Trailer: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe first trailer is out for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on James Thurber’s classic short story of the same name, which is directed by and stars Ben Stiller and will be in theaters at Christmas. Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn also star. This looks very shiny, but at the same time, it struck me that this trailer would come across as completely inexplicable to anyone who hadn’t read the story, which is an interesting choice. I was expecting a heavy-handed voiceover, and I’m glad that’s not happening (at least in the trailer), but I’m curious to see how successful they are with this approach.

Harvey Weinstein & Disney Teaming Up for Artemis Fowl Movie

In retrospect, it’s kind of surprising that there hasn’t already been a movie based on the Artemis Fowl novels by Eoin Colfer, but that situation may be ending soon! Harvey Weinstein and Disney are working on an adaptation. Here’s a description from the press release as quoted at The Mary Sue:

Artemis Fowl is about a 12-year-old Artemis who is a millionaire, a genius – and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit) to harness her magic to save his family. These aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories – they’re dangerous.

And head over to The Dissolve to read about the unlikeliness of the Weinstein/Disney team.

Arrow Plans The Flash Spinoff

The FlashAt TCA yesterday, the CW announced that they have a potential The Flash spinoff in the works, and Arrow executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns did a conference call with reporters to elaborate. You can read all about it over at Give Me My Remote. Here’s a taste:

“It really started with [ARROW executive producer] Greg Berlanti,” ARROW executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told reporters on a conference call this afternoon. “The Flash was his favorite character as a kid growing up, and he’s obviously been a strong, personal favorite of [ARROW executive producer] Geoff [Johns] and mine. So when Greg approached us one day and said, ‘What do you think if we did Flash as a spinoff?,’ all of us lit up. Despite the fact that he has super powers, there’s something very relatable about Barry of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident; he’s not a god, he’s not an alien. He wasn’t seeking this out, it came to him. So his reaction to that feels very human and grounded…Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul, and Barry is not. I think it’ll be fun…to see these two characters together, because they both have distinctly different world views, while deeply caring about right and wrong.”

Anyone into this idea? Who would you like to see cast?

3 TV Spots for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersI just saw one of these Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters TV spots on TV – I know! Actually on TV, before I saw it online! – and realized I don’t think I’ve posted any of them, so let’s catch up! The movie, based on the novel by Rick Riordan, will be in theaters in just over a week, on August 7th.




Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

As I mentioned in February, Neil Gaiman’s new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane is already in development for the big screen, so I decided to give it a look. In brief, it’s about a man who goes back to his childhood home in England, visits a neighbor, and remembers some mostly forgotten childhood memories of some magical and horrifying events.

I know Gaiman has a lot of fans, and I’ve talked to many people who really loved this novel in particular, but I think it just wasn’t for me. There were some moments and images I liked, but as a whole, I couldn’t really buy into the story. The writing felt showy and self-conscious to me, and I felt like the author needed to get out of his own way and let the book be about the story rather than the storyteller. It did remind me a bit of A Wrinkle in Time and The Changeover, but I thought those both did a better job with the “child finds powerful superhuman beings in the back garden” idea, mostly because the characters in that story felt more like actual people rather than constructs, so I was much more invested.

I’ll be curious to see how this movie comes out, because I’m afraid that some of the horrifying and/or awe-inspiring moments in the book would be rendered cartoonish on screen. And a lot will depend on the young actor they find to play the main character – it would be way too easy to make him obnoxiously precocious or twee. I almost feel like an actual, serious animated movie would have a better chance of getting this one right, but so far as I know, that’s not what’s happening.

Anyone else read this one? Want to share why (if) you loved it and how I just don’t get it? Hit the comments!

New Trailer: Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & JulietVia MTV, we have a new trailer for Julian Fellowes’s version of Romeo & Juliet, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, and more. It’s very pretty, but mostly just makes me want to shake the characters. You met two days ago! Not worth dying over! Ahem. Anyway. Here it is!

Witches of East End to Premiere October 6

Lifetime announced at TCA that their new series Witches of East End, based on the novels by Melissa de la Cruz, will premiere on Sunday, October 6th, and TV Guide talked to executive producer Maggie Friedman about how the show will differ from the books:

But the show will stray from the Melissa de la Cruz-written book on which the series is based. “It is a little bit different,” Friedman said. “The Wendy character is brand-new and she’s very dear to my heart. She’s that crazy aunt that we all either have or wish that we had. Another big difference with the book is that when we begin, the girls don’t know what they are.” Instead, Friedman said, it’ll be about seeing them learn who and what they are.

Click through to the article to read more about the characters.

CBS Renews Under the Dome

Under the DomeThe CBS executive session is happening at TCA press tour right now, and it’s being widely reported on Twitter that the network has announced an official renewal for Under the Dome. The second season will air next summer and Stephen King will write the premiere. Ah, here’s the tweet from the official account:

And honestly, my main question is . . . why? And HOW IS THIS SHOW SO BORING?

UPDATE: Here’s the press release.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Clip Featuring Stanley Tucci

Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersThe August 16th release date for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is getting closer, so more and more goodies are appearing! This clip, from MTV, features Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson along with a first look at the always-delightful Stanley Tucci’s character in the movie. It also explains a bit about the characters’ goals this time around. “You wanna go on a quest! Oh! It must be Thursday.” Heh.