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Say Goodbye to Kevin
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 6:54 PM
This is, without a doubt, the best season
of American Idol yet. We're down to the final 12
and there are at least 4 who have a real shot of winning.
Covais isn't one of the four. He seems like a nice
enough kid and all, but I'm actually surprised he's made it
Let's look at the rest of the group:
McPhee had the best performance last night
and she could go all the way.
Young has the right look and can sing
so he has a shot too.
Daughtry can sing, is comfortable on
stage and knows "who he is" -- I just wonder
if a rocker can actually be the next American Idol.
Covington seems like a nice down to Earth guy,
but I don't think he'll be around much longer.
Yamin can sing. I mean the man CAN SING.
The question is does he have the "it" factor to get
enough votes to win?
Pickler is the country cutie. She's got
a great voice for country music. Cute as can be... but
that may get old quick. "I feel like I got tarantulas on
my eyes! They're not real though!" Arrrgh!
Tucker is the youngest in the finals and without
a doubt, one of the best. She... could... go... all...
the ... way!
can sing and has a great personality... but I don't
think that she'll win.
McGhee has her moments, but my guess is
that she or Bucky will be the next to go.
Bennett could take the crown. Her rendition, a
few weeks ago, of "Midnight Train to Georgia"
was the best performance that I've ever seen on
American Idol. The only thing that could mess her up is
that her "cuteness" may wear thin as the weeks drag
Hicks won't win. He'll go far but I just
don't see him taking the crown. I love the guy's style
and he's a fun performer but I don't see him beating out
some of the others. I think I look forward to his performance
more than any of the finalists, but he's still a longshot to take
So, am I on the right track?
They're Coming to
Get You, Barbara!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:28 PM
Many of you Zoners, like me, love a good
zombie story. You can't get enough of "Night of
the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," "The
Walking Dead,"... well, you get the idea.
So how does this sound:
|An event of nightmarish proportions
has begun! The dead are walking the Earth and tearing the
living limb from limb in an endless pursuit to quench their
insatiable hunger for flesh. Yet not all killers are undead.
Eight of the country's most notorious murderers are being
transferred across state when their bus enters a town overrun
corpses! Now the town's remaining survivors find themselves
a battle on two sides. Five innocents, countless zombies.
If you like the sound of that,
then you might want to check out Zombies! a new series
from IDW written by Shane McCarthy and art by Chris
Bolton. Look HERE,
HERE, and even HERE
for more about the series.
Checking in with Vin
Monday, March 13, 2006 6:38 PM
I'm a big Vin Diesel fan. Yeah, even
after "The Pacifier," I'll still admit to being
a fan. Yep, even after "The Chronicles of Riddick."
Vin has the ability to own a screen.
Watch nearly any scene in "Pitch Black" or the
scenes in "Knockaround Guys" where Vin
lays out his plan to get the money back and then carries through
Sure, Vin's had his share of misses,
but still he's taking chances and trying to build a foundation
for a long career. Don't believe me or in him? Then check out
this article and tell
me what you think.
So What Are You Watching?
Sunday, March 12, 2006 10:03 PM
In one of the best tv seasons in recent
years, 24 continues to shine just a bit brighter than anything
Now, that's not to say that I'm not totally
digging what's going on with The Shield. I am. Forrest
Whitaker is a great addition to the cast. I love how he's
tearing apart the strike team as he slowly falls apart himself.
Vic Mackey is still the man. So much so that I find myself
knowing that he should go down for his past deeds but hoping that
he finds a way to save himself and his team.
Lost continues to entertain and intrigue.
Michelle Rodriguez was a great addition to the cast, but
from all I hear, her days are numbered. Mr. Echo is perhaps
the best new character on ANY show this season. I was surprised
at how much the last episode gave away... or seemed to.
The West Wing returns tonight with a
new episode. There are only a handful left and then it'll be gone.
Still, it's been a great run and I look forward to the rest of
American Idol surprises me that it can
remain so popular despite being on three nights a week. Of course,
my family watches every episode, so I shouldn't be too surprised.
Usually by the time we're down to the final 12, I have
a pretty good idea who will win. At this point I still think that
any of maybe 4 different performers have a real chance.
And finally, 24. This is my favorite
show this season. Jack Bauer continues to be the best
"hero" on tv. The writing, direction and acting
all continue to be top notch. What takes this season to the next
level is that no one is safe. [Former] President Palmer gets
assassinated in the first few minutes of the first episode.
Tony Almeda's wife dies in an explosion. Edgar Stiles
buys the farm last week. [And I have to tell you that I was REALLY
thinking that Curtis was going to be blown to bits last
week. I would have hated that since I think that it would be cool
to see a season focus on him!] I can't wait to see what's going
to happen next!
So what are you watching?
Powell and Oeming
on The Goon!
Saturday, March 11, 2006 7:03 PM
I've been singing the praises of Eric Powell's
The Goon for more than a couple of years now. If you like
great art, comic books, monsters, mobsters,
zombies, witches and lots of [sometimes sick] humor,
then you ought to give this book a try.
It just keeps getting better and better.
Issue 16 is on the stands now. Of course
it features the writing and art of Eric Powell and is a
great jumping on point for those who've never read The Goon.
full look at the banner from the top of this point.
Purty, ain't it.
As an added bonus, Michael Avon Oeming
provides the art for a Goon short adventure written by
Tom Sniegoski. Frankie and the Goon decide to rescue
a baby held for ransom by a horde of zombies!
I aboslutely love Oeming's art for this.
Here's a shot of Frankie
and the Goon. Ya gotta love it. Here's a
reaction shot that is priceless. Of course you'd
understand why I like it so much if you read the story.
So what are you waiting for? It's available
at your local comic shop now!
Which III do You Prefer?
Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:53 PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Seems everyone today is talking about the new
trailer for X-Men III.
As for me, I prefer the new Japanese
trailer for Mission
The Walking Dead Still
Monday, March 06, 2006 6:35 PM
I first talked up The
Walking Dead about 2 1/2 years ago when
the series debuted. It quickly became my favorite monthly comic
and continues to be.
If you're not reading it, you really should
give it a look!
The Creature from
the Black Lagoon is Back!
Sunday, March 05, 2006 7:12 PM
As many of you know, I'm a big fan of monster
movies. Especially the classic monsters... Frankenstein,
Dracula, The Wolfman, and of course, The
Creature from the Black Lagoon.
So you can imagine my reaction when I found
out that a new series of original novels based on
these characters was coming out later this year. You can read
about The Creature from the Black Lagoon's novel HERE.
Don't worry, I'll keep you posted on new additions
to the series.