Sunday, February 26, 2006

Spiderman 3 Teaser poster

I must say that this is one of the best teaser posters ever released.

The first instinct is to think that it's in black and white but it seems that Peter Parker will be sporting a costume similar to the "Black Costume" which I first recall him wearing in 1985 in his "The Transformers" comic-book guest appearence.

Violence and terrorism soar in the Colonel's absence

In retrospect it was probably a bad idea for me to 'advertise' that I was leaving the country for a couple of days...

At midday yesterday in Dublin, rioting broke out in protest to an Orange march through the city, an act which was about as clever as a KKK march through Alabama.

Now while I don't condone the actions of the obviously organised Republicans being joined by the Dublin scumbag elements and smashing in shop fronts and setting cars ablaze; the problem in the first place was the march to have been allowed to go ahead at all.

While I believe in the right to vote, the freedom of speech and the right to go and see crap like Jarhead if you want to, I do not on the other hand agree with people’s right to protest or march in any fashion especially if it would be as offensive as yesterday's attempt. If I had my way these groups of people should be encircled by police and shot with flamethrowers soon as they gather. Elsewhere "Peaceful protestors" who chain themselves to railings should have their chained arms legs or whatever amputated on site with no anaesthetic and their rotting limbs left dangling as a warning to those who would consider supporting their pointless and time-wasting actions. "Sit-down protestors" should just be shot in the ass and that'll solve their anarchical tendencies.

To add to my own ill-conceived broadcasting of my plans it was announced that an al-Qaeda cell had opened in North Cork and recruited Cubaboy. Now I have to mobilise a recon and assault unit to take back Mallow of all places.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Destination: London

I'm off to this area of London in a couple of hours to undertake a special mission. My cover is that I'll be travelling with a group of folk on a mad drinking session.

My code name for the operation will be: Rabid Wombat.

Don't wait up as I may have to get deep into my cover...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The United Kingdom: The Best Country In The World!

Now that's obviously not an opinion I've just formulated myself having only spent a total of almost 6 weeks of my entire life there, no, it's the results of the latest useless infomation poll which no doubt cost an obscene amount of money to undertake and correlate data from.
The results basically show that the United Kingdom is simply the best country. It's citizens are also the most polite and most well educated but also the most dry, tedious, uninteresting, unexciting, insipid, monotonous and dreary people in the whole world. Imagine that?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Medal for God

George Lucas has been recognized by President Bush for his achievement in technology. The director received a National Medal of Science and Technology for Industrial Light And Magic's innovative visual effects and technology in films on Monday. The movie mogul and the president of ILM, Chrissie England, were among 15 people awarded for their revolutionary work in a ceremony held at the White House, Washington DC. Before distributing the medals, President Bush praised the recipients, saying, "The spirit of discovery is one of our national strengths."

Sunday, February 19, 2006

What's going down in Bondland?

Well production has begun on the latest Bond adventure Casino Royale, with Danny Craig as the superspy himself. I'm also pleased to reveal now who he'll be joined by in the movie directed by Martin Campbell.

Eva Green has finally been cast as the enticing Vesper Lynd, renowned Danish-born actor Mads Mikkelsen has accepted the role of Le Chiffre, Bond's nemesis in the film and Jeffery Wright has joined the cast as Felix Leiter.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said in a press release, "We are thrilled that Eva and Mads have joined the cast of Casino Royale completing a first rate international cast. They bring exceptional talent to the characters Ian Fleming described so vividly in his first James Bond novel.

"Vesper is a pivotal role in Casino Royale and it takes much more than beauty to make this role work," said Amy Pascal, Chairman of the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group. "When you think about the great James Bond adventures, of course you think about action and espionage, but you need to have palpable sexual tension in the movie and in casting Vesper, we really needed to up the ante, because this character is very much an equal to Bond and central to our story. We believe Eva as Vesper, Mads as Le Chiffre and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter are perfect additions to our cast and we couldn't be more excited about the way this project has come together."

Described by Bernardo Bertolucci as "so beautiful it's indecent," Eva Green is one of the most intriguing actresses today. In 2005 she made her Hollywood debut, starring as the female lead in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven.

Mads Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in the magnificient King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua and has won many Scandinavian awards for his work on screen and television.

