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Speaking of Sticky Strands – Robots Root 7 Aug 2018

I like the Japanese poster Venom more than the trailer Venom. All those sticky strands holding the jaw together…

Speaking of sticky strands, THE NEWS:

  • Vantablack rules everything around me…
  • Good buzz coming out regarding Daredevil S03 coming this fall. I’m into it.
  • In the last year I’ve read three or four articles talking about the business of maintaining old CRT arcade machines. Pretty interesting. Outrun was definitely my jam.
  • Disney doesn’t appear to be responding to calls for Gunn’s return. I’m liking that Dave Bautista has taken a career-risking step further and thrown serious shade at Disney about it.
  • The John Wick and 300 folks are working on an Alcatraz movie. I THINK I’m into it. I don’t enjoy prison films, but I do like pressure cookers with some trickery.
  • What I find most interesting about Alex Garland’s new project is the casting. Sonoya made quite an impression on him… and me, of course. Plus, RON!
  • Shogun is coming back, and I’m all for that.
  • Lots of Birds of Prey casting rumors… which all sound fine. I did like Bosslogic’s Black Canary. I mean, I think I do?
  • UGH UGH UGH with prequels that make no sense. Die Hard prequel??? The events of the first film created the character (and it should have been a done in one)… we don’t need a prequel. And 24?? I mean, come on. Of course, I make an exception for Batman. But only if we never see any MAH PARENTS ARE DEADDDDD moments.
  • CBS is gunning for all Trek, all the time. The fact that Patrick Stewart confirmed at the con that he’s coming back for the new show, featuring an older Picard, struck me as both interesting and exhausting shows to me that they really need to strike a new tone and perspective for this show to make it carry weight. Same producers and writers as the current crop of stuff, though. I don’t mind the idea of an older senior command Picard torn with difficult, ore realistic political problems… I’d like to see him weather gray area military issues (or non-military, depending on what version of Starfleet we’re even talking about) in a way TNG never did. Just no more ‘once more unto the breach! bullshit like the films. Let everyone be dead or older and retired. No away teaming. PLEASE.
  • Well, here’s Todd McFarlane critiquing the new Venom for you. Happy Tuesday.
  • Edward james Olmos cut from Predator? HOW DARE YOU SIR.
  • I’m down with Jessica Chastain’s new spy project. MOAR PLS!
  • Lung sent me this: the best papercraft Darth Vader bust ever. Not that I have time or inclination to make it, but I COULD.

Cackling in 3 Frames Per Second – Robots Root 30 June 2018

Now you too can have a laughing Prince Adam figure of your very own. Memetic!

I’m done with my Spring conventions, and now in Washington on a short vacation with the younglings. Here’s a blast of interesting somethings over the last few weeks!

  • Wonder Woman + George Orwell? You decide!
  • Everyone’s talking about that Black Manta helmet, but I’m all about Orm’s sweet hairstyle.
  • Apologists and recontextualists aside, these comments nauseated me.
  • If nothing else, Red Notice sure has an eye-catching cast.
  • You too can build an Alexa-enabled L3-37. But… should you?
  • Preacher 3 is only a week away!
  • Incredibles 2 was a hoot… and the weekend box office sure seems to indicate people realized it. It does look decidedly familiar… by design.
  • Here’s a great video of Andy Serkis discussing mocap’s evolution
  • Here’s an interesting article positing that Shazam should be the path to the future of the DCEU.
  • As someone who works in a small, pressure-cooker environment without HR and with unconventional, lets say, communication from time to time, I’ve been following the discussion on workplace abuse in Hollywood (a mechanism for talking about it not in Hollywood, of course. ie. the real world)… the sexual abuse and sexual politics are very obviously evil, but the verbal abuse has been something that creators in the entertainment industry have been forgiven for (as long as they are ‘successful’ and ‘auteurs’, my emphasis… on the one hand, some people need to be more prepared and clear about the hostile environments they are getting into, and on the other hand, people should be respectful, or there should be consequences. Interesting debate.
  • Everyone’s laughing about how they isolated Iron Fist knowingly. I just loved that they included Colleen Wing!

