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That Will Buff Out – Robot’s Root 28 Nov 2017

I am definitely the target market for a 1:1 scale mutilated and torched Vader helmet. Thanks!

That root, that sweet, sweet root (very minor JL spoilers below)

  • The interesting thing about this casting for Daredevil S03 isn’t the actor, who I’m sure is fine, but the idea that the role sheet alludes to Sin-Eater, which i would vastly prefer to Nuke being involved in a Born Again storyline.
  • I honestly feel like the superhero film mainstream acceptance has allowed smarter people than me to start slipping in solid cyberpunk projects without the snarky types noticing. Altered Carbon at Netflix??? Awesome.

  • What is even.
  • This video of Daisy Ridley being interviewed supposedly building a Lego Millennium Falcon is peak linkbait. It’s everywhere. Unfortunately, it fils for me in several ways.
    • Her mouth freaks me out
    • She laughs at herself a lot, but not in an endearing way
    • I like her in her roles more than as a human being interviewed, which isn’t often the case
    • She has a curious, if admirable in this oversexualized culture, obsession with stodgy, heavily-patterned clothing
    • And most importantly: she neither builds the Lego herself nor appears to really respect it. RESPECT THE LEGOS.
  • Do you know how much I approve of the concept of a Mendo Doctor Doom? 100% MINIMUM.
  • Lots of hyperbole over what does and doesn’t work in Justice League, and I’m saving my comments for the podcast overall. But one thing I thought I’d note here: some fans have clamored for a Zack Snyder cut to be released (which does not exist) and since he apparently ‘liked’ the petition, it has been taken to mean that it does, and should. I think he just liked the sentiment. Who wouldn’t? His son made comments about how the film was ruined by WB meddling and comedy, and I think that’s a valid position. It’s also a valid position to say that the original likely direction in Snydervision would be a disaster without the lighter tone pulled in by Whedon. The biggest legitimate criticism to be leveled against the finished project is that it feels, as you watch it, uneven enough that you detect when the hands change, like you’re watching two different films smashed together. For the record, I think the Whedon adjustments were a good idea. It is a messy landing, but it still lands as a more ‘superheroic’ film and frankly a lot of people were unhappy with the dark tone of the DCEU and wanted more of what they call the ‘Marvel’ vibe, but mean a more traditional, inspirational comic adventure experience. This is of course ironic as hell given that DC comics was traditionally about vanilla comic adventuring and marvel was borne from real-world, serious civic issues and told stories about relatable humans. That all said, a lot of what doesn’t work in the film is because of schedule, not an overarching ideological divide. They just needed more time. More time for finished FX, more time to properly pace and blend the two tones. Marvel movies can be both dark and comedic at the same time, both heroic and troubling. I’m looking at you, Russo Brothers. So, anyway, when I see all this Snyder vs. Whedon blamery over the film, it amuses me, because both voices are valid. And BTW I still like the darker DCEU tone just fine.
  • PS I also believe Joss Whedon is still actively working on a Batgirl film, and that the rumors of his dismissal are about as legit as the rumors of WB canceling the DCEU after JL… propaganda that came out over the weekend that didn’t do anyone any favors.
  • I like the look of some of the new designs, but the photoshoppery is killing me. Interns aren’t the answer to every chore. I do think we’re going to see alternate universe or post-reality manipulated versions of characters in A3 and A4 but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Looking at these pics of a test suit unused in the final film (featuring a Kingdom Come style red-S) reminds me that I wish we saw a black suit in JL. Cavill teased it months back, and Zod’s look when he still had the cape was just B A D A S S S S S S S S.
  • Supposedly Gambit starts production in early 2018 after years of delays. Listen, I still think Channing Tatum is far better as a comedian than as a dramatic/action actor, though if they pull off the same sort of tone as he had in Logan Lucky, it could work. He’s risen in my book over the last year or so, and I’d LIKE to see this film happen, especially as a heist story, despite hating the character.

