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They’ll Use Your Bones for Tools – 31 October 2018

In honor of Halloween, here’s a link to the original War of the Worlds broadcast, not to be confused with the two later rebroadcasts within the next 15 years, or any War of the Worlds film or TV projects since. Though, because I am a defender of the movie, I’m using a Tom Cruise War of the Worlds header image because damn, they looked rad. And sounded radder. The rising of the inexplicably buried walker out of a New Jersey intersection is still one of my favorite filmed sequences in the modern era.

 

Meanwhile, within your treat pail, find these thus:

  • In a somewhat surprise reveal, the Game of Thrones prequel will include and likely feature Naomi Watts. Nice catch!
  • In an optimistic bit of rumor, apparently maybe supposedly Marvel is cooking up a Falcon/Bucky miniseries for the streaming service. That’s a hot one. Their dynamic in Winter Soldier was excellent. Now, allow me to opine: I may be just pushing my own wish fulfillment here, but I suspect Bucky will take the Cap mantle, and this show might be used to bridge or flesh out that transition. Meanwhile, Vision might have a major role in the Scarlett Witch series. I mean, he SHOULD. And meanwhile meanwhile, the rumored Hawkeye project might be a series and include Clint training Kate Bishop. If it followed the story beats and tonal style of the early comic issues, that would lead to one very welcome thing: live action PLESS PLESS!
  • In Mediocre Cosplay News, here’s more pics of the awkward Doom Patrol people with the awkward Titans people. How bad does this project need to be when the promo material is this amateur? I’m weirded out. And, related: here’s Henry Cavill’s costume/makeup tests for Witcher, in which he looks like he wore the black Superman suit we never got to see, but added a Halloween Store wig, and then tried to use the SMOLDER ability from Jumanji.
  • I can’t recall any project like this before: the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 is to include not ONLY that surreal Princess Bride intro, but a sizable amount of different footage and story beats. It’s like multiversal and stuff.
  • I enjoyed reading this fan theory about Nick Fury knowing the future and setting things up based on Dr. Strange going back in time and warning him, though reading this rambling treatise (sort of an Emporer’s Shanghai Noodles of MCU theories) it’s easy to see how if they weren’t VERY careful we’d have another well-fucked time paradox problem.
  • I keep forgetting to post this youtube video on building Daredevil’s billyclubs… I think Lung found it initially… the thing is, it reminds me that on the show I feel like it’s always been standalone clubs, not connected by wire? Am I misremembering? Because I LOVE when they are connected. Though not when Jimmy Palmiotti draws it and the wire is 333′ of silly string. Editorial over.

 

Finally, I leave you with this: Bram Stoker’s original defacement of his library source material when writing Dracula. How awesome.

Tears of a Robot-Kraken – Robots Root 21 September

So, the makeup test for Phoenix’s Joker is drawing from¬†Pagliacci, not entirely unexpectedly. However, I’m still pretty disappointed. You have two major iconic looks to navigate that came before: the classic Joker look, and the smeared, hot mess Heath Ledger look. My hope was that he would start with this incredibly well meaning, intricate, finely done makeup, playing up his delusions of grandeur, and then as things go south, he never reapplies it so it gets messier and messier as he is deconstructed and descends into madness. Like, mime-level neatness in the makeup. The classic contemporary pagliacci look is what he’s sort of doing here, with the one tear (the crying clown, etc etc) but I would have preferred the much more vintage look, thus:

Anyway, onward with the stuff:

  • The TNG cast sounds disgruntled, and why wouldn’t they be, really.
  • One of the things I like most about Michael B. Jordan being cast as John Clark in this latest round of Clancy films is that it’s just one more pin to deflate the knee-jerk racist and ‘continuity purist’ arguments against casting people of color in roles that were originally written as white characters.
  • I thought i’d be annoyed by all the Catholic iconography in the new Daredevil series, but the fact that they’re going dark and corrupted makes for great imagery. Bloody christ poses and graves and such. Black costume! Run from the light!
  • All-female Marvel supers stuff: great! For TV: not so great.
  • We talk about this on a recent podcast session for the October release, but the fact that Danny Boyle walked from Bond 25 but they hired Cary¬†Fukunaga to replace him is kind of a head-scratcher, as the latter has as much of a reputation for ditching projects as the former. However, I’m on record as being much more interested, given how much I loved True Detective S01.
  • That Disney would start reining in the SW franchise isn’t surprising, after Solo. But it’s also disappointing. I argue the problem isn’t too much of the Star War, but rather not enough focus on what makes a good Star War. My favorite of the lot is Rogue One, and many hated it. There’s no pleasing everyone. I also liked Solo fine. But anyway.
  • The only thing better than a cephalopod is a grab-assy one.
  • No interest in Titans, but it’s good to see they aren’t planning on dancing around the existence of Batman.
  • Feige taking over the FF and X-Men franchises is not surprising, and I like it. Scarlet Witch and Loki solo TV series? With the film casting? I’m incredulous on that story.

That’s all for today… if you haven’t already, check out our most recent episode of Robot-Kraken, and try not to get yourself deported or entangled in the South China Sea. Cheers!

More Witch Required and other things – 28 June 2016

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This Scarlet Witch concept art really hammers home how much I wish she had worn a headdress piece. In fact, I was holding out, throughout Civil Tole, for the proper comic one to appear, and it never did. WORST MOVIE EVER. Might as well have been BVS at that point.
http://geektyrant.com/news/scarlet-witc … -civil-war

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This piece of concept art for Justice League is making the rounds… but not all is what it seems. I think, since we just had that big journalists set visit hullaballoo, people are getting swept up in all the descriptions of things and think this sort of graphic is new. It isn’t. This was released as part of the BVS Ultimate Toleyou Edition, and it’s a snapshot in time of ideas for the film design work. See above, Scarlet Witch… sometimes they make it more or less through to production. Most times, not. I consider this good spin on it, because these costumes bore me. Thanks for loaning Flash your weird electric-weight-loss hip belt thing and thanks Batman for tearing off a Kevlar armor codpiece component and shoving it onto Flash’s sternum. Thanks, Cyborg, for choosing your design in the middle of a Matrix marathon… guh…
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/6 … t-revealed?

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In similar but different news, this set photo of WW in her cape thrills me. Do you KNOW how many TRDL characters have wing, feather or flower petal motifs in their capes? DO YOU?

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I have been strip mining nighthawk’s twitter feed of all the ulitmate edition goodies. I’m looking forward to seeing the film again, especially in this version, for science. it is my duty, on behalf of @robotkraken.

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I don’t even, on this Transformers: Combiner Wars series coming out.
1. It’s done in some sort of hybrid between South Park and animated comics animation.
2. It’s adult and dark as hell, precisely when they already have a good amount of dark stuff going on in their for-kids lineup.
3. “Myself vs. Megatron!” – one of my biggest pet peeves in grammar. From the Prime himself goddamnIOT.
4. Murder.
http://geektyrant.com/news/optimus-prim … biner-wars

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Benedict Wong confirms that his Wong will not be a servant, thankfully. More of a taskmaster. GOOD.
http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/doct … range-role

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Well, Ansel Elgort has been cast in the in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie. You think people got exercised about about the BVS film in development?! There’s 99 ways of fucking this up, and precisely 1 way of doing it right, and that way is the work of Joel Rosenberg (I’ve said this before, I know) and his Guardians of the Flame series, about some role players sucked into the game, immediately slaughtered, raped, sold into slavery, and then fighting to ultimately end slavery in that world through modern techniques. It was nuts. Loved it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Flame

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Everything I’ve ever argued about how important Dragonslayer was to modern fantasy film and FX. Everything.
https://monsterlegacy.net/2013/04/14/ve … gonslayer/

That’s all for today. Go try not to get semi-randomly selected to be sacrificed to the dragon….


