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The Red Right Hand – 16 May 2016

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This is amazing. Seussified mashup of Nic Cave lyrical imagery from one of his best tracks. Dying…
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/nick … _dr._seuss

In other news:

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I’m still going to see it… maybe… but I keep saying, if they can’t make STILLS look good… I mean, she looks so uncomfortably awkward here.

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Best Slave Leia ever posted on May the Fourth. That’s Elizabeth Banks in Slave gear AND A TRACK SUIT. Trollin…

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I have come to the conclusion that THIS is the guy I should be playing on Star Wars Battlefront. I suck mightily.

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THIS

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Cool Killing Joke cover homages here…
http://geektyrant.com/news/deadpool-pay … o-dalfonso

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Glen Brogan aka Albinoraven is an artist I follow on IG. I love this poster design, for a few obvious reasons.
http://www.albinoraven.com/artwork/art.html

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JOCK WHY ARE YOU TORTURING ME

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I know TMNT2 will be garbage, but I still like the Krang design. I like the armored form more, but that there tolly looks like comics Krang.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-footage- … 3-tv-spots

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Dig this Lego Bow and Arrow Zoe made. Note the little tile with musical notes on it. She says if you’re struck you have to sing long songs for eternity. Eternity was my word.

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Crossing my fingers. Even if I can’t ride there GODDAMMIOT I’d still be down with a Lucas Museum on Treasure Island. I am so hot to go to this future place filled with wonderful things.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ro … o-10064457

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LEGIT!

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I love this one going around.

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That Michael B Jordan would join Black Panther is not surprising, given his relationship with the director… what WILL be interesting is: what character? You don’t waste Jordan on a throwaway villain. I don’t know enough about Black Panther continuity.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … dan-893845
http://www.themarysue.com/black-panther … -b-jordan/

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Word on the street, and by street, I mean carefully orchestrated rumor buzz, is that the X-Files crew is close to sorting out a way to do another season. Just imagine, this time more episodes less crushed together with less hot mess and more fun! Maybe?
http://deadline.com/2016/05/the-x-files … 201757146/

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I’m slowly working my way through the Prequels with the kids. I still have many issues with them, and not just plot, dialogue, acting, direction, sound FX… I run hot and cold on the art direction. I can’t fathom the choice to put uninteresting Droid armies up against uninteresting other armies on a grassy field in broad daylight. There are many vehicle designs I dislike. BUT. One thing that continues to stand out is how much I love the the imagery associated with the elected monarchy (?) of Naboo. The buildings, clustered over waterfalls, the beautiful clothes, the neat hair, the tall civic building interiors… even the chromy starships. So, credit where its due.

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BEST INCARNATION OF JUSTICE LEAGUE POSSIBLE

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Well, Gareth Edwards just dumped Godzilla 2… which doesn’t bode well. Supposedly amicable, supposedly wants to focus on Rogue One and then his smaller projects, all of which I can dig. But his direction, and DP choice, sort of made Godzilla work for me in the first place. I need to re-watch it, while not on a plane to Singapore with 10 rums in me.
http://geektyrant.com/news/insert-roar- … godzilla-2

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Supposedly Snoke is not the reincarnated Plagueis, is this producer tweet is to be believed. I don’t needhim to be related to any other character, frankly, but some in the fan community will be frustrated. So many hours of fan theorizing, in the dumps! UNLESS, it’s another bait and switch. Perhaps Plagueis was a reincarnation of SNOKE, so it’s an artful dodge! But it isn’t.

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Rian Gonzales is a wonderful watercolorist. I’ve been following her work for some time. I like that her pieces are playful, pretty and not particularly suggestive, but at the same time, spicy. You bring your own spice! As someone who has done a fair amount of 000 brush work over the years, I’m always interested in micro-painting. This is very impressive stuff.
http://rianbowart.deviantart.com/

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This is the SHIT. I have never wanted to be Jaws for Halloween, but the integrated scuba tank and hand, even if the scales are screwy, sell it for me. Wow.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-first-of … ody-brutal


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Catching up on Earlier Robot-Kraken Podcast Episodes

 

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We neglected to actually post some of the episodes of the Robot-Kraken podcast here on the site.

Here are links to Episodes 001 – 004 (THOSE GEMS!) for direct download. You can also access them on itunes, particularly with subscription.