  • Now, Lizzy Caplan being involved is of course 99% why it could succeed. But hey. Bias.
  • I have a perverse love for seeing the voice actors recording dialog from cheesy animation.
  • Here’s some great cosplay (with all that fancy post work) of Ventress from the Clone Wars cartoon, a character on my to-draw list and one I’d love to have seen make it to film.

OK, that’s enough for today. Until next time, crush your darlings, and by darlings, I mean granpappy’s helmet!

Youre Gonna Get Some Hop Ons – Robots Root 17 May 2017

Of course the important news of the day, moreso than impeachable offenses and wonky missiles and health care class warfare and space aliens beached in Indonesia, but no less as inevitable as any of those: officially official confirmation of AD S05. I mean, we knew it was coming, but I’m glad it’s here. In bits and pieces, we’ve learned that Hurwitz is inspired by the election disaster, and that he’s returning to ensemble scenes instead of the ‘follow each character around’ standalones. But also, wow, 2018. I looked it up: the S04 experiment was 2013. I can’t believe it will have been five years.

Meanwhile, THIS HAPPENED:

  • In some strange alternate reality, Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi and Matt Vaughn are supposedly in the running for the brutally underdeveloped and problematic Flash film. Why and how is any of that possible.
  • Look. I want Star Trek: Discovery to succeed. I always want these projects to somehow work. And on the face of it, I like this photo. I like the actors, and I really like the old school tricorder in the holster. But really? ENOUGH REY FOR YOU??
  • And look, I have no problem with hyperbole in film promotion… especially when it’s a translation from another language… but this promo material for Last Jedi cracked me up. Everyone’s focusing on how ‘THE BIGGEST SHOCKING REVEAL IN THE HISTORY OF SHOCKING REVEALS EVER EVER WILL BE REVEALED!’ language, but what I thought was funny was the assertion that things got serious once they killed Han Solo. You know, because the deaths of millions in the hand-wavy blowing up of a solar system wasn’t a tragedy or anything.
  • Slaughterhouse Rulez… I mean I’d already be in just because of the pedigree, but I do like that premise. Shithead power schoolkids getting lovecrafted to death while being shitheads? Sounds great!
  • I’m amused by the reference that by the end of Defenders, it will feel like The Hangover… because I don’t know about you, but my drinking increased progressively as I worked through Iron Fist.
  • I wasn’t going to watch any more trailers for Battle for the Toleyou of the Preparation for the Planet of the Apes, but then I did anyway. Looks kick-ass, of course. I didn’t like Woody Harrelson as much in the earlier trailers, other than shaving in front of his troops, which is always a winning move… but here, I love him ranting that (presumably) Caesar is ‘too emotional’ hahahahaha
  • Best quote ever, regarding the sensational lawsuit over blind date texting during GOG2: ““While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” the suit said.
  • Here’s the first promo material for the new Hellboy film, which features, uh, Hellboy Hellboying around… notable only because hey, it’s new Mike Mignola art, and we need that in this world.
  • For the ultra-rich cosplaying Iron Man fan in your life: dig this concept armor

 

That’s all for today. Back to mixing your sloshy martinis…

Just a Flesh Wound – 25 April 2017

I didn’t watch the first bridging minifilm for Alien: Covenant, but I did watch this one. I think it’s relevant.

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Meanwhile, in space, this Robot’s Root is happening…

  • Best comment ever, regarding that trident there. Yes, I know the 5 point weapon has been in the comics before. Your argument is invalid.
  • I’m stoked at the Robotech resurgence. And an artist I follow, Marco Turini, was tapped to handle art chores on the new comic by Brian Wood. What a cool team-up! My concern is that they will mimic the tone and style of the anime, rather than do a grittier take that suits their own styles. If left to their own devices it would look a lot more like what Paul Pope did with Batman 100. Turini has a detailed, inky thing going on.
  • These 16th c. redesign cosplays are OUT OF CONTROL

