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Wait… Indy’s not real?!
I am shocked! SHOCKED, I tell you!
The Lost Ark Raiders, on the other hand…
Are very real. And German.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part 468
Indy 5 possible
And Lucas is already figuring out ways to make it suck:
I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this, but I have an idea to make Shia the lead character next time and have Harrison come back, like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.
That’s just depressing. George, you do realize you couldn’t call it Indiana Jones and the Whatever, don’t you?
No, you probably don’t.
Hey, you guuuuuuuys!
On a potentially much happier note, The Sesame Workshop is bringing back The Electric Company. I’m not holding my breath that it’ll have those Awesome Spider-Man segments or Easy Reader, but I bet Letterman’s a possibility.
Music to kill spies to
Bitter:Sweet’s first album The Mating Game was really darn good. Especially the title song, which someone should just build a James Bond movie around right now. Their new album Drama is coming out next month and from the tracks I’ve heard, it sounds even better than the first.
I was apparently too stupid the first time around to recognize the genius behind a heroic scuba-diver, a cigar-chomping tuna, and a moon-building Pharoah. Fortunately, opportunity sometimes knocks twice.
Flash Gordon reboot, take two
After the abysmal failure of the SciFi Network’s Flash Gordon series to be cool, it’s nice to hear that we may get to cleanse our palates with a fresh try. I’m guessing we have the upcoming Buck Rogers movie to thank for Hollywood’s interest.
Get it right, guys.
Captain America and Thor movie details (very general spoilers below)
Captain America will be a WWII period piece, though I’m guessing it’ll end with him in modern times (or that’ll happen early in the Avengers movie). Thor will be a fantasy film largely taking place in Asgard. It’s going to be so hard to get the Thor movie right, but I’m rooting for them.
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Josie gets Psyched
Rachel Leigh Cook is going to be on an episode of Psych; playing Shawn’s high school crush. Also, Cybill Shepherd will be playing Shawn’s mom in a couple of episodes.
Even more important to know: the next season kicks off July 18.
Six gets Burned
Man, I’m just full of the puns today, aren’t I? Genuinely sorry.
Anyway, in other awesome USA Network news, Tricia Helfer’s going to be in a few episodes of Burn Notice. Season Two begins on July 10.
Jin gets Strained
Okay, I guess I wasn’t that sorry.
Finding out that Daniel Dae Kim from Lost is in A&E’s Andromeda Strain mini-series on May 26 and 27 makes me sort of want to see it.
Marvel movies and TV
I haven’t talked much about Iron Man, because I really don’t have anything to add to the discussion. I feel just like everyone else who’s seen it: it’s the best superhero movie ever made and it makes me want to read about that Tony Stark in the comics. I’m thinking I’ll probably start with Enter the Mandarin. I hear good things.
Also, that scene after the credits was awesome and it makes me even more excited to see The Incredible Hulk because I have a feeling we’re going to see it repeated there. The weekend Iron Man was released, Marvel announced it’s movie plans for the next couple of years: Iron Man 2 and Thor in 2010, then Captain America and The Avengers in 2011. An Ant-Man movie is also supposed to fit in there somewhere.
I’ve been wondering why Marvel would bother with an Ant-Man movie until I saw this schedule and realized that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor are the original Avengers, with Captain America joining soon afterwards. Except that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor weren’t the entire original team. There was also Ant-Man. (And the Wasp, but she’s Ant-Man’s wife and could possibly appear in the Ant-Man movie, if they plan to use her at all.)
So, I’m speculating that we’ll see a similar post-credits scene in all the upcoming Marvel movies, culminating in an amazing cross-over movie event, The Avengers.
In other Marvel screen news, Marvel recently announced a new cartoon for next year. Marvel Super Hero Squad is a “’super stylized’ animated series geared toward 6- to 8-year-olds.” It’ll be joining Marvel’s current cartoon properties: Spectacular Spider-Man (possibly the greatest super-hero cartoon of all time), Wolverine and the X-Men, and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
Giant, floating, space squid
Undead Backbrain profiles my new favorite giant monster: Dogora.
The Outlander monster
Looks Awesome, doesn’t it? It’s from that Vikings vs. alien vs. giant monster movie Undead Backbrain has been telling us about.
Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods
The ads for Dark Horse’s Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods comic have been frustrating in their lack of information about the story. Here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
Dr. Henry Jones Jr. may be the world’s preeminent archeologist, but that doesn’t mean he’s spent his life in the library! Ready and able to do whatever it takes to preserve the final remnants of history’s most significant happenings, he’ll go head-to-head against Hitler’s elite who want nothing more than to exploit objects of ancient power in pursuit of world dominance!
