Random Fandom Presents: Hail the Mighty Dinklage!

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Game of Thrones. You have heard of it, right?

Dragons, battles, political power plays, giant dire wolves, throne made of swords, Sean Bean not making it past the first season, Khaleesi…you’ve heard of it.

Everyone who has any sort of emotional connection or interest to the Song Of Ice And Fire Series knows that to become attached to a character is to set yourself up for a world of hurt. Author George R.R. Martin is infamous for Grim Reapering just about everybody he puts down on paper. And it’s not just the bit-part players. Mighty king, lowly serf, gallant warrior, scary-as-heck villain, fire breathing winged terror, protagonist, antagonist, fore-runner and filler, no one is safe.

With one exception.

Now that’s a theme song that makes for a fantastic ringtone. But it will get stuck in your head on loop for the next six hours. You’re welcome.

Peter Dinklage (also known as Tyrion Lannister in the television series) is the one reason why I bother trying to make sense of anything in the Martinverse. It’s not just the character (who ranks somewhere on my “Top Ten Fictional Men Who Actually Have A Personality And Know How To Use It” list) but also the actor who brings him to life. Peter Dinklage has Tyrion’s portrayal down to a science and he could honestly run circles around CGI dragons and make it look good. So many memorable moments are attributed to him.  Like this. Or this. Oh and especially this. (Warning: Spoilers ahead)

I could watch those all day.

Everything and anything related to the Game of Thrones television and book series can be found HERE. I had no idea that there was even a graphic novel series but any chance to look at more dragons and dire wolves is not to be passed up.

However there is more to Dinklage than just a fictitious fantasy world. The man is a highly accomplished actor that just doesn’t get enough credit. If it’s more Dinklage that you want then look no further than these films.

In Elf he flying tackles Will Farrel to the ground and goes all Grinch McScrooge on the happy-go-lucky elf. DinklageIn Knights of Badassdom he unleashes the George R. R. Martinness on the LARPing community by one-upping his co-stars with his seriously mad sword swinging skills. After all he is a battle hardened Lannister and knows how to handle a sword…or three. In X-Men: Days of Future Past not only does he nearly wipe out the entire mutant race singlehandedly he does it while looking like Ron Burgundy. Do you have any idea how hard it is to make Wolverine bleed? Dinklage does it with effort to spare.

Though he may not headline any blockbusters he certainly plays his supporting roles to the umpteenth degree and makes sure that all of his characters are memorable. Some way, some how, Peter Dinklage will always bring the awesome to the party. And we thank him for it.

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Week of Geek Bonus: Valentine, be my Player 2

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Hey Geeklings

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Whether coupled up, gloriously single, hanging with pals, significant others, family, pets or if you just like lots of pink, red and chocolate, here’s hoping it’s an awesome day!

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Week of Geek Breaking News: Brace yourselves…we thought it’d never happen…

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…but, just made official last night, Spider-Man will one day join the Avengers on the big screen.

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OH MY GOSH THIS IS HUGE!  I MEAN JUST HUGE!

Sure enough, last night Marvel announced that their studio managed to sign a deal with Sony Pictures, who have owned the cinematic rights to Spider-Man since 2002′s Spider-Man starring Tobey Maquire, which will allow the character to be folded into the epic cinematic universe Marvel and Disney have been creating since 2008′s Iron Man and will continue to do at least until 2019.

Again, and I cannot emphasize this enough, THIS IS HUGE!

Fans have wanted this FOREVER!  At least since everyone realized Marvel was doing something special with their studios and their interconnected film universe, but sadly years after they had sold the film rights to some of their biggest hitters (Spidey and the X-Men, to Sony and Fox respectively).  So fans have long awaited the day when Spider-Man or (preferably and) Wolverine could join the Avengers on the big screen as well as in the comics.  But it seemed it was not to be.

But rumors started to crop up late last year.  One of the things that was leaked after Sony was hacked was that they were considering coming together with Marvel over Spider-Man.  After five movies and a reboot, it had seemed for a while now that Sony had hit a wall with the web-slinger.  The trio of films starring Magquire (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3) started off strong but tanked by the third movie.  The reboot nobody really asked for, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, again started strong but didn’t quite take off with fans, critics or the box office.  The sequel was especially disappointing.

