Monday Brew: Supernatural gets a sixth, Buried is exhumed by Lionsgate, Gremlins coming in 3D?

25 Jan

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Monday 25th, 2009–

Sam and Dean to keep fighting the good fight in Season 6 of Supernatural

 

In a bit of news that I suspect will make many Supernatural fans happy, it has been reported by a source over at Cinema Spy that CW is planning on renewing the horror-based series that has been one of the networks tent-pole shows in recent years. Despite show creator Eric Kripke stating that he always envisioned the series as lasting five definitive seasons, it appears now that Sam and Dean will continue their battle against evil for at least one more year. As a recently converted fan of the show (my wife and I just finished the fourth season and are anxious to catch up with the fifth), my main question is where will it go from here?

Supernatural has always been in the business of switching up its storyline though. Over the previous four years it’s moved from an X-Files-esque road trip vs. monsters to a full-out biblically inspired apocalyptic thriller complete with angels, prophets and Lucifer himself rising to demolish mankind. Recently in a podcast, Kripke and gang mentioned that we would see a ‘dramatic, sustained apocalypse’ on the small screen this season. They also joked about the job it was to write this seasons biggest guest star; God. With the Lord in the works, and the central storyline winding down, what does a sixth season have to offer?

Some speculate that it might be a continuation of the originally planned arc, with the battle against Lucifer bleeding over into next season. There have been a number of stand alone episodes this season that might act as padding to stretch the story a little further and give it more nuances.

Personally, I’d rather see the current narrative wrap-up and watch Supernatural evolve again, much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer did in the face of its own season 5. There, Whedon and his team told the story of what happens after you have won the big fight and the threat is extinguished and are now faced with the mundane affairs of the every day.

Could life in the wake of the end-times show similar promise for the continued adventures of the Winchester boys? Only time will tell.

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Avatar still on top of the box-office, with angels, fairies and Eli all running to catch up.

Speaking of the end-times and the apocalypse, theaters saw the onslaught of another cataclysm this weekend (it’s third in a month after the vampire plague of Daybreakers and the nuclear holocaust of Book of Eli) with the angel-thriller Legion. In the film, a motley group of humans at a roadside diner (including Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, and Lucas Black) stage a showdown with the help of the fallen angel Michael against God’s army, led by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand).

If you are curious about a review, check out the Werewolves on the Moon take on Legion HERE.

In the film God has lost faith in humanity and sets about wiping them off the face of the Earth. And although the studio seemingly lost faith in Legion (there were no critical screenings for the film, and therefore no major reviews for it) genre fans kept the faith and helped the picture bring in 17.9 million for second place, just beating out Denzel Washington’s Eli which came in third with 16.9 million.

Any guesses as to what came in first? Yep, Cameron’s Avatar continues to steamroll the competition both stateside and internationally, taking in 36.2 million domestically and on track to easily demolish (even taking into account higher ticket prices) the record of 1998’s Titanic. Don’t expect many of this weeks new releases to hang on for very long in the face of Avatar’s crushing success. The big question though, is how long can it hold out at the #1 spot?  Likely looking at an award nomination next week, the epic science-fiction adventure might have a few more weeks of dominance left in it.

Of course, the landscape has changed a lot since 1998 where Titanic held the number one spot until the April 3rd weekend where it was dethroned by the Lost in Space remake. These days, the big profile films show up sooner on the calendar, and if Avatar survives Edge of Darkness, The Wolfman and Shutter Island (beating all of them seems unlikely) it will have juggernauts like Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans to face in March.

No matter though. The picture had already performed well enough that James Cameron is studiously talking up a sequel. Read about that HERE.

 

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Are the Gremlins headed back to the big screen…in 3D?

And in a bit of news that makes a child of the 80’s like myself supremely cautious, it’s being rumored that the Gremlins are finally coming back to the big screen, some 20 years after the last sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990.  There’s not much to be currently known about the film—whether it’s the third installment of the series or some kind of hideous reboot—but the one solid piece of info seems to be that it’s being planned for 3D.

Well, if that’s the case then I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed that Joe Dante, director of the two original films comes back for this one, although when interviewed regarding rumors back in April, Dante had this to say: “They won’t be coming to me. I can tell you that for a fact.”

With his own 3-D horror effort, The Hole, coming to theaters this year, maybe there’s still some hope we can see Dante bringing the little monsters back to the big screen. I personally don’t have much interest in it unless he’s there. His own unique blend of nostalgia and zaniness is what elevated both films to the satisfying cheese ball entertainment that they were.

