We reported yesterday that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) has been given the green light for his Alien film which will "negate" the awful Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
CNN's Brandon Griggs offers up five things that Blomkamp should heed if he doesn't want to screw up his big chance.
All make sense to me but one: "Have them attack Earth."
Invading space aliens have been a science-fiction staple since at least 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." But having a marauding alien terrorize Times Square or scamper down Sunset Boulevard would look pretty silly.
The "Alien" movies have generated suspense largely through the claustrophobic feel of humans trapped in enclosed spaces with deadly critters who might pop out at any moment.
So instead of Earth, what about this: What if an alien stowaway or two infiltrate an exclusive space colony -- like Blomkamp's own Elysium?
It might be satisfying to see the toothy monsters wreak havoc on a bunch of pampered elitists.
Au contraire, Brandon. Again, I give you Mark Verheiden and his Dark Horse "Aliens" series. In these masterful tales, the Aliens do invade Earth, but it isn't as Griggs worries.
As I wrote six years ago:
... a derelict spacecraft has made its way back to Earth orbit, one of its pilots with an Alien “facehugger” attached to him. Uh-oh.
The Company takes the pilot into possession and keeps close tabs on him. And wouldn’t ‘ya know it? He’s impregnated with a queen. How lucky for the Company! Of course, they keep the queen sequestered and allow it to lay eggs at will, which they hope to eventually use as weapons. Somehow. Meanwhile, the government organizes a mission to the Alien homeworld. Unbeknownst to it, the Company has jetted off its own craft right behind the military one. That Company is just too damn greedy!
You can imagine what follows: The imprisonment of the Alien queen goes awry ...
Y'see, the public isn't even aware of the danger -- and the sheer magnitude of it -- until it's way too late. The spread of the Alien hives is exactly like a deadly viral epidemic: slowly, surely, everyday conveniences and services begin to fail, eventually everyone fends for themselves, and the Aliens take over.
That is spooky, and unlike Griggs's suggestion doesn't sound exactly like the first Alien film (and third and fourth). The queens even affect human dreams (and nightmares) via a form of telepathy which sort of acts like a foreshadow of events to come. Freaky as hell, I'm telling you!
Griggs also says that Blomkamp shouldn't worry about the events in Prometheus at all. This is fine; however, Blomkamp will have to be careful about canon here -- the "Space Jockey" isn't an alien at all but one of humanity's progenitors, etc.
Tweet from the White House yesterday:
It's a fanboy-gasm as word continues to leak out about noted director Neill Blomkamp's (District 9, Elysium) new Alien movie. The latest is that his film will take place after James Cameron's Aliens, and will "overwrite" Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
Sigourney Weaver (Ripley) is on board, but there's no word yet on Michael Biehn (Hicks) and Lance Henriksen (Bishop). The girl who played Newt, Carrie Henn, never did any acting beyond Aliens and is presently a school teacher. Thus, it's doubtful she'll be brought back as the brave youngster who survived the horror on LV-426.
You may recall that in Alien 3 a space capsule carrying a hypersleeped Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop crash-lands on a prison planet after a facehugger (clandestinely planted aboard the Sulaco causes a fire. Hicks and Newt are killed, but Ripley survives ... at least for the nonce.
The facehugger aboard the Sulaco had impregnated Ripley, and at the end of the film she kills herself to keep the Alien queen out of the hands of the devious Company.
Blomkamp's film, as noted, will ignore all this.
Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection were widely panned (rightly so, in my opinion). Killing Hicks and Newt -- off-camera!! -- in the former was an awful move, and then the flick wasn't much different from the 1979 original.
Writer Mark Verheiden did a spectacular job back in 1990 telling the continuing tale of Ripley, Hicks and Newt with his Dark Horse Comics Aliens: Book One, continuing with Book Two, and finally with Earth War.
I highly recommend them.
Douglas Ernst has the latest insanity via one of Marvel's "progressive" bigwigs, Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.
You see, if you have an issue with Peter Parker being anything but a white guy, you're a racist. In fact, when describing Peter Parker, the word "white," Slott says, shouldn't be included in the first one thousand words of any description.
He also believes, because Peter Parker -- Spider-Man -- is white, non-Caucasians cannot "relate" to him.
Perhaps most ridiculously, when a commenter noted that Parker's identity as white is "cultural saturation," and that his "grandma knew him [Parker]," Slott responded by saying "My grandma knew Jim Crow laws. Din't make 'em right."
What. The. Hell.
Maybe the heat got too much for the thuggish gnome, for earlier today he tweeted the following:
Saying "Anybody could be Spidey regardless of race" isn't saying he "should be non-white". I'm pretty sure "ANYBODY" includes white people.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 24, 2015
This is typical Slott -- go off on some ridiculous rant where you infer people are "racist," then backtrack. Which, of course, makes him look like even more of a snobbish a**hole.
