Editor | Peter Bowen
Posted July 28, 2008
How many sexy Jesuses does it take to promote a movie? According Eclipse Magazine, "The 2008 San Diego Comic Con was descended upon by a horde of roaming 'Sexy Jesus'." But Jesus was barely noticed among the other strange creatures walking the halls of Comic-Con this weekend. To get an idea of what you might have missed, here are a few photo galleries for you to peruse. Cinematical captures the glory of the costume ball, from a hot "rotten tomato" to a tomato rotten with bloody wounds. Wired.com focused more on what up wit geek fashion, from Star Wars leggings to scalp painting. Rotten Tomatoes previews all the many celebs on the red carpet including a terrified Steve Coogan surrounded by more Jesuses than you can shake a crucifix at. Fanboy.com got down there among the real fans and their fantasies. And the Washington Post captured not only the fans, the stars and the crazy scene, but also much of the swag.
Posted July 24, 2008
No less epic that any battle written about by Homer, COMIC-CON opens with waves of Geek troops descending on the indefensible San Diego Convention Center this weekend. And nearly every blog and periodical is poised to recount these Geek wars. Focus will be previewing Hamlet 2, which, while not properly geek, is in the neighborhood. As Focus Features' own James Schamus told Reuters "We always made movies that had a countercultural youth side to them, and we've always been closer to that kind of alternative, cutting-edge side of Comic-Con." Nikki Finke has Luke Y. Thompson covering the event from panel to polergeist. And the LA Times has minute-by-minute blog coverage from Geoff Boucher, Sheigh Crabtree and Jevon Phillips. To see it all--or rather to see in fragmented, confusing, and often hilarious video bits--go to YouTube's coverage. For more specialized coverage, follow Lyle Masaki's "This Week in Gay Geek," which explains the gay boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. (I won't tell you why; you'll have to find out for yourself). And EW.com gives lots of prep work from the 22 best comic book movies, the 22 worst, and Neil Gaiman's 10 favorite monsters. (Mine is cookie monster, which wasn't even on his list.)
Documentary for the Defense
Posted July 18, 2008
Sometimes a movie can make a difference. Errol Morris' 1988 The Thin Blue Line helped get Randall Adams off death row in Texas. Today the New York Times reports on another forensic film. Michael Cieply reports how Roman Polanski and his lawyer have requested the Los Angeles District Attorney's office to review Marina Zenovich's new documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. As we all remember in 1978 Roman Polanski was arrested and stood trial for the rape of a 13-year old girl. As shown in the documentary, mounting sentiment against him and biased maneuvering in the Judge's office, convinced Polanski the could not receive a fair trial and so he left the country and has been living in exile in Paris ever since. Fearing prosecution and imprisonment, Polanski has been unable to return, not even when he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for Best Director for The Pianist in 2002. Polanski's lawyer Douglas Dalton told the Times that "There could be a motion to dismiss based on prosecutorial misconduct." But at the moment, no one--not Polanski, nor the D.A.--is doing anything, except possibly watching documentaries.
Indiewire no longer Independent
Posted July 17, 2008
Congratulations to our friends at Indiewire. Independent film news site indieWIRE has been sold to SnagFilms. Where did I read this? Where else but on the Independent world's premiere news source - indieWIRE. Although figures were undisclosed, the same folks who make indieWIRE essential reading will live on. According to indieWIRE, "Eugene Hernandez, Editor in Chief and co-Founder of indieWIRE, will also become Editorial Vice President of SnagFilms, overseeing journalistic content on both sites. He will be assisted in this by his indieWIRE colleagues, Brian Brooks and James Israel, who will continue in the same functions after the acquisition."