Archive for January, 2013

How cool is it that for the past few months we have had weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe comics? The Spike and Willow limited series’ have help to expand the scope of “Season 9” and its theme of a magic-less world without making the season drag on forever (my main criticism of “Season 8”).

Spike’s journey to “A Dark Place” has dealt with him getting over his feelings for Buffy and finding his inner “badass” again. The adventure has taken him from the dark side of the moon to the wreckage of Sunnydale and along the way he has knocked heads with Pearl and Nash,two of the “big bads” that Angel has been facing off with in Angel & Faith. Will the conclusion of Spike’s personal journey take him back to his former friend/foe/grand-sire?

Spike: A Dark Place #5
Official Description: Spike and his new demon companion are getting along really well… On Easter Island, the duo work to activate a remnant of magic to help get Nadia home. Spike has stars in his eyes, but the bugs are wary of Spike’s newest friend and their master’s overly relaxed attitude. Something seems off. He’s come out of his self-inflicted dark place a bit too swiftly… The conclusion! Coincides with events in Buffy Season 9.

The new issue hit stands this past Wednesday from Dark Horse Comics, writer Victor Gischler, artist Paul Lee, and executive producer Joss Whedon.

You can check out the full list of the 19th Annual SAG Awards nominees here. The winners are…

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo

We are only 20 days away from a new John McClane adventure in A Good Day to Die Hard and I’m surprised that I haven’t seen a lot more advertising for the action flick. We can thank the official Die Hard Facebook page for this awesome poster that looks back at the original flick.

Bruce Willis returns to the role that made him an action hero on February 14th where he is joined by Jai Courtney, who takes on the role of his son. Will A Good Day to Die Hard live up to the original? We’ll see…

Posted on January 26th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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The Golden Globe winners have been announced! Head over here to check out the full list of nominees.

  • Motion Picture (Drama): Argo
  • Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Best Actor (Drama): Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress (Drama): Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical): Les Misérables
  • Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria)
  • Animated Feature Film: Brave
  • Original Score: Life of Pi by Mychael Danna
  • Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall by Adele & Paul Epworth
  • Cecil B DeMille Award: Jodie Foster

  • TV Series (Drama): Homeland
  • TV Series (Comedy): Girls
  • Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Damian Lewis, Homeland
  • Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Actor in a TV Series (Comedy): Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Actress in a TV Series (Comedy): Lena Dunham, Girls
  • TV Movie or Miniseries: Game Change
  • Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Supporting Actor in a Series/Miniseries/TV Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Supporting Actress in a Series/Miniseries/TV Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Between DC Comic’s “New 52” and Marvel NOW! it is easy to get lost in the ocean of titles starring the big guns; Batman (and his extended family), Wolverine (have they been cloning him again?), Ironman (at least he has different armor in each title), Captain America (now in multiple dimensions)… the list goes on. Marvel especially has put a big push on its better selling characters/titles. They have released five issues of All New X-Men in under two months which leaves fans with very little extra coin to check out smaller/new books. Two of my favorite ongoing titles in the past decade have started as small creator owned titles but are now very recognizable; Powers and The Walking Dead. I always like to keep an eye out for new books and characters that have potential, which leads me to The Black Beetle. The series is a pulp style comic from artist/storyteller Francesco Francavilla, who has worked with both Marvel and DC Comics.

Last year I missed The Black Beetle in the three part “Night Shift” that ran in Dark Horse Presents #11 through 13, but I’d love to go back and check it out. The ten page preview for The Black Beetle: No Way Out is very cool and stylistic, as a pulp comic it hits all of the right marks and stands out from the crowd. The mystery (see the description below) hooks me in and I’m looking forward to seeing how the four part story plays out.

Official Description: Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters — taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what danger might that murderous bomber do to Colt City and Black Beetle?

The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 hits stands next Wednesday, January 16, 2013 from Dark Horse Comics. If you are burnt out from DC’s “New 52” and Marvel NOW!, then you might as well try something new.

Check out these great comics…


 

Posted on January 12th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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 85th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Les Misérables
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress

  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Original Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Paranorman

Best Documentary Feature

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Gatekeepers
  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Invisible War

Best Foreign Feature

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Django Unchained
  • Lincoln

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hitchcock
  • Les Miserables

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
  • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Best Short Animated Film

  • Adam and Dog
  • Head over Heels
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

Best Short Live Action Film

  • Asad
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Henry

Best Documentary Short

  • Open Heart
  • Redemption
  • Inocente
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Kings Point
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

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