Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pankun and James and Other Such Craziness

So thanks to PC Magazine's "100 Favorite Blogs" I have found some new sites that I can't live without!

I think that everyone should start going to TVinJapan.com because it may be the most amazing blog you will ever explore. There are so many great things on this site because TV in Japan is completely awesome. Let me give you an example of one of the greatest things I have ever seen:
Pankun and James
Click the link above to watch as this amazing monkey and bulldog as they train to become firefighters and learn about earthquakes. I have never seen anything this amazing in my life and I just don't understand why this isn't a show here in the US! I mean seriously, if people are willing to sit and watch Meerkat Manor why wouldn't they want to watch Pankun & James? Discovery Channel/Animal Planet have to step up their game! I recommend typing Pankun and James into Google or search through TV in Japan when you have a chance in order to find more videos of this crazy pair as they Take a Meeting with Disney, recreate a scene from Jurassic Park, and so much more!

Here are some of the other great blogs that I couldn't resist after checking out PC Magazines Favorite 100:

AdFreak
Adweek's blog for all that's new and crazy in the world of advertising. Sure most of us try to avoid ads as much as possble (thank goodness for DVRs & Tivo and their fast forward functions) except during the Superbowl (though even those ads have been mostly disappointing as of late). Even so there are some ads that catch our eye and get us laughing, staring in disbelief, or drooling over whatever it is that makes us drool and AdFreak seems to do a good job at discovering many of those while allerting readers to certain advertising trends.

EcoGeek
Environmental consciousness and geekdom really do go hand in hand and this site proves it. Stay up to date on what's new in the world of eco-friendly technology. You'll truly be surprised at how far they are coming. There are many companies out there making products that will help us live a sustainable lifestyle without giving up the technological devices we can't live without.

TreeHugger
Yeah that's right this geek cares a lot about the environment (as we all should). This blog is all about environmental friendliness. It's filled with information on a variety of topics: Design & Architecture, Culture & Celebrity, Travel & Nature, Food & Health, Business & Politics, and Fashion & Beauty. It's not as hard to be eco-conscious as you might think.

Coolest-Gadgets
I think the name pretty much explains itself. Gadgets are cool and this blog will keep you up to date on what's new with robots, remote controls, concept cars, and so much more!

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Have you ever wanted to be an evil mad scientist? This it the blog to start you on your way. You don't need to be a scientist to make crazy creations. Check it out and start creating!

Sci Fi Tech
The sci-fi channel knows what's cool - gadgets of the future! Their blog brings the reality of science fiction to light. Hooray for technology!

Pink Tentacle
If TV in Japan wasn't enough to show you how cool Japan can be this site should be definitive proof. From cute pillows to crazy robots to out of control architecture they cover what's new and awesome in Japan.

Kotaku
This isn't your typical video game blog. It covers video game releases to video game appearances in popular TV shows to gourds carved as pumpkins. The thing I like about this site is it's friendly tone and the fact that they talk about games without giving reviews. It tells you what's out there without telling you how to feel about it.

ShackNews
Another quality video game website. I don't really have much to say about it but they have a lot of up to date information on what's new in video games. Definitely a good place to get your info.

Blogs are truly addictive and if you haven't found one that suits your fancy check out PC Magazine's list. There is something there that will appeal to everyone. For those of you that are anti-blog (and if that's the case why are you reading my blog? not that I'm complaining you just keep on reading!) check out PC Magazine's Top 100 Undiscovered Websites and Top 100 Classic Websites.

--AnnaMay

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Trekking it

Things have been so busy but now that I have a moment it's time to finally post something we have been talking about on the show for the last few weeks: the new Star Trek film.

Articles (like this) are finally coming out with lists of the main cast members and I have to say I'm pretty pleased. So here is the list:

Captain Kirk: Chris Pine
Spok: Zachary Quinto
Dr. McCoy (Bones): Karl Urban
Scotty: Simon Pegg
Sulu: John Cho
Uhura: Zoe Saldana
Chekov: Anton Yelchin

None of them are huge stars which I like, and I really do like the choices they made. I am especially happy with Chris Pine. The thing about him is that some of his bigger movies have been fluffy (Princess Diaries 2, Just My Luck). Despite the fact that they weren't quality films he was good in them. He was also in Smokin' Aces as a complete madman. The reason I bring up these movies is because he is able to completely transform himself fore the various roles. I definitely think he should be able to do a good job as Kirk.

As for Zachary Quinto we have been pleased about him being Spok since it was just a rumor.

I don't know what I think about Karl Urban as Bones. I've seen many of the bigger movie's he's been in and he always gives a good performance, but I have never seen him do any roles even similar to Bones. Even so, I'm hopeful.

Simon Pegg as Scotty seems a little strange to me, but I do think he'll do a good job. He'll be able to bring some fun humor to the role.

So what about John Cho as Sulu? I like John Cho. He's not just MILF guy from American Pie or Harold to Kal Penn's Kumar. If you saw him in the short lived series Kitchen Confidential you would have a better understanding of why he could make a good Sulu. In the least he is another actor that could infuse some humor into his role.

And then there is the always sultry Uhura. Well in terms of looks Zoe Saldana certainly fits the bill (even as a pirate). She hasn't been in too many big films and I have nothing bad to say about her.

Finally we have Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The only problem I have with him is that he is so young. They might have to do something to make him look older so that he fits in and fits the role. It's fitting that he was born in Eastern Europe so hooray for that :) Anyway despite his age he has shown a lot of promise and talent. Even so I have never seen him play a role like Chekov or even a role where he has to play an adult so that makes me a bit nervous. Still I think he can pull it off.

So overall I am pleased and hopefull. Let's hope J.J. Abrams can pull of a quality Star Trek film. No matter what we'll end up seeing it but it will be truly painful if it doesn't live up to expectations.

--AnnaMay

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Movie Maybes

So CHUD is where it's at for me today. Not only do they seem to have the skinny on the live action Dragon Ball Z movie but they seem to have word on the possibility of another Serenity movie.

DRAGON BALL Z
In terms of the Dragon Ball Z movie they say that James Wong has been tapped to write and direct it. While I am hopeful from his work on things like X-Files I have to say the descriptions of the characters listed in the CHUD article leaves me a bit scared. As a fan of the anime hearing Goku described as someone "considered uncool and unpopular at school" makes me cringe. We must remember that Goku is not just an amazing martial artist but more importantly an alien, a Saiyan from the destroyed planet Vegeta. By the time Dragon Ball Z begins Piccolo is more friend than foe for Goku and let's not forget the biggest part: there is never any school well actually there is school but Gohan, Goku's son attends it. That's right in Dragon Ball Z Goku and Chi Chi are married with a son (eventually multiple sons over the course of the series). Now I know I shouldn't be such a purist since this is a live action film that should appeal to both DBZ fans and non-fans but it bothers me that Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z seem to be combined and they are leaving out key plot points.
Check out more DBZ info from Wikipedia.

SERENITY News
As for Serenity I would love to see them make another movie. I wish there was more than one season of the Firefly series. But that being said I think I agree with the writer of the CHUD article that perhaps direct to dvd is the way to go. I think it could have a great audience even if they are more likely to rent or buy the dvd than they are to go to a movie theater. If they got the primary cast members (well those that haven't been killed off) I would buy any direct to dvd movie they put out (though I'd certainly go see the movie on the big screen too). Nathan Fillion, you rock! There are plenty of Browncoats out there and Joss Whedon has a cult-like following. So I guess we'll have to see how and if this develops further. Long live Serenity!
More Serenity info from Wikipedia.

Yay news!

--AnnaMay

American Gladiators 2008

So you have probably heard the rumors that they will be bringing back American Gladiators next year. For some reason this excites me more than it probably should. I remember watching Blaze and Lazer and Ice etc... roughing up some contestants in their red white and blue spandex. I assume the old gladiators are now too old so who will take their place and will they go by the same awesome psuedonyms? I can only hope so. And they better keep the spandex. I will certainly protest spandex, sweats, or any sort of "sexy" atire - these are GLADIATORS, not trainers.

Now I bring this up not just to talk about the awesomeness of American Gladiators (which I pray they schedule for either Saturday or Sunday) but because I read a rumor that Hulk Hogan himself is going to be the host. Now let me just say this better not be Terry Hogan I want Hulkmania! I want yellow spandex to go with his bleached hair and awesome mustache. That's right spandex for the gladiators and spandex for the host.

