Thursday, April 30, 2009
Rebecca Whitaker over at No Smoking in the Skull Cave posted another one of her great cartoons. This is my kinda' chick. I mean, wearing a shirt that says, "I F*cking Hate Julia Roberts" and crying during Star Trek? She's every fanboys' dreamgirl.
"In a galaxy far, far away" in "the happiest place on earth" is Star Wars Weekends. Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park is celebrating the classic movie series with special shows, trivia contest, prize giveaways, memorabilia, as well as appearances from actors from the Star Wars films.
Hunting for a special collectable bounty? Grab a Disney's FASTPASS ticket to ensure your place in line for Star Wars celebrity autographs, or find special limited-edition merchandise to add to your collection at the Tatooine Traders store and other vendors around the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Each day ends with the Hyperspace Hoopa! show, where many Star Wars favorites let loose with music, comedy, dancing and more.
With Ewoks, Wookies, Storm Troopers, Jawas and more invading Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, young Padawan Learners and their parents would be wise to have their cameras ready. Star Wars Weekends take place only once a year, so check back for the next event dates and plan your trip early. Do or do not, there is no try!
And these posters are great. Walt Disney World joining forces with Star Wars? It's every little boy's fantasy rolled into one.
I just checked out Crackle for the first time tonight. Wow, there's lots of good movies on there. Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Professional, Living in Oblivion and Crumb. These are favorites of mine but Crumb always sticks in my mind as one of the most bizarre films I've ever seen. If you've seen it, you know what I mean and if you haven't seen it, now's your chance to watch it for free.
Crumb is a documentary about the cartoonist/artist Robert Crumb. Crumb was a pioneer in underground comix and drew the famous Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural and much more. Through interviews with his mother, brothers, wife and friends, the film shows Crumb as a lonely, disturbed man as well as a incredibly talented and creative.
So get to clickin' and watch Crumb. It's a film you won't soon forget.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
That's right, David Croenberg's cult classic Videodrome is now on the list for a remake. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has been hired to write the script and will be turning it into a "large-scale sci-fi action thriller". Croenenberg isn't involved with the production at this point and I doubt he ever will be. The original Videodrome starred James Woods as the head of a sleazy television channel who programs "Videodrome", a plotless series showing torture and murder. "Videodrome" becomes a big hit, provoking brain tumors in it's viewers through it's signal.
A remake of Croenenberg's Scanners is already in development.
Seriously, a "large-scale sc-fil action thriller"? Why even bother calling it a remake? Croenenberg's work is unique and inspiring. It can't be remade, especially by the writer of a Transformers' sequel.
I read comic books every week but I have a hard time remembering what I read last month and can't keep up with the continuity like all dedicated fanboys out there. I know, I know... I'm a disgrace to comic book readers. But the latest issue of The New Avengers has Spider-Man throwing a major hissy-fit over a stolen Quinjet airplane. Spider-Man's objections went on for several panels and I, as a reader, kept wondering if this was supposed to be funny somehow or if I was missing some part of the story. Well, Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!! has the answer. Turns out it was just bad storytelling because Spider-Man helped steal that same Quinjet airplane in Secret Invasion #1! He even physically assaulted Black Widow to help steal it. The worst part is both of these stories are written by Brian Michael Bendis. Maybe that Spider-Man was a Skrull or a renegade clone that stole the Quinjet or possibly no one at Marvel is checking the back issues bin, including the writer himself.
Looking to complete your Supergirl outfit with the perfect shoes? Well, look no further. SuperHeroStuff has the answer with their Super Go Go Boots! These sexy patent leather boots come with a 3-inch heel and come up the upper portion of your calf. And while you're there, pick up a pair of these Supergirl shorts! Now if they only sold a girl who would wear these for me.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
There are a few movies I'm looking forward to this year, and I'm not talking about summer blockbusters. The films I'm most excited about are Moon, Inglourious Basterds, Dead Snow and now, the new upcoming horror film Grace.
