9
Apr
2011

Harvey KnottsA 4th grade teacher at McDonnell Elementary School in Alabama has been arrested on seven counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old.

Harvey Knotts was arrested on Thursday following accusations that he had molested five students at the school.  While those charges are bad enough, a search on his identity in police computers turned up the fact that he is wanted out of Bermuda for sexually attacking a high school-aged girl in the country.  The police from that case have been searching for him, but were unaware of his presence in Alabama until he was arrested.  The incident is said to have happened while Knotts was a teacher at Cedarbridge Academy in the island nation.

Knotts is currently being held on $140,000 bond in the Madison County Jail.

While I believe in innocence until proven guilty, if Knotts is found guilty, he’s just disgusting.  While most of the teacher sex scandals I write about are sick, they are more of the stupidity type, and not the work of a serial molester.  Again, if proven guilty, this man is just a monster.

Thanks, Jo for the tip.

8
Apr
2011

It’s episode #139 and I appear to be out of my mind.

Some talk of the aftershock in Japan.

Stupid movie reboots.

Who cares if someone from Dancing With the Stars poses for Playboy?

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7
Apr
2011

Japan mapAftershocks are to be expected to last in Japan in the wake of the March 11th Japan Earthquake-Tsunami for up to a year, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to be around a 7.4 up to almost a month later.

Japan was struck with a massive 7.4 aftershock today 61 miles east of Sendai, Japan, the city most famously ravaged last month by the impact of the 9+ earthquake.  While there was no major damage this time around, but there were some injuries and at least one train station’s roof began to leak leading to an evacuation of the facility.

Luckily the quake came in the middle of the night, so there weren’t many people out of their homes.  This is sure to have set back some of the progress that had been made of repairing previous damage.We’ll have to wait to see as assessments are made.

Although Japan is no at the top of the news any more like it was just a scant few weeks ago, things are still happening there, and assistance is needed.  If you have not yet donated to help, please do as things are only getting better any time soon.

Please remember you can help by checking out the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief.

6
Apr
2011

Barbara AndersonBarbara Anderson, a 37-year-old math teacher at Kentlake High School in Kent, WA has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

Anderson was arrested in late March after it was discovered that the 17-year-old student she was allegedly involved with had told his uncle that he was having sex with a teacher.  Once brought to the attention of the police the investigation discovered that the student had gone to Anderson after transferring into her math class for additional help.  As time wore on he told her of his personal problems and she eventually gave him her cell number so that the could communicate privately.

Court documents report that the two became friendlier over a social network (which was named, but, yeah, I’m sure we can all figure out which one it was), and also began heavily texting one another.  The teen’s mother said that between Jan. 25th and Feb. 21st the pair sent over 800 text messages to one another.  There is evidence of at least one meeting between the two in the boy’s car where sexual acts were performed, and Anderson that asking via text when they could meet up to do it again.

According to The Seattle Times, the student was suspended from school on Feb. 4th due to a fighting, and a teary-eyed Anderson supposedly asked school administrators to reconsider their decision.  Four days later Anderson attempted to talk to the parents about the student texting her about his problems, this caused the mother to get suspicious and look into the cellphone account to find the copious amount of texts between the two.  This was when the uncle told the boy’s mother of what he had bragged about and that is when she went to the police.

The age of sexual consent in Washington state is actually 16-years-old except in the case of the adult being a teacher or in a position of power over the teen, and then that age increases to 18.  Anderson is currently on paid leave and has plead “not guilty” in her first hearing.

And here we have our third entry in the 2011 teacher sex scandals category for this year.  Sadly I can tell you I am skipping a lot of the ones that I see simply due to disgust at times, there is certainly no slow down in the number of instances out there.

5
Apr
2011

New footage from the Green Lantern movie shown at Wonder-Con gives slightly more hope for a better movie.

While the first Green Lantern trailer left me a bit cold, and this one really doesn’t qualify as a trailer per se, this footage has given me a bit more hope.  I’m still not thrilling to the costume, and I think the domino mask still looks ridiculous, but the overall feel of the film is fairly impressive.  Getting to see more of Oa, the planet of the Guardians of the Universe, did a lot to help, and seeing a ton more members of the Corps helped immensely.  (remember, there are 3600 Green Lanterns)

Will this movie rock?  I don’t know, I still think they are trying to stuff too much story into it, so we’ll have to wait and see, but at least visually I’m a bit more happy, and my inner fanboy is way happy.

Check it out below, it’s worth your time.

4
Apr
2011

softbankThe CEO of SoftBank, one of the biggest cellular companies in Japan, is making sure that both he and his company are doing their part for Japan Earthquake-Tsunami relief.

Despite not being at the forefront of the news any longer here in the West, the people of Japan are still struggling to recover.  Luckily, most of the news that seems to be coming out now are more of the human interest kind that are going to warm your hearts more than anything.  While I’m personally skipping the story of the dog found out in the ocean because I’d just rather not ponder it, the story of the CEO of SoftBank is another story.

Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, one of the largest cell phone carriers in Japan, has pledged to donate 10 billion Yen (about $120 million USD) of his personal fortune to relief funds.  He will also donate his annual salary of $1.3 million each yest to the funds for as long as he stays with the company.

Going even another step further, SoftBank will be providing free phones to children orphaned by the tragedy.  They will be given free cellular service until they turn 18 to use with the handsets.  The company will also be making a financial donation outside of the one being made by Son.

Kudos to Son and SoftBank for stepping up in such a big way.  Yes, it is their own country, but how often do you see companies and CEOs in the United States step up in such a way?  Not really.

Many Japanese companies are stepping up with huge donations, but this is by far the biggest one yet, and it deserves recognition.

3
Apr
2011

Christian Bale as BatmanAfter the third Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, get ready to start the whole process over yet again.

Warner Brothers chief Jeff Robinov said in a recent interview that after Nolan’s third film, the Batman franchise will reboot, marking the third film series based around the character. “We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman.”  He was then asked if he meant a reboot for the series, he replied, “I do. Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”

Apparently some of this is hinged on the fact that Warner Brothers has decided to go ahead with a Justice League movie in the summer of 2013, the year after The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: Man of Steel are due for release.  While it is expected Henry Cavill, who was recently cast as Superman, is expected to appear in the team film, it is doubtful Christian Bale will show up as Batman.  With this in mind, it appears that Warner Brothers may use this as the launchpad for yet another series of Bat-films.

I’ve spoken many times about my disdain for reboots of films, but to start discussing a reboot before you even finish the previous series?  I think we’ve set a new record with this one.  I can understand Nolan wanting to take on more of an overseer role as I’m sure there films aren’t easy to make, but why not just continue where he left off?  For that matter, why not just have some standalone stories like the James Bond series?  They could use the same mythos as the current films, but not be entirely reliant upon them.

The issue with rebooting superhero films is that each filmmaker feels they must put their own spin on the origin story, forcing the audience go slog through the same material yet again.  Do we really need to see Superman’s spaceship crash in Kansas yet again?  Do we need to see Peter Parker get bit by the spider?  And for crying out loud, do we really have to go through the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne in that alley yet again?  No, we don’t.  When you’re dealing with iconic characters such as these, assume we know the origin, or play it in the background underneath the credits.

To ask  us to pony up the money every so many years to watch the same blasted “This is where it all began story …” is just getting to the point of angering me.  Yes, Batman Begins was a brilliant origin movie, how about we just leave it at that and call it a day?

3
Apr
2011

writingOnly 30 this week, which should be about normal as a transition more to editing.

FunJug.com

SeanPAune.com

TechnoBuffalo.com

2
Apr
2011

Time BanditsOne of the most loved fantasy films of the 1980′s is Time Bandits. If plans move ahead on a reboot of the film, prepare to be very, very angry.

Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin of Monty Python fame co-wrote the 1981 film Time Bandits with the former also stepping up to the director’s chair.  The story followed a young boy who gets caught up with a band of dwarves who work as assistants to God and made off with the Almighty’s map of time portals through out history.  Bored with their lives, the dwarves have decided to jump through time, stealing anything valuable that they come across.  While off on their adventure, the ultimate Evil wishes to obtain their map so he can spread himself through out time.

That is about the most simplistic explanation you can give to this imaginative movie that has become a cult classic over the past three decades.  And, of course, Hollywood now wants to mess with it.

According to Dark Horizons, a group of producers is getting together to reinvent the story as a franchise of kids action films.  While nothing has been said to the look and feel of the film(s), it will more than likely entail losing all of Gilliam’s trademark visual panache that he brought to the original.

Once again we are left to wonder if Hollywood is totally bereft of new ideas.  It seems as if no film is ever just a film any more.  They are “reboots”, “reimgainings” or designed specifically to launch a franchise of endless sequels.  Occasionally you get something such as District 9, but in general you get cookie cutter films that couldn’t care less about story if they tried.

Time Bandits was not a perfect movie, but it was endearing and enjoyable.  It stood out from the numerous other fantasy movies that came out in the 80′s (Legend and Labyrinth to name but a few), and still holds up as a wholly watchable film.  While not officially part of the Monty Python productions, the inclusion of Palin, Gilliam and an albeit too brief appearance by John Cleese made it feel like their work.  And if you know anything about Python, you know how wacky that made the story.

To relaunch this film as a kids series is just annoying beyond belief.  Hollywood is making it insanely difficult for me to care about anything that they are doing any more.  If they aren’t shoving 3D down our throats at every turn, they’re producing films that simply don’t need to be made.  While this film firmly falls into the latter category, my gut tells me it will fall into the former as well.

Just say “no” to the Time Bandits remake, people.

1
Apr
2011

It’s episode #138 of Scattercast … is not going to be coming at you in 3D!

A recap of the week.

I rant about 3D in movies.

And I talk about a few other assorted things.

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