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Your Next Blockbuster – Robots Root 18 September 2018

So WHOOOOOP! The Captain Marvel trailer is almost 100% what I wanted and expected, in all the right ways. The only thing that gave me pause was that she didn’t affect a deeper vocal pitch. But then I realized that’s a sexist concept anyway, mostly carried over from what i liked about how Gal Gadot sounds as Wonder Woman. THOUGHTS after the requisite three viewings, as Lung and I are wont to do:

  • I love the 10 in the Marvel Studios logo. Great subtlety and knowing nod to their legacy.
  • I love the focus on HER in Hero in the text work
  • I love the tallness of this poster, implying space, flight, potential, even the hanger imagery works with the logo on it. LOVE this poster so much it hurts
  • I love the invasion claxon in the music. I hope this is the final score. I follow the composer on IG and she’s great. This effect works SO well, and it’s one of the first Marvel scores that immediately stuck with me. That’s huge.
  • Punching out Skrull gramma
  • De-aged Fury and Poulson, though they’ve kept Hill from us for now
  • Focus on her, not the Skrulls, other than one glimpse
  • What a clever thing: ‘this isn’t an origin story’… I never expected that she would land on earth and unlock memories of her past. It’s a subversion of the trope
  • KREE HELMETS seen

Bonus: WHAT IS THIS CAT OR SOMETHING DOING IN THE CORNER

So yay, that was a treat for this week…Plus, you know who her fellow Air Force pilot is, right?

Meanwhile, also in space, this might be happening:

  • I like these Auto-Complete Interviews usually. I like watching them improvise. Sometimes they really surprise you. Frequently, less so. That said, something’s up with Olivia Munn’s mouth. She grew extra teeth, or a Tom Cruise tooth, or she’s wearing Invisalign, or she was always a poor annunciator and was well rehearsed on G4. Dunno. This part was good though: “Football players always lie about their height. (They lie about a lot of things.)”; By contrast, watching one like Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux reinforced my minor obsession with the former, and opened my eyes further to the humble charm of the latter, whim I’ve always liked but never really seen casually speaking.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates bees or bee-like things.
  • I am not a Hawkeye hater. I quite like him in the films. And his (and her) solo book over the last some odd years has been a high mark. This video suggests that Hawkeye’s success rate in the films is one of the most potent on the team. Love it.
  • Prospect continues to be high on my anticipation list. I didn’t watch this trailer, because I’m now on lockdown, but here.
  • What cracked me up about this, as it always does, was ‘Killmonger, WHO WAS RIGHT, …’ in the header. Because he was.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates spiders or spider-like things.
  • I like the idea of multiple Angels and multiple Bosleys.
  • The new movie may be imploding, but here’s a great video on the Winston folks trying to make the first suit work back in the day. I only recently saw the concept work and the early prototype, which i liked apparently much more than any other human whose seen it, and I’ve been vocal about what I see as the mediocrity in the Predator design (which causes Lung to generally want to smack a bitch up) but there’s no question it was interesting and technically challenging work. (I just wanted less rubbery hands and feet)…
  • Look, I don’t even drink tea, particularly, but now I’m hellbent on one for a coffee mug. This is amazing.
  • I’m only half way through this list, but as Lung recently saw and, like me, liked Solo, I thought I’d post it. You can hear me defend this film against two haters on the current episode of Robot-Kraken Pod in fact.
  • An interesting treatise on why Bryan Singer should not be doing Red Sonja, or anything else really… that goes beyond the post-#metoo entitlement.
  • Something ironic here: this peak Venom poster is zzzzzzzz inspiring like everything about this hot mess, except for the tongue, which is the only thing i like about the design. So many deep, pulsating purple taste buds going on. I loved, in the link, the reference to the ‘impossible accent’ as well.
  • I’m enjoying how Todd Phillips is trolling fans. I hope he trolls all the way to the film’s launch. ‘here’s a Joker film that is nothing like anything you asked for. You’re welcome.’ although Coppola backing out of producing isn’t a super great sign. For the record, I’m 100% behind this film, because I’m not a big continuity baby.
  • 22 things learned about one of the Punisher films I didn’t see.