Grace stars Jordan Ladd as Madeline Matheson, a pregnant woman who loses her unborn child in a tragic accident. Madeline insists on carrying the dead child to term. The baby is born stillborn but is miraculously resurected. Madeline names the baby Grace and soon learns her child is unlike other babies. Grace has a terrible hunger, leaving Madeline to do everything she can to satisfy her baby's appetite.
I have to say, Grace looks amazing.
Last week I shared a real photo postcard of an unknown contortionist. This week it's another real photo postcard featuring a performer I know very little about - Betty Carpenter in a sideshow stunt called "Frozen Alive." And unfortunately, that's all the information I have on her. If anyone out there knows more about Betty Carpenter, please leave a comment. I'd love to know more about this icy beauty. And as always, click for bigger.
Kevin Smith is a good filmmaker because he knows how to tell a story. And man, can the guy tell a story. Here he talks about what happened to his version of Superman and the idiots at Warner Bros studios. I know it's a long clip but it's worth every minute to hear how Hollywood is run by morons.
What happens when a couple decides to spice up their marriage by dressing up as Wonder Woman and Batman? See for yourself in this short film Super Powers which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I love the comic book, Kick-Ass. It's the comic book that got me collecting comics again and is always fun and full of unexpected twists. Empire has the latest photo of Chloe Moretz as Mindy, aka Hit Girl from Matthew Vaughn's upcoming film version of the comic book. Hit Girl is a pre-teen assassin who joins her father's (Nicolas Cage) quest for vengeance.
I'm not sure what's going on with this outfit. It's nothing like the comic book and Nicolas Cage doesn't seem like a good choice for the role of the muscular ex-cop father but it could still work. Personally, I'd think a photo of her in the outfit from the comic book covered in blood would generate more excitment. The film is to be released later this year.
Earlier this month I posted a few photos of Megan Fox from the upcoming film, Jonah Hex. The photos showed just a little of her saloon girl outfit hidden under a robe. Now Movie Gab has 7 new photos of her in full costume. Now if we could just see a photo of Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
No, that title is not the punchline to a joke about Bruce Wayne running through a turnstile, it's Thailand's latest super hero to the rescue. First Spider-Man saved the life of an autistic boy from the ledge of a building in Thailand, now it's Batman's turn to save some lives.
To read the rest of the story and learn the secret identity of Batman, click here. But don't tell the Joker!
From scenes of torched buses and street riots in Bangkok, there emerges a reminder that Thailand is the most loveable place on the planet.
Meet Bangkok's Batman.
Last week, as anti-government protesters clad in crimson stormed the capital's streets, some guys hijacked a gas truck and parked it in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. They were pursued by soldiers and assumed (according to Thai media reports) that the military wouldn't fire into an area containing a massive container of liquid fuel.
Then, out of nowhere, Batman steps into the crowd and surveys the scene. So the story goes, the masked hero broke the tension long enough for a city worker to climb back in the truck and drive away. And those in the neighborhood gathered to applaud.
The newscaster gets in a dig at Batman for being a "little chubby." Call me old-fashioned, but that's no way to address a Thai superhero.
Every girl dreams of a fairy tale wedding but probably not like this. 40 year-old bride, Christine England married her 44 year-old fiance Keith in full costume as the characters from the movie Shrek.
The new Mr and Mrs Green (yes, really), of Barnstaple, Devon, had spent three hours having their make-up done before walking down the aisle.
Christine said: 'The idea just came to me. I knew what we would go as because Keith looks just like Shrek.
'It was funny because when we said our vows Keith had these green ears sprouting from the top of his head.'
She tried to get her 18-year-old son to dress up as Donkey, another character from the offbeat cartoon fairytale, but said 'he wasn't having any of it'.
Mr Green, a builder - who doesn't seem to mind being likened to an ogre - added: 'It was a very strange experience to say the least, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. We love the films and my wife tells me I bear a resemblance to Shrek.'
The couple hired a make-up artist to make them look like the characters - voiced by Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz - in the hit films.
Christine's mother Annette England, 66, said: 'It's not necessarily how you imagine seeing your daughter get married but it was great fun.'
I'm not sure what to make of the bride's comment about her husband looking "just like Shrek" but she did marry him. It must be love.
