Brand New X-Men Apocalypse Trailer Feat. Psylocke

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Apocalypse and two of his horsemen Storm and Psylocke

I’m just going to start off with this brand new trailer that dropped during the Superbowl on Sunday night/Monday afternoon (Aussie time):

Now, how great is it to finally see long time X-Men member Psylocke getting some big screen love?! It seems to be quite clear that Olivia Munn is taking doing justice by our purple haired psychic ninja assassin and killing it in the new promo.

This new clip marks the first time we have seen Psylocke in action who has been AWOL from previous clips released that featured Storm, Magneto, Mystique and the rest of the X-Men cast but the best thing about this is just how possible it might be that Psylocke could be the most comic to screen X-Men character to date….you know….aside from Wolverine.

And speaking of cast, it seems like those familiar with the X-Men comics will be happy to see some of the morlocks appearing in the film with Plague and Caliban both confirmed as characters in the new movie.

Until X-Men Apocalypse premieres on May 27th, here’s some Psylocke love from Psylocke/Olivia Munn and some very happy fans.

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Here Come the Habibs Courts Unfair Criticiscm

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Here Come The Habibs: Source, Channel Nine

 

I’ll happily admit that when the first promos for Channel Nine’s Here Come The Habibs went live, I was immediately put off. I Did not want to watch it, thought what I had seen seemed crass and happily joined the throngs of those condemning it on social media. So much was my nose point out of join by a 30 second promo that I a) did not really want to watch the first two episodes provided for review and b) had a whole spiel mentally prepared about “who at Channel Nine thought this was a good idea?”

I guess that’s what happens when a bad promo for what turned out to be a funny two episodes, is given out to the public.

Judging it by it’s cover we all are.

Lets get into the nitty gritty of Here Come the Habibs.

FouFou Habib (Michael Denkha) and wife Mariam (Camilla Ah Kin) have found themselves able to “live the Australian dream” and to move into the rich and swanky suburb of Vaucluse after a rather hefty ($22 million) lotto win – but they aren’t telling anyone about their windfall, not even their children Toufic (Sam Alhaje), Elias (Tyler De Nawi) and Layla (Kat Hoyos).

Neighbours Olivia O’Neill (Helen Dallimore) and her castrated husband Jack (Darren Gilshenan) are not too keen on their new Mediterranean neighbours (well mainly Olivia) and a war erupts between the two – Olivia wants them out, FouFou wants to stay.

The script, written by Phil Lloyd is tight and full of zippy one liners and throws casual playful punches at multiculturalism, terrorism, greedy family members and the Cronulla riots. The fish-out-of-water premise is very reminiscent of shows like the Beverly Hillbillies and even the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and right from the outset, the loud and brassy Habibs are not the focus of ‘being made fun of’ instead, it’s the rich white privileged that takes most of the hits and should take most of the bullets from the viewing public.

A scene in episode two where Mariam is attempting to join the local yacht club but is thrown a curve ball by Olivia that leads to public embarrassment, will leave you hoping the snotty cow gets hers in a later episode.

While the pilot took a bit for me to warm up to, by the time a turf war was established between the newly rich Habibs and their snotty neighbours the O’Neill’s, I was full on humble pie.

Here Come The Habibs is Channel Nine’s first foray into locally made scripted comedy in over 15 years and personally, I’m picking that the Habibs was actually a wise choice for the network to work it’s way into bringing back some good Aussie comedy. Granted though, Nine isn’t doing itself any favours with how it is choosing to market the show that has resulted in public outcry from an outrage addicted audience and calls for the show to be pulled due to claims it’s racist. Let’s not forget, this show hasn’t even aired yet!

Shows currently airing like Fox8’s (American import) Fresh Off the Boat and SBS’s The Family Law both offer a humorous look on multicultural families and the Habibs is no real different. Able to poke fun at itself while ensuring we’re laughing with and at them at the same time, plus Habibs is actually a bit more engaging than the two shows mentioned above.

While Australia is still trying to find steady ground when it comes to scripted comedy, Here Come the Habibs will hold it’s own against the haters and those trying to tear it down before they’ve even seen an episode. I was like you, then I watched and saw what the Habibs was actually offering.

Here Come the Habibs begins Tuesday night, Feb 9th @ 8:30pm on Channel Nine.

p.s – keep an eye out for the wretchedly funny Pippa Grandison as Olivia’s best friend, who is more than happy to stir the pot when it comes to poking Olivia’s buttons and her new neighbours.

