Transporter 2 Gearing Up
Monday, July 11, 2005 4:58 PM
few days ago I made the statement,
"Sequels are rarely as good as the original."
And yet I, like many of you, love to see sequels.
On the weekend of September 2, I'll probably be
in a theater watching Transporter
2. The original was an unexpected toddy.
The Transporter not only did better at theaters
than was expected; it also was a hit with the dvd
crowd. So much so,
that a Transporter
Special Edition dvd is in the works.
I thought The Transporter would be an enjoyable
way to spend an hour and a half, but was surprised at just
how much fun it turned
out to be.
Much of that enjoyment was the result of Jason Statham
in the lead role and the
over the top action.
Well, I'm happy to say that both will be back in full force.
Check out the
then let me know your thoughts!
Heroes Con Sketches Posted
Sunday, July 10, 2005 2:10 PM
My recent trip to Heroes
Con 2005 was recounted here,
but now that I've posted my art pick-ups in my Stallone
Gallery, I thought that I should also provide links
not only on the SZ [for Stallone fans], but
also here in the ZONE for my blog and comic
My first piece posted, by Steve
was actually one that I got at MegaCon
2005 when Steve was sketching for the
Rick Leonardi was the first artist I
approached at Heroes 2005. I'm a
long-time Leonardi fan and was very
pleased that he agreed to draw Rambo
Walker surprised me with this
fun sketch of Sly as Lincoln
Over the Top. As a bonus, Brian even
through in [or is that drew in] Bull Hurley!
What a great gift!
Mike Ploog was an artist that drew
some of my favorite childhood comics.
I couldn't pass up a chance at a freebie
from Mr. Ploog and love
his take on Jack Carter.
I loved Nat Jones's work with Steve Niles
on The Nail. Nat was one of the artists
really wanted to try and get something from
at Heroes. You can imagine how happy I was
when he agreed to draw Cobra.
Gary McKee and I have been talking about
him doing a piece for my Stallone gallery for a
while. I was extremely happy when he agreed
to do me a water color piece. I was even happier
when I saw the
Let's cut to the chase. Casey Jones did
one of the finest Stallone sketches I have
yet to receive. He hit a homerun, raised the
bar, use whatever metaphor you'd like...
or just click HERE
and... see for yourself!
I knew that my sketch from Cliff Chiang was going
to be very good. How could it not be, it's Cliff
What I didn't know was that Cliff was going to follow
Casey Jones' lead and create one of my all-time
favorite pieces. Not only did Cliff add Adrian
to the mix,
but he also captured the essence of their characters. Wow!
If you've read this far, you're a true fan of Stallone,
comic art or both. Either way, let me give you a heads-up...
yesterday I received a piece of art for my Stallone
gallery from an artist whose work I've admired
for years. I never dreamed that I get something from him,
since he rarely goes to conventions or sketches
for fans. I'm still in shock. The piece was a
gift and is so nice. I'll add it to my gallery
in a day or two after I quit staring at it.
Anyone want to comment on my latest sketches or
take a guess as to who the mystery artist
Diamond Dave an Obvious Choice
Friday, July 8, 2005 10:07 PM
things just seem so obvious, once you think about
It looks like David
Lee Roth will
replace Howard Stern next year when Stern
switches over to Pay-Radio.
Diamond Dave has already done a couple of weeks
on the radio and according to reports has "kind
of turned the town on its ear."
I don't think that Roth doing well with Stern's
audience should surprise anyone. Diamond Dave does
enjoy the... ah, same types of things as Stern and
truth be told is probably more entertaining to listen to.
Still my bet is that Howard scores big when he moves
to Pay-Radio and he'll probably find a cable channel
to air his program without the restrictions he had on
E. Yeah, Howard Stern will continue to rule
the airwaves for those willing to pay.
That's obvious... if you just think about it.
Frank Miller Staying Busy
Friday, July 8, 2005 5:45 PM
Miller has an
interview up at Newsarama.com.
Frank Miller is THE MAN.
He can write [comics, and screenplays
-- I'd love to see
him take on a novel], draw, and direct.
In this interview he talks a bit about efforts involving
all three of this talents.
His latest project is Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder.
When I was real young, I liked the idea of Robin.
He was cool... and not much older than me. When I got older,
I saw the problems inherent with having a youngster fighting
crime. Sure, it works if Robin is in his late-teens,
or if you're doing "Adam West"-type Batman
stories, other than that you just have to suspend
a little more disbelief.
So it'll be interesting to see Miller's take on
it. Another plus is that Jim Lee will be doing the
art. Lee's work is sweet. Much of the interview is
about Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, but Miller
also talks about:
1] A Batman terrorist story that he's writing, penciling
and inking... and
2] He's gearing up for Sin City 2... and
3] He's going to write, pencil and ink another Sin City
Yeah, the last two have left me smiling from ear to ear!
