As I like the movies and tv, I thought I would throw down some movie and tv news (mixed with a little commentary, of course). So here goes:
Joss Whedon, creater of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel” and “Firefly”, will write and direct the new big-screen version of “Wonder Woman”. He likes strong female characters so this makes sense. I like women who tie you up and make you tell the truth so count me in too.
And, in case you missed it, actor Robert Blake of “Beretta” fame (man, I loved that talking bird) has been found not guilty on charges that he killed his wife. The jury did not think the evidence was strong enough to convict him. I wonder if we will start bumping into him at Vitello’s again, now that he’s a free man.
Also, the musical version of “The Lord of the Rings” (yes, I said musical) will debut in Toronto next year with an eye to move to the states later.
And, in a story close to me (not for the reason you think. I almost made a movie in India and have friends in the business there) In a clip aired on India TV, film star Shakti Kapoor is seen telling an actress, “All actresses have slept with directors. I want to make love to you and kiss you. You must do this or else I won’t be able to help you.” The footage has caused an uproar in Bollywood. Kapoor denies the charges. So, the casting couch is real, eh? At least in Bollywood. I’m sure that would never happen here.
And, last but not least, I recently had occasion to visit some people working on the new “Miami Vice” movie. All I can say is that with Michael Mann directing and from the stuff I saw, it is going to be pretty cool. Plus, I really loved the original series so it was even more fun to see some of the ways in which it will be updated. Time to pull the white suit and blue t-shirt out of the closet.