Daily Archives: 02/27/2012

Yet more “Riddick” on-set stuff…

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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.

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“A Game of Thrones Season 2” gets a new trailer

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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…

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“Star Trek 2” pictures show…stuff.

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).

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