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The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

What’s a TORTOISE?! – 160524

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Voight-Kampff Atari 2600 module WINS THE INTERNETS
http://chrisroberson.tumblr.com/post/14 … ou-helping

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ALL OF THIS:

“Short story, the scientist create robots new edition by oscillator from himself. Mental peace is named robots this one had everything exactly like humans, except they don’t have emotions. Just and idea system decision as cause and effect. But one day The system in your mental peace born and result in conflict. It’s starting to have thoughts and feelings, as humans, it’s starting to feel in love with my boss and wants to take you along with the ideas to destroy the whole world to ashes.”

https://www.facebook.com/sinolstudios/v … 042936463/

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Thorough article about Geoff Johns’ ascension to co-lead the new DCCU, filled with optimisms.

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Go ahead and mark all of September as BUSY
http://mondotees.com/blogs/news/1268872 … ok-release

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Apparently, as the coral reefs collapse and the oceans boil, cephalopods are replicating like crazy, signaling the rise of a Lovecraftian Era. Or, it could be the general awesome of the Robot-Kraken Podcast!
http://gizmodo.com/swarms-of-octopus-ar … 1777790453

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New Preacher poster prints for every episode? Cool concept!
http://g1988.tumblr.com/post/1447865766 … rship-with

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“Don’t be so dramatic, Frank. It’s a COMEDY!”
http://geektyrant.com/news/seth-rogen-i … ew-tv-spot

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Netflix paid an obscene amount of money for the exclusive streaming rights to the Disney catalog. As someone who is a fan of, and supporter of, Netflix, which is the best of all possible paywall streaming scenarios, I think this is a good thing.
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/23/11745 … -september

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Yoshitoshi vs. Civil War!
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/05/16/c … ior-style/

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Thomas Lucas’ short ‘Death in Space’ is officially my favorite piece of animation ever. EVER.
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/hilarious-sho … 1776592395

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Finally, I know I’m something of an apologist about SNL. I hang on for the 12:55am sketch (PST)… where the real lunacy might happen. This sketch, The Potato Chip, I remember just being floored by. It’s not a laugh out loud sketch for me, as many become. It was more like watching a surreal Coen Brothers scene. It was so specifically crafted and 100% committed to, just loved it. Anyway, here’s an oral history of the sketch…
http://uproxx.com/tv/snl-potato-chip/3/


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Preacher makes me Sweat – 23 May 2016

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I’m stoked: I looked at it thrice before realizing the hero image isa NEW Steve Dillon piece representing the cast as opposed to the original comic looks and characters. RAD.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-preacher-tv- … 1777433915

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The new Star Trek trailer gives me some optimisms. It gives Lung whatever’s the opposite of optimisms. I don’t like seeing all the things in a trailer, rather than in the film, though.
http://www.startrekmovie.com/?gclid=CKG … fgod47kOCw

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I’m sure all of you have your own 1:1 scale foam facehuggers already, but for those that don’t, for some insane reason:
http://likecool.com/A_FullSize_Foam_Rep … -Gear.html

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JoBlo reports rumors that, among the other things we’ve heard recently about the Spidey film, that the Tinkerer will be the one to build Vulture’s crap out of recovered Chitauri gear, and that Stark will be giving Spidey more upgrades including nonsensical web armpit wings a la classic Ditko. That makes no sense. But I like them, so.
http://geektyrant.com/news/spider-man-h … d-villains

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Here, Mashable attempts to explain the ‘timey-wimey’ timeline screwyness leading into X-Men Apocatole. I have to say, this was a helpful video for me. Still confusing. But good effort.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvhHI38QzLM

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Finally, this report suggests that the Harley spin-off may actually be something more of a Birds of Prey or female-themed group dynamic film. Huh.
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Harley-Q … 31197.html


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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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