Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney buys Marvel Comics (aka. Marvel Entertainment)

Wow. I guess it wasn't enough that Mickey Mouse owns ABC, ESPN, Hockey's Mighty Ducks and Major League Baseball's L.A. Angels - now he owns the Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk.

I don't know how I feel about this. On the one hand, would I love to see Marvel characters all over Disneyland, with Marvel-themed attractions and rides? Yes, I would. Would I love to see Pixar pump out some sweet CGI feature films about my favorite comic book heroes? Yes, I would.

On the other hand, do I want to see the Disney logo replace the famous Marvel logo on comics, t-shirt tags and the opening credits of movies? No way, Jose.

We'll see how it pans out ... I just hope Mickey leaves the Marvel brand alone, as they have done with ESPN. Please Uncle Walt, no crappy cross-overs where you use our beloved characters to market to tween girls with some drek like "Wolverine meets Hannah Montana." Gag me ...



Disney to Acquire Marvel for $4 Billion! From: Superhero Hype.Com

Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.

UPDATE #1: In a conference call, the companies said that the deals for movies for characters at other studios (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.) will stay in place under the terms set by Marvel and the other studios.

UPDATE #2: John Lasseter met with Marvel last week about a possible team-up between Marvel and Pixar and got "pretty excited, pretty fast." They say there's definitely an opportunity there.

UPDATE #3: The deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute five films--"Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3"--stays in place as well, but Disney would like to self-distribute down the line. "When the time comes we'll take a closer look at it."


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sons of Anarchy Season 2 - coming Sept. 8th on FX


Three words: East Bay Grease.

Hellz Yeah, these are the type of dudes that would roll up to Ricky's Bar in San Leandro to watch a Raiders game or a PPV boxing match. No doubt.

Love the municipal name dropping on this show: Oakland, Hayward, Stockton, Lodi ... they all get love from these leather-clad bikers out of the fictional East Bay town of Charming, Calif.

Got my tickets to THE SOUNDS ... and the Raiders!


I ... am ... pretty ... excited. On this fine Sunday morning, tickets went on sale for The Sounds at the historic Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and I snatched up a pair of duckets with the quickness. Happy belated birthday to me.

In happy-early-birthday-to-me news: I also got a ticket for the Raiders season opener vs. the Chargers on ESPN's Monday Night Football. I can't wait to see Oakland's AFL, throw-back legacy uniforms that will commemorate 50 years of Raiders football here in our fair city.


Woo-hoo, two things to look forward to that will act as the bread of my birthday sandwich. Go Raiders ... and Go Sounds (that sounds funny, no pun intended).

Mad Men on AMC: the secret, tortured lives of Barbie & Ken


I caught the very last episode of AMC's Mad Men Season 2 last year, and found it intriguing enough to watch lask week's Season Premier of Season 3. Can't wait for tonight's Season 3, episode #2.

Through the magic of Comcast's HD OnDemand offering, I'm now enjoying each and every episode of Season 2 ... and golly-gee-whiz, how it all makes sense now. Having watched the last show of last season, I was left wondering how and why Betty Draper cheats on her husband, Don. Noooooooow I get it. Wow.

There is an old saying that men "lead lives of quiet desperation," which is very true of the lead character Don Draper. What becomes painfully obvious is that his actions lead poor, quietly suffering Betty down a dark path of lonely desperation. This show makes ABC's Desperate Housewives look like a crappy, cartoonish soap opera.

Mad Men, set in the glory days of 1960s Madison Avenue, chronicles the lives of prim and seemingly proper advertising executives, including their dark and complicated love lives. Imagine an x-rated, technicolor version of Leave it to Beaver and you have Mad Men ... sans swearing and nudity, plus cigarettes. Trust me, this show doesn't neeed swearing and nudity, otherwise it would be on HBO on Sunday nights - it is plenty graphic and yet exruciatingly subtle.

If you subscribe to the addage "misery loves company," then tune in and jump into the lives of this cast of beautiful 1960s characters that are so full of pain and suffering on the inside.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I AM NOT A ROBOT

This, from Marina & the Diamonds.



This song/video fits in really well with my current obsession (and re-obsession) with "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," by one of the original titans of Science Fiction, the great Philip K. Dick from right here in Berkeley, Calif. I'm currently reading the 24-part comic book adaptation, which isn't really an adaptation, but a literal word-for-word re-telling of Dick's seminal book. The words are paired with sequential comic book art to complement the story, which is spread out over 24 glorious installments.


The reading of "Androids" has me watching the 1982 film Blade Runner with whole new eyes ... dare I say more vividly open, human eyes now that I have read Dick's brilliant source material?

Here's another vid from Marina & the Diamonds that has nothing to do with Dick, or Blade Runner for that matter, but everything to do with obsessions. Enjoy:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not much Captain America movie news, but this will have to do ... for now


Louis Leterrier Talks Captain America, Avengers
Source:Los Angeles Times August 10, 2009


The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier and got quotes about what he's seen of The First Avenger: Captain America and his dream for The Avengers. Here are several clips from the article:

LL: ...I have seen some of the design work they’re doing for Captain America and it looks amazing. It’s a period piece and it’s like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and with more gadgets...

GB: Well that makes sense, I know Feige and his team turned to Joe Johnston because of his art direction work on “Raiders” and the fact that he directed “The Rocketeer.”

LL: Yes, exactly, so it’s “Raiders” meets "Rocketeer” and “Saving Private Ryan.” It’s going to be so cool.

LL: ...You know, you asked about my dream, I’ll tell you my real dream: To work with Joe Johnston and [“Thor” director] Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau and make like a triptych. We do four movies. We release them one a month for the summer. Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be Avengers summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors. So all of the directors that touch part of the Avengers world would do a part; we could make the movies shorter, maybe less than an hour and a half, and we use the same sets and save Marvel money. I would love to sit around a table with all of them a kick around the story. That’s my dream.

