Archive for August, 2007


I think I might starting doing this on a weekly basis, The Humpday Spectacular. Sort of a way to refresh the mind and spirit in the middle of the week to get ready for the upcoming weekend. Content will probably vary from week to week, but maybe this will catch on.

So looking forward to the three day weekend. I’ve been struck with the home improvement bug and plan on using the extra time to paint my kitchen this weekend. Then soon after that is finished, I plan on tackling one of my spare bathrooms. This is what happens when you watch too much HGTV.

So lets get on with it shall we? I apologize in advance to anyone I might offend.

Dark Knight Teaser In HD

Yahoo Movies has posted the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight in HD and Flash formats. You can see the trailer by clicking here.

Transformers Passes Pirates Domestically
Source: Superhero Hype!

According to Box Office Mojo, Transformers ($308.7 million) has now officially surpassed Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End ($308.1 million) in domestic revenue for the third-biggest movie of the summer (behind Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) and Shrek the Third ($321 million)).

The Michael Bay-directed blockbuster was made for about $150 million, not counting marketing costs. It has pulled in an additional $367.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $675.8 million, which is the fifth-best of the year.

The Nerd: Based on how bad Spider-Man 3 & Shrek The Third were, I can only hope that a Transformers sequel will out gross the aforementioned box office disappointments.

Goyer on Magneto and Super Max
Source: Wizard

Wizard caught up with David Goyer at Wizard World Chicago and asked him about Magneto, the “X-Men” spinoff he’s writing and directing:

“We’re scouting and budgeting now. It’s the origins of the X-Men with Magneto and Charles Xavier. We’ve done some scouts and it mostly takes place in Europe and Argentina. We’re doing budgets and we’re sort of halfway crewed up, and so that’ll be the big question: whether we can bring it in for a price. But that’s all I can say.”

He also talked a bit more about Super Max, which he is producing. Justing Marks is writing the film about Green Arrow, who is being wrongly imprisoned in a jail for supervillains:

“We haven’t even officially turned in a script for that yet. The idea is that they’re mostly sort of third-tier DC villains, but that was part of the fun, that they’re relatively obscure. But Icicle is in it from JSA—from my days on writing that. I mean, people will recognize most of them. What we did was present to DC a list of people we wanted, and then they went through it on a case-by-case basis and told us whether we could have them or not.”

Click here for more of the interview.

Iron Man Set Visit Preview
Source: Superhero Hype!

Cocky, charming, rich, bruised and, oh yes, who can forget the iron. The ladies may love industrialist Tony Stark’s second and third listed attributes, but it’s the suit made of iron he disguises himself in that has attracted over forty years’ worth of “Iron Man” readers. And, boy, what a helluva trip they’ve been taken on. Since Stark’s introduction as Iron Man in the pages of “Tales of Suspense” in 1963 he has undergone armor changes, overcome a pesky heart condition and sundry enemies and, most recently, become a key player in an epic “Civil War” which left Captain America dead. Ouch. Still, at the center of Iron Man’s firepower and strength – like so many of the Stan Lee-created characters – there beats a sense of pathos. Stark’s soul is flawed, battling various personal demons. And it’s these complexities that make him a primo candidate for a big screen adventure.

As with so many comic book properties, an “Iron Man” feature film has been talked about for years; speculation on top of rumors on top of false attachments from big stars. This all came to a head in 2006 when Marvel Entertainment and Paramount announced they were uniting for a big budget Iron Man summer movie spectacle. Director Jon Favreau (Zathura) and the writing team of Arthur Marcum, Matt Holloway, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby faced the daunting and enviable task of sifting through decades of mythology and distilling it into a workable narrative. More importantly, they had to make it appealing to a wide audience.

In a brilliant stroke of inspired casting that got the fans talking, Favreau found all of the required qualities of Stark in Robert Downey Jr., the titular hero, a billionaire inventor kidnapped for his brilliance and forced to conceive a nefarious weapon. Wounded and driven to escape his captors, Stark builds an iron suit which will evolve as he comes to use it to fight evil. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Nazanin Boniadi, Shaun Toub, Terrence Howard and Bill Smitrovich co-star in roles true to the source material such as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Obadiah Stane, et al.

Rather than jump into the midst of the action, Favreau has opted to tell an origin story, a Joseph Campbell-like journey focusing on Stark’s rise as Iron Man. Audiences will witness the birth of the Mark 1 suit and the now-familiar yellow ‘n red guise. How Favreau intends to pull it all off is guarded in secrecy on a level unlike anything this writer has ever seen. ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! was smacked with the heavy hand of confidentiality while visiting the set of Iron Man earlier this summer, however, we can say now the sights, particularly the sets located within a massive hangar once utilized by Howard Hughes himself (a figure who served as inspiration for the Stark character) were cavernous and magnificent.

Save for a devastated room said to be located beneath Stark Industries, little of what we saw prepared us for the action-packed preview Favreau revealed at Comic-Con which featured Iron Man punching, flying and taking a bullet to the head. But what we did see firmed up our image of Stark himself, so keep it here in the coming months as we roll out a proper set visit along with interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Favreau and Marvel’s Kevin Feige.

Iron Man flies into theaters on May 2, 2008 to kick your expectations where it hurts with a big metal boot.

Amazon Offers Amazing HD-DVD Deal
Source: The Feed

Amazon.com is going absolutely nutso with the HD-DVD deals. Check this one out: $179 dollars will get you an HD-DVD add-on to your 360 with nine movies.

Okay, bargain hunters? You have to get a little fancy with the coupons and mail-in rebates, but as far as we know, it’s a totally legit way to get a bargain basement HD-DVD player into your life.

Here are the instructions.


‘Bionic Woman’ Michelle Ryan Flexes Her Geek Muscle
Source: Wizard Entertainment

In an interview with Wizard, Michelle Ryan discusses her tomboy side as well as discovering a love for Star Wars.

Turning 18 in 2002 made Ryan eligible for the British FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list. She knocked ’em dead that year at No. 70. Then in ’04 she hit No. 21 before reaching her highest spot in ’05 when she garnered enough praise to steal the No. 4 spot, edging out contenders such as the sexified Elisha Cuthbert and Britney “What happened to me?” Spears.

Ryan also gives her take on the differences between her character and the original character played by Lindsey Wagner.

Forget what you may know about the original Bionic Woman—that’s what Ryan does. “I remember thinking [star] Lindsay Wagner looked like a very nice and very pretty lady, and that was about it,” laughs Ryan. “I haven’t watched it since. I wanted to see it as a completely new project and not have any of the old project in my mind, really.”

To read the entire article, click here.



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Happy Monday to you all. I hope everyone had a geektastic weekend. I spent mine selling off all the junk I’ve collected over the past 11 years.

It’s amazing the amount of clutter people collect over time. I’ve not talking about useful things like toasters and bath towels. I’m talking about that really useless shit that at some point seemed like a good idea to buy, like that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company beach towel and the automatic pet feeder that scares the shit out of your cat everytime it dumps food into the bowl. The battery powered nose hair trimmer that you’ve only used once because it ripped the hairs out of your nose instead of painlessly cutting them as it said it would on the box.

All of those useless items piled up in closets and drawers, taking up space and collecting dust. That treadmill that gets more use as a place to hang clothes than it ever got out of you walking on it. Those endless piles of ugly sweaters that your mom bought you from Christmas that you’ve never worn. And that leads to the old says, one mans junk and another mans treasure. There is no better example of that than the time honored tradition of the yard sale.

People get up at the break of dawn and head out in pack to decend upon yard sale after yard sale. Each on of them, the ultimate bargan shopper, eager to get the best deal on a LED powered Welcome To Miami tie you got from your crazy aunt Peggie. And all I wanted to do is rid myself of the useless crap I’ve accumilated.

Then there are those people who just have to get it cheaper. The battery powered personal fan that I paid $15 for that I have priced for a quarter. They see it, and determine that they will not leave without it. They hold it up and shout, “Will you take a dime for this?” You shake your head in surprise and disgust. You want to yell back at them, “No, you cheap bastard! It’s only a quarter!” Those people are my favorites, right there next to the one guy who buys something for fifty cents and hands you a twenty dollar bill.

