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Saturday, September 23, 2006

If you go and see Clerks II here in the UK, if you're very lucky then you will get to see the first Trailer for Hot Fuzz. This is very exctiting, in case you don't know. Fuzz is the follow up to best British Film since sliced bread Shaun Of The Dead. Whereas Shaun was very funny, while at the same time an effective zombie flick, Fuzz looks to do similar for the police action movie. The trailer shows lots of explosions and gunfights, which is not exactly the stuff of most British Movies. Yep, a full blown action comedy with good ol' British Bobbys. Febuary is too long to wait! There's no sign of an online trailer yet, but I'll let you know when there is. In the meantime you can check out video blogs on the making of the film from the official site.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I was very shocked and saddened by the news of Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond's involvement in a horrific high speed car crash yesterday. This won't mean much to those outside the UK, but Top Gear is a very popular show here about cars. It's popular even with those who don't really care about cars, simply because it is very funny, and Hammond is a key part of this. I really hope he makes a full recovery and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Oh loyal blog-reader (if that is indeed what you are), if you are reading this today (Monday) then lucky you are indeed! For I have decided that you shall be the first to know of what I have done to commemorate International Talk Like a Pirate Day ahead of the big day itself (tomorrow!)

Drum Roll please..... Presenting Pimp My Pirate 2 the update of my first ever flash game. This time there's loads of more types of clothes, and a number of surprises. It works in a different way. There's a bug or two I haven't been able to iron out yet but I was in a hurry to get it ready for the Day. So enjoy! I want to do an even better version and include some other characters at some point, so watch this space. I also aim to have a screensaver version up soon too.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Just a quick post- Nintendo Wii is set to launch in Europe on December 8th (frickin' ages away!) for a higher than rumoured £179 RRP. All the hardware is more expensive than anywhere else too- we always get the short end of the gaming stick. The good news is though it will include the game Wii Sports, which is an ace idea- it's basically an ideal demonstration of what the Wii is all about. So although as usual the Euro launch is a wee bit disappointing (sorry) it doesn't change the fact that it's all very exciting. Roll on December!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I came to realize than it in my over-excitement at planning the vod-cast and other such future delights, I have been neglecting the present and had completely forgotten about the all-important Suburban Ninja Episode 6 (if not the final episode certainly the end of the current story). If you've been paying attention you'll know that this will be the first completely new episode in ages- I am replacing the original 'final' installment with a whole new one. It's in the planning stage and will be one of the next things I do.

In the wider world, tomorrow is the day we Euro-types get to find out the launch date and details for the Nintendo Wii. The US and Japan are getting in late November and Early December respectively, so we'll probably get it after that if almost every other console launch ever is anything to go on. In the States (but not Japan) the console will be packed with the game Wii Sports, so fingers crossed that the UK will follow suit. I will share my thoughts when I know more..

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It's taken me long enough, but I've finally got round to seeing Pixar's marvellous Cars. Stupid people have said that simply because it didn't beat The Incredibles at the box office that means it is somehow a flop. Each Pixar film until now has beaten the others but logic suggests that this couldn't go on forever. Cars has still made muchos moolah, and more importantly is a creative success, which is all the guys at Pixar care about. Also couldn't help but notice how the trailers beforehand show how, due to Pixar and Dreamwork's smashes, CGI animations are taking over Hollywood, with every major studio making at least one. As well as a teaser for Pixar's own Ratatouille (the second collaboration with Brad Bird the genius behind The Incredibles and The Iron Giant), there were trailers for the fantastic looking Happy Feet, the disturbingly amusing looking Open Season. Disturbing why? The film stars Aston Kutcher and Martin Lawrence who are my two of most reviled stars. At once. Rounding out the trailers were a couple of possible duds- Nickelodeon's Barnyard and the highy derivative looking fairy-tale based Hoodwinked. Even if there are some misfires, it's still a mighty fine time to be a fan of animated cinema.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

A few things to say this time as I haven't posted this week. Firstly I do have to just say that MoPiZo was, like many peeps very sad to hear of the passing of the legend that was Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin this week, and like to think he's running around up there chasing dinosaurs or something. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

OK back to the more trivial things we normally talk about... The Mercury Music Prize judges broke with the habit of a lifetime, and actually gave it to the bookies favourite, and most commercially successful of the nominees- the hugely overrated Arctic Monkeys. I do have to give them credit though for giving the prizemoney to charity though- it's not like they needed it.

One of the other big stories round here lately was that Sony's Playstation 3 has had it's European launch put back to March next year. Tied with the £425(!) price tag some are already claiming Sony's dominance of the Console Market is doomed. I think this is probably a wee bit premature, as at the last count everybody on the planet had at least 7 PS2's and new consoles can take a while to get going. How do I feel about this news? I'm not in the least bit bothered as it's only a week until I can find out how long I have to wait until I get my hands on my next console (Nintendo's very exciting but stupidly named Wii) and how much I'll have to pay. I know one thing though. It won't be more than 400 quid... in fact it's going to almostdefinitelyy be less than half that. Come Christmas I think there will be a lot of Wiis under the Christmas tree.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Life On Mars is about to get another airing on UK TV Bravo, Monday10pm) giving me an excuse to sing it's praises. For those who don't know, it tells of a modern cop who finds himself transported back to the 1970's- the mystery is he back in time, or is it all in his head? This is the set up for the clash between the main character- Sam Tyler- and everybody around him, and he tries to bring his modern police values to the very different world of 70's police. It's basically an excuse to remake the Sweeney with a slight quantum Leap-stylee sci-fi twist. And the soundtrack is fantastic, is all the 70's period setting. It's the best homegrown adult fantasy/sci-fi show on British TV in years, and it's probably thanks to the success of new Doctor Who series that such things are being made. Thankfully a new series is planned for next year, but there is one little thing that is bugging me. A US remake is planned and I just have to ask why? This process of remaking really irks me. The US Office may be pretty well received but for me, without David Brent it can never match the original. The original works so well, I don't know why they can't just leave it alone. I suppose if they make it different enough and evoke US 70's shows such as Starsky and Hutch it could be ok, but really, is the US audience so closed minded they can't take a UK property into their hearts?Of course not- the success of a little franchise called Harry Potter would certainly suggest otherwise. It might only be a cult thing on some cable channel, but why not let out American friends enjoy the undiluted original? It'd certainly be cheaper than remaking it! That said, I've just read the very talented David E Kelly is involved, so it could yet make me eat my words...

Friday, September 01, 2006

UK animation fans- you can finally watch series 10 of South Park on Paramount Comedy from 9pm every friday (10pm on +1). That's all for now, I have to get back to it... I neally missed it, thank god for the +1 channel!