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A less strenuous linkspam to start off the week
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Before we get to movie news: a few updates on the Norway situation.

@BreakingNews: Norwegian police revise death toll in Utoya youth camp massacre down to 68 from 86; @REUTERSFLASH: Norwegian police say at least 100,000 people take part in Oslo march in support of attack victims; Norway killer claims he had help; manifesto outlined plans to attack writers & lit professors; @krazycat/krazycat: New blog post: Oslo - reflection and tears. And from gryster:

Just a small message from Norway:

There was a march of roses in Oslo today. It is the most beautiful reaction I have ever seen. The actual marching bit was cancelled because there was SO MANY PEOPLE. People were asked to leave their roses all over the city, and they really did. All of downtown Oslo was just covered with roses.

There's a link here. There's a slideslow at the top, with pictures from all over the country. I just wanted to show you this, (and ask you to share it) because I'm guessing it won't necessarily be shown on American TV. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Movie news.

'Captain America' Crushes 'Harry Potter' At Box Office. Oh... snap.

The Best Clips and Trailers from This Year's Comic-Con.

First Look: Bradley Cooper as Lucifer in 'Paradise Lost' (Plus Panel Quotes and Concept Art from Comic-Con).

Your first look at Ghost Rider 2's flaming skull stuntman. Not shown: flaming urination.

First look at Judge Dredd shows who you won't be for Halloween in 2012. Poor Karl Urban.

The Battleship Poster Revealed. "Based on the Hasbro board game, the Peter Berg stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Hamish Linklater and is said to unfold as a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against an otherworldly force." As you do.

Film poster artists revive a dying craft. And they need to do something about that Battleship poster.

First Look at Gerard Butler in Potential Oscar Hopeful 'Machine Gun Preacher': "A film based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa. Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own."

A Second International Trailer for Clive Owen's 'Intruders.'

Two New Clips from 'Fright Night' Suggest McLovin Reads Too Much 'Twilight.' Also, because I know my audience, this:

Margin Call Trailer: All Star Cast Starts The Financial Crisis, by which they mean "an amazing cast that includes Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany and Penn Badgley."

Alternate Opening Sequence from 'Superman Returns' Unveiled, and apparently it's ten million dollars straight down the drain.

Warner Bros Hot For 'Arthur & Lancelot.' "The deal essentially squashed several other sword and the stone pics that Warner Bros was developing. That included Bryan Singer's remake of the 1981 John Boorman pic Excalibur, and the version that Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie had with Trainspotting scribe John Hodge." People, King Arthur was only seven years ago. I KNOW, I WAS THERE.

Dark Knight Rises Adds Stargate's Christopher Judge.

'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Aboard New Version Of Bonnie And Clyde Outlaw Tale. Perhaps more relevant to this readership, Burger also directed The Illusionist.

Hey look, James Franco to reprise role of "Hey look, it's James Franco on General Hospital" on General Hospital.

And finally, a movie I am guessing will be worthy of the Uwe Boll Slot: Dialogue: ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Star Rose McGowan Talks Marique’s Daddy Issues, Long Claws, Heavy Makeup.

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Those filmmakers know exactly what to show us to get people in the theater. Ten as a drunk, insane magician? CHECK.

to be fair, as ten he seems to be somewhat of a musician and at least once...banana dacqueries :D

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I'm so sick of superhero movies. I get it, I really do, but it's been like a deluge. More stories about regular people (maybe even some women, huh?) achieving extraordinary things to balance it out, please. I'm looking forward to both The Hobbit and The Hunger Games for that reason, in addition to being a fan of the source material.

It seems like there's a tiny chance that Paradise Lost might actually be pretty great, or at least entertainingly cracky.

I'm sick of superhero movies too...it seems the only one I was wanting to see was Thor. It would be good to see regular people...I haven't read the Hunger Games so I haven't been keeping on it too much.

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How's everything going over there?

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neither Judge nor any of the other SG-1 castmembers have gone on to do anything in movies, much less to have significant careers outside the Stargate universe at all.

Uh... Amanda Tapping in Sanctuary?

And I could probably find half a dozen movies Michael Shanks has been in without even trying--but oh, they're not big Hollywood movies, so I guess they don't count.

And, I mean, not SG-1, but Jason Momoa is having some success (now if he can just put a filter between his brain and his mouth...).

Beau Bridges? Don S. Davis? Corin Nemec? Claudia Black? Does it only count if they do something else after SG-1? Also, Richard Dean Anderson doesn't need to impress you, he's fucking Macguyver.

I just... really? And then he snarks about the SG-1 fans that are going to skewer him? Wow.

Not to mention, I was always under the impression that Judge wasn't doing acting stuff post-SG1 because he was trying to do other things. He always had a lot going on, not just his acting.

1. All right, Andrew Garfield. I still have no interest in watching this reboot, and the first-person stuff in the trailed was a GIANT NO, but... that was utterly charming and moving. Points to you, sir.

