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Well, thanks Tron! Now what do I do?

So I went to see Tron: Legacy the other night. What did I think? I enjoyed it. Plot-wise it wasn’t really up to much, but then I really didn’t think it needed to be. I mean, logically, it had massive similarities to the first film, at least in the sequences. The light cycle game, followed by an escape, the chase to the centre of ‘town’, on  the light transport thingy, etc. I didn’t care though!

Watching this and also Gren Hornet, both in 3D makes me really want all movies to be done this way. The transparent levels and the visuals in general, are quite brilliant. The CGI for Jeff Bridges, was also amazing. It looked like they’d filmed those scenes 20 years ago.

However, watching the movie has had another impact on me. For a start getting home, I glanced up at a nearby building, that has a vertical colour stripe on the side and I saw this

So the question was…Had I made it home, or was I somewhere on the grid? The main effect it’s had on me is that I’m desperate to get back into serious programming. Movies like this always have this effect on me. I guess I can never get rid of the techie inside, no matter what.

Of course, I don’t have time to do everything that I’d like, working a regular job and all, but maybe my regular job needs to cover one of my interests? Maybe I need to re-incorporate my techie leanings back into work.

I’ll need to do something, as I can only have the time to write, or to code in my spare time, so which will it be?

Currently, I’m writing a double episode of ‘Star Patrol’, for John-Paul Atley, which is likely to be the finale of the web series. The web series itself, launches with a preview this month and it’s set to be a great escape back to the 70’s style Sci-Fi series. If you read this JP, don’t worry, I’ll be finish it 😛 I won’t be quitting writing just yet, plus it’s a great project to be a part of. You can join the FB fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Patrol-Film-Fan-Page/175448339135207 and there’ll be a Twitter profile soon.

There are also 3 full feature scripts in my head, or in note form and I think i need to get them out of my system!! So I think, as I’ve been typing I’ve come to a conclusion, or at least a plan. Re-work my techie/nerdness back into my job and continue writing in my spare time? I think that’s it, but let’s see how that pans out.

The Matrix in 3D, Betelgeuse and Living the Tatooine Dream

If ever there was a trilogy that should have been in 3D, it’s the Matrix…Well maybe Star Wars as well, but it appears we may, at some point, see a little piece of Star Wars ”live”.

Firstly, our most excellent friend, Keanu Reeves has ‘Revealed’ that the Wackowsky?Werkowski?…Okay I know how to spell it, it’s Wokauwski? Woah! Cows Ski? (That’s the Keanu version). Sorry, the Wachowski brothers have said that they’re in treatment phase of Matrix 4 and 5.

It seems a lot of people were disappointed with 2 and 3, but I wasn’t, I loved those films, though the first is clearly the best, they’re collectively one of the most important collections in my DVD, errrr…collection.

I always thought that we were going to see more from the Matrix world, especially the way it was left. I mean everyone must have seen the Jesus comparisons on the films right? Neo is the unlikely saviour, okay he’s not a carpenter, but aren’t programmers the guys who REALLY build things now? By the third film, he has a full following and finally gives his own life to save everyone. All obvious, right? However, it’s also obvious that there’s one final chapter missing from the Nazareth story and that’s the resurrection. As soon as the third film was finished, I was thinking “The Matrix: Resurrection”, would be on the way and hopefully now, it is. Personally, I can’t wait.

So…More Matrix films and now more Betelgeuse? Okay, not quite the same as the Michael Keaton film, but it’s causing more of a stir than an anticipated comedy sequel. Apparently the star is going to go supernova and when it does, we’ll potentially have, what looks like 2 suns in the sky, just like Tatooine, in Star Wars!! Cool, right? Okay, it might not be cool. Maybe it’ll affect our gravitational pull, maybe we’ll all be sucked into a black hole, maybe…Well, you get the picture, right? It may happen in 2012, so the Armageddonists are probably loving it, right now.

