My Spidey Senses Are Tingling! This is my first Funko Pop and it just had to be Spiderman. I mean, he is the most popular superhero around the world, isn’t he? I think I read that somewhere. Even more than Superman or Batman. Anyways, I felt that Spidey had to be the first one just cause it felt right.
The Walking Dead is a phenomenal tv show – or it was for a while. From season 3 onwards the show was a massive hit and the buzz for the show was humungous. For me, I came into the show just before season 3 started. I started looking for tv shows to binge and thought why not a zombie apocalypse show. So this was 2012 I think and I binged the first two episodes and was quite into it. I enjoyed the show and looked forward to every episode and cried, cursed and pleaded when they took that dreaful 2 months break in between the 8th & the 9th episodes each season.
All that stopped at the end of season 7. I got bored. Negan was supposed to be this big bad wolf that would shake up the show and yeah for a while it was intense. But then….it fizzled out. Too many main characters, some we don’t care about. Some bad and some dull moments and way too many boring dialogue driven scenes and episodes. It wasn’t panning out. I got through season 8 partly by sticking my eyes into my phone during the episodes. I was getting a bit too tired of it all. But this season has re-sparked my interest. But I wonder are we getting zombied out?
There is another popular zombie show out there – Z Nation! When the show premiered, I was so into it. It was gory but was so funny and their characters were hilarious and had so much life. The show didn’t take itself serious at all and they had fun doing the show. Season 4 onwards, not so much. The episodes & seasons seem to be going in no particular direction and they can fall flat so fast. A lot of it is repetitive and the dialogues and drams very forced. The humour is still there and when it includes a zombie situation, it tends to be very funny. But the rest is tedious to get through. What happened?
I’m currently watching episode 7 of The Walking Dead season 9. Episode 5 was the last episode with Rick Grimes as the main character of the show. He was presumed dead by his friends but infact he was blown away by the force of the explosion, fell into the river and washed ashore to be found by Anne. She took him with her when the helicopter came looking for her (who is she talking to I have no idea) and he is being taken care of in the chopper as they leave.
So TWD is now without Rick, without the leader of the gang and main man. Without stuff and thangs. Without him saying “Coraaal”! And now Norman Reedus aka Darryl will be the main male character in the series. Initially I thought he would be killed off, I think 2-3 seasons as Reedus was getting offers from other shows and movies as well. But no he stays and Andrew Lincoln leaves the show though he is slated to star in three tv movies based on the TWD universe.
I like the way the show is headed to now with the little time jump and the new antagonists being lined up. Things look interesting and I hope the show picks up in quality.
Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018 ), the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95. He was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
The feisty writer, editor and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four – whew! A heady list of iconic characters that have lasted a long time and will last for a very, very long time. Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War’s $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters. Lee launched the internet-based Stan Lee Media in 1998, and the superhero creation, production and marketing studio went public a year later. However, when investigators uncovered illegal stock manipulation by his partners, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. (Lee was never charged.)
In 2002, Lee published an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. Survivors include his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Another daughter, Jan, died in infancy. His wife, Joan, was a hat model whom he married in 1947. The never-bashful Lee appeared in cameos in the Marvel movies, shown avoiding falling concrete, watering his lawn, delivering the mail, crashing a wedding, playing a security guard, etc.
Here is my current setup – the MI LED Smart tv 4A 32 inch. I just bought it and it was delivered and installed 3 days ago.
I finally bought my first ever tv! Yay! Now when I say that, this is the first ever tv I have personally bought. I haven’t watched anything on a tv for over 10 years but there is a tv in this apartment in the living room but only my parents watch that.
