MARVEL has a lot going on…

With the impending release of Thor, Captain America, and the newest X-Men movie, Marvel is in the spotlight right now. Then there is also the future projects The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Wolverine 2, and The Avengers. Needless to say, its gonna be a busy couple of summers over at Marvel. Well, I thought we’d get a little caught up on some of it.

THOROpens May 6th, 2011

Relative new comer Chris Hemsworth will play the title role, while Geek-Goddess Natalie Portman will appear as Jane Foster, Thor’s longtime romantic interest in the comics.

Marvel just released a new extended trailer for the film that will introduce many non-geeks to the God of Thunder for the first time.

X-Men: First Class Opens June 3rd, 2011

This is one, that despite having a director I like, I’m just not pumped for. X3 and Wolverine were so terrible I can’t allow myself to get excited for this yet, but SupaScoot did a pretty detailed writeup on it.

CAPTAIN AMERICAOpens July 22nd, 2011

While Chris Evans isn’t who I had in mind when this movie was announced, I am hopeful that he’ll exceed my expectations. Director Joe Johnston however, does not excite me, so I have to remain skeptical…

The Amazing Spider-Man Opens July 3rd, 2012

The reboot cast is highlighted with Emma Stone, Dennis Leary and Martin Sheen. The new Spidey though, Andrew Garfield is a mystery to me. Maybe that’s cause the only thing I’ve seen him in is Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974, and I don’t even remember him. But this picture looks awesome…

The Avengers2012

Joss Whedon is directing what will be the most ambitious Comic Movie project ever undertaken. This is what Marvel is banking it all on, set for sometime in 2012.

Below is a fan-made poster based on the upcoming project.

Iron Man 3In Pre-Production

The Iron Man franchise is in flux, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The first Iron Man was great, but the 2nd one was a bit of a letdown. Iron Man 3 will be a direct sequel to The Avengers. The first 2 movies were directed by Jon Favreau, who is now leaving the franchise. And while I like Jon Favreau, I love his apparent replacement – Shane Black.

If you’re not a movie dork you may not know Shane Black, but I’m sure you’ll recognize his work as a writer. He, in my opinion is batting a thousand. He wrote the first 2 Leathal Weapon movies, The Last Boyscout, The Monster Squad, Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He also directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Black and Downey Jr on the set of KISS KISS BANG BANG

The Wolverine Pre-Production

This video has nothing to do officially with the Darren Aronofsky helmed follow-up to the piece of crap Wolverine movie, but it is pretty damn cool.

This is pretty surreal, to think that piece of crap Wolverine movie is gonna spawn a sequel directed by one of the most respected Directors working now. The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Woverine?

Now, if you’ll be so go as to vote on this poll you won’t have to suffer the same fate as our mascot did at the hands of the Hulk…

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Nathan Fillion on the possible return of FIREFLY!

It was just 2 days ago I had a conversation about had Firefly aired a couple of years later the Syfy channel might have bought it off of FOX like they did with Stargate SG-1. Then yesterday news breaks that Syfy has in fact acquired the syndication rights to the cult hit.

Upon news of the purchase Nathan Fillion was contacted by Inside TV, and he answered a few questions…

[quote] EW: What was the best part about playing the character?
NATHAN FILLION: It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.

If Castle had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: “We screwed up, let’s try doing Firefly again.” Would you do it?
Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.

What’s the most common thing Firefly fans say to you?
No. 1, “Is there going to be more?” No. 2, “Why was it canceled?”

Why do you think the show has had such an enduring appeal?
It’s a great question. We’re the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that’s what Joss has mastered.

Do you ever watch the show nowadays or is that just weird?
It’s not weird. I haven’t watched it in a long, long time and I would like to revisit it. [/quote]

 

Syfy will air the series in its entirety, plus some new extras. They will wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts. Firefly premieres on Syfy March 6th at 8 p.m., with the two-hour pilot, followed by the first episode at 10 p.m. Following that, Firefly episodes will air every Sunday, in their original intended order and upgraded to high-definition.

The Crew of Firefly on the Enterprise…

Wow. So that’s all good news, and I’m thrilled that’s it on TV again, but as far as Fillion’s comments, it’s just another actor spewing fan-speak right? Well that’s the question being asked by Syfy.

After Nathan Fillion announced  he’d love to step into the role of Capt. “Mal” Reynolds again, a couple of Firefly writers chimed in to say they’d also climb on board as well.