Ok next thing to bring back from my childhood: Double Dare! I'll take the physical challenge. And now that Mark Summers makes shows for the Food Network those kids can slide into gourmet dishes.

So anyway is anyone else as excited for American Gladiators as I am?

--AnnaMay

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It's All About Smallville Baby!

So Smallville has been making headlines this month. Erica Durance (Smallville's Lois Lane) graces the cover of Maxim while Smallville's newest hero Supergirl herself Laura Vandervoort flew onto the cover of Stuff.

Then we have our own Geek World headline: we got interviews with some of the cast of Smallville and we'll be playing some of them this Saturday (don't worry I'll post the link once we have the interview shows archived online).

Don't forget the new season of Smallville starts tomorrow (Thursday, September 27) with an episode called Bizarro, that's right we get to see Tom Welling playing Clark Kent & Bizarro (it should be interesting to see how they interpret that character). It looks like this might be one of the most exciting seasons yet. New characters (such as Supergirl mentioned above) will be joining the cast while characters we thought were gone for good are coming back (namely James Marsters as Brainiac). Plus some actors from the Superman universe will make appearances (can you say Dean Cain & Helen Slater).

This season expect to see more of the Martian Manhunter and let's not forget our favorite members of the Justice League (who may have acquired some new members). Plus this is supposedly Michael Rosenbaum's last season so it will be interesting to see if Lex Luthor goes completely over to the dark side.

--AnnaMay

Friday, September 14, 2007

Afterlife

We were lucky enough to have Stormcrow Hayes on our show on 9/1/2007. If you haven't checked out his (non traditional) manga Afterlife you are really missing out! This twisted and unusual look into what happens when we die is like nothing you have ever seen before. From the character design by Rob Steen (one of our main characters, Thaddeus, has a bullet hole in his head while another main character, Mercutio, is burnt to a crisp) to the mysteries that surround them you won't be able to put the book down. Imagine if there was no heaven and no hell--everyone who dies all end up in the same place looking just as they did when they died. This is the world of Afterlife.

So far only part one is out. You can pick it up at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or get it straight from Tokyopop. Part 2 won't be out for a while but we'll keep you updated. Plans are to have Stormcrow back on the show right before it's out and if we're lucky he'll come back for some geek talk before that!

For now be sure to check out Afterlife. It's mix of philosophy, history, and humor will keep you interested and the images will keep you staring.

Geek World highly recommends it!

--AnnaMay

Monday, August 27, 2007

Heroes Season 1 DVD

In case you missed our show on Saturday we spent a bunch of time talking about the DVD's for Heroes Season 1. They are jam packed with special features including deleted scenes, commentaries, various featurettes, etc... If you've been watching the show you will certainly want the DVD's for the special features and to rewatch the episodes. If you haven't seen Heroes yet then what's wrong with you? But seriously you really should check it out and this DVD set will have you all ready for when season 2 premiers. The DVD's come out tomorrow (Tuesday, August 28) and Geek World gives them a seal of approval. They are also available on HDDVD.

--AnnaMay

Focus on SPEED RACER Focus!!!

Hey, Steve from Collider.com (who we've meet a few times, nice guy) just broke an interview with Susan Sarandon talking about the new camera the Wachowski Brothers are using in Speed Racer.

Hocus, Pocus, Focus...HERE

or this collection of quotes I grabbed from the sight from Susan:

"They’re using some high def thing that comes with guards and it’s beyond anything I’ve ever….They’re doing something where they’re layering film so that the front and the back are in focus like a cartoon and they’re also doing two dimensional and three dimensional stuff and mixing and everything is very, very saturated with some new kind of film, so they actually have to treat the actors in some way so we can hold our own with the background."

Sweet! Everything in the frame in focus? This sounds like really awesome new technology and the perfect example of a film maker(s) trying to pay aesthetic homage to the original movie (or in this case anime, or cartoon depending on how you look at it). I was already excited for the movie but now I'm over the moon. I know some people have been grumbling about this project, primarily because of the Wachowski's, but I think people aren't giving the Wachowski's the benefit of the doubt because of the Matrix sequels (particulary "Revolutions"), but heh, remember how amazing The Matrix was when it first came out? Also I don't think I've ever seen a technology or scene more ripped off, spoofed and homaged than the bullet time sequence in the first Matrix, so I have complete confidence that Speed Racer will at least look amazing. Whether or not the script is any good I have no idea, I know there's reviews of it online but I think I'll wait to see the final product, I still think it's more fun like that.

Thanks to Steve "Frosty" Weintraub from Collider.Com, and Moriarty from AintitCoolNews.Com for all of the info

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Super Mars

In case you haven't heard yet the beautiful Kristen Bell will be joining the cast of Heroes. We have enjoyed her work in Veronica Mars, and Reefer Madness: The Musical and as huge Heroes fans we couldn't be happier. She has been tapped to play a mysterious could be good could be bad new character attached closely to H.R.G. and Claire. All we know so far is that she will be introduced committing a serious crime and her character will progress from there. So far it's only certain that she will be in a few episods but come on this is friggin Kristen Bell you can't cancel Kristen Bell. Veronica Mars may be gone but the sleuthing blonde will go on! I really don't have much more than that to say other than that. Kristen is always a great choice!!

--AnnaMay

Update: Word has it that she will be on for at least 13 episodes. Booya!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Wonder Woman, Woooo-Man!

Alright so this Wonder Woman movie will probably never get made. Joss Whedon wasted 2 years of his life writing the script he was supposed to direct only to have WB give him the thumbs down. Who even knows if the charecter can bring in an audience at this point, Lynda Carter's version stopped airing almost 18 years ago, and unlike Batman, Superman or Spiderman that also had tv versions in the 50's, 60's and 70's respectively, Wonder Woman just doesn't have the same mass appeal. I could be wrong and I hope I am if the movie does get made because I'm a big fan of the DC cannon, and Wonder Woman is a cool charecter.
But even if this movie is in a stand still, there's always going to be casting rumors. Lot's of names have been rumored for the part, I remember years ago Sandra Bullock's name being mentioned, and supposedly Joss had Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother in mind (but who knows maybe he was kidding?), even American Idol'r Katherine Mcphee (jeez, I mean she's hot, but I can only imagine her as like a Bond Girl or something). But the new casting rumor is down right horrible, like "Oh darn, your baby's a mutant freak horrible". Who could possibly be this bad of a choice?

KATIE HOLMES!!!!!

What the Hell? Seriously? I mean it's just a rumor, and it seems like one she's propagating, but seriously? I mean let's not even get into the fact she might have bore the Anti-Christ, or if nothing else that weird ghost spirit from Ghost Busters II, but she's just a terrible, terrible actress. Listen, I know it's Wonder Woman, we don't need like Dame Judy Dench or Cate Blanchett or a "real actress" per-say, but freaking Katie Holmes? It's not bad enough she nearly ruined the amazing Batman Begins with her dinner theater acting? Now she needs to soil Wonder Woman? Does she own stock in Marvel? Did some one wearing a Green Lantern shirt hurt her when she was a child? The only thing I ever liked her in was Sam Raimi's The Gift and it was because of (Hey if you like under 18, don't click the link, NSFW) THIS heart warming scene. According to the article she wants to get back into acting and thinks this is a great role, please, please do not hire her WB.
Now on to who I think should play Wonder Woman. There was a time that I thought Jessica Biel would be perfect. She's beautiful, athletic and a pretty muscular, but not so much that she's unfeminite. I mean look at this.
You Must Have Seen These By Now
Apparently she can kinda act, according to some people who saw the Illusionist. I liked her abs alot in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and she was hot in Blade Trinity (easily one of the worst movies ever made), and she was really slutty in Rules Of Attraction, though I can't really tell if she can act. Either way Jessica Biel has taken a back seat to my new nominee who would be perfect for Wonder Woman, and that young lady is...
Michelle Ryan
I liked her in the Bionic Woman pilot, she's gorgeous, athletic, and kinda tall for a girl at 5'7, not exactly an amazon but that's pretty tall, though Lynda Carter is 5'9. She does action really well and got an american accent down really quickly, but it wasen't until we started watching the BBC show Jekyll that I knew she was perfect.
For one she can actually act, which made me happy because I wasen't so sure with the short BW pilot we saw at Comic-Con, but mostly she reminded me alot of Lynda Carter in the show. She has pulled back brown hair, she's in ridiculously tight clothes, and she's got a broader frame (only in that she's not some freaky meth stick, there's nothing un-feminite about this chick) that makes you believe she could put up a goodfight, and that she is more of an amazon.
So that's it, hell no on Katie, love ya Cobie, love ya Jessica, but the new British import Michelle Ryan gets my pick for WW, and Michelle you can totally lasso me with your Lasso Of Truth, I ain't going to lie to you baby.

