Just forget the words and sing along

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Star Trek: The Original Series - Special Edition

Wow. One of those trekkie wet dreams is coming true.

Ever since that episode of DS9 where Sisko and crew went back in time into The Trouble with Tribbles, and nerds were treated to a CGI original series Enterprise, trekkies have had a common dream.

"Wouldn't it be cool if they did, like, a special edition of the original series? And they updated all the special effects with today's technology?"


It was officially announced yesterday that Paramount Pictures has been in the midst of digitally remastering the original series, with the ultimate goal of re-releasing it in high definition.

And, in their re-mastering process, all the special effects have been updated. Check out this brand new, CGI rendered Enterprise that'll be in all the episodes.

And updating all the space shots isn't the only thing. Every time they look out the main viewer to see a planet in space? New CGI shot. Every time they beam down to an alien planet? Brand new digital mattes, complete with rolling clouds and dozens of computer animated extras.

Along with this, they're completely remaking the opening credits sequence. Creating a new orchestral version of the opening theme. Computer animating the whole thing.

And it's all going to be in glorious high definition.

And the best thing? It's not going straight to DVD. It'll be on TV! Where you can watch it for free!

It debuts in syndication on the week of September 16. Check your TV listings for when and where.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


As I've said many times before, I do so love Tuesdays. Because this is the day that new DVDs hit store shelves. It used to be that I did a massive re-cap here in the blog about the new DVDs out today, but you know, life has been getting in the way, and I don't do that as much anymore. But there's a bunch of new ones out today that I feel I need to highlight.

In the realm of the home theatre enthusiast, there's no greater crime than double-dipping. This is when a movie studio releases one of your favourite films in a newer, more-special edition, with all new bonus features, forcing you to buy it again! Horrible, simply horrible.

This week, New Line Cinema is guilty of double-dipping for it's release of The Lord of the Rings: Limited Editions. Yup, Frodo and the Fellowship are released. Disc one contains both the theatric version and the extended edtions. Disc 2 contains a brand-new, feature length documentary about the making of that chapter in the trilogy.

And of course, these versions are discount bin priced, so if you've been holding off on buying the trilogy, now's probably the best time to do so. If you already own the trilogy, don't bother.

Another double-dip that I don't mind is the brand new, 2-disc special edition of the anime classic, Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro.

Most of the anime geeks I know absolutly adore the works of Hayao Miyazaki. He's the man who brought us such classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki cut his teeth on TV animation throughout the sixties and seventies, with the peak being his work on the late-70s incarnation of that much beloved anime franchise, Lupin III.

Of course, at the peaf of Lupin III's popularity in the late-70s, a feature film version was commisioned, and the end result was Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. The first feature film from Hayao Miyazaki. There's an urban legend in anime circles that Steven Spielberg declared Castle of Cagliostro to be the greatest action film ever made.

The plot: Arsene Lupin III, that gentleman their and adventurer, heads off to the country of Cagliostro for his latest caper. Before long, he meets a princess who's about to forced into marriage, runs afoul of the Count of Cagliostro, and mayhem ensues.

This new special edition is meant to mimic Disney's dubs of Miyazaki's films. (Miyazaki made it before he founded Studio Ghibli, so Studio Ghibli doesn't own it.) As with the Disney dubs, you get the entire animatic for the film, and the original Japanese language tracks.

Worth a look-see.

And, at long last, the big blue bug of justice is here!

One of the most requested cartoons finally comes out on DVD. It's The Tick vs. Season One. The classic superhero spoof created by Ben Edlund. It's not the complete first season, because some legal thing kept one episode from season one (The Tick vs. the Mole Men) from being added.

The set is completely devoid of bonus features, but it's finally out on DVD!

And, for those who were raised on the Disney afternoon, you may want to check out Disney's new releases of TaleSpin: Volume One and Darkwing Duck: Volume One. Each 3-disc set contains the first 26 episodes of their respective series.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Targie McTarg

This week's episode of The Targ is up!

This week, it's Episode 16: DVD Lament. In it, I whine about how the real world expenses of food and rent cut into my DVD purchasing ability. Oh, and I play some OutKast.

Give it a listen!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Feeling Old

For the first time in my life, I'm starting to feel old.

