Sunday, February 28, 2010

CRIME WAVE SWEEPS MAYBERRY

 

A statue of Andy and Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show was vandalized in Mount Airy, NC. The statue was splashed with red and green paint. The statue is owned by the cable television network TV Land and they are sending a specialist to repair the damage. Crime like this needs to be nipped in the bud. Nip it in the bud!

Thanks, Stan!

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NEW DEFENDOR PHOTOS






Defendor will have a limited release in theaters this Friday, which means it will never play where I live. The good news it's due on DVD in April. Meanwhile, enjoy these photos of Kat Dennings and Woody Harrelson in these exclusive pics found on MTV's Splash Page.

And in case you're not a regular reader of DSTG!, here's the synopsis:

Bruised and beaten, arm in a sling, neck in a brace, Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson) sits in front of court-appointed psychologist Ellen Chum (Sandra Oh). After making her swear to secrecy, Poppington begins to tell the story of his secret life as “Defendor” – yes, that’s an “OR” – spelling is not one of his super powers. By day, Poppington directs traffic around road construction sites, but at night he dons a pair of black tights, a black jersey with a crude “D” duct-taped to his chest, and trawls the streets as his alter ago. As Defendor, Poppington engages in what he believes is a super heroic fight against crime in an attempt to fulfull his unrealized dream of capturing his archrival, Captain Industry – a gun trafficking crime lord who Poppington mistakenly believes is responsible for the death of his mother.

Defendor’s problems with the law begin with his intervention in a trick gone bad. When coming to the aid of Katerina Debrofkowitz (Kat Dennings), an underage prostitute, Defendor tangles with her pimp, Chuck Dooney (Elias Koteas) – a crooked undercover cop. By doing so, Defendor bumbles his way into a criminal underworld, and the stage is set for a showdown with Captain Industry.

DEFENDOR is the ultimate underdog story about the unlikeliest of super heroes. While he may be deficient in super powers, he has a surplus of heart and sometimes that’s all you need to make a difference.

BEND OVER, PLEASE


I need to finish reading Mary Worth.

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ROCK BEATS SCISSORS


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VIDEO GAME SPEED DATING




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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


Witness the adventures of the sexy Sky Gal as she flies the friendly skies and fight villains in these comic books you can download absolutely free.

I watched The Giant Spider Invasion over the weekend because obviously I know how to make the best use of my time. There's an official website for the 1975 film. A movie with such classic lines as, "The only time I know you're still alive is when I hear you flush the toilet," and "You don't know the difference between rice crispies and rabbit turds."

William Hurt, who played General Ross in the last Hulk film, says he hasn't been asked to cameo in Iron Man 2 or Thor.

Marvel Comics' scribe Brian Bendis met with Sony executives about the upcoming Spider-Man movie reboot.

Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock have teamed up and are working on a Comic-Con documentary.

Damn Cool Pics has a 25 photo collection of sexy Pikachu cosplayers.

PIN-UP OF THE WEEK


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

ANOTHER KICK-ASS TRAILER


It's another red band trailer for Kick-Ass and supposedly the last trailer until the movie comes out in April.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


Dan Piraro, creator of the hilarious Bizarro comic strip, created his own iPhone app.

Download Stan Lee's Secrets Behind the Comics from 1947 during the Timely days at Marvel.

Action figures based on the upcoming film, Jonah Hex, are on the way.

If you like your women with bumpy foreheads then you'll love the contestants from The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant held at Dragoncon every year.

Might as well face it, you're addicted to spuds if you buy the Iron Man Mr. Potato Head.

In space no one can hear you recycle. Check out this Alien Queen sculpture made from a car, boat, dishwasher, motorcycle and other appliance parts weighing in at 1,213 pounds.

Dazzler is back in Marvel Comics' May 2010 Solicitations.

Friday, February 19, 2010

VINCENT VAN GOGHS TO DISNEYLAND


This painting by Bob Buccella cracked me up.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

OFFICIAL DEFENDOR TRAILER


The official trailer for Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, has been released. Personally, I liked the unofficial trailers better. The music is distracting and doesn't fit, and the comedic moments featured in the other trailers have been left out this time. Still, this is the movie I want to see most of all, even more than Kick-Ass. If only they'd give it an official release date.

PIN-UP OF THE WEEK


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NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


Batman beats Superman. Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman, topped the auction price for Action Comics #1. Thanks, Robyn!

Holy Smokes, Batman! is a website where you can listen to Burt Ward as Robin say all his various "Holy..." phrases from the 1966 TV series.

Shock the monkey with this movable and reusable decal of Donkey Kong. Based on the 8-bit graphics from the NES version, this is officially Nintendo licensed product. Thanks again, Robyn!

