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Boba Fett? WHERE?! – Robots Root 26 October 2018

When the Mandalorian was announced, I thought I could just make out the distant din of the death drums for the Boba Fett film. And so!

 

ROOT!

  • The latest in the list of films that should not be remade… has an apparent script
  • Brad Pitt as Rasputin? Rachel Weisz as anyone? This Kingsman prequel sounds better than I had ever imagined possible. Which was a low bar, admittedly.
  • This Jimmy Kimmel/Avengers comic took me back to reading those from my youth, like Letterman (the homage) and similar ones. Trippy to see it in a contemporary setting, as it looks so tacky today. I mean, it coasts on the homage, which is at least something, I guess. I’m not one who likes the dips into reality in comics. The Presidents that are obvious references to the real world, or even the 9-11 tie-ins…(grouchy, I know)
  • This Mulan art show has some pretty great projects. Check em out!
  • Alexander Skarsgard has joined Godzilla vs. King Kong, so thats a thing. I’ve lost track. Is this AFTER Planet Kong or Deathmatch of Monsters 3000 or whatever it is? Millie Bobby Brown is in the cast, so that’s what threw me. Same film? Different film?  Who knows. How could we possibly ever know.
  • I can’t believe it took THIS long, but here’s a Gundam kit with a robotics pack. Love it. Where was S.T.E.M. when I was a kid dammit tole.
  • This was kind of a surprise: they found more material from Ray Harryhausen, and are parlaying that into a new film. Of course, it appears to be all of his Grade Echhh material.
  • Cool article on ‘the Monsters of Climate Change‘… I never noticed that Annihilation’s Mimic Bear had a human skull fused up in there! (More on that in our latest Robot-Kraken Podcast!)
  • I’m intrigued by the Big Kill… I mean, it looks like a multiplayer RPG set in the Old West. Hilarious.
  • The Big Lebowski will never not exist. We at least have THAT.

 

That’s all for tonight. It’s not too early to get your HAL 9000 Xmas Ornament. I’m already on it, cousins.

Kingsman is the Perfect Amount of Lunacy – Robots Root 8 August 2017

How are we supposed to wait two months. God. Damn. IOT.

We recorded a double-episode commentary for our Game of Toles series on Robot-Kraken last night, so expect to see that on itunes shortly!

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root!~

  • DEATH BY TRAY.
  • I sat through the whole thing despite my better judgement. This is one of those deals where I love that it exists, that this polar opposite of grim and gritty is so fully invested… but good lord.
  • In shocking news surprising precisely no one, Flash: Flashpoint of the Flashes or whatever will feature Wonder Woman and everyone else all at once. Because Marvel.
  • These comments about the ‘committee’ involved in story crunching prior to Fiege taking over with the MCU are interesting, not because of the fact that creators like Gunn had trouble with them, but rather because the committee in question was almost entirely the comics writing crew. I would have thought, years ago, that the questionable editorial in supers films would be exclusively from the suits, but that bringing in comics writers and creators would add the authenticity and some sort of continuity to the project. I mean, I know I thought so at the time. Now Gunn’s MCU stuff certainly is a standout, and he had some pretty clear freedom in the sequel, but interesting to imagine guys like Bendis being a PROBLEM in a script like this.
  • Kind of a big deal: Netflix just bought the rights to Millarworld… with Mark Millar involved in the development of content. I’ve been down for a Nemesis adaptation forever…
  • I actually thought these images of Cable from Deadpool 2 were more bosslogic manips… kind of surprised at the choices. Do love that arm. Speaking of, interesting that his stunt double seems to be manifesting the ‘Search for Hope storyline from the comics, which fits with that beater teddy bear on his belt. Hope in Deadpool 2? Sure why not.
  • I STILL cannot believe they brought Young Justice back. We have so many fan campaigns for such things, and I know the creators were pushing hard for the campaign… but wow. Very gratifying for fans.
  • Now look, I haven’t seen the Mummy yet, and I heard it was a hot mess but was hoping to find something entertaining up in there. But I can’t believe they would go to this much effort at trying to build a film franchise, trot out all the players they’ve assembled for the different films, to the press, and then now Mummy falls apart and the whole thing implodes
  • A film I’m watching with interest, Ad Astra, featuring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in space, just added Ruth Negga in a mystery role. I’m stoked!
  • Don’t know if this is substantiated yet, but supposedly Daniel Craig elected to ease off of the wrist-slashing and agree to two more Bond films. Not one. Two. At like $100M salary per or whatever.
  • What’s this: Milla Jovovich in the Hellboy relaunch as the Blood Queen? Yes please.
  • Finally, good news for most X-Files fans: mythology episodes are out. I mean, I liked them. But I was in the minority. The SPACE minority.

