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What Star Wars Needs is a Memorable Villain, They All Said – Robots Root 6 Aug 2018

The rumor mill speculates that Richard E. Grant will play Thrawn in Star Wars Ep. VIII. I don’t have any emotional attachment to the character, not having read the books, and I always thought his blue skin looked weird with the white uniform… but I DO like the idea of bringing in a new big bad. It’s hard to imagine they’d waste such a big Extended Universe character on one film… and in the timeline of stories they talk about doing, I don’t see how they’d use him elsewhere. It made me think, awhile back, when Rian Johnson got that undefined new trilogy to play with, that Thrawn might be the big bad in THOSE films…

 

Meanwhile, in space, this could be happening:

  • Claire (Rosario Dawson) brings some real world logic and empathy to the Netflix Marvel series of series. That said, she’s not in IF 2.0, and I assumed it was because she’s got a career and other commitments happening… I read in a few places people are relieved because it’s irrational that she’s in all these stories but has no powers. WHAT? One of the strong points about all of the Marvel Netflix projects is the way the NPC’s, or regular folks, are written into the story in a meaningful way. It’s one of the things I love about them. It’s not just powered people tussling, but the interaction between them and the people they affect. SO while I DO often think ‘why aren’t they calling each other for help’ or ‘why isn’t claire calling in reinforcements’ I do like that they’ve tried to explain it in terms of unavailability or personal issues or ‘this is my fight’ type of stuff. We don’t need five different Defenders arcs, though admittedly those team-ups are what make some of the Marvel MCU films so interesting. But as is often noted about all of the TV projects… this isn’t the MCU.
  • Bryan Callen and Marc Maron are the latest to join this surreal Joker film… what is even.
  • Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson seem to have charisma together, so that’s a thing.
  • In a moment of pure marketing genius, Turkish Airlines have offered a safety video tie in to Lego Movie 2. This sure beats watching Wonder Woman not stow her shield and sword FFS on that other attempt.
  • Everyone’s still rah-rahing about Linda Hamilton in the Aviators, but I’m all about those lines on Mackenzie Davis’ skin. Did we already officially know she was a new Terminator model, or a Terminator period? I LOVE that look.
  • I understand why they deleted this scene between Gamora and Thanos in the final cut, as it drags and is tonally off from what we saw of him the rest of the film more concisely. However it IS cool to see Gamora dressed as his champion. CHAMPION BRAIDS.
  • This too can be yours, for a mere $1200. I’m so in. But not really in. But wish i was in.
  • Here’s a brilliant study on how Bottle Rocket DID set the stage for Wes Anderson’s later more obvious moves. I’m among the Andersonites that saw it, even as a raw version, of being consistent with his catalog, but I’ve heard the argument several times that it wasn’t. I would argue it is closer to his later vision than Blood Simple was for the Coen Brothers to their’s.

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Its the Little Things – 4 July 2018

This is an old poster from a few weeks ago, but I still love it: the swagger, and the use of the popcorn and more importantly the dust or salt, really works for me. Early reviews are very complimentary, so I look forward to seeing it soon.

Meanwhile:

Still on the move, after San Francisco Comic Con and Fandemic Con… I’ve started putting photos up from both shows on our IG (find it at robotkraken_podcast ) but there’s still a lot to catch up on.

  • I do wish it talked to you in a mollifyingly calm voice or locked you out of your own house… but as a low-capacity, overpriced flash drive, it’ll do.
  • First pics of Linda Hamilton in the new Terminator filming sneaks, and no surprise, she looks RAD. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Davis just looks like a dirty Robin Wright, but with cyber-stitches.
  • Here’s some prosthetic limb experiments with ‘pain’ sensory input. At the least, tactile feedback is crucial.
  • According to some that have seen it, the upcoming Dark Phoenix trailer is ‘better than expected’ which is high praise. ha.
  • TMNT is headed for yet another reboot. I’m ok with it. There were a few concepts from the Bayification I liked OK, from what i saw, but I’d really like to see something more like the Incredibles style, where the stylization is more creative and animated.
  • The Disney acquisition plan is off and then on and then off and now looks greenlit by both investors and the SEC. I’m stoked. I want those toys played with in those hands.
  • Sylvia Hoeks is NOT who I imagined to take the Tara role in Queen and Country. However, she IS cool and I just love that the film is proceeding.
  • Silk has apparently been greenlit at Sony… look, this is the first one with half a chance. It’s the modern Spider-Woman that the younger set relates to, and while it will still feel like a Spider-Man knock-off, at least it has a female, and Asian, in the lead role. And if they run with Tiffany Espenson from the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting, I’m even more into it.
  • The fact that the news sites are running with this story that Ultron could have had a bigger, badder, better final act shows how blah the original was in the public consciousness… because a giant Ultron-globbed giant giant Ultron is lame as shit.
  • I mean, kids are dumb… but in this modern world we are descending into, I can actually SEE this being an issue.
  • If you are near Alamo Drafthouse (or one in particular) they are getting into the subscription game.
  • Not sure how I feel about Patrick Stewart supposedly getting close to signing on for another Trek series. I hope it’s the type of thing where he’s an elder Commander or something. I like seeing the passage of time and evolution of characters. I do NOT want to see the Good Ole Crew together on an old timey adventure again, though.
  • How would you feel about a V for Vendetta sequel? The unasked question, I think.
  • This Iron Man/ TRON mashup is A M A Z E. I love it 10,000 x 3 times.