The acclaimed stage actor, Wright, who first came to film audiences' attention as the doomed artist Jean Michel Basquiat in Basquiat, has subsequently garnered critical acclaim in such films as Shaft, Ali and The Manchurian Candidate.

Casino Royale reunites Wilson and Broccoli with Martin Campbell, who directed the 1995 blockbuster Goldeneye, and will be the 21st James Bond film produced by the franchise holders, EON Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production began shooting in January this year and will be released worldwide on November 17. It will be filmed on location in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sizemore gets even more rehab and Hilton gets pelted with flour.

Tom Sizemore has been ordered back into rehabilitation after admitting he "slipped up" and used methamphetamines during his probation period last week. He has also been given a further three years of probation. Optimistic Sizemore says, "Slips are part of the recovery... but too many slips and of course... you're in a relapse and that's when you've got to return to rehab." Well said Tom.

Elsewhere in celebrityworld: Paris Hilton has become the latest target for PETA - literally. She was ambushed by an anti-fur activists last night and pelted with flour as she made her way to a London Fashion Week after-show party with designer Julien Macdonald, after modeling at his show earlier in the evening.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Uncle Owen becomes one with the force

Phil Brown, the actor who played the surly "Uncle Owen" in the original Star Wars, died Friday at the age of 89.

He also had movie roles in Superman: The Movie & Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Women Drivers in Saudi

Whatever next? There's an informal ban on women drivers in cities and on main roads in Saudi Arabia but now, Western influence has changed some attitudes and, provided that their men agree, women drivers could be a more frequent site!

I work with a man from Saudi Arabia and he pulls some crazy shit to get accross town in the evenings- heaven help us if his countrywomen get behind the wheel of a car.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

One Man's Crap Is Another Man's Treasure

Sorry I've not updated in a few days, I'm busy on Ebay clearing out some stuff at home that I don't need anymore. Anyone want some Star Wars figures?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Visitor 3000 you've won!

I just got Visitor 3000 An American in Gaffney, South Carolina. Leave a comment to claim your prize.

Milla's at it again in ULTRAVIOLET

Yep everyone's favourite action-movie actress Milla Jovovich is back- this time as a vampire.

Set in the late 21st century, a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease (Hemophagia), giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence, and as they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war (a war between humans and hemophages) aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population. In the middle of this crossed-fire is - an infected woman - Ultraviolet (Jovovich), who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans.

Filmed in Shanghai, the movie is directed by Kurt Wimmer director of the wonderfully titled One Tough Bastard, staring Brian Bosworth! However Wimmer is better known for helming one of my favourite films of all time: Equilibrium with Christian Bale.

Of course the true draw of the film is Ukrainian Uber-babe Milla Jovovich, doing what she does to make the Resident Evil films so brilliant: shoot, run, shoot, look gorgeous and shoot.

It's interesting to note that pointless crap director Robert Altman, (known only for directing the most boring shit on screen) actually was calling a film he was working on at the time Ultraviolet as well but after seeing as he'd be going up against Milla and SONY the old fart saw sence and renamed his production to Paint.

Ultraviolet opens here on June 30th.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

So British!

An intresting thing on Sky News last evening: An American who sent a message in a bottle across the Atlantic has been "told off" by a Briton for littering.

Captain Harvey Bennett, of Napeague in Long Island's Hamptons resort, launched five plastic bottles into the ocean last August. Last week, one of them returned in the post with a letter telling him off for throwing rubbish into the sea.

His bottle had been picked up by Henry Biggelsworth, in Bournemouth, Dorset, according to the East Hampton Star newspaper. He said he had found the bottle on the beach at Poole Harbour and was not impressed. "You Americans don't seem to be happy unless you are mucking about somewhere," he wrote. The letter began "Dear 'Captain Bennett'" and continued: "I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour. "While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed of oceanic currents, I have another name for it, litter."

Capt Bennett, 55, who owns a tackle shop, said he was somewhat taken aback. He said: "I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished." Capt Bennett said he thought the recent hurricanes had helped the bottle on its 3,000-mile transatlantic journey.