Thanks to I'mNotObsessed.com, DarkHorizons.com, Imdb.com, Imagetoob.com, MrSkin.com and Google.com for all the stuff

--DAVE

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Bionic Jekyll

In case you need more reasons to watch the new Bionic Woman when it starts you should try and check out Michelle Ryan's performance on the BBC show Jekyll, but this is about the many reasons to watch Jekyll.

In a time where so many TV shows and movies rely on CGI, heavy makeup, and prosthetics to create alter-egos and denote physical changes it's comforting to have a show that uses minimal makeup and intense dramatic acting to show the change from Jekyll (Dr. Jackman) to Hyde. While I'm not familiar with any of James Nesbitt's other work but based on his role as Dr. Tom Jackman I would certainly check out some of his past shows and movies.

The show is a twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story and in fact it incorporates the book into the mythos of this present day story. When the show begins Dr. Tom Jackman is already well aware of his alter ego and has a number of methods for keeping track of him. Many mysterious characters interact with Dr. Jackman & Hyde and both are put in a variety of unusual circumstances. Want an example? I have 2 words for you: lion's cage.

Michell Ryan plays Katherine Reimer, a mental health professional hired by Dr. Jackman to be an impartial mediator between himself and his alter ego. While she initially things it is all in his mind but upon witnessing the change she observes numerous physical differences. She is believable as the strong, smart, insightful character she portrays and this gives me high hopes for the Bionic Woman (it was hard to tell just how good she was in the pilot we saw at Comic-Con).

I won't go into any more detail because it's so much better to watch the show and find out what transpires. The thing I have noticed about the few shows I have watched from the BBC is the cinematic feel. Jekyll is no different.

If that's not enough reason to watch then let us not forget Michelle Ryan's unfathomably tight outfits. To call her the bionic woman is putting it lightly.

I don't know if there will be another season (if there is it will obviously have to be without Michell Ryan). We are lucky enough to have the episodes via Time Warner On Demand but if you don't have access to the show currently you should absolutely check out the DVD's when they come out.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we are.

--AnnaMay

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

BIONIC WOMAN SPOILER FEST!!

Boy blogging's hard. Apparently I'm supposed to update this daily, who knew? Anyway AnnaMay and I just got back from the radest freaking trip ever and I need to finish up any of the Comic Con stuff we haven't already talked about. There will be some spoiler stuff but I'll put a little SPOILER ALERT sign so you can see it. Wait a sec, if you just scanning through this right now and don't want to read any spoilers you probably aren't reading anymore. Anyway since most of this news is now weeks old, it seems like a prudent time to write this, nothing but current up-2-date news comming from Geek World!

Here we go as easily as possible.

BIONIC WOMAN PANEL

The main attraction of the Bionic Woman panel (other than the fact that the Heroes Panel was in the same room 4 hours after Bionic Woman started and people wanted seats for Heroes) was the 30 min of the pilot episode they showed. Since I have no decency I'm going to go through some plot points of the episode, so if you hate spoilers stop reading at the big spoiler sign.

So these are some spoiler scenes, if some of the dialouge is weird it's cause I don't remember it all that well, but that's not going to stop me from having fun!

SPOILERS BEGIN!!!!

-The scene opens up at Wolf Creek, a covert military installation. We see a bunch of military guys led by an Asian dude (played by Will Yun Lee, you know the japanese bad guy in Elektra?, wait you didn't see Elektra? Congratulations you might still have a soul left) walking down a hall talking about the "canidate" and there's obviously a problem, because the floor of the hall is strewn with dead bodies. The soldiers get to their destination and there's a blonde woman in a medical apron kneeling over a body with blood all over her mouth. She sees the japanese guy and says "tell me you love me" then he shoots her, but he shoots into the camera (is that even allowed on tv?). Then he says "I love ya shawty, let me po ya a drank!" (well he might of said I love you, but probably not the other stuff).

-3 years later we're in San Francisco and we meet Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan) and her deaf younger sister (Mae Whitman, who was in Arrested Development who will be replaced by Lucy Hale, who played Robin's sister in an episode of How I Met Your Mother) who's living with her. It seems like they don't get along and sibling troubles ensue. "You don't understand me because I'm Deaf!"/ "You don't understand me because I'm English Govna' " or something to that effect.

-We meet Jamie's boyfriend, Mark Anthros (played by Chris Bowers, who was in Rescue Me)whose some kind of Bio-Mechanic surgeon or something, he's like Bukaroo Banzai he's a surgeon, a rockstar, a ninja, or maybe just some kind of genious surgeon guy. Jamie asks Mark "Why are you with me" he says "cause your freaking hot, don't they have mirrors at that bar you work at?" actually he didn't say that, I don't remember what he said, but it should have been that.

-Jamie and Mark have dinner, and he tells her he's going away to Paris or someplace far for a few months and wants her to come, she says he's her baby daddy. Now I ain't saying she's a gold digger, just kidding, she's our main charecter dammit! I mean she is a 24-year-old Bar Tender, but! She has bionic morals! Of course he's like "lets get married hot soon to be Bionic woman". Then they're driving in the car talking about baby names and POW!!!! COOLEST CAR CRASH EVER!! The car gets t-boned by a semi and flips about 100 times and then wraps itself around a lamp post, though only Jamie is hurt. Oh and the crazy blonde chick from the first scene is doing the driving.

-Crazy blonde hangs out with crazy maybe Euro-trash bad guy, who we find out wants the Bionic Docter Boyfriend killed. OOPS!

-Mark puts the smackdown on Wolf Creek, led now by the always awesome Miguel Ferrera (Hey man he was in ROBOCOP, snorting coke off the breasts of 2 hookers, if I'm ever that cool in a movie that cool then I'm good to go, my life will pretty much be complete) and Mark tells them he's going to save her no matter what! Then Miguel does a line off a hooker and is like "Dude, you want to put $50 million worth of technology into a bar tender? are you stoned? I mean sure it will cut down the time it takes to make a Mojito substantially, but is that cool havanna beverage really worth all the money?" and while Miguel weighed the delights of a tastey beverage with $50 million wasted Mark locked himself and Jamie into the OR. OHHH!!SNAP!

-They do the surgery, then it's basically the promo scene we've all seen, she wakes up freaks about her new limbs and flings Mark acoss the room, cool effects on the bionic limbs.

-Lots of scenes of the Wolf Creek people deciding if they should go ahead with Jamie or just off her, the asian dude doesn't think it's such a good idea to keep Jaime alive, and then Mark says "This comming from the guy who played docter with the last one" (that's pretty close to the actual line), and the asian guy asked why Mark was such a playa hater, hilarity ensued (uhm... yeah that's pretty much verbatim, I think...). Before the good covert military folk can decide Mark breaks Jamie out, and by the way she is PISSED! I mean BIONIC-PISSED. She still doesn't understand she would have died without the surgery, and thinks Mark was doing his own cybernetic version of Boxing Helena (no that's horrible, it's not true, well she is mad...but I don't think she thinks he's psycho, but maybe).

-Jamie runs in the forrest from a helicopter, all of the sudden we see a cool CSI type internal zoom-in of her bionic legs, and all of the sudden she's motoring. She runs past a car with a little girl in it, the little girl tells her driving mother that she see's a woman running next to the car, the mother of course doesn't see Jamie, stop lying little girl! Clear homage to Superman 1 train scene with a young Lois Lane.

-At this point we find out psycho blonde chick is named Sara Corvis (played by the HOTTTT! Katee Sackoff who played Captain Starbuck in BattleStar Galactica, the manager of Battlestar's Starbucks, I can only assume, I mean they are everywhere!) who was the first Bionic Woman, but unlike Jamie she's from a military background.

-Jamie gets home, contimplates suicide, decides to jump across 2 buildings, good effect.

