“It Feels Like Christmas” by The Muppets (and Hogwarts)
Five days till Christmas!
“It Feels Like Christmas” by The Muppets (and Hogwarts)
Five days till Christmas!
None of these are brand new, but here’s some Action Girl stuff that I’m looking forward to.
Lost: Season 5
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Half Blood Prince stills
/Film has nine photos from the next Harry Potter movie. Nothing spoilery; just enough to get you excited about seeing the characters again.
The Good Neighbors
They don’t have an actor yet, but they sure have a cool poster.
The Monday post date on this one is a lie. I actually started it late last week and didn’t wrap it up until Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the extra time I spent on it does not mean a corresponding increase in quality. It just means that I’m getting ready for Chicago and am falling behind.
They’re making an animated movie from Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole series of Young Adult books. I haven’t read the series, but I’m down with a Watership Down/Secret of Nimh-esque fantasy quest movie about talking owls.
No drunken Tony Stark?
This is pretty old, but just in case you missed it: Jon Favreau on why Iron Man 2 probably won’t feature the “Demon in a Bottle” storyline about Tony Stark’s struggle with alcoholism. Hint: it’s Will Smith’s fault.
Three Musketeers prequel
A new movie featuring Athos, Aramis, and Porthos? I’m all for one. (Sorry.)
Stan Winston RIP
See how far behind I am? Stan Winston’s passing deserves its own post, but by now everyone’s already said everything that needs saying about how awesome and influential a designer he was. Robert Hood has my favorite tribute with a huge, excellent gallery of Winston’s work. I’m gonna miss him.
Why Star Trek sucked
Ronald D. Moore has done mostly wonderful things with Battlestar Galactica. It’s hard to believe he was one of the guys under whose watch the Star Trek franchise started sucking so hard. He explains why in this interview, mainly blaming in on an over-abundance of continuity and in the process predicting why he thinks JJ Abrams’ version will rule.
We’ll see. Voyager needn’t have been continuity-laden, but they chose to go that direction and more or less repeat Next Generation. Yes, continuity was undoubtedly a problem, but it was a problem they seemed to bring on themselves. I’m all for starting over; I’m just skeptical about anyone’s being as awesome as this guy.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Construction of the Harry Potter theme park is progressing nicely, including a new, park-exclusive mini-movie written by JK Rowling and starring the film series’ cast.
The Saint Paul library rules
Sorry for the regional news, but if you live in the Twin Cities there are a couple of reasons to visit the Saint Paul Public Library this summer. One is their outdoor film festival featuring movies based on books (including comics) and movies about politics. The other is a continuing discussion of graphic novels by Jewish creators.
A friend emailed to tell me about a couple of fantasy books I need to read. I’ll tell you about the other one later, but the first one is Tigerheart by Peter David. I like David’s comics work pretty well, but I’m not such a huge fan that I pay attention to absolutely everything he does. He’s way too prolific for that anyway. But he’s got a wicked sense of humor that I enjoy and the thought of him writing a Peter Pan sequel is irresistible. Read more about his take on it in this interview.
Devil May Care not so hot
Speaking of pastiches, Double O Section has the only review of the new Bond book that I need to read. It doesn’t make me completely uninterested, but it sure pushes the novel further down my reading list.
Indiana Jones Adventures
This is kind of old news, but Dark Horse Comics is gearing up in May for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with lots of Indiana Jones comics, some of them reprints; some of them new. One of the new ones is the first volume of Indiana Jones Adventures, a cartoony kid-friendly digest-sized comic. And if there’s anything that Marvel Adventures has taught me, it’s that I’m enjoying the kid-friendly comics a lot more than the adult ones lately. I expect this to be twice the fun and excitement that any of the other Indy comics are.
Also coming from Dark Horse in May is a new anthology of prose Hellboy stories: Oddest Jobs.
New Buck Rogers comics
Crap. Dynamite Entertainment has been getting me closer and closer to buying some of their stuff as monthly singles instead of waiting for the trade paperback collections. I think they’ve finally figured out how to push me over the edge.
Battlestar Galactica cast on Letterman
Phone the neighbors and wake the kids. Or at least set the TiVo. Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas and Lucy Lawless will all be on Letterman to do the Top 10 List this Wednesday night, March 19.
Harry Potter 7 (and 8)
X-Files 2 has wrapped
That’s not a typo. It’s an actual spy series from the ’60s that Christopher Mills has the info (and the trailers) on. Looks schnazzy.
