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Apr 11 2014

Debate of the Day: Colbert Hosting The Late Show

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By now you’ve heard the news that Stephen Colbert has been tapped to replace the retiring David Letterman as the host of The Late Show. Colbert has just signed a five year contract with CBS, and will leave both The Colbert Report and his ultra-conservative persona behind.

While it’s great to see someone like Colbert showered in riches and acclaim on primetime, I can’t help but wonder what he’ll be like as the Late Show host, or really, what CBS will let him do. CBS and Comedy Cental’s target audiences really do not overlap, and I worry about Colbert being forced to play it more “safe” than usual.

What do you think? Is this a good fit and I’m being paranoid? Or will Stephen Colbert prove to not be quite as funny as “Stephen Colbert”?

4 responses so far


Mar 31 2014

Debate of the Day: Do You WANT To Read a Full Chapter of ‘The Winds of Winter’?

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To prove that he’s actually still working on it, George RR Martin just posted a full chapter of the Winds of Winter on his blog here. I haven’t read it, and I’m not going to, because I don’t particularly like this sort of thing.

It’s kind of common now, most often seen when you can watch the first ten minutes of a movie before it airs. It’s like a long uber trailer, though usually just one impressive intro sequence that’s supposed to get you hooked on the rest of it.

TV does this too with HBO airing free pilots of its shows on YouTube where it hopes you’ll subscribe after watching. Video games have demos, but far and away not as much as they used to, as they’ve mostly been abandoned as marketing tactic.

I don’t like this idea with books. Every novel I read that has the next few chapters of the next book in the series at the end, I skip in favor of buying the whole thing. If the series is good, I know I’m going to read it, and if it’s not, I have no interest anyway and a few more pages probably isn’t going to change my mind. In Martin’s case, I know I’ll be buying The Winds of Winter day one, so why torture myself by reading snippets ahead of time? I believe he’s working. I don’t need empirical proof.

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Mar 12 2014

Debate of the Day: The CW’s Flash Revealed

Published by under Comics,Debate,Television

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Jesus DC movie division, get your shit together. Here’s how your TV counterparts handled bringing The Flash to life in his own show in what, like six months?

DC Guy: “We should have The Flash guest star on Arrow. Or at least Barry Allen.”

CW Guy: “Great, here’s the kid from Glee.”

DC Guy: “Wow hey, this is a pretty good idea. Let’s give him a backdoor pilot.”

CW Guy: “Wow that went REALLY well actually, let’s give him a full pilot.”

And so The Flash was born. From guest star to his own series and a full costume in under six months. And he still can’t get a damn movie made about him.

The CW has just released the first few images of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in full costume. What do you think? There’s only really so much you can do with the Flash’s costume unless you wanted to completely redesign it from scratch which would undoubtedly piss off fans. I’m curious to see how this looks on screen (something that looks good in promo photos may look like crap in motion), but I’m also wondering how the speed effects will look. Man of Steel did the best “super-speed motion blur” I’ve seen, but if we’re stuck with Smallville-style low budget zipping around, that kind of sucks.

See one more photos of the mask part itself below: Continue Reading »

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Feb 27 2014

Debate of the Day: Adam Driver as Darth…Whoever?

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Star Wars Episode VII is getting dangerously close to its first bit of real casting news as Girls’ Adam Driver is apparently about to sign on to play a villain in the film. In a role that Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were being considered for, the younger actor (at 30) is almost ready to sign on the dotted line, provided he can work out scheduling conflicts with Girls. And since this is Star Wars, I assume he’ll manage to make it work.

It’s certainly an unexpected turn, even if the actor was rumored for a part for a while now. That he’d actually land it after being so untested? It seems odd on the surface, but I’m sort of excited to see what he can do. He’s a creepy weirdo on Girls, and if it’s an act, it’s a good one, and I’m curious to see what else he’s capable of. I heard he was in Inside Lleywn Davis, but I haven’t see that yet.

As for his appearance? He’s tall and rarely wears a shirt on Girls, but doesn’t exactly have what you’d call “leading man looks.” Since he’s playing a villain, and nearly all Star Wars villains wear helmets, face paint or prosthetics (or some mix of the three), I’d be amazed if his actual face makes it to the screen. Not to insult him, it’s just not how Star Wars has worked in the past.

I think it’s an interesting choice and honestly, a more exciting one that Hugo Weaving or Fassbender. Weaving is practically typecast in the villain role now, and though Fassbender is amazing and was great as a baddie in X-Men, I think it’s kind of cool to turn to someone unexpected for a role like this (and this isn’t to say there’s going to be only one villain in this movie, so who knows). I like casting relatively unknown or untested actors in roles like this, which is what happened in the original Star Wars. I don’t mind the idea that seemingly weird choices like Jesse Plemons and Zac Efron are testing to be Skywalker/Solo Jr. potentially. Casting like this could be crazy enough to work, given that the writing is good enough.

What do you think?

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Feb 20 2014

Debate of the Day: Seth Green Thinks Ben Affleck Will Be a Bad Batman

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I think we’re all waiting to decide on Ben Affleck as Batman until we see a trailer or at least a costume now, but uber fanboy Seth Green recently talked about the concept with Larry King. In short, he’s not sold on Affleck in the role, and here’s why:

“Modern mainstream is accepting of interpretations of these characters with more gravitas, you know. We’re past the time of Adam West’s kind of goofy interpretation of Batman. You gotta remember that at the core of that character, Batman’s a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed up kid whose parents were killed in front of him.  If this movie is meant to be the idealistic alien, humans before all else Superman, and this is supposed to be the grizzled weathered Batman who’s been living in Gotham, fighting crime himself for 10 years, you need a guy who’s older, you need a guy who’s got more weight, you need a guy that a Henry Cavill Superman is gonna be actually scared of.”

When pressed that “acting” should solve that problem, he continues.

“Yes, but, there is only so much that you can act a role before people are or are not going to believe you in that role. I’m never going to play, um, you know, an MMA fighter, because I’d step into the ring with an actual MMA fighter like Batista and I wouldn’t look correct.”

I don’t really think Affleck is as far from Batman as Green is from Batista, but I understand what he’s going for. I think Green is assuming that the movie is going to be a fully-fledged recreation of The Dark Knight Returns, where Batman is pushing sixty, and is super grizzled, old and terrifying. While I think they may take some ideas from that book, I don’t think this is going to be a one-to-one translation, so Affleck’s age might work.

What do you think?

[via GeekTyrant]

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Feb 04 2014

Debate of the Day: Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Batman vs. Superman Now?

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It’s been a whirlwind of casting choices for Batman vs. Superman over the last few months, and it appears all the major players have been set, barring any unforeseen mystery villains that might crop up. To recap we have:

Henry Cavill: Clark Kent/Superman

Amy Adams: Lois Lane

Ben Affleck: Bruce Wayne/Batman

Gal Gadot: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

and now Jessie Eisenberg: Lex Luthor

And I guess Jeremy Irons as Alfred, but I don’t think anyone’s complaining about that. It’s Affleck, Gadot and Eisenberg that have been the most controversial choices. As for me, I’m pro-Eisenberg, I think that could be really cool, anti-Gadot because I think it’s risky to give someone so unproven such an important role in this film and future ones, and neutral on Affleck because he’s a great actor, but it has never stopped feeling like an odd choice. And I remain ever-skeptical of Snyder directing the whole thing, as he’s incredibly hit or miss. I think he’s the riskiest pieces of the puzzle here.

So, what about you?

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Jan 29 2014

Debate of the Day: What Do You Want From Nintendo?

Published by under Debate,Video Games

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News broke today that Nintendo missed nearly all of their sales expectations for the year, and suffered an operating loss in the process. While the 3DS is doing alright, the Wii U is struggling desperately, and Nintendo revised projected sales of the console down to 2.8M from 9M, then actually sold 2.4M.

So, what the hell guys? What do you want from Nintendo? My attitude is sarcastic as I have plenty of my own ideas, but I want to hear from you. If you do own a Wii U or 3DS, why is everyone wrong not to have one too? If you don’t, what’s holding you back from picking either up?

Do you want more games more quickly from established series? Do you want them to venture into new territory? Do you want Nintendo titles on your phone? On your other game systems? Do you want a fully fledged Pokemon console game at long freaking last? (that one’s obviously mine). Let me know in the comments!

21 responses so far


Jan 14 2014

Debate of the Day: Michael Douglas as Ant Man is Awesome Shut Up

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Alright, I guess I’ve sort of made my thesis pretty clear in the title here, which isn’t usually the case, but I’m tired of internet commenters throwing a fit when pretty much any superhero casting announcement is made, particularly this one. Michael Douglas has signed on to play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant Man film.

This is awesome, and not up for debate. I mean it is, and you can disagree, but if you do, I don’t think you know very much about either Michael Douglas or Edgar Wright. Douglas has two Academy Awards and can build a coffee table out of his Golden Globes. Edgar Wright simply doesn’t make bad movies. At worst, he makes movies that are not quite as good as his other movies, which is still a pretty damn high bar.

I think it’s very cool that this is a superhero movie starring someone who isn’t a ripped 33 year old. Douglas is 69, and though he doesn’t look much like traditional ideas of Pym, it’s freaking Ant Man. How upset are you going to be? Chances are if Douglas signed onto this, it’s because the script is really phenomenal and Wright did a good job selling him on it. In what other way would Michael Douglas ever sign up to play “Ant Man”?

Anyway, if you do think this is bad news, I’d love to hear why.

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Jan 08 2014

Debate of the Day: What Video Game Name Would You Steal For Your Kid?

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Word is spreading around the internet that some parents named their kid Tali’Zorah after the Quarian from Mass Effect (who also happened to be my main love interest during the series). Overlooking my e-crush on the girl, is this….uh, cool? Crazy?

It got me thinking, are there any video game character names you’d swipe for your own future kid? Like, what’s cool AND acceptable? In this case, I totally think it’s legitimate to name a girl Tali, though I don’t really see the necessity to go all the way to “Tali’Zorah.” Is her middle name “Vas Normandy”?

Confession time: I’ve always wanted to name a theoretical daughter Sophitia after the Soul Calibur fighter. It’s just such a cool name, and “Sophia” is the new “Ashley” these days in terms of commonness.

I’m not talking about naming your kid something normal like “Nathan” and claiming its after a famous video game adventurer. It has to be a little bit outside the box. Like, Kratos Fenix Tassi or something like that. What’s a cool video game kid name, but one still within the bounds of sanity?

And don’t you dare steal Sophitia from me…

7 responses so far


Jan 08 2014

What Do You Do When You Come Up Against a “Classic” Wall?

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Here’s an open question for the day. What do you do when you’re trying to broaden your pop culture horizons by trying to read something deemed “classic” by anyone and everyone. This could be as intellectual as trying to read “Dante’s Inferno” or as commonplace as really trying to get into a Arrested Development, despite feeling like it’s just not really your “thing.”

I’m finding this happening more and more these days, mostly with books and TV shows, though sometimes with games and movies as well. Games are tricky because it’s incredibly hard to go back and play an old title you never experienced before with how far graphics and gameplay have advanced. Nostalgia taints our memories, and while I may be fine playing Goldeneye to this day, going back to try and get through KOTOR, a game I never played when it was new, is like trying to read paintings on a cave wall, it feels so primitive.

This is happening to be me in literature lately as well. I’ve devoured probably twenty well-known sci-fi books in the last year, but a few were brick walls I simply couldn’t overcome. One was William Gibson’s Neuromancer, sci-fi so hard I couldn’t understand most anything that was happening, though I knew I had to read it because of how much it influenced the genre, and really, modern technology in general. The same goes for Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, a book that’s supposed to be absolutely incredible, and by an author I love, but it’s practically like reading Greek to me, and I’m not sure how to get around it.

Eventually, after quitting Neuromancer once, I started again, reading far, far more slowly to not miss a single word, and I was able to understand it better. I’m trying to do the same by restarting Anathem, but it’s proving even more difficult.

What about you? What are some classic movies, shows, books, games that you just can’t get into, despite your best efforts. If you’ve quit some, then came back to finish them, was it worth it? How did you do it?

7 responses so far


Jan 06 2014

Debate of the Day: Is Thor the New Superman?

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I’m not going to pretend I thought of this question all by myself, as I pulled it from a rather fantastic article at National Post that I suggest you all read right now. Then come back here and discuss.

If you couldn’t be bothered to, the thesis is that between Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World, Thor actually felt more like Superman than Superman did. Man of Steel was dark to the point of being soulless, as Superman executes his foe amidst a ruined Metropolis where hundreds of thousands of citizens have likely died. Yet, Superman feels like he’s failed to connect with Earth as a whole, even Lois Lane, his designated love interest. Thor, meanwhile, is a bit of a lunkhead, but he feels a lot more like the “people’s champion,” and has real connections with earthlings, be they his Avengers buddies or Jane and her cronies.

I understand the point, and now that I’m reflecting on it, I have to agree. I actually liked Man of Steel, far more than most apparently, but Marvel seems to have captured something about superheroes that just…clicks. DC, not so much, as evidenced by two mediocre Superman offerings in the last decade, and a failure to get any other films off the ground outside Batman. And what of Batman? Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is amazing, yes? Correct (in my estimation), but it succeeds mostly because it managed to create truly impressive and memorable villains. A common complaint was that they often overshadowed Batman in his own movie. Batman wasn’t the reason the most recent Batman trilogy was good. He’s defined by his villains, whereas Marvel has the opposite problem, and Loki remains the only remotely interesting villain they’ve ever made.

What do you think about all this, and the Thor as Superman idea?

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