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Karl the Butcher – Robots Root 8 April 2018

Mot interesting news of the week for me has been the casting announcement of Karl Urban as Billy the Butcher, in The Boys. Many other casting nods within, as well.

Back for an extremely rare Nipponese Robot-Kraken session!

  • Rian Johnson is saying all the right things, in a way, regarding how to make another trilogy compelling and not saturated. Avoiding: ‘Oh, I loved that thing. Oh, I remember that thing!’ On the other hand, I DO love that thing, and remember it. But either way. The idea of making new stories set in the same environment but not with the ‘Skywalker royalty’ involved is a very good thing in my book. Thats a part of why Rogue One may be my favorite film from the series.
  • There’s a lot of memetic 4th wall business happening over Spielberg possibly saying a future Indiana Jones could be female. Beyond the awkward wrongness of ‘Indiana Joan’ (I think an affect of a badly processed verbal pun) it also reminds me of how badly fetishistic and pervy he and Lucas were about the original casting concepts for Marion. But anyway, I’m down!
  • See you in December.
  • Gary Whitta just ‘spontaneously’ released his active treatment for a Last Starfighter remake. I’m OK with it. Especially if it’s not Louis Gossett Jr. involved, which I could never handle.
  • Interesting treatise on why superheroes always fight their evil mirrors. Surprisingly good.
  • Someday, someone’s going to get Tony Gilroy to open up about what happened on Rogue One, and it’s going to be a hell of an interview. He gives no shits, and pulled off a salvage to make an excellent and refreshing Star Wars film in my book, and it’s reallllly tantalizing, imagining the state the Gareth Edwards version was in when he took over. Said as someone who likes Gareth Edwards, even.
  • Y: The Last Man may ACTUALLY become a show. It’s been a LONG process, to say the least.
  • The source material is a bit preachy for my taste, but the Fahrenheit 451 trailer is looking pretty good. It’s all about the casting.
  • What the shit! Netflix and their very deep pockets appear to be circling Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company.
  • Pedro ‘Can Do No Wrong’ Pascal just landed a mystery role in Wonder Woman 2… color me intrigued… and in Dornish gold.
  • The Fantastic Four are returning to Marvel as a team book… suspiciously timed to renewed harmony with Fox… could a reasonable FF film be far behind?
  • Fair Warning: I didn’t watch the trailer, as I’m on blackout. But the new Westworld stuff apparently looks like something to a lot of people…
  • I have to say, I’m honestly just nauseated by the allegations about John Kricfalcusi. I feel terrible for these women, and it absolutely colors my appreciation of his work.

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…

The State of the State – 13 Nov 2017 From the Future

 

Before we get into that SWEET, SWEET ROOT, a quick update: I’ve been in Indonesia for 10 days, and while the days themselves have been long, I’ve made great progress on my fall TRDL mission: them TRDL Sourcebooks! I’ll be editing Book One on the 30+ hour trip home (that begins in a few hours) along with working on Books Two and Three (of four) but man, progress! Look, above, evidence!

 

Meanwhile, the Root continues…

 

  • There is a lot of Stranger Things fanart out there. I’ve done some! And a lot of Rick and Morty fanart out there. I’ve worked on some! But this cracked me up, mostly because of the Freddy Kreuger ballsack-chin dude, can’t remember his name, done up as the Sheriff. Dying.

Then again, I’m pretty easy to entertain…

  • You have to give Agents of SHIELD some credit: they re-invent the show each season and generally pull it off. Looks like this time it’s going to be Alien by way of Kree. The tropes about the black guy getting killed first, splitting up, etc are in full effect. Pretty funny.  Also, interesting that they’re using a non-Brood Brood, the Marvel rip-off/homage to the xenomorph in the first place, because I believe the Brood falls into Fox’s rights wheelhouse.
  • Despite being overseas, upside-down, and working with, I kid you not, 1-kbps download and less that 1kbps upload most of the time (and thats the heavier duty hotel network) we managed to do some recording for the Robot-Kraken Podcast. You might remember such a thing! We’re getting an episode pulled together that covers September and some of October, and then we’re also cooking up the following one, which will cover through November. So many things being discussed, just wring your hands and IMAGINE how awesome it will be to listen to them.

