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    Wednesday
    Dec252013

    'THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY' (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., John Goldwyn, 
    Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller
    Screenplay by Steve Conrad
    Based on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
    Directed by Ben Stiller
    Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, 
    Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt



    Ben Stiller stars in and directs The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in theaters this Christmas Day.

    Mitty works at LIFE Magazine in the mundane but important position as the print publication’s archivist, made even more important as the cancellation of the magazine has become imminent.

    In a series of daydreaming fugue states and real life adventures, Walter Mitty is a comedy that is also full of action as Walter’s job threatens to end, his crush is unrequited and his family struggles to make ends meet.


    Kristen Wiig co-stars as love interest Cheryl Melhoff and the two sparkle on screen in this romantic delve into daydreams. Adam Scott plays the villainous Ted Hendricks, new boss at LIFE and Sean Penn plays LIFE’s on assignment globetrotting cover photographer.

    Stiller’s performance is impressive in this reimagining of the classic 1939 short story written by James Thurber.

    Walter is constantly being awakened by his friends and coworkers after drifting off into a fantasy world, magically filled with half-understandings and half-articulations of his inner dialogue. For example, when crushing on Cheryl (Wiig), he imagines having Benjamin Button disease, though has not seen the movie, and isn’t ‘sure how it works’. This leaves an old lady Wiig on the porch swing with a baby old-man Stiller nustled into her bosom as the two garner SNL skit belly laughs in the greased lens of the daydream.

     

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    Wednesday
    Dec252013

    'GRUDGE MATCH' (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    ‘GRUDGE MATCH’ (review)

    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Peter Segal, Michael Ewing, Bill Gerber, 
    Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta
    Screenplay by Doug Ellin, Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman
    Directed by Peter Segal
    Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, 
    Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal


    Somehow, Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta and Rocky Balboa are pitted against each other in a fight to end a 30 year rivalry while both are in their golden years.

    Grudge Match is directed by Peter Segal and surprises audiences with funny performances by DeNiro and Stallone alongside Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin and Kim Basinger.  This Christmas release is funnier and classier than the initial pitch sounds, with family moments and longtime rivalries being at the center of the tension in the film.

    An ersatz sequel to Rocky Balboa (2006), this comedy starts with a theme of that movie.


    Dante Slate, Jr. (Kevin Hart) is the son of late 70’s boxing promoter Dante Slate, and he approaches Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp to provide motion capture for a new boxing game.

    Also appearing in the game, Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (DeNiro). The appeal of extra money convinces Razor to join in—as long as his rival The Kid is not at the studio.

    Something happened in the past that is unforgivable, and the 30 year grudge weighs on both of the older gentlemen. 
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    Tuesday
    Dec242013

    Triple Shot With a Digital Chaser: HARLEY QUINN #1, G.I. JOE: COBRA FILES #9, ILLEGITIMATES #1 plus DIARY OF NIGHT #1

    Today, on a very special holiday edition of Triple Shot, we help Harley Quinnmove into her new place, mourn the loss of one of our favorite G.I. Joe titles, introduce the family to The Illegitimates plus read a different kind of vampire diary at ComiXology with Diary of Night #1.



      

    HARLEY QUINN #1
    WRITTEN BY: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
    ART: Chad Hardin
    Publication Date: December 18, 2013
    Price: $2.99
    Publisher: DC Comics
    UPC: 76194131887500111
    Buy it HERE


    Since Death of the Family, the Joker has been missing, presumed dead.  And Harley herself kicked off the New 52 by starring in Suicide Squad.

    Last month, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti gave Dr. Quinzel her own book in the form of an anthology introduction, Harley Quinn #0 with too many guest artists to even fit on the cover.

    This month, the story takes off as we recommend Conner & Palmiotti’s new Harley Quinn #1 with series artist Chad Hardin. Harley rides a Harley into her new apartment in Coney Island left to her by an Arkham patient. 

    The series is off to a great start, and plenty of action and storytelling in this debut issue.

    A Danzig lookalike Big Tony helps get her acquainted to the neighborhood just as she finds out she’ll still have some responsibilities in the building as landlord, mostly financial concerns. She applies to become a doctor in residence at a nursing home with some dangerous patients, and on the next page she is pwning a roller derby team tryout!

    Fun stuff to watch Harley start over in the New 52, and also to explore her therapeutic side as she rekindles her practice.

    But also this is fun because she hits people with a big wooden mallet.

    Excited to see where this goes!

    [READ MORE AT FORCES OF GEEK]

     

     

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    Saturday
    Dec212013

    2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP 10 EARTH PRIME TIME INTERVIEWS


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    Taking a look at last year’s list proves that there are no shortage of favorites here, in fact there were some great columns like my Man of Steel review I didn’t get to include. One thing is for sure, it really was an honor to speak with and hang out with some of my childhood heroes for DigBoston’s Earth Prime Time this year.

