Thursday, April 30, 2009

Just Come On Home

This band, The Slow Club, had a song on NBC's Chuck last night called "Christmas TV," a really awesome song. Found this, as well as several other, "fan-cam" live performances of other songs on YouTube.

The music starts after their chatty explanation at the 1:20 mark in the vid. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Would you do Chris Griffin from Family Guy? He would ... so hard

UPDATE: Thanks to FOX exercising its copyright on YouTube, you will now have to imagine Chris Griffin doing the Buffalo Bill dance in homage to Silence of the Lambs.

Oh goodness, did the good folks over at the Family Guy nail this bit. I swear that Seth MacFarlane writes the show just for me. It's like he's in my head, lurking, knowing my deepest thoughts and realizing them through lewd comedy - like a cosmic communication from him to me, via invisible broadcast airwaves and millions of viewers. It's so real I can feel it, like warm hug of cartoonish humor, always by my side.

Another gem from this week's Family Guy: Chris becomes popular, complete with girlfriend and 'pencil-thin douche bag beard.' I almost split my pants laughing at that one and how deliciously accurate it is.

Here's a gem from the show that follows, American Dad: Stan Smith's son starts his own pee-wee football team to compete with Dad's team, The Wolverines. His team name? The Nexus 6 Replicants. Major plant splittage.

Will the Swine Flu Virus lead us to ... DOOMSDAY?

I recently discovered this Doomsday movie on HBO. Wow. Right up my alley. Anyone one that knows me knows that I love, love, love fiction about ... THE APOCALYPTIC, DARK, HOPELESS FUTURE. A future where dilapidated buildings rule the landscape; where vegetation grows through broken up concrete and pavement; where grungy gangs of nomadic humans dress in dirty leather and fur; and where the only way to light a dark, dangerous alleyway is with a good old fashioned, hobo-style garbage can fire. I am obsessed with garbage can fires, I don't know why.

Well, this movie has all that - and more. It's also got high-tech military elements for those lucky enough not to be infected by the doomsday virus, that turns people into quasi zombies. This movie is like Mad Max, meets 28 Days Later, meets all the others in the genre: The Matrix, Blade Runner and the greatest of all, 1984. I love it all - it reminds me of the music video for "California Love" and the welcome to Oakland scene in said video.

Chuck: quite possibly the best opening credits for a TV Show ... EVER

It's too bad that Chuck, which has gotten better as time goes on, is on the chopping block at NBC. Meanwhile Heroes, which absolutely sucks now, is still on for a 4th season, although they will shorten it from 25 to 18 episodes.

Anwyayz, back to Chuck: this show open is cool and still as catchy as the first time I saw it. In this open you get a semi-obscure song from Cake (short skirt, long jacket) and graphics that reeks of James Bond - Casino Royale meets a comic book convention. I really love the cartoon ninja, the skateboarder and the jetpack dude. For a comic book fan, this show resonates well and is authentic. Too bad it'll probably get the axe.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Lessons Learned - by Matt and Kim

In case you are wondering, this Dynamic Duo pulled this stunt off for real in Times Square, NYC. It is NOT CGI/Green Screen until the end and we see the tragic end of the line for Kim.

The coolest music you aren't listening to: En Tres Partes

'Believers: enjoy the music stylings of Sam Sparro. If only he were a Raiders fan, called this song "Black and Silver," and invited Al Davis into his limo, where Sparro appears in a tux, top hat and cane ... classy.

Here's a link to the real music video that YouTube won't allow to be embedded:

Black and Gold Video @ You Tube.

TheForceProductions.Com will have updates ... at some point

Hey True Believers, I know it's been a long time since I've had something fresh and relevant up at TFP.Com. I hope to change that over the next few weeks with some much needed updates and content. It's all because of my gracious pro-bono Web master, Stan A. What a guy, I tell you.

Until then, stay tuned to this Blog for updates. We're playing around with SquareSpace to see if we can build a more user-friendly site that I can update without knowing a lick of html code. We'll see how it goes.


Disappointment: a permanent state of mind in the RaiderNation

Welcome to the Raiders, Darrius Heyward-Bey. You are the newest incarnation of WR James Jett: fast, one dimensional, questionable hands, over-paid and a favorite of Al Davis, President of the General Partners at Oakland Raiders, Inc.

I'm not surprised by this draft pick, but I am still disappointed with it. The NFL is a league with a salary cap and where you have to get max value and max roster depth with the dollars available to spend on player salaries. Now we're paying this year's first and second round salaries when we probably could've picked the same guys later, and paid them much lower second and sixth round salaries. Guess what? That leaves the Raiders with less money available to spend on other players, thus less quality, less value and less depth on the roster.

It's a vicious cycle with the Raiders. Overspend on big names, low 40 times and wide bodies that look good coming off the bus.

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's a Wonderful Life ...