Having made it through my third yard sale in six years, I have to breath a sigh of relief. At the end of the day, most of my junk was gone, and I turned a tidy little profit. The rest of the unsold junk made its way to the local Goodwill, where no doubt they will give it a modest mark up and sell it for five times what I was asking for it. But my junk is now gone. Peace and order reigns in my home once again.

The Transformers Movie Score to be released October 9th!
Source: Seibertron

It has just been brought to our attention that Amazon.com now has a listing for the Transformers Movie Orchestrated Score on their website. Folks who are chomping at the bit to get their hands on this CD will have to wait a while longer as it’s scheduled release date is October 9th. You can view the listing by clicking here.

It should be noted that BestBuy.com also has the Score up for release on the same date.

Reeves To Stand Still
Source: Sci-Fi

Twentieth Century Fox has set Keanu Reeves to star in The Day the Earth Stood Still, its re-imagining of the 1951 Robert Wise-directed SF classic movie, Variety reported.

Reeves committed over the weekend to play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.

Erwin Stoff is producing, with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directing from a script by David Scarpa. Reeves’ commitment puts the picture on track for a late fall or early 2008 production start.

The Klaatu role was originated by Michael Rennie. The 1951 film’s premise, a response to the rise of the Cold War after World War II, is being updated, and the film will use advances in visual effects.

It also returns The Matrix star to his strong suit in the SF realm.

Duchovny’s Read X-Files 2 Script
Source: Sci-Fi

The X-Files star David Duchovny told Access Hollywood that he has read the script for a proposed second movie based on the hit TV franchise.

“I have,” Duchovny told the entertainment news show. “But I’m sworn to secrecy legally, actually. If I were to tell you anything about, it … I would be sued.”

In July, Duchovny told TV reporters that a second film was in the works and that co-star Gillian Anderson was on board as well. Duchovny played FBI special agent Fox Mulder opposite Anderson’s Dana Scully.

The X-Files’ creator, Chris Carter, and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay.

“We’re going to try to keep it under wraps and try to keep it a surprise,” Duchovny said. “You know, unfortunately, I think with so much media attention on show business, … it’s almost impossible to think of, like, a Sixth Sense coming out now.”

Spotnitz told SCI FI Wire last year that the sequel’s story would not rely on the show’s convoluted alien-invasion-conspiracy mythology, but rather would be more like one of the show’s stand-alone episodes.

University Opens Gaming Department
Source: The Feed

If you want to get your education in the the gaming industry, and join the ranks of elite, highly paid gaming professionals, Columbus State University has a deal for you. The institution of higher learning opened a gaming department this year.

But don’t think the program is played in easy mode. According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the program is challenging. Hard enough, even, to put some students off, with them saying the major requires too much math.

“This is a rigorous program,” computer science department chairman Wayne Summers said, “There’s a fair amount of mathematics, and physics and programming.”

“This is a university degree…They will take English and math. The whole philosophy of American education is the broad range of topics.” He added.

Check it out, would-be game designers.

Vick Pleads Guilty In Dogfighting Case
Source: CNN

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.

Michael Vick arrives Monday at court where he pleaded guilty to charges related to dogfighting.

During Monday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson asked Vick if he understood the charge. Vick responded, “Yes sir.”

Hudson is considering whether to accept a plea deal that calls for a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

The judge set a December 10 sentencing hearing.

“We hope that Judge Hudson will see the real Mike Vick,” Vick’s attorney Billy Martin said at a brief news conference following the hearing.

Vick was met by cheering supporters as his attorneys and federal marshals escorted him into the U.S. District Court in Richmond. A group of protesters holding signs with pictures of injured fighting dogs also was on hand.

Read the entire article here.

In response to the plea deal, the NFL has suspended Vick indefinitely.

Penny Arcade’s Game Going Live
Source: The Feed

Webcomic Penny Arcade is known for both its humor and its strong opinions on videogames, and now it has the chance to put its money where its mouth is. PA’s first full-fledged game is going to his Xbox Live Arcade in 2008.

Hothead Games’ On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic, downloadable game seriesthat will debut on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

“We’re very excited to be bringing our game series to Xbox LIVE Arcade,” said Vlad Ceraldi, Hothead’s President. “We love Xbox LIVE Arcade’s ability to deliver great content directly to gamers. Digital distribution lets indie game developers innovate and experiment with new gameplay concepts.

It will be interesting to see if Penny Arcade’s sarcastic, dry sensibility will transfer from comic to games, no?

Michael Jackson Whacked by Judgment
Source: FOXNews

Michael Jackson might as well be singing “Lean on Me” these days but calling it “Lien on Me.”

Jackson has just had another lien placed on his two primary residences, Neverland Valley Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., and his parents’ home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, Calif.

F. Marc Schaffel, Jackson’s former business partner and a sometime gay porno producer, won a judgment against Jackson two weeks ago in Santa Monica for $559,305.25. This was one of the outcomes of a lawsuit Schaffel brought against Jackson in November 2004 for $4 million.

This time, though, Schaffel’s lawyer, Howard King, convinced a judge to issue a lien on both properties until Jackson comes up with the money, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.

Jackson was served about two weeks ago at Neverland, at an address in Century City for his MJJ Productions, and at 3155 East Patrick Lane in Las Vegas, his last known address.

Read the entire article here.

***UPDATE***

Parker, Stone Get Rich From ‘South Park’
Source: The Feed

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have not had an ownership in South Park since they originally sold the show to Comedy Central a decade ago. All that is about to change, as the show creators have made a deal with the network to share the unbelievable successful franchise across the internet, a deal that is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million.

The biggest part of this deal, and completely unprecedented, is the fact that Comedy Central is going to share 50% of the ad revenue they generate because of South Park. This is something that’s unheard of in the industry, and a whole new way of doing business for big-time talent on the web.

Good for Trey and Matt. Long may they run!

AT&T Threatens iPhone Unlockers
Source: The Feed

UniquePhones, the group that runs iPhoneUnlocking.com, has been pressured by AT&T to hold off on releasing their software SIM unlocking program. The program reportedly will allow for a full SIM unlock for the iPhone.

This, like other methods, would allow US users to use the iPhone on T-Mobile. It would also allow international users to use the iPhone before it is released overseas.

UniquePhones is “evaluating what to eventually do with the software should they be legally denied the right to sell it,” and the release of the software is officially delayed indefinitely.

Go hackers! Fight the good fight!

Engadget: UniquePhones indefinitely delays release of iPhone SIM unlock software

Kevin Smith To Direct ‘Galactica’
Source: The Feed

Kevin Smith can pretty much do whatever he wants. He decides that he wants to direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica, so they let him. He wants to create a character and write an episode of Heroes Origins, and they let him. That’s a lot of clout, friends. So, what can we expect to see from such collaborations? Well, at least on BSG, likely not much that you’ll notice out of the ordinary, since Smith admits that there’s pretty much a formula of what to do on the show, and he’s not going to deviate much from it.

Now, Heroes Origins, on the other hand, is a whole other ball of wax. They’ve given Smith the run of his episode, allowed him to write and create new characters, and pretty much do whatever he wants to do. So, will we be treated to two superheroes standing around in a mall talking for an hour? Who knows, but it should be worth the watch.

The Latest Word 8/23/07

What can I say? Work just gets in the way of things sometimes and prevents me from posting as often as I would like. I hate it, but it’s a incovenient truth.

The big news so far is I went to see Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner last night in Charlotte. It was unbelieveably hot outside, but overall it was worth sweating out almost ten pounds. Styx by far sounded the best of all three groups that performed, but the sound system sucked big time and made everyone sound like shit.

