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Our Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut

X-Men: Days of Future Past was, for the most part, universally loved. It satisfied a lot of comic book fans, in knowing that the story wasn’t massively butchered or Brett Ratner’d (admit it, you were afraid). It satisfied the moviegoers because it retcon’d out X-Men: The Last Stand (maybe you can gather our opinion on the third movie from the last few statements). It also brought Bryan Singer back in the fold in the director’s chair, which he stepped away from in the last decade and let he-who-will-not-be-mentioned-again and Matthew Vaughn keep the seat warm for the triumphant return.

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True Blood – #WaitingSucks but a new trailer doesn’t!

I’ve mentioned it before, (here in the S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer write-up) but I love when shows embrace social media, especially when they come up with a clever hashtag with which to brand themselves. There are few better than the HBO vampire show, True Blood, with their #WaitingSucks campaign. In addition to having something that is easy for people to spread around twitter, they put out YouTube videos as well.

Just a few behind the scenes look at filming for season 6, that’s all. Of course with everything that happened in season 5, people are looking for any little clue as to what season 6 holds. To refresh your memory, how about a brief overview of True Blood last season?

So yea. Bill is now Lillith, Alcide is pack leader, Jason still is seeing “Mom and Dad” who aren’t really there, and who is Warlow? Will Jason finally clear his head this season and there’s been a lot of rumor floating around about someone dying… especially with episode 7 titled “The Funeral”. Could it be Eric? There’s plenty of people speculating that it is, especially after the key art was released.

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I don’t think that looks like anyone specifically but there is a large contingent of people out there who are convinced that it’s Alexander Skarsgard’s character Eric Northman. Of course no one over at HBO is going to let that secret out so we’ll just have to wait and see.

How about some teasers though? Ask and you shall receive.

Our first glimpses of genre legend Rutger Hauer! Looks pretty good right? Of course it does, it’s True Blood! Even when they have an “off” season (some will argue that they’ve never had an off season, even if we all know season 4 sucked) it’s still pretty entertaining. One thing that I hope they continue is the whole vlog aspect they had with Jessica this past season. I just can’t help myself, I love it when shows do things like this.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that Deborah Ann Woll is easy on the eyes either.

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So there you go- teasers, trailers, recaps of season 5… I daresay we are ready. Are you looking forward to True Blood season 6? Have any theories as to who is going to die? Who will live? Let us know in the comments!

True Blood season 6 premieres on HBO on June 16th at 9 EST.

Countdown to Halloween #9: Sam

Sam is the governing body who resides over all Halloween traditions in 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat.  He is the physical embodiment of all things Halloween.  He’s the trick or treater, the scary story, the full moon, the blowing leaves.  Everything that makes Halloween what it is, he is an integral part.  He is all that’s evil, all that’s good.  His only demand is that you abide by tradition.  What ever you do, don’t run out of candy.

Have you ever blown out a jack o lantern before midnight?  Wrong!  Have you ever pretended not to be home when trick or treaters stopped by?  Wrong!  Never steal a trick or treaters candy.  Never take more than one piece.  These are simple rules that we can all follow.  If not, your destined to meet Sam, #9 on the Grizzly Bomb Countdown to Halloween.

The development of the character stems from the originations of the holiday itself.  All Hallows Eve is the time in which the border between the living and the dead is at its thinest.  Pagan traditions were established to keep the dead satisfied so they would not enter into the world of the living.  These traditions evolved into the Halloween that we know today.

Sam is the creation of writer director Michael Dougherty.  He was originally introduced in Dougherty’s short titled Season’s Greetings.  Sam is a patrolling trick or treater wondering around after the festivities have ended.  Shortly there after, we see that Sam is being stalked by an unidentified shadowy figure.  As offered up earlier in the short, we know that children have gone missing in the area and we suspect this unidentified man may be after Sam.  To our surprise, the prey was really the predator all along.

This short served as inspiration for the full length feature film Trick ‘r Treat in which Sam was truly brought to life.  The anthology also stars Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker in four interwoven stories.  Present in all stories spanning the course of thirty years is Sam, the spirit of Halloween. Sam’s name is derived from the term Samhain, the Gaelic celebration that coincides with Halloween in which the light half of the year is separated from the dark half.  The derivative of the holiday is in part, a portrayal of Sam as well.  He is trapped between good and evil and sometimes falls on either side.  We see his active participation in all four stories, and aside from the brutal dismemberment of Leslie Bibb, his actions all seem fairly reasonable to protect the holiday.  He is the checks and balances of Halloween.  In most instances, evil is punished in this film and for those who were not, their time will come.  Sam will make sure of it.