It started a couple of days ago...back on Thursday, I was reading the news story that it's the 20th anniversary of when Rick Hansen began the Canadian - and final - leg of his Man in Motion world tour. Wow. His Man in Motion world tour actually came through Entwistle...he stopped and gave a speech. School was closed for the morning so we could all go see it.

Actually, it started back in May...when I saw that it was the 20th anniversary of the opening of Expo 86. I didn't go, but I remember all the hype and hoopla. Yup, even here in Alberta, advertising for it was pretty intense. My parents seriously considered going to it...but a trip to Vancouver just wasn't in the summer vacation budget that year.

So, what's been making me feel so old? The fact that all these seminal events in my childhood happened 20 years ago. I'm remembering things that happened 20 years ago. That feels like such a long time....

So, I"m feeling nostalgic. Enjoying going through YouTube. No longer satisfied going through the stuff I loved, like G.I. Joe and the TransFormers, I'm now going after stuff I vaguely remember.

Like this. when I was a kid, it was always great going to my grandparents house in Red Deer. They had something called "cable TV," and all my 6 year old brain really knew was that "cable" meant tons of cartoons on Saturday morning that I'd never seen before.

Being 6 years old, one of the most popular TV shows of the day was The Dukes of Hazzard. My brother and I loved that show. We had to go to bed every night at 8, except on Friday, when we could stay up late and watch The Dukes of Hazzard.

And then, one fateful Saturday morning in Red Deer, my brother and I got to see this cartoon. Just one episode:

And then, there was the summer of 1989. There was no more monumental summer in my life than the summer of 89. the end of elementary school and the start of junior high...we moved into a bigger house, so I finally got my own room...my parents decided to go for cable TV...and playing in the background, constantly, pervasivly, was hype for a little Tim Burton movie called Batman.

I want to do some kind of creative project someday set in the summer of 89...throw in the death of a best friend, and an awkward first kiss, and you've got a classic coming-of-age story.

Anyway, as I mentioned...got cable TV that summer. And, in the fall of 89, one of the first new cartoons I was treated to was this little movie tie-in gem:

And then, who could ever forget this TV spot?

(Sorry, Kenten)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Brief History of Weird Al on the Internet

So, in the latest news in regards to "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album, Weird Al has now launched Don't Download This Song.com, where you can download his first single, Don't Download This Song in a much higher quality MP3 than on Weird Al's MySpace Page.

Acutally, this got me thinking.... "Weird Al" Yankovic went online around the same time I did, so let's take a look back at some of the more notable acheivments of Weird Al in Internet history.

Spring 1996 - In the liner notes of Bad Hair Day, there's the little note, "Check out Bermuda's home page." When you swing by the url www.loop.com/~bermuda (link no longer works), you find the home page of Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Weird Al's drummer. Bermuda's home page is completely dedicated to Weird Al, detailing the new album and Weird Al's upcoming concert.

Fall 1996 - Bermuda's home page becomes the Official "Weird Al" Yankovic website, and moves to www.weirdal.com. Bermuda remains as the webmaster - a position he holds to this very day.

Fall 1997 - With the launch of The Weird Al Show, the website becomes your place for everything you want to know about the show.

May 1999 - To tie-in with the new album, Weird Al launches www.thesagabegins.com (link no longer works), which was a pretty spot-on parody of the Official Star Wars Website, cirrca 1999. While there, you can watch the video for The Saga Begins in streaming video, and read up on how the first single from Running with Scissors came to be.

July 1999 - Weird Al does it again, launching www.itsallaboutthepentiums.com (link no longer works), where you can watch the video for It's All About the Pentiums in streaming video, and download some nifty things.

Spring 2003 - Being all the way in Japan, I lean pretty heavily on wierdal.com to get all my news on Poodle Hat.

May 2006 - When Weird Al is forced to drop a song from his upcoming album, he makes it a free download from weirdal.com. The song is You're Pitiful.

June 2006 - Like everyone else in the world, Weird Al launches a MySpace page.

August 2006 - Weird Al makes the first single from his new album, the song Don't Donwload this Song, a free download at his MySpace page. The music video goes up at Yahoo! Music the next day.

