August 2009

Marvel goes Disney

by alphamonkey on August 31, 2009 · 1 comment

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It seems Disney has picked up some shares in Marvel Entertainment, Inc., about $4 billion worth. Disney has bought Marvel. Yeah, still working my brain around that, too. You can learn more about the deal here.

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What I want to know is how long before Spidey, Hulk, and Iron Man start showing up at Disney World, along with new theme-rides? This could be your only chance to “ride the Black Widow.” And when can we expect that very special Daisy Duck/Ms. Marvel team-up issue that no one everyone has been waiting for?

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George Clooney’s newest flick, The Men Who Stare at Goats, finally has a trailer. The film, adapted from Jon Ronson’s book, examines the attempts by the U.S. to create psychic soldiers and find ways to tap into the paranormal to fight the War on Terror. The film is directed by writer, and Clooney’s longtime producing partner, Grant Heslov and also stars Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick, and Jeff Bridges. The insanity begins in theaters on November 6th.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

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U.S. Open

by alphamonkey on August 31, 2009

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The U.S. Open begins today. The final of tennis’ four Grand Slams kicks off in a couple hours from Flushing Meadows in New York City at 11:00am (Eastern) on ESPN. (Hey monkey – tennis is the one with small yellow balls and rackets). For scores, highlights, and the chance to watch some of the matches online, check out the official site. This also offers me the opportunity to share this montage of 1991’s U.S. Open which will always be remembered for Jimmy Connor’s remarkable run to the semi-finals at age 39. Enjoy!

1991 US Open Tennis Highlights

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By the time I hit the office I was already bummed out thanks to the NPR report that Reading Rainbow is coming to and end (read and/or listen here).

In recent years the program has struggled acquiring necessary funding. After 26 years of teaching kids a love of reading the show and it’s host, LeVar Burton, will be closing the book for the last time today.

Only Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers have longer tenures on PBS. Though the show is leaving television it leaves behind legions of fans and a strong legacy. Over it’s years the show has taken home 26 Emmy Awards (10 for “Oustanding Children’s Series”) as well as a Peabody Award.

G’night Reading Rainbow (1983-2009)

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taking woodstockAng Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Lust, Caution, The Ice Storm) has crafted some moving films over the years. He’s also responsible for a few which have missed the mark (Hulk, Ride With the Devil). Sadly, his latest is the later. In terms of recreating the scope and magnitude of Woodstock, the film succeeds, but in almost every other way it fails to impress.

In Taking Woodstock, Lee takes on a subject which has been done to death in film and television over the years. Not surprisingly, the director finds it hard to bring anything new to the table.

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No Comic Rack last week so we’ve got two weeks to cover. Let’s get started…

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Batgirl #1 – Disappointment. Stephanie Brown is the new Batgirl. Really DC? You couldn’t find any character more bland to throw into the costume? Unless there’s going to be some kind of Bart Allen swerve (and it better come quick!) this is a really bad idea. Misfit, Squire, Barbara Gordon – all wasting away on the shelf. And you choose the one character already in costume with a defined role? Sigh.

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Frantic 2

by alphamonkey on August 27, 2009

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frantic 2Both teh ‘monkey and I felt the addictive nature of Frantic, and now the creators have returned with Frantic 2 with more options and more auto-fire goodness.

I don’t know whether to thank the folks behind this or damn them for the time I’ll waste on this simple, fun little flash game sequel. Well, I guess I didn’t want to get anything done today.


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national dog daySo, it was National Dog Day yesterday (who knew that was a thing?). The annual holiday “serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”

On a totally unrelated matter check out this pic I found.

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For your enjoyment, here’s a nice little montage looking back at the history of special effects from 1900’s The Enchanted Drawing up to last year’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

100 Years of Special Effects

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baroness galleryOkay, I’ll admit I wasn’t a big fan of the new G.I. Joe flick, but, like many, I did grow up with the old cartoon, toys and comics and have plenty of fond memories of the franchise.

I’ll admit I never though much of The Baroness, at least until I hit puberty, but for those who did Fasthack has a Baroness fangirl gallery especially for you which just might help sooth the disappointment of the recent film.

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