The Kree to Success – Robots Root 20 Mar 2018

Lots of photos of Brie Larson filming Captain Marvel in her first Kree-based suit, this time with far less bunching and ill-fitment, still pre-CGI enhancement. But man, as it is, pretty neat. Have a go.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • More Cloak and Dagger business from the I’m Not Interested in That department.
  • WHOA. Ridley Scott is in talks to take on my favorite espionage comic, Queen and Country.
  • Scuttlebutt abounds that Tom Cruise is being courted for an elder Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, which is interesting on three levels: a) he’s Tom Cruise and generally very entertaining, 2) Hal Jordon was basically Top Gun, and d) he’s being cast in the older, wiser guy roles despite his efforts to pretend he’s 20.
  • Justice League made less gross than any other DCEU movie. I wouldn’t say that makes it the worst DCEU movie, however. Though I’m not sure how I feel about any of them related to each other.
  • Where the hell is Rick and Morty, you ask?
  • DeWanda Wise is being replaced on Captain Marvel, due to scheduling problems, with Lashana Lynch. Talk about a Win Win!
  • Bosslogic has created an all-Hawkeye Avengers poster. Hilarious.
  • Tag offers a pretty incredible cast. I’m down!

THAT IS ALL. If my plane is consumed by a late-90’s disaster movie style typhoon tonight, let me go out simply with this: peace and bike grease, and I remain Team: Iron Man.

Doug Jones is a National Treasure – Robots Root 5 March 2018

Not that this was necessarily the BEST choice (I’ve long given up on what’s right or wrong in these award shows) but what an interesting and cool surprise that Shape of Water took Best Picture and Best Director! A bit of nerd broke through…

Meanwhile, this:

  • What a random poster. Photoshop is sometimes your friend! Sometimes… not. So much dodgy dirt flying around them. HA!
  • Cheetah miiiiiiiiiiight be played by… Kristin Wiig? She can do anything. But SHOULD she?
  • April 22 can’t come soon enough!
  • Prospect looks really cool and retro styled for a sci fi horror project or whatever it is.
  • Cloak and Dagger has a new trailer… looks better than I expected, though still not my bag, maybe.
  • Here’s a Spotify playlist James Gunn put together as shooting music for the first film. Very interesting choices.
  • Here’s some peak Cage, looks like…
  • Looks like Flash has directors signed on officially. That’s a good step forward. Or hyperstep. Something.
  • All this talk about Captain Marvel being an action comedy… my first blush was that they are trying to apply the GoG/Ant-Man/Ragnorok concept to projects that don’t want it… but then again, the emphasis on her being ‘a sassy smartass’ suggest to me more that they wrote her to give zero fucks, which is something I could get behind.
  • “Set during the Italian Shirt Shortage…” Honest Trailers honest trailers about. In an honest trailery way.
  • Good Cthulu, Maya Thurman-Hawke looks like Uma Thurman. Soon she’ll be looking like Uma Thurman in the scary 80s.
  • That one time Schwartzenegger insisted they are preparing to film T6. Oh, I mean, every time.

OK, thanks for reading, my 33% Nation of Fish Banging!

It Doesnt Look Like Anything To Me – Robots Root 28 February 2018

So, Joss Whedon is out on the Batgirl project… and like Justice League, the reasons stated vs. the reasons behind the reasons, are cause for some speculation. What I find MORE intriguing, however, is the flood of capable, interesting female writers and directors doing open offers to make this project what it actually wants to be… and how DC/WB is  tone-deaf about it. The image above is mine, by the way. Thank you, thank you. Whedon’s original non-script was apparently to be based on a story from the late 60s, the quintessential pre-spine-shattering Batgirl… I would be interested in something a little more like the current comics, frankly.

[Image available as a sweet print by yours truly here.]

Meanwhile, in space:

  • I’m super into Anon, a new film from the director of Gattaca. I love the post-Soviet style and overlays of data. Amanda Seyfried is also killer (so to speak) as a brunette. This could be terrible. But I choose to believe.

