Monday Night Quickies

Not that kind of quicky. I’m referring to brief links to stuff around the interwebs, tonight with a geeky edge.

* The “actuals” are in on the weekend box office race. The “Transformers” sequel won by a wafer thin half a million smackers, dang it.

* I’m not sure how this started, but my pattern on the “Harry Potter” franchise has been to read the books just before the films come out. To avoid spoilers for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (I’m on page 139 and the story’s barely begun), I’m not reading any reviews right now. Thanks to the miracle of Rotten Tomatoes I can nevertheless say that the reviews for the film thereof are looking quite good thus far. That’s a good thing because director David Yates is finishing out the series, which seems to be wrapping up much better than it started. The choice of Yates, a specialist in TV miniseries, to wrap up the films makes a lot of sense, especially since that’s essentially what the Potter movies are — the most expensive miniseries ever made.

* Anne Thompson says George Clooney wants to be the next Jack Ryan. In the future, I predict all male actors will be the swashbuckling CIA desk jockey for one to two films. Wilford Brimley’s agent better get to work.

* Simon Brew has some thoughts on just what happened in the wake of the sadly maligned “Superman Returns.” (Am I the only person who vastly preferred it to Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” movies? Maybe.)

* Speaking of cinema and superheroes and villains and such, Zayne has some thoughts on the film that inspired the Joker — which I think he must know about, plus more about the great German actor Conrad Veidt (villainous Colonel Strasse in “Casablanca”) and his career as a golden throat.

* And Greg of the brilliantly obsessive blog Cinema Styles is getting a huge response on the first day of The Spirit of Ed Wood Blogathon. And his own defense of the late Mr. Wood ain’t bad either. Let us punish the guilty; let us reward the innocent.

  

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