Archive for August, 2014
The news all Breaking Bad fans had been waiting for finally arrived last Thursday with the announcement that the hit Vince Gilligan-created crime drama is getting a spin-off.
Entitled “Better Call Saul”, the prequel will follow Walter White’s dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman before he ever became associated with the former Chemistry teacher-turned-meth-cook.
AMC have confirmed the show will be one hour in duration and will take a more comedic slant to the gritty drama currently on our screens.
The news was welcomed positively by fans who are waiting for the show’s two final episodes before Breaking Bad reaches what is guaranteed to be a thrilling conclusion come the end of the month.
The chance then to see more from the Albuquerque-based show long after its official conclusion can only be a positive thing, and you won’t be hearing any complaints from us.
By designing the spin-off as a prequel, a ton of opportunities are opened up, such as reviving recently-deceased characters and giving supporting cast members more prominent roles.
And, of course, we’re thrilled we will be seeing more of Bob Odenkirk’s fantastic character Saul, the shady lawyer at the centre of this new venture.
But he’s not going to make this show a success all on his own and here we take a look at 5 Characters we want to see return for the Spin-Off.
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The Star Wars #1
Written by J.W. Rinzler
Art by Mike Mayhew
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
To quote the other guys “Its life Jim, but not as we know it,” based on George Lucas’ original draft of Star Wars, this series contains a lot of familiar names and locations but all played out very differently to its eventual cinematic incarnation. It’s an issue that demands repeat readings as it is next to impossible to read first time on its own without comparing it to the finished film. Once the novelty of recognizing characters and spaceships wears off, only one question remains – As a standalone comic is it any good? The answer, surprisingly, is yes. The tone has changed enough to differentiate it from Lucas’ space opera. The action is entertaining and characters, both new and old, have no trouble holding the reader’s attention.
The story opens with a Jedi, Kane Starkiller, hiding on a remote planet with his two sons, Annikin and Deak. A ship arrives containing a Sith Lord, that looks like a cross between Darth Vader and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and attacks the two children killing Deak. Kane arrives, and in a beautiful panel, slices the attacker in half. Mike Mayhew’s art throughout the issue is a delight. It looks very cinematic and adds heft and scale that is required with an event book. He has managed to adapt Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual art while adding his own touches without ever feeling like he is rethreading existing works.
The next arc of the book suffers from some of the same problems that affected the later trilogy, it gets bogged down with a lot of political to-ing and fro-ing. It is not quite Trade Federation blocking Naboo levels of boring but it isn’t far off. There is nice exchange between Kane and a man who looks like a ringer for George Lucas himself, called Luke Skywalker no less, when he is asked to continue Anakin’s Jedi training. Against the backdrop of this is an as-of-yet unnamed Emperor’s political plans to stop the Rebellion, before sending in the Empire’s troops to eradicate the Jedi once and for all.
There are a couple of nice cameos and nods to the original, Antilles gets a small scene, Princess Leia is introduced briefly as she leaves for university, General Vader is revealed and bears more than a passing resemblance to the crazy ghost chaser from “The Frighteners.” If there is one area where I felt let down it was with Vader who I thought deserved a far more memorable introduction then simply arguing with his underlings.
Overall the issue was a positive if flawed one. There are a number of potentially interesting threads and it is a nice sideways version of the movie. Hopefully the exposition heavy middle segment will not reoccur in future issues, the nice final line of the book seems to confirm that. The artwork is the real stand out, Mike Mayhew’s work is gorgeous. His designs of both ships and characters elevate the book above its sometimes clunky dialogue, as Harrison Ford famously said “you can type this $hit, but you can’t say it,” turns out even when typed it is still as clunky. Names like Darklighter, Starkiller, and Whitsun seem like they came from a small child’s playtime. There are a number of wonderful panels including a standout moment when Kane reviles the full extent the battle against the Sith has taken on his body. There is more than enough here to keep me interested in future issues and now that the mental hurdle of comparisons to the original has been overcome I can’t wait to see if the book can stand on its own two feet.
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Fictional locations are almost as iconic as the characters who originate in them and some of them are visually very striking indeed.
When I first saw the likes of Krypton, Oa and, in particular, Asgard in the Man of Steel, Green Lantern and Thor movies respectively, I was blown away and seeing such locations brought to life on the big screen got me thinking which other examples would look great with a live action makeover.
The possibilities are endless, but I’ve pulled together a selection that I think would look particularly great in a live action movie (I should stress before you read on that my focus is mainly – though not explicitly – on comic book locations).
Without further ado, here are ten fictional locations that would look great in a live action movie…
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With Coutinho now sidelined for up to six weeks with a fairly random shoulder injury, Liverpool have lost their main creative spark and Brendan Rodgers now has a huge dilemma regarding who to put into the team whilst attempting to maintain the great momentum the Reds have built up since January.
The Ulsterman has a good number of options to consider with the Reds brimming with young, attacking starlets such as Moses, Sterling, Ibe, Henderson and Alberto, as well as the more experienced Iago Aspas. Let us also not forget the imminent return of the infamous Luis Suarez, too.
As well as the cover afforded by the growing squad, Rodgers has also brought in players with fantastic versatility and this means the Reds could line up in one of any number of formations from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 to 5-3-2. These two factors make Liverpool’s clash with Southampton this weekend all the more interesting. A number of questions need answering and whether or not Liverpool remain top of the league come Saturday night rests solely on Rodgers’s shoulders.
Here are some of the potential options available to BR come Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick off, with capital letters in the line ups denoting a change in personnel or starting position:
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This Saturday sees Newcastle take on Hull in hope of carrying on their strong run of form in recent weeks. Following an opening day defeat to Manchester City, the Toon have been on the up and are unbeaten in league and cup matches since then.
Hull have had an ok start to life back in the Premier League and have four points from a difficult looking set of opening fixtures. With the expected defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City, it has not been a bad start with a home win over Norwich and a good point achieved against fellow newcomers Cardiff.
The issue for both these sides seems to be goals with Hull managing just two in the league so far and Newcastle three. This sets us up for an intriguing counter on Saturday where both sides will be hoping to pick up another valuable win.
With this in mind I will look at the key battles in this match that with victory could see the game decided:
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Warrior and badass are basically synonymous, right?
Demi Lovato confidently demonstrated just that at the Dignity Gala celebrating the launch of the Redlight Traffic App in Beverly Hills on Friday night.
Sticking to her rocker
chick chic theme, the 21-year-old threw on her best blacks in a Helmut Lang leather blazer with L’Agence leather skinnies and Christian Louboutin pumps.
For the perfect contrast to her hard edged look, Demicorn added gold Cartier bracelets while her red pout and turquoise ponytail provided vibrant bursts of color.
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Nicole Scherzinger let her abs do the talkin’ as she left the X Factor studios in London on Sunday night.
The show’s faboosh judge gave us a new cropped look, this time in a tight, sparkly top that she combined with very loose black pants.
Gold jewelry and her usual brilliant waves, had her all-black outfit complete.
From the stomach up, Scherzy looks great, but the pants? They’re the definition of crazy crotch!
Oh Nicole, we just know you can do better!
[Image via GF/BauerGriffinOnline.]