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War of the Worlds and Water
Monday, June 20, 2005 5:48 PM

It'd probably take an alien invasion to stop Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" from being a blockbuster hit.

Not even all of the negative publicity that Tom Cruise has been getting in regard to his "enthusiasm" for Katie Holmes could derail this summer crowd-pleaser. "War of the Worlds" is going to score big from opening day and who knows how long the movie will rule at the box office? I doubt that the Fantastic Four will make much of a dent, and truly, what else is coming out this summer to challenge it?

And speaking of Tom Cruise, did you happen to see or hear about the "idiot" that threw water on Cruise? At the London premiere for the "War of the Worlds" a man squirted Cruise with a water pistol disguised as a microphone. Police arrested the prankster as well as three other men who filmed the incident. The four were working on a new comedy show for British TV which targets celebrities for practical jokes. I guess the joke was on them.

Heroes and My Fortune Cookie
Sunday, June 19, 2005 9:29 AM

Heroes Con is one of the best conventions that you'll find anywhere. It has just the right mix of professional artists, publishers, dealers, media celebrities and fans.

I love the show, because there's something for everyone. In fact, for the last four years we've scheduled our family vacation so that we can attend the show. This year will be no different.

Another great thing about the show is that I get to meet up with friends that I don't get to see as often as I'd like. Some of them are professionals and some are fans, but those lines blur when we're hanging out.

Of course, another benefit of attending the show is that I always get a few new pieces for my SZ Gallery. With literally dozens of artists showing up, the anticipation is half the fun. Well, let's hope it's just half the fun...

... Yesterday I had lunch with John Beatty and John Higashi. We went to a Chinese buffet and my fortune cookie said: "It is sometimes better to travel hopefully than to arrive."

Well, that surely didn't sound good. Still, despite the fortune cookie, I'm expecting to have a blast at the show. If you're in the area, swing by and join in the fun. And if you can't make it, don't worry, you can expect a full report when I return!

Kong is Still King
Friday, June 17, 2005 11:02 PM

I'm really excited about Peter Jackson's King Kong remake. In fact, until Sin City II or Sly gets a movie rolling, Kong is the movie that I'm looking forward to seeing most.

Peter Jackson has a passion to create Kong. We all [well, most of us anyway], saw what Jackson could do with his Lord of the Rings trilogy. The mind boggles to think what he'll accomplish with Kong.

In most cases, I'd say stay away from remaking classic movies. Unless you can do it better, then what's the point? King Kong is a classic. I doubt that it'll be better than the original and yet, I can't wait to see the sequel.

The original King Kong inspired more than a generation of film makers from Ray Harryhausen to Peter Jackson. Sure, we'll be able to give our opinion of how we think Jackson's Kong stacks up against the original, but we won't know for years if the new Kong has the influence and impact of the first.

That won't really matter though, if we find ourselves lost for a couple of hours on Skull Island or running through the streets of New York as King Kong once again lives!

I have no doubt that Kong is going to be a winner. If you're not sure, then you might want to tune in to see the world premiere trailer. On Monday, June 27th from 8:59:30-9:02 PM ET all nine NBC networks [NBC, SCI FI, USA Network, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, Mun2 and Universal HD] will simultaneously run "an unprecedented motion picture preview."

Even though I'm already sold on the movie, I'll tune in for the trailer... and you can bet that I'll be there the weekend that Kong opens.

Big Fan... But Don't Like Most
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:48 PM

I'm a fan of zombie movies. The funny thing is, there are probably only three that I really like... and one of those isn't really a zombie flick.

Ok, before we go further, and to put your mind at rest, they are
1] Night of the Living Dead
2] 28 days later and
3] Dawn of the Dead [the re-make].

Yeah, I know... 28 days isn't truly a zombie movie.

Yes, I know... it's blasphamy to leave out the original Dawn of the Dead.

And yeah, I have seen other zombie movies.

The problem with most of them is that they simply become gore fests. They don't have interesting characters. They focus only on how gross it is that the dead are eating the living or how cool it is when a zombie gets shot in the head.

And while it's true that many [if not most of the] people who dig zombie movies are there simply to see the zombies eat people and get blown away, that's not what I like about the genre.

What appeals to me is the world out of control aspect. I like seeing how the survivors come together from different backgrounds and with different ideas on what should be done next if everyone is to survive.

I'm looking forward to Land of the Dead. I hope that it'll be more like Night than Dawn or Day. You see, a little gore goes a long way in my book.

That's probably why I don't like most zombie movies, but love the genre.

Food for Thought
Saturday, June 11, 2005 1:02 PM

Christopher Mills posted some "heavy thoughts" over on his web log. In his post, Chris talks about his struggle with being overweight. It's pretty poweful stuff.

My buddy, John Beatty recently posted similar thoughts about his fight against weight gain and had even started a blog to track his efforts to lose weight. I posted here that I thought that was pretty bold, going public with his plan. John has since pulled the plug on his blog, but his battle to lose weight continues [and is going well].

It's strange that Chris and I are in the same boat [although I'd venture a guess that my boat is even bigger] but that we got here by different paths. Chris says that he was skinny for the first half of his life. I was never skinny. As a little kid I was "husky" [man, I hated that word].

In high school I was in pretty good shape. I played football, lifted weights, and was a pretty good wrestler. And consequently I was in shape. I remember a couple of my coaches who were heavy. At the time I thought, "Man, why don't they get in shape? I'll never let myself get like that."

