Monthly Archives: July 2013

Consider the Evidence: Is there an Arnold Schwarzenegger Curse? Part 1

Let’s be honest, when you think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie does the term ‘leading lady’ come to mind? No, in fact of almost all of Schwarzenegger films the ‘leading lady’ has had quite a little to do, add to that any lack of character development or story arc and you have some fairly unforgettable roles. In fact, most of these ‘leading ladies’ failed to make a mark in Hollywood even after starring in a movie with one of it’s biggest stars.

Here at Media Devour we stop at nothing to uncover the truth, go behind the curtain, and look into those dark corners…and we ask you to consider the evidence: Is there an Arnold Schwarzenegger Curse?

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks ‘Turbo’ Crash

turbo DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg had this to say about the poor performance of his animated film “Turbo”

“The film’s soft opening was a clear result of an oversaturated marketplace and difficult release date,” he said during a conference call with analysts and Wall Street to discuss the company’s strong second quarter results, thanks mostly to the success of “The Croods.” “It was a bad date.

We had an unprecedented jam up of animation releases,” Katzenberg told Variety. “We’ve never had anything remotely like this before. We don’t see this again for several years, if we see it at all.

Still DreamWorks believes “Turbo” “will be a profitable film for us,” Katzenberg said. “It’s a hit everywhere in the world, except for one territory (the U.S.).”

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New Comic Book Releases – July 31, 2013

Here is a definitive list of new comics and graphic novels out this week from the fine folks at Things from Another World (www.tfaw.com). Take a look!

89083 Guns #1 (of 6)

THE SEQUEL TO 2 GUNS, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES! Trench was a deepcover DEA agent. Steadman was an undercover Naval Intelligence officer. Now, after racing headlong across the Southwest, desperately outrunning Feds and mobsters alike while trying to clear their names, Trench and Steadman are pulled into another impossible situation: brokering gun deals between the Russians and antigovernment revolutionaries…from opposite sides. And little do they know, a Third Gun has her eyes set on the ultimate prizeand she won't go down without a fight. Creator Steven Grant (DAMNED, PUNISHER: CIRCLE OF BLOOD) returns along with original series cover artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) for more actioncomedy thrills!

PRICE:3.19 Order ‘3 Guns #1 (of 6)’ Now



890839 Minutes HC Vol. 01

ROBBING A BANK IS EASY, IT'S THE GETAWAY THAT'S HARD The bank is surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So what's the solution? Kill everyone in town!

PRICE:15.99 Order ’39 Minutes HC Vol. 01′ Now



8908Absolution Rubicon #2

The Polymath is murdering everyone in his path and laying waste to the city. John Dusk is determined to take him down again, but how can you stop a madman that is immune to every form of violence he's faced in the past? Heroes fall, legends die, and innocents are buried beneath the tides of violence. The body count continues to build as CHRISTOS GAGE returns to his violent crime filled and adrenaline fueled world.

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Video Viral: Trask Industries: Your Future

The viral campaign for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ has begun, first we saw that awesome sentinel head at Comic-Con, now some artwork and a corporate video for Trask Industries, the company that designs and creates the Sentinels, an army of robots designed to detect and kill all mutants.

In the Comics:

Bolivar Trask was an anthropologist who saw the rise of mutants as a threat to humanity. Bolivar was also the father of Larry Trask, who ironically is revealed to be a mutant precognitive. Bolivar had realized this, and gave his son a medallion which suppresses his power. Bolivar’s other child, Tanya, was also a mutant and her ability to travel through time causes her to vanish. Tanya would be rescued by Rachel Summers in a far future and become a part of the Askani under the alias Madame Sanctity. Tanya’s travels through time would result in property damage to Trask’s land. This mysterious situation would only further cement his attitudes.

Bolivar decides that humanity has to fight back against the mutants and develops robotic guardians for humanity, known as the Sentinels. His son Larry was protected from the Sentinels’ ability to detect mutants due to the medallion Bolivar had given him. Bolivar publishes articles on the threat of mutants. One of these articles showed an illustration of mutant overlords keeping humans as slaves. This illustration would become a symbol for human/mutant relations and several years later Quentin Quire and his Omega Gang would base their appearance on this picture.

In the Movies:

bill-dukeBill Duke portrays Secretary Trask in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’. Here, he is the head of the Department of Homeland Security. While a holographic Sentinel does appear in the film as part of a Danger Room session, Trask has no (presumed) connection to the Sentinels. However, he does appear connected with the ongoing adaptation of human weapons and tactics to mutant threats. It is also notable that in the comics, Trask is of a Caucasian ethnic background while the actor who portrays him in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ is African American. Also notable is that the film’s version of Trask seems to have no real hatred of mutants and is merely doing his job, as opposed to his comic-book incarnation that took great pleasure in making deadlier weapons to use against mutants.

Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.Peter Dinklage will portray Bolivar Trask as the main antagonist in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), Death at a Funeral (2007) (and its 2010 remake), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). Since 2011, he has starred as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor.

Required Reading:

Order “X-Men Days of Future Past” from Things From Another World Today!

Required Viewing:

X-Men
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class

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New Music Tuesday – July 30 2013

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The Civil Wars

Double vinyl LP pressing including bonus CD edition. 2013 release, the Country/Folk duo’s highly anticipated sophomore album. This self-titled full-length is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo’s acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow. The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo’s performance for the track “I Had Me a Girl” in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix. The album was recorded amidst a grueling touring schedule, exhausting workload and a growing disconnect from their families.

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Re-Animator (Vinyl)

Limited 180gm colored vinyl LP pressing of the soundtrack to this 1985 cult horror flick. Composer Richard Howard Band has scored more than 70 films, including From Beyond, which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Catalonian International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain. His score for Re-Animator was lauded by the magazine Music From The Movies, which said, ”Band’s music is dark and direct, creating an intense and eerie atmosphere, but always with a humorous touch”. Recorded in Italy in 1985, the Re-Animator score is performed by the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra. Layers of synth driven beats and eerie tonal figures layered by Richard Band make this score a classic within the horror genre, immediately recognizable amongst fans, and pays tribute to composer Bernard Herman (Psycho, Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane, Cape Fear).

All New Music Releases July 30, 2013

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New DVD Releases – July 30 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I.-Joe-RetaliationA follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

While visiting his mother’s grave, lamenting his inability to save her when she was killed in a home invasion when he was a child, Barry Allen—the super-speed superhero known as the Flash—is alerted to a break-in at the Flash Museum by Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and The Top. Defeating the Rogues, he discovers that they have been hired by his arch-enemy, the time-traveling Professor Zoom, to lure him in as part of a plan to destroy Central City. With the help of his allies in the Justice League of America, Barry foils Zoom’s plot. The next day, Barry awakens to discover that the world has radically changed around him: his powers have disappeared, his mother is alive, and the Justice League does not exist

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Comic-Con 2013 Cosplay Gallery

Fandom has moved past the Princess Leia metal bikini when it comes to sexy sci-fi cosplay. Today’s cosplayers draw inspiration from more than just sci-fi films, they use video games, television, comics, anime and beyond. They even design original creations from cyberpunk to steampunk and beyond, and cross dressing is not out of the question (sexy Doctor Who costume anyone?). Take a look at some of the images we culled from the web. Be sure to check out Tested.com’s cosplay coverage for even more amazing costumes and other amazing photographs.

Think I missed some or want to share your own work? Drop me a line at xoanon@theonering.net

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Box Office Winners July 26-28, 2013

The-Wolverine

Proving the Hugh Jackman and his mutant alter-ego still pack a punch, ‘The Wolverine’ reigned at the box office with an impressive $55 Million dollars. ‘The Conjuring’ came in second, still scaring audiences with $22 Million, meanwhile the minions are still showing (teeny-tiny) legs with ‘Despicable Me 2’ making $16 Million this weekend, its total gross is over $300 Million and rising. ‘Turbo’ and ‘Grown Ups 2’ round out the top 5, as an aside ‘R.I.P.D. still clings to life at 9th place, dropping a staggering -53% from last week. ‘Fruitvale Station’ has gone wide and racked in an impressive $4.6 Million.

Top 10 Films in the Box Office: July 26-28, 2013

#1 The Wolverine $55,000,000 (Total Gross $55,000,000)
#2 The Conjuring $22,130,000 (Total Gross $83,867,000)
#3 Despicable Me 2 $16,024,000 (Total Gross $306,413,000)
#4 Turbo $13,325,000 (Total Gross $55,768,000)
#5 Grown Ups 2 $11,500,000 (Total Gross $101,664,000)
#6 Red 2 $9,400,000 (Total Gross $35,074,000)
#7 Pacific Rim $7,540,000 (Total Gross $84,026,000)
#8 The Heat $6,850,000 (Total Gross $141,245,000)
#9 R.I.P.D. $5,857,000 (Total Gross $24,352,000)
#10 Fruitvale Station $4,657,000 (Total Gross $6,339,000)

