Monthly Archives: July 2011

Irreverent and scary: the other comic con movies

Total Recall

Set to come out in 2012 with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. From Rotten Tomatoes:

“Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) jumps into the remake game with this retooling of Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, originally brought to the big screen by Paul Verhoeven in the 1990 sci-fi action eye-popper starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell stars as a blue-collar worker whose grip on his own identity breaks down after realizing…”

Star Wars

The Complete Saga – 9 discs on Blu-ray – I know what you’re thinking and I too already own too 7 sets of Star Wars movies. But, you have to watch these trailers, I mean you have to. They are that good.

2011 Comic Con sneak peekofficial trailer

Available September 16

Charlie’s Angels

An upcoming ABC series, Thurs 8pm – Three beautiful women, a former Miami police officer, a mysterious street racer, and a well-to-do thief, are given a chance at redemption when they are recruited by an anonymous millionaire named Charlie Townsend to solve crimes while struggling with their own personal problems, love lives and each others’ friendship.

The Raven

Starring John Cusack, to come out in 2012. From IMDB -  IMDB: “A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.”

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

the full poem

Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro is a legend in the sci-fi, horror, and monster genres and it’s easy see why. Here is his proclamation’s at the 2011 Comic Con, from The Hollywood Reporter:

Del Toro is working on the robot-monster film Pacific Rim and said of Legendary’s involvement in the project, “It’s a miracle finding a company that has the energy, the ambition, the balls to make movies the way we want to make them.”

The director lived up to the wild cheers that had greeted him in the hall (in Spanish and English alike) by making a promise to his fans: “It is my duty to commit to film the finest f—ing monsters ever committed to film. And secondly – I make the pledge to create the greatest f—ing robots ever committed to film.”

Not much out about the movie, except this one sentence plot and the military insignia picture: “When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence,giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.”

Tintin

It’s an old character being reinvented through animation. Not many probably know of this small time hero, unless you live in France, Belgium, or Germany where he is huge. Perhaps this is solely an international play?

The film does have two names big enough to get me to see it: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Tintin comes out this December.

Need a Spotify invite?

Ok, I’m not promising anything here but I am 2 for 2.

Both times I received a Spotify invite in my email pretty fast.

The backstory is that Ashton Kutcher is a big fan of Spotify and he tweeted his fanboy-ism. Then his millions of twitter followers were like, “we want to try!”

The company replied by creating an invite page just for him. The perks of being a superstar.

So, if you visit this site and put in your email an invite could be coming your way (may takes a few hours):

An exclusive invitation to join Spotify from @aplusk

Top Events for the US Open of Surfing 2011

Welcome to the 2011 US Open of Surfing!

The party officially starts today with check-ins for the athletes and the big on-beach retail stores opening up. Though, with a big swell hitting right now most are probably in the water.

If you’re looking to attend I pulled together my favorite, must-see events, check ‘em out:

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Geeks on a train

If you ever have a chance to geek-out, don’t hesitate to take it. There is nothing greater, no more pure joy than that.

Ok, maybe there is romance and you’re child being born, but we are talking about geeks here.

Andrew Garfield in his own Spider-Man costume (w/ fanny pack) at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego

I revel in these moments and seek them out, like the recent Harry Potter opening night, yeah it was so wizard.

  • The upcoming iPhone 5 release…already making plans to camp-out at Apple.
  • Obsessing over the upcoming Hobbit movie.
  • Even, waking up at 7 am with the dawn patrol to watch the early heats at the US Open of Surfing.

I am the king of geek moments. You will rarely find me in the VIP line or at the trendy spot but every geek moment I own.

Comic Con is definitely one of those moments with so much to enjoy like reading Jon Favreau’s movie premiere diaries, Snow White battles, and the release of new Spider-Man/Batman flicks.

So, if you’re just dying to attend you have to do this: Geeks on a train.

“Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner makes the 128-mile journey from Los Angeles to San Diego in two hours and 45 minutes…Fifty-one weeks a year, the train takes vacationers south to Sea World or north to Universal Studios. For one weekend in July, though, boarding the Pacific Surfliner is as close as you can come to climbing into the Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Platform 9¾.”

