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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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Luc Besson has Such Wonderful Toys – 10 November 2016

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So, the full Valerian trailer looks as much like a remake of the SW Prequels as it does Luc Besson’s Heavy Metal fueled adolescent fantasy stew meat, like an upgraded fifth element. Nothing even critical in that statement, really.
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ITEM: First look at Kong from Skull Island… he looks like an ape. A damn, dirty ape. With red underfur detailing, much like that new Japanese Gojira with the weird dildo tail.
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ITEM: It’s apparently DYSTOPIAN CYBERPUNK FUTURE THURSDAY. Right on the heels of Idiocracy: the Documentary this week, we have this series of straight-up cyberpunk articles:

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1. AI Lip Reading meets 2001 Levels.
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2. Paralyzed Limbs Triggered into Action via Cyberware
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3. Secret Nazi Base Discovered in Remote Arctic Island (bonus points: few days later, mysterious electronic ping coming from the depths near Nova Scotia, AND a lost nuke discovered while hunting sea cucumbers)
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ITEM: Tesla coil powered gatling gun (for 35mm film canisters) because reasons. Think of it as proof of concept for something super violent and awesome.
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ITEM: I was hoping for a cool, darker Black Hole, actually. That seems like a stupid sentence construction, now that I look at it. Anyway, I’m still nostalgic about the toys of my youth, especially crushed whatsisface.
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ITEM: Ciaran ‘Mance Rayder’ Hinds has been cast as Steppenwolf… or his voice and mo-cap. It’s sort of like Josh Brolin as Thanos… it helps just imagining who it’s CGI’d all over.
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ITEM: Lung sent this to me the day I was flying down to LA, and I got over-excited thinking it was the full trailer. It’s just another 3 second clip. But it’s straight up old school GiTS and one of her best moments ever from the series, so I liked it very much.
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ITEM: In other news, every interesting character from the Marvel Netflix universe is in Defenders. EVERY ONE. Just like last week. But more.
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TIRE FIRES and Other Things – 9 Nov 2016

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WELP.

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ITEM: For those of you watching WESTWORLD (and please tell me you are) this is a great article about the psychological principle referenced in the narrative, regarding the Bicameral Mind.
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ITEM: Here’s a fun list of tidbits gleamed from the Force Awakens commentary track. I love lists like this because I verrrrry rarely listen to the commentaries, but I like reading them.
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ITEM: Big plans for Marvel theme parks overseas. Wow, sounds fun!
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ITEM: You don’t even have to be down with Gundam to enjoy this stop-motion film.
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ITEM: I did NOT see this one coming, as my son is prone to say. The fans of Young Justice have been pining for years now about the abrupt cancellation of the popular series… and now, out of the blue, they announced a third season!
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ITEM: Feige is interesting to listen to (or read about) and I tend to be down with what he talks about. If there’s one area that is particularly gray when it comes to the divide between the MCU and the MCTVU, it’s continuity. We’ve talked about how the shows reference the films, making them enjoyable and feel part of the global MCU picture, but the films never reference the shows directly for several reasons (though Feige has been atypically cagey about, so to speak, Defenders being involved in the upcoming Avengers films) … sometimes events overlap and contradict (I suppose the biggest example is Coulson dying in Avengers and being resuscitated with Kree shit in SHIELD; it isn’t a direct conflict because Coulson hasn’t been referenced in the MCU since, but anyway) but this was an odd one, where Feige talked about the plans for Inhumans now that they were bumped from the immediate film planning schedule… and talked about a TV appearance. We’ve had Inhumans in SHIELD for two seasons now. I think he meant the Inhuman Royal Family.
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ITEM: Amidst the potentially spurious talk recently of execs rumored to be complaining that Affleck’s script for Batman is shit (and he keeps saying it isn’t ready for prime time yet) here’s some rah-rahing from Deathstroke his own self.
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ITEM: Two bits here: one, closer looks at Vulture, showing some internal logic to his design that I don’t hate; and two, part of a long Feige interview, where Keaton is actually confirmed as Vulture, which we have taken as fact for like 6 months.
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ITEM: Rumor has it Kinberg is planning a reboot of the X-franchise for fox, dumping Singer and yet ‘hopeful’ of keeping their top three remaining stars after losing Jackman and Stewart. I’m not opposed to the reboot, though I like the ‘first class’ and ‘apocalypse-specific original x-men’ like Jean Grey and Cyclops… but I AM opposed to retaining those other actors. Let’s just start over, and rethink what makes X-Men work. In fact, how about we just give marvel the keys back again.
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ITEM: Upside-Down I get it…
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Thats’s all for today. It’s been a difficult week. Let’s look forward to positive things to come, such as Robot-Kraken podcasts and new arts! I had to postpone Doctor Strange due to a family emergency, but I hope to see it this weekend.


