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“Avengers” pixel-semble!

8-Bit nerdery genius Via XStitchMyHeart and The Mary Sue

Avengers-inspired craft geek goodness so awesome that it nearly kicked the butt of Sunday’s “Iron Man 3” SuperBowl trailer.  The creativity and wit of the greater internet nerd community never fails to amaze, does it?

There’s yet more – 8-bit sprite Harry Potter cast for the win, peeps!- at Cross Stitch My Heart’s Etsy shop.

 

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02/05/2013 · 6:54 pm

Meet Hagrid

We said goodbye to our beloved Minnie last Saturday morning and still miss her terribly – anybody who’s ever had a pet become a real part of their family in the same way can appreciate how the sense of loss carries on for weeks and months afterwards when being abruptly reminded of small things which you used to do together.

Time moves on and new dogs come along to do their best to fill the void – to that end, meet the lovely and utterly insane Hagrid, a two-year-old Saluki/Greyhound cross who is best described as a Lurcher who thinks that he’s a lap dog.  It’s not much of an exaggeration to suggest that this dog wouldn’t disgrace his J.K. Rowling created namesake’s bestiary of  unusual creatures – there’s certainly something magical about his ability to stand upright and nearly leap over the garden wall or to displace the water from his bowl everywhere but his mouth…

No, I'm not ready for my close-up - fetch some kibble, if you please...

He’s come to us on a weekend visit, but I’m probably not breaking any family confidences in telling you that he’s hopefully going to be staying put and filling the canine-shaped gap in our life from this point on.

Hagrid is an endlessly curious two-year-old who loves to say hello to any dog that he meets and can currently be seen dragging me around various woodland walks in my city – he seems to know where he’s going and it would be rude to correct him (yes, he and I will be going to training classes – but if you’re in my area for the next few weeks, I apologise in advance for the daft, white furball running amok and sniffing your pooch’s behind without so much as an introduction).

Welcome Hagrid – may your time with us be long and happy.

 

 

 

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Harry’s World

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So, that Harry Potter studio tour opens at the end of the month – on March 31st, to be precise – and The Guardian has some very pretty images from it for you to take a look at.

Now that’s what I call a miniature.

You can visit the website for the tour here – I’m pretty sure that a certain female relative of mine will be more than happy to take them up on a chance to look behind the curtain at Hogwarts…

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Some notes on David Yates’ “Doctor Who” movie…

Ever since it was announced the other day – causing regrettably vocal sections of the internet to go into full, petition-starting meltdown – the prospect of a “Doctor Who” film directed by David Yates has been near the front page and key to the discussion on most nerd-centric websites.

Not to be uncharitable, but I imagine the thought process of most negative posters on forums and in comments sections goes something like this – “It’s a terrible idea!  How dare Americans conduct a cultural smash-and-grab on one of our favourite Sci-Fi heroes! Furthermore, if you just examine my seventeen-volume collection of fan-fiction, you will see that only I am capable of successfully rebooting this franchise with my hitherto unheralded genius”.

Let’s see whether this project goes beyond being fodder for fevered blog posts and traffic-grabbing news stories before writing off the project before a word of the first screenplay draft has been written –  at this point, there are so many steps for this film to travel along before I’m writing a fevered blog post about the first trailer for the actual film.

That said – let’s get to casting this mother.

As the Doctor, I will accept no substitute.

Greatest. Living. Englishman.

Eccentricity? Yes. Have seen him?  Laughs? He makes me chortle like a loon.  Emotional range?  He can break your heart with a single, well-timed pause and a low-key line delivery.  There’s life and a tangible thought process going on behind his eyes and he’s an actor who appears to have lived life – he’s definitely not a substance-free leading ‘man’ and as we’ve had a couple of Doctors in the TV series who have skewed younger in age, it might be time for a Doctor who’s slightly older?

Additional, not-to-be-overlooked advantage – he’s worked regularly with project mainstay David Yates in the “Harry Potter” films, as Ministry of Magic head Rufus Scrimgeour.

I’m inclined to veer towards somebody with looks and acting chops as a companion – if, indeed, that is the format with which Yates proceeds.  I mean, we might not see such traditions being adhered to if the director is as good as his word and goes back to code, not focussing so much on the demands of established canon and choosing to create a new world to draw stories from.