-Jamie is back working at the bar. Sara Corvis shows up and sweet talks her, Jamie can't quite remember she condemed her to Bionicism. Jamie freaks out because the microchips in her brain are starting to work and she can hear everything around her. It's a neat scene all and all and then she runs out into the dark alley and there's the staple cliche'd rapist with a knife that's in about every superheroine movie, comic and tv show EVER! But hey it's always fun to see a hot chick kick some scummy dude's ass so it's all good. She takes him down with Krav Maga (the micorchips in her brain have conditioned her for combat warfare) and his switch blade flys up in the air only to later stab into the concrete, which of course insane, but hey this is the Bionic Woman not Joe's Real Life Show About Reality (which by the way, BLOWS!).

- Jamie is talking to Mark in her apartment, suddenly there's a sniper bullet that shatters the glass. Jaimie see's it's Sara and speeds up to the the rooftop to fight her. The 2 beautiul women are standing in the pouring rain staring each other down before the epic battle of good against evil. Then they take off their jackets to reveal white t-shirts and then they do Jello shots and talk about the wild days back in college and then OWWWW!!!!! Jeez sorry AnnaMay! Maybe that last part I made up about the white t-shirts and stuff, but I'm pretty sure that's what I saw! Anyway balls out Bionic beatdown, some cool fighting and effects. Both girls have good chemistry together as advisaries and we find that both women are worthy opponents, although Sara is more Bionic then Jamie.

-The bad chick gets away, Jamie tells Miguel she knows she's all that and if he sends his goons after her she'll bust a bionic cap. An uneasy partnership is formed, yada yada the end.


END SPOILERS

So that was some of the pilot, parts are being reshot because they were recasting the younger sister (to the chagrin of the audience). I'm not sure what to say about Michelle Ryan other than she's stunning. She's really beautiful, she might be a good actress, it was kinda hard to tell, she's by no means bad, and I think that she's perfect for the role, but I still can't tell how good of an actress she is, but I don't care the show looks badass and the women are hot and that's good enough for me (That's terrible right? Worst opinions ever!). I'm not sure why they recasted the sister, AnnaMay read somewhere that the actress (who is not really deaf) was horrible at sign language, but let's just say it straight, and sorry if this sounds pervy, but they replaced her with a hotter chick. I know, how horrible that I say such a thing, oh no it's because the new girl looks more like Michelle Ryan, and she looks a little younger, more like a high schooler! BLAH BLAH, the girl is clearly "hotter" in how our youth obsessed psycho culture deems good looks, sorry but that's show buisness kids.

If your in to Battlestar Galactica Mark Sheppard (Romo Lampkin in BSG, but we at Geek World know him as a serial killing ghost in Medium and a shifty gangster in Firefly) and Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol from Galactica) and of course Katee Sackhoff (Kara "Starbuck" Thrace) are all in it, and the show is Executive produced by David Eick, Executive Producer of BSG.

Oh yeah one more SPOILER ALERT

-at the TV Guide pannel one of the creators said "The Bionic women will develop a very special relationship" NICE!!!! It better not be one of those silly Thelma and Louise suicide pact friendships based on hating men, sure most of us are bad, but some of us are clever radio show hosts! and some of us are radio show host sans the clever, it's all good ladies.

END SPOILER

So check it out, sorry for the people behind Bionic Women that I gave out some plot points, but the good news is I didn't get any of the dialouge right so at least that's been saved. We really liked the pilot and we'll definetly be checking it out this season, as long as there's lots of rain scenes where hot chicks who look like models kick each other, cause that's what this country is all about dammit!

--DAVE

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Comic Con Day 2: Their Back and This Time It's For Real!

We felt pretty wiped out after the first day, all the walking all the stuff to see, it was crazy. But alas the show must go on, we pulled ourselves outta bed and started day 2 of Comic Con.

We spent the morning walking through the middle of the floor where all the shiny neat stuff was like the Weta, Hasbro, Lucas Film, Marvel, DC, Heroes, Capcon, Playstation and all the other neat booths were. We got cool pictures of alot of the booths you can see HERE

We saw a big Optimus Prime, a recreation of the Ark of the Covenant for Indy 4, trippy Darth Vader Helmets, Lord Voldermort, the Mach 5 just crazy awesome stuff, Geektastic to the hizzie. After walking around for an hour or two we made our way upstairs to get the skinny on the new comics IDW is comming out with.

It was a real low-key layed back panel hosted by the publisher Chris Ryall, with Cory Doctorow, David and Scott Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Brian Lynch (Spike). First they talked about their Million Dollar Baby 30 Days of Night, the new movie comming out and the new comic book 30 Days of Night: Red Snow, written and illustrated by the artist for the original 30 Days Ben Templesmith. In this comic the vampires are in Russia during WWII.


-They talked about the Beowulf comic being adapted from the Neil Gaiman, Roger Avery script for the upcomming motion capture movie directed by Robert Zemekis. Written by Chris Ryall and with art by Gabriel Rodriguez it will come out in 4 weekly installments in october.


-Transformers: Search For Starscream (tentitive title), picks up right where the movie left off after Star Scream blasts out into space, but no Megatron changing into a tiny pistol? What gives?


- Star Trek: Year 4, single issue stories, each contained like a single episode from the original series, it's literally year 4 of the first 5 year mission. SWEET!!!


-Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, single issue comics based on some of the strange new life the enterprise has discovered over the different series. Scott and David Tipton will work on the first comic about the GORN set before the 2nd Star Trek movie. Followed by the fan favorite BORG written by Steve Niles who wrote 30 Days of Night, followed by VULCANS written by X-Men legend John Byrne.


-Star Trek: Intelligence Gathering, a 5 part series of aliens getting together (they explained it much more eloquently) written by Scott Tipton and illustrated by David Messina.


-Angel: After the Fall, this one we're really excited about, Brian Lynch who wrote Spike: Asylum will be writing the 6th season of Angel in comic form, and co-plotting the comics with Joss Whedon!!! Brian joked a few times that they all died, but one tidbit they did give was "Some people you thought were gone are gone, but some people you thought were gone forever might be returning" (AnnaMay thinks that means Fred might make a return, but who knows?) and it will run at least 12+ issues (can we do sequel to Smile Time written by Ben Edlund? Please!Please!).


-Dr. Who, all I really got from this is that it's the 10th Dr. Who and it looks very zany. Gary Russell who was a story editor on the TV series is part of the creative team on the comic.


-Speed Racer, kind of a new age version of Speed, reinvented for the new generation, wait a sec they changed Chim Chim? They're also revealing the Mach 6! Sweet!


-Zombies VS Robots VS Amazons, Written by Chris Ryall, what can I say that the title already doesn't?


We did alot on friday but I can only type so much! Dammit Jim I'm a radio host not a sternographer!


--DAVE

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Fanboys Panel

Next up we grabbed a front row seat for the Fanboys Panel. Now I'll be completely honest, the only reason we went to this panel was because Kristen Bell was going to be there. It's a cute idea for a movie and I like the Star Wars movies and all (though I don't think it's the second coming like so many other people), but it was all for Kristen.

They started off by playing a clip, SPOILER ALERT we'll be giving a synopsis of most of the scenes, so if you don't want to know anything skip to the next paragraph. The first clip started off in a house party rocking to Chumba Wumba (they did their best to make the music and the rest of the mi sen scene historically accurate) that quickly gets ambushed by 2 Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. Quickly the figures unmask because one of the Storm Trooper's cod-piece is hurting him, and it's 3 of our main characters Hutch played by Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), Linus played by Chris Marquette (Joan of Arcadia) and Windows played by Jay Baruchel (Numbers). There's a funny line where one of the characters says "When it came time for battle Boba Fett was like freaking Michael Bay all style and no substance" Then the 3 friends are re-united with their old friend Eric played by Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns), 2 of the old friends are happy to see Sam but it's obvious Linus, is hurt by there long separation. Then the next clip we see Kristin! Now let me tell you guys Kristen is a beautiful woman but they give her a dorky haircut and make her a brunette so she's not as "hot" as normal, but who cares I'm just happy she's working!

The lights came on and the director Kyle Newman came out and introduced his cast, Dan Fogler, Chris Marquette and the producers Matt Perniciaro and Dana Brunetti. Where's Kristen? What the FRAK? (I'm such a poser I've never even seen the new Battlestar Galactica, I know, I know, I'm busy!!!) So they start by playing a clip from the movie. Just for a quick overview this movie is set in 1998 before the Phantom Menace came out, and the main characters are Star Wars obsessed Fan Boys trying to break into the Skywalker Ranch to steal a cut of the movie so their friend dying of cancer can see it before he goes the way of the first Death Star.

