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ALL THE DATAS – 28 Sept 2016

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From a Prime Universe anthology comic, the best Star Trek concept I’ve seen in years (and that includes using Zoe Saldana for anything ever): A ship full o Datas!
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ITEM: As long as they can get these modules out of the gravity well in one piece, that is.
via and via. But hey, if you have a death wish… sign up today!

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ITEM: SO RAD: I’m the target market. An ONO-SENDAI deck mostly fabricated, cyberpunk style, from existing, dated tech, and repurposed… fully functional. Ready for some ICE choppin’…
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ITEM: I may be the only one around here hot for this film, but I love abstract concepts and I hope they really push the envelope in dimensional/reality-bending WTF-ery.
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ITEM: OH, the HOTNESS. Just in time for the holidays, too. Assuming Krampus doesn’t get you. Which he will. So.
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ITEM: I’m still annoyed at this cancellation. More than ever, the world needs Agent Carter as a thing.
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ITEM: Meanwhile, my lawn needs THIS as a thing. Also, I would need a lawn.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for Warcraft, so you don’t have to.
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VR Monster Madness!
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Finally, a blast from my own past: #fuckyeahC64
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More Spooning to Follow – 27 Sept 2016

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Heavens! Amazon ordered a full season of the curious new Tick series. Awesome!
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ITEM: Look, I caveat this heavily that I:
a) haven’t watched Supergirl
2) hear its cheesy and CW and broadcast TV etc etc etc
d) hate that Superman costume
BUT, what I’m seeing of Kal-El and her interactions with him, look fun and optimistic and pretty well=intentioned, if nothing else.
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ITEM: No S03 for Daredevil until 2018, they all cried. Well, I mean, Cox is filming Defenders in the meantime, so when did you expect this to happen? Same goes with Jessica Jones…
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ITEM: I don’t watch enough if Mr Sunday Movies’ video specials on YT. This one, featuring a speculative look at what Lucas’ SWVII might have been, was pretty good. I screencapped above because it cracked me up, but in fairness, he makes good points about what Lucas did with all of his money, so he’s not really the villain we sometimes find him so easily.
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ITEM: Screenrant did a great study of what makes for a good, memorable title sequence. Worth a watch, nostalgically…
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ITEM: Hovering Death Star speaker I cannot EVEN. Of course, in the video, it’s spinning so fast it makes me uncomfortable. But that’s my issue. Weirdo.
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ITEM: I may be the last genre type to hear about this, but John Carpenter makes his own music. I’m not sure if he’s scoring his films, but it sure SOUNDS like it.
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ITEM: I don’t remember seeing Pb on the slugs, though I don’t remember not seeing it. On the other hand, all the lead lining and sneak attack shit with the gas first I could rationalize, and even the first slug shot for those reasons… but hey, shoot me in the face with a gas grenade once, shame on you, twice shame on me…
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ITEM: Friend send me this. How brilliant is that? Smash your drone? Put it back together. I love it. Single-stroke evolution over what is wrong with EVERY DRONE EVER.
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ITEM: So surreal I can’t even. It’s like when John Oliver cites something on Last Week Tonight and then a few minutes in chastises the audience for not detecting that he made it up.
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Just My Ghost – 23 September 2016

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I know there’s a ton of resistance to the live action GITS production, but everything I’m seeing from these little sneak clips looks on-model to me. I remain 100% enthused and have 100% confidence it will be perfect in every way. Or it won’t!
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Bernthal’s attendance at NYCC was shortened due to Netflix production commitments. Since iron Fist is the only show currently in production, math was done.

