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No Good To Us Dead – Robots Root 4 Oct 2018

My favorite news of the moment is the confirmation that Jon Favreau’s SW TV series will be called The Mandalorian, and have a lone gunslinger vibe. I’ve only scratched the surface of Mandalore in the Clone Wars series thus far, but I’ll be interested to see if it’s another species wearing Mandalorian armor, as with the Fetts, or if it’s a true Mandalorian, who eppear to have a pretty interesting story of their own. Either way, exploring the Outer Reach, shooting to kill, best helmet design in the series, I’m on board…bonus: Pedro Pascal in the live action SW series? YES PLS

 

Meanwhile, this may be happening RIGHT now:

  • I haven’t watched this, being in back to back meetings all day, but I’m optimistic. Ferrell’s haircut alone! DAPPER. Update: Welp, yep, I AM THE TARGET MARKET.
  • Despite my doubts, they just sold me on the Kingsman prequel. I mean, I didn’t have doubts about it being a prequel… or even about the speculative film’s value… I just figured that Millar was spouting without anything to back it up, given that Kingsman 2 didn’t do very well. But I like the concept of the series and I’m on board. But whoa: Ralph Fiennes?!? Yes please.
  • Want some candy? Yes, of course they do.
  • Bad Birds of Prey news, following on the heels, so to speak, of very good news earlier this week… Rosie Perez appears to have been cast as the Question. Why for the love of R’yleh… I held out this morning for awhile hoping it was a hoax.
  • I don’t know why they keep referring to the uniforms in Dark Phoenix as ‘classic’… I mean, I guess compared to others in the franchise they are, but these are Frank Quitely’s excellent designs from New X-Men thanks. Love it!
  • I don’t need a lot of Luke in my Star Wars IX, but I do dig the concept of a flashback showing him pulling Star Destroyers into orbit. What a great image. Well, THROUGH orbit.
  • Here’s a trailer for Runaways S02. I’m stoked!
  • Hey look: at least Venom is compared (fairly) favorably to Catwoman. But look, here’s a reasonably, contextually, positive review about what’s in the tin.
  • Entourage played the Aquaman movie concept as a riff on big budget supers films with no artistic merit, ie. the ultimate low-brow sellout move with devastating financial and professional risk. But as this look back shows, it mirrored the future reality pretty accurately.
  • Though it’s pretty likely Amazon will pull it once they figure it out, they are allowing Verhooven’s original X-rated cut of Robocop to stream on Prime right now. I need to get on that myself!
  • Disney just greenlit a Lilo and Stitch live action adaptation. I’m on board: great 3d alien and a more powerful non-traditional body image situation for young girls than the more famous Moana. Excellent!
  • This is a cool Millennium Falcom triptych, but I’d like it more if there was NO there there between them. Imply it, don’t show it!
  • Surprisingly, at least one review claims there’s MORE there there to the Titans series, in a way that JUST might be interesting enough to try out. Despite that Starfire.

Thats all for today. We are recording another episode of Robot-Kraken tonight, so if you feel a tingling, happy sensation, it’s probably your collective awareness of our enthusiasms. All hail the TRDL hive mind!

So Many Hubcaps – Robots Root 30 August 2017

 

Mondo is once again killing it. KILLING IT like fantasy San Francisco kills hubcaps, and the consistent quantity thereof…

 

