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Haileys and Bumblebees – Robots Root 3 Jan 2018

 

The only three things I can find to be positive about Bumblebee: The Damn Movie are, in no particular order:

  1. No Michael Bay
  2. Bumblebee is a Bug FFS
  3. Hailey Steinfeld

Maybe that WAS the right order.

Robot’s Root!

  • This comparison between Force Awakens and the Knights of the Old Republic storyline was pretty good. Had I any knowledge of the latter, maybe I would have detected some of this. Or not.
  • Every time Neil Blomkamp posts concept art from his axe-murdered Alien 5 treatment, I get frustrated.
  • I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I for one would want to see those extra hours of Blade Runner 2049… speaking of which, Ridley Scott’s elder man ego is spinning out… these comments are nuts.
  • This quote from Guillermo del Toro was amusing mostly because he criticized the design. I feel him.
  • Rian Johnson is supposedly set to begin filming scenes for the new trilogy in 2018… without a script, or even a stated concept… so at most, I hope it’s establishing shot set pieces… I mean, a road is nice. I like roads.
  • The most obvious conclusion reached from the linkbait comments that ‘Thor will undergo a dramatic transformation in Infinity Tole’ is a loss of an arm, as per the comics some years back… I’d like to see Thanos rip a Thor arm off…
  • new octopus alert. ALERT!
  • Hailey Steinfeld wants to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, if these misleading interview comments are to be believed. I would not mind. She’s fit, athletic, has a great expressive face, and has been acting since she was a wee one (remember True Grit? Long before the pop singer phase)… I had a different fantasy casting for this role, but maybe we’ll get to that sometime in 2018 on the podcast if a couple of other rubes get their shit together…
  • On the heels of the failed Dark Universe, Paramount is hurtling forward with the Hasbroverse, announcing dates for GI Joe, Micronauts and others… despite not having scripts or a plan. Sounds about right. Dungeons and Dragons AGAIN. Guh.
  • Here’s an interview with Neal Scanlan about creature work on TLJ… if you are into that sort of thing, which I am…
  • I still can’t even with this fever dream. It might be great. Mortal Engines…
  • I have an intense need to clean up and sort this mess… while eating THIS, of course.
  • Lung and I traded finds in this vein… this was my favorite of the Star Wars ones. Still looking for the perfect Deckard one.
  • Mark L Smith has been tasked as writer for Tarantino’s Star Trek film… I mean… someone rubbed a lamp somewhere right?
  • I enjoy radical fan theories where the main character is dead. Works with almost any movie.
  • Would Darkseid have helped or hurt Justice League? I think, as Kevin Smith described it, it would have made an effective tether for the next film.
  • Great honest trailer about Return of the Toleyou… except for the grating mispronunciation of Maori…
  • The new Annihilation trailer is already showing too much. I’m on blackout. But I can’t wait.
  • They do look pretty New Mutanty… love the Lockheed puppet…
  • Cloverfield 3 comes out in April… but with no name yet and no promos. Which is fine. They played it fast and loose with the last “sequel”… I’m still on board, ESPECIALLY if it is indeed space based as rumored. The cast alone!
  • True Detective S03 is shaping up to be pretty exciting to this guy: three time periods, the Ozarks, now Dorff joins Ali? Damn

That’s all for today. Back to cooking them Porgs…

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

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

Meanwhile, this:

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

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

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

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

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

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

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

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


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Now THATS a Bell – 13 Oct 2016

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These guys apparently have the license from Dark Horse to make these wonderful things. LOOK AT THE BELL. WANT THE BELL.
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I actually pre-ordered this. I find myself at a point in my life where i have use for a rad bell.

Meanwhile, many things have happened since we went to the Alternative press Expo this past weekend. Here are some of them, for science…

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ITEM: Wasp has been confirmed for the next Avengers film after Infinity War. This coincides with the location of the Ant-Man and Wasp film in the production schedule.
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ITEM: This deep dive nerd research into the extent of Luke Cage’s invulnerability over the years in the books was pretty cool. I especially, of course, enjoyed watching him damage Iron Man’s chestplate.
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ITEM: Lots of Wolverine 3 buzz came out of NYCC. The poster with the long fingers was released late last week, then lots of speculation about who Boyd Holbrook would be playing, if Richard E. Grant has been assumed to be playing some version of Mister Sinister. According to this snap, he’s apparently going to be some (theoretically more interesting film version of) Donald Pierce, a cyborg Hellfire Club dude. Im just looking forward to an old, less resilient Wolvie pushing a senile Professer X around in a wheelchair.
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EDIT: You KNOW you always wanted a 12″ Snake-Eyes… in a properly upscaled blister pack, at an unfortunately upscaled price.
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EDIT: The John Wick 2 trailer was released, and it looks like John Wick, which is a good thing. The poster, however, is a GREAT thing.
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EDIT: The big buzz release for NYCC was the sizzle reel celebrating the primary film production wrap on Justice League. This was actually a pretty strategic attack intended to push how much everyone is having fun. I have no problem with that. Affleck looks really good as Batman leading the League, and I see no mullets. I see more women (maybe Mera) and there’s a GREAT Batman leap that is quite referential to the comics. Overall, what I appreciated most was that it wasn’t spoilery. Second most: Justice League in an elevator.

Best part for me: grinding away on those arm bands. Gal Gadot and grinding… I mean…
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EDIT: The news that Sigourney Weaver is going to be in Defenders was AWESOME. She hasn’t formerly been confirmed as the villain, but let’s hope.
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Somewhat more polarizing was the new Iron Fist full trailer. I thought it was on model with the tone and look of the other Marvel netflix shows, and I like what I’m seeing so far. For me, it’s all about the sick iron fist FX. When it glows from within, and when he takes the steel door down, I feel like I’m seeing them do comic book style powers justice in live action. It looks good. Still not thrilled about the hair. But I’m trusting. I trust.
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ITEM: So, Ellis is relaunching Wildstorm (I think) still within the DCU that absorbed the imprint prior, now called the Wild Storm… I have no feelings about this really, because I’m not thrilled with most of the post-DC-sale changes and vibe for those characters, but I DO like the design work I’m seeing, pushing them largely into street clothes.
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ITEM: Finally, here’s a shot of Mera from Justice League.
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That’s all for now… APE post-mortem forthcoming, though Kris is still traveling and I’m catching up with work, so it’ll be a spell before we have it ready, both in podcast and write-up form…


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