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Riddick… Uneasy Feelings

Posted in Movies

“The Riddick Chronicles” trailer is now up and I’ve got mixed emotions about it. There’s some cool stuff with Diesel as Riddick, the design and look of the film works, but… the tone has changed big time from “Pitch Black.” This could be a good thing since Twohy and Diesel are taking the character into a larger universe… still, I feel a bit uneasy… probably because I loved “Pitch Black” so much.

Denzel is on Fire

Posted in Movies

“Man on Fire” looks to be a winner. Denzel Washington stars as an ex-government operative who reluctantly agrees to bodyguard a child. When she’s abducted, his rage is unleashed on those responsible…

Works for me… especially since the screenplay was written by Brian Helgeland [“Mystic River,” “Payback,” “L.A. Confidential“], directed by Tony Scott [“Revenge,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “True Romance“] and co-stars Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

Keep An Eye Out

Posted in Movies

Every now and again a movie will sneak up on me.

I just discovered the “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”. Check out the trailer and I’ll bet you’ll agree – this movie looks to be a cross between the old Fleischer Superman cartoons, The Iron Giant, The Shadow, The Rocketeer and all of those old movie serials that Bill Black loves!

The movie is written and directed by Kerry Conran [the name’s new to me] and stars Jude Law as the Sky Captain, Gwyneth Paltrow as reporter Polly Perkins, Angelina Jolie as the eyepatch wearing Capt. Franky Cook, and Giovanni Ribisi as Dex.

I’m, let’s hope Angelina Jolie will excuse the phrase, keeping my eye out for more info on the film and will post it as I get it!

That Kind of Scary

Posted in Horror, and Movies

Most of the you regular ZONE readers know that I love a good MONSTER movie. Obviously the key to a great monster movie is, well, a great monster. The really cool monsters are the ones that scare the crap out of ya before they actually get their paws, claws, or mitts on you.

The creatures from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are that kind of scary.

Maxim Goes to the Movies

Posted in Movies

If you love movies, then you owe it to yourself to try and find tthe latest issue of Maxim Goes to the Movies, which is on newstands now.  I picked up a copy and enjoyed nearly every article in it

It features a nice interview with Billy Bob Thorton, a sneak peak at “Spider-Man 2,” pieces on the new “Starsky and Hutch,” “Big Fish,” “Paycheck,” “The Alamo,” interviews with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino about “Kill Bill Volume II;”Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” a Michael Madsen interview, a long “Hellboy” preview, and so much more.
Why are you still reading this? Go out and get the magazine… you won’t believe how good it is!

Sleeping With the Champ

Posted in Trivia

Chuck Wepner has received a bit of press lately since he filed a lawsuit against Sylvester Stallone for a percentage of the profits made off of the “Rocky” movies. While the lawsuit is laughable, it’s not as funny as this true story

Wepner fought Ali in 1975. Before the fight Wepner, known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” told his wife. “Go out and buy some expensive lingerie because after the fight you’ll be sleeping with the Champion of the World!” Ali won the fight. A bloodied Wepner walked back to his dressing room…

… where his wife asked, “So, do I go to Ali’s room or does he come to mine!”

Fairplay Works

Posted in TV

The season finale of Survivor is on tonight. Although I normally watch Alias, I’ll pass on it to find out who gets the million bucks.

I really don’t care who wins this one. If I had to guess I’d say it’ll be Darrah. After Ruppert got booted few weeks ago I said, anyone but “Johnny Fairplay.” The guy is so annoying. Yet, the more I thought about it and watched him work… although he’s still very irritating, he has played the game well. He’s not the smartest or the strongest, but has been the best at working others. To think that he planned to pull the “grandma’s dead” scam long before he went to the islands… well, maybe he does deserve the million bucks.

Meet Ben Templesmith

Posted in Art, Comics, and Horror

If you’re a regular reader of my ZONE posts, then you know I’m a huge Steve Niles fan. I first discovered Niles through his novels and then his comics. Niles’ classic 30 Days of Night is being prepped for the big screen. 

Since I’ve talked so much about Steve Niles, I think it’s time I give some time to Ben Templesmith the artist who helped make 30 Days such a runaway hit. Templesmith has his personal website here. If you enjoy them you should give his comics a try!

