Of Two Weeks’ Worth of News Deluge (Week ending 8/8/14)

I hope you’ve got some tea, coffee or high-proofed alcohol on hand. This is gonna be a biggie.

I missed out on rounding up last week’s stuff partly because of weekly fatigue and contracted writing, but mostly because I got to last Friday and just crashed like the bandicoot. Feel free to threaten me with flaying and public ridicule, coz at the very least it’ll mean I get a bit more attention thrown in my direction.

Today’s post is long, taking in this week’s shenanigans and a few pieces from last week too good to pass up. So, without further ado:

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Frank Miller reckons superhero films, not their screenplays, are improving

SOURCE: THE WRAP

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Batman’s best writers think Christopher Nolan’s trilogy rocks

SOURCE: SCREENRANT

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The two above pieces are kinda connected, and well worth a read. Some great Bat-related stuff came out of SDCC this year, probably coz he hit the big 7-5.

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Michael Bay’s TMNT film has made its first big misstep before even getting released

SOURCE: THE DISSOLVE

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Ok, forget whether you think the CGI turtles are good or not. That’s subjectivity, and I’m cool to wait til the movie’s out before condemning – SUWAS, people.

What can be condemned is the truly heinously awful publicity poster the film released the other week, which bears similarities to a very real tragedy that any decent person with the faintest grasp of visual semiotics or the teachings of Roland Barthes could’ve spotted. And hey, look, we did!

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James Earl Jones has still got a great Poe-reading voice

SOURCE: OPEN CULTURE

You liked that Simpsons Halloween episode where Jones narrated The Raven? You will LOVE this.

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Anna Paquin gently schools Larry King on bisexuality

SOURCE: THE RAW STORY

While he might not have been as fiercely idiotic as most Americans who aren’t properly educated on sexuality in this day and age, King’s still an idiot nonetheless. Never been a fan, and good on Paquin for politely telling him off.

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There is a script that exists for a Black Widow solo film…but don’t expect to see it anytime soon

SOURCE: THE MARY SUE

Yes, I know many of us right-thinking individuals are kinda sick of the executive rigmarole we get whenever the cry is raised for a non-Catwoman solo female capefilm. But it’s still a thing, still an annoying thing that isn’t any better no matter how many times Kevin Feige mentions “timing” as an issue.

Look, if you can take a shot on Guardians of the Galaxy, if you can release a trainwreck-in-waiting like Ant-Man after half the cast is excised, if you can consider Joaquin Phoenix as goddamn Doctor Strange, then you can do a bloody female capefilm. Widow, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, somebody.

So yeah. Still waiting, Marvel.

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A Legend of Zelda Monopoly game is coming

SOURCE: KOTAKU

And it looks pretty pretty, if you’re into that.

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Also, there’s an XCOM board game coming too

SOURCE: ROCK, PAPER, SHOTGUN

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And that is definitely pretty pretty. And I am into that.

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is pushed forward to March 2016 so it doesn’t get its ass handed to it by Captain America 3

SOURCE: VARIETY

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Smart move, honestly. March might not be a typical movie month to snag all those wonderful dollars, but if it’s the only tentpole being released then it might have a good shot at some great revenue.

Of course, y’know it’ll make cash no matter what. Question is whether or not the sequel to The Winter Soldier will make more.

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One last thing Star Wars is making non-canon with its Expanded Universe

SOURCE: THE STAR WARS UNDERGROUND

So now all those galactic guidebooks you own are even more out-of-date. Literally.

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A female runner in the US has made some interesting penis pics with her running

SOURCE: JEZEBEL

Go look. Thank me later.

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Finally, Albus Dumbledore himself sent a Hogwarts letter to a young shooting victim

SOURCE: VANITY FAIR

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Ok, maybe not himself, but still. Doesn’t that give you the feels?

Nice to know wizards care about us Muggles sometimes.

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That’s all for this week. Come back next week for another Bite!

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