Monday, October 26, 2009

Bond Will Be Back in 2011

I am one of the only people I know that liked Quantum of Solace more than Casino Royal. Many wonder what the next installment will be like for Daniel Craig. Is he going all out now his Bond origins story is finished (that's what the two films really are- one continuous story...), or will he have the lag that Brosnon had midway through his Bond term?

Craig said they start rolling film on the next one towards the end of next year.


Daniel Craig has just put the Bond 23 timeline into perspective, stating that production is set to kick off in the second half of 2010.

Daniel Craig is James Bond

Daniel Craig

The comment was made by Craig after a performance of his Broadway play A Steady Rain alongside Hugh Jackman. While signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, one female member in the crowd asked when the next James Bond film was coming out—to which Craig replied ‘Uh, we start the end of the next year, so…’

To view the brief Craig comment, visit this YouTube link (and scroll forward almost one minute in).

CommanderBond.net readers will recall thatproducer Michael G. Wilson had stated that work had begun on Bond 23earlier this year, although he failed to divulge any specifics. With Craig’s latest comment now, it seems fairly certain that we’ll be back to a three-year wait between Bond films.

As always, keep turning to the CommanderBond.net main page for the most up-to-date Bond coverage on the net.


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Stephen King to Write Comics

There have been quite a bit of King's words translated to comics lately- Dark Tower and the Stand. These were written for comics by other writers and they were books first. American Vampire will be a whole new story created by Scott Snyder and King with co-write the first five issues with him.

Doctor Who Anime

Found this clip on Youtube...










This is a labor of love from an artist who goes by Paul "MightyOtaking" Johnson (here is his DeviantArt gallery). Seems like he favors the machine aspects of the mythology and represents them perfectly.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mad Max 4 to include Charlize Theron?

All over the internets, today, we're hearing that Charlize Theron may be cast as the leading female role in the fourth Mad Max film from E! Online. It seems number 4 will not be a reboot, but more of a sequel. None of this is clear, but it is interesting and its nice to see some momentum behind the project.

Charlize Theron: Mad Maxine?

Mel Gibson, Mad Max, Charlize TheronMad Max Films; Columbia Pictures

Charlize Theron is ready to go beyond Thunderdome. Mel Gibson, not so much.

Multiple sources tell E! News that the Oscar-winning babe is director George Miller's pick to play the lead female role in the upcoming, Mel-less Mad Max 4.

When he announced that he would begin work on the sequel back in 2007, Miller admitted Gibson was too old for the antihero role of "Mad" Max Rockatansky, and said, "I don't think he would be interested in being involved at all."

Instead, Miller is looking at little-known Brit Tom Hardy, whose credits include Black Hawk Down andBand of Brothers, to play opposite Theron.

However, the Mad Max revamp is a long way from fruition, and Miller is being very secretive about the roles and plot. Actors auditioning for the film have only been given a letter for their character's name. The studio has yet to sign off on Miller's choices, and no formal offers have been made.

A leather-clad Charlize kicking butt in the Outback? You'd think that's a no-brainer.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Carl Sagan and Autotuning = WIN

These videos popped up on our Safe House forum and have been haunting me since. There are many levels of greatness to these videos. First they're very well made. The music is fantastic. The editing is incredible. The message that is said is the best part, however. These videos are truly inspiring. Enjoy.




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"He is returning, he is coming back..."

Some very exciting news for the new Sarah Jane Adventures...

"He is returning" - HUGE SPOILERS from The Sarah Jane Adventures

Cameron K McEwan


"He is returning, he is coming back"

Do NOT read on if you don't want your enjoyment of this week's story from The Sarah Jane Adventures spoiled in any way.

Published on Oct 19, 2009

Ok, we're not giving any plot points away but we are about to divulge in some facts from the upcoming (not to mention excellent) two-parterThe Mad Woman In The Attic (part one review will be posted on Thursday) that will make some Doctor Who fans (if not all) gasp, drool and then gasp again. And perhaps an "awwww" thrown in for good measure.

During part two of The Mad Woman In The Attic, we get treated to a flashback featuring....

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

... the Third and Fourth Doctors as played by Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker respectively. The clips shown include The Time Warrior, Planet Of The Spiders, The Hand Of Fearand The Five Doctors. Not only that but we glimpse Sarah Jane's future too with the ominous phrase, "He is returning, he is coming back" and a clip of the TARDIS materialising in the Bannerman Road attic. Towards the end of the episode there's another flash forward (not the 'Next Time' I hasten to add) where we witness The Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant.