QT Has a Plan

Posted in Celebs, and Movies

Michael Madsen is one of those under-rated actors who makes a movie better every time he shows up. For nearly a decade fans have hoped that Madsen, Quentin Tarantino and John Travolta would get together and make “The Vega Brothers” based on their characters from “Reservoir Dogs” and Pulp Fiction.
As the years passed the project seemed doomed to never happen. Although Madsen says that Tarantino has a plan that could make it work…

Riddick Returns!

Posted in Movies

One of the movies coming out next year, that I’m really looking forward to, is “The Riddick Chronicles.” This sequel to “Pitch Black” [a movie that I loved] reteams Rob Cohen and Vin Diesel.Riddick is a role that Diesel was born to play and I have high hopes for the proposed trilogy. Unfortunately the movie doesn’t open until next year… still there’s

the trailer coming out Monday and several cool things happening before the movie is released!

Mad At You

Posted in Art, and Comics

The last issue of MAD magazine that I bought featured a Frank Frazetta cover for the parady of Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone.In other words it’s been years.

That’ll probably all change in January when Mad #438 hits the stands.

Mad #438 features the work of Arthur Adams, Michael Allred, John Byrne, J. Scott Campbell, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, and John Romita, Jr.

You may not buy it, but you’d be, uh… mad not to at least give it a look!

Meet Rick Remender

Posted in Art, and Comics

You know, the award winning animator who created Swingtown. He worked on the classic Iron Giant. Titan AE. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.Still not sure? OK, maybe if I list some of his comic work. The Avengers. The Terminator. Doll and Creature. Black Heart Billy. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ok.
Granted, Rick Remender is not a household name. But he should be. The guy has a gazillion cool ideas. He writes. He draws. He animates. The dude is a natural born creator. Rick is pencilling and Big Beatty is inking a 48 page Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book and I gotta tell ya, the art is amazing. It’s black and white with really sweet tones thrown in. I’ve never bought a Turtles book before. Ever. But I may have to break down and get this bad boy.

But back to Rick. Check out his website. The new school design rocks. Plan to spend a while. Be sure to check out his Swingtown animations, his sketchbook [I want to see more of The Last Days of American Crime], heck order a book or two if the spirit grabs ya, and drop him a line and tell him I sent ya!

Meet Bill Black

Posted in Art, and Comics

Bill Black has been publishing comics since 1969. He’s outlasted every other independent comic company and is still going at it. 
Bill has is best known for writing and drawing his own creations but has also published the work of big name artists such as Mike Zeck, Dave Dorman, Dick Ayers, Erik Larsen, George Perez, Greg Horn, Jerry Ordway, Pat Broderick, Paul Gulacy and Wm. Michael Kaluta to name just a few. Bill even gave Big Beatty his first professional job in comics
…and believe it or not Beatty pencilled, Jerry Ordway inked and I scripted a story which appeared in the comic to the left!

Meet Tim Bradstreet

Posted in Art, and Comics

If you like moody, photo-realistic art then you owe it to yourself to check out the work of Tim Bradstreet.I first discovered Tim’s work when he was inking Tim Truman’s Dragon Chiang. It wasn’t long after that that Bradstreet was doing his own stuff. Really cool black and white pinups, covers for just about everyone and giving us glimpses of his Red Sky Diaries.

Want to see more Tim Bradstreet art? Then click [HERE].

It Was 40 Years Ago Today…

Posted in Trivia

Forty years ago today… I was five years and one month old and President Kennedy was assassinated. Like everyone old enough to remember, I know exactly where I was when I first learned of it.

I was in a grocery store in Miami with my grandfather. He and my grandma had taken me with them on vacaction to Florida. It’s probably the one vacation that I can tell you specifically where I was on a given day.

I remember a man saying that the President had been shot and all of the adults looking scared. I’d never seen that before and it caused me some concern. My grandfather assured me things would be ok, but I remember us hurrying back to the hotel. I was only five years old but I followed the details as they became clear. President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald while visiting Dallas, Texas. Oswald acted alone and was caught after killing a police officer named Tippett. Oswald in turn was killed [in a police station of all places] by Jack Ruby. I remember adults saying that Ruby should be given a medal for killing Oswald and that he saved the country even more grief.

It wasn’t until I was older that I began to learn that maybe there was more to the Kennedy Assassination than we had been led to believe. I read the Warren Commission Report. I watched and read every related item that I could get my hands on. As the years have passed I have continued to read and search out new information. I hope that someday we will definitively know exactly what happened.

But as each year passes, I find the only thing that I am truly sure of in relation to the Kennedy Assassination is where I was when I first heard of it.