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12th January 2006
Batman Begins sequel rumor
I've read a rumor that the next villain for the next Batman movie would be Talia Head. If it's true I'm all for it.
1st January 2006
Happy New Year! 2006
It's a new year and we are still all alive and well. 2005 has been a better year than the past two. Let's hope 2006 is even better. :
Yesterday I got my Xmas present from my brother in New York in the mail. It was a copy of the Bruce Springsteen Born To Run box set. I have to say, it was one of my better presents so far. The documentary of the making of Born To Run is great. It's not like the usual album doc. It's like a real feature. I have to thank my brother the next time I talk to him.
30th December 2005
Without A Trace
I'm hooked yet again. As of this time last year, I discovered a TV show on DVD. Last year it was 24. I watched the first three seasons on DVD in about three weeks. Fast forward to today, I got hooked on to Without A Trace. I am watching the first season right now. I have rented the discs from Netflix. So far, so good.
29th December 2005
2005 Box office.
2005 was a bad year for the movies. There was a slump in attendance. The general audience who would normally go to the movies, decided to wait for it on DVD. Makes sense when it comes to some movies. The whole movie going experience isn't as great as it used to be. The ticket prices are high. It's even more expensive when you have to take your family. The concession stand prices suck. People talk during the movie or their cell phones goes off. It's a total drag. Sometimes it's not worth the $10 to deal with it. :
As for the movies that did make money, here a list of the top 20 big money makers as of today.
1. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - $380,270,577
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire WB $281,877,727
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - $249,524,985
4. War of the Worlds - $234,280,354
5. Wedding Crashers - $209,255,921
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - $206,459,076
7. Batman Begins - $205,343,774
8. King Kong - $194,159,990
9. Madagascar - $193,595,521
10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - $186,336,279
11. Hitch - $179,495,555 3,575
12. The Longest Yard - $158,119,460
13. Fantastic Four - $154,696,080
14. Chicken Little - $132,863,585
15. Robots - $128,200,012
16. The Pacifier - $113,086,868
17. The 40-Year-Old Virgin - $109,449,237
18. Walk the Line - $95,741,655
19. Flightplan - $89,296,843
20. Saw II - $87,039,965
27th December 2005
Best of 2005
Movies - :
I have yet to see Brokeback Mountain, Munich, Good Night, Good Luck but here it goes. As of 12/26/05
2. Batman Begins
3. A History Of Violence
4. The Chronicles Of Narnia
5. Sin City
6. The 40 year Old Virgin
7. March Of The Penguins
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm
4. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
5. My Name Is Earl
7. The Office
8. Boston Legal
9. RockStar: INXS
20th September 2005
Well, I did go to the U2 concert. But I was hospitalized the week before the show. I was released from the hospital on a Friday and went to the concert on Saturday. I know that was pretty wild. I surprised a lot of folks.
18th March 2005
Zoo TV Now broadcasting
It's been all U2 at our house lately. I've been getting myself psyched for the concert that coming in two weeks. I've been playing their songs on the iPod and listening to Achtung Baby. They were on the Simpsons earlier this evening.
I saw them back in 2001 during their Elevation tour. I liked the show but I felt like there was nothing new about it. to be fair it was the beginning of the tour. My brother saw them on their second leg of the same tour. He said it was a great show.
9th March 2005
More crossover thoughts.
I'm still trying to find a good plot for my NLOEG tale. I've got more of ideas then an actual story. I know what characters I want to do. I know what sort of events takes place in the three acts. I just don't know how I'm going to link all three universes of CSI, 24 and the X-Files. When it comes to the characters, I do know that Dana Scully will not be in it. I don't want to use her. If Grissom is in it, there is no point in using Scully. I want to use more than three characters (Grissom, Jack Bauer and Mulder) for the new League, ut who else are there? Buffy Summers? No. It's a bit too wild. She wouldn't fit into the story I'd like to tell. I want to stick with television characters. Maybe Lex Luthor from Smallville.
8th March 2005
Crossover ideas or The New League of Extraordinay Gentlemen
I've been thinking crossover stories for fun again. Here's a new one I have: :
Government cover up
That's all I've got so far.
I'm hearing things
So I'm listening to : For Good
from the show Wicked. As the song goes, LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM ORBIT
AS IT PASSES A SUN
LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A BOULDER
HALFWAY THROUGH THE WOOD
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD
I hear the doorbell ring. I got check the door, but no one is there. I then suspect the song. I play it again. I was right it. It was in the song.