 

Speaking of awesome, here’s a screencap of my face reflected in the JW Black Bladerunner bottle Blake got me…

 

  • The TL;DR version of the Rian Johnson SW trilogy speculation is, of course: ALL THE EXTENDED UNIVERSE STUFF, plus all the other stuff. Still, fun to contemplate. What do YOU want out of a new trilogy? I know what I don’t want: Skywalkers. Just give me some action on the other side of the galaxy.
  • The Disney/Marvel + Fox discussions are apparently still on, unless they aren’t, but they might be. Surely they are.
  • Now while I admit I haven’t been keeping up with the animated side of the business, how stoked am I that they’ve done a Gotham by Gaslight cartoon? Give me a live action movie now, I says.
  • I think one Lung sent me this after my last post, so: this alphanumeric set based on the the industrial design of each brand is VISIONARY. I was floored by it.
  • In ‘whats in the tin is on the label’ news, read this headline:

    Man fakes his death to help police catch wife in murder-for-hire plot

    And the article, if you want the long version.

  • And in ‘is this REALLY a thing, or just faking being a thing? Or a fake thing?’ news, this.
  • Here’s a neat overview of Mondo designs that were rejected, if you can even imagine such a thing. The whole deal with War for the Planet of the Toles is awesome.
  • The limited edition Lovecraft tiki mug here is to die for. I mean, sort of literally, I guess.
  • Let’s dance around Thor: Ragnaok a bit for a moment. I saw the film, and loved it, which you will see below. But look, Cate Blanchett’s Hela just stole it from a design perspective, in a film already chockablock with great design. And she’s so smoulderingly, saunteringly gorgeous in this. I couldn’t even. BUT NOW YOU CAN, thanks to another Sideshow Collectibles figure that kills it.
  • So, I saw The Thor. We’re recording a thing on it soon, so I’ll hold off on deep-diving on the actual film, but I thought I’d share a bit about how surreal the experience was. I saw it in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is a Muslim country which is very pleasant and features a hub of international business in southeast asia. There are horrible, horrible things on the side of the road. But also, nice folks and such. It’s like any third world country with a slab of international commerce in the middle of it. Anyway, I quite like it. So, on previous trips I never had time to go do anything really, other than job site, client office, hotel, etc. This time, I took a break on Saturday night, and went to see a film. It was at a cinema buried in the core of a megamall, one of these multi-tiered structures that webs between and under multiple office towers. Took about 35 minutes to find the theater, and I had even done my homework. OK, Thor! But in Jakarta!

 

Like most of the world, you step in the cinema and it’s quite familiar. Ticketing, concessions, pre-show something or other, then seats and trailers. In this case, the concessions ran the gamut from little popcorn purses to slabs of roast beast, and the pre-show entertainment was actually a sub-theater/lounge space showing Katy Perry concert footage while people sipped mocktails.

 

This show, not even an IMAX or 3D version, cost roughly $7USD. And, assigned seating. You select it yourself. Thus!

I may not have been in row 3 (because crazy) or 33 (because full; Jakartans seem to need some distance from the hollywood vomiting of technicolor indulgence, even when it is intentional, as with the design work on this film) but…

 

 

Studio 3, cousins…

 

 

 

So it was mostly interesting and slightly distracting to watch with subtitles. I kept wanting to read them, and catch glimpses of interesting Bahasa for stuff like ‘You. Me. The others. We have to get ready.’ “The others, Bruce.’ etc etc but once the actual film started, it almost synced up with the film’s liberal use of alien script and wild Kirbyesque design. It FIT. So anyway, I may have been the loudest LOLer (I was) but it was a super fun time. The woman in the burka in front of me (see the red) didn’t make any noises, but I saw her smile on the way out. That Chris Hemsworth, amirite.

 

OK, heading to board my first leg on the long trip back. Until next time, have fun with your friend from work…

 

 

Dinner is Served and it is Star Wars Forever – Robots Root 11 Nov 2017

This promo art for Deadpool slayed me utterly. I admit I was looking for grenades in the bird, and the perspective is a bit wonky up front, but the whole thing is a magical gem.

Meanwhile, so much Root in so little time!