 

More to come!

 

Clark Kenpo Karate – Robots Root 18 May 2018

I’m stoked on the new M:I trailer. I really want to see mustachio’d Caville wrecking a bathroom. And not in the way I usually wreck it.

This is happening IN THE FUTURE (because I’m in Jakarta) but also in the past (because I’ve been out of network for 2 days):

  • “Journey to Wakanda: a cross between the Jetsons and a 90s JET Magazine” Honest Trailer for Black Panther. Dead on. I just rewatched it on the plane. One thing that was more aggravating the second time around was the rubbery CGI. This BTS video of that aspect of production is really interesting. I just cant shake though how much the rubbery physics took me out of the immersion of those scenes. He never looked real doing his super movements. And frankly, I prefer the look of the practical work. Check this side by side:

 

  • I’d be so down with a USGrant biopic from Spielberg and DiCaprio. It seems tailor-made for them.
  • Someone, somewhere, greenlit a Pennyworth series, featuring Alfred and Thomas Wayne in the 60s. I mean.
  • Look, I don’t know if these sneaky snaps of S01 style black costume Daredevil are to be flashbacks or a return to the old school I loved so much, but either way, 10:1 that’s Bullseye he’s sparring with.
  • Interesting comments from Simon Pegg, that Tarantino’s ST script won’t be madcap, but more respectful of the franchise. That’s refreshing actually. I’d like it either way, probably, just as I loved Waititi’s good-natured abuse of the MCU. But I’m more interested in seeing what Tarantino would do when trying to play nicely with someone else’s toys, rather than just Warren Ellising the hell out of it, so to speak. Not to be confused with THIS project, also discussed this week…
  • While Agents of SHIELD’s relationship with the MCU has been controversial and one sided at best, I do like what I’m seeing: the final season is being delayed until after Avengers 4 comes out. No accident there…
  • It’s not entirely the first time I’ve read fan theories about The Dark Knight’s Joker having a military background, but FFS it’s Patton Oswalt so of course it’s such a well defined and executed theory I can’t even. I’m in! I also love, tangentially, the idea that some have proposed: that the SS’ Joker is a former Robin. Unrelated really, but there it is.
  • Zombieland 2 with the original cast??? It’s like a fever dream made real.
  • I was thinking on the plane, watching a film with a lot of scenes with little or no dialog (The Hostiles) how much I’d be interested in an action movie with no dialogue. There have been more than a few contemporary films over the years with no script, though I’ve wondered if and how there are screenwriter credits for such projects. Anyway, I was imagining a John Wick with no dialog. Damn. Anyway, they greenlit a Snake Eyes solo film. Maybe thats an opportunity. I mean, there’s no way Paramount would screw this up right?
  • Feige kinda sorta confirmed there’s a plan for Kamala Khan’s teen, Muslim Ms. Marvel in the MCU. Which is a good thing, because if Marvel doesnt use the whole Phase 4 thing to bring a younger, more diverse and interesting view of the marvel world to screen, then they are dumb as rocks. Space rocks.
  • holy crap, Villaneuve’s Dune is actually moving forward. STOKE!
  • This supposed plot-summary for Obi-Wan is yawnerrific. Can’t we just have space Lone Wolf and Cub already?
  • The coolest thing I’ve ever seen, Mayan pop culture monsters specific.
  • How dope is it that Nolan released a restored ‘original’ cut of 2001 complete with grain? I mean, what a project.

Hokay… back to watching the world burn…

The Cavalcade of Helmetless Heroes – Robots Root 9 Mar 2018

 

Herewith, witness the Calvacade of Helmetless Heroes FFS!