Stan Lee will star in Super Seven comic books as well as the animated series.

The Walking Dead pilot for AMC will begin shooting in May.

Disney's Rapunzel film is now titled Tangled. Producer Roy Conli announed on Facebook, "the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in the girl with the 70 feet of magical golden hair. We're having a lot of fun pairing Flynn, who's seen it all, with Rapunzel, who's been locked away in a tower for 18 years."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A PEE-WEE HERMAN PROPOSAL


No, everybody's favorite bachelor didn't pop the question. Longtime Pee-wee Herman fan Ben Zurawski proposed to his girlfriend on the stage of the The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Pee-wee Herman is back with an all-new, live stage show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and magical things are happening there just in time for Valentine's Day!

When Chicagoan Ben Zurawski decided he wanted to propose to his girlfriend of five years, Summer Violett, he contacted Pee-wee (aka Paul Reubens) to ask if he could do it on stage at "The Pee-wee Herman Show." Ben and Summer met online and immediately bonded over all things Pee-wee, Prince and Radiohead. To Ben's surprise, Paul gave him a call and said he wanted to help make it happen!

After the January 28th performance of the show, Paul brought the couple on-stage to say they won a raffle -- but instead, Ben proposed to Summer.

"I was so excited, I didn't hear him ask the question," said Summer, who added of the big moment, "I couldn't imagine a more romantic and wonderful proposal."

Of course, Paul is once again donning his red bowtie and floods for "The Pee-wee Herman Show," and all your favorite characters are back, including Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Firefighter, Mailman Mike, King of Cartoons, Chairy the talking chair, Pterri the pterodactyl, Conky the robot, Magic Screen and more.

Ain't love grand? Now that's a proposal! You can buy your tickets for the stage show here.

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WHY DON'T YOU TAKE A VALENTINE? IT'LL LAST LONGER!


Just one of the many perks of being on the official Pee-wee Herman fan list.

FILMS OF THE 2000'S


By now everyone knows I'm a sucker for compilation videos of movies. Paul Proulx put some of the best (and worst) films from the last ten years in the above clip. It does my heart good to see Ghost World and Donnie Darko in the mix.

JUST SAY NO




Everyone loves a good love story. This is not it. If you're going to propose in public, you'd better be sure she's going to say yes.

BATTY VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYONE




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Thursday, February 11, 2010

SHAMELESSLY HULK


You may remember DSTG!'s good friend and director Garrett Gilchrist and his She-Hulk fan film, Shamelessly. A lot has happened since we last heard from Garrett; he's moved, taken on a new job, overcome an illness but through it all, he remains passionate about filmmaking and determined to share his vision of his favorite green heroes. His latest fan film takes a look at Bruce Banner and the origin of the Hulk.

You can learn more about Garrett Gilchrist on the Orange Cow Productions website and see more clips on his YouTube page.

Keep up the good work, Garrett!

DONKEY KONG SNOW DAYS


Don't sit inside and play video games during these snow days, go outside and play your favorite video games.

NERD NEWS ROUND-UP



The Spider-Man reboot will be in 3D.

Watch the latest trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine. I can't wait to see this movie.

Robocop reboot writer David Self says Darren Aronofsky is still attached to direct.

Tim Robbins joins the cast of Green Lantern.

Bill Murray will be in Ghostbusters 3 but this time as a ghost. "I said to them, 'I'll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.' So now they are going to have me as a ghost in the film.”

Attention Batman fans: Prepare to waste more of your money on crap like this.

Sweet Tooth creator Jeff Lemire shows off his new studio.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

PIN-UP OF THE WEEK


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NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


Director Joe Johnston talks about pre-production on his upcoming movie, The First Avenger: Captain America. He wants to cast an unknown and will be shooting in the UK since most of the film takes place in Europe.

Collider has some snapshots of Josh Brolin and Megan Fox during their reshoots for Jonah Hex.

A writer has been hired to pen a screenplay for the Daredevil reboot.

Don't put words in my mouth. Make the Dynamic Duo say crazy things with the Batman & Robin Comic Generator. Just fill in what you’d like each word balloon to say.

Speaking of Batman, you can see a sneak peek of the Caped Crusader as a Puritan witch hunter in the upcoming Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Only Grant Morrison can come up with this crap.

Watch the first official commercial for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

GONE WITH THE WIND WITH VAMPIRES


You've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now watch Gone with the Wind with Vampires.

The film tells the story of Scarlett O' Hara, one of the last surviving human beings, who is caught in the midst of a great vampire civil war. Marvel as she outwits the forces of the undead, while she flirts with her true bloo... er... love. Complete with heartaches and staked hearts, "Gone with the Wind with Vampires" will 'blow' you away.