  • Great news for Bossk lovers like me who have grand fantasies about finding time to play Star Wars: Battlefront II: BOSSK!!!!
  • As we watch Blade Runner fail to make its money back, as it was never expected to do (it is an 11/10 I’m telling you.) consider the previous ‘failure’ in cyberpunk adaptation/continuation: Ghost in the Shell. Mr. Oshii notes once again he approves of Scarjo, and so do I. So there.
  • Nacho Vigalondo is planning to bring Comeback to film, which is super fun and I’m down with it. Time travel rocks, as does running from the bad guys. I’m so envious of the concept for that title.
  • Hey, speaking of Star Wars, you mayyyyyyyyy have heard that Rian Johnson is doing a new trilogy, featuring different characters than the whole Skywalker situation. Just, you know, a little bon mot dropped into an investor update at Disney. I’m stoked! So much room for stories in this universe, and I love his vision, as far as I can tell, anyway. Yes!
  • By the way, you’ll be able to see those new films once they leave the theater, along with the current stuff, one way or another, on a new (and anticipated) Disney streaming service, including a fresh live action Star Wars something something, AND both current Marvel Netflix series AND a fresh one to be announced! Welp, they’ve got MY money.
  • Man, Shape of Water looks bonkers good. Can’t wait!
  • This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about zombies/vampires/whatever trying to exist after the epidemic is cured. I was dancing around a concept for that after seeing Shaun of the Dead… but this short film is wonderful.
  • Universal’s weird Monster Movie shared universe is now officially ‘on hold’… thats kind of a drag, to be honest. I know Universal made WB seem organized in terms of universe planning, but if Tom Cruise can’t keep a franchise, what can you do. I was kind of stoked by that extended cast they so beautifully photographed, as they are wont to do.
  • As if Black Panther didn’t already look amazing, Chadwick Bozeman dropped some anthropological science that made my mind reel. It’s so obvious, after you read it, but damn. So good.
  • Yay! SF in SF! Yay! Not that I’m biased. How could I be? I’m tolly bridge and tunnel now.
  • One Lung sent me this link to wake up to, and it made my very difficult day. I mean, it’s not over. But now I just want to watch this movie.
  • Speaking of the above hero image, this whole thing with Deadpool taking over Good Housekeeping is surreal. It’s not even bad advice.

By now your turkey’s torso should resemble “middle-of-the-movie” Lieutenant Dan,”

Plus He Runs Panther Fast and other things 9 Mar 2016

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Sorry this is so massive, but you need to just soak in the details. By the far the best one in this series of unmasking solemn clips from the Civil War promos. The series makes extra sense when you think of the comics’ theme of identity registration specifically. We’ll see how it plays out on (glorious) film.

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1. Whats the Point Anyway: Supposedly Rian Johnson’s production will be less secretive about filming the next Star Wars film. I’m fine either way. I avoid spoilers if I want to, or I seek them out if I want to. Adulting on the interwebs!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-episod … 1763263079

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2. Arrow Deflectors Maybe: On the heels of that blurb the other day about Bryan Singer supposedly working on an (le sigh) R rated Red Sonja project… I’ve been reading a lot of very early back and forth opining from the fans posting to the web… more boobs, more chainmail bikinis, supermodels! vs. real armor, less sex and more violence! But either side seems to be equally interested in that rating. I came across this sample from Gail Simone’s comics run which I liked a lot. Not sexploitative, still R-ish…

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On the other hand, there’s this… “replica”…
http://geektyrant.com/news/striking-red … ion-figure

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3. What Could Go Wrong Scotty: Great think piece on the metaphysics of the ST transporters, beyond what you usually see on this subject. Loved it.
http://gizmodo.com/the-problem-with-tel … 1763308873

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4. Beware the D-List! Apparently DC’s Powerless sitcom/comedy whatever show will feature many powered lower-tier characters. As this article posits, you have to work hard to out D-List shows like Flash right now, that feature King Shark and Gorilla Grodd. But the first out of the gate is apparently Crimson Frost. I feel like she was seen in JL: Europe or JLI maybe? That’s Bart Sears there, I think. Anyway, I’m all for it, especially if D-List doesn’t mean zero costume budget. That’s a surprisingly good interpretation of her for live action…
No word yet on if Marvel’s version of the similar concept will include powered folks in some capacity.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/our-first-glimps … 1763387302

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5. My Arm Hurts: Oregon Trail for adults, you see…
http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/04/Ore … or-Adults/

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6. Pathos is a Dish Best Served…Thrice: This is the LAST Daredevil anything I’ll watch. I swear it. By Cthulhu. I was weak. I’ve already avoided the Ghostbusters trailer today as well as a few others. But I’m not sure how I’m going to survive avoiding a new Civil War trailer tomorrow. ANYWAY.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-punisher … -2-trailer

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7. Hulk Smash Lots of Smash: According to the Stan Lee site, Hulk will be getting enough solo screen time across Thor 3, Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 to feel like the solo film we aren’t getting. Which is, I don’t know, probably true. But it still doesn’t help that we aren’t getting the film I think Ruffalo would KILL.
http://therealstanlee.com/more-Hulk-please

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8. Bacteria Are Represented by Those Annoying Single Round Clear Legos: Lego Sushi bar, complete with conveyor, news crew, and random rampaging sumo guy because reasons.
http://laughingsquid.com/japanese-lego- … eyor-belt/

Thus, I leave you to the cyberwolves…


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