August 2011

Today’s Wallpaper Wednesday is in honor of the DC Reboot which begins today with the first issue of Justice League.

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The mid-season finale gives us a trip to Dubai, a chess tournament, a young prodigy (Ayla Kell), terrorists, a double-cross, and the return of Nate’s (Timothy Hutton) former co-worker and the team’s nemesis. Sterling (Mark Sheppard) comes to Nate for help in keeping a nuclear reactor component out of the hands of some very dangerous people.

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Sideshow Collectibles is now accepting pre-oders on a 12in. Batman figure in the style of Tim Burton’s 1989 film. The figure comes with multiple hands, a grappling gun, a utility belt, smoke bombs, and a light-up figure stand.

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Check out this clip from the TV special “33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee” feartuing Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger brainwashing the Monkees into a plot to take over the world through commercial exploitation. Wow, just wow. They don’t make television like this anymore.

Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll brainwash The Monkees via Boing Boing

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Emerald Warriors closes its run with a team-up with Guy Gardner and Batman aboard a space station. Fans of Justice League International will get the reference (especially after writer spells it out for them in the completely unnecessary final panel).

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Antonio Banderas stars in Pedro Almodóvar‘s lastest film about a brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by tragedy and obsession, who creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez, and Bárbara Lennie also star. The Skin I Live In opens in limited theaters in select cities on October 14th.

The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)

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Vladimir Kush is a surrealist painter and sculptor born in Moscow, Russia, who now has galleries in Hawaii, New York, California, and Las Vegas. Check out more of his work on his official site.

art of Vladimir Kush

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I really enjoyed the first couple of issues of this mini-series about a team of children raised to take down mad scientists. The last couple of issues have lost a little steam, but this finale brings back pieces of what made those first few issues so strong (including killer cyber-bears, a trained battalion of baboons, and cyborgs) as The Intrepids turn their attention on the real villain in their midst, the man who trained and “improved” them: Dante.

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After a mid-season break Doctor Who returns with an episode centered around River Song’s (Alex Kingston) first encounter with the Doctor (Matt Smith). The episode, involving a friend of Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory’s (Arthur Darvill) named Mels (Nina Toussaint-White), a trip to Nazi Germany, and tiny time police in a human-sized robot, has all the markings of a classic Doctor Who serial. And on that level it works well. However, there can be only one episode where River meets the Doctor for the first time, and that means there’s an entirely different scale on which to judge “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

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