Who cares about the “Hobbit” trailer? Okay, we do — it’s the stuff that prequel dreams are made of. Christmas came early this year with this sneak peek at the next piece of the Peter Jackson adaptive collection of J. R. R. Tolkien’s work.
Of course, these are films that actually made it to production. For every script that gets produced, many more tumble into the great Hollywood incinerator (located just beyond the LaBrea Tar Pits). Here’s a guide to what didn’t get made in 2011, including alternate-history pics about Princess Grace of Monaco and the crew of Apollo 11 (two separate films –though if you mixed them, you might really have something).
When H.P. Lovecraft wrote “At the Mountains of Madness” in 1931, he drew from the most current scientific information about Antarctica that was available at the time. This Scientific American article compares details from the story with the scientific information available to us now. The results will astound you, though fortunately they will not send your brain reeling into a shadow-realm of merciful insanity that no light or reason may penetrate.
The incredibly pedantic movie nerds (who secretly run the entire Internet) have voted on the best movie mistakes of 2011. Did you notice the part in “Breaking Dawn” when Bella totally called Rosalie, but the screen on her phone totally showed that it hadn’t even been unlocked, let alone dialed? I totally didn’t. But I did notice that plenty of the mistakes on this list could have been avoided if people hadn’t made the mistake of seeing certain films in the first place. Okay, so I wasn’t a “Thor” fan — sue me! And now that they’ve fired the brilliant Patty Jenkins from directing the sequel, I’m definitely not looking forward to another ride on the merry-go-round.