This last summer we packed our traveling bag and began our trip with high hopes and excitement. We arrived at the local high speed transportation facility only to run into a man who has navigated a star ship and confounded the Bazinga singing Sheldon time and time again. Next we ran into an old friend who was still finishing writing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. We boarded the transportation vehicle and away we went.
Several hours later, a movie, a few chapters in my book, and we landed in the land of colts with the high hopes of promised glory. We arrived at the convention center where Gen Con was to be held only to realize…That the world of geek was much larger then we realized!
We got our passes and entered into the exhibit hall and squeak with excitement and awe. We were like little Kender running through the hall with every little thing catching our eye and distracting us from our goal. Finally we found our way to the hall booth of Wizards to find the way guards by the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden and his faithful feline companion.
Within those walls we found ourselves quaking in fear before the mighty Lloth as she toward over us demanding fealty and we quickly begged for our lives!
We fled from Lloth’s gave to find ourselves free once more to roam the land and speak to the many others that were within the booth of Wizards. It is hear that we united with a friend and companion from broadcast past, Shelly Mazzanoble! We had our Warrior, Jack of all trades, Diplomat, and part time sorceress. What could go wrong? Computer glitches, hunger, and sore feet!
But we braved it all! We witnessed the many great things to come with D&D Next at the keynote event. We received treasures and accolades from the guardians of the booth of Wizards and we returned home champions. We were tired; the days were long, and the adventure grand! When we arrived at the local high speed transportation facility we found ourselves return home with the bard, Hickman.
Yesterday the net showed you the teaser trailer/clip for the new DC superhero series coming to The CW, Arrow. The network has released a full promo trailer for the Green Arrow series offering us a little bit more footage from the series and story details. It's going to be an awesome action packed series, and I think it looks like it will be worth watching.
The show stars Stephen Arnell in the title role, and it looks like he's going to do a pretty solid job. It still would have been cool if they got Smallville's Justin Hartley to reprise the role though.
Here's the Synopsis:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The show hits The CW this fall on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 PM. Watch the new trailer and let us know if you think it looks good!
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have tag teamed so many novels of the years that they have become a household name to fantasy readers. Rage of the Dragon is the third installment in their latest series, the Dragonships of Vindras. Here is a blurb from the inside flap of the cover.
Skylan Ivorson is the gods-chosen Chief of all Vindras clans. But the gods from whom the Vindrasi draw their earthdwelling power are besieged by a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation. The only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the Five Bones of the Vektia Dragon—the primal dragon forged during the creation of the world—which have been lost for generations.
With the Gods of the New Dawn amassing a vast army, Skylan finds allies in former enemies. Calling upon the ogres to fight their common foes, the Vindrasi soon find themselves in the middle of an even larger war. Skylan and his Vindrasi clan must sail the Sea of Tears into the heart of the Forbidden Empire of the Cyclops, to implement a cunning yet delicate plan that risks his life and leadership at every corner. But a new enemy lies deep in the sea, one who draws upon powers never harnessed by land dwellers.
For me just seeing the names Weis and Hickman on the cover is enough for me to want to read it. When you add in gods going to war and dragons I can’t turn the pages fast enough.
It is becoming quite typical of series written by this duo to start off rather slow as your trudging along in the story. What really makes Weis and Hickman good at what they do though is that there is always payoff for your patience. They take their time building the story, introducing you to the characters. Perhaps we have become a cultural too inundated with technology and instant gratification that we cannot wait for the action to start. Well, you have to wait with a good book. I will tell you this much, when the action starts, it gets your heart beating. It is in conflict that Weis and Hickman truly shine. The battle scenes in this book are thrilling and so well conceived and written that it is easy to visualize yourself standing there at Skylan’s side.
This is good, fun, fantasy. If you haven’t started this series yet, do so, and know that you need to have a little patience, let the story grow and you will be rewarded. I’ll be honest though and nostalgia’s sake their best work will always be the Dragonlance Chronicles. However, that being said, this is still a great story that is well written and most assuredly worthy of a read.
The fans of Community came out to support their favorite TV show to save it when it was in trouble. Not only did they save it from going off the air, but they helped it land another season! NBC has officially decided to bring the hilarious comedy series back for another season of greatness! The fourth season only got a 13-episode order this time around, but at least it will be back!
There's still no word on if series creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase will be back. I hope they decide to come back. As this actually may end up being the last season of the series.
The shows star Joel McHale tweeted the following,
Dear #Community fans, You are the best people in the world. We’re renewed for 13 eps. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Disney's Star Wars Weekends always has some sweet stuff up their Jedi robes, this year is no different. It has been confirmed that you will be able to get yourself frozen in carbonite or at least you'll be able to get your head scanned and have a cool little 8 inch figurine of yourself frozen in the iconic pose from The Empire Strikes Back.
A couple things you have to do though to get your hands on your frozen-self: Make a reservation by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324). Also, get yourself over to FL and dish out $100 bucks. A couple things you do NOT have to do: Hire a bounty hunter to capture and freeze someone, only to have him go down like a punk after he's just been hanging around your pad for a few months doing who knows what. You also don't have to get choked to death by a half-naked princess of a planet that has been destroyed... Sounds fair to me. If I could get down to Florida and do this, before they scan my face I'd have to pull a Han Solo and say, "I know." Either they will be confused, and ask, 'Know what?' Or they will say, "You're the hundreth assh*ole to say that!!!" Let us know if you're planning to drop the Imperial Credits on some custom carbonite! Star Wars Weekends will take place at Disneyworld Orlando, FL from May 18th through June 16th.
Over the past 50 years James Bond has had no shortage of lovely ladies. Shortage of good scripts or directors... maybe. But of babes? Never.
Here's a very well-made infographic of all the Bond girls put together by CableTV.Com celebrating the Golden Anniversary of 007.
My vote for the hottest Bond girl since I've been born has to be Famke Janssen. Her look is totally dated now, unlike the timeless bond girls of the now cool again 60's, but she had my full attention in Goldeneye.
Cutest has to be Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace.
Stupidest... Halle Berry. She was the icing on the "this movie is terrible" cake.
Who are your favorite Bond girls???
Here's a quick casting update letting you know that Luke Evans will play the villain in Fast and Furious 6. Earlier this month we learned that he was offered the role, and now it looks like he has taken it, as he's in the final stages of negotiations.
The actor joins Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriquez, and possibly Gina Carano in the heist film that is said to be "their most dangerous adventure yet."
Evan's has recently been seen in Immortals, The Raven, and will also be in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. I'm sure Evans will make a great villain in this franchise, and I'm looking forward to seeing Justin Lin's transition from street racing to heists.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing a remake of the classic musical about a killer alien plant, Little Shop of Horrors. There's a big possibility that he'll end up starring in the film as well, which is set up over at Warner Bros.
This would be the third time that this Little Shop of Horrors got the big screen treatment. The original film came from Roger Corman in 1960. The story followed an unconfident florist who becomes successful after he discovers an unusual looking plant that turns out to be an alien from outer space who eats people. It was then turned into an off-Broadway musical. Then in 1986 Frank Oz remade the movie with Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, and the best movie cameo ever by Billy Murray.
If everything falls into place, Gordon-Levitt will take on the lead role of Seymour, the geeky florist who "is forced to feed the beast in order to keep his fame and popularity rising."
There's no director attached yet, but I think it's a great project for Levitt to tackle. The guy fits the role and he seems to really enjoy singing. I can see him doing a great job with this film project, and I'm looking forward to seeing what becomes of it.