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They’ll Use Your Bones for Tools – 31 October 2018

In honor of Halloween, here’s a link to the original War of the Worlds broadcast, not to be confused with the two later rebroadcasts within the next 15 years, or any War of the Worlds film or TV projects since. Though, because I am a defender of the movie, I’m using a Tom Cruise War of the Worlds header image because damn, they looked rad. And sounded radder. The rising of the inexplicably buried walker out of a New Jersey intersection is still one of my favorite filmed sequences in the modern era.

 

Meanwhile, within your treat pail, find these thus:

  • In a somewhat surprise reveal, the Game of Thrones prequel will include and likely feature Naomi Watts. Nice catch!
  • In an optimistic bit of rumor, apparently maybe supposedly Marvel is cooking up a Falcon/Bucky miniseries for the streaming service. That’s a hot one. Their dynamic in Winter Soldier was excellent. Now, allow me to opine: I may be just pushing my own wish fulfillment here, but I suspect Bucky will take the Cap mantle, and this show might be used to bridge or flesh out that transition. Meanwhile, Vision might have a major role in the Scarlett Witch series. I mean, he SHOULD. And meanwhile meanwhile, the rumored Hawkeye project might be a series and include Clint training Kate Bishop. If it followed the story beats and tonal style of the early comic issues, that would lead to one very welcome thing: live action PLESS PLESS!
  • In Mediocre Cosplay News, here’s more pics of the awkward Doom Patrol people with the awkward Titans people. How bad does this project need to be when the promo material is this amateur? I’m weirded out. And, related: here’s Henry Cavill’s costume/makeup tests for Witcher, in which he looks like he wore the black Superman suit we never got to see, but added a Halloween Store wig, and then tried to use the SMOLDER ability from Jumanji.
  • I can’t recall any project like this before: the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 is to include not ONLY that surreal Princess Bride intro, but a sizable amount of different footage and story beats. It’s like multiversal and stuff.
  • I enjoyed reading this fan theory about Nick Fury knowing the future and setting things up based on Dr. Strange going back in time and warning him, though reading this rambling treatise (sort of an Emporer’s Shanghai Noodles of MCU theories) it’s easy to see how if they weren’t VERY careful we’d have another well-fucked time paradox problem.
  • I keep forgetting to post this youtube video on building Daredevil’s billyclubs… I think Lung found it initially… the thing is, it reminds me that on the show I feel like it’s always been standalone clubs, not connected by wire? Am I misremembering? Because I LOVE when they are connected. Though not when Jimmy Palmiotti draws it and the wire is 333′ of silly string. Editorial over.

 

Finally, I leave you with this: Bram Stoker’s original defacement of his library source material when writing Dracula. How awesome.

Thats Like Your Opinion Man – Robots Root 21 August 2018

That thing you need that you didn’t know you needed but now can’t haz because it’s sold out. But WANT.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • That Unity engine robot design used for Adam and the NB short film work was leaked walking around in a driveway… it was a lighting study, but still, people got sufficiently triggered. TO THE BUNKERS!
  • It seems like an eternity ago (but not an Eternity, or Ego) that Mark Ruffalo spoiled Infinity War. Ha.
  • When Miller was still attached to Deadpool 2, he planned a post-credits scene with the cast of the collapsed FF movie. As a person who actually liked some of that project, I wouldn’t have minded this, thought it would have played for laughs mocking them, which I get. Anyway, about the costume redesigns. Not bad, actually. Better than in their own film! I don’t like how lumpy and meaty the neck parts are, but otherwise.
  • Here we have a scene with Daredevil stalking a copycat… meanwhile, on the same day, Gotham pics surfaced showing the stupid roided out punks from the Dark Knight comic. Coincidence? I THINK NOT! Everything is Dark Knight, and Dark Knight is everything.
  • John August has created a list for people to populate, of movies not available digitally… he’s hoping to spin this into a mechanism to get some of these released. Great idea.
  • I really want to see a trailer for I Am Mother. It IS an odd observation that Swank appears to be wearing the same outfit as Winstead in 10 Cloverfield Lane… anyway, the titular bot was seen at SDCC and looked amazing. WETArrific.
  • About time Ironheart got a different look. Really didn’t like that she was just wearing an Iron Man armor around.
  • I love how much Idris Elba has been trolling fans about the James Bond thing. He wins either way.
  • Finally, a great primer on what is, and isn’t true kung-fu in film, and how it doesn’t really pay to value one over another.

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 45 Now Available – When in Doubt, Goggins Out!

