Happy Birthday, Crispin Glover & Clint Howard!! :)

Happy Birthday to two site favorites: Clint Howard and Crispin Glover!

Both Mr. Glover and Mr. Howard are among the most beloved actors in the world of cult cinema. Neither one is your average leading man, but they’d be far less intriguing if they were.

Crispin Glover is one of the most unique personalities in cinema. He has appeared in blockbuster crowd-pleasers, but his heart clearly lies with the darker, challenging side of film. As an artist in many fields, Mr. Glover is always provocative and has the uncanny ability to perturb viewers in fascinating ways. While the average film-goer may recognize him as the nebbish father in Back to the Future, Glover’s acting work has included everything from slasher films (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), art films (Dead Man), big-budget fantasy (Alice in Wonderland), offbeat crime films (Wild at Heart), black comedies (Nurse Betty), and other varied films. No matter the film, Glover always brings an intensity and strange quality that is all his own. Glover has brought his surreal talents to directing with What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine, both part of a planned “It” trilogy. There’s no denying that Glover is a true original.

Clint Howard will (to the general public, anyway) always be known simply as “Ron Howard’s brother”,  but has Ron had memorable roles on three different versions of Star Trek? No, but Clint sure has! In fact, Clint has had a pretty legendary career in his own right. Starting in 1963, Clint Howard has been in… well, just about everything. Mr. Howard is the ultimate character actor. He’s been in countless iconic television shows, horror movies (including The Ice Cream Man, a favorite of our fearless ho-stess!), comedies (the first two Austin Powers movies, among many others.), has gone face-to-face with Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy on the original Star Trek series, and was Roo (!) in two Disney Winnie the Pooh shorts! In 1998, Howard won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award. It was clearly a gag, but it shouldn’t have been. Clint Howard has been around for over four decades and has produced many roles and moments that will be remembered by fans forever. If that isn’t award-worthy, we don’t know what is.

 In honor of these two eccentric gentlemen, we thought it would be appropriate to have a little music… performed by the birthday boys, of course! The first is a new wave rocker performed by Clint Howard and the Kempsters, the second is Crispin Glover doing his best (and the all-time best) Olivia Newton-John in The Orkly Kid. Both performances are delightfully strange, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birthday, Boys!

 

News Bleed: The Feed Me, Caesar Edition

(The main pic I chose might not be super relevant, but I’ll use any eXXXcuse to post Moranis porn… ;))

Elizabeth Shaw finally gets the figure she deserves! #HeckYeah!! 🙂 Nerdistshawfig

Hollywood feeds the plants again…. Bring back Rick Moranis, like now, please!  🙂 Entertainment Weeklylittle-shop

You can’t keep a Good Guy down. #CHUCKY7 🙂 JOBLO

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The Apes are back and this time, it’s war!! io9

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R.L. Stine unleashes a new Man-Thing! 🙂 The New York Times

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Spoopy thing are a happenin’ with Archie n’ Pals. Comics Alliance

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Star Trek: Discovery adds three Klingons! You can never have enough! 🙂 /film

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Patrick Wilson is so freaking hawt!! (And also in a DC movie. ;)) Deadline

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Comic Book Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes – The Primate Directive

(Whoa! I’m so outta practice posting I forgot to give credit to Mr. Dr. Prince Adam before this went up…My total bad!! Big thanks and hugs to our SuperheroSciFi EXXXpert for this, and for being patient whilst “Lucille” and I were apart. 😉 xoxo)

STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind’s future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise to side with Dr. Zaius to protect Ape City? And what does Colonel George Taylor have to say about it? (IDW)

