Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Movie News

(via Heat Vision)

At a Warner Bros presentation, several fun, geek-related movies were announced, confirmed, or are slated to be green-lit for production. Of the list, the ones I'm most interested in include:

  • Superman (2012 release -- do we think this is a do-over re-boot?)
  • Green Lantern in 3D (??) (set for June, 2011 release)
  • Unnamed Flash movie (hmmm...)
  • Wonder Woman (this has been "in development for like 10 years now, so I'll believe it when I see it)
  • Aquaman (could be timely, maybe focused on an eco-terrorist storyline? or perhaps some environmental cataclysm, say, like a mutli-national oil company unleashing millions of gallons of oil into Aquaman's oceans. Crazy, I know.)

Anyway, it's a good time to be a geek, since Hollywood seems to be pillaging all the comic book/sci fi/fantasy properties out there. Let's hope at least 50% are decent.

Casting News: X-men First Class

As previously announced, the X-men prequel will be directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass) and produced by former X-Men director Bryan Singer for release on June 2, 2011. The latest casting news on the X-men prequel is that James McAvoy will play the role of Professor X. McAvoy was in Wanted (with Angelina Jolie -- haven't seen it, but premise was vaguely interesting as I recall) and Atonement (Oscar winning movie based on Ian McEwan's novel).

I'm not familiar with this guy, and maybe that's a good thing. I mean, who can replace Patrick Stewart as Professor X? Love. Him.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

You Could be in Pictures!

Comic Con is just about 2 months away now. In addition to all the ridiculous and cool (or ridiculously cool) events, panels, and booths happening, there is big news that a team of filmmakers -- including Joss Whedon!! -- will be filming for a documentary on the biggest comic book/geek/pop culture convention on the West coast.

Via Comics Alliance:

Joss and Company are looking for anyone at the convention, wannabe creators, die-hard fans, vendors, collectors, cosplayers, camp enthusiasts, or anyone else who might be interesting enough to put on film.

Well, if you've ever been to Comic Con, or know anything about it, you'll know that's not terribly specific. I'm sure it will be competitive to be considered, so get working on something good!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Celebrate Geek Pride Day - Return of the Geek

Or maybe this post should be called "Empire of the Geek" but this is the 3rd post and that would ruin continuity...

It's hard to believe, but 30 years ago was the release of the best of the Star Wars trilogy (imho) The Empire Strikes Back. I'm no critic (which should be fairly apparent based on the fact that I can find good in most every movie, even the bad ones) but Empire struck a chord with me. Maybe it was the fantastically cool scenery of the Ice Planet Hoth and the furry snow beast native to the planet, the Tauntaun.

Maybe it is the vision of ominous yet captivating AT-ATs marching across the icy tundra. They are still an iconic reference to me. Also I'd really love to ride on one. Can someone work on that? Thanks.

And while I favor the first part of the movie on Hoth (so desolate, so cold) there are so many other great moments in Empire.

The gang escapes the Empire (again). Meeting Yoda. And Cloud City, with of course, Lando. I mean, look at this guy. Does he not exude super hip administrator?

Finally, this is the movie that taught me a movie could end unresolved, without the "happily ever after" BS. And that it is ok, because there is another episode on the way (with Ewoks!). That even if you find out **SPOILER ALERT** Darth Vadar is your father and your best friend was just frozen into a carbonite block and sent to one of the Hutt's for debts owed, good guys do good, and will keep on fighting the good fight. Use the force, etc. etc.

Oh, yeah! And this is the same movie that introduced fandom to Boba Fett. If you do not know of the devotion and love of the Fetts, spend some time on the friendly interwebs. It will likely shock and amaze you.

Insert gratuitous Boba Fett picture here because he is so fu**ing cool!

I leave you with this quote from Han Solo, whom I've adored since I was 6 years old:

You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.

So true Han, so true.

Happy Birthday, ESB.

