Saturday, February 28, 2009

I saw the first 20+ minutes of WATCHMEN at WonderCon SF


I think I might have died and gone to comic book heaven today. Watchmen director Zack Snyder was greeted by a crowd of 6,000 roaring fans in the Moscone Center auditorium and he screened the first 20+ minutes of the movie, including: yellow and black movie company logos, The Comedian getting thrown out a window to his death, long open credits with a history of superheroes in the alternate reality of the story, Rorschach's investigation of The Comedian's apartment crime scene, Dan Dreiberg (the new Owl) and Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl) reminiscing about old times, Rorschach and Dreiberg discussing The Comedian's untimely death and it ended with a sneak peak at Rorschach in jail without his ink blot mask and trenchcoat.

The gorgeous, visually rich footage made the graphic novel come alive in a way that filled in every mental gap between the panels of artist David Gibbons' iconic drawings. It was so beautiful to behold that I almost cried - and I know I wasn't the only one. The fans went nuts over this thing - many were left stunned and breathless by the intensity of this electrifying 20-minute tease. The book is a seminal, unforgettable pillar of American pop-culture and I think the movie will be too, even for those that don't totally get the dense, multi-layered plot. I am so glad that Warner Brothers is promoting the piss out of this movie in every way possible.

Anyway, after the screening, Snyder then introduced Gibbons and the cast - all but Matthew Goode (Ozymandias) made the trip to SF. I wish I could sum up all the answers to the fans Q & A with Snyder and the cast, but I'll leave that to All I will say is that the actress that plays Silk Spectre (Malin Ackerman) came out wearing a skin-tight short black dress that was a very Silk-Spectre-like latex or faux leather. Why she did that, I don't know. The rest of the actors were dressed casual - especially good old "Denny" from Gray's Anatomy (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) - he was funny and very cool.

Well, I could go on and on forever about this experience, but I have to go. Sleep tight, true believers, we're only 6 days away.

Friday, February 27, 2009

One ... week ... away ... from ... WATCHMEN - I can hardly contain myself

O-dogg says: remebember Saturday Night Live's cartoon heroes, "The Amiguously Gay Duo"? This will be more like "The Morally Gray Heroes."

More from CNN/Entertainment Weekly:

Filming the unfilmable: Zack Snyder on 'Watchmen'

LONDON, England (CNN) -- "I mean, it's a weird movie," says "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder. "There's no two ways about it." Never was a truer word spoken about the graphic novel adaptation that has taken 23 tortuous years to get from the page to the screen.

Indeed, for many years, it was a movie that was considered impossible to make.

Alternately described as the "Citizen Kane of graphic novels" and the "the unfilmable film," a legion of directors have been attached to the movie during its long life, including Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam and Paul Greengrass.

But for one reason or another, the project always stalled. More on the story behind "Watchmen"

Now, finally, it seems that Snyder has succeeded in not only making the movie, but doing it well. Early reviews of the film have begun to trickle out in magazines and on the Internet and they have been generally positive. Are you looking forward to "Watchmen" or do you think it's all hype? Let us know in the SoundOff box below.

As a movie, it is visceral and beautiful and Snyder has remained very true to the source material -- apparently there was a copy of the "Watchmen" graphic novel sitting on Snyder's monitor during filming which the cast and crew would refer to like a Bible.

It's ironic then, if not particularly surprising given the complexity of Alan Moore and David Gibbons' epic graphic novel, that even Snyder himself was unsure if he would be up to the job of translating "Watchmen" to the big screen.

His first battle was persuading the studio to allow him to make the movie his way.

"When I got the project, what the studio had in mind was a PG-13, two-hour movie where [the bad guy] gets killed in the end," says Snyder. "Then it's sequel-able and you've got a 'Fantastic Four' franchise called 'Watchmen.' "

Snyder, who describes himself as a fan, recounts the first time he read "Watchmen."

"I thought it was just gonna be a comic book about superheroes. I started reading it and I was like 'What the f***.'

"I mean, at every turn there is some kind of moral lesson or another. Some kind of self-reflexive pop culture allegory, or there is some kind of moral ambiguity."

Alan Moore and David Gibbons' graphic novel first appeared in 12 issues for DC Comics between 1986 and 1987.