This x-ray photo released by Australian police shows approximately 30 nails piercing the skull of a 27 year-old murder victim.
I think the killer made his point.
Police released the shocking picture in the hope of finding the killer who used a high-powered nail gun to fire the metal spikes, up to 85mm (3.3in) long, into the victim's head and neck late last year.
Two children, aged nine and 14, found Chen Liu, who was also known as Anthony, as they canoed down Georges river in south Sydney last year.
As they paddled past mangroves at dusk on 1 November, they spotted a badly decomposed body wrapped in a rug and raced to tell their parents.
Mr Liu, who had been dead for 12 days, was bound with electrical wires and an extension cord and then rolled in a domestic rug with the ends neatly tucked in, which was then tied with three pieces of wire.
"In 36 years of investigation, I've never come across a murder of this nature using a nail gun. May I say it's a particularly brutal and vicious murder and we are seeking information from the public so we can bring this inquiry to a conclusion," the head of the homicide squad, Geoff Beresford, said.
Police believe Mr Liu was killed then driven to the river in his blue 2005 Range Rover Sport 4WD. But no arrests have been made and the weapon is yet to be found.
Two weeks before the children discovered Mr Liu's body, a male friend reported him missing.
Just a friendly reminder, Breaking Bad is on tonight at 10:00pm on AMC featuring Bob Odenkirk as a shady attorney, Saul Goodman. In the clip, Saul talks to Hank about the DEA's interest in his "little twerp" of a client.
Norwegian rock star Ida (eee-da) Maria learned to play guitar at age 14 and began to make up her own chords and songs. She rose to fame after winning two national competitions in 2007. Later that year, two of her singles "Oh My God" and "Stella" were played regularly on the Norwegian national radio station.
Her latest single, "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" was a British Top 40 hit, prompting comparisons to Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde.
"I hoped that song was going to be for the alternative kids while I wrote it," she says of "Naked." I wanted to see how catchy I could make all the songs. I hadn't really grown up on anything but rock music, so I tried to see if I could do that." About the song's unusual lyric, Ida says: "It's very much a shout-out to all those who objectify women. I wanted to turn it around and make the male body an object. I think I succeeded and I'm very happy about this."
Setting her sights on America, Ida Maria has launched a US tour and plans to take the country by storm.
"This is gonna be a helluva fantastic journey," she enthuses. "And it's already started out so well, I can't see how it could go wrong. I just wanna play, have a good time and see this country."
You can learn more about Ida Maria on her Island Records website and buy her music here.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Moon Girl debuted in 1947 in the first issue of The Happy Houlihans by EC Comics but quickly moved into a comic book of her own. Moon Girl was EC Comic's answer to Wonder Woman. And now you can download original artwork from Moon Girl issue 6 and 8. Beware, There's A Crosseyed Cyclops In My Basement!!! provides this beautiful Golden Age comic book artwork available to you absolutely free.
I don't own an iPhone. Being poor has a way of cutting into buying really cool gadgets. If I did have an iPhone, I'd seek out all the rejected apps listed in The Top 10 Most Notorious Rejected Iphone Apps over at I Heart Chaos, starting with iBoobs. And yes, I'd giggle like a 10 year-old school boy every time I used it.
I love getting comments but I get very few. This is a fairly new site (at least that's what I tell myself when I see the daily hits), only a few months old. Not many people know about it, other than a few friends, family members and some others who have stumbled across it. So far, I've been lucky, receiving only positive comments, along with a few spam comments. No flame wars as of yet but it's only a matter of time. I hope so anyway, this site needs more traffic.
You gotta' love this guy. Frank DeCaro collects Batman. He's got a great sense of humor and wonderful outlook on life. He talks about how all collectors are a little crazy and the need for collections to be displayed, "otherwise it's just junk."
I love to talk to fellow collectors and see their collections. It's always fun hearing their stories of how the acquired their favorite item and what the collection means to them. So if you're a collector and would like to be featured on this very blog, send me some photographs and a story about your collection.