Celebrate Geek Pride Day - Part Deux

When asked what is the difference between a geek, dork and nerd, I recalled a great Venn diagram that broke it down pretty well (h/t Rich):

I think I'm right in there between the Geek and the Nerd, as expected.

But in looking around for geek infographics (yes, it's a thing) I found this amazing diagram (click to embiggen):

I love the visual representation of the geek universe -- so many things connected to one another. I wish I could circle some stuff (hmmm, need to work on that) so I could point out where I show up. Turns out, all over the place. Where are you at? And what's missing? I would argue that there should be a branch for music geeks (a very special breed). I'm sure there are quite a few Geek Obsessions, Idols, and Activities still missing from the list. It would be fun to watch this evolve over time.

Yet one more reason, I'm proud to be a geek today.

Celebrate Geek Pride Day

(h/t Erica)

I'm new to the Geek Pride Day, but I'm fully endorsing this national holiday (or it should be)!

The Wikipedia says that the Geek Pride manifesto includes the following:


  1. The right to be even geekier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  4. The right to associate with other nerds.
  5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  6. The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
  7. The right to be out of style.
  8. The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
  9. The right to show off your geekiness.
  10. The right to take over the world.


  1. Be a geek, no matter what.
  2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
  4. To save and protect all geeky material.
  5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a "museum of geekiness."
  6. Don't be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
  8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
  9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
  10. Try to take over the world!
If these are the rights and rules, I'm in the right group!

Today is also referred to as Towel Day in some parts, paying tribute to the late (and amazing) Douglas Adams. From a passage from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

So, celebrate all that is geeky about you and the folks around you. In 2010, it's good to be a geek.

Monday, May 24, 2010

So, About that Job at Microsoft...

(via Gizmodo)

When I look for my next job (not anytime soon, I promise) I think I have a new requirement: It must have geek related art in the lobby. And this one takes the cake!

Microsoft has an incredible Star Trek sculpture in the lobby of their Studio D office, an installation that continually gives the appearance that Kirk, Spock and the rest are just on the verge of materializing...Beads! The installation, inspired by the 1967 episode "Mirror, Mirror," was created by Devorah Sperber, an artist well known for her illusory creations involving unconventional materials.

So super cool! Imagine something that awesome at YOUR job! If only...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Star Trek in the Park is Back!

Holy crap, I'm starting to get excited about the summer. And not just because it might stop raining for 5 minutes. There are so many wonderful geek things happening this summer, I can hardly wait!

One of those events is Trek in the Park, a live performance of one of the most classic Star Trek episodes, Space Seed. Enjoy a clip to refresh your memory of how much you love Khannnnnnn!

I missed Trek in the Park last year, and was really bummed about it. Not this year!

Atomic Arts is a local theater company. They are putting this all on for free. Really? How can they do that?! I don't know, but that is added bonus reason to go. Who's in?

Here are the deets:
Woodlawn Park
Corner of Claremont and Oneonta in NE Portland
Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm
July 10+11, 17+18, 24+25, 31 and Aug 1

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Planet of the Apes Prequel

I'm not a big Planet of the Apes fan (Tim Burton's movie should've been a lot better. Bad Tim, no directing for you). But I appreciate the history and iconic imagery of the original movies. And Charlton Heston -- he's not just Moses, you know.

However, I'm a little surprised to see that Hollywood has green lit a Planet of the Apes prequel. I suppose all properties are ripe for reboot right now.

Yesterday, it was announced that James Franco (Spiderman) joined the project. The movie will be (via Yahoo! Movies):
set in the present day and chronicle how genetic engineering gave the animals intelligence. [James Franco] will reportedly play an important scientist in the midst of the war between man and ape.

In addition, film makers are bringing in WETA Digital for effects and the apes. You may recall WETA's work from Avatar. I'm happy to hear this news--while actors need jobs, I'm optimistic a CGI ape will be better than dude in a monkey suit. I'm silly that way.

