Awesome! Awesome!! I cannot wait to see this!


Comic legend Stan Lee and “Dogma” director Kevin Smith have collaborated on a new documentary that tells all about the creation of Marvel Comics’ characters — including “Spider-Man.”

The Hollywood Reporter said Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has purchased distribution rights for the DVD and VHS release of “Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.”

Smith (“Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy”), a devoted comic fan, conducted a two-hour interview with Lee and questioned him about the history of Marvel Comics and the creation of “Spider-Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The X-Men,” “The Silver Surfer,” “Daredevil” and other Marvel heroes.

“This project is primarily about Spider-Man and Marvel Comics, which presents natural promotional opportunities with our ‘Spider-Man’ movie, especially since Stan and Kevin are excited to do press and publicity for this,” Columbia’s Michael Stratford told The Hollywood Reporter.

The project is due for release May 14, a mere 11 days after director Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” movie opens in theatres, the report said.

“We also feel that this is a good opportunity to try something different — it is a very different kind of program than anything we have released before. There is a lot of content there not just for die-hard fans but even for people who may be more interested in the movie than the comics,” Stratford told The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s no coincidence that the video comes at a time when Hollywood and movie audiences are displaying a healthy appetite for comic-book heroes. Aside from “Spider-Man” and an upcoming “X-Men” sequel, director Ang Lee is working on an “Incredible Hulk” movie, while “Daredevil,” “Dr. Strange,” “Ghost Rider” “Iron Fist” are among a host of properties from Marvel and other comic companies being adapted for the big screen.

“Comics are definitely getting more respect now, and that is mostly because of the movies,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Hollywood has started to realize that what you have to do is make all of the characters relevant and believable. The characters in these superhero movies, when you strip away the superpowers, they have to be characters you feel could really exist. I think people have started to realize that they may be comic characters, but you can’t treat them in a silly way.”


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Captain Picard spills beans about new ‘Trek’ film

We can expect to see a whole new planet full of bad guys in the forthcoming “Star Trek: Nemesis” movie.

Patrick Stewart, who once again portrays Captain Picard, told TV Guide that the new film will show that Romulus has a sister planet called Remus.

“So you’re going to meet the inhabitants of that planet, the Remans, who are quite unlike anything you’ve seen before,” he told TV Guide.

“I think they might be the most successful aliens (makeup designer) Michael Westmore has ever produced — I even include the Borg in saying this. He’s brought an alien race to life in an entirely convincing way. There’s something very novel and unique in their design. They’re imposing and sinister in a very different way from the Borg,” Stewart said.

The report said Stewart is also set to star in “King Of Texas,” a TNT movie debuting June 2. He co-stars with Marcia Gay Harden and Lauren Holly in a re-telling of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” transposed to the old West.


Why don’t they do a version where they are in a cold climate?

“Survivor 5” will take place in Thailand.


I’m not sure if I care

The Eagles Plan Summer Tour

Rock legends The Eagles are planning to hit the road again.

Billboard reports that the final dates of the tour are still being worked out, but the band will hit mostly secondary markets.

The Eagles will likely start off in Reno, Nev., and play about 30 dates. They are still working on a studio album, their first since “The Long Run” in 1979. Don Henley says he expects it to come out early next year.


It is one eerie picture

A chilling tribute to John Lennon will be available for auction next week.


Sad news, my friends


Video Premieres Magazine (a trade-only publication from Variety) is reporting in their latest issue that the upcoming anniversary edition of Blade Runner has been delayed until at least 2003 due to “pesky legal clearances.” There’s been no official word yet from Warner Home Video.


Who needs golf?!?! Or hockey?!? Baseball? Fugetaboutit!

This is funny! Who will be your final four? Take some time and make your picks and then dream away! Then get the gang together and announce your final four and winner over a few beers!

And good luck with some of those first round picks!


Hey Dan! What’s new at the movies this weekend?

Now I know that you are curious as to the weekend’s new films, don’t you know curiosity killed the cat?!?!

Fortunately there are no cats at theatres this weekend!

But there is Red Green! The Possum Lodge funnyman stars with all of his cronies in the big screen version of the Red Green Show, which is aptly named Duct Tape Forever. Sure it’s funny enough and I got a kick out of it, but I offer you 4 words in review: Wait For The Video.

You might hope you waited for the video of Frailty but then you might be glad you saw it. Frailty, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton (who also directed), is a thriller that finds the FBI searching for a serial killer who calls himself ‘God’s Hands.’ You will either think it is a great thrill ride or dislike it immensely. There is no middle ground with this one.

There is no middle, or moral, ground to rely on in Changing Lanes, but that is what was good about it. Changing Lanes is a thought-provoking, sophisticated drama that explores the motivations behind our split second decision-making and the consequences that result.

Ben Affleck is a young Wall Street attorney on the fast track. Samuel L. Jackson, an insurance agent and recovering alcoholic engaged who is trying to get back on his feet again. The worlds of these two men suddenly collide during the morning rush hour traffic in New York.

Changing Lanes then focuses on the ethical decisions these characters make and the consequences their actions have on those around them. The 2 men get nasty, and luckily it is just a movie. But it’s a good movie!

The Sweetest Thing, however, is not a good movie. But it has Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate so I am happy to cut it some slack. If only they had some of the fun I hear they had while making the film IN THE FILM, then this would have been great. As it is, it is a mildly entertaining chick flick with really hot chicks.

And the hot chicks- if you will pardon my sexism and sexist comments and grant me poetic license to continue in this vein- the hot chicks are the only reason I even bothered to see this weekend’s last new film, New Best Friend. I didn’t know anything about it and had no interest in seeing until I clicked on the title and saw that it starred the most incredible of lovely Canadian women Mia Kirshner! She’s hot, she’s cute, she’s exceptionally talented! I will see anything with her in it!

Then I noticed that the film also starred Dominique Swain and Meredith Monroe and I realized I had to sit through it.

Please don’t make the same mistake I did! If you are attracted to the above trio of ladies talent or looks, then enjoy! Otherwise, find another new best friend!

But wow! Does Mia look great!

So enjoy your Mia, I mean popcorn! Enjoy your popcorn and I’ll see you at the movies!



James Caan is doing a sitcom.


And none of us will likely watch

Ellen DeGeneres may host a daily TV talk show next season.