So will we be seeing two suns, like the image above? I would’ve thought it was unlikely. Betelgeuse is about 640 light years away, so unless this event happend 639 years ago, we’re not likely to see it in the sky, right? Surely it means that if it happens next year, we’ll see it in 2652, right? Come on @ProfBrianCox and @Prof_S_Hawking , sort it out! Dammit! Sorry people, your Tatooine dreams will have to wait a while longer. I mean, we’ve all Star Wars dreams, right? Even I have. Mine had @ItsJessicaBiel @Nikki_Griffin @BambolaBambina and @AdrianneCurry in it. No! It wasn’t THAT type of dream. Nikki and Jessica as X-Wing Pilots, Adrianne in her Leia bikini and Allessandra as Boba Fett (Sorry @Daniel_Logan ). Again, not THAT type of dream – Jabba ruined the mood. I guess we can all dream, though…right?

Remakes, Reboots and Returns

Well there world seems to be overrun right now with remakes and reboots, both in the Film and the TV world. There’s been news that Total Recall is being remade/rebooted (Whatever you want to call it), with Colin Farrell playing the lead, Spiderman has been rebooted with a new lead (Does look like he fits the part, though), but the one that’s sticking in everyone’s throats, so it seems, is the Buffy re-make. We’ll talk about that later.

TV-wise, there are a few new US-based remakes. ‘Shameless’, with Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy, is one. Not really a fan of the UK original, so can’t imagine watching the US version. Another is ‘Being Human’, of which I’m a big fan. I’m hoping that this one won’t be a complete failure and will actually work, but we’ll see. Talking of failed US re-makes, one that sticks int he mind, was ‘Red Dwarf’, which had a really short-lived life in the US. However, there’s good news about the small rouge one. A new series has been commissioned and will start filming in the autumn!! Woohoo!

A couple of years ago, the UK TV channel ‘Dave’ aired a 3 part RD mini-series, ‘Back to Earth’, which had its critics, but it was GREAT to have it back. I thought that was going to be it, the end of RD, but the boys (and hopefully girl) are coming back. I for one can’t wait and I’m hoping it’ll be the full cast and Danny John-Jules, Craig Charles, Robert Llewyllyn and Chris Barrie are joined by Norman Lovett and Chloe Annett.

A full series with the full cast would be a dream for everyone, I’d imagine, so roll on 2012 (Provided the world doesn’t end of course!). There is one issue for me, though and that’s the fact that, since moving to Amsterdam, we only get the BBC channels, so somehow I’ve got to work out how to get ‘Dave’ over here, or find another way of watching. A few of the Dwarfers are on Twitter. @DannyJohnJules is one there, along with @DougRDNaylor and finally @Bobbyllew , so add these guys, it’s worth it! Also, don’t forget to tune in to Robert’s brilliant ‘Carpool’ and ‘Fully Charged’ web series’, you won’t regret it. http://www.llewtube.com/

Next up is ‘Being Human’, a great series from the Beeb, the latest of which starts it’s 3rd series tonight on BBC 3, at 9pm GMT.

I think it’s always a big shame that in the UK, most series only run for 6 episodes, because a year is a long time to wait for the next airing. No more bitching…it’s back! Now this is one re-make that I’d like to see succeed and that’s mainly because I’m a fan of Sam Witwer (Smallville, BSG), so I hope it succeeds for his sake.

As far as the UK cast goes, there are a couple of Twitter to follow, @russelltovey and fellow Werewolf @SineadKeenan – Go follow them.

Finally…Buffy. Hmmmm, this is a controversial one, isn’t it? A film without Whedon? Crazy right? Well, actually yes, how can it not be? How can Joss not have any involvement?

Back in the day (Seems like a lifetime ago), WB released the Whedon penned ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ to theaters everywhere. However, much as his name was on it, it seems that the director/producers etc. made a bit of a hash of it. Most Whedeonites dislike the film, but I actually like it, for what it is, especially as we didn’t have the series to compare it to back then. The movie, starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry, was probably a bit too slapstick in humour and didn’t seem to have the sharp wit that we’ve grown to love across all of the Whedonverse (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible).

