Archive for the ‘tiki’ Category
Filed Under batman, island adventure, robinson crusoe, tiki
By Frank Godwin. Which reminds me that I need to catch up on the new Crusoe show on TiVo and report on it. I really enjoyed the awesome, pirates- and treehouse-filled island-adventure in the pilot.
Cameron Crowe’s Tropical Romantic Comedy
Cameron Crowe will start production next year on a romantic adventure-comedy starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon and set in Hawaii. According to /Film, the plot features a native Hawaiian council, Hawaiian gods, and a volcano-sacrifice.
I’m gonna have to see a trailer on that one. The awesome-sounding elements are pretty much neck-and-neck with the questionable ones.
Writer Kevin Church is teasing a new comic that looks very island-adventurey. Looking forward to learning more about that one.
As promised: Tiki Batman
By Anthony Carpenter.
Filed Under barbarella, green hornet, indiana jones, mystery, red sonja, space opera, tiki
Aliens in Indiana Jones?
I know a lot of people were bugged by the scifi element in Crystal Skull, but they’re forgetting that there’s a precedence for it. As far back as Raiders there’s evidence that our ancient civilizations had contact with life – droid life, anyway – from the stars.
“Indy! No hitting!”
I still have a lot of Indy links to post. Like this one about how the Indiana Jones stunt show at Disneyland will no longer feature Dr. Jones’ directly hitting anyone. One of the senior show directors said that even though there haven’t been a lot of complaints, there “will be more pushes and shoves than direct hits.” Crowds don’t seem to like it when he punches Irina Spalko. Stupid crowds.
Re-reading the article, I notice that it says three punches are being removed, but it doesn’t say how many punches Indy used to throw. So I suppose he could’ve thrown about 20, leaving 17 of them intact. I wouldn’t bet money on it though.
Incidentally, I got to be in the Indy stunt show at Disney World last time I was there. I’ll have to scan some pictures from that.
Waiting for Dr. Jones
And speaking Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure, this guy’s taken tons of pictures of the queue. Disney sure knows how to make waiting in line fun.
Want to throw an Indiana Jones-themed shindig? Here’s how.
Indiana Jones makes bath time better
Red Sonja casting
Apparently Rose McGowan is your new Red Sonja. This is older news and there was a minor hitch in it thanks to a tabloid’s reporting that Rose and Red Sonja producer Robert Rodriguez had broken up. Rose has denied that rumor though and will be at San Diego Comic-Con with Rodriguez to promote the movie, so it sounds like she’s still in. (For Barbarella, too.)
And in other Unlikely Casting news…
Here’s Seth Rogen to defend why he’s playing the Green Hornet.
For years we’d really been trying to write a movie that was kind of about a hero
and his sidekick. When we heard the Green Hornet movie was up for grabs, we
thought that could be the perfect way to do this story, because he is the only
hero whose sidekick is more known than he is.
More about space opera
Related to Monday’s post about the relevance of space opera, Barnes & Noble ran a nice overview of the genre. Paul DiFilippo looks at it’s history and talks about not only the successes, but what hasn’t worked and why. Interesting stuff.
Tiki Joe Mysteries
I’m all for more murder and mayhem in the Pacific islands. Even if it doesn’t include a hot detective or the walking dead.
Filed Under atomic robo, dinosaurs, frankenstein, giant monsters, godzilla, indiana jones, lone ranger, nazis, neozoic, pulp, robots, scifi, star wars, superheroes, tiki, vikings, x-files
Something’s been bugging me since I turned over the Awesome List to Newsarama and that’s that I know some of you reading this are interested in those news bits but aren’t going to start reading the whole Newsarama blog for them. So rather than just drop the feature here completely, I think I’m going to start doing a recap, not only of the Newsarama Awesome List, but any other items from that blog that especially catch my attention. You’ll be getting the items a day later than Newsarama readers will, but you’ll be getting them.
For the sake of completeness I’m going to go back to when I stopped doing the feature here, so some of this will be old news until I get caught up.
