Dream Casting True Detective Season Two
Nothing against any of the actors attached to the show at this point, but if I had my druthers I’d go for a cast that looks like one of the above. Explanations below, if you’re interested.
Clive Owen or Sam Rockwell
With Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, and Christian Bale all rumored or confirmed to have been in talks with HBO it seems like Pizzolatto is specifically looking for a Brit to play the lead. British actors who can do an American accent, like the aforementioned three, or British actors to play Brits? If it’s the latter, then I can’t think of anyone more in need of a great role than Clive Owen. After missing out on James Bond, it only seems fair. Owens does have that Showtime series with Steven Soderbergh, but Matthew McConaughey was able to appear in season one as well as three critically-acclaimed movies in the span of a year so I don’t see why he couldn’t be in two paid-cable television programs.
But if they don’t need a thespian actually from the other side of the pond, then I’d love to see Sam Rockwell chew on such fantastic material as we saw in season one. He’s an actor I’ve loved ever since Galaxy Quest and is always the best part of any project he‘s in (also Confessions Of a Dangerous Mind is one of my top ten movies), but he hasn’t quite landed that revelatory role just yet. The McConaissance is over, it’s time for the Rockwelution.
With Jessica Chastain being considered for the female lead in the trio of investigators, they could either be going for a woman with experience and respect among her peers (considering Chastain is in her late-thirties) or a woman with some naïveté and earning her place in a boys’ club (ala her role in Zero Dark Thirty). Personally, I’d rather not see yet another female authority figure have to win the begrudging respect of her male counterparts, because while it’s a useful trope for both genders it’s really played out. So let’s go with an actress who can easily play competent and effective: Amy Adams. Duh. She’s god damn fantastic in everything she’s in and could really do something special with the kind of arc a show like True Detective could provide. Especially if she’d be a sheriff with alcohol and gambling problems.
With Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund the names mentioned rounding out the three-headed dragon at the center of this season, it appears Pizzolatto wants the two male points to be at different places in their careers instead of equal partners like Rust and Marty. So a younger, less experienced dude who might need a mentor but could still feasibly be in a relationship with the woman (either professionally, romantically, or both). This one was harder to cast because just about any actor in his early thirties could play a role like that, but I can only think of one actor who really needs another success under his belt before he disappears from the spotlight forever. Aaron Paul was remarkable on Breaking Bad, but he’s had a string of critical failures and flops at the box office since he wrapped as Jesse Pinkman. He must be feeling the desperation if he’s already talking about wanting to be on Better Call Saul. I’d rather Paul got off that particular flat circle, though, and shine again on a different pulpy serialized drama. Some people are just better on TV.
Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.
The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.
Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:
You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.
The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)
I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.
Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.
Send it viral, and he will see ramifications.
If you only reblog one thing today I hope it’s this.
Fucked up, this is.
(Source: facebooksexism, via protoguy)
Fantastic Planet at the Texas Theater!
Holy guacamole! My Pajiba SRL for Miami Connection from last July is the 7th search result on Google when looking up the movie. Which is all I was doing when I discovered this. Not gonna lie, it’s a neat feeling seeing your work on the first page without doing any Google gymnastics.
If you’re missing the Sharknado RiffTrax tonight, then I can’t recommend this flick enough. Hell, even if you aren’t missing it you should watch Miami Connection. No excuses, it’s on Amazon and GooglePlay. Do it.
Earn every trophy in every episode of The Wolf Among Us, get Three Bigby Wolf Moon as a reward. This game is awesome.
Happy 238th Birthday, America!
Based on this piece of Sarah Palin fan art:
Referencing this ‘shop I made around the 2008 election:
Inspired by this ‘shop I posted yesterday, also from 2008: http://robofwar.tumblr.com/post/90707826305/throwback-thursday-and-happy-early-birthday
Which, of course, referenced the original Palin Photoshop from that year:
Her? Not because I’m a Palin fan (unless we’re talking about Michael), but because her
style of patriotism vitriolic jingoism deserves nothing but mockery. Today is an especially good day to remember that.
Throwback Thursday and Happy Early Birthday, America! #tbt #murica
Don’t worry your pretty little heads, "Cowboy Bebop
" fans, there hasn’t been any recent news or developments on the constantly rumored live-action adaptation of the seminal sci-fi Anime series. And, just to allay what I know is your biggest fear in these matters… No, Keanu Reeves
will not be involved in this post in any way, shape, or form, except in the context of this sentence to explain that he won’t be involved in this post in any way, shape, or form. As far as I’m aware, there isn’t anything special about today or this month or this year that relates to “Bebop” so this list is, admittedly, apropos of nothing.
