Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kristin Kreuk is the new Chun-Li

Smallville's "Lana Lang" has just been cast as Chung-Li in the upcoming Street Fighter movie. According to IMDB.com the story will revolve around Kreuk's character as she "embarks on a quest for justice".

Could they be anymore vague? That pretty much leaves the door open for anything to happen. I'm not sure what to expect but considering the first movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme this version has nowhere to go but up. (Not that I didn't enjoy its cheesiness).

Ming-Na did a really good portrayal of Chin-Li so I'm hoping that Kreuk can take the the character to a new level and give her a fresh depth.

Either way, come 2009 I'll definitely be seeing this movie in theaters. What about you???

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hellboy 2 Trailer

Sorry for the lack of posts-- hopefully this will make up for it! "Hellboy" and "The Dark Knight" in summer of '08? Woo Hoo!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Favorite Christmas Movie Quotes

--One more Christmas post...... George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary. Mary: I'll take it. Then what? George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much? ~It's a Wonderful Life Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. Though my personal preference was for Lux, I found that Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand... YECCHH! ~A Christmas Story Fred Holywell: [on his Uncle Ebenezer] ... His wealth is quite useless to him, really. He doesn't do any good with it; he doesn't even make HIMSELF comfortable with it. Ebenezer Scrooge: [whom nobody else can see or hear] I haven't SQUANDERED it, if that's what you mean by "making myself comfortable!" Ghost of Christmas Present: You mustn't argue with those in the right. It's pointless, and even tactless. Ebenezer Scrooge: Tact is a quality I despise. Ghost of Christmas Present: *That* I can see. ~A Christmas Carol Frank Cross: I want to see her nipples. Censor Lady: But this is a CHRISTMAS show. Frank Cross: Well, I'm sure Charles Dickens would have wanted to see her nipples. Guy who works on set: You can barely see them nipples. Frank Cross: See? And these guys are REALLY looking. ~Scrooged Kevin McCallister: I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can't seem to find my toothbrush, so I'll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I'm in good shape. ~Home Alone Clark Griswold: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse. ~Christmas Vacation Santa: That's another thing... Buddy you should know that your father... he's on the naughty list. Buddy: Nooooo! ~Elf John McClane: Merry Christmas, Argyle. Argyle: Merry Christmas. Argyle: [Argyle shuts the limo door] Argyle: Man, if this is their idea of Christmas, I *gotta* be here for New Year's. ~Die Hard (Yippie-kay-yay, motherfucker is really my favorite, but I was trying for a holiday quote.... ) Have a great holiday everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bloggers' Night Before Christmas

Okay, it's not exactly the night before Christmas, but it's close enough. I put this post up awhile back but didn't give it the proper attribution. Since it is now Christmas time, it's certainly appropriate to reprint it and give credit where credit is due. Bloggers' Night Before Christmas by OMNI 'Twas the night before Christmas, and inside each house Was a blogger quite busy with keyboard and mouse. A post each one published on Blogger with care; Then viewed the results with a horrified stare. They wistfully thought of their comfortable beds While dealing with problems that each blogger dreads: The bloggers on Beta are caught in a trap They cannot revert though their blogs turned to cr*p. Blogger has always got something the matter Both versions have problems, not just the latter: Our lengthiest posts disappear in a flash To see our file uploads we must delete cache The style sheet's gone crazy, but why we don't know The sidebar's no longer beside, it's below Your blog skin and link list may soon disappear Along with your archives for most of the year Unless you go back up your template, and QUICK You might lose it all with just one ill-timed click. And if all of that is too much of a pain You'd better ask Santa for your own domain. Merry Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pirated 6 Minute Clip from The Dark Knight

You don't care that this was filmed by a shaky hand-held camera in a crowded movie theatre right? It's 6 minutes from "The Dark Knight!" Watch it HERE!!! I'm so excited!

Futurama is back... from the future!

