Tuesday, March 31, 2009
It's been talked about for years and now it looks like Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will finally be released in 3-D October 2, 2009 as a double feature. Beauty and the Beast will follow in 3-D on February 12, 2010. Apparently, Disney has 17 3-D releases coming up through 2012.
I first saw the video for Kathleen Edwards' "Six O'Clock News" from her album, Failer, a few years ago and was instantly hooked. It's a sad, beautiful song about a desperate man having a stand-off with the police.
Was is when your daddy died after he moved to town
And I know your momma calls you good for nothing
She says her baby is a failer and she don't want you calling
You can learn more about Kathleen Edwards on her website and buy her music here.
Stay tuned for part three of Just Listen: Kathleen Edwards.
Paramount Pictures Star Trek hasn't hit the big screen, yet the sequel has already been announced. Variety announced that Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are penning the screenplay to be delivered by this Christmas. No word if J.J. Abrams will direct the sequel but he is going to produce the film, along with his partner Bryan Burk. The follow-up is expected to be released in 2011, with Kurtzman saying the writing team is waiting for fan reaction from the new movie.
"Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."I'm sure if the movie flops, there won't be a sequel. Paramount Pictures must be fairly confident that Star Trek will be a huge hit to make an announcement so early.
MTV has a new set of trading cards from Paramount Pictures for Star Trek, revealing some unseen characters and scenes. The top card features Diora Baird as the Orion slave girl. Next is Starfleet Academy, followed by an unidentified alien, the USS Enterprise and finally Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Click here to see more.
Monday, March 30, 2009
X-Men Films.Net has 8 exclusive new photos from the upcoming film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. These photos, along with the trailers, aren't selling me on this movie. It's looking pretty bad and Liev Schreiber looks laughable as Sabertooth.
You gotta' love this customized Snow White Mac laptop. Lubecker Jung from Germany decided to set his Mac apart from the crowd's with this very funny customization.
The MacBook is very popular at my university. When you're having a coffee while surfing with your MacBook the possibility is very high that the guy next to you does the same . So i decided to customize my MacBook. It's pretty well done.
You can see his Flickr account here.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
David Hasselhoff reveals to MTV that he was almost Superman.
“Believe it or not, I was up for Superman — the original Superman,” said Hasselhoff. "Christopher Reeve was on a soap at the time, and tall and skinny, and I was on a soap at the time and also tall and skinny, and I was up for Superman, too.”
Given that Hasselhoff clearly fit the casting requirements for the role — which apparently called for a tall, skinny actor with soap opera experience — how did he manage to lose out to Reeve for the role of Big Blue?
“Christopher Reeve got it, and it was one of the brilliant decisions that my staff and I made. They said, ‘You don’t want to be Superman because you’ll be Superman for the rest of your life!’” laughed Hasselhoff. “So that’s why those people are no longer with me.”
I can't imagine Hasselhoff as Superman. Christopher Reeve was and is still the best Superman we've seen on screen, big or small.
Gee, I wonder why Marvel didn't ask him to reprise his role as Nick Fury...
Bummed because you can't afford the latest action figures? Well, now you can make your own toys based on your favorite TV series absolutely free! TV Series Cubees has paper toys based on popular television characters. Mulder, Scully, Batman, Mr. T, Captain Kirk, Spock, Jack Bauer and many more are all there waiting for you to print them out on some card stock and start folding. No glue or tape needed!
I thought I'd do a something a little different with this week's edition of Just Listen, something to mix it up and showcase more than just one video by the artist. Previously, I'd posted more than one music video of Liz Brady, using updated information about the singer as an excuse to share more of her music. But since there are so many incredible artists and music that goes unheard, this Just Listen edition will be divided into a few posts or parts over the coming week featuring the music of Kathleen Edwards.
Canadian singer Kathleen Edwards was born the daughter of a diplomat, growing up in South Korea, Switzerland and other countries. She took classical violin classes for several years, which would play a vital part of her first full album, Failer, as she arranged all the string parts on the CD.
Her family moved back to Canada in 1997 and Kathleen's musical influence greatly expanded when she discovered her brother's record collection, latching on to musical greats like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Her last two years of high school were spent learning to play the guitar.
