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Is this THE League of Gentlemen? (1)

chrisseaton (573490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313591)

As in the BBC?

Re:Is this THE League of Gentlemen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313615)

no.

Re:Is this THE League of Gentlemen? (1)

vistic (556838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313627)

That was my first thought, too. Some sort of special episode or something.

I have the American Series 1 DVD, and while I was in London in October I picked up Series 2 and also League of Gentleman Live at Drury Lane.

I even considered seeing the play "Art", since the three were in it (according to the Underground posters).

Damn, I love that show.

Re:Is this THE League of Gentlemen? (1)

Tanami (601011) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313628)

Sadly not - it's some hollywood looking thing with Sean Connery.

Pity, because I caught the LoG christmas special once (never watched the series - they kept showing them at bad times), and the bit about the curse of the monkey bollocks had me scared/in stiches* (*=delete as appropriate).

Re:Is this THE League of Gentlemen? (1)

Lshmael (603746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313772)

No, this is the "League of Extaordinary Gentlemen," (see the page title) not to be confused with the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," the "League of Gentlemen," the BBC, or the MPAA.

FIRSSTTT POSTTTT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313594)



brought by a dvorak keyboard.

bonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng!

Latest reports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313597)

According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.
Pi3.142

first muthafukin post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313599)

furst post botches and HOES

This looks retarded. (-1, Flamebait)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313605)

Totally trying to capitalize on the x-men franchise.

Re:This looks retarded. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313637)

Marketroid summary:

Xmen set in the 19th century

Re:This looks retarded. (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313695)

It looks like it's being lined up as one of Hollywood's summer blockbusters. That to me is as good as any reason to avoid it. They're always crap and substanceless, and often extremely unoriginal and cliched. They're for the brain dead (primetime NBC viewers???) and I won't waste my money on them.

Why not explain what the League is??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313608)

Why not explain what the League is in the description???

Or is it cool to pretend that obviously we all know?

Sounds like fun (0)

Moderator (189749) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313610)

Looks like something I could watch while I'm waiting for the Red Dwarf movie to come out this winter.

"since I'm downloading at under 3k?" (2, Insightful)

koi88 (640490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313611)

I had the trailer in 20 seconds...

Maybe you should finally get rid of that 36.6Kbit/s Modem...

Yeah, trailer looks good-- but what is it? Am I supposed to know that?

Re:"since I'm downloading at under 3k?" (1)

Hanji (626246) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313618)

I had the trailer in 20 seconds...
Ditto that. I had it streaming at better-than-realtime as well.
What kind of connecction DOES this guy have?

Re:"since I'm downloading at under 3k?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313647)

Not everyne can get broadband you know. I costs a small fortune ($800 a year for 500k capped ADSL where I live)

If you're determined to compare dick sizes, I had it in 3 secs on a college connection.

Re:"since I'm downloading at under 3k?" (1)

op51n (544058) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313655)

and not everyone lives in a country dedicated to actually supplying broadband to all. Let alone being able to get it living 60 miles from the nearest cities that offer it.
*shakes fist at evil stupid government promises*

"League of Extraordinary Gentleman"... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313612)

...and you get modded down on Slashdot when you write that Apple has a reputation for "gay" computers.

Seriously (1)

Ligur (453963) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313619)

What is with the sudden onslaught of superhero movies?

Re:Seriously (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313632)

Grown-up comic book nerds dominating parts of Hollywood, or, perhabs, parts of the paying audience?

Re:Seriously (4, Interesting)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313650)

What is with the sudden onslaught of superhero movies?

Interesting point. In times of trouble (war, for instance) people need heroes. I have seen many news stories to this effect. Its a 'nurture' type need. For those of us in the US, a few more heroes would be a good thing, post 9-11.

In trying times, people don't want to see the bad guys win, and movie makers know that. I would imagine many projects where "good wins over evil" that were sitting on the sidelines pre 9-11 were given a second look, and we are just now beginning to see the fruits of this.

Re:Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313691)

Marvel was going (or went?) bankrupt, and needed to cash in on their properties.... thus the onslaught of Marvel-character based movies (Xmen, Spiderman, Dare Devil, the Hulk)... I guess it's caught on as a trend.

Sudden? (2, Funny)

Animus Howard (643891) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313764)


> What is with the sudden onslaught of superhero movies?

Yep, ever since Superman came out.

In 1978.

