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Trailer Trash: Green Lantern

The official trailer for 2011’s Green Lantern movie was revealed earlier today and, well… um… Kilowog, Sinestro and Abin Sur look good.  Let’s take a peek, shall we?

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CGI suit, huh?  Ryan Reynolds as a snarky womanizing wiseass chosen to be the protector of this sector of the galaxy, huh?  The usual canned superhero movie dialogue about accepting responsibility and overcoming fear to seem deeper, huh?

To be fair, a trailer this far in advance will always be a raw vision of the final product.  However, a Green Lantern comic found in the back of a family friend’s closet nearly thirty years ago was my first exposure to the medium.  My affection for the character has not abated since that day, so I’m holding to a loftier standard of what I’d like to see in the his journey to the megaplex.

Color me not impressed so far.

For my part I much prefer (and at this point would much prefer to plunk down hard earned cash to see a feature length version of) the fan-made trailer that hit YouTube about one year ago (see below).  Starring Nathan Fillion and cobbled together from a mishmash of shots and dialogue from recognizable/successful SF and Fantasy flicks such as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings, it’s an editing masterwork and its charm, tone, and creativity did a helluva lot more to hype me up for a Green Lantern adventure on the big screen.  I even thought it was real the first time I saw it.

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But who knows?  Maybe I’ll be using this space in June to extol the many merits of the real Green Lantern.  Here’s hoping!

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Dr. Horrible sequel being worked on.

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King of the Nerds Joss Whedon told MTV News that they are working on the sequel to his groundbreaking online musical series, “Dr. Horrible”.

“We’re in there plugging. The writers are trying to put something together,” Whedon told MTV News. “We haven’t even decided on a venue. We have a story and we’re working that. We’re just starting with that.”

“Doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, [we’re just] just figuring out the story,” he explained. “We’re really excited about what it is. More, I cannot say.”

The soundtrack was one of the best I’ve heard all year.  Having watched a couple of episodes of “Dollhouse” compared to this I think Whedon is more interested in playing in the Dr. Horrible and feature film playground than national television.  This is happy news that there will be more Dr. Horrible, but considering stars Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris have full time shows in “Castle” and “How I Met Your Mother” it could be tough to get them back together for a sequel.

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Get Your PhD in Horribleness Today!

by Jeff Ayers

There’s a special place in hell reserved for friends and relatives who, every time you have any kind of congress with them, will not shut up about how much you need to experience something they enjoy.  Having endured weeks and months of such brow-beating by my noodge brother to check out Joss Whedon’s online supervillain musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog I finally relented and bought the newly released DVD at Forbidden Planet this past weekend.  I’m now so enamored of it I AM that jerkface who will relentlessly encourage you to do the same.

Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) is an aspiring supervillain, shy and loser-ish and secretly in love with the girl at the laundromat (Felicia Day), and consistently foiled by his nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) at every turn.  Conceived by Whedon during the last Writers Guild strike and brought to life by members of his troupe/family on the cheap, this is a real gem.  Think Mystery Men but good.  And a musical.  The songs are quite witty, much in the same vein as Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s celebrated episode “Once More With Feeling,” the dialogue snappy and witty, and the performances spot on.  The end result is one charming and rewarding little film to be enjoyed by Whedon devotees and noobs alike.

Lastly, I know it’s available for peanuts on the dollar, if not free, on the interwebs.  That’s just swell, dandy, and peachy.  Frankly, I couldn’t care less that I ponied up the dough for the DVD.  There’s so much extra material added to the disc to make a purchase worth it.  Commentaries, songs, docs; about ninety minutes of extra stuff that you’ll enjoy over and over.  Plus it’s easier to be that noodge when you’ve got a tangible product to ram down the throats of others.

And to Mr. Fillion, who walked into Forbidden Planet one unbelievably hot afternoon last summer as I was leaving for the day, and whom I totally mistook for a friend of mine who’s a big Nationals fan and said, “Hey, man. Are you watching that game against the Mets tonight”  and who proceeded to, rightly, look at me quizically and walk away:  Sorry, dude.  You’re pretty cool, I dig your work, and you and my friend are dead-ringers.

Is Morena Baccarin a good kisser?

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