Archive for March, 2010
‘ER’ & ‘The Wire’ Writer David Mills Dies At The Age Of 48
March 31st, 2010 at 9:41 pm | |
‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ Looks Potentially ‘Amazing’
Sad news coming out of New Orleans today. Screenwriter David Mills has died at the young age of 48 after suffering a brain aneurysm on the set of his latest show.
Mills was on the set of Treme, the new drama set to debut on HBO April 11, when he suddenly collapsed in the middle of a conversation, said a member of the cast.
The talented writer and producer had been part of an impressive amount of different shows over the years. He started in the world of journalism, writing for the Washington Post before jumping over to the world of screenwriting. His earlier works involved story editing for the show Picket Fences, but it was not long after that he found himself in the big leagues as a writer. Mills started off writing 9 episodes of the popular cop drama NYPD Blue. After that, he moved on to write 3 episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and 4 episodes of the medical hit ER. [...]
March 31st, 2010 at 6:44 pm | |
Comic Review: The Incredibles #7
I’m always curious about Spider-Man video game releases because there have been amazing games and there have been not so amazing games. The latest is Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which will see Spider-Man jumping into four separate Marvel universes! The explanation for the reality rift revolves around a mysterious artifact called the Tablet of Order and Chaos which gets shattered into four pieces, creating problems with reality.
The different realities have me really intrigued, never before in a Spider-Man title have we seen multiple realities of Spider-Man actually affect the gameplay and the story-line. Previously in Spider-Man games you would have alternate Spidey costumes but they were just skins that didn’t change how your character played.
So far 2 of the 4 realities/dimensions have been revealed, Noir and Amazing, which are from the Marvel Comics series’ of the same names [...]
March 31st, 2010 at 12:36 pm | |
The Incredibles #7
Written by Mark Waid, Landry Walker
Art & Covers by Ramanda Kamarga
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Troy Peteri
Release date: March 24, 2010
The Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies ever made. Naturally being about super heroes, this is definitely the one movie that was ripe for a comic book interpretation. When I first read Mark Waid‘s original interpretation I was extremely upset that it was only four issues. Well BOOM! Kids has since decided to make an ongoing series of The Incredibles and I couldn’t be happier with Mark Waid and Landry Walker‘s writing on the series thus far.
As the story continues in The Incredibles #7 we get a conclusion to the story of Mesmerella and Dash being grounded and powerless. This story was particularly interesting because it takes Dash completely out of his element and has him trying to figure out how to be a hero even without his powers. It is a testament to the writing team’s character development and growth, and is a good sign for issues to come. This is especially important when you have young characters like Dash and Violet in a story [...]
Watch Now: ‘Rift’ – A Short Film With An Eerily Timely Sci-Fi Theme
March 31st, 2010 at 10:23 am | |
New Images From ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
The Large Hadron Collider is a machine that essentially smashes subatomic particles together so scientists can study the outcome. The 15-year-old project has a total cost of $10 billion and has been plagued with problems that have prevented it from operating as intended.
As of March 30, 2010, scientists working on the project had something to rejoice about as the machine was able to make subatomic particles collide head-on at energies far greater than have ever been achieved before.
And rejoice they did, very excitedly and in a few different languages as anyone who was watching the live stream provided by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN.
Personally I understood about 15 percent of what was being said during this stream, but that’s probably a generous overstatement on my part. Still, there are others who would either be bored to tears with the thought of watching it or (if forced to watch) comprehend even less than I [...]
March 31st, 2010 at 8:42 am | |
Blu-ray Review: Toy Story 2
Last week, the poster was revealed for Twilight Saga: Eclipse, along with a sneak peek video of the upcoming Twilight sequel [see New Poster For ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ + Video Sneak Peek].
Now with the film only three months away, Summit Entertainment has released three new images from the film, which is the follow-up to last year’s Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Check out the images here below.
The first image is of the infamous human-supernatural love triangle of human Bella (Kristen Stewart) with the two guys she loves, werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) [they even appear to be in a triangle formation!]; next is Bella and Jacob having a moment together; and last is a shot of the Cullen vampire clan, minus Edward and Emmett, ready for action.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be in theaters on June 30, 2010 [...]
March 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm | |
Toy Story 2
Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Directed by John Lasseter
Starring Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Toy Story 2 had a lot to live up to. The original Toy Story was an instant hit both critically and commercially. It’s success started PIxar down the path of awesomeness that would eventually lead to nine other formidable films that I still cherish. So the question is, how would they follow up such a massive hit? With more of the same, as it turns out.
