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Solo Trailer Revealed – Robots Root 4 Feb 2018

It’s finally coming this Monday, they say. Or they lie, and it’s a Superbowl thing. Or they lie, and this project doesnt even exist.

 

Meanwhile, this is happening:

  • “Action that looks like two Radio Shacks doing kama sutra in a hurricane” – one of the best Honest Trailer lines ever.
  • We’ve Known BMB was moving to DC for awhile now, but it’s official: he’s wandering into the Superman quagmire. What concerns me more, though, is that there are implications that he may be bringing his creator-owned stuff with him. I very much do not want Powers absorbed by DC. Somebody talk me off the ledge, please.
  • I’m beside myself. Normally I’m disinterested in dark and grimy redesigns of classic characters as the solution to film adaptation. But in this one instance, these concepts for a He-Man project look pretty amazing. Cool ways to rationalize the toy elements that make no sense. I know I’ve argued multiple times that most of the designs should just be left alone and ran with, but still.
  • I don’t hate JJ Abrams so the fact that HBO bought Demimonde is fine with me. Budgets!
  • I dislike his modern movies, and I’m weirded out by his bulging face when he talks, but. “Aight potatoes, aight carrots, aight turpentine.” I think I need to know more about Scottish shopping habits.
  • I’m including this since we’ve made a general tradition of butchering her name on the Robot-Kraken Podcast, but this segment on ‘Galspalining’ cracked me up.
  • Look, dont let the fart sounds fool you: teaching Orcas to make human sounds is a B A D . I D E A.
  • The fundamental problem with Venom... which is why they are TOTALLY sneaking Spider-Man in there.
  • Fun, contextual easter egg from Doctor Strange over here.

 

Finally, my entire world feels like this right now.

 

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Dont Wear White After the Post-Apocalypse – Robots Root 5 Oct 2017

You know what these shots of Brolin as Cable doing some sort of shopping cart business remind me of? Took me all morning, but I figured it out:

My TRDL Commission for a character called Alpha. I’m dying…

Meanwhile, That Robot’s Root:

  • Hm. This throws everything we agreed upon on the podcast about Gal Gadot’s pronunciation out the window. Or through the wall.
  • BAD TIMING. So Punisher screenings have been postponed at NYCC and other venues for obvious reasons. Reminds me of how the theater shooting cored Dark Knight’s box office, but of course, in this case, the content of the movie is a bit close to home.
  • I don’t know if I like or dislike these ALL IN posters, but at least we’re seeing JL people running or moving without looking like a bad paste-up splash page… which the previous ones actually were. I just want all the Batmans.
  • I don’t have a problem with Iron Fist being in Luke Cage. This is a good thing. Heroes for Hire, but with Cage owning Rand all the time.
  • Here’s those Pacific Rim Uprising mechas that look too streamlined. MEH! Bring me more smokestacks covered in heat sinks!
  • I’m dying. “Do you enjoy the sensation of petting a cat or dog, but hate the unconditional love and the fact that they have heads and limbs?”
  • I follow HardTimes, an Onion-style site but for punk rock etc etc and sometimes random tertiary posts crack me up even more than the music stuff, like this one, which was ACCURATE.

 

Finally, as I head out to an extremely, EXTREMELY late showing of Blade Runner 2049, I thought I’d post this nice roundup on the production of the original, courtesy of Vanity Fair. I’ve got books on the topic at home, being a supernerdfan, but this was a good encapsulation.

Sensing Death all Over the Place – Robots Root 19 May 2017

Despite it’s production problems, I’m happy to say I liked what I saw in this trailer for ST: Discovery. I like the cast, the alien designs, and the rework of the Klingons especially. I have some trouble with the ‘set 10 years before Kirk’ business, because we are stuck in that weird loop, where the technology shown in the prequel looks more advanced than the technology in the primary series, but at least this one is based on being a prequel of the Abrams-Trek*, so it’s more aligned in that regard. *WAIT now I’m confused. Two places have stated this is in the ‘Prime Universe’ aka prior to TV Kirk and the smooth as shit Enterprise, so I don’t even. There seem to be design elements nodding to TOS, as well as to Enterprise AND the Abramsverse.