In case you've forgotten him, here's a pic of James Franco. Based on my non-representative sample of Google Images, looks like sometimes he photographs well and sometimes not so much. I like this one (and doesn't appear to be 10+ years old. Most of us looked better 10 yrs ago.):

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Makes Me Want an iPad

(via Comics Alliance)

Want. Really, really with sugar on top!

I haven't really wanted an iPad, until now. If only so I can wrap it with that Joker decal... Wow--so freakin' cool. Can I draw hearts in this thing...?

Etsy artist BackGlass has also done decals of Snow White (yes, with the apple) and Iron Man. Pretty cool.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Simpsons Ke$ha Tik Tok Intro

I'm catching up on all my DVR recordings and came across a couple Simpsons episodes. I always love the Intro, and they've done some really good ones the last few years (inverse relationship to the quality of the entire episodes?). They typically follow the same format for the most part, with the last 10-20 seconds as the new bit.

But I was excited when starting the "To Surveil, With Love" and the Intro was completely different - start to finish. Be forewarned that it uses Ke$sha's Tik Tok, which will get stuck in your head. Oh, and the best quality clip I could find is reversed, which is kind of weird. So imagine it backwards. Or right way around. Whatever, you know what I mean.

PS. To Surveil is also a pretty good episode. Lots of great pop culture references and commentary on our surveillance society. Good times.


Over on The Facebook, my friend the Comic Book Guy (well, he co-owns a comic book store and is about to become a published writer) has posed some great comic book-related questions to fans of the store. For instance, last night's was "Who is your favorite supporting character?" I'll let you ponder that for a minute...

If you know anything about geeks, we can spend hours vehemently arguing/discussing topics like this one. Or the merits & flaws of comic book TV/movie adaptations. Or speculate about which actor would make the best (insert random character to appear in next movie here). Or which character/story deserves a reboot. Or how "true" to the story any particular adaptation is to the original work.

But one of the most hotly contested topics (especially at Con after a few drinks) is that of the Movie Sequel. Really good sequels in any genre are hard enough to pull off (I say Godfather 2 makes the cut), but doing a follow-up to a really good comic book or sci fi movie seems to be a particular challenge. A lot of initial offerings suck so much or can't find enough of an audience that they aren't even considered for a sequel. But there are some really good ones, occasionally better than the first. Here are the ones that are on my Decent (or better) Sequel list:

  • Empire Strikes Back (duh)
  • Superman II (on TV tonight as a matter of fact, and the reason for this post)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Khannnnn!!!!)
  • Evil Dead 2 (maybe a bit out of genre, but love it)
  • Batman Returns
  • The Dark Knight (2nd of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies)
  • X2
  • Spiderman 2
  • Underworld: Evolution
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (don't laugh - I liked it)
  • Toy Story 2
  • and the most recent release, Iron Man 2

I'm sure there are others. What am I forgetting? Add to comments.

Good News on Transformers 3!

No, really, I swear -- GOOD news!

Megan Fox will NOT be back in the next installment of Transformers. Depending on which publicist you believe, word on the wire today is that her "contract was not renewed" or she opted not to be a part of the project. Since I'm pretty sure the first 2 movies have made several hundred million dollars, I'm going to guess that talking smack about Michael Bay in the press was not the right contract negotiation strategy. But I'm not in the show biz, so what do I know?

The entertainment sites are speculating that "Shia LaBeouf's character will move in a new direction with a new love interest for 'Transformers 3.'" Ummm, duh? What kind of action movie would it be without the Hot Girl?

Anyway, don't you worry about poor Megan. She'll be out to ruin, err, I mean, star in Jonah Hex in just a few weeks. Oh, and here's a picture. Because even though she isn't a rocket scientist, she is pretty hot.

(From Transformers 2)

Monday, May 17, 2010

More Clips of New TV Shows

More from the Upfronts, this time from NBC. Not too interested in most of the shows on this list, save two.

