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John Beatty Remembers His Flicker Account!

My buddy, John Beatty, recently posted that he recently came across his old Flicker account (that he had forgotten about) which is full of art and photos!

 

Howard Chaykin & The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow

Bryon Brewer at Bleeding Cool recently spoke with Howard Chaykin about his new comic mini-series The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow as well as what Chaykin has coming up after that!

 

32 Incredibly Weird Deaths

Buzzfeed recently posted 32 Incredibly Weird Deaths

You have people killed when…

  • a cow fell through a man’s roof killing the man…
  • a lawyer killed himself when trying to show jurors it was possible to accidentally shoot himself…
  • a man fell 24 stories to his death when he jumped against a window to prove it was unbreakable…
  • a man jumped from the Eiffel Tower to prove a suit he made would allow him to fly…
  • a man died when he fell into the Grand Canyon after pretending that he slipped, and then he actually slipped…
  • the man to die in the first plane crash was in a plane piloted by Orville Wright
  • and many more which you can read about here.

 

Jason Aaron & Ron Garney: Men of Wrath

I’m a huge fan of crime stories.

If the yarn’s a good one I don’t care if the medium is a novel, a comic book, a movie or television.  Men of Wrath, the five issue crime comic mini-series by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney looks like it will be a good ‘un.

Men of Wrath follows a hitman named Ira Wrath and as Jason Aaron lays it out…

He’s a bad guy. He’s an older guy who’s reaching the end of his life, which consists pretty much of killing people for money and living alone in an empty house which doesn’t have much furniture. For him it’s clearly not about the money. There’s something else going on.

“Men of Wrath” is about a family history. So each issue opens with flashbacks to different generations of the Rath family. We kind of start to see how the cycle of violence begins and gets perpetuated and passed down from generation to generation of this family and kind of culminates in Ira as the worst of the bunch.


So it’s pretty clear from his opening scene, which kind of punches of you in the face and tells you that he is not a nice man. It’s a story of how this cycle of violence has led to this one sad and very scary man.

Dave Richards at CBR.com conducted an excellent interview with Jason Aaron and Ron Garney about Men of Wrath.  One word of caution before you click over - Aaron warns us that Wrath is not a nice man and in the opening sequence does something that punches the reader in the face — I felt clobbered.  This is not a comic for kids or some adults but if you like crime comics, you’ll probably look forward to the ride.

“Expendables 3″ Motion Poster

15 Things You May Not Know About “Lock Up”

IFC recently posted 15 Things You May Not Know About Lock Up.  Although the majority of readers here will know most, there may be a few surprises.  Here are two that I didn’t know or had forgotten…

 

11. Frank McRae Had NFL History

McRae was a solid choice for the football scene – he’d actually spent a short stint as an NFL defensive tackle, playing six games for the Chicago Bears during the 1967 season.


12. Danny Trejo Is in the Movie

Danny Trejo makes an appearance as one of the gang members led by the character Chink Weber (played by actor Sonny Landham).

 

Abraham Lincoln’s Slippers!

The house slippers in the photo above belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln!

Mr. Lincoln wore them often and right up until the day of his assassination.  These slippers were so well-known to Lincoln scholars that Steven Spielberg had a pair recreated for a scene in his movie Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln’s slippers now reside in the Rutherford B. Hayes’ Presidential Museum.  You can read more about how President Hayes came to possess the slippers right here.

 

Source: Neatorama.

 

Sherwood Texas: a “Biker Epic… Through a Quentin Tarantino Lens.”

If Sherwood Texas isn’t on your comic pull list, it should be.

Created by writer Shane Berryhill with art by Daniel Hilyard and characters designed by Andrew Robinson,  Sherwood Texas is a modern day retelling of Robin Hood as a “biker epic… through a Quentin Tarantino lens.”

If that’s not enough to get you on board (and it should be) perhaps the one buck price tag for the first issue will get you to take a look.  After that Berryhill’s story and Hilyard’s art should keep you coming back for more.

Still not sold?  Then check out CBR’s interview with Shane Berryhill and Andrew Robinson [and much larger versions of the art above plus more art from the series]!

Next stop… Sherwood Texas.

Which “Walking Dead” Survivor Are You?

The Zombie Apocalypse is coming.

What will it reveal about your true character?  Will you become a leader, a follower, someone who takes advantage of the weak, or a zombie’s lunch?

As the sign says if you take the quiz Which Walking Dead Survivor Are You? there could be spoilers…

For the record… I got Rick.

Source: Buzzfeed.

“Sons of Anarchy” Final Season Teaser

Hey!   Did you see the new teaser trailer for the final season of Sons of Anarchy?

The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits

You know how on some days you really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees and -

What’s that?  You don’t?  Ok… let me rephrase that.

You know how on some days I really feel like listening to some music by The Monkees?  Well, today is one of those days.

Thanks to Do You Rememberwe I can listen to The Monkees 7 Greatest Hits.

 

“Final Transmission: John Conner”

If you’re a Terminator fan you’ll probably enjoy this fan-made film, Final Transmission: John Conner.

10 of the Deadliest Hit Men You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Hit Men.

Paid assassins.  They’re the things of movies and crime novels.

So it’s shocking to realize that hit men are also real-life professions for cold-blooded killers.  Men like Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski are just two of the names of hitmen that most of us know…

Here are the names of 10 of the Deadliest Hit Men You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.

 

Source: Listverse,

 

Every Stephen King Movie & TV Show in Development

Stephen King.

King is one of the world’s most successful writers… not only at getting his books published and into the hands of his millions of fans, but also at getting his novels adapted into movies and television events.

Den of Geek recently posted a list of Every Stephen King Movie and TV Show in Development.

There’s a lot of potentially fun/good stuff on the list.  Here are my top five (in no particular order:

11/22/63

The premise of this show is as Stephen King as it gets: a guy must go back in time and stop the Kennedy assassination. Anyone who’s familiar with The Dark Tower series andThe Dead Zone will recognize a recurring theme: altering the past before it affects the future.

In 11/22/63, a guy named Jake steps through a pantry that magically transports him back to 1958 — plenty of time to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing the President. As expected, Jake discovers on his journey that some things are better left in the past.

J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot production company has acquired the rights to adapt this novel into a TV show. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) was working on the script, but he dropped out over disagreements on the direction the show should take. Bummer.

Cell

This is King’s big zombie story. He’s written a couple of other short stories, including the great “Home Delivery” from Nightmares & Dreamscapes, but this is the one he will be remembered for. The zombies in Cell aren’t your typical brain-eating monsters. Instead, it’s a strange cell phone signal from an unknown source that turns most of humanity into a zombie hive mind, whose goal is to turn the remaining humans into zombies. Sure, it’s all chaos at first, but the monsters begin to organize in a weird way, kind of like in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead.

Eli Roth (Hostel) talked about adapting this novel into a feature film a few years back, but that didn’t happen. Instead, it’s currently in production eyeing a 2015 release. It stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Owen Teague. The film will be directed by Todd “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), with King and Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left remake) writing the screenplay.

The Dark Tower

If there was a Stephen King cinematic universe, The Dark Tower would undoubtedly be its Avengers. The series of books ties most of King’s book together in a very large web of monsters, magic, and alternate timelines. Inspired by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and spaghetti westerns, King created the anthem of all geekdom. The books are full of magic, gunslingers, sorcerors, battles on horseback, time-travel portals, evil A.I., vampires, demons, werewolves, and giant parasite-infested robotic bears. Why haven’t they made a movie already?

Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) has been trying to make this movie for years. At one point, he even tapped Javier Bardem for the lead role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who must travel to the eponymous Dark Tower in order to stop the Crimson King from tearing fabric of reality apart.

Now it looks like Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) might play the role of Roland along with Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) in an unspecified role. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) has also met with Howard about a part. Writer Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazen, both ofA Beautiful Mind fame, are also attached to move this adaptation along.

The big problem is getting a studio to finance such an ambitious project. The idea includes film and TV series that would tell the entire story in the most faithful way possible. Universal almost bought into it at one point and HBO had the television rights. Now it’s rumored that Media Rights Capital will produce the film. Who knows anymore.

 

The Shop

Remember when I mentioned that whole business about how cool it would be to start movie franchise revolving around The Shop? Well, they’re getting their own TV series thanks to TNT. What is in it’s most basic form a sequel to Firestarter, will undoubtedly branch out to tell other Shop stories involving new characters with supernatural powers.

Charlie McGee will be back, once again running from an even more powerful Shop. Luckily, she’ll have a guy named Henry Talbot, a former Shop employee, to guide her through her life as a fugitive.

The project is written by Robbie Thompson (Supernatural) and produced by James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jaime Paglia (Eureka) and Thompson.

The Stand

A superflu called “Captain Trips” wipes out most of the world’s population in King’s mangum opus. It’s all about surviving the apocalypse for the main characters in this monstrous novel. But it’s not just a pandemic the survivors have to worry about. There’s real evil out there. Enter Randall Flagg, the most notorious villain in the King universe. The evil wizard hippie dude has shown up in many of King’s books and stories to f*** things up for the main characters. But The Stand is the best of those books, a true examination of good and evil.

Josh Boone is directing and writing this one, too. Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), who has already worked with Boone, is rumored to be in the cast. The film would be a 3-hour movie adaptation — plenty of room, but it probably won’t be as expansive as the 1994 TV series.