Maybe it was a prelude to Ding Dong The Witch is dead
Or maybe I'm just reading into it too much.
I don't know, I'm fucking old!
2nd March 2005
The X-Files - Revisited
The X-Files is considered one of the best sci0fi genre TV shows of all time. I will have to agree to a point. I did think that the last three season of the show were weak. Today while I was channel surfing, I caught the show on the Sci-Fi channel. It's an episode I haven't seen from the final season. The sans Mulder season. So far the episode isn't very interesting. :
I have noticed that the Sci-Fi channel has lame programming. They have this made for TV movie coming called "Mansquito". Part man, part mosquito.
Remember that Chris Carter Tv show? I think the show was a head of it's time. Yes, it was a bit too dark for the audience of that time. People were looking for another X-files which it wasn't. If Carter put out Millennium now, it would be a hit for Fox. I say this because of shows that are out now like CSI, Without A Trace and The Medium. All procedural shows.
All His Engines
My wife bought Hellblazer: All His Engines for Valentine's day. I just finished reading it. I'm not a huge fan of Mike Carey, but this has got to be one of the best Hellblazer stories i've ever read. It John at his best. I liked the idea of Chas having a bigger role. It did seem like DC/Vertigo told Carey to write a OGN that would be continuity free to draw it new readers. Anyway, it was good stuff.
27th February 2005
This past year wasn't a movie going year for me. I've hardly seen anything at the theater. So, when it cam to watching tonight's Academy Awards Ceremony, I couldn't care less who won best picture.I am happy for Clint Eastwood in winning for Million Dollar Baby. I usually root for Clint anyway. Chris Rock was really good as the host. I think the Oscars should have Jerry Seinfled host some year. He'd be really fun to watch. I noticed that Bill Conti ( the show's music conductor) played the theme of "The Terminator" three times during the show. :
Today was by birthday. I didn't do too much. I felt pretty lazy and turned down a lot of invitations to lunch. I did get a few DVDs from my brother and some cool junk from my wife. I thank you both.
23rd February 2005
Last night was the "Tribal counsel" episode of American Idol. Four contestants were going to leave the competition. I thought it was messed up to ask the person who had the least votes " Now, what must be going through your mind'? Cecrest, You moron! What do you think they were thinking? :
Oh, this must be the point where Peter Fundt comes out and say's "Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"
They are thinking, America thinks I suck as a singer. the worst part is when Cecrest asks them to sing the same song they blew it on.
"Now, can you take us out with that same song you fucked up on?"
Anyway, I'm glad Carrie Underwood and the guy who looks like Black Francis from The Pixies is still in it. They are my favorites.
I'm a sucker for that show. It's a guilty pleasure.
Last Call For Hero Happy Hour... For Now :
Costa Mesa, CA - February 23, 2005 - GeekPunk, the independent comic book publishers of the critically acclaimed and fan favorite superhero comedy comic book Hero Happy Hour, regrets to announce that the title is now on a temporary hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.
Due to unforeseeable circumstances, GeekPunk and the creative team of Dan Taylor and Chris Fason will temporarily be unable to publish future issues of Hero Happy Hour. "Unfortunately," Hero Happy Hour writer and co-creator Dan Taylor states, "both Chris Fason, artist and co-creator, and I have experienced life changing events - both good and bad - that have forced us to forfeit our independent self-publishing efforts."
Taylor adds, "I want to express the most sincere gratitude to every reader that took a chance on us by picking up a copy of our comic book, to the loyal readers that stood behind the title and helped spread the word, and to the helpful people within the comic book industry: writers, artists, publishers, and distributors that stood in our corner and backed us up. We will forever be in your debt."
"I'd like to say thank you to everyone that has supported Hero Happy Hour and GeekPunk," says Hero Happy Hour artist and co-creator Chris Fason. "Hero Happy Hour is not ending and GeekPunk will continue. Unfortunately, due to life circumstances involving family and a real money job, I am unable to continue as HHH's regular artist. It's not fair to you as fans or Dan as my collaborator to say that I am going to try and do a bi-monthly or even a quarterly book when I know that I am unable. Making comics is truly a great experience and joy that I share with Dan and on some level; I plan to keep making them. Comics take a lot of love and time when you're just starting out, and though I have plenty of love I just don't allow myself the time to produce the volume necessary to be a part of a regularly scheduled book. Again, thanks to everyone for all the support and kind words and thanks to Dan for helping make at least one goal a reality."