2. Poor Karl Urban, indeed. He really deserves to be in much better movies. Here's hoping that he's doing Judge Dredd because it's a fannish dream of his or something.

3. I still don't understand the BATTLESHIP movie. Like, I see words, but they just don't compute. Also, I tried to look at the poster, but the site keeps loading a blank screen where it should be. I assume that's a mercy.

4. So glad to see that Tennant is enjoying himself. Somebody cast him as Dr. Strange, NOW.

first and most important-
the walk of roses sounds really,really moving. and it's inspiring how the Norwegians are standing together to get up together and pull themselves back together after this horror.
(and i hope the one/ones responsible Rot)

now onto the fannish new-

i'm not too fazed by captain america putting Potter at number 2. Potter did amazing nationally, and there's no way Captain america is going to do Better than Potter internationally (or any movie for at least a couple of years)
so no biggie.

The Andrew Garfield as surprise guest spiderman made me Go AWWWWWW and felt warm fuzzies all over. I wasn't sure i'll watch the remake (considering i still remember Tobey McGuire as spiderman- since you know it wasn't that long ago)
but after such sencire love declaration for the character and what it has done for Garfield- I'm definitely checking it out.

i really dont understand the WHY of the battleship movie. i really dont
i understand with the game CLUE- that one had a million possible plots- but battleship?

even if the title kind of makes me doubtful- the premise for "machine gun preacher" has me VERY VERY interesting (i'm a sucker for real life stories) and i really like gerard butler and i think he can do moving, serious, meaningful roles well.

"frightnight" looks much more to me like a comedy on the plot of disturbia (the weird neighbor the protagonist tries to warn everyone about) but with vampires.

If just by the title- I really dont like the sound of Arthur and Lancelot. (if the want another brokeback mountain do it with original characters- dont drag ancient folklore into it- I mean the fan speculation over the show MERLIN is enough *and i bet they only do it because Merlin is the same age as arthur- not his well known Ancient wizard age*)

the neil burger thing grabbed my whole attention the second you mentioned "directed" and "The Illusionist" (by which i hope you mean the one with Edward Norton- which I LOVE that movie)

Re: so much stuff again

Homoerotic subtext between Arthur and Lancelot is hardly a new interpretation of the classic tales, though. Lancelot's early backstory of being obsessed with Arthur upon meeting him as a teenager and making his whole life thereafter about impressing the young king enough to be made one of his knights very easily reads as a crush, and therefore some critics interpret what later happened with Guinevere as a substitution (as Arthur's wife, she is Arthur's stand-in).

Marion Zimmer Bradley (whose retelling was not very traditional, I admit) ran with the idea that Lancelot was gay and in love with Arthur (who did not reciprocate) and that his obsession with Guinevere occurred because she was the only woman he could get it up for.

Even in the Once and Future King, which was a far more traditional Camelot story with a greater focus on the epic romance between Lancelot and Guinevere, their relationship is initially antagonistic because Lancelot is jealous that Guinevere is getting so much of Arthur's attention.

NGL. I teared up when I refreshed my LJ tab and saw that photo.

I hope DESPERATELY that classy movie posters are coming back. Photoshopped ones seem to have used up all the original ideas that were there for photoshop (for the most part) and they're starting to look all the same. I was so disappointed when Drew Struzan's poster for Cowboys and Aliens got vetoed, but I kind of understand because it showed the aliens. Although I heard his Captain America was getting used? But I haven't seen it anywhere...

Did Struzan actually do the old-fashionedy Captain America poster that was kicking around? It looked like something he might have done. But word was that it was a poster that was only produced for the cast and crew of the movie.

Totally unrelated to anything, I stopped by the Tonner booth at SDCC and got a coupon. Coupon code is SDCC2011 and worth 20% off and free shipping.

Thank you for posting about Norway. You are the only blogger I read regularly who has even acknowledged it.

Dear people that do headlines: I don't think "crushing" is really applicable when there's only a $20m difference and we're talking about HARRY FREAKING POTTER.

That being said, I enjoyed Harry Potter, but I think Cap was my favorite movie of the summer. I mean, I am super into comics, but I'm super into Harry Potter, too. Sorry, HP, but you don't have Howard Stark and Bucky Barnes.

Yeah, that mtv headline was really misleading - it wants you to think that Cap's opening weekend beat out the opening weekend of Harry Potter, not that it beat out HP's second weekend. I WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR TRICKSY SCHEMES MTV.

Exactly. And we don't know how much staying power they're each going to have yet. In a week or two, a lot of the midnight-showing fans of Harry Potter are going to go back to see the movie again, so I imagine it's going to keep performing nicely for a while.

King Arthur was seven years ago; CAMELOT was (aired & cancelled) on Starz THIS YEAR!

"Based on the Hasbro board game, the Peter Berg stars Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Hamish Linklater and is said to unfold as a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against an otherworldly force." As you do.

Rihanna? Also, how can you have a naval adventure over land?

David Tennant, I have never been more and less attracted to you at the same time.