  • The highlight of Iron Fist continues to be Jessica Henwick, who I’ve tried to fantasy-cast as pretty much anyone and everyone on the podcast.
  • Great prohibition era photos, feeling right out of the Coen Brothers playbook… but you can tell, as you go through them, that they were staged, even at the time. Still cool.
  • Spoilers if you didn’t listen to our Robot Kraken podcast review of Powerless, or watch it your own self: no longer an option.
  • Is Once Upon a Time in Venice a good bad movie, a bad bad movie, or just the worst example of trailer editing in the history of the form? I want it to be good.
  • DC just announced a Teen Titans live-action series launch. Which is great for DC fans. However they are using it to launch a streaming service, showing they learned nothing from Paramount.
  • I love James Bond. Which is Kingsman, these days. Just look at it. LOOK AT IT.
  • I also didnt watch Split, but I did learn about the stunt ending, tying it to Unbreakable (sorry, common knowledge now) and saw the awesome film recap here from Earthling Cinema. Anyway, M. Knight Toleyou announced Glass, the third film, will bring them all together. I look forward to it.
  • When Zoe Saldana says she wants to be in Dune, LET HER.
  • Shane Black confirms Predator will use practical FX. Music to my ears. And by eyes. Or something.

That’s all for now! Wipe your eyeballs down and find your center.

You Bring the Silicone I’ll Bring the Sealant – 7 March 2017

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Look, you know I’ve thrown my chips in on this film, and it’s not a view shared by everyone I talk to, or even very many. But all this WETA practical work is KILLING me, I love it. All silicone, three layer suit, with no seaming. Makes me think of Ross Gellar and the leather pants scene with all the talcum. Anyway, points for teaching me the term PAULDRON, something I draw and design every day and never knew had a proper name in plate male design, and more points for the use of magnets to hold them on the shoulder so they move properly with the rotator cuff. So much work for something most in the audience will just assume is CGI.

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– I’m not watching Gotham any longer. I just can’t even. But the best choice they’ve made yet is casting Siddig as Ra’s Al Ghul. I’ve loved this actor in the modern era, so much more than his stint on Star Trek. He was memorable (and underutilized) in Game of Toles, and has surfaced in Peaky Blinders S03 as well. Love him.
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– Here’s the first official shots of the punk rock styling of Hela, Thor, and Valkyrie in Thor 3. The short hair on Thor will be polarizing, I’m sure. Almost distracting the complainers from the ethnic shifting on Valkyrie? Probably not, knowing the racist interweb.
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– I love the CONCEPT of local real life superhero propaganda figures in the community more than the execution, generally, but this guy actually makes a good case for the ‘homegrown superhero costume’ thing that actually looks reasonable. I can see this as Parker’s first suit, for example.
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– Neat video on all the CGI overlayed acting doubles in Logan. i can tell you, you never notice.
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– Also, here’s yet another look at that fake comic from the film. SAURON, ha.
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– Again, I’m stunned that Netflix greenlit Bright, and against my own bias, I’m going to watch it.
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– Michael K Williams has been stealing scenes in a lot of stuff… but wow, he’s going to be a crowd pleaser in Han Solo, no doubt.
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– Inhumans roundup for today:
1. Lockjaw being a thing is the best news yet. I have a fondness for the giant teleporting bulldog. Plus, photos from the set show him in pre-CGI massing. Also, Ken Leung joined, which is excellent news. Also, the rest of the casting bores me. It’s a toss up.
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– This set of Lego wings is slaying me. I’m so amateur. RAD.
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– Jason Issacs has joined ST: Discovery as the Captain. Notable specifically because he won’t be the focus of the narrative, the one conceit that intrigues me about this project.
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– Notes from the Beetlejuice that never was.
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– Amy Acker joining the X-Men show on Fox is great news, because she’s amazing and desirable. Unfortunately the premise for this show leaves me cold.
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– We just talked about Tron 3… now the scuttlebutt is that Disney wants to soft reboot with Jared Leto in the lead role, playing a character that was originally included in the previous Tron 3 script but in a lesser role.
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– Here’s the new ‘tamer, lighter’ Batmobile, friends.
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-Finally, if you have seen Logan already and want another look, or don’t mind being spoiled if you haven’t, here’s that much ballyhood extra thing:
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That’s all for now! I’m hard at work on the TRDL Sourcebooks and Kris is pushing on completing his Princess Bride poster in time for FanX next week. Busy busy. Also, tonight we will begin recording this month’s podcast segments. And hopefully release March’s show.