SPOILER ALERT

The next clip had the 3 characters who cos-played in the party hanging out and playing Mario Kart 64 (AWESOME!!!! one of the best multi-player games EVER!) when there's a knock at the door. It's Eric and he wants to talk with Linus. They go outside and argue, Linus feels abandoned and Eric feels like he grew up because he had to and he was the only one (out of their friends) to do so. During the argument they made a lot of funny Star Wars references including when Eric accused Linus of "Wasting your life in Hutch's (Dan Fogler) garage arguing whether or not Luke really had a thing for Leia" where Linus replied "No! anybody knows that as soon as Luke knew Leia was his sister it was hands off" and there was some funny dialogue after but I'm not the Grinch I won't spoil everything...just some things.


So they ended the clip and the lights came back on and all of the sudden the director announced Kristen Bell has arrived!!! She creeped up to the seat and the crowd went wild. The director talked about Lucas being incredibly supportive and letting them shoot at the Ranch, he also described the movie as a "Love Letter" to the Star Wars movies, this worried me because the last time someone described their movie as a "Love Letter" it was Bryan Singer talking about Superman Returns. The director described the story's backdrop of 1998 before the Phantom Menace came out, "Regardless of your feelings about the Phantom Menace, it takes place in that special time when it's about the anticipation what it could be and all that matters is that everyone together was excited about it as fans...because that was the best time to be a fanboy."

SPOILER ALERT

The next clip they played had the amazing Danny Trejo in it. The guys were sitting around the camp fire eating guacamole that they soon find out is made with peyote. They start hallucinating, the funniest being Hutch getting humped by a Ewok, CLASSIC! Great casting and a very funny scene.

SPOILER ALERT

Then they showed another clip of the guys in the van getting pulled over by the cops, unfortunately they still have some magic cactus so they decide to floor it with an excellent scene dedicated to Han and the Millennium falcon escaping at some point in one of the Star Wars movies (hey I said I wasn't a huge Star Wars fan, but if you are and see this movie you'll know exactly what scene they're alluding too, the one where the hyper-drive won't work). It was a hilarious seen with a great gag at the end as the van crashes through a sign that reads "Join the Police Force" leaving an imprint that looks like Darth's helmet and now reads "Join the Force", it was really excellent.

They made a funny comment about Dan wanting to do the Ewok humping scene over and over again because it was cold out during the shoot, and the director said how surreal it was to give the Ewok humping directions, "Like harder, please stroke his hair, just play with his ear a little"

SPOILER ALERT

Next they showed a clip of them breaking into the Lucas ranch, which was also hilarious. They find a big door mannered after a door in the Death Star (or something) they enter and find Geek Heaven (Fan Boy Heaven) including Darth Vader's Costume, R2D2, Han's outfit, and of course they start playing with all the props. Kristen imitates Leia to R2D2 saying "Help me Obi-Won Kenobi", then we see the security camera room with guards dressed like the guards in THX 1138, they see the Fan Boys and quickly investigate. One of the guards takes off his mask and surprise! it's Ray Park! Darth Maul from Phantom Menace (and Toad in X-Men), and he does a little snazzy martial arts thing, very cool. Then they make a quick escape into the garbage shoot which inevitably leads to the garbage room modeled after the one in Star Wars, with of course crushing walls.

END SPOILERS...FOR A LITTLE BIT

The cast talked about random things they were Fanboys of, Kristen said Hockey (she's from Detroit home of the Red Wings, and Eminem, and Axel Foley, and...cars). Dan Fogler has a big comic collection, and they talked about going weapon shopping in a shady flee market in Mexico that the director described as "where they shot half of the episodes of COPS". They talked about the how much fun eveyone had on set, how the fans in Albuquerque helped them out by showing up to a scene in their Star Wars outfits. Some one asked if George Lucas will be in the movie, the director said his voice will be in it, except he doesn't know it yet, but he's still trying to get him.
Someone asked Kristen about her donning the infamous Leia bikini and you can see her response HERE

Someone asked what Kristen's next project is (after that person called the CW assholes for cancelling Veronica Mars, right on sista!!)"I just got done shooting a comedy called Forgetting Sarah Marshall in Hawaii that should come out next year by the makers of Knocked up" I'm guessing these pictures are from the set (hey don't call me a perv, she's 4 months older than me!)

There's some notable appearance's in the film by William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Willams, Seth Rogen (he plays all the bad guys), Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes is on the DVD (supposedly he was too dirty for the film).

SPOILER ALERT

They showed a clip before they left of the cast in the van singing their rendition of what I believe was the bar song played in Jabba's bar in Return of the Jedi (if it turns out to be the first movie, sorry that's just my best guess).

That's pretty much it, all and all it was a great panel. I wasn't really that interested in the movie itself, but after watching the clips I think we'll definitely check it out. Though I would recommend watching the original trilogy first so that you get all of the allusions, because there is a plethora of them, but it looks hilarious and clearly looks like the best Star Wars themed buddy comedy cancer tragedy to come out next year.

--Dave

DAWN OF ROMERO!!!

We got there an hour early to ensure good seats (gotta see Veronica up close!), and were pleasantly surprised that George Romero was talking to a full house with the writer of World War Z (and the Zombie Survival Guide) Max Brooks. The panel was really informative and fun, Brooks is a smart guy and kept it light and funny. Romero had some great stories about working in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before he turned the horror genre on it's ear with Night of the Living Dead.


Interesting tid bit, alot of you may know Romero got screwed out of a ton of money on the original Living Dead by the Studio, that's why he made the remake in '90 so he could cash in on what was rightfully his. But he told us he got screwed because the studio bought the movie with the copyrighted title Night of the Flesh Eaters and they changed the title to Night of the Living Dead and because of the title change he lost the copyright on it.


Romero talked about being young and brash in Hollywood, saying they could have sold Night at a few major studios including Columbia, but they didn't because the studios wanted the classic UN-happy ending changed and Romero would have none of it. Brooks asked Romero about inventing the genre of Zombie movies and Romero said he wasn't really inventing a new type of monster as much as ghoulish type creatures that he based off the vampire monsters in the book I Am Legend (There's a movie version out this summer starring Will Smith, and a Charleston Heston movie in the 70's called Omega Man which is practically the same thing). It was a little strange hearing the zombies were a rip-off of I Am Legend, but it was refreshing to hear him plainly admit it, where there are countless ripoffs that never admit it, and hey everything's derivative of something else in one way or another.


He had a funny anecdote about he and Scorsese being the only 2 guys in NY at the same time renting the same 16mm print of a movie no one's ever heard of. They didn't know each other at the time but they knew of each other because if Romero didn't have it out "This Scorsese kid from Queens" had it, he said they finally meet years later and laughed about it and that on the DVD copy of this movie they both have commentaries on it. He talked about the fact that he made the most money in his career during a 10 year period where he developed a ton of projects that never saw the light of day, including a horror TV series. Then Romero talked about the creation of Dawn of the Dead.


"I didn't want to do a sequel just for the sake of doing a sequel and I really didn't think seriously about doing one until I socially knew people in Pittsburgh that developed that shopping mall. It was the first big indoor shopping mall in Pittsburgh and they invited me out to come take a look and I said, you know you've got civil defense supplies here, this could be a shelter and people could survive here, they could have anything they wanted and I said there it is!...I actually started to write and this is pure coincidence that Dario Argento called me up and asked if I had any interest in doing a sequel, another dead movie and I said funny you should ask I just got this idea, so he flew me over to Rome and put me in a little apartment and he said (Romero impersonating his Italian accent) 'You wright-a, you wright-a', so that's what I did".


Romero was really funny and cool and you really get the feeling that he was really just a normal guy who found himself revolutionizing the horror genre. Romero mentioned that each dead movie was allegorical for the time, including his last movie Land of the Dead being about the Bush Administration. He said he liked how Zack Snyder made the Dawn remake, but that it was more of an action movie and lost the point of the original. Romero has a new project coming up called Diary of the Dead but we didn't hear much about it. Romero also said he has a cool new project in mind but kept cryptic about it, "I have one really sorta balls out zombie comedy thing that I'd love to do...I can't tell you, it's too fragile..it's sort of a one trick pony and I don't want to give it away"

Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski showed up and talked about wanting to make a Night of the Living Dead TV series with Romero for years (might as well Babylon Fields got axed), starting with the first night and having a 5 season arc with the destruction of man kind. Then Straczynski told the audience about adapting Brooks Novel World War Z into a script "I was hired by Paramount to adapt his book to a feature film... and when I heard it was available I crawled naked and bleeding through five miles of broken glass and monkey vomit just for the chance because this is an extraordinary book!" While he lauded Brooks' book, Brooks slowly started moving under the table where Straczynski said "While your down there" and the crowd exploded with laughter. Brooks talked about how he signed an agreement with his publishers not to make a graphic novel based on WWZ for five years so it wouldn't compete with the book, but he will be making a graphic novel version of the Zombie Survival Guide.


