Sep 30, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #27

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Bet you didn’t know Superman’s super secret origin involved kissing. Wednesday Comics has come to a close. Can you believe 12 weeks went by that fast? I’ve got a full run-down of all 15 stories. Reviews for Superman: Secret Origin #1 and Wednesday Comics #12 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

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Sep 29, 2009

Speaking of New Moon...

...three new movie posters have been released. I'm drooling over each of them for different reasons.

This first one of the Volturi because I love their style and I think Dakota Fanning looks appropriately menacing.

Robert Pattinson looks kind of disproportionate here but everyone else looks great, especially Jasper. I really think they did something to Rob's head here though. In fact, I think they manage to make him look bizarre in just about every promotional item they put together.

And this one of the wolf pack? Do I really need to tell you why I like it? It's totally the cool tattoos. What? You don't believe me? :) Taylor Lautner actually looks like he's about to crack a smile here. It's almost as if he's thinking, "Man, if this doesn't get me laid, I don't know what will!"

If October wasn't my favorite month I'd skip right over it to bring myself closer to November 20th.

Sep 28, 2009

5 Movies I Hate to Love

You know how people have a way of saying they "love to hate" something or other? For instance, I love to hate hipsters. I don't know why, I just get a kick out of it. Well how about when you "hate to love," instead. I know, it sounds horrible. Love is beautiful and amazing! You shouldn't hate to love! Don't worry, once you read this list it'll make perfect sense.

I've been told several times what crappy taste I have in movies. And that's by friends mind you. The again, most of them aren't geeks so you have to factor in that they don't know what's good in the first place. But I understand. Some of the movies I own can be considered...questionable in taste. Can I help it if I have an unhealthy attachment to people with special powers?! No, I cannot and therefore won't apologize for liking these movies. That doesn't mean I'm oblivious to the fact they suck and am deeply embarrassed by it. Here are 5 Movies I Hate to Love.

Disclaimer: I know there are some people out there who legitimately think these movies are great and aren't ashamed to love them. Well bully for you. I am.

5. The mother of all bad Batman adaptations, Batman & Robin sucked me in as an impressionable young teen. I already had mucho love for Batman, not to mention Poison Ivy, so when I found out she was going to be in live action form I was super-psyched. Before it even came out I bought a shirt from the old WB store with Uma Thurman's giant face on it and wore it proudly. I will absolutely admit I liked this movie upon first viewing. Sure, it had campy dialogue and action but being a fan of the 1960s TV series, I didn't think that was weird. Then I watched it a few years later. "There's just something about an anatomically correct rubber suit that puts fire in a girl's lips." Oh god, the nipples. Why? WHY?! Yet still, I couldn't help myself. Try and forget the rest of the movie and watch this scene. Maybe it'll help you see why I still hold on to Batman & Robin. On VHS.

4. It can be argued that a majority of movies made in the 80s were crap, even for those of us who grew up watching them. But that's just the thing, if you grew up with them they'll always have a special place in your heart. I still legitimately love tons of 80s flicks that people make fun of but none of them come close to Teen Witch in the bizarre department. Unpopular Louise Miller wakes up on her 16th birthday to find out she's descended from witches and has inherited magical powers. She ditches her loser friend and makes everyone think she's popular. She even gets the guy, Brad (what else would his name be?), after she reveals the truth. Not too far out there are far as 80s movies go. That is, until you get to the song and dance numbers. Top that. It still makes me cringe. And what was up with her brother? In this scene he's under a spell but he talks like that throughout the entire movie, like he's on major muscle relaxants or something. However, Dick Sargent from Bewitched and the always amazing Zelda Rubenstein (who should have played Umbridge in Harry Potter) keep this one alive for me. Kind of like the hope I would wake up on my 16th birthday with special powers. :(