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Practical FX Always Win – 2 March 2017

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It’s no secret I’m dying to see this one and am highly, dangerously, optimistic. But this many practical effects? DYING. D Y I N G. So is Adam Savage. PS the cybergeisha is my favorite anything ever. Now… where’s the Fuchikomas?
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Sorry for the delay on this post… rL got in the way…

Meanwhle…

– Lung and I were talking about this over the weekend. Hard to believe this project actually went forward, but I’ll five it a shot. I mean, my hatred for Shadowrun is undaunted, but still…
Orc Cops! AMIRITE. link!

– This cosplay of a girl WW with an invisible jet made from clear balloons it the new gold standard. See what I did there. Gold. Standard.
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– This image has been floating around. Comics? Film? Probably comics. Still, it’s an old trope at Marvel, but seems to have new blood. So to speak. Many, many young artists have doodled Hulk with claws…
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– This collection of photos of the Mad Max Fury Road vehicles before they were butchered on set is very inspiring. #homeremodelgoals
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– This is the most touching tribute to Bill Paxton yet:
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– So. Suicide Squad… is an Oscar winner now.
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– They promised us jetpacks. THEY DELIVERED.
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– Meet your Overlords Exhibit 43433: now they can do tricks while killing you. SHRED then DEAD!
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Lastly, this is too much. TOO MUCH. C U T E.


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Come With Me If You Want to Save the Franchise – 170126

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So, what do you think? Tim Miller on Terminator? Any chance of bailing this ship out? We talk about this one on the podcast in February… link!

Meanwhile, this:

– Look, I gave up on Gotham a long time ago. It was never great, but at least had some atmospheric style. It went from soapy cheese to a garbage fire in record time. That said, I will give them this and only this: I’ve been pining for someone to do the Joker thing from the New 52 where his face has been cut off and then haphazardly sewn back on. It’s so unnervingly icky (and infected, presumably)… so, at least they tried it. link!

– From now on, as far as cosplay goes, I will accept NO LESS than a full scale ED-209. link!

– Thomas Jane in Predator? Before seeing Expanse I’d have been against it. Now… link!

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

– I’ve been using these as desktop screens of late: focus on the retro-future GUI in Rogue One: link!

– GIJoe + Transformers… would you have been in? I would not have been in. I would have been more out than I already am. link!

– So, uh, according to this, DC/WB will give the obscure antihero villain of their obscure supers film his OWN film… yet still can’t figure out how to make the DC pantheon work? link!

– I liked the admittedly uneven Amazon Tick pilot… interesting to imagine Warburton back in the costume, though. link!


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Upsidus Downicum! – 15 November 2016

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DOCTOR STRANGER THINGS.
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ITEM: Westworld has been renewed for S02, thankfully. The show is mesmerizing.
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ITEM: No offense to Gavin O’Conner, but this interview sounds like some sort of parody.
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ITEM: News flash: Ryan Reynolds has nice things to say about Tim Miller. Because, you know, he’s not stupid.
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ITEM: Below, an article briefly (butchering, in this post-millennial half-assed documentary style, where the narrator inserts themselves into the thing every 3 seconds) discussing the inventor of Lazer Tag. Above, MY LAZER TAG set, just found this week while going through my mother’s attic. Synchronicity!
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That is all. Back to your radioactive sheds. Those reactors aren’t going to build themselves.


