James Bond has been saving the world for nearly 50 years and yet somehow he still rises to the occasion with six pack abs. That’s probably because his creators made sure the character was bigger than the actor. A notion that someone might want to run by George Lucas before he pens the 5th Indiana Jones movie starring a 67-year-old Harrison Ford.
And that’s doubly weird considering that George Lucas debuted Shia LaBeouf as Indy’s son, cutting a clear path for a spin-off or next generation movie (which I make a clear case for here). Why torture us — or Harrison Ford’s hip for that matter — with a half-ass’d, tortoise-paced action adventure that puts us all to bed for the director and star’s 4 o’clock curfew? Just pretend Indy’s immortal. It worked for 007.
Present – Burn Notice is back!
I’m not going to lie, this section is purely self-serving. I just wanted to rave about how excited I am for Burn Notice to be back on television. If you’re not excited, skip to number three. First of all let me say that I love how it comes out in 10 episode chunks and then disappears for a couple of month, rather than over-saturating the USA network with 24 straight episode interrupted by holiday specials and re-runs. This format makes it so much easier to get caught up and most importantly…creates a little longing.
Any person in a relationship knows that you can lose interest in a hurry if your significant other is always “available” when you want them and when you don’t. Absence makes the show grow cooler. And second of all, I am dying to find out how the writers maneuver out of the Lost-sized corner they painted themselves into by having Michael Weston free from his burners and knocking on the door of the CIA in only 3 seasons. What’s could possibly be next for the super spy?
Future – Dreamworks better tread carefully with the MLK biopic.
If there was ever a job tailor-made to employ black entertainers, writers and directors, it’s the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic, but so far there isn’t a person of color on the project. I have to assume that the cast will be primarily black — or at least one can only hope — but instead of Tyler Perry writing, we get Ronald Harwood. Instead of Oprah producing, we get Steven Spielberg. Isn’t that a little counter productive? Didn’t Dr. King stand for equality? Shouldn’t black people be allowed to make movies about our own heroes.
And to top it all off Dr. King’s kids even oppose the project. Yet the studio wants to move forward? Clearly Dreamworks learned nothing from the whole Watchmen tug-of-war. Look, Spike Lee’s Malcolm X was an incredible movie. Incredible. I would love to see a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that I can show to my kids one day, but something about this project just seems a little off-color.