Hot on the heels of the trailer debut the other day, the site for Serenity has updated with a ton of material.
New stuff includes a photo gallery and a section of downloads, including a wallpaper that now graces my work PC. Gone is the all-but-abandoned blog, which is a shame. It appears Universal is determined to push people into their “Join the Browncoats” member registration site in order to get updates straight from the Joss’s mouth.
NevOn: Will Paris’ podcast have character?
Neville Hobson asks the $1,000 question: Does Paris’ podcast fall under the general heading of “character blog”?
I would think yes and I told him so in the comments so click on through to read the full post.
HOUSE OF WAX
Worst. Five minutes. Ever.
So I listened to Paris Hilton’s podcast which is (at least it’s supposed to be) part of the marketing push for her upcoming flick House of Wax. There’s only one problem: IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FRIGGIN’ MOVIE!
Here’s a quick run-down of the contents of Paris’ foray into podcasting:
- Goofy, science filmstrip-esque music a’la The Osbornes, complete with yapping dog.
- Paris’ opinions on David Letterman and the Ed Sullivan Theater. (He’s great and is super nice. It’s dingy. Now we know.)
- Paris complains about the hell that is a publicity tour. This is obviously because the rest of her life is overly stressful.
- She then leaves the microphone after 1:40 and we get a repeat of the kitchy music. Is that as long as she can sit still for?
- Audio of Paris cooing over her dog who is “so spoiled” and then she goes outside to meet her fans. Actually this is just her fans and paparazzi screaming “Paris! PARIS!!!!!” over and over again. This goes on for over a minute.
- More music.
A five-minute and two-secons podcast ladies and gentlemen, during which the movie this is ostensibly helping to promote gets mentioned once. Ultimately this is just part of the masturbatory relationship the media has with this woman-child. She loves to hear her own voice and see her face on TV/movie screens and the media is more than happy to allow her to exploit their resources since they lack for anything substantive to cover.
George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead – Yahoo! Movies Exclusive Trailer
A good portion of the trailer for Land of the Dead is committed to reminding people of George A. Romero’s previous movies, which doesn’t bode well in my mind for this one. It seems to me (just as it did for the Episode III teaser) that if you’re spending that much time on nostalgia then you’re obviously trying to prop up feelings for the new stuff by psychologically tying it to something already loved.
Really, what does Romero have to add to the genre nowadays? There are so many hacks doing horror (in fact I think that’s where they go when they can’t get other work) that the whole shooting match has been corrupted. Not that I don’t want a master like Romero to succeed, it’s just that he’s really got to create something outstanding to break through the clutter. Showing so much archival footage doesn’t make me think this is going to be anything special. Too bad.
Apple – Trailers – Batman Begins
Here’s the Apple Quicktime version of the fourth trailer for Batman Begins. While not quite as mysterious and moody as the previous ones it still rocks. Christian Bale’s line reading is just fantastic and the action is ramped up, meaning this is probably the one they’ll stick with in theaters (things go boom = large audience in the minds of trailer makers).
Apple – Trailers – Serenity – index
This just rocks.
The trailer for Joss Whedon’s Serenity has finally been released and lives up to just about all my expectations. There’s action, there’s humor and not a hint of contrived romance. I swear, if the movie is half as exciting as the trailer then this could be the best movie of the year.
For fans of the TV show we get dialogue that sounds so very familiar. (My favorite is Wash’s marttini-dry “Oh my God, Oh my God, we’re going to die” line.) We also get glimpses of the entire ensemble, with the focus of course being on Mal Reynolds and the mysterious River. Speaking of which, it looks like we get more of River instinctivly kicking ass, the way she did in War Stories. Plus, there’s a wicked cool shot of a Reaver.
For newcomers the trailer is presented free of backstory and looks basically like just another sci-fi action flick, albeit one that is probably ten times smarter than Resident Evil 2 or Alien Vs. Predator. (That’s not hard, though. Most one year olds would have their intelligence insulted by those two.) The basic plot is set up of a crew running from the law and guarding a fugitive while a bounty hunter comes after them.
I love how they managed to mesh the two goals here, appealing both to the broad audience as well as the fan base. My one concern about the movie: Do we hear the spaceships engine’s in space? The lack of engine noise was one of the things that set the TV show apart from just about everything else. There’s no noise in the vacumn of space, after all. It’s a minor quibble but I’d hate to see that particular conceit jettisoned.
The trailer is highly recommended.
XXX2: State of the Union
Just a day before opening I got an email from Sony reminding me that XXX2 opens tomorrow. When I went to the link above I saw that the site contains 10 minutes from the film you can view, hosted by MTV Overdrive.
As Tom at TheMediaDrop pointed out yesterday, the Overdrive site is only compatible with Internet Explorer and doesn’t work in Firefox (my browser of choice when I’m at home). Not only that, but going to the site and trying to view anything requires you to download a DRM certificate before you’re allowed to see anything.
The only thing worse than looking like a technological ludite is being a major studio that attaches itself to a technological ludite. There’s absolutely no excuse for any and all websites that expect any kind of visitor traffic to not be compatible not only with IE and Netscape Explorer but also Firefox and Opera. Making your site browser-specific is a great way to ensure not only that people don’t (or can’t) visit it but also that bad word or mouth (or, as I recently heard, bad word-of-mouse) is spread far and wide.
Hop on the Cluetrain. Now.
Sony has updated their site for Zathura with a “Meteor Shower” game. The game takes an awfully long time to load so I didn’t get a chance to play it. I can only assume, then, that this is different from the “Golden Shower” games to be found on other, umm, sites.
Superhero Hype! – The latest superhero movie news and rumors
Part of the promotional efforts for Batman Begins will include the “Batman Begins 400″ NASCAR Nextel Cup race June 19, four days after the movies’ opening.
This is a step beyond just sponsoring a car or driver, it’s taking over the entire friggin’ race. I’m sure the commercial bumpers will include Batman images and everything. Should be interesting to watch.