Be there for the beginning of this roller coaster thrill ride of non-stop excitement as Indiana Jones dons his hat, packs his whip, and undertakes an endeavor more awesome than anything ever!
Indiana Jones sets out on an all-new adventure that will take him around the globe!
I’m not looking for spoilers here, but that’s not at all helpful, right? It’s just a summary of the basic Indiana Jones concept. Like we really need to know what that is. It doesn’t tell you anything about when the adventure takes place or even what “the Tomb of the Gods” is supposed to be. The ads for issues 2 and 3 aren’t any better.
Fortunately, Comic Book Resources has an interview with some extra information. It’s set in between Temple of Doom and Raiders at a time when Indy is transitioning from being all about “fortune and glory” to becoming the “it belongs in a museum” guy. Personally, I’m not sure those two statements show the character growth that Tomb of the Gods writer Rob Williams sees in them, but that’s a subject for a longer post. Williams says that the “fortune and glory” Indy would’ve shot the ark with a bazooka at the end of Raiders and Tomb of the Gods is meant to depict that change. (I agree that Indy has changed by the end of Raiders, but it’s a change we see within Raiders itself, not off-camera sometime after Temple of Doom.)
They’re still not telling what The Tomb of the Gods is, but I can let that go. Even if I don’t agree with him, I appreciate the thought that Williams has put into his story, so I’ll be checking it out when it’s available in collected form.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part whatever
This is another travel package, but unlike Expedia’s that just lets you visit the locations from the various Indy films, Viajes Con Imaginación have a deal that’s part Egyptian travel; part mystery party.
…they not only organize your entire itinerary, but they also plan strange things and make them happen to you. For example: robberies, kidnappings, ghosts coming to haunt you at night…
They also do a Jack the Ripper themed London tour. So very, very cool.
Michael Bay: Crystal Skull is “gonna suck.”
You might be surprised to hear it after reading that headline, but I have new respect for Michael Bay.
Filed Under avengers, captain america, comics, firefly, hulk, mary marvel, scifi, smallville, supergirl, superheroes, writing is hard
- Even though I enjoyed most of this season of Smallville, I was never what you’d call “excited” to watch it. I think I’ve lost interest and am watching it out of a) habit, and b) curiosity to see if they’re even going to try to make it flow into a reasonable representation of the familiar Superman mythos. In other words: I just want it to be over. Adding Supergirl to the cast next season does nothing to change that.
- Crap. I knew it wasn’t going to happen, but I held out hope that somehow Sam Elliott would be invited back to reprise the role of General Thunderbolt Ross in the new Hulk movie. No such luck. Instead, we get… William Hurt? This is the first change from the Ang Lee film that I’m disappointed about. I mean, not just losing Elliott, but William Hurt? He’s going to have to really stretch himself from the sleepy performances I usually see him give.
- Okay, this is hilarious. Kyle Baker’s posted a couple of pages from the last issue of his maniacally fun Plastic Man series for DC. The humor is an obvious parody of the dark, “mature” comics that DC and Marvel have become so fond of, but apparently not everyone got the joke. Just goes to show how uptight some comics fans have become. Still… funny!
- I don’t know anything about the I Know Joe Kimpel blog. Is it written by Joe Kimpel? Or just someone who knows him? I’ve no idea! I don’t even know who Joe Kimpel is. All I know is that someone paints nice pictures of Mary Marvel and Supergirl. I wish he (she?) kept the Black Canary one going though instead of turning her into Batgirl.
- Marvel is developing a Captain America movie that’ll be half modern tale and half period piece.
- They’re also still trying to work out an Avengers film.
- And speaking of Captain America, Bully’s post about about Cap’s playing a very frightening game of Peek-a-Boo has to win like “Post of the Year” or something.
Writing is Hard
- Stephen King’s dusted off an old, previously unpublished novel from his Richard Bachman days. It’s called Blaze. What’s interesting to me is his “Full Disclosure” forward (scroll to the bottom of the Amazon link to read it) that gives insight into what he calls “trunk novels,” which is early work that you were never able to find a publisher for. I hear that most first novels are unpublishable except, as in this instance, when you’ve made a name for yourself and have a following of fans who want to read everything you’ve ever written. That’s not negative commentary about King, whom I love, I just think it’s cool that even he had a trunk full of unpublishable novels. It’s also interesting to hear about how his opinion of that material changed a couple of times.