Whedon doing Wonder Woman Movie?

Interesting… I like Joss Whedon’s work on Firefly, so this ought to be interesting…A Wonder Woman Movie? Are we ready for that?

Silver Pictures, producer of the revolutionary, $3 billion-grossing “Matrix” franchise, has signed Joss Whedon, creator of the phenomenally popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, to write and direct the feature film action adventure Wonder Woman based on the DC Comics character. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Link: Comingsoon.net

Can I afford to be a Star Wars fan?

I just filled out a survey over at Starwars.com. The survey was to see what services and or things they could throw at me to make me interested in being a Hyperspace subscriber. I assume that they are doing this because Star Wars III is coming out soon and I am sure they are looking to see what could keep or build their subscriber base.

Some of the things they had suggestions for were Original Stories, Insider information on Indy IV and the Star Wars TV projects, and discounts at their startwarsshop.com. I was looking at their shop, after the survey because I realized I hadn’t seen it in a while, and I was surprised and not so at the same time at what I found. I will be damned if I am gonna pay $109.99 for a freaking Darth Vader 77 football jersey. I mean even the proverbial fan in his parents basement would shudder. I think that the only thing that I could see purchasing is either the Yoda mouse pad or some pens. Even the Pez dispensers are $30.00 + bucks. It is expensive. Who can afford to collect unless you are the one who got out early during the Dot Com era.

Now, I have been a fan since day one, and I remember the day I first saw Star Wars and it was good. I looked forward to each new movie with much excitement, but once Phantom Menace came out I started to get that I am being milked feeling. First it is, go see the movie, buy it on VHS, oh guess what the DVD is out. Then not only is the DVD out, but then there is the Special Edition and to follow that up the Special Directors Golden Ram Rod Uncut Edition is out. Then, Hey it is the Special Directors Golden Ram Rod Uncut Collectors set with never before seen extras! And you know that this goes on with every good movie out there, and it sucks. It sucks because they know you are gonna get it.

I have a new appreciation for what I put my parents through. I think back at all the Star Wars stuff that I got then. Figures, ships, and trading cards. I was a certified Star Wars freak (With others), but I do have a suggestion to keep me a fan. Make a good Star Wars film for Episode III that will be worth my $8 ~ 9 dollars. That is all I want.

(Ok, To be fair, I did sorta like Attack of the Cones)

If you have done 6 impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways

I have been a Douglas Adams fan for what seems like forever. I originally got hooked on Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by watching that old PBS TV version. I read the books, the entire trilogy, and have been anticipating this movie for quite some time.

As campy as HHGG was on PBS it was great fun to watch, even if you hadn’t read the books. It originally aired on BBC and I think that PBS recut it and aired it in 1981. At first I didn’t quite know what to make of it, then I got hooked and couldn’t wait for the next episode. The books then made it all the better (as in enhanced it not reducing the pain).

Of course don’t forget Infocom? In case you don’t know Infocom was a company made on creating text based adventure games. Zork I, II, III, et al and of course The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I played that till I was blue in the fingers (typing of course). It was frustrating at times, especially trying to get the babel fish. You had to put a bag of mail on the floor, stand on one foot , and put your robe in front of an opening on the conveyor belt…ok, I made some of that up, but it was a pain to get that thing…

Anyway, I have sketches at home from that time and you can definitely see HHGG influence. I will admit that I carried a towel (click for cultural significance) in the back of my 78 Honda Civic for quite a while, and yes it did come in handy. I slept in my car once and used it then, I changed the oil and used it then, my windows fogged up I again used it then too, and that is where I will stop with that. You can plainly see the immediate benefit.

Do I need to carry a towel to the Movie?

Hitchhiker’s Guide: Exclusive Pics: The Vogons of Hitchhiker’s Guide

Jumped the Shark

Jumped the Shark is one of those sites that I had been to before, but is always fun to revisit.

What is Jumped the Shark?
It’s a moment. A defining when you know that your favorite television program has reached it’s peak. That instant that you know from now on…it’s all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it Jumping the Shark.

Fanfilms…the new past time.

It is interesting all that can be done with consumer electronics today, especially making movies. I think that it is really cool what a few hundred dollars and a little imagination can get you. (I am not talking about partying on the weekends either)
There are a ton of fan films out there, especially StarWars related. Some of my favorites are made with action figures. And these are great examples too of some of the live action stuff people are doing, not necessarily StarWars related, and very professional looking.

Be sure to check out Grayson, Worlds Finest, and Batman: Dead End.
I’d pay good money to see Grayson.