 

Ep 001:

http://deeplydapper.squarespace.com/robot-kraken/2016/1/28/robot-kraken-episode-one-release-the-robot-kraken

Ep 002:

http://deeplydapper.squarespace.com/robot-kraken/2016/1/28/robot-kraken-episode-two-the-star-wars

Ep 003:

http://deeplydapper.squarespace.com/robot-kraken/2016/2/2/robot-kraken-episode-three-dcs-wonder-period

 

Darwyn Cooke is the Wrong Man – 13 May 2016

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FUCK! Darwyn Cooke is suffering from an aggressive cancer. A wonderful artist and apparently a sweet guy. UPDATE: he passed away last night.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/artic … ive-cancer

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Joel Kinnaman is attached to an adaptation of the late cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon. Guess I should move that up to the top of my stack of books waiting to be read before I’m theoretically dead. I love Joel Kinnaman BTW. I didn’t know how I felt about him in Robocop, or rather, AS Robocop, going in, but then warmed up to him quickly. Loved him in House of Cards. Love him in SS trailers, though he’s barely recognizable.
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/joel-ki … 201772819/

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I don’t even and I can’t even. But I’ll watch it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/first-hilari … ris-miller

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Here’s a film I’m jonesing to see: Hell or High Water.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQoqsKoJVDw
Can’t even tell that’s Ben Foster, and Chris Pine feels more real when not in pretty boy mode. Just like Brad Pitt’s deal.

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Now. The Accountant. I kid you not, I may be more excited for this Affleckness than I was about his Batman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw_EO8qKydg

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Why Elon Musk wins, if nothing else: He hired Jose Fernandez to do design work on the space suits. I mean, SERIOUS!
http://gizmodo.com/spacex-has-hired-a-l … 1775324843

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Adam McKay is adapting Irredeemable as a feature film. The comic featured basically an unhinged Superman nuking the Justice league and then nuking everyone else, and when done nuking, nuking some more. Sounds great!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-director-of- … 1774945920

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Jason Rainville’s essay on simplified, unified design principles is basically a master class in everything I struggle to do as an artist, and I love it, 3,000,000 times. READ IT!
http://jasonrainville.blogspot.ca/2015/ … e.html?m=1

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Here’s a free library of 3D printer models for AD&D miniatures. Finally, a reason to have a 3D printer.
https://3dprint.com/132642/free-library … s-dragons/


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Wake Me Up Before You Nyong’o – 13 May 2016

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Supposedly Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in the new Black Panther movie. The early reports suggest love interest, because of course they do, but I’d love to see her as another member of the Dora Milaje, which I assume we saw one of in Civil Tole.

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Carla Juri has been cast in another unspecified role in Blade Runner 2. I don’t know anything about her other than that she’s Swiss and striking. But more than that, I like that we have no indication of who anyone is playing. The less we know, the better, for as long as possible.
http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/blad … ri-to-cast

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I really like Olivia Munn. Sure, a lot of it stems from personal aesthetic preference and too many Attack of the Show viewings. But I liked that she landed the Psylocke role, and enjoyed reading about all her training and seeing her IG feed videos of same. She stated in an interview published recently that she turned down (or turned down auditioning for) the role of Deadpool’s love interest, Vanessa . As we al know, that role went to Morena Baccarin, and she hit it out of the park. Now, I lamented on our Robot-Kraken podcast that I had wished for less damsel in distress in hooker gear and more active participation, in that role. However, there’s a case to be made that Vanessa was written as a survivor, rather than a victim, as noted here:
http://www.thewrap.com/why-deadpools-pr … han-he-is/
Sadly, early reports from viewers of X-Men: Apocatole indicate that Psylocke isn’t given as much to do as we thought, and that sucks, given that Munn clearly believed she had some THERE there in the X-Men script.

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Not that I read this article in any way, but it’s not the first to state that the Preacher series, what’s been previewed so far for critics anyway, is amazing. I cannot WAIT.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/weve-seen-the-fi … 1775313714

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Who remembers the Muscle Men…. and by extension, are older than 40 I guess? I had no idea they came with a wrestling ring. I just had the doooods.
http://themidnightpost.com/muscle/

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All the Chris-Evans-Oggling-Elizabeth-Olsen’s-Bust-Window manips you could ask for:
http://www.neatorama.com/2016/05/10/Chr … toshopped/

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Yesterday’s rumors of Tom Hardy hiding under Boba Fett armor have made way for today’s rumors of Tom Hardy hiding under Stromtrooper armor. I will say, the speculated details for the cameo actually sound pretty good. I like the concept. Not true, but still.
http://movieweb.com/star-wars-8-stormtr … tom-hardy/

