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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!

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THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FUCKIN’ WANTED TO SEE!!!! Pardon, my English as I don’t speak French but this picture is exactly what I predicted for me to get back on board with Agents of SHIELD. Well, almost. Having the Agent Carter series will not only help to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but also prove a strong female lead who is also a non powered hero can make a lasting impact. Seeing her in action, in the early formation of SHIELD, fighting along side the Howling Commandos makes up for the disappointment in Agents of SHIELD. I am giving SHIELD another chance but now, I am only up to episode 8 and I’m sure it will pick up and end better than it started. (So, I’ve been told.)

To make this series even better, we need to have a couple of support characters already seen Captain America 1 and 2. First off, Howard Stark, (Iron Man’s daddy) does make an appearance though I can’t see or verify how many episodes. I went to IMDB and was able to see the character and actor (Dominic Cooper) but because this was a premium service I did not pay for that’s all that I can see. Still, if Howard is part of the ongoing storyline, we could see many ideas like the hover vehicle technology being tinkered or have him come up with new tech ala Q for James Bond for those at SHIELD.

Now, if you had watched Captain America 2 The Winter Soldier there was a major bombshell with Armin Zola (corn goodness. sorry the old Mazola commercial is running in my head every time I say Armin Zola) revealing how HYDRA was already embedded with SHIELD since the beginning. Let’s bring in Toby Jones to play Armin once more or for the duration of the series as he was instrumental to SHIELD all the while being a HYDRA agent. This would flesh out the series with a baddie that will only help the good guys provided it helps the HYDRA cause. That would be great as a running story line for the series. Having said this about Zola, when he was talking to Captain America as a computer, he showed a picture of a dead Howard Stark. How can this be?

At first I was thinking, someone fucked up on the timeline of Iron Man’s dad. From Iron Man 2, Tony is watch his old man doing a presentation for the Stark Expo. He is a much older man than the picture that Zola showed on the computer screen. Here’s the possible connection: the real Howard Stark was killed much earlier but was replaced with a HYDRA agent who under went a cosmetic procedure to not only look like him but to sound and act like Howard Stark. How this plays out, I don’t know but it would be an interesting thing to play around with and have fun with this possible storyline. There you have my take on Agent Carter.

Let’s see how the series lives up to our expectation.

As it was revealed earlier in the week, Hayley Atwell will be reprising her Captain America: The First Avenger role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before she takes the lead in her own ABC series, simply titled Marvel’s Agent Carter. The first photo has debuted from the upcoming episode “Shadows” with kicks things off on September 23. While no plot details revolving around Peggy have been revealed, she is seen here with her Captain America: The First Avenger cohorts Jim Morita Kenneth Choi and Dum Dum Dugan Neal McDonough, two of the infamous Howling Commandos. Read on for more details…

via ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!.

Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film

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Here’s to hoping all good things to come when Agent Carter get greenlit. If you have not seen the latest Captain America movie, **SPOILERS** Agent Carter, rather, an elderly Peggy Carter receives a visit from Steve Rogers. This scene was one of my favorites moments from The Winter Soldier and left me wanting to know more about Peggy. If done right, the Agent Carter series can help stabilize the Agents of Shield for season 2 if it gets that far. The formation of SHIELD would be compelling as we could see the Hydra connection. 2, we would have a strong female lead which Marvel really needs to their dominant male cast of heroes. Lastly, I would come back to watching Agents of SHIELD provided the two series were linked with crossover storylines and with different time periods.  Hell, I would love to see a young Agent Coulson storyline at this point. I just need a good reason to believe that Marvel/Disney can show us all good things are not always on the big screen. I promise I will come back to watch week after week; honest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

via Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film.

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon – Yahoo

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DougI love it science catches up to futuristic ideas as seen in popular science fiction books and movies. Now personally, I do like the idea of being able to understand a dog through a translation device rather than being able to speak to fish ala Aquaman. 1) I don’t like the idea of talking to an animal where I might eat it later on and 2) Squirrel…..

