Vin Diesel & David Twohy Shine Some Light On Riddick

Earlier this week Katee Sackhoff talked about how much pressure she feels about her role in Riddick. Now you can check out star Vin Diesel and director David Twohy talking about their vision for the third film in the sci-fi trilogy along with Pitch Black and The Chronicles Of Riddick.

Want more info? Here’s the official synopsis:

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Riddick also stars  David Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo and Karl Urban. The film opens September 6th.

Arrow New Poster, Character Revealed

arrow_season2_poster One of the most action-packed shows around continues hyping their second season. In addition to revealing the above poster, The CW also announced that the DC Comics-based Arrow will also feature an infamous character from the comics: Amanda Waller. SpoilerTV ran the following synopsis for “Keep Your Enemies Closer,” the sixth episode of the season:

This episode will see the introduction of recurring character Amanda Waller who is an agent of A.R.G.U.S. who sends out a team to kidnap Diggle.

A.R.G.U.S. was introduced as sneaky spy organization in 2011 as part of DC’s New 52 relaunch. In the comics, the group is partially run by Waller, a character with a long history of pulling strings behind the scenes and using superhumans and vigilantes to achieve her goals. The group itself has already appeared on Arrow in the episode “Home Invasion.”

Arrow’s second season kicks off on Wednesday, October 9th at 8:00 PM EST on The CW.

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Katee Sackhoff “Incredibly Nervous” About Riddick

katee sackhoff riddick-1 Katee Sackhoff’s feeling a lot of pressure these days. The actress known for starring on Battlestar Galactica and currently appearing in A&E’s Longmire is looking at Riddick, her next big screen outing, as a huge opportunity as she said to Collider earlier this week.

“There’s still a large majority of the population that doesn’t know what Battlestar Galactica is and hasn’t seen it, so this is the first time a lot of people are going to see me play this type of character,” the actress said. “When you have the large majority of the estrogen quota sitting on your shoulders in a movie, it’s a big task. I joke that it’s not like someone is gonna walk away from the movie and say, ‘The girl was bad,’ and someone is gonna go, ‘Which one?’ My fingers are crossed that it’s going to be really, really great, but I’m incredibly nervous. But, I was this nervous when Battlestar came out.  I tested and auditioned for this role in stiletto heels. They cast me in stilettos. That’s who I am. So, to then shift my personality so much and become these strong characters is interesting. It’s always interesting how people are going to perceive it.”

Here’s the film’s RED BAND (read: NSFW) trailer featuring Sackhoff:

When asked about appearing on the Women Who Kick Ass panel and whether that made her feel more comfortable in her role as an action star, Sackhoff said: “100%, yeah. That was a great day. It was a great day for Comic-Con, and it was a great day for women in film and women in action. And I applaud Entertainment Weekly for doing that panel because it is a great panel. As a little girl growing up, this is who I wanted to be, as far as my career is concerned. To have it be validated is a really great thing. I’m sure if everyone on that panel had it up to them, there would be hundreds of millions of strong little girls running around, not taking any shit.”

Riddick, the third film in the Vin Diesel-starring, David Twohy-directed trilogy, opens on September 6th. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Trailer Time: 47 Ronin, The Harder They Come & The Seventh Son

47 Ronin looks pretty rad as you can see in this new international trailer. But we’ll have to wait until December 25th to see if that’s the case.

One of the most beloved music flicks of all time, The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff, is returning to select theaters this September. The film features a wannabe musician who must turn to crime to make it in the world.

This one’s from last month, but check out the first trailer from Jeff Bridges’ The Seventh Son which will now be distributed through Universal instead of Legendary’s previous partner Warner Bros. Looks sufficiently epic and fantastical. We can’t wait to see Jeff Bridges in the “wise old teacher” role. The film does not yet have a U.S. release date.

The Music Box: Schleprock – (America’s) Dirty Little Secret – 1996

schleprock america's dirty little secret Longtime readers might remember a semi-recurring comic reading project I kicked off a while back called simply The Box. I’d gotten a box of comics from my inlaws, would reach in and pull out a few random issues, give them a read and write a review. Well, I recently found myself in a similar situation, but with CDs thanks to an awesome package from my pal Jesse. In an effort to not only make my way through the discs, but also create some kind of record of what I liked and didn’t like about them and also sharpen my music-writing chops a bit, I’ve created The Music Box. I select a disc at random, listen to it without doing any research, write a review and then look the band up. Should be fun.