 

  • Polar, an adaptation from a comic from Dark Horse, has been greenlit for Netflix. Spoiler alert: it appears to be the same plot as John Wick 3 will likely be, just with Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Francis Lawrence continues to talk up development on a BSG feature film nodding to both TV series (or both major ones) but going in a more ‘current’ direction… which I take to mean instead of apeing New Hope, it’ll ape whatever’s popular next year. HAR!
  • I appreciated how low-rez R2-D2’s Leia hologram was in Last Jedi, and it did appear to be the original one from New Hope, but I had no idea it was actually rendered more degraded for a 30 years later vibe. I thought it was just the old tech-in-star wars effect from the original film plus the meta old-tech-in modern-film disconnect… kind of meta meta.
  • I see a lot of great cosplays at the shows I do, but man, throw a pro photographer or two at them, and it’s even more impressive
  • Latest in video game interest from the guy who buys them but has no time to play them… Burnout Remastered is coming. LOOOOVE them Burnout games.
  • Which is better: bouquets of donuts, or Pennywise style donut delivery? Why choose!
  • PORG CAKE!
  • Some interesting interview material about Duncan Jones’ Mute, and how it morphed into a sci-fi film from its original noir underpinnings. I wish it was getting better reviews, but I’m still hot to see it.
  • I admit, I’m surprised: test screenings for Aquaman have rated very well, apparently featuring accomplished action sequences. Of course, almost all of these bug supers films have tested well early on because of the demographic for the pre-screening crowd. Justice League and BVS both tested extremely well, as did Age of Ultron.
  • Expanse S03 trailer is finally up, showing little, but readers have a good sense of the story. It’s a doozy.
  • Never enough Yondu
  • this was disturbing. Not surprising, but great to hear he was able to get help in that critical window, which is not common.
  • Did I talk about Outsider already? If so, disregard or nod in affirmation. If not, it’s a Netflix project involving Jared Leto playing a pilot in the 50s trapped in Japan and entering a Yakuza phase. For fun and profit! Looks amazing, to me.
  • Gemma Chan has been cast in the Captain Marvel film as the Kree spy Minn-Erva (hopefully with a name change somewhere down the line because COME ON)
  • First look at Shazam/Captain Marvel’s costume here. Looks very golden age.
  • Not too often that reshoots involve inserting an entirely new character
  • A heavily unsubstantiated rumor is that Winder Woman 2’s villain will be the Cheetah, played by… Emma Stone. Take that as you will. Where are the photomanips?!
  • The trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 trailer finally launched. Looks great of course… I admit I wish they weren’t using real app companies… Emoji ruined that forever.
  • Terry Goodkind is a dick.

 

Bonus: this video game to brief comic adaptation of Peggy Carter as Captain America reminds me of something…

 

Not the same, but close! And a good seller for me at shows, too…available here, since apparently today I’m just hawkin’ wares…

 

Its not Easy Being Aquamarine – Robots Root 25 January 2018

Welp, not one day later, here we are with the first photos. Outrage! Delight! The interweb is confused, but angry! But not! So, here’s my two thoughts on it. No, three thoughts.

  1. The colors evoke classic Kree military green and white
  2. The Avengers Infinity War and 4th Film are, I believe, going to give us either alternate reality, or timey-wimey monkeying around, so this could be one VERSION of her. In fact, she could even be used as the narrative gateway to the changes. Ie. look, she’s checking out a newspaper. Classic time travel/ mirror universe situational awareness stuff.
  3. Check out how Marvel’s approach to the powerful woman, once again, is a fully costumed and even armored, character, despite the actress being easily sexualized if they chose to. Black Widow, Wasp, and now Captain Marvel.

Moving on, here’s some Robot’s Root!

  • Salvador Larroca has illustrated some of my favorite runs. I’m saddened to see what’s happening on Star Wars. In his defense, I’m wondering if editorial is smooshing some photmanip onto those faces in post? It’s possible (sniff) that he’s the one doing it, as he’s definitely relied on photo ref a lot on his portrait work, along with many other artists. But this is beyond the space pale.
  • I’m currently investigating if I can download the Phillip P Dick anthology offline for my upcoming international travels. Here’s a ranking of all the episodes…
  • That John Wick series on Starz is set to focus on the Continental… Keannu appearances not confirmed. I’m cool with it. I love love LOVE assassins guilds. We have one in the TRDL Universe in fact.
  • I find the backstory about Phasma, from her armor being made from Palpatine’s Yacht plating, to her involvement in Hux’s assassination of his own father, immensely interesting. GRUMBLE.
  • Check out this collection of photo ref studies for Moebius!
  • Tintype Star Wars photos yay!

 

Finally, remember, if you’re going to the big house, at least do it with style. BACON BATTERY STYLE!

