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Voyager Books 15th Anniversary Trailer

April 29, 2010

As you can see, Voyager Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) has published some great stuff over the last 15 years. Here’s to another 15!

My OSCAR Picks

March 5, 2010

Here are my picks to win the Academy Award this Sunday. My picks for who I think will win are bolded, if I differ, then my pick is in italics.

BEST PICTURE
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

BEST DIRECTOR
James Cameron
Kathryn Bigelow
Lee Daniels
Jason Reitman
Quentin Tarantino

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
District 9
An Education
In the Loop
Precious
Up in the Air

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock
Helen Mirren
Carey Mulligan
Gabourey Sidibe
Meryl Streep

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz
Vera Farmiga
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Anna Kendrick
Mo’Nique

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges
George Clooney
Colin Firth
Morgan Freeman
Jeremy Renner

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon
Woody Harrelson
Christopher Plummer
Stanley Tucci
Christoph Waltz

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Up

ART DIRECTION
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

FILM EDITING
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

SOUND EDITING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

SOUND MIXING
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

ORIGINAL SCORE
Avatar
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up (Michael Giacchino)

ORIGINAL SONG
Crazy Heart ("The Weary Kind")
Nine
Paris 36
The Princess and the Frog

When The Silver Surfer Saved a Mediocre 80s Movie

March 4, 2010

The movie Breathless was a strange 1983 re-make that starred Richard Gere and the radiant Valérie Kaprisky. It’s good-looking, mediocre, fun to watch, and ended up developing an odd morbid humor. The plot of Breathless is simple: Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a cop. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he’s only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate. Jesse is a huge Silver Surfer fan, and Silver Surfer comics are featured prominently in the film, including one of the geekier romantic movie scenes ala good looking actors and the dialog of Stan Lee. Take a look. WARNING: Clip is NSFW! Rated: R for Nudity.

Stan Lee Visits The Big Bang Theory. Excelsior!

March 2, 2010

The Big Bang Theory

LEONARD: Guess who’s gonna be at the comic book store on Thursday?

PENNY: Um, can you give me a hint?

LEONARD (not waiting): Stan Lee.

PENNY: Um, Stanley, Stanley – Stanley Tucci?

LEONARD: No – Stan… Lee.

PENNY: Oh, ‘Stan Lee’. Cool!

LEONARD: You have no idea who he is, do you?

PENNY: Of course I do. You are an important part of my life, and I pay attention to things you are interested in.

LEONARD: Good, good. So who is Stan Lee?

PENNY: Um, he was on “Star Trek.”

LEONARD: Nope.

PENNY: “Star Wars”?

LEONARD: Nope.

PENNY: Um, uh – oh! He was in those goofy kung-fu movies you love so much!

LEONARD: That’s Bruce Lee.

PENNY: Oh. So is this Bruce’s nerdy brother, Stan?

(LEONARD gives up.)

Form the March 1, 2010 episode of The Big Bang Theory. CBS.

Stan Lee

Stan the Man in his Spectacular Fantastic Four robe.

For George R. R. Martin – It’s Waiting for HBO… and Waiting

March 1, 2010

The Winter is Coming blog is reporting today that George R. R. Martin made a post to his Not A Blog about the wait for HBO’s announcement of when, or if, it will pick up Game of Thrones.

So… March is upon us. The month when HBO will announce its decision on A GAME OF THRONES.

(Yes, I know, I know, it is not actually the Ides until March 15, but the phrase is so fraught with drama I could not resist).

I have absolutely no idea whether “March” will translate to “early March” or “the end of March.” The decision could be announced today, for all I know. Or maybe they will make us all wait until March 31. The Ides… well, maybe not. I don’t know if I can wait another fifteen days, and anyway that date has ominous connotations. “Beware the Ides of March,” and all that. So please let us know before that, HBO.

From the start of this, I’ve told myself, “Don’t get too emotionally invested in this, or you will be devastated if it doesn’t go.” Wise words, those. I’m a smart guy.

But easier said than done. I’ve failed. I am totally emotionally invested, and if HBO does indeed decide to pass, for whatever reason, I will be gutted.

So let’s all hope I am soon doing the happy dance instead.

Fingers and toes are crossed for this series to get the nod. Game of Thrones is already short-listed listed by io9 as one of the "18 upcoming shows that could save small screen scifi."

Cyndi Lauper is Electra-Tastic Singing the Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Theme

February 20, 2010

Do you remember the Sid and Marty Krofft show Electra Woman and Dyna Girl? It originally aired on ABC back in 1976-77. Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, it only ran for 16 episodes. If you don’t remember it or want to catch when it’s on, occasionally TVLand will dust it off. If you can’t wait, here’s a link to the third episode on YouTube. Yes, that really is Dedre Hall as Electra Woman.

The other day sfSignal.com posted this bit of awesomeness, which I had to share. Get out the big bowl, pour yourself some Fruity Pebbles and watch with a sugar buzz.

Cyndi Lauper sings The Theme Song to Electra Woman & Dyna Girl dressed as The Empress of Evil. This was from the 2009 TV Land awards.

Trivia Note: If you watched the episode I linked to and thought Professor Frank Helfin sounded familiar, he was played by Norman Alden, who also provided the voice of Aquaman on the Superfriends.

I Love a Good Green Lantern Oath!

February 20, 2010