Set in an alternate 1985 -- a dark and paranoid place where Richard Nixon has just completed his fifth term and the world teeters on the brink of nuclear apocalypse -- the story concerns a group of costumed superheroes who fight crime. When one of their number is mysteriously murdered, a chain of events with huge consequences is set in motion.

Moore was determined to write the quintessential comic book -- to push the genre to its edge and the graphic novel utilizes intricate multi-layered storytelling full of sub-plots, symbolism, flashbacks and more.

"The story itself is a pretty straightforward mystery," said Snyder, "but inside of that, there's this huge plot that has international intrigue and a super-villain and everything you want from a superhero story.

"It's at once very traditional and also unusual in the way that it's structured. It doesn't owe anything to any specific genre; it's just its own, true to itself and all of its characters."

Snyder knew, despite the difficulties, he wanted to make an adaptation that lived up to the original.

O-dogg says: remebember Saturday Night Live's cartoon heroes, "The Amiguously Gay Duo," this will be more like "The Morally Gray Heroes."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Whatever happened to the annoying Budweiser campaign "WAZZZUP!!!"

An oldie, but goodie. BTW, I lost 2 lbs fasting yesterday, who'd have thunk it: starving = weight loss.

CNN/Entertainment Weekly Cover Story: Will Anyone Watch the 'WATCHMEN'?

Is that a redundant question? Frak yeah, people will watch the Watchmen movie - it has a built-in audience that has been growing like a snowball since 1986! Enjoy:

They have come to glimpse the miracle. They have come to witness the revolution. They have come for "Watchmen" -- the allegedly unfilmable superhero movie, the long-awaited adaptation of the comic book that changed the face of comic books forever.

On this warm July morning, over 5,000 fans attending the annual geek pop summit known as Comic-Con have assembled inside the San Diego Convention Center for a first look. Many spent the night on the sidewalk. Some have come in costumes. Behind the stage, indie-movie icon Kevin Smith parks himself in front of a closed-circuit TV, a happy grin on his bearded mug.

"You have to understand, I've been waiting for this moment for years," says Smith. "This is it, man. This is the pinnacle."

All this, for a violent, ironic superhero epic that doesn't like superheroes in the first place. Directed by "300's" Zack Snyder, "Watchmen" presents a set of familiar superhero archetypes -- and then subverts them completely. Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley) is like the Spirit ... except he's a joyless, hard-line misanthrope. The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is like Captain America ... but loyal only to sadistic thrills and a corrupt worldview. Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) is part Batman, part Iron Man ... except he's also a schlubby, impotent coward. Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) is the resident genius ... who's built an empire on superhero toys. (You see what we mean by irony.)

Says Billy Crudup, whose blue, naked Dr. Manhattan is an almighty Superman dangerously detached from his own humanity: " 'Watchmen' is a kind of thrilling thought experiment. What would people who dress up in costumes to fight crime actually be like? Well, they'd probably be fetishists who lived on the fringes of society. They'd all be a bunch of freaking lunatics."

Yet for all its self-awareness and cynicism, "Watchmen" isn't some cheap-and-silly "Scary Movie" parody. Adapted faithfully, if not completely, from the celebrated 1986 comic-book series, Snyder's film is visually and intellectually ambitious, filled with heady ruminations about savior figures, pop culture, and the politics of fear. At a time when superhero stories are commonplace and our shaken country is pinning its recovery on an idealistic new president, "Watchmen's" director believes his movie can serve as a bracing blast of healthy skepticism.

"Someone asked me if I thought that because Barack Obama had been elected president, the movie was no longer relevant. I said, 'Wow, that's a very optimistic view of the future!' " says Snyder. "The movie, like the comic, says, 'These superhero stories you've been feasting on? What if we took them seriously?' ... That's the fun."

But fun for whom? When "Watchmen" hits theaters on March 6, the comic-book cognoscenti will be there in droves -- although some are already sweating the heresy of dramatic changes.

And, for mainstream moviegoers, such talk of "subverting superhero archetypes" is liable to elicit a great big "Huh?"

A "Watchmen" primer
"Watchmen's" financial backers are clearly hoping the success of "The Dark Knight" has primed the market for sophisticated superhero films -- especially one that's two hours and 41 minutes long. But where "The Dark Knight" transcended genre conventions, "Watchmen" wallows in them. Violently.