I am not one of those people who goes to concerts to stand up and dance and act like a total asshole. I like to sit in my seat and enjoy whatever performance I am there to see. I try to stay quiet and attempt to show the people around me some respect by not ruining their experience. But last night there was a couple of drunk skanks behind me doing their best to disturb everyone around them. Now these weren’t ordinary skanks, they were really classy. The kind of woman who bothers to take the Marlboro out of her mouth before she tells the cop to go fuck himself.

During one set, these two drunken sluts spilled beer on me twice, damn near set my hair on fire because they were too drunk to keep an eye on the cigarette they weren’t even suppose to be smoking. Then they decided that I wasn’t having enough fun and tried to motivate me into acting like they were. Because they were having a good time and God dammit, so was everyone else. Around the time one of them rested their pathetic, sagging boobs on my friends head, he decided he had had enough of the bullshit. He calmly turned around and asked them to stop. Which was a lot nicer than I would have been. Once that set was over, they left, and oddly enough, didn’t come back.

I’m all for having fun, and there are times when I am quite sure I have made an ass out of myself and annoyed the people around me. But whenever possible, I try to show people the same courtsey that I expect them to show me. Which in and of itself show a remarkable amount of self control on my part, because I generally hate other people and am not shy about expressing my disdane for them. But at the same time I try to go by live and let live. So I say this to all those future drunks that feel the need to entice me to join their merry little gang of dipshits. Leave me alone. Don’t touch me. I don’t want to see the Metallica tattoo on your left tit and you’re gonna have a hard time drinking that beer once I shove it up your ass.

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s see what geektastic news has broken.

Vick’s Pitbulls Face Deadline

It seems the 50 or so dogs that were removed from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s could be facing doggie heaven if no one comes forward to claim them. Now who would want to claim trained fighting dogs? That’s exactly the kind of pet I want for my kids. Pitbulls are the result of when you give sharks legs. I am an animal lover, but I have no sympathy for trained killer dogs, especially pitbulls.

Lohan Will Likely Not Be Charged

What the hell is wrong with the police in California? If an ordinary person was caught driving like a crazed lunitic as Lindsey was, they would have not seen the outside world for quite some time. It goes to show that celebrities do indeed get special treatment by law enforcement. Lindsey Lohan will probably not be charged with a felony nor do any jailtime for her two arrests for DUI and possession. Where is the justice in this world.

True story. My uncle, who was in command of a ship for the US Navy, had a little too much to drink and got pulled over. Arrested for DUI, lost his command, forced to retire early from the Navy and was generally treated like a second class citizen. He spent 5 hours in jail awaiting to post bail, that’s 500 times more jail time than Lindsey Lohan has seen.

Justice League to be a CGI/Motion Capture Film!?
Source: SuperheroHype!

One of the most talked-about topics online these days is Warner Bros.’ Justice League of America adaptation, which Happy Feet director George Miller is reportedly attached to.

Reports have said that the superhero team-up movie would include Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern, that casting would start next week, and that Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Brandon Routh (Superman, Superman: Man of Steel) would not be involved.

It didn’t quite make sense how Warner Bros. would be able to pull it off, but perhaps now we know how they can. IESB.net says that the movie might be a CGI/performance capture project, much like The Polar Express, and the upcoming Beowulf and Avatar. Here’s a bit of the scoop the site received:

However, and take this with a grain of salt, Imageworks are apparently in the running to provide services on the JLA film, competing with R&H and possibly WETA (the latter being unconfirmed).

But the real interesting thing about this is that the contract is for an all-cgi “photo-real” motion capture movie, much like the upcoming Beowulf.

If the reports hold up, expect Justice League of America to go into production early 2008.

Bay Retracts No Transformers 2 Statement
Source: SuperheroHype!

Early Tuesday morning, Michael Bay posted on his official website that Paramount/DreamWorks’ decision to exclusively support HD DVD and not Blu-ray meant he would not be coming back for Transformers 2. Now, he’s taking it all back. Here’s his new post:

Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three Blu-Ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-Ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted – nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you – I over reacted. I heard where Paramount is coming from and the future of HD and players that will be close to the $200 mark which is the magic number. I like what I heard.

As a director, I’m all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision.

So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks!

So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!

Michael Bay

Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Trailer Officially Online
Source: SuperheroHype!

The trailer for “Spectacular Spider-Man Animated” was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con, and turned up online around the same time, but now Marvel.com has officially posted the clip for you to watch. The series will premiere in 2008 on Kids’ WB!.

Possible Strikes In Hollywood To Delay Transformers Sequel?

In an interview with Don Murphy, the producer indicates that possible actors and writers strikes will likely delay the Transformers sequel.

Read the entire article here.

Another weekend has flown by. Week two of the NFL Preseason is all but over, going into week three and counting down to the first regular season games. We’re getting into one of my favorite times of the year. I love the fall and football season. With this awful heat wave and drought we’ve been going through in my area, it will be nice to welcome in cooler weather. Of course the last time we had a drought like this, we had the mother of all ice storms a week after Thanksgiving. Hopefully history won’t repeat itself in this case.

So while I am on the subject of football and professional football is in the spotlight lately due to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, I want to take a few minutes to comment. First and foremost, Michael Vick is a thug. He has always been a thug and a showboat. The things that he’s been into have only recently come to light with this dog fighting ring. Vick, if found guilty should do some major prison time and be barred from the NFL for life. There is absolutely no excuse for what he is accused of.

A friend of mine would argue that most NFL players are thugs and would be gangsters. I’d like not to believe that and that most NFL players are stand up guys who do what they do for the love of the game. But we all know that that isn’t true either. The NFL along with other professional sports have had their share of “bad boys” lately. The NBA and MLB have had their negative press. Some would argue that the NBA is by far the worst for player antics and off the court scandels.

But I think that one bad apple truly spoils the bunch in this case. When the first instance of bad behavior and accusations of drug use is overlooked or swept under the rug, it sets a bad example for future players to get away with worse. Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams caught four times with drugs in his system. That’s four times the NFL has caught Ricky doing drugs and each time, after a slack punishment is allowed to come back and play. And maybe Ricky Williams hits a little too close to home for me because he was playing for my favorite team and in my humble opinion let the entire team down with this selfish antics.

If you give someone enough money, over time I imagine they would become bored and just look for stupid things to do with their new found wealth. Most people don’t fall into crime and drugs. But there are always a few that do. Then add some level of celebrity to that equation and that’s how a scandle is born. Fueled by the ever quickening flow of news and information, personal indiscretions are blasted out into the public eye faster than ever before.

Whether they want to believe or admit, sports players are role models. Children see them and look up to them. Their antics, if plastered all over tabloids, TV and newspapers can have a lasting effect on kids and adults alike. They should be mindful of the image they present to the public. At the same time, these guys are professionals and they should act accordingly. They should take resposibility for their actions and learn that if they screw up, there will be consequences.

And with that said, let’s get to your geektastic news for today.

Deep Space Nine On iTunes

Apple is now offering the first season of Star Trek Deep Space Nine on iTunes. Currently the first seasons of Star Trek Voyager, Enterprise and the Original Series are available.

Kristen Bell Joins Heroes

Rumors of former “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell joining the cast of ABC’s “Lost” were put to rest when NBC announced that Bell would be joining the cast of “Heroes” beginning in October. Bell will be cast as Elle in a multiepisode arc that will have ties to the death of Peter and the future of Claire.

Iron Man ComicCon Footage Online Soon

Iron Man Footage Officially Online Soon
Source: the reel chris August 19, 2007

Iron Man director Jon Favreau has confirmed that an official version of the footage that was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con will be online soon.

I hear you all loud and clear. You want to see the footage that we brought to SDCC. Why not post it in HD instead of having everyone download a grainy bootleg? I agree. I am trying to get a version out to you ASAP. This is a big movie, however, and it takes time to get the proper approvals from all parties involved.

I am happy to report that both Marvel and Paramount have agreed to get a version of the footage out to you very soon. I will report the specifics when I get them. Thanks for your enthusiasm and patience.

Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges, opens in theaters on May 2.

