:: Terry Pratchett – Gone but never lost.

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Terry Pratchett – Gone but never lost

By Jessica Dwyer

It’s been three days since Terry Pratchett joined his friend (and ours) The Grim Reaper, AKA Death on the next step of his journey to where we all eventually go.

I didn’t really know what to say about this loss…and it took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to say.  And what that is is that we will never really lose Terry Pratchett.  Sir Terry is always going to be with us thanks to the glorious and numerous words he left for us.  He’s there in the wit and heart of his daughter Rhianna who tearfully gave the news through Twitter of her father meeting his old friend, giving voice to Death in the same way her father did for so many years, in ALL CAPS.

Pratchett created a universe for us, a beautiful and absurd universe that traveled the cosmos on the back of a turtle.  In that universe and in that world, so much like our own, he showed us our own goofiness and humanity, the magic around and in us.  Like another amazing writer taken from us too soon, Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett was a humanist who used his stories to help show the best in us and the absurd.

Terry Pratchett faced a diagnoses that was perhaps the most horrible sort a writer could face with humor, guts, and determination. He kept writing, he kept positive, and he brought the disease into the public eye.

And that sort of fearlessness is what I truly take away from Terry Pratchett and what I responded with to something Neil Gaiman posted on Twitter not long after Terry was gone.  

:: Flash Gordon…the sequel? PLEASE BRING BACK QUEEN!

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NerdBastards are reporting on a recent interview with Sam Jones, Flash Gordon himself where Jones talked about an actual Flash Gordon SEQUEL to the film that he starred in over 30 years ago.  The epic film had a style that has rarely ever been seen and a soundtrack that is forever tied to it and forever one of the most awesome soundtracks EVER.  No, you won’t get me to change my mind about that.

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Here’s the interesting part of the interview:

“Matthew Reilly, VP of production at Fox Studios, acquired the screenplay rights to Flash Gordon last year, and he hired [Predator/ Chronicle/ Man From U.N.C.L.E. producer] John Davis and his staff to write the script. They’re looking to bring out a sequel actually. I met with Matt, we’re in talks about that.”

Jones also says basically that anything a young buck of an actor can do, he can do better.  Considering the fact that Sam Jones is like a super mega body guard in real life working in Mexico (no I’m not making that up…freaking Flash Gordon can be your body guard) I’d say I’d believe him.

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I’d be okay with this happening if they keep to what made the original film so awesome and beautiful and insane.  Keep in mind this is the film that Alex Ross credits for helping inspire his art career…and that’s something we should all be thankful for.

:: Preacher Rumor Mill: Jesse Custer may be found

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The Preacher series has been in the works for a while now.  Fans of the comic book have been waiting for word on who might be in the newest comic based show on AMC.  Well now the rumor mill is at work, and the name floating around for the lead is a face familiar to those who follow Marvel Comics and their movie and TV universe…so take this with a grain of salt because I’m not sure how Marvel would feel about DC taking one of their kids.  But hey that’s not stopping Ryan Reynolds.

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The actor rumored for Jesse Custer is none other than Tony Starks dad, Dominic Cooper.  Cooper has been making the rounds in various genre properties of late, and not just comic based stuff.  He’s played a vampire in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and fought a vampire in Dracula Untold.   He’s played James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming and has a major role in the upcoming World of Warcraft movie.  Needless to say Cooper has the cred and seems to enjoy the world of the fantastical.

We shall see if this one pans out.  But it still leaves quite a few faces left to be cast, including Cassidy, Jesse’s vampire traveling companion and Tulip, Jesse’s lover.

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For those who don’t know the comic itself, here’s a short break down.  But if you haven’t read it, I STRONGLY suggest you should.

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, and has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned his responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making him answer for his dereliction of duty.

:: CON Man – The Dream is REAL!

As stated on Fangirl Radio and as seen rampantly running about the internet, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have joined forces to go back into space.  Sort of.  CON Man is a hilarious new web series (even if I haven’t seen one second of footage I already know this is going to be awesome) that Tudyk wrote based off of his experiences at conventions.  Here’s the details of the funding campaign (which broke a million dollars its first day.)  They keep adding more incentives for donations but only 2 or 3 days in they’ve got enough funding for 3 seasons (going by the original goal.)

 

And here’s the teaser

 

:: Check out iZombie’s cool comic intro!

iZombie starts March 17th on the CW.  It’s one of my most highly anticipated series this year.  Based off the DC comic series, the show follows a newly zombified gal as she learns to deal with being dead and a new hunger for fresh brains.  Eating brains has a side effect though, and that’s the ability to see what the person’s life was like those brains belonged to.  Using these new powers Olivia starts helping solve murders and investigate crimes.

:: One Bad Mother: The Evolution of Carol

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One Bad Mother

The Evolution of Carol

By Jessica Dwyer

The Walking Dead has given us some amazing characters over the seasons it has been on the air. And while it came from a comic book series, the stand out characters that have resonated the most with viewers are those that aren’t in the comic, or have been VERY changed from the comic book series.

Of course there is the super stardom of Daryl Dixon and the semi redemption of his brother Merle, neither of which have appeared in the comic book itself. But the character I’m most in awe of and have been fascinated to watch her evolution is that of Carol Peletier as played by the ethereal Melissa McBride.

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Carol is in the comic books of course, but her story played out FAR more different than what we’ve seen in the series. In the comic book universe Carol, after a failed attempt at seducing both Lori and Rick after discovering Tyreese and Michonne having an “encounter” (Carol and Tyreese were an item in the comic) she commits suicide by Walker, leaving a still alive Sophia alone with the group.

As you can see…very very different from the show.

Carol in the show has become a fan favorite because she doesn’t fit the mold of a typical female character arc, especially one that entails an abuse survivor. Carol has become something more. She’s a warrior and a mother figure…but not like any you’ve ever seen. Her inner strength has come at a terrible price though and it has left her missing something inside that has been replaced by a darkness that I’m not sure the group realizes exactly how deep it goes.

:: Powers Trailer Looks AMAZING

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Available tomorrow on the Playstation Network, Powers debuts with the first episode free (much like a drug hit) and then you have to pay for the rest.  If you are a Playstation Plus Member you get the entire series for free.

From the trailer…this is my sort of porn.  Eddie Izzard is taking a cue from his run on Hannibal and is playing a cannibalistic bad guy named Wolfe.  Sharlto Copley is looking tough and haggard as the bad ass ex powers holder who’s now a cop.

There will be a total of 10 episodes for the first season.  Check out the trailer below and prepare for Powers hitting tomorrow, Mach 10th.

:: New Tomorrowland trailer, Is Hugh Laurie the big bad?

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Disney has managed to keep Tomorrowland for the most part a mystery.  But with this new UK trailer we get to see a LOT more of what is happening and a round about idea of what that entails.  We also get more Hugh Laurie (which is always good) and it gives the impression that he’s the “bad” element in the film.

I have to admit I was iffy at first, but the more I see of this the more excited about it I’m getting.  I think this is going to be a surprise this summer.

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