Created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, "Watchmen" is most often praised as the comic book that brought respect and maturity to a medium long dismissed as juvenile. It was the fanboys' "Catcher in the Rye" -- and maybe their first Playboy, too.

"I was 13 when I read 'Watchmen,' and it came to represent my coming of age," says "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof. "I felt like 'Watchmen' was this very, very bad thing that I shouldn't be reading, and if my mom caught me with it I'd be f---ing doomed."

Hollywood was similarly struck by "Watchmen," but has been much less successful at avoiding the doom.

In 1986, Twentieth Century Fox acquired the comic's rights for producer Larry Gordon, but could never get an adaptation rolling. Over the next decade, "Watchmen" bounced among many studios and between many before finding what appeared to be a happy ending at Paramount. But in 2005, with helmer Paul Greengrass deep into preproduction, a Paramount regime change killed the project.

Certainly, it's a hard project to get your head around. "Watchmen" is set in the year 1985. The U.S. and the Soviet Union are on the brink of nuclear war, and the president is Richard Nixon, whose success at ending the Vietnam War (he asked Dr. Manhattan to blow up the Vietcong) has earned him five terms of office from a grateful nation. Conservative politics are popular, as are Indian fast food and pirate comics. But costumed heroes, once all the rage, are now outlawed.

When the Comedian gets murdered, Rorschach tries to round up his old allies to investigate. They eventually uncover an insidious conspiracy hatched by an unlikely villain, one whose grand ambition isn't world domination but something else altogether.

And that's only half the comic. Hence, "Watchmen's" rep as the Unfilmable Graphic Novel. But tides changed in late 2005 when Warner Bros. acquired the property from Paramount (or at least they thought they did) with the hope of rolling on "Watchmen" ASAP. (Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN and Entertainment Weekly.)

The studio turned to Snyder. At that point, the director had only done stylish TV commercials and the 2003 zombie remake "Dawn of the Dead." But he was also deep in the middle of shooting the studio's action epic "300," another adaptation of a brilliantly brutal comic, and the execs liked what they were seeing.

Snyder's approach was simple: He would remain religiously faithful to the comic.

"We treated that thing like a freakin' illuminated text," says the director, who embraced all the peculiar idiosyncrasies, from the Nixonian alternative America to the deep-dive digressions into character origin stories. (None of this faithfulness can please Moore, who feels that no adaptation can do his work justice and has taken his name off the film.)

The director also believed that an "adult" superhero epic needed to be explicit about its "adult" content. He wanted to hear the characters' philosophical musings. He wanted to see the blood spurt. And instead of the chaste kisses of most superhero movie romances, he wanted to see some naked getting-it-on.

"I wanted to make sure everyone understood: This is not a kid movie," says Snyder. "Violence has consequences. And doing that with a PG-13 just dilutes that message."

And then there was the worry that all that effort was all for naught. Last February, Twentieth Century Fox sought to stop Warner Bros. from moving forward with "Watchmen's" release, claiming via lawsuit that Warner Bros. had not properly acquired the distribution rights. The dispute exploded in the media last August when a judge declared that Fox's lawsuit had merit.

"How do you not know whether or not you have the right to make a movie?" says Crudup. "Hilarious."

But after months of intense press coverage that put "Watchmen" in the mainstream eye, the two studios reached a settlement. (Warner Bros. and Fox both declined to comment. As for producer Gordon: "It was unfortunate," he says simply.)

Now Team "Watchmen" waits to see if any of that notoriety can help make them some money. With a $100 million-plus budget and a running time of 161 minutes, "Watchmen" will need to launch with a big opening weekend and strong reviews.

So, will geek love -- and geek dollars -- be enough? Snyder hopes so. He says he made the film for that crowd. "I don't think there ever has been a movie more custom-made for them. Not at this scale," he says. "And now they have an opportunity to really influence pop culture in a serious way, just as the comic influenced comics. They can say: 'These stories can be used to say something about the world. Give us more of them.' "

Werd, true believers. Werd.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yes, I am going to WonderCon this Saturday

For those that have been wondering: yes, I will be up in the mix at WonderCon on Saturday, starting with the special screening of Watchmen footage with Director Zack Snyder and some of the actors from the film.

I'll have some copies of CruZader in my backpack, so don't be shy if you want to say hi.

Fasting is hard ... hurrm, I'm hungry ...

