Archive for April, 2007


Spider-Man 3 German Venom Trailer!!

April 17, 2007

This is beautiful… even though it’s in German. Below are some screen captures from the trailer.

To see the trailer in all it’s german glory, click here!



April 16, 2007

Finally, a place where nerds, geeks, & gamers can get together and geek out! And it’s NOT a basement!! It’s called…



Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition Clips

April 16, 2007

Anyone want to see some cool videos from the Wii Edition of Resident Evil 4? Yeah, I thought you might.

To watch the videos, click here.


The Future of Spidey

April 16, 2007

IGN has posted a sneak peek of a few of the upcoming Spider-Man comics that we can expect to see around July. Personally, I found this picture to be relatively intriguing…

To check out the rest of the sneak peeks, click here.


Spider-Man: The Musical!!

April 16, 2007

Apparently, this was an audition notice and casting breakdown for the upcoming Spider-Man Musical. Instead of tingling, his spider-sense will now be singing.

Director: Julie Taymor
Music and Lyrics: Bono and The Edge of U2
Musical Supervisor: Teese Gohl
Book: Julie Taymor and Glen Berger
Producer: Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment
Casting Director: Telsey + Company

Rehearsals: Begin 7/2/07 in NYC

Reading: 7/12/07 and 7/13/07

NEW YORK, NY 10036

[PETER PARKER] Male, late teens to early 20’s, Caucasian. A bullied, high school senior in Queens passionate about all things Science, and infatuated with Mary Jane Watson to the point of near-paralysis. Earnest, ethical, and frequently relying on his wry, self-effacing sense of humor to get out of scrapes, he was bitten by a genetically altered spider in Norman Osborn’s Lab soon before graduating and becomes after trials and tragedy a crime-fighting superhero. He struggles daily to balance the responsibilities his dual identity demands, as well as with the constant temptation to exploit the powers he has inherited. The burden of being a superhero, his guilt for his role in his uncle?s death, as well as his debilitating crush on Mary Jane all weigh heavily upon him. Great pop/rock voice.

[MARY JANE] Female, late teens to early 20s, Caucasian. Sweet, intelligent, affectionate, compassionate, with a well-developed, wry sense of humor. Her power, her luminosity, arises from the unadorned simplicity and groundedness of her presence. She is desperate to get out of Queens, to get away from her abusive father, and make a name for herself as an actress. Great pop/rock voice.

[ARACHNE] Female, 20-35 years old, any ethnicity. A beautiful, boastful young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods. She subsequently appears to Peter Parker and the audience as in turn a powerful spider-woman who comes from another time to inspire Peter; an otherworldly lover; a bride; a terrifying (and sexy) dark goddess of vengeance; a dance partner in a charged and violent spiders dance of death; and, finally, a lonely, fragile young woman. Possesses an ethereal, unique, gorgeous singing voice. Strong Celtic, Balkan style, e.g., Sinead O’Connor. Outside the box ideas are welcomed. Could be someone from the music industry.

[NORMAN OSBORN] Male, 50s, Southern. A brilliant scientist deeply devoted to his wife Emily and to the potential of science to improve the world. Always thinking, always tinkering, always talking, he is a dynamo, a folksy whirlwind of energy cut from the same cloth as Ted Turner. An experiment gone wrong mutates him into an unholy terror called the Green Goblin contemptuous of humanity and very much insane. STRONG comic chops and strong character voice.

[J. JONAH JAMESON] Male, 50s. Brash, stubborn, and a throwback from another era, the mustachioed, cigar-chomping, tyrannical publisher of the Daily Bugle is always after the headline that will sell more papers. He is unrelenting in his hatred for Spider-Man, whom he sees as a vigilante and a bane to NYC. Need STRONG comic chops.

[GEEK CHORUS] Three teenage boys and one girl who meet to ritualistically retell the greatest Spider-Man stories. They have encyclopedic knowledge of the last forty years of Spider-Man comic books. They are inveterate role-playing, over-enthusiastic, idealistic, air-guitar-wielding, argumentative, earnest, hyper-serious geeks. Strong comic chops and strong singing voices. Any ethnicity.


Edward Norton Hulks Out!!

April 16, 2007

Two-time Academy Award┬« nominee Edward Norton has signed on to play Bruce Banner, who transforms into Marvel’s renowned, larger-than-life Super Hero, The Hulk in Marvel Studios’ action-packed, new big screen adaptation of The Incredible Hulk. The film, which is being directed by Louis Leterrier and distributed by Universal Pictures, is scheduled to smash into theaters on June 13, 2008.

“Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business. His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the big screen in a new and exciting way,” said Kevin Feige, President of Production, Marvel Studios.Under the visionary direction of Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, Unleashed), The Incredible Hulk will return to the roots of the long-running comic series and television show.

The story unfolds when the pursuit for The Hulk – the world’s most misunderstood, primal force of fury – heats up, finding Bruce Banner on the run attempting to cure his condition before his pursuers capture him.Edward Norton is widely recognized as one of Hollywood’s most multifaceted actors. Having appeared in more than 20 films to date, he has garnered numerous accolades, including two Academy Award nominations. He received a Best Actor nod for his portrayal of a former Neo-Nazi in American History X, as well as Supporting Actor recognition for his role opposite Richard Gere in Primal Fear. He will next been seen in Pride and Glory (co-starring Colin Farrell). Other film credits include: Fight Club, The Painted Veil, The Illusionist, The Score, 25th Hour, Frida, Death to Smoochy, and The People vs. Larry Flynt.

Filming is slated to begin in Toronto this summer. The Incredible Hulk film is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige and will be executive produced by Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee. Norton is represented by Brian Swardstrom of Endeavor.

Universal Pictures will distribute the film domestically and in various international territories.


Pop Culture Ingnorance

April 14, 2007

My co-worker’s name is Emily and she’s in her early 20’s. She listens to Tim McGraw, has a collection of romance novels by Lurlene McDaniel at her desk, and her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. She likes Dirty Dancing so much so, that she has two copies of the movie. One is to keep in her car, so she can watch it where ever she goes. You see what I’m dealing with here? No? Let me put it in perspective.

A while ago, I asked Emily if she heard they were making an Indiana Jones IV. Her response was, “What’s Indiana Jones?” (See the more detailed conversation here.) It gets worse…

Star Wars.
Indiana Jones.
Back to the Future.
Weird Al.

Other than the fact that all of these have had an enormous impact on pop culture and have been around for more than 20 years, some of them even pushing 30, what else do all four of these thing have in common? Emily claims that she has never had an interest in any of these things. So that’s why she’s never seen the movies or listened to Weird Al. Fine. But, it’s not just that – she hasn’t even heard of them! Has NO IDEA WHATSOEVER!

I’m not going to cover Indiana Jones again. It’ll just make me want to cry. Click the link above for that.

Let’s start with Weird Al. Comedian. Musician. Grammy winner. You don’t have to be a fan of Weird Al to know who he is or what he does. Even if you haven’t listened to his music, surely you’ve at least heard of his hit songs “Eat It”, “Fat”, “Like a Surgeon”, “Amish Paradise”, or “White & Nerdy” and probably know which songs they parody. Emily, on the other hand, couldn’t even name one of his songs. She didn’t even know that he was a musician.

Back to the Future. This is a movie for everyone! It’s not about an archeologist who fights Nazis (which Emily referred to as a “cowboy and indian” movie). And it’s not a sci-fi, space epic either. It’s about a teenager who travels through time. There’s action, humor, music, romance – what’s not to love? I’ve never ever heard anyone utter the phrase, “I hate Back to the Future.” These movies have become classics from the 1980’s. There is no good excuse for not seeing these movies.

When I asked Emily what she knows about Back to the Future, she responded “Well, nothing really. But shouldn’t it be Back to the Past, because how can you go back to what never was?” I think I understand what she’s trying to say. I honestly even tried to diagram it on a timeline for her. I did not succeed. I had to give up and told her to just watch the frickin’ movie.

And last, but certainly not least – Star Wars. I can understand she doesn’t have any interest in Star Wars. Not many girls do. However, through friends, family, or references from other types of media, they at least – bare minimum – know that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. I guess Emily has also never seen Tommy Boy.

Furthermore, Star Wars has had two trilogies. Not one. Two. That’s a grand total of six movies. Six. And with all the hype from the rest of the whole wide world, this is what Emily had gathered from it:

I asked “So, Emily, what do you know about Star Wars?”

To which she replied, “Oh, that’s spaceship people. Right?”

…. Right. Spaceship people. I don’t think anyone could give a more simplistic summary. Let’s move on.

I am completely befuddled by this. She’s a normal girl. How could have all of these pop culture phenomenons just slip by her? I don’t get it. What concerns me even further is that chances are, Emily isn’t the only person in the world that’s like this. And it pains me to even imagine how many more there might be. I know I’m a nerd and a fanatic of all of these things and that I am probably over-reacting a bit here, but still – these are the big dogs! I feel like I showed a picture of the solar system and she pointed to the sun and said, “What’s that?”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a bottle of aspirin…