Odds and Ends – This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Video Games – If you’ve completely tuned out on anything that has to do with geriatric software maker Microsoft (and who could blame you?), you might not have heard the internet’s calling their new game system the Xbox 180— after the company caved into consumer/critic demands by removing the console’s onerous DRM requirements. Gamers can rejoice in knowing they will not have to be connected to the internet to play offline Xbox games. Why Microsoft wanted to limit gamers in the first place baffles me… Looks like we’ll have to wait at least until after Christmas for Skynet to become a reality. [Sourcefed]

Film – Speaking of Skynet… The Terminator franchise is getting a reboot. Independent producers Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty) and David Ellison (World War Z) are joining forces with Arnold (AARP) Schwarzenegger to premiere a new Terminator film by June 2015– with plans to produce at least 2 movies before the rights revert back to James Cameron in 2019. It’s rumored the Avatar director may demand MILLION$ for the rights to more Terminator movies– or simply park the franchise out of spite. [Deadline]

Comics – Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have been teasing their new comic book Rat Queens with a series of mini webcomics. Follow the link below to check out the latest comic. It’s delicious coincidence this webcomic saw publication the same day DOMA was deemed unconstitutional. [Facebook]

Collectibles Attendees get ready! Comic Con International is just around the corner and most of the planned Product Exclusives will disappear fast. Here’s some I enjoyed… (And one I didn’t.)

Star Wars Angry BirdsAngry Bird Star Wars Action Figures
Super Best Friends Forever Action Figures
6 inch Boba Fett and Carbonite Han Solo
Man of Steel – Absolutely did not like this one
Find a list of all 2013 Comic-Con exclusives here! [Comic Con Exclusives]

Real Life – A special press tour just took place at the new Simpsons mini-Park located inside Universal Studios Florida. Some areas are already open to the public– with more coming available later this summer. Fans of the show can now go to Homer’s favorite bar and suck down a Buzz Cola, Duff Beer or a Flaming Moe. The food court area features a Krusty Burger (natch), The Frying Dutchman and Cletus’ Chicken Shack– just to name a few. No idea if a rehabilitated Paula Deen will be tasked with handing out Free Diabetes Test Kits at the Park’s exit. [IGN]

Video Games – As we’ve mentioned on IMJ before, Deadpool’s premiere as a video game star is fast approaching. I don’t really play (so I’m barely qualified to comment), but the trailer just seems ridiculous. Fitting for Deadpool, maybe– but I didn’t get a good sense of the game play. If you’re like me, you’ll be wishing the Merc with a Mouth would just shut his piehole by the end. [MarvelGame Trailer]

Film – Remember Captain Planet? Awesome cartoon, right? Well, Sony is prepping to rape the last possibly relevant corner of your fabled childhood with a live action film starring the eco-friendly superhero. I’m forecasting a 90% chance of shitty box-office due to a high amount of recycled superhero clichés. Is there any way to ban a movie BEFORE it gets made? [IGN]

Comics – Who will win this time? A November 4th date’s been set to decide if maybe, finally, Marvel— or Gary Friedrich— absolutely/positively owns the rights to Ghost Rider. Insiders seem to think there’s a good chance the planned jury trial may finally prompt the Comic Publisher to settle with Friedrich– since Marvel has no idea how an average, everyday group of normal people will feel about the protestations/machinations of a Comic Publisher tied to Billion Dollar Movie Franchises. [Deadline]

Television – Disney is quickly integrating Marvel’s heroic line-up into their kiddie smashes, providing sweet corporate synergy… With Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk set to appear in an episode of the insanely popular Phineas & Ferb. Seems like Disney Studio Execs fully understand that a little humour goes a long way when dealing with the grim ‘n gritty lives of superheroes… Too bad Marvel Comics doesn’t. [Deadline]


Film – I love my Nathan Fillion as much as I love my Shakespeare… So here’s an interesting interview with Nathan about his role in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Prior to the film, Nathan apparently found Shakespeare’s works to be, “… a little snooty.” [Nerdist]

Comics – Grek Pak and Aaron Kuder are set to take over Action Comics immediately after DC’s much maligned, gimmicky Villain Month comics fleece fan’s pockets. It sounds like the creators are going to copy the Man of Steel playbook– with plans to put the “action” back into Action Comics. Since I didn’t enjoy the movie, I’m not the least bit psyched for this comic. And Greg Pak is writing… So color me doubly unenthused. [IGN]

Television – Emmy balloting is now closed. Potential nominees await July 18– when the official nominations are announced. So happy to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany on the list of eligible nominees. Here’s hoping the Television Academy doesn’t treat Maslany or her excellent sci-fi action show like the misbegotten bastard stepchild of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [Emmys.tvEligible Performers PDF]

Comics – Like it or not, Wonder Woman Earth One is on its way. Grant Morrison will write and Yanick Paquette will draw. Morrison claims the book will be “…about the sexes and how we relate to one another.” I don’t really care about DC’s Earth One books and I definitely haven’t been enjoying Morrison’s current comics that much– so I’m iffy on how this project will turn out. The majority of fans will probably pony up their cash for Paquette’s fabulous art– and that might just be incentive enough for even a naysayer like me to check the book out. [Comics Alliance]

Television/Music – I really dislike reality/talent shows, but this is all kinds of awesome:

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1 Response to Odds and Ends – This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

  1. Insideman says:

    Big THUMBS UP to Nick Furi for really stepping up and helping out with this week’s column! You did a SUPERB job, Sir!

    No telling what you could have done if you had more than 2 hours! Both Jose and I thank you, Nick!

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