Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What the fuck is going on Viggo? What's with the mustache and shaggy hair? Please tell me you are playing George Custer not some redneck from Elgin who has to go take the pick up over to the liquor store for some smokes (Marlbro Red) and a case of Old Style. Or worse would be telling me you are playing Yanni in Live at the Acropolis: The Yanni Story. Shave that damn thing before you start beatin your wife and appear on Cops. I have rambled enough. Posted by Hello

Some pics from the new Harry Potter movie. Cool! Only 46 more days til the new book. Posted by Hello

Monday, May 30, 2005

Alternate Casting He-Man Posted by Hello

Alternate Casting #2 He-Man

This week's alternate casting is another merchandising giant of the 80's, He-Man.

*This will be a live action version that will actually take place on Eternia not Earth, like that crappy 1987 version with Dolph Lundgren.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe:
Prince Adam/ He-Man: Brendan Fraser (Okay, okay I guess it's obvious but I just love Brendan Fraser, he's such a talented actor and better than that he has comic timing and that's no small feat.)

Voice Cringer/ Battle Cat: Bill Murray (He's already played one big screen cat why not another?)

Teela: Jolene Blalock (Enterprises' resident Vulcan seems like she could hold her own with Teela's fighting staff, not to mention look pretty smart in that costume.)

Man at Arms(Duncan): James Cosmo (He's got that great gruff warrior veteran look about him that I think would work so well for Duncan.)

Voice of Orko: John Waters (Not that he'd ever do something like this but he has just a quirky enough voice to give Orko some life and maybe a shit fetish.)

Ram-Man: Jack Black (I had the overwhelming urge to cast Willem Defoe for obvious in-joke reasons, you know cause he's supposed to be legendarily endowed...but I went with Jack Black figuring Ram-Man would probably be more comic relief than hero.)

The Sorceress: Ornella Muti (sexy and mysterious)

Skeletor: Jason Isaacs (He has the best voice, possibly the most seductive voice on an actor since George Sanders and since the person who'll be playing skeletor will be under a ton of makeup the majority of the acting will have to be done through his voice. Not to mention he's a sexy bastard.)

Voice of Mer-Man: David Thewlis

Voice of Beast-Man: Ewan Bremner

Voice of Tri-Klops: Michael Clark Duncan

Voice of Trap-Jaw: Vinnie Jones

Evil-Lyn: Maggie Chueng (Evil-Lyn was always my favorite when I was growing up and Maggie has the right combination of sexiness and fighting ability to do this character justice.)

As always I'd love to hear your casting ideas.

Inspired by Battlemaiden I decided to post some pictures from my balcony garden. It's not very big yet but it's still early. Not pictured Ichiban. Ichiban is such a cool word. Posted by Hello

Snap dragons, petunas, and my frog light. Posted by Hello

Violets & pansies. Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.


When single shines the triple sun what was sundered and undone shall be whole the two made one by gelfling hand or else by none.

This week's movie of the week is Jim Hensen's classic, The Dark Crystal.

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. Now the time of the great conjunction of the three suns is near. If the crystal is not healed now the control of the evil Skekses will last forever. Jen the last of the Gelfings nearly exterminated by monsters controlled by the Skekses starts his dangerous journey to find the missing shard of the crystal. Will he be able to heal the crystal and restore order on the planet?

Watch the trailer here:

Fun Trivia:
The term "Augury" involves prophesising the future. "Augurs" were members of the religious colleges of Rome who would interpret the signs of the gods. The "Augurers" of Celtic civilization were the keepers of legends and lore though memory and the oral tradition. These words were the inspiration for Aughra's name.

The Special Edition DVD features several "workprint" takes showing early passes at  dialogue. This early voice-over work differs from the final dialogue in several ways: the Skeksis speak in a foreign language, Frank Oz provided the voice of Aughra (sounding very similar to his voice work for Yoda in the Star Wars movies), and the Mystics were referred to by (presumably) their original name, the ur-Ru. The novelization was apparently based on this earlier version, referring to the "Trial By Stone" contest by its original name - "Hakskeekah" - and calling the Mystics the ur-Ru. In the final film, one reference to ur-Ru was not redubbed: when the Mystics enter the Skeksis Great Hall, the Chamberlain sees them and shouts "Ur-Ru!"

In the Third Draft of the original Star Wars A New Hope script (the shooting script was the Revised Fourth Draft), the familiar concept of the Force is embodied in a large, dark crystal on the Sith planet of Alderaan. The Sith have all the fragments except one, which is in the hands of the ancient Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke Starkiller uses this fragment of the Kiber Crystal to guide his torpedos down the shaft of the Death Star in the final space battle sequence. Hmmm.

Fun Quotes:
Jen: Wings? I don't have wings!
Kira: Of course not. You're a boy.

Aughra: Now, ask what the Great Conjunction is, what's the Great Conjunction?
Jen: What's the Great Conjunction? You tell me!