That's about the time special effects were making large leaps forward (no pun intended) and it was finally possible to make a realistic-looking flying man. The Superman tagline was "You'll believe a man can fly".

Now we are seeing the results of a new generation of low-cost, high-power computers, which make realistic effect cheaper and cheaper.

Superhero movies are a necessary result of Moore's Law.

Re:Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313771)

We are going to war. You will see a jump in war-movie programming as well.

They ran out of original ideas (1)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313782)

They ran out of original ideas. That's why they're currently trying to milk comic books (and old tv shows, old cartoons - see Scooby Doo, The Brady Bunch Movie, etc)

I have no idea.. (1)

sjwt (161428) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313620)

none what so ever as to what this is about,
but damm the ''effects'' make it look like
a cartoon, as in you have foreground and background, nothing inbetween, teh car at the start looks fake as.. i hope they put some more work into this..

seems like it coudl be good..

LXG? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313622)

Seems like someone saw X-men, Batman and The City of Lost Children and said, I can do that.

Actually, it looks better than X-Men ever did. Here is to hoping.

Foolish Title (3, Informative)

Yurian (164643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313624)

Can't help but think they messed up naming this one - everyone (in the UK anyway) is going to confuse it with the League of Gentlemen - a very twisted black comedy.

Re:Foolish Title (3)

17028 (122384) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313660)

Well, it IS named after a comic book series, so I think it would be messing up to name it something else. But maybe that's just me. :P

Re:Foolish Title (1)

Yurian (164643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313676)


Ah, well, that would explain it then.

Never heard of it, unfortunately. Still, I reckon it'll confuse a lot of people.

Re:Just the link (2, Informative)

ahaning (108463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313681)

That's just a reference file. What I've done in the past for downloading the full file is to get ethereal for Windows (you'll also need winpcap). Then, start a capture. Start the movie streaming. Wait a second or two. Then, stop the capture and find a packet that was going to or from your machine and the apple streaming server. Right-click on that packet and select "Follow TCP stream". You'll get a window that shows the data that went between the apple server and your machine. One machine's data will be in a reddish color, the other in blue. Save this as a text file (or copy-paste into notepad). At one point, you'll see a line for what server your machine went to. Nearby, you'll see GET /some/path/movie.mov where "/some/path" is a long directory path to the movie.mov. Put these two parts together, append "http://" and use wget or whatever to download the movie.

Simple ;-)

Re:Just the link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313774)

Or you could just cat the cleartext reference mov file.

Re:Just the link (1)

ahaning (108463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313783)

Please elaborate. Mine just has links like this:

http://a772.g.akamai.net/5/772/51/068bfad3cafe79 /1 a1a1aaa2198c627970773d80669d84574a8d80d3cb12453c02 589f25382f668c9329e0375e81788fc5bcb3aad2186f86b/qt 5gateQT4.1.2.mov

with extra junk around them.

Maybe you have some cookies enabled that give you a link to something else?

Re:Just the link (4, Informative)

James Lanfear (34124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313694)

That only gave me a 1K... something (I assume it's supposed to switch me to the trailer stream, but I'm using mplayer so it didn't work too well). The full trailer is available here [akamai.net].

Re:Just the link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313717)

Umm... Akamai has a network of streaming servers all over the world. Posting a link to one of them defeats the whole purpose.

If you go to Apple's website and watch the trailer, the closest Akamai server will be chosen, giving you way much better performance. That link you posted works great for you, but not for others (as one reply noted, he got 1K/s from it).

Visit their website, http://www.akamai.com, for more information.

Re:Just the link (2, Informative)

James Lanfear (34124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313758)

Akamai has a network of streaming servers all over the world. Posting a link to one of them defeats the whole purpose.

Well, if the selection is done when you hit the trailer page (before you stream), then you can just view the page source, grep for "lxg_480.mov", copy the URL, change the filename to "lxg_m480.mov", and try that.

as one reply noted, he got 1K/s from it

I assume you're talking about me. My comment was about the size of the file (the reference file is ~1400 bytes), not the transfer speed (which was quite nice).

Weird name, great trailer (2, Informative)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313626)

Name is kinda weird, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (sounds more like a Monte Python parody) but the trailer looked pretty damn good. A bit gothic, but good.

Re:Weird name, great trailer (1, Troll)

Emmettfish (573105) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313668)

Name is kinda weird, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (sounds more like a Monte Python parody) but the trailer looked pretty damn good. A bit gothic, but good.

