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Those Damn Dirty Apes – 9 Dec 2016

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The trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes was released, and watching it, I’m quite a bit less interested than with the first two. However, I did find it interesting that, in this brief scene, there’s a gorilla fighting WITH Woody Harrelson’s guys… link!

Meanwhile:

– Having finished Westworld the other day, I went back and rewatched the full Ghost in the Shell trailer. They cyberpunk kid in me is just at full-load excited about this stuff. Take another look, why don’t you…
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– Happy holidays: here’s an AI written christmas carol I can completely see being piped through the public speakers while renegade robots slaughter everyone in the plaza, tinsel and organ paste and what not everywhere. Make your time.
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– Speaking of Westworld, it’s hard enough to marry Jimmi Simpson’s portrayal of William with his earlier recurring role on Always Sunny… somehow, though, I never noted he was also Lyle the Intern on the Letterman Show… link!

– I watched the latest Logan trailer again in front of Doctor Toleyou, and man, I have to agree, it’s looking great. link!

– oh look: another expensive BB-8 product I MUST HAVE. link!

– well, the good news is apparently Snoke will be animatronic in SW VIII if this is to be believed. That’s happy stuff for me. The bad news is he’s apparently still massive, and I’m not thrilled about that. I was hoping that was just some hologram propaganda thing. Anyway. link!


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Its Hot and Wet – Also, Spider-Man 08 Dec 2016

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Coming to you from a storm in Honolulu… here’s the new Spidey trailer which you have surely watched 33 times. I’m quite satisfied.
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Meanwhile, THIS:

– The incredibly nuanced soundtrack for Westworld is now available for free streamed from Spotify. link!

– More misc. stuff on Ghost in the Shell. I forgot to mention, I thought it was pretty savvy that they used those little scrambled clips from the film we’ve seen before, but interrupting movie theatre bumpers, during Doctor Strange… like, ‘get your popcorn and coke over th—‘ and then it blurs into geishabots… link!

And speaking of Doctor Strange (review and podcast forthcoming) it is killing it in a way I didn’t expect at all, with all the no-punching and much-talking and even-more-drug… even against a Disney film. i mean a Disney Princess film. link!

– The next X-Men movie is apparently starting production on the Dark Phoenix saga… which won’t be a saga, but a highly compressed film… which I’m actually all for because I quite liked Jean and Scott in the most recent semi-hot mess. link! and PS… I was not a fan of James Marsters as Cyclops back then, being all rigid and blank, but on Westworld he’s really great. I can’t help but imagine him playing Scott Summers in a more nuanced role, perhaps something like what happened in the comics over the last few years… the red suit and the global takeovers and the Phoenix business and the basic villainy.

– Great article on one of my favorite Marvel characters in recent years: the Latina, gay, teen Captain America Chavez. link!

Bonus, my last illustration of her:

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– If you’re willing to pay for the extra content in the insidious/Darth Sidious system Sony has set up for DLC, you can play Jyn Erso in Rogue One… link!

– Nerd alert: check out the original edition of D&D… I’m always fascinated by those early days unwittingly kicking off an entire industry that was highly formative in my youth. link!

– If you liked Dexter, and you plan to pre-like Iron Fist (as I do) then you’ll find Inhumans in capable hands. link!

– If you know your George Miller Justice League that wasn’t history, you know Armie Hammer was almost in the red undies. Signs might suggest he’s heading for green ones next… link!

– Finally, I had SUCH low expectations, but Legion on FOX looks REALLY GOOD. link!

Now, the eternal sleep. Until morning. Or more TRDL work, not sure yet!


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That Must be So Embarrassing! – 5 Dec 2016

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– So the GoG2 teaser trailer was the talk of the weekend on the interwebs. I watched it the first few times in difficult listening conditions so it’s only been today that I’ve seen it in full screen with audio. Yeah, it’s pretty glorious. And while the Grootisms are indeed awesome, the takeaway that has me laughing each time I watch is Drax, laughing about Mantis’ ‘inner secrets’ power, gleefully chanting ‘DO ME!’
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Meanwhile:

– The other big trailer as of last night was The Mummy. This seemed so dodgy on paper. But I really like Tom Cruise movies and from what I’m seeing here, despite how derivative it looks, it still looks FUN. So I’m supportive. Optimism, I drink it like water and it sustains me. Unless it doesn’t. link!
Plus, bonus stuffs: link!