Wow. This internet thing rocks.


Hey! Over at Yahoo! Music, you can watch the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's new single, Don't Download This Song.

Check it out! Like, now, dudes!.

A little note about this video: like all 6 music videos on Weird Al's new album, this one is 100% animated. The animator on this one was world-renowned animator Bill Plympton. Plympton is world-famous for having cranked out 26 short films and 5 animated features...and animating each and every frame himself. He won the Best Animated Short Film Oscar in 1987 for a short called Your Face. He was last nominated last year for a short film called Guard Dog.

I first heard of him back in 1997, during the release of his animated feature I Married a Strange Person. I thought it was remarkable that he animated the whole thing himself, and for the life of me, for the past 9 years, I couldn't remember his name.

Take notes on this man, Mr. Bowick, cuz I know you have similar ambitions.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Blue Thunder on DVD

I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to mention what came out on DVD today.

I've quite frequently blogged that one of my favourite aspects of DVD is "The Complete Series." Every TV show that you loved, but only lasted a dozen episodes, seems to get released in a 3-disc super-special edition.

And, for every well-known dead TV show that comes out (eg Firefly), there's one that makes you go, "HOLY MOLY! I forgot this existed!"

Today's release falls in that latter category.

Today, it was the release of Blue Thunder: The Complete Series.

This short-lived TV show lasted only 11 episodes in the mid-1980s. It was based on the Roy Scheider movie of the same name.

The premise: a squad of of super-elite helicopter pilots work for the LAPD. Their aircraft: Blue Thunder, a super, hi-tech, armed-to-the-nuts attack helicopter, which they use to fight crime in the skies over LA.

The original movie was a fairly taught consipracy thriller. The TV show evolved into a thinly-veiled knock-off of that other show from the 1980s about a super-advanced attack helicopter, Airwolf.

I have very cloudy memories of this show.

I can't believe they released this. I just might buy it out of curiousity.

But the question remains: why does this get released when we're still waiting for Andy Richter Controls the Universe?

Blue Thunder...KITT...Airwolf...the A-Team's van...Magnum PI's Ferarri...that Lambroghini from Miami Vice...the General Lee...Mom was right. Action shows in the 1980s were all about the vehicles.

Monday, August 21, 2006


Well, just a short 2.5 hours ago, the first single off of "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album was posted and made available for download over at Weird Al's MySpace page.

The song is a Weird Al original. It's the very ironic choice, Don't Download this Song. Done in the style of classic 80s benefit songs, like We Are the World and Do They Know It's Christmas?, Don't Download this Song is a plea to not hurt the income of mega-rich rock stars by downloading free music.

It's not gutbustingly hilarious, but it will make you smile.

It does feel like a throwback to classic 80s Al, given they style it parodies. I could see this tune fitting in quite well on Even Worse.

Go listen to it. Judge for yourself.

In other news, Warner Brothers has become the first movie studio to open up a division dedicated to pumping out straight-to-DVD movies.

The division is called "Warner Premiere." They boast that they're going to draw a lot of big name talent, both in front of and behind the camera, to make straight-to-DVD films. And, not all of them will be crappy sequels. They hope to make 15 films a year.

The first under the Warner Premiere banner will be The Dukes of Hazzard 2, due out next year.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Latest Targ's Up!!

So, the latest episode of the Targ is up! This week is Episode 15: Slapdash. Actually, it's been up since Friday, and I'm just getting to blogging about it. I threw it together quickly so I could go down to Red Deer and say "Hi" to my visiting German relatives.

Hey, my great tante is 80. This could conceivably be the last time I see her. Although, she said that she would come back to Canada for my wedding.

And then, we all went out to lunch today at the Earl's in Red Deer. I was fascinated by this mirrored ceiling.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Movie News Bitlets

It's finally official!

The big sequel to Fantastic Four is called....

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

According to the official plot description, Silver Surfer shows up on Earth, starts wreaking havoc, and it's up to the Fantastic Four to stop him! And then, Dr. Doom shows up, hell bent on stealing the Surfer's power.

The whole cast is coming back. Doug Jones, best remembered as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, is in final negotiations to play the Surfer.