In past years, my mind, body and soul have not been up to the challenge of fasting for Lent. This year is different: my mind and soul are committed to making sacrifices and being introspective - it's my body and its cravings that is the problem. Darn that pesky flesh and its desires!

I am eating like a bird - only water, fruit and veggie snacks. I'm about halfway through the day, about 9 hours to go. Wish me luck, true believers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What does "HURRM" sound like in real life? Click play, true believer.

Can't get enough Rorschach movie clips? You've come to the right place, amigos. Enjoy three minutes of Watch-goodness with these two Rorschach clips that feature "Rorschach's Journal" with voice over work by Jackie Earle Haley.


The Day My Childhood Ended

So there I was: pounding away on the treadmill, zoning out ... about to slip into the rabbit hole of a day dream.

Then, one of the gym's TV monitors caught my eye - for once, one of the screens actually had something worth watching! It was an ESPN Classic replay of a historic boxing match: James "Buster" Douglas vs. Mike Tyson. Iron Mike was my hero back in the day - I was in awe of his aura of invincibility ... and then it all came crashing down with a Buster Douglas uppercut. Tyson was knocked out ... left hobbling on his knees, looking for his mouthpiece.

You see, this was probably the greatest upset in the history of boxing - and it signaled the day my childhood ended.

It was February of 1990. I was home on a Saturday night, playing Nintendo without a care in the world. I was light years away from a driver's license - so what did I care that I was home on a Saturday night? The match took place in Japan and wasn't televised through normal channels - it was probably a Pay-Per-View offering. So when the local news carried the story of the shocking upset, all they had were still photographs of Tyson getting knocked out, video unavailable due to the PPV embargo. I was stunned. Devastated. Before that, I thought the only way to defeat Mike Tyson was as "Little Mac" in the videogame Mike Tyson's Punchout.

I knew there was no Santa, no Easter Bunny ... but I still had my sports heroes - my invincible heroes.

In the years that followed, Tyson was revealed as a self-destructing monster that went to jail for rape. Two years later, my Oakland A's traded away my all-time favorite baseball player, Jose Canseco, who was also revealed as a bad guy many years later. Next came Marcus Allen, my first boyhood football hero, who ended his misery with the Raiders and signed with the hated Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. The last straw for me, the blow that completely closed the door on my innocence, was when my basketball hero, the U of M's Chris Webber, whined and cried his way out of Oakland by forcing a trade from the Warriors to the Washington Bullets in 1994.

It was a four-year stretch of misery that forced me to look in the mirror and say: "grow up." I remember my Dad threatening not to let me play high school football unless I'd completed the 80 hours of "Catholic Community Service" mandated by my high school. I cried about it privately and emerged from my bedroom as a man - I sacked up, signed up for volunteer work at Kaiser Hospital and negotiated a deal with my Dad and played football. I took control of my life and probably grew a chest hair or two in the process.

I realized then that life was real - that life was hard. There was no time for real-life heroes - it was all a manipulation by marketers and PR folks. So, I moved on with my life sans sports heroes. Now, as they say, I just root for laundry.

As long as Super Mario and Captain America aren't revealed to be rapists or steroid abusers, I think I can continue to have faith in humanity - at least fictional, 2-D humanity. For if it wasn't for electronic reality, I wouldn't have no reality at all.

'Nuff said.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yes! Ledger wins the Academy Award

What a victory for Ledger, his family, his daughter and for comic book movies - now and forever. Much love. Much respect.

Raiders Re-Sign Asomugha & Lechler

Thank goodness the contracts of CB Nnamdi Asomugha and P Shane Lechler got done without any use of the NFL's franchise tags. This came at the expense of S Gibril Wilson, DE Kalimba Edwards and WR Ronald Curry, who were all released. I'd rather have seen the releases of WR Javon Walker, S Micheal Huff and DT Terdell Sands, but maybe that's coming soon.

Well, at least our only bona-fide Pro Bowl players will be staying in Oaktown for another few years. Whew.

Watchmen Prison Break Scene

Safe to say this bit of rescuing got the old Owl's endorphin levels up. Unfortunately you can't skip past the movie preview for "The Uninivted," so give it 30 seconds before you see "Archie" the Owl Ship in all of its glory.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Where'd You Go?