 

The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

Get this Man a Shield – Robots Root 29 Nov 2017

Well, the trailer may not have been the creepy, story-telling ‘preface’ style one I was hoping for, rather than a clip show, but what we got was pretty amazing. Highlights for me include Peter’s Spider-Sense, what I’m sure is Banner wearing the Hulkbuster armor (after Ragnorok, being initially reluctant to hulk out makes sense), a great look at Cap in the beard and blacked out Winter Soldier -era uniform but with Wakandan gloves, and Thanos’ smirks. Also, probably most of all, this Iron Man crumpling smackdown above. Watch it here, for the 33rd time. My first three were on an iphone, so it was nice to size up to 30″ at work. THATSWHATSHESAID

Other root:

  • This whole project confounds and delights me. More holiday T than we deserve. I give it a Kah and a Kiyah!
  • Cross-stiched Ultima screencap? Sure! Reminds me of those mandalas you wipe away when completed.
  • So, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Meno as the traitorous Kree informant Yon-Rogg. Effing SKRULLS in the first place. Time shunting. And now, Jude Law as Captain Mar-Vell? So good. Plus, if he is truly named that way, more logic gymnastics for the screenwriters to sort out.
  • The Hindenburg Explodes! is one of those fairly high-concept, stony exercises Adult Swim tends to greenlight. It’s a fake pilot by Robb Cordry, featuring many familiar faces and at least three jokes. I sought it out after seeing a soundless GIF of the last three seconds, precisely. I watched the whole thing, though, for science.

  • I loved loved LOVED Blade Runner 2049. I plan to see it, flaws and all, at least 3,333 more times. But this scathing review is my personal favorite review of anything ever. He actually describes birthing replicants as ‘DECANTING.’
  • Guillermo del Toro regrets not helming the Paramount ‘Dark Universe’ films that are now all canceled. So do I, man. Regret that he didn’t, not that I didn’t. I wouldn’t do it.
  • It is suggested that the presumed multi-verse angle of Avengers 4 and the next lifetime of films will be made to happen via quantum realm hopping, a la Ant-Man (and Wasp) which works for me.
  • The CB Cebulski pseudonym controversy is pretty fascinating, coming out at this precise time (him taking over at Marvel, him openly admitting he used a Japanese pseudonym to write comics for Marvel in the 90s, and the culturial appropriation and racism implied though not universally understood) and it’s an interesting zeitgeist for the discussion. At least to me. If he were writing those ninja stories under his real name, would the controversy be as great?
  • This isn’t even from Vivid Video. They already did one.*
  • Finally, LEGO LIGHTCYCLE TAKE MY MONEY that I don’t have.

*I initially mistyped VELMO which seems like something from an adult furry convention.

Because M-16s – Robots Root 11 April 2017

Here’s Kurse using M-16s for no reason, straight out of Williamson’s Thor run… wow!

Listen, if this is a TEASER trailer, I don’t want to see any trailer trailers. I’m already sold on this film just on the pedigree of the director, the Thor roomate shorts, and the punchline in this above. And that’s saying something, as the Kirby-meets-80s-Galleria-Mall aesthetic is not my personal favorite.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Much knee-jerk hullabaloo has been made of Disney’s patent filings for a soft interactive robot. Westworld! They cry. However, this is basically an R/C airbag concept, so not only would I suggest we consider Baymax from Big Hero 6, which was the best thing ever, but in fact that’s the first intended application of this design: a Baymax toy. So. I’m on board!
  • Terminator is done. NO ITS NOT he says. It’s sleeping.
  • Lung teased me with the Robot Soldier toy coming out, and how, as tenuous landed gentry, we have no disposable income for such things. To hell with that, I’ve seen heist films (and none of their endings) what could go wrong.
  • According to two reference links I cannot access in Indonesia, apparently Captain Marvel will be the ‘most powerful character in the MCU’ which I certainly hope is hyperbole. I mean, I’m hot to see Brie Larson kick ass as much as the next nerd, but let’s settle down.
  • I haven’t been following ANY content-related stuff related to GitS, though I’ve certainly read about the disastrous box office, and the general criticisms. I reserve judgment for when Lung and I see it later this month. In the meantime: hilarious rework of the trailer mixed with review blips (the BAD ones)…
  • King Conan appears to be DOA. I’m disappointed. It was the best, most rational use of older Schwartzenegger (sp) in any of these films he’s doing. Aged, broken down Conan. COME ON. It would have been awesome. Oh well oh well oh well.
  • Listen, I may be the only long-time follower of the Weekly Planet podcast, but I mentioned earlier that Mr. Sunday Movies (James Clement) finally revealed himself as part of the Movember fundraiser/ podcasting network lunch event a few weeks ago. The video is up now, in addition to the early photos. The 360 camera footage is pretty amazing, BTW. I need to look into these devices. I’ve never seen a pan-style wide angle video shot and released on youtube before. It’s worth checking out for that if nothing else. I knew all that VRML work I did in 1996 would pay off… sort of…
  • Josh Boone’s New Mutants film has entered pre-production. Anyone over 40 will probably be thrilled.

