It’s going to be very weird not seeing this preceding Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens:
I guess we’ll see Cinderella’s castle instead.
It’s a long 7+ months to go until Episode VII debuts. So far, we’ve got very little knowledge based on the teaser:
and the teaser trailer:
I’m excited, but trying to temper my optimism. The good news is Disney usually does this kind of thing right, the Marvel universe is well-respected. On the other hand, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is mixed. Sure, he NAILED the casting of Spock, but otherwise he:
destroyed the planet of the most interesting culture
turned Capt. Kirk into Zack Morris in space
So, I’m a bit concerned. The return to practical effects is a hopeful sign.
Of course, there is some fan-service I’d like to see. For me. Because I am a fan.
Don’t turn Luke to the Dark Side. Just don’t do it. No evil Leia either. That’s storyline can only conclude one way, with redemption, so why not avoid something obvious along the way.
I want to see Luke talk to other previous Jedi — like Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Mace Windu, Yoda, etc. Hi, Ewan, Liam and Sam! Once a movie is fine.
Lando deserves some screen time
I fully expect a return of the emperor at some point during the series. I’d have him show up in the last reel of Episode VIII with little more than a laugh as the great cliffhanger.
Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, dies at age of 98 – NFL.com
Ed Sabol built NFL Films from the ground up in the 1960s and turned pro football into a myth. He and his son Steve, were brilliant propagandists (I say mostly with affection) who helped turn the NFL into the biggest sports enterprise in America.
During yesterday’s Washington Nationals broadcast, Dave Jageler was lamenting that the strike zone was going back and forth like an accordion. A discussion about accordions with Charlie Slowes ensued. I don’t think they know that in the 1960s, the Senators hired Merv Conn to play the accordion during games (I mentioned it a couple of years ago). A brief demonstration and explanation from Conn himself:
That was from local filmmaker Jeff Krulik‘s The Legend of Merv Conn which is available here:
Conn was more than just a musician at RFK Stadium, he was a beloved music instructor and performer, even though “The Beatles killed the accordion.” Here’s a 2007 profile from John Kelly before the documentary came out – A Legend With Oomph — and Oompah
Well done X-Men moviemakers, I guess. You just destroyed the most all-time beloved venue of sport in the nation’s capital. There’s no way RFK Stadium would have held up that well in real life too.
In all seriousness, I hope DCU finally gets a new home; I’m withholding any significant emotional investment until I know they’ll be here for the duration. I suppose the Baltimore/Washington/Chesapeake Bayhawks might be interested in that venue as well.
Marion Barry biopic in development with Eddie Murphy as star – Reliable Source, The Post Eddie Murphy is going to star in a HBO movie about Washington D.C.’s “mayor for life” Marion Barry. He’s not the first person I would have selected, but if Murphy wants a serious acting challenge, he just signed on for one. A comic actor portraying a caricature? Murphy is going to have to play it straight for it to work and that won’t be easy.
Local journalists Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood‘s book “Dream City” is part of the inspiration for the movie. Spike Lee will direct.
Saturday was the 25th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of my favorite movies. I have been thinking about the movie lately, especially after I got ride around my dad’s classic Triumph ragtop the other day. The timing is merely coincidental.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is great escapism, whether you are a kid in school or an office drone. Like, well everybody, I’d have loved to have pulled off my own “Day Off” in high school, except I’d have gone to the Washington Monument, probably skipped the french restaurant, maybe hit the National Gallery and we didn’t have a baseball team (which I’m still bitter about) yet which probably is why I never seriously contemplated doing it. Further messing up the would-be narrative was that it was my dad’s classic ’60s convertible and not a friend’s dad. The odometer was already broken too. The principal probably wouldn’t be after me either. So, yes, I fell a little short of Ferris but if there was anybody half that clever, they were attending my high school. Perhaps I’ll have to make up for sometime, a few decades late.
I am a big Muppets fan — the show and The Muppet Movie were fantastic, but efforts since then have seen diminishing returns both creatively and financially. The obvious reason is that several of the creators, including Jim Henson, but also Jerry Juhl died and I think Frank Oz spends about half an afternoon annually with the Muppets. There have also been several changes of ownership, with Disney now owning it — Henson tried to sell the Muppets to Disney 20 years ago. If the original spirit can’t be found, they ought to just end the franchise. If they get it right, how about getting The Muppet Show into production again?
I laughed twice during the trailer which would be two more times that I anticipated. I guess James L. Brooks still has it or something. He did okay in another movie set in D.C. — Broadcast News. I’ll probably skip it because three hours to myself/with my wife is better spent than watching romantic comedies in the theater.
The movie also stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.
Oh and good job making the bullpen sequence look totally life-like and not like a matte painting.