That's probably because it's set in Victorian England.

Emmett Plant [mailto]
CEO, Xiph.Org Foundation [xiph.org]

excellent! (1)

cap'n foolsy (635911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313633)

now this is one "comic book" movie that i've been waiting for. the characters may not exactly have amazing powers, but they've definitely got a lot more going for them in terms of depth and charm. i'm sorry, but i found the X-men (in the movie, folks) to be flat and uninteresting.

Alan Quartermain is going to kick some serious butt.

Re:excellent! (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) (2, Interesting)

SamSpectre (412989) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313734)

This is an excellent Alan Moore comic book (Watchmen, From Hell, etc.) but from looking at the trailer (two days ago at the Daredevil movie) I can already tell that they're taking liberties with the story and characters. The most blatant of these IMO is Wilhemina Murray (Harker) who in the comic (and the book) never becomes a vampire. In the trailer, she's manifesting out of bats, etc. I guess having a regular but strong woman-figure among the likes of Captain Nemo, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man was just not enough for viewing audiences. A good (well-researched comic) that will be gutted in the movie.

Looks like typical shite to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313634)

Looks shite, named shite, and undoubtably will do shite.

Nothing like the incredible comic book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313638)

Should that surprise anyone here? Too bad. Look at what they did to Birds of Prey. Serves it right, being cancelled.

looks good, but just like XMen (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313641)

... but XMen was good too, so who cares... it has to be better than Daredevil, and that's the important thing.

And they laughed. (1)

Hey_bob (6104) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313646)

Caught the trailer before Dare-Devil (was ok, rent it).. So, the trailer played, then it came up with the title, "Leauge of extrordinary Gentleman"/LXG, at the end.. and everyone laughed. I've never heard of it before.. so first thing that came to mind was "ripoff.."

LXG! (3, Interesting)

Nathan Brazil (13299) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313651)

I saw the trailer before Daredevil, and I have to say, this could be incredibly good, or it can be the worst thing ever to grace the silver screen, beyond the badness of Batman and Robin. There will be no halfways on this thing.

I was really psyched by the various characterizations, though; they seemed spot-on. And the voiceover sounds like they kept the, um, moral ambiguity aspect of the Alan Moore stuff. Hopefully he had a large hand in the story/script...

Too bad Sean Connery is such a bigger star than anyone else; this means that the center of the story is likely to be Alan Quatermain, rather than, um, whatsherface. I wonder if he will be the leader, just because of the star power present there...

Re:LXG! (2, Funny)

jcdick1 (254644) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313713)

"whatsherface"?

Yes, I suppose he will be the star of the show, but for some of us, the opportunity to see Peta Wilson of La Femme Nikita all vamped out is definitely something to look forward to!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (5, Informative)

bguilliams (68934) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313652)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book written by Alan Moore. The movie is extremely loosely based upon the first six issues, which comprise the first volume. The movie, due to its rather frightening changes, has a rather high suck-potential, but the trailer gave me hope.

The comic books are very good, however. Alan Moore has read every book ever written. And he really likes the ones written in and about Victorian England. In the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reality, just about every book and character ever written is real. The level of detail is astounding. Check it out.

B.

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (4, Insightful)

17028 (122384) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313689)

Kudos for knowing what the heck you are talking about, compared to most of the other comments.

I was a little disappointed that the trailer was all action, and didn't give any feeling about the theme. It would've been cool to at least start the trailer with the cobblestone streets and horse-drawn coaches to show that it is the 19th Century, and not the 1930s like it seems based on the car shots. They didn't move it in time, did they??

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (0, Flamebait)

chrisseaton (573490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313710)

An American writing about Victorian England? Oh dear...

I hope it isn't all "Awright mate! Ow's the misses?" and "We really hit that bad guy for six"

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (3, Informative)

rogerbo (74443) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313743)

Alan Moore is very British, he used to write for 2000AD years ago before he moved to DC Comics to write "The Watchmen".

"The Ballad of Halo Jones" is his best work during the time he was writing for 2000AD, very worthwhile and available in Graphic Novel form. "Dr and Quinch" comes a close second but is probably harder to find.

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1)

crizh (257304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313773)

"Dr and Quinch"

hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe....

I had forgotten they even existed and then it all suddenly came flooding back....

Utter madness/genius.

Thanks for the reminder, it has cheered my day up no end.