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I Can See Your Ghost – 11 Nov 2016

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Following on that 3s clip yesterday from GitS, this little behind the scenes vid is even better. So much good to see here. SO MUCH. I’m positive.
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ITEM: I did not see that coming, as my 5 yr old son says. Jessica Chastain signs on to Painkiller Jane??
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ITEM: Holland talks a bit about how Spidey’s reactions in combat are based on a teenager, so emphasis on avoidance rather than offensive fighting. Now, I don’t think I would say teenagers are prone to avoidance in combat, but I like the concept as far as Spidey goes. Thats my favorite part of his deal: not the kicky punchy, but the dodging.
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“Si quis furetur,
Anathematis ense necetur.”
ITEM: Here are some handy curses you can inscribe in latin into your books in your library, to ward off thieves. Who, you know, stop to read the inscriptions before stealing the non-books you have in your non-existent physical library. Unless you have one, as I do. Excelsior!
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ITEM: One less good cop out there.
Robert Vaughn RIP

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ITEM: This is a great little infographic-vid about the depth of the ocean with scale reference.
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ITEM: Very interesting study of HBO’s Westworld, from the perspective of game designers interviewed about their experience watching the show so far.
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ITEM: Best Ant-Man cosplay ever in the history of EVER. That includes any microverse funny business.
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Everything Youve Cyber-Heard is True – 5 August 2016

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Incorporated looks and feels like one of my 90s pre-cyberpunk fever dreams. I have such high hopes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jDFUwHB0VY

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ITEM: Something I’m hoping to get my lovely wife for her birthday, though I’m doing exploratory research into whether she’d actually wear it.
https://www.mysecretwood.com/collections/our-rings

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ITEM: Best Captain America cosplay ever for today.
https://twitter.com/WCAvengers/status/7 … 9998929921

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ITEM: Following yesterday’s bit on the different sizes Gojira has had over the years, this awesome post showed original Gojira in contemporary Japan. Love it. So tiny.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-original-god … 1784788817

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ITEM: Looks like Superman… Clark Kent… not bad at all, compared…
https://twitter.com/PRETTYAMAZlNG/statu … wsrc%5Etfw
but then wait…

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I don’t care WHAT plot logic you have, nothing here is acceptable. I blew kombucha out my nose when I saw that DVD tray.
https://twitter.com/skysosmrt/status/76 … wsrc%5Etfw

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ITEM: I don’t always love Stan Lee’s schtick, but this response to the David Ayer’s non-controversy is pretty awesome. High road! (Well, in response to a non-controversy in the first place)
https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodfirst … 499283925/

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ITEM: I love some of this new (old) design work for Rogue One. That U-Wing looks completely on-model, in-canon for the period.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-u-wing-v … -rogue-one

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ITEM: Thousands of people doing White Stripes en masse? SOLID (sounded like a sugarDVD post, I admit. Don’t be too disappointed)
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/29/watch- … es-se.html

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ITEM: Hulk scenes are complete for Ragnarok, which is not news, but hey, that’s a great practical effect there. Somewhere there’s someone whose job included applying nose hair to practical Hulk faces.
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/08/03/ma … -instagram

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ITEM: More on the behind the scenes hot mess of SS… though I’m still not reading any of this, so it could be a link to Faces of Death Vol. 33…
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … ce=twitter

Here’s an oral history of SS that might appeal to newer fans or Marvel types like me who read SS back in the day but the memory is hazy…
http://www.newsarama.com/30470-the-oral … squad.html

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But turn that frown around in a why so serious way… here’s the Lego version of the trailer, which is glorious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJe4hiz5WNk

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ITEM: Best webcomic name ever: Webcomic Name. All strips end with ‘uh-oh.’ SPOILER ALERT.
http://webcomicname.tumblr.com/

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ITEM: POWERS has been cancelled after Season 02. I’m still 3 or 4 eps into S01, and I’ve already noted my struggle with it, so maybe they didn’t turn it around effectively in time. Anyway, always disappointing when a genre project fails.
http://geektyrant.com/news/playstations … wo-seasons

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ITEM: The RANSOMIZER ransom note generator. For you!
http://www.ransomizer.com/

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ITEM: More on why ABC passed on Marvel’s Most Wanted, which sounds like the show wasn’t fully baked… it makes me wonder, if they tried multiple times to get this pilot going, why did they keep trying? We lost the two best characters and actors on the show to this spin-off attempt. Pisses me off.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/abc-explains-why … 1784870369

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ITEM: Strangely, I noted David Huddleston passed away, a featured character actor for the Coen Brothers… and then to my surprise, realized he wasn’t the same guy as Charles During… so confused. Both deceased now, anyway. RIP Lebowski and Hudsucker…
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60162


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Answers to Vinz Clortho and other things 28 July 2016

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LOST DOG
My favorite anything ever from SDCC this past weekend.