Thus, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • Someone helpfully ran George RR Martin’s work through a neural network, and wrote Winds of Winter for him. It’s A M A Z I N G.
  • Blade of the Immortal excites me. Greatly.
  • Terry Pratchett requested that his unpublished work be destroyed upon his demise. Boy was it.
  • This title cracked me up, and click through and see that they are in fact 100% correct.
  • We haven’t recorded any commentary about Defenders for the podcast just yet, but it shouldn’t be a spoiler for you to see this photo of Misty Knight going forward. I’m pleased with the design resolution.
  • Simon Kinberg “doesn’t want Dark Phoenix to be too intergalactic” according to Total Film… which may or may not be true, but sounds right. Superfans are outraged, but where has Fox shown they could handle a spontaneously revealed sprawling space story? Just because James Gunn pulled it off doesn’t mean we would suddenly have anything that would make ANY sense in the context of the X-Men films…
  • New dark-look Luke looks rad. Buckles and straps have buckles and straps!
  • Supposedly SS2 is delayed until; a production date at least 2 years out, due to ‘schedule conflicts with Will Smith’ which is probably code for ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ since WB/DC have been looking at multiple concepts for films in this corner of their semi-universe, some believe as a means to have these ideas leaked and see what fan response would be to them and letting the people sort it out.
  • Normally I sort of breeze through these listicles, but there were a few items in this one about Terminator films that interested me. Notably that Arnie gained weight and muscle to return to the exact dims, in T3, as he had 12 years earlier in T2; and that Loken, again in T3, had to lose weight for her role as the weird black metal Terminator NXTVCBDG or whatever it was.
  • Reading up on the post-GoT interwebs in all their sobbery, I was reminded of Dragonlance from my youth… and possibly yours.
  • I’m kind of interested in Johnny Depp’s produced adaptation of The Secret World. It doesn’t hurt that the key art looks like TRDL costuming a little bit.

Thats’ all for today. practice your trick muscle-car management until next time…

Ragnarockanrolla – 20 May 2016

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Well, looks like Jeff Goldblum wasn’t being courted for the Spider-Man villain after all. Apparently he’s been cast as the Grandmaster, one of Marvel’s space-LSD-era’s wierder demigods, and I’ll hazard a guess, the one responsible for a Planet Hulk type situation in Thor: Ragnarok.

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Grandmaster, or as I used to call him, Gamesguy

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Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson will play Valkyrie, Cate Blanchett is confirmed as Hela, and Karl Urban will be Skurge (oddly without Enchantress?)… Hey, I drew him awhile back, as seen above.

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Founding Beastie Boys member from their punk years, John Berry, died this week. Easy to forget the origin of this band, and that before Luscious Jackson, it was even multi-gender…
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ … 2-20160519

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Lung forwarded to me this excellent Xavier School recruitment video via 80s TV commercial style. Love that computer lab!
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/traile … g#/slide/1

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Even Lung admits that Powerless looks intriguing. I can’t believe we live in a world [cue trailer guy voice: IN A WORLD…] where we have rival DC and Marvel normal-people-in-supers-world comedies on the fall schedule. I was surprised at the cast that they put together here. Pretty impressive!
http://geektyrant.com/news/powerless-tr … omics-show

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In an interview about his acclaimed new show Lady Dynamite, Hurwitz confrmed everyone’s on board for an AD Season 5… but more interesting to me at this juncture: they recut Season 4 as a 22 episode traditional season of AD with the cast and scenes interwoven and the narration redone. That sounds exciting…
http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv … -dynamite/

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This is easily the most awesome thing ever to appear on the interwebs. Seth Rogan sweded the Preacher trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=568-C9MjDTs

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When it was announced earlier this week that Supergirl was moving to the CW, many fans began to anticipate the crossover potential. CW is wasting no time, teasing a mega crossover in December with characters from Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Toles of Tomorrow (itself an ongoing crossover of sorts, I guess)…
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-epic-sup … -to-the-cw

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Ha, love this idea: Chris McQuarrie posited that he’d do a SW spin-off if he got Michael B Jordan and Lando as the subject. I’d be down.
http://geektyrant.com/news/christopher- … -wars-film

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Keaton is not only back in the running for the Vulture, but in final negotiations… I’m pleased with this possibility. Even if Keaton playing the Vulture is pretty on the nose. Or on the beak.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … ing-891374

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This may be the coolest thing to come out of Age of Apocatole…

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Misc. Weird:

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Witness: FUTURE ME!

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This

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THIS!

From my latest trip to Toys R Us:
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This Ant-Man figure comes with a massive ant, which is DOPE

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However, this Sadfleck Batman glider toy is sad.

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And with that, I leave you to your aches and pains. New Robot-Kraken Podcast coming soon!


