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'Star Trek 2': Casting Khan...why couldn't it be a woman?

Oh, how the internets loves its casting rumors. Today, the nugget that caught my eye came from comingsoon.net, who not only floated the idea of Khan Noonien Singh being the villain in the next Star Trek flick, but that — “if they started filming today” — Lost‘s Nestor Carbonell would be the deep-sleeping warlord who harries Kirk and Co.

Of course, they aren’t filming today, and comingsoon.net admitted as much, but it got me thinking: If they are gonna do Khan — and I’m not convinced they should — who should play the part?

My answer: a woman. READ FULL STORY

'Dollhouse' canceled: Are we peeved or pleased by this development?

dollhouse_lIt seems that, sometimes, no matter how smart, how full of ideas, how fun a thing may be, it will still outlive it’s usefulness to the people who run the show. Heck, if beer can have an expiration date, so can everything else. And so the day that all Joss Whedon fans knew would come has arrived: Dollhouse has been canceled by Fox. Apparently, they’ll air the balance of the 13-episode order and, most likely, shuttle it to DVD as quick as possible.

It’s not a surprise, really, given how anemic the ratings have been — the real surprise was that the Eliza Dushku mind-wiping show got a second season in the first place. And it’s not a surprise to anyone who knows Whedon’s history with Fox, the same network that gunned down Firefly after airing as many episodes as you can count on two hands. The writing has been on the wall for almost as long as there’s been a wall.

From where I sit, there are two ways to feel about this: READ FULL STORY

'Pulp Fiction' music mashup masterpiece: A bad motherf--ing clip

I’m filing this in two places: 1) Incredibly awesome and 2) thing I will never have the time to try and do.

Is that not the coolest thing you’ve seen all day, or what? I want someone to do that with The Empire Strikes Back. (Not me, of course, because I’m busy with that thing I’ve got to get back to doing. Right. Carry on.)

New 'Avatar' trailer: Coming into explosive focus

Avatar has been a hard film to wrestle with. When those first looks at this winter’s 3-D spectacular-spectacular dropped a couple of months ago — the teaser trailer and Fox’s Avatar Day — the footage was met with either huzzahs or harrumphs. James Cameron’s return to sci-fi filmmaking is so eagerly anticipated that everyone pounced on the first morsels of Pandorian goodness, trying to process it in one large bite, myself included.

Now that we know, to a certain degree, what we’re in for — blue aliens on a lush world doing battle with humans with big guns — it’s possible to take in the newest trailer and make some more reasoned judgments. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon's 'Green Zone': Bad title, awesome trailer

I’ve never been in a war’s green zone myself, and on first blush, this title made me think of either a lame sports term or a superheroic recycling initiative. But I do know that the trailer for this au courant thriller from the boys behind the two best Bourne films, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, is full of kick-ass (trailer embedded after the jump).

We’ve got Damon as an army warrant officer in a battle-vest, Amy Ryan as a hardened reporter, Greg Kinnear as a government jerkwad, Brendan Gleeson as Rambo‘s Col. Trautman (a.k.a., the dude who tells the people after an on-the-lam Damon,”You have no idea who you’re dealing with here”) — man, sign me up. Greengrass has yet to make a bad film, and Damon is rapidly becoming the only star in Hollywood who can convincingly do real-world action. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Scaring Claire, killing time, and drinking the bad man away

heroes_lComic book writer Warren Ellis once had a character offer the following truism: “Do you know what twenty superhumans working in concert are capable of? Given a day, twenty superhumans could destroy all life on Earth.” Which makes the superhumans of Heroes feel like the biggest underachievers ever.

Because when they could be, oh I dunno, dominating mankind — or, conversely, helping them — they’re scaring sorority girls, drinking to excess, or running a carnival recruitment drive. I’m just saying, these superbeings have set the bar awfully low. READ FULL STORY

Batman and Neil Patrick Harris: Making sweet superhero music together?

What happens to the picked on choir-kid who discovers that his voice can hypnotize folks into do whatever he wants? Well, villainy, of course. Bouncy, toe-tappy villainy. In tonight’s episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Dark Knight does battle with such a grown-up fiend, the somewhat-goofily named Music Meister. And what makes this episode of the Cartoon Network’s already fun Bat-show noteworthy was that Neil Patrick Harris — he of How I Met Your Mother and Dr. Horrible fame — lent his precisely pitched pipes to the role.

It’s been said that in musicals, the song-and-dance numbers are the equivalent of action scenes in action movies. The weirdness of “Mayhem of the Music Meister” is that the music actually slows down the action: The story pauses while, for example, Black Canary (Grey Delisle) sings a torch song for Batman (with lyrics like “If only he could love me/like he loves fighting villainy”). The songs are fun — and NPH sings them out of the park — and it’s a perfect time to try this kind of musical experiment, in the wake of Dr. Horrible and the current mania over Glee. But, ultimately, it’s not a successful experiment. The songs and the superheroism don’t quite gel here as well as they should. Plus, Batman should never, ever sing. I don’t care how good his Bat-Auto-Tune gadget is.

'Ghost in the Shell': We need more heady hot-cyborg-cop movies

The news today that Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis has been retained to work on DreamWorks’ live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, to eventually be projected in 3D, feels like it’s coming from the “what’s taking so long” department. The property, based on Masamune Shirow’s comic book, is a dense, heady odyssey into a world where people can download their souls into cybernetic bodies known as “shells.”┬áIt follows a similarly enhanced female police detective who — while tracking the first naturally evolving artificial intelligence — begins to wonder how much human she’s got left in her metal chassis. And this wouldn’t be the first time it’s been adapted: READ FULL STORY

'The Prisoner' trailer: Ian McKellen makes it all better

The original Prisoner — created by and starring Patrick McGoohan — was a brilliant, heady 1960s spy-fi concoction that defied expectation: It followed a secret agent known only as Number Six who’s exiled to a mysterious “village” that he tries vainly to escape from, and held in check by a series of minders who thwart him in various ways. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' recap: Hiro finds purpose and Sylar looks for the man in the mirrors

This week’s episode wasn’t bad at all, for the simple reason that — like last week’s installment — it sort of underscored one of the larger problems of Heroes itself. (How’s that for a backhanded compliment?)

This time out, Heroes sorta figured out what to do with Hiro. Because for the past four seasons, Hiro has been a character without a purpose. If you’ll think back to the first season, you’ll remember that Hiro began as a flighty, superpowered, ex-wage slave who — thanks to a mentor-encounter with his darker, futuristic self — embraced his destiny and set out on the path to save the cheerleader and with her, NBC’s ratings. READ FULL STORY

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