Tim Story is once again directing. They start filming really, really soon, in order to hit their projected release date of June 15, 2007.

Hey! And one of my favourite directors, Tim Burton, has finally announced his next project.

Burton will be directing a movie version of the classic Broadway musical Sweeny Todd. That's the one about the psycho barber who murders people, and the restaurant downstairs cooks up the bodies and serves them to people!

Johnny Depp will, of course, be playing the titular murderer, Sweeny Todd. It just wouldn't be a Tim Burton movie without Johnny Depp!

They begin doing rehersals in November, filming starts in February, and they're aiming for a November 2007 release.

Oh, and Depp will be doing his own singing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Stuff that's been building up

Be careful what you wish for.

As I'm sure you know, if you ask Canada Post nicely, they'll stop delivering junk mail to you. I asked them, because I was sick of all the flyers I was getting. And now, on many days, I lament on how empty my mail box is. Days, nay, weeks go buy without anything in my mailbox.

And today...I got a fistfull of bills.

Have I mentioned how pissed off I am over the release of The Weird Al Show: The Complete Series? It was supposed to come out yesterday, but for some weird reason, here in Canada, it's been pushed back to September 26.

Right now, I'm looking at Amazon.com and wondering if it would be worth it to order it out of the States. But then, September 26 is also when Weird Al's new album comes out, so maybe I should just hold off and make the 26th my Weird Al day.

Hey! Here's some cellphone snapshots I took a few weeks ago.

The Secret Lookout
For those who've listened to this week's podcast, you've heard me talk of the Muskeg Creek trails here in Athabasca. Well, from my walk down these trails, I stumbled upon this lookout point, gazing across a hidden valley.

Well, it felt that way.

Lac La Biche
And then, the next day, I was so bored I drove the hour to Lac La Biche. Nice place, that Lac La Biche. Here's Lac La Biche's most famous landmark, this old hotel, which is now town hall and the tourist information booth. I have a postcard of this place.... It was kind of weird. This is the first time I'd visited a place that I'd been sent a postcard of...that I'd never been to.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Latest Targ's Up/Big Weird Al News!!

I haven't blogged this yet...but the latest episode of The Targ is up! This week is Episode 14: Road Trip!. I'd been planning this one ever since I started the podcast...it's a collection of my favourite road trip songs.

Give it a listen

And, while I'm at it, I've got to share the HUGE "Weird Al" Yankovic news.

On Monday, August 21, at 7pm Alberta time.

"Weird Al" Yankovic will be premiering the first single from his new album at his MySpace page.

And it'll be a free download.

That's Monday, August 21, at 7pm Alberta time.

Bookmark Weird Al's MySpace page now!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Most Insane Movie Ever Made

Tonight, I finally rented and watched the most insane movie ever made.

Godzilla: Final Wars

Let me once again fill you in on the backstory. 2004 was the 50th anniversary of Godzilla. Toho Studios (the movie studio that owns Godzilla) also decided to give Godzilla break for a few years. So, they decided to go out with a bang. They signed who is regarded as the best action film director in Japan, Ryuhei Kitamura, and the end product was the longest and most expensive Godzilla movie ever made: Final Wars.

The plot: Godzilla is finally defeated! Entombed in ice in Antarctica. Before you know it, giant monsters are running amok all over the world. And then, aliens appear and subdue the monsters. Of course, the aliens turn out to be manevolent, and they unleash the monsters as part of their invasion plan! Outgunned, out numbered, and without hope, the last surviving humans know they have only once chance: resurrect Godzilla.

Now, what makes this insane? You know how in a typical Godzilla movie, the humans spend all their screen time sitting around wondering how to quell the giant monsters? Well, in this movie, instead of sitting around, you get car chases and totally insane martial arts action. And then, as the climax nears, the humans starting going through rip offs of Star Wars and The Matrix.

Rip offs of Star Wars and The Matrix in the middle of a Godzilla movie.

Again, like the final seasons of Teen Titans and Justice League, the whole attitude was, "This is the last one, so forget plot! Let's just throw in all the cool shit we want to see."

There's even a swaggering American who weilds a katana and talks like John Wayne. In a movie like this, I believe that's called "the kitchen sink."

