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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sean Bean stabbed in a barfight defending Playboy Bunny's honor

Yell at me all you want for this not being specifically movie related, but I figured you'd rather hear this excellent story than have me write about some new film that just got greenlit about CGI dogs and cats hunting ghosts.
You probably best know Sean Bean for his role in LORD OF THE RINGS, but recently he's returned to the genre for the lead role in HBO's Game of Thrones. But this story shows that he doesn't just play the badass hero, he is one.
The incident kicked off when the 52-year-old Bean and 22-year-old Playboy bunny April Summers (real name Nadia Foster) went outside Camden's Hill Bar and Brasserie to smoke. A passerby spotted the duo (or at least one half of the duo) and began making lewd comments, leading Bean to confront the big talker.
All was seemingly well until the stranger returned later on, at which point a scuffle broke out, and Bean was reportedly punched in the face, causing a bruise over his eye, and stabbed in the arm with broken glass.
Getting into a barfight defending a Playboy Bunny (and seriously, Google her) when you're 52? Badass enough. But what happens next is what makes the story.
Despite his wounds, Bean refused any medical attention and opted not to go to a hospital. Instead, the actor accepted a first aid kit from the bar staff, then ordered another drink.
I liked him before, but I've got a newfound respect for the man now. I hope I'm half as awesome at his age

Friday, June 10, 2011

Risk is the latest board game to become a movie

I never really played much of the board game RISK when I was younger -- the game seemed to take forever, and I was probably looking for a bit more immediate carnage in my global domination, so things often resulted in the pieces ultimately being grabbed and hurled at opponents in fury.
But it's a popular and recognizable property, so like BATTLESHIP and CANDYLAND and MONOPOLY and others, it's getting adapted into a movie.
The Hasbro (and former Parker Brothers) turn-based strategy game will somehow become a contemporary action-thriller from Sony, who apparently sees value in the brand instead of just, y'know, making an original contemporary action-thriller about world domination.
A script is in the works by writer John Hlavin, who spent time on "The Shield" and penned the upcoming fourth UNDERWORLD flick.
Since its initial release in 1959, the RISK game has been released in a variety of licensed versions, including STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, HALO, NARNIA and TRANSFORMERS, which all undoubtedly had more imaginatively stimulating pieces than the plastic Roman numerals from my wayback (in the days when the idea of board game movies was just material for sketch comedy shows).

Warner Bros. producing new Looney Tunes shorts with Mel Blanc's voice

God knows they've tried, but things haven't been the same at Looney Tunes since Mel Blanc, the voice of the vast majority of those characters, died in 1989. There are some voice actors who've had the unenviable position of trying to voice Bugs, Daffy, Elmer and crew since but it just isn't working. It would be like recasting Moe, Larry and Curly and trying to make a THREE STOOGES movie (wait...).
So in an effort to help revitalize the brand, Warner Bros. is producing new theatrical shorts that will feature archival vocal recordings of Blanc as some of his most famous characters. In the first, "Daffy's Rhapsody," Elmer Fudd is chasing Daffy on stage during a musical performance. The short would include audio of Blanc performing "Daffy Duck's Rhapsody." The original song, which can be heard here, was recorded as a novelty song in 1950 but was never animated.
"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" will be a new Sylvester and Tweety cartoon that follows the usual structure of their shorts and will include a song by the same name. Blanc also recorded that song in the 50s, as Tweety, and it even became a hit in the UK.
While both of these shorts include new songs once recorded by Blanc as his famous characters, I'm assuming there will also be some vocal recordings by new actors. How that will mesh and work remains to be seen. The first of these shorts will run before HAPPY FEET TWO later this year.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

First look at Sacha Baron Cohen in costume as The Dictator

He's done Ali G, Borat and Bruno films, so now it's time for Sacha Baron Cohen to begininventing NEW ridiculous characters for future projects. And he's definitely outdone himself this time.
Below you'll find the first shot of Cohen in costume for THE DICTATOR, his new film inspired by a book written by Saddam Hussein. In the film, a dictator is secretly replaced by a goat herder lookalike so he can travel to New York where he falls for a beautiful fruit vendor. That role will go to Anna Faris, while Cohen will be playing both the dictator and the goat herder.

The original Hussein book, "Zabibah and the King," is about a king who falls for a young woman brutalized by her husband. It's a not so subtle allegory about Hussein, the Iraqi people, and America, and this film seems to be a rough satire of that concept

Warner Bros. might have to digitally replace the Tyson Hangover 2 tattoo!