And notice how he obfuscates "Peter Parker" with "Spider-Man." This is typical goal-post moving. *Yawn*
We then see this most recent tweet from the gnome:
"I'm not a racist, but..." Is a line I've seen way 2 much in the past 3 days. On that note, shutting off my internet & getting back to work.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 24, 2015
Let's be clear: There is absolutely nothing wrong with stating "I'm not racist, but I think Peter Parker/Spider-Man should be white." None. Especially since the character was conceived as just that, and has been that, for over fifty years. It's ridiculous to even include that preface, for what it's worth.
I seriously doubt Slott would take issue with someone saying "I'm not racist, but I think T'Challa/Black Panther should be black." Because it's a perfectly legitimate sentiment. In fact, T'Challa has to be black, Slott says, because that's how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby envisioned him -- a king of an African nation.
Yet, somehow Peter Parker/Spider-Man being white because that's how Stan, Jack, and Steve Ditko envisioned him is ... stupid. And racist.
(By the way, Dan, you do know there are white Africans? That the whole continent isn't a single entity?)
On a related note (and you just knew this was coming!), here's Slott when someone points out that Luke Cage would never be turned into a white guy:
False argument. RT @*** @DanSlott Luke Cage would never be cast as white, and rightfully so. The outrage would be palpable.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 21, 2015
Luke Cage's race is built into who he is and why he does what he does. There is nothing inherently "white" about Peter Parker.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 21, 2015
So, again, Peter Parker being raised in a white New York City suburb by two white relatives, attending predominately white schools, dating white women, hanging out with mostly white friends ... means there's "nothing inherently white" about him.
And why is Luke Cage/Power Man's origin specific to an African-American? Explain to me how that couldn't easily be modified to suit a Caucasian?
Confused? Trying to figure this all out?
Good luck. Slott is a master at making little-to-no sense. As noted, he's already trying to backpedal. I don't blame him, but how/why Marvel lets this dope spew his nonsense as he does on social media I'll never know.
Hell, even ESPN draws the line when one of its employees goes haywire on social media. I'm not advocating that Slott be suspended or anything; however, it would serve Marvel Comics well if it were to tell him, "Act like a damn grown-up and a professional for once, huh?"
... can infer that a killing is based on Islamophobia, even when the evidence is scant:
“No one should ever be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like or how they worship,” [Obama] said. “Most recently with the brutal murders at Chapel Hill of three young Muslim Americans, many Muslim Americans are worried and afraid.”
The motive for those killings is a parking dispute. This may change, of course, as the investigation continues, but really? Our president can't utter say "Islamic" and "terrorism" in the same sentence, but like a good "progressive" can immediately infer "hate crime" even when the motive appears to be anything but.
If you're a lib and even MSNBC laughs at you, you just might want to try a different strategy ...
Comicbook moron Ron Marz is at it again, this time with regards to the shooting of three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina:
Y'know what else the killer had?
A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent theme of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, gay marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.
Gee -- why did Ron leave that info out, hmm?
As for the other 'bat writers? Pretty much silence. Perhaps because they were smart enough to realize this killing didn't fit their NarrativeTM.
Elsewhere: Scientists in US are urged to seek contact with aliens. Maybe not a good idea.
(h/t to Insty).
No more trying to fool the masses, it seems, from Boss Obama. He's got a little under two years left, and the gloves -- and mask -- are off.
First, no more interviews by "tough" news outlets like Fox. Only "I'll rub your leg" venues like MSNBC and Vox.com.
Speaking of the latter, President Lemon gave just such an interview to them the other day. In it, he fell back to the absolutely lame tactic of blaming Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for "making things seems worse than they are."
Awwww, poor baby. Just imagine how a Republican president feels when he has to deal with every other media outlet criticizing him.
He said that the media is "overstating" the threat of terrorism because of "if it bleeds, it leads."
"Overblown?" Wait -- you mean like how state voter ID laws are "surpressing" black votes? How police are "looking to kill black people?" Like that?
Also make note of how Obama described the shooting at that kosher deli in Paris -- how Islamic zealots (minus the "Islamic," natch) "randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli."
Except that it wasn't randomly. They specifically targeted the deli because it was kosher. As in Jewish. Y'know, the folks radical Islamists hate.
But President Lemon continues to refuse to even acknowledge such.
Despite the utter insanity of all this, part of me hopes he continues since it'll make it that much better for the GOP presidential candidates come next November.
He's taking credit for low gas prices. But of course.