Product Review: CGL Toys Phoenix Girl Figurine

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In-hand photo of the actual Phoenix Girl figure

CGL Toys are one of those 1/6 scale figure companies floating around that most collectors know of but may have never actually bought any of their releases. For the most part, CGL Toys seem to be focusing their releases on unofficial figures, namely last years very cool Angelina Jolie/Mr and Mrs Smith head sculpt, a Walking Dead Rick Grimes figure and a Heath Ledger/Joker release.

More recently, the company has begun to focus on characters from X-Men: The Last Stand movie (2006) with a Professor Charles Frances Xavier figure and a King of Magnetic Force figure already released.  This year, saw the release of the third figure from this line, an X-Men Phoenix Girl figure based off Famke Janssen’s portrayal in the movie.

So let’s get into the figure.

The box itself is rather plain and non informative. There is no product description, photos or any other markings besides a small gold decal on the front which spells out CGL’s letters. The straight forward shoe box design opens up to reveal a padded tray containing the dressed figure, an alternate head and an alternate set of hands. Whereas the Xavier and Magneto releases came with useable extras (a wheel chair and a stand with base), this release see’s no other accessories included, thus explaining the cheaper price for this figure compared to the other releases.

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The figure itself feels quite sturdy in design with no loose joints and while I have no idea on the base body used, it is easy to tell that it’s not one of your generic bland bodies. There is decent arm articulation to which I was able to make Jean’s hands touch her head and stay there without much effort and while there is leg and ankle articulation, the heavy boots and tight fitting pants restrict just how much you can move the legs about.

The clothing appears to be of a high standard with quality stitching and decent quality materials used.  Nothing feels cheap and nasty. While the design of the coat alters from the promo pictures, the added material strands in front feel a bit more true to what Jean wore in this X-Men movie. The coat is removable though I can imagine trying to take this off would be a nightmare due to the fiddly stitching done on the back of the corset which is attached to the coat. Underneath, Jean wears a top in another shade of red and a pair of pants that match the jacket.

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The head sculpts have not altered much from the promo shots. One thing you can say about CGL Toys is when it comes to heads, what you see is what you get. The ‘standard’ sculpt bears minimal resemblance to Famke Janssen and her X-men alter-ego, but it’s enough to possibly be able to put a name to the face for those who haven’t seen the movie since it’s release.

The hair is a slight letdown though as CGL Toys (like most 1/6 scale companies) use acetate which is probably the most horrible material ever used for hair on figures as it’s brittle and thin and impossible to style.  Had they gone with something similar to Kumik’s hair, then I could have forgiven the fact the hair is so much shorter than the style Jean had in the movie. The style shown in the promo pictures also differs to the final release which came with wild uncontrollable curls.

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The alternate ‘angry’ head which we saw Jean with when she killed Xavier in the movie, is actually much better than the promo photos where the final released product is nowhere near as dark, grey and sickly looking allowing for the red lightning/vein streaks to shine through. If there was one con on the release, it’s that she doesn’t look as angry as she does in the promos! This head also came with the wretched acetone hair in a wild curly style.

Final thoughts:

This is my first CGL Toys figure and it’s a clean, solid release.

Articulation: 6/10 – plus for arm movement and a minus for lack of leg articulation.

Character Likeness: 8/10 – most elements seem spot on with the movie with the exception of the hair.

Head Sculpt: 8/10 – While not exactly Famke Janssen, there’s enough likeness to acknowledge it’s Jean Grey from X3.

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Hair: 1/10 – One point for colour! Recommendation to CGL is to ditch the acetone and move onto nylon or saran hair.

Outfit: 9/10 – quality stuff. Great design, doesn’t feel cheap, no loose threads. Boots too, are heavy and well made.

Overall: 7/10 – should sit well into any X-Men fans collection. Jean/Phoenix is a great character and with the dozens of 1/6 scale Wolverine’s out there, it’s nice to see an X-lady get some love.

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StuffedStars.com Offer Unique Pop Culture Collectible Items

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80’s pop icon Boy George in Stuffed Stars form.

We’re in an era where Pop! Vinyls are literally everywhere and anything and everything pop culture related is virtually mass produced and heavily coveted, so trying to find that one unique collectible item or gift can be a tough and arduous task.

Having put myself to task to find something that was unusual and quirky, I stumbled across an etsy store that was offering something that was not only pop culture related but also rather uncommon in the collecting world.

