Saturday, January 31, 2004
John's best known for his comic book inking which he's been doing professionally since he was a teenager. And although John still does art for comics, in the last few years he's been branching out into web design, computer graphics, and t-shirt design.
John has worked out a deal with a buddy of his who prints t-shirts so that he'll be able to offer his BigBeatty.com "Have a Nice Day" shirt at conventions this year for just five bucks!! I'm hoping that John will eventually offer it through the mail for fans who can't get to a show. That design is just too cool not to make it available to fans everywhere!
Friday, January 30, 2004
After seeing Halle's Catwoman outfit I can understand why.
It just doesn't look right. Note I didn't say "good."
Halle Berry could make a burlap sack look good.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
If you feel the same way, you might want to read this interview which discusses how DC plans to update Space Ghost in a new comic series. Joe Kelly, who's writing the series, says, "It’s really a hardcore, pulp-feel story, with him being betrayed by the police force and taking his revenge. It’s really dark, and it’s going to be a blueprint for them to revamp the character and keep it going.”
Want to know more? The click HERE.
American Flagg was originally published in 1983 by First Comics and was an instant hit! This new, definitive edition is currently planned for a late June or early July release. It will include the first six issues of the series, as well as new art and materials from the creator.
For full details click HERE. This was one great series and I'm looking forward to the collected editions!
Brown served a 2 1/2-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998. He was granted a state pardon in May.
A judge has ordered R. Kelly , who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from Michael The King of Pop Jackson who is facing child molestation charges when Kelly attends the Grammy awards next month!
I guess neither should plan to sit next to Lil Romeo.
If you're wondering how close the movie will follow the comic, wonder no more.
Mike says, "The fact that it’s as close to the comic as it is and the fact that the personality of the main character is so close to the comic, it’s beyond anything I ever imagined."
That's just great news for Hellboy fans everywhere. To read the full interview click HERE.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Assault on Precinct 13 is one of my favorite John Carpenter films. I don't know much about Jean-Francois Richet, but as long as he doesn't stray from Carpenter's screenplay and they don't screw it up in casting, it can't go wrong.
Best Picture: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” / “Lost in Translation” / "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” / “Mystic River” / “Seabiscuit”
My prediction: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Leading Actor: Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" / Ben Kingsley in "House of Sand and Fog" / Jude Law in "Cold Mountain"/ Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation" / Sean Penn in "Mystic River"
My prediction: Bill Murray
Leading Actress: Keisha Castle-Hughes in "Whale Rider" / Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give" / Samantha Morton in "In America" / Charlize Theron in "Monster" / Naomi Watts in "21 Grams"
My prediction: Charlize Theron
Directing: "City of God" Fernando Meirelles / "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Peter Jackson / "Lost in Translation" Sofia Coppola / "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" Peter Weir / "Mystic River" Clint Eastwood
My prediction: Peter Jackson
Best Supporting Actor: Alec Baldwin "The Cooler" / Benicio Del Toro "21 Grams" / Djimon Hounsou "In America" / Tim Robbins "Mystic River" / Ken Watanabe "The Last Samurai"
My prediction: Tim Robbins
Best Supporting Actress: Shohreh Aghdashloo "House of Sand and Fog" / Patricia Clarkson "Pieces of April" / Marcia Gay Harden "Mystic River" / Holly Hunter "Thirteen" / Renée Zellweger "Cold Mountain"
My prediction: Renée Zellweger
Original Screenplay: The Barbarian Invasions" Denys Arcand / "Dirty Pretty Things" Steven Knight / "Finding Nemo" Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds Original Story by Andrew Stanton / "In America" Jim Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan / "Lost in Translation" Sofia Coppola
My prediction: Sofia Coppola
As I said, these are just my predictions and not in every case the person that I would like to see win. The Academy Awards will be presented on February 29th... tune in and find out who wins and how good of a guesser I really am!
Monday, January 26, 2004
The good news is that at the same time the third season premieres, a new comic based on The Shield will also premiere. Jeff Mariotte, the writer, promises that like the tv show, the comic will be "a bit edgy, a bit dark..." and will stretch "the boundaries of its medium." If you'd like to read the full interview and see a few preview pages, then click HERE.
The trailer makes it look good... but then maybe we're seeing all of the best parts that the movie has to offer.
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Friday, January 23, 2004
Big Beatty said that the show had jumped the shark with "the hook lady." I think it was when Jeri Ryan was made an assistant principal... and a guidance counselor.
It doesn't happen all that often, but The Reckoning just may do it.
I really hadn't heard anything about this movie which stars Willem DaFoe, but if it is as good as the trailer, then we just may be on to something.
The teaser trailer for "Kill Bill Volume 2" is online now.
Although the new trailer doesn't have me as excited as the trailer for Kill Bill did, I must admit that I like it a lot.
A whole lot.
Check it out... you may find that you like it too.
