Saturday, July 31, 2004

No Happy Ending for Mike

Mike Tyson, once the most feared fighter in the world, and a 9-1 favorite was knocked out in the fourth round by British heavyweight Danny Williams.

Yeah, Tyson's 38 years old. And yes, Williams outweighed Tyson by over thirty pounds. And it's true that Tyson won the first three rounds on ALL of the judges' score cards. Tyson's people are already blaming the loss on a knee twisted in the first round.

Perhaps they didn't see the flurry of punches Williams unleashed on Iron Mike in the fourth round which left him sitting on the canvas bloodied and beaten.

I was pulling for Tyson. Sometimes I'm not sure why. He had it all and blew it. From what I've read and seen of Mike, I doubt if I'd like to hang around with him for very long. Still he intrigues me. Tyson has a vast knowledge of boxing and a love for the sport and it's history. He WAS the baddest man in the world until he hooked up with Don King. It's like the storybook tale of a kid born with everything against him who overcomes it all... and then loses it

I guess I just keep hoping for a happy ending.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Pleasant Nightmares!

Sammy Terry returns!

If you grew up anywhere in the midwest from the early 60's to the mid 80's you probably made a habit of tuning in on Friday [and later Saturday] nights to watch Sammy Terry's Nightmare Theater. Sammy would introduce horror movies and then return with some commentary after each commercial break. Sammy was one of the first "horror hosts" and definitely had one of the longest running shows.

If you grew up watching Sammy and would love to see him again, or if you never had the chance and want to see what he was all about...

Sammy will have his first official Sammy Terry Live Webcast will be on Friday, July 30th from 9:00 pm to 9:15 pm. The Sammy Terry chat will start at 9:15 pm and run to 10:00 pm. I plan to tune in, and if you love horror movie, hope that you can make it as well.

Until then... I wish you all... "Pleasant Nightmares."

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Transformed by Dance

One of the funniest [and coolest] things that I've seen lately has to do with Transformers.

Yeah, I couldn't believe it either... Transformers!

Even if you're too old or young to have played with them, you're probably aware of 'em. They were toys in the shape of cars, trucks, and just about anything that with a few twists could be, uh, transformed into something else.

At any rate I discovered the link while checking out Dean Trippe's new blog... click on THIS LINK and check out the coolest Transformer ever.

And I swear on all that is good... Big Beatty used to dance just like that!

Calling All Horror Fans

Calling all Horror fans...

Calling all zombie fans...

Calling all George Romero fans...

There' s an interview with George Romero over at AICN. Romero talks about his latest zombie movie and more...

That is all... [for now]...

I Want "Sin City" Now

I can't wait to see Sin City on the big screen.

Frank Miller.

Robert Rodriguez.

Mickey Rourke.

Bruce Willis.

Jessica Alba.

Rosario Dawson.

Benicio Del Toro.

Michael Clarke Duncan.

Josh Hartnett.

Michael Madsen.

Clive Owen.

Nick Stahl.

Elijah Wood.

Whew! This baby is gonna rock.

Don't believe me? Read this interview with Robert Rodriguez [brought to us by Quint at AICN] and you'll be a believer! Man, I can't wait...

Monday, July 19, 2004

Buried Secret Goes to Far

The Sci Fi channel has, for weeks, been advertising an "unauthorized documentary" [some even called it a "disturbing expose" ] about M. Knight Shyamalan. The story was that M. Knight first cooperated, but then tried to shut it down when producers delved too deeply into his personal life. The documentary advertised that it would present a "buried secret."

I'll be the first to admit that the documentary sounded interesting, but something about it just didn't seem right. My wife speculated, a couple of weeks ago, that M. Knight was probably behind the whole thing... and it turns out she was right.

Today the Sci Fi cable network and parent company NBC Universal acknowledged that the documentary was really part of a "guerrilla marketing" hoax that went too far. It seems that "a number of entertainment journalists..." were left "...grumbling after they were duped..."

I watched the special and it was so obvious that the doc was set -up, that anyone who is upset because they were duped should be upset with himself for being so gullible.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Cool Stuff from the Sky Captain

The Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow site is starting to make available more and more cool stuff to get us all psyched for the movie.