Etsy store StuffedStars.com will turn an image of your choice into a very cute and collectible 9.5″ stuffed figure!  Upon finding the store, I was immediately drawn to the bright iconic images of pop stars, rap stars and actors in fabric form, backed by eye catching backing cards and wrapped in plastic.  I needed to know more!

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A work in progress featuring Debbie Harry

From Stuffed Stars Etsy page: “Stuffed Stars is the perfect gift for the person that already has everything: Inspired by Music, Pop Culture, Artists and all Cultures , our Stuffed Star dolls are handmade individually in Campbell, CA. 

Have an idea in mind and want to make it alive? I’m also happy to help! Please send me a conversation via Etsy and we can get started!”

So what exactly is a Stuffed Star?! Simply put, a Stuffed Star is an 9.5″ stuffed figure featuring a printed onto fabric image of your favorite star! It seems rather simple but the finished result is something quite spectacular and very quirky.  With their current inventory featuring David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kanye, Frida Kahlo and Billy Idol among a myriad of other pop culture icons, rap stars and TV stars you’re most likely to find something that fits your collection and if not, StuffedStars.com are more than happy to arrange a custom order.

Which is exactly what I set StuffedStars out to do.  While their available stock is wide and varied, I wanted something just for me – of my favorite star – Laura Leighton of course, so I tasked Akim from StuffedStars to wow me with a design.  Custom requests work best when high quality images are available so I sent the following image off to Akim:

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Laura Leighton for Emmy Magazine which I just happened to have in ultra HQ size…

For those looking at custom orders, you’ll be updated as progress continues from communication to image choice to digital drafts where changes can be made right up until the final work takes place.

 

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A rough digital draft is sent through where changes can be made.

All in all, through the duration of the work, you’ll be kept well informed just as to how your product is coming along and turn around time (depending on current orders) can be as quick as 4 days!

So how does the final result stack up? Check out the two photos below of my order sitting happily among my Melrose Place/Laura Leighton display!

 

I can’t really fault the work done by StuffedStars and an unexpected feature that I found when my item arrived is the ability for these figures to stand on their own via magnets in their feet that stand on a mini custom base!

Just read some of the happy customer reviews:

“The doll was fantastic! They also gift wrapped my doll as it was being sent directly to the recipient! Fabulous! They loved the doll! :) Thank you again for such great service!”

“These turned out better than I imagined! Great idea and was nice that you are able to change the outfit. Also it’s fun that you can custom the name that they come individually packed in. Service was great! Fast and I got the product in the turnaround that was committed!”

“This item was bought for my wife on her birthday and she absolutely loved it!! I can say she totally was not expecting to receive this!! Thank you once again, brilliant service, fast shipping and even got a sweet little note to say thank you for the purchase!!”

Want to know more? Check out StuffedStars.com here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wentworth Season 4 Air Date Revealed?!

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One thing is for sure, Wentworth, the top-notch Aussie based prison drama from Foxtel’s SoHo channel, sure know how to keep fans waiting!  While seasons three 2015 premiere date was revealed on Christmas day 2014, the only information us eager fans have been treated to is the casting of Bernard Curry as corrections officer Jake Stewart, Kate Jenkinson as new inmate Allie Novak and Sigrid Thornton as inmate Sonia Stevens.

But, is it possible we’ve finally been given the news we’ve all been waiting for?

Wentworth’s official twitter page has been oddly dormant since Jan 12th, Foxtel’s have been very silent on anything Wentworth and SoHo’s is the same applies to all three’s other social media accounts including Facebook pages.  Wentworth star Danielle Cormack though posted to her Instagram account attempting to set the record straight on the date

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The 25. 04. 2016 date falls into line with Wentworth’s usual premiere dates for an April start, so until official word comes through, as per usual, it’s a waiting game for us all!

 

The Truth is out There With X-Files ReBoot

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Let’s just put it out there….there is going to be a lot to take in during this first episode back of our favorite alien-hunters show The X-Files. With 9 seasons and two movies worth’s of back-log to go through, Mulder (David Duchovny) of Mulder and Scully (Gillian Anderson) gives viewers a 3 minute history lesson in the world of The X-Files.

In an attempt to catch up viewers not yet inducted into this world of aliens and conspiracy theories and to offer those who are, a nice slice of remembrance pie, Mulder pulls out the old case files and explains just what he and former partner Scully had been through. From the story of his missing sister to case photos showing very familiar villains of days gone by, it’s enough to bring even the greenest of fans up-to today’s case in point.

