Archive for October, 2003

A New Phantom Flick?

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Cinescape – Home – Editorial

At the above link Cinescape reports that a new Phantom movie may be coming along in the future. The last one came out in 1996. I was 14 when I saw it; I remember getting a free “got milk?” poster with the Phantom posing with a milk moustache… it was great. Anyway, I remember enjoying the movie then, though it’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I don’t remember a lot of details.

If there is to be yet another, it sounds like it would most likely be more of a “remake” than a sequel. “A remake after only 7 years?” is probably what you’re thinking, but the new one will probably take place in the present rather than the 1920’s as the first one did. This is feasible, seeing as how the Phantom himself is really just an identity passed from generation to generation of folk.

There isn’t anything official about it yet, so far it’s really just a rumor.

New Spider-Man 2 Teaser Poster

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Cinescape – Home – Editorial

As promised, here is my post of ACTUAL information!:

Cinescape, at the above link, is displaying the new Spider-Man 2 movie teaser poster. They in turn link to the official Spider-Man 2 website that has the pic available as a wallpaper…

If you look in Spidey’s eye you’ll see Doc Ock’s reflection… pretty cool, eh?

Anyways, I would have linked directly to the Spidey 2 site but I’m lazy and this is where I found it. Have fun!

This sounds like an anime story!

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Twenty girls in school uniforms chased down a pervert and beat him up.

Of course, it was probably a fantasy come true for him.

Revolutions Makes No Sense But Looks Great

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Neo Fuzzball by Robert BavingtonIt sounds like the conclusion of the Matrix Trilogy will make no more sense than the first one.

‘Matrix Revolutions’: First Look

I was so disappointed in ‘Reloaded’ that I vowed not to see the conclusion until it hits the second run theater.

Crossgen Opens New Message Board

Friday, October 31st, 2003


The CG Entertainment Message Board is all new and opened this week. Check it out!

Hutchison Discusses AVP

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Monitor Duty – from the folks who brought you Fanzing!

At the above link, see a recent post made by Monitor Duty editor Michael Hutchison regarding the up-and-coming movie “AVP”.

He’s got some interesting points of view regarding the title of the flick and the teaser trailer.

(Sorry, Mike, I had ta do it!)


Friday, October 31st, 2003

Alien vs. Predator will hit screens August 6 of 2004!

Wow. First Freddy vs. Jason, and now this. It’s like some rich geek suddenly ponied up the dough to finance every fanboy dream picture of the last decade. (GATES? Is that you?)

You can download the teaser trailer, although it’s rather vague and probably is only worth it if you see it in the theater and had no idea this movie is being made. Lots of close-ups and sound effects, and then the letters AVP which mean nothing if you don’t know by then which movie they’re advertising. (I’m so sick of hip acronym titles. Guys? If you post about this movie on Monitor Duty, you are hereby ordered to eschew the trendy “AVP”. You have to spell it out.)

However, you can enjoy a behind the scenes segment.

Send a Fanzing Halloween digital card!

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Trick or Treat!

Pacheco Exclusive To DC

Friday, October 31st, 2003

DC has announced that they’ve signed Carlos Pacheco to a 3-year exclusive contract. Currently, Pacheco is the cover artist for JSA and is working with writer Kurt Busiek on the Wildstorm/Cliffhnager mini-series Arrowsmith. One of his upcoming projects is a story-arc, to be written by Jeph Loeb, in Superman/Batman. Other projects will be announced as details become available.

IDW’s “The Bible: Eden

Friday, October 31st, 2003

IDW is doing a book called The Bible: Eden. Keith Giffen is one of the writers, and it collects stories previously run in…Penthouse???

The book is for mature readers and contains nudity. Naturally, this could be the case for any straightforward Bible adaptation, but given that it’s from Penthouse…

Has anyone seen this (that will admit it to me)? Could anyone provide an inkling of what it’s like?

Dear Penthouse Forum,
I never thought I’d be writing to you. I am the only man on Earth and I live in a garden all by myself. Then one day…


Friday, October 31st, 2003

CNBC has hired Dennis Miller to host a prime time television show four nights a week.

This AP article does something that really bugs me. It says that

He bashed anti-war activists on a “Tonight” show appearance last spring, calling filmmaker Michael Moore a “stupid moron” for criticizing President Bush at the Academy Awards.