First, a new super hero show, The Cape. I think the only reason NBC can even entertain this show is the perfect storm of the Jay Leno/10 PM fiasco and the cancellation of the OTHER super hero show, Heroes. When a cop is framed for murder, he takes up the mantle of The Cape -- his son's favorite fictional hero. Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles) also shows up in this one, so it will surely attract some of the geek contingent.

I don't think this show will work on NBC for very long, if at all. But, I'll do my due diligence and at least check out the pilot.

Next is the ad for the JJ Abrahm's show mentioned last week, Undercovers. As you may recall, this show is about former spies who are living their normal, boring lives when they are recruited back for one last mission. Only to find that the spy life is what seems to be missing.

I hope the show kicks it a bit more into high gear than this ad. For a 5 minute preview, this left me a little "meh."

New Will Arnett TV Show on Fox this Fall

Upfronts are happening this week, so there is a lot of buzz on the interwebs about new programs for fall or mid-season replacement.

The creators of one of my favorite comedies, Arrested Development, are back at Fox with a new show starring Will Arnett (Gob!) and Keri Russell (Felicity), called "Running Wilde." Not sure I get the premise yet -- Arnett plays a screwy millionaire trying to woo Russell, a holier-than-thou do-gooder. But I'm willing to give it a chance because a) I loved AD and if those creators wrote this, then there is a hope it will be good, and b) I adore Will Arnett.

Let's cross our fingers that it is decent and doesn't get canceled in the first month on air...

Sunday, May 16, 2010


(also via OMG Posters)

New print from Gallery 1988, by David Soames. Titled "80mph" and beyond cute.

This one is for Nick!

Evil Dead - Posters and More

(via OMG Posters)

I don't know The Alamo Drafthouse, but I love these recently-created posters for the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell favorite, "The Evil Dead." Evil Dead and it's follow-on, Army of Darkness are a couple of my favorite movies and what turned me on to Sam Raimi as a director. So anything that pays tribute to a classic of the horror genre is thumb's up in my book. The only way they could be better is if they had chips with favorite Bruce Campbell clips embedded in them. Ooooooh, would that be sweet.

Super 8 Trailer

Holy early bird, Batman! We're already starting to see trailers for next summer's wannabe blockbusters!

Check out the trailer for the new JJ Abram's movie, Super 8. I can't really even tell what it's about yet (I assume the Big Bad is in the train car, so there's that), but I do love JJ. I'll be keeping an eye out for more info on this one, perhaps around Christmas.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Transformers 3 - Casting Update

Well, in case you were waiting with bated breath, there is fresh casting news on Transformers 3!

Ok, I'll admit it -- I saw Transformers 2. In the theater. It was ridiculous. But it was directed by Michael Bay, so maybe that's not news. It was also last summer and I've repressed most of the stuff I didn't like about it. The digital animation is pretty awesome and the main reason I will watch the next installment as well.

I'm sure Shia LeBeouf will be back. Wonder if Megan Fox will be past her prime and Sam will have a new girlfriend? Maybe Fox's character, Mikaela, was turned into a Decepticon between Part 2 and 3. Is that possible? Sure, it's Hollywood, why not? I hope Josh Duhamel will be back; he's at least eye candy for a movie like this.

But in actual casting news, it was announced today that Alan Tudyk will be in Part 3, which I find quite promising. You may recall Tudyk as Wash in Firefly. Looooovvvve that show and miss it still. I feel like I see Tudyk everywhere, in random bit parts. Here's to hoping he has an actual part in the movie and isn't just the voice of an Autobot.

In addition to Tudyk, there are two other noteworthy actors signed on for this movie. Frances McDormand (Fargo!!) and John Malkovich (umm, everything but I'll stick with two of my favorites Shadow of the Vampire and Being John Malkovich!!) are actually listed as cast members of Transformers 3. Personally, I find this a bit shocking, but I assume the producers are throwing piles of cash at these two venerable character actors.

Clearly there is more than meets the eye!

Heroes Gets the Shaft

Save the Cheerleader. Save the world.