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he’s scratching at the door? It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, “Up,” but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind. The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind “No More Woof” — technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone. “The brainwaves differ quite a lot from different races as well as individual dogs,” NSID writes on their website. “However it is possible to detect some common patterns and we have no doubt that in the future this technology will open up a vast new era of communication between dogs and humans, or animals in general and humans.”

via Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon – Yahoo.

NASA Sued for Failing to Analyze ‘Alien Life’

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As Fox Mulder would say, “I want to believe.” Could this rock image from Mars have a possible explanation? Sure. Would it satisfy everyone? No. We beings on eArth have asked the second ultimate question, “Are we alone?” The first one being, “What is the meaning of life,” which everyone knows the answer to be 42. When I heard about the news, my first thought was, how did that ROCK appear when there was a previous picture of the exact spot which had nothing there except Martian soil?

Well, my first thought some Martian is fucking with us as this being threw a rock from beyond the camera’s view. Sure, that’s work for me. Next, NASA had mentioned that this rock could have been debris from space and it just so happened to land right on the very spot the rover is located on. Ok but where is the impact seen in the picture. By all accounts, it just looks like someone or something placed the rock right where the rover can see it. How did this Rock get there?

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ” Sherlock Holmes.

Who know, may be in the end all we get is just another rock.

When NASA concluded that a “doughnut-sized” object that appeared mysteriously before its Opportunity rover on Mars was actually an errant rock, it left some people dissatisfied: A lawsuit brought against the Agency alleges NASA not only failed to adequately investigate the object, but that it is biological in nature.

via NASA Sued for Failing to Analyze ‘Alien Life’.

Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses Take Hands-Free Computing to the Extreme | Techland | TIME.com

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Via Scoop.itThe Monster Scifi Show

Google has confirmed that it is working on augmented reality glasses which one day might let you send instant messages, get directions, snap photos and more from a clear display over your eye.

Don’t you just love it when science fiction becomes science fact? I know that I go ga-ga for future tech but this has got to be one of the coolest things to look forward to. However, the problems lies, how can they overcome areas where you can’t get a signal? Or worse, how much are the data plans going to cost us all? With AT&T bandwidth throttling with current smartphones, I can only imagine the complications users will face.

Looking over the video, which is clever, I have two issues: how will this work if you have glasses? Does this replace your specs or do you have to wear them over your regular glasses like those stupid 3D glasses? 2nd – Since the video showed a “Facetime” like phone call, how can the person see your face if the video feed shows what the glases are seeing? Which leads into this thought, video piracy. Are theaters going to stop people from wearing glasses fearing that the movie can be recorded? It does remind me of the special contact lenses as seen in Torchwood.

What do you think?

Via techland.time.com

Maybe it’s the astronauts coming to get us

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As watching the Today show most mornings, I would come across a story which has some scifi twist. The news piece was about strange booming noise in Clintonville, WI. Apparently this has been going on for the past three nights. To add to the spookiness, the intro to the piece has the X-Files theme song playing; hokey…yes. Below is the said video and at the two minute mark is where the title for this blog entry came from.

Needless to say, I thought the old lady was off her rocker with that statement. After a good laugh, I went looking for this video to post it for your viewing pleasure. However, in the process, I came across other videos which described similar events in other parts of the country and the world. WTF?!?

 

I had also found a site which documented these boom events around the world. Click here. The video below is in Spanish but there are English subtitles. This event was in Costa Rica which is tagged on the map above.
I don’t want to think there is more to this like the magnetic poles are shifting or the military experimenting with alien technology or the almighty sending us a message. I want to think that this is just some type of natural phenomena that has yet to be figured out. In the year of doom, thanks Mayans and your stoopid calendar, I feel this will only heighten many fears. All I know is that I will really pissed when this comes to fruition because I will miss the next Star Trek movie as directed by J.J. Abrams.
‘Nuff said

It’s the Hair Part. Huh?!? The Hair Part.