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313778)

>>he used to write for 2000AD years ago

About 3 years ago, right?

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1)

pldms (136522) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313757)

An American writing about Victorian England? Oh dear...

Alan Moore, you will be pleased to learn, is English. He lives in Northampton, IIRC.

Re:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (3, Informative)

pldms (136522) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313736)

Um - 'real'? As in fictional ;-) ? They are taken from other works of fiction - often Victorian.

Jess Nevin's annotations [enjolrasworld.com] are an invaluable companion to the original books.

Volume two is in progress currently - the fifth one should be out at the end of this month (IIRC).

i would download it... (0, Troll)

lordsid (629982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313656)

but just like with the matrix short they released it's in quicktime, now when i installed that horrible program on my computer it completely took over all of my media. after i watched the matrix preview i imediately uninstalled that piece of crap. so what i'm really saying is: Movie industry you aren't making any friends by letting apple host your previews.

Re:i would download it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313729)

Hear, hear. Some Machead just posted an MP4 audio clip today, I had to download their Quicktime thing to play it. What, MP3 isn't good enough?

As a former Machead who SWITCHED OFF: Thanks for pushing new standards on us all the time so we have to constantly upgrade our hardware and software, Apple. Really appreciate having my brand new laptop obsoleted by the time I get it home.

All media players do this (2, Informative)

seldolivaw (179178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313747)

Every media player in existence (RealOne, Windows Media, QuickTime, even Winamp3) attempt to register themselves as the default player of every type of media they support on installation. I have all four installed, with no major conflicts -- it's really not hard to pick "advanced installation" when you install it and change the settings for file types. Even the fairly devious installation routine for RealONE lets you do that.

Don't rag on Quicktime just because you're too lazy to read the screens during the installation. Quicktime is a great player.

Re:i would download it... (1)

jeffasselin (566598) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313786)

You're just another poor Apple-basher. As if Realplayer and Windows Media PLayer, and every other player isn't the same. At least quicktime lets you CHOOSE which media you want to associate easily, and doesn't try taking control of everything else (read RealPlayer) if you tell it not to. Quicktime is the best video technology out there, that's why they're using it.

Collector's edition (4, Informative)

delfstrom (205488) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313663)

Buy the original graphic novel now [barnesandnoble.com] before it is out of print and zooms up in price.

Re:Collector's edition (1)

pldms (136522) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313777)

I have the original collection in hardback, which is out of print. Want to make an offer :-)

(the film looks dodgy, so I'm guessing it will go down in price)

Re:Collector's edition (2, Funny)

gosquad (122364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313795)

...or if the movie sucks (and it looks like it just might) sell it now before the value drops..

Anyone wanna buy my Howard the Duck #1?

-gosquad

... And it looks truly awful. (2, Insightful)

Lproven (6030) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313664)

A mindless SFX extravaganza with none of the original's wit, subtlety, irony, cleverness, in-jokes, immaculate period references and panache.

I was going to say, a fine opportunity wasted, but I don't think it was. The League was too sophisticated for the type of audience attracted to a movie derived from a comic in the West. They mainly want mindless violent-action crap, such as Dardevil appears to be.

Ignore the movie. Alan Moore's stuff is too good for movies; this looks to be a travesty even more egregious than the appalling From Hell. Read the book, instead. It's pure, inspired brilliance, with breathtakingly intricate Kev O'Neill artwork to match.

Yes, indeed. (-1)

BlackTriangle (581416) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313673)

Comic books are known to attract the social tards. And in your case, apparently, the pseudo-intellects as well.

Re:Yes, indeed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313705)

..that would be "pseudo-intellectuals". I guess you're not even among those ranks.

Re:... And it looks truly awful. (1)

Nakanai_de (647766) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313709)

A mindless SFX extravaganza with none of the original's wit, subtlety, irony, cleverness, in-jokes, immaculate period references and panache.

Umm...you're getting all that from a 30-sec preview? Have you read the script? Or are you just talking out of your ass?

Always look on the bright side of life (1)

EnlightenmentFan (617608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313768)

...none of the original's wit, subtlety, irony, cleverness, in-jokes, immaculate period references and panache.

Hard to convey these in a short, short trailer...

Good news for those of you of the male persuasion--a movie with Sean Connery is a movie your girlfriend would probably like to see.

what I saw... (1)

VEGx (576738) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313670)

...it looks like another movie that sucks... but hey you can't satisfy all tastes... some of you will think it's SUPER...