A cross-over team-up made in comic book heaven: Fort Minor and Final Fantasy. Enjoy.

This recipe rocks the bacon! Pun fully intended

Wow! What a celebration of bacon, potatoes and LUCERNE SHREDDED MEDIUM CHEDDAR CHEESE (32 oz bag for those of you scoring at home).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The coolest tunes you are not listening to - Part Deux

Get yo' rock & roll on, courtesy of The Sounds. Tasty.
Adios, creyentes verdaderos.

United States of Tara is down with Private Label - all four of her!

Sooo, in the latest episode of "Tara" that I caught on the DVR, the daughter, Kate, says to her Mom, Tara(pictured):

"What's up with these ghetto, tore-up cheerios? Why are they in a bag?"

Mom responds: "Because the ghetto cheerios cost $1.50 less and they taste the same."

Hurrah! An inadvertent product placement for private brand Cheerios enjoyed by people guarding their budget all over these here United States of Tara ... err, America.

U.S.of T is a great show. It's intriguing that the husband, Max, has a deal with his wife that he will not have relations with any of her 3 multiple personalities (a horny teen, a 1950s stepford wife, and a male trucker). Max's friend goes so far as to ask him if he would consider relations with Buck, the male trucker. The response from Max is predictable, yet hilarious.

Good job, Diablo Cody.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Patrick Wilson on playing The Owl


SHH!: Can you talk about working with Jackie Earle Haley again since your days on "Little Children"?
Wilson: Well, we get along great. The first stuff we shot together was us breaking into Adrian's office. It was the first time I was in the suit, so nobody had ever really seen me in the suit. So we sat there before the first take and Jackie's putting his mask on and we're like, "What are we doing?" It's Brad Adamson and Ronald James McGorvey gone terribly wrong! [laughs] But it was great. Especially when you're playing guys who have known each other for a really long time, it helped. He's so great and such a warm person anyway. I found on this movie, not just between me and Jackie, everybody has this same focus. Everybody is in love with this material. The script, the graphic novel and so when that's you're common link, nothing else matters.

SHH!: Dan is probably the most normal of the group, how do you fit yourself in with all of these eccentric characters?
Wilson: I can only read it from his perspective all along, so it's hard for me to even look at everybody else's arc. To me, he's such a complex guy, he is very real. I think the Batman similarities are on purpose. Dr. Manhattan is the only one with any real super power. I found him to have so much heart. When you see Dan with his glasses, he's a great guy. So all of the problems that are interesting as an actor: The sexual issues, the not knowing who you are, who am I? Now that I'm not fighting that battle? Who am I? So there's a lot to latch onto and we've really just begun. That's the stuff I'm looking forward to shooting. He goes through such a wide range of being introverted and lost. Trying to adjust to society. It's a great journey. I don't feel any loss of the flashiness.

SHH!: Are you looking forward to piloting the Owl Ship?
Wilson: Oh yeah, have you seen it? It's pretty great. This whole thing, every new set you walk onto, you're just blown away.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan on playing The Comedian


SHH!: You knew of the graphic novel before the gig, then?
Morgan: I knew of it and read parts of it. I didn't read the whole thing. When I went in to meet Zack I read it and I've now read the thing 20 times. My dad is a huge fan and he's read the thing 300 times. When I had questions about anything, I'd call him up and he'd give me what's happening. You guys know it, every time you read it there's something new that catches your eye. It's an amazing piece of work. I go online - and I've never done this before when I'm involved in a project - the way people talk about this, it literally is the holy grail of graphic novels and people are so concerned about what Zack is doing with the movie. I will say this, the fans are not going to be disappointed. We're not going to make Alan Moore look bad, or his brilliant piece of work. It's going to be a helluva movie, the scope of it. It's just huge. The detail is insane and Zack is a mad scientist, it's going to be something to behold.

SHH!: Talk about your approach to The Comedian - he's incredibly multi-layered.
Morgan: On first glance, he's just a really unlikable guy, but at the end you don't hate him. So the tricky part for me, and I'm finding this to be a work in progress, the nuances and how to make him not don't hate The Comedian, even when he shoots the pregnant woman from Vietnam in the face, you might go [laughs], "That's a bit too much Mr. Comedian." But at the same time, you don't ever end up hating him. So it's a fine line and we have to find our way. At first glance, I thought this guy was horrible. No morals whatsoever. But at the same time, he's a superhero and he's out there trying to do good. So we're just trying to find another layer that I didn't think of the day before. When all is said and done you won't hate him. I find him to be the most interesting character.