Overall it was a great panel and we felt lucky to have stumbled into it. Someone asked Romero if he was planning to work with Simon or Ed anytime soon again "Simon just did a voice..did a news man for me over the phone for Diary" So there you go Romero fans. If you want more next weeks show (on 8/11) will have some clips from the panel

--Dave

COMIC CON FLOOR

First off the Comic Con Floor is GIGANTIC! We came into an entrance at one of the ends and didn't even get to the middle of the floor in the 3 hours we walked around talking to smaller comic publishers and wading through the waves of people (little did we know that the section we were in was much less congested than towards the middle). We saw the original big green Lou Ferrigno signing posters and talking to fans, I'm not sure how old he is but the dude still eats his Wheaties, he was freaking jacked! There wasn't as much cos-play on the floor on Thursday but then again there weren't as many people as the days to follow. Next on the agenda AnnaMay and I had a hankering for some Kristen Bell so we headed up the the room where the "Fanboys" panel was going to be.

--Dave

EXCELSIOR!! STAN LEE TRUE BELIEVER PANEL

So instead we headed to the Stan Lee True Believer panel where Stan the Man talked about a new documentary about his life and work. He was accompanied by legendary artist Dick Ayers, Paul Levitz head of DC, X-Men/Transformers producer Tom Desanto and Michael Uslan Executive Producer of Dark Knight and The Spirit. It was a great junket, Stan was hilarious and I swear he has 10 times more energy than either of us and he's like 50-60 years older, so that's just sad. Stan talked about the early days of Marvel and where Excelsior! came from, "years ago I used to write this column Stan's Soapbox and I would end every column with some sort of stupid phrase like Face-Front!, or Hang Loose! anything I could think of, and some how or another...Nuff Said... I would see those expressions cropping up in the DC books, they were called the National Books at the time. So I said to myself I've got to come up with some sort of expression where A they won't know what it means and B they won't know how to spell it.. so I got Excelsior, and I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying this because I might start seeing it crop up now, but until now excelsior has been ours alone!"
Paul Levitz answered a question about killing off comic characters and bringing them back to life, "I always thought the rule was if you show the dead body you weren't allowed to bring them back, but if you didn't show the body then you can play any trick you can come up with as a writer" Then Stan Lee expressed, "A comic book writer is like God, because who else can say, 'gee I killed that character last issue, I think I'll bring them back to life!' Its the most amazing feeling! You can kill someone, bring them back to life, you can wound them and then in the next panel their wound is miraculously healed you can do anything when you write comics, in fact I'm beginning to wonder if there is something a little bit God like about us? (Stan looks at the rest of the panel) I said US! I don't want to monopolize it all!"


Then we heard about Stan Lee at Carnegie Hall "Would you like to be in Carnegie Hall? and so I thought it was a joke, but he actually paid, he hired the hall and he put together some kind of little show. and I couldn't believe it, I was walking down 57Th street, in front of Carnegie Hall and There's a big sign, 'Tonight Stan Lee and Marvel', 'A day With Stan' whatever it was called, and it was a nonsensical show because we had nothing planned it was almost like this, but we got up there and we talked and kidded around and Roy Thomas was there and I think we had a band of people who were in comics, and people talked about comics and it was a crazy evening, and it was standing room only that's the funny thing, there were people standing around the aisles so I said to myself this is such a big success it will probably go on, it will be the longest running show, the next day they had something else and we were never invited back, but I had my one day at Carnegie Hall."
Stan talked about his cameos "obviously when a producer wants to make sure his movie will be a hit, Hey! let's have Stan do a cameo!...it's obvious" Then Stan described his new cameo on Iron Man, "I do a scene where I'm with 3 gorgeous blonde's, and Robert Downey walks over behind me and taps me on the shoulder and I have a few lines to say with Robert Downey!" For a video of this
CLICK HERE Who knows who the 3 blonde's are but we here at Geek World bet it will be Hugh Hefner's Girls Next Door Holly, Bridgette and Kendra.


Then they showed a 9 min clip from the documentary, that had interviews with guys like Joe Quesada, Todd Mcfarlane, Nicolas Cage, and unfortunately Brett Ratner, and confusingly Paris Hilton saying "Stan's Hot". Everyone pretty much said the same thing that we all already know, comics as we know them today are because of the work of Stan Lee. However it looks like a really cool doc that we'll definitely check out when it drops (do DVD's drop? or just albums?).


After the clip Stan talked about his new projects through his company POW! "It has a exclamation point so it doesn't look like prisoner of war" entertainment including one with Paris where he said "I'm working on a project with Paris Hilton obviously with her it's a very refined, intellectual, philosophical.. no its a cartoon series...and it's going to be very funny and she's quite good, obviously she just does a voice, but her voice is good, for the character we portray, which is her, she can do her very well!" the crowd laughed and overall it was a fun time. We have video of the clip HERE


Michael Uslan announced that their shortly going to start principle photography on the Frank Miller written and directed movie of Will Eisners The Spirit , and Tom Desanto confirmed a Transformers sequel in the works as well as a City of Heroes (a popular PC game) live action pic. Michael Uslan then said about the Dark Knight shooting in Chicago, "Stan promised me if I talked the directors into letting him do a cameo it will guarantee at least another $100 million in the box office... I don't know if I can get Chris to do it but I'm working on it Stan."


The panel was great and there's no doubt why his nickname is "The Man". We then went on a quest for free stuff and to see all the wackiness on the floor.

--Dave

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Comic Con: Day 1 Hunting and Escaping

We took the insanely long 2 hr. drive down to San Diego on Thursday to give all our Geek brothers and sisters the low-down on the epic convention known as Comic Con!!! First off we got to our motel 30 miles away from San Diego because the price per night at a hotel in San Diego for that particular weekend would have forced us to get a loan to pay for the three nights we needed to be there. We found a nice little place, checked in around 9am and then jettisoned off to the show. When we got into San Diego we passed the convention center and I swore Jesus must have been giving out miracles because there were thousands of people lined up outside. AnnaMay and I looked over in awe at the Geeky magnitude of it all (this being our first Comic Con and all). Then we spent the rest of the day finding a parking spot. Well it felt like the rest of the day at least, easily the hardest part of going to Comic Con is finding decent parking, and if your lucky enough to find parking within 10 blocks of the center you'll be paying out the nose, but that's capitalism so what are you going to do? We took the long trek over, got our passes just soon enough to not get in to the Paramount Panel. That was pretty disappointing considering they talked about Iron Man and the new Star Trek, but the line was outside the door and around the building and we didn't have a chance to get in.

--Dave


Monday, July 30, 2007

Back From Comic-Con

Hey everyone!! We are back from the International Comic-Con in San Diego and there is so much to talk about. We will start posting about our experiences as soon as we have a little free time. Let me tell you we are exhausted from all the excitement and thrilled to tell you about what's new and cool in the world of geek!

--AnnaMay

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Comic-Con is on the Horizon

The excitement is brewing as we finalize our plans (yeah we got a late start) to make our trek for Comic-Con International in San Diego. We have talked to people about getting interviews (keep your fingers crossed) and there are plenty of booths that we look forward to checking out.

You may have heard our Heroes Extravaganza from June 23 and hopefully we can get some more interviews from the cast. Speaking of Heroes (and as a follow up to one of Dave's old posts) I hear that deals are almost complete to have Zachary Quinto play Spock in the new Star Trek film.

OK, back to Comic-Con. We will try to blog while we are there (asuming we can actually get online at our hotel or is it a motel well the cheap place we're staying) but if we can't you can be sure there will be various long posts all about it as soon as we get back!

We'll take plenty of pictures and put them up on our website. At some point we'll even get those pics from the Kwik-E-Mart up. Sorry, we've been busy. We're going to try and get some video too so stay tuned!

We hope that everyone else that's going to Comic-Con has a great time and maybe we'll see you there!!

--AnnaMay

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bringing Balls Back to the Movies?

