I believe Iron Man 3 has now broken the record for most posters released in the two months prior to release. This one focuses more on Tony’s support staff: Rhodey, Pepper, and Guy Pearce (always there when you need him, Guy). Iron Man 3 opens in less than a month. Look for a bunch of images and concept art from Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 later this week.
I disappeared into Columbia for 20-25 hours and beat Bioshock Infinite in a mad absorption of gaming brilliance (not on my part, Ken Levine and Irrational Games to thank there). I have a giant backlog of things I need to review including that, but reality is very nosily poking its way into my escapes from it. Stupid reality. At any rate, let me know how you’ve been murdering the minutes this week!
Books: Bioshock: Rapture by John Shirley
Blu Ray: The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
TV/HULU: Modern Family Season Four
Community Season Four
The Daily Show with John Stewart
The Colbert Report
The Amazing Race Season Twenty-Two
Music: More movie scores. Lots of A Beautiful Mind and Pirates of the Caribbean as moods shift from John Nash crazy to Johnny Depp crazy.
Video Game: Bioshock Infinite
The Walking Dead Episode Five
Alan Wake’s An American Nightmare
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Comics: Daredevil Vol. 4 by Mark Waid
New Avengers Vol. 5 by Brian Michael Bendis
Absolute All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison
I liked The Hunger Games; love Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but the movie seemed…sterile. It never felt as driving and compelling as the books which I gobbled up like print crack. Perhaps a change of directors will mix things up as Francis Lawrence takes over the second film: Catching Fire. It releases November 22, 2013, and we’ll get our first trailer during the MTV Movie Awards on April 14th. Official plot synopsis below!
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Not that there was much doubt about it, but HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. The first episode of season three premiered on Sunday night and the series is drawing in a little over 11 million viewers a week across multiple platforms. Seasons three and four cover the third book in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic, A Song of Fire and Ice: A Storm of Swords. The book is well over a thousand pages, so I’m glad they’re giving it room to breathe over two 10-episode seasons. It’ll also give Martin time to finish writing the final two books in the series. Book six will be entitled The Winds of Winter and Martin, who is actively involved in the show, says it’s a monster.
Terribly sad news. Jane Henson, c0-creator of the Muppets and widow of Jim Henson, has passed away. The Muppets were such an integral part of my whole childhood. I devoured The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and the Muppet movies. I was 10 when Jim Henson died. I remember being home from school (for whatever reason) watching TV when they broke in to regular coverage to say Kermit had died. I don’t think any “celebrity death” has ever saddened me more or still saddens me to this day. He gave us so much and there was so much left. Jane was an integral part of his development of the Muppets and has been, along with the Henson children, fine guardians of his legacy. This hits me pretty hard. I’ll paste the obituary published on Time Magazine’s site below.
The Jim Henson Co. says Henson’s partner in marriage and Muppets has died. The company says Jane Henson died Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer. She was 78. She and Jim Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.
The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990. In 1992, Jane Henson created and funded The Jim Henson Legacy to preserve his artistic contributions.