Only to pen absolutely insane stuff like this, apparently:
The Nation’s Dave Zirin (the same journalist who brought us the genius idea that not cheering for the Seattle Seahawks is racist) wrote a post-Super Bowl column attributing the Seattle Seahawks’ horrible decision to throw a pass on the one-yard line in the final seconds of the game was due to “the politics of race” and an anti-Marshawn Lynch conspiracy.
The theory, as relayed by Zirin, is that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called a pass because he wanted the young, clean-cut quarterback Russell Wilson to be seen as the game-winner, not the renegade running back Marshawn Lynch. The only source for this theory is a disgruntled anonymous figure in the Seahawks locker room.
Except, of course, the 'Hawks did give the ball to Lynch -- on first down. He punched his way to the one yard line.
Ahh, moonbats ...
Boss Obama wasn't happy with Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call, according to David Axelrod's new book:
President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.
Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes.
The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.
"'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. "That's what he thinks this was all about."
Right. But if the situation was reversed and Obama had remarked that Mitt "had done a great job of getting out the vote in Kansas and Texas," think Mitt would have thought "in other words, black people"?
Via Jim Geraghty's Campaign Spot:
Here’s the thing: NBC News employed Chelsea Clinton under that ridiculous contract, and MSNBC keeps Al Sharpton around (allegedly to keep him happy with corporate parent ComCast), has a correspondent that accused “American Sniper” Chris Kyle of going on “killing sprees,” has guest commentator claim Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is “trying to wash that brown off his skin,” has a host wearing tampon earrings, and gave a weekend show to Hillary Clinton’s former deputy press secretary.
... the Congressional Black Caucus says Rand Paul's opposition to A.G. nominee Loretta Lynch is -- WAIT FOR IT!!!!!! --
After the ISIS barbarians set a Jordanian pilot aflame in a cage, Jordan's King Abdullah promptly struck back at the group, including executing several ISIS prisoners held by his country.
Boss Obama? He reacts to ISIS's depravity by comparing their actions to those of Christians one thousand years ago, and by claiming that "the name of Christ" was used to justify (American) slavery and Jim Crow.
And then he has lackey Susan Rice give a speech outlining the administration's new tactic of "strategic patience" while touting the further release of Gitmo prisoners and lecturing us that Obama critics "lack perspective" and are "too reactive" regarding ISIS et. al.
Basically, what we have is this: King Abdullah is Bill Pullman from Independence Day ...
... while President Lemon is Harvey Fierstein:
Tribute to NBC's Brian Williams:
Weirdly, the same "fibs" that Dubya and Cheney offered up were the same ones that all these Democrats did.
Weirdly, the people who are really mad about the Brian Williams Iraq fib don't seem very mad about Dubya and Cheney's Iraq fibs.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) February 6, 2015
Ron Marz = complete idiot.
If Islamic terrorists aren't Islamic why do we give them prayer rugs and Qurans?— AdolfJoeBiden™ (@Bidenshairplugs) February 4, 2015
Kurt Busiek doesn't think fellow comics guy Mark Waid is close-minded:
When you usually agree with someone, you'd probably think that.
Maybe Waid isn't close-minded. But he is an a**hole. No doubt about that.
#DontMessWithTexas is trending because apparently everyone in Congress is a fifth grader.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) February 4, 2015
... the topic of vaccinations -- or, more specifically, those choosing not to get them -- is NOT a right-wing idea. The anti-vax movement has a LOT of "progressive" bona fides. See here, here, here, and here to just name a few.
A study by Pediatrics shows that "many of these [anti-vax] clusters are in very politically liberal areas of California like “northern San Francisco and southern Marin County.”
But, natch, this won't stop the media from its usual defense.
Take yenta Joy Behar, for instance, who yesterday attempted to portray the anti-vax movement as conservative.
And the WaPo jumped in too, with the headline "The biggest myth about vaccine deniers: That they’re all a bunch of hippie liberals."
But the "progressives" themselves claim to be the "party of science" and the "reality-based" community.
Besides many of them being anti-vax, many also believe (as noted in the WaPo comment section:
At any rate, hey, I can understand the "freedom" aspect of the vaccination debate; however, if you opt out, then you should also be opted out of schools and other public accommodations. Fair enough? Freedom, as always, is balanced with responsibilities.
Words of wisdom from Ron Marz:
We have more access to information than at any time in human history, yet people pretend vaccinations are bad and climate change isn't real.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) February 2, 2015
And we also have people -- in power -- who pretend there's no terrorism associated with Islam, even its radical interpretation.
Just don't expect to see a tweet like that from the usual suspects, though.
Retweeted by Marvel Comics moonbat Dan Slott:
There’s a difference between “having a different opinion” and “expressing it like an asshole.”— Cameron Stewart (@cameronMstewart) February 1, 2015
Has it sunk in yet, Dan? How 'bout you, Ron Marz? Gail Simone? Mark Waid? Erik Larsen? Et. al.