Robot-Kraken Episode 045 – July 2018 “When in Doubt, Goggins Out!“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Deadpool 2, Solo, Ant-Man and Wasp, current events and more!

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Show notes, for SCIENCE:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Chardonnay
  • Thom: Margarita

News:

  • Steve Ditko and Stan Lee
  • So Many Jokers
  • Neil Blomkamp and Robocop
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Sofia Boutella
  • Cara Gee
  • The Snapture
  • Doctor Doom on film

Monkey-Jacket Musing: What Characters Should Have a Solo Film Set Directly After the Snapture?

  • Blake: Jessica Jones and other street level heroes, Agents of Shield
  • Thom: Fantastic Four as a science-based alternative to supers

 

Review: Deadpool 2

Review: Solo

Review: Ant-Man and Wasp

(Red Tentacles and Black Octopuses… seem to have been lost to the cyber-seas)

 

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Cold souls
  • Thom: Luke cage

 

Planned plundering:

  • Blake: Annihilation
  • Thom: Night flyer

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Download this episode directly if you like!

 

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Science isn’t Real! – Robot’s Root 9 Aug 2018

 

As a lover of both the old Aquateen Hunger Force series, and of surrealism, this made my day yesterday. Several times. [Shaking fries in there]…though this was sobering, indeed. Sadly, tangentially related.

 

Meanwhile, within the collider, something emerges:

 

 

  • Super down with Slaughterhouse Rulez. Pegg and  do great stuff and I like the tone of this. Casting is spot on, too.
  • As an old C64 user (previous, and aged, both) I love it. I’m surprised it isn’t some Raspberry Pi machine at this point…
  • I mean, they could do worse

  • I appreciate what they are trying to do here, goring each other and having the symbiotes reform quickly… but I’d like to never see the hero vs. themselves design ever ever ever again. Thanxxx. At least Topher is graceful about it.

  • I DO quite like The Black Mask. I need to finish some art for this character, in fact.
  • Posted about my enthusiasm for Maniac the other day after the teaser… but hot damn now that the full trailer is out I’m going to just sit here and hold my breath and wait for the release of the series. And drink coffee. I mean. But DAMN.
  • This just makes me want to see The Zazie Beetz Show again. Which is of course the point of blooper reels.

 

Finally, these are sage rules. SAGE rules.

No Good to Me Dead – Robots Root 25 May 2018

Mangold… on board Boba Fett?!? I mean, look: I’m part of the generation of fans that irrationally LOVES Boba Fett, but not part of the generation of fans that loves all those clone business. But if they took the right approach, this could be a pretty innovative piece of the extended SW saga. I want a heist and hunt film, come on!

Meanwhile, these items:

  • Regina King leads a new cast for the Watchmen series on HBO, and while the interwebs seem upset that they aren’t just retelling the same story as the film (and book) I’m looking forward to a story set post-Manhattan in the same continuity. Optimism alert!
  • One of my favorite touches in Deadpool 2 was the inclusion of queer characters where it wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t NOT a thing, either. It was about as controversial as Negasonic moving from one hawt haircut to another, as it should be. More on that when we release the Robot-Kraken Podcast, but look, none of it matters, as far as the haters go, and it REALLY matters, as representation for others, so I’m down.
  • ZOMBIE ALERT!
  • Matt Groening’s Disenchantment. What do you think?
  • Predator = Iron Man 3 + Dark Knight
  • The music is a departure, but everything else is spot on. Preacher S03!
  • Nothing is confirmed until its confirmed, but supposedly non-Batman may be joining previous-Batman in Spidey 2
  • Thanks Comcast. Thanks again. And for SPORTS.
  • One half of this John Wick 3 news is acceptable.
  • OK no joke: the finale of Six Feet Under’s final moments still haunts me. It just wrecked me. Somehow the Simpsons parody STILL has an effect.

Reminder, the latest episode of Robot-Kraken is available now: Legion, Expanse, and more! Please do rate and review us on iTunes…

 

And Thats Why You Always Leave a Note – Robots Root 03 May 2018

This was pretty inspired Han Solo marketing.

