Sunday, August 29, 2010

The man who transforms Steve Rogers into ... Captain America


Stan Tucci is out man on the scene, playing German scientist Abraham Erskine. From comicbookmovie.com:



Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci is playing Dr. Erskine in Marvel's much anticipated Captain America: The First Avenger movie. And while filming has been underway for several weeks, Tucci now speaks with Screen Crave on his role in the film and cast members hes worked thus far.

“I play Dr. Erskine who’s described as an elderly German scientist. I have to do an accent and be elderly. When they asked me to play him initially I was like ‘Is that like a compliment or is that an insult? I don’t know?’”

If you don't know, in the comic, Dr. Abraham Erskine injects Steve Rogers with the “Super-Soldier” serum that makes him a the epitome of human perfection. Tucci continues...

"I shot with Chris Evans, and Dominic Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones and Hayley Atwell. I love the role. It’s really well written. I’d never done anything like that before. I’ve always wanted to do a German accent. It’s so much fun. It’s really interesting. Very good script, great experience. I was shooting it in London and I go back in a month and a half."


In Joe Johnson's direction, Starring alongside Tucci, Chris Evans (Captain America) Hugo Weaving (Red Skull), Tommy Lee Jones (Gen. Chester Philips), Sebastian Stan (Bucky), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Neal McDonough (Dum Dum Dugan), and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My new Captain America T-Shirt

A Comic Con 2010 exclusive:




My new favorite shirt. Too awesome.

I am digging this whole Strategic Scientific Reserve angle. It is ripe for a set piece that allows relationships to develop between Steve Rogers, Bucky, Dr. Erskine and maybe even Nick Fury and Howard Stark on weapons/tech(the shield).

O-DOGG'S 500th POST:

I suffer, therefore I am.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

88 World Series via Nintendo RBI Baseball

Eff me. This may be the ugliest memory I have in the world of sports. Although it's so cool to see as an RBI baseball replication, it still hurts like hell.

The Great Raider Marcus Allen, running with the night


This might be the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on in the world of sports. I get teary eyed every time I watch it. Marcus is #32 on the field, and #1 in my Silver and Black heart.

The Mosque at Ground Zero 9/11 Site

www.jihadwatch.org

I know many folks are hiding behind tolerance and religious acceptance in order to make sense of a completely illogical notion of building a mosque (with mysterious funding behind it) at Ground Zero.

Gut check this. It isn't right. Depsite the PC nature of our society, can you honestly look in the mirror and say "yeah, it feels right to put a mosque at ground zero"? Deep down, you know the radicalized Muslims are using this as an affront and an insult, as their money men and spokespeople hide behind free speech and religion. It's like a Trojan Horse, of sorts. It will be there forever, to mock the American people and desecrate the memory of 9/11.

I'm not that conservative, politically. I'm no Republican. I'm no Democrat. I'm just American - and this feels wrong. Even our friends from across the pond agree:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Joss Whedon talks Cap movie

Joss Whedon Discusses His Contributions to The First Avenger: Captain America


Although Joss Whedon will be writing and directing The Avengers, his first foray into the Marvel movie universe has been as a script doctor on The First Avenger: Captain America, and in this exclusive interview he discusses his contribution to that project.

"I just got to make some character connections," explains Whedon. "The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit."

Serving as a script doctor is nothing new to Whedon, who performed the same bedside manner to the screenplays for Speed (the patient lived) and Waterworld (not so much). As such, it was an enjoyable exercise of a creative muscle that he hasn't used in quite some time.

"It's fun in this case," offers Whedon, "because, A, they'll actually use the things I wrote, which is rare; and, B, it's a fun puzzle to go in and say, 'Okay, this is what works, this is what needs to be connected, and here are some key moments.' Then the third thing is that it takes place in the '40s, so I got to write '40s dialogue, and that's never not fun!"

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Sounds good to your boy, O-dogg.

A shout out for MANIMAL

Remember this drek from back in the day? MANIMAL!



If I were a manimal, I'd be half man, half Wolverine.
If I were a transformer, I'd be a red lamborghini, like Sideswipe.
If I were a breakfast food, I'd be a big ole sausage pattie in between those syrupy buns like they do at McDonald's. I think they're called McGriddles.

Migraines Suck.

Migraines suck. Period. New paragraph.

If you've ever wondered what one looks like, this is a good representation. Imagine your vision is blurred and you have this floating kaleidascope of shapes and colors that gets bigger and bigger.



Haven't had one in so long, then BAM, ... I woke up with one this morning. Couldn't sleep last night. Had to suck it up, take my migraine pills and go to work for an 8 am meeting where I had to present some key initiatives for 2011. I never drink coffee, but they help migraines, so I had a cup and there I was all day, jittery, with a nervous feeling in my gut, feeling like want to puke. Fun times ... should've had some delicious hot chocolate instead. Serves me right.

On top of the run of bad luck I've had lately, now I have a rash which required another $20 trip to the doctor and another $20 in prescriptions. So, if it's not contractors causing water damager at my house, it's a fender bender, or my mortgage lender making my life into a frustrating incovenient paper trail, or a bank opening an account without my permission and possibly leaking my identity, and last but not least, my troll of a tax accountant acting so disorganized and sloppy that he decides to charge me to fill out a simple W4 form when I did all the work, and re-did all the work since he misplaced all my files.

Yay me!

Is it 5 o'clock somewhere? To quote Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries "does anyone care?"