I always liked Futurama. The Simpsons have been one of my favorite shows since it hit the air and when Fox started running ads for Matt Groenig and David X. Cohen’s new show, I was excited to see it.

Futurama had a lot of the goofy cartoony humor that the Simpsons were already known for, but the show was also able to establish its own voice. In addition to poking fun at the well-used devices of science fiction and intricacies of the world today, the show effectively used dramatic moments between the characters in a way that the Simpsons did not. Some of the storylines between Fry and Leela as well as Wong and Kiff was touching and credible in ways that some live actions shows couldn’t come close to.

The show was never really able to stand on its feet though. Fox first put it in Sundays, then shuffled it around and eventually dropped it entirely halfway through its fourth season. Fan support kept it from dying though, and it survived on Cartoon Network and Comedy Central in reruns.

All Hail Hypnotoad!

Now jump ahead to two weeks ago in my local video store. Futurama: Bender’s Big Score was sitting on the shelves; I remembered reading that Futurama was coming back as a straight-to-DVD movie, but I didn’t know anything beyond that. Of course I rented it.

The movie is definitely worth seeing by anyone who liked the show (if you really really liked the show, go ahead and buy it) and it is even jam packed with winks and nods and dangling plot threads from the series for fans to remember fondly. Because of this, there’s a lot going on. Hang on and enjoy the ride nonetheless.

The Planet Express crew makes a delivery to a nude beach planet and a tattoo is discovered on Fry’s rear end. The crew is then tricked by nudist scammer aliens who take over Planet Express and use the code on the tattoo to send Bender through time to steal treasures from the past. Meanwhile, Hermes’ body is destroyed and his head is placed in a jar until it can be replaced. Additionally, Leela meets and is romanced by another man and because of this, Fry decides to go back to the past to live out his life. Deciding to keep Fry out of the picture permanently, the nudist aliens send Bender back to kill him and all kinds of wackiness ensues.

There is a lot of time travel going on in this movie and I am very surprised how the writers kept track of everything. They seriously must have had a giant flow chart on the wall where they could graph out all the comings and goings. It all works though and everything that is used is wrapped up at some point in the story.

There was one plot point that I figured out, though I have to admit that I thought of it, then dismissed it, then said “aha” when it was revealed at the end of the movie. Though common decency prevents me from spoiling it here, I’ll let you know that it involves Leela’s handsome suitor.

Bender’s Big Score is definitely worth a look, fans of the series will see just about everything they liked in the show and newcomers should enjoy it as well as long as they can keep track of everything that’s going on. So come for the story, but stay for Fry, Bender, Nibbler, Leela, Amy, Nudar, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Hypnotoad, the Harlem Globetrotter Scientists, two narwhals, gratuitous nudity, Al Gore, golden Death Stars, Torgo’s powder, Mark Hamill, Zapp Brannigan, Richard Nixon’s head in a jar, Seymour, Barbados Slim, the Box Network, Elzar, owls, suicide booths, hellacious space battles, Scruffy, sewer mutants, pizza deliveries, robot gangsters, Olympic-class limbo, Robot Santa, and everything else you loved from Futurama.

Monday, December 17, 2007

More Evidence that Geek Chic is In!

Designer Marc Ecko has come out with an official line of Star Wars clothes. Just the thing to get for Christmas for the Sci-fi freak in your family. No, I have not been paid for this post, or otherwise approached in any way. I just thought a beaded Storm Trooper was worth noticing.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Guest Review: "I Am Legend"