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ITEM: ALL THE DROIDS!!!
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ITEM: This $100 cable minder and shit storer is a bit much… but I get the appeal. And that one bit IS pretty clever.via

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ITEM: This fan film was REALLY well crafted. Worth the watch. Poor Stormies. I love the ‘view from the enemy’ stories. via

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ITEM: Duncan Jones has begun production on MUTE, and he’s indicated it does tie into Moon. Prepare for your new favorite movie!
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ITEM: Iger is being cagey with investors regarding his projections for how well Rogue One, the ‘experiment’, will do. People seem to be taking this as a vote of no confidence. I think he’s just being conservative about a very different kind of SW movie.
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ITEM: Generic non-present villain player Ed Skein has joined Battle Angel Alita and will carry the Sword of Damascus. If it’s anything like the version in my TRDL Universe, that’s dangerous.
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ITEM: Despite loving Charlie Day and most of the cast, I wasn’t initially sold on this film. I don’t know if its coming off of Vice Principals, or just a well-crafted trailer, but I’m into it now.
http://geektyrant.com/news/fist-fight-trailer-ice-cube-wants-to-brawl-with-charlie-dayvia

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ITEM: Here’s another trailer for Gattaca! I mean Elysium! I mean Incorporated! Ha, I’m still down.
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Finally, I leave you with the best news of the week. A storm is coming…


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RIP C Martin Croker – 21 September 2016

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C. Martin Croker passed away recently in his 50s. He was, among other things, the voice of both Moltar and Zorak from SG:C2C. In honor of his passing, please enjoy my favorite episode “Flipmode” featuring a pre-steroids Busta Rhymes as the guest, and lots and lots of blueberries.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for TMNT2… I didn’t see the film, I may never see the film, but this was worth a watch.
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ITEM: I have a lot of trouble with the Infinity War thing. The problem is that these big budget supers films have all had world shattering, universe destroying stakes… even Suicide Squad had a planetkiller engine in it. So it’s hard to see Thanos as being a take-your-breath-away scale of bad guy. To have him sucking up souls and throwing the Infinity Gauntlet around in order to woo Death? If true, it feels, at least in summary, as too pedestrian. I don’t know WHAT you do for a galactic super-SUPER-dustup movie. I trust those guys, and I trust Marvel, so I remain optimistic, but I dunno. I have ideas, sort of spawned by the multiversal-collapse thing that Marvel comics had going on a few years ago…
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ITEM: Josh Gad is developing Toy Wars for Amazon. I’m so down. I’m the target market, absolutely. Surprising no one.
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ITEM: Welp, the project Neil Blomkamp has been e-teasing turns out to be a 15th anniversary special new short for the BMW Driver film series, which is pretty cool, actually. It’s the second best anything Clive Owen ever did.
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ITEM: I was wary of Jumanji 2… but I like the cast a LOT. Like, the entire cast. So that’s a thing.
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ITEM: I had no idea every frame of Black Panther in Civil War was a CGI overlay. We saw so much live footage of filming in costume, so that’s interesting. I haven’t watched the commentary yet, but I wonder what happened with Vision. We’ve seen a lot of him in full makeup being filmed, suggesting he’d be at least partly practical FX…
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ITEM: While I’m still disappointed Star Wars: Battlefront doesn’t include a story mode, I AM chuffed about the Death Star pack. I’ll give it a try, circa 2032.
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ITEM: A sketchy company in Turkey has your 1:1 scale Transformer needs sorted. Click through for the video…
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That’s all for today. Kris and I are pushing hard to get ready for the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose in a few weeks. A new episode of the Robot-Kraken podcast went live yesterday, featuring our con report of Rose City CC 2016. And we have been making stuffs.


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Ep 026 – Pizza For All The Dinners – Rose City Comic Con 2016 Con Report!

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Episode 25! In a groundbreaking feat of eclectic electronical engineering and magic, Thom and Kris appear in the same place at the same time in a hotel in Portland Oregon to discuss their experience at the ROSE CITY COMIC CON!