Even if you're too young to have ever watched Captain Kangaroo, I'll bet you know what a huge part he played in the lives of kids growing up in the 50's, 60's, 70's and even the 80's! Each morning as a child, I can remember sitting in front of the television waiting for the Captain to get his big key ring full of keys to open the Treasure House. Then we'd wait to see who would pop in... Mister Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose [watch out for falling ping pong balls], Grandfather Clock... there were cartoons and all kinds of cool stuff [for kids].
I outgrew the Captain Kangaroo show well before the 60's ended, but I never outgrew the good feeling that it left me as a child.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Keeshan's family and friends.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Martin [Goodfellas] Scorsese, Dean [The Servants of Twilight] Koontz, Marcus [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake] Nispel and producer Tony ["24"] Krantz have pooled their creative talents to bring us the show which will most likely premiere this fall.
Dark Horizons has more details right [HERE].
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Well, I'm happy to say that Niles and Templesmith are creating a final six issue mini-series called "Return to Barrow." The first issue will be out in March.
Templesmith seems psyched when he says, “This is going to be the big finale for 30 Days, where everything comes full circle... I'm working on the first issue now and it reads even more like a movie than the original did too. It's pretty cool!”
For full details click [HERE] and if it sounds like something that you'd like, let your local comic dealer know to reserve you a copy. I know I am.
Monday, January 19, 2004
They're not the only ones who like Parker's Interman.
Entertainment Weekly praised it in their first comic/graphic novel review column. It's been optioned for a the big screen.
Oh, and before I forget, congrats to Jeff!
Here are some random thoughts on Movies Coming Out This Year...
- "Alien vs Predator" could be like when the two baddest guys in school fought... it wasn't pretty but ya just had to go watch.
- "Catwoman" starring Halle Berry should have been a winner. The buzz on it is terrible and looking at her outfit you can see why.
- "The Stepford Wives" doesn't do much for me, but then again neither did the original. Maybe it will surprise me but I'm not counting on it.
- M. Knight Shyamalan's "The Village" is getting a mixed reception so far, but it's still early and Shyamalan's past track record is excellent. I hoping for really good things.
- "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of..." -- I've yet to see the others, so this one is below my radar.
- "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is the movie I'm most anticipating at this point. [Well, except for "Shade"... and "The Chronicles of Riddick"]. This could be the surprise hit of the season.
- "Collateral" teams Michael Mann and Tom Cruise. This should be excellent, but the story doesn't thrill me... or maybe it's the casting of Jamie Fox.
- "I, Robot" has potential... Will Smith in a movie based on an Issac Assimov story directed by Alex ["Dark City" and "The Crow"] Proyas? Yeah, count me in.
- "Kill Bill, Volume 2" is said to be more like the Tarantino of old. I'll be there hoping that's true.
- "Troy" is hoping to live up to "Gladiator" [not to mention Homer's "The IIiad"] and Brad Pitt is leading the way. Ya just gotta support the gladiator revivial. ; )
- "Ladykillers" teams the Cohen Brothers and Tom Hanks. This one looks strange. Well, what'd ya expect?
- "The Chronicles of Riddick" is the movie I'm most anticipating at this point [Well, except for "Shade"... and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"]. Hmmm... where have you heard that before.
- "The Incredibles" is from Brad ["The Iron Giant"] Bird and Pixar. You just know it's going to be fun.
- "Starsky and Hutch" looks like fun, but I bet I'll wait for a rental.
- "Spider-Man 2" looks to be the box office champ. The buzz is even better than the first.
- "The Manchurian Candidate" is an updating of the cold war thriller and stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Strepp. When was the last time I was looking forward to a Meryl Streep movie?
- "Shrek 2" - I guess I should see the first one first.
- "Alexander" -[Ya just gotta support the gladiator revivial. ; ) ] and this one stars Colin Farrell and is directed by Oliver Stone!
- "King Arthur" - remember what I said about gladiator movies? Well, this one isn't one!
- "Dawn of the Dead" is a retelling of the George Romero classic. I'll be there, but still wonder why Romero isn't doing another...
- "Hellboy" is the movie I'm most anticipating at this point [Well, except for "Shade"... and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow".. and... aw... nevermind...]
- "Van Helsing" will be out soon. It has sooo much potential.... but then again so did Halle Berry in "Catwoman."
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
The Rock was, pardon the expression, on a roll.
Think about it... great reviews for his small role in "The Mummy Returns." Then a prequel about his character "The Scorpion King." And then The Rock totally wows everyone with the very good and very underrated "The Rundown."
But The Rock starring as a backwater sheriff who carries a two-by-four to fight Southern Mobsters?
No way that could work. Right? Wrong.
The trailer looks good and they've updated and changed the story to fit The Rock. And with his charisma, I think it'll work.
Check out the trailer and let me know...
... am I wrong?
Wait a minute! Hellboy and The Goon?