Many of you have probably heard about the lawsuit that Mike Tyson's tattoo artist filed over Ed Helm's facial ink from THE HANGOVER PART II. It didn't do anything to the release of the film, but the lawsuit is still ongoing, and if a settlement isn't able to be reached, Warners says they'll actually go and digitally change the tattoo for the DVD release.
“If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. does not intend to makeany use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms’s face."
"The home video release is currently scheduled for early December 2011, which would allow Warner Bros. sufficient time to make the change if it becomes necessary."
The crux of the joke is that the tattoo in fact the one Mike Tyson has, but I'm not sure if they actually put in a line stating that in the film. It seems like something that should have been mentioned, but I have a hunch it was maybe a scene that was cut after the lawsuit was filed.
So what are they going to replace it with? Just another weird tribal squiggle, or will they try to make it an entirely new joke. How about in the theatrical cut it's a butterfly, and in the Unrated version it's a giant dong

Of course Roland Emmerich has been offered Asteroids....

n case you forgot, one of the most ridiculous ideas floating around Hollywood today is a big budget adaptation of the Atari game ASTEROIDS. The game and the movie will likely share nothing more than the destruction of asteroids, as that's really all it CAN share as there isn't actually anything more to the game.
So who could possible direct such an opus of constant chaos and destruction? Why Roland Emmerich of course, which is why it's no surprise that Vulture is reporting that Universal has offered him the job. The man has destroyed the earth with aliens, weather, monsters and whatever the hell happened in 2012, so it's no stretch to think he could do the same here.
ASTEROIDS is currently one of my best examples of what's wrong with Hollywood today. There was actually a BIDDING WAR over who would get the rights to Asteroids. Seriously, you can't just make a movie about dangerous asteroids? You really needed to base it off the substance-less Atari game? I would have given Universal a lot more credit if they just wrote a script for a new sci-fi film and called it an original production, which this actually will have to be because THE GAME DOESN'T HAVE A DAMN PLOT.
Anyway, if Emmerich takes the job, I'm sure he'll figure out some way to ensure the earth is destroyed by the end of the film, and I can re-shift my focus to ripping on BATTLESHIP instead.

If at first you don't succeed, re-boot! THE WOLFMAN instant redux!

The recent update of Universal's classic lycanthrope THE WOLFMAN held plenty of promise but didn't prove entirely satisfying -- even director Joe Johnston acknowledged its flaws.
But that hardly means we've seen the last of the legendary fanged moon-howler. In fact, it seems as though the studio already wants to reboot the property for the big screen. Universal had been considering a sequel to last year's disappointment, but Moviehole says that intended follow-up is now "being rewritten and reworked to be an original film – almost a reboot of the classic Universal monster movie series."
Benicio del Toro obviously won't be back in the fur shirt, but Moviehole says the new project will look for directors soon for a possible start in the fall. And it might even get a different title... possibly just WEREWOLF.
The new movie will apparently share some kind of link to the studio's 1941 Lon Chaney version of the folklore tale, about a guy suffering from a curse that causes him to uncontrollably transform into a hairy, murderous beast every full moon

Friday, March 18, 2011

Early April Fools? See The First Image Of Adrianne Palicki As Wonder Woman!

The immediate thought that comes to mind when looking at the very first image of Adrianne Palicki in full costume as the title character in NBC’s reboot of the superhero series, Wonder Woman, is that this has to be some kind of joke…right? April Fools’ Day is close, but it’s not here yet, correct?
To be perfectly blunt, this image is pure pain to look at and the endless difficulties had while trying to produce a movie and TV series based on the property make a whole lot more sense now. Think of every Wonder Woman Halloween costume you’ve ever seen, and know that 90% of them are likely better than this.
Be sure to click on over to the other side to see the first official image from NBC’s new Wonder Woman and speak your thoughts freely in the comments below!

These words may seem harsh, yes, but when something like this is being made you like to see that some sort of effort is being put in and, so far, no, there’s none here. We can only hope that much like that unpleasant first peek at Thor way back when, the show itself will look much better than this.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rock-nroll all night and party every day with KISS KONDOMS!

Time to put the “X in Sex” and explode with a “Sonic Boom” like the “God of Thunder” — the band KISS is releasing new KISS Kondoms for fans to stay safe when they’re taking their significant others for a “Rocket Ride.”
Apologies for the song title puns used here, but c’mon… this is KISS and it’s a story about Gene Simmons pimping out some condoms — I just couldn’t help myself.
The difference with this release of KISS Kondoms is that they have pictures on them, which is kind of odd when you think about where these things are going to end up when you’re done using them.

At any rate, this release of KISS Kondom, which features a picture of Gene Simmons as The Demon, complete with his trademark tongue, will they’ll be hitting shelves (and mattresses) during this month. A Paul Stanley version is said to be scheduled for release later in the year. But for the time being, if you’re interested in getting yourself some KISS Kondoms, they’re currently on sale already at Condomania.
Meanwhile, in other KISS news, the band is working towards completing their next album, a follow-up to 2009′s Sonic Boom. It’s also been announced that KISS will be headlining the Rock USA festival on July 16 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, playing along with other bands such as Korn, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Daughtry, Buckcherry, and Cheap Trick

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hot Wheels Back to the Future Delorean!

Wow Doc thats so cool! Was totally caught off gaurd when I saw this at Albertsons this morning. I highly suggest if you want one that you hit the grocery stores as you wont find them at any retail stores. Damn ebay scalpers! Thats how I scored my fleet of tv Batmobiles.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The world is a little less sexy and dangerous in peace Tura Satana

“You’re a beautiful animal…and I’m weak, and I want you…”
Took the words right out of my face.
Immortal lines uttered at Tura Satana in the iconic actress’ most famous role as the ultra-sexy and tough as nails Varla in the grindhouse classic, Faster Pussycat, Kill…Kill! (1965). “She’s a cold one—more stallion than mare. Too much for one man to handle!” was another quote that perfectly summed up Tura, who throughout her life was everything from an erotic dancer and gang leader, to a model and martial arts expert.
Tura Satana, having one of the most all-time coolest names ever, passed away at 73 years old on February 4th, 2011, leaving behind a grindhouse film legacy of female empowerment that literally rewrote the rules on tough chick womanhood. Truly, there would be no Joan Jett without Tura Satana’s gender redefining trailblazing.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thundercats HO!!!!!!!!! Cartoon Network!

Back in late 2009, it was reported that the planned THUNDERCATS movie at Warner Bros. was dead in the water. While it's possible we may still see a movie somewhere down the line, the plan was shifted to relaunch the brand via a new toy line and a new cartoon series on WB's Cartoon Network. Well the time has come when we to see our first image of what the new era of "ThunderCats" will look like:

That's Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and Tygra via Warner Bros. Animation (no word yet on whether Snarf will return). As you can see, they're given a new anime-style look and a leaked pic from the London Toy Fair shows Cheetara has another anime staple: huge boobs.
It's unclear when the series will begin airing on Cartoon Network but it is set for a 2011 debut. What this means for a possible THUNDERCATS movie remains to be seen but if you ever want to see Cheetara shaking her cleavage on-screen, you might want to tune in.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Alrighty then....

PIKES PEAK, Colo. -- Millions of visitors come to Colorado Spring each year to drive to the 14,000 foot summit of Pikes Peak, but one man has an idea that would attract some visitors from out of this world.

UFO Phil Hill, 40, wants to build a 480-foot tall pyramid on the summit to attract aliens.”A lot of people talk about pyramids. They say they buried Pharaohs, and that is true in the smaller ones, but the larger one was a power plant,” said Hill.

Hill has created a mini version of what the pyramid would look like. He said the real pyramid would look exactly like the great pyramid of Giza.

Hill proposed that it be built the same way as the one in Egypt. He suggested that it be built out of limestone so massive that it would take 57 men to lift one block, which he estimated would weights 2.75 tons.

“Those guys would have to carry them all the way to the top of Pikes Peak,” said Hill.

He said he would also help by touching the stone, feeling the energy of the vibration. “Because I am in contact with the aliens; they put there vibrations into (me),” explained Hill. He said he would pass vibrations into the brick.

Hill, who moved to Colorado Springs last March from Spokane, Wash., claimed that aliens visited him and gave him the idea.

He showed KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 a drawing of a blue colored, human like figure, which he said is named Zaxon. “He comes to me and tells me thing.”

He said Zaxon is from the planet Zaxon, a planet unknown to scientists, to help Hill spread the idea of a pyramid refueling stations. Hill hopes to generate enough buzz to get leaders in Colorado Springs on board with the idea.

Hill, who has several videos on YouTube, music for sale on iTunes and a movie that was recently released, may just be looking for publicity. For this interview he dressed in a blue and yellow jumpsuit and is well known to callers of the radio show “Coast to Coast AM.”

KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 contacted both the city of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Forest Service to see how they feel about Hill’s plan. City leaders have heard about the plan, but said they never have received a call or e-mail from Hill.

“My assistant has called them (city of Colorado Springs) 142 times, but no one has returned his calls,” said Hill.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service said Hill hasn’t submitted a plan, but that they would look at his proposal.

His plan may not be well received by the Forest Service. He would like to eliminate the visitors’ center and coffee shop to fit his 480-foot pyramid on the summit

Dire Straights in dire straights? Canadian Gay men offended????

Canadian radio station have been warned to censor the 1985 Dire Straits hit "Money for Nothing," after a complaint that the lyrics of the Grammy Award-winning song were derogatory to gay men.
A St. John's, Newfoundland, station should have edited the song to remove the word "faggot" because it violates Canada's human rights standards, according to ruling this week by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
A unnamed listener to OZ FM in the Atlantic Coast province complained to the industry watchdog last year after hearing the song, which features Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and fellow rock star Sting.
The council said it realized Dire Straits uses the word sarcastically, and its use might have been acceptable in 1985 when the best-selling "Brothers in Arms" album was released, but said it was now inappropriate.
"The decision doesn't really relate to the Dire Straits song at the end of the day, the decision relates to the word in question," Ron Cohen, the council's chairman, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
OZ FM argued unsuccessfully that the song has been played countless times since it was released more than 25 years ago, has won various industry awards, including a Grammy in 1986, and remains popular with listeners around the world.
The ruling comes in the wake of an uproar sparked by a U.S. scholar who decided to publish an edition of Mark Twain's novel "Huckleberry Finn" that would remove the word "nigger" to make it less offensive to some readers.
Although the Dire Straits ruling only sanctions the St John's station, it means other Canadian radio stations could get in trouble it they air the song without censoring it.
The Broadcast Standards Council is a non-governmental industry group that administers ethical standards established by its members, Canada's private broadcasters
Dire Straits dissolved as a band in the 1990s after a string of hit albums.
(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy crap-a-roo!!!! Tesla tech cereal boxes!!!!!!

Is this the future? Some wild technology is here right now, and it could just be revving up to change the world as we know it.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, many demonstrations were shown off. One of them involved a new wireless technology that would deliver a whole new type of power source to our homes and beyond.
For the demonstration, Fulton Innovation — the technology’s creator — brought along some shelving and surfaces that look pretty much like any other shelving or surface you might look at. What’s not seen, however, is power surging through these surfaces, which makes some very interesting things possible. The most entertaining of these, for those who aren’t interested in the scientific stuff, are cereal boxes; they look just like regular cereal boxes, naturally, but when placed on these special surfaces, the cereal boxes illuminate playfully. Something sure to catch the eye of any passing child. But that, my friends, is just the beginning.
While light-up cereal boxes are cool, they’re also not all that useful. What will be useful is the ability to develop this into something that could make our world completely wireless. What also might be useful is the charging capabilities: toys, batteries, and virtually any other item that would require charging can be placed on these surfaces, effectively boosting their juice.
On top of that, they also have surfaces with similar capabilities that would allow you to boil a pot of water, program basic cooking commands, and simply place your pan on the surface to commence. They even have special containers of soup with built in heating coils that allow you to put the soup on the surface and walk away as it heats itself up.
These things alone are enough to blow my mind a thousand times, but the company isn’t stopping there. Other ideas they’re working on is putting these surfaces in parking garages and parking spaces everywhere, which would allow us to charge electric cars whenever you park! And with the mass availability of a technology like that, our reliability on gas in everyday life could and would dissipate ferociously.
Insanity, I tells ya!
You can learn more about the company by visiting their website, and you can see much more. You can also find a bunch more videos on YouTube showing off what this company is working on, just search “eCoupled at CES.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gotham High the series?????????

Thank god this never made it past the planning stages. This is what the DC Universe would be like with Diablo Cody as Editor in Chief.

We all go through incredible changes as teenagers: growth spurts, bad skin, a sudden insatiable need to uphold justice and avenge your murdered parents…. Well, that is if you’re Bruce Wayne. As if being a freshman at Gotham High wasn’t tough enough, Bruce’s insomnia and technological fascinations are taking their toll. Instead of spending his time studying, he has begun to obsess over an emerging personality trait: Batman. But under the watchful eye of his guardian and steward, Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce is forced to put his intelligence to good use: graduating high school. But given his classmates, can Bruce survive Gotham High?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mega Python vs Gatoroid



Source: NBC / Universal

In what promises to be the television movie event of 2011, 1980s singing sensations Debbie Gibson and Tiffany get down and dirty in their long-awaited pop princess smackdown when they co-star in the ripped-from-the-headlines Syfy Saturday Original Movie, Mega Python Vs Gatoroid, which will premiere Saturday, January 29, at 9PM (ET/PT).

A production of The Asylum, Mega Python Vs Gatoroid takes an up-close-and-personal look at the crisis in the Florida Everglades where invasive Burmese pythons are threatening the indigenous alligator population. Gibson portrays a fanatical animal rights advocate who spends her evenings “liberating” illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores and setting them free in the Everglades, where the pythons grow and thrive.