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Hey everyone! Things have been a bit bumpy over the past few weeks. We’ve been taking on a lot of guest posts to fill the days. Thankfully we’ve had Lucian’s ongoing wrestling recaps that I hope you have all been enjoying. We’ll be posting Raw’s recap later today. He has been doing a great job following all of wrestling entertainment. Now, it is time for a new Pit!

  • A new cartoon based on Tron is coming to Disney XD! The series bridges the gap between the original film and Tron: Legacy. It has a damn impressive cast that includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, and Bruce Boxleitner. It is being overseen by Tron: Legacy writer and Lost writer/producer Adam Horowitz. Word is that they are taking a very serious approach to the material and it will not be goofy or kiddie. I have yet to see Tron: Legacy, but after the holidays I’m planning a double feature of both flicks.
  • I’m not sure how I got through a whole Tron news tidbit without mentioning Jeff Bridges, but I guess I did. Anyhow, I had the pleasure of sitting down to watch Bridges step into a role originally played by John Wayne and I have to say that I was damn impressed. The Coen Brother’s True Grit is easily my favorite film of the year and I hope it gets some respect come Oscar time. If you are a fan of westerns, or hell, a fan of good movies in general, go see it when it comes out.
  • DC Comics has released a pretty cool teaser image for March’s Justice League of America #55 and the “Reign of Doomsday”. You can check it out here. I can’t wait to see DC Comic’s big guns take on the monster that killed Superman all those years ago.
  • Interested in making movies? How about casting your favorite stars in them? And releasing them into virtual theaters where they can become box office blockbusters? Well, you can do such that in Hollywood the Game. The Internet’s longest running Hollywood Simulation and Community Game.
  • PJ over at 141tv posted a very cool video he found online that spotlights all of the films released in 2010. You can check it out here, it is a pretty damn awesome video. Big props go out to the editor, G-Whiz Productions.
Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: Tron, True Grit, Doomsday, & More!
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I saw this movie three times in theaters back in May. The first was an advance cast and crew screening. The second was with a good friend who wanted to go opening weekend. The third was with my mother who loves a good, hearty action flick. Every time I saw this movie it never lost credibility- it just got better and better.

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the high-powered CEO of Stark Industries, which, amongst other things, supplies weapons to the US Army. During a visit to Iraq to debut and demo a new weapon he finds himself under attack, captured by the enemy and forced to create a weapon to use against the US. With a piece of shrapnel dangerously close to his heart, he invents a mechanism that will keep him alive, and fuels an indestructible iron suit that allows him to escape. Upon his return, he swears to keep his weapons out of enemy hands and hones his iron suit into the super hero Iron Man.

This film is high powered, adrenaline-fueled fun. Downey is the perfect mix of sarcasm and snark as slightly alcoholic playboy, businessman, and inventor Stark. The action sequences are intense and exciting. Even the romance between Stark and his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is sweet and well placed. Jeff Bridges as a fellow businessman at Stark Industries Obadiah Stane is quirky and has a great compatibility with Downey as they clash both literally and figuratively. While making timely changes to Iron Man’s origin, it even stays faithful enough to the comic books to please the fans. This smart popcorn flick, along with The Dark Knight, helped to restore everyone’s faith in superhero films this year.

Nominations:

Best Visual Effects
The visual effects in this film are amazing, however the most impressive accomplishment in this film is practical- a sleek and believable iron suit in all of its incarnations. It’s one of Stan Winston’s last projects and it will be remembered with fondness, but I believe it will also be overshadowed by the other two visually stunning films in this category: The Dark Knight and Benjamin Button.

****

I’m not quite sure how Toby Young’s life story came to be a book or a movie, but luckily they got Simon Pegg to translate Young’s arrogance into comedy.

The Book:
Reading this book made me angry. Throughout Toby Young’s memoirs you want to reach through the pages and strangle him for being such an enormous idiot. And yet, he is presented with opportunity after opportunity that he continues to mess up in one way or another. Young’s memoirs follow him from the start of his career at The Modern Review in London to his years at Vanity Fair in New York and through his descent into oblivion after messing up every opportunity handed to him. The memoir reads like fiction, and would be a quick, funny read if Young didn’t go off on so many uninteresting tangents. It’s as though once the word restrictions of journalism are lifted he’s got so much to say, regardless of whether it’s relevant or not. His tendency to ramble and vast amount of name dropping cause him to come off as a bit of a pompous ass. Still, the story has a complete arc and taken with a grain of salt actually makes for an interesting narrative, and is really an inspired source for a film adaptation.

The Movie:
It’s impossible for Simon Pegg not to be funny, and he brings a sort of sympathy to Toby that the book lacks, yet it’s still very hard to relate to such a despicable character. The movie changes nearly everything- only Toby, now Sydney, and Graydon, now Clayton (Jeff Bridges), remain relatively the same, with a few anecdotes making it to film such as the incident in which Sydney asks a famous actor if he is Jewish and gay (in the book it’s Nathan Lane) and Sydney ordering a strip tease in the office on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Other than that there are new characters, such as Alison (Kirsten Dunst) who plays Sydney’s unlikely love interest and Sophie Maes (Megan Fox) a hot young actress who Sydney relentlessly tries to land in bed. The film has its moments of being laugh out loud funny (most of which are lifted straight from the book), but when it comes down to it Sydney is not a character that we want to see rise to success and get the girl.

What’s Missing:
Almost all of the tangents from the memoir, plus a ton of characters including Alex di Silva, Toby’s good friend who meets great success in Hollywood as Toby falls from grace; Chris Lawrence, Toby’s office mate who he immediately bonds with and shares his love for all things British and James Bond; and Caroline, the little sister of a friend from London who comes to live with Toby and whom he falls helplessly in love with.

What’s New:
Alison is like a hybrid of Elizabeth, the smart successful fashion director of Vanity Fair, Aimee who co-heads the department that Toby works in, with a little bit of Caroline thrown in for the romance. The actress Sophie Maes mixes Sophie Dahl the supermodel who befriends Toby and becomes his roommate with the many actresses and supermodels who rejected Toby along the way, plus a little bit of Pippi, the assistant whose dog incident makes it to the film in the form of Cuba, Sophie’s ill fated Chihuahua. Eleanor (Sophie’s publicist), Lawrence Maddox (Sydney’s boss), and Vincent LePak (the young, “it” director) are all completely new to the story. Also, the character of Elizabeth Maddox doesn’t exist in the book, but the characteristics and scenes they applied to her are that of Anna Wintour in the book. I think it would have been a cute little throwback had they gotten someone who at least looked like Meryl Streep (if not Meryl herself) and named the character Miranda.

Overall Adaptation:
I was pretty lukewarm on the memoir, but it had the possibility of being a great source of adaptation. However, the film left me feeling pretty lukewarm as well, but I did find Simon Pegg a tad less pompous than the original Toby Young and more of the bumbling idiot that Pegg plays so well.