AMC theater chain offers: Enjoy ‘Cinderella Man’ or Get Money Back In a marketing ploy the company hasn’t trotted out since 1988′s “Mystic Pizza,” AMC took out newspaper ads saying it would refund moviegoers’ money if they are unhappy with one of its features, “Cinderella Man.” The gimmick is seen as a desperate move to …
Monthly Archive: June 2005
Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke’s new DVD series has debuted. “The Doug Mahnke Style of Comic Book Penciling” and “The Tom Nguyen Style of Comic Book Inking” guide the reader through the rendering of a comic page. I believe you’re seeing the same art in progress in both disks, so you’ll watch the piece go …
Having pointed you to all of Mark’s past Batman movie reivews, I figured we all wanted to know his take on Batman Begins.
Not great, not terrible seems to be the consensus.
Ray Harryhausen’s Birthday is being celebrated on Turner Classic Movies via the showing of some of the stop motion animator’s rarities. Unfortunately, the only Classic Movie channel I get is American Movie Classics. (Someone recently told me that they’re changing their name to American Movie Channel because all they ever show are classics like “Turner …
When a studio doesn’t allow critics to pre-screen a movie, that’s usually a terrific sign that it’s a dud. In the case of “War of the Worlds”, debuting today, critics were allowed to see it ahead of time but couldn’t publish their reviews until June 29th. Was that just a way to pique curiosity, or …
If, like me, you forgot to watch the King Kong trailer after Fear Factor, you can now watch it online.
Argh. Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena and other timewasters, all courtesy of a tip from Jonah Goldberg.
Hubble spies lord of the stellar rings A recent image captured with the Hubble Space Telescope – which makes the system look uncannily like the Great Eye of Sauron from the blockbusting Lord of the Rings trilogy – confirms that Fomalhaut’s ring is curiously offset with respect to the star.
Day By Day by Chris Muir is personalizing the Supreme Court’s recent appalling decision by having Damon lose his house. If you click over to there after today, use the calendar navigation to find the strip for 6/28/05. I love the strip, but Muir has got to get his web guy to change the navigational …
Ah, the wisdom of offering free handouts on the World Wide Web: Beau Smith’s Guerilla Marketing 101 As part of his grassroots promotion efforts for his upcoming trade paperback from IDW Publishing, The Complete Wynonna Earp, Smith offered to send a postage paid, signed, Wynonna Earp black & white print at no cost to anyone …
Voices of Piglet and Tigger pass away within a day of each other: John Fiedler, voice of Piglet, dies at 80 Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger, dies at 82
We could solve our transportation problems with a Buttered Cat Array.
All Glory To The Hypnotoad!
The writer of the article I just pointed you to also did a comic on the same subject: CulturePulp 028: ‘Serenity’ Now!
The Browncoats Rise Again “Firefly went on the air two years ago … and was immediately hailed by critics as one of the most canceled shows of the year.” A friend of mine has attended one of these Serenity pre-screenings, even though he’d never seen the show…and he was so entranced with the mini-movie that …
No real spoilers here if you haven’t seen Batman Begins yet. (Why haven’t you?) In a tracking shot in the movie, the camera dolleys past intense, furrow-browed patients glaring through the small windows in their cells, and we see a couple guys lying on their beds. Here’s my question: are any of them supposed to …
Christopher Priest blogs that he invented the whole “Bruce Wayne goes to Tibet to learn martial arts” thing and he’s happy to see it in the movie even though he’s sure DC would never acknowledge this. Little does he know that DC released a new Batman Begins Trade Paperback which contains Scott Beatty’s movie adaptation …
I’m still working on the redesign of Monitor Duty. The good news is that I just bought the Moveable Typbe Bible and it’s an extremely helpful book. It should make it much easier for me to figure out the best way to organize the site redesign. Until I feel I’ve read up enough about it, …
According to spies for Fox411, War of the Worlds may be the most expensive movie yet. I’ve got a solid new figure for the budget on “War of the Worlds.” Are you ready? Not counting promotion: $182 million. With promotion, think more like $230 million. This week I was watching my new Jaws DVD, in …