So, if we do have a companion, I’m going to suggest…

Serious, funny, rather delightful - very British. Yep, she's a keeper.

That’s Hayley Atwell, who you might have seen in this summer’s “Captain America – The First Avenger”, the recent cinematic adaptation of “Brideshead Revisited” and Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream”  or her roles in TV series such as “The Pillars of the Earth” and “The Prisoner”.

She’s done franchise work, she’s done more cerebral fare – she’s funny, refreshingly not a stick-thin every-Blonde and has an undeniable but oddly relateable poshness which might well endear her to some American fans.

Not sniffy about genre, unapologetically bright and a dog lover:  I may be biased, but she makes my list.

Of course the fun of writing a post like this is looking back on it in a few months and finding out that you were completely wrong and that somebody you could never have thought of in a million years has been cast in the film:

Had to use this pic - thanks, Google Image search!

Coming soon – Alan Carr is the Doctor in “Carry On Who!”

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A “Doctor Who” movie from “Harry Potter” director?

Fancy a big-screen adventure for the Doctor?

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The BBC is betting that you can’t enough of the Doctor and are apparently rolling the dice on a feature film version, with David Yates, who directed all of the “Harry Potter” movies from “Order of the Phoenix” on, developing a non-canon, cinematic incarnation of the classic SF hero.

I’m filing this one firmly in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” file, but as the source is Daily Variety, so I have to give it some credence.

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“Akira” gets two high-profile cast members?

Twitch (bookmark it – it’s awesome) are reporting the intriguing possibility that Jaume Collet-Sera’s live action adaptation of “Akira” is beginning to round-up an intriguing cast, to perhaps beset some of the Internet’s worries about the project.

Say what you want about his past, Sirius had style...

Yep, Gary Oldman has been offered the part of the Colonel.

It's a look.

And the mighty Helena Bonham-Carter is being offered the role of Lady Miyako.

I can understand Warner Brothers wanting to keep things in the family – both actors, of course, can be seen in multiple “Harry Potter” installments and Collet-Sera has made low-cost, sleeper hits for the WB since his “House of Wax” iteration.

I’m still somewhat bothered about the reported budget, though.  Far be it from me to say that you have to spend over the odds to deliver a convincing view of the future – I’m a big fan of “District 9”, which was by no means a budget-buster –  but $90 million?  Unless this version of “Akira” is set in a supermarket stock room, I’m not filled with confidence…

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Quick Geek News, October 6 2011

Today’s fix of quick nerd news goes something like this –

Slashfilm has an update on the upcoming Universal theme park attraction for the “Transformers” franchise – with the theme park operator dubbing it, as you might expect, “Transformers – The Ride”.  It’s scheduled for a debut in the Singapore park in December of this year and in the Hollywood park in Spring 2012, blending 3D live action footage and animatronic effects.

As long as it doesn't feature John Turturro in a 3D-thong, I'm happy...

There’s a blog for the ride HERE

SFX, meanwhile, have a story about Warner Brothers cash-mountain in-the-waiting, the making of Harry Potter studio tour, which opens its doors from 31 March 2012 – you can book tickets here from 13 October.

Can we get an endlessly replenishing breakfast, too? That would be sweet...

Mrs Rolling Eyeballs is even now F5’ing as though a Hippogriff’s life depended on it.

The dream team of “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau, “Star Trek” scribe Roberto Orci and “Robot Chicken” co-creator Seth Green are working on an ABC tv pilot set in an “X-Files”-like division working out of the White House.

I'm always down for a show which recalls "The X-Files"...

I09 pays tribute to Steve Jobs, who died today at the age of 56, after battling liver cancer. He leaves a legacy of innovative and elegant products, from Apple computers to Pixar films, which made technology accessible to a mass audience and created a proud and passionate fan base of Apple geeks the world over.

Making complex technology simpler.

The Guardian, meanwhile, has Apple insiders recalling Apple’s culture and product design focus.  Even the Metal world gets in the act, via Blabbermouth, with the likes of Wes Borland, Fred Durst, Bret Michaels and more recalling the impact that Apple had on them.

File this one under – “I’ll believe it when I see it” – French website, via Eurogamer, reports that Spielberg-produced “Halo” movie to commence shooting in 2012.

 

Does want?

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