Meanwhile, in space, this happened:

  • In this latest Mummy trailer, I think my favorite part was Tom Cruise screaming “MY FACE! MY FACE!” which felt meta.
  • The Alienist is right up my alley: dark business in old timey ways!
  • Mera’s revised costume is very green and so much SIMPLER than anything in the DCCU and I like it.
  • Aunt May wins.
  • Trip OUT: Steve Coogan and John C Reilly filming Laurel and Hardy…
  • This awesome Periodic Table shows what each element can be used for, which is a GREAT added detail. Kind of mind blowing. Fundamentally changes how you learn about them. Also, pretty current: Lead is used for ‘weights’ which is true, but twenty years ago the reference would be a more alarming use.
  • Another useful tool: 30 ways to die by electrocution in 1930. I found these fascinating, as in many cases i was grasping at what I was looking at. Not grasping the mystery pipe while standing in water, mind you.
  • So far, early fan and critic reviews of Wonder Woman are extremely positive. I mean, BVS was too, but still, given the early talk that this was a hot mess, maybe optimism is called for here.
  • If you don’t want to see any Han Solo anything, don’t click through. If you want to see some rad pre-CGI hoopties, tho…
  • Finn Jones let slip that Defenders takes place over a few days rather than weeks. That’s very good news, given the concept and central tension among the members of the team.

That’s all for today. Back to polishing your forehead ridges that you should or shouldn’t have in continuity.

 

 

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!

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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.

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Wings in Space Again? – 21 Nov 2016

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So, I’m on another attempted Rogue One blackout, ignoring all the promos and bios and the novel etc etc but I did see this image, marketing a SW themed Nissan Rogue (well)… and spotted this interesting Imperial ship that looks like a TIE pod with swept Harrier style wings. This looks not to be the other TIE variants we’ve seen in promos or in the Force Awakens concept art book (from which they’ve cribbed some stuff, or rather they’ve worked from the same source material)…
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ITEM: What? A LEGO Panama Canal? Why yes plesse plesse…
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ITEM: I was not expecting this so soon, but here is a teaser for Cars 3… for science!
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ITEM: Well, it looks like David Leitch has been confirmed for Deadpool 2.
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ITEM: Emilia Clarke hasbeen cast in an unknown role in the Han Solo film. I like her, I plan to like this film. But it points directly to something I think will be very touchy: will this be a romantic lead, or a companion/ rival/ adversary/ opponent? Because when you do a backstory of a character largely defined by their romantic entanglement, bringing in ANOTHER love interest i what constitutes a retcon flashback can misfire. Indiana Jones was established as a serial dater in that each movie had a different love interest, until it didn’t, just as an example. Here, we have four films overall where he is only attached to one love interest. Anyway, who’s to say. I personally hope she isn’t a romantic anything.
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ITEM: In this linkbait article about how tight Gal Gadot’s WW costume was, I was struck by this last part, where she was describing meeting Linda Carter. Best random awesome compliment ever: “she is eye level.”
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ITEM: I’ve been reading some less flattering things about the otherwise charming Ezra Miller lately, in terms of fan interaction and on-set behavior, but that all could be interskullduggery. However, in this interview I hear something I DO like: The Flash film featuring an amateur, less-experienced speedster. It’s really all I want to see anymore. The evolving super, the year one…
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Finally, Isla Fisher wins holiday card sending. Well, I win, by not sending any, but she comes in a close second.
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As you can see, links moving forward work. I’m still working with tech support to try and restore everything prior to last week. Patience appreciated. Also, look for an exciting (to me) announcement


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Shes a Good Secretary – 3 November 2016

