka down on a ceremonial stone and prepare to sacrifice him with a stone knife.) RICK: Oh my God! — (Excited) Tool construction! Tool construction! WILL: (Gesturing at his crotch.) Let's just be adults and call it an erection.Yes, I got excited.
They decide to save Chaka from the other Pakuni, but then the bumbling Will ruins everything by trying to scare them with the "power of fire." (A pocket lighter with an obscene sillhouette on it.) The Pakuni manage to get hold of Will's lighter and run off. The attempts to befriend Chaka don't go that well at first. Holly puts Chaka's hand on her chest and says her name, and Chaka takes the opportunity to grope her breast. Then Will takes the opportunity to grope Holly's breast as well. Then Rick tries to be more serious and treat Chaka's injury, and Chaka runs off.
Holly and Marshall say that they have to stop Enik, because with the "Pylons" at his command, he'll be invincible. At least they have the element of surprise — but no, because Will and Marshall sent Chaka to fetch Enik. And he shows up and acts evil. Enik taunts the skulls: "You're even whinier now than you were 300 million years ago, you know that? I'm glad I killed you." The skulls are all like, "Dude, that's harsh."
And then in the last scene, Rick and Holly are back at the Tar Pits, and a woman comes up to Rick asking about validation. (For her parking.) Ferrell says, "No thanks, I've found mine already." Rick leaves three real dinosaur eggs in the pits' dinosaur diorama, and says the best part is nobody will ever know what they have. He and Holly walk off, talking about investigating off-the-chart tachyon readings in Atlantic City. As they leave, a small boy notices one of the eggs is hatching. OMG! But it's not a dinosaur egg after all... it's a Sleestak egg. The end. [SpoilerTV-Movies]
The Thor movie is a huge, motherhonking massive epic saga, with a human story at its center, says director Kenneth Branagh. And he says the movie is about "one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures. There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way." [MTV] Alert: Women to love handymen phenomenon coming.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button:
Here's a new TV spot.
Eliza Dushku dropped a few more hints about what to expect from her character, Echo. She sings a capella in one episode, where she auditions to be a back-up singer for a big pop star. (She sings a gospel number.) And in another episode, she's a fancy business woman with an up-do. Meanwhile, Jane Espenson mentions she's writing the 11th episode of the season, out of 13 total. (Somehow I thought there were only nine? In any case, yay for Espenson script!) [Sci Fi Wire and Sci Fi Wire]
And apparently Espenson's episode is called "Briar Rose," and it features a deeply troubled 11 year old named Susan. [SpoilerTV]
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
Later this season, we'll finally learn what happened to Derek in that basement he got dragged into in the future, back in season one. And it sounds like it has something to do with the way Derek and Cameron know each other. And a big piece of the mystery will be revealed in the next couple of episodes (in February.) [TV Guide]
Episode 3x21, which is deep into the "Fugitives" storyline, features a brilliant technician, who's responsible for monitoring classified information. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a clip from season three, episode one. OMG do you think Latnok took Amanda? Or maybe she just went to the afterparty on her own. [Teaser-Trailer]
It’s hard to find a person who didn’t like 2012’s Dredd, a film that stands alongside RoboCop as the ultra-violent, dystopic film fans needed at the time, but a sequel to the movie hasn’t been forthcoming; in fact, over the past few years, the likelihood of a second outing for Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban’s chin has hovered around zero. Read more