Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I have no sources to back this up.

I'm in St. Louis, MO this week and poked around for good game/comic shops in the area. My search I came across the Fantasy Shop. I wasn't sure this shop was exactly what I was looking for, but rather something my wife would raise an eyebrow at, but after visiting the webpage I was assured it was, indeed, a geek den.

Very nice store and if I lived in this area, I'd visit often. I didn't find anything unique other than conversation. The guys there were saying that the Sci-fi (Syfy) channel is looking at purchasing the rights to Firefly as Fox is about to lose them. Also, the cast of the crew of the Serenity all are under different contracts that all seem to be expiring about the same time. It seems like the stars are lining up for a great deal of potential for more of the beloved show. Syfy is more than capable of producing quality product as good as the original episodes as per Battlestar Galactica as an example.

Maybe I'm just wishing too hard. Sounds good to me though.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Buck Rogers

Geeks of Doom reporting on Buck Rogers

Paul W.S. Anderson To Direct 3D ‘Buck Rogers’ Movie
Buck Rogers: The Movie

Buck Rogers is an iconic character that has been used in comics, TV shows and pretty much every other form of entertainment since he first originated in the late 1920s.
Deadline Hollywood reports that a brand new movie based on the immortal character called Buck Rogers: The Movie (doubtful this will be the official title) is now in the works, and naturally, it will be released in 3D. The new deal comes with a director as well; Paul W.S. Anderson is set and ready to helm the project, whose rights are currently controlled by Paradox Entertainment.

Anderson has a love/hate relationship with movie fans; his movies aren’t of the highest quality, but many times can be a lot of fun. Titles that he has directed include Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Death Race.
Two of the writers on Iron Man, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, have been brought in to handle the scriptwriting duties here, and no time frame for a release has been set yet.
Paradox Entertainment is also behind the new Conan movie being made, The Expendables, and the hit Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Read their Buck Rogers timeline below!
Buck Rogers The Movie Paradox Entertainment, Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Productions

Buck Rogers spans more than eight decades of American popular culture. He literally introduced the world to outer space as a familiar environment for swashbuckling adventure! Even today, fans of the Buck phenomenon marvel at how the original Buck Rogers stories continue to foreshadow so many of today’s space age technologies. This is how it all started.
1928: In a world without televisions, lasers or rockets, Buck Rogers springs to life as a true fantasy hero in an extraordinary world. He first appeared as Anthony Rogersin the Philip Francis Nowlan’s novella, Armageddon 2419 A.D in the August issue of the pulp magazine, Amazing Stories. Through the years, Buck’s character evolves:
As a U.S. Air Force Pilot, Buck Rogers falls into a state of suspended animation for 500 years after exposure to a strange gas. He awakens in the 25th century to a very different world. He joins forces with new comrades: The beautiful and strong-willed Wilma Deering and the brilliant scientist and inventor Dr. Huer. Together, they combat evil, using an arsenal of fantastic weapons created in Huer’s clandestine laboratory. Their mission: To rid the universe of sinister intergalactic warlords and save humanity.
1929 – The original character catches the attention of John F. Dille, president of the National Newspaper Syndicate of America, who turns it into the comic strip Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”. Published from 1929 to 1967, the comics were published in 400 newspapers throughout the world in 18 languages.
1932 – The Buck Rogers radio program hit the airwaves, airing four times a week for 15 years.
1939: – The film serial Buck Rogers starring Larry “Buster” Crabbe.
1950: – The first television series aired from 1950 to 1951 on ABC.
1979: – Buck Rogers was revived and updated in the form of a theatrically released pilot film and a subsequent television series on NBC starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. Airing from 1979 to 1981, this series remains a cult favorite.
2009: – The legacy of Buck Rogers continues as Paradox Entertainment, Incognito Entertainment and Randall Emmett/George Furla Production sacquire the live action motion picture rights to bring back Buck. Buck Rogers – The Movie is currently in development.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bond 23 to feature Freida Pinto

The first I've heard of the next Bond movie is about the casting for the Bond Girl.