Salt Water Taffy
Oni’s got a new comic coming about an “unusual hamlet called Chowder Bay–a small town full of big mysteries, giant adventures, and gargantuan lobsters.” There’s even an old sea dog fighting a giant lobster right on the cover. I’ll be in line right behind Heidi MacDonald for my copy.
DC’s Manhunter returns
I was pretty late coming to the Manhunter party. It took a big Wonder Woman story to get me to even take a look and that was after the series already had gone into hiatus. But I read it, loved it, and now I’m as excited as anyone else that it’s finally coming back. Anyone interested in strong, three-dimensional, female characters should really give this series a look.
Not Awesome: Cliff Chiang leaving Black Canary
In all fairness, I’ve enjoyed Judd Winick’s writing on Green Arrow and Black Canary about 3000 times more than I expected to. So I’ll still be reading the series, even though it makes me very sad that Cliff Chiang will no longer be illustrating it. He’ll still be doing covers, which is nice, but his next series will be something for Vertigo.
Mike Norton is replacing Chiang and from what I’ve seen on his blog, he should do just fine. Still, sad to see Chiang go.
I’m too distracted by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man right now to analyze why, but I’ve always been a big fan of scarecrows. It probably started with Dark Night of the Scarecrow, but I’m still hooked. I’m even tempted to see Jeepers Creepers 2, for crying out loud.
Anyway, Caleb over at Everyday is Like Wednesday totally wrote his blog just for me in the days leading up to Halloween with his Scarecrow Week.
“I am a little worried that people will be angry when they find out it’s not Rowling.”
“That’s not rain, or hail.”
I never was able to get into Strangers in Paradise, but Terry Moore’s become such a legendary figure because of it that I’m really looking forward to getting in on the ground floor of his next big project, Echo.
Even though I’m too much of a nerd to completely ignore JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie, I lost a lot of interest in it once I realized that it would not, in fact, star Young William Shatner as James T. Kirk. Putting Dr. Cameron from House in it though — regardless of whatever her role turns out to be — has me excited to see it again.
Okay. Actually the Karl Urban news a while back did that already, but now I’m really excited.
Hm. Speaking of Urban and Dr. McCoy, Abrams has said that Jennifer Morrison won’t be playing Yeomand Rand, but has Nurse Chapel been cast yet?
And if she is playing Nurse Chapel, is that a demotion?
James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing?
Does anyone have any real information (as opposed to speculation) about what this is? It just screams, “Hoax,” (or maybe, “Fan fiction,” at best) but it’s a really well-designed one if it is.
I don’t talk much about Azrael, but there was a time when he was one of my favorite comics characters. He eventually turned into a directionless mess, but when he started out he had a cool name, an interesting origin with tons of potential, a great supporting cast, and the coolest costume in the history of superheroes.
I hate that his ongoing series was allowed to continue far past the point where Denny O’Neil knew what to do with the character. He should’ve been retired when Denny ran out of ideas, but even though DC rode the Azrael horse until it died, I’ve always believed that the right creators could revive the character and do something really great with him. There’s just too much potential there.
Marc Andreyko started hinting at a possible return in Manhunter and I’m eager to see where that goes when Manhunter finally returns from hiatus. In the meantime though, Comic by Comic notices an Azrael appearance on the cover of an upcoming issue (#8, if my figuring is correct) of Frank Tieri and J. Calafiore’s Gotham Underground. Of course, Spoiler — another dead Batman ally — is on the same cover, so maybe that issue focuses on fallen friends or something. It’s nice to see Az’s face on a comic again anyway.
Realism and Superhero Comics
I’m not a Garth Ennis fan, so I’ve never been tempted by Hitman, but this review (you have to scroll down a ways) made me want to read JLA/Hitman. Mainly the part where Ennis explains why realism and superhero comics don’t mix: “because there are real situations where men have to kill to succeed, and Superman and Batman don’t really have the ‘moral courage’ to get their hands dirty.” It’s an interesting opinion that I don’t disagree with. The Never Kill manifesto is something that needs serious exploration and possible change if superhero comics are to embrace “realism” as part of what they are.
I Love My Dead, Gay Dumbledore
I wish I’d thought of that line from Heathers myself, but I totally stole it from my fellow Newsarama blogger Tom Bondurant who said it when the Newsarama group was discussing this story amongst themselves. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve heard the story by now about J.K. Rowling’s recently outing Dumbledore at Carnegie Hall during her Open Book Tour.