Deeply Dapper at Saltcon Plus Other Things 3 March 2017

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Robot-Kraken fans take note: Deeply Dapper (Kris McClanahan) is tabling at Saltcon in Salt Lake City this weekend. Crack your coffers open and go pay him a visit!
http://saltcon.com/saltcon-2017/

Plus:

Trailer Updatery Commencing:

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I like everything I’m seeing from the latest Pirates film… even the new de-aged Jack Sparrow.
Optimisms! From whence there were none. I mean, I loved the first trailer, but based on the last few installments… link!

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and then, on the other side of the optimism spectrum, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which we never had any doubts about over here at Robot-Kraken (cue our March broadcast) and this new trailer brings plenty of new yeeee. link!
Even the trailer TEASER was awesome: [url=[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEArQjT781I]link![/url]]link![/url]

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And then, the film most people wrote off based on Prometheus, but which is looking block-rockin*: Alien: Covenant, has a new trailer: link! Oddly enough, though, the otherwise quite aesthetically pleasing Katherine Waterston has been successfully blanched of interest, and I’m a little bit concerned about the ‘couples’ thing. I get it, Adam and Eve. Let it go, Ridley Scott.
The standout moment for me was the Xenomorph headbutting the cockpit glass.

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Finally, the new Kong trailer looks super fun. It’s one of those trailers that would almost seem more stylish than the film itself, except for how much the early reviews are saying this is a kick ass film. Thoughts:
/// The sound fx are amazing. Timed music and beats to elements of imagery.
/// John C Reilly continues to own my attention, which is saying something, since Brie Larson is like RIGHT THERE.
/// the use of ‘Gotta get outta this place’ and then recontextualized twice into different songs
/// that shell drop, so metaphorical and stuff
/// that nixon bobble
/// plus I spy a kraken
I still can’t get behind those dumb as Skull buggas. Why would THAT form evolve in nature? But anyway.
link!

Meanwhile…

– Aquaman Always Uses the Butterfly Stroke: Snyder released some weird, blurry, underwater test footage of Aquaman. Look, that’s actually what I WANT it to be. I’m tired of underwater supershenanigans just looking like Simi Valley but with air bubbles. Or in this case, no air bubbles.
link!

– I’m the Grayist There Is at What I Do. Make That Greyist: I haven’t even seen Logan yet (Sunday) but I’m already chomping at the bit for the black and white iteration, if this comes to pass.
link!

– The Correct Amount of Cyberleather Olivia Wildes is N+1: Reading about the near-dead, moastly dead, pretty much definitely dead Tron 3 makes me have sads.
link!

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– I’ll Show YOU a Heat Sink Like You’ve Never SEEN Before: An artist I follow on IG, from WETA (PEARCE) is the hand behind their kickstarter board game. I love this thing. I’d buy in in a hot minute if I wasn’t trying to be reasonable after too many convention related costs. Read about it here:
link!
And here’s the Kickstarter plus more detail. SO GOOD. This guy is my current favorite mecha artist, BTW. And given my obsession with Shirow, that’s saying something. There’s rumblings about the cost, the actual playability of Cryptozooic’s other offerings, and the fact that a WETA-affiliated project doesn’t need crowdfunding. But it looks so fun.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/we … vy-hitters

And a sample of his stuff:
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– In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night, Marketing is Marketing: Everyone’s teasing Lantern being introduced in the Justice league film in some way. Which Lantern? Who knows? Do they immediately die? Probably. Is Henry Cavill being cheeky on IG? YES. Is Armie Hammer looking involved? Very much. But lets take a step back and Marvel, if you will, that the state of WB is such that they can make teasing the involvement of GREEN LANTERN IN A JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE an attempt at viral marketing for pre-release buzz. I mean, seriously. Why WOULDNT he be, and also, what about the three weeks of SEVEN SEVEN UNITE THE SEVEN they committed to (with 6 characters) until they dropped it. link!