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ITEM: As is the tradition, Huriwtz is providing cagey, grossly general indications that another season of Arrested Development is in the works. And as usual, I EAT IT RGHT UP!
http://geektyrant.com/news/arrested-dev … early-2017

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ITEM: Just a random side tangent here. This comic has introduced Stormtroopers that are effective. Stormtroopers with different specializations within the same unit, much like traditional infantry. And we saw a good amount of this in Force Awakens, the different functions, better soldiers, etc. When Rogue One first promo material went out, everyone pointed to the black troopers and declared them to be ‘Death Troopers’ from the old SW Extended Universe. This is all an interesting problem, I don’t know if 4th wall is the way I’d put it. But, it’s this perception that Stormtroopers are terrible soldiers because they never hit anything, fall off ledges, etc. But that was all artifice from the filmmaking of the early films. It was framework allowing the heroes to succeed. Even in New Hope, when the blockade runner is boarded, while neither side demonstrates tactics of any kind, the Stormtroopers do take out all the rebels. But the legend sprung from the jokes about that film. Strormtroopers suck. Can’t hit anything. Same as how GI Joe and COBRA were all terrible because in the cartoon they just shot random lasers in the sky. And another layer to this: over time, most general infantry aren’t crack shots. They are hastily trained, young, scared kids. Disoriented, panicked, etc. So yes, in military structure, you have experienced, highly trained soldiers vs. general soldiers, and you have experienced general soldiers vs. inexperienced, new soldiers. But we don’t think about the military and imagine them all being ineffectual, shooting blanks… the greenest soldier, eyes closed, shitting their fatigues, heavily stressed, can accidentally pop an opponent in the forehead. ANYWAY, what I’n getting at is that the bruhaha about this comic is that the Stormtroopers are ‘worryingly effective’ as the writer noted. While I think there’s room for stories about highly trained, advanced operatives serving the Empire’s military, just as we have such units in conventional real-world militaries, the trope that the general infantry of the Empire are worthless is false, based on the Star Wars setting. The Empire is the EMPIRE. They’ve got unlimited resources, manpower, droidpower, clonepower, have captured, and maintained, countless worlds.
Stormtroopers can shoot.
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ITEM: Another random aside.
We’ve talked several times about how I tend to think of Alien 3 more favorably than most, colored by my experience seeing it in the theater as a pre-release edit that was prior to the studio cutting it into oblivion. Anyway, I was reading something that referenced ‘the Assembly Cut’… a rework of the film based on a lot of unused or removed material, based on Fincher’s shooting breakdowns, with new content, lots of remastering… you can read about it in detail here. While I’m certain the pre-release early version I saw is different than this cut, some of the things referenced here jive with my memory: the film being longer, with more development for the characters, greater emphasis on the religion, the lack of chestburster grappling in the suicide scene… though there weren’t any cattle in the version that I remember. Anyway, cool.
http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Alien_3_Assembly_Cut

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ITEM: Interesting article about Tick, specifically the new, upcoming relaunch, on Warburton, why the new one was cast so differently, the tonal changes, etc. I used this image only because we’ve already posted the only content from the new one so far, AND I just miss the design and cast from the original. But I’m definitely looking forward to the reboot.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-the-new-vers … 1784333250