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Crackle just landed the Macross series, from Harmony Gold, the single greatest animation influence on my childhood, and the gateway to Japanese anime for years thereafter. I’m looking forward to watching these with my kids… though I wonder if they’ll find Arc 2 befuddling and Arc 3 depressing, as i did.
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/cr … 201771437/

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Rumor has it Professor X will be in the New Mutants film. I’m beyond nauseated at the shoehorning of the original X-Men cast into all these other projects. But, I will admit, if one project needs Professor X, it’s New Mutants. That said, I still don’t understand the role of a New Mutants film when the X-movies set all the characters firmly in school. NM at the time was a return to that story setting, after a few years of Uncanny X-Men’s out-of-school adventures, returning to the sort of background the original X-Men endured: super high school.
http://geektyrant.com/news/professor-x- … ng-in-2017

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I was quite disappointed to learn that Disney just sunsetted Infinity. My kids were too young to play, and we were holding out (at my lovely wife’s request)… but the collector/old miniature guy side of me couldn’t wait to go deep into debt buying $15 figures that unlocked characters and powers within a free roam game where you could design your own maps like LBP. DAMMIT.
It seemed like such a creative and innovative imagination playspace for kids…
http://kotaku.com/disney-cancels-disney … 1775846793

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“That doesn’t look like the Mark 46 Bleeding Edge armor to ME!”
“I’m paraphrasing Tony of course… wait, maybe that’s Demi Levato.”
Honestly, don’t bother watching the wholt hing. I appreciated the effort, but I would have appreciated a sharp script more. The best stuff looks heavily improvised, and it’s all in the Pool Supply Store.
http://geektyrant.com/news/tony-hale-an … reenactors

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I kinda dug this theory, that makes the SW prequels somewhat more intriguing: that Obi Wan and Padme were having a thing, and that the Skywalker kids are really Kenobis. Listen to the logic, below:
http://www.hitfix.com/harpy/one-simple- … -watchable
(hint: not true. but I like it.)

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Finally, wow: Arcangel, by WILLIAM GODDAMN GIBSON and Butch Guice and Tom Palmer on art… I’m so in. I’m so in I’m out the other side. Dimensionally.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/neuromancers-wil … 1776281953


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THE CORRECT NUMBER OF IRON MANS IS N+1 – 160511

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I’m no particular fan of how they basically burned off all of those rad armors in IM3… so, hang on real quick while I build a highly custom and elaborate LEGO IM VAULT. DAMN!
http://gizmodo.com/talented-lego-custom … 1775723798
Just don’t deep dive into his Flickr gallery of rule34 lego business…

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Netflix has a new Voltron series coming out in June which is great for a number of reasons: the original series isn’t readily available, and the remake they came out with in the late aughts is painfully bad, so I have to listen to that dreck some evenings, shortening my lifespan. This one also is animated by the team that brought… well, many other popular modern anime to us… and one lion (the bigger guy goes with the bigger character OF COURSE) is voiced by TRDL fave Tyler Labine. So, awesome!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdqoQjaOGeU

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The latest rumors on Justice League et al:

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– Steppenwolf will be the big bad of Justice League, and this is the demon dude seein in that Communion deleted scene from B v S that I hoped was actually Darkseid because rad, doesn’t look like a stonefaced uncle from Jersey. But anyway, being a Marvel guy I didn’t know who Steppenwolf was, looked it up, and it’s either a Kirby character from the 70s who led the planetary military of Apokolips and survived a Doomsday encounter; OR, it’s the living embodiment of a 20’s German novel; OR, it’s the singular embodiment of an old progrock band that plagued me in my early childhood. You decide.
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/11/ … ice-league

– Affleck is now rumored to be really upset and humiliated after going out on a limb in the press work up for BvS about his performance jokingly being ‘better than Daredevil’ and yet, BvS scores (unfairly) lower on Rotten Tomatoes, which everyone brings up to him now in his driveway; He’s also rumored to have received an Executive producer credit on Justice League, which can often mean HE SHOWED UP, but could also (hopefully) mean WB is leveraging him into a position to take the reins from Snyder at some point.

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In a pretty nice meta continuation of the meta continuation of the meta Deadpool film, Ryan Reynolds co-hosts the Honest Trailer for Deadpool as Deadpool being Deadpool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qIRtFE6aIc

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He also features in a pretty awesome ad for the blue-ray release of the film, patterned off of a Viagra ad.

And in both, he mocks the concept people would buy physical media of the film. Ohai Lung.