First, Jose Molina, who produces Castle, wrote 23 episodes of Dark Angel, and wrote the Firefly episodes “Trash” and “Ariel,” tweeted: 
Replying to Molina, Jane Espenson, who wrote 23 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as a couple The Batman cartoons, and the “Shindig” episode of Firefly, added:


Could FOX actually be convinced to pick up the series again? It’s doubtful, but we can hope. As far as the chances of Fillion actually buying the rights to the show in order to create new episodes, a fan campaign has already started over at ‘Help Nathan Buy Firefly‘ and Facebook to try to raise the big bucks needed. Unlike the Robocop Statue, no donation center has been setup yet, but I wont be surprised if one pops up soon…

ROBOCOP UPDATE

With 38 days still remaining before the deadline, donations for the ROBOCOP statue to be built-in Detroit has already met its goal. They were giving it till March 29th to raise $50,000. Well here we are on Feb. 16th, and they’ve already raised $50,769.

According to the Detroit Free Press the group in charge of the fund-raising will keep accepting donations until the original March 29th deadline and make the statue “as big and good as possible”. Supporters of the statue got a big boost Tuesday when San Francisco businessman, Pete Hottelet, donated $25,000.

He runs a company you may have heard of: Omni Consumer Products

If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, you need to watch ROBOCOP again. They were the company in the movie that bought the Police and ran “New Detroit”.

Well Hottelet’s company isn’t one I was familiar with 20 minutes ago, but I instantly fell in love with. This OCP, instead of destroying Detroit, actually makes products based off of non-fictional items…

In addition to Ghostbuster’s Stay Puft Marshmallows, they also make Tru Blood Drinks, Anchorman inspired Sex Panther cologne, and the energy drink that destroyed the country in Idiocracy – Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator.

Now it’s not yet decided exactly where the Robocop statue will stand, but if you’d like to be part of history, you can Donate Here

Please take a minute to vote below…

Alright. Article Over.

UPDATE: As of 10:41 am, on Wednesday Feb. 21st, the total is now at: $60,903

Charlie Sheen in One and a Half Men…and a Trainwreck

“I said stay off the crack, and I still think that’s pretty good advice, unless you can manage it socially. If you can manage it socially, then go for it, but not a lot of people can, you know?”

There you go America. That’s the star of your “#1 Show on Television”.  I am in no way surprised that the star of TWO AND A HALF MEN, which I consider to be the worst scripted show on television, (though I’m sure MTV probably has something that could compete for the title) is a self promoting crack-head.

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Yet another member of the INCEPTION cast set to join THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?

While this has not yet been confirmed, a few reliable sources have reported that Marion Cotillard could be coming to Gotham. Cotillard is a French actress who you might recognize from BIG FISH or PUBLIC ENEMIES, but most prominently from last summer’s INCEPTION, where she played Leonardo DiCaprio’s dead wife. As we are still in the rumor stage surrounding THE DARK KNIGHTS RISES it’s not yet clear who she would play if she does indeed show up in Nolan’s 3rd Bat-film. Most popular guess right now: Talia al Ghul.

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ROBOCOP: Keeping Safe the streets of Detroit

Internet buzz this last week or so has brought to light a suggestion to erect a statue of Robocop in Detroit. What started as a joke on Twitter has found a voice online.

NBA Hall of Famer, Pistons great, and current Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing first brought attention to the topic when he responded to the suggestion with this tweet:

@MT There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion.

Well, it was Bing’s response that alerted the web to the suggestion and it’s taken off since then. An effort has begun to raise money for the statue to be commissioned.

Detroit’s Imagination Station, a nonprofit group charged with cleaning up Detroit’s blighted areas, pledged Roosevelt Park as the Robocop statue’s future beat, where he will follow his prime directive to “serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the awesome.”

Thus far they have raised $16,046 towards their goal of $50,000. I donated a 5 spot myself just moments ago and will have no issue putting in more when we get closer to the final total. Kickstarter is the fundraising platform they are using, designed for independent profit and non-profit projects to which anyone can contribute. Contributors lock in their donations via Amazon.com or other payment means but aren’t charged until all the money is raised and the project goes through.

Now several people have criticized this whole project as being wrong to promote such a violent movie, or simply stupid given other things the money could be spent on. But tell me Metro Detroiters won’t make a special trip downtown to see it once it’s up and stop for lunch while they’re there. And while it’s unlikely to inspire widespread tourism, it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Philly has a Rocky statue, and should I ever visit there you better believe that’s the first stop I’m making. Every time I’ve been to Chicago I have gone by the ‘Married with Children” fountain. There is a Superman statue in Smallville, Kansas and a Yoda in San Francisco. Even New York City honors fictional characters with their Ralph Kramden statue at the bus station. And in Japan, they have not once, but twice built a 60 foot Gundam statue.

Why can’t we have a Robocop?

Please, tell me what you think…

UPDATE: As of 10:31 am on Tuesday, the new total is $19,967. To Donate click HERE


Images: Orion Pictures

Justified: A Beacon of Modern Masculinity

I’ve certainly spent a lot of time the last couple of years talking about the loss of masculinity in American pop culture. In a time where we are inundated with pop singers and Disney kids primed as tomorrow’s only action stars, it makes it hard not to look back at yesteryear and wonder what happened.

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