So, in the face of all of that, Sony apparently decided to at least let some of that very lucrative franchise back into the hands of Marvel and see what they can do together.  Movie studios can be extremely competitive, so fans never had much hope that something like this could happen, but Sony and Marvel decided to make it work.  And EEEEEEEEEEK!

So how is this going to work?  Well, based on what I’ve read, Spidey is going to appear in one of Marvel’s movies in the near future.  Most speculators agree that’ll likely be Civil War, which is due in May of 2016.  Spider-Man did have a big part to play in the Civil War in the comics, so that would make sense, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.  After an introduction in a Marvel movie, Sony will release a new Spider-Man film with likely a new actor to play him (don’t know who yet) in July of 2017 that’ll be produced by Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios.  In order to make room for a proper Spider-Man re-debut, Marvel has pushed back four of the nine movies it had announced last fallThor: Ragnarok will move to November of 2017, The Black Panther will move to July 2018, Captain Marvel will move to November 2018 (my Carol Corps t-shirt will have to wait in the closet a while longer) and The Inhumans will move to July 2019.  The two-parter Avengers: Infinity War is still on it’s original release dates (May 2018 and May 2019).

Still with me?  OK, good.  No word yet on how this will affect Sony’s planned Sinister Six movie.  Still, THIS…IS…HUGE!  Please join me in an epic geek dance as we all speculate as to how this will play out.  Welcome Spidey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Also gotta mention the new Marvel comic series starting in May, coming out of their upcoming Secret Wars storyline.  Meet A-Force, a new team of Avengers made entirely of women.

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WOW!

Oh Marvel.  You’ve made me and so many fans so happy over the last few weeks.  Never change smile face icon

Now, if only Fox would get on board…

The Library Lockdown is Coming…WHOA

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GizmoIt’s Friday night. It`s after dark. The doors are locked. The windows are barred. Cellphone batteries are running low. From 7 until the stroke of Midnight it is just yourself, a gathering of teens, and the librarians….somewhere in the dusty stacks of the library. There is no way out.

No way out.

You hear a creak. Or was it a groan? Could it be the heating kicking in or something else? You could swear you saw something move out of the corner of your eye.

Who’s that? Who’s there? What…what is THAT?!?!

Is that….80′s Retro??????

Acid-wash jeans. Big hair. Blue eyeshadow. Synthetic music. Shoulder pads. Legwarmers. Catchy one-liners. Neon. So much neon! It honestly hurts to look at it. The 80′s mothership is touching down at the Bathurst Clark and Pierre Berton Resource Libary for one night and one night only. Mark it down in your electronic calendars people because on Friday February 20th from 7:00pm- 12:00pm teens are being locked in the libraries. LIBRARY LOCKDOWN! But don’t worry, you won’t be alone.

The physical embodiment of all things 80′s will be there in full force for an interactive MuvChat screeing of the one, the only….Ferris Bueller!

Ferris PicWitness the reason why teens turned cutting class into a form of high art during the Neon Era and go to town with the texting commentary. Whip out those witty remarks while chowing down on some seriously rad noms and see who can come up with the most creative and ingenius way to skip school in today’s high-tech world. Who knows? Maybe you could be crowned the next Bueller.

After all, there can be only one in each generation.

(Ten points and a scrunchie to whoever gets these retro quotes)

But wait! What’s this? There is more to this lockdown than meets the eye?

At the library, we always go whole hog for these events. So get ready to venture off the beaten track because where we’re going we don’t need roads. Just Smartphones. And your minds.

There are prizes to be won! Prizes! Trivia Games! Scavenger Hunts! Maker Kits! And Pizza! AND IT’S ALL FOR THE LOW LOW COST OF FREE!

Say what now?

You heard me. Free. As is nadda. You get all of this awesome and all you have to do is show up ready to rock socks and take names. Because we all know how intense library-wide scavenger hunts can get. You thought Hunger Games was tough? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

So if you ever wanted to get locked in a library and try your hand at the sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die…(can anyone finish this line?)….aspect of the 80′s teen years then c’mon down! Give us a call, our digits are 905-653-7323, come on in and chat us up, grab some friends and plan a carpool for the night. I can promise you this. You don’t need a license to drive in order to have a wicked time on the library’s dime.

