Aug
26
2017
4

Tweet of the Day, Inspiration Has Now Struck edition.

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Aug
25
2017
7

Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage remake to start filming in 2018.

Next year. …First off: wow.  It’s 2017! I forget that we’re in the future now, sometimes.  All of the books that I read as a kid liked this time period for near-future stories — and not a one of ’em got it right.  Less space travel, hella better computers. Seriously, I think that we have better ones than the ones on Star Trek: TOS*. (more…)

Aug
19
2017
6

Scenes from Marvel’s Shadow War with Fox over Fantastic Four.

I missed this for some reason, but: there’s been some allegations cropping up that Marvel has been sabotaging their own Fantastic Four comic book line because the movies keeping sucking so bad. Said allegations are coming from Fantastic Four writer Jonathan Hickman, so you’ll need to take that with a grain of salt, there. Still:

”I think it’s pretty common knowledge at this point that Marvel isn’t publishing Fantastic Four because of their disagreement with Fox,” Hickman explained. “While it bums me out, I completely understand because, well, it isn’t like they’re not acting out of cause. Fox needs to do a better job there.”

Hickman’s reasoning seems to imply that Marvel did indeed drop the FF because of the Fox films – not necessarily for financial reasons, but because the most recent reboot was both critically and financially unsuccessful, and failed to reflect well on Marvel’s comic books. Marvel still publishes an entire line of X-Men comic books, for example, despite Fox also controlling that franchise’s film rights.

…is a potent argument, not least because the movies have been really, really bad. (more…)

Aug
03
2017
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Could… could DC be planning to NOT screw up the live-action (Teen) Titans show?

Mayyyyybe:

EXCLUSIVE: Australian newcomer Teagan Croft has landed one of the leads, the series regular role of Raven, in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. The series is slated to premiere in 2018 as one of the first series that will launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

Here’s the thing: Teagan Croft is 13.  Which is compatible with a Teen Titans show, and it also suggests that we’re going to get something that’s, you know, family-friendly and whatnot. Because I don’t care if it’s direct-to-consumer, people are going to start screaming if they sexualize characters being portrayed by nigh-literal tweens.

Also, Teagan Croft’s facial features just kind of looks right for Raven. They’ll need to dye her hair, of course. But that’s easy enough.

Jul
28
2017
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Hey! I have a Patreon!

Just your semi-regular reminder:

 

Jul
18
2017
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So, Big Hero 6 is coming to Disney XD.

I tentatively have hope for this Disney series.  Big Hero 6 was an excellent cyber-prep flick and I’m a sucker for Better Super-Heroing Through Applied Chemistry.  A television series might serve to get my kids more enthusiastic about science and technology and so forth — OK, OK, I want to watch it on my own.  Sue me. (more…)

Jul
07
2017
4

In the Mail: The Arte Mephitic.

The Arte Mephitic started out for me as being an indulgence – a tale of the Cthulhu Mythos, told in verse form and then bound in a book, complete with woodcuts – but it could actually be helpful in a gaming context.  Hand the book over and let the players try to puzzle out directly what’s the wheat, and what’s the chaff.  Not that that would be entirely fair, given that your players are probably not as versed in occultism and research as their characters are, but it’s still cool to have props. (more…)

Jun
30
2017
1

Hollywood actor hires another black dude to play him at Hollywood premiere…

…and guess what happened?

Hannibal Buress portrays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he apparently wanted to skip the premiere so he hired an imposter instead. I’d like to say it was a look-alike, but that was definitely not the case here because the guy looked nothing like the comedian…

For the most part, it seems that nobody noticed, which is strange because [hired impersonator Joe] Carroll looks nothing at all like Hannibal Buress except for the fact that they are both black and have shaved heads.

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Jun
24
2017
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Ooh. They got Rachel Kahn to illustrate the Yellow King RPG.

I just noticed that.  Rachel Kahn is, of course, the artist behind By Crom!, whose “Then you must go and GET some” print would be up on my wall if there were any prints available for sale.  In fact… oh, excellent: it is.

Anyway, she’s doing some of the art for the Yellow King RPG, and she certainly deserves the work, so check it out.  …Some more, I guess.  Sorry. I’ve been reading through the pre-release files, and this is really going to be something special in terms of a multi-layered RPG campaign. Also, I’ve been playing Secret World Legends all day, and my brain is kind of fried. So everything is awesome and cool and that sort of thing, savvy?

Jun
23
2017
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Just got word an old friend died.

I don’t know how much fuss they want to make about it in public – I saw it on Facebook – so I’m not going to get into it. I feel bad about it not just because the person was an old friend, but because I got involved in some stupid drama when I was younger and said a couple of things that I wish that I had apologized for. Nothing horrifying, but in retrospect I was definitely a mild jackwagon. I regret not saying that I was sorry when I had the chance.

So don’t be like me, hey?

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Jun
21
2017
8

Tweet of the Day, This Is A True Thing edition.

And there’s only one decent way to get around it:

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