And that point? Conspiracy theory cover-ups of course! While the existence of such a thing within the X-Files world is nothing new, this specific conspiracy theory brought to our attention by a scaremongering Tad O’Malley (Community’s Joel McHale) which begs Mulder to question everything he and Scully had done during their time with the X-Files and justifiably, bringing the two back together once again.

So does this new installment of the X-Files feel like The X-Files? Well it helps to have Mulder and Scully back on board and AD Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) is back too plus everyone is still looking flawless (especially Anderson who is aging like fine wine) and – fans are going to love this – the original title credits have been left….untouched! So yes, for the most part this does feel like the X-Files. Mulder is now a recluse hermit still crazed and wanting answers, Scully is sort-of along for the ride even if at first she’d rather be back in the ER attaching ears to children who were born with none and there are UFO’s and aliens.

That said, there is so much jam packed into this first episode.  Some scenes of dialogue can be a bit much to take in, even for weathered X-files fans like myself. A certain scene involving Mulder linking Uber, Facebook, Snowden and the NSA (among a myriad of other things) all to a massive alien cover-up had me reaching for the remote to rewind and grasp some sanity of what lines he just spewed out. Throw that in with some flashbacks to Roswell and things seem a little less exciting once the rose tinted glasses come down.

It’s not until the last 10 minutes of this episode where everything falls into place and we begin to make sense of what Mulder had been banging on about this entire episode and just like Scully, we’re dragged right back into the X-Files.

The second episode which airs the following night flows much more like a proper episode as by this stage, the set-up has already taken place and we’re into full X-Files mode.

Considering the love of re-boots of late (Girl Meets World and Fuller House to name a few) The X-Files falls into the ‘on a winner’ box. 2009’s Melrose Place reboot went to hell because it refused to acknowledge any link to its original backing and last years Heroes reboot failed due to…well…pretty much the same reason. Thankfully, The X-Files welcomes its history with open arms and we welcome it with even wider arms. Fingers crossed this miniseries opens a door to brining back Mulder and Scully for a longer stay.

Episode one of this six episode reboot begins Jan 31st (6 days after it’s US release mind you) on Network 10.

P.S: Keep an eye out for former Melrose Place alum Doug Savant (Matt Fielding) playing a doctor you wouldn’t really want your children to see in episode two!

Tribute to David Bowie

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Why am I crying?  In all honesty, I haven’t thought of David Bowie in a long time.  His music will come on randomly on the jukebox at work “China Girl” “Lets Dance” “Fame” and I would admire the music, sing along to the parts I knew and continue about my daily tasks, yet for some reason, i’m sitting here unsuccessfully trying to hold back tears after learning of his passing.

Looking back, I didn’t shed a tear when Michael Jackson died same with Steve Irwin or Michael Hutchence as I had no emotional attachment or memory of them.  Princess Dianna however is another story.

But here’s the thing, to me, David Bowie will always be 80’s movie villain Jareth the Goblin King.  Today as a 35 year old, of all of his incarnations, this is the Bowie I remember fondly. This is the Bowie I remember sitting down to numerous times as a child to be enthralled by not only Sarah’s task of trying to rescue her baby brother Toby from the clasps of Jareth and his Labyrinth but the music that accompanied this magical movie.

Over the years, I would sporadically find myself on YouTube and somehow stumble onto three specific songs from this movie – all sung by Bowie – and find myself singing along and just smiling.

Maybe that’s why I’m having trouble holding back the tears.  Knowing the man we thought that was going to live forever and who created these three songs that make me smile and retain fond memories of my childhood is no longer with us.

You sir will be missed.

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7 POP VINYL FIGURES THAT NEED TO BE MADE!

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Without a doubt, one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons to take the collecting market by storm within the past few years is the POP! Vinyl figures by Funko.

The cute 3.75″ figures with distinguishing features and over sized heads have pretty much made their way into almost everyone’s home one way or another.  Between Funko’s tiny Mystery Minis, retro ReAction Figures and articulated Legacy Figures, It’s the POP! Vinyls that have truly made an impact on collectors.

With around 180+ licenses on hand, Funko have been able to give fans a little bit of collector colour to liven up desks, cars and shelves with everything from Walking Dead characters to Marvel Comic heroes to the FRIENDS cast and The X-Files’ Mulder and Scully all available for purchase.

I myself have a small selection of POPs that include specific characters that I’ve come to adore including Orphan Black’s Alison Hendrix, X-Men’s Storm, AHS Coven’s Fiona Goode and Game of Thrones Brienne of Tarth – plus I have some of the newly released FRIENDS POPs on my radar – BUT – looking at my collection, it does feel like there are a few lines missing that NEED to be made.

