Legacies and Film Franchises




I have to confess that I have almost no interest in seeing a James Bond film unless it's for free and unless I have nothing else to do. I feel that way about a lot of things and I suppose I can work up enough concern to talk about this:

Pierce Brosnan has likened his departure from the Bond franchise to being "kicked to the kerb".


The Irish actor starred as 007 in four films released between 1995 and 2002, beginning with Goldeneye and culminating with Die Another Day, then the highest-grossing Bond film ever.


Though Brosnan was keen to return for a fifth outing, the franchise's longtime producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli ultimately decided to take Bond in a new, edgier direction.

Pierce Brosnan is correct when he expresses outrage as to how the owners of the James Bond franchise treated him. It was shabby, but predictable. Virtually all of the actors were hired because of money and not much else. Hollywood's A-list of actors--Carey Grant and Richard Burton among many--would have required more money than Albert Broccoli was willing to spend.

And that's the thing of it--you're never going to get the actor you want. You're going to see the actor who agrees to do it for the money they're willing to spend.

That's Love






With 29 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 has already amassed a ridiculous amount of money.




We've seen successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past, but, really, have we really seen something like this? The show will be resurrected somehow, some way, and it is almost a foregone conclusion that the $2 million mark will be met and that there will be at least three new episodes if not more produced and released in the next year or so.





Amazing.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back From the Dead




Another sad prop comic returns from the 1980s and hurls chum into the fan:

We’ve got movie sign, MSTies: Joel Hodgson, a.k.a. “Joel,” has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 after 16 years. (It was canceled in 1999.) The campaign quietly appeared on the MST3K official website earlier this morning, confirming suspicions raised by vague promises of “big news coming soon” on the Rifftrax and MST3K social-media channels. The campaign has the rather lofty goal of $2 million, which Hodgson says will enable him to make three full-length episodes of MST3K to shop around to TV networks and streaming platforms. With three additional episodes per $1.1 million raised over the original goal, that’s $5.5 million for a full 12-episode season. But if Zach Braff can do it, so can Joel and the bots.


Speaking about the campaign to EW, Hodgson says he hopes the campaign will not only raise the needed funds to produce new episodes of the show, but to serve as a sort of MST3K Signal to lure the old gang back onto the Satellite Of Love. But they won’t be on screen: Hodgson also wants to cast a new host and new mad-scientist adversary for the new season, as well new voices for Crow and Tom Servo. “Mystery Science Theater has already refreshed itself once with a completely new cast, so I think it deserves to do that again,” Hodgson says. “The original cast is going to be invited back to write, produce, and do cameos as their mad science characters, and then there’s a new cast with new talent.”


It depends a great deal on where they'll shoot the show and host it; the original show was created and staged in warehouse space southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Kickstarter indicated that it will be done in Los Angeles. Someone is going to have to move a lot of props from one place to another to make this happen because there's no way they're going to be able to do this without borrowing heavily from the visual feel of the original show.





A let-it-rip version, suitable for pay cable or FX, would be preferable to a return to Comedy Central, which destroyed the show when it was very, very popular because the network didn't want to program itself in two hour blocks (IIRC).





Anyway, yeah--who wouldn't watch this?

Ben Carson Can't Defend the Book He Wrote




Ben Carson wrote about things in his book that no one can verify or prove:

Ben Carson slammed CNN's reporting into his past as a "bunch of lies" in a combative interview on Friday, strengthening his defense of his violent past that the media have thus far been unable to corroborate.


"This is a bunch of lies, that is what it is," Carson said on CNN's "New Day" when Alisyn Camerota asked about the report by Scott Glover and Maeve Reston in which they spoke to people Carson grew up with. "This is a bunch of lies attempting to say I'm lying about my history, I think it's pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted."


Camerota pushed back on Carson's argument that the reporters on the story did not talk to people who knew him earlier than high school, but Carson rejected that and launched into an aggressive attack on the media. He also accused the media of not doing the same with Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.


"The vetting that you all did with President Obama doesn't even come close, doesn't even come close to what you guys are trying to do in my case, and you're just going to keep going back, 'He said this 12 years ago' -- it is just garbage," Carson said. "Give me a break."

 Basically, Carson believes that anyone who tries to corroborate anything he's ever written is a liar. That's a pretty good indication that virtually anyone can now run for President and any attempt to perform a perfunctory background check on them will elicit howls of outrage.

They didn't write the lies. He did. And it's their fault for catching him. Unbelievable.

Sisters




Photographed at the Linderhof Palace in Germany...

Don't Let Your Dog Make a Mess Here




This is a shot of the signage found at an old Roman fort in Southern Germany. Basically, they would prefer it if you would not allow your dog to take a dump where the Romans lived back in the day.

A reasonable request, I would imagine.