The first trailer for Jonah Hex has finally been released, and seeing as how the movie comes out June 18th, they sure took their sweet time about it.
The first pictures from Jonah Hex hit last April, and ever since then things have been pretty quiet as to how this movie was progressing. The trailer has finally dropped, and it looks to be just as crazy as the comic book. Hex’s trademark wonky right eyeball is missing, but in a recent interview with Josh Brolin, the actor playing him, he said that they tried doing it, but it resulted in an immediate eye infection. Can’t say as you blame them for dropping that look in that case.
Although Thor isn’t due in theaters until May 6, 2011, Marvel is gearing up to start the promotion of this film.
Things get rolling in Iron Man 2 with an appearance by Mjöllnir, Thor’s hammer. I’ve seen the image already, and it is a dead on likeness to the comic book version. And just this morning, Marvel and Paramount released the first image of Chris Hemsworth in the Thor costume, and while you can’t see everything, what you can see looks pretty spot on to the armored costume the character wears from time to time.
There is a photo floating around out there of the Destroyer armor, an enchanted suit of armor that Loki sends to fight Thor, but Marvel is issuing DMCA take down notices for it, and having been DMCA’d once in my life already, I’m not anxious to do so again.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Thor series, but everything I’ve seen and heard so far is sounding like Marvel could have another hit on its hands.
Apparently parents in Santa Clara county California are incapable of telling their kids “no”, so they got county officials to do it for them. In a three-to-two vote by officials, toy premiums are banned in any incorporated part of the country from being included in what is considered a high-calorie meal pack. Toys can only be included with meals that meat certain nutritional requirements.
“This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children’s’ love of toys” to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food,” Supervisor Ken Yeager told The Los Angeles Times. ”This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes.”
On one side of the argument were doctors and parents, on the other were fast food franchisees, some other parents and toy collectors. As a compromise to get the measure passed, there is a 90-day window for them to alter their menus to conform with the new rules.
Here is an idea …
Mom, I want a Happy Meal!
Too bad, have an apple.
Wow, see how hard that was?
No, instead lets have a law passed where the government has no business being involved. You wasted time on this. You will waste enforcement on this. And why? Because a bunch of parents lack the ability to say “no” to their kids Here’s another idea, I’ll give it to you for free … GROW A PAIR!
This is not something the government needs to be involved with, but when does that stop anyone any more?
HBO is ramping up for the third season of True Blood on June 13th, and while it doesn’t really need much promotion, the cable channel has decided to do a series of minisodes to get everyone ready for it.
Based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlene Harris, True Blood will launch its third season this June. The series has continued to see its ratings rise with each passing episode, building momentum that is pretty much unheard of in television. The second season saw each successive episode deliver more viewers than the one previous, and by the season finale it was rivaling commercial network programming.
On the off chance you aren’t familiar with the concept of the series, vampires have “come out of the coffin” and are now living amongst humans openly. There are a million other little factors I could go into, but that is the most basic premise of the series.
It’s a stylish and fun series that brings a lot of new aspects to the concept of vampires that I had never contemplated before. (no spoilers, but Jessica … season 2 … freakin’ brilliant idea when it comes to the concept of when in a person’s life they become a vampire) This minisode deals with Eric & Pam in their roles as the owners of the vampire bar Fangtasia, and the fact they need to hire a new dancer. Cute if you’ve never seen the show, hilarious if you have. A total of six minisodes will air each Sunday night beginning this week until the new season begins.
What makes this even more amusing is that Leno has stronger lead in programming than O’Brien had, and even more insulting, David Letterman was in reruns all last week. Yes, he beat Letterman who had a .83 in that demo, but it was reruns for crying out loud, Leno should have been much further ahead.
The overall ratings for the show are up, but the audience is skewing higher than advertisers like to see.
In a first for this show, Steven and I address the Gizmodo/cops/Apple story … only to say we are not going to talk about it … yet. Everyone is all over this story, and they are all making guesses. We opt to wait for some more actual facts.