3. I was already long lost to the world of vampires by the time Queen of the Damned was released back in 2002 but that doesn't excuse my love for this pile of doo doo. I hadn't read Anne Rice's books yet. All I knew of her stories were the Interview with the Vampire film which I thought was great. So here comes this next chapter complete with rock music and Aaliyah, what could go wrong? Um, lots. Aaliyah, god rest her soul, did a decent job acting but I don't know where she took voice lessons from because that accent was bizarre. I have to say, I think I love the visuals in this more than anything in this movie. I'd be in goth heaven in any of the costumes. It wasn't until I read the books later I realized what a horrendous adaptation this was of the source material. Most of what happens in Queen of the Damned the movie, actually takes place in the previous novel, The Vampire Lestat. Regardless of inaccuracies, the worst part of the movie has to be Stuart Townsend's lip-syncing to Korn's Jonathan Davis. No way does that voice come out of that mouth. You'd think they would have picked someone with a less recognizable voice. Thank god he was contractually not allowed to lend his voice to the soundtrack, which is actually pretty damn good.

2. Oh look, another vampire movie. What a surprise! Frankly, Underworld didn't even need Scott Speedman for me to like it. I was all about the Kate Beckinsale. She had me at "Death Deala." This one may seem a little out of place on the list considering it was popular enough to spawn two sequels with a third on the way. Obviously the concept is cool, vampires versus werewolves but...oh who am I kidding, I love pretty much everything about this movie. Liquid sunlight bullets? Genius. Bill Nighy is always outstanding, no matter who he plays and Michael Sheen is delicious here as Lucian. One major downfall of Underworld? The dude who plays Kraven is literally one of the WORST actors ever. For all my talk though, this is the one movie on the list I don't own. I've resisted buying it at least 10 times already but I honestly can't see why.

1. I love Twilight. I mean, I hate Twilight! I mean, I HATE THAT I LOVE Twilight!!! I'm a grown woman damn it! I really should not be reading about teenage vampires and swooning. I blame my obsession for this one on bad timing. I started reading the series when I really needed a distraction in my life and it suited that purpose perfectly. I went to the very first matinee of the movie by myself, sat in the back row and covered my mouth as I couldn't help but smile at the vampire drama. Sure, it had some weird quirks, like the fact that Robert Pattinson's weight differs significantly throughout the film (something that makes him look quite bizarre) and Jasper's constipated face, but I cared not. Bring on the sexual tension and angst. Out of all the movies on the list, I get why people hate on this one the most. I mean, just watch Edward sparkle in the sunlight. To be fair, even some fans of the books hate the movie. I love it and you can be sure I'll be at that first matinee of New Moon holding in my glee. And my hate.

Sep 25, 2009

Zombie Awakening - Interview with Nick Tapalansky

I talk comics, zombies and zombie comics with Awakening author Nick Tapalansky at the Girls Entertainment Network. Plus, Mexican brothels?!

Way back in 1994 The Cranberries posed the question, “What’s in your head?” They were also kind enough to give us the answer: Zombies! Yesterday I brought you the review of Awakening - Volume 1 from Archaia Comics, today I dig deep into the recesses of Tapalansky’s head and find, thankfully, he can still be counted among the living. Alex Eckman-Lawn, his artist? Maybe not so much.

Check out what Tapalansky had to say about the sad state of the zombie world today, Awakening’s time out and what he would do if zombies ever attacked. He’s got the most original answer I’ve ever heard.

Read my interview with the extremely entertaining Mr. Tapalansky at the Girls Entertainment Network.

Sep 24, 2009

Graphic Novel Review - Awakening Vol. 1

Night of the Living Dead? Try surviving YEAR of the Living Dead.

Zombie stories are like dating musicians. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all. Sure, there have been a few deviations from the typical moaning, reanimated corpse. You’ve got your fast zombies, your smart zombies, The Zombies but it takes real ingenuity to breath new life into a worn out genre. Luckily Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn have that in spades and make us look at zombies in a whole new light with Awakening from Archaia Comics.

