Not-So-Live From Comic Con: Geek News and Trailers

I went to Comic Con for a couple of years and loved it, but the ridiculous hassle of registering coupled with the insanity of trying to actually get into the panel you want to see mostly makes me happy that I’ve long since abandoned it for Dragon Con. Except, of course, when Comic Con is actually happening. Then I’m scrambling online for every bit of geek news I can find, weeping over my keyboard and bitterly bemoaning the fact that I’m sitting on my couch in Santa Rosa and not walking around the Exhibit Hall San Diego.

Here is a list I compiled of some of the neat things that I did not actually see in person over the weekend:

1. The first trailer for Arrow, Season Three, is up.

I’m pretty sure there’s another trailer out there, too, possibly one with more spoilers about this season’s villains, but I didn’t want to watch another one, at least, not just yet. (I usually won’t watch more than one full length trailer for something I’m interested in, and I almost never, ever watch clips — I just get disappointed later when I’ve seen those scenes.)

Of course, the first minute of this trailer is just recapping last season, so, boo. But the rest of it looks pretty decent. Cause, you know. OLIVER AND FELICITY GO ON A DATE. That looks to end in bloodshed and angst, of course, but still. My little shipper heart is all happy . . . or would have been, if they weren’t introducing a love triangle with Brandon Routh. Dicks. Also, all the action looks pretty great, and I’m excited to see Oliver’s flashbacks off of Lian Yu. Counting down the days till . . . October? Man, why do all of the CW shows have to start in freaking October.

2. Locke & Key by Joe Hill might be made into a trilogy.

I’ve only read the first issue so far, but I really enjoyed it, and I was bitterly disappointed when the television series never made it to air — it sounded so fantastic. Still, I will easily take a trilogy of horror movies in its place.

3. Speaking of Joe Hill, a full-length trailer for Horns is up, and I’m suddenly much more excited about seeing the movie AND reading the book.

4. Teen Wolf is renewed for an extended Season Five. The fact that it was renewed really isn’t surprising at all, but I’m excited about the twenty episodes I get in 2015 instead of the mere twelve I’m getting this summer. There’s also a trailer for the rest of the current season, a trailer that I’m desperately struggling not to watch. This is the first season I haven’t been spoiled for basically everything that’s going to happen, and I’m trying really, really hard to keep it that way. (But . . . new footage . . . right in my grasp . . . and it’s supposed to be all . . . intense and awesome . . . DAMMIT.)

5. There’s a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, and guys, it looks FANTASTIC.

I do have my concerns, mostly because Fury Road is actually from the same people who created the original trilogy, and of that original trilogy, the only one I actually like is The Road Warrior. (Although, in fairness, I do like that one quite a bit.) But based on this trailer alone, I am pretty pumped for this.

Please be the post-apocalyptic wonder I want you to be, Fury Road. Please please please be that wonder.

6. A bunch of new characters have been cast in Game of Thrones. I’ll be honest, I don’t really remember a lot about the Sand Sisters from the books — I wasn’t that interested, when they initially appeared — but I always like seeing who the new cast members are. And the show has a pretty good track record of making me like, or at least sympathize with, characters who I actively disliked (or didn’t give a shit about) in the book. For instance, Catelyn, Theon, Davos, Ygritte, etc.

7. And speaking of GoT actors, Maisie Williams is apparently in talks to star in a Last of Us movie. I will admit to not having played the game yet, but it’s supposed to be fantastic, and I’m a huge fan of Williams’s work as Arya. I’m tentatively excited about this, considering that it’s far from a foregone conclusion.

8. Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) are joining the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is excellent news. The link also includes some information about Agent Carter, which is one of the many new midseason shows I’m interested in. In fact, I think the majority of the new shows I’m excited about might be premiering midseason. Just to add to my torment. Curse you, TV executives!

9. Another trailer I’m interested in — this one for the animated film The Book of Life.

Apparently, this trailer has been out for a while, but I didn’t know anything about it until I read about the panel at Comic Con. The animation looks incredible, and I’m really interested in Day of the Dead mythology and iconography. I could definitely see this. (Although I really wish I could pair this trailer with music that’s a little less . . . whatever that is.)

10. Finally, one of the best things about nerd conventions in the first place: COSPLAY. From io9 — clearly one of my main sources for information, along with TV.com –

Day One: Lego Batman is pretty awesome. Also, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale.

Day Two: Sloth from The Goonies made me laugh pretty hard, and I always like me a good looking Gambit. Also have to love the celebrities: Pedro Pascal with a Sailor Moon wand and Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey in their matching Luigi hats and staches.

Day Three: Well, Newt kind of wins, honestly. (Although while we’re speaking of kid cosplayers, I must also bring up Baby Rufio, who is ridiculously adorable. See, this is why I will someday have children: so I can dress them up in little nerd outfits, and we can go on awesome nerd family adventures together.)

Day Four: Big fan of the Spaceballs cosplay. Also Xena, Morpheus, and the female villains from Batman: The Animated Series.

In just about a month, I will hopefully have awesome cosplay pictures of my own to take of all my Trekkie friends I’m meeting at Dragon Con. Which I guess means I better hurry up and finish putting together my fucking costumes.

If you’ll excuse me.

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“Nobody Stays in Love For 23 Years.”