 

Meanwhile, this happened:

  • This was ALSO pretty good, for different reasons. A CAPE ROOM.
  • I cannot EVEN with this film.
  • WELP (Avengers: Infinity War spoilerish)
  • “John Wick uses the service industry to stay alive.”  … I’m picturing him eating for free before his shifts and being super down with the daily special objective opinions…
  • SJ Clarkson is directing the next ST film: notable for being a breach of the white male club, and also because, directly related, she’s not QT.
  • It’s getting to the point that the virals are as interesting as the films. I love that Jackman was on board. Now, Celine Dion was a bit much…
  • How dope nerd is Winston Duke that he misidentifies Whiplash as the more obscure X-Men villain Omega Red?
  • If you want to see Samuel L Jackson look slightly younger and with two eyes and a tight curl, well, you’re in luck. No need to get the DVDs out.
  • This could be one of the more tweaky easter eggs in Avengers. I mean, for the AD fan… even knowing about something being in the film, in advance, I still didnt spot it.
  • Unnecessary Avengers bleeps and blips. Pretty savvy.
  • Anyone interested in a Ghostbusters sequel?
  • New Ant-Man trailer… still looking forward to this one… though I’m struggling with the ant at the drum set.
  • This was pretty classy. Watching Disney hand the opening weekend record back and forth to its own self.
  • Interesting deviation from the events of Avengers: Infinity War… either misdirection directly pushed into the merchandising, or a deleted scene that completely changes the film thematically.
  • Josh Halloway as Gambit? The movie was a dog, but thats a great casting choice in my view.
  • Misgivings about choices made in the Snyder/Whedonverse over at DC/WB, I would still have liked to see this whole arc pan out as originally intended.
  • Supposedly the Shazam movie may show us the whole family of related heroes. Only important because I may have drawn Mary Marvel 4 or 5 times for no particular reason. Also, suspected casting for the character in question appears to be Michelle Borth, from Hawaii 5-0 and the Forgotten…
  • Well, this headline was sufficient to not need to read the article, but also to get blocked by cybernanny. “allison-mack-was-trying-super-hard-to-get-emma-watson-in-her-sex-cult”
  • Joe Mang, not letting go (on a yacht)…
  • We talked about this on the podcast, but James Cameron, I mean, srsly.
  • Mean Tweets, Avengers Edition. Lovely as usual. I enjoy when they don’t deny it.

 

That’s all for now. I’ve been on radio silence for several days in a surprisingly successful attempt to avoid Avengers spoilers. I saw it unspoiled!

Do we have a deal? NO THANKS – Robots Root 23 April 2018

Oh oh oh, maybe Venom isn’t complete garbage! This 0.3s is really rad!

 

Never mind.

 

The new Venom trailer has Venom in it, and the saddest part is that the terrible Troma-scale Venom situation isn’t even the worst thing. Nothing makes sense here. NOTHING. Riz Ahmed as the evil corporate whatever with a marble mouth and 17 yr old affect? Michelle Williams with nothing to do but hug her legs on a couch? Jenny Slate squeaking her way through forced exposition? Tons of sinewy, cheesy symbiote effects adding slight tweaks to mundane stuntwork? Venom-snatching a motorcycle in failed X-Games maneuvers? Some random deep, soulful Venom voice actor? Is Woody Harrelson playing all the roles? Does San Francisco actually have to be there? I mean.

Meanwhile:

  • Less interesting is the rumor that Fox assumes Dark Phoenix is their last X-Men, or Marvel period, film. Because merger: 2019. More interesting is the idea that Marvel’s Phase 4 will largely focus on these newly reacquired properties like X-Men, FF, Deadpool, etc. Quite a fresh palate.

  • For the record, I’m 100% on board with Bosslogic’s fantasy casting for an FF film.
  • I don’t have much interest in Joe Mangianello, and he never struck me as particularly articulate. But just read this treatise on his once-self-important Deathstroke moment:
    When I met with Ben Affleck about Batman, the meeting we were having was for Deathstroke. This is a real opportunity to figure out who this guy is on the inside. Like what he’s battling with…
    …From the inside, this is a person who is struggling with all types of things. I think it’s really interesting to tell that kind of a story and tell the truth emotionally of a story like that when you’re talking about a man who lost an eye, was betrayed, lost a son. These different types of aspects.
    Then you couple that with real world military training. Then I started training at like a Ninjutsu dojo and started learning sword fighting. Started learning and understanding where those techniques come from. All of a sudden this thing starts writing itself. What I love doing is in an instance like that I’m able to, at the ground level, I’m able to go back and pitch all of my work. So I’m pitching them: “This is where I think he comes from. This is where I think he’s going. This is the military background. These are some articles that I pulled for you. I also interviewed these people over here.”
    The Ninjustu school, there are scrolls that are written that have these ancient techniques that are not shared with students that are locked away because somebody is going to go into a bar and rip someone’s head off using one of these techniques. What are those techniques? Where are they? Could there theoretically be somebody that would go around and learn these insanely offensive techniques and become this incredible killer? But I’m rooting it in the world. I’m rooting it in something honest so it feels real…
    Somewhere along that way I know that it was announced where the studio – there was talks with Gareth Evans and talks about an origin movie. I’m not giving news. I spent six months prior to all of those phone calls writing a backstory that was turned into sixteen pages, which got turned into a treatment, which then led to my Skype call with Gareth.

