Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Week In Awesome! Carnage and More

Here are five things that I got really excited about this week!
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1. Spider-Man 4 villain - ICV2 reported that Spider-Man 4 won the war for I-MAX screens for when it debuts in May 2011, and added the poster for the movie to the article. Did nobody notice the tagline of the poster? "Choice. Destiny. Sacrifice. CARNAGE." When I saw this, I realized that I know next to nothing about the villain, having never read any stories with the character.
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2. "Official Book Club Selection" by Kathy Griffin - No, it's not Oprah's book club selection this week. That honor went to Uwem Akpan's short story collection Say You're One of Them. But the real star this week is Kathy Griffin's auto-biography, which shot to the top of Barnes & Noble's non-fiction bestseller list, surprising many. I love Griffin, and her book, relating her family and professional history, is fun, touching and very humanising. I recommend getting it on audio CD to hear her narrate the story herself.
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3. Horror movie "Wake In Fright" - Roger Ebert discovered this nearly-lost gem of the horror film industry, while at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie was filmed in Australia in 1971 and centers on the Outback, and will be released on DVD by the end of the year.
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4. The new "New Moon" trailer - The latest theatrical trailer for the upcoming sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon is kind of awesome. I wasn't a fan of the first movie. I was even less of a fan of Stephenie Meyer's book New Moon, but I have to say, I was really impressed with this trailer, which focused a lot on the latter part of the book featuring the villainous vampire mafia The Volturi (whose presence in the novel was admittedly small). But Dakota Fanning...bad-ass. Watch it here.
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5. Thunderbolts/Secret Warriors crossover - The latest development in Andy Diggles and Miguel Sepulveda's Thunderbolts, and Jonathon Hickman and Alessandro Vitti's Secret Warriors, has the two teams crossing over during Dark Reign, as Norman sends the Thunderbolts after Black Widow and Songbird, who inadvertently lead the team of villains straight to Nick Fury. It's a heck of a lot of fun.
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Loser of the Week: Kanye West - Just being an ass.

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