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The Red Right Hand – 16 May 2016

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This is amazing. Seussified mashup of Nic Cave lyrical imagery from one of his best tracks. Dying…
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/nick … _dr._seuss

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I’m still going to see it… maybe… but I keep saying, if they can’t make STILLS look good… I mean, she looks so uncomfortably awkward here.

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Best Slave Leia ever posted on May the Fourth. That’s Elizabeth Banks in Slave gear AND A TRACK SUIT. Trollin…

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I have come to the conclusion that THIS is the guy I should be playing on Star Wars Battlefront. I suck mightily.

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THIS

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Cool Killing Joke cover homages here…
http://geektyrant.com/news/deadpool-pay … o-dalfonso

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Glen Brogan aka Albinoraven is an artist I follow on IG. I love this poster design, for a few obvious reasons.
http://www.albinoraven.com/artwork/art.html

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JOCK WHY ARE YOU TORTURING ME

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I know TMNT2 will be garbage, but I still like the Krang design. I like the armored form more, but that there tolly looks like comics Krang.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-footage- … 3-tv-spots

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Dig this Lego Bow and Arrow Zoe made. Note the little tile with musical notes on it. She says if you’re struck you have to sing long songs for eternity. Eternity was my word.

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Crossing my fingers. Even if I can’t ride there GODDAMMIOT I’d still be down with a Lucas Museum on Treasure Island. I am so hot to go to this future place filled with wonderful things.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ro … o-10064457

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LEGIT!

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I love this one going around.

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That Michael B Jordan would join Black Panther is not surprising, given his relationship with the director… what WILL be interesting is: what character? You don’t waste Jordan on a throwaway villain. I don’t know enough about Black Panther continuity.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … dan-893845
http://www.themarysue.com/black-panther … -b-jordan/

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Word on the street, and by street, I mean carefully orchestrated rumor buzz, is that the X-Files crew is close to sorting out a way to do another season. Just imagine, this time more episodes less crushed together with less hot mess and more fun! Maybe?
http://deadline.com/2016/05/the-x-files … 201757146/

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I’m slowly working my way through the Prequels with the kids. I still have many issues with them, and not just plot, dialogue, acting, direction, sound FX… I run hot and cold on the art direction. I can’t fathom the choice to put uninteresting Droid armies up against uninteresting other armies on a grassy field in broad daylight. There are many vehicle designs I dislike. BUT. One thing that continues to stand out is how much I love the the imagery associated with the elected monarchy (?) of Naboo. The buildings, clustered over waterfalls, the beautiful clothes, the neat hair, the tall civic building interiors… even the chromy starships. So, credit where its due.

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BEST INCARNATION OF JUSTICE LEAGUE POSSIBLE

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Well, Gareth Edwards just dumped Godzilla 2… which doesn’t bode well. Supposedly amicable, supposedly wants to focus on Rogue One and then his smaller projects, all of which I can dig. But his direction, and DP choice, sort of made Godzilla work for me in the first place. I need to re-watch it, while not on a plane to Singapore with 10 rums in me.
http://geektyrant.com/news/insert-roar- … godzilla-2

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Supposedly Snoke is not the reincarnated Plagueis, is this producer tweet is to be believed. I don’t needhim to be related to any other character, frankly, but some in the fan community will be frustrated. So many hours of fan theorizing, in the dumps! UNLESS, it’s another bait and switch. Perhaps Plagueis was a reincarnation of SNOKE, so it’s an artful dodge! But it isn’t.