SHH!: Seeing yourself in the costume for the first time, how did that change your feeling about the role?
Morgan: You're ready to kick someone's ass. I've been doing costume fittings for about three months. Yesterday we did it all for real, we did a camera test and I'll tell you, when you see it, it's the comic book coming to life. Mind you, on top of the makeup I have to do, getting into costume takes three and a half hours. But it's something. The first time I saw myself in the mirror I got the giggles. There's no resemblance to me whatsoever, I'm Edward Blake. It's really exciting and it's going to be fun seeing everyone in their [costumes].

Jackie Earle Haley on playing the role of Rorschach


SHH!: Can you talk about emoting beneath the mask?
Haley: We're doing a little bit of everything. It depends on what's going on with the camera, how far away it is. Sometimes I'm wearing the mask with tracking dots and my eyes are exposed. Sometimes I'm wearing a full Rorschach that's fixed. Sometimes it's dark, I can see all of you but it's like throwing a neutral density filter up. This is an interesting aspect of the character. As an actor... a vast majority of my role is wearing a sock over my head. That's different. When you look at it externally, there's Jackie looking back at this character in the movie, I've got a sock on my head. But when I look at it from the character's standpoint, it's this cool empowering character-discovering process. I do find when I'm with the makeup and hair people and wardrobe design, when you're going through that process, it's incredible way of finding out about the character. It was neat watching Rorschach get built. At one point I had this whole helmet on my head and that wasn't working out. But when all was said and done, we kept tweaking and dialing it in, one night I was doing the cemetery scenes, it's cold. We're here and it's raining in Vancouver, but they've got these rain machines making big drops. There's a shot where I'm walking up to the grave and there's this huge light behind me. I was casting this perfect shadow on the ground and I just went, "Wow, jeez..." It was like I was in the cartoon, I was in the comic book and the lines were just so perfect. That was pretty empowering when that starts to come together. My mind is able to get deeper into the guy. It's like walking onto a set like this, the world starts to come around you. This whole red head thing... it's a transformation too.

SHH!: How familiar were you with the source material?
Haley: I've never been a huge comic book fan. Growing up, a lot of my friends were just really into comics and for some reason, I just discovered reading a lot later, when I was 15. I just started reading novels, I do recall seeing the characters, so I had heard about it. I recall three or four years ago I read people were suggesting me for this role. I think I flipped through a comic book, not the graphic novel. As this became a reality, I really dove into it. And I now want to read more graphic novels. Because you read this on a first pass and you're like, "Wow this is really good." Then you get into the depth on the second pass. At a certain point, I had to let it go so I could just focus on the Rorschach stuff. Because the book is so full of amazing depth and symbolism. All of that stuff you read just ties together.

SHH!: Rorschach is the most popular character in the book, why do people take to him so much? Is it his complexity?
Haley: I don't know. I think maybe it gets back to what I was saying before. We all know we live in this complex world, but it'd be neat if things were a lot more simple. A lot of times, too, the complexity is in the eye of the beholder. Other people who have a third party perspective, it's a lot more simple. I don't know.

SHH!: What's it like working with Patrick Wilson again?
Haley: Awesome. As a matter of fact, we were doing our first scene together and it was in Veidt's place where we get there and are looking around. There I am in my sock and there he is in his goggles and I said, "Who would've guessed this sh*t about two years ago?" He started laughing. Hey in two years time we're going to be standing here in these outfits!

Monday, February 16, 2009

A 'Conchords Sausage Fest

Too funny. I love the synthesizers and Jemaine floating/sliding across the dance floor to his Australian paramour.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Three-day weekend: here I come

The office is closed tomorrow and I have three things on my agenda: review CruZader comic book art (which is now complete! All 6 issues are in the can), beer and In & Out Burgers.

If you are working, think of me relaxing on a lawn chair in my backyard. I don't smoke, but for the sake of painting a picture: I will be wearing Elvis sunglasses, my beard will be out of control and I'll be puffing on a Marlboro.

Happy President's Day.