Now you can play Dracula and... um... well, some other monster who likes to drink urine. That's right, ThinkGeek has candy that looks like a blood sample and urine specimen.
Blood normally stays in your body, unless there's an accident. Urine normally stays in your body until there's an accident. But either way, neither of these liquid go into your mouth. Until now! Because now, there are Sour Candy Body Fluids, and the one place they are supposed to go is your mouth. Think of it - candy pee and candy blood - just what you never knew you always wanted.
Ok, nothing, NOTHING, will make folks cringe like watching you drink pee straight from a real live urine specimen container. And it will make you cringe too, but not because it tastes bad. Oh no, the urine tastes like a deliciously thick lemonade - only really, really sour (hence the cringing). Likewise the blood looks just like real blood, in a real specimen vial - but it tastes like intensely sour cherry. We love this stuff; it tastes great and the disgusting fun is to die for. Sour Candy Body Fluids are the only time that having blood mixed in with your urine is a good thing - then you have yummy, sour cherry lemonade! Lip-smacking gross!
I think I'll order mine and sample them down at the local Urgent Treatment Center to see what kind of reaction I get.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Big clown shoes are no laughing matter. In fact, clown shoes have been banned in one circus over safety concerns.
A clown has been told he cannot wear his giant comedy shoes during his act because they breach health and safety rules.
Valerik Kashkin broke a toe after falling from a high-wire and has been told his size 18s were to blame.
His bosses have now banned the clown – whose routine also includes playing a drum kit, trumpet and double bass at the same time – from using the outsize footwear and ordered him to perform barefoot, instead.
'It is very important for me to have the boots on because I don't look like a normal clown in a black costume,' he said. 'The act just won't be the same now.'
The Moscow State Circus performer fell from the wire in a performance of the troupe's The Monk's Dream during an 11-day run in Liverpool.
The 40-year-old – whose act also includes dressing on the wire and in a hoop of fire – went to hospital and spent the next few days recovering.
But, on his return, he was told he could no longer wear his special shoes.
'I don't think it is a good idea for him to wear the boots because he is essentially walking blind – with barefeet he gets a much better grip,' said the circus's health and safety adviser, Larry Dewitt.
And general manager Paul Archer added: 'I guess we just have to follow through these procedures – it really is a balancing act.'
Isn't the whole point of a high-wire act, the risk and danger? Sounds like the real clown is management.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'm not sure if this is real. I mean, I'm sure you can get E. Coli from Taco Bell but I don't know if Marbles Harsgrove is for real. Supposedly, it's Gilmore Girls actress, Melissa McCarthy, having fun in her off-time. Since I've never watched the show, I have no idea. Doesn't matter, this is one of the best videos I've ever seen in my entire life. You'll want to watch it to the very end. Then re-watch it and re-watch it.
via The Internet Is Terrible
Pin-up model icon, Bettie Page, is the focus of a upcoming new documentary, Bettie Page Reveals All. Featuring interviews by people who knew her best, the phenomenon of Bettie Page is retold by pin-up photographers Bunny Yeager and Paula Claw, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, stripper Tempest Storm and many others.
In a docu-comedy romp through 1950's American pop-culture, the reclusive "Dark Angel," Bettie Page, chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of her rise as a cult icon and for the first time fully reveals the story of her mysterious appearance at the height of her career in 1957. Unseen for more than 50 years and known to the public only by her iconic photographs, an unparalleled mystique has built up around Bettie Page. Here. she reveals the real woman behind the iconic image.
Amidst a melange of 1950's pop culture: hit songs, TV commercials, sci-fi movie clips, moralizing film shorts and much more, Bettie Page regales viewers with anecdotes of bondage and fetish photo shoots, arrest for indecent exposure, attempted black mail by law enforcement authorities, persecution by the 1956 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate for pornography, failed marriages and lovers she jilted. She literally reveals all - the good and the bad - in her own words – from Nashville orphanage and hard scrabble childhood, sexual abuse, high school salutatorian, propositions by celebrities like, Howard Hughes, finding God and crusading with Billy Graham, arrest for attempted murder and incarceration in a mental institution.