ROBOT KRAKEN is a semi regular podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey atrobot-kraken.com
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Sweet Christmas Only Eleven Days to Go – 160919

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ELEVEN DAYS. I can hold my breath that long…Meanwhile…

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ITEM: This list of ‘killer SW droids’ is mostly the kind of irritating EU stuff I never got into, however, i DO like the idea that IG-88, my favorite-for-no-reason droid, trolled Palpatine by uploading its AI into the Death Star 2. Ha. Fucker!via

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ITEM: A case is made for Darryl’s continued inclusion in the MCU. I’d support it. via

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ITEM: These alternate designs for Flash and Cyborg are odd. On the one hand, yes, that’s a pretty Deathstrokey Cyborg faceplate, but on the other hand, I like the faceting and in general, both are very good and logical-looking armors. via

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ITEM: For those of you watching Agents of SHIELD, who aren’t familiar with this iteration of Ghost Rider from the comics (like me) here’s a primer. via

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ITEM: Thanks to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, I have fresh PR0n, the only newish bit of which is Pacino and Mann confirming Vincent Hanna was chipping coke. Hot damn I love my favorite film. Ha. Because of course I do.via

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ITEM: Here’s Commissioner Gordon being Commissioner Gordoney and not working out at all or anything. via

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ITEM: There’s a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel in pre-production, according to a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy. But prequel. And no Furiosa? MEH! I want her in on design alone.via


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Anyone Not Wearing One Million Sunblock – 160916

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It astounds me how much people are griping about these new Japanese Rogue one posters that came out this week. I think the juxtaposition of the idyllic beach and the DS in the background are perfect. In fact, the tropical beachhead setting for that component of the film fascinates me in general.

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ITEM: Great article on how to approach the way Disney/Lucas canon is formed and maintained, and how the retcon/infill nature of projects like Rogue One must be viewed, here. As a creator of a much smaller, but thoroughly complicated, universe of continuity, I totally get it. One of my gripes (to be featured on a Robot-Kraken podcast soon) is how continuity police freak out about things in canon that are tied to either the technology of the day when the project was created, or the entirety of that continuity prior to the inevitable retconning. This has to be a fluid history, or it doesn’t work. The inability of some fans to separate from elements of canon that were the product of production (actor fired or killed, technology limitations, limited plot vision) vs. the elements that are retcon baffles me. via

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ITEM: Henry Cavill’s manager stated that he is in pre-production on a Man of Steel sequel beyond Justice League. That’s not really news. It doesn’t even need to be accurate. It just becomes interesting for non-industry readers who click through and discover Dany Garcia (manager in question) is also manager/ex-wife of Dwayne Johnson AND a competitive bodybuilder as well. It’s steroid city!!! via

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ITEM: Cailee Spaeny has been cast as a lead in Pacific Rim 2. Is casting an unknown pop star a good or bad sign on this project? via

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ITEM: Forwarded to me by One Lung, this has me written all over it. Or rather, all over the cockpit window of one of these if I were unfortunate enough to pilot it. In organ paste. I remember the last round of this. I don’t care how staged it all is, I still endorse it like a heat sink on a plasma rifle!via

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ITEM: By Cthulu, the degree of my want is massive. MASSIVE. A little TINKERING, they say???
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ITEM: Secret Agent Stan Lee coming your way… I was waiting on this one, for, like, a next day debunk, but none has been forthcoming, so who knows. Hey, film it and they will, you know, but seriously dude. No Big Hero 6 sequel… but THIS is happening. via

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ITEM: Welp, they can have like 33 ryes and do THIS. I can’t. There goes the big plan of shooting one of its legs off…via

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ITEM: Jeff Nichols remaking Alien Nation? Sure, OK. I mean, District 9 was better, but… wait… WAIT… that was Mandy Patinkin in that prosthetic dome?!? via

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ITEM: Fury Road without FX is 99% Fury Road. Amazing. via

And with this, I leave you… for eternity. Or a day or so.