potaWith the Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover comic book, we got a look at the JJ Abrams version of the Star Trek Universe. This time around we get a story featuring The Original Series timeline. I like that IDW offers two types of Star Trek titles featuring Captain Kirk and his crew. The one set in the Abramsverse is very cinematic in scope of story and look. It’s a monthly sci-fi/summer blockbuster film, stuck in between two covers. With this story, however, I very much felt like I was watching an episode of the show, It told a more personal story, that focused more on characters and themes, more than action sequences. When you think of crossover material for Star Trek, Planet of the Apes doesn’t automatically come to mind. Yet, it works. Kirk and company landing on a world where sentient apes have enslaved mankind, isn’t farfetched in the confines of the original show. While in the last crossover, the Green Lantern Corps crossed over to the Star Trek universe, in this crossover the William Shatner-era Star Trek crew went over to a world, where George Taylor had been captured by intelligent apes. To get our favourite members of Starfleet over to this alternate Earth, they head over there in pursuit of the Klingons, who are using their advanced technology to create a gateway to other worlds that they can conquer. What Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura and Sulu discover is that Klingon leader Kor, is providing a faction of apes with advanced Klingon weaponry, and urges their leader to usurp power from military leader Ursus and by extension, the higher authority Dr. Zaius. Kor is manipulating the situation, knowing full well that, ape on ape violence is against the code, and will result in a war, followed by political and societal upheaval. Kor will then use this to subjugate this Earth as a part of the Klingon Empire. Meanwhile, as Captain Kirk and his squad navigate this alternate Earth, they run into George Taylor, Cornelius and Zira. George Taylor asks the crew for help in overthrowing the apes, but Kirk declines, because he fears too much interference on their part, will alter the timeline, and natural course of this timeline. First off, this initial interaction works well, because it allows Kirk, the Enterprise and by extension the reader, to learn about the Planet of the Apes status quo. However, if you claim to be a fan of sci-fi and don’t know the basics of Planet of the Apes, you may want to turn in your geek card! It was smart for writing duo Scott and David Tipton to show Captain Kirk having reservation and restraint about helping Taylor. It suggests that Kirk and crew have been on enough missions to know that rushing in to save the day could cause more harm than good. It’s a subtle non-specifically detailed callback to their historic adventures of the show. Upon Kirk’s refusal, Taylor steals Chekov’s communicator, beams aboard the Enterprise and tries to steal a shuttlecraft. Kirk and Spock go after him and a fight breaks out between Taylor and Kirk. This is where the opposing outlooks of both properties, on humanity’s future come in to play. Kirk tries to convince Taylor that there is a more peaceful solution instead of starting a war, while Taylor’s captivity and the brutality he’s seen and endured, has him holding firm that war is the only solution and chance for survival. After a scuffle, the two agree to a truce. Taylor is debriefed of the Klingons’ involvement and agrees to work with Kirk and his team to thwart the Klingon takeover. Taylor and the chimpanzees are able to help Ursus defeat Marius, with a hidden assist by our retro Starfleet crew. Kirk and the Enterprise leave this Earth chasing an escaped Kor through the portal. Meanwhile, we next see Cornelius and Zira in orbit as they witness the destruction of their Earth’s surface, after cobalt bomb has gone off. Stunned, they find a tricorder purposely left behind by Kirk n one of Taylor’s old ships and consult it on travelling through time, via a slingshot effect, which the Enterprise crew had told them about earlier. This is a great ending, because it sets the Enterprise crew back on their own story path, while the end the Planet of the Apes portion lines up with the timeline for the subsequent film sequels.

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The book was drawn by Rachael Stott, with this being her debut comics’ work. As far as debuts go, this one is flat out incredible. The art definitely looks like a comic book that was drawn in the 60’s or 70’s, which is exactly as it should, given these franchises have their roots in those time periods. The depiction of the “Classic” Enterprise was spot on to its television counterpart. It’s smaller than its cinematic counterpart, and that is reflected. The bridge looks like an exact reproduction, as do the crew. When looking at the crew of the Enterprise, you’ll see the likeness of Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, Nichols etc. Well, very accurate artistic renderings of them at least. So, too, is the art for the characters from The Planet of the Apes. George Taylor looks like his on-screen counterpart Charlton Heston. The drawing of Nova reminded me how stunningly beautiful the actress who played her, Linda Harrison, was. Despite the horrors on this Earth, the more naturalistic scenery looks incrediblly beautiful. There are some great pages featuring the cove where George Taylor and the other humans are hiding out. There are some sunset and sunrise scenes that look so good, you’ll imagine you were in the page experiencing it. I’m glad that the different species of apes had varying appearances. The artist could have gotten very lazy and had them all look the same but she didn’t. My favourite pages included a recreation of the “Statue of Liberty’ scene but with the crew of the Enterprise instead. The fight between George Taylor and Captain Kirk was a great representation of the fight style on the 60’s Star Trek show. The future “vision” of a war of Ape vs. Ape was a startling page. It was chillingly drawn, and strikingly colored. The Enterprise chasing the Klingon ship looked oddly yet appealingly cartoonish at times, while the Ursus vs Marius fight, had an ancient gladiatorial look and feel to it.