I always thought Scarlett O' Hara was a pain in the neck.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?


I know I'm not. I hate sports with the exception of women's beach volleyball. But I might be interested in the big game today if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch. Watch the video to see what it might look like If Filmmakers Directed the Super Bowl.

Friday, February 5, 2010

WTF? OF THE WEEK


It's as if David Lynch and Michael Jackson produced a children's show.

ROY ORBISON ON THE WALK OF FAME


Everyone knows we're big fans of Roy Orbison here on DSTG! so we're are very excited and happy to see Roy Orbison received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not only that, but January 29 will forever be known as "Roy Orbison Day" so mark your calendar for next year. Here's the official press release:

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ROY ORBISON HONORED WITH STAR ON WALK OF FAME
Friday January 29, 2010 Hollywood, CA -- Today Roy Orbison, one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music, and to have won Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The ceremony took place in front of Capitol Records, where Roy's star is next to those of his dear friend John Lennon and fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison. Saluting Roy's passion for riding Harley's, his dear friends Danny Aykroyd and Dwight Yoakam launched the event by leading a motorcycle brigade and riding right up to Roy's wife, Barbara Orbison, and their sons Wesley, Roy Jr and Alex.

Under the warm Hollywood sun, Leron Gubler, President and CEO Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the throngs of fans, friends and media, and declared January 29 to be forever known as "Roy Orbison Day" in Hollywood. The next speaker, Danny Aykroyd, eloquently summed up the emotion of the day, "as Barbara would say, everybody loved Roy."

T-Bone Burnett, long time friend and producer, added "With the 20th century now book ended, I can confidently say that Roy was the greatest singer of the 20th century."

Barbara Orbison, the last to speak, spoke lovingly of her husband and the unparalleled legacy he left with the world through his music and his renown warmth of personality and spirit. With eyes soft with gratitude Barbara thanked the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and then turned her attention to the throngs of friends standing behind her, including Jeff Ayeroff, Dan Aykroyd & Donna Dixon, T-Bone Burnett, Phil Everly, Sean Garrett, Olivia Harrison, Eric and Tania Idle, Chris Isaak, Jim Keltner, David Lynch, Jeff & Camilia Lynne, Jason Mraz, Barbara Bach Starkey, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, and Dwight Yoakam saying "these are the friends who loved Roy and have continued to love us these 21 years". Barbara then went on to say that the only thing that would make the moment better would be to have Roy standing there next to her. "But I see Roy through my friends, who all have a little piece of Roy in their hearts. Thank you for remembering Roy and for loving Roy. This is a wonderful way to celebrate his life, and this little stone star will probably be there much longer than any of us."

This is long overdue. Roy Orbison's music has influenced countless artists and touched the lives of millions of people throughout the world. I know my life is richer because of him.

You can watch the ceremony on the official Roy Orbison website and be sure to sign up for updates as well as pick up something from the shop. Valentine's Day is around the corner and Roy Orbison's music is the perfect gift for a romantic evening.

NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


Watch some animated zombies with the short horror-adventure teaser for A.D.

Ladies, show off your Gremlins with this Gizmo skirt. Just don’t spill food on it after midnight.

Get back to the future with The Real Rules for Time Travelers.

Bill Watterson ended his beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip years ago and has no regrets.

Princess Leia has such wonderful hair. Here she shares her sense of style with Chewbacca on this "New Hairstyle" t-shirt.

Logan Lerman (whoever the hell that is) says he's in talks to play Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

SONIC AND MARIO'S AWKWARD REUNION


Poor Sonic. He's waiting tables while Mario soaks up the limelight.

WES ANDERSON'S AMAZING SPIDER-MAN


I loved Bottle Rocket. It's one of my favorite movies but I quickly grew tired of Wes Anderson after that. Style overtook substance and his films left me bored and irritated. I haven't been interested in his work in years.

I don't know if Anderson was ever considered to take on everyone's favorite webhead but I for one, am glad it never happened. Jeff Loveness imagines what Wes Anderson's version of Spider-Man might have looked like with this parody.

MAY THE TUNA BE WITH YOU


It's Star Wars pitching tuna with a disco soundtrack. The Japanese are so weird.

BUTTMAN AND THROBBIN'


Actually that title has already been used for a Batman porn parody. The above trailer is for Vivid Entertainment's upcoming Batman XXX flick featuring the '60s sound effects from the television series. I'm guessing there'll be lots of "SPLATS!" and "SPLOOGE!"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

AARON RUBEN DEAD AT 95


Aaron Ruben, the producer of The Andy Griffith Show from 1960-1965, died January 30, 2010. He also created Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and produced Sanford and Son.

