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What’s the best movie from the late 70’s that features light sabers, an enormous space fortress capable of annihilating entire planets, wisecracking robot sidekicks, and dogfights between interplanetary spaceships? If you said Star Wars, you’d be wrong! Leave it to the wacky Italians, always quick to exploit a popular trend, to rip off George Lucas’s cash cow resulting in a film so spectacularly cheesy that over 30 years later it has actually aged better than the film it emulates. That movie is of course is the insane 1978 sci-fi “epic” Star Crash, an infamously harebrained but entertaining-as-hell Star Wars knockoff that is Not available on DVD.
Like Star Wars, most of Star Crash is comprised of a string of Flash Gordon-inspired cliffhanger adventures. Caroline Munro stars as Stella Star, an intergalactic smuggler who, along with her alien companion Akton (Marjoe Gortner), is captured by some sort of galaxy-wide »
Back again for another highly opinionated -- some might even say downright cranky -- look at the week in fantasy. You've been warned! This Is Halloween, This Is Halloween! If it wasn't clear from all our Halloween coverage this week, I'm a real fan of the holiday. And if it wasn't clear from my article on how to make the "perfect" haunted house, I'm a real fan of haunted houses too. In fact, I'm reminded of the very confounding dilemma I had every year as a kid on Halloween: do I want to create and control an elaborate Halloween display for the trick-or-treaters who come to my house, or do I want to go out trick-or-treating myself? Experience the joy and satisfaction of creativity and self-expression -- or eat candy? It's a dilemma I still find myself wrestling with today as editor of TheTorchOnline.com: Do I want to interview »
So what does Eliza herself have to say about it? Is she in the running and would she play the part?
She told MTV: "People always talk about Wonder Woman, and as far as I've ever lived or been conscious of, there's been no project to be up for. So that's sort of an ... internet fantasy. »
- David Bentley
In My previous poll on here, I asked if you wanted to see a Wonder Woman movie - and the majority of you said yes.
Over the month the poll ran, the results remained fairly consistent: 69 per cent want a movie, 17 per cent don't and 14 per cent don't care.
There were 1,770 votes, which is lower than on some other polls I've had recently - indicating that perhaps Wonder Woman is not in everyone's minds right now - but it's not exactly a trivial number either.
The Wonder Woman animated DVD/Blu-ray (released in March in the Us, and in July in the UK) may have helped to raise the profile of the character out of total obscurity.
So are we going to see the Amazon princess on the big screen again and what's the right way to do it?
Problems And Solutions
Firstly, take a look at this video in which the TV presenter, »
- David Bentley
"There's other people much better suited to play Wonder Woman than me."
- David Bentley
In the grand history of Hollywood and comic books, is there any almost-casting as crazy as Sandra Bullock playing Wonder Woman? It’s definitely one of my favorite cringe-inducing rumors from once upon a time, so when I caught up with America’s Sweetheart recently at the red carpet premiere for her new romantic comedy “All About Steve,” I had to ask: How close did she really come earlier this decade to slipping on those bullet-proof bracelets?
“How many years ago was that?” laughed Bullock, who clearly has even less of an interest in playing Diana now than she did back then. “That’s been so dead.”
The reigning queen of rom-coms did admit, however, that at one point she thought briefly about hopping into the invisible jet. “I’m not Wonder Woman; I think even Lynda Carter said I was too old,” she laughed, citing TV’s most famous red, »
- Larry Carroll
by Savas Abadsidis
The popular FX sitcom "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was born as a low-budget pilot in 2005. The quirky cast of bar patrons who inhabit Paddy's Bar in South Philadelphia impressed network execs enough for a seven episode first season to be ordered, for an August 2005 premiere. Four years and four completed seasons later, the show is still going strong, with the fifth season premiere set for September 17. We got to sit down with "Sunny" star Kaitlin Olson at San Diego Comic-Con last week, who talks about what's next for the show and what she's been doing with her free time.
MTV: What’s going on in the fifth Season of Sunny?
