Monthly Archives: January 2013

Poll Time: The Girl Who Played With Fire Without Mikael Blomkvist?

The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo_PosterThe Hollywood Reporter is saying today that Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist may not appear if a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is to be made. The original, which made close to $300 million worldwide, wasn’t the break-out success the studio was hoping for, so reports are that they’re looking to make The Girl Who Played With Fire for much less than the $90 million the original cost. Problem is, Daniel Craig wants a raise. If the studio and the actor can’t come to an agreement, there’s talk that Craig’s Blomkvist will be written out and the focus will solely be on Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander. On that note, take our poll and let us know what you think of the possibilities!


Non-Sexy Vampires Haunt Marie Gilbert’s Review of The Strain

bookI love vampire books and movies and yes, I’m a sucker for the romantic sexy vampires like Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) in HBO’s True Blood. In fact, Eric can nibble on my neck anytime he wants. I didn’t always think of those pale blood suckers as sexy, heck no! My first encounter with a vampire was at the Saturday Double Creature Feature offered by our neighborhood movie theatre.

Bela Lugosi was downright scary in his portrayal of Dracula. How scary, you ask? My siblings and I took all the garlic from my father’sBela_Lugosi_as_Dracula-2 grocery store and placed them around our beds. My father was not happy with his produce being used as a talisman against monsters. But as time went on, the vampires in books, movies and T.V. shows evolved into handsome, sexy men and women. They still sucked the life out of their victims, but did so in a more charming way. Yes, the sexy vamp was in…that is… until I read The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. This book, about an ancient vampire, brought back all my old fears. I couldn’t sleep after reading just a few chapters and would have brought some garlic to bed with me, but my husband nixed my plan. What was different about The Strain? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Before Harry Potter There Was Timothy Hunter And The Books Of Magic On The Wednesday Run – January 30, 2013

A bespeckled and awkward twelve year-old boy (with parental issues no less) discovers that he’s possibly the world’s most powerful practitioner of magic. Oh! And he has an owl for a pet.

Sound remotely familiar?

For all intensive purposes, it shouldn’t. You see, it’s January 1990 – seven years before the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – and the first issue of the four-issue mini series, The Books of Magic, is being published by Vertigo Comics. And its black-haired, skateboarding, main protagonist, the kid that would be eclipsed the world over by the fictional lightning-shaped scarred forehead of Harry, is named Timothy Hunter.

It’s not like this is revisionist history. No, The Books of Magic was an absolutely beautiful series – and proved to be an enormous missed opportunity for Vertigo/DC Comics and their parent company, Warner Brothers.

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The Real Return of Adam Ant

adam1Sometimes whenever a music act or performer vanishes for extended amounts of time, and then releases a new album of music, it’s called a comeback, whether they’ve really been away or not. Adam Ant does this a lot, and then disappears, sadly not making the mark he should have made as a returning star.

The truth is, Adam’s comebacks haven’t held much juice since the 1990s. However, his latest attempt, released this past Tuesday is very different. Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter besides having the very eclectic title, is also an awesome album, and a true and worthy comeback for the former new wave rock idol. Welcome back, Adam! More after the jump.

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Guest Blogger Jason Lapidus on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

‘Batman fanatic’?  That would suggest that if a product contains Batman, I’m a fan.  Far from it, in fact.  I’m more like… um… a ‘Batmanologist’.

Too long had he tried to restrain himself within the shackles of apathy and alcohol.  Too long had the people been without their hero.  After a ten-year exile, Batman finally burst through the smog and filth, defeating the gang that ruled Gotham, and humiliating their leader.  Now that the city is reclaimed, all that stands in his way are his deadliest enemy and his most powerful ally.

Today, the culmination of the dreams of countless Batman fans comes to fruition with the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 on DVD, BluRay and digital download.  The first of two instalments impressed fans last fall (see review here), leaving most excited about the emotional and action-packed conclusion.  This direct to video animated feature is based on the highly acclaimed and much beloved limited series turned graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns (1986), by writer/penciler Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, Batman: Year One), inker Klaus Janson, and painter Lynn Varley.