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Decepticon Battles Rule Everything Around Me – 13 April 2016

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Since it’s been awhile since I shared it, and it was so popular in my home last night, here’s another look at the Soundwave breakdancing video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af8s5XIgY_c&sns=em

In OTHER news, far less interesting:

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The black diving iguana on the Galapagos Islands is pretty rad. It wasn’t a new discovery (Darwin despised them, nicely biased) but once someone posted to rediit or wherever that a godzilla baby was nomming on things underwater it took off.
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-an … gos-island

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We’ve seen a lot of cool concept industrial design, since 3D viz tools became so accessible… this Batmobile is no exception. While the numbering is misleading and distracts from seeing the design as a Batmobile and not a race car, it WAS pretty clever as a means of numbering the views. Anyway, I love the red-backed fins and the sweep past the wheels.
http://geektyrant.com/news/badass-futur … ept-design

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David Wenham has been cast as Harold Meachum in Iron Fist, a corporate foe of Rand’s.
http://www.slashfilm.com/iron-fist-davi … d-meachum/

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Lung has already posted separately, savaging the way the new Dr. Strange trailer looks like a ripoff of Inception, though as is often the case, I’m optimistic. I like, in the poster, how you see his eye through his fingers and the way his hands are prominent.

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Meanwhile, Marvel got thirty designers together in one of those Death Star trash compactors, crushing them while they frantically sketched, and then picked the paper out of the gore and taped all the pieces together to come up with this ransom note of a trade dress. Guh.
http://geektyrant.com/news/spider-man-h … r-man-film

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Apparently it has been confirmed at the highly reliable executive level that Ben Affleck is not only co-writing the Batman film but will be directing, as has been long rumored. Take that as you will.
http://geektyrant.com/news/ben-affleck- … atman-film

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I’m not sure why Kinberg and Co. aren’t just admitting Wolverine 3 is the Old Man Logan storyline. It’s in the future… time marches on, Jackman I’m sure isn’t immortal…
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Wolverin … 24307.html

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This slipped under the radar but TRDL fave Franka Potente has joined Tom Hardy’s Taboo series, making it, at last count, 3,376 awesome things about this show still agonizingly like a year away.
http://deadline.com/2016/03/taboo-frank … 201723856/

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I’m a superfan of highly organized, compact live/work spaces, and i’ve always fantasized about a rad VW bus rig… but wow, this concept for a scooter version just blows me away. I’d have all my drawers numbered “3” but otherwise.
http://boingboing.net/2016/03/29/the-bu … ooter.html

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This may be a major spoiler of Rogue One…

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As expected, the new Harley design from SS is yielding some, er, pleasantly convincing cosplay…

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I make improvised LEGO robots from time to time. Photograph them, then surrender them to the kids. Latest evidence:
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Also, since when has Siri been tasting the Lovecraftian ether?

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Finally, I was saving this screencap for my upcoming Civil War review (I mean, presumably upcoming… never know when one’s ticket might be punched) but I just couldn’t wait.

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VISION IN A COMFORTABLE SWEATER. THAT IS ALL.


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Gluten-Free Evil and other things 22 Feb 2016

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I’ve been following my low carb higher protein highest flora diet lately, but I don’t beat people over the head about it. I loved this.In other news…

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1. Marco DelFonso has produced a number of fanarts featuring Deadpool and Harley Quinn, which make sense on a surface level I guess, both of them being goofy, irreverent, bloody anti-hero types in their current incarnations. It got me thinking though: setting aside how Margot Robbie’s version will land in Suicide Squad, imagining a Harley solo film… would Miller’s Deadpool technique work for this character. I’ve never been fond of her cutesy, lovestruck, swooning cartoon Jersey thing, but take that away, and have her unhinged, looney, playful and sadistic… given the right plot circumstance (you know plot, right? Missing from Deadpool but they squeaked by on that film) I think the 4th wall component could really be interesting. 3,333 quips launched like area-affect weapons, not so much. The challenge would be that she’s a female character. I feel like even today, audiences are harder on female solo films regardless of format or context, and I can see a backlash on Harley done this way, even if it had happened before DP.
http://geektyrant.com/news/deadpool-and … o-dalfonso