That being said, there are plenty of other moronic stories this week. Want your websites rated like movies? Anyone surprised by how the JooJoo failed? Anti-virus software is a joke. And do you ever question “studies” you see?
(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)
You know how buying a first generation device is always a bad idea? There is always something missing from it, and it inevitably comes out in the next release? Well, Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry phones just hosed its customers in a whole new way that even makes me go “wow.”
Last year the BlackBerry Tour was released. It was touted as the successor to the BlackBerry 8830, the company’s last world phone which had been released two years previous. Before that it was the BlackBerry 7290, which had been two years before the 8830. Logic tells you that 2011 should have been the next world phone from RIM, and it was also hopefully going to add Wi-Fi support, and maybe an optical taackpad since the Tour’s trackball was pretty much a total disaster.
I picked up a Tour as my 8830 was dying, and while I initially loved the Tour, that love eventually turned to hate. I mean, true hate. I was ready to throw that phone against a wall I was so sick of it a mere six months into owning it. So, using one of our other Sprint lines which could be upgraded, I bought an HTC Hero, and the Tour now is my back up phone, collecting dust in a drawer. I thought that perhaps I would look at the next world phone from BlackBerry in 2011, but until then I’d be using the Hero.
Well, imagine my surprise today when the BlackBerry Bold 9650 was announced. Essentially it is the Tour … upgraded. A mere eight months after the Tour hit the streets, it is being retired and replaced by a phone with almost the exact same physical body except it has an optical trackpad and Wi-Fi. Well, imagine that.
Technically, what RIM just told you was, “Well, see, it was time for a new world phone, and the Bold wasn’t ready, so we churned out a piece of crap phone called the Tour to hold us over and not lose out on all those people who were ready for a two year upgrade … thanks for playing along!”
The Tour was technically a third generation device, and you should have felt safe in buying it, but, nope, RIM decided to play some games. Why isn’t this called a Tour update? I mean, it is almost exactly the same except for a few upgrades. Because then people really would catch on to what RIM just did to everyone who bought a Tour. Basically, eight months ago, RIM sold us an underpowered, underspecced place holder phone while they worked on perfecting the real phone.
Good job RIM, you just turned me from a customer who was willing to come back to one that hopes you rot in Hell.
If you ask any fan of the Alien series films what one thing they wonder about, you would probably find the vast majority would say, “Who or what was the Space Jockey.” Well, it only took over three decades, but it looks we’ll finally be finding out.
In the original Alien film from 1979, when the crew of the Nostromo first enters the wrecked spacecraft that houses thousands of Alien eggs, they find a giant creature sitting in a chair. It’s dead, sitting on a chair that implies it may have been the pilot, hence why fans refer to him as “the Space Jockey.” Nothing is really said about it, but the mining crew do examine the body and find a hole in its chest that implies it had an Alien burst out of it.
Over the course of four Alien films, and two Aliens Vs. Predator follow-ups, nothing else has ever been said about who or what he was, where it came from or how it relates to the Alien species. It just kind of exists, but became like its own mythos, inspiring models and toys along with endless speculation.
MTV recently spoke with Ridley Scott, the director of the original film and the upcoming sequel, and in a surprising turn of events, he was pretty open about what the film would deal with:
MTV: Since this is a prequel, will you need to make the ships more primitive-looking than in “Alien”?
Scott: It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Sigourney [Weaver's character Ellen Ripley]. It’s fundamentally about going out to find out ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle — there was a giant fellow sitting in a seat on what looked to be either a piece of technology or an astronomer’s chair. Remember that?
MTV: Of course.
Scott: And our man [Tom Skerritt as Captain Dallas] climbs up and says “There’s been an explosion in his chest from the inside out — what was that?” I’m basically explaining who that Space Jockey — we call him the Space Jockey — I’m explaining who the space jockeys were.
Telling the back story of something like this doesn’t always work out that well (I’m looking at you Star Wars prequels!), but this is pretty much a blank slate, and it will actually be difficult to mess up … I hope.