Be seein’ you at the Lockdown. And remember, be excellent to each other.

 PARTY ON DUDES!
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Week of Geek: More news from Marvel (Daredevil!), plus do we now have the best Belle ever?

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Hey Geeklings.

Yet more news from Marvel today, for your reading/viewing pleasure.  Seems you can’t go a few days without Marvel having something to talk about.  Thus is a sign of a company having a good moment.

Today, they unveiled their first trailer for their first Netflix series.  May I present our first big look at Daredevil.

EEEEK!  We have Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, lawyer by day, vigilante by night, blind but with heightened senses, protecting the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen (not the Gordon Ramsay show, though those contestants could use some protection, but the neighborhood in Manhattan famous for it’s high crime rate).  The tone from this series seems to be a little grittier than previous Marvel Cinemas endeavors, and it does not shy away from the blood.  We’ve been told that this series, though definitely a part of the greater Cinematic Universe, will likely be relatively contained and will feel more like a crime show.  This is a hero who gets his hands dirty.

BTW, if you’re wondering why this Daredevil looks more like the Dread Pirate Roberts than the red-suited hero you’re likely envisioning, it looks like the Netflix series, at least in the beginning, will use the black costume first introduced in Frank Miller’s graphic novel Daredevil: Man Without Fear, but Murdock will eventually get the red costume as the series goes on.  Apparently he’s building up to that as he takes his first steps into vigilantism.

You can read more about The Man Without Fear by placing holds on Daredevil: Season 1, Daredevil: Volume 1 or read more of Frank Miller’s work with the character with Daredevil: Born Again.

Last week, Marvel gave us a couple of other tidbits too.  Firstly, another Doctor Who alum will be joining the Marvel Universe (after Christopher Eccleston’s performance as villain Malekith in Thor: The Dark World).  10th Doctor (and my personal favorite) David Tennant (EEEEP!) will be joining Netflix’s second Marvel series AKA: Jessica Jones as villain Zebediah Killgrave aka The Purple Man.

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In the comics he is actually purple, but no word yet on how closely the show will stick to that particular point (will Tennant spend hours in a make-up chair, as so many famous Marvel players have done before him?).  I am so stoked, as always, to see Tennant in another series, and joining the Marvel U as well.  Seems all my favorite people are finding a home there (*cough* Cumberbatch *cough*).

And, also released last week, care of Fox, a brand new teaser trailer for this August’s reboot of a classic Marvel superteam.  May I present, the Fantastic Four.

Wow.  Spacey.

Some have already compared the trailer to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, as having a similar vibe.  For an indepth look check out EWs page here.  By all accounts it seems the movie is going to tap into the Ultimates version of the team (really quick; the Ultimates is a series of Marvel comics that create a separate world and timeline for many of their most famous characters.  It’s meant to be a jumping off point for new readers and tends to be ”edgier” than the established series).

I’m not as familiar with this team as with other players in Marvel, except for watching a bit of the 1994 animated series (it had a theme song that will stay in your brain forever.  Years later I still hum it every now and then.  Click this video to see what I mean.  The 90s were a weird time, don’t judge us!)  For more reading on the team try Fantastic Four: Season 1 and Fantastic Four: Volume 1.  Or if you wanna place a hold on the last attempts to bring this team to the big screen, click here and here.

And finally, Disney had a casting announcement.  They seem to be determined to create live-action versions of their Disney Princesses, starting with Cinderella in March (with a Frozen short playing right before it.  Yay!).  Last week they announced that they found their leading lady for their new musical version of Beauty and the Beast.  Their choice…Emma Watson.  As in Hermione Emma Watson!

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Seriously, how perfect is that?  Bookish AND beautiful?  Few actresses could pull that off, but Watson proved in Harry Potter that she has both in spades.  Ooooo, my favorite princess played by an actress who brought one of my favorite witches to life?  Happy Day!

And we all know what the real take-away from that movie was, right?

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Did you guys have anyone else in mind as your ultimate Disney princess who tamed a beast?  Post away below.

Stay tuned Geeklings.  More news a’comin!