Monday, April 26, 2010

The Simpsons Did It...

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I haven't watched the Simpsons with any regularity in about 5 years, the quality has just gone completely down hill in my opinion.

Apparently or so I've been told that every so often they do actually have a "good" episode.

The episode that aired last night The Squirt and the Whale sounds poor and reads like one of those boring eco lisa episodes.

That said, there seems to have been one small moment of greatness in last nights episode, it was a 2 second black board gag.



A gesture of support for Matt & Trey from Matt Groening, well... in some areas. In some parts of America the line is replaced with "Je ne suis pas fran├žais". Guess some FOX affiliates are just that scared.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Backpacks aren't actually people!!!

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The Canadian National Post really do know how to get a subtle message across.
They created a set of printable subway etiquette posters for the Toronto Transit Commission, where, apparently, people don't know any better.



I think that poster can apply quiet easily to the Irish public transport system as well.
If you would like to print out your own copy of this poster you can find them here.

Also, spot the name of the journalist who wrote that article National Post.

I SWEAR I wasn't googling my own name.Honest

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Satellite Car Chase

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Funky little video created using Google Maps

Reminds me of the original GTA with super improved grapics




From Honest Directors

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Iron Man Knocks Hugh Grant Out

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I was kinda disappointed this isn't a clip from the new Iron Man 2 film, because if it was EVERYONE would go see this film.
Fantastic work by it creator.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interactive Iron Man Trailer

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Another Iron Man 2 Trailer, This time Jon Favreau gives us something a little bit different. Very clever and has some hidden clips of new footage and promo shots

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to make R-Rated Comedy about a Teddy Bear

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Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to a $65 million budget R-Rated comedy called Ted. The script for the film was co-written by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The comedy will be directed by MacFarlane, which will make Ted his first feature film.

The movie is described as a hard ‘R’ comedy about a man and his teddy bear. The movie will be a mix of live action and CGI. MacFarlane will also co-star and provide the voice for the CG-generated title character Ted.

The film is scheduled to go into production sometime this year. MacFarlane’s time is already stretched pretty thin with his work on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad.

Fox actually had first dibs on the Ted film, but passed it up because of its R-rating.

How will this film turn out?
Well I'm sure he will just apply the now famous, tried an tested Seth Macfarlane's creative process
There will be a 33% chance it will be utter horseshite then.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doctor Who regeneration was 'modelled on LSD trips'

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From The BBC

Doctor Who's regenerations were modelled on bad LSD trips, internal BBC memos have revealed.




The Doctor's transformations were meant to convey the "hell and dank horror" of the hallucinogenic drug, according to papers published on the BBC Archive.

Regenerations were introduced in 1966 to allow writers to replace the lead actor. New Doctor Matt Smith is the 11th Time Lord.

The papers also reveal the difficulties of bedding in a new Doctor.

In an internal memo dating from 1966, producers outlined how the original Doctor, William Hartnell, would be transformed for his successor Patrick Troughton.

The whole idea of regenerating the Doctor was a flash of genius that's kept Doctor Who fresh

It also tackled the "horrifying experience" of the regeneration.

"The metaphysical change... is a horrifying experience - an experience in which he relives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life, including the galactic war," it said.

"It is as if he has had the LSD drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect," the memo added.

Discussing his appearance, the document stated: "His hair is wild and his clothes look rather worse for wear (this is a legacy from the metaphysical change which took place in the Tardis)."


The documents also reveal how new Doctors have faced hostility from viewers.

Some members of the audience felt Troughton "exaggerated the part".
William Hartnell as the first Doctor


"Once a brilliant but eccentric scientist, he now comes over as a half-witted clown," said one viewer.

Another told the BBC's Audience Research Department: "I'm not sure that I really like his portrayal - I feel the part is exaggerated - whimsical even - I keep expecting him to take a great watch out of his pocket and mutter about being late like Alice's White Rabbit."

His successor Jon Pertwee fared a little better in 1970, although a research report following his first appearance declared: "Reaction to this first episode of the new Dr Who series can hardly be described as enthusiastic."