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening:

  • Honest Trailers does He-Man
  • My favorite How to Dad video yet.
  • I kinda like this promo pic for Daredevil S03… done by Joe Q, even. I’ ve always been a fan of lettering pushed into the environment of the piece.
  • I have to agree: if we couldn’t have an actually FORMIDABLE foes in Phasma, at least give her this scene to show her ruthlessness…
  • Now here’s the full trailer for Prospect, which still adorns my desktop as a background screen…
  • Killmonger concept art shows that the final version was the best choice. I still wish he kept the mask on the whole time… it was awesome.
  • More neural net fun, this time with sentence gradients.
  • Again, not a horror fan, but Endless looks pretty interesting. Lovecraftian doomsday cult business. Sure!
  • Dafne Keen is on board the new big budget take on His Dark Materials… I think they are abandoning the Golden Compass released prior…
  • Krysten Ritter says no Defenders S02 was planned, nor does one look likely. Depending on how you felt about S01, your mileage varies on this news…

  • Official confirmation direct from Patty Jenkins of Kristin Wiig joining WW2 as Cheetah. I’m intrigued!
  • Karl Urban confirmed that, as suspected, Alex Garland not only wrote Dredd, but stepped in and directed it once the director was canned.

  • Welp, pre-FX aside, Shazam’s costume does indeed appear to be the classic one, with the ubiquitous fine texture weave I hate so much. The fake muscles are weird, but I like the way they handled the lightning bolt, and the cool nod to the golden age books with those Talky Tawny symbols at the cape. The cape design itself, with the stiff hood, is creating a weird massing to his upper half, something I’ve worried about when designing a similar vibe on some TRDL characters with hoods…
  • Rumors are afoot that Jessica Drew may be brought into Spider-Man 2 as a female lead. I’d be down with it. Super down!
  • Neat: Jon Favreau has been announced as helming a Star Wars live action show, presumably for the new streaming service.
  • Mackenzie Davis from Halt and Catch Fire (and more recently, Blade Runner 2049) may have been tapped for Terminator 6… which bodes well for Terminator 6…
  • Elseworlds may be dead… but Black Label is new, and is basically the same thing. I like that Wonder Woman, if nothing else.
  • I love that Westworld not only embraces their obsessive fan community of conspiracy theorists and plot hypothesizers (like this guy) they are actively involving them/us in S02.
  • Reshoots on Deadpool 2… after bad test screenings… thats not good. As nice as the current pedigree technically is (re: our recent podcast about Atomic Blonde and John Wick 2) I wonder what we lost when Tim Miller left.
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  • I remain uninterested in Superman comics, but I think BMB is right: optimism is what sets him apart from other characters, and needs to be the focus. All Star Superman was successful in this way.
  • I am SO DOWN with the Morrison/Quitely New X-Men costumes happening here. FINALLY.
  • Lastly, Lego Pacific Rim sweding! Excellent. I’d rather watch that.

 

Short Tunic and a Loooooooooong Cape – Robots Root 31 Oct 2017

Robots Root, 64 oz size!

  • Kind of obvious, but I was stoked to see D’Onofrio officially on board in DD S03, especially given the kind of underwhelming, if classic, Born Again plotline. It gives me at LEAST a Kingpin to enjoy.
  • If Gareth Evans does indeed sign on to Deathstroke, that means if nothing else a kick ass fight film. Which seems appropriate.
  • The full Runaways trailer shows some powers, familiar looks, and at least do far isn’t ruining any major surprises comic fans would know.
  • The new Justice League trailer shows Steppenwolf more fully. I wasn’t going to watch, then I realized I’d be overseas when it comes out so things will be spoiled anyway…
  • Um. I mean, I’d still buy one. I love that stuff. But hey, bonuses I guess.
  • Zachary Levi has been confirmed as playing Captain Marvel, I mean SHAZAM I guess at this point, which I’m enjoying. I like the actor, and I think he can bulk up to where it needs to be, as John Krasinski and Chris Prat did. It will be interesting to see if we get a young Billy Batson, or an older one in keeping with the apparent continuity of the DCEU. My favorite of the fan art that came out early this week is above.
  • I don’t watch Supergirl or any of the CW super shows… but wow… check out the costume for new villain ‘Reign’… that’s realllllly badly envisioned. A chattering skull in a super sigil logo on a black version of Supergirl’s costume, plus a Hot Topic mask? GUH.
  • Paramount has been auctioning off costumes and props from the recent Star Trek film. I haven’t talked mush about ST: Discovery yet, as I’m waiting for my cohorts to watch it so we can discuss on the podcast, but one positive, at least in part, has been the overhaul of the Klingon designs. Seeing these Klingon armors, especially the helms, makes me even happier with the show.
  • Best bike-based Star Wars styled Halloween costume anything EVER.
  • This R/C Batmobile is BAD ASS. I still prefer the Tumbler, but hot damn, rotating turrets (for murderdeathkill DCEU Batman!) 24″ of pure powah.
  • He was answering more broadly about his willingness to return to Marvel for another film, not specifically a Black Widow film, but Taika Waititi noted he’d like to see a funny Black Widow. I don’t doubt he’d pull it off, one of those ‘she’s the straight face with lots of eye rolling and groaning at the incompetence of everyone else’ type projects… but I still just want my urgent spy thriller.
  • Speaking of, Olivia Munn has been cast in Hummingbird, which is, you know, that.
  • And here’s the opposite of Olivia Munn, Mads Mikkelsen in Polar. Also awesome. WANT!
  • I forgot to mention this after retweeting it on Twitter… because thats what the cool kids do… but Preacher has been greenlit for S03, which is great news.
  • Our review and discussion (and befuddlement at trying to map out the plotline after seeing it in the middle of the night) of Blade Runner 2049 is forthcoming on the podcast, but this was interesting: they considered making it a two part 4 hour film. There is a definite divide in the narrative, indeed each half begins with the eye, etc. I’m glad they took it the direction they did, though.
  • This is the stuff of superhero or paranormal or alien film prologues…
  • Finally, here’s a Stranger Things candle that I love highly.

 

Happy Halloween y’all! Enjoy your syringes and bath salts and Charleston Chews!

Them Krakens be Robots – 24 April 2017

I was at the Monterey bay Aquarium with the kids last week, and was surprised to discover some Robot Kraken action!

 

Meanwhile…

I bring you: Robot’s Root, 24 April 2017

  • This one floored me. Three days later, I can’t wrap my head completely around it. Apparently, setting aside all the rounds of auditioning that landed Chris Pratt the role of Star-Lord.. the consistent second choice? Always Sunny’s Glenn Howerton. WHUT.
  • Shots from Defenders filming, at least so far, confirm DD is continuing with the muddy Ultimates style mostly black look. I keep hoping he’ll just suddenly show up in the same armor but the color of arterial spray.

  • Every time I look at the Thor: Ragnatole trailer, I’m reminded of that old Incredible Hulk telefilm series I loves as a kid. I was super into the cheesy, brown leather and fur Thor. So much so that in our Marvel RPG games I made him that way for science. But not cheesy. I mean, sort of cheesy. Lots of ‘I see thee NAY!’ business. But not four -color.

Also, that long gap in the couch? In the gladiator arena? It would fit precisely one lounging bronzed Jeff Goldblum. Meaning we need two, I guess.

  • I’ve always loved the concept of Xenomorph eggsacs being used as other things. I want to like this cookie jar, except I think it should have been something you actually unpeel, something softer. I don’t like the lid. Also, I don’t understand cookie jars.
  • The Batman and Bill documentary is finally arriving on Hulu. I’m really looking forward to it. Bill Finger has always been a trivia point, but I don’t know much about him.
  • Claire Temple won’t be in Punisher, breaking a tradition. Now, I love her and I like that she’s the narrative glue in these stories, but Iron Fist showed that when you have someone who knows all the other characters and DOESN’T call them for help, it becomes a distraction. I don’t hate this news.
  • This reminds me about recurring old amusing arguments with Lung about air travel: statistically, though more Red Shirts die on screen than other classes in ST, they represent a much smaller percentage of that class, meaning it is, as we’ve always said, much worse an idea to send those officers on the Away Team missions all the time.
  • Here’s the movie which will always be remembered as the project on which Jon Bernthals and Tom Holland worked on their respective Marvel audition tapes with each other.
  • I found this Samurai Iron Man online very late at night in my international travels going stir-crazy in my hotel, so I bought it. It hasn’t arrived, so common sense may prevail and I may return it like a reasonable person. But I MAY NOT.

This Just Happened – No Digileias and Other Things 170117

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Either those rumors of Disney swooping in to secure digital rights to Carrie Fisher’s likeness generated a hot storm of bad press and they backed off, or they were never true to begin with. Either way, I think I’m in the minority when I say it wouldn’t offend me if they made CGI General Organas in the future. But either way, the story has certainly changed.
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Meanwhile…

– Witness Chewie pull Unkar Plutt’s arm off. On repeat!
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-Witness John Boyega run around in unfortunately garish jaeger pilot gear with rubbery bits.
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– Witness evidence of alternate death scenes for K2SO and Cassian… I mean, we know they shot several, but I was amused just watching Tudyk act it out. He’s a champ.
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– Witness everyone involved in Defenders talk about Defenders. I’m excited!
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– Witness Inumans casting descriptions that are totally not the royal family u guise totally!

Miscellany:

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The Art of Ghost in the Shell… available for pre-order through Amazon. Yes, I pre-ordered it. HELL YES.

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Look at this targeted ad fail on FB. An article on the Bombshells product line and ‘feminist empowerment’ followed by an ad for Frank Cho’s FB Page… Frank Cho being the new poster boy for sexist and exploitative comic work after having overtaken Adam Hughes in the public consciousness (which is all overblown in my opinion)…

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Aha! Not that I know my Dr. Who. But still.

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I like the concept of stealth nerd attire. I don’t need a yellow liner on a blazer, but the bat symbol was a nice touch.

Art Awesomeness:

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Gillem Pongiluppi

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Keron Grant

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Shimaspoon

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James Harren

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Jenny Frison

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Stonehouse

That’s all for now. Back to being digitally scanned for perpetuity…


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This Just Happened: Arrested Development S05 and Other Things

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AD Season 5 is 99.99999% a Go! Or it’s not. But I think it is.
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Meanwhile, these happened:

– The Coen Brothers are venturing into TV, or at least a TV/film hybrid. I’m on board, and they haven’t even revealed anything about the subject matter. `link!

– On the one hand, I’m disappointed that the Lucas Museum’s final home is LA; SF REALLY BLEW IT ON THIS ONE. On the other hand, still accessible. link!

– Woody Harrelson is now officially on board Han Solo. What an interesting cast this is shaping up to be! I do wonder if he will be rotoscoped… link!

– Peter Dinklage circling the next two Avengers films? First: YES. Second: who? Puck? voice work for another character? I’m curious. link!

– I’m not sure there’s much HERE here, but supposedly the new X-Men TV Series in development will dovetail with the MCU. Which MCU: the fox X-Men stuff or the Marvel stuff? Doesn’t really work either way, but presumably will be like Agents of SHIELD and make references in one direction and then run with whatever. They are neck deep in a Jacosta/LMD storyline and just referenced Dr Strange in a subtle way. link!

– The OAV of Ghost in the Shell will have a theatrical release prior to the new film. Good call! link!

– James Gunn has a sweet Moon Knight film concept he says… but no time to do it. #GODDAMNCHARLIE link!

– BRB gotta build one for my bike real quick: link! ADIOS!

Miscellany:

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Excellent X-23 cosplay by Thormary

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URM.

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Excellent WW piece by Lucas Wernick

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Perfect synopsis of the Punisher in Netflix MU…

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Big birthday this week

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Finally, she’s gorgeous enough I can almost except the irrational sculpted bosom armor.
Almost.

