Shot and animated with a mo-capped Ryan Reynolds, this is the test reel Rob Liefeld has been raving about for years now, finally released online by Blur Studios. It's pretty perfect as a depiction of the character - but could it sustain for a whole feature? Would the cockiness get way too irritating, as it seemed to do for many viewers in Green Lantern?
Either way, I reckon I wouldn't mind having the chance to find out.
Since we're a super-nerdy site, first things first:
As far as I can tell, Howard the Duck is NOT in Guardians of the Galaxy. Lead character Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is from Earth, and has some Earth memorabilia, including ALF stickers and a troll doll, so it's possible there's something referencing Howard in his collection that just isn't obvious. But Howard himself? No.
Unless...he's in the post-credits scene that is just being shown "to the fans" at regular screenings and was not shown to us, because lord knows we critics can't be fans too, and we totally saw it for "free" with the only obligation being that we then have to take a couple of hours out of the day to write an article about it, because that's how we make a living and stuff. This may be a larger topic for another day.
As this movie gets closer to release, we're finally starting to hear some of the right things, with director Jonathan Liebesman talking about his love for the cartoons as a kid, a clip that makes fun of the idea they could be aliens, and so forth. It's a course correction for an otherwise awfully mismarketed film whose people spent most of the year legally threatening anyone with leaked images rather than getting out in front with their own pictures.
And then they go and put out that poster above. Look at the release date. Then look at the image again.
Granted, it's for Australia, where that date means less. But online, everything is international.
h/t Gallen_Dugall via The Mary Sue
Did you think Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne lived difficult lives? My bet is they've got nothing on this guy. Check out the trailer, which looks like someone did a gritty, horror remake of The Toxic Avenger.
Speaking of which...whatever happened to that Toxie remake that Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to costar in? Anyway, here's Septic Man...
One thing I love about McFarlane Toys is that they really do NOT force their employees to be super-reverent towards the boss. It turns out they're just as amused by the fact that Todd calls the studs on Lego bricks "nipples" as anyone else. In fact, when I suggest that they need a shorter brand name than "McFarlane Building Sets," one of the responses is "Nipple-O."
That said, when finished many of these sets look pretty good in person. And I got a look at some of the next series in the works if these ones do well...
I don't think I've ever before run a Blu-ray list on the same day as Blu-ray Today - so as not to be redundant, I'll just suggest you look at today's prior post for Twin Peaks, the real highlight of the week. But if a damn fine copy - and hot! - of David Lynch's finest TV hours leaves you with only garmonbozia, there are other things coming out too.
Like Curtains. I don't know what it is, and I don't need to know. I just want it for the cover alone.
Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal series, comes out on Blu-ray today for the first time in its entirety as Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, which will include all 30 episodes of the series as well as the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me collected together for the first time. Twin Peaks was a lot of things - soap opera, screwball comedy, murder mystery - but it also had deeply surreal and disturbing elements that would pop up throughout the show's run...the kind of things that got under your skin, and stayed there, almost entirely due to the influence of show co-creator David Lynch. Here are but ten of the show's most memorably disturbing moments, listed in chronological order, from the pilot to the final episode.
By the way, if for some reason over the course of the last twenty-five years you haven't seen Twin Peaks, then please...go do that and THEN come back and enjoy this list. It's filled with massive spoilers that would ruin the series for you, and I'd hate to do that for anyone. I know there are still youngsters out there still discovering the show on Netflix for the first time. If that's you...go do that, then come back. We'll still be here.
For our final video from this year's Comic-Con, we have longtime friend-of-TR Zach Oat, of Diamond Select Toys, with a look at their new in-house products. We discuss their deal with Miramax, the ability to use John Travolta's likeness, why you won't be seeing a toy of X-Men: Days of Future Past's Mystique, and more.
Consider this also your open thread for the rest of the day. I have to go home now.