Ever since I first watched the show — well before it was on Adult Swim
in the early Aughts — I’ve often fantasized about how fantastic it would be if the solar system depicted in the crisp, hyper-realistic drawings and the dated, somewhat trippy CGI could be realized outside the confines of standard animation. “Firefly” probably comes the closest to a live action version of “Bebop,” but that’s not our solar system and it’s one based in folk rather than jazz. No offense to Nashville, but the sounds of big bands and the occasional, lonely harmonica are a much cooler mash-up with spaceships and Jeet Kun Do. But I didn’t just imagine the ships or the space stations, the planets, the moons, the architecture of the colonies, or the kitschy modernity of the post-Earth cultures, but also the fully realized characters. Animation, especially in Japan (Studio Ghibli
not withstanding), is often cheap and lazy, and the performances of the characters is often given the shortest shrift by overworked animators who just don’t get paid nearly enough for their time or their talents.
But “Cowboy Bebop” was markedly different. Spike, Jet, Faye, and Ed are all almost impossibly unique in their characterizations and development, though Jet is a bit of a stereotype. But all of them, and even the secondary and tertiary characters, were beautifully rendered with distinctly human features and expressions. Sure, the series and its movie occasionally trafficked in the standard Anime tricks of bug eyes and bulging veins, but more often than not, the performances are as subtle as even the best real life thespians. Ein, the super intelligent Welsh Corgi, acts like an actual dog — Pixar doesn’t even get that exactly right. Because of this, I’ve often found it impossible to imagine any actual actors playing any of these characters. In my fevered imagination, the drawings themselves come to life and continue to play the parts they perfected. But recently, after re-watching a bunch of early “Parks and Rec,” one up-and-coming performer struck me as more than suitable to take on the role of Spike Spiegel. That got me to reconsider the other roles, and in doing so I realized right now, at this precise moment in the entertainment industry, we might finally have people at our disposal who could pull this baby off without embarrassing themselves or pissing off the fans.
If there is anybody still reading this who hasn’t watched the excellent 1998 Japanese animated TV show, or its pretty-good-save-for-the-JPop-soundtrack 2001 animated movie counterpart Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
: a) Welcome!; b) What are you doing here?; c) Watch this opening credits sequence
to get a taste of what we’re talking about.
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s get dig in:
Spike Spiegel is Ben Schwartz
Sure, my first thought went directly to Jean-Ralphio’s hair (I mean, look at it!) being a perfect match for Spike’s, but Schwartz just happened to co-host “Attack of the Show” this week on G4 and the more I saw of him the more he seemed perfect for Spike entirely. His real persona is somewhere between Spike and Jean-Ralphio, and only a few minor tweaks would be required to transform him into the Bruce Lee admiring bounty hunter. Still not convinced? Just imagine this… …turning into this:
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I recently watched the new Lone Ranger movie, the one with Johnny Depp in red face as Tonto and the poor man’s Ryan Gosling Armie Hammer as the titular western avenger. As frustrating as Depp playing, probably, the most famous fictional Native American is, I did actually like this movie’s Tonto as written, even if he should have been played by Adam Beach. (Who I’m sure was waiting by the phone when Depp was initially thought to be playing the Lone Ranger, understandably so.) And, while way too long and pretty dumb most of the time, I kind of didn’t hate it. I might have even enjoyed it. Tarantino is still ridiculous for putting it on his 2013 top ten movies list, but have you seen the man talk to black people? Ridiculous is just who he is. And a genius, also that.
Anyway, long story short (ha?), this got me thinking about other movie westerns that were rebooted from older TV shows and serials. Specifically, Will Smith’s Wild Wild West and Mel Gibson’s Maverick. West is notoriously one of the worst movies ever made, but nuMaverick is mostly forgotten despite being pretty dang fantastic, even in spite of the revelation that Gibson is a human-sized piece of shit. At the very least, it shows that an update of older material doesn’t have to radically alter characters, tone, and style or stodgily maintain the source’s status quo to work for modern audiences. It helps when the source is also very good, of course. Which brings me to The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
That Fox show only aired for a season (but nearly a full year) but it looms large in my memory. My favorite show as a kid, undisputed, and my introduction to lifelong personal hero Bruce Campbell, Brisco County was just about perfect. Thankfully, it still holds up today in basically every way. Not every episode is great, but almost none are truly terrible and the series remains a whole lot of fun. Kind of like how James Garner’s Maverick is still worth watching, if you ever get the chance.
With the two Mavericks in mind, I think I’d have to be interested in an update of Brisco and Bowler and Dixie. But only if the ingredients are right. Such as…
Bruce Campbell as Brisco County, Sr.
Still with me, fans of the original show? I thought that might help. You can’t make the New Adventures of Brisco without Campbell. Sure, you can, like the new Evil Dead lacked any semblance of Ash, but you have to compensate for that by totally changing the tone and changing the tone of Brisco County is a bad idea. He’s meant to be a fun-loving do-gooder, not a tormented revenge-seeker. So, similar to Garner appearing in Maverick as (spoiler alert?) Brett’s father, Campbell would have a slightly extended cameo as County’s father. Less a passing of the torch than an honoring the original and just getting the best man for the job. Who else could replace R. Lee Ermey, anyway?
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