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Awesome new Iron Man 3 Trailer & News Around the Net!

I am absolutely loving this new Iron Man 3 trailer:

This movie looks fantastic from what we have seen so far.  I love seeing Tony really challenged.  I love the idea of connecting this film to the Avengers not by featuring other super-heroic characters, but by exploring the psychological ramifications of what Tony went through in that film.  I love what we have seen of Ben Kinglsey’s interpretation of the Mandarin as a media-savvy terrorist.  I love the teases of what looks to be some great action set-pieces.  It’s Shane Black working again with Robert Downey Jr.  I am in.

I am intrigued by this announcement of The X-Files Season 10 in comic-book form.  And I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Faraci’s statement that the time is ripe for an X-Files revival.  I posted a lament when the date for the alien invasion came and went a few months ago, with no sign of the massive X-Files third movie I had been hoping for.  I would love to see that remedied someday, before all the actors get too old.  A man can hope…

I am always too busy over the summer to watch The Daily Show, a fact which eased my initial dismay when reading this announcement that Jon Stewart is taking 12 weeks off from the show to direct a film.  What’s particularly fascinating is that Mr. Stewart isn’t planning on directing a comedy, but rather an adaptation (that he has written) of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.  The book was written by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, and tells the true story of the detention and torture of Mr. Bahari, a BBC journalist, for 118 days in Iran.  Viewers of The Daily Show might recall Mr. Bahari, as he appeared on the show both before and after his ordeal.  One of the pieces of evidence used against him by the Iranians, who accused him of being a spy, was a previous comic appearance he had made on The Daily Show.

The fact that Warner Brothers seems to have no idea what to do with all of the DC Universe super-hero franchises they own, exhibited by their inability to get a Justice League movie off the ground, would be hilarious if it wasn’t so disappointing to folks like me who would love to see a whole slew of kick-ass DC movies.  Here’s hoping Zack Snyder’s Superman film doesn’t disappoint.  Going back to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale seems like a desperation move to me.  Though I would rather see Christian Bale back in the bat-suit than Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as had been rumored. Look, I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor, but if they ever actually make a Justice League movie I want BRUCE WAYNE in the bat-suit, not some cop named Robin.

I love comic books and have always dreamed of drawing them some-day.  But this post by comic-book legend Jerry Ordway is depressing.  Mr. Ordway has been an extraordinary talent, both as an illustrator and a writer, for decades.  That he can’t get steady work today is staggering.

I always enjoy CHUD’s “Franchise Me” articles, and their recent series on the Die Hard films has been terrific.  Click here for a great write-up of Die Hard With a Vengeance.

This was news to me, despite my being a die-hard Star Trek fan.  Apparently, a scene in Voyager once revealed that the entire cast of The West Wing had met with an unfortunate end…

I’ve popped in and out of the animated Clone Wars series over the past five years.  I am not quiet about my dislike for the Star Wars prequels, and while The Clone Wars has never become must-watch-it-every-week television for me, I must grudgingly admit to being impressed with how good the show has become.  The animation is quite good, particularly the action sequences which are pretty staggering, and I have enjoyed the exploration of the many corners of the Star Wars universe.  I can’t believe how much I enjoyed the four-part finale to Season 5, which gave a brilliant, compelling answer at long last to the question of the fate of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s young apprentice.  I found the whole idea of Anakin having a kid apprentice to be stupid, as I understood from Episode III (which takes place after the Clone Wars show) that he was still Obi-Wan’s apprentice.  But Ahsoka, to my surprise, has become a terrific character.  Of course, since we don’t see her in Episode III, the big question of the show was what happened to her.  Was she killed by Anakin after he turns to the Dark Side?  Or did she escape somehow?  I was surprised and impressed by the answer given.  Hey, look, it’s decent Star Wars!  No one was more surprised than me.

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