Where the first film focused on Buzz Lightyear more and was really his story, the sequel gives a similar treatment for our favorite cowboy, Woody. Woody’s friend and owner Andy heads off to cowboy camp leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al’s Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody. At Al’s apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called Woody’s Roundup, and he meets the other prized toys from that show, Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys from Andy’s room — Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm — spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody before Andy returns [...]
Come Again? Fox To Make Movie With The E*Trade Talking Babies
March 30th, 2010 at 8:02 pm | |
According to Pajiba, the fine folks at 20th Century Fox are not just looking to make massive sequels to movies like Independence Day, they also want to make completely random movies about popular TV commercial characters. The studio is apparently putting together a new flick about none other than those wacky E*Trade talking babies everyone seems to love oh, so very much.
This is the worst time of the year because some folks just love making up weird stuff near April Fool’s Day to gain lots and lots of attention for themselves. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be one of those situations. This is a real idea, and it’s apparently actually happening.
According to the reports, the movie would be about a group of these talking babies on a massive mission to get to the other side of the local playground. Hmmp.
It wasn’t that long ago that Geico’s Cavemen were the rock stars; everyone loved them and they eventually even got themselves a TV show. Remember that? Yeah, we still to this DAY have to deal with Cavemen commercials, and they ran their course about 26 years ago. [...]
Rumor For Your Thoughts: Will Smith To Return For Two-Part ‘Independence Day 2′?
March 30th, 2010 at 6:49 pm | |
Comic Review: Caped
News that Will Smith was choosing between a family flick no one knows much about and returning for Men in Black III is still warm, but some pretty large-scale rumors are already materializing for the actor’s future.
It’s beginning to look more and more likely that not one, but possibly two sequels to Smith’s alien apocalypse movie Independence Day could be well on the way. This isn’t the first time rumors of these sequels have been heard, but the big elephant in the room was in fact paying the pile of money required to lure Smith back….something Fox was not willing (or perhaps able) to do.
Now comes word via IESB, who has a major scoop from a trusted source, that Mr. Will Smith is now actually locked in for both of these sequels. The news hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but everything seems to make enough sense for this to be happening now. [...]
March 30th, 2010 at 5:57 pm | |
Created by Darin Moiselle & Josh Lobis
BY Josh Lobis, Darin Moiselle, Yair Herrera, Sebastian Piriz, Saumin Patel
Release date: September 16, 2009
After a night of protecting the city from villains, when does a superhero find the time and energy to get his suit cleaned or polish up the super-mobile? Not every hero has a butler ready to pick up the drying cleaning — who are these unsung heroes that help keep these super men and women organized? That is the question that must have spawned the comic book series Caped, created by Darin Moiselle and Josh Lobis.
In this comic book series, mild mannered Jimmy Lohman just wants to be a reporter in Capital City. He tries to get his foot in the door by volunteering to be the assistant for the curmudgeonly writer of Action News, Grant Godfried. But Jimmy finds out that investigative journalism is just Grant’s day job — at night, he is The Edge, a superhero who dresses all in black and has blades attached to various parts of his uniform. But Jimmy is not there to be The Edge’s boy wonder; Godfried needs someone to help keep him organized, fill out expense reports, gas up the The Edge’s vehicles, and keep his personal life and super-life in order [...]
Bed Time Story? Orson Welles Wants To Read You ‘Moby Dick’
March 30th, 2010 at 2:56 pm | |
For those who are unaware, the late, great Orson Welles did a lot of voice work over his career. From his unforgettable radio performance of War of the Worlds, to his work as a narrator (like this promotional video for shooting movies in my home state of New Hampshire; music by Tangerine Dream?), or even in animated movies, such as 1986′s The Transformers: The Movie, where he voiced Unicron. There is no doubt that he had one of the best voices we’ve ever heard.
For those of you who loved and miss this voice, here’s an old gem of a video of Orson reading Herman Melville‘s literary classic, Moby Dick. This may sound like a boring video to some of you, but if you’re not familiar with Welles’ brilliant and booming voice, you’ll be quick to discover that this is just flat-out awesome.
Now, this is not the first time Welles was involved with the classic white whale. He played multiple roles, including Captain Ahab and Father Mapple in a 1955 TV special; then again as Mapple in a 1956 movie. He was even used as Captain Ahab, Starbuck, and Ishmael in a 1971 short film that was never completed and ultimately edited together in 1999.