It...it has to be seen to be believed.

Rent Godzilla: Final Wars. You will not be disappointed.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Weird Al's new album stats

So, last night, over at the Official "Weird Al" Yankovic website, they unveiled the specs on Weird Al's new album, Straight Outta Lynwood. Firstly, they tell us we can expect parodies of songs by:

- Chamillionaire

- Green Day

- Usher

- R. Kelly

- Taylor Hicks

In fact, over at Chamillionaire's MySpace page, Chamillionaire has said that Weird Al's first single will be "White and Nerdy," a parody of Chamillionaire's "Ridin'".

But the BIG news is that Straight Outta Lynwood is a DualDisc. This means that side 1 is the CD, and side 2 is a DVD! What's on this DVD?

- Instrumental mixes of all the songs, remastered in 5.1 surround sound, and with optional karaoke lyrics on screen.

- A 9-minute documentary on the making of the album.

And the big news....


Rumor is that all 6 videos will be animated. Ren and Stimpy animator John Krikfalusi has been saying for months that he did one.

September 26 is the big day.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pirates review and varioius news bits

Well, back on Monday, when I went into Edmonton to buy those DVDs, I also went to see that pirate movie that every one's talking about....

Click here to read my review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Well, my week has been ruined.

Here, I swung by Amazon.ca to start pricing out The Weird Al Show: the Complete Series only to find that, for some odd reason, here in Canada, it's been pushed back two weeks - to August 29.

That's a bummer.

And here's an interesting tidbit.

Kevin Smith's been doing his Q&A thing again, and he revealed that his next film will be...

a horror movie.

Yup. Smith figures after making nothing but comedies, it's time to try something different. It'll be a hard core horror film, not some horror-comedy, and Smith also implied that it'll be an old school, 1980s-style slasher film.

I usually avoid scary movies, but I think I'll make an exception for this one.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Feeding the Addiction

Well, I was blessed with having the holiday Monday off, so I went down to Edmonton and foolishly spent lots of money on more DVDs. What did I get?

V for Vendetta - Naturally. Book was better, but it's still a pretty good film. I got the limited, 2-disc special edition, naturally. As an Easter egg, they've got that gangsta rap music video that Natalie Portman did on Saturday Night Live. As many websites have lamented, is it really an Easter egg if they advertise it as one of the bonus features?

Jack of All Trades: The Complete Series - Oh...my...God. This is one of the funniest TV shows ever made. The year is 1801. Jack Stiles is the best secret agent in the USA. For his latest mission, Jack is sent to the South Pacific island of Palau Palau. His current mission: foil the plans of the French governor, and thus slow Napoleon's advance across the globe. He does this by donning the guise of a Zorro-like crusader called the Daring Dragoon. He is aided in his mission by super-sexy British spy Emilia Rothschilde.

The history of the show: The year was 2000. That relic of the 1990s, Hercules: The Legendary Journies, had just gone off the air. Universal Studios asked the executive producer of Hercules, Sam Raimi (yes, the director of the Spider-Man movies), to cook up a replacement. Raimi came up with the back-to-back action hour: two, half-hour action shows. The first one was the campy sci-fi epic Cleopatra 2525. The second one was Jack of All Trades, a vehicle for Raimi's old friend Bruce Campbell. Campbell, of course, plays Jack Stiles.

And seriously, it's Campbell who makes the show what it is.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sorry, no podcast

Well, my hard drive has smartened up...kinda. It's now doing it's constantly running thing, which ruins every take when I try to record something.

Again, with this problem, all I have to do is leave it on and running and it'll eventually run itself out.

But this is it. I"m now looking for a new computer.

Laptops Suck

Well, after a year of my hard drive making funny scratching sounds, my laptop finally quit on me today. There I was, typing up some prep notes so I could record this week's podcast, and just auddenly restarted.

And kept restarting. And restarting. Stuck in an endless loop of restarting.

This has happened a couple of times before...sometimes, if I leave it for an hour, I will be able to successfully restart it. But I don't think so this time.

As always happens in these situations, I'm left scrambling, trying to remember the last time I made backups. I think it was around six months ago...right before I started doing my podcasts, so of course, all my podcasts are lost, as is my intro, my extro and all the fake commercials I made for my podcast.

