Wednesday, December 31, 2008
For all the WALL•E fans out there who actually went to see the movie, Medicom Toy is releasing a brand new two figure WALL•E 100% Be@rbrick set which includes a WALL•E Be@rbrick and an EVE Be@rbrick. I think Medicom did another great Be@rbrick movie tie-in with these figures and I am sure Disney/Pixar fans worldwide will be scrambling to get their hands on these cute little figures.
The WALL•E Be@rbrick two figure set includes one 100% WALL•E Be@rbrick figure and one 100% EVE Be@rbrick figure, and the set will retail for around $25-30. Fans can expect the WALL•E 100% Be@rbrick Set to be released sometime in 2009, but no exact date has been announced yet.
Bourdain has helped push me to try all types of new foods I had never even heard of before and each new experience has been better than the last. I now like to think of myself as a FIT (Foodie-in-Training). Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Season 5 starts this Monday, January 5, 2009 with an episode featuring the sights and sounds of Mexico, and it’s shaping up to be the best season yet. In the coming months Bourdain will be heading to exotic locations such as Venice, Azores, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as well as local U.S. stops to cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City. To find out more about the upcoming season, check out this sneak peek video clip of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Season 5:
As The Blot did last year, I’ll be bringing you sneak peeks and exclusive videos of Bourdain’s travels all season long. So whether you’re a novice eater or a die-hard Bourdanian like myself, keep coming back to The Blot Says… for the latest in all things Anthony Bourdain!
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Season 5 premieres on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 10/9c on the Travel Channel.
For the re-release of the books with their new OBEY covers, Penguin Books did a promotion selling the books with a cover art print set. These prints were only available in the UK…until today! Each offset 1984 and Animal Farm prints are size A2 (about 17" x 24") and come signed and numbered by Shepard with an edition size of 200. The George Orwell x OBEY Giant print set is limited to one set per person/household and will be sold for $140.
If you’re interested in this very cool limited edition print set you’d better act fast and be prepared to hit refresh non-stop for around three hours this afternoon, because if for some reason you aren’t online the second these prints go on sale you’re going to be out of luck.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Each 3 figure Watchmen Be@rbrick set will retail for around $45 and should be available worldwide. Since no real Watchmen fan could possibly buy just one of the sets, it’s going to end up costing collectors $90 for all six figures. That’s kind of a lot if you ask me. While we can all be thankful Medicom isn’t releasing its Watchmen Be@rbricks as a blind box series, each set ends up selling for about $15 a figure which in my opinion is way too much for 100% Be@rbricks. At least this way it will be extremely easy to complete the set (and that sort of justifies the inflated price).
On a side note, it looks like Hasbro is raising the price of Mighty Muggs again with multiple retailers pre-selling Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 6 as a four figure set for between $50-60. You can expect Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 6 to hit store shelves sometime in February or March of 2009.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The Terminator Salvation 100% Kubrick and Be@rbrick Set is scheduled to retail for $35.00 each.
Why you might ask would The Blot be excited about this remake? Because unlike so many other properties, Ferrell’s unique brand of comedy was made for the Krofft’s kooky/trippy 70’s style. Plus, I love that the movie appears to be staying true to the original Land of the Lost by giving its non-human characters that classic clunky Krofft look, latex rubber suits and all. Now if only we can get a big budget remake of H.R. Pufnstuf!
Land of the Lost stars Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny R. McBride and Jorma Taccone, and is Directed by Brad Silberling. It will debut in theaters on June 5, 2009.
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Blot hopes everyone had a very happy and healthy holiday this week. I headed home to Alabama on Wednesday to see the family and I can't believe how warm it is here. Aly and I were hoping for a cold x-mas and all we got was a somewhat cool yet extremely humid one. I think it might have been colder back in Houston. Oh well, what can you do? The Blot Says... will return with all new posts next week.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Every War Has A Beginning
I still remember watching the very first Underworld film. I was expecting some B-movie schlock and instead we got real movie magic. For a brief moment it turned Kate Beckinsale into a bona fide action star and made Scott Speedman tolerable. I’ve seen it multiple times and was even excited for the sequel, Underworld: Evolution, until I actually saw the movie in theaters and was thoroughly disappointed. Now that the third Underworld movie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, is set to hit theaters I don’t know what to expect.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is not a traditional sequel in that it’s actually a prequel to the original film. What does that mean for quality? The Blot has no clue. One positive note is that Underworld 3 won’t be bogged down by the stink of Underworld: Evolution. But since it’s a prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans won’t have the star power of Beckinsale or Speedman to carry the film.