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ITEM: This stunt smells pretty artificial to me: Cavill showing up at Comicon in disguise, then surprising Will Smith at the SS signing, then the later cut of him playing a prank on Batman/Affleck/Whatever… see, I’ve always enjoyed learning that celebs were wandering the con floor in costume, specifically because it seemed to show that they didn’t want to be recognized, just wanted to nerd out in peace. Cavill here looked like he was egging to get called out. Muscles out, Faulkes mask on, that’s it. Like he’s broadcasting precisely 0% nerd interest, more like a jock putting buck teeth in and masquerading as a geek to amuse his friends. It feels obviously staged. Same with the bumper sticker thing. My takeaway was that WB was trying to pad the post-BVS ‘lighter DCCU’ thing they pushed hard in the Justice league footage, by sort of retroactively trying to vibe that BVS, the actors, etc were actually good natured fans of the genre full of smiles and that our collective memory of BVS being overwraught and serious and heavy and unfun (murderverse, as Sight says) is inaccurate in light of the new lighter direction*. WHich feels pandering and unnecessary. Had Cavill seemed to relish being at the con and nerding out about products and creators, the way I’ve seen many genuine nerd celebrities do, I’d have a different feeling about it. Odd part is, Cavill doesn’t have a rep for hating the material. He’s not one of these actors looking down on the work. He’s vocally appreciative of the opportunity and fully enjoying the fame and money. Hes just, apparently, a superjock and partier/womanizer blowing his cash and hooking up and being hedonistic and egotistical. According to the word on the street and the content of his interviews anyway. And there’s NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THAT. it just susprises me when they send him out to pretend to be a comicon participant. Meh!
http://geektyrant.com/news/watch-henry- … will-smith

*That is not another jab at that film, either. I’m talking about general perception and cultural presence of it.

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ITEM: Films featuring western leads set in foreign countries are a tough nut sometimes. Fodder for controversy and criticism. But China is a huge market for Hollywood, and this is a first-english-dialog film for a prominant big budget Chinese director, and it’s a neat concept for a movie. Plus Damon. And Pascal. I’m optimistic.
http://geektyrant.com/news/visually-stu … great-wall

Side note: if you don’t know who this outfit is:
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ITEM: This film, though, I don’t have to be optimistic about. It’s going to be 100% minimum hilarious. I insist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_itBfEC_TI

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ITEM: A peek into the prevalence of RPG-playing celebrities. Obviously some, like Vin Diesel, have always had that rep, and sure, part of this feels like the cultural appropriation of nerd culture or a tie in the Harmon’s new series or something. But as a lifelong RPG player/runner, I like it anyway.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/featur … s-a-912169

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ITEM: I was just saying on our last Robot-Kraken podcast (or one of them, anyway, it’s a blur) that I’d love to see another pass at Rocketeer. I wanted a period one, really awesome, detailed, pulpy Indiana Jones stuff, with, and this is important, A HOT BRUNETTE PINUP GIRL. This Disney reboot will feature a young, female, afirican-american lead, which has already caused some to cry foul, wring hands, complain about the overly-compensating progressive remakes (ie. the Ghostbusters flip-out)… but who’s to say we lose the pinup girl angle? There’s all sorts of directions this could take that keeps it period, pulpy and sexy. You never know. I mean, it wont. But it COULD! But it wont. But maybe.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … rks-915037

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ITEM: Urban shaved his head… the Executioner is coming…

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ITEM: I’ve never, ever, EVER liked Donna Troi’s spacey unitard look. I was not a DC guy to begin with, but the design never appealed, and I didn’t think Perez made it interesting. I even have not one, but THREE aborted sketches in the archives. That all said, I see a lot of good cosplay these days, but I’m particularly impressed when someone makes a design I don’t like actually look good. Great job on this one. I’d still prefer her cosplay any other version of the character or whatever, but she pulled this look off… somehow.
http://www.geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=2380

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ITEM: Thinking about the tech focus of the new Spidey continuity, how the Vulture appears to be going, and how Stark gave Parker his new suit… the upcoming film is sure to have a suit with gadgets. Look, I don’t like Spidey gadgets. That teaser described awhile back that showed him with a gadety Spidey belt buckle and some sort of horseshit on the shooters bothered me. Just give me the Spidey from Civil War, and 3 hours of it. HOWEVER, if the costume generates web wings a la old Ditko, I’d be down with that!
http://collider.com/spider-man-homecomi … interview/

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This nightmare fuel comes from a n exercise where by designers attempted to engineer a human that would be resilient to the risks associatedwith car crashes. You can see how they got where they got, and the write up is interesting (air sacs!) but good lord I can’t get it out of my mind. In a not good way. You’re welcome.
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/21/what-d … of-hu.html


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