I agree with some of Ian Randal Strock’s thoughts on it in that if fans want to ignore that bit of information, they certainly can since Rowling never made it part of the stories. But I disagree with Strock’s assertion that it just doesn’t matter since it’s not part of “canon.” Fans who want to ignore Dumbledore’s sexuality — as revealed by his creator — will have to make a conscious effort to do so. Whether it’s in the books themselves or not, the fact is now in the public consciousness and Dumbledore is irrefutably gay. Ignoring that fact isn’t so much a valid choice as it is simple denial.
And so, to Strock’s question, “So what?” I say that this is kind of important because there are Harry Potter fans who didn’t think they knew any gay people before this announcement. And now, for the first time in their lives, they realize that someone they really cared about (fictional though he may be) was gay. And it’s going to force them to take a hard, inward look and decide how they’re going to respond to that news.
Neil Gaiman’s Dog Looks Like Krypto
During hunting season anyway.
He’s hurrying to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows just so he can spoil it for you!
Found via the Star Wars blog.
Steve Bissette continues his look at giant monsters.
He also talks about DC’s GIs-versus-dinosaurs comics that are collected in Showcase Presents: The War that Time Forgot. I started reading them myself, but was disappointed that instead of a continuing storyline about soldiers stranded on an island of dinosaurs, most of the stories are self-contained (except for an occasional one that takes two or three issues to complete) and feature new characters in every tale. It’s still a cool idea, but I was hoping to get to know the soldiers better than the format allows.
Forget Transformers. How’sabout a life-sized Gundam giant robot figure?
Blogarama has a preview of Josh Cotter’s giant-robot-featuring contribution to the Indie Spinner Rack anthology. Cotter’s very cool Skyscrapers of the Midwest series frequently features giant robots, so this is no surprise. That doesn’t make it any less welcome though.
Dust to Dust-Related
Looks like I missed TiVoing Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda in Jesse James on Fox Movie Channel this morning, but they’re rerunning it on August 24th. Now if I can just remember…
This is only a rumor as far as I can tell, but everyone else is talking about it so I might as well mention that Knocked Up star Seth Rogen may be writing and starring in a Green Hornet movie.
You’ll have to click on the link to get the full skinny, but the Sci Fi Channel’s got some details about the second season of Jericho. Like how they’re going to squeeze 22 planned episodes into the 7 that CBS ordered and how the plot will be intentionally reminiscent of events in Iraq.
In the comments to my post on Erle Stanley Gardner’s birthday, Rupert from The Book Garden mentions that he’s building a Squidoo list of Perry Mason novels. Quite an undertaking and very useful information considering the huge number of them that Gardner wrote.
Starting tonight, I’m not reading anything online that has either “Harry Potter” or “HP” in the text. Hewlett Packard news will just have to wait until I’m caught up. But before I go dark on the Harry news, I’ve got to share this press release that a friend forwarded to me. It’s from a grief counselor offering “to speak with parents and children, as well as the media, on how to cope with feelings of grief and loss” once the series concludes. “This could have a serious impact on children, millions of whom have grown up reading, watching and profoundly enjoying the characters and storylines of the Harry Potter series.” Maybe I’m a heartless bastard, but really?
This is even more rumor than the Green Hornet story, but the Disney Blog is reporting conversations about Disney’s remaking 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, possibly with “a certain captain from the Pirates franchise” as Nemo. That last bit sounds like wishful thinking more than informed speculation to me, but I don’t have the contacts that the Disney Blog does, so don’t listen to me.
That’s Fit has links to some cool Wonder Woman gear for women. It’s all under item number four in their “five ways to emblazon yourself with a message of strength.”
Ramon Perez (Butternutsquash) has a fantastic post where he’s drawn all the characters from the classic Alpha Flight team. Made me homesick it did.
Writing is Hard
One of the Three Golden Rules of Writing is “show, don’t tell,” but Writer Unboxed read a review of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo that made them wonder how strictly the rule should be followed. After all, “does the description of ‘a little man with no compassion or concern for others’ really hurt him? It helps the reader develop an instantaneous feeling about the character so the story can move forward, after all. Is that always bad? Did (Leven Thumps author Obert) Skye need to develop a sequence showing the character acting like an a-hole?” Good question. I’d be interested in hearing opinions on this one.
Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me
This post on the Simpsons Movie promotional donuts made me very hungry. I gotta find a 7-11.