I watch everything on my computer, my current 15.6 in Dell. That is gonna change. I placed an order for the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80 cm (32)
- 20 W Speaker Output
- 1366 x 768 HD Ready – Great picture quality
- 60 Hz : Standard refresh rate for blur-free picture quality
- 3 x HDMI : For set top box, consoles and Blu-ray players
- 2 x USB : Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or USB device
- Ultra-bright LED display
- Powerful 20W stereo speakers
- 700,000+ hours of content on PatchWall
- 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM + 8GB Storage
- One remote: Control TV, set-top box and more
Scott Wilson (born William Delano Wilson) passed away yesterday at the age of 76. Wilson was an American film and television actor who had more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. In 1980, Wilson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in The Ninth Configuration and played veterinarian Hershel Greene on the AMC television series The Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014. He had a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as casino mogul Sam Braun.
He made his screen debut portraying characters suspected of murder in his first three films. In his debut film, Wilson played a murder suspect in In the Heat of the Night (1967). His follow-up role, in the same year, was In Cold Blood, based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote. Wilson portrayed real-life murderer Richard Hickock, while Robert Blake played his partner, Perry Smith. Wilson’s long filmography also includes The Gypsy Moths, The Right Stuff, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Malone, The Grass Harp, Junebug, The Host, Monster, Young Guns II, Pearl Harbor, Big Stan, Judge Dredd, the Shiloh film series and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
Wilson has filmed on location in South Korea, Japan and Spain. Wilson had a recurring role in several episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sam Braun, father of crime-scene investigator Catherine Willows (portrayed by Marg Helgenberger). Braun was killed off in the episode “Built to Kill, Part 2”. In the fall of 2011 he also made an appearance opposite Laura Dern in the HBO series, Enlightened. He also portrayed John Lyons in Damien.
Is anyone fed up or getting superhero movie fatigue? Not me. I hope the MCU carries on and on for a long, long time. As well as the DCEU grows and makes more movies and becomes as successful as the MCU. I do not see myself ever getting tired of it, though I do think more than 3-4 superhero films a year can be tedious.
I am excited about the upcoming films like Auquaman, Captain Marvel & the as of yet unnamed 4th Avengers film. I hope there will be a Ben Affleck Batman movie (or 2 or 3) and we are going to get Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg & The Flash as well a new reboot Green Lantern film as well by the time 2020 is done and dusted. That is good pacing.
Unlike a lot of fans I never was a big comics fan. I read some Superman, Batman, a bit of the Avengers, some Iron man, Thor, a bit of Green Arrow & Green Lantern and The Flash as a kid. Spiderman on tv as the cartoon but never read many comics and watched Batman & Superman movies and Wonder Woman on tv. I had never heard of Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Deadpool, The X-Men, Captain Marvel etc until the movies were announced. My superhero was the Phantom, whose comics were very popular in India and which I read after moving here back in 1987.
As most readers and people who know me personally will know, I am a huge Star Trek fan aka Trekkie. I love the franchise to death and it is my favourite scfi & favourite anything of all time. So if I were not following humans in the future, what alien race would I like to see stories about? Here is my top 11 alien races from the Star Trek universe.
- The Borg
I often have wished that I lived in another country, one in the West. This is due to many reasons. I know the saying that the grass is often greener on the other side but yeah it can’t be worse off than what I have now. Let me give you a few things that I am jealous of when I watch and compare with what I have versus what they have. I spend most of my free time on YouTube and I check out a lot of things like for example people’s collections of DVDs and Blu-rays. CDs are dead but these two physical media is still a great one to have.
I keep checking out various collection and overview videos, various new releases and boxsets and see the awesome displays, I get jealous. Not only are our choices here limited but it’s also too fucking expensive. A person can get a certain sci-fi shownboxset for around $100 or say even $80. The same set when I checked for Indian online prices they show up for 1/3rd to 1/2 or even more of my monthly salary! And I make a very good salary or let’s say a quite decent salary.
This divide is why people in India and other developing nation’s choose to go the Torrent route. It’s not even comparable. Same for collectibles and stuff – it’s just so much more better in the UK, Canada, the US, Germany and rest of the continental Europe. I wish this could change as I hate having to stoop to that level or go for cheap knockoffs or bootlegs.
What can one do when you have way too many tv shows that you have on dvd and want to watch them over and over again? I am currently rewatching a bunch of shows – ok let’s go with comedy first, it’s Little Mosque On The Praiser which is a sitcom and I’m midway through 5th season and it has one more season to go. This is my second watch of this Canadian show. I am also on season 7 of Star Trek Voyager and season 6 of Star Trek Deep Space Nine – it’s the 8th and 2nd time for the shows respectively. Yeah I got into DS9 fairly late.
I am also on season 4 (my least favourite season) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and season 1 of Angel. I have watched Buffy twice before (on cable and then on dvd) and Angel 5 times. I recently finished all 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1 and have started the two movies. I still have to start watching shows that I have been meaning to watch and have the first seasons of Altered Carbon, Marvel’s The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the two seasons of Daredevil to start on. And then there is shows that I have already watched and want to start a rewatch on like Babylon 5, The X-Files and Farscape.
I also have non-scifi shows like The Listener, Cold Squad and Flashpoint that I want to rewatch. There is just way too much of tv shows that I want to rewatch. And not to forget that the new seasons of current shows will start in October. Oh my!
Would you rather read only one book for a year or only watch one television show for a year, and which book or show would you pick?
I don’t think it’s possible for me to pick just one book to read for an entire year. Besides I don’t read that many books these days and despite having been a voracious reader for most of my life, up until the age of 33. Nowdays if I do get to read a book it takes several weeks for me to get through it, whereas I used to read 10 books in a few days. But I guess I will pick It by Stephen King since it’s my favourite and it’s pretty lengthy.
Tv show – if I had to pick just one tv show that I can watch for an entire year and cannot watch another, I guess I could go the easy route and select a long running show like Supernatural (13 seasons and still going strong), Bones (12), CSI (15) or Stargate SG-1 which ran for 10 seasons plus 2 tv movies. But I will go with Star Trek TNG both for content and variation in their themes and stories. It ran for 7 seasons and, I guess we can’t include the 4 theatrical films, but it offers a whole lot more episodes.
Unless I cheat there and just say Star Trek which means, 3 seasons of TOS, 7 of TNG, 7 of Deep Space Nine, 7 of Voyager, 4 of Enterprise and 1 season of Discovery (which is currently ongoing).
Write about a TV show or documentary you’d love to see get made.
I’d like to see get a house loan with bad credit a big production documentary or a large scale tv show about a minority in India, a minority of which I am a part of. I am talking about atheists in India. Yes, in the land of 8000 gods plus Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and a few others – we exist!
So how about a documentary about the history of loans in atheism in India, from the time and possibly before the Vedas and onto modern days. Interview prominent atheists, public figures who happen to be atheists, meet and talk with atheists groups and see what their views on life are and how they go about their daily lives in India.
That is what I would want to see get made.
Anthony Bourdain, the TV celebrity and food writer who hosted CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room Friday. He was in France while working on his series on culinary traditions around the world. Bordain was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert near the French city of Strasbourg. It called his death a suicide. His first food and world-travel television show was A Cook’s Tour, which ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network from 2002 through 2003. In 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he switched to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
A French prosecutor said Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kayserberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved. However, investigators were verifying the circumstances of Bourdain’s death. Bourdain was staying at Le Chambard, a five-star hotel. Bourdain’s girlfriend, actress, said in a statement posted to Twitter that she was “beyond devastated.”
Bourdain achieved celebrity status after the publication in 2000 of his best-selling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” The book created a sensation by combining frank details of his life and career with behind-the-scenes observations on the culinary industry. It was a rare crossover – a book intended for professional cooks that had enormous mass appeal. Bourdain went on to achieve widespread fame thanks to his CNN series “Parts Unknown” – and was filming an upcoming segment for the program when he was found dead, according to CNN. Strasbourg police, emergency services and regional authorities did not immediately have information about the death. Bourdain’s assistant Laurie Woolever would not comment when reached by The Associated Press.
The American chef, author and television personality was born in New York City and was raised in Leonia, New Jersey. He had written that his love of food began as a youth while on a family vacation in France, when he ate his first oyster. Bourdain said his youth was punctuated by drug use and he dropped out of Vassar College after two years. Working in restaurants led him to the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated in 1978, and began working in kitchens in New York City. He became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.
Bourdain married his high school girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985, and they remained together for two decades, divorcing in 2005. On April 20, 2007, he married Ottavia Busia, a mixed martial artist. The couple’s daughter, Ariane, was born in 2007. Bourdain noted that having to be away from his wife and child for about 250 days a year working on his television shows became a strain. The couple divorced amicably in 2016. In 2017, Bourdain began dating Italian actress Asia Argento, whom he met when she appeared on the Rome episode of Parts Unknown.
Wild Wild Country is a Netflix documentary series about the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho Rajneesh), his one-time personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon. It was released on Netflix on March 16, 2018, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.
I knew some things about Osho but apparently that was just the more recent stuff. I knew he was a controversial figure and guru but didn’t know much else. I knew he talked about sex and sexuality and that most religious people in India were not too comfortable with it. But I did not know anything about this scandal. When I saw the trailer/ad for this Netflix documentary series on Facebook, I knew I wanted to check it out. It is fascinating and makes for a compelling semi-binge if you will. It’s just 8 episodes long but each episode is over 60 minutes long. The Rajneesh movement that began in earnest in India, was hounded out off India because of their controversial practices and tension between the ruling Janata Party government of Morarji Desai and the movement led to a curbing of the ashram’s development.
With a lot of his followers being mostly white foreigners (I can remember seeing only less than 10 Indians in the whole documentary) the community decided to move abroad. In 1981, efforts refocused on activities in the United States and Rajneesh relocated to a facility known as Rajneeshpuram in Wasco County, Oregon. Rajneesh’s personal secretary, the megalomaniacal Ma Anand Sheela, orchestrated the commune’s construction. They called their new home Rajneeshpuram, and its 64,000 acres were quickly occupied by thousands of sannyasins seeking proximity to their leader and a life of meditative bliss. However things began to take a turn for the worse when the Rajneeshs clashed with the conservative Christian community of Antelope, population of just 70.
Directed by brothers Chapman Way and Maclain Way,details Rajneeshpuram’s downward spiral; the scandals that plague the community include immigration fraud, biochemical attacks, arson, assassination attempts, the recruitment of homeless individuals to sway an election and the drugging of those same folks after their presence threatens the commune’s peace. There are extensive interviews with key former members of Rajneeshpuram, including Sheela herself. Finally – what seems to me atleast – it all came down to a rage of jealousy; Sheela was pushed away from her influence as Rajneesh’s succumbed to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as among his more rich and affluent followers were Ma Prem Hasya (a.k.a. Francoise Ruddy) – the ex-spouse of Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy who eventually supplanted Sheela as Bhagwan’s secretary and fled with him to India following his 1985 conviction – who along with the others showered Rajneesh with expensive gifts.
Rajneesh himself said so in an interview after Sheela left. It certainly comes off that way. I 90 day loan can still not understand or believe that so many people just showered their love, devotion, money and Rolls Royces his way. What the heck? But then I never really understood religions or cults – both are the same, one just has a lot more followers, power and influence in politics – but still found it compelling. A 9.5 outta 10!
Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama Hill Street Blues, died on Sunday. He was 74. A family spokesman says Bochco died in his sleep after a battle with cancer. Bochco, who won 10 Emmy awards, created several hit television shows including LA Law, NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser, MD. Bochco grew up in Manhattan, the son of a painter and a concert violinist. On arriving in Los Angeles after college, he wrote for several series at Universal Studios. Then he got a big break: writing the screenplay for the 1972 sci-fi film Silent Running.
Premiering in January 1981, Hill Street Blues challenged, even confounded the meager audience that sampled it. Then, on a wave of critical acclaim, the series began to click with viewers, while scoring a history-making 27 Emmy nominations its first year. During its seven-season run, it won 26 Emmys and launched Bochco on a course that led to dozens of series and earned him four Peabody awards, in addition to the 10 Emmys. Bochco moved to 20th Century Fox where he co-created and produced L.A. Law (1986–1994) which aired on NBC. This series was also widely acclaimed and a regular award winner and achieved far higher ratings success than Hill Street Blues had enjoyed.
In 1987, Bochco co-created the half-hour dramedy Hooperman which starred John Ritter but was canceled after two seasons, despite Bochco offering to take over direct day-to-day control of a third season. From this deal came Doogie payday loans on line Howser, M.D. (1989–1993) and 1990’s Cop Rock, which combined straight police drama with live-action Broadway singing and dancing. It was one of his highest-profile failures. In 1992, Bochco created an animated television series, Capitol Critters, along with Nat Mauldin and Michael Wagner. After a lull, Bochco co-created NYPD Blue (1993–2005) with David Milch. Other projects in this period that failed to take off include Murder One (1995–1997), Brooklyn South (1997), City of Angels (2000), Philly (2001), and Over There (2005). All five shows failed to match Bochco’s earlier success though Murder One and Over There garnered critical praise.
From 2014 to its cancellation in 2016, he wrote and executive produced Murder in the First, a series drama which he co-created with Eric Lodal. In 1970, he married actress Barbara Bosson, who appeared as a regular on Hill Street Blues. They had two children before divorcing in 1997. In later years he was married to Dayna Kalins (m. August 12, 2000). His son, Jesse Bochco, by Bosson, was a producer/director on NYPD Blue and directed the pilot episode of Raising the Bar. Bochco was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, requiring a bone marrow transplant later that year.
Veteran actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “MASH,” died Saturday. He was 75. His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore. He is also known for the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason TV movies.
Stiers first appeared in the Broadway production The Magic Show in 1974 in the minor role of Feldman. Subsequent early credits include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda. Stiers also appeared in payday loan shop the pilot of Charlie’s Angels as the team’s chief back-up. In 1977, Stiers joined the cast of the CBS-TV sitcom M*A*S*H. As Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, Stiers filled the void created by the departure of actor Larry Linville’s Frank Burns character. In contrast to the buffoonish Burns, Winchester was a well-spoken and talented surgeon who presented a different type of foil to Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce and Mike Farrell’s B.J. Hunnicutt. Stiers received two Emmy Award nominations.
After M*A*S*H completed its run in 1983, Stiers expanded his work on television with regular guest appearances on North and South; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Murder, She Wrote; Matlock; Touched by an Angel; Wings; and Frasier, along with a recurring role in Season 1 of Two Guys and a Girl as Mr. Bauer. In 1984, he portrayed United States Olympic Committee founder William Milligan Sloane in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens 1896. Beginning in 1985, Stiers made his first of eight appearances in Perry Mason made-for-TV movies as District Attorney Michael Reston. He had guest appearances on ALF and Matlock. He appeared in two unsuccessful television projects, Love & Money and Justice League of America (as the Martian Manhunter).
For efforts as the narrator and as of Disney’s enormous hit animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” he shared a Grammy win for best recording for children and another nomination for album of the year. In 2002, Stiers started a recurring role as the Reverend Purdy on the successful USA Network series The Dead Zone with Anthony Michael Hall. In 2006, he was cast as the recurring character Oberoth in Stargate Atlantis. I will forever remember Stiers as the lead guest character in that thought provoking TNG episode that is at the heart of great scifi.
Stiers was gay but never spoke publicly about his sexual orientation until 2009, as he feared that public knowledge of his sexuality would harm his career; much of his work would consist of family-friendly roles.