"I played in (a school) band, but I never played in a band that wasn't part of my musical upbringing, until I started playing guitar at summer-camp. I started playing more and more and wouldn't study for exams, and just play down in my room. It started to take priority over doing well in school."
By 1999, she was playing open mic nights and writing her own songs. She recorded an EP, Building 55, and started her first Canadian tour, traveling in her truck, which would later be pictured on the cover of Failer.
Since then, she's recorded two more albums, becoming more experienced and confident with each release. Rolling Stone magazine called her latest album, Asking for Flowers, "her strongest album yet."
You can learn more about Kathleen Edwards on her website and most importantly, buy her music here.
Now turn the volume up, sit back and relax, or better yet, get ready to dance to "Back to Me" by Kathleen Edwards.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
You've never seen Superman like this! Recently discovered risque artwork by comic book artist, Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman, has been collected and published in Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster by Craig Yoe. Shuster and his partner Jerry Siegel had previously sold the rights to Superman for $130. The creative duo were replaced by DC Comics with other artists and writers taking over the title, leaving both of them destitute. Desperate, Shuster began illustrating for a racy publication called Nights of Horror, which were later banned by the U.S. Senate. Yoe theorizes that Shuster purposely drew the lusty characters to resemble Clark Kent and a super-endowed Lois Lane as an act of vengeance. Some feel that these illustrations are among Shuster's finest work. With an introduction by Stan Lee, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creater Joe Shuster is an incredible find of historic significance to comic books and American illustration.
You can see examples of Shuster's work here and order your own copy online.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'd heard about the comic book mini-series, Chosen, by Mark Millar a few months ago when I stumbled across the issues at my local comic book store back issue bin. I bought the trade today, where it's been renamed, American Jesus: Chosen.
Now American Jesus will soon be headed to a movie theater near you.
British filmmaker Matthew Vaugh will team up again with comic book author Mark Millar to adapt Millar's American Jesus comic book series. The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity. Vaughn is already planning to start this up in the summer after finishing Kick-Ass, which doesn't have a distributor yet and was independently financed. American Jesus will be developed the same way, independently, by Millar.
Mark Millar's "American Jesus" follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he's the returned Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk and perhaps even raise the dead. How will he deal with the destiny to lead the world in a conflict thousands of years in the making?American Jesus, made with artist Peter Gross, originally appeared as a three-issue miniseries in 2006 with the title "Chosen." When Millar decided to continue the story as a trilogy of miniseries, the overarching title became "American Jesus." The second installment is subtitled "The Resurrection" and is due out in the fall. If you're interested in picking this up, the actual trade paperback collecting the first mini-series is out later this week, so wait until then to buy it. I'm not at all familiar with the series, so I'm curious if it's really interesting enough to stand up to the likes of Millar's Kick-Ass or Wanted.
I love Kick-Ass, it's the comic book that made me start collecting again and I can't wait for the movie. You can look at some stills from the upcoming film here. I haven't read American Jesus yet since I just picked it up today but I'm looking forward to spending my weekend with the Chosen.
You can buy the trade here but I suggest picking it up at your local comic book store. Sure, Amazon sometimes has cheaper prices but at $9.99 it's the exact same price you'd pay at the comic book store. Plus, your local comic book store should have this in stock right now while Amazon won't have it until April 8th.
First Showing has the "final theatrical one-sheet" poster for the upcoming film, Star Trek. I can't imagine this is the final poster for the film or even that this poster would be released. It looks like an amateur photographer took an blurry photo of an upside-down sprinkler. Anyway, I hope the movie isn't as bad as this poster.
I've never bought a variant issue and probably never will. I refuse to pay extra money just for different art on the cover of the comic book. But this week I was severely tempted to buy my first variant comic book when I saw issue #30 of Wonder Woman. I don't even collect Wonder Woman comic books but the cover was so beautiful, I nearly caved in and bought the issue. Poverty keeps me from wasting even more of my money, so instead I cursed DC Comics and put the comic book back on the shelf.
The cover art is by Joshua Middleton, who has done some amazing work and this Wonder Woman cover is just a small sample of his talent. I wish that all comic books would offer amazing art like this on their covers which, in the long run, would only help the comic book industry. I don't buy Wonder Woman comics but with covers like this, I would start picking it up.
Click for bigger. I promise it's worth it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Marvel Comics is going after women in a big way. Starting 2009, Marvel will offer women's apparel, cosmetics, jewelry and more.
“Since our core customer has always been guys, we need to be very careful when we introduce female product so that we don’t alienate our core,” said Paul Gitter, president of consumer products, North America, for Marvel Entertainment Inc. “What we have found through testing is that we haven’t alienated them, which gives us the OK to move forward with female product.”Marvel needs to keep going after female readers. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series was a step in the right direction. And with this economy, the comic book industry need to pursue readers of every sex and age.
Personally, I'm hoping they'll release a She-Hulk perfume. I love a woman that smells "savage" and "sensational".
And while we're on the subject of Star Trek, I thought you might enjoy Star Trek: The Sexed Generation. I've been watching a lot of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation back to back lately and there is a surprising amount of discussion about sex and sexual situations on the show. And while Princess Leia in her slave bikini will always be every fanboy's favorite sexual fantasy, this clip below with Counselor Deanna Troi and Doctor Beverly Crusher runs a close second.
Star Trek: The Next Generation will reunite on an upcoming episode of Family Guy. Scifi Wire caught up with Family Guy executive producer David A. Goodman who had news that the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation were ready to be spoofed on this week's episodeof Family Guy. He also talked a little bit about next Star Wars themed episodes.
I hated Family Guy when it first debuted. It wasn't until the last couple of years that I watched another episode and was instantly hooked, laughing through the entire episode. I'm still not a fan of the first few seasons but Family Guy must have hired new writers because the episodes have greatly improved. Sure, there have been some very bad episodes this season but hopefully this Star Trek episode will put them back on track. Let's hope they "make it so."
The regular TNG cast—Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton and Denise Crosby—play themselves in "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven," which finds Stewie building a transporter and beaming the actors into his room after he doesn't get to ask a question of them at the annual Quahog Star Trek convention."There's two stories going on in the episode. One story follows Meg and Brian. Meg finds God, and she finds religion and is giving Brian a hard time for his atheism. So that's one story, and when we developed that story we saw that Stewie didn't have a big role to play. So we then also developed a story to go with it, and the two stories tie together in the beginning, when the family goes to the Star Trek convention and Stewie doesn't get to ask his question. So he buys plans for a transporter and beams the cast into his room. But the other story is Meg and Brian, and it's them butting heads over religion. It's a subject we've done before in different ways, but this one has a new twist on it. We were struck by the fact that in America atheism is considered worse, by some people, than Muslim extremism. That was an interesting subject for us, we've thought. And we've always said Brian is an atheist, so he seemed the natural [character].
I think, but I'm not absolutely sure, that Empire Strikes Back, that episode will air at the end of next season. It may be released before then [on DVD], but it'll air at the end of next season. That movie was a very different movie from the first Star Wars, so as a result our sequel is also a lot different, a lot of new characters, and a lot of great jokes that we threw in. We were very happy with how the first one turned out, so the bar was very high for the sequel. We're a little bit early for the third one, but because we're very happy with how Empire has turned out, the third one also, the bar is set even that much higher. And I think we're ripe to disappoint people..."
Click here to read the entire interview.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You can impress the fanboys at your local comic book shop with this Comic Book Might Wallet from X-tremeGeek. Made from Tyvek, the wallet is durable and strong and even stretches to fit multiple credit cards. It even floats in water! You can learn more about it in the video below.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Hey little sister, what have you done? It's a nice day for a White Castle Wedding.
Normally I don't post about things like this but since I'm from Kentucky and shamefully admit I love White Castle, here you go.
A Kentucky couple got married at a White Castle. They met while working there and made the home of the Slider burger their wedding chapel.
For one couple, it was a fairy tale wedding, castle and all, but it also included a side of burgers and fries.
Kurby and Krystal McDonald's love story began behind the counter.
"I started working here and her mother was working here and she said, 'my daughter's going to start here soon.' Is she single? 'yeah,'" said Kurby.
Soon after they started dating, and now nearly a year later, family and friends came together at the White Castle in London for their wedding, slider cake and all.
"Usually people get married in a church, but think about it, it's going to be a wedding to remember. How many weddings can you go to and then talk about it later and say 'hey, I had a wedding in a White Castle?'" said Kelli Vanarsdale, a friend of the bride.
"I decided it would be a good idea. This is where we met and I asked her about it and she said no way," said Kurby. "Yeah I wasn't too up for it at the beginning," said Krystal.
But at the end of the day, it only seemed right.
"I think it's a beautiful thing. It's where they met, it's where they fell in love. You know, so why not start out the union in the same place they started out their courtship?" said Vernon Vechene, the groom's brother.
Plus, it included all the food that comes with a white castle wedding.
"It was awesome, we had burgers and chicken and fries and we eat until we just couldn't eat no more, so we had a really good time and i think it went great," said Harlen Lockhart, the groom's brother-in-law.
The couple says it does not matter what others think.
"No, no, not really. It's about the union. I'm just happy to be with him," said Krystal.
And for her that is enough to make it a fairy tale wedding.
To be honest, I'm a little jealous I didn't get an invitation. I'd love to have some free White Castle hamburgers and a severe case of diarrhea.
Click here for the full story including a video report.
I'm all for naked women and PETA has a way of getting women naked. PETA always has some cute hippie chick stripping somewhere to protest a deli or seafood buffet. The image above is not a photo of the President of PETA. The President of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, is not someone you want to see naked but still wants to protest even after she dies. She recently posted her Will and Testament online. Here are some highlights. I know it's long but well worth the read.
1. Upon my death, it is my wish that my body be used in a manner that draws attention to needless animal suffering and exploitation. To accomplish this, I direct that my body be donated to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, to be used in whatever manner it chooses in order to accomplish the specified purpose, with the hope that most of my body will be put to use in the United States, with parts also dispatched to awaken the public consciousness of governments and citizens in the United Kingdom, where I was born, in India, my beloved childhood home, and in Canada, Germany, and France.I was laughing so hard, I nearly choked on my triple-decker hamburger. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to break in my new leather shoes on the way to the circus.
2. While the final decision as to the use of my body remains with PETA, I make the following suggested directions:
a. That the “meat” of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue, to remind the world that the meat of a corpse is all flesh, regardless of whether it comes from a human being or another animal, and that flesh foods are not needed;
b. That my skin, or a portion thereof, be removed and made into leather products, such as purses, to remind the world that human skin and the skin of other animals is the same and that neither is “fabric” nor needed, and that some skin be tacked up outside the Indian Leather Fair each year to serve as a reminder of the government’s need to abate the suffering of Indian bullocks who, after a life of extreme and involuntary servitude, as I have seen firsthand, are exported all over the world in this form;
c. That in remembrance of the elephant-foot umbrella stands and tiger rugs I saw, as a child, offered for sale by merchants at Connaught Place in Delhi, my feet be removed and umbrella stands or other ornamentation be made from them, as a reminder of the depravity of killing innocent animals, such as elephants, in order that we might use their body parts for household items and decorations;
d. That one of my eyes be removed, mounted, and delivered to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a reminder that PETA will continue to be watching the agency until it stops poisoning and torturing animals in useless and cruel experiments; that the other is to be used as PETA sees fit;
e. That my pointing finger be delivered to Kenneth Feld, owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, or to a circus museum to stand as the “Greatest Accusation on Earth” on behalf of the countless elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and other animals who have been kidnapped from their families and removed from their homelands in India, Thailand, Africa, and South America and deprived of all that is natural and pleasant to them, abused, and forced into involuntary servitude for the sake of cheap entertainment;
f. That my liver be vacuum-packed and shipped, in whole or in part, to France, to there be used in a public appeal to persuade shoppers not to support the vile practice of force-feeding geese and ducks for foie gras;
g. That one of my ears be removed, mounted, and sent to the Canadian Parliament to assist them in hearing, for the first time perhaps, the screams of the seals, bears, raccoons, foxes, and minks bludgeoned, trapped, and sometimes skinned alive for their pelts; that the other ear be removed, preserved, and displayed outside the Deonar abattoir in Mumbai to remind all who do business there that the screams of the cattle who are slaughtered within its walls are heard around the world;
h. That one of my thumbs be removed, mounted upwards on a plaque, and sent to the person or institution that, in the year of my death or thereabouts, PETA decides has done the most to promote alternatives to the use and abuse of animals in any area of their exploitation;
i. That one of my thumbs be mounted in a downward position and sent to the person or institution that, in the year of my death or thereabouts, has gone against the changing tide of societal opinion and frightened and hurt animals in some egregious manner;
j. That a little part of my heart be buried near the racetrack at Hockenheim, preferably near the Ferrari pits, where Michael Shumacher raced in and won the German Grand Prix;
k. That anything else be done with my body that PETA believes will serve to draw attention to and so abate the plight of exploited animals.
This is simply awesome:
A Thai fireman turned superhero when he dressed up as comic-book character Spider-Man to coax a frightened eight-year-old from a balcony, police said Tuesday.
Teachers at a special needs school in Bangkok alerted authorities on Monday when an autistic pupil, scared of attending his first day at school, sat out on the third-floor ledge and refused to come inside, a police sergeant told AFP.
Despite teachers' efforts to beckon the boy inside, he refused to budge until his mother mentioned her son's love of superheroes, prompting fireman Sonchai Yoosabai to take a novel approach to the problem.
The rescuer dashed back to his fire station and made a quick change into a Spider-Man costume before returning to the boy, he said.
"I told him Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no monsters are going to attack you and I told him to walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous," Somchai told local television.
The young boy immediately stood up and walked into his rescuer's arms, police said.
Somchai said he keeps the Spider-Man costume and an outfit of Japanese television character Ultraman at the station in order to liven up school fire drills.
Now that's a super hero!
Photographer Matt Hoyle has a new series, Barnumville, featuring knife throwers, a fat lady, the tattooed lady, human blockheads, midgets and more. His subjects are shot in a vintage black-and-white style reminiscent of the freak show glory days.
BARNUMVILLE is my latest photographic series in production. The series is the richest I’ve ever created in that there is a cast of 30something talent, each with a written backstory. Basically it’s about a small town in Florida, inspired by the real town of Gibsonton. The town is inhabited by sideshow performers and is the only place they can feel at home.
I’ve photographed giants, dwarfs, knife throwers, sword swallers, siamese twins, ventriloquists, strongmen and more.
The series consists of two elements; a black and white close up portrait essay and a cinematic format element looking much like scenes out of a movie.
I’ll have more about the making of and the process as I do them. This is literally a work in progress. So stay tuned.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Warner Bros is opening their film vault. Warner Bros has produced over 6,800 theatrical films but only a little over 1,000 films are available on DVD. Warner Archive is here to change all that, offering many unavailable titles for the first time on DVD.
And one of those titles is the 1939 film, On Borrowed Time. On Borrowed Time stars Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi and Cedric Hardwicke. Barrymore plays Julian Northrup, a wheelchair-bound grandfather, who with his wife Nellie, are raising their orphaned grandson, Pud. Julian is worried about his grandson's future and the scheming aunt who seeks Pud's custody and his inheritance. One day Mr. Brink, aka Death, arrives to take Julian "to the land where the woodbine twineth." Julian tricks Mr. Brink and confines him to the top of an old apple tree, giving him extra time to ensure a safe and happy future for Pud.
I saw this movie for the first time with my dad and I still remember how much we enjoyed it. It's a funny, sweet film. Sure it's corny and dated but it's still a gem. Few films have ever shown how death is a necessary part of life.
Let the Right One In is about a little boy named Oskar, who finds a friend in Eli, the strange girl next door who turns out to be a vampire.
Icons of Fright now informs us the subtitles on the DVD have been changed from the theatrical release, cutting out the dark humor and dumbing it down for American audiences (I've included a sample below but it's well worth the click to Icons of Fright for more examples). Screen captures show the two different subtitles and it does make quite a difference.
This is nothing new. Foreign films often have lines changed or slightly altered in subtitles and dubbing. Anyone who frequently watches foreign movies can avow to this fact. Asian films often even have misspellings in the subtitles.
It's frustrating to know you're not getting the movie that was intended, especially such a good film like this. Maybe one day a corrected version of the DVD will be released. Til then, guess I need to learn to speak Swedish.
Born in Cairo in 1940, Liz Brady (born Ray Fleurat) is a French yé-yé singer.Thanks, Robyn!
Between 1965 and 1967, she released four EPs: “Hey O Daddy O” (65),”Rien n’est perdu” (65), “Palladium” (66) , “Partie de Dames” (66) on Pathé and one EP on Decca “Le piano s’est tu” (67).
In 1968, she moved to Quebec and with her friend formed the duo “Les Scarabées” (The Beetles). They released several 45s among which “Puisque tu m’as quitté” et “Le cœur de mon pays” (Golden Album in Canada).
They disbanded in 1975 and Liz moved to Florida, continuing her singing career as Liza Brady while her friend released songs under the name of Martine Bee.
I also received an anonymous comment with a link to a French website dedicated to Liz Brady along with a site where you can buy some of her vintage original records! A big thanks to my mysterious friend.
And of course since this is a post about Liz Brady, I can't resist the chance to post another of her videos. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Iri5 creates portraits of celebrities using cassette tapes. The series is called Ghost in the Machine and features Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and others.
I am an artist who specializes in using non traditional media… old books, cassettes, playing cards, magazines, credit cards… whatever I can find. It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have a mind of their own. Most everything I use has been thrown away or donated at some point. Past its prime, like some of the finest things in the world.Amazing stuff.
The week's edition of Just Listen features The Tossers. From the Irish neighborhoods of the south-side of Chicago, The Tossers music is a mix of traditional Irish music and punk rock. Using traditional instrumentation like the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, bass and drums, The Tossers play Irish music like you've never heard it before.
You can learn more about The Tossers on their website and buy their music here.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I think this currency is only redeemable in the Cantina bar. Mark, aka Diablo2003, created these pieces of Imperial currency for the Star Wars Fan Days 2007 where he was a guest artist.
There's a lot of artwork out there most as posters, lithographs or prints so I wanted to do something different. While watching The original Star Wars I realized that talk of money is thrown around quite a lot but you never actually see it (other than Han flipping the bartender a coin after shooting Greedo). I thought it would be cool to design a piece of Imperial currency as I saw it. I designed it mostly after American money but used some European influences as well.I hope Darth Vader can keep his money in this economy.
I thought I'd finish the week with one more post of Liz Brady. In this clip she sings 3 songs, with the music starting at the 0:52 mark. Again, if anyone can tell me more about Liz Brady, I'd really appreciate the information. Now turn up the volume on your speakers and click on the clip.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Update: Texas death row inmate Andre Thomas, who pulled out his eyes and ate one of them, was declared "clearly crazy but sane under Texas law." Thomas killed his wife and 4 year-old son, both were stabbed to death with their hearts were ripped out. Thomas then walked into the Sherman Police Department and admitted to the killings, saying God told him to commit them.
This week, the nine justices unanimously denied Thomas' request for a new trial.
"Although reasonable people might well differ on the question of whether (Thomas) was sane at the time he committed these murders or competent at the time he was tried, those issues were appropriately addressed by the defense, the prosecution, trial judge, and the jury during the trial," Judge Cathy Cochran wrote in her opinion. "This is a sad case. (Thomas) is clearly 'crazy,' but he is also 'sane' under Texas law."
Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said the ruling ends the state phase of Thomas' appeal of his death sentence. That appeal began in March 2005 after Grayson County jurors convicted Thomas of killing Leyha Marie Hughes, the daughter of Thomas' estranged wife, Laura Boren Thomas.
Jurors also answered the special questions presented to jurors at the end of a capital case in a manner that caused Judge James Fry to sentence Thomas to death. Though prosecutors never tried him for their deaths, Thomas also admitted to killing Laura Boren Thomas and their son Andre Lee Boren.
In the days just after the March 27, 2004 murders, Thomas pulled out his own eye after quoting Bible scriptures in the Grayson County Jail. In December of 2008, Thomas pulled out his other eye and ate it while in a cell on Texas' death row.
"It is sometimes hard for people to understand that a person can be mentally ill, or as the Court of Criminal Appeals said, "crazy," and still be legally sane under Texas law," Brown said after hearing of the ruling.
"Andre Thomas knew what he did was wrong, and if the evidence supports that, and the jury finds that, he is guilty," Brown said. "Judge Cochran's opinion explains that very effectively. Many people in Grayson County don't care if he was crazy, insane, or anything else -- what he did to those kids and his wife deserves the death penalty," Brown said.
The moral to the story, don't mess with Texas.