Transformers Comes To IMAX

It was bound to happen. With the huge success of Michael Bay’s Transformers, already reaching $633.9 million in worldwide ticket sales, it was unavoidable that the hit movie be release in IMAX. On September 21, the movie hits IMAX theaters with additional footage not shown in the original release.

Looks like The Nerd will have to shell out some more coin to go see it again.

Malaysia honors DVD-sniffing dogs
Source: Associated Press

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia gave a hero’s send-off Monday to Lucky and Flo, honoring the two DVD-sniffing dogs with medals as they ended a six-month assignment that netted 1.6 million illegal movie discs.

The two black Labradors looked puzzled when a multitude of press photographers’ flash bulbs went off as Malaysia’s deputy trade minister S. Veerasingham placed medals around their necks.

“What they have helped us achieve in such a short time is remarkable,” said Veerasingham. “Malaysia is committed to wiping out piracy and pirates. We will go after them very fast.”

Read the entire article here.

Is JLA Picking Up Steam?
Source: SCI-FI.com

IESB.net reported a rumor that a script for a proposed Justice League of America movie is done and that the movie is moving forward rapidly.

Kiernan and Michele Mulroney’s script has been warmly received at Warner Brothers, and the studio is envisioning the movie as a launching pad for others movies based on The Flash, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and Aquaman, as well as a shot in the arm for the Superman franchise, the site reported, citing anonymous studio sources.

The studio wants to start production on Justice League as soon as the first quarter of 2008 for a summer 2009 release, the site reported. That calls into question the timing of an expected sequel to Superman Returns, which is expected to be called The Man of Steel.

***UPDATE***

Transformers Movie To Be Released On HD-DVD Only

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have sent out a press release today that states the Transformers Movie will be released on the HD-DVD format only.

Paramount, in a move that could only be described as profoundly stupid has decided (with help from Microsoft no doubt) that it will no longer offer movies in Blu Ray format, thus throwing their weight behind the HD-DVD format. Beginning with Blades Of Glory on August 28 and continuing with Shrek The Third and Transformers, all of which will only be available in HD-DVD.

Is it too late to bring back Beta? You can read the full press release here.

MICHAEL VICK PLEADS GUILTY
Source: What Would Tyler Durden Do

Not exactly fun gossip news, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to a dogfighting ring. Friday two co-defendants signed statements saying Vick participated in the execution of at least 8 dogs by hanging or drowning them. Breitbart News says:

“Vick is expected to be sentenced next Monday at US District Court here. He could face up to five years in prison and fines of more than 250,000 dollars as a result of the charges.

A grand jury was hearing evidence Monday on more possible charges that could have been filed against Vick, including racketeering gambling charges that might have substantially raised the stakes and possible prison term Vick might face.”

Burn in hell you piece of shit.

So, let’s see if I can get myself into a little trouble today and post some pictures from The Dark Knight. I luckily pulled these off a website before Warner Brothers asked to have them removed. These pictures show a little more of Heath Ledger as The Joker, as well as Christian Bale as Batman in action. Enjoy!

Study: Substance in Marijuana Clears Facial Dermatitis
Source: Fox News

A substance found in the cannabis plant helps the body’s natural protective system clear dry, scaly skin rashes caused by allergic dermatitis, according to researchers from the U.S., Germany, Israel, Italy and Switzerland.

Allergic dermatitis commonly causes acne-like rashes on the cheeks, eyelids and neck, as well as on areas of the elbow and the back of knees. Prolonged episodes can lead to facial wrinkles, thickening of the skin and facial pigmentation. The problem begins in youth and can continue through adulthood.

Allergic contact dermatitis affects about 5 percent of men and 11 percent of women in industrialized countries, according to an article published in the journal Science.

A group of domestic and international researchers have found that two naturally occurring cannabinoid (cannabis-like) components found in the body’s endocannabinoid system – one from the brain, named anandamide and another from the intestines named 2-AG provides protection against dermatitis.

These cannabinoids have similar effects to those of the active components in hashish and marijuana, produced from the cannabis plant. Further research using mice has shown that THC – the ingredient in marijuana that produces a “high” in users — significantly decreased the allergic reaction in comparison to untreated mice.

Researchers believe activation of the endocannabinoid system in the skin upon exposure to a contact allergen lowers the allergic responses through modulating the production of this chemokine.

Studies also have shown that mice lacking cannabinoid receptors display exacerbated inflammatory skin responses to an allergen.

Wii Shortage To Continue

It appears that the long lines for a Wii console will continue for the foreseeable future. Even now, in August, the Wii is in short supply. And it’s looking like the drought is going to continue. “Due to the tight supply of components such as IC chips and PCBs, Nintendo’s plans to expand production of its Wii games console, originally set for June, have been delayed, according to Taiwan-based component makers,” reports Digitimes.

Word of the Nerd promises to keep you posted on all the breaking news that you geeks just can’t live without.

Okay, okay, it’s been a few days and this update is a little late. I’ve been sick and really didn’t feel up to sitting in front of the computer for a few days. In spite of what my co-workers say, I did not have the Madden Flu. A lot has happened in my absence and I cannot wait to get into all the geektastic news.

It’s been a big week so far for Star Trek news and NFL gaming fans. Madden 08 hit the stores on Tuesday and hardcore fans have not looked back. This year’s edition of the popular sports game is getting good reviews across most major platforms. So far, the XBox 360 version is getting the most praise. PS3 reviews are mixed as reports of bugs and glitches are coming in. One major glitch so far comes from my neighbor who after installing it on his PC with Windows Veesta, the game crashes when he tries to go to EA Online. So far, the EA website has nothing on this particular problem.

Lindsey Lohan was actually spotted in Utah where she is reported to be enrolled in a rehab facility. There were photos taken of her walking through town, shopping and smoking. Let’s see if third times a charm Lindsey.

Crowe As Star Trek Villian?
Source: TrekToday

With Tom Cruise said to be J.J. Abrams’ choice to play Captain Christopher Pike in Star Trek, the hoped-for villain is rumored to be an equally in demand star: Russell Crowe.

IGN reported that Paramount “is trying to woo none other than Oscar winner Russell Crowe” to play the main adversary, though Crowe has a busy schedule already planned for the next several months. The source who spoke to IGN did not say whether the villain would be human or alien, though IGN took the idea of the Gladiator star’s consideration to mean that the villain was expected to be a leader.

IGN also suggested that casting a major star like Cruise or Crowe would require a Kirk capable of rising to such levels, particularly since, according to Trek canon, Kirk must will the loyalty of Pike’s science officer, Spock. With the role of Chekov said to be cast, it is not known which other familiar characters from the original series will ultimately appear.

As to whether Kirk will have a love interest, IGN noted that the film might be set in the era when Kirk and Carol Marcus conceived son David. Previous rumors have said that Spock would find romance – one publication suggested Jennifer Garner in the role – but Abrams has confirmed no such story details.

Nichols To Join Takei On Heroes
Source: TrekToday

Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) will be joining her Original Series cast mate George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) on the NBC hit show Heroes next season.

According to a report on the Trek Movie Report, Nichols will have a recurring role on the show, appearing in five or six episodes. Nichols’ addition to the show was already hinted at recently by Heroes creator Tim Kring, when he told E! Online he was looking “for another face that will have a very similar impact” to genre fans as the casting of Takei did.

Heroes was the most successful drama series on NBC last year. Halfway through the first season, Takei joined the show as Kaito Nakamura, the father of a young Japanese Star Trek fan who can move through time and space using only his will. Last month, word already leaked out that former Star Trek: Enterprise star Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) will be playing an Irish mobster during several episodes of the show’s second season.

In related news, another Heroes star recently spoke out about his desire to land a role on Star Trek XI. Following Zachary Quinto being cast as Spock, James Kyson Lee, who plays Ando on Heroes, yesterday told IESB.net he would love to play the role of Hikaru Sulu. A video interview in which Lee makes clear how serious he is about trying to get into the film can be found here.