I tell ya whippersnappers movies ain't what they used to be. Back in my day the Schwarzenegger's, the Stallone's, and even the Van Damme's and Seagal's ruled the box office. Sure alot of these movies had corny dialogue and bad acting, but you know what else they had, they had freaking balls!! In my day a movie was a disaster if it didn't have explosions, bloody martial arts and/or gun battles, and BOOBS! (remember what boobs look like? Sure you can see them on the net practically anywhere, but in the mid-90's boobs scored at the box office, don't lie, you all remember Erika Eleniak popping out of the cake in Under Siege or Ferris' girlfriend Mia Sara getting down in Timecop, and let us not forget beautiful Tia Carrere in a hot tub in Showdown in Little Tokyo) wait a sec what's this post about? Oh yeah now I remember.

Now-a-days good luck finding a cool hard R movie with violence, blood and boobs (the best you can do is this new freaky Torture Porn fad. Did I miss something? I mean sure Blood Sucking Freaks did this back in the 70's but at least it was comical, this new stuff is just arbitrary, and I really doubt there's any psychopathic black midgets named Ralphus torturing women while doing a little dance in Hostel or Saw, though there should be). Anyway, the world we live in today won't even allow John McClane to say Yippee-Ki-Yay MF'r any more (apparently I can't either), so they can get a little more revenue from a PG-13 movie. I mean alot of this is because we have flat screen TVs and DVDs and HD-DVD's (and Blu-Ray I ain't hate'n) and Netflix, and lets be honest theater experiences suck, annoying people, cell phones, screaming kids, and unhelpful theaters probably too afraid of lawsuits to curb annoying theater goers, and the one bad apple adage really fits the movie theater atmosphere.

But let's get real, what was the last bad-ass hard R movie to come to the cineplex? Grind House? Kill Bill? History of Violence? 300?(to an extent) it's kind of a rare dying breed shuffled off to direct-2-dvd instead of facing a dismal box office. Sure 300 came out this summer and sure it was really violent, but it was also amplified by special effects to the extent that you're not at all in the real world but a graphic novel, which I love but it lacks the flare of old school action. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel my friends. That small shining beacon in a PG world is known simply as...

JOHN RAMBO.

That's right, everyone's favorite shell-shocked Vietnam vet you don't mess with or else (that's right David Caruso you know better now!) is back for a 4th (and most likely last) installment, "John Rambo". I remember when I first heard they were making this movie and it was called "Rambo IV: In the Serpents Eye" and everyone made fun of the fact Stallone was too old, and this was before people were impressed with Rocky Balboa mind you. But it looks like we're all fools now because this trailer kicks ass!!!!

From what I've heard this is not a trailer that was meant to go out to the public, but instead was meant for Cannes, but much like Vincent Chase's MEDELLIN the trailer found it's way onto YouTube and it's garnering crazy interest. Pretty much because it's awesome. I mean come on, this is the kind of movie I grew up with. Decapitations, liquefying baddies with a machine gun turret, ripping throats out Road House style, what could be better? The geek in me is also ecstatic over the female lead in the movie. Whose that hot blonde chick yelling at Rambo? Well that is Julie Benz who you might know as Rita from Showtime's hit Dexter, but we at Geek World will always know her as Darla, Angel's sire in TVs Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel (fun fact she was the first vampire shown in makeup in the show, and the first vampire to kill a human, who was played by CSI:NY's Carmine Giovinazzo) she was also in Jawbreaker with Rose McGowen. But aside from the hotness, most of all this trailer just rocks, and if they keep all the gore and action in I'm definitely there.

It's odd, it was thought that with the decay of a society the entertainment would become more and more violent, but instead our technology is forcing everything into PC land, as far as I'm concerned that's only cool if were getting closer to building Star-fleet.

Thanks to IMDB, Google and Youtube for all this fun stuff

--Dave

Friday, July 13, 2007

I'm in Love with 2 Beautiful Girls and a Boy Named Turkey

One of the great things about being on the radio is the people you come into contact with. I recently had the pleasure of discovering a band that has been around in Japan for years and is currently on tour in the US. GO!GO!7188 is a mix of punk, rock and roll, & Japanese pop. From the moment I started listnening to the CD I was addicted.

Check out their MySpace page to learn more, check out tour dates, and listen to songs (I recommend "Jet Ninjin" & "I'm a Lucky Girl".

The band is made up of Yuu (guitar & vocals), Akko (bass & vocals), and Turkey (drums), and even though I have no idea what they are saying I could listen forever. This is truly fun music and definitely worth checking out. In fact we'll be playing a song at the end of our show on Saturday night!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

--AnnaMay

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Star Trek XI: Search For Sylar?

This goes under the catagory of wild rumor. My informat "Stupid Sister" found this little tidbit that originated at CHUD.COM and then was posted here TrekWeb
So Zachary Quinto from Heroes, everyones favorite brain jonesing super-villain Sylar is supposedly in negotiations to play Spock in J.J. Abrams retooling of the Star Trek franchise. Keep in mind as I've said total rumor, but so are all of the actors being mentioned for the coveted three main roles (Kirk, Spock, Bones).
This is what Quinto told Starburst Magazine a few months ago about the possibility of playing Spock
"I tend to be the type of person who acts from a very visceral place and reacts emotionally to situations, and to 'become' a character that is completely the opposite of that is one of the reasons why I'm an actor. I would love the opportunity to understand what it is to only operate from a place of logic and look at things so specifically from that perspective."

That's cool and everything but isn't Sylar really logic based and devoid of emotion? Either way if there's any truth to this rumor I'm cool with it. Quinto's work in Heroes is stellar (albeit his charecter is one of the more fascinating Super Villians we've seen in years) and I think he certainly looks the part, being he's tall and slender and has dark hair. It's exciting too because if he gets Spock then along with Spock's "Vulcan Neck Pinch", telepathy, and mind-melds they can also add in "Creepy Eye Glare".
Earlier casting rumors had Acadamy Award winning Adrien Brody playing Spock, which I'm also ok with, though for some reason I see Brody being a little more of humorious version of Spock than Quinto, which might be good if it's a lighter version of Star Trek. They also said Matt Damon is up for Kirk and Gary Sinese for Bones (Emily Deschanel could not be reached for a comment), I think the latter would be perfect for the grumpy old docter. I also am a fan of Matt Damon, and think he'd be a great Kirk, but in my opinion there's some one even better for the role. Keep in mind this is purely my opinion and it has no basis in either real news or even internet rumors but I think Ryan Gosling would be perfect as a young James T. Kirk. He's got indy and studio cred, he's blonde, and I think he could really pull off the cocky space cowboy persona that makes Kirk freaking awesome. If thats not enough for you he's also canadian, just like Shat.

Either way good luck to all of those actors, they're all good in my book.

Thanks to Chud.com, TrekWeb.com, Starburst Magazine, Nbc.com and IMDB for the goods.

--Dave

Braving the Kwik-E-Mart Rush

I can't let Dave have all the fun with this blog!

As you have probably noticed a number of 7-11's have been converted into Kwik-E-Marts as a major promotion for the upcoming Simpsons Movie. Lines outside wrap around the stores and at night spotlights shine from the parking lot. The store fronts have been altered to resemble the iconic Kwik-E-Mart with employees even wearing neon green shirts resembling Apu's standard uniform. Cutouts of some of the most popular Simpsons characters line the walls inside and out. But the best part are the products infamous to The Simpsons show (i.e. Krusty-O's, Buzz Cola, Homer's pink frosted donut, Squishees) that have been flying off the shelves.

I mentioned the lines. The products go fast and are limited (i.e. one 6-pack of Buzz cola and one box of Krusty-O's per person). They only let a few people into the store at a time. Other products like Simpsons bobble heads, talking pizza cutters, clocks, etc... cover the shelves. If you are brave enough to wait and push through the crush of people grabbing for the Simpsons products you should definitely check it out, but keep in mind they only restock periodically and no one seems to know when the products are actually coming in until the day of.

While most people are just excited to be getting their box of 4 donuts or Radioactive Man comic book there are the die hard fans and freaks that will try to claw their way ahead of you and stomp and whine and shout when they can't get what they want. In our case we had the displeasure of encountering a teenage girl who threw a fit when she found out that the only Simpsons products they had that day were bobble heads and donuts. Bearing her teeth she looked like a chubby wolf with glasses. "Ag!" she barked at us continuing on about how horrible they were for not having more. If I hadn't been busy taking photos she certainly would have scared me off. Please don't hurt me scary teenage girl I just want to take some pictures buy my donuts and leave. I quickly mooved to another portion of the store hoping that she wouldn't follow. She stomped around for a while then I assume she must have left. I recommend avoiding all kinds of eye contact with these types of people.