A Chicago native who began his comedy writing career in radio after serving in the Army during World War II, Ruben helped write radio shows for Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fred Allen, Henry Morgan and Milton Berle.

Moving into television in the early 1950s, he was a writer on specials starring Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn and Eddie Cantor. He wrote for "The Milton Berle Show," "Caesar's Hour" and "The Phil Silvers Show," where he also began directing.

Ruben produced "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1960 to 1965 and also wrote and directed some of the episodes of the popular CBS series.

"I'm frankly surprised at this show having become an icon, really," Ruben said in a 1999 interview with the Archive of American Television.

He recalled receiving letters from older fans at the time saying that the series spurred nostalgic memories of their own experiences growing up in small towns like the show's Mayberry, N.C. "And my theory," Ruben said, "is that the Griffith show is like the grown-ups' Oz. It's the land of, 'Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful to live in a town with no drugs, no crime, no gangs, no violence, [a place where] people greet each other, people are kind to each other.' . . . That's why grown-ups love that show."

Movie director Ron Howard, who played young Opie on the show, recalled that Ruben gave him his first 8-millimeter movie camera on his eighth birthday, "which turned out to be really significant because I actually did get into it and started making little movies almost right away."

"My recollection of Aaron was he took a tremendous amount of pleasure in collaborating with the cast and encouraging creative input in the scripts from all of us, even me as a kid," Howard told The Times on Monday.

As the show's producer and head writer, Howard said, Ruben "was relentless in trying to fulfill the potential of a story or a scene or a moment."

Jim Nabors' lovably naive filling station attendant Gomer Pyle proved such a popular character on the show that Griffith pressed Ruben for a spinoff series for Nabors.

In the 1999 interview, Ruben recalled: "I had been thinking about a notion of where do you put Jim, where do you put this guy -- this, as somebody said, this Christlike character, who was so good as almost not to be believed, decent, kindly -- where do you put this guy except in the greatest war machine ever invented, the Marines."

"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," with Ruben as executive producer, aired on CBS from 1964 to 1970 and was the No. 2 top-rated program in the Nielsen ratings for the 1965-66 season.

Teaming up with Carl Reiner, Ruben co-wrote and co-produced "The Comic," a 1969 movie directed by Reiner about the rise and fall of a silent film comedianstarring Dick Van Dyke.

In the 1970s, Ruben was the initial producer of "Sanford and Son," the hit 1972-77 series starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson for which Ruben wrote many early episodes.

Among his other credits as a producer or executive producer are "The Headmaster," "C.P.O. Sharkey," "Teachers Only," "Too Close for Comfort" and "The Stockard Channing Show."

"Aaron Ruben was one of the wittiest and most gifted comedy writers," Reiner told The Times on Monday. "Besides that, he had a very warm heart.

"If he came to somebody's house for dinner, after the perfunctory hellos, you always found him on the floor with the kids. He had a gift for entertaining little kids. That's an indication of what kind of man he was."

Indeed, for several decades, Ruben devoted himself to being an advocate for troubled children and doing hospice work.

His involvement with children's causes reportedly began in the late 1970s when he and his wife, actress Maureen Arthur, dropped off Christmas presents for children at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Passing out the gifts inspired the Rubens to put on skits for the children on weekends. After eight years of weekly visits to hospitals and children's shelters, Ruben became a court-appointed special advocate representing abused and abandoned children in Juvenile Court. He also volunteered for the Hospice Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

In 1999, Ruben was named volunteer of the year by the Los Angeles Child Advocate's Office and established the Aaron Ruben Scholarship Fund.

Ruben, who was born March 1, 1914, attributed his longevity to his work with children.

"I have this fantasy," he told Daily Variety in 2003, "that once a year St. Peter appears before God and they go over the list of people that they're ready to take and my name comes up. God says, 'Is he still doing that work with the kids? Ah, let him stick around a little longer.' "

Ruben is survived by his wife, actress Maureen Arthur.

Thanks, Stan.

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NERD NEWS ROUND-UP


"This is crazy. This is crazy." Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reunite for another Vacation but it's only for a Superbowl commercial.

Daryl Hannah says Quentin Tarantino will be making a Kill Bill 3 and she's in it. "He always meant it as a trilogy."

Helen Slater is back as Supergirl but only in the comic book. She's one of the writers for the upcoming special anniversary issue of Supergirl.

If you're a sucker for comic book art like I am, you'll love this look at Vertigo Cover Gallery.

Zack Whedon talks about another Dr. Horrible comic book, this time featuring The Evil League of Evil's Bad Horse.

You're Spidey-Sense will be tingling when you wear this Spider-Man "face" style cap. I really want this!

COVER OF THE WEEK

Siege, #2, Marvel Comics

Monday, February 1, 2010

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