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Month: May 2008

Movie Trailer Friday: May 30, 2008

So I’ve decided on a new recurring feature every Friday here at DoS. Thanks to and their embeddable movie trailers, I’ll feature 3 trailers worth checking out.

Hope you enjoy.

First up is the red band trailer for the forthcoming Coen Brothers movie Burn After Reading. Looks like another fun farce by the Brothers Coen. Note the NSFW language. And have I mentioned how much I love J.K. Simmons?

Up next, the red band trailer for Step Brothers! Once again, the language is NSFW, but it’s good to see what could potentially be a fine Farrell comedy, after his run of half baked flicks.

Finally, the international trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I have one word for you…YETI.


So, Tokyopop? Kind of Pure Evil…


While I’ve made no bones about my hero worship for one Mr. Bryan Lee O’Malley in the past, I think this is an instance where everyone needs to take notice.

Last night, he posted a very powerful rant on his blog, and it’s one that basically any creative type within the width of these words needs to take a look at.

The topic? Tokyopop‘s new Manga Pilot program. And how it rapes you, as a creator.

And doesn’t just rape, oh no. It does so with glee, by way of a tongue in cheek, asinine contract, that features such wonderful bits as….

“Moral rights” is a fancy term (the French thought it up) that basically has to do with having your name attached to your creation (your credit!) and the right to approve or disapprove certain changes to your creation. Of course, we want you to get credit for your creation, and we want to work with you in case there are changes, but we want to do so under the terms in this pact instead of under fancy French idea. So, in order for us to adapt the Manga Pilot for different media, and to determine how we should include your credit in tough situations, you agree to give up any “moral rights” you might have.

Yep. That is in a contract.  And it gets worse from there.

For the full post, click here, and if you know anyone who this may help/assist, please send the link along.

Personally? Tokyopop never saw a dime from me. And never will.  You will not see a project written by me coming from them, and I hope they get what they deserve.

My Poor Shirt Drawer OR Ad-Venture-ous Shirts!


Yeah, I had to go for the pun.

Just announced today over at Jackson Publick’s livejournal, just in time for the Season 3 premiere of The Venture Brothers, comes one of the coolest ideas ever in the history of TV/cartoon related merch.

I give you….The Venture Brothers Shirt Of The Week Club!

Every week, following the premiere of the latest episode of The Venture Brothers, Astrobase Go! will put a t-shirt on sale, with a design related to that weeks episode, for $22, including shipping.

The first design is up now (a sweet design for the Guild of Calamitous Intent), and there will be one for each episode of Season 3, 13 shirts total.

Are you a huge Venture fan?  Astrobase has you covered, as they’re offering a 13 shirt subscription (along with an exclusive Brock Samson Blood Judo shirt) for the low low price of $250.

Me?  I think I’ll grab one or two as they appear.  Although, the potential for eBay sales is great…hmm…anyone want to go in on a subscription?

Arguably The Greatest Image Of All Time.

Yep, that’s right. Best image ever.

Oh? You wanted more content? Ok.

Well, in the continued effort to cover everything I missed over the holiday weekend, I thought it worth mentioning that two of my favorite people ever, Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson answered fan questions this weekend regarding the 2010 release of The Hobbit!

While the transcript of the entire chat (located here) is worth reading, one bit really grabbed me…

KenshinIV What are the chances Ron Perlman will be voicing Smog?
Guillermo del Toro At this time the voice of Smaug is down to a very few choices in my head and I have a completely specific one, Ron has a good chance but I have other plans for RP… we will see…

That’s right, nerds. Hellboy 2 isn’t the end for the power duo of Perlman & Del Toro. Get excited. I sure am!

Watchmen Updates Ahoy!

Now that we’re in the midst of the summer movie season, it’s a perfect time to start looking towards the big releases for 2009.

And for me at least, one of the biggest is Watchmen.

Looks like Warner Bros is thinking the same, as over the holiday, they released a metric s-ton of information regarding the Zach Synder helmed flick.

Firstly, it’s looking like we’ll be making quite the assgroove in the theater seats, as Synder promises a 3 hour running time, with a 4.5 hour Ultimate cut hitting DVD.

Next up, for the hardcores, Warner Bros is taking quite the risk, releasing a full length animated version of Tales of the Black Freighter (the comic within a comic featured in the graphic novella of Watchmen) a scant 5 days after Watchmen’s March 6th release.  This DVD will also feature a biography on the Watchmen heroes, entitled Under the Cowl, based loosely on the book written by Nite-Owl, also featured in the comic. (Seeing a trend here?)

Lastly, to keep the fanboys drooling, Ain’t It Cool has our first look at the 1940’s version of the Watchmen, called The Minutemen. I’ll let the image speak for itself.

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Hyped? I sure am.  Here’s hoping Zach Synder has indeed pulled off the impossible and made the unfilmable filmable when Watchmen hits theaters this March.

Thanks to AICN, The New York Times, and /film.