Top 10 Films of 2013 To Date

#1 Iron Man 3 ($407,241,952)
#2 Despicable Me 2 ($306,413,000)
#3 Man of Steel ($286,818,000)
#4 Monsters University ($255,345,000)
#5 Fast & Furious 6 ($237,599,000)
#6 Oz The Great and Powerful ($234,911,825)
#7 Star Trek Into Darkness ($225,608,000)
#8 World War Z ($192,620,000)
#9 The Croods ($186,391,000)
#10 The Great Gatsby ($143,888,405)

Top Earning Production Studios (of top 10 films of the year)

#1 Buena Vista (Disney) $897,498,777
#2 Universal $544,012,000
#3 Warner Bros. $430,706,405
#4 Paramount $418,228,000
#5 Fox $186,391,000

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20 Years Ago Today: The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Siamese Dream’

SmashingPumpkins-SiameseDream On July 27th, 1993 American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins released their groundbreaking album, “Siamese Dream”. To mark this anniversary we present you a look back at the album.

Siamese Dream

Released: 27 July 1993
Recorded: December 1992 – March 1993 at Triclops Sound Studios in Marietta, Georgia, United States
Genre: Alternative rock
Length: 62:17
Label: Virgin
Producer: Butch Vig, Billy Corgan

Singles from Siamese Dream

Cherub Rock” Released: July 13, 1993
Today” Released: September 30, 1993
Disarm” Released: March 22, 1994
Rocket” Released: 1994

About Siamese Dream

The band’s debut album, Gish, was released on Caroline Records in 1991 to unexpected success and acclaim. After the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind later that year, The Smashing Pumpkins were hyped as “the next Nirvana”. The band was signed to Caroline Records parent Virgin Records and began recording a follow-up album. Frontman Billy Corgan felt “this great pressure to make the next album set the world on fire”. The immense pressure to succeed intensified an already problematic situation: drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was undergoing an increasingly severe addiction to heroin, guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky had recently ended their romantic relationship and Corgan, aside from battles with weight gain and suicidal depression, was suffering from his worst-ever bout of writer’s block.

Siamese Dream was recorded mainly between December 1992 and March 1993. The band relocated to Triclops Studios in Marietta, Georgia for the album sessions, so they could avoid local friends and distractions, and to cut Chamberlin off from his known drug connections. Butch Vig reprised his role as producer after working on their debut album Gish.

What the Critics Said

While Gish had placed the Smashing Pumpkins on the “most promising artist” list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/guitarist/leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer’s block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil; drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was addicted to hard drugs; and bassist D’Arcy and guitarist James Iha severed their romantic relationship. The sessions for their sophomore effort, Siamese Dream, were wrought with friction — Corgan eventually played almost all the instruments himself (except for percussion). Some say strife and tension produces the best music, and it certainly helped make Siamese Dream one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time. Instead of following Nirvana’s punk rock route, Siamese Dream went in the opposite direction — guitar solos galore, layered walls of sound courtesy of the album’s producers (Butch Vig and Corgan), extended compositions that bordered on prog rock, plus often reflective and heartfelt lyrics. The four tracks that were selected as singles became alternative radio standards — the anthems “Cherub Rock,” “Today,” and “Rocket,” plus the symphonic ballad “Disarm” — but as a whole, Siamese Dream proved to be an incredibly consistent album. Such compositions as the red-hot rockers “Quiet” and “Geek U.S.A.” were standouts, as were the epics “Hummer,” “Soma,” and “Silverfuck,” plus the soothing sounds of “Mayonaise,” “Spaceboy,” and “Luna.” After the difficult recording sessions, Corgan stated publicly that if Siamese Dream didn’t achieve breakthrough success, he would end the band. He didn’t have to worry for long — the album debuted in the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than four million copies in three years. Siamese Dream stands alongside Nevermind and Superunknown as one of the decade’s finest (and most influential) rock albums. ~ Greg Prato

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Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Details Announced

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time – and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor (Matt Smith) to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.

In the first part of series seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them – and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.

The 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London – but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of series seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl.

The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (Titanic, TRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, The Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, Snow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of The Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.

Complete Series 7 – Cover (3D) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Special Features:

  • Audio commentaries for: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide and The Crimson Horror
  • “Prequels” for: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2)
  • Pond Life
  • The Making of the Gunslinger
  • Creating Clara
  • Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode
  • Additional featurettes: Doctor Who in the US, Last Days of the Ponds, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con

Pre-Order Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series on Amazon.com

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