As soon as there is more to report, I’ll let you know. Until then, take a trip down memory lane with these trailers…

 

 

Ryan Reynolds ‘Buried’ gets dug up by Lionsgate for $ 3.2 Million

 

Currently the biggest winner at Sundance, Ryan Reynolds new indie thriller ‘Buried’, which takes place entirely within the confines of a coffin, was snatched by Lionsgate Pictures this weekend. Reynolds,who is mostly known for a series of less-than-stellar big budget pictures like The Proposal, Chaos Theory and Wolverine: Origins, is the only actor in the film.

To increase the difficulty of the premise, Reynolds, covered in dirt and blood, is illuminated only by a lighter or the glow of a cell phone that his captors have given him. Telling the story of a civilian truck-driver captured while making his way through Iraq and then waking to find himself in a coffin under the dirt, Buried has the sound of a concept film low on content. However, the following trailer goes a long way to increasing my anxiety (in a good way) and it promises a unique experience of nothing else. If this one makes good on it’s premise, it might have me running for the exits. I had a hard enough time with the final frames of The Vanishing or the early segments of The Descent. Claustrophobia is not my friend.

Now that Lionsgate has the film, lets hope for a sooner than later theatrical release, because its clear that’s where the film is going to have the most impact. 

Check out the creepy teaser:

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12 Responses to “Monday Brew: Supernatural gets a sixth, Buried is exhumed by Lionsgate, Gremlins coming in 3D?”

  1. xiphos0311 January 25, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    1. going to a sixth season of SN might be a rather large mistake in my opinion. I don’t know anything about Buffy after season 5 because I know nothing about the previous seasons. SN is shaping up like they are going to blow there load HARD this season. Next season COULD look really lame in comparison, especially without an overriding seasons long arc.

    • Bartleby January 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

      Xi, I hear ya… Just started season 5 today and finished the ep “Free to be You and Me”

      With Buffy, it wasn’t one of those long time coming things, it was a season of intensity and then the show continued along a similar course.

      I think the right thing to do would be to start perhaps a whole other sort of storyline…sending them off to do something else. Perhaps exploring a different mythology or something.

      I think there could be more adventures for Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel. But really, it would probably need to be the kind of thing thats designed to last a few more seasons. And thats hard to maintain. Even Buffy only got one more after it’s sixth and it was relatively lame in comparison.

      Usually though, I always feel let down after something ends on a major climactic note because typically the characters are so wound up they aren’t being themselves and are instead serving the final machinations of the plot.

      So far, Supernatural is evading that, allowing moments of levity even in the midst of the apocalypse.

      Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a sixth season that dropped the guys permanently into the past or something, like that ep from season 4 with Mitch Pileggi.

      • xiphos0311 January 26, 2010 at 7:12 am #

        The current season doesn’t disappoint and there is no let down and it had a jump UP in my opinion. that’s the key to SN it gets better year to year.

        Dropped back in time? Would it be Like Bill and Ted traveling through time or Ash anchored in one time?

  2. xiphos0311 January 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    2.(stupid enter button) Avatar just goes to show that people will watch anything if it has the smurfs in it.

    • Bartleby January 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

      lol…have you seen it yet?

      • xiphos0311 January 26, 2010 at 7:12 am #

        Nope not yet

  3. hagiblog January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Buried really seems to be a high concept of a film. I have some claustrophobia myself and I’m not sure I could sit through 90 minutes of a guy in a box. My brain may melt halfway through!

  4. The Great Fatsby January 26, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I can’t say as I’m too enthused about Buried just yet. Ryan Reynolds is to me what Eli Roth is to Bartleby – a waste of human flesh, ruining everything he touches. I’ll probably still give it a chance anyway though. But until then, bring on more schlock like Pirahna 3D (that was a joke by the way).

  5. Bartleby January 26, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Pirahna 3D, another Joe Dante vehicle snatched up by hungry studios. I will say I saw some stills from that project awhile back, and it actually looks like it might have potential–as a fun timewaster of course.

    Fatsby, you haven’t seen Legion yet have you?

  6. The Great Fatsby January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Nope, not yet. Last weekend I opted for Daybreakers and Book of Eli for my double feature. Loved Eli, but you will be surprised to learn I wasn’t a big fan of Daybreakers. It was a well put together film for what it was, but I think what got my goat was the ‘cure’ they developed and how it came about didn’t really appeal to me. It was still alright, I didn’t hate it but I doubt I’ll be picking up the DVD. I’ll probably get to Legion eventually, more than likely a rental for me. The best part of the weekend was undoubtedly the SyFy original, Sea Snakes starring Luke Perry. I barely made it through that.

    By the way, I like today’s article. Great for a Monday morning read!

  7. Droid January 27, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    SN should end after this season. It’s a great show, and has built up really well to this (planned!) finale. To extend it another season might be a mistake.

  8. Tyson F. Gautreaux February 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Ryan Reynolds has made the absolute worst movie ever made. see our thoughts here: http://moviebake.com/movies/buried-starring-ryan-reynolds-worst-movie-of-all-time/

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