Transformers At Food Lion AutoFair

The 2009 yellow Chevy Camaro (Bumblebee) and the black GMC Topkick (Ironhide) will be on display at the Food Lion AutoFair being held at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, September 13-16. For more information, go here.

SCI-FI Pulls Plug On ‘Painkiller Jane’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The SCI-FI Channel has cancelled Painkiller Jane only 16 episodes into the season. The network will most likely air the remaining episodes, with a series finale slated for Sept. 21.

Sen. Patrick Leahy Lands Dark Knight Role
Source: SuperheroHype!

CNN reports that Sen. Patrick Leahy has landed his third Batman-related role:

Vermont’s senior senator has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, CNN affiliate WPTZ reports and confirmed by Leahy’s office.

Leahy is apparently a big comic book enthusiast, and actually served as an extra in the 1997 Batman installment: Batman and Robin.

The senator told the station he can’t reveal the exact details of his role in the upcoming movie, but he did say he has landed a scene with its two stars, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.

He also provided a voice for an episode of “Batman: The Animated Series” playing himself.

There’s No Stopping the 300
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

300 crushed the competition during its second week in video stores, retaining the top spot on the national sales chart despite a strong challenge from Disturbia, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The newcomer, with a box office gross of more than $80 million, debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending August 12, though its total unit sales were only about 53% of those of 300.

Disturbia did manage a No. 1 bow on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart, generating $9.7 million. That was enough to push 300 to No. 2 with $9.5 million.

TMNT debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart but could muster only a 12th-place bow on the rental chart.

The Ice Cube comedy sequel Are We Done Yet? debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and at No. 3 on the rental chart, with earnings pegged at $6.8 million. Fox’s Season 10 set of “The Simpsons” bowed at No. 5 on the sales chart.

In the high-definition disc arena, 300 was the No. 1 seller on both the Blu-ray Disc and the HD DVD charts.

(RUMOR) Transformers The Movie Score Will Be Released–Confirmed By Top Exec?
Source: Seibertron

If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last month, the status of the Transformers Movie Score Soundtrack has been a topic of concern.

Well, after creating a petition, and being rather rambunctious toward promoting the release of the score, Chris Knight of THE KNIGHT SHIFT has stated that he has confirmation from Senior Vice President at Paramount, Dan Butler that it will indeed be released.

An e-mail from his source:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dan Butler at Paramount
Date: Aug 16, 2007 4:12 AM
Subject: RE: Transformers Original Score
To: Sam Witwicky

There will be a score album released shortly on Warner Bros. Records. Thanks for your interest!

Dan Butler
Senior Vice President
Business Affairs ; Legal – Music
Paramount Pictures

It sounds like it is official. But since there is no official statement from Paramount yet, we still need to hold this information as RUMOR only.

Emmerich Takes A Fantastic Voyage
Source: Empire Online

He’s taken a journey to 10,000BC, and now Roland Emmerich is set to go back to the future with sci-fi remake The Fantastic Voyage. For those of you born in the ’60s or early ’70s, that’s the one with Raquel Welsh. For those of you born in the late ’70s or afterwards, it’s the one that’s a bit like Inner Space.

The story is about a scientist who’s dying of a blood clot following an assassination attempt (at least in the original). The only chance to save him is for a team of doctors and scientists to make use of radical new miniaturisation technology, shrink themselves and a submarine and make their way into his body to fix the clot. The only problem is that they’ll also have to make it out again before the sub re-expanded; otherwise they could find that the vehicle ends up with a new coat of scientist-coloured paint.

Emmerich was attached to this project once before about ten years back, and he came back on board after seeing a recent treatment by Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, the wonderfully-monikered screenwriters behind the upcoming National Treasure 2. They’re in talks to write the script now, so the film could go into production next year.

Sony: PS3 Failure Rate At 0.2%
Source: The Feed

With some estimating that the Xbox 360’s failure-rate is as high as 33%, Sony wants you to know the PlayStation 3 is very, very stable. How stable? According to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe founder Chris Deering, the PS3’s default rate is “around 0.2%.”

Braggable, we think you will agree. That estimate combined with PS3 Vault’s recent stress-tests (which included running a PS3 in a sauna, then in a freezer, for hours and hours) add up to one nearly unbreakable system.

Unbreakable like a Fisher Price toy or like Bruce Willis in that movie, Hudson Hawk.

Amy Winehouse Is Cured
Source: What Would Tyler Durden Do

Amy Winehouse left rehab yesterday after staying for less than 48 hours, then took a helicopter to London for a brain scan. The Sun UK says:

She left a clinic in Essex and flew back to Camden, North London .. Later she and hubby Blake Fielder-Civil visited a private doctors surgery in central London — before planning a night out with pals.
Her worried parents Mitch and Janis are now considering getting her SECTIONED to force her into getting help for her problems.
Doctors ordered Amy, 23, to have the brain scan after she had a seizure during her overdose. It will reveal whether the singer has a form of epilepsy — which could have been undetected until now.

Yeah that’s probably it. She probably has epilepsy and no one knew it until the day she chased heroin and cocaine with horse tranquillizers. Doctors see that sort of thing all day. In fact that’s how some of the more progressive hospitals test for epilepsy, they give you tons of heroin and cocaine and horse tranquillizers. If you have a bad reaction, you’re epileptic, If not, hey, no harm done.

Clock Ticks Down For Vick
Source: CNN.com

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — Michael Vick is considering joining two co-defendants who will ask a judge Friday to sign off on their plea agreements in a federal dogfighting case, according to a spokesman and published reports.

NFL star Michael Vick after a court appearance last month.

Without an agreement in place by the end of the week, Vick could face new, more serious charges when a grand jury reconvenes on Monday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in its Thursday editions that Vick is waiting to hear from the NFL how a guilty plea might affect his football career.

If he does not agree to a deal, the newspaper reported, Vick could be charged with racketeering in a superseding indictment.

Read the entire article here

So is Lindsey Lohan in rehab or not? She’s been spotted with her family shopping near their home in Rhode Island at the same time she was reported to be in a rehab facility in Utah. What gives? She’s pretty much vanished from the face of the Earth. But is that a bad thing? Maybe it’s a MIB relocation. She hasn’t vanished, she just went…home. A coincidence that the space shuttle went up earlier this week? I don’t think so. God speed Lindsey.

I am truly a sick man. I got my hands on a bootleg copy of Transformers earlier this week and I have watched it every night since. I think it’s a sickness. That’s all I can say about it. My friends are actually concerned for me. Looking forward to the weekend though, doing some traveling to visit family. Ahhhh, family.

Hi-Res Iron Man

A high resolution picture of the Iron Man picture published earlier in Empire Magazine has been posted. If you’re a picture whore like me, you’ll definately want to add it to your collection. You can get the pic here!

Voltron is Coming Together at Fox
Source: Variety

20th Century Fox-based production company New Regency has partnered with the Mark Gordon Company to adapt Voltron: Defender of the Universe into a possible franchise.

Producer Mark Gordon has been developing the film, based on the popular 1980s Japanese animated TV series, comic books and toy line, for some time with Justin Marks writing the script.

But interest in the property hit a high after Transformers turned into a box office juggernaut, raking in nearly $300 million to date.

Marks’ take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale of survival set in New York City and Mexico.

In the animated series, five Galaxy Alliance pilots control vehicles shaped like lions that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron robot in order to battle an evil menace.

Gordon is producing with Lawrence Inglee and Jordan Wynn shepherding the project. Mark Costa and Ford Oelman are executive producers.

Marks is also adapting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe for Joel Silver at Warner Bros., as well as the Green Arrow pic Supermax, also at the studio. Marks also has Street Fighter in the works at Hyde Park and Fox.

Matthew Vaughn to Direct Thor
Source: Variety

Marvel Studios is setting Matthew Vaughn to direct Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character. Marvel is aiming for a pre-strike production start this winter.

Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) did the adaptation of the comic book franchise that launched in 1962. Thor is a blonde-tressed, hammer-wielding hero who’s sent to Earth to protect mankind.