Tom Baker's debut also drew much criticism.

"General opinion was that the new Doctor Who is a loony - he is an eccentric always, but the way it was presented made him stupid," said one viewer.


And in 1984, Colin Baker proved to be a turn-off, with one viewer finding him "too stern" and another "too aggressive".

Reaction to Sylvester McCoy's debut in 1987 was even worse. His "approval rating" was considerably lower than Colin Baker's, although the reception given to his sidekick Mel, played by Bonnie Langford, was worse.

Roly Keating, the BBC's director for archive content, said: "The whole idea of regenerating the Doctor was a flash of genius that's kept Doctor Who fresh and exciting for 47 years now.

"As we welcome Matt Smith and Karen Gillan into the Tardis, it's the perfect moment to remember his predecessors and also to celebrate the work of the BBC Archive in preserving these documents and photographs for future generations."

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Interesting snippet from the BBC about the concept of regeneration and the reaction some fans had to the new Doctor, I kinda would have liked if the had some comments regarding the 3 newest Doctors. Oh well i guess this is what happens on a quiet news day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Victory of the Daleks

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Trailer for next weeks show.



Daleks again? Does anyone else find when the Doctors greatest enemy keeps showing up every season (sometimes twice) only to be defeated every time, it takes away from the threat they supposedly impose?

As the Doctor himself said "They keep coming back while I lose everything"
I mean they have been wiped from existence on 3 different occasions, maybe its time to leave them dead for a few years. This is their 6th story in 5 years since new Who returned. In the old series it took 14 years to have last 6 Dalek stories.

Just don't over use something fantastic, That's all I'm saying.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lube Up!!!

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Go on, look at that advert for Manix Lube.
Seems innocent enough right?
Look again, see how long it takes to "sink in"



*add manix lube to shopping list*

And yes... they are a real company

Beast Below

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Still recovering from last weeks season opener?
Eleventh hour really did set aside many of my fears that I had about new Dr. Who.
Matt Smith, i think i shall grow to like him, new theme and intro sequence.. Throw it in the fire!! fire is the cleanser!

Anyway, here is the Trailer for THE BEAST BELOW

Friday, April 2, 2010

Remake The A-Team

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80's TV show's remakes... Seem to be all the rage these days, and it’s no surprise really. All the people who grew up watching them and loved them are now all writers, directors and producers, "fans" if you will. However the very very rarely seem to be able to capture the essence of the originals. Whys is this? Well maybe it’s because the original shows are about 25 - 30 years old now. They are defined by the era they came from and the fact they were part of our childhood. When they are pushed forth into this decade they seem out of place, alien almost. It is then you realised that part of your childhood has been tarnished forever. (Fuck you Michael Bay!!)

Sometimes 80's TV show should remain in the 80's it’s as simple as, apart from the reboot of Battlestar Galetica I can't think of any other TV show or film that has bridged the generational gap as it were.

Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, Transformers all came along, looked amazing and yet didn't capture the timeless quality of the originals.

If you look at the up and coming remakes and reboots there are plans for T.J HOOKER, MACGYVER, THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO and THE A-TEAM.

Now of all of these THE A-TEAM is the one with the closest release date, promo photos and trailers have been released. How does it look? Well the new trailer is featured below.




Of course it looks daft; the scene with the tank is preposterous but... Isn't that what the A-Team was all about? They got out of situations using the most ridiculous plans. As long as they were captured or holed up somewhere where there was a toolbox and a welding torch, they could fabricate a tank from a mini or a machine gun from an umbrella.

Its got the quips, the insane plans, hell I think it may even have "The Jazz". Exactly what is needed in this film to make it work.

Tell me you didn't get a smile on your face when you heard those 1st few note of the theme tune, nod knowingly when BA said he wasn't getting on the plane or have a little squeeeee moment when you saw that van fly into the screen? Of course you did, because they are the quintessential parts of what makes up the A-Team from your childhood.



I don't think this film is going to be great, I'm not sure if it will even fuck up another childhood memory, but it may just be fun. It’s going for over the top, bigger than life characters. THAT'S what the A-Team was all about.