So what’s so different about the zombies in Awakening? Well, for one, they may not be zombies at all. That’s what ex-detective Derrick Peters intends to find out. Derrick lives in the real world, you know, where zombies don’t actually exist, so he finds it hard to believe when a known eccentric named Cynthia insists that’s what she saw attack a recent murder victim. The fact that she’s blaming her former employer, Cline Pharmaceutical, doesn’t help her case at all. Even before things start to heat up, the government sends Doctor Daniel Howe to investigate the strange attacks in Park Falls, which seem to have no discernible connection or cause. Even with the evidence (and bodies) piling up, everyone is cautious to use the z-word but the frequent attacks are getting hard to ignore. The plot thickens when Derrick’s ex-partner comes back to town. It’s a tough call who you’d rather meet down a dark alley, him or one of the zombies.

Eckman-Lawn’s art is reminiscent of Ben Templesmith at times and in fact, Awakening’s tone and atmosphere are similar to Templesmith and Warren Ellis’ Fell. Something damn strange is going on in Park Falls but Tapalansky keeps you guessing and deciphering the clues along with Derrick. In fact, case files and other paraphernalia added to this hardcover make things even more interesting. The deliberately slow pace didn’t grab me right away but the discovery is half the fun. The other half of course is zombies. One in particular at the end of chapter three got my heart pounding the way only that specific plot device can. You’ll know it when you see it. Eckman-Lawn uses real-world photography as a base for his creative illustrations that certainly bring out the darkness in the characters, all of whom seem to be carrying the weight of their past like an iron trench coat.

I like zombies. I’m not their biggest fan but I can certainly go for a good zombie flick or story once in a while. Mostly, they’re all the same to me so I was relived when I read Awakening. The art is dramatic and the characterization is superb. Forget Zombies for Dummies, this is Zombies for Intellectuals. Tapalansky really makes you think. What if some zombie infection didn’t spread overnight but slowly infiltrated your small town over the course of a year? Would you notice? Would you believe that’s what was actually happening? Barely anyone in Awakening does but the good news is they’ve still got time to find out before it’s too late. Hopefully.

You can also view and discuss this review at the Girls Entertainment Network.

Sep 23, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #26

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

It’s all spiked punch wishes and livestock dreams in the Bat universe this week. Reviews for Batgirl #2 and Batman: Streets of Gotham #4 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

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Sep 22, 2009

I boldly went. And then some.

Doesn't every little girl dream of sitting in Counselor Troi's seat on the bridge of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D ? I'm not like, a nerd or anything for that, am I?

Loyal readers, I apologize. I almost died this weekend, depriving you of years of further enjoyment via my fabulous writing. How did this happen? I almost died from geekasm in the most extreme sense of the word. My brother and I went to Star Trek: The Exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It was, as any Klingon would tell you, glorious.

My oldest brother is one of the reasons I love Star Trek as much as I do so when I first heard about the exhibit I knew that's where I was taking him for his birthday. That was months ago and we were both too busy at the time. Well, September snuck up pretty damn quick and we were lucky to make it there for the very last weekend. Technically speaking, pictures weren't "allowed" so I just snuck a few with my camera phone, hence the low quality.

The main attraction of the entire exhibit were the costumes. They had something from just about every ST series and every movie ever made. Classic KHAAAAAAAN of course above, minus Ricardo Montalbán's classic chest. The strangest costume was William Shatner's original Captain Kirk uniform which looked like it had been shrunk in the wash several times over.

My personal favorite however, were the set pieces. They had the arch and table from Main Engineering and the bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation (my personal favorite series). I had been on a recreation of the Next Gen bridge at the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas many years ago but you were only in the room for about two minutes and you weren't allowed to touch anything. I just about lost it when I entered the bridge and realized I could explore. The screens in the rear had moving computer read-outs on them and everything. My brother and I giggled at the padlock keeping the turbolift doors shut.