    “NINJUSTU” they all said.

  • I don’t know what villain role Matt Damon (supposedly) turned down in Spidey 2, but he made the right call. He needs to be a hero. I would have said Ant-Man, before Paul Rudd owned it.
  • The Dark Knight: script to scene. MASTERFUL.
  • Getting hunted down by Ewoks for fun and profit.
  • Deadpool 2 is all about Peter. I’m just saying. I sent the twitter account to One Lung last weekend because I couldn’t believe it was really a thing. Just too good. Next level viral twitter.

Stay tuned for much much in the next Robot-Kraken podcast to be released soon! So many things to discuss… movies! tv! Expanse! Legion! Westworld! All the things!

You Mess with the Gadot You Get The W Gang Signs – Robots Root 24 Mar 2018

 

Despite resolving as the lowest moneymaker in the DCEU lineup thus far, fan interest remains strong enough to put Justice League at the top of weekly DVD/Blu-Ray sales, which isn’t surprising: the film may not have had staying power in theaters, but it’s a no-brainer for comic and action movie fans to have at home. Also, this image above.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Lord and Miller are getting an Executive Producer credit on Han Solo, which is actually a positive thing: easy to imagine them having no credit at all, given how much of the film was reshot. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds is getting a writing credit on Deadpool 2, which shows how much his personal sense of humor has helped shape the character’s success, I think.
  • These unfinished shots of the aborted Justice League film costumes are pretty interesting in that Fringe Universe sort of way. I don’t hate them as much as others on the supernet, that’s for sure. I certainly struggle with redesigns of major franchise characters, but the Superman look here reminds me of something hovering between Rance’s redesign and mine. Don’t pay any attention to this Batman design, though. It’s atrocious.
  • The new Deadpool 2 trailer is super fun. Cool to see the X-Force team in action. Plus, a bonus Skarsgard I had no idea was involved.
  • Doug Liman’s Youtube RED series Impulse is basically a redo of his Jumper film… and actually looks compelling, to be honest. And I didn’t hate Jumper.
  • Noah Hawley has hit it out of the park with Legion, so I’m inclined to be optimistic about his incredibly challenging Doctor Doom film challenge, which appears to be challenging.
  • Astro City has been optioned for a live-action TV series, or series of series, as the case may be. Astro City was an inspiration to me in my youth as far as worldbuilding goes, so I’m down with it.
  • Less than one month to go before Westworld S02, and the viral is viral.
  • Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth reuniting in the Men in Black remake? Is this fan casting?! Excellent.
  • Pretty stellar ode to the stache here
  • In keeping with tradition, WB have announced a production schedule for a DCEU film without having the script or casting resolved. Batman, 2019.
  • It’s awesome that Elizabeth Olsen called out Empire on the savage photomanip of her face in these covers.

 

Thats all for today… off to drag Thor’s head around as I hunt for Infinity Stones in my disassembled bathroom subfloor.

Isle of Take My Money Now – Robots Root 15 Mar 2018

Isle of Dogs, 8 days and counting. CANNOT. BREATHE.

  • Jon Hamm joined Pale Blue Dot with Natalie Portman. I love it!
  • Or… maybe Deadpool 2 reshoots are because people want MORE of all the THINGS!
  • this is Super Monster Wolf and its real. Because Japan.

  • “Beep Bloop Bloam… Goodbye to your home” Another great bad lip reading song for The Star War.
  • Fan reaction to Ghostbusters wasn’t awesome, but Paul Feig has doubled down with Powderkeg.
  • I loved the last round of posters, cribbed though they may have been, but on these, they maintain the great weirdly prescient retro colorscheme, and also the drawn aspect of it… very nice.
  • Perfect looks sufficiently beautiful and unnerving. I’m in.
  • This Mondo series celebrating Batman:the Animated Series is wonderful. My favorite was the Cat and the Claw…
  • Danny Boyle has been officially revealed as the director of the final Daniel Craig-based Bond film… by Danny Boyle.
  • I still crave more info about this Russo + Keannu Reeves superhero project.
  • Here’s some interesting (and awesome) casting on Luke Cage S02 with some direct referencing to the storylines of Punisher, at least in the comics.
  • I will always require more Angela Bassett… though really, I don’t think, in all seriousness, you can top Michael B Jordan.

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.
  • NEED
  • 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.