That’s all for now. All of you reading this on Robot-Kraken, kindly BEND THE KNEE, thank you.

Manilla Folder Time – Robots Root 17 June 28

Preacher S02 started this past weekend, but I won’t see it until a few nights from now, after settling down from the last two week’s of cons. But man, I’m stoked. STOKED.

I’m back from Portland and the Heroes and Villains Fanfest/Walker Stalker Con, but it will take a few days to decompress all that and talk about it. In the meantime, I present:

Robot’s Root!

•  In my mind, the biggest news of the weekend was about the Han Solo firing. First, it was that Kennedy didn’t like Lord and Miller’s choices. Then it was about improvisation. Then we learned, after a brief speculative period, that Ron Howard had stepped forward to complete the film. This late in the production, it raises questions. I thought this article offered some insight. I choose to be optimistic. I know the talk of ‘acting coaches’ is alarming, but this is often employed, not simply to bolster a performance, but to tweak it to a specific vision; when you are essentially doing an impression of a well known actor in a famous role, this could be expected, I’d wager.

• This may not be thrilling news for some, or most, but both Brad Pitt and David Fincher are confirmed for WWZ 2. Now, the original strayed far from the book, and I’d be interested to see what direction they take for the sequel, which I really liked, particularly seeing it at midnight in a coffin hotel in Singapore, which makes everything weirder. Meanwhile, Pitt has signed on opposite Rickie Lee Jones in an interesting project about a near-spectrum engineer heading into space to find his astronaut father, which I am 10% into.

• Here’s the best [Hot Toys] look at the Iron Man armor featured in Spidey. I’m of two minds. Make it three minds, for brand awareness. For one, I’m struggling as much with the silver +red/yellow motif nose as I was in Ultimate Iron Man, from a design logic standpoint. I can understand if the gravity of things have led Stark to focus on the tech and less on the ‘hot rod’-ain’t job. But why any red/yellow at all? Two, I want a rational explanation in the script for why he’s wearing this after supposedly dumping the gear after IM 3. Third, science! No, but here’s my thing: I was thinking about an armor post-Civil War. I imagined something black and tactical. I imagined Stark going purpose-built, not the way all of his gallery of disposable armors was in IM3, but a no-nonsense, complete weapon armor. Anyway, there’s that. Meanwhile, here’s Stark on the set of Infinity War wearing curious, deliberate cammo gear with orange striping and what looks like another chest reactor.

• I’m choosing, I mean REALLY choosing, to be optimistic about ST: Discovery. So. Here’s a photo of the proto-transporter and a diagram explaining the uniform delineation, the latter of which being a critical resource for arts. I can’t yet get over the choice to make this the Shatnerverse and not the Pineverse, and how this supposedly takes place AFTER Pike and a few years before Enterprise, but hey. You know I have that strange ability to ignore visual continuity. But I WANT it to be different, anyway.

• Great story of JCVD getting fired from Predator for all the awesomest reasons. Amazing.

• The word of Dazzler’s inclusion in the next X-Men brouhaha appears to have been confirmed, along with quite a bit of vitriol aimed at suggestions that Taylor Swift be cast. I was really on the fence about the 80s X-Men stuff and the setting in the 90’s for the next film. However, I saw some pretty amazing period cosplay this weekend at Fanfest that warmed me to the idea. Well, Izzy was Jubilee, but same point of reference.

• I remain skeptical of the non-dubious application of such a product: Dubious Product.

• I like the casting… well, 99% of that like is on a certain mad brother, but why, WHY, did they release that first image with Medusa’s plastic weird hair to sour everyone on this? Posters, thus.