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Goggles With Which to Bat-See You With My Dear – 15 09 16

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Batman’s tactical suit, which was teased in all that BTS Justice league business in London, has been revealed, seen here brightened and contrast-adjusted. I think it could go a few different ways. I love white eyes or goggles on him, and I have no problem with a lightly armored Batsuit, when it has a PURPOSE, as this apparently does, leaving him in his gray onesie otherwise. It is, however, very Owl Man esque, and the angles of the lenses are odd. Now, I happen to think Owl Man’s look was amazing, but anyway. Hey! Maybe they are just Bat-welding-goggles!via

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Side note, speaking of odd costuming: I’ve complained about the current DCU Batman’s yellow piping on the bat symbol and so on, but this is the first time I’ve seen the cape… scalloped… that can’t be right? I mean, I use cape detail like that a lot, but not on Bats. Bats don’t have scalloped wings. What is this even. via

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ITEM: ruh-roh, Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed. Maybe that’s a good thing? I dunno. So surreal how Paramount completely blew the 50th Anniversary window. They didn’t market ST Beyond (one of their best received films) and the Discovery series shouldn’t have been announced, it should have been DELIVERED, in time for this summer. Nothing makes sense anymore. via

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ITEM: Ben Barnes has been cast in the Punisher series. Maybe as Bobby Saint? I’m not up on my Punisher, so I don’t even. via

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ITEM: Truth lassoed! Also, thighs. via

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ITEM: Apparently Joker has been confirmed as not being used in Justice League. What will they do with those hours of Leto performances they stockpiled? Harley solo (ish) film? via

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ITEM: Kind of funny, but also shows how easy this sort of thing is to dummy up, which is worth considering when you get all those false spoilers. Deadpool + Spidey. I mean, CAPTAIN Deadpool. via

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ITEM: This deeply surreal escalator and elevator safety video is worth earphones, a deep dive, and some blueberries while you go. Just, the whole tin, right down the hatch.

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Remember kids, vertical transportation is SRS BSNS!via

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ITEM: After weeks of speculation and dot-connecting and fan-manips, Joe Manganiello has been confirmed as the villain Deathstroke, in the upcoming Batman film. At least we have a big bad that is Bats’ rival (and occasional victor, in the comics) physically and tactically. via

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ITEM: Great article on how important Luke Cage (NETFLIX) is, not only to the Netflix-MCU, but supers live action as a whole. via

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ITEM: Points to this guy for effort. It immediately put me into a one hour half-focused exercise in trouble-shooting his scheme and optimizing it for success. My version includes BigDogs(tm) however. via

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ITEM: Love this one. WB apparently routinely, inadvertently, send takedowns to Youtube over their OWN content. Talk about censure run amok. via

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ITEM: Sphero is finally coming out with their licensed Force Band, to allow you to push, pull, and direct, your BB-8. They also included fake Pokemon Go business, but whatever. It’s sold separately, which is awesome, for those of us who sunk $150US into our bots this past fall. I’d like to see more about what this can do, but I certainly like an alternative to just using the phone as a joystick. Admittedly, I’m sure it will require tandem links. via

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ITEM: That black and white version of Fury Road? It’s now called black and CHROME, which makes me laugh, and it’s coming in December, so save those rubles. via

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ITEM: Jackie Earl Haley has been tapped to play the big bad, or rather the somewhat diminutive bad, in Rodriguez’ Battle Angel Alita film. I still, despite my manga interests in my youth, have no real sense of this project. But I’m 100% minimum into ANY project with Haley as the villain. So far he completely owned both Preacher and Tick this summer. via

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ITEM: Margot Robbie has (wisely) been given a first-look deal at WB, assumed to include a Harley solo film (solo-ish) which shows that WB/DC understand that, better or worse, the character, and her performance, were the greatest takeaways of the SS film. via

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We are back from Rose City Comic Con. I’ll have a con report forthcoming, timed with the release of our post-con podcast, but I’ll need a few more days…


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Still the Worst Name in the Modern Era Ever – 6 Sept 2016

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Spy photos of the Shocker from Spider-Man: Homecoming are out. I’m sure they are everywhere by now and you’ve seen them. I prefer to focus on the SHOCKERMOBILE instead.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-shocker-make … 1786246447