==Melrose Place==

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Easily the top of my WANT list.  The show that WAS the 90’s and made a special guest star out of Heather Locklear and declared “Monday Night’s a Bitch” still has a strong connection with fans to this day so having an Amanda Woodward in power suit, Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross) with removable wig, Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro) with stethoscope and Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) with a blackmailing envelope POPs would be awesome!

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Amanda Woodward, Kimberly Shaw, Michael Mancini, Sydney Andrews – Limited Edition POP: Sydney Andrews as Jungle Jane.

Following series: Jane Mancini, Alison Parker, Jo Reynolds, Jake Hansen, Billy Campbell and Matt Fielding.

 

==Clueless==

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Oh as if!  Just like Melrose Place was for TV, Clueless was the cool, funny, hip and witty movie of our generation.  Lines like “my plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose” and “She could be a farmer in those clothes!” are just the tip of the pop cultural phenomenon that was/is this movie.  The only trouble would be trying to decide what to dress Cher (Alicia Silverstone) Tai (Brittany Murphy) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) in (it’s reported that each character had almost 60 outfit changes during the movie!)

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Cher Horowitz, Dionne Davenport, Tai Frasier, Josh Lucas – Limited Edition POP: Cher Horowitz in her Alaia dress and coat.

Following series: Miss Geist, Murray Duvall, Amber Mariens and Travis Birkenstock.

Update – CLUELESS POPS are coming!  Set to be released in March 2016, Cher, Dionne AND Amber will be all available to buy and the best bit, i’m loving Amber and her ‘whatever’ pose!

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==SCREAM==

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Funnily enough, Funko already own a licence for Scream but for some unknown reason have yet to do anything with it besides a ghostface ReAction figure.  This clearly begs for at the very least, the first (and best of the series) movie’s cast to be given the POP treatment.

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, Dewey Riley, Billy Loomis. Limited Edition POP: Drew Barrymore as victim number one – Casey Becker.

Following series: Tatum Riley, Stu Macher, Randy Meeks and Cotton Weary.

==Sex and the City==

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With the classic Golden Girls cast set to be immortalized in POP form later this year, it only seems fitting that its more risque and equally popular successor gets the same treatment.  Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and co pushed the boundaries when it came to sex and sexual culture on television and quickly became a cultural phenomenon.

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbs, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Mr. Big – Limited Edition POP: Carrie Bradshaw in her pink tutu which we see plastered on the bus during the opening credits.

Following series: Steve Brady, short hair Carrie Bradshaw, Aidan Shaw and Trey MacDougal

==Will & Grace==

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This is surely a given considering a) FRIENDS POPs are on their way and b) the shows pop culture impact on introducing lead characters that are gay.  Will and Grace was just as popular as FRIENDS and tell me how many gay boys haven’t wanted to own their very own Karen Walker (with martini)?!

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Will Truman, Grace Adler, Jack McFarland and Karen Walker (with martini) – Limited Edition POP: Rosario Salazar

Following series: N/A

==Charlie’s Angels==

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“Hello Charlie!” You think 70’s, you think pop culture, you think gorgeous women kicking butt, you think Charlie’s Angels!  Weather it’s Farrah Fawcett in the red bathing suit or Kate Jackson being the sensibly dressed one, Charlie’s Angels had a hold on viewers world wide and it’s only fair we see them presented in POP Vinyl form.

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Jill Munroe, Kelly Munroe, Sabrina Duncan and Kris Munroe.  Limited Edition POP: Jill Munroe with skateboard.

Following series: John Bosley, Tiffany Wells and Julie Rogers.

==Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion==

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I’m just going to sit here and let the thought of this sink in……..

Romy and Michelle POP! Vinyls.

I KNOW RIGHT?!  The blondes who have more fun NEED some POP! Vinyl love for sure.  They could come holding little post-it notes or holding a flip-phone, could come dressed in 80’s Madonna-esque outfits or thier modern pink and purple dresses.  Either way, as long as I get to re create the “first you need to thermoset your resin”scene, i’d be very happy!

Suggested list of releases:

Series One: Romy White, Michelle Weinberger, Heather Mooney and Sandy Frink – Limited Edition POP: Romy and Michelle in “Business Women Special” outfits and/or Deathbed Romy and Michelle.

Following series: Billy Christianson, Toby Walters, Christy Masters and Lisa Luder

As I said, this is just MY wishlist but everyone out there has their own list of wants and needs.  Know of something you’d love to see POPed?!  Sound off in the comments below!

