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Archive for July, 2010

Avey Tare to Release Solo Album About Crocodiles

Pitchfork has the scoop that Avey Tare of Animal Collective (and Avey Tare & Kria Brekkin and Terrestrial Tones) will be releasing his first solo album, Down There on October 26. This means it’ll be dropping just a month after Panda Bear’s fourth solo album, Tomboy. He says that crocodiles, one of his favorite animals, inspired much of the album, and you can see that in the above album art. Check the link for an awesome promo pic and the tracklist. I am super excited about this and can’t wait to hear what it sounds like. Stay tuned for more details.

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Jon Hamm as Superman [UPDATED]

UPDATE:
Guess what rumor is circulating the nerd-net now? Yeah, Jon Hamm as Superman may be an actual possibility. Called that shit.

PREVIOUSLY:

Before I start, let me say that this is completely theoretical on my part. Normally I would never post things like this, but I read a post that seems to match up with a wish I had, and I wanna play it out. So, ComicBookMovie posted an inside ‘scoop’ today where they spoke with someone who claims to have knowledge of the preceedings for the new Superman film. All that is known officially thus far is that Christopher Nolan is shepherding the project (whatever that means) and David S. Goyer is writing it based on an idea the two men had. There have been rumors that Chris’s brother/collaborator Johnathan will make his directoral debut with the film. Nothing else has been confirmed about the film.

But this article, which you can read here, not only offers more potential info on the film, but drops some interesting clues about who would plays Superman/Clark Kent. The source says “… it is a TV star that they’re looking at for the lead…[he’s a] popular TV actor that no one is thinking of, but everyone will be thrilled with if he pulls on the blue tights” That’s the only hint we have.

Now, I’ve been finally watching all of 30 Rock and recently got to Season 3 where Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has a few guest appearances. In one, he appears with fly-away hair, glasses, and casual wear that includes a flannel shirt (you can see some of it in the picture at the top). It struck me then that Hamm would be the perfect look and caliber of actor to pull off the task of being the average, mousy Kent, and the powerful, just Superman.

If there’s any validity to the source’s rumors, then the critically-acclaimed Hamm would seem an obvious choice. Who else on TV holds a candle to him, not to mention he has the perfect look and build for Superman. And we know he looks good in a suit. So, like I said, all my speculation based on this unfounded quote from an unknown source. But I sure hope I’m right.

The New Avatar [UPDATED]

UPDATE 2:

UGO (via ComicBookMovie) has some more tittilating info on the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff, The Legend Of Korra. They confirm that it will be a mini-series, tighter than the original, with less filler episodes. Check out the rest from the creators here. One of the best and worst pieces of information is that the cabbage guy won’t appear, but “his legacy will be present in some form.” Take that Shyamalan!

UPDATE:

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino on their upcoming spin-off, The Legend of Korra. It comes complete with the concept art above of Korra looking over Republic City, the more mature tone of the new series, and a slight diss of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Read the full thing here.

PREVIOUSLY:

While fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender have been varying degrees of dissappointed with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, there’s hope for the future of the franchise. Nickelodeon has just greenlit The Legend Of Korra from the same creative team as Avatar. This story takes place in the Avatar world 70 years after the conclusion of the first show. It follows a female Avatar named Korra as she masters airbending under the tutelage of Aang’s son in the new airbending city. You can read the full rundown at SuperHeroHype.

I think this is an incredible idea and I am excited that I’m just hearing about it and it comes out next year. It’s always nice to be surprised by new, good shows. I can’t wait to see the world again, especially after the events of the series. And as opposed to traditional hackey cameos in spin-off shows, this allows us to see all of the characters we love in a completely different stage of their life, and see the world and mythology we know through a new set of eyes.

Sucker Punch: Trailer and Images

Last week, we got a look at the tantalizing character posters from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Sucker Punch. Yesterday, the trailer debuted, and it’s amazing:

It takes everything we knew about the film and amplifies it. It’s clear that thematically and visually this film will be magnificent. Let’s hope the acting and writing fare as well. Either way, I’ll be there opening night. And because of the fast pace of the trailer, /Film has 70 hi-res images that break the action down for you to drool over. There will be drool.

Sucker Punch Makes Jail Bait Cool Again!

Ok, so the girls of Zack Snyder’s upcoming Sucker Punch are all legal (thank god), but there’s definitely strong elements of that Japanese-school-girl-fetish thing going on here. I’m not complaining. This movie sounded cool before the photos of the cast started leaking, what with it’s ‘tagline’ of “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” and the fact that Jon Hamm is in it. Mix that with reports that the tagline doesn’t do the true content justice, the official plot being announced, and of course Zack Snyder’s pretty strong track record so far and this movie is only sweetened by the fact that it stars a bunch of scantily-clad young girls toting guns and swords. Check out the rest of the banners and a plot synopsis at /Film.

Meet The New Spider-Man

I know everyone in the world is reporting on this staement made last night, but in case you live in a sewer like some sort of half-man, half-lizard hybrid, let me inform you that Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Social Network) has been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sony and Marc Webb’s 3-D reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. Head to /Film for the press release as well as clips of Andrew Garfield in some of his film roles to date. Any nerd who has been following this will be surprised as Garfield is the least known and least rumored-about one of the bunch. I dislike that he’s a 26-year old playing a high school student, but I’ve heard good things about him as an actor. I’ve only seen him in Imaginarium, but I think that role, where he plays an awkward, but idealistic second-fiddle to Heath Ledger, shows that he may be cut out to do what Tobey Maguire never could do: be Spider-Man.

Review: The Last Airbender

The only way I know how to start this is by saying that I love Avatar: The Last Airbender. From the moment I first stumbled across the show on Nickelodeon in the summer of 2006, I was hooked. The action and animation were fantastic, but what initially got my interest was the story. I’ve always loved elemental manipulation in fantasy, so an entire show about won my nerd heart. But the thing that I truly appreciated about Avatar and what kept me coming back was the humor and the humanity. All of the characters were so relatable and fleshed out, I was amazed that this was a cartoon for kids. It didn’t talk down to you. And when it came to jokes, they could be the typical kid gags, aiming for easy laughs, but they piled on top of that more absurdity and quirkiness than I’d seen since the glory days of Nick animation. Where the show triumps, the film fails. It has the elemental control, it has the visuals, and it has the action. Unfortunately, it lacks the humor and humanity. Hit the jump for my review (w/ minor spoilers).
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