- Just learned that Barry Nelson, the first actor to play James Bond, died the Saturday before last, April 7th. Cause of death was unknown at the time, but he was 89.
- As much as I like Ray Harryhausen's effects, they're dated. That's why I'm not dismissing the possible value of remaking Clash of the Titans. I loved the original as a kid, but it's not an untouchable thing for me. Besides, Harryhausen himself is revisiting the material.
- Image Comics is publishing a second volume of 24Seven, the robot-themed anthology.
- Art Grafunkel has a great steampunkish re-imagining of Marvel's scifi heroes, the Starjammers. Project: Rooftop liked it too and reviewed it alongside Nuno Alves' cleaner, but also cool version.
- I say this as someone who likes Eric Bana a lot, but the Hulk sequel just traded up.
- Johanna Draper Carlson notices something that almost makes me want to buy Marvel's The Loners mini-series. If you're a John Hughes fan, you should check out the link, 'cause it's pretty cool. Unfortunately, the comments on the thread suggest that the interior story isn't as awesome as the covers. (Johanna posted this before the July issue was solicited, but it continues the theme.)
- Looking over the solicits for DC's July comics, it looks like a couple of titles I don't usually get have especially good-looking plots coming up. The All-New Atom #13 features "jungle-dwelling little people" and has a cover with a sword-swinging Atom riding a frog while fighting a snake. Aquaman #54 realizes that the fatal flaw with Aquaman comics all these years is that there haven't been enough mermaids. Seems like a no-brainer in hindsight.
- If you needed more evidence that Bono is the coolest man on the planet: according to SuperHeroHype, he and the Edge are writing the music and lyrics to a Spider-Man musical.
Stuff No One Cares About But Me
- My favorite version of A Christmas Carol is the Alistair Sims one, mostly because of how convincing Sims is in the final scenes. His line, "I don't deserve to be so happy, but I can't help it," warms and breaks my heart at the same time. I've never seen any of Sims' other work, so I didn't realize that he'd also been in a series of films in which he played (in drag) the headmistress of what my fellow Newsarama blogger Chris Mautner calls "a posh school full of thoroughly violent and downright viscious little girls." I have got to see those. Incidentally, Chris brings it up because the films are based on a series of cartoons and a new movie is being made with Rupert Everett in the headmistress role. I'll have to see that, too.