Not enough nostalgia for you? Well, that little robot mutt K9 is back too - this time for good (so they say). And looks like Mr Smith is none too pleased...

Full reviews wil be coming up on Den Of Geek starting Thursday.


How To Make D&D EVEN MORE Like a Video Game

Roleplaying games have tough competition these days with video games, MMORPGs, etc. Technology has improved RPGs a great deal, too. People are able to connect from all over to discuss or even play RPGs, it's never been easier to have your ideas published for your favorite game with PDFs popularity ever increasing. Communities and forums with countless ways to help the hobby. Technology has done so much to help DMs and Players, alike.

But, back to the video game rivalry. When a tabletop RPG runs like and feels like a game you'd play online, does this hurt the hobby? How about the actual tabletop? Can it go too far?

D&D + Microsoft Surface = Unheard-of Levels of Radness

This may be why Microsoft Surface exists:


Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough from Visual Story TAs on Vimeo.



Surfacescapes is a proof-of-concept project using the Microsoft Surface Table to play interactive role-playing games, in this case geek favorite Dungeons and Dragons. Players attach physical pieces to the virtual space, which includes all the cool drag and zoom interactions of other Surface apps. Calculations are automated and battles are animated with creatures intelligent enough to detect where the players are situated on the map when they move.

The project is the work of a team of designers from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, they only have a basic Game Master tool set programmed, but the researchers are working to enhance the player experience.

The ETC is a world-class research lab dealing with everything from massive multi-player online games to wearable computing to entertainment robotics. All students are required to take a course in improvisational acting to help prepare them to solve problems with and through storytelling. The ETC was also home to Randy Pausch (of Last Lecture fame) until his death in 2008.

I wonder if Surfacescapes will evolve to capture more of the D&D culture, including when to order the pizza. The virtual dice rolling, however, definitely has to go.

Thanks to @dizzyjosh (via @MituK) for the tip.
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Seems like you might as well just play the video game version. It is very cool, though.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are


Not a kids movie. It was remarkable how realistic each of the wild thing's personalities were. I know many people like that. Most of them were very unlikable. The point being that they're immature and very self absorbed [like Max was before he ran away from home]. The punchline of the movie was Max saying something along the lines of "I wish you all had a mom...". Another line spoken by one of the creatures also drove the point home, "Families are hard" or something like that. His realization that the way these creatures were acting- selfish and childish and needy, this was how he was acting with his family. I really liked how Max never seemed entirely safe with this lot. He is a very clever character. He saves himself right away by taking control of the group, perhaps seeing their need for a leader or parent and filling that role. His lack of experience and his own immaturity fails him in the role and he realizes his own need or desire for it. I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would.

Doctor Who Roleplaying Game

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series and in the last few years has had a wondrous resurgence that I whole-heartedly jumped on board. With most successful sci-fi franchises, a role-playing game is inevitable. Cubicle 7 has been working on this project for some time and they're about to release three products: The Doctor Who core RPG box set, a Gamemaster screen, and a bestiary book of sorts.
Here's more info:

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and SpaceRetail Price: $59.95

Size: Boxed Game, 144pp Gamemaster’s Guide, 86pp Player’s Guide, 30pp Adventures Book, 4pp Quick Start Guide, Pre-generated Character Sheets, Blank Character Sheets, Gadget sheets, Story Point Tokens and Dice.

Interior Art: Full colour

Author: David F. Chapman et al.
Stock Code: CB71100
ISBN: 978-1-907204-11-1

Imagine you could go anywhere. This world or countless others, encountering strange alien races, new cultures or hostile environments. Now imagine you could travel to any time. See the pyramids and the Sphinx (back when she had a nose!), discover who (or what) really built Stonehenge, meet the first Emperor of Japan, or travel into the far future as humanity spreads to the stars. Where would you go?

With Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, the power is in your hands! You can go anywhere or anywhen in the universe. It’s not going to be easy. It’ll probably be dangerous. The universe is a hostile place, full of Daleks, Slitheen, Krillitane, Sontarans, Plasmavores, Cybermen, Sycorax, Judoon and worse. There will be fear, heartbreak and excitement, but above all, it’ll be the trip of a lifetime.

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space is a roleplaying game set in the universe of the world’s longest running science fiction show on TV – the BBC’s Doctor Who. Published in a boxed format, the core set includes:

• Player’s Guide
• Gamemaster’s Guide
• Adventure Book
• Quick Start Guide
• Character sheets, including pre-generated characters for the series cast
• Tokens and Dice

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space has been written to appeal to both the experienced and first time gamer.