Then I graduated high school and started college. I was no longer playing football or wrestling and had stopped jogging. The first year I gained a bunch of weight. At the end of the year, I started running again... and lifting weights. I got back into wrestling shape... and said "never again... never again will I get overweight."

Yeah, right.

Once you're married, have a job, have kids, heck, as you get older, the weight gain comes easier... as do the excuses to not eat right and exercise. Because really, that's what it comes down to.

Eating right and exercise.

My goal is to get back into shape.

I'll probably never make the 188lb class again,
but my goal is small steps back to decent shape.

I don't plan to talk about my progress [or lack of]
much here. In fact I'm surprised that I'm even
saying this much. I guess the fact that Beatty
and Chris were willing to go public, made me
at least "weigh in" on the subject.

At any rate, you'll be able to tell from the pictures
that I post from time to time how I'm doing. Maybe
in a year or two, you'll wonder, "Who is that normal
sized guy that kinda looks like Zablo?"

Aliens... Monsters.... UFOs and a Very Big Universe
Thursday, June 9, 2005 9:28

When I was a little kid, I used to love movies and tv shows about aliens coming to Earth.

If we were lucky, they were friendly and intelligent like Michael Rennie in The Day that the Earth Stood Still. He even looked human.

Then again, so did the aliens in the 60's tv show The Invaders. [I haven't seen an episode in years, and wonder how it would hold up.]

Sometimes the aliens were simply monsters out to wipe us out, like in the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers or War of the Worlds. [And, yes, I'm really looking forward to the update by Spielberg and Cruise.]

Occasionally, there would be just one alien. And boy, were we lucky that there was only one if the alien ended up being like The Blob or The Thing.

Growing up, I not only liked movies and tv shows about aliens, but I also read and watched programs about UFOs.

I still do.

Think how cool it would be if we could find definitive proof of intelligent life in outer space. Uh... as long as they weren't out to wipe us out.

As I get older, I stil retain that sense of wonder about life in outer space. Most likely it's out there. It's just that the universe is such a huge place.

Don't believe me? Click HERE and see.

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Michelle Rodriguez Gets LOST
Monday, June 6, 2005 7:12 PM

Did you see the final episode of LOST?

If you did, especially if you're a regular LOST viewer, you saw one of the all-time best cliffhanger endings ever!

And now with months to go until the new
, word is starting to leak out about
what we can expect.

The great news is that Michelle Rodriguez is going to join the cast as a regular. Rodriguez appeared in the last episode [in a flashback].
I'm a big fan so adding her to one of my
"Must See TV" shows is simply a bonus.

If you enjoy LOST, then you may want to check
out the official "fictional Oceanic Airlines at
Oceanic-Air.com, containing secret
, behind-the-scenes info on the
show and a trailer for season two."

And if you want to know how Rodriguez may fit into the continuity, then click HERE,
but beware that SPOILERS may be lurking!

Napoleon Bonaparte... A Real Cold Case
Sunday, June 5, 2005 8:31 AM

Napoleon Bonaparte was at one time a self-proclaimed Emperor who had conquered nearly
all of Europe.

Napoleon died an early death from stomach cancer
when, despite his military genius, he was defeated
and banished to a small island in the South Atlantic
over 180 years ago.

Now it appears that Napoleon may not have died
from cancer after all. A new toxicological report
shows a "toxic form of arsenic, used for centuries
as rat poison, was found in Napoleon's hair samples
at 37 to 42 times above the normal level." .

You can read the full story HERE.

Rock On... Crazy Frog!
Saturday, June 4, 2005 5:57 PM

This little fellow is The Crazy Frog. And in case you didn't know it, he's taking the world by storm.

I first read about The Crazy Frog a while back. I thought he was amusing in an irritating way. Then earlier in the week I saw a link posted to this video.

Then I read about him here, and here, and even in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.


What's amazing is that The Crazy Frog ring tone kept Coldplay’s premiere of “Speed of Sound” safely in second place on the UK music singles chart. The Crazy Frog has the #1 selling single?


Strange Days
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:34 PM

If you were to ask me, right now, to name my top ten favorite murder mystery movies, sci-fi movies, and
love stories, one movie
would make all of these lists.

Don't belive me? OK, then
ask me... Really... Ask me.

Would one of you please
ask me?

Ok. Thanks.

The movie that would make all three lists is Strange Days.

Bet that surprised you.

Strange Days was made
in 1995 from a story by James Cameron, a screenplay by Cameron
and Jay Cocks and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

It stars Ralph Fiennes,
Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Glenn Plummer.

I watched Strange Days again last night and re-remembered just how much I love it and how cool it is that it works in all of the genres that I mentioned at the start of this post. I'd really like to discuss it here, but my guess is that many, if most of you haven't seen it.

You see it really didn't do gangbusters at the box
. Heck, I didn't even
see it until it came out on video and I love it.

Maybe some of you have
seen it
and want to talk
why you like or
don't like it

Maybe some of you who haven't seen it want to learn more about it. If so, you can click HERE to see the teaser trailer, or HERE to see a Strange Days fan page... or even HERE if you want to purchase a copy for your collection.

At any rate, I'd love to hear your thoughts about Strange Days!

April Fool's Day
and Sin City
A Cool Cover -
A Cool Series
24: A Twist So
Unexpected is Coming
American Idol:
Jessica Sierra Gone
A Change is Coming
Sin City
Free Sneak Peek
Sin City DVD
Mr. T Gets His
Own Comic Book
Either Way,
A Very Good Actor

Frank Miller's
Ultimate Experience

Don't Come Calling
on Tuesday

Diesel Pacifies
w/ 2 Projects