Doomed Film of the Day: ROBOT AND FRANK

We could just as easily headlined this: “What? You Thought Movie Marketing Mavens Knew What They Were Doing?” Because let’s face it, no matter how good this film about the deepening buddy relationship between a man suffering from Alzheimer’s and his robot caregiver may be – and the trailer below makes it look pretty darn cute – who in their right mind ,i.e., one that doesn’t suffer from Alzheimer’s, wants to see a film about someone who does?

Especially one starring Frank Langella, who may be the darling of New York film critics (or so we seem to recall – our own memories may not be all that swell), but who, let’s face it, isn’t about to bring anybody’s seat into a theater. Co-star Susan Sarandon isn’t going to help either because we don’t care how free-spirited she’s shown herself to be over the years, there’s just too many years there…although our grandfather’s might dig her, who knows?

We would say that we hope this movie was inexpensive to make, but after seeing what we’ve seen we’re sure that it was. Just as we’re sure that when the premise is stolen and modified it’ll become a moderate TV success on a network like FX. (Note to screenwriter Christopher Ford: Get your TV version going now!)

More Memos from Nick Fury

Remember the Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D.. memo LB “discovered” on his desk last week? We still don’t know the complete truth behind the “Memos From Fury” phenomenon, but it’s so much for real that we have fantasies about being whomever started it.

Or shoving said starter off the helicarrier deck and replacing him/her.

Or something.

See more memos et al


Robin Reed Sees ALPHAS

I have now seen two (count ’em) two episodes of “Alphas.” My immediate response is, “Hey Alphas, The X-Men called and they want their plot back.”

Let’s see, an “inevitable war between normal people and alphas,” the government imprisoning alphas because they are a threat to normal people, a shadowy character who wants to lead the bad alphas to that inevitable war, a professor who tries to teach the good alphas to control their abilities and use them for good…shall I go on?

Maybe this is the “inevitable plot” when you deal with superpowers, but do so many of the details need to be so familiar?

I do like the autistic kid, though. Hi, Gary.



As Nikki Finke would say:


Only on TVWriter™ ! The First 2 and a half minutes of Corinna Mendis’ very cool half-hour TV pilot:

If you aren’t quite sure who Corinna is, or what this is about, well, you’ll just have to re-read this, which she posted here the other day.

See the lengths we go to for our beloved TVWriter™ visitors? We even use, you know, links.

Joss Whedon Dept: DR. HORRIBLE Coming to TV


DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG Will Make its TV Debut on the CW – by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Joss Whedon’s much-beloved interweb classic “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day,” will make its television debut on Tuesday, October 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) on The CW.

Created by the Josster back in 2008 as a 3-part web musical, the show stars Neil Patrick Harris as a budding super villain whose plans for world domination keep getting screwed up, which is of course par for the course for somebody whose two goals in life are:

  1. Being accepted into the Evil League of Evil
  2. Getting the cajones to talk to his laundromat crush, played by Felicia Day

Also starring Nathan Fillion as Harris’ nemesis, DR. HORRIBLE was written by Maurissa Tancharden, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon, with music by Jed Whedon and Joss Whedon, and directed by – oh, that’s right – Joss Whedon. Even if you’ve seen the web version 623 times (or more), we still recommend that you watch it on the CW if for no other reason than the network is finally doing something cool and deserves some props, don’t you think?