Ten years after the last sighting of the famous crime-fighter/vigilante known as The Batman, the rise of a violent gang forces his return to Gotham City.  TDKR Part 2 follows the media’s heated debate, the return of a rejuvenated Joker, and the inevitable confrontation with Superman, who now quietly acts on behalf of the United States government.  The story is filled with Batman staples, like Robin, Alfred, Gordon, colourful villains, the cave, the car, cool equipment, cool fights, and a cool climax.
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Is This The Face Of The Rhino?

The Hollywood Reporter is…reporting…that Paul Giamatti is in talks to play The Rhino in Marc Webb’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. An unpredictable choice, but Giamatti is an A-list actor, so hopefully this happens. On that note, what do you think? Good choice? Bad? Who would you have play The Rhino?


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Watch With Amanda: What’s on TV This Week? Jan 28 – Feb 3

This week: 30 Rock ends its seven season run with an hour long episode, and Superbowl XLVII messes with our Sunday night viewing schedule.

What will you be watching?

Monday January 28th
Bones (8pm): Daisy’s first case since breaking up with Sweets is a doozy: the remains of two bodies, one a female cancer patient, the other her life coach, found at the same burial site. Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth discuss their preferences for funeral arrangements after they die.

The Carrie Diaries (8pm): Carrie confronts Sebastian about his past. Later, Larissa takes Carrie and Mouse to an art club in New York City.
Continuum (8pm): Kiera and Carlos investigate a murder spree in which the victims have strange holes bored in their skulls.

The Following (9pm): Hardy, Weston and new team leader Parker turn to Carroll’s ex-wife—and Hardy’s former lover—while digging deep into Carroll’s psyche. In other events, Emma, Jacob and Paul keep Claire’s son Joey at a house in the country.

Being Human (9pm): Nora and Josh wonder how to deal with a runaway teen; Sally tries to make things right with a ghost and meets a new love interest; and Aidan and Henry continue to look for clean blood.
Dallas (9pm): SEASON PREMIERE! Season 2 opens with Christopher and John Ross dueling over the vision for Ewing Energies. Meanwhile, Christopher seeks a divorce from Rebecca as a revelation upends the whole family; John Ross launches a scheme of revenge; Ann is blackmailed by her former husband.

Lost Girl (10pm): Bo’s houseguest Vex unwittingly brings trouble to her doorstep when a Morrigan shows up looking for vengeance; and it’s up to humans Kenzi and Lauren to swoop in and save the day for their Fae friends.
Deception (10pm): Joanna learns that Julian is hiding something about the night of Vivian’s murder. At the same time, Senator Haverstock delivers some disturbing news to Edward; and Robert and Sofia get their first glimpse of Mia’s new boyfriend.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance First Impressions


Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a media screening for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a brand new entry in the MGS franchise, and brought to you by two iconic teams at Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames. Through some great hands-on experience, I can say it’s a great addition to the MGS line-up. Why, you ask? Find out after the jump.

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Hansel and Gretel Shut Down Parker, Move 43 – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was a fairly lacklustre weekend at the box office, as two new releases tanked big time and the number one film only did so-so. Here’s what went down:

hanselandgretelwitchhuntersHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters scored the top spot this weekend, bringing in $19 million. Reviews were unimpressive and I doubt that you’re going to see this one stick around for too long. Amazingly, the film has already made back its $50 million budget thanks to its overseas results.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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May The Force Be With Him: David Ward On JJ Abrams and Star Wars


A few months ago, we were all hit with the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm for a staggering $4.05 billion, which, in an unbelievable act of altruism, George Lucas will be donating to charity. While jokes and memes hit the Internet within minutes of the announcement, as well as superficial complaints, it quickly became apparent that this acquisition was likely going to be a good thing. Yes, while Disney is responsible for a colossal amount of trite and repulsive shorts, films, and merchandise, it is also the owner of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and The Jim Henson Workshop. None of these staples of modern pop culture suffered from the change in ownership; in all cases, its creators kept total control of their visions and properties and made, arguably, the best feature films any company had ever produced after the change.


And then, the news yesterday: 2015 will bring us Star Wars VII directed by JJ Abrams, which is possibly the biggest and most exciting bit of Geek News to hit the Internet since the announcement that Joss Whedon was handling Marvel’s The Avengers. I, for one, welcome our new Jedi Master.

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