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ITEM: 50 Cent did some serious amateur-night cosplay as Cyborg for his son’s Teen Titans themed birthday party. I love love LOVE this. Celebrities, musicians, whatever, these are all just humans in one way or another… it’s kind of rare to see them allow themselves to be documented bing human. I appreciate it. Now, his baby momma as Starfire is some Rule 34 business…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/50-cent-cosplaye … 1786247514

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ITEM: After the next Bond casting hunt has been rumor-fodder, even before Daniel Craig was shitting on the franchise in interviews for Spectre, it was kind of surprising when this story broke over the weekend. I mean, not surprising that the studio would continue to try and retain him with higher and higher paychecks (he already rejected a king’s sum) but just the SCALE of the thing. As reported, which is probably less than the real deal, $150M for two films. Let that number sink in. Michael Keaton and others have famously made huge sums off of big ticket franchise deals, after all the points and back-end profit deals are counted… but consider this report isn’t even including whatever THOSE arrangements are for him, if he takes it.
http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/s … ond-films/

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ITEM: I loves me some bloopity-bloops!
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ITEM: It’s close. It’s CLOSE. Can you feel it? Like a fly on your eyeball?
http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-poster/

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ITEM: This is EVERYTHING.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y98ZK_l-e0

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ITEM: Stranger Things / X-Men mashup because of course.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/youve-gotta-love … 1785920686

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ITEM: Didn’t see it, won’t see it, not shocked by the blunders, but amused by the Honest Trailer:
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ITEM: I haven’t seen the Transformers OAV since my youth, but man, this brought back some memories. Yeah! WHAT THE HELL HASBRO.
http://longboxingwhileblack.com/2016/05 … ers-movie/

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ITEM: Best Lego Typewriter ever for today. I love it.
http://boingboing.net/2016/08/29/tiny-l … riter.html

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ITEM: Nerdwriter’s piece on Shane Black’s use of ‘awkward violence’ is really, really good. Also, shame to all of you than never saw Nice Guys. We have an upcoming Robot-Kraken podcast review for you… or will…
http://geektyrant.com/news/video-movie- … acks-style

Also… ‘FREUDIAN SLIT’

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Never Accept that High Hat – 2 Sept 2016

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RIP Jon Polito, who taught me to never accept that high hat. NEVER.

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ITEM: The old saw about Coke having… coke… is common knowledge as a history trivia element. Pretty funny that they found a ton of it at a Coca Cola plant in France, though. That’s inspired.
http://boingboing.net/2016/08/31/massiv … -foun.html

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ITEM: A brief study and rating set on insect stings. Piss poor comprehensiveness. He should have included arachnids. How am I supposed to know how a Brown Recluse bite compares to a Fierce black polybia wasp??
[ “A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it.”]
http://boingboing.net/2016/08/31/scient … inful.html

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ITEM: New droid alert: C2-B5, an Imperial astromech. Given its inclusion, I had a thought. Maybe in this film, the Rebellion learns they can access Imperial data terminals or WTF using an astromech where otherwise they couldn’t? Or maybe the data vault of this droid is what the rebels are carrying around in the trailer that looks like a giant Bornouli disc, which would be awesome, because I’ve been stymied by the idea that the data had to be in a physical media at all, let alone a large one, ever since we moved past the early 80s in filmmaking, but are stuck with sci-fi / tech incompatibilities like this.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-empire-h … wars-story

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PS guess which figure I’ll be first in line for? Ending in a preposition. Just guess.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-first-look-at- … 1785993174

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ITEM: Warhammer 40K + Disney Princesses? WHY YES THANK YOU. Bring the cosplay!
http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=7090

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ITEM: Look, it’s Jim Lee’s first rejection letter. I’m curious what he doodled on the back there. The comments section on this one is predictable and amusing.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/man-who-runs-dc- … 1786047127

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ITEM: This is so good. I don’t buy these anymore because fitment or materials always irritate me but I love the concept.
https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/63697 … emogorgons


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