And here's what almost killed me. Not only were you allowed to touch the consoles, you could SIT in the bridge chairs. (I covered up my brother in Captain Picards chair because I didn't have a chance to ask him if he wanted to be on my blog.) It's cool to be Captain and all but my heart lies to the left of him in Counselor Deanna Troi's seat. They were ridiculously comfortable and I wouldn't mind having one in my living room. So yeah, we did the whole professional picture thing even though it cost and arm and a leg. It was worth every penny.

Speaking of pennies....Dabo anyone? There were tons of props being displayed as well and they were probably the most peculiar things to see. Most of them looked really cheap and beat up. Seriously, my toy tricorder looks more realistic. Some of the alien heads on display were impressive though. My favorite was, what I thought from a distance was Data's head from "Time's Arrow," but turned to be B-4. Close enough I guess.

All in all, the exhibit wasn't all that large but extremely enjoyable. It ended with costumes from the latest film, which honestly, this was all one big advertisement for anyway. I didn't care. It was a geek's dream come true. There were even a few people who showed up in costume. For anyone wondering, and because you can't really see it in either photo, my shirt says "Nice Tribbles." :)

Sep 21, 2009

Graphic Novel Review: Creepy Archives Vol. 1

Vampire, werewolf, repeat. Who knew horror comics were like washing hair?

What can I say about an anthology consisting of horror comics from the 1960s? Well, my mom once said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Fortunately that sentiment doesn’t apply to us reviewers.

Creepy Archive Volume 1 collects issues 1-5, originally printed between 1964 and 1966. Even though Creepy may look, feel and dare I say, smell, like a comic book, technically speaking, it’s a magazine. Or was a magazine. The original run was printed larger than comics of it’s day to get around that pesky Comic Code Authority. Vampires, witchcraft and pretty much everything else in the book were on their naughty list and the format allowed publisher Jim Warren the creative freedom he so desired. Alas, Creepy does not withstand the test of time for me. With few exceptions the book bored me to tears. I wasn’t kidding when I said vampire, werewolf, repeat. I felt as if I were reading the same stories over and over again. Stories about vampires, werewolves and all manner of corpses lay the foundation for several other varied horror tales all with easily predictable outcomes.

Read the rest of my review at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Sep 17, 2009

Obama-Wan Kenobi

We have like, the coolest President ever.

He's posed like Superman, starred in numerous comic books, now, President Barack Obama shows us he is a true Jedi master. If it were anyone else I'd call foul for them being a giant poser, but it's already been confirmed our President is a giant geek and I love him for it. I'm sure photoshopped pictures are just pouring in from this perfect capture.

Here, President Obama shows off his mad Jedi skillz as he goes for the gut of this Imperial spy. Ok fine, it's actually some dude who'd like to fence in the Olympics. But he's still no match for Master Obama. This was all part of a promotion to get the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago, Illinois (Obama's hometown) as host for the 2016 summer competition. The IOC will be making their decision on October 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

How much you wanna bet he's got his "people" working on a real lightsaber right now?

Sep 16, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #25

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Blue steals the spotlight from Gold and we finally find out why Tim thinks Bruce Wayne is alive. Hint: It’s so easy, a caveman could do it. Reviews for Booster Gold #24 and Red Robin #4 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

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Sep 15, 2009

Graphic Novel Review: Myspace Dark Horse Presents Volume 2

What has a Kane, an Umbrella and a Hammer? Myspace Dark Horse Presents Volume 2!

Do you like comics? Do you like Dark Horse? Do you like…Myspace? Well then, I have just the thing for you! Actually, you don’t really have to like Myspace at all in order to enjoy Myspace Dark Horse Presents Volume 2. It might be a collected anthology of stories that originally appeared on the social networking site but MDHPV2 has something for everyone.