– Check out the new Netflix documentary on Floyd Norman, the first african-american animator at Disney. It’s a hills and valleys thing, and pretty interesting. I mean, I think it is. I just read the thing, I havent seen the doc yet. But let’s assume so. link!

– I’m not even embarrassed about wanting that snow gear parka: link!

– It’s promo material for the Thai market… so it may not be 100% but it’s close enough to know ME NO LIKEY. But whatever. My general sense is: if they make Thor into a galactic gladiator buddy road trip comedy, it can’t get any worse than the second film tonally. link!

– Spectral is a Netflix film starring James Badge Dale (?) of one time 24 fame. It was made for cinematic release and then sold to Netflix instead. Normally I’d say: not a good sign, right. But Netflix has been spending money hand over fist to buy premium content so you never know. The FX look film-grade at least. Personally, I thought they couldn’t possible make ‘unstoppable/faceless/innumerable alien attack waves’ any more boring or futile… but hey, look, GHOST ALIENS. link!

– Aquaman has a release date. Which is something, but not really. The only reason I bring it up is that it reminded me of something I keep forgetting to mention in the podcast: I get how Snyder and Wan are going for this mysterious badass thing, but thematically shouldn’t he be facing TOWARDS the camera with a giant wave behind him? link!

Thats all for today. Have fun holding your breath for two weeks! ROGUEONEROGUEONEROGUEONE


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SEXY MONSTERS ARE A THING – 3 Dec 2016

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I’m a sucker for Tom Cruise (film unit, not human unit) and re-imaginingsm or redesigns if you will, or properties. So, all this? I’m on board. Plus, I still lament the way Enchantress’ second crappy cosplay costume overpowered her first rad drrty witch one in Suicide Squad, so looks like we get a redux here. Also, Annabelle Wallis from Peaky Blinders is in this and she’s CUUUUUUUTE.

Meanwhile, other things:

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– I’ve never really had a hankering to walk around in a Stormtrooper kit, like at a con or on Halloween or what have you. But seeing the Death Trooper at 1:1 scale, with that asymmetrical shoulder thing, WANT. Granted, for the record, i think the Beach Trooper is my favorite design from the film. AIM FOR THE THIGHS WE JUST GET ONE SHOT! Because, uh, no thigh armor.

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– I’m no fan of Ghost Rider. But hot damn what a cool painting!
I’d wear a sassy fur coat too if I had a demon in my skull.

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– From writer Jason LaTour. LOVE IT.

– Confirmation yesterday that Stark Upgrades for Spidey will be DITKORIFFIC. via

– THE SNOW
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– And it appears that Bryan Fuller has not only pulled away from managing ST: Discovery due to his American Gods commitments, but after the first few scripts and the overall setup of the show, he’s pretty much out of the picture. Sad to hear, given his passion was what got it going in the first place.
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Tax Collection I Can Get Behind – 28 Nov 2016

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What’s this? Tom Hiddleston potentially joining his High Rise director for an adaptation of Hard Boiled? I’m in just to see them ATTEMPT this. This visual style in and of itself seems impossible to translate to film. And don’t reference Matrix and Pacific Rim. Those are tame designs in comparison. Geoff Darrow is an odd duck and totally awesome by the way as evidenced by my brief conversation with him at Rose City Comic Con. Just giving no shits. I loved it.
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Meanwhile, a hail of bullets:

– Pacific Rim has started production. No massive kaijus spotted. What they aren’t real? HOW DARE YOU.
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-They are remaking Highlander because 2016.
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-Angela Basset has been cast as T’Challa’s mother in the Black Panther film. So surreal. I’ve wanted her for Storm since the days of our earliest fantasy castings. Hey, at least she’s getting a cool supers part.
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-Dig this, SW fans: “Portions of the lost Michel Parbot “Making of The Empire Strikes Back” documentary. It’s never been commercially released. There was broadcast of the show once on French TV. Used here with permission from the wonderful Starwarsarchives.com (Take a visit for more treasures).”
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– And here, the best pool art ever, from @tenhundred: “This David Bowie swimming pool mural was one of the craziest murals I have ever done.”
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– And here, the world’s longest samurai sword. BEGS for anime style theft and attempted use.
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– Great review of SS as a horror film, sent to me awhile back by one lung:
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– Wes Anderson made _____________ see it doesn’t even matter what it is. Just watch:
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– Mad Sheila might be the best worst chinese blockbuster knockoff ever for today:
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That is all for today. Return to your Jaeger training immediately. Those asymmetrical limb functions for no reason won’t asymmetrically work by themselves!


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Wings in Space Again? – 21 Nov 2016

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So, I’m on another attempted Rogue One blackout, ignoring all the promos and bios and the novel etc etc but I did see this image, marketing a SW themed Nissan Rogue (well)… and spotted this interesting Imperial ship that looks like a TIE pod with swept Harrier style wings. This looks not to be the other TIE variants we’ve seen in promos or in the Force Awakens concept art book (from which they’ve cribbed some stuff, or rather they’ve worked from the same source material)…
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ITEM: What? A LEGO Panama Canal? Why yes plesse plesse…
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ITEM: I was not expecting this so soon, but here is a teaser for Cars 3… for science!
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ITEM: Well, it looks like David Leitch has been confirmed for Deadpool 2.
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ITEM: Emilia Clarke hasbeen cast in an unknown role in the Han Solo film. I like her, I plan to like this film. But it points directly to something I think will be very touchy: will this be a romantic lead, or a companion/ rival/ adversary/ opponent? Because when you do a backstory of a character largely defined by their romantic entanglement, bringing in ANOTHER love interest i what constitutes a retcon flashback can misfire. Indiana Jones was established as a serial dater in that each movie had a different love interest, until it didn’t, just as an example. Here, we have four films overall where he is only attached to one love interest. Anyway, who’s to say. I personally hope she isn’t a romantic anything.
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ITEM: In this linkbait article about how tight Gal Gadot’s WW costume was, I was struck by this last part, where she was describing meeting Linda Carter. Best random awesome compliment ever: “she is eye level.”
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ITEM: I’ve been reading some less flattering things about the otherwise charming Ezra Miller lately, in terms of fan interaction and on-set behavior, but that all could be interskullduggery. However, in this interview I hear something I DO like: The Flash film featuring an amateur, less-experienced speedster. It’s really all I want to see anymore. The evolving super, the year one…
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Finally, Isla Fisher wins holiday card sending. Well, I win, by not sending any, but she comes in a close second.
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As you can see, links moving forward work. I’m still working with tech support to try and restore everything prior to last week. Patience appreciated. Also, look for an exciting (to me) announcement


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The Terrigen Mists of Broadcasting – 17 November 2016

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What an interesting development…
Marvel announced a new Inhumans TV series… financed by IMAX and debuting in theaters, fully shot on IMAX cameras (at least the first two eps sandwiched into a film) and then onto ABC as an ongoing… yet this is apparently NOT in continuity with the Marvel Agents of SHIELD series, featuring Inhumans for the last two seasons as its main plotline… even though it is not only the same owner, and the same characters, but even the same network. I have to wonder if this is just because the deal was abusiness arrangement with IMAX and the thing hasn’t been written or sorted out in any way yet. What could go wrong…
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ITEM: In talking about preparing for GitS, Scarjo included ‘room clearing’ in her list of training regimens… which pleases me greatly. GREATLY.
Room Cleaning. Not with vacuums.
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ITEM: The Skull Island trailer was released in full. Lung emailed me about it, disappointed in the direction it has apparently gone. I’m not sure. I have so low expectations. I will say this: On seeing the teasers for it, I thought they were well-crafted (if lifting heavily from other films) but I wasn’t interested in a giant ape movie, and it seemed like something mayyyybe I’d watch on Netflix. With the addition of John C Reilly and the introduction of a giant-creature ecosystem, I’m slightly more interested. Still will need pharma.
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ITEM: I never read A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I love everything I see here. Everything.
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ITEM: HAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAG Peter Jackson’s movie prop collection I want to go here to die.
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ITEM: In IG user I follow likes to post concept art that’s been released. Usually it’s stuff we’ve seen before so I blow through it (I follow actual concept artists who post their process work which is much more interesting) however, of all of the iterations from the MCU films, this version of Arnim Zola (not used, Ant Man) was the BEEEEESSSSSST. DamnI love it.