In addition to the cool movie poster shown to the left, has six others that are just as cool. [Well... most of them are.]

JoBlo also has several images from the movie.

The official site has a new trailer, which looks even better than the teaser did.

There's also a cool clip of an undersea battle available at Apple's trailer site for Sky Captain.

I really don't know how Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is going to do at the box office, but I do know that I can't wait to see it.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Land of the Dead Dawns

The cheers that you've been hearing may be from horror fans around the world.

It's been announced that George Romero is finally going to get to see his fourth "Living Dead" movie make it to the big screen! Written and directed by George his-own-bad-self, it'll be titled Land of the Dead. [Leaving behind the "time" theme of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.]

In this one, the zombies have overrun the world and the few people still alive are forced to live behind fortified skyscraper walls. Only now the slow-moving brainless zombies are starting to change...

The film is set to begin production in October. For full details click HERE!

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Not Your Father's Ringo

Since many ZONErs are comic fans, you probably already know who Mike "Ringo" Wieringo is. For those of you who don't...

... Mike has worked for Marvel, DC and Image Comics. He also is co-creator of the Tellos comic series with writer Todd Dezago. Mike is currently teaming with writer Mark Waid on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four which continues to receive rave reviews.

What's really cool, in addition to the comic work that Mike's doing, is that he has his own website. There you'll find a bio, a gallery, and a bunch of other neat sections... but my favorite is Mike's blog which he has been updating regularly of late.

I'm about to drop him a line and let him know how much I'm enjoying his art updates. Check out his site and you may want to do the same!

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Another Welcome Rain

Critics have praised Barry Eisler's first two novels, Rain Fall and Hard Rain, calling Japanese-American John Rain, the cynical, romantic, conscientious assassin, "one of the most memorable characters in recent thrillers."

Yeah, I'd go along with that.

In fact Eisler's two novels featuring John Rain have been some of the best novels that I've read in the last few years.

So you can imagine how much I'm looking forward to his latest, Rain Storm.

And if you'd like to take a look, just click HERE.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

A Peek at Peak

Bob Peak. You may not know the name but I'd guarantee you know his work.

I just spent another session at his web site [always longer than intended]. I've seen most of his paintings many times before, but there's just something about them that calls you back.

Peak was called the "Father of the modern movie poster" and I'll bet that you'll agree that at times his paintings were better than the movies they were promoting. Peak also did dozens of Time and TV Guide covers...US postage stamps... and examples of his paintings hang in the Smithsonian.

If you'd like to check out his work, click HERE. But don't be surprised if you stay a little longer than anticipated.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Knowing Too Much...

As most of you know, Michael Mann and Tom Cruise are teaming on Collateral.

It's the story of a hitman [Cruise] who hires a cab driver [Jamie Fox] to drive him to five locations in one night.

What the driver doesn't know [at least at first] is that a hit is taking place at each stop.

The initial teaser trailer was released a few weeks ago, and while it looked interesting, I wasn't completely sold.

The full trailer is now available, along with some more stills from the film. I've got to admit that NOW the movie is starting to look better. The producers have to walk a thin line in how much they show though... they need to show enough to get interest up, but if they give away too much, then no one will want to see the movie.

Knowing too much can be a bad thing. If you don't believe me, just ask the taxi driver.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Jeb Misses the Mark

Since my blog is geared towards fun stuff, I usually don't discuss politics too much. But this story was just too good not to mention.

Florida's Governor, Jeb Bush, was speaking to a group of 200 honors students and opened it up for questions. An 18 year old student asked the Governor if he could answer an FCAT Math Question.

FCAT is the test that students are required to pass in order to get a diploma. And while I think the idea of FCAT is a good one, I do have some problems with the way its implemented... but I digress.

According to the article, "the governor gave a steely grin and then stalled a bit. "The angles would be ... If I was going to guess ... Three-four-five. Three-four-five. I don't know, 125, 90 and whatever remains on 180?"

As you've probably already figured out, the answer was wrong.

Does that mean that the Governor is stupid? No. Does it mean that he shouldn't be allowed to be governor? No. Does it mean that he couldn't pass the test? No.