Speaking of catching up, we are a bit behind in the podcast as we were unable to record during the shows and are now all scrambling in different parts of the world for a few weeks. We have a few films to review, as well as the finales of Westworld and Expanse to wrap up… so stay tuned!

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.
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  • 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.

 

Ive Been Drinking With Skeletons – 22 August 2016

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I’m not often envious of Los Angeleans, but hot damn, I’d love to see this LACMA show in person. At one point we were planning on being in LA this month with the kids, but didn’t end up doing so. Check these out, as posted by someone in the Mignola Appreciation Group on FB…

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ITEM: Yes, apparently that De Jesus spin-off is really happening. No Coen involvement, but I like what I see so far, which isn’t hard, I guess. Speaking of hard, check out that synopsis…
http://geektyrant.com/news/first-look-a … ing-places

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ITEM: Peter Dinklage was originally planned to appear in X-Men: Apocatole, as witnessed by this concept art for an ankle bracelet. Things didn’t turn out too well for him, apparently.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/artic … apocalypse

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ITEM: I’m still 3 brand-aware years behind on my Marvel reading, but as we posted about prior, Stark has stepped away and for a little stunt-marketing, a teenage young woman is taking over… something I really like about this: her code name will be Ironheart. I love love LOVE that it isn’t ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ in the name.
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvels-new- … er-details

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ITEM: This was posted on Cavill’s IG page, seemingly encouraging the general expectation of an all black Supersuit, at least initially, on JL. I don’t buy it though. There’s no internal story logic for him to wear a special mourning kit. But whatevs. So much superdetail. SUPERDETAIL!

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ITEM: This is beyond obvious, on the face of it, but then again, you never know when actors will walk away from films or aren’t contracted for multi-film runs, or melt down over the financial arrangements and become replaceable, etc. Or frankly, studios just being dumb about what did and didn’t work in the previous film’s casting vibe. But anyway, Pena is returning for the Ant-Man sequel, so all is right in the world, specifically about Ant-Man stuff anyway.
http://geektyrant.com/news/michael-pena … d-the-wasp

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ITEM: I can’t make heads or tails of the actual origin of a good 50% of this material, but if you love Hans Zimmer and Dark Knight Rises and soundtracks in general, you can download this fan-compiled 6-disc set of music from the film. Some of this is from special editions in different formats, but the rest, who knows. Works for me though.
http://chiefdundee.blogspot.com/2015/09 … score.html

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ITEM: How to ruin a childhood:
http://geektyrant.com/news/horrify-your … 8-fire-pit

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ITEM: I’m holding my breath between now and 2 October, so things could get squirrely.
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/22/ … new-photos

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ITEM: These paintings are beautiful and urgent. My favorite detail is the translucency of the water.
http://www.boredpanda.com/mesmerizing-t … ivazovsky/

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ITEM: This Kickstarter was found by Deeply Dapper. I love it 3,333 times. It’s a chunk of change to get everything you see here (about 2 bills) but I have to say, that wagon/trailer is the best ever.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ca … oject_link

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ITEM: I tend to be fascinated by video games, films, comic projects, etc that went well into development before cancellation. Here’s a look at a few additional Lucasarts properties. I’m amused that Lucas vetoed Chewie being the star of his own game.
http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/201 … s-surface/

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ITEM: The ‘desired’ casting talked about for Deadpool 2 includes Kyle Chandler for Cable and Mackenzie Davis for Domino. The former stymies me, but the latter seems reasonable, if younger than I would imagine.
http://geektyrant.com/news/deadpool-2-r … and-domino


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An Enjoyer of Life and other things – 8 June 2016

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All hail weird-ass Jeff Goldblum being himself on film again!
“He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker,” Goldblum explained to Empire, while promoting his upcoming film Independence Day: Resurgence, “an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘ can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day.”
http://comicbook.com/2016/06/06/jeff-go … -ragnarok/

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Look, I get that The Shallows is just Jaws meets standard girl in peril slasher film meets Blake Lively porno… but for whatever combination of those things, I’m into it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/watch-blake- … ew-trailer

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What’s this? Digital comics didn’t destroy print media sales? WHAT!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/good-news-digita … 1780858740

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Check out these concepts for Black Panther. I love the rightmost one, that looks most like a big cat’s nose and snout. I’d have been down with that.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/black-panthers-c … 1780792804

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This one’s for Lung… VRFX to help cure your arachnophobia by tolly slapping you around with it. I even left the GIG big for you!
http://kotaku.com/virtual-reality-arach … 1780550604

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I like what I’m seeing out of this GotS street footage. Looks like the Major and Batou to me.
http://geektyrant.com/news/ghost-in-the … k-as-batou

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Toby Kebbell says the original cut of FF was great, and dark, and etc. I’m not even in the majority on this film: I didn’t hate it. But hot damn I’d like to see that cut.
http://screencrush.com/toby-kebbell-on-fantastic-four/

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Mackenzie Davis joined Blade Runner 2… and in fact, hmmm, she looks a lot like Robin Wright… HMMMMM…. younger and older models of the same replicant?
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-martians … e-runner-2

PS I just saw the Nice Guys… I’ve never been more comfortable with Ryan Gosling in BR2… not even the same style of film in any way, but a great reminder of how good he is.

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Being part way through the Cone Wars with my befuddled children, this resonated…

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Finally, WTF with JK Simmons roiding out in prep for Justice League…
DAMN! Good on him, but wow.
http://geektyrant.com/news/holy-shit-jk … ice-league


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