The first entry comes from a punk band called Schleprock, specifically their 1996 album (America’s) Dirty Little Secret. I was excited when I pulled this one out because it reminded me of some of the pop punk records I bought in high school and into college. I still listen to Green Day and Sublime. I enjoyed my fair share of records by bands like Suicide Machines, Blink-182, Sum 41 and some of the ska groups like Goldfinger, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Save Ferris and Reel Big Fish. There was an earnestness and passion there that wanted to break away from normal society and just do their own thing. As a teenager who felt far from normal, it’s hard not to relate to those themes, especially when they’ve become popular and burst forth from the radio and MTV on a regular basis. Plus fast easy-to-play guitar riffs are just fun.

So, Schleprock. Part of me wondered if this would be some forgotten gem. The kind of record that was produced by a band that fell apart for some reason or decided to shirk off the responsibilities of recording for a major label like Warner Bros. But, the far more likely seems to be the case: this band was picked up and produced to cash in on the popularity of the bands I mentioned above. After doing a little research — I had to resort to Google because there’s no Wiki page — I discovered that these guys not only took their name from a Flinstones spinoff character, but also formed in 1989, got signed to WB the same year this record came out and broke up in 1997.

First and foremost, I’ve got to say that (America’s) Dirty Little Secret isn’t a bad record. Vocalist Doug Caine, guitarists Jeff Graham and Sean Romin, drummer Dirty Ernie and bassist Dean Wilson made a good sounding record. They play well together and, musically, created some interesting songs that do a lot of the things you’d expect from a SoCal punk band from the 90s: rapid fire snare drums, bright bass parts, gang vocals, occasional surf rock inspired guitar lines, chunky riffs and solos that honestly surprised my with not only their presence, but their quality.

But, that’s kind of the problem, this record and this band just sound SO much like what you’d expect them to sound like (aside from the out-of-nowhere steel drum solo on “TV Dinner”). While those elements might have brought me into the world of SoCal punk back in the day, now they set off recognition alarms in my head that I can’t always trace back to the source, but still recognize. Sometimes they sound like Goldfinger, sometimes it’s Suicide Machines. Other times lead singer Caine decides to sing like Johnny Rotten. It’s cool to make nods or musical references to your heroes — I still remember how cool it was realizing that Billy Joe Armstrong said “problem” just like Johnny Rotten as a kind of nod — but you can’t do it too much because it comes off as copycat-ish.

Making matters worse, while I the instrumentation of the tracks was solid, the songs themselves didn’t do much for me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s cool to mess around in a genre, but you’ve got to bring something new or different to the table and I don’t think this record did that. On the other hand, the video for “Suburbia” above is actually unique and interesting. These kinds of songs all sound fairly familiar and just don’t do a lot for me, aside from the album’s final track “Back With A Bang” which focuses on a Unabomber type individual. And even that one devolves into the whole band singing the chorus over and over and over again until they hit the three minute mark and bounce. In fact, a lot of the songs used that trick which made me think there was a good deal of filler on this record.

schleprock album stickerSo, my first listen to (America’s) Dirty Little Secret didn’t exactly feel like uncovering a buried treasure Indiana Jones-style. It didn’t insult or offend by any means, I just felt like I’ve heard these tricks done better by other artists. Then, I played the record again while doing dishes and a little work and it was fine. This music makes for great background music because you don’t really have to focus on it, especially if you have a history with this style.

Here’s the thing, this music has a series of tropes that everyone played with that don’t necessarily age well. Since the bag o’ tricks is fairly limited, you associate them with certain artists, songs and records you heard first. Had I listened to Schleprock when I was 13, I probably would have loved them and added them into the punk rock section of my CD collection, but since I’m 30, I don’t know if I’ll even think to listen to them again.

Toy Commercial Tuesday: Godzilla Shogun Warrior

Two quotes made this spot perfect for Toy Commercial Tuesday: “You can control his ugly tongue!” and “You can launch Godzilla’s claw!” Now, I’ve seen my fair share of terrible thunder lizard movies and I don’t remember his tongue coming into play that much or his hand leaving his body. Still, this Mattel Shogun Warrior toy looks pretty cool. The whole big robot thing was a few years before my time, but I wish someone had passed me some of those crazy toys when I was a kid. How cool would it have been to have my G.I. Joes or Spider-Man toys face off against them?!

Universal Denies Rumors Of Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Re-Teaming For Bourne Sequel

Film Title: The Bourne UltimatumIf you were hoping that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass would re-team for the fifth Bourne movie, Universal’s got some news for you: not happening. After TwitchFilm reported that the Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum duo were in talks with Universal to return to the franchise, the studio came right out and told Variety that there’s “no truth” to the rumor.

Sounds like a pretty done deal then, right? Well, Twitch updated their original post with “we remain very confident in our sources.”

The fifth Bourne film, which doesn’t yet have an official title, is being written by Sherlock Holmes’ Anthony Peckham and presumably focuses on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character as introduced in The Bourne Legacy.