Television Update – The Dark Tower

Thanks to my favorite Podcast, The Geekshow.

http://www.thegeekshowpodcast.com/

They just gave an update to the Darktower movie/television show in their “Broken News” segment.

Apparently they will be releasing three feature films, and a limited television show in between said films.

So, we might have it look a little like this:

Movie 1 ( Book 1 ), Season 1 (Book 2), Movie 2 (Book 3), Season 2 (Book 4), Movie 3 (Book 5), Season 3 (Book 6).

Interesting approach on completing the series, but I believe it will work.

Ron Howard has a large task at hand. This will also be Javier Bardem’s role of a lifetime as Roland.

Om nom nom.

Treachery Mania!!

This is a big month for television. Like fantasy settings? Like treachery and intrigue? Like large scale battles?

Then look no further.

This month, we have seen Shotime and Starz begin their new television seires.

The Borgias, and Camelot.

I know a lot of people out there really like Jeremy Irons. Well, he is the head honcho in the Borgias. So definitely tune in.

Next, we have Camelot.

Guinivere is hot. I believe this is the first thing I have seen her in since the re-make of Casino Royale. I wonder if this goes along with the BBC series Merlin?

Don't think so.

But, the big news come here.

On Sunday the 17th, Game of Thrones begins on HBO.

As I’ve stated before, I am currently reading book one of the series. And I absolutely love it. I’m really intrigued to see how they translate a lot of the things from the books into a television show. I’ve got high hopes for this show, and since it’s on HBO, you can definitely expect high quality.

It’s awesome to see such an amazing series become a television show. I wonder if this a sign for things to come if it’s succesful?

Wheel of Time series maybe? Drizzt? Kingkiller Chronicles?  We can only hope.

And, on a side note, just to go a long with all of the fantasy settings, this past Friday, Your Highness. If you’re not expecting anymore than just a typical “stoner” comedy based in a Medieval setting, you should get a few laughs from it. It’s not the beset thing in the world, but it’s funny when it’s funny.

Also, with all of my reading and with all of these television shows popping up, it really makes me want to go to Medieval Times. I’ve never been.

http://www.medievaltimes.com/

I wonder if it will be anything like this…

The Geek Years

2011 and 2012 are the years of the geek.

Every fanboy’s comic book adaptations are becoming a reality.

Television is going the way of the comic book, as well as film.

But is that a good thing? Well, most would say “Oh my GAH YES!” but, in reality do we want these stories to be put into the big and small screens?

Walking Dead was a hit. There is no question there. The show did so well that the original date for season 2 (which was Halloween once again) got upped to sometime this summer. I want to say August. So, the success of the Walking Dead has brought on some other comic book titles that might become television shows. The comic book Chew by John Laymon has been in talks for awhile to become a television show. Chew is about a cybopath. A cybopath is someone who can eat something and see everything about that one particular thing (where it grew up, how was it’s life, how it died and what not.) He’s a detective for the FDA and works to solve cases regarding chicken (which has been outlawed.)

Chew has been optioned for a television show on AMC (right along with Walking Dead.) But as of recently, I’ve noticed many television shows coming out that are basically blatant rip offs of comic book material. Theres several paranomal investigation shows dealing with fairy tales (like Fables.) Cop shows that deal with super heroes (like Powers.) A guy who discovers he is someone like Harry Potter and that the books are real (like The Unwritten.)

In movies we’re getting Captain America, Thor, Amazing Spiderman, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, Iron-Man 3, and the Avengers. Lots of comic book films. The geeks dream. But here lies the problem. A cult favorite series which became a movie and recently came out on DVD and Bluray (Scott Pilgrim, and Kickass) were fanboys dreams. But the geek community made a fatal error. They did not go out and see the movie. Scott Pilgrim is due to the production company showing the movie for free at Comic Con MULTIPLE time during the week. So, all of the people that would have went to go see it in the first place and pay money for it did not go see it. Why? Because they saw it for free at Comic Con. Everyone wanted a Kickass movie also. I remember walking into my comic shop and seeing that Kickass (the comic book) would be constantly sold out. When the movie came out, no one went and saw it. Geeks MUST see these movies if these movies are to survive. The bigger titles will do just fine, but for the smaller cult titles that come out; if geeks do not go and support these films, they will just stop making independent comic books into films. And no one wants that.

People have to support these movies if this genre of film is to stay afloat. Big title or not, if these movies are finished and reviews negatively by critics and the fan base does not support the film, these movies will die. And the geeks dream of seeing Thor fight the Hulk will never come to fruition.

So, if you want your television shows to stay on the air longer, and if you want your movies to keep coming on. Go see them. Watch them. Support them.

If you don’t, be prepared for them to disappear.

Amazing Spiderman just can't come any faster, can it?

Simpson’s did it.

So as I was browsing my RSS feeds this morning, I saw this little article on BBC News.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11467352

Basically Toshiba is using the Nintendo 3DS technology to create a 3D television that does not require glasses.

Now… What has taken them so long? Why did a video game company beat out a television company with this type of technology? Oh well… And Toshiba of all companies? Come on Samsung, I thought you were the king of TV.

Anyways, the 3DS is rumored to cost roughly $300. That’s pretty expensive for a handheld gaming device; considering you can buy a netbook for that price, or less.

Is 3D here to stay?

The Fall of Release

Fall is typically the time for things of new… For everything but mother nature. The fall line up on television rears its head, great video games seem to come out each week, and fantastic music all come out right at the same time.

For example, last tuesday a small game named Halo Reach came out. Thinking back on the games that have come out this year, they seem to shy in comparison to Halo Reach (with the exception of Red Dead Redemption and StarCraft II.) So, as gamers get their game time in protecting Reach from the Convenant, another small little game called Civilization V came out today. Now, Civilization V is more of a cult game than Reach is. It has a very loyal following, but since the game only comes out on the PC (minus Civ Revolution) only those special breed of gamers on the PC have access to it. Time management is becoming a must if one is to get their prime game time in now a days. I’m juggling StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, and Reach currently, and I have to say it’s getting tough because I have friends on each game that want to play. But, let’s look ahead a little further. Later next month, Fable III and Fallout New Vegas comes out, and then in November we have Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Little Big Planet 2, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. All BIG games for the gaming industry. And most of them have collector’s editions, which if your a geek like I am, you have to get for a whopping $79.99 (or even 149.99 for the Call of Duty Prestige edition). Things are getting tough financially for the gamer.

But moving on, this is just a pleasant surprise for me, but music wise, today I learned that a new Jimmy Eat World album and a Ben Folds album comes out on 9.28.10. That’s NEXT week. 2010 has been a fantastic year for music, no matter what genre you’re interested in. I can only hope that someday soon our “Pop” artists steer away from this odd techno dance funk everyone seems to be stuck in. I guess I miss the 90’s and early 2000’s music too much sometimes.

Lastly, Manhattan Boardwalk is another HBO blockbuster that will be dominating television like the Sopranos once did. Sadly, I don’t have HBO, so I have to look forward to new episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia each week! Now don’t get me wrong, there are many other television programs coming out this fall, but when it’s aired on CBS or NBC I tend to be wary. Hawaii 5-0 actually has been well received in closed showings, so I’m actually kind of excited for that. “Book ’em Dan-O.”

Books – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro.

Anyways, this year has been a busy year, and it will only get more crazy as it goes by. I just hope that the Comic Book industry starts kicking back in gear soon. Maybe once Bruce Wayne returns…

Now go and conquer the world.