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    1. EARTH PRIME TIME: BABYLON CONFIDENTIAL WITH CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN (PARTS 1and 2)
    Babylon 5 Actress Claudia Christian talks JMS, getting Clean and Sober and her tales in Hollywood as a young actress.

    2. EARTH PRIME TIME: G.I. JOE #1 WITH FRED VAN LENTE Fred Van Lente talks his run onG.I. Joe – the most important comic book being published today!

    3. EARTH PRIME TIME: BOSTON COMIC CON WITH NICK KANIEFF (PARTS 1 and 2)
    A major terrorist attack stuns and locks down the City of Boston. Nick and Boston Comic Con proved everything will be OK with a change in date and venue combined with an outpouring of supportfrom creators and fans from across the country.

    4. EARTH PRIME TIME: INTERVIEW WITH PETER BAGGE (PARTS 1 and 2)
    Peter Bagge of Hate takes on the biography of one of history’s greatest controversial feminists. And I got to grab a burger with the guy.

    Robin Hood - Outlaw of 21st Century - Variant by Clay N. Ferno and colors by Stacey B. Rizoli

    Robin Hood – Outlaw of 21st Century – Variant by Clay N. Ferno and colors by Stacey B. Rizoli

    5. EARTH PRIME TIME: ROBIN HOOD: OUTLAW OF THE 21ST CENTURY WITH MATT DURSIN 
    The bandleader of LeaguePodcast, Matt Dursin launches a Kickstarter and gets it funded. ThinkSherlock (BBC) for Robin Hood. His concept predates Sherlock, so “Patent Pending!” Thanks to him!

    6. EARTH PRIME TIME: PRIMATES INTERVIEW WITH MARIS WICKS & JIM OTTAVIANI 
    Maris Wicks and Jim Ottoviani educate, preen and eat bananas in the jungle with this great First Second book.

    7. EARTH PRIME TIME: MOTH CITY INTERVIEW WITH TIM GIBSON 
    New Zealander Tim Gibson creates a tablet ready comic that is “genre spanning… an instinctual approach to digital-native comics”.

    8. EARTH PRIME TIME: MARA INTERVIEW WITH MING DOYLE 
    Mara was one of the most praised mini-series of the year from Image Comics. Local comic superstar Ming Doyle gave us a preview of this strong female sports super hero.

    9. EARTH PRIME TIME: MIRIAM KATIN ON ‘LETTING IT GO’ AT BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH 3.19.13 
    Miriam was so sweet at Brookline Booksmith, I thought I’d cry. Thanks Miriam! This is a story about New York and visiting the home country as well as relationships with your family. A great book or gift for family this year.

    10. EARTH PRIME TIME: NATHAN EDMONDSON OF THE ACTIVITY AND WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?
    Two great spy-fi books covered in this interview from Nathan Edmondson, writer of the upcomingPunisher and Black Widow series for Marvel.

    Have a Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks again for checking in with us at EPT!

    [READ MORE at DIGBOSTON.COM]

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    Friday
    Dec202013

    THE MIGHTY Q&A: Ben McCool - 13th Dimension

     

    British comic creator Ben McCool has a string of indie Image Comics books you’d be familiar with from the racks (Pigs, Choker, Memoir) as well as more mainstream titles such as Justice League Unlimited. He also has the honor of being the only comic creator who lives in New York that I’ve done any barhopping with, including a stop at Fenway Park’s Bleacher Bar.

    In November, Ben and Valiant Comics released a new type of digital comic combining the best parts of digital native storytelling with 8-bit video games of our youth. I quite literally bought an iPad days later. Here at the Mighty Q &A, Ben tells us about Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: Unity.

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    Thanks for joining us, Ben! Writing Valiant 8-Bit Adventure, a prelude to Unity, must have been different for you. Did you work with the artist Donovan Santiago on the pacing and animations?

    My pleasure, good sir! And for sure, the Valiant 8-bit Adventure was a break from the norm for me. In the best possible sense, though! It’s also the first project I’ve written for Valiant, and it appeared to go down very well with fans.

    Donovan Santiago was brilliant to work with — the guy’s skills are off the charts, especially as he’s producing such unique and imaginative art. My script was put together in a format I’d never really used before, mainly due to the “motion” effects that incorporate two, three, sometimes even four different images within a single (oversized) panel. And Donovan was certainly a big help in me figuring that out, along with our top-notch editor, Josh Johns. But once I’d got the hang of it the transition was pretty straightforward, not least because the story was so much fun!

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