Saturday, March 20 01:00 pm
Freida Pinto is to become the next Bond girl.

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Bond girl Freida Pinto

The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actress has signed a multi-million pound deal to play the suave spy's love interest in the 23rd James Bond movie - which is set in Afghanistan - after being approached by director Sam Mendes.
A source said: "Sam has been talking about Bond for months now and is so excited about it. The project has been in the pipeline for months and Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet. Sam plans to reinvent the genre.
"Peter Morgan, who wrote 'The Queen', has penned the first draft of the script and it promises to be visually stunning."
Freida is currently dating her 'Slumdog Millionaire' co-star Dev Patel and he is thrilled his girlfriend was won such a high-profile role.
The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It will be a typically glamorous and raunchy role and Dev has been joking to friends he is cool with seeing Freida rolling around with 007."
Freida will star alongside Daniel Craig, who will be reprising his role as Bond once more, while US actress Olivia Wilde has been approached to play a double-crossing UN worker based in Afghanistan.
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Mad Max Interceptor & Special Pursuit Nails!

Why am I posting this? I must be waving the geek flag high today. I just thought this girl was quite cool for painting her nails in the Special Pursuit color scheme and then posting it for the world. So I'm giving her props.

4BrookDesign said: 
I watched Mad Max for the first time last weekend and as soon as I saw the Yellow Interceptor Car, I knew I'd be doing a version of that sweet paint job on my nails!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I believe Hayao Miyazaki can do no wrong. If this turns out to be a movie review it will be biased. I find his films overflowing with creativity and emotion perfectly matched with Joe Hisaishi's music and I've never been disappointed with any of the Studio Ghibli productions. So why did I wait so long to see Ponyo? I don't know. But I've seen it now and I loved it.

This is Miyazaki's interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Not a direct version, but a Ghibli take of the tale. Ponyo is a little magical goldfish that stumbles into the human world and wants to live there. She is very young, yet extremely powerful. Her naiveté and her determination prove to be very trecherous for the people who live in the island community where Sosuke meets Ponyo. Like almost all of the Ghibli films, there are no antagonists in the story. There is conflict, but all of it is really people versus Ponyo's inadvertent effect on nature. 

Sukiyaki Western Django

Sukiyaki Western Django was perfectly cheesy and over the top. This is an English language spaghetti western from Japanese film maker, Takashi Miike. Ambiguously not really set in any time making it fully a western with a lot of Japanese influence sprinkled in and a pinch of post-apocalyptic. Quentin Tarantino introduces the film and also plays a cameo later in the story. American audiences may not know who Kaori Momoi, but her career in Japan gives this strange film some weight and she plays her role quite well. The action is great, the humor is good. The cinematography is as a western should be with long wide shots that hold for too long. While I long for it to continue as a series someday, the ending eludes to the film perhaps being an unofficial prequel to Django (the 1966 film by Sergio Corbucci). Not only is the title an obvious reference to the Corbucci film, but there are also many other references in the story and cinematography that suggest Miike looked to Django as a large influence.

I found Sukiaki Western Django to be very creative and entertaining. I'd like to see more from Takashi Miike.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Robot Chicken D&D continued

The Warlord

The Warlord is a comic that I had been curious about for as long as I can remember seeing it on the shelves as a kid and seeing the action figures at our local Ben Franklin's. It wasn't until February 2008 that I really looked under the cover to discover the wonderful world Mike Grell created. Sure, I tried the failed relaunch/re-imaging DC tried to do just before (which was so bad that I don't even have them in my collection any more). For the last two years I've been diligently picking through clearance bins and back issue shelves in search of this treasure that it seems others discard as trash so easily. There are only 31 comics of the 133 issues left to found for the first volume. And now we're 12 issues into Grell's real relaunch of the Warlord story wrapping up the first major story arc. Carefully trying to avoid any spoilers here, it also is a very significant issue taking the series as a whole in a very new direction. I salute Mike Grell for successfully bringing Warlord back with so much care and I am very anxious to see where the it goes from here. It's very good to be a comic geek these days.

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