After 4 seasons, today NBC announced cancellation of the once-beloved superhero TV show, Heroes. Can't say it's much of a surprise. I was blown away in the first season -- that a superhero story could make it on a primary network was really exciting. While several of the characters and parts of the storyline seemed a bit derivative of other superhero stories, such as X-men, I tried to keep an open mind. I'm a believer that it's important for us geeks to support geek-inspired/related programming.

But after a promising season 1, season 2 just didn't hold my attention. Every character, even the minor ones, have significant powers. Well, what the hell? Why don't we ALL have superpowers. Lame. And why should I care about all of the characters equally? The cast was already fairly large, and a handful of new characters were introduced in season 2. I gave up there, so maybe there were even more in season 3. Good God, who can keep track? Who would want to? There were even fan-based campaigns to kill off a bunch of the characters so the show could get back to the core team. That should've been a sign to the writers if nothing else.

I know a lot of people were irritated by Hiro -- I didn't mind him, but I really hated the seemingly endless time-shifting plotline. I loved evil Sylar (Zachary Quinto) but was mystified by reformed/good Sylar. I liked Noah "Horn Rimmed Glasses" Bennett (Jack Coleman), and really loved the Artist (not sure of his name) who told the future through his comic book art. But then they killed him off. The show just lost itself and couldn't quite recover, at least not in time to recapture my attention.

So, RIP Heroes. We'll always have season 1...

Wonder what Hayden Panettierre will be doing now?

Monday, May 10, 2010


Based on comments and recommendations from Wil Wheaton (via his Twitter stream), I decided to check out the TV show "Leverage." Maybe unsurprisingly, Leverage is on TNT. Seems like some of the most interesting/fun non-R rated TV shows are happening on basic cable channels, like USA, TNT, TBS, FX, etc. (Not to mention the obvious, like Comedy Central and SyFy.)

The basic premise of the show is that a group of crooks and former criminals work to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen to even the scales for those they have wronged. Timothy Hutton (who won an Oscar & Golden Globe for "Ordinary People" way back in 1980, and which I will admit I have never seen) stars as Nathan Ford, leader of this motley crew. An ex-insurance investigator, Nate reinvents himself as an avenging angel with the help of his crew: thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), hacker Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), grifter Sophie Devereaux (who I loved as Coupling's Gina Bellman), and retrieval specialist Elliot Spencer (you may recognize him as Angel's Christian Kane).

I've seen about 5 episodes, and so far, I like it. I give it a solid B and think it has room to grow. I hope we get more back story on the characters, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the theme of sophisticated thieves taking down big, bad companies and evil people. I appreciate the clearly defined protagonists, especially because they are criminals. From doing a little background research, I see that Jonathan "Riker" Frakes directs a season 1 episode with guest stars Brent "Data" Spiner and Armin “Quark” Shimerman. I am already salivating at the Star Trek geeky goodness.

I'm still trying to pick out the shots that are filmed in Portland, but I think they used to shoot in my old neighborhood near PGE Park. And in the meantime, I've just learned that there was a recent "Con Con" (haha) here in PDX -- too bad I didn't know about Leverage before that convention. I'm totally in a 'lets go to all the geek related-events' kick, and if it's right here in town, I'd have to go....maybe next year.

Looks like the new season of Leverage starts in June. On a 10-point scale, how likely is it that I will watch all the available episodes and be caught up in time for the season premier (where 0 is Not at all likely and 10 is Extremely likely)? I'm going to say "8." Hooray for summer seasons!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Comic Book, Sci Fi, and Animated Characters Have Moms Too!

(h/t Rich for idea)

In case you missed it, today is Mother's Day. I didn't even kid myself with trying to go to brunch -- there is no competing for a table in Portland on Mother's Day. Especially if the sun is out.

I even had several people wish me a Happy Mother's Day though I have no children tagging along behind me. Maybe they know something I don't know? Or are trying to say I look preggo? Sigh. I'll choose to believe that they know I have kittehs at home, who I treat almost like children.