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mental communication through the universe

Today was a monumental day for Star Wars fans. Today, George Lucas revealed a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.



In the scene, Darth Vader is seen in his meditation chamber, calling out for Luke, via the Force. Essentially Vader is pleading for Luke to join him in the Dark Side of the Force. Luke is millions of light years away on the planet Tatooine, putting the final touches on his new green lightsaber. There is a visible pause, as Luke looks up slightly from under his dark brown cowl to listen to the message as it comes to him via space and time. Darth Vader knows he has broken through to Luke. The son chooses to ignore the invitation from his father, and proceeds to ignite his green sword. The scene ends.

Star Wars fans are going nuts.

I am going nuts because I believe in this form of mental communication. I believe that if you concentrate hard enough, you can transcend the physical plane of reality as we know it. There is a way to connect with others, on this Earth, and otherwise. Perhpas it is not so silly to think that our prayers make it up to God. Perhaps it is not too silly to think that we can re-connect with friends and family that have crossed to the otherside. Sometimes I dream that I am talking to one of my best friend from high school that died during our 1st year of college. As I was told by a psychic, my high school friend and I shared a communication portal due to some sleepovers that connected us in the dream realm when he was still alive.

This new Star Wars scene is exciting as a SciFi fan, but also as a believer in the meta-physical possibilities that lie just beyond our scope of human understanding. Where there is a will there is a way. I will keep practicing the ways of the Force, so don't be surprised if you get a mental voicemail from me, in my best Darth Vader voice:

"Join me, it is your ... destiny."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New STAR WARS Videogames look as good as movies

These are some of the best CGI cinematics I have ever seen. It's just a matter of time before George Lucas decides to make a full length Star Wars feature with photo-real characters, as opposed the cartoony/wooden anime look he's using for the Clone Wars TV Show.

Check this $#*+ out, The Old Republic:



You thought that rocked the bacon? Look at this for Force Unleashed 2:



So many games, and only 1 little birthday.

Listen to your Heart: quiet storm & house-techno versions

I heard this song on the radio the other day, for the first time in a loooong time. Then I also heard the techno remix version. Funny how the context can be so different, depending on the genre. The first is soooo 102.9 FM "The Quiet Storm, for lovers only" and the second is straight-up old school San Jose 99.7 FM "dance techno hour." The message is the same: listen to your heart.



Here's the more modern version that has also had some airplay from DHT:



The moral of today's story: trust your emotions. Trust your gut. As the great Roger Ebert once said, "your mind may be confused, but your emotions will NEVER lie to you." I've learned to really trust my intuition over the last couple of years. Where as my logical thoughts want to create lists of pros and cons, deep inside, every cell of my body already knows what the right answer is. My mind may try to rationalize ... but my heart and gut already know the truth. The body often knows more than the brain, because your cells are connected to the Universal Truth, and often know infinitely more than your consciousness can ever comprehend. Deep down, you know the meaning of life and whether or not there is a God - even if your mind can't figure it out.

Confused? Don't be: trust your intuitions, they are ALWAYS right.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Judge Dredd: a second chance for a great comic book

Judge Dredd will be brought back to the big screen. Thank goodness Sly Stalone will have nothing to do with this revamp into a gritty, gutty SciFi flick. Great casting with Karl Urban dawning the helmet and the badge of Judge D' - he was great as McCoy in Star Trek.


A few weeks back, there were murmurings out of Comic-Con that the new Judge Dredd had been cast and that it would be none other than New Zealand's own Karl Urban ("Bones" McCoy from Star Trek with upcoming comic movies Red and Priest). Empire Online has gotten confirmation from the film's producers Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich, who were asked about it during a Q 'n' A at the first Movie-Con, currently taking place in London. MacDonald confirmed the casting reported as a scoop by Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston last month.

Here's what else MacDonald said about the project during the Q 'n' A:

“The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago. Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real. There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously."

Director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) will begin shooting Judge Dredd in Johannesburg, South Africa with the same people who made Neill Blomkamp's District 9 later this year.

You can read the full article over on Empire Online.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dreams ... never quite as they seem


I recently dreamt that I was late to my own wedding, to commemorate my 10th anniversary in the year 2012. Couldn't find a place to shower and shave. Couldn't find my tuxedo. Could't get organized. In the dream, I ended up in a public shower, like a swimming center lockeroom or YMCA. Weird stuff.

What are dreams? Some would say they are your loftiest goals and aspirations for your life. Some would say they are a waste of time. Some would say they are your subconscious telling you truths you can never detect during your waking hours. Some would say they are desires that manifest deep inside the recesses of the mind. Some might say they are the stuff you fantasize and day dream about when you are wide awake, bored with life, distracting yourself from the pain of mediocrity.

I say they are things that can leave you confused or inspired.

The Great Deepak Chopra advises that you can take control of your own life and destiny at any point that you desire - as if the entire Universe will bend to your will. Chopra suggest the Universe has an "on position," that is the physical, waking world with physical rules. He suggests the "off position" is the non-physical world, subconscious world that is wide open without rules. It is in the off position that you can create anything you desire in the entire Universe.

It's interesting premise, eh? What are you waiting for? GET OFF!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Cap movie version figurine from Comic Con


Sweet. Can't wait till these hit the shelves. Till then ... EXCELSIOR!

Darth Vader with Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice - Funny



Dark Lord of the Governator!

The AVENGERS Teaser from Comic Con



Enjoy the dulcid tones of Sammy Jackson as "Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD."