Heroes: Season 3 Rumor Roundup

With roughly one month to go before the three-hour season premier of Heroes Season 3 on NBC, I gather up and spit out to you what is currently known, rumors included, about the upcoming third season. Beware, it’s spoiler heavy. 

  1. Season 3, as far as we know will consist of two volumes, volume one is titled “Villains” and volume two will be called “Fugitives.” Fugitives, according to Tim Kring, will make up the last 12 episodes of the season. 
  2. According to the season 3 trailer, a few villains have already been revealed. These include: Sylar (duh), Adam Monroe (How does he escape the coffin Hiro left him in), Daphne Millbrook (speedster), Echo DeMille (sound manipulating mailman) and a bald pyrokinetic.
    The last two of these villains are currently incarcerated in Level 5. 
  3. A bunch of season 3 spoilers also originated from this years Comic Con. Here they are as reported by EW.
    • The action begins with a “future” Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) coming back to modern day in an effort to shoot Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) before he exposes their secret powers to the world. 
    • Matt (Greg Grunberg) discovers future-Peter’s real identity — but is banished into the middle of nowhere before he can do anything about it. 
    • Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finally isolates Maya’s (Dania Ramirez) powers in chemical form, and uses a syringe to inject himself with the magic elixir rather than give the girl what she wants — freedom from the hell of her super-human affliction.
    • Sylar (Zachary Quinto) traps Claire (Hayden Panettiere) in her house and literally rips open her head to steal her thoughts and ability to defy death, while…
    • Hiro (Masi Oki) disobeys his dead father’s command and opens up the office safe that holds part of a formula that, if completed, could destroy the world. Of course, it’s confiscated within seconds by a mysterious, time-traveling blonde. 
    • There are also brief appearances by Niki (Ali Larter) — now looking professional and dating (or married to?) an older man — as well as Noah (Jack Coleman), who’s locked up in an inescapable prison cell. Oh, and keep an eye out for a new animated image (painting?) that look likes the Earth is cracking in half.
    • And did we say a newly powered-up Mohinder gets to finally kick some ass? 
  4. Spoiler Geeks also listed the following rumors on their spoiler blog
    • A Japanese woman is thought to play a role in Ando’s life.
    • Nikki, after her apparent death in Season 2 will be replaced by one of her alter egos.
    • Nathan will be back even though he was shot.
    • An Officer Warren will be Monica (Micah’s cousin) love interest in New Orleans.
    • Knox is the name of one of the new villains as will be acted by Jamie Hector (The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, Jericho). Here’s what the actor had to say about his role on Heroes: “My character’s name on Heroes is Benjamin “Knox” Washington. I can’t really disclose much about him, but I can tell you it’s a lot of fun. So many special effects — and it all winds up looking so real.” – Jamie Hector
  5. And finally, casting news regarding season 3:
    • Jessical Collins will join the cast as “Sophie”, and whose character is described by The Hollywood Reported as “a mysterious woman with powers who works at the organization that is tracking all heroes.”
    • Former West Wing actor, Richard Schiff, will play an unnamed character who will have an impact on Mohinder (Mohinder is easily swayed).
    • And finally, Wynn Everett, who recently starred in Charlie Wilson’s War, will play the villain with Flash-esque speed, “Joy.”

There are a lot of things to be excited about regarding the upcoming season of Hereos, my friends. I hope that Heroes Season 3 will build on what was done in Season 2 and be as good as Season 1. What are you looking forward to in Season 3? What rumors do you know about? Post them in the comments.

Netflix, Why Cause Me Grief?

I’ve been a faithful Netflix subscriber for almost three years now. I love the convenience of being able to set up a movie queue and have the movies I select sent directly to me, in the order that I wish, via snail mail. I’ve always disliked Blockbuster and their damn late fees so Netflix and its no late fee policy was a godsend for me.

All has been good, except for a few hiccups that I have experienced the last couple of weeks. First of all, there was that much publicized shipping debacle that affected Netflix and its huge base of, like myself, faithful subscribers. They ameliorated that problem by giving us a %15 percent discount on or monthly membership fees. That was all fine and dandy until the following happened.

You see, this summer one TV series has captivated me (well maybe two if you count Six Feet Under). That TV series is Showtime’s Dexter. It’s a great series, albeit a demented one, starring oddly enough, Six Feet Under’s Michael C. Hall. About two weeks ago I wrapped up watching Dexter Season 1 on DVD, DVD’s that I get shipped to me via Netflix. Nonetheless, even before I finished watching Season 1, I eagerly added Dexter Season 2 to my faithful Netflix queue.

Dexter Season 2 was released this past Tuesday, along with the plethora of new releases that stock store shelves on Tuesdays. In any case I eagerly awaited for discs 1, 2 and 3 (I have the 3 discs at a time deal) of Dexter in my mailbox, as I had situated those three discs at the top of my Netflix queue. So yesterday rolled along and I receive a fresh Netflix shipment as expected. To my utter dismay I discovered that Netflix had shipped me Dexter Season 2 disc 4 without even sending me discs 1, 2 or even 3 first! To make matters worse, I only received 2 of the 3 DVD’s that I was supposed to receive! The second disc was the movie Sidekick (which was below Dexter discs 1, 2, 3 and 4 in my queue). The third DVD that I was supposed to receive (which they said they were going to ship out this Friday) was pulled apparently because it is currently not available for shipment (even though they said it was available a just a few days ago) and I have yet to receive a third DVD!

To make matters even worse than they already are, Disc 1 of Dexter currently has a “very long wait” on my queue. Will I ever be able to watch Dexter Season 2 in episodic order via Netflix? Why even bother ship me Disc 4 of the season if I haven’t even received Disc 1 yet? Netflix, Netflix, Netflix, you guys should have some sort of algorithm to handle this issue or at the very least have a preference setting in which I can check off whether or not I would like to receive season discs, or multi-disc movies, in disc order or not.

End of rant.

The Dorm Bathroom

For some reason, I feel a bit sad that I never dormed during my undergraduate years. I feel left out not having had a random and weird roommate, surviving on day old cold pizza and of course experiencing the dorm bathroom.

In retrospect, I actually did experience the dorm life for about 2 weeks during a visit to the University of Washington campus a couple of years ago. It was actually kinda fun and somewhat spontaneous just like this video from College Humor.

Heavy Heart

Found this on flickr. Thought it was cool. It literally is a heavy heart. 

Warner Bros. Please Stick With Routh and Singer

Dear Warner Bros., please don’t do a Superman reboot. Please, stick with Bryan Singer and let him make his sequel. Brandon Routh, in my opinion, made for a great Clark Kent/Superman. You’ve invested millions of dollars in Routh, Singer and in rebooting the Superman franchise the first time around. Do you really want the hassle of doing that all over again? 

Peter Sciretta, writer over at Slashfilm mentioned an article by Variety’s Anne Thompson in which she gives the latest update to the Superman sequel saga. In the article she mentioned that one executive suggested “It might be better to start from scratch.” For goodness sake, why would you want to do this? Hollywood, please stop flip-flopping. Are you jumping on the Hulk reboot bandwagon? Superman Returns can’t even be considered in the same breath as the cinematic monstrosity that we all experienced in 2003. 

Stick with Routh, he has the look. Don’t forget, you scoured the country looking for the right Clark Kent and you found him, or you let Singer find him and you agreed with his decision. Stick with Bryan Singer, we all know that he knows how to make a good flick, especially a comic flick. Look what he did with X-Men and X-Men 2 and then compare that to X-Men 3. Plus, he gets extra kudos for that little movie, remember, The Usual Suspects. Please Warner Bros., please please please. 

And no Peter Sciretta, I don’t think that they should go with Jonathan Nolan. Nor should they hire Christopher Nolan to direct. Th one thing that these guys do pretty damn well is make a great detective flick. Jonathan helped to pen both Memento and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan directed both Memento and The Dark Knight, as well as Insomnia. All great detective flicks. I know that Superman originated from DC Comics, or as it was previously known, Detective Comics. However, I don’t think that the Nolan style will fit with the Superman mythos. I for one thought that Bryan Singer got it right with Superman Returns, despite the decision of including the super kid, I thought the movie delivered the goods. Stick with Routh. Stick with Singer.

Hey Jude

Now this YouTube video of a Korean kid singing Hey Jude is too damn cute. I mean, the kid totally rapes the song, but still, it’s cute. And with 4,724,282 (and growing) views, I think the rest of the wired world, for the most part, agrees with me. 

Hey jude, dont make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her into your heart,
Then you can start to make it better.

Hey jude, dont be afraid.
You were made to go out and get her.
The minute you let her under your skin,
Then you begin to make it better.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey jude, refrain,
Dont carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that its a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.

Hey jude, dont let me down.
You have found her, now go and get her.
Remember to let her into your heart,
Then you can start to make it better.

So let it out and let it in, hey jude, begin,
Youre waiting for someone to perform with.
And dont you know that its just you, hey jude, youll do,
The movement you need is on your shoulder.

Hey jude, dont make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her under your skin,
Then youll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh.

Na na na na na ,na na na, hey jude…

Here’s To You, Michael Phelps.

Here’s to you, Michael Phelps. You made the 2008 Beijing Olympics worth watching. They said Tyson Gay would be fun to watch, but he didn’t even make the final of his signature track and field event. How about that Chinese national hero and the only Chinese to win a gold in the 110 m hurdles, Liu Xiang. He didn’t even get to defend his gold this year. Agonizing. And let’s not forget those 12 and 13 year girls on the Chinese gymnastics team. Shame. On. You. 

Here’s to you, Michael Phelps. Every concord wing flap that you did prior to each race left me watching with utter focus. Indeed, the same focus that you must have been feeling each time you bent over and waited for the blow of each start of the race whistle. Or do they use guns in swimming like they do track and field? And let’s not forget your mom, she may have thought you came in second place in the 100 m butterfly, but I knew. I knew the truth.

You’ve earned yourself 8 gold medals at these Beijing Olympics, Michael. You’ve done swimmingly well for yourself. You’ve surpassed the legendary Mark Spitz. You have more Olympic gold medals than any other Olympic Athlete, ever! You’ve got more medals than that Carl Lewis guy. You’ve got Bob Costas reaching at your nutsack for that pivotal interview. You have more gold medals than Estonia, Mexico, Iran, Czech Republic and even Kazakhstan. You have surpassed Miley Cyrus as the most searched person on Facebook. You are ridiculous. 

Forget about the controversy, Michael. Who cares if Omega, one of your biggest sponsors, is in charge of time-keeping at the Olympics. You earned that .01 seconds in the 100 m butterfly. Who cares if you’re double joined in the ankles, knees and arms. Double jointed-ness and having ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean you belong in the Special Olympics. Does it?

So here’s to you Michael Phelps. You concord flapping, doubled-jointed, gold medal hoarder. You are the newly crowned Mr. USA. You are Captain Awesome. You are my new Commander Magnificent. From now on, when people talk swimming you will be included in the conversation. You made the Beijing Olympics worth while for me. And for that, I tip my hat off to you.

Walt Disney’s Sin City

Did you like the graphic novel turned big budget motion picture, Sin City? Do you make the trek to Disneyland every year (or multiple times per year) because you are an absolute Disney fanboy? If so, check out this fanart by Curt Rapala of notafishinglure.com!

“This is a series of six drawings I did featuring the Disney Princesses, recast in a Walt Disney version of the movie Sin City. All six are based on existing posters and promitonal art from the film Sin City.

I loved the idea from the moment I thought it up, so I had to pursue it. There’s just something so incredibly awesome about the idea of juxtaposing something brutal, harsh, sexy & violent, like Sin City, with something wholesome, fun, and child-friendly, like Disney.” – Curt Rapala

Top 5 Movies of the Summer of 2008

As the Summer of 2008 comes to a close and all of the summer blockbusters have been released, I thought it would be a good time to dish out my top 5 list of the best movies from the Summer of 2008. What were YOUR favorite movies this summer?

1. The Dark Knight. This movie was so good, I can’t even explain it. It was a hundred time better than Batman Begins, and thats considering that Batman Begins was already a great movie. The acting was superb and the action was top-notch. Nearly every line said could belong on a T-Shirt. The Dark Knight brought a level of realism to the genre of comic book films that we have not seen in the past. Heath Ledger was insanely brilliant as the Joker. My only complaint for this film, and it is a minimum one, was that Christian Bales Batman voice was a bit overdone. 

2. Wall-E. Wow, more than half of the movies soundtrack was simply robot sounds and yet moviegoers were intrigued at the story of Wall-E and EVE. Wall-E reminds of me of the classic cartoons of yesteryear were the animation would do the storytelling. An all around fantastic film with a moral that resonates in both children and adults. 

3. Iron Man. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Robert Downey, Jr. was initially announced as Tony Starks. Seeing the movie smashed those doubts. Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark to perfection. And then the introduction of Nick Fury at the end, can you spell geekgasm?!

4. Wanted. In terms of camera tricks cinematography, this is the closest thing to the Matrix, since, well, the Matrix. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Fox and James McAvoy was surprisingly good as mild mannered Wesley Allan Gibson. If you enjoyed this movie, do yourself a favor and check out the original graphic novel of the same title. 

5. Tropic Thunder. This Ben Stiller directed action comedy flick crosses every boundary of what comedy should be. If you’re easily offended, conservative or somewhat squeamish than this movie will probably make you hate Stiller with a passion. If you are able to enjoy the degradation of others at the expense of someone else while understanding that the movie is a complete satire of nearly every respected action, comedy, and drama flick of the 80’s and 90’s, then it is a must see.