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Werd up, Louie. Avengers summer ... schwing!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Phantogram: MOUTHFUL OF DIAMONDS



UPDATE #2: LYRICS (partial anyway).

You've got a mouthful of diamonds
and a pocketful of secrets.
I know you're never telling anyone
because the patterns they control your mind.
Those patterns take away my time ...
Hello,
Goodbye.
(Chorus)
Pack your bags and leave.
I wish i could believe.

UPDATE: After succesfully e-mailing the band, an EP CD is on the way to Casa de O-dogg. Tight ...

SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK! Enjoy the Phantogram beats & lyrics, true believer. You can find this dynamic duo on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and all the rest. Look 'em up & hook 'em up, along with the Noisettes. O-dogg recommended.

My new favorite brand/fashion/Blog/Web site: OAKLANDISH


In summary, Oaklandish represents what I've been struggling to properly express my whole life: an intense sense of pride in the City of Oakland and its surrounding East Bay suburbs.

See for yourself at the Official Oaklandish Blog and Web site.

My own private Oaklandish fashion show is coming soon to the O-dogg Blog, true believers. If you enjoyed the Rorschach fashion show, you will love this one. Adios Amigos.

Bad Veins - GOLD AND WARM


Even if you don't like the song, the video is interesting to watch.

Monday, August 03, 2009

The Noisettes: NEVER FORGET YOU



This is different. It's like 1960s Detroit MoTown meets modern-hipster-indie rock.

Much like Phantogram, the record has been released outside of the U.S., but we are stuck waiting for a domestic offering that is affordable.

Oh well, thank gooTness for YouTube (and its parent company Google, and its possible parent organization THE NEW WORLD ORDER, which is secretly run by really rich dudes that belong to a Web of secret societies featured on such bastions of truth like The History Channel, available in HD!).

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Raiders Training Camp Notes from Napa, Calif.

Darrius Heyward-Bay is sucking it so far ... big time. Javon Walker looked sharp in rehab drills after looking like a dud all of last year. Between these two guys, if we can get 90 catches, 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, I don't care who steps up and who gets relegated to the role of one-dimensional WR, ala James Jett.



Walker ascends, DHB struggles

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

Wide receiver Javon Walker, who two days before talked talked with unbridled optimism about his health and claimed to be in the prime of his career, looked to be at least something approaching that as he put on a show with a member of the Raiders athletic training staff.

Walker ran at what looked to be full speed with an effortless glide. He ran short and intermediate patterns, at one point reaching back on a short crossing route and snatching a pass with his left hand without slowing down.

He ran patterns 25 to 30-yard downfield, reaching out and catching the ball at his highest point with good acceleration. Walker dropped exactly one pass that I saw during a drill in which he ran directly forward at the passer on a controlled run.

After the pass-catching was done, Walker was jumping over a series of obstacles set in his path with explosive leaps, showing no sign of a limp. He then jumped and twisted over each obstacle, a drill which would surely cause some pain to a defective knee.

Instead, Walker appeared buoyant as his session concluded, taking off on a run to join his teammates on the field for the end of practice.

When it comes to Walker, I’ve been one of the biggest skeptics since the moment he signed during free agency last year. Now I’m curious and cautiously optimistic.

If the Raiders suddenly have a physical veteran receiver who could get 50-plus catches, 800-plus yards and get in the end zone, it’s a huge bonus. And frankly, a bargain, considering he renegotiated his contact downward to $4.6 million over the next two years.

– Meanwhile, rookie No. 7 overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey struggled to catch the ball, at one point leaving three catchable passes on the ground, one time punting a drop into the air in frustration. Keep in mind none of these plays came against defenders. That won’t happen until Monday’s first padded practice at 3:30 p.m.

Heyward-Bey gave his Rickey Dudley impression in the presence of Al Davis, who was driven over in a golf cart to talk to Heyward-Bey afterward. Also present was wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.
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The Dragonettes: FIXIN TO THRILL

Fixin To Thrill


Here's a funky new one that's sure to thrill.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Sounds: HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS



LYRICS from THE SOUNDS

There was a place in my hometown where I use to wander
Above the trees I saw a big black cloud of thunder
Summer rain in my face like snowflakes falling from space
It was so beautiful, and then I passed the mountains
I went coast to coast, and from star to star
That's how you learn, just who you are

[Chorus]
Home is where your heart is
Find where you belong, start to take control, show a little soul
Then you feel who you are
Home is where your heart is
Find where you belong, start to take control, show a little soul
Then you feel who you are

There was a time I couldn't see myself growing older
But then I went for a walk when I came back I was so much taller
Maybe try to find something that I could be part of
But I decided to leave, and then I crossed the river
I went coast to coast, and from star to star
But that's how you learn, who you really are

[Chorus:]
But I leave you with a kiss, there's so much more than this
When you know who you are


Oh, what you know, stop to think
Start to feel, and then you'll heal
You got to rise to the occasion, you got to read between the lines
Then maybe you'll find, who you are inside
When I look into your eyes, I feel what you feel
Come take my hand, let's go for a swim

[Chorus:]
But I leave you with a kiss, there's so much more than this
When you know who you are

New music from: the MAGIC WANDS

WARRIOR



BLACK MAGIC




The hits keep coming, true believers. This is the blog that pays you back with the gift or bacon-rockin' music, not that Top 40 **** found on the Ryan Seacrest radio show, or playing over the Muzak system in your local hair salon. If the O-dogg Blog was a live music bar, you'd be shakin' it here every Saturday night. What? Just like Milli Vanilli: you know it's TRUE.