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Rian Gonzales is a wonderful watercolorist. I’ve been following her work for some time. I like that her pieces are playful, pretty and not particularly suggestive, but at the same time, spicy. You bring your own spice! As someone who has done a fair amount of 000 brush work over the years, I’m always interested in micro-painting. This is very impressive stuff.
http://rianbowart.deviantart.com/

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This is the SHIT. I have never wanted to be Jaws for Halloween, but the integrated scuba tank and hand, even if the scales are screwy, sell it for me. Wow.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-first-of … ody-brutal


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THE CORRECT NUMBER OF IRON MANS IS N+1 – 160511

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I’m no particular fan of how they basically burned off all of those rad armors in IM3… so, hang on real quick while I build a highly custom and elaborate LEGO IM VAULT. DAMN!
http://gizmodo.com/talented-lego-custom … 1775723798
Just don’t deep dive into his Flickr gallery of rule34 lego business…

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Netflix has a new Voltron series coming out in June which is great for a number of reasons: the original series isn’t readily available, and the remake they came out with in the late aughts is painfully bad, so I have to listen to that dreck some evenings, shortening my lifespan. This one also is animated by the team that brought… well, many other popular modern anime to us… and one lion (the bigger guy goes with the bigger character OF COURSE) is voiced by TRDL fave Tyler Labine. So, awesome!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdqoQjaOGeU

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The latest rumors on Justice League et al:

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– Steppenwolf will be the big bad of Justice League, and this is the demon dude seein in that Communion deleted scene from B v S that I hoped was actually Darkseid because rad, doesn’t look like a stonefaced uncle from Jersey. But anyway, being a Marvel guy I didn’t know who Steppenwolf was, looked it up, and it’s either a Kirby character from the 70s who led the planetary military of Apokolips and survived a Doomsday encounter; OR, it’s the living embodiment of a 20’s German novel; OR, it’s the singular embodiment of an old progrock band that plagued me in my early childhood. You decide.
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/11/ … ice-league

– Affleck is now rumored to be really upset and humiliated after going out on a limb in the press work up for BvS about his performance jokingly being ‘better than Daredevil’ and yet, BvS scores (unfairly) lower on Rotten Tomatoes, which everyone brings up to him now in his driveway; He’s also rumored to have received an Executive producer credit on Justice League, which can often mean HE SHOWED UP, but could also (hopefully) mean WB is leveraging him into a position to take the reins from Snyder at some point.

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In a pretty nice meta continuation of the meta continuation of the meta Deadpool film, Ryan Reynolds co-hosts the Honest Trailer for Deadpool as Deadpool being Deadpool.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qIRtFE6aIc

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He also features in a pretty awesome ad for the blue-ray release of the film, patterned off of a Viagra ad.

And in both, he mocks the concept people would buy physical media of the film. Ohai Lung.

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Boba Fett either was or wasn’t supposed to be the big bad in Return of the Jedi, or was both, depending on who you were talking to and when. But I wish he was more of something, and I hope he will be again.
https://www.inverse.com/article/15123-g … -fett-reve

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Tom Hardy as Boba Fett in SWVIII? I mean, I don’t know, why would he do that. I’ all for it, but…

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I’m no fan of Power Rangers. Not even giving them IRON MAN SUITS makes me so.
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/05/po … first-look

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Now look, I haven’t watched Supergirl. I tentatively figured I was not the target market, after struggling through a few teen-oriented-batman-clone Arrow episodes. But I’m half way through S01 of Flash (on the costume, the charm of the lead, Tom Cavanaugh’s menacing undertones, and whatsername’s fashionable science heels) so who knows… maybe I can stomach enough of this style of (understandably) teen-oriented DC fare… Supergirl LOOKs good… however, according to this, it may move to the CW and get a slashed budget. Apparently it’s higher production values have been a thing, that could not be… less of a thing….
http://geektyrant.com/news/supergirl-co … wer-budget

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According to Hammil, that rumored intro for SWVII with the hand and lightsaber dropping to Endor or wherever was supposed to be in the film, but was edited out. I liked the idea of it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/mark-hamill- … ce-awakens

Similarly, lots of scuttlebutt about why he’s using a standard raw cyberhand again rather than the synthetic skin…
http://newmediarockstars.com/2016/01/ha … ical-hand/
Amounting to nothing, really, but still.

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This started filming…

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And THIS is the most excellent casting for young Solo that actually gives me hope on this otherwise questionable film…Alden Ehrenreich!
http://moviepilot.com/posts/3902058

That’s all for today… return to your cells!


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