There are over twenty stories in MDHPV2. Some are snippets from preexisting Dark Horse titles like Solomon Kane and Rex Mundi, while others are thrown in for good measure such as “Manga” and the “Nothinest”. Joss Whedon fans will be happy to see the spotlight given to his brother Zack’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog entry all about the immutable Captain Hammer. And believe me, he’s at his most Captain Hammeriest. The Umbrella Academy gets treated to a prequel of sorts from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Set thirteen years ago we get to see the Kraken and Vanya in their early rebellious rock-n-roll stage. So, not much change there really. Speaking of Bá, in “Wonder Twins Activate!” he and brother Fabio Moon star in their own little comic tale giving us a look into their humorously tumultuous work environment.

Continue reading the rest of my review at the Girls Entertainment Network.

Sep 14, 2009

I fooled around with Batman.

It's been well documented. I love Batman. While I'm not the biggest gamer (my XBOX 360 has been gathering dust the last few months) I was giddy with anticipation for Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unless you count the Revenge of Shinobi, I'd never played a Batman game. I'd heard they were pretty terrible though. Well, I guess I was fortunate then that my first experience playing with Batman was about as good as you can get. Heh, heh. I said "playing with Batman."

All fantasies aside, B: AA kicked so much ass it's ridiculous. I mean, just look at that picture above. Don't take my word for it. It's sold over 2 million copies already and has been given a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever." So what exactly is so great about B: AA? Oh, I don't know, just about EVERYTHING. Ok, fine. I'll break it down for you.

The entire game takes place on Arkham Island during a massive luny breakout caused by the Joker. That alone is a recipe for awesome sauce. As someone who doesn't play first or third person shooters usually, I was a little worried I might fail miserably at the game. Fortunately it was easy to pick up and relatively easy to master. While the freeflow combat system is great, I never got the hang of keeping the combos going for long enough to get me the really high scores. It doesn't matter though because I could beat up henchman all day long. I can't tell you how satisfying it was to pummel a group of 20+ goons, not to mention the random raving lunatic that could be taken down with a swift choke slam.

Besides Bruce, I mean, brute force, my favorite aspects of Batman's repertoire are his detective skills and gadgets and you really use them to your advantage in B: AA. A detective mode in Batman's cowl allows you to analyze any situation or environment. With it, you receive the status of individuals within range. Are they deceased, unconcious or scared out of their fucking minds? It also let's you know who they bad guys are and which of them are packing heat. Very handy. Detective mode also helps you find alternative routes of entry and secrets you wouldn't otherwise be able to see. I actually found myself keeping detective mode on the majority of the time so I wouldn't miss things but then I'd feel bad and switch back to see the awesome graphics. Of course those were the times I would actually miss something I was looking for.

Sadly, besides cut-scenes, Batman doesn't get to use the Bat-mobile or any of his other vehicles in-game but he does have access to his classic gadgets and more. His Batarangs and grappling hook are standard but you acquire much more as the game develops. Explosive gel is intended to blow up walls but can also be strategically placed to blow up henchmen as well. Upgrades to your tools, gadgets and fighting technique become available as you gain experience. My favorite has to be the ability to do an "inverted takedown." Hanging from a gargoyle, you grab a thug that was unlucky enough to walk below you and leave him hanging from a rope until he passes out. Not only does he scream in terror, he's a prime example left for the other henchmen - don't fuck with the (babysitter) Batman.

If the entire game consisted of rounding up escaped mental patients and henchmen I probably would have gotten bored after a while. Luckily several classic Batman villains star or at least have cameo appearances. The Joker is primarily a voice from the sky until the very end of the game and contrary to popular belief, you do get to play as him on the XBOX, just not how you'd think. Bane and Killer Croc are obvious powerhouses but it's my girls Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy who stand out, if for nothing else than their attire. I'm in love with Harley's pieced together costume although I'm not too fond of Poison Ivy's look but I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to her. I was slightly disappointed that you don't actually fight Harley herself but her antics and love for the Joker are enough for me.