pota4 pota5Both these iconic franchises have received modern updates, both of which I think are great. However, I won’t deny that it’s nice to look back at and combine the original versions of these franchises. Both Star Trek: The Original Series and Planet of the Apes are treated with such appreciation and respect by the creative team. Whether you want to relive some nostalgia, or just want to get lost with a great sci-fi mash up, I highly recommend reading this book! You’ll go bananas over it. (“HA!! Good one!! “ -D.P. 🙂

Ho-stess’s PS- Never leave me again, Lucille!! I’m nothing without you!!! 😉
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Comic Book Review: Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum Wars

Happy New Comic Book Day, Kinky Ho-mies!! ICYMI, there’s big news in the DC-verse today: Geoff Johns is officially our new Lord and Master!! Huzzah!!!!!!!!! I have no doubt that that’s some happy (early birthday!!! ;)) news to our Superhero/SciFi Guru, Mr. Prince Adam of Themyscira. 😉 Thanks for this reading rec, Super Friend, and have a super Happy Birthday (tomorrow!!!) xoxoxoxoxo

birthday“Two iconic franchises collide for this blockbuster crossover event! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!” (IDW/DC Comics)

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As far as sci-fi goes, Star Trek and Green Lantern are two of my favorites. Truth be told, and don’t send me hate mail for this, I prefer Star Trek over Star Wars. That’s an article for another time however. What I enjoy about this book, is that there is equal attention paid to both Star Trek and Green Lantern characters, despite Star Trek getting first billing and being predominantly published by IDW. Right from the start, writer Mike Johnson asserts that the Stark Trek characters and the Green Lantern Corps exist in alternate universe. For Star Trek continuity, this story falls in the Kelvin timeline, aka the J.J. Abrams timeline. It definitely takes place after the 2009 film at least. With Green Lantern, this story comes after the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night. Beyond that though, I can’t pinpoint where exactly this falls. The conceit to get Hal Jordan and some of the other colored Lantern Corps members over to a universe with a different star date is rather intriguing. Guardian of the universe Ganthet, after waging a war with Nekron that decimated the ranks of our universe, invoked the Last Light, a process by which the different colored Spectrum rings and any surviving Corps members are transported out of danger. The spectrum rings that are transported include the red of rage, orange of avarice, yellow of fear, blue ring of hope, Indigo for compassion, the pink ring of love and the blue light of hope. After noticing a disturbance on an uninhabited planet, an away team finds the rings and a deceased Ganthet. This is played off as a rather normal occurrence, which makes sense, because encountering a blue alien midget, wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Captain Kirk and his crew. The Guardians of the Universe and the GL Corps fit quite seamlessly into Gene Roddenberry’s world. When both Ganthet and the rings are beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the story kicks into warp speed. While Bones’ analyses the deceased Ganthet in sickbay, Scotty tries to make sense of the rings and the source of their power. His analysis causes an explosion, leading the rings to seek out new bearers. Of the ship’s crew, the pink ring associated with love and the Star Sapphires, find its way to Lt. Uhura. The purple ring of the Indigo Lanterns which denotes compassion, finds Dr. McCoy. Meanwhile, the blue ring brimming with hope makes its way to Chekov. While conventional wisdom tells you that rings would find their way to Kirk and Sulu, I’m happy that the writer decided on these characters. Each ring fits the core essential element of their chosen bearer perfectly. The writer wisely went with what was best for the story, rather than fitting the more established “popular” members of the crew with rings.