Personally I think this is just the sort of thing that could spark an international incident. The question is where would my loyalty lie? With the USMC whom I've sworn allegience, or my British neighbours, whom last year gave me an OBE?

Friday, February 03, 2006

My stuff is gone? That's not hot!

I didn't get a chance to post about Paris' most recent gaffes where during a lawsuit deposition she said she spent the summer in Europe and didn't read about an article referred to in the deposition because everything in Europe is in French, she described "Douglas" as being a weird Greek name, her own lawyer had to point out that London was in fact in the United Kingdom and she revealed to the court that the plaintiff was old, unattractive and shouldn't be in nightclubs. I know, bless her.

I love Paris Hilton. She is the living embodiment of the phrase "Dumb Blonde". You could take her home, shag her, and not feel bad about never seeing her again- even other women wouldn't hold it against you because even they would understand that you couldn't possibly put up with someone as monumentally dense as poor Paris short or long-term.

Today however the media is on her side for once albeit a bit tongue-in-cheek. Now most people would notice if a sizable number of their belongings went missing. I'm talking about things like clothing, furniture, computers, personal journals, photos and videotapes now. Not so in Paris Hilton's case, no, she heard about it from the National Enquirer.

Word of an alleged theft reached Paris after the National Enquirer contacted her rep, Elliot Mintz that the magazine had been contacted by two individuals looking to sell items belonging to the socialite, which they claimed to have purchased at auction. Hilton's legal team has reportedly been in contact with attorneys for the individuals who originally contacted the Enquirer and has threatened to file a formal complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department if the items are not returned.

Meanwhile, Mintz had strong words for anyone even considering plunking down cash in order to acquire his client's possessions. "We wish to make it perfectly clear to anyone who elects to purchase or publish any of Paris Hilton's personal papers, photos, or tapes or any other personal possessions that we will prosecute them to the highest extent of the law," Mintz stated.

The last time legal action was threatened by Hilton to anyone was the time before her sex-tape came to light, and we all know how that worked out.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Latest On MARSOC

The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, (MARSOC) the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror, the new unit's commander said.

"I firmly believe that this is the right thing to do for the country at this time," said Brig. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Corps Special Operations Command. "This irregular warfare is here to stay. If we don't start to go that way, where the force is more joint and more capable across the spectrum, that's not a good thing."

MARSOC, will formally stand up its headquarters Feb. 24 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Over the next five years, it will grow to an end strength of 2,600 people. This will include 24 foreign military training units that will deploy worldwide in support of U.S. Special Operations Command and the various combatant commanders, he said.

The Marine special operations battalion will include four Marine special operations companies, the core of which will be experienced force reconnaissance Marines taken from the mainstream Marine Corps. "There's a lot of capability there, because they're a little bit older; they're a little bit more mature," said Hejlik.

The Marine special operations companies will deploy with Marine expeditionary units. Once deployed, the companies will under operational control of the special operations commander in theater, but be available to support the MEU if needed.

Marines will only spend three to five years in MARSOC and then will be rotated back into the regular Marine Corps. This rotation will benefit the entire force, because young Marines will be trained to a higher standard in MARSOC and will bring those skills to other units, he said. It will also prevent Marines from becoming stagnant in one unit and give them opportunities for advancement and education, he said.

"If you take a quality Marine and you bring him up to a little higher standard using (special operations forces) standards, and you give him the right equipment, he is unbeatable".

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Without Remorse

For the next movie based on Tom Clancy's work; director John Singleton, instead of choosing another Jack Ryan story, plans to make Without Remorse, which features the CIA operative John Clark (aka John Kelly).

Clark known to many as the commander of team Rainbow in the Rainbow Six video game series and novels has been played twice on the big screen; once by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger and more recently by Leiv Schreiber in The Sum Of All Fears, both times however playing second fiddle to the character of Jack Ryan.

Without Remorse however focuses on Clark and takes him back to his early days as a Navy S.E.A.L., called on by Admiral Greer to undertake a dangerous rescue mission in Vietnam. A previous film version was started back in 1995 but didn't make it past the pre-production stage.
Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft) says he is a fan of the style director Philip Noyce gave Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. He hopes to make Remorse match the feel of those earlier Clancy thrillers. There's no word yet on who, if anyone, he has in mind for the film's key roles.