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Boba Fett either was or wasn’t supposed to be the big bad in Return of the Jedi, or was both, depending on who you were talking to and when. But I wish he was more of something, and I hope he will be again.
https://www.inverse.com/article/15123-g … -fett-reve

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Tom Hardy as Boba Fett in SWVIII? I mean, I don’t know, why would he do that. I’ all for it, but…

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I’m no fan of Power Rangers. Not even giving them IRON MAN SUITS makes me so.
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/05/po … first-look

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Now look, I haven’t watched Supergirl. I tentatively figured I was not the target market, after struggling through a few teen-oriented-batman-clone Arrow episodes. But I’m half way through S01 of Flash (on the costume, the charm of the lead, Tom Cavanaugh’s menacing undertones, and whatsername’s fashionable science heels) so who knows… maybe I can stomach enough of this style of (understandably) teen-oriented DC fare… Supergirl LOOKs good… however, according to this, it may move to the CW and get a slashed budget. Apparently it’s higher production values have been a thing, that could not be… less of a thing….
http://geektyrant.com/news/supergirl-co … wer-budget

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According to Hammil, that rumored intro for SWVII with the hand and lightsaber dropping to Endor or wherever was supposed to be in the film, but was edited out. I liked the idea of it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/mark-hamill- … ce-awakens

Similarly, lots of scuttlebutt about why he’s using a standard raw cyberhand again rather than the synthetic skin…
http://newmediarockstars.com/2016/01/ha … ical-hand/
Amounting to nothing, really, but still.

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This started filming…

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And THIS is the most excellent casting for young Solo that actually gives me hope on this otherwise questionable film…Alden Ehrenreich!
http://moviepilot.com/posts/3902058

That’s all for today… return to your cells!


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Pour Your First Sip Out for Those Bothans Day – 160504

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I like today because my feed is filled with Star Wars business instead of religious/political/targeted ads/etc etc etc. Except for a few dickheads who added SW imagery TO those other contents.

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The saddest thing… perhaps the only sad thing, other than the tragedy of ‘so were we!’ bro-heartbreak… about Civil War will surely be that they didn’t retain Scarjo/Natasha’s look from Winter Soldier, which was my favorite. Like need a cold shower favorite.

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Zoe’s work on my Wonder Woman s pretty dope.

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Agent Carter is looking grim for S03. Low ratings, largely due to them delaying it on the schedule for so long, combined with greenlighting the Most Wanted spinoff of SHIELD made it seem like threes a crowd, sounds like. Which sucks, because, you know, we have such a surplus of complex, empowered female leads AND period adventure stories.
http://www.missopen.com/entertainment/a … rd-season/

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Hard to get much cooler than a Johnny Five Lego set…if it gets greenlit…
http://gizmodo.com/johnny-five-our-one- … 1773601603

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Dig this Kubo and the Two Strings business! Looks amazing, I think.
http://geektyrant.com/news/mesmerizing- … wo-strings

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Random casting of the day that I think might be the best thing about the film: Stephen Merchant in Wolvie3…
http://geektyrant.com/news/hello-ladies … olverine-3

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This will be near and dear to Kris aka Deeplydapper’s heart, but a brief sampling of awesome fantasy movies… not action fantasy like Lord of the Toles, but rather old school fairytale fantasy. And, while I love Princess Bride and continue to be unable to parse Labyrinth, I was surprised to read about Stardust… with Matthew Vaughn over Neil Gaiman featuring Claire Danes and MOTHERFUCKING DAREDEVIL… so yeah, guess I’m watching that!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/13-live-action-f … 1772077320

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They recently added a new feature to BB-8 that is basically a watch with me mode… it interacts with and reacts to Force Awakens when you watch it together. I figured that would be amusing for like 10s, but it occurred to me my kids might love it. So I plan on giving it a go during our viewing party.

Meanwhile, this short video was pretty cute… though ominous and foreboding.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EohOvth … xi&index=3

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Got $6K laying around? Someone is selling the infamous deluxe Millenium Falcon Lego set.
WOW.
https://fancy.com/things/20603703409823 … d=47272107

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I like the premise of this one.

The story focuses on a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead.

Plus, for those keeping track at home, this cast!

Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Randall Park (The Interview), and Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief).