As for the products themselves, Squishees are just Slurpees in Squishee cups, the donuts are the most sugar filled confections I have ever tasted (a treat truly fit for Homer), and I assume the Buzz cola and Krusty-O's are just generic cola and frosted cereal in awesome packaging.

If you are willing to wait in the line and wade through the people I think it is a worthwhile adventure and certainly worth it for the products. Simpsons Fun for Everyone!

--AnnaMay

SMALLVILLE HAS A SUPER GIRL!!!

Hey have you guys seen the smoking hot canadian chick just cast as Kara Zor-El, Clark Kents super cousin from Krypton?

SPACE CHICKS ARE HOT!!!

Ms. Laura Vandervoort is 22 and has a second degree blackbelt in karate according to IMDB. She'll start shooting in Vancouver next week and I believe Kara will be around for a good part of the first half of the 7th season. I have no idea when Canada became a hot chick factory but it's getting annoying. Elisha Cuthbert, Sarah Carter, Kristen Kruek, Erica Durance, Minka Kelly, Missy Peregrym, Cobie Smulders it's like a damn geyser of hotness, Canada is freaking Old Faithful!

Either way for any of you who weren't aware, Kara will show up and have all of Clark's powers, plus she can fly! Clark could freaking fly to, and he has like 9 times already, but be sure to tune in to all the yuck yucks when Kara tries to teach Clark how. This will be a strange season indeed, with Lana blown up (most likely that will last like, the first 15 minutes of the premiere), Kara showing up, Bizarro running amok and this being the last season Michael Rosenbaum plays Lex. I also heard a rumor that Justin Hartley will return as Oliver Queen at some point, so it looks like the show still has some steam left, and Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have already said they think they have 8 seasons worth of story left in them. We shall see either way I'm definetly tuning in for some flying lessons, as long as Tom Welling gets out of the damn way so I can ogle the new girl.

Thanks to the Superman Hompage, Aintitcool and IMDB for all of this lovely info

--Dave

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Deal or No Man Of Steel?

Some news on the Superman front today. First things first Variety reports that Kevin Spacey will be returning as our favorite Rogain needing real estate scamming supervillian Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie tentitively called "Man Of Steel". So great news right? Well unfortunetly Bryan Singer made sure Spacey would come back before he pitched WB on making the sequel. Hollywood reporter talked with WB president Alan Horn who said "If we do a sequel to 'Superman,' we want it to be less expensive," followed by "the studio would be willing to spend as much as $175 million if the screenplay and other factors warranted it."
So already their saying the budget will be at least $25 million less than the reported $200 million Returns cost (though I think they spent quite a bit more), which kinda sucks because this movie is supposed to actually have action in it, unlike the mostly limp handshake that was Superman Returns. Don't get me wrong there's a few things I really liked about Returns, the plane sequence was sick, the CGI was great and Singer's direction was very epic in scope. Not only that I was very pleasently suprised by newcomer Brandon Routh. Yeah I know some people thought he looked more like Super Boy than Superman, but he obviously has the look (some age will do the boy good), and I really thought he embodied the nobility and kindness that Superman really needs.
Then there was what I really didn't like, namely the horribly horrible horrendous abomination of a script future Pergatory wanderers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris wrote. What's up with Emo-Superman? If I wanted to watch a movie about feelings I'd rent the Joy Luck Club. No one, I repeat NO ONE! Other than Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Bryan Singer wanted to see WAWA! Superman. Yeah yeah, we all know Superman is pretty much invulnerable, so isn't it clever to make the conflict emotional instead of physical? NO NO NO it's not. F emotions, KRYPTONITE freaking hurts Superman, or at least it did until he gingerly picked up a mound of Kryptonite the size of freaking Texas! Superman isn't great because he can fly, or has super strength, he's great because while the rest of us createns would use his powers to take over the planet he chooses to fight for all of us. Even more so he's a hero because we are not his people, but he still protects us.
But mostly people go to a Superman movie to watch action, not date rape Superman (oh I know Super-kiss Superman 2 leave me alone) followed by creepy stalker Superman followed by deadbeat dad Superman. Thanks alot for putting Superman in that corner, great he has a freaking kid now! So we either need to suffer through Super-Brat or hope he dies to go back to the Superman we all know? Oh and BTW, Michael Dougherty is currently writing the "Man Of Steel" script.
Wow what a rant, either way all the actual news I got for this was from the Superman Homepage, which is really awesome I totally recommend checking it out, and all the ranting was from a year of stewing over Superman Returns. But it doesn't matter I really hope Man of Steel makes it out, and even more I hope to see Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris at the drive thru window next time I go to In-N-Out.

--Dave

Monday, July 9, 2007

JJ Abrams Mystery Trailer!

Any of you who haven't seen Transformers (shame on you) should read no further unless you don't care about spoilers or have already seen the trailer for the new JJ Abrams project on the net which you can see here: Click Here For The Madness!!.

So now that we're all up to speed, it seems like this teaser is getting more attention then our favorite Toy Alien Robots, but don't feel too bad for ol' Optimus and Megatron, they still raked in $152.5 Mil domestically over the last seven days (a record for a non sequel, beating out old web head back in 2002). This JJ Abrahms trailer is currently under the moniker of "Cloverfield" though it's not the official title of the film. It appears that the movie is shot with handheld DV camera's, and the whole thing comes off as a kind of Blair Witch meets Independence Day thing (keep in mind the plot of the film is unknown, I just said Independence day because of the explosions). But to give a quick recap, a bunch of 20 somethings in NYC are having a party for a friend thats moving to Japan. Everyone's having fun when all of a sudden there's a loud noise and the apartment's shaking. The camera runs out to the balcony to see a huge explosion in the middle of Manhattan (Peter Petrelli I bet!) and then the big shocking Planet of the Apes reveal of the Statue of Liberty's head smashing to the ground below the apartment. All the while the same ominous noise in the background.

Call me crazy but I swear that's the black smoke from Lost making that noise! The only people I recognized from the trailer were Lizzy Caplan (she was Art Chick in TV's "The Class", oddly it got better as the season went on, and she was also in the show Related, the Movie Mean Girls as Lindsay Lohan's non-conformist friend, and I am proud to say she stalked Lana in 2 seasons of Smallville playing Tina Greer a shapeshifting krypofreak) and Mike Vogel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, remember the guy on the hook and the toes on the piano, yeah that's him, also I'd like to say the first movie set I ever worked on he was the star of the movie, nice guy, but wait a second, he also made out with a topless Anne Hathaway in Havoc, ok I HATE HIM NOW!) and that's the only people I actually know.
Click Here to look up the rest of the people, you lazy bastards.

So the new rumors on the net are that this project has something to do with a work, or the works, or works inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. But wait, I just read a letter JJ sent to Aint it cool (yeah I'm getting like all my info on this from there, I know I'm a big jerk) and he says at least this website Click Here For The Mundane!! has nothing to do with the project, but that there are hidden websites out there with clues and one has already been found Click Here for the Boring I swear one of those pictures looks like this porno I ACCIDENTALLY downloaded once.

Either way no one knows anything, maybe it has to do with LoveCraft and this Cthulhu stuff about "The Old One's" which are Gods that are like, old. Or maybe it's more "Let's wait a whole year to find out the Hatch is some dude's apartment" or "Ben's not an evil genius, he's the Benedict Arnold Dharma janitor" Who knows. We have till next year to see what unfolds, but as for now I'm just hoping that unlike Lost they have an idea where they're going with this thing.

--Dave

Friday, June 22, 2007

Geek World at the Heroes Press Conference Part 1

So yesterday we had the opportunity to go to the HEROES World Tour Press Conference. What did we learn? A whole lot but most importantly to geeks like us that everyone that works on the show Heroes seem to be the nicest people in Hollywood. We had the great pleasure to interview cast members and the creator. If you tune in to kclafm.com on Saturday night 7pm PST (10pm EST) you can hear our interviews and hear all about it! Also we are getting geekwordradio.com all set. Keep checking to see our progress.

--AnnaMay

Thursday, June 21, 2007

First Post

I am just trying this out but there is already much to be said. I will post all about the Heroes press conference later today so stay tuned!!