Vaughn’s deal is closing just as Paramount releases the Vaughn-directed Stardust today.

Thor marks Vaughn’s second effort at a superhero pic. He was attached to direct X-Men: The Last Stand before bowing out for personal reasons. Vaughn, who produced the Guy Ritchie-directed films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, made his directing debut with the Daniel Craig starrer Layer Cake.

HBO Sucks Up True Blood
Source: Sci-Fi.com

HBO has officially picked up the vampire series True Blood from Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire novel series, Variety reported.

Ball will executive-produce and act as show runner for True Blood, which is expected to go into production this fall. HBO is still ironing out an episodic order and airdate. Ball wrote and directed the pilot and has already penned several more episodes.

The pilot stars Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer and Brook Kerr. It is set in small-town Louisiana and follows the world of vampires, who are able to co-exist with humans by drinking a Japanese-manufactured synthetic blood. The show contains a dose of humor alongside the horror.

Paquin plays Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress who winds up falling for vampire Bill Compton (played by Moyer) and who has powers of her own. Carrie Preston and Michael Raymond-James round out the cast.

NASA draws up plans for nuke-packing asteroid interceptor
Source: Engadget

NASA has (thankfully) been working on various asteroid diverting measures for some time now, but the agency apparently still isn’t satisfied with its options, and it’s now showing off its newest bit of potential world-saving technology. Designed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, this latest system would consist of six missile-like interceptor vehicles that would launch aboard an Ares V cargo launch vehicle, each carrying with them a 1.2-megaton B83 nuclear warhead. That, NASA says, should be enough to deflect an asteroid the size of the Apophis asteroid that’s expected to pass within the orbit of the Earth and the Moon in April of 2029. So as not to make the problem even worse, the warheads apparently wouldn’t actually strike the asteroid directly, but instead detonate at a distance of one-third of its diameter, generating a force that would (theoretically) deflect the asteroid out of the Earth’s path.

Segway Club To Disband

It is truly a sad day across America. The Segway Enthusiasts Group of America (SEG) has come to the decision to disband, due in part to “inactivity and absence of candidates for its board of directors.” Now where am I going to cruise for chicks?

“Megatron Origins” Artwork

TRANSFORMERS comic artist Alex Milne has updated the artwork on his Deviant Art page. Be careful, they contain some spoilers for the next issues of the series. I have been so into this series and I cannot wait for issue 3 to hit the stores.

New Avengers/Transformers #2 – REVIEW

I picked up the new issue of The New Avengers/Transformers crossover. I have to say that issue #2 is much better than the series debut. We get to see the story unfold a little more and the secret behind the Decepticons abduction of Spider-Man. Doctor Doom and Iron Man make an appearance in the story which continues as the Avengers and the Autobots join forces to stop Megatron and his Decepticons. A minus.

Web 2.0 Leaves Porn Behind
Source: Wired.com

Porn gets a lot of credit for pushing technology forward. You probably owe your DVD player and your video-on-demand service to dedicated porn fans with discretionary income. But as web technology evolves to support true personalization and community — into Web 2.0 — porn is falling further behind the curve.

Read the entire article here.

Porn Company Perfect 10 Sues Microsoft
Source: PC World

A publisher of nude model photography is suing Microsoft for putting links and images of the company’s content in search results taken from other Web sites.

Read the entire article here.

The Latest Word

Before Barry Bonds breaks his own arm patting himself on the back over all his mighty accomplistments, I’d like to give my humble, if not unwelcomed opinion on this whole steroid thing.

First, I am not a baseball fan, I haven’t been since I was a kid. Second, whether I agree or not, steroid use is banned in all professional sports, that’s the rule live with it or go find another job. Third, I don’t care if they give him a series bionic arms and he can hit four balls at once. It’s clear he either bulked up over the off-season with a strict regiment of exercise or he took steroids. Give the man a piss test and get it over with. I am frankly sick and tired of hearing about it. The dude went from being an average player with an average athletic build to being The Incredible Hulk almost overnight. There must be some explaination. So get on with it or shut up about it. Like it or not, he broke the record, so deal with it. Put all the astericks you want next to the number, he still hit the shit out of all those balls.

Now that that is out of the way, lets get to all that geektastic news you crave.

Transformers As An Investment
Source: Seibertron.com

The latest Seibertron.com site article comes to us courtesy of our own Lapse Of Reason. In this article Lapse Of Reason looks at the debate of whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment’s sake. Without further delay here is Lapse Of Reason’s article:

There is often debate whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment’s sake. Almost all agree that a MISB figure retains more value than a loose figure. Some Transformers fans balk at the idea and throw around the mantra “free them from their plastic prisons!” Others prefer to keep their collection preserved in it’s original state, beautiful box art and all.

So who is right? Is there even a right and wrong answer to this debate? Let’s examine each perspective, and in the end make an educated decision.

The Investor

The typical Transformer investor buys Transformers mainly because he or she has a genuine love of the toys.

They choose to buy something they enjoy and carry the satisfaction that their collection will someday be worth more than what he or she paid. In the meantime, they enjoy having the figures in MISB state. The more pristine the box, the deeper the satisfaction – especially for older Generation One (G1) figures. Some go as far to have them graded by the AFA (Action Figure Authority, http://www.toygrader.com/). AFA graded figures receive a specific rating recognized by the toy collecting community, thereby increasing the value of the figure and giving the owner of an AFA graded figure an even deeper level of satisfaction.

In general, toys and collectables are a poor long-term investment unless you choose the right toys in which to invest. Often collectables peak at a certain price and don’t continue to grow in value at a steady rate. Exclusive or hard to find figures are the general exception, as well as figures in a rare, well preserved state. The rule of thumb with any collectable is something is only worth what another is willing to pay for it. This makes toy investing a higher risk than a more conservative approach, such as a CD or mutual fund.

G1 Transformers, however, seem to be special circumstance fueled by an ingenious marketing strategy perfected 25 years ago. Many G1 toys have increased in value at very high rates. A $100 figure then (Fort Max) still MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) sells for over $1200 today. That’s an 1,100 percent margin! In comparison, say you took a $100 and invested it in a 10 year 5% CD (compounded annually). At the end of ten years you would only have $163. In 20 years, $265.50. While Fort Max is a flagship example, the average margin of return on MISB G1 toys seems to hover at a 500% to 1000% return on the original investment (or roughly 5 to 10 times its original selling price). Inflation has not been taken into consideration here, for the sake of simplicity.

Surprises can come along that devalue a collectable toy. Reissues, for example can fulfill some of the demand for a once rare figure by making them more affordable. The original may still fetch a higher price, but maybe not as much as it would have before the reissue. There is currently still a strong enough market for collectors of “original G1 toys only” to stabilize the price of the vintage figures.

Popularity of the character, the quantity originally available, exclusivity of the figure, regions of distribution, the age of the toy, or the difficulty of maintaining the toy in good condition (G1 Swoop, for example), or an event that triggers a revival of interest (like the new movie) all play a factor in the value of a collectable figure. The best investments are exclusives like this year’s Botcon set where you could flip it and get an instant 300% to 500% return.

On the flip side, let’s examine another common viewpoint.

The Toy Liberator

The vast majority of toys are opened and played with by children – the target market. Although Hasbro and other major toy companies occasionally cater to adult collectors, they are in the business of selling toys to children and their primary focus will always be the child market.

The adult “toy liberator” buys Transformers for the same main reason as the investor – he or she loves Transformers. The difference is that these people would much prefer to open up the box and free the figure from its cardboard prison. They like to transform the figure, pose it in various stances, and later often retire it to a shelf filled with many other “freed” toys. These figures are always available to be moved around, posed in battle scenes, picked up and transformed, and maybe even swooshed around the room now and then. Sometimes they end up in storage or collecting layers of dust on the shelf, but they are admired, enjoyed, and played with.

