Friday, May 30, 2008

Awesome List: Amazons from Space, Jack Sparrow tells all, flying gorillas, Moon Town, Keira does Shakespeare, and much much more

"Amazons from Space" and other stories

I never had this Wonder Woman one, but I had a couple of these superhero records (like this Hulk book-and-record one) when I was a kid. Clicking either of those links will take you to the Power Records blog where you'll find tons of these things. Very cool site.

Indiana Jones makes everything better


Jack Sparrow tells all

Confessions of a Disneyland Captain Jack. It's an extremely interesting behind-the-scenes look into the challenges of adapting a drunken, horny pirate to a family setting without losing the initial appeal. Be sure to read all the way to the end. It sounds like he's complaining in parts, but it's got a very sweet finish.
Disney wanted us to tone Jack down, so they put us through an acting class to discover reasons why Jack walks and talks the way he does. Obviously he is based on Keith Richards, who’s always messed up, which is why they came up with the class. “Don’t be flirtatious,” they told us. “See women as trouble.” And they said as far as alcohol goes, don’t even mention drinking. But the Pirates of the Caribbean song is all about drinking, and they’re drinking all along the ride. So I eventually broke that rule, because it would have taken me out of character. When parents took pictures, I’d say, “Everyone say ‘rum,’ ” and the parents loved it.
Flying gorillas

Do you remember my raving about Gene Gonzales' flying gorilla? Turns out its for Perils on Planet X, so we can thank Christopher Mills and be even more excited about his and Gene's comic.

Moon Town

"Moon Town is a series of science-fiction episodes being created by writer/director Steve Ogden. He is planning to use a 'Production-Based' approach to developing the series, in hopes of keeping down the production cost and amount of time it takes to develop each episode. Look for finished episodes to be released online in serial form. The first episode, "Arrival," is slated for completion in Spring 2008." (Thanks, SF Signal!)

Tintin movies a trilogy

Sounds like Spielberg's directing the first one, Peter Jackson's got the second one, and they're co-directing the last.

I've never seen a review of an action figure doll before

At least, not one this in depth. Lots of great pictures too. It really is a great-looking doll.

Devil May Care

The new Bond novel is out. I had my hands on it the other night at Borders, but decided I didn't have time to read it right now. Besides, I'm saving up for the Fleming hardcovers. Devil May Care is definitely on my list though.

"So young, my lord, and true."

It's no secret that we like Keira Knightley around here. And thanks to a re-watch of Emma and her performance in Iron Man, I'm kinda developing a crush on Gwyneth Paltrow too. Put them together with Anthony Hopkins and you've got a can't-miss King Lear. The only thing that could make it better would be for Kenneth Branagh to write, direct, and produce, but we'll give this Joshua Michael Stern fella a chance too.

Hulk connections

Saw Iron Man again last night and dang it if I didn't forget to look for Captain America's shield at the appropriate time. I thought about it as the movie started and then got sucked in and didn't think again about Easter eggs. (Or maybe I was just way distracted by Gwyneth Paltrow.)

I'll probably do the same with The Incredible Hulk, which is going to have plenty of its own Easter eggs and connections to other Marvel movies.


Siskoid said...

Is that really Cap's shield?

Not as big a fan of Knightly as you are (she's the poor man's Kate Winslet), but Paltrow is another matter entirely. It's about time King Lear got the big modern movie treatment (now if someone can stage an effective MacBeth...).

So that's two for Hopkins if I count Titus...

snell said...

Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet or Gwyneth Paltrow? Damn, we men face such tough choices...

Siskoid...yes, the President of Marvel Entertainment confirmed that it was indedd Cap's shield in Stark's lab. And since the upcoming Cap movie is set during WWII, there's all kinda "hmmm" going on.

Patrick Stewart's MacBeth is getting rave huzzahs on Broadway...will somoeone film it??

Michael May said...

"Not as big a fan of Knightly as you are (she's the poor man's Kate Winslet)"

You and my wife should start a club! :D

Oh, wow, how cool would a Macbeth film be? Who's got Branagh's phone number?


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