Fighting Killer Croc was one of the most intense portions of the game. I'm a big wimp so it killed me to have an already heart-pounding boss fight made that much scarier by having to move at a snails pace through it. And by the way, I don't recommend stopping in the middle of said fight because your hands are shaking to pick it up on another day. Trying to pick it up when you're out of practice with the controls is awful.

But nothing, I repeat, nothing was as frightening as the king of fear himself - the Scarecrow. I hadn't read much about the game online before playing it so I was completely taken by surprise when Batman started to show signs of succumbing to the fear toxin. Let me tell you, the mind is a beautiful thing. Once I knew what was going on it was like trying to play on acid. It was really trippy, but extremely well-done. And no, you don't get off that easy. The first time might have scared me shitless, the second almost brought me to tears. The third? Well the third violated Batman in ways I never thought possible.

The thing I loved about B: AA the most was how true to Batman it really was. This wasn't tied into a movie or any particular comic, honestly it was closer to the animated series and you can thank writer Paul Dini for that, so it is easily accessible to even the most casual fan. The trifecta of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin voicing their familiar characters was the icing on the cake. Hearing Conroy say, "I prefer to work alone" and similar Batman-like lines, had be giggling with fanboy joy. The entire cast did an outstanding job though. Fun fact: Steve Blum, the guy who voiced Killer Croc, voiced Jack Shephard in the bizarre Lost video game, Via Domus. Tasia Valenza, who's no stranger to the DC animated universe, voiced Poison Ivy. Actually, a lot of the voice cast has worked with the DC animation team before, not to mention some Marvel video games as well. Now that is a club I'd love to break into.

Speaking of breaking into. Publishers Eidos proved they are just like the Dark Knight himself - prepared for every eventuality. They've inserted a copyright protection in the game that disables Batman's glide function for illegal downloaders. Read one players complaint and a classic response from Eidos on the subject here. Not that I condone illegal downloads but if you were only going to buy one game this year, make it B: AA. It's fucking amazing.

I really only found one fault with Batman: Arkham Asylum and it's that the end of the game was far too easy. I didn't even die once and for a player such as I, that's saying something. But overall the game was certainly challenging, even on easy. Some of the Riddler's challenges had me obsessing for quite a while. To be honest, I still haven't found two of them. The details overall were phenomenal. As the game progresses, Batman begins to show signs of a 5 o'clock shadow! When you visit Clayface, be sure to pay attention when you turn around. Blink and you'll miss his morphing sound as he changes into his next form. And the game was pretty, oh so pretty. And no, I'm not talking about Bruce's rippling muscles and manly stature. At least not entirely.

Sep 9, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #24

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

This week I delve into the many faces of Supergirl. Or lack there of. Reviews for Justice League: Cry for Justice #3 and Supergirl Annual #1 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday! Don’t forget, new books are coming out Thursday this week because of the holiday!!

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Sep 4, 2009

It's Telethon time!

Everyone always asks me what my plans are for Labor Day weekend. And I say, "Same thing I do every year Pinky, the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon."

Here's a picture of me from my very first Telethon appearance back in *cough cough* (yes I've gotten to the age where I cough instead of saying a year). I'm the one in the middle, standing next to Sally Jessy Raphael and John Tesh, proudly displaying my NJ State Poster Child pin. This morning I'll be a guest on my radio station's morning show with Lou and Liz to promote what will be my 19th year appearing on the Telethon. (I'm hoping for my 20th next year I can make it out to the national show with Jerry himself.)You can listen to the morning show online if you aren't in the area. I'll be on at 7AM.

As far as the Telethon itself this year, I'm outrageously excited as usual. I'll be on the local NY portion of the show on Labor Day Monday. From what I know right now I'll definitely be on during the 5:30PM segment but I'm getting to the studio around noon and they might wind up putting me on earlier as well. This year I'll be presenting the NY State Achievement Award (when you watch, pay attention to the guy's name) and also having a chat with my buddy John Shatesky about Facebook and other social networking sites that MDA is now involved with. I'll also talk with John about him and his brother Josh's Rock Against Dystrophy fundraisers.

