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Red Markers Turning Green – Robots Root 11 October 2018

$15M for Black Widow? Good work, Scarlet Johansson. Along with the news that Brie Larson signed on for seven films, I’m optimistic we’ll be seeing a lot of powerful Marvel women on screen in the next several years.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • James Bond “will never be a woman…” because… REASONS. Le sigh.
  • If nothing else, Ruby Rose’s Batwoman is about as close to comics continuity as we’ve seen in one of these projects.
  • The screenwriter of Kraven insists Spider-Man will be in his film (because, again, how can he not; see Venom) and Morbius continues to lumber along in pre-production… Sony is trying to Phase IV it before having Phase I-III, ha.
  • “ballistic descent” is pretty much how I describe Lung’s riding style…
  • The Secret Six, an evolution of Suicide Squad (briefly Villains United) is headed to TV in some form or another… that does not fill me with optimism… if it were heading to cable, then maybe, but this is CBS…
  • More Glass. I need to get on Split, post-haste. I didn’t watch this trailer…
  • Matthew Mcconoughey has joined Guy Ritchie’s latest gang caper, and thats good news as far as I’m concerned.
  • Disney you done erred.
  • I assumed Janet Van Dyne was coming back TOUCHED… and was surprised they didn’t broadcast more uncertainty about it. Maybe she will be.
  • God Country has been optioned for live action. Stoked! I’ve talked with one of the creative team and it sounds very promising.
  • When I read that there was to be a Fantasy Island remake, the FIRST thing I thought was: those won’t be fantasies… they’ll be nightmares. And sure enough, I think that’s what they are doing. Dave Bautista and Michael Pena are attached. With that cast, I don’t know if it’s going to be a dark comedy or just… dark.
  • Dwayne Johnson is doing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for Netflix. No, wait… John Henry and the Statesmen. Same difference.
  • The man that killed Neil Blomkamp’s Alien film in his over-reaching declaration that he would somehow make 33 more Aliens films despite being 80+ … is now working in TV too, soooo…..
  • Months from now, we’ll be talking about Knives Out like EVERY DAY. I can feel it.

That’s all for today! If you haven’t yet, download and listen to the latest episode of Robot-Kraken, and if you are willing, please subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes so we can get some exposure thanks to their dubious algorithm…!

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.

Arm Reloading Since 2018 – Robot’s Root 31 July 2018

All anyone’s talking about (other than that it’s really good and will make a lot of money) regarding Mission: Impossible – Fallout is Henry Cavill’s arm reloads. That was my favorite part of the trailer as well. It cracks me up so much.

 

Meanwhile:

 

  • Tessa Thompson can simply do no wrong. I mean, when I can’t even SEE Chris Hemsworth?  That’s a thing.
  • It’s pretty impressive that the cast of GOG issued a support letter re: James Gunn. That’s a lot of political risk for them, and I like that they committed to it. They avoided outright calling out Disney on the hypocrisy, but the letter was well constructed to be positive rather than reactive.
  • You don’t often see a creator get the rights back to the work made from their original material. Controversies on all sides, but still…
  • I defer further comment until I actually finish Altered Carbon S01, but Anthony Mackie is on board as the lead for S02 and I do like him muchly.

  • Well, uh, I guess that counts.
  • Carrie Fisher’s unused footage being in SW Ep VIII is both kind of a nice touch AND indicative that whatever her original arc was to be, it will still nonetheless be radically reduced, and I think that makes sense, all things considering. I was also intrigued that Gwendoline Christie’s name wasn’t included in the returning cast… I smell a maguffin.
  • This is why the Interwebs were invented.
  • This does not look good, but is trying to be indie-weird-heisty, and this does not look good, and is trying to be edgy-die hardie-actioney. Maybe they should have- wait, I have it. Switch CASTS!
  • Look, I’m in, but also, I just LOVE checking out where all the Jonah Hill went. He’s an example to me of a person whose weight loss fundamentally changed how they look. He doesn’t look like a thinner version of himself, like with John Goodman. He looks like his own cousin or something.
  • From Lung: a horde of Thor related tweets that are glorious.
  • OH MG GOD I NEED ALL OF THESE WHY . THE . FACE!
  • This is NOT what I was expecting for Pedro Pascal’s look in WW 1984…
  • More Venom, less enthusiasms. I already had maybe 3% enthusiasms. And this accent? “Ohh, I havah paower saite.” what is even. And look, Phase 1 era fighting your clone. I just. I mean, even putting Michelle Williams in a plaid miniskirt feels desperate.