• I haven’t been able to watch a Bayformers film past the first one, but the 3% hope I have for this Bumblebeee spinoff is the hint that he might have the Bug chassis. Maybe? I mean, guys, U GUISE, all you have to do is exactly what the cartoons did in adapting the toy design language, but dump the mysterious planor sections of gray ‘robot’in the transformed limbs, and just… do… THAT. Anyway, who knows.

Robotech is the first physical comic I’ve committed to in about 10 years. I love what Marco Turini dove into here, after following him on IG for a few years. Really looking forward to the series, and hope it works.

Robots Root – The Batgirl We Need 30 Mar 2017

Welcome to today’s edition of Robot’s Root, your 3,333rd source for standard nerd news of the moment!

Up top, in a surprise announcement via Variety, Joss Whedon is set to write and direct a Batgirl solo film. The deal isn’t done, but still, that we hadn’t heard anything about it until now is pretty impressive as far as Hollywood scuttlebutt goes.

Meanwhile, in space… this:

 

– I previously expressed some concern that the third prequel in the Planet of the Apes series looked bland compared to the first two… this trailer gives me more to chew on. I’m fascinated by Bad Ape and a few of the others. New trailer released today…

 

– Ladies and Gentlemen: Australian Sharknado!

 

Interesting read on the new MST3000 relaunch, starring a few familiar faces…

 

– Santa Clarita Season 2? CHECK!

 

– Here’s some largely unsubstantiated talk about Jordan Peele being courted for Akira, now. I mean hey, could happen.

 

– Welp, supposedly Brad Pitt was close to Cable for Deadpool 2, as evidenced by solid concept art and a quick takedown notice. But now Leitch said schedule issues pushed him out. However, Michael Shannon recently noted he wasn’t interested. Hm.

 

Silicon Valley in one month YAASSSSSSSSS!

Long Live the Queen – 24 Mar 2017

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As much as I don’t want to see anything more from Alien: Covenant, my blackout collapsed when this showed up. GREAT poster. And completely the opposite of most of the better Alien posters which are still, isolated, and claustrophobic. Well DONE!

Meanwhile:

1. Justice league promo posters and clips are Jack Blacking their way into you this week.

Flash and Wonder Woman have unremarkable posters.
But, isn’t Aquaman’s costume a hot mess here? All they had to do was give Jason Momoa some leather pants with a scale pattern and some trident and a weird crown and call it a day. link!

Meanwhile, Batman has a possibly inaccurate shiny chest symbol here, and criss-crossy arm bracer straps. The trailer comes Saturday, but in this little clip, you can see the Batmobile peppering a Parademon. link!

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Thus.

2. I was pretty down with the rumor that Brad Pitt was shortlisted for Cable in Deadpool 2. He’s got great comedic timing, even as a straight face role. Here’s some concept art validating how he could look, and it’s great. link!

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Meanwhile the scuttlebutt is that Michael Shannon is in the lead. Who knows, really, but that works too, eh!

3. [Spoilers for the one lung I’m aware of that haven’t seen Rogue One] I love reading about alternate storylines or ending narratives for projects I loved… these are a few interesting variants on Rogue One. Earlier this week we read about versions where Krennic survived only to be killed by Vader, and another just rehashing the two-base scheme originally planned on the surface. But each of these has an interesting component to it. link!

4. The Terminator franchise is dead! Unless it’s not dead! link!

5. Here’s a short look at examples of country-specific changes to popular animated films. Pretty interesting! link! My favorite reminder of this is when I mis-rip a Blu-Ray of a film and the writing on objects like signage or what have you is in another language. I quite enjoy it.

6. Lego Collectors Edition Snowspeeder? YES PLEASE link!

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This IMAX poster for GOG 2 is coloriffic and I love it so.
And these character shots made to look like groovy bubble gum cards are excellent as well. link!

8. This posits, among other things, that Qui-Gon Jin was an unwise Jedi Master. It’s certainly my read, but I’m not convinced they felt this way when the scripts were written and the films were shot. link!

OK, back to reality. Civil liberties are being incinerated, and I need coffee…


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