Nov.30.11 at 10:44 am

No one expects coins to the face!

The exploitation goodness continues with Part 2 of Danger 5: The Diamond Girls. I can definitely smell Germany.
Nov.30.11 at 09:18 am

It should be Gundam Wednesday, a day when we celebrate the awesomeness of Mobile Suits and Char clones. Instead, we return, once again, to our punching bag movie of 2012, Steve, the live action Akira failure.

The latest news comes to me by way of AZM Allies Kensei Dave, Laurie Lachapelle, and Bijan Houshmandzadeh. Casting website Acting Auditions has posted a brief synopsis of the movie so that potential hopefuls know what they're auditioning for. Let's take a little peak, shall we:

Kaneda (Garret Hedlund) is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother--

Oh shit, you know something's up when Davros is laughing at your ass.

Alright, alright. Really now, how can we explode in fan rage if we don't read the whole thing? Let's get this over with:

Kaneda (Garret Hedlund) is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel (Ken Watanabe). Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed (Kristen Stewart) and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers. Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo's mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel's troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother bfore Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

You're right, Light. Honestly, the best response to this, whatever this is, is to just laugh your ass off.

A bar owner? Akira mind control? K Y Reed? This is veering awfully close to "so bad it's good" territory. The thought of Garret Hedlund screaming "TETSUO" at the top of his lungs make me laugh. Seriously, this could be the action comedy of the century.

Source: Acting Auditions
Nov.29.11 at 08:52 am

I was invited by American University's Design Club to give a digital illustration master class. I took the opportunity to draw a screwy portrait of my Super Art Fight cohort, Ross. No audio because YouTube hates my audio tracks and gives me grief about monetization and shiz like that which makes no sense since I recorded the damn things, but whatever. Here's a timelapse of the illustration.

I'm uploading the entire presentation which is about an hour and half, so if you want to something to lull you sleep on a restless night, I'll hook it up as soon as it's ready.
Nov.24.11 at 08:15 am

I've spent way too much time talking about crap rappers, so I figured it was high time to remind you what real Hip Hop sounds like. For a few years now, haters have lamented the death of Hip Hop. Real MCs and DJs have been replaced with Autotune and Fruity Loops. Stupid sing songy shit polluting the air waves.

That's just shit. Sure, radio stations have forgotten what real Hip Hop sounds like. But it's far from dead. Hip Hop is alive and well, you just have to dig a little to get to it.
Nov.23.11 at 10:16 am

According to news sent along by Angry Zen Minion Vortigar and AZM Ally Kensei Dave, Gary Oldman has declined to star as the Colonel in the live action version of Akira, or Steve as it is properly known around these parts. Ken Watanabe has now been approached by Warner Bros to star in the role. Man, I was just joking on twitter that if they cast him, I'd see the shit in a heart beat. Way to call my bullshit, Warner Bros.

Does this save the movie?

In the manga and original movie, there are three story lines that kind of blend into each other. One stars Kaneda as he gets swept up in a revolution while trying to connect with Kei. One stars Tetsuo as he deals with his new found powers going from snot nosed sidekick to a godlike figure. The third stars the Colonel as he navigates the political quagmire of a deadlocked government run by, in his estimation, fools. Three major plots, three main characters, each get equal screen time.

If this is the version of the Colonel that we will get, well shit, that's someone that I'd like to see Ken Watanabe play. Yeah, I still think it's a bit of tokenism and stunt casting and what not, but man, it would be so amazing to see Ken Watanabe as the Colonel we know and love from the manga and anime.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's room for this Colonel in the movie that's being made. From the version of the script that has been floating out there, the Colonel is a one-note bad guy. If that's the way he will be portrayed, I really have no interest in seeing that no matter who lands the role.

Of course all of this, from the Kristen Stewart to the Garrett Hedlund casting news, is all just preliminary rumblings. No one has been officially cast which is kind of curious at this point. So who knows. Maybe a miracle will happen and everyone will back out and this thing will die on the vine.

Source: Twitch Film
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