You may remember that the last noir film I watched, Touch of Evil, took place in a border town and dealt with racial politics. You may also remember that I didn’t care for it very much. Or at all. Coincidentally, my next film, Lone Star, also took place in a border town and dealt with racial politics.

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Thankfully, this one’s a strong contender for my favorite noir of the year.

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HAPPY BATMAN DAY!

In celebration of my favorite superhero and the World’s Greatest Detective, here are my cats: Bane and Nygma, never to be trusted.

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You’re welcome.

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RIP: James Garner and Skye McCole Bartusiak

A lot of sad news over the weekend. Both James Garner and Skye McCole Bartusiak have passed away.

James Garner was a highly well-respected actor best known for his work in The Rockford FilesMurphy’s Romance, and the television show Maverick. Because I am consistently familiar with actors from the wrong things, I best knew James Garner from the movie Maverick. I loved him in that, and I was very sorry to hear about his passing. James Garner was 86.

Skye McCole Bartusiak was a very young actress, mostly known for her work as a child star in movies such as The Patriot and Don’t Say a Word. I’m personally mostly familiar with her work in television, with guest spots in shows like House M.D. and 24. While she was considerably less well-known than James Garner, it felt wrong not to mention her passing here. She was only 21 years old, and her cause of death is currently unknown.

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Hard Choices Are Hard

I just agonized for about fifteen minutes over this Best Geek Celebrity Ever Battle. Choose between Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. Patrick Stewart and Felicia Day. GEORGE TAKEI AND SIMON PEGG.

It’s terrible. You should definitely try it out.

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Coming Soon-Ish: Ouija Boards, Twelve Monkeys, and Dudes With Horns

Horns

I actually own this book, but I haven’t quite gotten around to reading it yet, and I’m not sure it’s going to happen before I see this movie, despite how much I enjoy Joe Hill’s work. (Well, maybe. If I could just force myself to finish all my old books before I pick up new ones, but who am I kidding? That is absolutely never going to happen.)

I do plan to see this, although I’ll admit, there’s nothing in the teaser that particularly wows me. Maybe when I see a full-length trailer. All I really got from this one is that Juno Temple is blonde and dead, and Daniel Radcliffe’s American seems a bit on the shaky side. (I mean, it’s better than my English. But that’s saying absolutely nothing.)

Suburban Gothic

Okay, I’d never even heard of this movie before last night, but while watching the above teaser for Horns, I saw a trailer on the sidebar that boasted the acting talents of Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, and Ray Wise. And I was like, Oh this, I need to see.

This looks spectacularly weird, and I already know I’m going to rent it at some point. Will it actually be good? Possibly not. But Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings join forces against paranormal forces? And IMDb is telling me that Jeffrey Combs is also involved? SOLD.

Young Ones

Oooh. This looks cool.

When I first heard about Young Ones a few days ago, somebody referred to it as ‘dystopian YA,’ which, well. They aren’t wrong. (At least about the YA part, though it lately seems like the definition of ‘dystopian’ is changing from ‘supposedly functional yet secretly deadly utopia’ to ‘sucky future.’) But that classification might make you think of The Hunger Games and Divergent and The Maze Runner and The Giver, and this really feels like something else entirely. (Not to put those movies down, as I’ve enjoyed the Hunger Games films so far and have every intention of watching The Maze Runner for Dylan O’Brien alone.)

Young Ones, however, appears to be a science fiction western with romance and violence and robots, and really, how do you beat that? Add in some very nice cinematography and a damn solid cast — Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee — and color me officially intrigued.

Twelve Monkeys

So, I saw 12 Monkeys a gazillion years ago (with the ending already spoiled for me), and I can’t say I loved the film. Like, I don’t remember it very well, and I’d be willing to give it a second go, but other than the sheer amusement of watching Brad Pitt play crazypants, I’m apparently the rare bird who didn’t find the movie all that amazing or original.

When I found out that Syfy was developing a TV show based on the film, well, I couldn’t work up a whole lot of interest. But I checked out the trailer anyway, and I have to say, it doesn’t look too bad. I like a fair number of the main players, and the production quality looks pretty decent, at least for Syfy. I’m not sure if I’m going to check this out or not, but it’s at least a maybe now. Considering that it was a definite no yesterday, I’d say that’s at least a step up.

And finally . . . Ouija

Oh, I think I’ve found a contender for Bloody Hearts, 2015. This looks pretty hilariously bad. Obviously, I can’t wait to see it.

Also, Shelly Hennig, I’m officially adding you to my list of perfectly decent or even quite talented young actors from genre shows (in this case, Teen Wolf) who pop up in clearly terrible horror movies. I’m starting to think it’s like a required thing — oh, you’re in a show that features werewolves? Let’s find you the worst scary movie out there this year so you can die gruesomely in it.

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“I Now Pronounce You Devil and His Shorty.”

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were faced with a hard choice. We had all gathered to watch a movie together, and the final nominees were this: Frozen, a highly beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, the fourth movie in a mostly terrible franchise (saving the original, obviously), featuring the varied talents of David Boreanaz, Edward Furlong, Dennis Hopper, Danny Trejo, and Tara Reid.

I think you all know which one I watched.

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It’s at least vaguely possible that we didn’t make the right call.

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