But hey've never teamed up... Oh yeah, you guessed it fanboy...
Now how cool is that?
Cool enough that I'd call my local comic shop and reserve a copy or two now
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Steve Niles [30 Days of Night] and Chee [Wake the Dead] are teaming up for a three issue comic adaptation of the original "Dawn of the Dead" to bel be released in April.
Niles says the only liberties that he's taking will be where the film makers were hampered by budget constraints.
Niles said that when he was asked about doing the adaptation, there was no trepidation. "I'm so excited that I've been asked to do this. This was such an important movie in my life."
If you're a fan of Niles' comics and novels, then you know that's true... and will serve to make the adaptation even better. You can read the complete interview here... and remember to watch for the the "Dawn of the Dead" mini-series to start in April.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
While none were near the classic level of the first, they were all still a lot of fun.
That's why I'm looking forward to the "Dawn of the Dead" remake starring Ving Rhames. The trailer was pretty cool and the poster is as well. And I'm thinking that while it may not be a classic, I'll bet it's a lot of fun.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Why is Rose not in? Because as a manager he gambled on baseball. Although he never bet against his team and never threw a game, gamblling on baseball when you're a player or manager is against the rules.
Did Rose deserve to be punished? Yes, and he has been.
Rose's book, My Prison Without Bars, details just how much he's been punished.
As a manager, Rose broke the rules and perhaps the ban should be for life... but, the records that he set were as a player and it is because of these records that he deserves the opportunity to be voted into the Hall of Fame.
Monday, January 05, 2004
It's on Tuesday nights at 10pm and follows the lives of FBI agents and the underworld criminals they have sworn to take down.
Line of Fire has an interesting structure in that it shows how the mobsters' lives parallel those of the agents after them. The show is well written, well directed and well cast. I've watched every episode since the first and it just keeps getting better.
"And that's that about that."
That's right! It's being reported that all the annulment papers had been signed by both Spears and Alexander and are expected to be filed when the courts open today.
So much for until Death Do Us Part... this one didn't even last until the ink had dried on the marriage contract!
Sunday, January 04, 2004
Man, that really stinks. Especially when you consider that most series started their new seasons last September. At least the second season will be out on dvd this month.
While I'm sure Seinfield jokes will abound, the fact that Britney got married is not.
And that somehow seems as surprising as "The Crocodile Hunter" holding his one month old in his arm as he went in to feed a huge croc.
Saturday, January 03, 2004
On January 1st, "The Crocodile Hunter" held his one month old in his arm as he went in to feed a huge croc.
A lot of people are outraged -- and rightly so. Irwin even received a warning from child-care authorities.
Talk about stupid. It's one thing to put yourself in potentially dangerous situations - but it's indefensible to do the same to children.
The collector's edition for Alien Resurrection finally makes its premiere and will find a home in my collection. I'll also be picking up The Wind and the Lion with a director's commentary by John Millius and down the road I'll add The Shield's second season, Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Since I didn't catch them on their theatrical releases, I'll rent Out of Time, Open Range and House of the Dead before deciding if they'll make their way into my collection.
January 2004 looks to be a good month for dvd collectors... and who knows what the other 11 months will add? You will if you keep reading the ZONE!
Thursday, January 01, 2004
As the first day of 2004 winds down I find myself looking at what new movies the year will bring.
In February there's only two movies that may draw me out, and they are Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The Passion of Christ. It's pretty strange that these would open in the same month and that they'd both make my list, since they're on opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm really hoping for great things for Mel Gibson and The Passion.
Shade is set to open sometime in the Spring and you just know I'll be there on opening day! The buzz has been very positive on this one, so I hope that its given an opportunity to live up to the hype.
Hellboy premieres the first week of April and I plan to see it that weekend. Another movie based on a comic, The Punisher, opens later that month, but the buzz on it isn't nearly as good... still one can hope. The Alamo might be a winner... at least it has a better chance than the real folks who fought there. Themovie to beat in April, at least at this point, is probably Man on Fire. The buzz on this one is, pardon the expression, hot.
July has the fireworks and Spider-Man Two [which by all accounts is even much better than the first!], I, Robot, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Village. Spider-Man 2 should bust all kinds of box office records.
August has the title match of the century [at least until Rocky returns to the ring] with Aliens vs Predator. Blade: Trinity opens and I'm hoping for it to be more like Blade 2 than Blade.
There's no definite release date yet for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but I can tell you that I plan to see it the opening weekend whenever it premieres.
Things really slow down in September -- there's nothing at this point on my list!
October is only a little better with Michael Mann and Tom Cruise teaming up for Collateral.
Things pick up again with two movies in November. Oliver Stone directs Colin Farrell in Alexander. Brad Bird's The Incredibles also premieres.
December finds Oceans Twelve, The Aviator, and Meet the Fockers all competing for our viewing dollars.
With all of these movies coming out... I'd better get some rest. It looks to be a busy year.