Doctor Who: Gamemaster’s ScreenRetail Price: $14.99
Size: 4 panel screen
Interior Art: Colour
Author: David F. Chapman and Dominic McDowall-Thomas
Stock Code: CB71101
ISBN: 978-1-907204-13-5

Packed with all the information a Gamemaster needs for easy reference during a session of Doctor Who, this 'deluxe' thick screen will last for years of Adventures in Time and Space.
Aliens and Creatures
Retail Price: $39.99Size: Boxed set, 180pp
Interior Art: Full colour
Author: David F. Chapman et al
Stock Code: CB71102
ISBN: 978-1-907204-30-2

In the vast expanse of space wait creatures beyond the imagination. Mutants housed in impenetrable armour, vast criminal families that disguise themselves in the skins of their victims, and thousands of cloned soldiers ready to conquer and crush.

But it's not all evil and danger out there. The songs of the peaceful enslaved echo through time, while others try to protect the weaker species in the endless night of space.

Aliens and Creatures is an expansion set for the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space roleplaying game. Within this box you will find:

• 148 page rulebook detailing many of the creatures faced in the Doctor's latest adventures including the Cult of Skaro, Davros, the Weeping Angels and the Hath, as well as additional rules for creating your own creatures both as enemies or as playable characters
• 32 page Adventure book, featuring a whole new ready-to-play adventure and many ideas for additional stories
• Additional Story Point Counters
• Alien Record Cards for easy reference

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MillenniuM Movie

Nearly a decade after one of the best television series (in my opinion) was on the air, they're talking about bringing it back on the silver screen. Lance Henriksen may return as Frank Black, but the project may not include Chris Carter, the creator of the show.

Millennium Returns, With Lance — But Without Chris Carter

Hold on to your 90s conspiracy theories: Millenium is getting a movie, and Lance Henriksen will be returning as his character Frank Black. But here's the rub — show creatorChris Carter is persona non grata on set.

Screen Rant is reporting/speculating that Fox will only distribute the film but not produce it, which means they don't have to use show creator Carter and can maintain the rights to the franchise. The supposed director? Brett A. Hart, who has one movie under his belt on imdb, Bone Dry.

Hart even told Screen Rant that he'd do the whole thing for free:

As a tremendous admirer of "The Millennium Series" I'm of course very intrigued by the recent rumors that there may indeed be a full length feature on the horizon. If any one can get "Millennium" made its Lance and it's been a long time coming. It's time to give the fans what they've been patiently waiting to see… More insight into the aberrant world of Frank Black… while further elevating and merging storylines, characterization and visuals… and finally closure for one of the finest series ever created. Let's hope as the title sequence suggests "The Time is near"… and As I've already publicly stated… my passion and conviction for the series is so deep that I'd direct "Millennium - The Movie" for free just to see it on the big screen.

I may not have enjoyed Chris Carter's last X-Files movie, but I certainly respect the creator's vision and tremendous body of work. No offense to Hart, but let's not just throw this film away before it even has a chance, some people liked Millennium. Plus if you're going to make money off of Carter's creation, you gotta pay the piper. But of course this is all mere speculation at this point.







MillenniuM will always be one of my favorite shows. One reason was the cast. The talent on that show was so natural and real, mainly Lance Henriksen. It is just a thrill to watch him act. Another aspect was it is still the only show that I've seen deal with spiritual warfare in a respectable and realistic way. Such a great show. But would a return be quality? Not if it was like the recent X-Files attempt.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag


It started off as an April Fools joke, but was so popular that it's now real!

In the sub-zero wasteland of the planet Hoth, only the strong survive... and of course those lucky Jedi protected by the thick skin of a Tauntaun. Now after exhaustive movie viewing research and analysis ThinkGeek Labs has isolated the exact synthetic compounds needed to re-create Tauntaun fur. What have we done with this supreme knowledge? Created a Tauntaun sleeping bag of course.

Invented at ThinkGeek!

This high-quality sleeping bag looks just like a Tauntaun, complete with saddle, internal intestines and plush lightsaber zipper pull. Now when your kids tell you their favorite Star Wars movie is "Attack of the Clones" you can nestle the wee-ones snug in simulated Tauntaun fur while regaling them with the amazing tale of "Empire Strikes Back".