Top Abbott, one of the winners of the premier tickets to see "I Am Legend" has written a most excellent review of the film, and sent pictures from the premier. I am so pleased to have such quick feedback and a review! I AM LEGEND NYC Premiere Review By Top Abbott On December 11th at 1900 hrs my son and I attended the NYC premiere of I AM LEGEND. The head of Warner Bros., the director, the screenwriter and Will Smith were all in attendance. Also showing up were Mary K. Blige, Russel Simmons, LL, Bow Wow, Ty Diggs (I heard, but didn’t see him), David Blain (which could explain why my watch is missing), Tom Cruise and I BELIEVE the really pretty woman that I didn’t get a picture of was Alice Braga, co-star of the film. I AM LEGEND is a Warner Bros. Film. It’s apparently a remake of The Omega Man, also a Warner Bros film which starred Charlton Heston. See the trailer here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-MosmUseSY and wonder how movies in the 70’s made any money considering the effects. Richard Matheson wrote the book on which both movies are based and it was titled, I AM LEGEND. There was another incantation of this book. First to film was Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price. The plot; a plague started by a vaccine virtually wipes out humanity. The story; The survivors fall into two camps: immune and infected. The infected are vampires. In the latest version there is no reference to vampires, the word is not even said. The movie starts with a newscast, then breaks into action. There are action sequences scattered throughout the film, and Will Smith is a machine gun carrying hero who feels the weight of finding a cure for those infected. The story movies quickly, and if you enjoy vampire flix and think there should be more, overall this one should satisfy. Cool action, strong cinematography, and Will Smith is in form (seriously, he’s does some pulls w/o a shirt and he’s one buff dude!) I’m a fan of Will Smith’s. I think he’s a very talented actor. This movie gives him some great acting opportunities. He’s actually scared, which hasn’t been seen by him at all in action movies previously. He’s upset, frustrated, angry, funny, driven and boarding on insanity. But why his character is so driven is never explained or answered. The character feels it’s completely his responsibility to “fix” this situation, but we all know it did not come about because of him. I think that would have been a great plotline, where he feels the weight of responsibility because he IS responsible. There’s plenty of scenes that made the audience jump with fright. The bad guys are intimidating, and there is some suspense, but overall it felt like this movie was trying to be something else. I think very much it was an attempt to be Children of Men but with heavy action and vampires. The movie is being tagged as a sci-fi, but other than the premise that this is a few years in the future and the inciting problem is biological in nature, I don’t see the science in this fiction. There’s not enough action to call it an action movie, and not enough horror to call it a horror movie. Will Smith is great to watch, but I don’t think this movie lives up to the hype. In the Omega Man I’ve read that the head of the bad guys wants to kill the protagonist because that character represents science and that’s what’s caused them to become these monsters. The bad guys here are just really fast strong bad guys seemingly only motivated by the desire for blood. The main bad guy, who is not given any type of name, starts to show intelligence and a desire to get at Smith’s character personally, but that’s as far as we get. The bad guy is intimidating, and really starts to become scary as we realize he’s showing that he’s making plans! But that’s as far as we get. There’s no dialogue from the bad guys. Again, they’re just really fast, strong vampires. How are they so fast and strong? Because. That’s what I took from this movie, it’s good because. It’s fun because. It’s scary because. I believe the because it’s Will Smith is supposed to be what followers, but when Smith announced that he had the project for 10 years, I was hoping for more than because, but what we get is a fun little action pick sure to rake in tens of millions of dollars, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with paying the bills while having some fun too. One last note; the “experience” of seeing this film was great! My son came in on the bus. It was dark and rainy and we were running late. Literally running because we were late. The movie started at 7 pm and we were 10 New York City blocks from the theater at 6:50. We ran there, got squished into a huge crowd and struggled to find seats in a room not designed as a theater but a basketball arena. The ushers were struggling as well, since this event was apparently way over booked. My son and I decided to go up front and we were three rows back and to the side of the screen. Terrible seating for watching a movie, but great seating to watch my son get star struck as the celebrities filed by. I am very thankful for this experience to SQT for having her contact at Warner Bros send me tickets! A great night overall!

Monday, December 10, 2007

First Knight Rider, and now This?!

