Friday movie news tidbits: Werner Herzog’s upcoming SF/F flick, smackdown of critics’ smackdown of ‘Pirates,’ more
• Werner Herzog’s new sci-fi fantasy boldly goes into weird territory.
Instead of spending millions on Spielberg-style effects, Herzog went low tech and high geek. He spliced together documentary footage from NASA and the National Science Foundation’s US Antarctic Program. He created “characters” from documentary-style scenes with actual physicists and astronauts. But this being a Herzog film, the lyrical images are tempered by characteristic pessimism. “The film ends our illusions about intergalactic travel,” Herzog says bluntly. “We will not do it. We cannot manage it. It’s just too far.”
• David Poland distributes smack to soundalike major critics who smack Pirates of the Caribbean 2.
Write a 750 word essay on a movie that aspires to do no more than entertain, will inevitably be extremely popular, is too indulgent with its length, has an incredibly surprising performance that is no longer surprising, and has lots and lots of effects that the “Average Joe” will be amused and amazed by. Explain how offensive the idea of this movie is for half the essay before you actually deign to review the film.
• FX geeks take note: Bryan Singer talks about droolworthy gadgets he used on Superman Returns.
The director started off by convincing Warners that “Superman Returns” should be the first movie to use Sony and Panavision’s new 12.5 million-megapixel, single-chip Genesis digital camera, which enabled Singer to shoot lengthy takes in a retro visual style.
• Emmy noms indicate a wagonload of Western TV flicks to come…
TNT got in touch with Spielberg at DreamWorks, who said he always wanted to do an epic Western. TNT quickly said yes, not only because Spielberg promised to get heavily involved in the project but because some of TNT’s highest-rated original movies were Westerns such as two Tom Selleck pictures, “Crossfire Trail” and “Monte Walsh.”
Koonin said he’s convinced that the 16 nominations are proof that “Into the West” will have a long shelf life in schools as an accurate representation of some of the historical events that the miniseries covers. He said that Spielberg and the staff were sticklers for accuracy.
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