– Flinty Actor Needed; Arm Optional: This round robin on Cable casting is hilarious. I like Pierce Brosnan, I can see Russel Crowe… but I especially like the rumor today that David Harbour from Stanger Things screen tested for it. If that’s even remotely true, my money’s on that one. I can see that working in the Deadpool tone much more easily. link! for a photomanip of Crowe, and link! for a cut and paste of Harbour. Just because.

– Or Maybe Change the Wifi Password: This is an amusing story, at least from a parental perspective. Seems severe. But hey, GET A JOB.link!

– Its My Party and I’ll Bat-Tusi if I Want to: Apparently, and again, much of this is rational-sounding speculation, really, like Matt Reeves really put WB over a barrel and got full creative control of Batman. Good on him, if so. link!

– Speaking of Leaping Robots: While we’re at it, let’s improve their freaky spider walking. For more urgent muderdeathkills.link!

– Nolan is Being Nolan: I love that he found a way to make the telling of a war movie in present tense become fractured and complicated. It really makes sense, though, what he’s talking about. I found it fascinating. Merging events that occur either as a week, day or a few hours, depending on POV, but all at once… link!

– Red Skull is Back Oh Wait: Rumor mumblings indicate the Black Mask may be in Gotham City Sirens. I like him more, visually, then the Red Skull, frankly, and I think he could look pretty cool tricked out and bedazzled or whatever in the Ayers-SS-Aesthetic. link!

Also, some casting updates, because happening:

Inhumans Casting Additions: Serinda Swan as Medusa (who I assume will always be preferred in her Zatanna fishnets over this no matter how good the costume and FX are) …
link!

X-Men Casting Addition: Steve Moyer of True Blood has jumped on board, as well as a few others. The girl that was weirdly annoying on Gotham for awhile, etc link!

Thus, I leave you for today. Go forth and apply your nerd standard trade!


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Chief of Ninja Group
SUPEESU. MADDONISSU.

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Death Comes for us All – 3 October 2016

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This is going to sound odd, when I admit that I haven’t even SEEN the last few Pirates films, having grown disillusioned by all the pyrotechnics/car explosions/guitar solos, so to speak… but I’m still optimistic. Javier Bardem! Exposed skull fragments! Shark guys again!
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In other news…

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ITEM: Here’s a cool list of 100% Rotten Tomato scored films. I selected Last Picture Show because young Jeff Bridges there looks like young Lung.
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ITEM: Some interesting tidbits about the cash grab of celebrity convention appearances. I had no idea it was so lucrative for some, but it follows, I guess, in the post-big-budget-mainstream-genre-film world. I still tend to associate convention appearances with retired or non-working actors, but obviously my own recent experiences have proven how outdated my youthful memory of it is.
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ITEM: Apparently we can thank Chris Pratt for suggesting Kurt Russell for GoG2. NICE WORK.
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ITEM: Hopefully this hasn’t been debunked by now, but last week the scuttlebutt was that Benicio Del Toro was being courted to lead the team in the new Shane Black Predator film. I cannot EVEN if I don’t get to see that. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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ITEM: The original video has been deleted, but even from the screencap you can see that the deleted mall scene from X-Men: Apocatole would have been a chance to make us all nauseous from 80s. via

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ITEM: Who’s up for Mister Sinister in Wolverine 3? I mean, it’s been rumored for awhile, but looking at the cast confirmations so far, it’s a little disconcerting that there’s no one that would have the necessary charm and self0awareness to pull of a character as stupid as this.
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ITEM: Finally got around to watching the trailer for Free Fire. Actually, I watched 30 seconds of it, then decided I didn’t want to see any more of it until I’m in the theater with a blueberry going on. Looks AWESOME. Plus, for ONCE: honest accents.
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ITEM: Read the premise of the new Terror season-based anthology, and look at that cast. So in!
Jared Harris! Naval terror!
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Interesting short ‘instructional video’ on use of a proper longsword. Entertaining. It’s as ugly as you’d imagine if you think about all that weight. Back in my AD&D days it was just a dice roll. But when I started making tourney weapons, I started thinking more about the lever moment of that much cantilevered mass. via

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Finally, of COURSE the first soft robot would be in the shape of a cephalopod, right.
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