Then you get on the train…

“This is the first moment you know you’re among your people. What’s bulging in that duffel bag over there? An elvish sword? A Klingon bat’leth? Look at the reading material: comics, manga, graphic novels, a stolen superhero movie screenplay” – click to keep reading the full story by Big Bang Theory’s co-creator.

It sounds like geek dream heaven to me. If things work out next year I will be on this train and I hope to see you there.

Ginormous nuclear haul from California to Utah

Today the largest truck ever to travel in California transports a nuclear steam generator weighing 750,000 pounds to Utah. The 50 foot long turbine is classified as nuclear waste and is travelling on a truck with 192 tires to a nuclear waste dump in Utah.

The story of the journey is fascinating. A large police escort follows it the whole way. The truck can only travel 15 mph and is so long it can barely turn relying on six robotic pivot points every time. It has one powerful deisel pulling it and two trucks pushing it.

I’m inclined to try to find this truck and bear witness to the behemot (pic), but it’s travelling at night and hoping to avoid the public.

I just love it, there are so many different action adventures movies waiting to be written about it.

To learn more read the OC Register article: Giant nuclear parts: stealth ride to Utah.

The journey starts here in Orange County at my local nuclear power plant in San Onofre, where four new generators were recently installed. The plant is capable of producing 2,200 megawatts and powereing 1.6 million homes.

I’m quite certain that we get our power from a nuclear source which raises some concern for me. Not only do we live in earthquake territory with a nuclear reactor not that far away, but we also sit in a tsunami zone. I definitely need to do some research to see ow safe we are and what to do in the event of emergency.

Snow White: the reboot

Of all the strange things we saw at the 2011 Comic Con, the one I was not prepared for was Snow White — in armor.

From Disney cartoon to dark war story?

It’s true, and there are two Snow White movies coming out. The first, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight fame) involves the damsel in distress turning into an armed warrior (movie site).

The second involves Lily Collins (daughter of Phil Collins) in a Brothers Grimm dark twist, possibly to tell the story in its original grim form.

It’s still a bit early for more details but both are slated for a mid-2012 release. Probably somewhere around the release of the Batman and Spider-Man movies.

The story at Comic Con was one of competition between the Snow Whites, which one will win?

You can reuse all new content on Quora

Quora is a fantastic resource for and I often want to share the info I find. With that in mind I found the following copyright rules on the site:

This is an official Quora policy that reflects the agreed upon conventions of the community

You can reuse all new content on Quora by publishing it anywhere on the web, as long as you link back to the original content on Quora. There are some more details to this specified at http://www.quora.com/about/tos. We wrote this with the interests of contributors in mind:

Subject to these Terms, Quora gives you a worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to re-post any of the Content on Quora anywhere on the rest of the web provided that the Content was added to the Service after April 22, 2010, and provided that the user who created the content has not explicitly marked the content as not for reproduction, and provided that you: (a) do not modify the Content; (b) attribute Quora with a human and machine-followable link (an A tag) linking back to the page displaying the original source of the content on quora.com; (c) upon request, either by Quora or a user, remove the user’s name from Content which the user has subsequently made anonymous; (d) upon request, either by Quora or by a user who contributed to the Content, make a reasonable effort to update a particular piece of Content to the latest version on quora.com; and (e) upon request, either by Quora or by a user who contributed to the Content, make a reasonable attempt to delete Content that has been deleted on quora.com.

Pretty cool.

I also learned that there is a feature authors can use if they want to keep their answers from being published elswhere:

Not for reproduction. The “Not for reproduction” option opts a user’s answer out of the normal reuse license that Quora grants to everyone. If you’re posting about an NFR answer there is not a restriction. However, if you’re copying the contents of an NFR answer to somewhere else on Quora or to anywhere else on the web, the author of the answer might be able to stop you under copyright law, depending on whether your use qualifies as fair use. We don’t police this; it’s the same as if you wrote a blog post that included the contents of someone else’s blog post.