Grab your harpoon and row yourself on over to the other side to watch a bit of Orson Welles reading Moby Dick. [...]
First Look At ‘Battlefield: Bad Company 2′ VIP Map Pack 2
March 30th, 2010 at 10:27 am | |
‘Firefly: Still Flying’ On The Way With New Stories, Images & Artwork
Listen up Battlefield fans!
The second map pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is available to download for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC right now!
The map pack is available with the VIP code which is included in every new copy of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Players that do not have a code can purchase one via the in-game store ($15), PC players will get the content as a game update.
It’s worth noting that the map pack doesn’t actually include any maps. Instead, it unlocks the Conquest Mode in Arica Harbor and Rush Mode in Laguna Presa. Hard to complain since it’s essentially new gameplay for free (unless you aren’t a VIP, of course).
The DLC was released today.
Wanna see the new maps in action? Check out the trailer below [...]
March 30th, 2010 at 7:14 am | |
‘The Boondock Saints’ Continues In Comic Book Miniseries
A brand new book is being released by Titan Books, and it will be called Firefly: Still Flying.
That’s right, yet another way for the Browncoats of the world to continue their love affair with one of the best science fiction shows we’ve ever had the good fortune of meeting, Firefly.
This new book will offer many new and unseen images and pieces of artwork from the show, and it will include reflections from the cast on their experiences on Firefly and a dedication to we the fans. But the real selling point is the inclusion of four new short stories, written by the hands of some of Firefly‘s wonderful writing staff.
New stories will include “What Holds Us Down” by the always-brilliant Jane Espenson, “Crystal” by Brett Matthews, “Take The Sky” by Jose Molina, and even an illustrated story by Ben Edland called “Fun With Dick And Jayne” to enjoy. [...]
March 29th, 2010 at 10:31 pm | |
Comic Review: Joe the Barbarian #3
Are you a fan of comics? Do you like The Boondock Saints?
If so then here’s some cool news for all of you fanatics out there just like me.
It has recently come to my attention that 12 Gauge Comics will be releasing a two-part miniseries called Boondock Saints: In Nomini Patris, which will serve as an bonus content from the second movie The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day.
This miniseries will delve us further into the McManus brothers’ past and we’ll learn more about their father Il Duce. A sneak preview is coming to stores this May with the series launching this Summer.
Troy Duffy, who wrote and directed both of these awesome movies, will be co-writing the comic books along with writer J.B. Love, with art by Guus Floor. Love told Newsarama that there will be “a few scenes that you’ll remember from ‘All Saints Day’, but most of the content is new and fills in the blanks in the flashback sequences.” [...]
March 29th, 2010 at 9:48 pm | |
Joe the Barbarian #3
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Sean Murphy
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Todd Klein
Release date: March, 17 2010
I picked up the first two issues of Joe the Barbarian mostly because of writer Grant Morrison‘s name on the cover, because anything he writes is at least worth checking out. What I found after reading those first two issues was that I should have paid more attention to the other name on the cover, artist Sean Murphy.
The first two issues have been feasts for the eyes, but the story of a boy venturing to a fantasy land populated by his toys has left me fairly cold. With this Issue #3, Morrison steps back on the crazy amount of info thrown at the reader, and it results in the best issue of the series so far. There were a lot of names and places tossed out to the reader without any context to place them in, so we were left with a story I’ve seen before. This issue focuses on a few characters, explains more of what is going on, and made me appreciate the first two issues more. It’s something that you have to deal with in a lot of projects that Morrison works on. A lot of times, he will flood the first few issues of a story with info that is important later, but you have to wait for that point where everything becomes clear. I finally get what this series is about, and I’m now very excited to see where it goes [...]
Legendary Pictures To Take Another Stab At American ‘Godzilla’
March 29th, 2010 at 6:20 pm | |
We all know the story: Godzilla is one of the icons of monster movie history, and his many Japanese films are still popular to this very day. Our own silly Hollywood attempted to make a new re-imagined version of the giant lizard-beast back in 1998, and as you might be aware, it is still to this day the victim of many, many jokes.
To wash the slate clean and try and prove it can be done, Legendary Pictures has announced that they have partnered up with Japan’s Toho Company to produce another American Godzilla film. This comes as no major shock; back in August, Bloody-Disgusting had heard whispers of this very news being in the beginning stages of becoming a reality. Now we have confirmation, and Legendary hopes to find a director and get moving on the project relatively soon with plans for a release in 2012 currently set.
Rampage your way on over to the other side to read the press release from Legendary Pictures. [...]