Anyway, I started thinking about some of my favorite Geek moms -- not geeks themselves, but of a universe beloved by geeks. Many of them end up being the "heart" of the show, a foil to the crazy antics of other characters, or else the empathetic listener who tells the primary character what they need to hear (with unconditional support, of course).

First up, Francine from American Dad. Seth McFarlane's 2nd show doesn't get a lot of press, but this show has slowly grown to be one of my favorites. Great characters, hilarious dialogue, ridiculous situations. Francine tries to balance out Stan's crazy thoughts and Roger's ridiculous schemes, but often ends up in her own bizarre side story. I don't know how she puts up with Stan -- she's a better woman than I would be! Well, for a cartoon character.

Next, from one of my favorite Pixar movies, Elastigirl of "The Incredibles." She's a great superhero mom, teaching her super powered kids how to look out for each other and use their powers responsibly. I love that Elastigirl is played by Holly Hunter, who has a great voice and has had prior roles as the devoted mom in film (O Brother Where Art Thou; Raising Arizona).

Then we have Joyce Summers, mother to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To be fair to Joyce, she didn't know her daughter was mankind's savior for the first few seasons, so she got exasperated with Buffy fairly often. But Joyce is a cool, smart mom who tries to be there for Buffy and the other kids who are always around. One of the most heart wrenching episodes in the series is when Joyce dies -- Buffy can fight a lot of monsters, but there is no fighting biology. I cried like a hamster. But here is Joyce in one of her better moments:

These last two aren't exactly "geek" mom's but I love them nonetheless. They are at the other end of the "mom" spectrum, which is probably why they work so well for me.

Edina, of Absolutely Fabulous.

Darling, Sweetie. Bring Momma a drink. She may be one of the worst TV mothers, but she IS fabulous. (PS - I still love their theme song...)

Finally, Lucille Bluth of Arrested Development. I think she pretty much speaks for herself. I wish I could watch the whole series again tonight. I still miss that show!

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

X-Men First Class - Release Date Set

According to Variety online, Matthew Vaughn is set to direct the next installment of X-Men, a prequel entitled "First Class." The LA Times reports that "the movie basically hits reset on the franchise by going back to the twentysomethings who became the superheroes we later knew."

The film is scheduled to start shooting this summer and is planned for release next summer (June 2011). Summer schedule is already looking packed for next summer with another Mission Impossible and Pirates of the Caribbean, plus Thor all set to release around the same time.

Any thoughts on casting? I'm hoping for some unknowns myself...

It's all moving so quickly! Bets on when we'll see a trailer? Thanksgiving, maybe? Xmas?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thor - First Image

While we are all getting amped up about the Iron Man 2 release in a couple days, the first image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor was released late last week. The Thor movie is scheduled for release about this time next year, and with the summer movie season pretty much starting this weekend, it's certainly time to start rolling out any promos that are ready. Also better see Thor-something in San Diego. It's about 2.5 months out now, and all these posts are getting me psyched!

Oh yeah, check out Thor:

He appears to have that Northern European thing going on, so that's a good start. I'll have to consult with some other geeks on what Thor stories to read before the movie next year; I'll admit I wasn't a big Marvel girl, so I'm behind on the whole God of War thing. Feel free to suggest TPs in comments.

WTH? More Posters?!?

Yep, believe it or not, I found a link to yet more cool posters. Again minimalist imagery, and again comic book characters as the primary subject. Apparently it's a "thing" now. Note to self: when buying a house, be sure to buy one with a lot of wall space. Extra tall ones would be good too (9+ ft).

Artist Michael Myers has illustrated several vintage minimalist posters of DC Comics heroes. I actually prefer the "B-list" super hero posters over those of the Superman & Wonder Woman, so I'm sharing them here. Always nice to see some other DC heroes get some love. (via Comics Alliance) Also check out the dude's Flickr stream which has some other cool poster images (Aquaman, Robin, Dexter) and drawings/illustrations of other TV characters (Lost, Tobias of Arrested Development).