Loose G1 Transformers also have increased in value, despite the lack of a box and pristine condition. The average return on investment of a loose G1 Transformers in decent condition hovers in the 200% to 600% range (or 2 to 6 times the original selling price). Although not as big of a margin as MISB toys, they still carry their own weight as far as investing goes. Usually these are bought by other collectors of loose toys wishing to fill a gap in his or her collection.

Some collectors are on the fence between MISB collecting and loose figure collecting, so they open their toys but preserve the boxes. While the inclusion of a box might boost the sale of a figure, it will usually not boost it to the sale price of a MISB figure. Therefore the resale values lie somewhere in between loose and MISB value.

There are also many collectors out there who never plan to sell their toys. Such a thought is never a consideration. Ten, twenty, or thirty years from now such feelings of attachment may subside, but the point is that many collectors could care less about the collectable value of the toy and are more concerned with what the figure is worth to them.

Other Considerations

Transformers are special. You can see that by just visiting this site – so many adults still hooked on them after so many years. That, in time, might fade. Thirty years from now, the generation that did not grow up with G1 toys may not value them in mass the way we do today. Values can drop as time goes on because it is the nostalgia factor that has kept Transformers going for so long. Just because it is old does not mean it is valuable. I had a large amount of one billion year old rocks in my backyard that I could not even give away. Like I wrote before, a collectable is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. Take away the target market for vintage G1 figures and the values will drop. Or maybe Transformers will somehow stand the test of time. It does not seem like Hasbro has plans of ever stopping the Transformers brand, but over long periods of time things do change.

Decision Time

So are Transformers a worthwhile investment? The answer all depends on you. If you love the toys but want to be able to cash out on them later in life, then maybe MISB collecting is for you. If your idea of enjoyment is to open it up and play with the figure, that is a good choice too.

Unfortunately, no matter how vast or complete your collection is, you will not be able to make enough money to retire and live well off of it (unless you are lucky and list your collection on eBay for $1 million and some fool bids on it it).

Therein lies the heart of the matter. Keep your collection boxed or open them up because it suits your taste. There is nothing wrong with that. Collect these toys because you love them. The money is a nice second. Although G1 Transformers have a high return margin, it is still a relatively little amount of money. You won’t be able to retire off of income generated by selling your Transformers. For that, you’re far better off investing in coastal real estate.

Punisher 2 Working Title and Start Date
Source: SuperheroHype!

Superhero Hype! has learned that the working title for Lionsgate and Marvel Studios’ new Punisher film is The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank. Shooting is set to start in Montreal late September.

To be directed by Lexi Alexander (Hooligans) and starring Ray Stevenson (HBO’s “Rome”) as Frank Castle/The Punisher, the action-thriller was written by Nick Santora, Kurt Sutter, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.

The film will be set in New York, where Frank Castle runs up against a mobster.

‘Halo 3’ Pre-Orders Set Record
Source: The Feed

You are not going to believe this shizz: Videogame Halo 3 has been pre-ordered many, many times. According to an announcement from Bungie, the company behind the first-person-shooter, over a million people have anticipated their need for Halo 3 and acted upon that need by placing an advance order through an internet web-site.

Bungie also wants you to know that lots of promotional tie-ins are coming.

Here’s what Jill Hamburger, Vice President of Movies and Games at Best Buy said about Halo 3: “The excitement for ‘Halo 3’ is incredible…From our preorders online and the buzz we’re hearing in our stores, we know this release is going to be one of the biggest entertainment events of the year.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring it to our customers.” Vice President Hamburger added.

Also of note: Get ready for a marketing blitz on par with a Hollywood blockbuster. For the next few months, you won’t be able to do anything, buy anything, wear anything, drink anything or imagine anything without being aware of Halo 3.

Click the cut for a list of some of the Halo 3 promotional tie-ins coming up.

Straight from the official source:

Mountain Dew will unveil the first beverage co-branded with a video game, Mountain Dew Game Fuel. Game Fuel has the same great taste of Mountain Dew with an invigorating blast of citrus cherry flavor and added caffeine for maximum intensity. Game Fuel will come in 20-ounce bottles, 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and will be available nationwide for a limited time starting Aug. 13, 2007.

7-Eleven today confirmed its plans to support the launch of “Halo 3” through a variety of in-store promotions, including three “Halo 3”-branded collectible Slurpee cups. In addition,7-Eleven will run a “Halo 3” promotion with Mountain Dew Game Fuel and Doritos, with thousands of “Halo 3”-themed prizes, including, as grand prize, a chance to win a role as a voice actor in the upcoming Xbox 360 video game, “Halo Wars™,” by Ensemble Studios. In a few select markets, Mountain Dew will offer a special-edition aluminum bottle of Mountain Dew Game Fuel with an exclusive design created by Bungie Studios, the developers of “Halo 3.” This bottle will be available in very limited quantities, making it a highly sought-after collector’s item.

Pontiac will provide consumers with several exclusive “Halo 3”-related opportunities. It will host Pontiac Gamers Garage events in select locations, providing consumers with a chance to play the game for the first time before its release. In addition, in support of the launch of its upcoming high-performance G6 GXP Street, Pontiac will provide 1,000 consumers with a copy of the game, and one lucky gamer will win a limited-edition “Halo 3” G6 GXP Street car.

Burger King Corp. will continue its sponsorship of Xbox 360 with national, in-restaurant support from Sept. 24 through Oct. 22. “Halo 3”-themed packaging will offer customers access to exclusive content by logging on to http://www.bk.com/halo3 beginning Sept. 23. Graphics will be featured on select packaging, including the 42-ounce cup and King FRYPOD™.

Comcast has also joined the “Halo 3” campaign and will host exclusive video content, including user-generated movies and machinima, on its Web sites http://gameinvasion.net and http://www.ziddio.com. Comcast will also feature standard- and high-definition “Halo 3” videos on its signature ON DEMAND service.

“Halo 3” is also the official sponsor of the Projekt Revolution tour this summer, which includes bands Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance. Exclusive “Halo 3” VIP events will take place in select cities on the tour, where attendees will receive “Halo 3”-themed merchandise and have an opportunity to meet the members of Linkin Park.

Blockbuster Buys Movielink
Source: The Feed

Blockbuster took a futile swing into the darkness to try and compete with NetFlix, purchasing Movielink, a company that allows you to download films from many major studios. The good news? There’s a thick library of films to choose from, as the company has the cooperation of those studios. The bad news? There’s DRM up the proverbial wazoo, making it inconvenient to use the content when you’ve downloaded it.

Blockbuster has been parrying NetFlix for the better part of two years now, since the online movie rental company has become the juggernaut it is. In the meantime, Blockbuster is still tied to brick-and-mortar establishments, which cost a lot fof money for rent and overhead, and it plunging dangerously toward bankruptcy. We’ll see what happens next.

RUSSELL CROWE IN STAR TREK?
Source: What Would Tyler Durden Do

IGN says that JJ Abrams is trying to get none other than Russell Crowe to play the villain is his upcoming version of “Star Trek”. This high profile rumor comes on the heels of the news that Tom Cruise has been asked to play Capt. Christopher Pike.

Our source seriously doubted that Paramount and Abrams could land the busy star, who has Body of Lies and Nottingham on his schedule in the coming months. Still, the search for a strong actor and commanding presence such as Crowe suggests that the story’s villain could very well be, like Kirk, a leader of men — a role that Crowe is utterly believable in. Whether the villain is human, Klingon, Romulan, Vulcan or some other alien species remains uncertain.

Crowe would be a pretty scary villain. Especially if the audience is filled with hotel concierges and his character walks around with a Fosters and a phone. Eeeeee, Look-out

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Transformers Ranks #26 In US All-Time Grossing List
Source: Seibertron.com

According to http://www.imdb.com, http://www.movieweb.com, and http://www.boxofficemojo.com Transformers The Movie is now ranked #26 in the US all-time top grossing list. For some, this is a huge accomplishment, for others it’s a huge slap in the face.

One thing is for sure, no matter what the opinoin, the people love TRANSFORMERS!

