So today is the Fourth of July. Independence Day. America’s Birthday. Or, as they call it in Canada, “Friday.”
Some of you might not know that I actually have a degree in Political Science, and have studied the history of the United States and its founding at length. I figured that in celebration of this starspangled orgasm of freedom that is today, I would share some of this knowledge with you. The founding fathers were complex men, and by going into the details of their lives we can better understand their state of mind when they founded this great nation.
So with that, let’s take a look at some lesser known facts about the founding fathers. Continue reading Five Weird Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Founding Fathers
So we all know that the upcoming Zack Snyder follow up to Man of Steel, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” has the most awkward title for a superhero film ever. His use of the legal “v” instead of the traditional “vs.” abbreviation for “versus” has been the subject of a lot of ridicule. Now you maybe asking yourself “Maybe Snyder has a good reason for this odd choice?”
Well you’re both right and wrong. Because Zack Snyder sure thinks he does.
But he doesn’t.
Snyder talked to USA Today, and attempted to explain:
The director can’t say exactly how the relationship between the two superheroes evolves, “but suffice it to say there is a ‘v’ in between their names” in the movie title, Snyder says. He explains that having the “v” instead of “vs.” is a way “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.”
This, of course, is stupid. Either abbreviation means “versus,” so no matter what the title still implies a straight versus moving. Snyders attempt to differentiate it as such makes me question his intelligence.
And that makes me question his ability to direct ANY film, let alone another one in the DC Carnival of Sadness.
Just kidding. I was questioning that a long time ago.
Like when Suckerpunch came out.
via USA Today
Did you know that I used to do a series of 3DO game reviews called 3DO to Go? I did! It was for the now long defunct website Rising Stuff, which was run by a couple of friends of mine (one of whom is Vinnk of Famicom Dojo). Originally titled the plain old “3DO Game Review,” I eventually renamed the show “3DO to Go” halfway through the ten episode run.
For this Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d share with you the first review I did so many years ago back in 2008. Enjoy… and I apologize in advance for the rollercoaster ride of volume levels that this video is going to give you.
So IGN posted and interesting interview with Clark Gregg. In it, Gregg talked about the season 2 of Agents of SHIELD and the future of Phil.
From the interview:
IGN: Now of course you mentioned the changes, and at the very end of the finale we saw that there’s something going on still with him. Any idea what that might be and how worried we should be?
Gregg: Well, Coulson got to watch himself pre-memory wipe describing why he thought the whole Tahiti Project was a bad idea. He was talking about all the things that were happening to the people they were using on it and why he suggested they can the whole thing – and looked pretty shaken while he was saying it. So I’ve got to suspect that some of the stuff he saw and some of those patients have some version of the stuff that’s going to happen to him. So we go from having no SHIELD at all, with a director on the run, to a tiny Guerrilla SHIELD with Agent Coulson at its head, and maybe not in his own right head. That sounds fun. That sounds like an interesting Season 2.
Want to know more? Get on over to IGN and read the rest
With the new Sailor Moon anime just around the corner, I decided to actually read the original manga, and then Rena used that as an excuse to interview me and… draw me in sailor suit… huh?
Anyway, the result is here:
Last night, the transformation sequence for the 2014 reboot of Sailor Moon got leaked to fans all around the world, causing massive heart stoppages and bladder evacuations from the pure joy of YOU GUYS THE NEW SAILOR MOON REBOOT COMES OUT IN 3 DAYS OH MY GOD.
The new transformation sequence is crisp and clean, unlike the undergarments of every person that is eagerly anticipating the new series after multiple setbacks in the last year. It also features some excellent subtle 3D animation, a detail not missed by millions of now soiled fans.
The new Sailor Moon reboot begins broadcasting on July 5th, 2014
Image via Crunchyroll
In Which Trae Talks About Season 1.5 of Heroes of Cosplay
I have been working conventions for almost twenty years, and have helped put on a cosplay contest for the last nine in varying capacities. I admittedly haven’t been a serious cosplayer myself since I gave it up about a decade ago, but it’s still a world I’m heavily immersed in.
So needless to say I’ve been watching Heroes of Cosplay since episode one.
…but not because I like it. I’ve been watching Heroes of Cosplay for the same reason you might have eavesdropped on someone gossiping about your friends back in High School: So I know exactly what’s being said.
The bullscat filled “Season 1.5” finale aired last night though, so (as I did last year) I thought I’d gather my thoughts about the entire season.
…and why no convention should allow Heroes of Cosplay in the door. Continue reading Heroes of Cosplay: Now Only Mostly Awful
At first HBO was all like “We’ll totally make an American Gods TV Show,” but then they dropped it faster than a highschool sweetheart the August before going off to college. The project seemed mostly dead, right up until now. What changed? Starz has picked up the ball and is now running with it.
Was that too many metaphors? I think it might have been.
Anyway, Bryan Fuller (yes THAT Bryan Fuller) and Michael Green are going to the showrunners, with author Neil Gaiman Executive Producing.
As quoted by The Mary Sue, Fuller said:
“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” adds Fuller. “Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil’s vividly prolific imagination.”
As someone who lived a good chunk of his life in Northwestern Wisconsin and a huge fan of the novel, needless to say I’m excited.
You should get excited too.
Via The Mary Sue
In the BBC’s announcement of Michelle Gomez (Green Wing) playing a character called “the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere” in the upcoming series, they released the following image:
That’s right, the Cybermen will be back in series 8 of Doctor Who. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it. It seems like the rule of thumb is “Whenever you’ve been overusing the Daleks, toss in the Cybermen instead.” Maybe it’s just me, but even as a fan who grew up on classic who, I’m getting a little tired of the constant reuse of old villains.
No word on whether these are Mondas Cybermen of Cybus Cybermen — but good money is on the former as they lack the logo on the chest. Of course, as the Cybus costumes had been reused for Mondas Cybermen at some points, who knows. Half the time I don’t think even the writers are sure anymore.
I’m just trying to figure out what a Nethersphere is.
via Coming Soon
In an amazing turn of events, cancelled TV show Community is getting it’s sixth season (ala #sixseasonsandamovie) on Yahoo Screen of all places. I was totally unaware that Yahoo Screen was a thing until just now, but the internet assures me it is. And Community will live there! Time to install the app for it on my Roku.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said series creator (and returning showrunner) Dan Harmon in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”
Added leading man Joel McHale, “’The reports of our cancelation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”
This is some of the most exciting news I’ve had all day, and my niece is literally being born right now.