Chud.com Put Me on Tilt
Friday, July 8, 2005 5:10 PM
what do you know? I'm a winner!
That's right. I am a winner!
When I came home from work today, I found a package from
the fine folks at Chud.com
waiting for me. In it was Tilt
- Season One.
in addition to having the latest movie news, interviews,
and more also regularly runs contests for free
dvds, posters, hats, and other coolness. And I was lucky
enough to win, the Tilt
dvd set. This is especially cool since, I like
poker and only was able to see the first episode of
Tilt [which I enjoyed].
At any rate, check out Chud.com.
Who knows, you may end up with some swag too!
Mariah and the Painted-On Abs
Tuesday, July 5, 2005 6:19 PM
night as I was flipping the channels, I happended across
Mariah Carey performing at the Macy's 4th of July
Fireworks Spectacular. Now normally, that wouldn't be
worthy of commenting here but...
As I was watching the performance I said to my wife,
"Hey, doesn't it look like someone painted on Mariah's
She didn't think so and attributed it to Mariah
working out and dancing. Still it looked kind of funky to
Before flipping on to new channels, I said, "I
still think it looks like she had those abs painted on."
Back from the Land of the Dead
Tuesday, July 5, 2005 5:41 PM
are rarely as good as the original. There are far more Jaws
2's than there are Godfather 2's. And the farther
you go down the sequel path, the more likely you are to
see a mess.
That's why I'm happy to say that George
A. Romero's Land
of the Dead is a welcome addition to his zombie
My favorite is still "Night
of the Living Dead." I doubt that any zombie
movie will ever top NOTLD, not only because everything
came together on it [the low budget, shooting
in black and white, a cast of unknowns, etc.],
but also because it was the first zombie movie to
really get to me. These weren't island zombies or
some mummy come back to life. These were our neighbors,
our friends and even our family members who
were crawling out of the grave to eat us!
Land of the Dead is my second favorite of
Romero's quartet [followed by Dawn
of the Dead and then Day
of the Dead]. While I generally don't like the idea
of "smart" zombies, I was intrigued by
the idea that these zombies were starting to learn.
I thought all of of the actors were well cast.
The use of fireworks as a plot device was a cool
idea. Heck, I can even go with the idea that money
still has value [although that plot element to me
was the weakest].
Land of the Dead is supposed to be Romero's final
zombie movie, but I wouldn't mind see him come back
War of the Worlds and War of the Words
Sunday, July 3, 2005 3:04 PM
Tom Cruise has been in two battles
lately. One, The
War of the Worlds with Steven Spielberg;
the other, The War of the Words with Brooke
Let's start with the one that most people
can get behind, The War of the Worlds. This update
is a worthy successor to the
classic 1953 film. And although I've never read
by HG Wells, what I have read indicates that the
film doesn't veer too far from Wells'
War of the Worlds is a movie that
should be seen in a crowded theater. It's a big,
explosive, exciting summer picture worthy of the Independance
Day Weekend slot. Cruise does a fine job of
being a jerk of a father who finds himself forced to be
responsible for the lives of not only himself but also
his two children.
Dakota Fanning is, as always, excellent.
She is one of the finest actors working today.
Tim Robbins shows up in a supporting role
and pulls it off better than I would have expected since
he's playing against the type of role we usually see him
play. And of course, Stephen Spielberg rules. Any
quibbles I would have with this film would truly be nitpiks
and War of the Worlds was too much scary fun to
do that. If you haven't seen War of the Worlds,
you should. And before it comes out on dvd.
Now for Cruise's recent War of
the Words with Brooke Shields and Matt Lauer.
Tom's been acting strange lately. In fact, it's
been the talk all over the internet and entertainment
news shows. I've avoided discussing it here, since
I figured that Tom was just in love and
attributed his jumping on couches and screaming, to his
infatuation to Katie Holmes and her apparent conversion
Yet, Tom's recent behavior has gone
beyond what can be excused by the excitement of a new
romance. When Cruise spoke out against psychiatry
and the use of medicine, well, that's his
opinion and he's entitled to it [as wrong as
he may be].
But when he personally criticized
Brooke Shields for her use of medication
while dealing with depression and then argued
with Matt Lauer while claiming that he [Cruise]
knew the "history of psychiatry" when
he so clearly doesn't have a clue... to me crosses the
I wonder what's up with Mr. Cruise.
He used to be such a respectful, polite guy. Something
has gotten a burr under his sadle.. .
Or maybe he just needs to take a "chill