I don't think that we should judge a person on the basis of one test. But that's what they do with the FCAT.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

July is Big Beatty Month

July looks to be a good month for Big John Beatty.

The first issue of the two issue story in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes is out now. Big John provided the inks over Rick Remender's pencils to Steve Murphy's story and Scott Cohn kicked in some beautiful tone work to top it all off!

I'd NEVER bought an issue of TMNT before and had it not been for the really nice job these guys did I would have let this issue sit as well. Heck, their work together is so nice, I'd have bought it even if Big J wasn't my buddy and I wasn't a fan of Rick's work. Check it out and you'll become a fan too!

And if the issue of Tales of TMNT wasn't enough, John has started his weekly blog. This time out he talks about Southern Comfort... and it ain't what you're thinking.

Finally, the Big B has started accepting commissions again. He took a few before Heroes Con and really enjoyed doing them. Click HERE if you're interested in a commission.

Like I said, July looks to be a good month for Beatty... I wonder what August has in store...

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Miller & Rodriguez Talk Sin City

Comics Continuim has coverage of MTV's Total Request Live behind-the-scenes look at Sin City.

Brittany Murphy, who plays Shelly, hosted and was joined by Sin City creator and film co-director Frank Miller, director Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. For full details click HERE.

I am so stoked for this movie. Frank Miller used to say that a movie would never happen, but Robert Rodriguez won him over by bringing in stars and filming a sample reel of what he would do if given the chance to direct Sin City on the big screen.

What makes this story even cooler is that Miller came on board as co-director! And the cast they've assembled is unreal. Bruce Willis is Hartigan. Jessica Alba is Nancy Callahan. Michael Clarke Duncan is Manute. Josh Harnett is Dwight. Mickey Rourke is Marv. Bennico Del Torro, Michael Madsen, Clive Owen, and Nick Stahl also appear.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Time to Take Things Easy

Walter Mosley's eighth Easy Rawlins novel is now available and I'm putting in my order!

I've read, and enjoyed all of the Easy Rawlins' stories and Little Scarlet, set during the Watts riots of 1965, looks to be a welcome addition to the series. Easy, an unlicensed PI, along with his best friend, the cold-blooded killer called Mouse, find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation which could land Easy in jail or dead.

Devil in a Blue Dress is the only film adaptation of an Easy Rawlins' novel, and although it didn't set the box office on fire, it's definitely worth a look. Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins, but the movie is OWNED by Don Cheadle as Mouse. Jennifer Beals, looking as pretty as ever, also co-stars in this excellent film by Carl Franklin.

Yeah, I think I'll order the book tonight and pull the dvd off the shelf. It's time I spent a little time taking things Easy.

Friday, July 02, 2004

RIP - Marlon Brando

Dim the the lights. A legend has died. Marlon Brando passed on today.

Arguably the greatest actor who ever lived, none can argue that he influenced a generation. And I'm not just talking about actors such as James Dean, Robert DeNiro, or Johnny Depp. Brando literally influenced a generation of kids who wanted to rebel... and Brando continued to rebel throughout his life.

If all you know about Marlon Brando was that he played Superman's father or was pretty strange when interviewed by Larry King. If you only know Brando from impressionists doing their take on Brando as Vito Corleone from The Godfather then you owe it to yourself to check him out.

Yeah, he was cool in Apocalypse Now... and you may have heard how strange he was in The Island of Dr. Moreau [both on and off the set]...

...but if you want to see Brando at his best then check out On the Waterfront... A Streetcar Named Desire... Guys and Dolls [he could do it all!]...One Eyed Jacks [which he also directed]... Mutiny on the Bounty... and of course... The Godfather.

Marlon Brando was indeed the man. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

Now I think I'll dim the lights and put on a classic Brando movie...

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Lesnar Takes a Shot

Brock Lesnar, touted as The Next Big Thing in the WWE, a legitimate National Champion in college and a 3 time Champ in the Pros has walked away from his multi-million dollar contract to try out for the NFL.

And while Brock is big enough, strong enough, and even fast enough to make it in the NFL, he has an uphill battle to get picked up since he hasn't played in nine years and the last time was on a high school team.

Still ya have to admire a person willing to turn down millions of dollars to pursue a dream.