Pin-up photographers Bunny Yeager and Paula Klaw, as well as camera club/3-D photographer, Art Amsie, and stripper, Tempest Storm, provide personal stories and insight into the life and career of Bettie Page.
Bettie's mushrooming influence on fashion, art, photography, sexuality, film, music and youth culture is articulated by pin-up artist, Olivia, Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, TV evanagelist, Rev. Robert Schuller, erotica collector and publisher, Joel Beren, Bettie's agent and attorney, Mark Roesler, fashion designers Todd Oldham and Chantal Thomass and model/actresses Rebecca Romijn and Shalom Harlow.
Some of Bettie's close friends in her later years give insight into Bettie, the person behind the iconic image – Steve Brewster, founder of Bettie Scouts of America, Carlo Shahumian, neighbor and friend during the last eight years of her life and Devin Devasquez, former Playmate and a confidant to Bettie.
Click here to check out the official site for the movie and watch the trailer.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Olivia Munn is back as Wonder Woman. That's right, every fanboy's favorite dream girl is dressed up like Wonder Woman again, running through the streets of Japan and terrorizing it's citizens. Just click below to watch her "run like a retard", trying to get a reaction. And just for fun, watch her G4 video where she shows you the trials of being Wonder Woman.
Be sure to check out the Olivia Munn website.
It was bad enough Marvel hopped on the Obama bandwagon but this is going too far. Bill Hader and Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live will be writing a Spider-Man comic book. TV Squad has the whole story.
Bill Hader and Seth Meyers (the latter of whom is the head writer for Saturday Night Live) will be writing Spider-Man ... the comic book, not the next movie. Their single-issue story is called "The Short Halloween" (which I presume is a parody of a Batman comic story called "The Long Halloween") and will be in finer comic book shops on May 13.
This isn't the first time a comedy writer has written a comic book. I recall Gilbert Gotfried helping out with an issue of Superboy and Patton Oswalt writing a one-shot Justice League special, among others. While I don't think this will get the same level of publicity as Barack Obama being on a Spider-Man cover, it's kind of cool to hear about. I wonder if Spider-Man will sing his own rendition of "Dick In A Box".
Saturday Night Live hasn't been funny in years and now these idiots will ruin a new medium. Thanks for nothing, Marvel.
A former NASA astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, has stepped forward to tell the truth about UFO's and aliens.
Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments.
He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms.
Mankind has long wondered if we're "alone in the universe. [But] only in our period do we really have evidence. No, we're not alone," Mitchell said.
"Our destiny, in my opinion, and we might as well get started with it, is [to] become a part of the planetary community. ... We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there."
Mitchell grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, which some UFO believers maintain was the site of a UFO crash in 1947. He said residents of his hometown "had been hushed and told not to talk about their experience by military authorities." They had been warned of "dire consequences" if they did so.
But, he claimed, they "didn't want to go to the grave with their story. They wanted to tell somebody reliable. And being a local boy and having been to the moon, they considered me reliable enough to whisper in my ear their particular story."
Roughly 10 years ago, Mitchell claimed, he was finally given an appointment at Pentagon to discuss what he had been told.
An unnamed admiral working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff promised to uncover the truth behind the Roswell story, Mitchell said. The stories of a UFO crash "were confirmed," but the admiral was then denied access when he "tried to get into the inner workings of that process."
The same admiral, Mitchell claimed, now denies the story.
"I urge those who are doubtful: Read the books, read the lore, start to understand what has really been going on. Because there really is no doubt we are being visited," he said.
"The universe that we live in is much more wondrous, exciting, complex and far-reaching than we were ever able to know up to this point in time."
I've seen two UFO's in my life. I know that probably makes me sound like a nut, but it's true. Like Fox Mulder says "The truth is out there."
To read the rest of the article, click here.
I love cosplayers but not all cosplayers. No one likes to see a fat Spider-Man. The folks over at Holy Taco have a collection of The Worst Homemade Star Wars Costumes and they are truly horrible. Beware, some of the images may cause nightmares for months to come.