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As for the rings that bring about more evil upon the universe, they too found appropriate homes. The yellow ring associated with fear, finds Kronos, of the Klingon Empire. The rage of the red ring finds Glocon of Gornar. Finally, the Orange ring finds plenty of jealousy and greed to feed off of in Decius the Romulan. Fans of Star Trek lore should be pleased with these choices as well. Personally, I’ve always found Klingons to be intimidating and scary. The Gorn are appropriately angry and volatile, while there has been great jealousy and animosity towards Vulcan from the Romulan’s. With each ring choosing it’s new home, this provides Green Lantern Hal Jordan, a beacon to locate the Enterprise and its crew. Likewise, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and Sinestro find their respective corps new recruits. What I was surprised by was the manner in which three evil Lantern head honchos were able to lord over and subjugate their new recruits. This was definitely the right call story wise, as these three are the most revered and feared leaders of their respective Corps, and I’m glad company ego’s didn’t get in the way. The three DC villains need to be portrayed in a strong and powerful way, and they were, despite this being a largely IDW production. I really loved the interaction between Hal Jordan and Captain James T. Kirk. Since both characters are essentially mirror images of each other, from a personal, and to a degree a professional standpoint. There was a bit of tension and jealous from both, which was enjoyable and fun to watch work itself out over the course of the story. Like moths to a flame, the evil ring bearers find their way to Hal Jordan, Captain Kirk and the crew. A mini Spectrum War occurs between the light and the dark side (Star Wars and New Gods reference in one…BAM) This festival of light/space skirmish is interrupted by Nekron, who has also ventured to this universe. Nekron begins to lay waste to every Lantern no matter the color. He’s unstoppable. (For reference, think The Undertaker at Wrestlemania!) While all hell breaks loose outside, Scotty fashions a makeshift colorless Lantern ring that can work like a phaser gun. Remembering the story Hal Jordan told about the first time the Lanterns managed to defeat Nekron, with the power of Kyle Rayner as the White Lantern. With Kyle Rayner presumed dead, from the last battle with Nekron, Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan select Mr. Spock as the bearer of Scotty’s Lantern ring. Every Lantern channels their energy into Spock’s ring, manufacturing the energy of a White Lantern ring, allowing Spock to defeat Nekron. I was fully expecting Kirk to wear the ring, but was surprised and shocked to see Spock wear it. Especially considering that Spock is often charged with lacking emotion from his crew mates. However, Spock being half human, he posses all these emotions, his Vulcan half merely allows him to keep better control of his human emotions. That makes him the perfect choice to wield the white energy. Our preconceived notions about Spock, and the fact that he was relegated to the background often uttering the occasional “fascinating”, or “logical, made this swerves unpredictable.

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Angel Hernandez is the artist on this graphic novel and it’s quite, to quote Spock….fascinating. Angel’s vision of the ship is incredible. It’s big, beautiful and majestic. (“That’s what she said…” -D.P…You know I had to!! ;)) It even escapes the confines of the panel, almost as if it’s in 3D. The crew of the Enterprise looks spot on with their current film counterparts. One of my favorite images is of the Enterprise crew finding a deceased Ganthet, all skeletal like, kneeling by the Corps ring. Even though I’ve reviewed some straight up horror books for this site, that image has to be one of the creepiest images I’ve ever seen. The space battle between the Lanterned up crew of the Enterprise and the other Lanterns are so grand scale and sweeping. It is art worthy of this very special, first ever team up of these spectacular sci-fi franchises. I’m glad that the crew of the Enterprise that got Lantern rings didn’t end up wearing Lantern costumes. Their Starfleet uniforms became emblazoned with a particular Lantern logo, and they were surrounded by an aura that matched the color of their ring. To me, this is truly the best of both worlds. The best page of this entire book for me is the splash page of Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan in the midst of a stare down standoff, with the crew of the Enterprise around them. It underscored the fact that Chris Pine would make a perfect Hal Jordan in a movie. He’s been cast as Steve Trevor though, so that wish is long gone. However, I’m glad he’s part of the DC Films family. The cover art feels like an old school movie poster. If you buy the book, you’ll get tons of variant covers. One of which looks identical to the Star Wars: The Movie poster.

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This was a fantastic crossover. If you have never read either of these comic book titles, this is a very reader friendly place to start. If you’re a fan of one of these franchises over the other, you’ll be satisfied either way. If you’re a fan of both, like me, this will be a spectacular read. A crossover between these two properties needs to happen more often. I hope both companies boldly continue to unify these to franchise at least once every couple of years. Buy this book, and live long and prosper. If you decide not to read this book, you’re missing out and I would suggest to beware Green Lanterns light!