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PAUL MCGANN!!!!

HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK!!!

PAUL MCGANN!!!!!

Technically, he’s appeared in more Doctor Who things than any of the others through the audio plays and such, but he only got the made-for-tv movie which aired on FOX when they tried to revive the series for an American audience in 1996.  Holy fuck, it’s so good to see him back!

“The Night of the Doctor” takes place during the Time War.  And we finally get some answers as to which version of the Doctor John Hurt represents.  What? Answers? From Moffat? Naaaaaaaaaah.

This is a great setup for “The Day of the Doctor” so why don’t we just drool over the latest trailer now:

I’m actually shaking with excitement as I type this!

At 59, Jackie Chan Can Still Kick Your Ass

Longtime Jackie Chan fans are well familiar with the Police Story films.  This is a reboot of the franchise.  Instead of a Hong Kong cop like the previous version, Jackie will be playing a mainland cop.  I’m not too versed in Chinese cop culture so I don’t know the significance, but I do know that this looks absolutely brutal.

Jackie is know for his acrobatics and physical humor, but I love seeing him in dramatic roles.  And the way this thing is cut, I get the sense that this is going to be a very serious Jackie.  Hopefully, we’ll get a US release in theaters at some point.  I’ll be keeping an eye out.

Watch Day of the Doctor in THEATERS!!!!!!

Now With More Explosions!

Everything is more ominous with explosions.

Day of the Doctor will premier on November 23 and to celebrate, BBC America is simulcasting the premier in theaters across the US!  Tickets are on sale from Cinemark and Fandago at the following theaters:

  • Los Angeles
    Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
    Century Huntington Beach Bella Terra + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • New York
    AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY)
    Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)
  • Chicago
    Century Evanston + XD (Evanston, IL)
    Cinemark at Seven Bridges + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)
  • Philadelphia
    Cinemark Rave University City Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
    Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth
    Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)
  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
    Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
    Cinemark Rave Fairfax Corner + XD (Fairfax, VA)
  • Houston
    Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (The Woodlands, TX)
  • Atlanta
    Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
  • Seattle-Tacoma
    Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinema (Bellevue, WA)
  • MinneapolisAMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)

And if you miss it in theaters on Saturday, Fathom Events will be rebroadcasting Day of the Doctor in select theaters.

I imagine tickets will be selling out so if you live anywhere near these cities, get to clickin’!

From: BBC America

Our First Look at the Winter Soldier!!!


“I got red, white, and blue on your ledger.”

“That’s not my ledger.”

Awwwww riiiiiiiiight!

So holy hell, Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like a lot of fun.  The interpretation of Falcon is pretty cool.  I like seeing Natasha back in action.  Steve looks amazing.  And man, Winter Soldier looks fucking fierce.  It looks like it’s going to be S.H.I.E.L.D. vs S.H.I.E.L.D., fear vs freedom, that sort of thing. Can’t wait!!

Tony Jaa Teaches Vin Diesel Kickboxing for F7

There’s nothing guilty about the pleasure I get from sitting in a theater and watching a Fast and Furious movie.  I’ve seen ’em all and I love them all and not in a hispter ironic way.  Love the series.  But I’ve always felt in need more knees to the face.

Fortunately, Tony Jaa is here to deliver.  He’s been cast for the seventh movie playing some guy who kicks cars and elbows gear shifts.  I have no idea who he’s playing.  I don’t care.  I love him and I want to see him in more things.

So here he is teaching Vin Diesel how to knee things in the face!

The Legend of Wan Was Amazing!

I'm a Lion Turtle. You're argument is invalid.

I’m a Lion Turtle. You’re argument is invalid.

So here’s the really frustrating thing about The Legend of Korra.  Last week, we learned about the origin of bending and Wan, the first Avatar, in a two episode arc.  It was pretty damn amazing.  The art direction was phenomenal.  I love the watercolor textures and style of the backgrounds.  The Lion Turtles were fucking amazing.  We learned a lot more about the Spirits and what they have to do with the world.  And we got to see a lot of growth from Wan.

It was absolutely amazing.  Best episodes yet.  And that’s the frustrating part!  They clearly know how to develop characters, to make them interesting and flawed, to set up conflicts that are complex and nuanced.  They can do all that in just two episodes.  So what the hell is going on with the main show?

After seeing Wan’s arc, I could buy the argument that since they have more episodes to play with, they’re taking their time with Korra.  I don’t know.  I nearly gave up on the show when they gave Korra amnesia.  I always look at that as a crutch.  Oh, our hero needs to rediscover themselves so we the audience can be reminded why they’re the hero? Then you failed at your job because we shouldn’t need a reminder!  But meeting Wan was really awesome and it sort of gives Korra a fresh start.  Which is annoying because she shouldn’t have needed a fresh start.

Sooooo I’m still going to be watching Korra like I was anyway.  But now I’m kind of excited to see where the show takes her.  I’m willing to spend more time with her even if she annoys the shit out of me.  Wan figured his shit out in two episodes.  Maybe it’ll just take Korra a little longer.  BUT THEN WHAT THE FUCK WAS SEASON 1 FOR—no nope, I’m not gonna rage quit.  Let’s just give the show a chance.

Gundam Build Fighters Is Kind of My Childhood Dream Come to Life!

I guess this is a week of me catching up on my Gundam!

The spiritual successor to Gunpla Builders Beginning G (which I loved the hell out of), Gundam Build Fighters is a very meta show.  Instead of taking place in a distant future with space colonies and new types, the main setting for Build Fighters is a little Gunpla store in a small town in Japan.  A young Gunpla builder, Sei, manages the shop with his mother and dreams of becoming a great Gunpla Fighter like his father before him.

I once dreamed of having a Gunpla shop.  I would have a little work area in the back where I’d put together kits for display.  It was an awesome dream.  So it’s very satisfying to see Sei living my dream even if it’s in anime form.

Anyway, back to the show.  To become the very best, like no one ever was, you must test your mettle in the Gunpla Fight.  This is a virtual battle where you get to pilot your Gunpla.  The better the model, the better your virtual Mobile Suit, although the Gunpla seem to take real damage when they fight so maybe it’s not so virtual.

Certainly, this show is mostly a toy commercial.  It’s more toy whorey than the most form changing Tokusatsu show.  Every kit that the kids build on the show will be available for purchase so you can build along.  And each kit in the Build Fighters line will have the same frame so you can mix and match parts to create your very own custom.  I think they will also be selling cards which will work with the Gundam Try Age arcade game.  I’m not entirely certain how that will work, but it sounds like the cards you get will allow you to customize your own fighter in the game which sounds fucking awesome!

It’s not the epic space opera that I usually like in my Gundam.  But it’s awesome fun.  And there are all sorts of franchise references like that one dude named Mr. Ral who is totally Ramba Ral.  Not sure if it’s a good jumping on point for new viewers (you should check out AGE), but it’s a lot of fun.

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