Now, my problem with this is that Miller is a comedian and both of these things were in the context of very funny jokes. Granted, he’s targeting them for some righteous abuse, but that’s what comedians do. To only quote the two words “stupid moron” from the payoff line of a long setup seems disingenuous. If you haven’t seen that piece, you might think Miller came out and said, “Hey Moore, you’re a stupid moron!”

Snap to it!

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Jeez…I hate those days when I get too busy and no one else is posting. I hadn’t noticed that there wasn’t any Monitor Duty news until late last night. My apologies. I’ll try to make up for it today.

Maybe all of our contributors need something like Yoder’s “Corner Kittens” which force you to post or watch your adorable little Whiskers get dunked.

I can think of little else that would get Roz to post.

Oh, and thanks to Jeremy Yoder who linked to our post about his Krugman Cat Altitude Index.

Job Wanted is on its way!

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Fanzing Presents: Job Wanted #1 has gone to press! It is on its way to Dime Store Productions as I post this.

I’d like to publicly thank Scott McCullar and Shooting Star Comics for everything they’ve done to make this comic book a reality.

Shooting Star Comics Anthology gets glowing review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

SSCA #2 received a positive review from the Small Amazing Wonders web site.

Krugman’s Cat

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

Don’t worry, this isn’t about politics. I just noticed that someone has too much time on his hands and thought I’d point it out. Follow me here:

Yesterday, at 9:57 AM Tuesday, Jonah Goldberg proposed the Krugman Cat Altitude Index, based on a comment minutes earlier that the cynical Times columnist Paul Krugman probably kicked his cat across the room at news that the economy was doing better. The Index would be a complex mathematical formula that would take various economic indicators and figure out how high Krugman must have kicked his cat upon hearing of them.

That was yesterday morning, mind you.

Today, at 11:30 AM, the prototype Krugman’s Cat Altitude Index is already here! Look at this thing!

So let me get this straight: in 24 hours, this programmer, Jeremy Yoder (who supposedly has a real job), figured out how the index would work, programmed it, found photographic artwork of a cat in numerous positions, found a photograph of a guy reading a paper and modified it, found alternating photos of the background, dug up a screeching cat sound effect, overlaid another layer of a computerized graph, constructed the page showcasing it and has it posted?

How? How can I find people like this to do fun stuff for me based on off-hand comments on my weblog? And how can I get a “real job” like Yoder’s?

New South Park tonight

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

In tonight’s South Park episode, Cartman, Butters and Token start a Christian Rock Band.

Hey, I’m a Christian…but this should be good. After “Do the Handicapped go to Hell?” and “Red Sleigh Down”, what else can they do, really? I’m kind of past being offended by these guys.

I’m so very, very old

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

Kids age 9-12 play Pong as well as many other “classic” video games and then give their opinion. Best quote (about Pong):

Tim: My line is so beating the heck out of your stupid line. Fear my pink line. You have no chance. I am the undisputed lord of virtual tennis. [Misses ball] Whoops.

I don’t feel THAT old, because those games were lame when they came out. I mean, come on. The Superman game where Superman’s a blue squiggle with a red line indicating a cape, and he grabs Lex Luthor who is a purple/green line with a black line on his back because he’s wearing a helicoptor? That sucked then and we were fully aware of that. But the games were addictive…as even these kids prove.

Thanks to Alter Egos for the link.

Cheese, Gromit!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

I’ve been waiting for this for years… I mean, I would have settled for another short, but to see a full-length major motion picture featuring Wallace & Gromit is just too good to be true!

I had thought that Nick Park was done with his nearly-famous creation when he began doing features like Chicken Run and increased the number of commercials he was doing (the Chevron automobiles, the Serta Counting Sheep, plus tons–or tonnes, rather– of European commercials). But apparently Wallace & Gromit are back on the front burner, and I couln’t be happier.

For info on Wallace & Gromit, go here.

Elongated Man is ‘obscure’, says Mark Waid

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

In an interview by THE PULSE, Mark Waid is quoted as saying that the so-called world-famous Elongated Man is an obscure character.

Who’re you going to believe, the famous Mark Waid or Michael Hutchison, an obviously unbiased reader.

This barb inspired entirely by the Popa.

Josh’s “Old Pitch Week

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

“The Secret Lives of Super-Villains” and “Checkmate: Pre-Emptive Measures.”

Checkmate in particular sounds like an action-packed read, but it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that would get produced by a company that will greenlight a story with the political slant of JLA #83. As for the Super-Villains story, I should think it would sell very well during this period that has seen the success of JLA: Working Week and Formerly Known As The Justice League.