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Shes a Good Secretary – 3 November 2016

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ITEM: This new trailer is really good. It lays out the structure of the film and the nature of the Amazonians and their relationship, at least somewhat, to the outside world, and established WW’s conflict with both the world and her own people. Also more amazing up and over leg kicks and knee scrapers and sword swipeys and that great bullet deflection in the alley and Pam doing her kung fu and…Image
well, of course, for me the highlight was this shot of the villain. SYMBOLISM!
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ITEM: I think it’s positively criminal that it’s taken this long for Talia Al Ghul to appear in some sort of live action continuity. I’m not discounting Marion Cotillard’s Miranda… that was a great element to the story, but I mean the Talia from the comics, a trained fighter, eventual mother of Damian Wayne…
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ITEM: I sure like the idea that we can go for smaller films after Infinity Tole. I don’t know that that’s exactly what he means, but I do believe the group films can stand to not be global extinction events every time.
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ITEM: Christian reviewer warns Doctor Strange is, like Dungeons & Dragons, a gateway to satanism. I love it. IM THERE! Monday night in fact.
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ITEM: I don’t know the book series, but I liked some of what I saw. Supposedly it’s just a delay based on the post-production schedule, but hopefully that’s ALL it is.
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ITEM: I’m pre-sold, but still!
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ITEM: Lung turned me onto this one. Simply brilliant. Haw did it take this long?? Reminds me of my old Nixon watch. But rad.
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ITEM: Titanfall 2 is another game I bought on concept alone, even though I don’t have time to play generally. I haven’t unwrapped it. But they added single player story mode to mech combat both in and out of the mech, AND it’s now on PS4 so I had to. This concept art spread is delightful.
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ITEM: I may or may not have shuttered the bike news for TLTC these days, but check this out:
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ITEM: This.
Predator…”plunks the deadly alien hunter, who audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets, in the harsh environment of … suburbia.”
Also, as if the film needed the extra juice, Olivia Munn was cast as a ‘scientist’. That’s why I show her in glasses, you see.
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Also, speaking of the MUNN EFFECT, I was also pre-sold on Office Party, as we talked about when the first trailer came out, but since I laugh EVERY TIME Vance plummets to his probable death, I take it that’s a good sign that ALL THE REST OF THE AWESOME is good. Yet, the best part is once again Kate McKinnon.
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ITEM: David Leitch is a rumored replacement for Tim Miller on Deadpool. I love John Wick. It’s interesting though, that it’s equally hard to envision his style applied to Deadpool farce as it was Tim Miller going ‘stylized’ and abandoning the fun parts. Dunno. This article Lung sent me, about Junkie XL leaving the project in solidarity, which I can respect if nothing else.
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ITEM: Lastly, I love the concept of an FPS maker FINALLY having the cojones to put a no-respawn mode into one of these games. THAT’s a challenge.
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WE HAVE TO GO BACK! – 1 Nov 2016

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Only two people, excluding my lovely wife, to date, have understood my costume. When did LOST become vintage television?

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ITEM: So they confirmed Eleven for Season 02. I mean, if they DIDN’T, given how much this character broke into the mainstream consciousness, I’d be stunned.
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ITEM: This was kind of an interesting, short video of an ex-military type analyzing and describing why the alley scene in Collateral is possibly the best (ie. most realistic for weapon experts) gun combat scene in a film, period.
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ITEM: All of the hubbub has been about whether Hemsworth was effectively apologetic about a party costume a year ago, or about these guys publicly supporting the Dakota Pipeline protesters. I’m just digging on the details of the tunic. I love the simple layering and giving the chest ‘orbs’ purpose. I know how that sounds.
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ITEM: I find this project surreal, not being by the Coens. On the other hand, Turturro is an accomplished director AND he created the character, prior to the filming of Lebowski, or so I recently read.
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ITEM: I loved this film and the cast within. I generally like Liman. He can be full of shiot sometimes, and I don’t see how he’s going to revolutionize the sequel concept (any more than he’ll “turn the superhero genre on its head” with Dark Justice Whatever) but I’l STILL pre-sold.
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ITEM: After the overly-long Luke Cage, maybe a shorter season isn’t a bad thing. I tend to react negatively when I hear about small seasons, but if it’s quality, then cool.
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ITEM: Some hoopla has been made about the casting listing of a Klingon Captain, given that this takes place supposedly prior to the original series. But I suspect it’s simply the captain of a Klingon vessel.
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Thus and therefore, that’s all for today! Minder OUT.


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