Speed Racer Video Game Coming in 2008
Source: SuperheroHype!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today it will launch the Speed Racer video game based on the upcoming film written and directed by the Wachowski brothers. Speed Racer is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures production. The game will be available in 2008 on the Wii and Nintendo DS systems as the Speed Racer film hits theaters. It will be released on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system with the DVD launch.

REVIEW: Thor 1-2
Source: Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find

Written by J. Michael Straczynski art by Oliver Coipel Reviewed by Daniel Von Egidy Thor was cancelled in 2004 as part of Marvel’s reshuffling of the Avengers line. Since then Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers have all been relaunched to mucho sales but Thor has stalled at the starting gates. Mark Millar and Neil Gaiman were both attached to it before becoming busy with something

You can read the entire review at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a baby…
Source: Reuters

Parents look to call newborn ‘Superman’ after government rejects ‘4Real’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand couple is looking to call their newborn son Superman — but only because their chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government registry.

Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as 4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.

The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realizing their baby was “for real.”

They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a sequence of characters.

Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won’t be budged on his choice.

“No matter what its going to stay 4Real,” Wheaton told the Herald, “I’m certainly not a quitter.”

A spokesman for the Department of Internal Affairs, which operates the registry told the Herald discussions with the Wheatons about their son’s name were continuing.

The baby is now two months old, after the Wheatons first applied to register his name in later June.

All Xbox 360s To Have HDMI Ports?
Source: G4TV-The Feed

The Xbox 360 Elite package has it. The upcoming very, very special Halo Edtion Xbox 360 package will have it. Hell, why not put it on everything else!

Aside from the 360 upgrade chip gossip roaming around, the tech gurus over at Ars Technica said that ‘a new version of the Core and Premium (Xbox 360) in late August and September…will include an HDMI port,’ according to their ‘inside source’. Microsoft has been very hush with rumors: Price-cuts, chip upgrades, and now this. But from the looks of how things have been going in the 360 rumor circle, it looks like this one’s bound to happen.

An upgraded chip plus an HDMI port sounds like a great console to us-except for that forsaken ‘ring of death’. It would simply equal an epic holiday console showdown: Should you go buy a Blu-Ray enabled PS3? Or battle it online with Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii? Maybe just dive in to the (eventually) improved 360? So many choices…so little bank accounts.

Well now, it seems we are all living a moment in history. Barry Bonds has broken Hank Aaron’s 33 year old homerun record. Man what times we live in. NFL preseason is about to start full swing. The Democratic Party is starting to squabble from within, while the Republicans have no clue what they are doing.

Britney Spears continues her downward spiral as the Queen of White Trash being naked and drunk (as usual) in a hot tub full of gay men, one of which she made out with and “almost” had sex with. How sad for her. She use to be every mans wet dream, now she’s a punchline. See, listen to this. Why did the chicken cross the road? Britney Spears. See how funny that was?

Star Trek Has its New Chekov and will Tom Cruise also feature?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Despite the fact that it was widely expected that JJ Abrams – bespectacled genius and director of the new Star Trek film – would announce the movie’s cast at the San Diego Comic-Con recently, he actually only confirmed two bits of news: Zachary Quinto would play a younger Spock in the prequel, while Leonard Nimoy himself would put on the pointy ears yet again to play the implacable Vulcan for one final time in flash-forward sequences.

But Abrams did say that we could expect further casting announcements soon, and true to his word, today the original Starship Enterprise got its young navigator – Russian ensign, Pavel Chekov, with Anton Yelchin stepping into the shoes and Beatles hairdo of Walter Koenig.

Although Empire has a lot of affection for Koenig and his performance across the TV show and films – his strangled cry of “Botany Bay!” in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan is a particular office favourite – we are ready to admit that his Russian accent as Chekov (reportedly added to the Star Trek cast by Gene Roddenberry to show that in the future, America had made up with its Cold War rival, Russia) was on the dodgy side.

Well, Yelchin should have no problem with that side of things. A naturalised American, he was actually born in Leningrad. OK, he moved to the States when he was six months old, but his accent should be bona fide.

A decent young actor, the 18 year-old Yelchin has been quietly making an impression in such films as Alpha Dog, Hearts Of Atlantis and more recently as the title character in Charlie Bartlett. His youth would lend credence to the rumours that Abrams’ movie will focus on the adventures of Kirk, Spock and co. during their days at Starfleet Academy.

Casting is currently underway in New York and London for the rest of the movie’s major roles, including Bones, Uhura, Sulu and of course Captain James T. Kirk, who is expected to be played by a big name (not Matt Damon, though; that piece of gossip has been well and truly put to bed).

And speaking of big names, one very exciting rumour doing the rounds at the moment is that Abrams has approached his old Mission: Impossible III mucker, Tom Cruise, to cameo in the movie as Captain Christopher Pike, the Enterprise’s original captain, who was played by Jeffrey Hunter in Star Trek’s pilot, The Cage.

Halo Special Edition 360 Console Contents
Source: G4TV.com

Mo’ Halo coming our way this September. The Chief’s bringing along some new hardware alongside the release of Halo 3. Here’s what’s inside Microsoft’s very, very special Xbox 360 Halo Edition:

Halo 3 Special Edition Console
Halo 3 Special Edition Wireless Controller
Halo 3 Special Edtion 20GB Hard Drive
Halo 3 Special Edition Wired Headset
Gamer Pics…no, wait…Halo 3 Special Edition Gamer Pics and Theme (via Xbox Live download)
Component HD AV Cable
Ethernet Cable
HDMI Port
Play and Charge Kit
Xbox Live Silver Membership
One month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Unfortunately, unlike the previous Xbox Halo Edition console which came with the original Halo, Halo 3 won’t be included in the package. This spartan green and gold package will cost $399.99-$50 bucks more than the now priced $349.99 premium package and $50 bucks less than the Elite package.

The Juice Is Not Loose In All-Pro Football
Source: G4TV.com

Earlier, it was reported that O.J. Simpson was a player in recent videogame All Pro Football, and the minor controversy that erupted because the game has a team called “The Assassins.” Maybe you responded with, “That’s not fair! O.J. shouldn’t get any money from his notoriety!”

Well, looks like he won’t.

Relatives of murder victim Ron Goldman won a court order on Tuesday seizing any money O.J. Simpson earns for lending his name and likeness to the game.

Last week, Fred Goldman secured rights to Simpson’s book, If I Did It. and Simpson’s reported $1 million advance.

I say good for the Goldmans. Fuck you O.J., you’re a bad guy!

Avengers/Transformers Issue# 2 Out Today

Just a friendly reminder that issue 2 of the Avengers/Transformers crossover series will be comic stores today. I wasn’t really impressed too much with the first issue storywise. The artwork was of course fantastic and I was intrigued enough to want to continue the story. Hopefully things will pick up as this four issue series continues.

Jonny Quest Coming to the Big Screen
Source: Variety

Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, who have the video game-based Hitman opening on October 12 from Fox, will produce a live-action adaptation of popular 1960s animated TV series Jonny Quest at Warner Bros. Pictures, with Dan Mazeau writing the script.

The Hanna-Barbera series revolved around a young boy who travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent assigned to protect them as they go on their adventures investigating scientific mysteries.

The show, which is owned by Warner Bros. Animation, aired during primetime on ABC in 1964, lasting only one season. It was updated in the late ’80s and ’90s as “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” on the Cartoon Network. Property’s also been spun off as a comic book from DC.

Askarieh, a longtime fan of the series, is hoping to turn the property into a family-friendly adventure franchise.

Carla Gugino is Sally Jupiter in Watchmen
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Carla Gugino (Sin City) has joined the cast of Watchmen, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics limited series.

She joins Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the Warner Bros. movie, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery.

Gugino will play Sally Jupiter, a burlesque dancer-turned-costumed heroine and sex symbol the Silk Spectre who is part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. She also is the mother of the new Silk Spectre (Akerman). Gugino is expected to portray Jupiter in varying eras, playing different ages throughout the movie.

Zack Snyder (300) will direct the film, which is set to start shooting in the fall in Vancouver.