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I Corpse and I Know Things – Robots Root 5 Nov 2018

Reportedly, the new final season of Game of Thrones will have the ‘biggest battle ever filmed’ which surprises precisely zero followers of GoT. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how the final act was to be a few full length telefilms, and then they broke it into a string of long episodes over a short season. I fear the original plan would have worked better, because less ‘filler’ to stretch out events, while at the same time, the latter approach allows us more time for character work. I truly love that show, and I’ll take all that i can get. But as much as I have demanded, on the podcast, to know how it is that we can get all the way up to the final few episodes without the whole Winter Having Came… i’m less interested in all the big set pieces and more these final interactions with all of these beloved characters, especially as so many will be corpses well enough. Or worse, like ole’ Wun Wun (maybe)…

Meanwhile, for science:

  • First test screening reports indicate Hellboy was a hot mess. But do they really, is it really, and should this matter? I saw a test screening for Terminator 2 after all. Lots of comments on that card. That’s the POINT. I retain my grip on optimism with a red right hand!
  • Speaking of Hellboy, or older Hellboys, or actually prior Hellboys who are also older, here’s a preview for Asher, a fairly by the book looking ‘hitman retiring’ story, but with an intriguing cast: Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen, among others. I like it. I’ll give it a go.
  • Alien Nation is being remade, and by Jeff Nichols, who I don’t know much about since I never saw any of his films… though I DO get a red flag when I see that he refers to himself in the third person. Not even Barton Fink self-applied ‘that Barton Fink feeling.’…
  • Brianna Hildebrand has joined Persephone, and all you need to know is that it’s spacey and it includes Brianna Hildebrand. Sold.
  • John Cena is sniffing around Captain America, throwing out cryptic hopeful images on Twitter and what have you. Thing is, though: he’d make a great USAgent…
  • Can’t believe the Deadwood film is actually happening. I have to say, reading the premise: that’s a smart move.
  • This video about Pixar Halloween traditions was great. It’s animated, but you get the idea. Love the tech support idea!

Finally, a great article on how to deal with loving video games once you have no time to play them. It didn’t really help ME, because time isn’t technically my problem, it’s competition for scarce resources: I feel like that time needs to be spent on my art projects. But still, good reminder that playing in short bursts, the RIGHT kind of massive game, with lots of smaller side quests, can be satisfying. Looking at you, Red Dead!

PROBABLY the greatest detective in the world – Robots Root 8 June 17

Look, I’ll admit, I assumed, probably from leftover Grand Budapest fever dreaming, that Murder on the Orient Express would be a nutty surreal comedy. But I’m still in 133%. Plus, some would say Poirot’s mustache IS comedy. Not me, friends.

Thus, with suitable Kirby Krackle, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • These Hot Toys models are so eerily realistic. I just realized, not having been in the market for such things, that these have some sort of skeleton and a skin/covering system like a Realdoll(tm)… so basically a mini-Realdoll(tm) lacking, theoretically, certain anatomical features. Ugh, I’m creeped out. That said, impressive sculpt on this Amazonian Battle Chestpiece Diana.
  • The Buck Rogers plane is killing me.
  • I think I’d be fully into Ozark on Netflix anyway, but Jason Bateman totally elevates it.
  • I didn’t think I’d be interested in a Get Shorty remake. But the CAST!
  • This looks like a hot mess compilation of every other alien invasion action movie, but done on a 2008 iMac. BUT! I’m a glass half full (of broken glass) kind of guy: as about 1:35 in the trailer, one guy gets vaporized, and Lee pace runs over and catches the weapon the guy was holding and keeps firing it. It’s total Road Runner business. Revolting. Yes I said it.
  • Red Letter Media released the single best review of Covenant ever. And I say that, after recording thirteen hours of Coveant reviewage (rhymes with sewage) for Robot-Kraken. Best part: 5:30 into this majestic video.
  • Battlecat Mittens.
  • Lung pointed out the new Coco trailer, so I pulled up the Book of Life trailer for comparison. Loved the latter, will love the former. So much win all around. Except death. Death-win!
  • Hannah John-Kamen has been cast in a ‘key role’ in Ant-Man and Wasp. Curious… She’s best known for Killjoys, but she’s been in Game of Toles and Force Awakens… and will be in Ready Player One.
  • There’s ANOTHER Trek something something coming, with a serious pedigree (aka Wrath of Khan/Undiscovered Country) and supposedly NOT a rewrite of the new untitled film script for the Pineverse. I wonder if they are plotting out series’ or films set at different points in the timeline? Seems like it would be monumentally confusing to many viewers. I mean, Force Awakens vs. Rogue One was hard enough for mainstream fans to process. Anyway, courtesy of this technicolor yawn of a web page, which makes my eyes burn even as it is often right.
  • Jennifer Connelly is on board (see what I did) the Snowpiercer TV adaptation. Quite a catch for AMC, but while the film was a refreshing surprise in its quality (I haven’t seen the original) yet ANOTHER property makes me return to the basic question os who would build a ‘global’ train track and perpetual train during an ice apocalypse. It’s very Playstation.
  • Thandie Newton just described Han Solo as a ‘dope-a-franchise’ … I love her HARD.