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Every once in a while I come across one of those driveway moments where I am listening to NPR. Those who are familiar with term will understand the meaning but let me explain away. You are in your car, either driving home or doing an errand and you’re listening to the radio. Just when you pull up to the driveway, your favorite song or piece of news comes on that makes you just sit in your car in your driveway just for a couple of minutes – hence the driveway moment. For my moment, it came to me when I had to pick up my daughter from summer camp. Just as I was pulling up in the parking space, there was a segment on Radio Lab called Desperately Seeking Symmetry in which there was discussion about “The Hair Part.” So, what’s the deal with Superman?

When you look in a mirror, you are looking at reverse image of yourself. If you have hair parted on one side, the mirror image would have the same hair part but on the opposite side. If you look closer at the Superman movie with Christopher Reeve you will quickly notice the hair part. As Clark, Kal-El has his hair part on the right side and as Superman, the hair part is moved to the left. Yes, we know they are the same person but there is when you look at them they look like two completely different people.

Doing a little research, I came across this study which discusses the hair part issue which delves into their meaning.

A left hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to masculinity. A right hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to femininity.

A man who parts his hair on the right, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role is at risk for having difficulties in interpersonal relationships, since he is sending a mixed, subconscious message by emphasizing the activities of the brain traditionally attributed to femininity.

Source: True Mirror

Now, having all this and listened to the podcast, I really believe in this theory but there is a flaw. What happens if you have no hair and happened to be bald like Lex and me? The theory doesn’t apply to men like me or does it? Lucky for me there is an attribute for baldness.

*No part, center part or bald: Perceived as balanced, trustworthy and wise. Downside: Can lack flair associated with other types.

Source: True Mirror

What do you think about the hair part theory? Does it stand up in real life or is it just a load of a malarkey?

“Spider-Man” Producers Turn to Comic Book Writer to Polish Script : Slice of SciFi

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I don’t want to sound heartless but this Spiderman production on Broadway is being an even bigger joke than the picture with this entry.  Over the months, I followed this story and there appears to be no end in making this show work. At this time, I don’t believe this happen. Yet, I would be remissed in saying,  this appears to be the main draw for people to plunk down there cold hard cash to see something go wrong. I want to believe that watching Spiderman on Broadway should not be equated like waiting a spectacular car crash happen in an Indy 500 race but let’s face reality; those are not comic book fans in those seats.

In a 60 minutes interview director Julie Taymor did mentioned this thought which I though best explains her way of thinking:

Taymor explains that she embraces the challenges of such a big, risky show. “I love it when people say ‘What a horrible, lousy idea.’ I think that’s great,” Taymor says. “I hate the comfort zone. … I don’t think that anything that’s really creative can be done without danger and risk.”

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2010/11/60-minutes-gets-first-look-at-spider-man-musical.html

I get it. I couldn’t agree more with this approach. Sometimes you can make a successful transition from one medium to another and not necessarily be tied to the original material. For example, after Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Nemesis the franchise needed a big break. Aside from the break, the franchise needed something new and fresh; J.J. Abrams was the answer. I was troubled at first when I heard that he was more of a Star Wars fan rather than Star Trek. However, he did bring a fresh new approach to Trek which I loved and embraced. This is how I see Julie but that ended today.

The news bit about the need for a comic book writer to polish the script for the production is troubling for me. I have read how the Second Act failed to really move the story along but come on; this is something that should not be an issue still today. I can not see how a producer would give the go ahead to a project that wasn’t polished. Yes, re-writes happen all the time but this is beyond of what I believe is acceptable.

So, who are they going to get as a the comic book writer: Bendis, Moore, Straczynski, Metzler? How about Stan “The Man” Lee? If you’re going down this road, why not get the father of Spiderman?

‘Nuff said.