Sam physically takes shape as a trick or treater.  He wears orange footie pajamas, and a burlap sack over his head.  He has the hands and feet of a child, but revealed during a fight scene with Brian Cox we see that he is not as sweet and innocent as presumed.  All the more telling that Sam is the essence of Halloween, his head is a combination of a pumpkin and a skeleton.  His guts are actually pumpkin guts.  He is indestructible and timeless.

The film was also transferred to a graphic novel published by Wildstorm in December of 2009.  It is primarily a true adaptation with little movement from the original story.  For this reason, I would recommend checking out the film before anything else.

I love Halloween.  I can’t quite explain it, but I know it’s there.  I love the atmosphere, the excitement, the mystery.  Growing up in Michigan, the weather would always be perfect.  The air smelled amazing.  There was always this lingering feeling of haunt and fright dangling in the air.  Fun and mischief were at every corner.  I have associated the horror genre of film with this time of year, and I can think of no better film that captures that feeling better than Trick ‘r Treat.  Because Sam is the driving force of this film, I can think of no greater character that belongs on the Grizzly Bomb Countdown to Halloween.

Keep an eye out as another character on the Countdown will be revealed every night at 12:01 am for the rest of the month. You’ll also be able to find them HERE.

HBO’s True Blood Episode 5.08 – “Somebody That I Used to Know”

After the brilliance of last week, I was completely underwhelmed by what I was served during this most recent of episodes.

Sookie’s faerie powers are getting ridiculous.  Now apparently she can read the thoughts of dead people?  It’s too much.  It’s too weird.  And who is this creepy new vampire that killed her parents?  The Scarecrow from Batman Begins?  Seems like he’d be pretty cool to have on the show as more than just a memory, so let’s hope we meet him for real.

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HBO’s True Blood 5.07 – “In the Beginning”

It just wouldn’t be True Blood if we didn’t open with someone’s blood everywhere.  This time it’s Roman’s; and his absence creates quite an upheaval at the Authority headquarters.  It’s fascinating how much humanity remains in these vampires.

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As soon as one strong figure-head is removed from the picture, how quickly we can all jump on board with another, even if their principles and ideals could not be more different.  Most people want someone at the helm leading them through life more than they want to stand up for what they believe is right.

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Chris Meloni and Scott Foley Join the Cast of True Blood!

Summer time is right around the corner, and so is the premier of the 5th season of HBO’s True Blood.  We’ve covered some of what we know about season five, let’s get caught up to speed on the rest of what we can expect!

This upcoming season of True Blood, as we know, will focus a lot on fairies.  We agree that this all sounds super lame.  Like Ferngully lame.  Which is really only a good movie if you make it into a drinking game where you take a shot every time they say the word “human.”  However, I am actually pretty stoked about what I’m hearing in casting news and the trailers I’ve seen so far.

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More Helpings of ‘True Blood’ – HBO Signs on for Season Five

True Blood fans, rejoice!  Creator Alan Ball has announced that the hit HBO series will continue for a fifth season under his own executive producer-ship.  Rumor has it that HBO has signed the series on for more than one continuing season, Alan Ball only agreeing to be at the helm for one more (though he may decide to continue his run).

Ball also stated that he and his team have several ideas being bounced around for the next season, including an origin story about one of the vampires.  Many people seem to think that we will get more of Pam’s story, which he hinted to at Comic-Con.  That and we have origin stories banked for Bill, Eric, and Jessica; so she’s really the next obvious choice.

This news has brought me hope, a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.  If you’ve read my reviews, you’ll know that I haven’t been overly impressed by the fourth season.  In fact, the series as a whole has become more and more underwhelming since the first season.  This gives them a chance to redeem themselves and make the series good again.  However, there’s also the chance that True Blood will just continue its nose-dive and become another Heroes, a series that never lived up to its freshman season.

My fear is that of predictability.  New seasons on True Blood usually mean a new mythical beast to be added to the bevy of already existing creatures.  Another person to keep track of, another story line to be added to the ever-growing pile, a more pronounced form of television script-writing A.D.D.  And really, how many mythical beasts are there left to cover?  Phoenixes?  Griffins?  Centaurs?  Nymphs?  Or are these all too similar to creatures we’ve already seen before?  I wish they’d just start killing off people that we don’t need anymore that seem to have dead-end stories.  Like Tommy.

Now, I haven’t read the True Blood books.  Maybe I should.  Maybe it would prevent me from picturing the creative team using a folklore dictionary to pull out random ideas of what they haven’t covered yet.  Stories need to happen organically, they can’t be forced and they can’t be scattered.  To those who just want to watch a good story, it feels like Alan Ball is a collector, and his object is weird creatures and boring characters.  Sometimes I wish he would just collect stamps.  If he can’t make this show better, I hope he does move aside after season five and let someone else have a try.