It had to happen. With the popularity of "reality" television over the last several years, it was only a matter of time until "American Gladiators" made it back to television in an attempt to out-muscle the original. At first glance, I thought there was no way I was going to watch this. But now I admit I'm kind of curious. I'm sure no one besides myself has failed to notice that we, as a country, have become..rather..er...portly. But "reality" TV never fails to portray the image of the average American as supremely buffed and surgically enhanced. Needless to say I'm interested in seeing what the competitors look like, but I'm dying to see what 21st Century gladiators look like. This should be interesting. OH, and the names! Anyone remember Zap? How about Malibu? OMG! I have to watch this just to see what the names are going to be.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Guest Review: Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Texas Boy Blue did me a huge favor and read & reviewed "Let Me In" for me. Be sure to CHECK IT OUT. Also, the book giveaway for "Darwin's Paradox" ends on Tuesday, so be sure to get your entries in! Oh, and Robert at the "Fantasy Book Critic" has another awesome giveaway going on. This time it's a set of Robin Hobb's "Soldier Son" trilogy. Sign up now! (you know I do)

Winners! Tickets to see "I Am Legend" Premier

Joseph Pernice and Cary Abbott Are the lucky winners. I have sent your addresses to my contact who will mail them off immediately. I hope you have a great time at the premier, and be sure to tell all of us how it was!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Movie Premier Tickets to "I Am Legend" at Madison Square Garden Up For Grabs!

Okay, this is kind of short notice, but I was just told that I could offer 2 tickets (1 ticket admits 2 people) to the premier of "I Am Legend" at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 11th! Isn't that great?! I'm in California and I can't go but this is a great opportunity for all you New Yorkers (or those willing/able to travel to New York on short notice...) to glam it up for an evening and maybe meet a few movie stars. To enter, send me an email with your name and address so I can pick a winner by Friday before 1:00 Eastern Time (that way the tickets can get to the winners on time) and I'll randomly draw names and announce the winners on Friday December 7th. *NOTE- It's really important that I get contact info by tomorrow morning so the tickets can go out on time. I am going to pick the winners early since so many people don't want to leave their address prior to winning the contest. If I don't receive addresses promptly, I will pass the ticket(s) on to someone else. GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I'm Already All Atwitter

(book givaways listed at end of post too!) It's really hard to find any information on the forthcoming Batman movie, "The Dark Knight." I kind of keep a constant eye out on YouTube and the official sites, but there isn't much out there yet. Maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit since the movie won't be out until Summer of '08, but I loved "Batman Begins" so much it's hard to wait. Movie Web does have some images (that I obviously have posted here) to tide us over until the movie comes out. I am especially fascinated by Heath Ledger as The Joker. The only thing I liked about the original Batman movie was Jack Nicholson as The Joker but, as in everything he does, he was so quinticentially Jack that I am interested to see how Ledger does in the role.

Um, (pointing to left side of face....) you have a little lipstick smeared right around here.... That's not a Harley is it? Mmmm, Christian Bale. I thought purple suits went out with Prince.... Robert over at Fantasy Book Critic has THREE awesome book giveaways going on right now. He's giving away three sets of Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt series, one set of David Gemmell's "Troy" trilogy and three copies of Anne McCaffrey/Todd McCaffrey's "Dragon Harper." I am also giving away a copy of "Darwin's Paradox" on my Book Review Blog, so check that one out as well!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Will the real nerd girls please stand up, please stand up, please STAND up!

This parody of a nerd girl dating line is hilarious. 1-900-NERD-GIRL I've kinda been on an Underworld marathon for the past few days, I own all but two seasons of Smallville (plus some other sci-fi shows) and I actually played little men with a guy friend when he showed me his extensive Dragonball action figure collection. But I don't dress up in silly costumes. Does that make me a real-life nerd girl??? And if so, will all my fellow nerd girls please stand up?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Forgive me....

.....for my absence. I've had some family drama going on. It's mostly settled now and I can get back to my normal life. I have a book to giveaway and I'll try to get that up ASAP-- along with some current posts. Thanks for understanding.