Aughra: Where is he?
Jen: He's dead.
Aughra: Could be anywhere, then.

My Dark Crystal wallpaper:

Great and freaky. Four stars.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Pin-up of the week Tempest Storm. Who doesn't love Tempest. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

My latest photoshop contest entry. I call it, Can you find me bitch? Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005

Some of my casting choices. Posted by Hello

Alternate Casting 1: Star Wars Trilogy

Sports nuts have fantasy sports right? So I got to thinking wouldn't it be fun to start a new feature about Alternate Casting. Once a week I'll take an existing book, movie, TV show, comic, etc. and write up my alternate casting ideas for the property. It's totally masterbatory but who cares, it's great fun! So here is Alternate Casting #1: Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars, Empire, Jedi).

Star Wars Trilogy today:
Luke Skywalker: Heath Ledger (I like Heath Ledger as Luke because Luke starts off as a whiny bastard and grows up very quickly. Ledger can play both.)

Princess Leia: Anna Paquin (I picked Anna Paquin because I wanted to choose someone young who can portray a very naive -as in lack of worldy experiences- and textbook moral outlook on the Empire's current political structure.)

Han Solo: David Boreanaz ( I picked David Boreanaz because I wanted someone al little older than Luke and Leia. Someone who could deliver a wide range of emotions not just the snarky jabs. Not to mention he's damn foxy.)

Obi Wan Kenobi: Rutger Hauer (Wouldn't it be awesome to see Rutger Hauer wield a light saber against Darth Vader.)

Grand Moff Tarkin: Tom Wilkinson

Voice of C-3PO: Orlando Bloom (I wanna keep that gay robot theme going so who better than Orly?)

Voice of Darth Vader: Frank Langella (You could never beat James Earl Jones but Langella has a great voice even if he did date Whoopi Goldberg, cringe.)

Lando Calrissin: Louis Guzman (Lando is the coolest character in the movie so you have to go with someone equally as cool and since Samuel L. is in the prequels I've decided to go with Louis Guzman.)

Admiral Piett: Ricky Gervais (This isn't a role with alot of dialogue so it would be great to see someone play it with alot of humorous physical reaction.)

Emperor Palpatine: Derek Jacobi (Okay I really wanted to pick Christopher Lee but since he was in the prequel trilogy as well I ruled him out. I like Jacobi though and think he'd lend an eerie calm to the part.)

Voice of Yoda: James Hong (I had a very hard time with this one and while James Hong is slightly Frank Ozish, with Yoda's crazy backwards speak it's hard to picture any other kind of voice.)

*I figure characters like Chewbacca and Jabba The Hutt could be just about anyone in a suit so I refrained from casting.

Please feel free to comment, it would be great to hear your casting choices as well.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Pathetic Earthlings... Who Can Save You Now?


"There was just no time. It's such a large special-effects picture, the actors really are secondary in it. We were just sort of pointed in the direction of the camera and (told) to do it. Many times we had to do it in one take because the special effects were so expensive or took so long to set up." - Melanie Anderson

This week's movie of the week is 1979's Flash Gordon.

In this update of the 1930's comic strip, Flash is a football hero who is skyjacked aboard Dr. Zarkov's rocketship along with beautiful Dale Arden. The threesome are drawn into the influence of the planet Mongo, controlled by Ming the Merciless. Ming has been testing the Earth with unnatural disasters, and deeming it a threat to his rule, he plans to destroy it. He also intends to take Dale as his concubine. Flash must avoid the amorous attentions of Ming's daughter and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to rescue Dale and save our world.

Watch the Flash Gordon trailer here:

Fun Trivia:
There is a rumor that the monitor behind Hans Zarkov (Topol) as he is having his memory dumped shows scenes from Topol's previous movies.

George Lucas originally hoped to remake Flash Gordon, but when he learned that Dino De Laurentiis had already bought the rights, he wrote Star Wars instead.

Max von Sydow's Ming costume weighed over 70 pounds and he could only stand in it for a few minutes at a time.

Sam J. Jones was cast in the role after being spotted by the mother-in-law of Dino De Laurentiis on an episode of "The Dating Game" (1965)

Sam J. Jones had all of his lines dubbed.

Queen Performs the Theme From Flash Gordon:

Brian Blessed Talks About Flash Gordon:

Fun Quotes:
Ming the Merciless: Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here.  If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would've hidden from it in terror.

Princess Aura: Look! Water is leaking from her eyes.
The Emperor Ming: It's what they call tears, it's a sign of their weakness.

Kala: We're going to empty your memory as we might empty your pockets... Doctor.

Dale Arden: Flash, Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!

Flash Gordon is one of the cheesiest B-films but it's great fun. Three stars.

My Flash Gordon Wallpaper:

Yabba Dabba Doo. Posted by Hello

Wilma put that bronto burger on hold for just a minute, I have some bad news.