While Hero Happy Hour may be on hiatus, the property is far from over according to Taylor. "While there is no current time schedule set, my plans are to re-launch Hero Happy Hour as a comic book once again as soon as I possibly can, in addition to other projects that I am currently working on. I'm in the process of looking for a new artist to take on Chris Fason's art chores. Also, finding another publisher to help deliver the title on a more regular basis is also a definite possibility. Hero Happy Hour will find its way back onto comic book store shelves and into the hands of readers looking for a fun alternative to superhero comic books." Plans also continue to move forward regarding the Hero Happy Hour property as a possible animated television series.
Hero Happy Hour #5 "Reality Shots" and the 2004 Hero Happy Hour Super Special, both published in the summer of 2004 are not the last that readers will see of the regular gang of superheroes that hang out at The Hideout Bar & Grill. Digital Webbing Presents #22, to be published by Digital Webbing in March 2005 (Diamond Code: NOV04 2610) will feature the first full color story written by Dan Taylor with art by Chris Fason and Ralph Hedon. Also, the Hero Happy Hour back-up story entitled "I Thought This Place Had a Cellar" by Josh Fialkov and Scott Keating that was originally scheduled to appear in the cancelled Hero Happy Hour #6 will now be appearing in the Free Comic Book Day issue of Mortal Coils Presents Free Bodies FCBD Edition by Caption Box.
"The last two and a half years have been amazing," says Taylor. "Again, I want to thank everyone who helped play a part in making the dreams of two guys who had no idea what they were doing in achieving their dream of publishing a comic book. I owe each and every one of you a drink. Cheers. And, keep an eye out for the return of Hero Happy Hour."
First and foremost, GeekPunk is a publisher of comic books. We could be called small press, self-published, or independent. But, we prefer the term guerrilla publishers. Formed in order to publish the comic book Hero Happy Hour, GeekPunk hopes to continue to publish additional issues of Hero Happy Hour in the future as well as producing and publishing other entertaining comic books for those looking for something different. For additional information visit the GeekPunk web site at www.geekpunk.com.
Hootie and the Chicken Sandwich
I saw a new commercial for Burger King. It had Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish in a country/western cowboy outfit playing guitar. he was singing about some new item they have a Burger King. :
Remember when Hootie & the Blowfish were on top of the music world? How the mighty have fallen.
22nd February 2005
The storm continues here. We had some thunder today. This happened while my daughter was singing along to her "Wicked" CD. I thought it was funny because the thunder struck at a dramatic point of "Defying Gravity". It was like my kid summoned the thunder as a source of power to make a point to her song (I think you'd have to know the song to get it). :
This evening before dinner she decided to be an animal activist. She drew a picture of a cheetah. Next to it was a picture of a woman wearing a cheetah spotted coat crossed out. Above it all it said "Save The Cheetah".
Later before bed, we watch a little bit of American Idol. She said she wanted to go on that show. I asked her what song would she pick?
"Would you sing How am I Supposed to Live Without You?" I asked.
She said No. "A bunch of other people has done that same song on the show already."
The way it's going, it looks like I'll be picking up my new comics this weekend. It will be two weeks of new comics. I'm still far behind in read last weeks comics. I still have to read the past few issues of Ex Machina, The Authority and The Fantastic Four. I did get around to read Captain America, Gotham Central and The Hulk.
21st February 2005
Rainy days and Mondays...
Today was the start of my daughter's Presidents week vacation. What a way for a vacation to start but with rain. This afternoon, I took her to see my mom. My mom has been out of the country for over a month. I was good to see her. She brought back clothes and shoes for my kid and my wife. :
While my kid was at my mom's, I decided to check out the local Borders bookstore. The place was very busy. i guess it's because of President's day. (It seems everyone had that day off except people in retail and my wife).I saw the Constantine : Hellblazer comic adaptation and started to flip through it. While I was looking at it, a strange fat guy started to talk to me. He was making suggestions on what Hellblazer comics I should read. I had a few questions about Mike Carey's run. Before he would answer my question, he would walk away a few feet and come back with an answer. He said it was good. He said Carey brought back the horror element to the title. After a few more words, I went my own way. I guess I'll pick up the first trade of Carey's run. A friend of mine say's Carey's run is dull. I guess I'll have to judge for myself.