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2. COSPLAY CHRIS does incredible rebuilds/repaints of figures. Lung turned me onto a few of the videos. This was my favorite. I’m in a FB group about figure customizations (3.5″) and it takes me back to my scratch-building lead miniature figure days…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9z-NOCst-Q

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3. Jeehyung Lee was featured on GT and AT recently, and going through the gallery, I saw a few I thought I’d share.

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Orc trophy something something… just thought her face and the technical detail of her legs and feet were amazing.

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HATE X-23 in Wolverine’s costume, but loved this view of it.

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Not happy about that hand… it’s something I would do and regret later, but great otherwise.

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I’ve drawn three or four big hoods lately, so I was sensitive to how cool this was, cropped short from being a full cape. Also, it was illustration no. 33, so.

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Chun-Li’s face, mostly.

Full gallery here:
https://www.artstation.com/artist/jeehyung

Artstation makes me sweat.

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4. Look, I’m not shy in saying it: I’m not overly into the MCU Scarlet Witch. I’ve liked Olsen in other roles, but I’m not yet warming to her here, and I think this is an example, a rare example, where there’s neither enough of the comic version, nor enough new redesign innovation, to pull me into this version of the character. I don’t think I need the kinky hair and gypsy stuff necessarily, but the design hasn’t felt fully baked yet. These images of her Cap3 costume aren’t yet winning me over. They read to me like those superhero costumes in TV series where they don’t want to fully commit, like what they used to do on shows like Smallville. Anyway, my eye sees a few changes that would make it more palatable. I think my problem here is matching the costume design to the actress for an overall effect. When I drew the AoU version last year, I was not drawing Olsen the actress, and frankly I liked the look of the design more in that instance. Looking at this refined version, I want changes, and maybe I’ll have time to sketch them out.
http://www.empireonline.com/movies/news … rossbones/

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5. There’s a huge event coming in March, rocking the supers adaptation world to the core. I cannot wait!
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/captain_a … as-a131307

Also, Batman V Whomever comes out…

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Speaking of, I haven’t really seen Cavill speaking his native accent since Henry VIII, so it’s kind of refreshing. He’s certainly more charming here than his stern Clark, his solemn eyebrow-cocked Superman, or his douchey Solo from UNCLE. Then again, that’s ACTING FOR YOU! And on the other hand, it’s challenging to a thespian to be told Batman can fly and has heat vision and they’d rather ride in a car than sit on your thigh in a helicopter or whatever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaZhwaddrUM

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6. Interesting factoids about whip spiders: blind, cuddly, and smell like cocoa puffs. Well, not the last part. They smell like pure Lovecraft.
http://gizmodo.com/these-eight-new-whip … 1759727385

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7. Here’s a problem: being I suppose jaded and the project having no contextual clues whatsoever, I can’t tell if they are lampooning themselves or serious. But Natalie Portman wears a garter so thats all that will get posted on Buzzfeed.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010 … r=2&#index

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8. This is 100% bullshit. There’s no engine in that car. That said, I like the CONCEPT of it.
https://www.facebook.com/91500304521969 … 374571661/

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9. Better Names For Animals, 2016 Edition
http://flyonovereq.com/friday-funny-animal-names/
https://www.facebook.com/37913849222931 … =3&theater

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10. Here’s the thing: I never read Old Man Wolverine. Should I?
http://moviepilot.com/posts/3793842?

Now, off to go quietly into that dark night…
[Anyone who sat through more than 22 minutes of Interstellar will understand]


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