Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

NICK FURI ODDS & ENDS

Breaking Bad SPOILER – R.I.P Walter White (aka Heisenberg). Worried that the notorious– yet beloved– “One Who Knocks” wouldn’t get his due in the local Albuquerque New Mexico press, David Layman (and members of his Facebook Fan Group) ran an obituary in the Albuquerque Journal for the Blue Meth mastermind. Layman (who appeared in Breaking Bad’s pilot episode) said running the Obit provided “… some closure.” Hey, if you’ve got the cash– why not? (At least they aren’t spending their money on drugs!) [Today.com]

Boffo Ratings – Speaking of one of the BEST TV SHOWS EVER, the Breaking Bad Finale was big– REALLY big– with viewers… Destroying the show’s previous finale viewership by 300%. The episode (entitled Felina) had a whopping 10.3 MILLION viewers. This may not be as high a rating as such cultural touchstone finales used to get, but in today’s download everything world– it’s an incredible number. (Especially when you factor in the 500,000 illegal downloads that occurred within a few hours of the show airing on the East Coast.) This huge viewership is testament to an astonishing, history making television series. Congratulations to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan— thanks for exposing people to the awesome craziness of Walter White’s world. [IGN]

Comics –  In a bit I had to post (lest Ian have a mouth-frothing fit), here’s the cover and some sample pages for Dynamite Entertainment’s Doc Savage #1. Given the publisher’s recent serious attempts to make decent Shadow comic– and with writer Chris Roberson at the helm of this new series– there’s significant hope this will NOT turn out to be drek. (Ian will happily regale you for hours on how shitty DC and Marvel’s attempts at Doc Savage comics have turned out.) Here’s one book you know will be a future IMJ Comic Book Review™. Enjoy! [Westfield Comics]

Film – This is too funny: J.J. Abrams has apologized for his lens flare addiction. In fact, Abrams said it was so bad in Star Trek: Into Darkness He had to have some of the super annoying lighting tricks removed in post-production– because he overdid it while filming. But he claims, “…admitting you’re an addict is the first step towards recovery.” Maybe we’ll see some better films now that Abrams refuses to hypnotize people into thinking his movies are amazing– by blinding them with shiny glares. (We’ll see!) [Crave]

Collectibles – I really don’t know what’s behind the onslaught of Dragon Ball Z stuff lately. (Has it always been like this?) Either way, this is one more thing I want NEED. Many people want their Goku SSJ3, but I prefer the original… And this Bandai figure looks amazingly awesome. [Comics Alliance]

Goku

Television – Let the comic book characters rain down from the sky and smother us with new TV shows. The next such icon to get a brand new television pilot? One of DC’s darker characters, John Constantine. Here are a few concerns I have: 1) Is DC spreading their Universe too thin? and 2) Is John Constantine a character that can ever truly work on (heavily censored) US Network TV? Constantine was picked up by NBC and will be produced by Daniel Cerone and David (I wrote a terrible Superman film) Goyer. Sorry if my distaste for the latest Supes movie keeps popping up here, but I’m hoping this new show leans more toward the quality found in Goyer’s excellent Starz cable ceries Da Vinci’s Demons and is less like Man of Steel and his written & directed bore-fest Blade Trinity. [Deadline]

Film – Major developments have taken place to create a new sequel for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian. The new film is titled The Legend of Conan and will be written by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center). The Governator’s last film, ironically called The Last Stand, was in and out of theaters before I could blink. With the Robert E. Howard pedigree, certainly this movie will fare better. [/Film]

Funny – Batman-To-Be Ben Affleck ruins Trivial Pursuit. [The Mary Sue]

Affleck Pusuit

Collectibles – I have accepted the abundance of Star Wars books, toys, and games. You almost have to… If you can dream it, there’s probably a Star Wars version of it. Because this mountain of inane crap keeps piling up, I’m used to blocking many of these shitty licensed products out of my brain the second I see them. Now… Feast your eyes on the Star Wars: Thumb War book. I know this is intended for kids, but I doubt even they would actually use this ridiculous item. Sadly, it will also probably sell very, very well. [Geeks Are Sexy]

Comics – Marvel is at it again with the One Word Teasers for their new comic books. Their continual attempts to get fans to believe these single words will actually mean something huge for the comic industry is fast becoming old– and near shameful. There are way too many of these one word teasers to list, but here’s the latest one: Assassin. All will supposedly be revealed during panels at NYCC. Don’t all rush to buy your con tickets at once! [Marvel]

Funny Video – Coping with the end of Breaking Bad and making fun of another show that recently came to an abysmal end? Priceless.

Television – If death isn’t chasing our beloved pop culture characters enough nowadays, a major character is set to die on the new season of The Simpsons. This isn’t a completely “new thing” for the show– fan favourite Frank Grimes and Maude Flanders were both tragic losses– but an Emmy winning actor’s character will soon be no more. Usually I would have some kind of reaction to this, but this news leaves me a blank slate. Maybe it’s because I haven’t watched the show in a long time, I don’t know. For those who still watch, who do you think it will be? [Variety]

Film – Hmmm… Mark Millar is getting what he wants– more movie deals. His latest hunk of movie cash comes in the form of a kid friendly film franchise called Kindergarten Heroes. FOX hopes to make the property into several movies, featuring copious amounts of merchandise. We can hope Millar will stay really far away from this– but we all know that ain’t gonna happen. I’m already having nightmares about a Red Faced Kindergartner throwing his baby sister out of a window. [Deadline]

Books – Animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved My Neighbour Totoro gets an illustrated novel for its 25th Anniversary. The coolest thing about this book? All of Miyazaki’s water colours will be present in this hardcover collection. [Robot6]

Totoro

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