As with many recently released prequels movie studios often green light prequels as a way to continue a franchise without having to pay its big named stars for a return engagement. These movies typically suck and end up being released direct to DVD. So I guess it can be construed as a good sign that Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was deemed good enough to still be released in theaters. Whether or not it will meet fans’ expectations is still yet to be seen.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Official Theatrical Trailer
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans will hit theaters nationwide on January 23, 2009.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
At this point I had also taken over as the league leader in points which was no small accomplishment since my team obviously wasn’t playing very well back in September. Then after steamrolling through the first two rounds of my fantasy league’s playoffs, I found myself playing in my Fantasy Super Bowl against the second highest scoring team in the league. I know Greene’s reading this so I will give him his due; his team kicked my butt all weekend. I was down huge at one point (at least 35 points), but my squad kept clawing their way back. In the end it came down to one game, Monday Night Football’s matchup of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
I was losing by 14.88 points going into tonight's game, Greene’s team was done playing and I just had Bears rookie RB Matt Forte still to play. With 3 minutes left and the game tied, Green Bay had the ball and I was still losing by .25 points. It was a minor miracle that with 30 seconds left the Bears blocked Green Bay’s game winning field goal to force overtime and give Team LoneStar the glimmer of hope it needed. The Bears won the overtime coin toss, drove the field on the back of Forte and in the process of winning the game gave The Blot his league’s 2008 Championship. I know its dorky, but Aly and I were jumping around screaming as the field goal attempt was blocked and I realized I still had a chance at a championship. When the game was finally over and I had actually won I still couldn't believe what had happened. It was a crazy night and an even better ending!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Time has even branded Fairey as its Icon Maker of the Year since his Barack Obama posters became the icon of the 2008 Presidential campaign. Time has posted a video about Fairey in which he explains how he created the cover for Time Magazine’s 2008 Person of the Year issue. Head over to Time.com to watch the very interesting video.
In fact, the only downside to the upcoming film Terminator Salvation may be that it’s directed by McG. Now why you’d put the reboot of one of your most trusted franchises in the hands of McG is beyond me. If this just turns into a glorified music video I’m going to be ticked. This movie better be good McG, that’s all I’m saying!
Terminator Salvation premieres in theaters on May 22, 2009.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Coming in February 2009 is a DC Universe Infinite Heroes Modern Teen Titans 6 pack of figures entitled Mallah’s Revenge that includes the previously released Raven figure along with 5 all new figures: Cyborg, Robin, Arsenal, The Brain and Monsieur Mallah. I don’t know what I’m more excited about, the modern versions of both Robin and Arsenal getting their own action figures or the classic Doom Patrol and Teen Titan villains the Brotherhood of Evil finally getting some love from Mattel.
Monsieur Mallah and the Brain is one of the best, most bizarre villain partnerships ever created and I was more than a little ticked off when they were killed for the second time in the DC Comics mini-series Salvation Run. Hopefully their inclusion in this toy line means DC has some kind of plan in the works to bring back these classic kooky villains. The modern Teen Titans 6 Pack: Mallah’s Revenge should retail for around $30 and will come out sometime in February, 2009.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
To The Blot this pairing seems like it would be a no brainer for any movie studio. If I Love You, Man is even half as funny as Role Models it’s going to be a big success. So far so good as the movie’s official trailer looks pretty damn funny.
I Love You, Man was written and directed by John Hamburg and also stars Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly, Rashida Jones and JK Simmons. No release date has been announced for the film.
Why you might ask then did I purchase Coraline almost seven years ago? Because of Neil Gaiman, end of story. The guy is point blank one of the best writers in the world. His Sandman series published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo is considered a masterpiece and many literary critics who know way more about the subject than I do consider his comic book series worthy of comparison to some of the best written stories of the modern era. Because of that I’ve started to read Gaiman’s other written works, most of which are not in comic book form.
From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, Coraline is the story of a young girl who walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life – a better version. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her “Other” parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home. As you can tell from the story’s description, many have compared the movie to Alice In Wonderland and for good reason.
To start the official promotion of Coraline, Focus Features unveiled a set of alphabet themed promotional posters this week, with each letter poster being released exclusively on a different website. The Blot has found all 26 posters and is excited to bring them to you today. Each letter in Coraline’s set of alphabet promo movie posters represents something different from the movie, so click on each set of movie posters to find out what’s in store for audiences worldwide.
You can see Coraline in theaters starting on February 6th, 2009.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
There was no doubt in my mind that a second wave of figures would be coming because while Series 1 was great, it didn’t include any of the super heroes who really represented what it meant to be a member of the JLI. Yes Batman, Ice and G’Nort were important characters to many key JLI stories, but the humorous legacy of Justice League International was created by its core members: the Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Fire.