Now that I'm feeling more back-in-the-saddle at work and with my life, me wants to kick down some mad k'nowledge:

Forget the negativity that drags you down ...
Remember the positives and blessings in your life ...
Always know that people, and God, do care about you ...
Simplify when you feel overwhelmed, get back to basics ...
Understand the universe is connected - all life is bound by love ...

I hope that gets your day going in a smiling, sunny and positive direction. That's what your boy O-dogg is here for ... OK ... mostly I'm here to blather on about comic book related news, but I'm not completely worthless to you, true believers.

Werd ...

Indeed, a picture is worth 1,000 words. It's now the 10th anniversary of Prince's 1982 song "1999" being relevant in the year of its namesake. The song never got more mileage than on the eve of Y2K on December 31st, 1999.

In other news: I ... MUST ... HAVE ... THIS ... STATUE. Han Solo encased in carbonite is currently marketed at Did I mention my birthday is in mid-October??? File that one away, TBs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vatican Scientist: 'The extraterrestrial is my brother'

Yes! Two of my very favoritest American institutions, The Vatican and UFOs, team up for a kick-ass bit of news. It's kind of a like an Associated Press version of "Marve Team Up." Sweetness ...

Associated Press

Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican’s chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ’sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

In the interview by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures. Ruling out the existence of aliens would be like “putting limits” on God’s creative freedom, he said.

The interview, headlined “The extraterrestrial is my brother,” covered a variety of topics including the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and science, and the theological implications of the existence of alien life.

Funes said science, especially astronomy, does not contradict religion, touching on a theme of Pope Benedict XVI, who has made exploring the relationship between faith and reason a key aspect of his papacy.

The Bible “is not a science book,” Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is the most “reasonable” explanation for the creation of the universe. The theory says the universe began billions of years ago in the explosion of a single, super-dense point that contained all matter.

But he said he continues to believe that “God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the result of chance.”

'Nuff said, true believers ... wherever you are.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cerveza y mangos no son mis amigos

Wow, I can now say I endured the worst stomach ache of my life - for hours and hours and hours ... and hours.

I don't know what possessed me, or why I didn't know better, but in the morning, I ate the skin of a mango - a rare fruit to have on hand at my house. Let's just say you are not supposed to eat the leathery skin of a mango because it will not play nice with your digestive system.

I spent the rest of the day running around Hayward at a photoshoot, at my parents' house, then at a birthday party. I got sun-burned, then over-exposed to air conditioning and it was all bad. Fever. Stomach pain. Sweating. All. Bad.

Then we hustled home to host 3 couples to play Nintendo Wii. Man, was I miserable playing the host. So, after having succesfully gone to the bathroom a couple of times, I thought I was on the road to recovery and enjoyed a drink with my friends to unwind. Wrong move.

Pepto Bismal, Pyramind Hefeweizen and mango skin do not mix nicely. Trust me. It was one of the worst nights of my life. I got to know my toilet face to face and I'm sure my neighbors probably thought there was an alien coming out of my stomach.

Well, I didn't die and I'm hungry enough to eat today. You know what 'they' say: if it doesn't kill you, it can only make you stronger. All in all, I'd rather not be stronger.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Re-Post: Who Watches The POSTMEN?

This was too good not to post again and put at the top of my illustrious blog. Don't you agree?
OK, I have been ripped off by the post office - either the British post office, or the U.S. post office. It is an international tale of mystery and intrigue surrounding a certain WATCHMEN pin featuring the familiar smiley face with the ole bean juice: comedic human bean juice.

I went to WonderCon in San Fran and picked up some cool schwag, including two official WATCHMEN movie version pins. I decided to sell one on eBAY, along with the official WonderCon program featuring some Dave Gibbons WATCHMEN art on the front cover. I accidentally mailed both pins to the winner of the auction - a cool cat from England named Matt. I realized my goof and appealed to Matt to return the extra pin, and as a fellow Watchmen fan, he agreed. It was the bees knees of an eBAY transaction, and Matt sent it back on his own dime ... or however much that stamp of the queen cost him.

Soooo, the envelope arrived with no return address and it looked very flat. It looked ripped and taped back together. Sure enough, it was empty. There was a plastic sleeve inside - also empty. The stamp looked international and I hypothesized that it was English Matt attempting to return the extra pin. Indeed it was, and he was as shocked as I was. He thought I was joking, but this is no joke: my rich collection of memorabilia is now sans one official WATCHMEN movie version pin.

So I ask: Who Watches the POSTMEN???

New 'Scrapper' Artwork

I can't wait till this is inked and colored by my super team of Joel & Carly:

Keep your eyes peeled for some new CruZader artwork from issues # 2 - 6, it'll knock your sox off. 'Nuff said.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lucerne = Fresh Dairy

Dear True Believers:
Did you know the fine family of Lucerne Dairy products is worth a combined $1.5 Billion? Yes, Lucerne Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Creams, Yogurts, Butters and Ice Creams are worth more than the #1 Coffee, Cookie and Cereal brands ... combined! That's right: Folger's, Oreo and Cheerios added up aren't bigger than the Lucerne brand. It's a 105-year-old brand that was the first in the U.S. to market milk gallons as they are known today, so tuck that factoid away for your next dinner party.