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ITEM: This new trailer is really good. It lays out the structure of the film and the nature of the Amazonians and their relationship, at least somewhat, to the outside world, and established WW’s conflict with both the world and her own people. Also more amazing up and over leg kicks and knee scrapers and sword swipeys and that great bullet deflection in the alley and Pam doing her kung fu and…Image
well, of course, for me the highlight was this shot of the villain. SYMBOLISM!
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ITEM: I think it’s positively criminal that it’s taken this long for Talia Al Ghul to appear in some sort of live action continuity. I’m not discounting Marion Cotillard’s Miranda… that was a great element to the story, but I mean the Talia from the comics, a trained fighter, eventual mother of Damian Wayne…
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ITEM: I sure like the idea that we can go for smaller films after Infinity Tole. I don’t know that that’s exactly what he means, but I do believe the group films can stand to not be global extinction events every time.
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ITEM: Christian reviewer warns Doctor Strange is, like Dungeons & Dragons, a gateway to satanism. I love it. IM THERE! Monday night in fact.
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ITEM: I don’t know the book series, but I liked some of what I saw. Supposedly it’s just a delay based on the post-production schedule, but hopefully that’s ALL it is.
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ITEM: I’m pre-sold, but still!
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ITEM: Lung turned me onto this one. Simply brilliant. Haw did it take this long?? Reminds me of my old Nixon watch. But rad.
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ITEM: Titanfall 2 is another game I bought on concept alone, even though I don’t have time to play generally. I haven’t unwrapped it. But they added single player story mode to mech combat both in and out of the mech, AND it’s now on PS4 so I had to. This concept art spread is delightful.
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ITEM: I may or may not have shuttered the bike news for TLTC these days, but check this out:
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ITEM: This.
Predator…”plunks the deadly alien hunter, who audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets, in the harsh environment of … suburbia.”
Also, as if the film needed the extra juice, Olivia Munn was cast as a ‘scientist’. That’s why I show her in glasses, you see.
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Also, speaking of the MUNN EFFECT, I was also pre-sold on Office Party, as we talked about when the first trailer came out, but since I laugh EVERY TIME Vance plummets to his probable death, I take it that’s a good sign that ALL THE REST OF THE AWESOME is good. Yet, the best part is once again Kate McKinnon.
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ITEM: David Leitch is a rumored replacement for Tim Miller on Deadpool. I love John Wick. It’s interesting though, that it’s equally hard to envision his style applied to Deadpool farce as it was Tim Miller going ‘stylized’ and abandoning the fun parts. Dunno. This article Lung sent me, about Junkie XL leaving the project in solidarity, which I can respect if nothing else.
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ITEM: Lastly, I love the concept of an FPS maker FINALLY having the cojones to put a no-respawn mode into one of these games. THAT’s a challenge.
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SWEAR TO ME – 22 July 2016

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I present to you, the best Batman anything ever for the day. I love it. It’s every possible screen of my iphone right now.

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ITEM: This segment from Conan was pretty good. Also fun just to see the costume shop.
https://www.facebook.com/edgeey/posts/10154391029082427

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ITEM: The official WW poster came out. Definitely brighter colors, which we need to accept at this point. Looks sharp, though. They look (and sound, by the byline) to be going the regal, godly, larger than life route for that aspect of her ‘deity walks among us’ mode.
https://twitter.com/GalGadot/status/756520524935602176

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ITEM: I LOVE Kevin Tong’s Rocketeer poster for Mondo. I’m hot to see a remake of this film adaptation. Granted, I’d fear they’d cast the non-BettiePage-but-BettiePage character wrong like they’ve done with Lois Lane a few times.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-rocketee … ndo-poster

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ITEM: Stealth mode Batman? Among all these statues and figures at SDCC, what struck my eye was that Batman’s costume is black on black. I love it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/photos-of-th … -comic-con

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ITEM: Diego Luna has been confirmed as appearing as Ghost Rider in the next season of Agents of SHIELD. I’m down with that! I like the current version of the character, and never liked the previous ones.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/artic … host-rider

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ITEM: Welcome to the best graffiti anything ever:
http://designyoutrust.com/2016/07/guy-p … 20o0Ot2.01

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Finally…

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If you happen to be anywhere near Montana this weekend, go see Kris (Deeplydapper) at Nagucon!
https://www.facebook.com/DeeplyDapper/? … &ref=br_tf

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Another Candy Coated Heart of Darkness Awaits – 160630

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News of my day: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was announced last night… with Ralph entering the interwebs, which should be super fun, because the entirety of silicon valley is due for a clubbing, baby seal style.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/wreck-it-ralph-i … 1782891642

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ITEM: Jeff Goldlum reads from the ID4 Kids Activity Book.
http://geektyrant.com/news/video-jeff-g … y-for-kids

