The Day the Earth Stood Still
April 28, 2011 | 2:21 p.m.
The TCM Film Festival celebrates the 100th birthday of the Oscar-winning composer Bernard Herrmann (“The Devil and Daniel Webster”) with screenings this weekend of several films for which he wrote the scores: Orson Welles ‘ 1941 masterwork, “Citizen Kane;“ Martin Scorsese‘s 1976 classic, “Taxi Driver” ( his final score); 1958’s “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad,” the first of four fantasy films from special-effects legend Ray Harryhausen; and 1955’s “The Trouble With Harry,“ the first film Herrmann scored for Alfred Hitchcock. Dorothy Herrmann, the daughter of the composer, will be talking about her father Thursday evening at screenings of his favorite film, the 1947 romantic fantasy “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and the 1951 sci-fi thriller “The Day the Earth Stood Still.“ Bernard Herrmann, who died in 1975 at the age of 64, worked in radio in the 1930s in New […]
Dec. 11, 2008 | 11:11 p.m.
Mary Jane on Broadway: Gossip maven Elizabeth Snead has a somewhat breathless item about Evan Rachel Wood of "The Wrestler" and "Across the Universe" taking on the role of Spider-Man babe Mary Jane Watson for the Broadway play that is shaping up as the most expensive production in the history of the Great White Way: "Evan Rachel Wood will play Mary Jane in Julie Taymor’s ‘Spider-Man’ on Broadway! ‘I start rehearsals in June and will be on Broadway for a year,’ she said Wednesday at a press junket for ‘The Wrestler.’ She’s already learned the songs, written by Bono, and did a run-through for Marvel. But that’s not why she recently colored her hair red, like Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane movie character. ‘No, I didn’t even think about it,’ she insists. ‘After I got it done, I looked in the […]
Dec. 11, 2008 | 10:43 p.m.
20th Century Fox’s update of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” arrives in theaters Friday, and to get the word out, the studio has gone to unprecedented lengths to pair up two of the world’s most mismatched fields — Hollywood glamour and nuts-and-bolts science. First, it decided to broadcast the film into deep space through the Deep Space Communications Network, which means images of Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves will be, according to the news release, “zipping through space at 186,000 miles per second” en route to distant Alpha Centauri. There, any awaiting audience will get to see the movie roughly four years from now. With all due respect, this can’t turn out well for us. After all, one of the last major attempts to export Earth culture to the stars was the Voyager probe, which will surely mean big […]
Dec. 10, 2008 | 6:33 p.m.
Welcome to today’s edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe. Does "Torso" have legs?: As far as historical crime theories and graphic novels go, Alan Moore’s fascinating argument on the identity of Jack the Ripper in "From Hell" is the most celebrated, but my own personal favorite is "Torso," which was first published a decade ago as a six-issue series by Image. In "Torso," co-writers Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko present Eliot Ness, fresh from the Untouchables squad of Chicago, on the job in Cleveland in the 1930s and on the trail of a serial killer who just might be the same predator who would also commit the infamous Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles. It’s true-crime theory as illustrated entertainment, and it’s wonderfully executed and the black-and-white Bendis artwork is perfect for […]
Dec. 05, 2008 | 12:32 a.m.
This Sunday (Dec. 7) the Los Angeles Times Calendar section features a special package of science fiction stories that include a piece on Keanu Reeves and his alienated role in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” an article on Sci Fi (the cable channel) facing a crossroads with the end of “Battlestar Galactica” and even a fun look at the fashion of sci-fi cinema through the decades. That’s just the start — there’s plenty more in the section. I wrote a cover centerpiece for the package, which is a look at three venerable franchises — “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica” — looking for new life and new audiences. Here’s an advance excerpt of that story. I will put a link here to the entire story this weekend. It’s a great section on Sunday, get a copy if you […]
Oct. 30, 2008 | 2:30 p.m.
Here’s the just-released, five-minute trailer for the “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” which stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly and opens on Dec. 12… ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ 5 Minute Trailer @ Yahoo!7 Video What do you think, does the film look promising? Just for fun, here again is the trailer to the original 1951 Robert Wise film, which is one of my favorite science fiction films ever… – Geoff Boucher RELATED All Hero Complex coverage of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
Oct. 20, 2008 | 11:41 p.m.
The Jules Verne Festival kicks off this weekend in downtown L.A. with classic movie screenings, some intriguing documentaries and several events that have guests and themes that will certainly appeal to the Hero Complex audience. You can check out the extensive (and inexpensive!) programming at the official website but here are a few scheduled events that jumped out at me. Disney fans will be excited about a Friday 7 p.m. screening of "Fantasia 2000" but even better is the Saturday afternoon bill with its two grand classics of science fiction cinema: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) at 1 p.m. and "Forbidden Planet" (1956) at 3 p.m. All screenings at the Edison. Alfred Gough ("Smallville") will be on hand for a special screening of Richard Donner’s "Superman" and his re-edited version of its sequel, which is called "Superman II: […]
Sept. 10, 2008 | 1:24 p.m.
Gort, Klaatu barada nikto… It was 57 years ago this month that “The Day the Earth Stood Still” created a sensation at theaters. The remake starring Keanu Reeves is due in theaters in December. So we thought you might like to check out the trailers for each. First, the original: The classic was directed by the late Robert Wise who would go on to make “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story” and “The Sand Pebbles” as well as two notable 1970s sci-fi films, “The Andromeda Strain” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” “Day” starred Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal and it really retains a certain gravitas even after all these years. How good was the movie? When Arthur C. Clarke made his list of the best science-fiction films ever, he ranked “Day” ahead of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, “2001: A […]
July 24, 2008 | 8:58 p.m.
Keanu Reeves is playing an alien in December tentpole "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and he couldn’t be more thrilled. The actor bounded on to the main stage all smiles, kicking off the first Hall H presentation by welcoming the crowd. One guy in the audience was extra affectionate: "I love you, Keanu!" Reeves eyed him in the crowd and yelled back, "I love you too, man!" In "Day," a remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic, Reeves plays Klaatu, an alien sent to take in the human condition. "The original Klaatu was warm and fuzzy, more human than humans. I’m not that guy," Reeves explained. That’s for sure. Preview footage demonstrated Klaatu 2.0’s painful- looking mind control capabilities. (Think electric shock therapy). But if you’ve already seen the trailer, be warned: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" isn’t all […]