Use the plush lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the belly of a dead Tauntaun and placing Luke inside the stinking (but warm) carcass. If your kids don't change their tune on which Star Wars film is the greatest ever, you can do your best Jar Jar impression until they repent.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bond Leaving MGM?

MGM Studios is out of money. This left two really big projects to possibly die, The Hobbit (two films) and the 007 franchise. It's being reported that the Hobbit films are secured. But where does that leave Bond? Fox?

Who will own James Bond?

Simon Brew


Could the keys to 007 be changing hands, and will James Bond be leaving MGM?

Published on Oct 7, 2009

Earlier in the week, we reported the news that MGM had staved off interest payments on its debt to allow it to stump up its half of the cash to press ahead with production on the two Hobbit movies, that Guillermo del Toro is set to direct. Its involvement in the project had been thrown into some doubt by the revelation that the studio's financiers were not best pleased with the level of debt that it was carrying, and the lack of any imminent incoming new project to help attack it. The lacklustre box office performance of the Fame remake has done little to help matters.

But while The Hobbit - in conjunction with the Warner Bros-owned New Line - is now safely funded, there's the small matter of the 007 franchise, which is arguably MGM's most lucrative. For much of the 90s, the only sniff of a hit that MGM had - outside of Hannibal and the Legally Blonde movies - was the succession of Bond movies that kept making more and more cash than the last. There's an argument that without 007 on board, there wouldn't have been much of an MGM left to even talk about.

Yet could MGM now be forced to sell its prized asset to help keep the boat afloat? Strong rumours at WeAreMovieGeeks suggest that it's doing a deal that would see the marketing and distribution for the next Bond movie, at the least, being handled by 20th Century Fox.

Fox, for the last two Bond films, has handled non-US work on the franchise as well as home DVD and Blu-ray distribution, and this broadening of the deal for at least the next project may just give MGM the breathing room it requires.

MGM will still be involved in the Bond saga, though, given its involvement in the production of the movie. And the next Bond movie is still being lined up for a release in 2011, once more with Daniel Craig on board.

If this turns out to be true, then the official announcement is reportedly due any day now. There certainly seems to be a strong whiff of credence to it all from where we're sitting...



WAMG Exclusive: Fox Acquiring James Bond Distribution

James Bond is finding a new home, and he’ll have Jedi and aliens to welcome him into the fold. For the last few weeks, movie goers have been curious as to what is going to become of some of MGM’s more prominent franchises. Over the last, couple of days, the company has entered into a forbearance agreement. The agreement expires in the middle of December, and, for now, ‘The Hobbit’ is safe and sound where it is. However, the company said nothing of the future of 007 adventures.

Well, fear not you shaken-not-stirred fanatics. A source close to the dealings has let We Are Movie Geeks know that Bond is alive and well, and will be settling into his new domicile for marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox. That’s right, expect the official word to come out any day now, but it looks like ‘Bond 23′ is going to be running behind the Fox banner.

Sony, who acquired MGM in 2004, has run the last, two James Bond films, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ through their own, Sony Pictures distribution and marketing company. Up until these, two films, Fox handled all home video and international marketing for MGM, so the transition to Fox for domestic releases for the Bond franchise from here on out should not be that difficult a move.

There is no word in what state this leaves ‘Bond 23,’ though, with MGM/Sony still backing the production side, this bit of news shouldn’t cause much if any kind of delay. The film is still tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.


Dark Horse Comics Aquire Magnus the Robot Fighter, Turok and More

Fans of Valiant Comics may be excited about Dark Horse securing the rights to publish original stories about Gold Key characters. Jim Shooter will be mainly behind this project similarly to Shooter's Valiant Comics project featuring many of the same characters.


Press Releases

After Much Speculation, Dark Horse Announces the Return of Turok, Doctor Solar, Magnus, and Mighty Samson 8/05/09

DARK HORSE TEAMS WITH COMICS LEGEND, JIM SHOOTER, TO EXPAND GOLD KEY COMICS’ SUPERHEROES

AUGUST 5TH, MIlWAUKIE, OR -- In a packed panel on Saturday morning during Comic Con, Dark Horse president, Mike Richardson called a surprise guest to announce Dark Horse’s plans to develop new comics and graphic novels for the Gold Key Comics’ superheroes. Fans were shocked to see Jim Shooter enter the room; the man recently named the “Steve Jobs of Comics” by Comic Book Bin. http://tinyurl.com/ku9o3w

Shooter is perhaps best known for his nine year tenure at Marvel Comics, beginning in 1982, with highlights including Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run on the Uncanny X-Men, and Frank Miller's run on Daredevil. Also under Shooter's editorial reign, Walt Simonsen revamped The Mighty Thor and made it again a bestseller. Following his successful run at Marvel, Shooter launched the well-received Valiant comics imprint in the early 90s, bringing many of Marvel’s creators with him.