 

And with that, I leave you to tend to your furious mustache…

ITS A ROBOT BUT ALSO A KRAKEN – Robots Root 29 Mar 2017

Welcome to today’s edition of Robot’s Root, where we touch on some current scuttlebutt that we probably won’t hit on much in the podcast itself…

GUISE! A U GUISE! THIS IS RELAVENT.

 

Meanwhile, in space, these may be happening right now:

 

– Adi Shankar is rumored to be in consideration for the director’s chair for the Big Venom Film That Will Save Sony Srsly – though I have some doubts. He is a producer, but hey, he made a Venom fan film or something, so. Anyway, there’s that. I bring it up mostly because it dovetails nicely with odd news items coming out last night, mostly on Twitter, that Sony expects to pull Spidey out of the MCU after the Homecoming sequel, having been fatted up on the back of the Marvel juggernaut (well not the Juggernaut, can’t play with that toy just yet) and now able to stand on his own… which would suggest they still don’t understand why marvel films work and Sony films struggle. It’s not the characters. Link and Link

 

– Pixar have inexplicably named the Wreck-It Ralph sequel: Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Because Wrecks the Internet, while making more sense in this context, isn’t as much a direct nod to the terrible memery we’ve lived through. I do like that they made a symbol suggesting an update to a mobile app , with the red circle. But it should have just been the number two and SCENE. Meh!

 

– I know a few player haters who would dig on this Method Man voice pack for COD. I mean, I don’t play enough to have or use such a thing but hey, step by step…

 

– Look, I can’t say that I’m particularly optimistic about Valerian. But here’s the new trailerIt looks like what George Lucas THOUGHT he was accomplishing with the prequels. But it also looks like what Luc Besson thought he was doing with Fifth Element. Le sigh

 

– Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has joined the Punisher series. That’s only interesting, I guess, if you either liked her from Law and Order or Abyss or shudder Robin Hood, or if you are amused everytime two L&O actors join future projects together, as I am (D’Onofrio…)

 

– Paul Greengrass will apparently direct Ness, an adaptation of the true crime graphic novel Torso, one of Brian Michael Bendis’ early works, notable not only for the genre fusion (talky noir) but for him doing the art as well…

 

– Claus-Marc Hahn built a massive animated version of  the Red Keep using Lego and Mindstorms. See this is what I’ve always said about this awesome intro: they should have made it practical FX FFS.

 

– I was looking forward to less derivative material in The Last Jedi… I can accept Force Awakens as a homage or a ring or a retread, depending on your POV, but Rogue One showed that they can use McQuarrie as a springboard and design vehicles that look ‘Star Wars’ ish without just directly cloning and tweaking the previous stuffs. Not that I don’t love AT-ATs, especially Rogue One’s cargo variants… but here, supposedly for SWVIII they just doubled them in size and gave them klugey heads. We’ll see if this is legit. Pray not.

 

Finally… WOCHOWT!

Birthday Buggas and Other Things – 27 October 2016

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Because, you know, I have nothing else to do, I decided to start doing Copic-based Birthday Buggas for friends who have birthdays upcoming. This was done for talented artist Mel Milton, a swell guy. You can see his stuff here.