Pulp-inspired DC superhero covers
Space Devil and Frankenstein
Star Wars mash-up toys; vikings vs. Nazis vs. dinosaurs
Jonah Hex joins the JLA?
Red 5’s Afterburn heads to Hollywood. It’s a cool comic – at least as far as I can tell so far – but the real exciting part about this news is that it makes an Atomic Robo movie that much more possible.
X-Files 2 has a poster.
American Godzilla ‘94: The Webcomic.
Madagascar 2; why the Bionic Woman remake failed.
New Lone Ranger movie
Indy TV ad, Tikiware, John Hughes, Paleo-Future, and Calling All Robots
Red 5 Comics in June, Fantasy Classics (featuring Frankenstein), and some nonsense about Mr. T.
That catches us up through the end of March.
Filed Under halloween, scarecrows, tiki, writing is hard
Doing a little housecleaning on my links folder.
Thanks to Jess Hickman for directing me to this cool statue by Chris Sanders.
A buddy of mine has started a free, monthly, arts + entertainment magazine called Paperthin. It’s mainly focused on Knoxville, Tennessee, but there’s lots of good stuff in there no matter where you live.
I’m such a sucker for stories about scarecrows. Especially when the scarecrows have pumpkins for heads. Especially especially when small town folk let one loose every Halloween and try to kill it before it can make it to the local church.
The Newsarama Blog that I contribute to made it onto Publishers Weekly’s 100 Favorite Blogs list. I’m going to pretend they were talking about me when they mentioned “insightful creator interviews.”
The knowledge that I’ll occasionally read posts like this one is why I read Neil Gaiman’s blog every day.
Dave’s Long Box gives the comic book equivalent to The 100-Page Rule: The Flip Test. It’s excellent and I’ll be using it from now on, both in my purchasing decisions and in my writing.
Filed Under ian fleming, jasper fforde, jesse james, machine gun kelly, tiki, wonder woman
Dust to Dust-Related
Yesterday I liked to some speculation that Brad Pitt’s Jesse James movie may have some problems. Today I have a link with a more positive outlook (you have to scroll down a bit), even predicting a Best Picture Oscar win. Which makes me think that the real problem is that some folks are hoping for Young Guns when the movie is probably more Legends of the Fall.
Not to leave “Machine Gun” Kelly out of things, today is the anniversary of both his birth (in 1895) and his death (in 1954). Happy Birthday, George. RIP.
I’ve been thinking about how I eventually want to decorate my office. Disney and More has the answer: tiki-fy it!
My buddy Joe forwarded to me a newsletter from Jasper Fforde, an author I’d never heard of, but really want to check out now. The “Thursday Next” series sounds bizarre and funny with titles like The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, and the latest one: First Among Sequels . According to the newsletter, “The latest Next adventure takes place fourteen years after Something Rotten ends, with Thursday running disbanded SpecOps divisions from behind the front of Swindon’s Acme Carpets. Not only can you have Dickens, Werewolf and mammoth problems expertly dealt with, but you can also buy an exceptional woolen carpet at a discount price which includes underlay and fitting.”
With so many books going on my To Read list, it’s nice to be able to take one off every now and then. In Secret Service connects “mysteries concerning the abdication of King Edward VIII, WWII and the death of Princess Diana” all by way of a secret letter written by Ian Fleming. Sounds good, right? According to Bookgasm, not so much: “Though not incompetent, (author Mitch) Silver’s novel is an all-too-fractured mess and a jumble of ideas, with an action heroine as unappealing as she is unlikely.” How disappointing.
I’ve been debating whether or not to review the latest issue of Wonder Woman (#10), but now I don’t have to. Mad Thinker Scott’s done it for me: “And the worst was that in the middle of a life-and-death fight, WW spots a billboard with the slogan ‘Live life!’ She thinks to herself how insipid the phrase is, but then apparently adopts it as her mission statement and has (a) transformative moment.”