Enjoy an ice cold Lucerne milk or ice cream, available at your neighborhood Safeway.

Dear (732) 907-6557: STOP CALLING ME!

Obviously this is a junk phone call from an automated telemarketer of some kind. They keep calling my cell phone and it's getting annoying. I've Googled the # and the variants and it seems a lot of other folks are getting calls from this # with no message or no one to talk to when you pick up the call.

What good is the National Do Not Call Registry if it can't stop posers like this from ringing my line? Arrrgghh, this makes we want to go Raider Pirate on their arses.

Just like my pleas to the naked guys in the men's lockeroom at the gym: PLEASE STOP!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Scarlett Johansson is the BLACK WIDOW in Iron Man 2, Rourke in too

At first it was going to be Emily Blunt playing Black Widow, now it's Scarlett J. I think Blunt fit the bill better and I'm really tired of Scarlett in the Frank Miller comic book movie adaptations, Sin City and The Spirit. Oh well, at leat Mickey Rourke will rock it as a villain in Iron Man 2.

For my money, Marvel Studios got it wrong. If you need a secret-agent type actress to play the Black Widow opposite of Robert Downey Jr., why not a more mature actress that's already played that type of role and actually has red hair? The Black Widow character is nothing like the curvy, young, blonde Scarlett Johansson.

Here are my suggestions for the Russian Spy Natasha "Black Widow" Romanov:

Julie Ann Emery from ABC's 2003 TV Show "Line of Fire"

Annie Wersching, currently starring of FOX TV's "24" with Keifer Sutherland

First, we got confirmation that Mickey Rourke is on board to play the Russian villain in Iron Man 2, and now E! Online has confirmed with Scarlett Johansson's representative that the actress has indeed signed to play the role of Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, who doubles as Black Widow.

"Scarlett is thrilled to be a part of Iron Man," her rep, Marcel Pariseau said.

The Jon Favreau-directed sequel is scheduled for a May 7, 2010 release.

Variety adds that Rourke will play "Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comicbook villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie."

Saturday, April 11, 2009

From the desk of Antonio De La Cruz (aka The CruZader): Happy Easter

Happy Easter. I hope all of your plastic eggs contain some nice nuggets.

You know you are a big star when you appear on Yo Gabba Gabba!

This kid's show is so hip and current. It truly does rock the bacon. It makes me want to have a party in my tummy, have fun with pajamas and get down with a dancy dance. Just ask Jack Black, Elija Wood, Tony Hawk and the Ting Tings.

I have got to get me some fresh Yo Gabba Gabba hoodies and shirts one of these days, maybe even some action figures. I may have to fight over the dolls with my munchkins, but it'll be so worth it. Get yo' Gabba on, true believers.

"Your pupils were dilating ...

I noticed your cheeks were flush, and maybe some blood rushed down to your (genitals)." Classic Dwight busting Andy's chops.

I wonder if Andy's head felt light and if his legs got wobbly from the charms of the new receptionist, Kelly.

Comcast SportsNet California is a gift from baseball heaven for the A's

Yes, the Oakland A's have their own channel on Comcast Cable. No more domination of the local airwaves by the crappy baseball offered to the Bay Area by the San Francisco Giants baseball company.

Finally: a divorce of coverage of the A's and Giants. At the Bay Area baseball luncheon today, Comcast SportsNet California announced that they would be broadcasting 145 A's games this year and 75 in high definition exclusively on CSNC.

I've also been told that there will Pre/Postgame Live for most games, as well as the return of "All A's". For Bay Area Comcast customers, Comcast SportsNet Cali will be moving to channel 89 at the beginning of March. Comcast/A's HD channel will be 721.

According to my contact at Comcast, the channel choice of 89 is NOT a coincidence. It's about time the A's have a good baseball deal and don't play second fiddle to that inferior team across the Bay. Celebrate A's fans! It seems like Lew Wolff's goal of getting the A's better radio and TV deals this offseason has been successful.

I don't know about the WOLVERINE movie

Don't get me wrong, I love me some Wolverine - I put him right up there with Captain America and Spider-Man. At this point, the movie trailer suggests a very busy plot that skips around in time and is over-loaded with secondary characters ... kind of like the hack job that crappy director did on X-Men 3. I believe that only the original director, Bryan Singer, can deliver a pure vision of the X-Men, including Wolverine.

At this point, I almost enjoy the trailer for "WolBerine" a little bit more:

Hey, I even prefer the cartoon trailer of Hulk vs. Wolverine, which is sure to be true to the origin and first appearance of the Wild and Woolly Wolverine way back in issue # 181 of The Incredible Hulk.