Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday Odds & Ends: Heroes, Twilight, 2012 and WoW therapists

+ There's a new 3 1/2 minute preview for the upcoming series of "Heroes," subtitled "Road to Redemption." It looks like this:

+ Say you're having a perfectly good day and you have nothing to worry about. Well, the new @AsteroidWatch at Twitter can fix that for you. Follow @AsteroidWatch and they'll let you know anytime a large heavenly body is careening toward Earth. (That is not a fat joke.) I assume their site will be sponsored by Xanax.

+ Uh oh, there's been a casting shake-up on the new "Twilight" movie with the role of Victoria. Rachelle Lefevre got the glittery boot and has been replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard.

+ Aint It Cool has an interview with "Independence Day" producer Roland Emmerich about his new film, "2012," a small, quiet, character-driven film about the intricacies of the Mayan calendar. And when I say "small" and "quiet," I of course mean "it will make your ears bleed." I saw the preview before "Harry Potter" the other night and seriously, it has the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier crashing into The White House during a tsunami. I'm serious. And yes, I will be seeing it.

+ Beware, the next time you play "World of Warcraft" and that elf next to you "just wants to talk," chances are he could be a therapist. A London psychiatrist has proposed getting therapists to work with gaming addicts from within their virtual worlds. You know what's going to happen, right? The therapists are going to get addicted and then it'll be just like "Stargate" with everyone following everyone else in all willy-nilly. It should be pretty awesome. The article includes this helpful depiction of a "WoW" character photoshopped onto a couch with a very tall therapist pointing at him and judging.

+ IO9 has a review of the first episode of the new series, "V" and they seem to like it, which is shocking because, well, since when did IO9 ever like anything?

+ And finally, here's an interview with Eric Bana about his role in the new Judd Apatow movie, "Funny People." Much as I love Eric Bana (I still cry when Hector gets dragged around the walls of Troy by that bastard Achilles in "Troy")(and yes, I own "Troy" because there's nothing wrong with a woman of a certain age owning DVDs of men in leather sandles and breastplates)(right?), this will likely be the only one of his movies I see this year. I can only handle about 15 seconds of "The Time Traveler's Wife" preview before I want to vomit. And on that note, happy Thursday everyone!


Anne said...

But what about Eric Bana in Star Trek. Granted, it neither looked nor sounded like Eric Bana, so I suppose it doesn't count.
And no, nothing wrong with a little sandle & skirt manly action now and then.

Liz said...

Oops, I forgot about Star Trek. He was good in that -- but he didn't look as pretty as he should. :)

janey_13 said...

Have you read The Time Traveler's Wife? Great book, but I'm nervous with what they did to it for the movie.

ydtulsa said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong in taking a certain pleasure in watching the world be destroyed. Especially when it looks just so AWESOME and LEGENDARY.

Liz said...

Janey, I read the book last year and enjoyed it but this movie just looks so cloying and overly sappy. It worries me.

Ydtulsa, this former Irwin Allen fan agrees.

Alyson said...

I will be seeing the film version of The Time Traveler's Wife for one reason, and one reason only.

Ron Livingston.

(well, maybe a little bit for Bana too. but only a little)

Kimberly said...

This WoW/therapy thing gets my goat big time. It's just another way for people (this time the psychiatrist) to prey on the "Your kid's going to be a violent killer because she plays video games!!!" fear.

Then again, with the "spunkiness" I see displayed in general chat every night in WoW, I don't think the good doctor & his minions know what they're getting themselves into!

Gina said...

I'm surprised that the Heroes trailer looks pretty decent...season one rocked my socks, but it went down hill from there - I didn't even watch last year.

However, I mainly watched it because the screencapture on the vid is AWESOME. I love me some Sylar with a baby. ;)