Killing Time – October 3, 2013

Killing Time

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
~Albert Einstein

Thanks to Hulu, I’ve been able to screen most of the pilots so far (though I still have a few sitting in my queue like Betrayal and Michael J. Fox to check out) and out of the lot, I see two clear hits and nothing but “meh” so far.  Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (I am going to kill someone for making that title so hard to type) and Brooklyn Ninety-Nine are shows that go in the rotation, the latter being the first new comedy I’ve liked since New Girl.  I know I’m slacking on getting the second episode SHIELD review up, but in my defense you all completely sucked in getting to and fro going on the pilot so you harshed my motivation.

Killing Time milestones this week: passed 29k hits and 30,000 amazingly enough looks like it’ll happen this weekend.  I will definitely come up with something to mark 50k, but I just did the 1000th post jubilee and the staff (yeah, it’s just me, but I enjoy envisioning a bullpen of writers in my living room) is still strung out from the after party.  We’ve had a slew of new followers this week to whom I say welcome, thank you for stopping by, comment on everything and anything and as a true time killer, you now are mad at French Guiana.  French Guiana, quick recap, is the only nation in South America that has refused to stop by and stab some minutes and I have made a vow to call them out in every one of these columns until they do.  My vicious and needy French Guiananian…ist screeds are clearly having an effect as the nation remains notably and deafeningly silent.  You don’t hear that kind of silence unless someone really means it.  It’s getting personal and I have no mental equipment for grudge dropping so this is ON now, French Guiana.  147 nations and protectorates and commonwealths and sentient time capsules stop by and you can’t?  Syria’s stopped by two weeks in a row and the entire world is holding a cocked pistol to its head!  Someone broke the Internet firewall in China and stopped by.  I’d send that dude champagne for the effort!  It was just like the lone protestor in Tiananmen Square.  Only meaningless, completely in my head and probably just a really aggressive bot, but IT MEANT SOMETHING!  Boo, French Guiana.  Just boo!  (I honestly hold grudges like this.  I can provide ex-girlfriends as references.)

Books:
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Blu Ray:
Arrow Season One

TV/HULU:
Breaking Bad Finale
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One
Grey’s Anatomy Season Nine
Brooklyn Ninety-Nine Season One
Arrow Season One
New Girl Seasons Two and Three

Song of the Week: “Heaven Knows” by Five for Fighting

Video Game:
DmC: Devil May Cry (chapter 4)
Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Edition
* XBOX Live, gamertag: sleeplessdave; feel free to friend me!

Comics:
All-New X-Men Vol. 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
Swamp Thing “New 52” Vol. 2 by Scott Snyder
Arrow Vol. 1 by Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Mike Grell

Warner Bros: This is how you make a Wonder Woman movie

This Wonder Woman fan film has been lighting the Internet on fire (which is tricky logistically) this week. Can a Wonder Woman movie really work? How badly does WB hate themselves for turning down Joss Whedon‘s pitch to make a Wonder Woman movie ten years ago? I don’t think there’s any super hero out there that’s going to be harder to modernize and make popular-even in this age of super hero movies-than Wonder Woman.

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Warner Snows: Bastards of DC franchise. They know nothing. That was my reaction when I saw this. Warner Brothers doesn’t know how to make a Wonder Woman film work?

This short from Rainfall Films is a good start:

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Fast and Furious 6 Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Fast 6, The Fast and the Furious 6, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez

Though it wasn’t my cup of tea, Fast 6 was an undeniable box office juggernaut and 7 is currently filming with 8 in planning stages.  Universal announced that the NOS-fueled film will hit stores on December 10th and will have an extended cut as well as a slew of extras.  Though I may not have liked the film as a whole, the last fifteen minute action scene was freaking fantastic.  Even if you have no desire to see the movie, if you’re at a friend’s house who does have it, ask to see the final race with the plane and they shall know and you shall behold its awesomeness.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced thatFast & Furious 6, which has earned $788.7 million worldwide, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on December 10, and you’ll be able to download it digitally earlier on November 19. Here’s the specs (via IGN) and Blu-ray announcement trailer:

Fast & Furious 6 comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on December 10, 2013. The film will also be available on Digital November 19, 2013. Found exclusively only on the Blu-ray is a special Extended version with even more intense action, as well as over an hour of exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features, only available for a limited time in collectible Steel Book packaging.

Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray

Extended Version of the Film

Take Control—Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and director Justin Linappear at key moments throughout the film, offering observations and reflections on the movie, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

Planes, Tanks and Automobiles
– The London Chase—Gives viewers a front-row seat for the filming of a sprawling car chase through the streets of one of the world’s most historic—and congested—cities. Examines how director Justin Lin and his team pulled off car-flipping mayhem on a breathtaking scale.
– Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack—A first-hand account of a meticulously planned and executed action sequence, as Dominic’s gang saves the day in this high-velocity battle featuring a tank, an armored cargo carrier and a harpoon.
– The Antonov Takedown—An exploration of what went into creating Fast & Furious 6’s spectacular finale sequence, featuring the world’s largest plane, including first- and second-unit filming, special effects, visual effects, car rigging, stunt drivers, green-screen shooting and more.
– Dom and Letty Race Again – Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez reunite on screen.
Gearhead’s Delight—From the shop to the test track, to the set and back again, a look at the latest hot cars showcased in Fast & Furious 6. Narrated by car lover Paul Walker, this piece features Dom’s latest Charger, Brian’s Nissan Skyline GTR, the BMW M5’s, the Alfa Romeo and the classic cars from the film’s car-auction scene.

The FLIP Car—Provides an inside look at the Fast franchise’s newest mind-blowing vehicle—the pivoting FLIP car. Dennis McCarthy, the film’s picture car coordinator, will take us through the coolest parts of this truly astonishing vehicle, and the destruction it leaves in its wake.

Hand-to-Hand Fury—This jam-packed featurette offers viewers a detailed look at the rehearsals, choreography, stunt work and filming of some of Fast & Furious 6’s most bone-jarring fight sequences.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD

Deleted Scenes

The Making of Fast & Furious 6
– The Fastest of Them All—Chronicles the epic saga of the Fast films from chapters three through six. Justin Lin and his team reveal how they brought new energy to the franchise, creating a dynamic multi-movie story arc.
– Reuniting the Team—Explores the characters (and actors) that make up the Fast family, with a focus on founding partners Dom and Brian (and Vin and Paul).
– Letty’s Return—Heralded by a crowd-pleasing cliffhanger in Fast Five, Michelle Rodriguez (“Letty”) makes a dramatic return in the sixth installment. This short feature explores how the creative team engineered her resurrection.
– The Mastermind and The Mole—Viewers meet Fast “newbies” Luke Evans (“Shaw”) and Gina Carano (“Riley”) as they share their experience joining the cast of Fast & Furious 6 and how their characters fit into the new plot.

On the Set with Vin—Vin Diesel talks through a stunt he is about to perform and then rides his hot rod through an explosion, coming out unscathed.

Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin

SYNOPSIS
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet in this explosive extended version. Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled drivers, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by the love Dom (Diesel) thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal mercenaries from stealing a top secret weapon is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks for the help of Dom and his elite team. Payment for the ultimate chase? Full pardons for all of them and a chance to make their families whole again.

POLL RESULTS: What is the Best Show on TV?

The poll results are in and with 12 different shows receiving votes as the best on TV, the ultimate victor and title holder of the 2013 Killing Time TV Show of the Year is ….

Game of Thrones

As you can see below, the voting was amazingly widespread with 12/15 choices getting at least a vote for the top spot, which I think speaks to the depth of quality choices out there for TV viewers.  Plus I didn’t include Breaking Bad or Burn Notice because of their imminent finish or Sherlock because it’s a year in-between series and even then it’s more of a mini-series than a true series.  Game of Thrones surged at the last minute to capture 31.03% of the votes to the 10.34% tie for second place between The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.  GoT shall hold the trophy until we vote again next October (well, let’s be realistic, the cast will divide into several armies and begin fighting over it, dividing the show irreconcilably).  Thanks to all for voting and we’ll have a new poll up in a few days.

First Poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine

The timing sucks….or maybe it doesn’t depending on whether you’re in marketing or humanity.  The first poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (originally titled just Jack Ryan) was released hours after Ryan’s creator, author Tom Clancy, passed away.

Pine will be the fourth actor to portray Ryan after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.  Kenneth Brannagh (Thor) will be helming a reboot for the character that also stars   is scheduled for release on Christmas Day.
Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, Chris Pine, Tom Clancy