Wednesday, April 14, 2010

DC previews new Doc Savage title

You can get a peek at DC's new Doc series here.

Record Store Day is this weekend: cool exclusives

Each year, record stores encourage people to remember that they still exist with a special day, and special treats to lure people through their doors.

This year's lineup of special 45 r.p.m. records and other goodies features limited-edition releases by Bruce Springsteen, Elvises Presley and Costello, Blur, Jimi Hendrix and more. See the entire lineup here.

Tolkien-C.S. Lewis team-up stories to hit big screen

A movie adaptation is in the works for James A. Owen's "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica" series, which tells the fictional, world-hopping adventures of a young J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. It's a cool-sounding idea. I hadn't heard of the books before today.

Scorsese planning 3-D Hugo Cabret adaptation

This could be good: Martin Scorsese plans a animated, 3-D adaptation of Brian Selznick's children's book/graphic novel hybrid "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

Based on Brian Selznick's best-selling children's book, story is set in 1930s Paris and centers on a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo, who lives in a train station and must finish what his late father started by solving the mystery of a broken robot.

Project, which will begin lensing in London in June, marks Scorsese's first foray into kid lit as well as his debut 3D film.

Joss Whedon to pen/direct Avengers film

This is a promising development. From Variety:
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk will soon start taking orders from Joss Whedon.
Marvel Studios is wrapping up a deal for Whedon to helm "The Avengers," which assembles the superheroes in one pic on May 4, 2012, that Paramount will distrib. Whedon will also rework Zak Penn's script.

Retro-Action Aquaman figure

Here's a pic of Mattel's new Mego-style Aquaman Retro-Action figure.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Now streaming on Netflix

Some new items of note:
  • Earth Girls are Easy
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Moon
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • New Adventures of Tarzan
  • Tarzan and the Green Goddess
  • Tarzan and the Trappers
  • Father Goose
  • Harold and Maude

New BBC archive depicts the changing face of Doctor Who

From the Beeb:
A new online collection from BBC Archive reveals the story behind the changing face of Doctor Who. As Matt Smith begins his new adventures as the 11th Doctor, BBC Archive reveals how the very first regeneration was planned in 1966.
Internal BBC memos, Radio Times letters and exclusive images have been digitised and made available for the first time, offering an insight into how viewers have reacted to each new actor taking on what has become an iconic role.
See it here.

Krates of Kirby!

Whoa: 600 boxes of drawings and character designs artist Jack Kirby did for the Ruby-Spears animation company have been unearthed and are being considered for development.

Monday, April 12, 2010

CD new releases April 13, 2010: Jeff Beck, Iggy and the Stooges, Iron Man, Tom Lehrer, Incredible String Band,

Emotion & CommotionRaw Power (2 CD Legacy Edition)Iron Man 2 (CD/DVD)The Tom Lehrer Collection (CD/DVD)Wee Tam & Big Huge

DVD new releases April 13, 2010: Apollo 13, Great Mouse Detective, Dallas season 13, Emergency season 6, Pirate Radio, Alias Smith and Jones,

Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition) Dallas: The Complete Thirteenth SeasonEmergency!: Season SixPirate RadioAlias Smith And Jones: Seasons 2 & 3! 35 color episodes!

28 days later: The Netflix lag

I just don't see the point of buying any more DVDs. Not when I can rent or stream them so cheaply. And apparently I'm not alone.

Strong-arm tactics from movies studios have led Netlix to delay rentals of new Fox and Warner Bros. releases until 28 days after become available for purchase.

I figure I'll just wait. After all, I wait to watch HBO and Showtime series until they become available on DVD. I wait sometimes up to a year to see movies on DVD because getting a baby sitter and shelling out for movie tickets is too much of a hassle. I have plenty of already-available stuff to watch and catch up on. So what's 28 days?

This is just delaying the inevitable. DVDs will soon become a thing of the past and the film industry, much like newspapers and magazines publishers, need to figure out new ways to make a profit. I don't have any easy answers. I'm contributing to the problem. But the genie's out of the bottle folks.