However, surely WB have realised the strengths in Joss’ writing/directing, right? Sadly, that’s unlikely. Now the new film apparently has a writer, Whit Anderson and she’s on Twitter @Whitand , however, it’s not fair to give her grief for writing a film that most of us would give our right eye to have an opportunity to write. She’s a writer, give her a break. It’s hard enough for script writers to get work, or have their work used, as it is, without blaming them for things out of their control. We can only hope that WB see sense and get the man involved.

So finally, more Twitter accounts, this time for the Whedonverse…and there are LOADS!

@NicholasBrendan @AlyDenisof @ElizaDushku @CLCarpenter1970 @AnthonySHead @Amber_Benson @JulieBenz @JennyAndTeets @JulietLandau @ChristianKane01 @JonnyWallet @JimmyLeary @MarkDLutz @AdamSBaldwin @AlexaDavalosD @NathanFillion @Summer_Glau @MissMorenaB @JewelStaite @ActuallyNPH @ClareBerry @SethGreen @FeliciaDay @emmacaulfield @TomLenk @Camden_Toy @Dichenlachman and @Whedonesque – I think that’s all of them, I may add more, if I’ve forgotten anyone. So add them and pray Warner Brothers wake up a little.

Batman, Ricky Gervais and the future, by George Lucas.

So…Been interesting lately, hasn’t it? Let’s take a look at it all, shall we? Ricky Gervais has apparently pissed lots of people off, by being funny at the Golden Globes, there have been new castings for the new Batman film and finally, the Green Hornet has revealed that George Lucas is predicting the future.

Yup, in the same week where it’s been announced that Sir Ricky of Gervais is going to appear in ‘The Office” (US Version), he hosted the Golden Globes. He was very funny. Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino thought so. A huge amount of actors/actresses on Twitter etc seemed to think so. @nikki_griffin found it funny. However, certain ‘Victims’ didn’t seem to like it. GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR! For christ sake, what is it? Are you in a fragile place? Are you sensitive that your careers are downward bound? Are you afraid that the mistakes that you’ve made, clearly in the public eye, have been mentioned? For the sake of the ratings of the Globes, get RG back in for next year and then ‘even more’ people will watch.

No, it’s not just a gratuitous picture of Anne Hathaway, it’s there because she’s been cast as Catwoman in ‘Dark Knight Rises’. In addition, Tom Hardy has been cast as Bane. Great casting for both, I think and having Hardy in a Batman film is going to be special. Anyone that’s seen Inception, Bronson, Star Trek: Nemesis (Sorry, I had to) and Wuthering Heights, will know how good a range this guy has got. Anne Hathaway? Great actress actually and I think she fits the bill for a new Catwoman. Shame we have to wait until July next year for the release.

Picture Quote: “Listen Lucas, if you tell me there’s no time to make the 3D Star Wars flicks and Kato will bust a cap!”

In other superhero news, The Green Hornet has been hanging out with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, apparently and had the dubious pleasure of listening to Georgie boy, revealing that we’re all going to die in 2012. TYPICAL, Lucas tells us the ending, but doesn’t tell us how we get there. Not a surprise really, given he can’t count to 6 properly. Basically, the mathematically challenged one, spent 20 minutes talking about how the end is nigh, much to Seth Rogen’s surprise (For those who live in a cave, Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet. Okay, he’s not REALLY the Green Hornet, that’s Britt Reid, he just played him in the recent film). Now, of course, through a spokes person, Lucas has said he was only joking. George Lucas has a sense of humour? Who knew? I’ll have to check with @Daniel_Logan @AdrianneCurry . Now we know that the world will end next year, we can all book flights on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ships and we’ll be saved!

Non-Cookers, Hell’s Kitchen and Food Delivery

Here in Amsterdam, I’d say that it’s quite interesting that most people don’t seem to cook. At least, it seems that way, as the majority of the houses/apartments have tiny kitchens. It took us a good while to find an apartment with a decent, workable kitchen. I wonder what it is. Are the Dutch scared of cooking? Maybe they’ve watched too many episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen”

Maybe they all are scared, or maybe they just don’t like doing it. There are other options, however, i.e. eating out, or maybe getting a take-away. Or maybe it’s this awesome website we found http://www.thuisbezorgd.nl/ It really is quite fantastic. Go to the website, type in your postcode (Dutch postcode, obviously) and you’re given a list of every food delivery place, across every food type. Not only that, it only shows you the ones that are open at that time! Genius!