Lucky for me, though, my resume and demo tapes are still safely backed up at this section of my website.

I think my back up discs may have been lost, though. Back in Entwistle, I left them carelessly unlabled and on top of the CD spool, so I'm about 90% certain that my parents have thrown them out by now, saying to themselves, "stupid defective blank CD that won't work."

So, I rebuild. I start over from scratch. But first things first. I need a new computer. Something I can't really afford right now, because my rent and my student loan payments consume a whole month's pay.

Although, now seems to be a good time to buy a new computer. Everything's on sale for back to school. And my company does have this really nice employee computer purchase plan that I've been considering taking advantage of....

The moral of this story is the same as it always is: Back up your hard drive frequently. Once a month, at least. My new machine will have a DVD burner, so that way, all I have to do is drag and drop onto a blank DVD. With a blank DVD holding about 5G, that's more than enough to back up one hard drive.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Cars on DVD

Well, Disney has announced the DVD of Cars, and Pixar fans all over are shocked. Why? Well, every Pixar DVD to date has been a loaded-to-the-nuts super-special edition. Cars is just going to be a single-disc release, with bonus features that seem sparse in comparison. What you get:

Mater and the Ghost Light - As per new Pixar tradition, there's an original animated short. This is the latest.

One Man Band - The Oscar nominated short film that you saw in front of the film in theatres.

- 4 cut scenes

- The Inspiration for Cars featurette

- and a trailer for Pixar's next film, Ratatouille

November 7 is the magic day.

Ah, OK. I did a little more poking around online. According to some VP of Marketing for Disney, Cars is so skimpy on bonus materials because they're only sticking with the popular features as part of a new marketing strategies. Hence, animated shorts and promotional stuff for the next.

Dude, Disney's gotta go back to the marketing strategy they did for DVDs about 6 years ago. Release 2 editions of each DVD: a single disc version, skimpy on bonus features for the Wal-Mart market, and a 2-disc mega-ultimate edition for nerds like me.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

X-Men 3 on DVD

Well, we got the official announcement on the X-Men: The Last Stand DVD. It comes out on October 3. it's going to be a single-disc special edition. Here's what you get for bonus stuff:

- running commentary with director Brett Ratner, and writers Zask Penn and Simon Kinberg
- running commentary with producers Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Ralph Winter
- deleted scenes
- 3 alternate endings
- 3 different sets of menus (like on the Star Wars DVDs)
- a preview for Ben Stiller's next film, A Night at the Museum
- trailers for all of 20th Century Fox's Marvel films (Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four)

And that's it. There'll also be a Collector's Edition, which comes with a 100-page comic book featuring a new X-Men story written by Stan Lee, and Stan Lee's favourite X-Men stories.

Oh, and of course, a boxed set of all 3 films.

October 3!


Some of you may have recently gotten a phone call from Samuel L. Jackson, reaming you out and then ultimatly telling you to take me to see Snakes on a Plane.

Wanna know how I did that?

Go to this website, type in your friend's name, your name, and just choose the insults of your choice. Then, enter your phone number, and the phone number of your friend.

It's just that simple. And free.

So, go for it. Get Samuel L. Jackson to call up your friends and tell them to take you to Snakes on a Plane.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

1000 Years Ago, Superstition and the Sword Ruled....

At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, Gargoyles co-creator Greg Weissman told the crowd that, if you want to see Garogoyles: Season 2, Volume 2 on DVD, the best way to do that is to tell 1000 people that Gargoyles is on DVD.

Consider yourself told.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New Batman Movie News!

After months of rumouring, it's finally official!

Heath Ledger is the Joker!

This is all for the big sequel to Batman Begins. And, we also have a title for the next Bat-film. And no, it WILL NOT be Batman Continues, as originally joked about.

The next Batman movie will be called....

The Dark Knight.

Christopher Nolan has officially signed on to come back and direct. The screenplay was written by Nolan and David S. Goyer, with a final polish by Nolan's brother Jonathan.

The start filming early in 2007, for a summer 2008 release.

What do you think of today's arty innovation? Instead of listing everything that all those movie folks did, I just linked to their Internet Movie Database entries.