Spider-Man” Producers Turn to Comic Book Writer to Polish Script

February 17, 2011 by Michael Hickerson || Category: On Stage

The troubled production of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is looking for some help.

Producers of the off-Broadway play (which has made headlines for injuries during rehearsals and several negatively reviewed previews) are looking to comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to come in and help with the script, according to the New York Times.

A deal isn’t in place yet for the former Marvel writer to work on the script, but the Times reports that conversations are on-going.

Spider-Man, the most expensive production in Broadway history, has been panned by critics from The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others.

via “Spider-Man” Producers Turn to Comic Book Writer to Polish Script : Slice of SciFi.

I am MAD for Mad Men!!!!

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What does Mad Men have to do with this blog or have anything in common with scifi? Well, there are several connection to Mad Men but for me, sometimes its more than just the connection. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break comics, movies, and crappy scifi movies. Not that I love watching my genre to death but there are times where you have to expand your horizons. I am always of the mind to expand an actor’s work. For example, Jeff Bridges is in the upcoming Tron Legacy and if I were to not check out his previous acting outings, I would be missing out on some great talent. Luckily, aside from the 1976 Kong remake, there was Starman (I know, scifi but…), Tucker, The Fisher King, and Fearless. There are others but I am going to explore his career later this year before I see Tron. What I am getting at, take a look beyond scifi and be captivated.

Since Mad Men is going on its fourth season, I am still in search of the Carousel moment. If you have been a faithful watcher of this series then you will know what I am talking about. If not, this YouTube clip above will give you a taste of a brilliant and unsurpassed moment in television history (To me, it is a classic moment in tv history.) When Don Draper (Jon Hamm) pitches the ad about Kodak’s Carousel Slide Projector he does it in a way that is touching and heartbreaking at the same time. I don’t want to explain the whole series, the whole mise en scene is spot on perfect from the casting to the lighting. I can not get enough of this show simply because it is so well done.

Alright moving now to the scifi connection, sort of, Jon Hamm will be in the upcoming Zack (300, Watchmen) Synder’s Sucker Punch (which I’m sure there will be more news coming from Comic Con.) Here is a brief description:

Zack Snyder is in production on “Sucker Punch” for Warner Bros. through Cruel and Unusual Films. He will direct and he co–wrote the screenplay along with Steve Shibuya, adapted from Snyder’s original story. Deborah Snyder will produce, with Wes Coller executive producing for Cruel and Unusual Films. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl, whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary…with potentially tragic consequences. Born from the creative mind of filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film features ensemble cast including Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Oscar Issac with Scott Glenn and Jon Hamm.

Zack Snyder is returning to the Imax format as Warner Bros. Pictures has slotted “Sucker Punch 3D” into a March 25, 2011 release on the super-sized screen. The booking, alongside the conventional release for “Sucker Punch 3D,” is part of a recent 20-picture distribution deal between Warner Bros. and Toronto-based Imax through 2013.

http://www.movienewz.com/sucker-punch/

This next connection is a stretch but you will have to bear with my insanity. In season three, Don encounters Mr. Conrad Hilton, (you know, the hotels and the slut Paris). Don comes up with an almost “Carousel” pitch which I thought was very clever but this next YouTube clip show what Don missed.

Don did not give Mr. Hilton the Moon and lost the account. Had he the hindsight, he should have said these two words: “Product Placement.” Huh? Exactly, product placement. In episode above, the time frame was September 1963. Now, if you look below, from the classic Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey, we see a Hilton in space very near the Moon; which came out, (drum roll please) in April 1968. Granted, some 5 years later it’s not exactly the perfect fit but the whole idea of product placement in a futuristic movie would have been the perfect way to capture the imagination of their target audience and thereby saving the account for Sterling Cooper.

So, too much? WTF? I really don’t care if you get what I’m saying but do yourself a favor, watch this series from the beginning; you will thank me later. In closing, you know a series has made it when you see a parody of the series on another show. Take a look at the Simpson’s Mad Men opening. Very cool.