X-men Danger Room Protocols Channels 90’s Animated Awesomness

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Ask any X-Men fan about the comic book series during the 90’s and one of the first things talked about is the kick-ass animated series that saw the ever popular mutants brought to life for the very first time.

Even though the series ended in 1997, the animated series remains a favorite for X-men fans and to this day, retains a very cool nostalgic vibe to each and every episode.

Cut to early 2016, where Canadian animator Joel Furtado drops a sneak peek look at his “love letter to Marvel”, his own take on the X-Men in animated-meets-arcade-game form via X-Men: Danger Room Protocols.  An 18 episode animated series that borrows heavily from the original animated series from the 90’s, that will see various and well known members of the X-men pitted against their most dangerous foes.

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Check out the very cool trailer and a look at Joe and his plans for the series in the video below:

As you can see, everyone from Cyclops to Storm, Wolverine and Psylocke are all set to feature and battle it out against Mystique, Sabretooth, White Queen and Magneto with episode one featuring Wolverine and Jean Grey and titled ‘survival’ poised to be released on Joes YouTube Channel on Jan 19th – you know, that’s if Marvel and FOX don’t put a complete stop to the project before it ever see’s the light of day.

Either way, we’re loving the look and feel of what Danger Room Protocols is offering and can’t wait for the final product!

Update: Feb 2016 – Sadly, only one episode of this awesome work made the light of day…and for about 20 minutes before Marvel stepped in and shut the project down.  watch what creator Joe Furtado has to say about the situation over at his official website.

Series Review: Making a Murderer

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Steven Avery, the subject of Making a Murderer

I don’t know about you guys but the crime investigation channel is probably the most watched on pay TV in this household.  Everything from shows revolving around cold murder cases, rape, hostage survivor recount stories and killer wives are set to record as they air, feeding our desire for ‘true crime’ stories.

It’s “what’s hot” right now.

Netflix, seemingly picking up on this current viewer trend, recently offered up a 10 part, one hour episode documentary series titled ‘Making a Murderer’ that literally has hundreds of thousands of viewers enraged and intrigued all at the same time.

Put together over a space of a decade, this story is so crazy and farcical that  one could mistake it for being the plot of a major Hollywood movie or scripted HBO drama that after one single episode, I knew the next 9 hours of my life would be spent binge-watching the insane tale of Steven Avery and his battle to prove his innocence.

So by now, for those who haven’t seen it, you’ve seen the #MakingAMurderer tag flood twitter (it’s what got my attention) and seen your friends talk about Steven Avery on their Facebook posts and wondered ‘should I watch?!’.

The simple answer is YES.

Kicking us off in 2003, we meet up with Wisconsin native Steven Avery who is being released from prison where he served 18 years for a sexual assault and attempted murder – that he did not commit.  A mix of family squabbles, an aggravated (and corrupt) police department and a mayor not too keen on the less-than-perfect Avery family in his town saw Steven Avery classed as the only suspect and promptly found guilty.

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Ken Kratz – TV’s most hated villain of 2015/16

But things start looking up for Avery.  Determined to make a new life for himself Avery returns to the family auto yard business, he finds a girlfriend and becomes the poster child for judaical reform.  He’s even opened up a $32 million dollar lawsuit against the county for his time served, this however being at the behest of his lawyers who inform Avery to be wary about lawsuits against law enforcement as there could be repercussions.

Either way, Steven Avery is taking the road to reclaiming his life.

Then in the middle of Avery’s lawsuit, a young photographer by the name of Teresa Halbach goes missing and Avery – and his family find themselves reliving a similar nightmare.

To be clear here, the above starting from 2003….is just episode one….of ten.

I won’t reveal anymore (and I recommend to go in blind and not spoiled by a google search) but what follows over the next nine hours is some of the most mind boggling, enraging, infuriating, confusing, fist clenching, hair pulling television that will have you yelling at your TV, cringing every time District Attorney Ken Kratz opens his mouth or feeling sad for Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey who found himself drawn right into this horrible tale.  You will form opinions, you’ll change them, you’ll suddenly become the worlds best investigator and suspect everyone and constantly question items of evidence that are seen once and never heard of again.

If anything, you’ll be simply amazed at how the justice system failed Avery and how easily it was molded by those in charge to get the results wanted.

By the end of the ten hours you should have a pretty clear cut idea on Avery and Dassey’s innocence or guilt and then do your reading.  It might not make things as transparent as before.

Making a Murderer is available on Netflix Australia.

 

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