Minimalist Superhero Posters

Maybe it's the incredibly blank, white walls in my new apartment, but I'm obsessing on all the great posters and prints I've been seeing lately. Here are another cool set of posters, via Comics Alliance. Artist Gidi Vigo has created minimalist movie posters of favorite comic book characters. I could see lining my walls with these...

New J.J. Abrams TV Show Picked Up for Fall Season

Is it time for the May upfronts already? Wow! I can hardly believe we're already wrapping up another TV season and getting prepped for next fall. I'm so thankful I upgraded to extended basic cable before summer.

Anyway, news came out this week that NBC is picking up a new J.J. Abrams' spy drama called "Undercovers." (See post here for more details.) I don't think I know the stars Boris Kodjoe or Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but that's probably for the best. If I didn't like the actors cast, I'm not above skipping a show on principle. The overall premise of the show is that the characters are married ex-CIA agents who get pulled back into the game and realize that "this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing."

Not sure how you make an ongoing TV show out of a fairly simplistic story outline, but I've never written for TV so what do I know? I like J.J Abrams, loved "Alias" -- his last spy show starring Jennifer Garner -- and I'm currently loving "Fringe," so I will certainly give this a shot. In fact, it might make sense for NBC to put this on Monday's with Chuck, their other spy show. Now that Jay is out of the 10 PM slot, there are clearly some holes in the schedule to fill and my DVR will record any of them!

I do hope they plan to bring part of the pilot to San Diego in July! J.J. knows he has a huge geek following who will gladly trail him to his next project if he can win them over with something good and the sooner the better. There is a website, though not much on it yet:

Monday, May 3, 2010

More Star Wars Paraphernalia

Apparently seeing parts of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clone Wars over the weekend wasn't enough Star Wars for me. This is what happens when you are home sick -- Star Wars and detective/crime show marathons. Good times.

But I like these "recruitment" propaganda posters for the Empire by Feng Zhu -- who did designs for Revenge of the Sith (via Unreality Magazine here).

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag is Awesome!

Another fun one from Think Geek. I would love to get one of these Tauntaun sleeping bags. You know, for camping.

Yeah. Camping.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

No Beer and No TV Make Homer Something Something

I have a *thing* for clocks. I have a *thing* for lots of things, but I really do have a special place in my heart for devices that measure time. So you may see various devices such as clocks, watches, and calendars here from time to time. Maybe even a sundial, if I can find one that fits here.

Here's a great Homer Simpson clock. He's got the best of both worlds, doughnuts AND beer! How could there be a happier Homer? If it would sing a variety of favorite Homer songs as your wake-up call, that would be fantastic.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Favorite Story of the Week

The ongoing saga of the lost next generation iPhone. It's the story that just keeps giving. But when Jon Stewart wants to meet you at Camera 3, you should know you are in trouble.

As Jon terms it, "Appholes."

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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And if you aren't a fan yet of the Fake Steve Jobs, check him out. Insert tongue-in-cheek humor here:

Batman 3 Release Date Announced

Not much to say about it yet, but Warner Bros finally announced the (albeit tentative) release date for Batman 3, July 20, 2012. That feels a long way off to this fan girl, but I'm sure there are a ton of comic book movies coming out between now and then. Wonder if we'll get to see any promo posters in San Diego? That's almost 2 full years out, but nothing like whipping fanboys/girls into a frenzy to get some excitement stirring already.

There are even a ton of fan-made posters for Batman 3, based on nothing but rumor and hope. I like the Catwoman appearance.

And the Harley (not sure about Kristen Bell as Harley, though I love her in Veronica Mars).

Not sure I love The Riddler, but I'm interested in the NPH casting...

More Legos

Lots of Lego-related products out there these days. I assume this is more nostalgia throw-back for those of us old enough to recall them from our childhood, and with extra money to burn on buying our childhood back.

Lego alarm clock (my favorite of this group):

Lego 4-port USB hub:

Lego earphones:

Lego MP3 player:

Lego-inspired iPod docking station: