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Decapitation by Thrown Lightsaber and other things 2/1/16

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1. Rogue One Roundup: Three different “sources” have indicated Vader will be kicking ass in this film. My favorite was the reference to a stunt variant for the costume design, to allow functionally more aggressive movement. I want to see this using of stormtroopers as human shields as well. Awesome!
http://makingstarwars.net/2016/01/a-cla … ars-story/

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More details about Forest Whitaker, including a composite costume/armor, a cane, possibly an old cyberleg… I love everything I’m hearing about this film. EVERYTHING…
http://geektyrant.com/news/rogue-one-a- … ter-emerge

…except perhaps a persistent rumor that General Thrawn will be pursuing the Ghost crew. I didn’t follow the EU, so I have no interest in a fan-favorite character emerging.

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2. These samurai themed redesigns of the Force Awakens characters fit right in with the beautiful samurai figures of the original characters from Japan (of which I have Boba Fett) and all were nicely done, though turning BB-8 into a Shiba was brilliant. Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey did them all.
http://geektyrant.com/news/samurai-insp … characters

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3. Captain Phasma will be back in Episode 8 according to Gwendoline Christie, surprising precisely zero people.
http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/1/1088547 … isode-viii

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4. This series of ‘Burtonesque’ Disney reimaginings by Andrew Tarusov I feel miss the mark. There’s more to Burton’s design aesthetic than darkness and stick limbs and bug eyes. These don’t feel right to me. Except for Pinnochio up top. THAT worked.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dis … f?ir=Arts&

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5. EA claims the Battlefront game will stay within the Episode 4-6 range for ‘canon’ purposes… which smells wrong. I can understand purists don’t want to have Mace Windu and Captain Phasma fighting on Tattooine, but it’s a GAME. Story mode is one thing. Isolate characters based on certain maps or make context-specific maps and then free for all maps. Who is harmed? Not the franchise. I wonder if this is a bridge to them releasing an entirely different game around the new films. I can understand that I guess. But it’s interesting how arena gaming can be in conflict with the authenticity of story mode gaming. Also, I mean, I know the Jakku map they released was based on the unseen battle that occurred shortly after Endor, and not the Jakku of Force Awakens three decades later… but it’s an obvious marketing tie-in timed for the release of the film. So it’s something of an ingenuous statement, this canon business.
http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/29/108714 … t-ea-canon

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6. I just saw Revenant at the Alamo Drafthouse, and the pre-show curated content included a lot of this series, which I only discovered last week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4T9CQ … e=youtu.be
It’s glorious.

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7. The quality level of these Star Wars tattoos and concepts is somewhat variable, but I love the Chewie quote.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/star … .csGv2GdP9

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8. This just in: Frank Miller is grouchy about Elektra in Daredevil S02, sight unseen. Look, he’s notoriously dismissive of adaptations of Elektra, much like Alan Moore is of adaptations of anything. And to his credit, Marvel promised to keep her dead and then promptly revived her. But still, man, stop being Mean Uncle at the holiday party.
http://www.themarysue.com/frank-miller- … w-elektra/

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9. Here’s another round of Disney Princess adaptations, this time inserting X-Men into classic images. My favorite was this jarring one.
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/20 … nic-x-men/

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10. Get out hundreds of hundreds of hundies… limited edition new DeLoreans are being built. Only about $100K!http://wtkr.com/2016/01/27/delorean-goi … -30-years/

That’s all for today, my perusing plankton…


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Unnecessary Hipster Scooby-Doo Redesigns 29 Jan 2016

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So DC is launching a series of ‘updated’ Hanna-Barbara action series comics adaptations. I’m most excited, creatively, about Space Ghost and Johnny Quest (the latter apparently being done by one of our favorites around here, Jake Parker) but man, how did Jim Lee manage to come up with THIS for Scooby Doo? That is a bulletproof original series design he’s messing with. My kids love a modern take on the series, animated in a style that is very referential to the original, which I thought was very well done. But here… it’s like his one goal was to try and squelch the rule34 situation on Velma. And even then, I’m sure it wouldn’t.
http://geektyrant.com/news/hanna-barber … -dc-comics

In other news…

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Welcome to my new desktop wallpaper for today. SWEET!

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I’m famously optimistic and generous about a lot of these TV properties, and I’ve stuck by SHIELD (and even though the general public seems to feel it is at its best, I liked it more when it was HYDRA EVERYWHERE and prior to Inhumans, but anyway) and enjoyed it for what it is… and I actually LIKE the indirect references to the larger MCU. Like he said at one point in this video… doing 22 eps a season on 1/10th the budget while being forced to reference the films but not getting any major characters crossing over… and of course, it’s pretty well known that, particularly after the dustup between Fiege and Permutter, the sharing will only get more and more obtuse, with the latter being notoriously stingy with budgeting. But I like the characters and a lot of the concepts, and I LOVED the events surrounding the Hydra reveal and Agent Ward.
Which is all to say: Honest Trailer is Honest.
http://www.likecool.com/An_Honest_Trail … -Gear.html

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“WIT ME SWORD WIT ME TWO EYE – HUHHH!”
“Even have a fookin midget cat – huhhhh!”
https://www.facebook.com/21089087894719 … 936547016/

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I’m only scratching the surface with Star Wars Battlefront, but EA is starting to step up with the DLC stuff. Last month they released the Jakku environment maps, timed after the launch of the new film, and now they have given players more downloadable costume models and some great tips on working through the game and earning pew pews. I’m just trying not to kill myself constantly.
http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlef … nd-unlocks
http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlef … road-ahead

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I only skimmed this video but A M A Z I N G.
http://geektyrant.com/news/man-builds-w … e-over-100

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Ha! Force Awakens in 60s. “Fire startah!”
http://likecool.com/Star_Wars_The_Force … -Gear.html

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More Batman v. Superman images coming out, which I tried not to look at, but failed. I like seeing Wayne unmasked (I mean, aside from the awesome dream sequence that has spawned memery) and also here’s a shot of WW using the bracelets (I wondered if they would still be a thing, since she has the shield)… I just want to watch it already. No more content. Come ON.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-batman-v … nes-photos

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These are supposedly costumes from Rogue One on display. I like them a ton, and it looks legit, based on what we saw in that early teaser image… but THIS one is new. And I want a figure of it already.
http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=25403

I mean, I want my kids to have it. Uh.

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So, urm, here’s a 1″1 scale armored batman statue. I mean, why can’t they make it hollow at least!
http://www.comingsoon.net/extras/news/6 … #/slide/15

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How is this a thing? It HAS to be a fake trailer, made as a viral for some other film. I want it to be.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/christopher-walk … 1755762196

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That’s all for this week. Go forth and nerdify!


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Deadpool Backs Away Slowly and Other Things 27 Jan 2016

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Well, that made my night last night…

In other news:

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1. I do love Honest Movie Posters. I’m scheduled to be seeing Revenant Saturday night, so hm…. I’ll confirm the bear buggery next week. I know that will be a topic on everyone’s minds.
http://geektyrant.com/news/amusing-hone … ms-of-2016

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2. I thought Deadpool was supposed to be entirely scarred? I mean i know they want to maximize the pretty face factor, but isn’t that THE POINT?
http://geektyrant.com/news/deadpool-ima … s-mask-off

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3. Among tidbits from Bob Iger’s recent talk: More SW coming down the pipe, beyond what we know about, and Marvel films will go on “forever”… all pretty basic, obvious stuff. but good to hear they aren’t being shortsighted about the legs of these properties.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/3 … know-about

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4. I think we tend to gloss over the spectacular things happening in our current tech climate, because we’re just so USED to all the awesome. I mean, regular discussions about Mars missions and genetic engineering? Anyway, SpaceX’s Dragon successfully performing a hover test. DOU!
http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-space … hover-test

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5. I thought the note at the end, about Luthor knowing about a larger history of metahumans and being interested in WW was a thing. But man, why is Affleck’s Batman always shown puffed up and leaning back, when he should be hunching down, and Superman here is hunching down, when HE should be leaning back? What is even…
http://geektyrant.com/news/zack-snyder- … s-revealed

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6. Kevin Smith was another stealth Stormtrooper voice. Not really the reason I posted this. I was just reminded how mych I love how the Stormtroopers in this film have different roles and equipment. They used to, as well, certainly, but more so, this time. It feels that way. I mean plain old Stormtroopers (not the edited out black ones, or the snow troopers, or the old speeder bike scouts…) like here, with the tripod machine gun blaster thing. I have a box of figures I haven’t cracked that offers some of these. Certainly TR8TR is another example, though I did wonder why there would be riot control in a landing craft.
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/01/26/st … ens-voices

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7. At SOME POINT, at SOME TIME, we’ll get that black and white version of Fury Road…
http://www.avclub.com/article/black-and … all-231299

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8. Allumette looks to be an interesting, and welcome, direction for VR projects. Don’t go for realism: give us stylized worlds. It works just as it does on animated properties that escape the Uncanny Valley…
http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/26/10831 … dance-2016

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9. I loved this. Lots of Aussie code in this one. Super refreshing, though.
http://www.lostateminor.com/2016/01/27/ … interview/

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10. Finally, this was in a concept feed Ironlung sent me offline. I love the idea of using Lego in the keyrings. Modular AND cool storage idea!
http://www.manmadediy.com/users/chris/p … -organizer

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Gyrating Jawas and Other Things 26 Jan 2016

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ITEM: So, I’ve watched parts of this hot mess like three times in the last few days, mostly in the process of trying to rickroll friends into watching it. Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it. You totally should. Otherwise, you’d miss Boba Fett doing a jaunty dance, Padme and her dear daddy Vader doing sexytime dances, and a writhing Slave Leia doing moves I]m surprised Disney authorized. This apparently came from one of the Disney parks. It’s so surreal seeing dancers doing a medley of pop dances in familiar SW costumes… it feels so weird and wrong. I’ve seen those old ones with Vader and Stormtroopers poplocking or whatever, but this one went way beyond. So weird.
https://www.facebook.com/hobbygarage/vi … 386608375/

The best part of the whole thing? The autotranslation of the blurb that accompanied the post:

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GOOD SUPER FIRE!

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ITEM: I have to say, and say, and say: why can’t we just have 95 minutes (not too many) of raging Batman raging hard against Superman. That’s all I want out of this movie. I LOVE how he PUNCtuates his STATEments with EMPHasis. Bad ass! Go Batfleck!
http://geektyrant.com/news/batman-and-s … -superman1

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Speaking of, I just saw on thefacebooks that someone screencapped a clip from the Batman Maybe Dream Sequence with Maybe Parademons that appears to show Darkseid’s omega symbol in the earthworks in the background. Assuming this wasn’t photochopped. I don’t remember this scene…

Update: better image:
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Also, new trailer is out with very little new content, favorably frankly, but what I thought was most amusing was that the first three times I tried to see it, it had been removed thanks to a copyright claim by Turkish Airlines. I wonder if this is an example of those copyright bots going nuts, even when it was legitimate use.
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch- … 0-6434167/

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Oh, and by the way, supposedly WW is 5000 years old, and in ‘retirement’ due to being overwhelmed by man’s brutaility… which is an odd story point. It puts quite a different spin on the events of the WW solo film (that can’t be her first foray into the world during WWI then… this makes no sense)… but hey, Snyder, whatever.
http://geektyrant.com/news/wonder-woman … v-superman

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ITEM: Another movie I had no interest in, and MAYYYYBE has elevated to Blu-Ray viewing status if nothing else: WoW. I love Duncan Jones, but I have soooo much fantasy movie fatigue. I didn’t even try and watch the Hobbits. But I DO like that we have a human/orc buddy cop situation happening here. Who will be the love interest they playfully compete over in between extended CGI violence encounters? Another species? I vote Drow. Do they have Drow in WoW?
http://geektyrant.com/news/first-exciti … r-warcraft

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ITEM: Today’s Rognarok rumor: the film will include Planet Hulk.. which I’m absolutely in favor of (not that I read those books or anything)…
http://www.geek.com/news/exclusive-hulk … d-1645446/

Also, it’s all but confirmed that Hela will be the big bad in Ragnarok, which works for me.
http://geektyrant.com/news/thor-ragnaro … ing-around

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ITEM: Screen Rant put together a video about scenes cut from the Force Awakens. The narrative is weirdly apologetic, but I found a few interesting. I actually have that Snowspeeder in a box as a future gift for my kids.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PlI-rMZpIc

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ITEM: What is even HAPPENING with Harrison Ford now? Yachts to buy?
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/mo … ison-ford/

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ITEM: Avatar blinked. Kind of funny, given all of Cameron’s bluster, cracks me up imagining him finding out that Disney bumped Star Wars VIII to Xmas 2017.
http://www.thewrap.com/james-camerons-a … exclusive/


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