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Miscellany of interest:

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Photo of Don Joe Masseria’s corpse in 1931, Brooklyn restaurant floor… probably the origin of the Ace of Spades trope.

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I love, love, LOVE white Boba Fett. I’ve drawn him once, and will again. I have the figure, or my kids do now. Neither on fire. Yet!

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Samurai coffee [uncredited] currently my iphone lock screen. Because of course it is.

And totally unrelated, yet related, how about a Japanese commercial featuring a red samurai kicking ass at the leisure sports? HERE.

That is all. This moment has been duly noted and will be deducted from your pay.


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Upsidus Downicum! – 15 November 2016

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DOCTOR STRANGER THINGS.
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ITEM: Westworld has been renewed for S02, thankfully. The show is mesmerizing.
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ITEM: No offense to Gavin O’Conner, but this interview sounds like some sort of parody.
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ITEM: News flash: Ryan Reynolds has nice things to say about Tim Miller. Because, you know, he’s not stupid.
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ITEM: Below, an article briefly (butchering, in this post-millennial half-assed documentary style, where the narrator inserts themselves into the thing every 3 seconds) discussing the inventor of Lazer Tag. Above, MY LAZER TAG set, just found this week while going through my mother’s attic. Synchronicity!
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That is all. Back to your radioactive sheds. Those reactors aren’t going to build themselves.


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Another Bat Time and Another Bat Station – 14 Nov 2016

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Jordan Gibson just owned Monday as far as I’m concerned Just a perfectly executed concept.
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Now we’re hearing that an X-Men reboot would focus on Dark Phoenix. I mean. Just SKIP TO THE END I guess…
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Interesting story about how Fox and Marvel traded character (names) for a pair of recent and upcoming films…
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This of course isn’t the first large scale photorealistic genre sculpture we’ve seen, but man, how many of these will be perched suspiciously in very wealthy nerd hideouts… for untoward attention purposes… admittedly it’s odd that it is less of a likeness of her than many products under the half-a-Yugo-in-1991 price point…
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Another amazing Square Enix scuplt…
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Christina Hobson has been tapped to write the Harley film. But it’s now officially a ‘women of the DC Universe’ film. I wonder if that will survive the development process. In truth, I do think Harley works better in a group dynamic. But I was hoping for a Harley and Joker on the lam story, tying in other villains and heroes but from their narrative perspective.
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This is the stuff of many a sc-fi movie premise. Particularly Star Treks.
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That is all. Return to your bunkers!


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I Can See Your Ghost – 11 Nov 2016

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Following on that 3s clip yesterday from GitS, this little behind the scenes vid is even better. So much good to see here. SO MUCH. I’m positive.
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ITEM: I did not see that coming, as my 5 yr old son says. Jessica Chastain signs on to Painkiller Jane??
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ITEM: Holland talks a bit about how Spidey’s reactions in combat are based on a teenager, so emphasis on avoidance rather than offensive fighting. Now, I don’t think I would say teenagers are prone to avoidance in combat, but I like the concept as far as Spidey goes. Thats my favorite part of his deal: not the kicky punchy, but the dodging.
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“Si quis furetur,
Anathematis ense necetur.”
ITEM: Here are some handy curses you can inscribe in latin into your books in your library, to ward off thieves. Who, you know, stop to read the inscriptions before stealing the non-books you have in your non-existent physical library. Unless you have one, as I do. Excelsior!
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ITEM: One less good cop out there.
Robert Vaughn RIP

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ITEM: This is a great little infographic-vid about the depth of the ocean with scale reference.
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ITEM: Very interesting study of HBO’s Westworld, from the perspective of game designers interviewed about their experience watching the show so far.
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ITEM: Best Ant-Man cosplay ever in the history of EVER. That includes any microverse funny business.
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