Heroes: Season 3 Rumor Roundup (Part 2)

As Heroes Season 3 inches closer to its September premier the rumors continue to flow, and if you’ve read Part 1 of the Heroes Season 3 Rumor Round Roundup than you know that there are already a ton of rumors floating around. Here are the latest:

E! recently reported that in the future “Sylar has a four-year-old named Noah (which has to be in memory or honor of our Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G.), and according to Zachary Quinto, Sylar’s baby mama is “silver-tongued and alive. I don’t know what else to say. I can’t give that away—it’s too good.”

Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) will be back despite being shot (presumedly) to death in the finale of Heroes Season 2. He discusses his role in Season 3 here:

And here’s Nathan’s promo poster:

In a recent interview with Pop Wrap (NY Post), Dana Davis reveals that Monica’s storyline “storyline wraps up fairly quickly” in Season 3. Thank goodness because I found Monica’s character and mimic abilities to be somewhat annoying. Anyhow, she goes on to explain why the character is being cut: “Dana: “Heroes” didn’t get the same critical or fan acclaim in season two, so I think the creators felt a lot of pressure because the ratings dropped and it wasn’t nominated for any Emmys. And with the strike, I feel like the writers had a lot of time to sit around and think. They wanted to come back really strong and go back to what the show was in season one – less drama, more action. And they took it in a different direction that didn’t really include Monica.”

Finally, NBC just released the official description for the two-hour season premier episode. Some key points:

  1. A key villain from the past appears
  2. Episode begins moments after Nathan is assasinated
  3. Sylar visits Claire
  4. Hiro and Ando need to safeguard a family secret
  5. Daphne is introduced
  6. Suresh makes a breakthrough
  7. Tracy Strauss is introduced
  8. Sylar attacks the company and battles Elle, in the meantime, a dozen Level 5 criminals escape
  9. Claire finds out something new about her powers  

UPDATE: I just stumbled across the first 15 minutes of episode 1 of season 3! It’s a video someone took at Comic Con 2008. Check it out here:

Joker Impersonations

A user by the name of CiscoOreo has been uploading some pretty spot on Heath Ledger Joker impersonations. If you look away from the video and just listen to the audio, you’d think it was Heath himself. Pretty cool.

The interrogation:

Scars:

At the mob meeting:

Cher Not Catwoman

Well, I mentioned earlier last week that Cher was rumored to be cast as the next Catwoman. Fortunately, it looks like those casting rumors have been debunked! Warner Bros. representative has officially stated that ”those casting rumors are untrue.” Thank goodness, watching an aged Catwoman purrring on the big screen in the final installation of Nolan’s Batman series would have NOT have been a prrrr-fect ending to a thus far perfect series of films.

I’ve already discussed a bit here why I think Catwoman should be passed on for another quality villain, but should Nolan decide to bring her back for a third time to the big screen then these would be my top 3 choices of actresses to play The Cat.

1. Angelina Jole. This one is a no-brainer. She looks perfect for the role and imagine how she would look in that Catwoman suit (no, not the disastrous Halle Berry version).

2. Eva Green. She played the nice girl turned naughty girl, Vesper Lynd, in 2006′s Casino Royale. She’s fresh and she’s young and I think Nolan would have a lot to work with should he pick Green.

3. Hilary Swank. Having won two academy awards, she’s definitely got the acting chomps to pull off the role as the expert burglar. She doesn’t have that sexy look of an Angelina Jolie, but she does scream female empowerment, which is what Catwoman is all about. If Nolan were to portray a Batman: Year One type Catwoman than I think Swank would fit the bill. 

Who do you guys think would be the perfect Catwoman?

Robin’s Big Date

Check out Robin (played by Justin Long aka the Mac guy in those I’m a Mac commercials) get cock blocked by Batman (played by Sam Rockwell of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind fame). This video went viral this past year (first appeared at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival) and only now I’ve stumbled across it!

Anyhow, it appears that they are planning a sequel to “Robin’s Big Date.” “We still want to do a sequel to that,” said Rockwell. “Someone wants to produce it. Somebody wants to give us some money to do it. It’s under wraps and top secret but there would be a few more superheroes and super-villains involved. And some dating prospects.” 

Plastics Bags: Should They Be Banned?

So there’s been some talk in Hawaii about the possible ban of plastic bags in Maui, followed most likely by the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. Do I think plastic bags should be banned? Yes, I definitely think that plastic bags should be banned. Plastic bags are carcinogens to Mother Earth. They clog waterways and pose a threat to marine life. Plastic bags are no good. 

Some retailers argue that a plastic bag ban would be impractical and would cause retailers to use paper bags, which costs more to produce, thereby leading the added cost to be passed on to the consumer. This, however, does not need to be the case. If the plastic bag ban did take place then retailers should suggest that consumers purchase reusable bags (these are already available at many markets for a buck or less), a practical solution that consumers can use for infinite trips to the supermarket. If, for some reason, a consumer chooses not to use a reusable bag then they should be given the option to purchase a paper bag. Forcing consumers to purchase paper bags will increase the likelihood that they will use a reusable bag in the future and in doing so they will be doing their part in helping out Mother Earth. 

This paper bag ban is really a non-issue. Make it happen, Hawaii. Be an example. Kokua. 