One of the highlights of the JLI era was Giffen and DeMatteis’ unique and absurd take on the classic JLA super hero J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. His new found obsession with Oreos was hilarious and even though they took his personality in a bizarre direction, there is no doubt in my mind that the Martian Manhunter is and always will be the heart and soul of the Justice League. In my opinion his exclusion from the current Justice League series is a key reason the book has been so disappointing to fans; from the very start of the book’s re-launch, the team has been written without direction and focus. Something J’onn often brought to the Justice League of America.
And while I am a little disappointed DC Direct chose to go with Fire and Ice’s original costumes (from their Ice Maiden and Green Flame Global Guardian days), I am pumped to finally be able to own a Justice League team consisting of Blue & Gold and Fire & Ice. These four characters are some of my favorite heroes of all time and I love that they are finally getting their due respect from the higher ups at DC Comics. Now that Tora (Ice) has been brought back to life, we only need to convince the idiots at DC to bring back poor dead Ted Kord (Blue Beetle).
Each Justice League International Series 2 action figure stands between 6.75”-7” tall, features multiple points of articulation, a base to stand on and comes in a 4 color clamshell blister card packaging. You can expect to see the line of Justice League International Series 2 action figures in stores on August 26, 2009.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If you’re like The Blot then you can’t wait for the premiere of Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Part II on January 16th. Thankfully your wait is over because last Friday, December 12th, the Sci-Fi Channel launched an all new 10 part webisode series, Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy. The first two webisodes have already been posted and another two will be added each week leading up to the start of BSG’s final episodes. Each webisode will be 3-4 minutes long and “will complement the stories played out in on air episodes and give viewers more insight into characters and events from the fourth season” (link)
According to a Sci-Fi press release, Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy “follows the gripping action and suspense inside a stranded Raptor carrying a group of passengers including Lieutenant Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani) and a Number 8 Cylon (Grace Park). When passengers suddenly start dying one by one in alarming ways, fear, panic and chaos erupt within the confines of the small ship, as they come to realize there is a killer among them. Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh) and Brad Dryborough (Lieutenant Hoshi) also star."
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? You can watch the first two webisodes right now here, and catch new episodes at 12 noon/11 am central on the dates listed below.
Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy
December 12 - Chapter 1
December 15 - Chapter 2
December 17 - Chapter 3
December 22 - Chapter 4
December 24 - Chapter 5
December 29 - Chapter 6
December 31 - Chapter 7
January 05 - Chapter 8
January 07 - Chapter 9
January 12 - Chapter 10
“Every year when the Mosby family Christmas card shows up…”
Pulling down her pants, Yanking off my own
Underneath the mistletoe I’ll make your sister moan.
Oh, Heather’s hot, Heather’s hot, we’ll go all the way!
I wish I could see her naked, I wish I could see her naked
I wish I could see her naked
And down on all fours.
Ted has a little sister, gets hotter every day
And if I ever meet her with her boobies I will play.
Everybody, sister, sister, sister, I…
What, I can celebrate Hanukkah too!
How I Met Your Mother
Monday, December 15, 2008
To be honest, I had some reservations about how this movie would turn out. After hearing about all of the characters and different storylines they were going to include, it sounded like director Gavin Hood and star Hugh Jackman were trying to do too much. But after seeing this trailer all my reservations are gone. X-Men Origins: Wolverine looks freaking awesome.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuts on May 1, 2009.
The remaining 56 figures are now in Muttpop’s possession and they will be releasing them in early 2009. (link) No word yet on whether these will be sold on their official online store or through retailers worldwide. When more information becomes available I will definitely pass it along!
Friday, December 12, 2008
G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2 will consist of Destro, Baroness, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
Wave 2 will consist of Destro and the Baroness, and I’m still more than a little peeved that Destro’s head isn’t metallic. It’s such a big part of the character’s unique look and I just don’t understand why Hasbro skimped when it came to this very important detail. Regardless, no G.I. Joe collection would be complete with these two evil love birds, so you know The Blot will be snatching both figures up as soon as possible.
I’ll be sure to post about G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2 again as soon as a release date is set.
The Blot is a huge fan of The Roots and I’ve been lucky enough to see them play live multiple times. I’m interested in seeing just what impact this will have on their careers. On the one hand it will definitely give them more exposure to the general public than ever before, but one would think filming a television show 5 days a week/52 weeks a year would put a stop to their constant touring and possibly an end to their recording careers. But, The Roots obviously see this as a huge opportunity.
When asked about this exciting news Roots founder Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson said “we are really excited to be working with Jimmy on the new Late Night. It’s also an honor to be working with an icon like Lorne Michaels. We are looking forward to becoming part of the history of 30 Rock.” (link) I’m really excited for Fallon’s debut on March 2, 2009 and can’t wait to see how this all plays out. It’s either going to be really awesome or a complete disaster, but I don’t see it falling somewhere in the middle.