Watchmen Soundtrack featuring Nina Simone, among others

Good, timeless choices from director Zack Snyder:

1. Desolation Row (My Chemical Romance)
2. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
3. The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)
4. The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
5. Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
6. I'm Your Boogie Man (KC & The Sunshine Band)
7. You're My Thrill (Billie Holiday)
8. Pruit Igoe & Prophecies (Philip Glass)
9. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
10. All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
11. Ride of the Valkyries (Budapest Symphony Orchestra)
12. Pirate Jenny (Nina Simone)

Couldn't find Nina's version of Pirate Jenny on YouTube, there were several other versions by other performers, but none that grabbed my attention.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jonah Takalua Montage - 10 minutes of hilarity

If you have 10 minutes to spare, invest in the greatness of Jonah Takalua from Summer Heights High on HBO. He's played by the show's creator, Chris Lilly, who is just brilliant. Lilly also plays a high school girl and a gay drama teacher in the same show, and he's completely convincing in each role.

I leave you with this: Dick-tation rules.

The coolest music you are not listening to - Part 1

OK, true believers, stick with this one for a full minute, ignore the karaoke stuff at the beginning of this video and stay with it until it becomes a CGI cartoon. Cool tune with lyrics on screen, so enjoy the blow. 'Nuff said.

Watchmen's "Tales of the Black Freighter" DVD Preview

So, since the comic book within the comic book concept will not translate from the graphic novel to the movie screen, Warner Brothers is cashing in with this DVD supplement to the movie. Rest assured there will be an ultimate director's cut one day that incorporates this cartoon into the movie some way, some how. Anyway, here's a sneak peak. Enjoy, true believers.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Hey true believers, hope your V-Day is loaded with mouthfulls of tasty kisses - and if it isn't, you can do one of two things: substitute with chocolate or imagine those tasty kisses.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Behind the Scenes on Rorschach's Mask - SICK!

We're exactly 30 days away from the movie now, true believers! This little segment rocks - a nice little tease for the next 30 days.

The Invisible French Kangaroo

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Dharma Initiative Film? No, it's "The Keene Act"

Very nice. I love viral videos. This is a particularly well-done one about the Watchmen. Enjoy, true believers.

I don't even like to think that al Qaeda doesn't like me

Classic. After a few glasses of booze at a going away party for a director leaving our office, NBC's "The Office" was super classic.

The wifey and I snuggled up with some kettle corn (no dinner at the party, just some skimpy appetizers ... hurrm ... left me hongry ...) and really enjoyed some of these classic zingers:

"I need silence, or Sam Kinison, to prepare (for a presentation)," Michael Scott. Yes! Sam Kinison ... niiiiice 80s stand-up comedy reference. OH, OOOHHHHH!!! Sam K rulez, rest in peace, Sam. Werd.

"Need to get the 'deets' on the woman you are trying to SWOON. Like what CDs does she have? ... FEIST!," Andy "Nard-Dog" Bernard looking in the window of the car of a woman he's trying to take care of bizneh with. He later attempts to work Feist's hit song, "1234," into a conversation with said woman.

"Sugar boobs, Lazy Eye, Black woman," Michael Scott demonstrating how he uses internalized nick names to remember people's real names.

"I don't even like to think that al Qaeda doesn't like me," Pam Beasley talking about Karen (her boyfriend's ex) and how she hates to think that anyone doesn't like her.

Ahhh, so many laughs, so little time ... and kettle corn.

Capes & Tights in Stamford, CT?

Sweetness - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for Xbox 360.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Watchmen fans: catch "LITTLE CHILDREN" on HBO or DVD, asap!

Whoa. I watched the movie LITTLE CHILDREN to check out the acting chops of Patrick Wilson (who will play "Nite Owl" in Watchmen) and Jackie Earl Haley (who will play "Rorschach") in advance of the Watchmen movie. What I didn't expect was to be blown away by Kate Winslet's best actor performance. The quirky, yet engaging narrative will grip you in an Edward-Scissorhands-kind-of-way; you'll have to see (and hear) for yourself. The ever-present narrator's voice-over gave the movie a hyper-reality, fairytale feeling ... but this was a dark fairytale of love, suburban depression and a child sex offender (Haley). Chilling. Creepy. Enthralling.

Can't wait to see Wilson and Haley portray the Owl and Rorschach on March 6th. Until then: hurrm ...