18th February 2005
Constantine - What I thought
When I first found out that the title character Constantine was going to be played by Keanu Reeves, I had no interest in seeing it. I thought he was wrong for the character I knew from the Hellblazer comics. But after some positive reviews on the internet, I started to get hyped about it. :
A friend of mine saw it last night at some screening in L.A.. He said it sucked. This coming from a Hellblazer purist. He pointed out things that Constantine did in the movie that he would never do in the comics. Hearing this worried me. He said I should still check it out and make my own opinion about it.
So, I went in with an open mind (Sorta). I must say, I came away from it liking the movie a lot.
First and foremost it's NOT a Hellblazer movie. The movie is LOOSELY based on the comic book. It's more like how Blade was. Constantine is to demons like Blade is to vampires. The special effects were really good. Hell looked scary. The souls suffering in Hell was disturbing. I liked the story. Reeves was good as his version of Constantine. I didn't think of Neo or Ted "Theodore" Logan. He had the spirit of the Constantine from the comics.
Overall, Constantine is a good horror/action thriller. I think it holds it's own when it comes to the genre.Back to top
I got into my car today to drive for my next doctor appointment.When I turned on the car, the music of the Gin Blossoms came on. The CD was in the car's player. Man, I haven't heard that band in ages. I guess my wife put it in there. That band brings back some good memories. Gin Blossoms were a band my wife and I liked a lot when we first started dating. It was sort of "our" band. I know it sounds corny, but I'm sure a lot of couples have that same thing going. I think f my wife when I hear "Hey Jealousy" and "Until I Fall Away". :
I don't know what ever happened to that band. One hit wonder syndrome, I guess. I did think they had a solid song with "Until I Hear It From You" from the Empire Records" soundtrack.
17th February 2005
The Fantastic Six!
One of my daughter's favorite things to play with right now are Polly Pockets. Polly Pockets are hand size dolls that have inner changeable clothes and dresses. The other day she got this Party Van to go with her dolls. It's a Van that can change into a dance/night club. It's cool. the dance floor plays three different dance beats. The floor also lights up along with the beats. So, we've been playing with that for a few days. Today I decided to change things a bit and turn our Polly Pockets characters into the Fantastic Four ( Plus one other doll and a toy dog). We named the little dolls Reed, Susan, Ben, Johnny, Sabrina and Speedy (The dog). I think we played this game for two hours. I know there a break in between for dinner. I don't know why I chose the Fantastic Four. i usually don't incorporate comic book stuff unless we are playing with comic book action figures. I guess I got bored of teens going to a dance club and drinking fruit smoothies
15th February 2005
After two months, I finally did a follow up with one of the doctors who saw me in the hospital back in December. All things look good so far. He does want to see him again, but in a month. He will be following my condition through my primary care physician. :
My brother called me today and said he finally saw an episode of Desperate Housewives. he loved it. I've been telling him to see it since the beginning. Let's see if I can get him to watch Lost.
14th February 2005
Batman & Supernanny.
I just finished reading Ed Brubaker's "Batman: The Man Who Laughs". It has got to be one of the greatest Batman/Joker stories I've ever read. If they ever reboot the Batman/Joker story in the movies, they should adapt that story. :
Batman: The Man Who Laughs tells the story of the first meeting between Batman and The Joker. It happens sometime between Batman Year One and The Killing Joke. It is told from the point of view of Captain Jim Gordon and Batman. Both on the trail of The Joker's killing spree of "random" rich people. Like the story "The Laughing Fish", The Joker broadcasts his terror of who he will kill on T.V.. The threat of the Joker is very real and has Gordon and Batman racing against time to stop him from killing again. The climax is exciting and a huge pay off.
Ed Brubaker has outdone himself. I don't think any Batman story from the past ten years can match this. I think I'm going to email him to say how much I loved it.
In other news...
I've just got hooked on the reality show Supernanny. I don't know why. I guess I like seeing tips on how to deal with unruly children. The thing is, I haven't had the same problems with my daughter as they have shown on the show. The kids are little monsters. The parents have no control. The kids are walking all over them. The parents show no authority at all. I do take mental notes for future preferences.
13th February 2005
Gay Marriage should be banned!
I found this on a message board... :
Why homosexual marriage should be banned:
1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control.
2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can't legally get married because the world needs more children.
3. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful, since Britney Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.
5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are property, blacks can't marry whites, and divorce is illegal.
6. Gay marriage should be decided by people not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.
7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
10. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why single parents are forbidden to raise children.
11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms because we haven't adapted to cars or longer life spans.
12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a "separate but equal" institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans worked just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians will.