Kaitlin Olson: What’s going on?! There’s so much going on—we tackle the economy this season—we take the economy head on. Charlie starts to market kitten mittens, and we do a lot »
- MTV Movies Team
Hundreds of people already think so, according to an online campaign.
A petition, signed by 456 people so far, says Regan is the perfect choice and deserves an audition for the role of the Amazon princess.
"Bridget is a very talented and well-rounded actress best known for her role on the TV series Legend of the Seeker.
"We feel that she has all the right qualities to give justice to the character of Wonder Woman."
The petition concludes: "All we are asking is to at least give Bridget Regan a screen test to see if she fits the necessary requirements to fulfill the role of Wonder Woman. We hope that you consider our »
- David Bentley
And Brit Friel wants to make sure she's considered too.
The Land of The Lost star tells People magazine she's been a fan since she was a child: "Everyone wanted to be Wonder Woman. I had Wonder Woman pyjamas."
But Dushku remains the favourite for the role, after Carter endorsed her in an interview with WENN.com, stating, "Eliza would make a great Wonder Woman." »
She topped a list of The 25 Women Who Shook Sci-Fi compiled by Totalscifionline.com, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, in second place, and Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) third.
Ripley first appeared in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), emerging as the sole survivor of the Nostromo's encounter with an acid-blooded xenomorph. The character was originally written as a male role before 20th Century Fox executive Alan Ladd Jr suggested they change the gender to make the protagonist stand out.
Matt McAllister, editor of Totalscifionline.com said: "Ripley is one of cinema's seminal characters. She is strong, »
- David Bentley
Wonder Woman sings! No, seriously. In the third season "Amazon Hot Wax" episode of the campy 70s series Wonder Woman, the title character, famously played by Lynda Carter, sang several songs from an album that the actress was releasing at the time. Flash forward thirty or so years, and the iconic beauty has finally found her way back into the recording studio with a new CD, the appropriately-titled At Last. Recently, we got a chance to chat with Lynda, who truly seems to have spent a few of the past decades on ageless Paradise Island, about her passion for music, her time in those very famous tights, and a possible role for her in a new Wonder Woman movie. TheTorchOnline: So it sounds like you've been in touch with the producers of the Wonder Woman movie, and it sounds like there is some progress. »
The Short Works Of…  is a semi-regular feature on Film Junk where we spotlight commercials, music videos and other short form work from a well-known director. With the recent release of the first trailer for District 9 , arguments over the talent and skill of director Neill Blomkamp have resurfaced across the blogosphere. Blomkamp is perhaps best known for the movie he never directed: Halo. Peter Jackson chose him to direct a blockbuster movie based on the popular video game franchise despite the fact that he had never directed a feature film. However, it is his short form work that landed him the job, so I figured it would be a good time to look back at his impressive resume and show why this guy is the real deal. Citroen Commercial: "Alive with Technology" You can't start a discussion about Neill Blomkamp's work without talking about this amazing car commercial, »
The speculation came out after director Joss Whedon was rumored to be in search of the cast for an upcoming movie outing for the superhero siren, originally played by Lynda Carter in the 1970s TV show. Megan was reportedly in the running to play the lead role.
However, she boldly stated that she would not get involved with the comic book adaptation. "She's lame. She flies around in an invisible jet, but she's not invisible. I don't get it," she said to FHM magazine.
In the other hand, singer/actress Beyonce Knowles had expressed her hope of becoming the first African-American Wonder Woman. However, she would face a stiff competition since Dannii Minogue was also reported to be interested in the role. »
With Green Lantern now a legitimate project that is going into production this year, and a Batman movie years away, Warner Bros. is hoping for another superhero movie and so have been listening to pitches the last few weeks in their search for screenwriters for the Wonder Woman project .
No word as to whether they will pick up Joss Whedon's script or use any of the two years he put into the project. Just remember, Warner Bros., Carter is ready to help "groom" your next Amazonian princess.
Link | Posted 3/17/2009 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
So after watching a horrible superhero film ("Super Capers"), my brain needed some good nutrition! So I picked up a copy of the new "Wonder Woman" animated DVD from DC comics.
DC has been releasing straight-to-video DVDs featuring the likes of Superman and Batman. I enjoyed .Superman: Doomsday,. .Justice League: The New Frontier,. and .Batman: Gotham Knight,. so I gave "Wonder Woman" a chance!
And I'm Glad I Did!
It's an origin story about Princess Diana and her invisible plane, and how she becomes the bridge between Paradise island, Themyscira, (female) and the new world (male).
The feminism tone may sound overhanded, but it's not! By the end of the film, you will clap and root for these Amazons, or as one woman character defines them "armored super models."
I Heart Camp! No, Not The Kind With Tents!
I have no taste. That's the general consensus from my friends, who are by turns bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by my obsession with camp, especially when it comes to films and 80's pop culture. Things came to a head last week when I invited some of them to a special screening in my house of the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man. For those unfamiliar with it, here's a clip of some the movie's greatest scenes. Enjoy!
"How'd it get burned? How'd it get burned? How did the Bees in my eyes get Burned?
There is absolutely nothing better than Nic Cage at his most spastic. The Wicker Man had Nic in full looney-tunes mode, along with the most unintentionally hilarious script to come along in many a moon. Plus it also had the great Ellen Burstyn looking like Braveheart's crazy grandma. »
Should a Wonder Woman movie ever come out, Lynda Carter would back Eliza Dushku as the Amazonian goddess. Carter, the Wonder Woman from the 1970s TV series, told WENN: "I've always liked Joss and Eliza would make a great Wonder Woman."
Carter, who also offered her services to help "groom" the next Wonder Woman, is referring to director Joss Whedon, who wrote a script for the movie in 2005 that he was slated to direct only to leave two years later for creative differences. In February's Maxim, Whedon clarified what really happened:
I have no idea the status of the movie and, honestly, I never did. I was told they were very anxious to make it. I wrote a script. I rewrote the story. And by the time I'd written the second script, they asked me...not to. They didn't tell me to leave, but they showed me the door and how pretty it was. »
- Ryan Gowland
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0 Chicago – Even though I once had a weekly comic book addiction, I was never a big Wonder Woman fan. Maybe it was a trapping of my gender, but I always tended toward books with male heroes like Superman, Batman, and The X-Men. Having said that, I can still respect what the team behind DC Universe’s latest film have accomplished with “Wonder Woman,” another installment in an increasingly intriguing series of straight-to-dvd movies.
When you tell a lot of people that an animated straight-to-dvd movie is worth their time, a lot of them glaze over, smile, and nod. Trust me. “Superman: Doomsday,” “Justice League: The New Frontier,” “Batman: Gotham Knight,” and, now, “Wonder Woman” would make for a better superhero marathon than most live-action blockbusters of men (or a woman) in tights. If I had to rank the four, “Ww” would be the lowest, but that’s largely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Lynda Carter has said that Eliza Dushku would be a perfect choice to play the role of Wonder Woman in a rumoured movie version of the story. Carter played the heroine on TV in the 1970s, while Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon was originally involved in a reimagining of the character for the big screen. However, Whedon since dropped out of the film and said that the producers had kept him "completely in the dark" when he worked on the project. Carter told WENN: "I've (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Carter, who played the iconic character on TV in the 1970s, insists the world needs a new Wonder Woman - and if reports suggesting director Joss Whedon is set to launch a new franchise with Dushku are correct, the original star would be thrilled.
She tells WENN, "I've always liked Joss, and Eliza would make a great Wonder Woman."
Carter has even offered her services to help groom the next Wonder Woman.
She adds, "People worry about, 'I really helped with this movie and I didn't get paid,' which I could care less about. People don't usually contact the original people to find things out because they're afraid of being sued claiming it was their idea. I hope if they make the movie it makes a bajillion (millions) dollars, which means they'll continue to make them." »
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