 

Ah Taek Pleashuh in othah people’s HEAD SHOTS – Robot’s Root 1 June 2018

Morrissey has been officially tapped to direct Bond 25! I mean Danny Boyle. More interesting, even, is that he’s bringing his writing partner with him. This could be an intriguing project…

  • Surprising precisely no one, the Silver Sable/ Black Cat film from Sony with no tie in to the character that defines their existence, is very likely dead.
  • However, Legion has been greenlit for a third season! Don’t lose your nerve, Fox. I’m watching you.
  • Now you too (can’t really) have a TARS of your own.
  • Good lord! Lung turned me onto this DEEP study into the symbolism of Fury Road. I just thought it looked cool.
  • Body Bags, Jason Pearson’s old indie project (which I loved) is finally happening as a film from the Wickosphere… with Dave Bautista as Mack. That it’s called ‘Dogtown’ rather than Body Bags’ makes me wonder if we’re going to see it pull away from the randomness of the aesthetics of the book, including Mack’s mask and Panda’s busting at the seams cheerleader outfit and fro.
  • I’m not sure if it will pan out as much as it could via the premise, but Peppermint is at least notable in that I’m all for female led revenge action movies to offset all the male ones. It will be interesting to see if the ‘fridging’ talk will change now that it is the husband and daughter being killed as a plot device.
  • This animatronic achievement may or may not haunt your dreams, but it feels closer to Ghost in the Shell geishas than Pirates of the Caribbean drunk robots…
  • Sesame Street already lost their lawsuit. I love it.
  • The Sisters Brothers… could be a thing…
  • Han Solo Spoiler Section below…

 

 

 

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  • I’d have liked to have seen Dryden Vos look like the second concept piece below. Interesting to read that he was one of the catlike designs when Michael Williams (Wire) did his scenes, but was changed to humanoid when Bettany came in… so I wonder why the physical design change for a mocap performance which it was originally. Make no mistake, I think Bettany was awesome. And apparently those weren’t scars, but tissue ridges that flared as hsi blood pressure rised, him not apparently being a scarred human at all… still, anyway, interesting.
  • Regarding these Falcon concepts, I like #12 and #23 because I wanted to see the pincer tip used as a cargo or device grabby bit… the pointy tip was never really explained. I also like #29 because it uses those side parts to siggest there were one more engines or… something… there.

INSTANT BESTIES and other things 4 April 2016

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This has had me cracking up all weekend.

In other news…

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Civil War Trailer 6… I resisted a whole 45 minutes…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz-WObm … e=youtu.be

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Regarding all that WW snaps that have been circulating, on the beach, etc etc… can I tell you how much i like seeing WW1 era European soldiers attempting to dorm an assault position on a beachhead?
http://geektyrant.com/news/cool-photos- … de-trailer

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I saw 33 versions of the article about the guy that built a Scarjo fembot… this was the only one that even bothered to portray it as anything other than a sex toy, let alone a ‘scary hunterkiller omen’… so I went with that. Because they put effort into all those typefaces.
http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/engineer … ot-hm.html

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chainsaw drone
http://gizmodo.com/chainsaw-drone-is-li … 1768671339

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I’m not one to get too worked up about rights to things posted on other services’ sites like FB and IG and such. You put it on the net, it’s in the wild, I say. Sure, they can steal images from my personal pages despite copyright notices and go to town on them, but in the end, what can you do. And social media sites are a more sensitive one because people tend to think of them as private even when they aren’t, and more and more, particularly young people, overshare. Less on FB (as young people have moved on) but still. HOWEVER. I have to admit, the terms on Oculus Rift should give pause. That’s a whole new level of personal data collection, given how little we know yet about the way VR will integrate into personal life.
http://gizmodo.com/there-are-some-super … 1768678169

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Best Twitter account in the history of Twitter accounts for today.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/this-genius-twit … 1768904880

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You surely saw all the Dr. Strange photos over the weekend, in which the costume is fully visible and he looks pretty damn amazing. However, these were posted this morning. I like the practical effects here, considering this is what they have committed to independent of whatever CGI they’ll add. I love it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/mads-mikkels … set-photos

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One day after he posted this photo, Bautista put a video up on his FB feed announcing he has been cast in Blade Runner 2, which is pretty cool. I love that guy. Also, uncommon that they let him do the newbreaking instead of Deadline or Variety…
https://www.facebook.com/DMB.Official/v … 464650540/

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The trailer for Search Party interested me. I like everyone in it, and sure, it’s a post-Hangover Hangover…. but I liked the setup.

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Also, triple crossbows, so.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVaYLDgUAQ

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Hey… you like clowns?

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http://www.sadanduseless.com/2016/01/creepy-clowns/

Hey. HEY! You like clowns, I says?

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http://dangerousminds.net/comments/unse … portraits1

You want to stay in a creepy as hell clown motel adjacent to a massive graveyard that spectacularly outpaces the living population of this desert town?

Good news!

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http://www.lostateminor.com/2016/02/16/ … da-desert/

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Lastly, to endcap on the same theme…
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