Is it the end of April yet? No? Oh well, I suppose that I’ll just have to make do with this new trailer for Joss Whedon‘s upcoming “Avengers” movie.
Hulk like trailer! Trailer full of Hulk Win! Hulk smash aliens good!
Of course, you’ll be noticing the odd title change that the film’s had in Europe – presumably so as not to convince the three people who went to see the ill-advised Ralph Fiennes/Uma Thurman “Avengers” movie back in 1998, the Marvel film is now “Avengers Assemble” in my neck of the global woods.
Well, at least they're not calling it "Super Happy Marvel Team Up Explosion", I suppose...
So, why not head over to our friends at The Mary Sue and get your face smacked up by the new hotness? If you have Fan/Nerd/Geek Squee, prepare to unleash it.
Guys, what was that thing about Joss Whedon randomly killing us off for giggles?
Once you get past all of the urban combat stuff which looks neat but uncomfortably close to the mise-en-mayhem of Michael Benjamin Bay, there’s a bunch of new stuff in this trailer which had me air-punching and chuckling at the massive scale madness and the toys that Whedon has to play with.
Hawkeye, in the air, shooting arrows at suckers, like a boss...
There may well be a distinct lack of posting on April 26th, by way of an advanced heads-up – it appears that I’ll be too busy picking my jaw up off the floor to do much in the way of blogging…
It would be great to report that UK games retailer Game are on an upward curve, but today’s news that they won’t be stocking “Mass Effect 3” in store doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. As doesn’t the news that future EA titles won’t be available in store once “SSX” comes out in March.
So, nothing at all to worry about and Game are definitely not in a bad way, at all. Oh dear…
Game cite unacceptable credit issues with publishers and a desire to improve their currently challenging trading environment, but that really isn’t going to matter to people who’ve pre-ordered the game and now have to go elsewhere to try to get it.
If you’ve had this happen once to a pre-order, are you really likely to go back to the retailer or are you likely to go to Amazon and their ilk for your gaming pre-orders?
Filed under Gaming, Geekery
How about Sheffield City Hall for a change, invading alien overlords? Haters...
Any doubts that one might have had about the desire of games publishers to appeal solely to core gamers are neatly underlined by the new ad for “Mass Effect 3” – the wholly ambiguous and in no way on the chin “Fight” teaser, which you can see here.
Not looking good for the church's new roof fundraiser...
So, small children in the midst of civil unrest, young lovers embracing as the blasts hit and pious folks taking shelter in a church and major American landmarks getting jacked up – all good stuff to use to reach out to the folks who think that games are still like Mario the Hedgehog on the Nintendo Playstation.
Yep, that's a live-action ManShep alright...
One thing’s for damn sure after checking out this advert – you can see where EA are spending your Collector’s Edition cash …
Filed under Gaming, Geekery, TV
“Elementary”, the mildly controversial and debate-starting American take on Sherlock Holmes already has Jonny Lee Miller lined up to play the titular hero and now has a Watson, too.
The highlight of McG’s otherwise patience-testing “Charlie’s Angels” films, Lucy Liu has signed on in the role of lapsed surgeon Joan Watson (she’s got demons, you know), who will be Holmes’ live-in sobriety buddy after his rehab stay.
Holmes in rehab? Sobriety buddy? You can smell the touchy-feely earnestness from here, can’t you?
If you find yourself wondering whether this means that this version of Holmes and Watson are going to have to battle diabolical criminal masterminds and outrageously latent sexual tension, you’re not alone – my dear Mrs Rolling Eyeballs raised an eyebrow at Miss Liu’s casting on that basis and she’s rarely wrong about these things.
If the pilot for this show revealed that, actually, it’s trying to be a “Castle” rip-off rather than a too-soon, late-to-the-party modern “Sherlock” tale, I think that I’d lose some of the reservations that I have about it.
Yep, that’s the galaxy’s surliest anti-hero Richard B. Riddick, as portrayed by this blog’s favourite action movie star, Sir Vin of Diesel, in a moment of on-set reflection whilst he shoots (and punches, and stabs) the new film.
Is it 2013 yet? No? Oh bugger.
If you head over to His Dieselness’ Facebook page (I know, I know, I don’t like this most ubiquitous of social media platforms, but what can you do when that’s where everything’s going down?), you can take a look at some more images from the third Riddick film and some of Vin’s actually charming and actorly digressions on filming, friends and this business we call show.
He comes across as some delightfully daffy combination of British theatrical knight, Sly Stallone-esque guy from the neighbourhood and that nerdy “D&D” player who somehow made it big and gets to do what he loves for a living. And you’ve got to love him for that.
Filed under Films, Geekery
So, that’s Carice Van Houten and Stephen Dillane in a picture from the second season of HBO’s fantasy adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” series. And if you go to YouTube, you can look at a trailer for the second series – looks great to me. Shame I haven’t actually seen the first season yet.
On the face of it, this series is so very up my street. Fantasy drama done right, made with a decent amount of money and care and cast with actors who don’t give the impression that they’re doing genre fans a favour by appearing in the show and are giving – egad! – actual performances.
I would love to watch it – but I’m having to wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray box sets as HBO have sold the show in the UK to satellite broadcaster Sky. This wouldn’t be a problem, as some Sky channels have shown up on the Virgin Media cable platform which I subscribe to.
However, those lovely territorial peeing contests that tv companies insist on engaging in have meant that Sky shunted “A Game of Thrones” off onto their Sky Atlantic channel – which shows every HBO series from the last few years and stuff like “Battlestar Galactica” – and Virgin refuse to pay for carriage rights to the channel, which leaves me S.O.L. and probably a year behind the curve for the remainder of “A Game of Thrones” run.
Of course, I could do something radical like reading the original books and keep the box sets for a marathon session in the near future…
Filed under Books, Geekery, TV
I know that folks can be a mite sensitive about spoilers when it comes to the next “Star Trek” film from curly-haired, black eyeglass-framed visionary J.J. Abrams.
Chances are that they don’t want to know about the nature of Benedict Cumberbatch’s role, whether Zachary Quinto is still an Emo bad ass or how many alien ladies Chris Pine is going to squire this time around.
So those guys are going to be as ticked off as Abrams was at the weekend when some sneaky pictures leaked from the set of the second “Star Trek” film – I’m going to link to them but I’ll spare your spoiler-radar from going haywire by including the most innocuous one.
But what does it all mean? She's leaning, there's some pieces of set there - such an enigma!
Yep, it’s the one of Zoe Saldana’s Uhura getting to wield a phaser, in the daylight, on some kind of space craft. If you want to see Messrs Cumberbatch and Quinto having words, click-through to Den of Geek’s story.
Needless to say, the second Abrams “Trek” movie is one of my most eagerly anticipated films of 2013 and any degree of rampant spoilers won’t stop me from going to see this film on opening weekend. Probably in the company of Mrs Rolling Eyeballs and our good friend, Eva’s Mum – who wasn’t a “Trek” fan before seeing the film but certainly was afterwards (she’s a big Abrams /“Lost” and “Alias” fan).