And now, back to my V-K test…


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Luc Besson has Such Wonderful Toys – 10 November 2016

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So, the full Valerian trailer looks as much like a remake of the SW Prequels as it does Luc Besson’s Heavy Metal fueled adolescent fantasy stew meat, like an upgraded fifth element. Nothing even critical in that statement, really.
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ITEM: First look at Kong from Skull Island… he looks like an ape. A damn, dirty ape. With red underfur detailing, much like that new Japanese Gojira with the weird dildo tail.
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ITEM: It’s apparently DYSTOPIAN CYBERPUNK FUTURE THURSDAY. Right on the heels of Idiocracy: the Documentary this week, we have this series of straight-up cyberpunk articles:

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1. AI Lip Reading meets 2001 Levels.
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2. Paralyzed Limbs Triggered into Action via Cyberware
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3. Secret Nazi Base Discovered in Remote Arctic Island (bonus points: few days later, mysterious electronic ping coming from the depths near Nova Scotia, AND a lost nuke discovered while hunting sea cucumbers)
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ITEM: Tesla coil powered gatling gun (for 35mm film canisters) because reasons. Think of it as proof of concept for something super violent and awesome.
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ITEM: I was hoping for a cool, darker Black Hole, actually. That seems like a stupid sentence construction, now that I look at it. Anyway, I’m still nostalgic about the toys of my youth, especially crushed whatsisface.
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ITEM: Ciaran ‘Mance Rayder’ Hinds has been cast as Steppenwolf… or his voice and mo-cap. It’s sort of like Josh Brolin as Thanos… it helps just imagining who it’s CGI’d all over.
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ITEM: Lung sent this to me the day I was flying down to LA, and I got over-excited thinking it was the full trailer. It’s just another 3 second clip. But it’s straight up old school GiTS and one of her best moments ever from the series, so I liked it very much.
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ITEM: In other news, every interesting character from the Marvel Netflix universe is in Defenders. EVERY ONE. Just like last week. But more.
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Screaming into the Void – 29 Sept 2016

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Midnight last night… can’t wait! Really well reviewed so far…
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In other news…

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ITEM: This was admittedly a bit sensational. I mean, it’s a kingdom of women. THAT SAID, headline grabbing or no, if I were a young bisexual person I’d be pretty thrilled to see some more representation, and in such an amazing, inspirational character, particularly for women.
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ITEM: WHOA Textless movie posters. SO MANY desktops…
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ITEM: This video is popular with my kids. It will become increasingly obvious as to WHY.
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We didn’t see our local Drafthouse participate in this, i don’t think. But the Kybercasm sounds good. I’ll be sure to try, uh, ALL OF THEM, this December though.
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ITEM: Hot Toys once again makes a better guy THAN the guy. That stubble.
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ITEM: I didn’t catch this before, but Duncan Jones’ MUTE will be released on Netflix the same day it hits theaters. I guess I knew Netflix funded it, but wow.
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ITEM: Oddly enough, reading the articles lately that the team behind No Man’s Sky are being investigated on claims of false advertising, and even after reading all the reviews, and EVEN after frequently noting I have no time for games right now… I still went out and bought it. I just want space creatures.
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ITEM: At this point, just make a 1:1 scale version, OK? I’m ready.
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ITEM: This treasure trove of concept work Mike Mignola did for a Kirby-based New Gods film is fascinating.
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ITEM: Once again, I haven’t seen these DC/WB shows, but it’s like sometimes I can imagine my young self looking at this and just seeing the characters from the page leaping onto the screen. For every heavily modified, leathery adaptation of a costume, there’s a Star here that just looks on model.
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And you know, watching this clip, it seems like they have a lot of personality and fun in the shows. I don’t know, I can’t get into them when i try to watch them, but I kind of like that they exist. Benoist as Supergirl and whatsisface as Flash are standouts in that regard.
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That’s all for tonight… on heavy production cycle making prints for next week’s APE convention appearance. Long night ahead!

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I leave you with my latest t-shirt acquisition…


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