Some basic Info (5, Informative)

Gryftir (161058) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313671)

The league of Extraordinary Gentleman was a Comic written by Alan Moore (at least for some time, I haven't read it myself though I've heard about it).
Basically it consists of pulp heros and villains, like alan quartermain (as in Alan quartermain and the lost city of gold, which i have seen, No imdb but plot synopsis here. [amctv.com] )
Basically Moore rewrites the characters of british pulp mythology in ways reminiscent of The Watchmen.
The Invisible man has sex with girls at a boarding school. It's that kind of comic I guess.

Expanation - League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (5, Informative)

mjhaynes (604572) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313672)

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is a very successful comic book written by Alan Moore, who also wrote "Watchmen" with Dave Gibbons (THE comic book of the '80s) and "From Hell" with Eddie Campbell (which was recently made into a movie with Johnny Depp and Heather Graham).

The comic book follows the adventures of several fictional Victorian characters (like Alan Quartermain and the Invisible Man).

For more information on Alan Moore, you should check out The Alan Moore Fansite [alanmoorefansite.com]. LoEG is really worth the read.

well (4, Informative)

cap'n foolsy (635911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313678)

it looks like a lot of people haven't heard of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and are passing this off as a matrix/x-men/whatnot ripoff.

come on guys, this is a comic book. i thought you were geeks? ;) true, it has the slick look of just about any another special-effects movie, but give it a chance. if you want to know more about the comic book, take a look here [wildstorm.com].

Re:well (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313711)

I thought geeks were supposed to innovative, orginal and in to whatever interests them. That doesn't mean they all have to do the same thing just because it's not popular culture. That just sounds cliquey to me, and to be honest, there are some geeks I don't want to be seen within 10 miles of, let alone be associated with them due to my interests. ;)

Re:well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313727)

since when did geek mean mindless moron?

WTF?? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313692)

So that's friggin newsworthy on /. ? If it actually somehow is, someone please enlighten me. Thank you.

-- Laureth

Background Info (5, Informative)

Armarius (595436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313693)

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is kinda like X-Men 1800's sytle with a dash of James Bond both in story and because it includes Sean Connery.

The League is a recuited by MI-5 to protect England and includes Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea," Alan Quartermain from H. Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines," and Jekyll/Hyde of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", H. G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" and Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

From the Alan Moore graphical novel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1563898586 [amazon.com]

Oh Boy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313697)

What a dumb way to confuse your audience. Won't everyone confuse this with League of Gentlemen in the UK?

URL for a Panel to Panel Explanation of the LoEG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313720)

Heres an interesting web about annotations for the first LoEG miniseries. Its a comic-book with thousand of references of Victorian Era Fantasy.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/7160/ann os .html

Ah, for anyone interesting to know what genre is this thing, its called STEAMPUNK (yes, the same thing like Wild Wild West or the extraordinary book by Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates)

The trailer looked good (2, Insightful)

osgeek (239988) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313726)

But then again, it's seldom that trailers don't look good, assuming you like the actors and the genre.

God knows that having Sean in it tells us nothing about the movie's quality. He lets himself appear in some real stinkers.

Here's hoping for the best...

Duplicate the commercial success of Mysterymen? (2, Funny)

sam_handelman (519767) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313737)

Alternatively, maybe they're hoping to duplicate the out-of-control appeal of Dick Tracy.

No one is going to see this movie.

I might, some of my friends definitely will, and some other slashdotters, but this movie is going to bomb. I want to know how a group of people can make decisions which are, at the same time, totally driven by greed and, at the same time, so obviously directed towards utter commercial failure.

Doesn't sound like a bad audience... (1)

seldolivaw (179178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313761)

No one is going to see this movie. I might, some of my friends definitely will, and some other slashdotters...

That sounds like its target audience to me. X-men, Spiderman and the Matrix seemed to do quite well, with pretty much the same demographic...

As Sean Connery would say on celebrity Jeopardy.. (1)

Frank of Earth (126705) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313744)

.. "I'll take movies that will suck for 2000, Trebbek"

"That's not a real category, Mr. Connery"

"It was last night when I was with your Mother! HAR HAR HAR"

logic? (3, Funny)

matt4077 (581118) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313748)

complaining about a low download speed on slashdot is certainly the best way to improve it...