Of course the main goal this weekend is to raise as much money as possible to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. You can read a little more about what MDA means to me in my post from last year, Why I've never been to Dragon*Con. I know times are tough for everyone but every dollar counts and anything you can give would be great. MDA is also running their special auctions like they did last year to raise money. They've got all kinds of cool stuff you can bid on and all the proceeds go to MDA.

I know a lot of you aren't in the NY area and won't be able to see me on TV but please take a few minutes out of your holiday and find your local broadcast. If you're on Twitter, or even if you're not, you can follow my tweets for updates throughout the day. I'll be sure to alert you when I'm about to go on. I can't get replies on my phone but if you do, please add #MDATelethon to your tweet. It would be great if we could make it a trending topic this weekend to raise awareness for the cause. The MDA Telethon is something a lot of younger people aren't even aware of and Twitter is a great resource to educate them.

Thank you to everyone for your support, it really means a lot. :)

Sep 3, 2009

Beautiful Bastich

Could this week get any better? Just a few days ago it was announced Guillermo del Toro would be producing a Deadman movie, today I find out Guy Ritchie is directing Lobo.

Lobo will be produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. Don Payne (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) has written the most recent draft of the script which Variety describes thusly, "In the film, he will be an indestructible, blue-skinned, 7-foot-tall and heavily muscled antihero who drives a pimped-out motorcycle and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small-town teenaged girl to stop the creatures." Apparently it will rely heavily on special effects. No shit.

The Hollywood Reporter says, "Doug Liman was previously attached to direct the project, though Silver, who has been developing the project for the last 10 years, was looking to reunite with Ritchie, with whom he just wrapped 'Sherlock Holmes.'” Variety also says Warner Bros. is going for a PG-13 rating for this one which sounds almost impossible considering the main character but hey, it's not like it hasn't been done before.

Although Liman would have been great, personally, I think Ritchie is the perfect fit for Lobo. I'm a bit nervous with him considering it's a superhero flick but maybe that's just the kind of different approach we need to the genre. Now, where to begin on casting such an epic character?

Sep 2, 2009

DoubleDCoverage #23

I'm back with this week's installment of DoubleDCoverage at the Girls Entertainment Network!

What could I possibly describe as Flashdance meets House of a Thousand Corpses? You’re not nearly prepared for the answer or for the death of a beloved teenage hero. Reviews for Batman and Robin #3 and Teen Titans #74 are ahead, also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last Wednesday!

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Sep 1, 2009

Del Toro brings a Deadman to life.

I guess you could say there's an elephant in the room. And by that of course I mean the HUGE Marvel news that broke yesterday. I considered writing something about that but decided against it for two reasons. One, everyone and their mother is talking about it already. Two, I found some news that excited me much more. Boston Brand is getting his own movie.

Variety is reporting Guillermo del Toro will be producing an adaptation of DC Comics' Deadman for Warner Bros. Originally created in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, trapeze artist Boston Brand was granted the power to possess any living being by the goddess Rama Kushna after he was murdered. He's been on a constant quest for his killer and eternal peace ever since.

Brand is also known as a bit of a comedian in the DCU, most recently appearing in Wednesday Comics and Blackest Night. "Warner Bros. set up the project three years ago as a potential directing vehicle for del Toro, with Gary Dauberman penning the adaptation," says Variety. However, Danish writer/director Nikolaj Arcel will now be sitting in the directors chair.

I'll admit, I'm not the biggest Deadman fan but with the amazing talent of del Toro behind the film, I'm all for it. Especially since Deadman isn't too far off from del Toro's pride and joy - Hellboy. It's interesting that DC and Warner are going for another lesser-known character, like they did with Jonah Hex, as opposed to moving forward with something closer to Green Lantern.

Oh wait, make that three reasons for not writing about that other news. I don't read Marvel. :)