So, if you’re in Amsterdam and you’re hungry, without the energy to cook, or go out, check the site out. You won’t regret it.

 

Star Sign Changes? What? Now? How?

So…How many of you out there have been wide-eyed, staring in the mirror at your Aquarian tattoo, when you’re now a Capricorn? Whoops! Not me, I don’t believe in all that star spangled gobbledegook, but a lot of people do and have lived their lives with it. Double Whoops!

Not only have the Star Signs changed, but there’s a new one Ophiuchus. What the fuck? Why the Fuck? and How the fuck? are questions no doubt bouncing around all of your heads right now.

First…What are the new dates:

Capricorn
January 20 to February 16

Aquarius
February 16 to March 11

Pisces
March 11 to April 18.

Aries
April 18 to May 13

Taurus
May 13 to June 21.

Gemini
June 21 to July 20

Cancer
July 20 to August 10

Leo
August 10 to September 16

Virgo
September 16 to October 30

Libra
October 30 to November 23

Scorpio
November 23 to November 29

Ophiuchus
November 29 to December 17

Sagittarius
December 17 to January 20

“Oh God, I read my stars this morning and it said I’d win lots of money, but now my new stars says that if I leave the house, my world will fall apart….Arrrggggghhhhh, where’s the nearest bridge, I need to jump!” – I hear you cry. Well don’t panic, apparently many are saying that it only counts for people born after 2009. Phew!! No need for laser surgery people, those tatts are okay. Goddam Moon with it’s gravitational pull. Goddam @Prof_S_Hawking and @ProfBrianCox for not warning all of us, especially those 2 year olds, who’ve gone out and got the water carrier tattooed on their arms, goddam you, I say!

However, the new sign, Ophiuchus, would look better as a tattoo than most, take a look:

Pretty good right? Also, it’s ‘The Serpent Bearer’, cool, right? Yeah, all getting on board now, aren’t we?

So, stop panicking people, you’re star signs are safe. Mystic Meg was sweating there for a while, but, she’s right back in the game and has another sign to ‘predict’ to boot! And @OllyCromack? Relax, you’re still a Capricorn, dude.

Good times, people. The times they are a changing.

Dropping Birds, TV shows and Impending Doom

So, it’s been an odd 10 days since we entered the new year, right? I can’t believe that it’s just me thinking this. Let’s take a look at the events already past.

First, birds have been dropping from the sky at an alarming rate, across several countries. Now, I’d usually just think it was just one of those things, but with all the talk of ‘2012’ etc. I thought a little hard about it. There was something about it that rang a bell. ‘Flash Forward’…that was it, the experiments in the TV show, caused birds to fall out of the sky!! Just quickly, did anybody else watch that show? As @Nikki_Griffin (Follow her on Twitter, BTW) pointed out to me, obviously not, as the show was cancelled, so I’ll continue. Does this mean that we’re embarking on a year where things from TV and film will come true?

Let’s look at where we are with that. Star Trek? We have those doors that automatically open and the PADDs that they used (iPad), right? Star Wars, we have robots, right? Well sort of. We now have cars that talk, we have space ships, okay shuttles and those Virgin Galactic thingies on the way and we’re off to Mars soon. And NOW we have birds dropping out of the sky, like Flash Forward. What’s next? People with superpowers? People being chased by Polar Bears across Hawaii? Oh, it’s all gonna happen in 2011, you just wait and see!

Issue is, with the birds dropping, crabs and fish washing up dead, it’s more likely that this is apocalyptic shit. Not a good time to move to Amsterdam and live in the docklands area. Any tidal wave and we’ll be swimming with the mermaids (I’m assuming they’re going to turn out to be real too).

So, what do we do? Do we sit at home, scared to go out and get bird-rained on? Do we worry that Sylar is after our powers (You KNOW we have them!)? Nah, I say we ignore the impending doom and get to writing our dreams down. Get it all filmed and watch that shit come true.

Happy New year!