A script to download the movie in Linux (1)

omnirealm (244599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313759)

Here is a script [byu.edu] I hacked up a while back to automatically download trailers from Apple's website. Just pass the resulting filename to the player of your choice. It is written in Ruby, and I use MPlayer. You can use it by doing a copy-and-paste of the URL in the story as a parameter on the command line (watch out for the lameness filter putting a space in the filename near the end after an underscore character; they really need to fix the problem in a real way, like using CSS right :-):

playtrailer.rb http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/lxg/lxg_trailer_ large.html

Horrible Marketing (1)

hephaist0s (627532) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313779)

Absolutely wonderful comics that look like they've been made into a horrible movie.. or at the very least, they have no idea how to market it and have just thrown the movie into the same "preview-making machine" that makes all previews look the same. "LXG?" We don't need stupid "T2"-style tage for every single movie, do we? What's wrong with occasionally using the NAME? But the marketing people think everything new has to look like everything else for people to like it... The comics are funny, clever, and inventive... there must be a market for that too.

Re:Horrible Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313792)

I agree - While I am excited for this movie they tagged it with a stupid LXG name so people who don't know what it is will think it's another X-Men or something. This movie should be a little more sophisticated seeing as it some of the smartest fictional characters portayed, but it may have been dumbed down for the average movie goer. Let's hope and see.

What happened to Slashdot? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5313780)

When did we go from "freedom-loving hardcore-coding geeks" to "Quicktime-trailer-downloading, websurfing, loafing-around-uselessly consumers"?

We used to OWN the means of production, man! We used to be self-reliant and rebellious! Now we let Apple spoon-feed us this crap - if we hadn't all "switched", Linux would be twice the OS that OSX is. You switchers all took the easy way out, and I can't respect that. We have a chance to make our own version of OSX, except completely free and open and devoid of corporate control and manipulation. But you quitters all "needed" a pretty GUI and no-brain installations and bailed before it was finished. Pathetic. Instant gratification. Weakness.

And Slashdot, bastion of geekness, crumbled under the weight of "ease of use". Jeezus, am I the only guy who thinks taking 10 minutes to configure an OS is a small price to pay for freedom from our corporate masters?

Totally disappointed in the quality drop at Slashdot. Unbelievable. It's really turned into a "fluff news haven". Once these people got Macs, they gave up all productive geekiness for their new unproductive and worshipful Mac geekiness.

btw, This article isn't news, it's an ad.

LXG Trailer (2, Interesting)

cptgrudge (177113) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313784)

I went to see Daredevil this weekend, and I saw the trailer for this. One of my buddies next to me gasped and said, "Nooo! Sean Connery! Why? You don't need the money!" Then he started in with some fake weeping.

I dunno. It doesn't look all that "extraordindary" to me. Just some slick CG from what I could see. In this day and age, the eye candy won't make the movie. Just look at Final Fantasy. My interest is piqued, I guess, but the trailer didn't convince me.

Compare this with the X-Men 2 trailer that also played. Just as good of CG as LXG, but with a healthy dose of plot. I suppose it could be that it's already riding on the success of the first one, and perhaps they are going with the whole "mystery" thing to get word of mouth going. And maybe I'm also full of BS, but I think that even non-comic book readers would be more likely to see X2 instead of LXG. Too many acronyms?

I'll reserve any final judgement (as if my opinion means anything) until I get more info on the plot. But many potentially good movies are bad because Hollywood thought they could dazzle moviegoers with distractions instead of paying attention to plot.

As long as they don't touch "V"... (1)

oscillateur (410978) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313796)

Well, it looks like Alan Moore's comics start (after more than 20 years) gaining attention. I'd like to know his degree of involvement in this btw, as he usually lives like an ermit and I'd be surprised if he had his word to say for anything in the movie.

But more importantly, as long as nobody tries to butcher "V for vendetta" (one of the best piece of graphic literature ever written imo), we should be ok...

A trend for the times... (3, Insightful)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5313799)

Between LotR and all the comic-book films of the last few years, you'd think that the film industry has gone ga-ga over the simplistic "good vs. evil" genre. But you know what? It's actually a prefect fit for these times. The debate over war in Iraq, the neverending saga of Israel & Palestine, and the blackmailing tactics of North Korea all serve as focal points for this topic. Of course, the tone was set in W's State of the Union address last year, with the "Axis of Evil".

Hollywood seems to follow a pack mentality at times, but this time I think they've actually hit the right cultural spot...

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