PS: For the doggie lovers wondering what they’ll use for poop bags, many pet stores offer biodegradable alternatives. Or if you want to be 100% green, leave the poop. It might not be good for your shoe but it does make for a natural fertilizer. I’m kidding, we all need to be responsible pet owners so get those biodegradable poop bags or teach your dog to use the toilet. 

Repeat After Me: I Am Free

I found this pic over at Mazy Kazerooni’s blog and thought it was part presumptuous and part though provoking. The “graffiti” was found on Philip St, Bedminster, Bristol, UK. If for some reason you have a hard time reading the graffiti, here it is in nice clean text:

“go to work, send your kids to school
follow fashion, act normal
walk on the pavements, watch T.V.
save for your old age, obey the law
Repeat after me: I am free”

iFlix is Netflix Heaven on the iPhone

I’ve mentioned in the past how much I adore Netflix (despite the recent Dexter debacle I experienced last week). But now I think I’ve found a reason to love Netflix even more. And that reason is called iFlix. 

iFlix is a native iPhone app, created by Brent Jensen, that is marketed as “easy queue management on the go.” Having had a chance to test out iFlix for a few days, I must admit that this is a killer app, especially if you are power Netflix user. 

Of course, you can do everything you can do on iFlix using Safari on the iPhone. However, accessing the Netflix website on the iPhone can be quite cumbersome and difficult to navigate, especially with the small text and having to zoom in and out of the browsers screen. With iFlix, everything is ten times easier. You can easily rearrange your queue the same way that you can drag and drop contacts in the iPhone address book. You can view recent activity and see what movies you currently have at home and the last movies you returned. 

Something that I like to do whenever I’m at Wal-Mart or Best Buy is peruse the DVD section. Before I had iFlix, I would use the Notes app on the iPhone to list what movies I wanted and then when I got home I would add those movies to my Netflix queue. Well, no more of that multi-step mumbo-jumbo. Now, I simply use the search function on iFlix to find the movie I’m interested in and I can add it to my queue, instantly, on the fly. Awesome. Even better, you can browse discs on the go by genre, top 100, or new releases directly from iFlix, so, theoretically, you don’t even need Wal-Mart or Best Buy to peruse!

iFlix does have a few faults. First of all, the “For You” recommendations function did not work me. It did not return any movie recommendations for me. Secondly, you can’t choose between formats (DVD or Blu-ray). The movies you add will be added in DVD format. 

At $1.99, the iFlix app is a steal for what it does. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a freebie version direct from Netflix, but until Netflix gets their Apple act together (no native Instant Watch on Macs, WTF!) I am more than happy using iFlix.

 

 

 

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Cher Next Catwoman?

The Telegraph (UK Newspaper) reported yesterday that Christopher Nolan is seeking Cher to play Catwoman in the final installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, provisionally named The Caped Crusader. 

First of all, WTF. Cher? Are you out of your mind, Mr. Nolan, sir. Understandably your vision of the Batman universe thus far has been spot on. You’ve masterfully rebooted characters that Joel Schumacher so easily butchered in the 90′s. But Cher? According to the Telegraph, a studio exec has mentioned that Nolan would like Cher to portray Catwoman as a “vamp in her twilight years.” Even though I loved Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the though of Cher playing Catwoman is very hard to swallow. Please don’t fuck this up Warner Bros..

A more appropriate choice, would definitely have to be Angelina Jolie. It has already been reported that Ms. Pitt has inquired about the role and is very interested. Would Ms. Pitt make a great Selina Kyle? I think hell yeah. I think she would own that role.

Having said that, does the Nolan series really need Catwoman in the final film? Sure she brings name recognition but she’s been done so many times before, sometimes good (Michelle Pfeiffer) and sometimes horrible (Halle Berry). Nolan, how about you resurrect other worthy Batman villains. If you’re keen on having a female baddy then how about Harley Quinn? Or how about Hugo Strange or even Bane (Schumacher’s version = ewwww)?

Guerrero and Shimabukuro Cover The Beatles’ Something

Here’s a great cover of the Beatles’ “Something” featuring YouTube Ukulele star Aldrine Guerrero and International ukulele superstar, Jake Shimabukuro. Credit goes to Ryan for sending me this Beatles cover, I guess he was inspired after seeing that post I did last week on the Korean kid sing “Hey Judge.” 

Anyhow, some history on this splendid song. “Something” was actually featured on the 1969 album, Abbey Road. And even more interesting, “Something” was the first Beatles single written by the late George Harrison. “Something” is second only to “Yesterday” as the most covered Beatles song. 

Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like no other lover.
Something in the way she woos me.
I don’t want to leave her now,
You know I believe and how.

Somewhere in her smile she knows,
That I don’t need no other lover.
Something in her style that shows me.
I don’t want to leave her now,
You know I believe and how.

You’re asking me will my love grow,
I don’t know, I don’t know.
You stick around now, it may show,
I don’t know, I don’t know.

Something in the way she knows,
And all I have to do is think of her.
Something in the things she shows me.
I don’t want to leave her now.
You know I believe and how.

Favorite Commercials from the 2008 Beijing Olympics

One thing that I love about major sporting events are the epic commercials. Here are 5 commercials from the 2008 Beijing Olympics that left a lasting impression on me. Which commercials were your favorites?

All That You Need is Inside of You

Nike USA Basketball and Marvin Gaye

Nastia Liukin 2008 VISA Go World Commercial

It’s Simply That They Are Human, and We Are Human – Go World

The Best of Us – Heroes