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ITEM: Here’s a nice concise history of Halloween has changed as a cultural holiday in the US. I love all that stuff from the teens and twenties and thirties and such. Back when the scarecrows were human corpses half the time, I figure.
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EDIT: That one time Stephen King wrote a children’s book… sort of…
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ITEM: Every time Shane Black talks about Predator, I get more and more optimistic.
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ITEM: This excellent Oily Moss poster design was unused because they didn’t have the license to use the billing block under the title, which is the compositional core of this layout. What a shame. It’s so good.
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ITEM: A brief history of all the Knight Rider reboots you never watched.
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ITEM: Surprising precisely no one, Mexico City is moving forward with a Day of the Dead parade since it looked so awesome in Spectre. Granted, calling for a parade and actually getting something like what we saw in the film are two different things…
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ITEM: Great news in concept: Titanfall II will decidedly NOT require a Season Pass or additional paid downloaded content after you buy the main game, which is satisfying to players like me who find those offensive moves by the game developers. I’m really looking forward to this, now that it will have a single player mode AND be available on the PS4…
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ITEM: Bryan Fuller has agreed to step back from ST: Discovery, instead putting together a dream team of his previous collaborators to help manage the day to day production of the series. This was driven apparently by his schedule burden rather than general displeasure by the studio, though they aren’t pleased that the main character has not yet been cast…
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Meanwhile, Variety has some interesting ideas about either Adam Scott or Kelsey Grammar…
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ITEM: JJ Abrams and co have confirmed that his upcoming, and well cast, God Particle, is connected to the Cloverfield universe. I like this. A LOT.
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Speaking of Cloverfield, I just noticed something:

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ITEM: Bad news: Toy Story 4 is delayed a year. Good news: Incredibles 2 has been brought earlier a year. So yay for that! I love the Fantastic Four…
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ITEM: The more I see of Old Man Logan, the more I like it. He looks awesome all haggard and bearded and scarred and rad. More than his usual look. For me, anyway.
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And thus, it’s THIS kind of day. I’m fine with it.


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Potato Cross-Promotions and other things 16 Feb 2016

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Here’s some great viral marketing…In other news:

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1. Surprising precisely zero people, first out of the gate, not one day after the holiday weekend and Deadpool’s record-busting haul, Wolverine 3 is now carrying an R-Rating as a goal. Because of course it is. At least it wasn’t TMNT 2.
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/6 … g#/slide/1

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2. Disney/Pixar’s legendary Dan Gerson passed away from brain cancer at age 49 last week. Sad event, and the ripple effect on these future films will be felt.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/rip-daniel-gerso … 1757784831

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3. Unapologetically adore this piece from Dan Luvisi. I’m in that irrational camp of people who choose to believe Boba Fett was a bad ass and DID NOT GO DOWN LIKE THAT.
http://geektyrant.com/news/boba-fett-ba … nluvisiart

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4. Idris Elba’s Bastille Day (delayed due to the Paris setting for obvious reasons) looks like a pretty average Bourne clone. HOWEVER. All spy thrillers are Bourne clones now, even Bond… so you say where I’m going with that statement. PLEASE.
http://geektyrant.com/news/bastille-day … esponsible

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5. Mike Winkelmann’s recent interview led me to his own page, where I lost track of time, and space, and timespace… it’s a great note, where they ask about his floating imagery… something I love in his work as well. He also notes daily projects, which i also think is critical, though sometimes challenging to be consistent.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/mike-winkelmann- … 1757532682

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6. This one’s for Lung: Aphonopelma johnnycashi
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/new_ … is_named_a

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7. GOD DAMN IOT. I need to buy ANOTHER BB-8?!?
http://toyland.gizmodo.com/the-best-bb- … 1758410074

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8. Here’s a new Lego set that sort of caught my eye: a Hoth vignette kit. Vignettes are actually pretty good for younger builders with shorter attention spans, though less fun for adults. I really like the white protocol droid.
http://lego.gizmodo.com/lego-star-wars- … 1758925938

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9. Anyway, if that’s not your bag, you could always apply to join the mothership:
http://www.simplemost.com/heres-newest- … -builders/

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10. There’s no here here, but I’m just stoked that filming has commenced, and that Johnson is behind the camera. Cameras. Something.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-episod … 1759177183

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11. I couldn’t resist, and watched the teaser for the GoT upcoming season. They certainly make a point of putting SOON TO BE REINCARNATED Jon Snow in the death ledger. Then again, great conceit putting everyone else in there too…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-new-trailer- … 1759120482

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12. Daniel Craig leaving Bond is not a new rumor, but it is heating up again after being dormant the last several months (after his interview comments)… he’s signed on to lead a scripted, unsold TV series called Purity. So, that could be a thing. Probably more about schedule and attempting to force the studio into giving him a break between Bond films, as they were talking about hammering through to the next one while he was still in shape and hadn’t punched anyone in craft services yet.
http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/daniel- … -tv-series

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13. Welp, here’s your full Pee Wee trailer…
http://peewee.com/2016/02/16/the-full-l … y-is-here/


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