Now, Jim Shooter comes to Dark Horse as head writer for the re-launch of the Gold Key Comics characters: Turok, Son of Stone®, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, Magnus, Robot Fighter, andMighty Samson, with further characters and new comic writers to be announced shortly.

“It's great to be at Dark Horse, working with Mike Richardson, world-class creator, honorable gentleman and industry powerhouse,” said Jim Shooter. “It's great to be reunited with Magnus, Solar, Turok, Samson and the other wonderful Gold Key properties. The opportunity is tremendous and the time is ripe. Let's do it.”

“Jim and I share a great affection for these terrific characters. We have some very exciting ideas on how to introduce them to a whole new generation of fans.” said Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics.

Turok®

An original comic book hero, Turok is best known today for a successful video game franchise boasting more than five million units sold since the first game was introduced in the 1990s. The legend of the brave and ruthless dinosaur-hunter has lived on for more than thirty years in comic book series from Dell Comics, Gold Key Comics and Valiant. Anthologies of the original classic comics are now available from Dark Horse Comics.

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom

Doctor Solar must find a way to become normal again after surviving an explosion that leaves him with the power to control atomic energy. When danger and disaster threaten the innocent, Solar leaps into action as the “Man of the Atom.” One of Gold Key Comics’ most popular titles in the 1960s, the original nuclear-powered superhero reached legendary status by the 1990s in new comics from Valiant. The original classic comics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.

Magnus, Robot Fighter

Haling from the year 4,000 A.D. is the stalwart hero of humanity, Magnus, Robot Fighter. These gripping adventure stories, in which a human who battles evil robots in the sprawling futuristic city of North Am, elevated the comic book medium when they debuted in the 1960s from Gold Key Comics, and captured the imagination of millions in new comics published thirty years later by Valiant. The original science-fiction classics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.

Mighty Samson

A popular Gold Key Comics character from the 1960s and 70s, the post-apocalyptic adventures ofMighty Samson are set in the land of N’Yark, an earth devastated by nuclear war. Amazingly large and strong, Samson uses his mutant strength only for good -- and to protect his friends, Sharmain and Mindor, responsible for saving his life.

Turok, Son of Stone; Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom; Magnus, Robot Fighter and Mighty Samson are part of the Classic Media portfolio of properties. For more information, please go to: www.classicmedia.tv.

About Dark Horse Comics:

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and Serenity. Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.






Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UPDATE: Doctor Who Logo


I think it's a fine logo. The text is great and familiar with previous versions. The Tardis design is different. I'm sure I'll get used to it just fine. Curious as how it will be incorporated into an opening sequence.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Doctor Who Logo

The Doctor gets a new logo. I have always thought that this current logo was rather cheap looking. The old school logos had more character than this one so I think this is great news. Unless this soon to be revealed logo is worse.

Doctor Who has engaged and amazed a global audience for over forty years, constantly raising the bar and regenerating to deliver new and compelling adventures. It's all change again in 2010 with Matt Smith playing the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan onboard as companion Amy Pond and a brilliant, brand new logo!
On one level, the logo is the iconic image that represents Doctor Who. But it's much more than that - it becomes an icon that is recognised from Cardiff to California, an emblem of excitement, humour, scary monsters, brave companions and the Doctor! And so the new logo must be stylish, fresh, distinctive and bold. Must be. And will be. See for yourself when we reveal it exclusively, on this site at 8am on Tuesday, 6th October!
In the meantime, take a look at what the new logo must live up to, with our exclusive video showcasing the current and previous logos. Or step back in time in our gallery that gives you every logo with a little info on each... which was your logo?
Why not share the video and the news about the logo? Simply hit the 'send it to a friend' link (to the lower right of this feature) and send it with a message! And don't forget that you can receive content automatically - including the new logo, as soon as we release it - by subscribing to our RSS feed. Just click on the icon above the 'Related Features' column for more information.

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Here are the previous logos...



I think I like the 4th one the best. However, Sci-Fi channel's Doctor Who logo is very cool.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Get Down

This phenomenon started with a glitch in the 007 game...




which, in turn, spawns this...



People are fascinating.
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