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ITEM: Once again, Sam Jackson cannot let go. And it kills me that he still doesn’t realize that we can all tell that, of all the otherwise decent actors driven into cardboard cutouts by the Lucas team’s direction or lack thereof, his performance feels especially grating because you can tell he THOUGHT he was some serious talent in that role.
http://geektyrant.com/news/mace-windu-i … orge-lucas

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ITEM: Vinnie Jones has joined Kingsman 2. In other news, I want to see Kingsman 2.
http://geektyrant.com/news/vinnie-jones … den-circle

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ITEM: A valid reason for a home 3D printer has been unveiled.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/building-this-tr … 1782823984

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ITEM: So apparently, beyond his teasing recently about wanting to direct a Batgirl film, which no one is taking seriously, auteur Nicolas Winding Refn has indicated that he was in early discussions to do a WW film years ago, but insisted on Christina Hendricks, which the studio balked at, and so it went. I’d have been interested in that!
http://geektyrant.com/news/nicolas-wind … -hendricks

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I mean, it’s no dancing Gadot situation, but still.

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ITEM: Disney employee declares Han Solo script the best of the franchise, because of course they did. Doesn’t mean it isn’t though.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-han-solo-mov … 1782823716

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ITEM: That one time they showed the Sausage Party trailer in front of Finding Dory. Surprised this happened: precisely zero people.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/just-because-sau … 1782819184

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ITEM: OK, I’ll bite. This baiting article posits that Monopoly is the worst game ever: unfun, boring, time-consumptive by design. I counter that it is super fun, interesting, and makes time fly. My only complaint is easing children into it means a variable attention span that ultimately results in my younger flipping the board, just when it’s getting good. Also, we have ‘peculiar market forces and banking activities’ at our house, to make the full edition of the game more palatable for younglings, which beats the kid-oriented editions, which are so simplified so as to be of little challenge. Also, I have the Marvel Comics edition, which is the best ever. Though I’m tempted by some of the other genre editions.
http://gametyrant.com/news/monopoly-is- … enaissance

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Thus, darkness falls and we must return to the underground bunkers, for I hear the infinite skull-crushes of metal doom approaching.


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STANDARD NERD NEWS is the Best News – 160622

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SO MANY MEETINGS.

Moving on… fun stuff….

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Good on Nic Cage for going to the con and just rifling through stuff, buying whatever he wants, and getting into it again. The rumor I heard years ago was that he sold his massive comic collection because Lisa Marie Presley asked him to, but after the divorce he wanted to ramp back up but the financial issues he had forced him to rebuild more slowly than he once could. I like the idea of a celebrity being a guy with a hobby. I like that he’s at a con rather than buying from private collectors or visiting shops after hours. He’s not just swooping in and buying everything, but flipping through like the fan he is. Check out that Ghost Rider painting… pretty rad.
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/06/20/ … end-video/

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Justice league Stuff for Today:

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– The Flash uniform is envisioned as being a prototype in development, lots of front armor and aero swept fins and things to the back, different materials. Sound a lot like stuff I’d do, so obviously I approve in concept.
http://geektyrant.com/news/details-on-t … ue-costume

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– New Bat vehicles are described… a dune buggy that has spider-limbs, and a giant cargo plane that carries a Batmobile, a bunch of Batweapons, the non-flying members of the Justice League (though I never understood why fliers would want to hurtle around in the wind instead of ride in the vehicle and check their instagrams or whatever) and then a two-seater cockpit on the third level in the back. The former sounds like a hot mess and the latter sounds interesting, but both could be amazing or terrible, depending on the actual design. Most tech vehicles in anime/manga, if described on paper, would sound like garbage. But look at them. Right? I choose to be optimistic.
http://geektyrant.com/news/details-on-b … flying-fox

*This image is from the IG of Christian Pearce from WETA, one of my favorites I follow. Among his other personal projects, he designs whackadoo vehicles and bots, and the description of the ‘Flying Fucking Fox’ made me think of something he’d draw.
https://www.instagram.com/p_e_a_r_c_e/

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The full trailer for Jack Reacher – Never Go Back is out, devoid of the EW commentary, and it looks like a solid Jack Reacher film, even if the trailer shows too much. I’m not the target market: I just want to see the movie cold, not watch all the plot points. But still, I’m in. I can’t help but see this as SHIELD Black. ha… Maria Hill is as Maria Hill does.
http://geektyrant.com/news/tom-cruise-i … er-go-back

