Friday, May 29, 2009

Burger Face with the Oakland Bootie? No, no, no

L.A. face with the Sponge Bob Bootie.

Burger King's ad agency is the tops. Since Target has totally wussed out and gone after the 25-45 female shopper, its ads have lost their teeth, edge and hipness, most of all, the Target ads have lost the cool tunes as they try to defend against Wal-Mart.

NEWAYZ ... Burger King is now the King of the hill when it comes to TV campaigns.

The Object of My Desire

Sooo sweet. Just like sticky, warm syrup ... a scaled replica of the Owl Ship from the WATCHMEN.

Halleluiah ... halleluiah ...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Scrapper says: "Drop the dope, punks!"

This is the reveal of 'The Scrapper,' which I was saving for the last page of issue #1 ... but I love it so much, it might end up being the cover shot. We'll see.

Great job as always by my super duper team of Joel (artwork) and Carly (colors).

Click on the picture to see it full size, if you like.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

WATCHMEN innovates with first Blu-Ray Movie/Video Game Hybrid

This is the HOT sauce TBs: WATCHMEN continues to innovate and push the envelope of technology. First there was the downloadable game back in March, and now it's being taken across multiple formats, including the first Blu-ray movie & game for PS3 and a regular console offering for XBOX 360. Who cares if the game is a bit neanderthal in its nature, it has some comic panels built in between chapters, which is worth the price of admission for me. Anyway, if you downloaded part 1 of the game, you can also download part 2 for whatever game system you have. The end is nigh, indeed!

Just in from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that the Watchmen: The End is Nigh videogame, based on the Watchmen film, will be offered in a retail Blu-Ray Hi-Def game and film hybrid, as well as additional retail and downloadable formats in North America. Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2, the second of two long-form, episodic action games will be released in conjunction with the Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD of the Watchmen: Director’s Cut in July 2009.

Providing Watchmen fans with a variety of purchase options, the game will be offered in the following formats.

* Watchmen: The End is Nigh The Complete Experience is an innovative, retail Blu-ray Hi-Def game and film hybrid which will include Watchmen: The End is Nigh Parts 1 and 2 and the Watchmen: Director’s Cut on Blu-ray. This new cut of the action-packed blockbuster includes an additional 25 minutes of footage not seen in theaters only available on Blu-ray and DVD. The two-disc collectible set will also feature exclusive artwork in a premium package. The game will be playable on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system which can also play the Blu-ray disc of Watchmen: Director’s Cut.

* Watchmen: The End is Nigh Parts 1 and 2 will now be available for the first time as a single game available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

* Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 will be available for download on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for PlayStation®Network.

Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, stars of the Watchmen film, also lend their voices to the respective roles of Nite Owl and Rorschach in both episodes of Watchmen: The End is Nigh. Both Rorschach and Nite Owl are playable characters and each features distinct combat abilities, as well as a collection of each of their own unique finishing moves — such as Rorschach’s Rage and the technical prowess of Nite Owl’s Owlsuit.

How Bruce Lee changed the world with his fists and his spirit

History Channel is running a bomb-ass documentary on Bruce Lee's influence on the world. When you consider he died at 32 after making only 4 movies and 1 TV show, this list of things he radicalized is pretty sick:

He invented his own Martial Art, free of form and rules, called Jeet Kune Do. He was also the forebearer of mixed martial arts and ultimate fighting decades before their time. Hong Kong's favorite son also brought Eastern philosophy and spirituality to the Western world on TV appearances and interviews, with sayings like "you must flow, like water."

Lee inspired free-running, or Parqore. He also invented custom exercise equipment decades before it became mainstream at sporting goods stores. Same goes for protein shakes and supplements that he blended and concocted on his own, decades before GNC came around. Lee also pioneered using electrical stimulation on injured or fatigued muscles, which is a standard in modern sports medecine!

Bruce changed the way martial arts movies where choreographed, shot and edited. He revolutionized stunts and fight scenes that had no special effects. Not only that, the soundtracks to his movies influenced not only film soundtracks but music in general, which brings us to ....

His lasting impression may be on pop culture: music, especially rap & hip hop, with devotees like the Wu Tang Clan. Comics and cartoons are no exception, with the likes of Afro Samurai and Marvel Comics' Iron Fist and Kung Fu Master citing Lee as a direct inspiration. Last but not least, video games check in with titles like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Double Dragon and a slew of Bruce Lee games for arcades, consoles and cell phones.

The man is a brand in every sense of the word. He's probably bigger than Donald Trump and Martha Stewart when you think about all the ways he influenced the U.S. and the world. What a shame he isn't around today to teach us more about spirituality and the one reality that binds the universe.

From his first gym in Oakland, to his house in Hong Kong, to his burial site in Seattle, I'm glad all of these landmarks are being preserved for the sake of history and reverence. Someday I hope to visit the new Bruce Lee Action Museum, or BLAM.

Check this bit of free running, which credits Bruce Lee as its inventor. Sears and JC Penny never looked so exciting:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Amsterdam: I would dig it the most too

I would only digress from Vincent "my man in Amsterdam" Vega and Jules "my (term of endearment) in Inglewood" Winfield in this regard:

I would not roll with the mayo slathered on french fries. Forget the Royale with Cheese - instead, I'd find a place that serves up waffles, syrup and sausage ... with a glass o' beer. And I ain't talkin' about no paper cup - I'm talkin' about a glass o' beer.

Werd up, true believer: the Pulp Fiction is still alive and well in my bloggerhood.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I LOVE the 80s continues ...

Thanks for tuning again, true believers. Today's feature: Blondie's Call Me.

What are you waiting for? Pick up that phone and get your boogie on.

The SLEESTACK is back!

Remember the old 80s TV Show Land of the Lost? Well guess what Sleestack fans, it's now coming out as a motion picture starring Will Ferrell. Same title, although I might've gone with Sleestack 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Wow. At this rate maybe even The Great Space Coaster will be adapated into a movie too. Can you say Gary Gnu???

I will not rest, until some day in the future, when outer-space travel is possible, when flying cars dot metro cityspcapes, and when Yo Gabba Gabba! is made into a retro feature film!

What if Superman went rogue? Curious? Check out IRREDEEMABLE.

Here's the premise: what if Lois Lane had rejected Clark Kent upon learning his secret identity as Superman? What if she hated him for years of deception and double identities? What if this crushed Superman's Kryptonian soul, plunged him into an irredeemable depression and made him into a world-destroying bastard with super powers?

Good premise. Great comic book. Except that IRREDEEMABLE is not about Superman and Lois Lane - it's a whole new world of made-up superheroes, where the man in the cape and tights is a blonde man called The Plutonian(or 'Toni' for short).

Simple concept. Brilliant execution by writer Mark Waid and publisher BOOM! Studios.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Queridos 1980s: Te Estrano Como No Sabes

Oh how I do miss those cheeky 1980s and their wonderful one-hit wonders like Nena (may she rest in peace). One of these days I'm gonna track down Naughty Girls Need Love Too from You Tube and rock the ever-loving bacon out of this here blog.

For now enjoy 99 Luft Balons, forever immortalized by Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Jupiter in Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN. Thank you Zack: the soundtrack rocks the imaginary dream world that manifests itself only when I pound the rotating track on the treadmill at good ole Express Fitness of Pleasanton, Calif.

Speaking of balons and Express Fitness: today I saw a guy blow drying his junk in the locker room. Yes true beleivers, you read that correctly. He stood there, in front of the mirror, in all of his glory, in a squat and just pointed that hot gun right back up where the sun don't shine. I'm so glad I don't use a blow dryer for any reason - just a dollop of hair gel is all I require.

My new favorite comic book: Groom Lake from IDW Publishing

Any comic book that has beer-drinking, chain-smoking grey aliens that wear Atari t-shirts has earned my business. Popping open this treasure of an independent comic put me in nerd heaven: references to Electric Boogaloo (see two posts down below this), Johnny Drama and Project Blue Blook.

As a bonus we see anal probes in Area 51 and veiled references to alien erections. This might be the best $3 in cash I've spent in a very long time. If only they could work ALF into the storyline, I'd be in Dreamland heaven on top of nerd heaven.

I introduce: the pencil-thin d-bag beard

Made popular by Family Guy on Fox, spread all over the 'net by the O-Dogg Blog. Don't believe me? Google pencil thin d--che bag beard and see what pops up.

Holla atcha boy ...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Electro-funk + Boogaloo Shrimp = A Clean Sweep

Man, how I do miss the 1980s. Enjoy.

From BNET online:

The 1984 movies Breakin' and its immediate sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, broke new ground in the film industry as some of the first movies to put street dancing in the spotlight.

Street-dance pioneers Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, nearly 30 when he made the films, and Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, 17 at that time, won instant acclaim as the films' stars.

Breaking, popping, locking, waving and wacking were among the forms of street dance they demonstrated in the pop-culture classics.

Madonna was so impressed with Shabba-Doo's wacking dance-often called "The Shabba-Doo"--that she later tapped him to choreograph her Who's That Girl tour and Ciao Italia concert video.

Boogaloo Shrimp, acclaimed for his intricate popping and ticking moves, performed one of Breakin's most memorable dance scenes--with a broom. The scene was staged by West Side Story dance legend Jaime Rogers. Singer Ginuwine later re-created the broom scene in his None Of Ur Friends Business video.

JET recently caught up with both men to find out what they've been up to since those "break-dancing" days.

Shabba-Doo remains one of the industry's most sought-after choreographers. At the 78th Academy Awards in 2006, he was the lead dancer and co-choreographer the performance for Three 6 Mafia's song It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp, which earned an Oscar that year.

Last year he choreographed Jamie Kennedy's film Kickin'k Old School and in 1990 he appeared in the dance drama Lambada.

The award-winning choreographer, who has also performed on Broadway, is the creator of Funk-Shway (which means Funk Shabba-Doo's Way), a dance-fitness program that he's licensed all over the world.

"I spent a couple of years living in Tokyo, where I ran three studios," he said. "This time, I'll be in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, South America and Asia."

Shabba-Doo, a native of Chicago, was an original member of The Lockers, the legendary dance group credited as the forefathers of urban street dancing.

"I didn't set out to be the king of street dancing," he said. "It just happened that way."

Shabba-Doo, 52, the father of a 30-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter, is the ex-husband of actress Lela Rochon, with whom he appeared in Lionel Richie's All Night Long video. Shabba-Doo also choreographed Richie's All Night Long world tour and Chaka Khan's I Feel For You video. Michael Jackson also personally tapped him to appear in his Ghost music video.

In 1996 Shabba-Doo graduated from the American Film Institute as a directing fellow in the master's program. He is looking forward to bringing Breakin' 3 to the silver screen, writing a book and completing a reality dance competition show.

Boogaloo Shrimp made a guest appearance last year on Nick Cannon's MTV show "Wild 'N' Out." He has appeared in the films Breakin' All the Rules, Bringing Down the House and Beaches. And, he was one of the first street dancers to be invited to the White House when former first lady Nancy Reagan was promoting her anti-drug campaign video Stop the Madness.

Boogaloo Shrimp helped pioneer an animated dance video with singer Paula Abdul for her Opposites Attract video, where he did movements for M.C. Scat Kat.

Michael Jackson was so impressed with Boogaloo Shrimp's moves that he personally studied with Boogaloo Shrimp from 1983 to 1991, learning his renowned "floating, four-corner Moonwalk" and "ticking robotics," Boogaloo Shrimp said. Jackson also admired the video's animation so much that he hired Boogaloo Shrimp to do the movements for The Simpsons' Do The Bartman video, Boogaloo Shrimp said.

"I describe my style as liquid animation," said Boogaloo Shrimp, 40, who has a 16-year-old son. "The liquid is the smooth part. The animation is the stop part mixed with robotics."

Boogaloo Shrimp was also the person who helped bring the Urkelbot to life on the TV show "Family Matters."

"When Breakin' came out, I was not aware of my signature style," said Boogaloo Shrimp. "But I knew I had something because people kept hiring me. When it was all said and done, I knew I had something."

By Margena A. Christian