And that’s including Schwartzenegger scenery chewing…

http://geektyrant.com/news/arnold-schwa … ng-gunther

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Thinking a lot about a comment I read online the other night, in the comments on an io9 article about SWVIII stuff, where people were going on and on about how Disney should dump the Prequels from continuity… someone pointed out that SW isn’t exclusively for 40 year olds. There are now two generations of kids who grew up with Prequels not only being canon, but being THE THING HAPPENING at the time. And it made me think, there’s a new generation, my kids, maybe, who as they age may be focused on the new Disney films and even look down on the original trilogy (admittedly, warts and all)… though I’ve done my duty in showing them all the films. Anyway, this was a good opinion piece video on nostalgia and hype in the SW world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDfxSSs5dAQ

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The more I see of the [Hot Mess] TMNT 2 trailers, the more I think they will be fun for kids. That’s important.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6j1_Xk9Li0

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This is apparently the day where I catch up on trailers, to avoid crushing deadlines.
I’m into this.
“You’ve got a whole Boys Dont Cry thing going on.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RZbwGItfd0

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This Star Wars Day video includes my man Ello Asty!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBUgDg9aYSk

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Josh Boone has been teasing his New Mutants project… looks pretty classic…
http://collider.com/x-men-the-new-mutan … haracters/

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Lastly, on last week’s Robot-Kraken Podcast, I challenged Deeplydapper to name a comic project that, by changing one member of the creative team, would have turned it from a hot mess into something he’d love. For mine, I chose artist Olivier Coipel to do the Iron Man run from the #170s-#199 or so, leading into #200. This was an incredibly influential period of Iron Man continuity, thanks to Denny O’Neil and co. Stark’s descent into alcoholism, his loss of the company to Stane, Rhodey in the armor, Stark rebuilding his old gray suit… leading up to the final confrontation with Stane, in the classic Silver Centurion vs. Iron Monger battle. The art on those final issues was good, but I never could get down with Luke McDonnel’s work on the majority of the issues in this period. It was influential in leading me to draw so much Iron Man myself (badly)… it’s just my opinion, my preference… anyway, here’s an example of how awesome Coipel’s Iron Man (and Stark) can be. Granted this is fairly contemporary stylistically, with inks, colors, etc to match. But you get the idea. The full scene (from Thor #3 in the original CW days) is below.
https://arousinggrammar.com/2012/07/01/ … -iron-man/


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CW Anticipation is Peeling My Skin from the Inside – 160502

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GAH CIVIL WAR IN ONE WEEK.

In other news, which includes more of the same news…

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One of many fake news virals for Civil Tole… not much content here, but not spoilery and actually done professionally enough to feel real.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvkZx3L … e=youtu.be

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Little is known about this film, but I’m completely on board. I like Mark Strong, I like deep space drama, I like awesome spacesuit designs…
http://geektyrant.com/news/mark-strong- … wn-trailer

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This set of outtakes pulled from (I think) bonus content from old videos or something, is all pretty cool, especially when droids collapse. But man, watching Prouse catching the pistol over and over is hilarious. I mean, Sith or not, I’m guessing it’s pretty hot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnsWSCoVBkY

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Saw this in front of the MINI dealership last week. That will surely buff out.

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Yeeee! Alien:Covenant! I don’t care whether you were down with Prometheus or not… I’m still optimistic.
http://geektyrant.com/news/check-out-th … n-covenant

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I’m not 100% on the production of this, or the tone of the animated films in general other than those Japanese imports, but I like a few cuts here, especially that slow look-up by Barbara.
http://geektyrant.com/news/first-traile … mated-film

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And now, Batman by Jeff Matsuda.

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Truer words.

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So many Macrossessssssss. I follow a dude on IG who always posts toys from my childhood, the purchased-at-great-cost-from-Japanese-general-stores-in-LA type stuff. Don’t even get me started on his multiple Orguss toys!

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I don’t know much about this game, this being a promo and all, but what a sick website. Keep scrolling down. It’s like the interface dream of 1990s interweb but with modern technology but done old school, featuring 80’s visions of the cyberpunk 2020’s!
http://ruinergame.com/

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And lo, the Russos brought their pals in from John Wick to help set up some of the action sequences!
http://collider.com/captain-america-civ … interview/

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I found this in the house the other day. A Skywalker Stormtrooper? Is that canon?

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I didn’t like the samurai supers figures until I liked them. Once I looked closely at them I was astonished at the awesome details. Then my man Blake brought me a samurai Boba Fett from Tokyo and my world imploded with rad. So now, here we have a Spidey samurai figure. I wasn’t immediately down with the mask… but what got me was the scalloping of the chestplate armor. DOPE!
http://geektyrant.com/news/amazing-samu … y-unveiled

That’s all for today. Still reeling from last night’s GoT podcasting session, Tooth Fairy management, and a brutal windy ride. So many tiny violins playing while hovering like paused blaster bolts.


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