Another entertainment icon from the re-runs of my childhood has passed away. Henry Corden, the voice of cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone is dead at 85. True he wasn't the original voice of Fred Flintstone but he did the voice of that lovable, sexiest, abusive, fatso since 1970. He was also the voice of Ookla the Mok on Thundarr.

A moment of silence for Mr. Corden if you will.

Did anyone else out there have "Barney! My pebbles!" going thru their head just then?

Friday, May 20, 2005

Pin up of the week, The Leias. So much flesh. Sexy. Wonder what they did after they saw the movie. Hmm..... Posted by Hello

Look at his eyes they're hypnotic. Posted by Hello

The Riddler? That Dasterdly Duke of Decrepit Villiany Dead? How Devious.

Sad news, Frank Gorshin, best known for playing The Riddler in the 1960's Batman show passed away. He was a talented actor and I always looked forward to seeing him in a movie. My favorite Frank Gorshin moment; a spoof of Interview with the Vampire made for the MTV movie awards a few years back with Adam West.He will be missed.


IL Senate OKs Video Game Restrictions

When did we decide it was society's responsibility to raise children and not parents? This is just so typical of our society, let's blame video games for violence in children. Let's mandate what someone can or cannot buy because it's the easy way out. Yep that's America in a nutshell, take the easy way out.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Senate approved a version of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed restrictions on the sales of violent and sexually explicit video games to children, even though some senators said the idea is unconstitutional.

The measure approved Thursday would require store owners to determine which games are too violent or sexually explicit for anyone under 18. Anyone selling them to a minor could be fined.Both chambers have now approved the video game restrictions, but the Senate version removed the possibility of jail time for offenders. That means the revised bill now goes back to the House.

The sponsor, Sen. Deanna Demuzio, denied the measure would interfere with free speech rights.

"Video games are not art or media," she said. "They are simulations, not all that different from the simulations used by the U.S. military in preparation for war."But other senators said the courts have already struck down similar laws elsewhere. They predicted the Senate-approved measure would never take effect and the state would end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.Still, even some critics said they would not vote against the measure for fear it would be used against them politically.

And thanks to our elected officials who stand up for what they believe not caving into the pressure of worrying about public perception and being re-elected. Kudos Mike Jacobs,


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I love white trash girls. This picture of Jolene Blalock is so cute. Anybody know who that guy is? Posted by Hello

Another Star Wars picture I did. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

My latest photoshop contest entry. I was going for silly not realistic. :) Posted by Hello

Movie of the Week: Quills

"Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell.... Kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change." — Marquis de Sade, Last Will and Testament

This week's movie of the week is Quills.

The infamous writer, The Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned for unmentionable activities at Charanton Insane Asylumn. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who run's the asylumn, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. Emperor Napolean contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylumn, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charanton and possibly the Marquis himself.

Watch the Quills Trailer Here:

Fun Trivia~
The genuine model head cast from the real Marie Antoinette (and on loan from Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London) is in the basket of aristocratic victims.

During the play presented by the inmates of Charenton, a mask can be seen in the backstage area. Made of leather and fitted with goggles and a birdlike beak, this   mask is identical to the one worn by Robert Downey Jr.'s character in Restoration (1995).

The tune that the Marquis 'de Sade' keeps humming throughout the film is the French children's song "Au Clair de la Lune", the second line of which becomes increasingly relevant - roughly translated, it is "lend me your quill so I can write a word".

Every single line from the script that was cut made it into the film either written on 'de Sade' 's clothing, the bed sheets or in his prison cell at the end.

All the rosaries that appear in the film are made out of chocolate.

Fun Quotes~
Coulmier: It's nothing but an encyclopedia of perversions. One man killed his wife after reading them.
Marquis de Sade: It's a fiction, not a moral treatise.

Renee Pelagie: Can I impart to you his cruellest trick.
Dr. Royer-Collard:Of course.
Renee Pelagie: Once, long ago in the folly of youth, he made me love him.

Simone: Sign it quickly, then you can ravish me again on the linens for which he so dearly paid.
Prouix, the Architect:  
And then, I beg you, on the bearskin rug in his study. And finally, as a crowning gesture, we'll leave puddles of love on the Peruvian marble.

Coulmier: It's not even a proper novel. It's nothing but an encyclopedia of perversions. Frankly, it even fails as an exercise in craft. The characters are wooden, the diologue is inane. Not to mention the repetition of words like "nipple" and "pikestaff".
Marquis de Sade: There I was taxed; it's true.

My Quills Wallpaper:

Great movie, Geoffrey Rush is amazing. Four stars.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Pin up of the week, Maggie Gyllenhaal.  Posted by Hello

Monday, May 09, 2005

The new poster for Harry Potter 4. Too cool! Posted by Hello

pic #3 Posted by Hello

pic #2. Posted by Hello

Pin up of the week, Josie Nutter. She used yo be so sexy but she went and lost a bunch of weight recently and she's not as cute. Enjoy these photos of pre-weight-loss Josie as Snow White. Posted by Hello