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New Star Wars Rogue One cover image… the bot’s got longer, spindlier limbs than I was expecting. Also, I mean, even though we all knew Vader would be in the film for many reasons, I’d like if they kept more of that stuff for the fun reveal in the film. Seems like a desperate countermeasure to the rumors about the reasoning for reshoots.
http://geektyrant.com/news/darth-vader- … s-ew-cover

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The trailer for Keeping Up With the Joneses reminded me a lot of aspects of Mr. and Mrs. Smith for obvious reasons. This entire cast is perfect. I can’t wait. Plus, hotness at every angle.
http://geektyrant.com/news/keeping-up-w … spy-couple

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This lengthly interview with Tom King, and to some degree David Finch, got me pretty excited to read the new Batman series they are doing (even with the costume design, hurk)… and his other work as well. What a refreshing interview. Here’s an ex-CIA comic nerd who interviews like someone you’ve known for a decade. I want to read all of his stuff. Immediately.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/one-of-comics-be … 1782297630

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These new posters for Suicide Squad are interesting, with the pop art zaniness and this new marketing push with ‘worst. heroes. ever’ stuff. I definitely feel the vibe they are trying to convince us of with this film, and it DOES seem like a challenging superhero film to market… but I suspect they are overselling the comedy. Trying really hard, though, aren’t they.
http://www.ew.com/gallery/suicide-squad … er-posters

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Also, the figures starting to roll out from the film… note the Batman is the same sculpt as with BVS (in my cloffice right now) but includes the breathing mask. Nice touch.
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/suicide_s … at-a142659

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is just collecting interesting actors at this point. Hannibal Buress is now on board.
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/spider-ma … ng-a142754

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Finally, that Bespin expansion is now available for the Starwars: Battlefront PS4 build… Lung and I were talking about this prior. These add-on purchases are irritating, because they really should be included in the already expensive game price… but that methodology aside, I can see myself, three drinks in, paying for Season Pass in order to strafe Bespin. You can bet on it.
http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/bespin


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To Brie or not to Brie – 2 June 2016

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YES. Thirty thousand times yes.
https://www.yahoo.com/movies/brie-larso … 35326.htmlIn other news…

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These concept art and storyboard elements from the aborted 4th Spidey movie are a mixed bag. On the one hand, puffy Mysterio and Super Deadly Serious Vulture are not thrilling. But on the other, I really like the idea of webbing motif coming from the spider and looking organic and asymmetrical.
http://geektyrant.com/news/concept-art- … he-vulture

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Great curated collection of fandom-genre infographic poster art. My favorite here, but so many good things…
http://geektyrant.com/news/mondo-announ … ved-movies

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A new trailer is out for the BVS Ultimate Edition, and I recognized, or rather heard, a few things that were new, but having only seen the movie once, it didn’t come off that much differently. Obviously it’s already infamous for being an R-rated cut, but anyway, I’ll get it, for sure. I mean it features THIS, as well as some dudes fighting.
http://collider.com/batman-v-superman-u … r-blu-ray/

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I love everything about a Cthulhu for President independent candidacy…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cth … 593f134933

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Best HYDRACAP parodies…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-best-images- … 1779183475

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Amazon Prime Japan is releasing new original series’ for the local market, including Kamen Rider and Ultraman. This looks pretty good, for TV anyway…
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/31/11818 … r-ultraman

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Debatable list of the silliest SW canon (or formerly canon, rather) ships…
My favorite, above.
“t looks like someone accidentally misread the instructions on a TIE Interceptor model kit and somehow managed to not just glue the wings on the outside-in, but also glue a third one on for no reason.”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-11-silliest- … 1779012882

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Meanwhile, in South Africa, THIS happened…
http://boingboing.net/2016/06/01/anti-t … arjac.html

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Finally, the new James Bond has been revealed to be:
IDRIS ELBA!
no wait.
TOM HIDDLESTON!
no wait.
EMILY BLUNT!
no wait.

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Theo.. James…
http://www.theportlygazelle.com/2016/05 … -new-bond/

UPDATE: FALSE!!!!


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