Robin Williams- Remembering the Man

On August 11, 2014, the world became a little less bright with the loss of the amazingly talented Robin Williams.  Many remember him for his comedic genius on and off the big screen, but for me, his most memorable roles were the dramatic ones.  When I heard the news of his passing, I started thinking of all the movies I had seen him in.  I then looked up his resume and realized that I had forgotten so many of his roles.  From Mork and Mindy to Good Will Hunting, the man’s work was genius.

On the last Popcorn Podcast I was on with Geeks With Wives, we discussed the loss of Robin Williams and how it affected us.  I found myself thinking about the exact moment I found out and realized how much the news truly saddened me.  I also found that strange as I had never met the man.  But in remembering his work, I finally understood that the reason it had affected me so was because of how real his characters felt.  There was something so remarkably pure, so relatable and you felt that connection.

Now, I spent some time re-watching some of the films I grew up with and realized that although they were not as good as I had remembered, Robin Williams’ acting was still great.  For example, Hook did not hold up well for me over the years; however, Robin Williams’ ability to show a childlike innocence as an adult was beautiful.  You have to find that impressive.

Onto a serious note:  I don’t care why he found it necessary to take his life.  He is not my immediate family and honestly, it’s none of any of our business.  It is such a shame that our society has turned into these celebrity news junkies where they need to know every single bit of someone’s life, invading their personal space just to get a sneak peek of the other half lives.  Their job is to entertain us, not to share every single detail of their lives.  All I can say is put yourself in their shoes.  Would you want someone watching you while you eat, following your every move, or even finding ways to record or photograph you in your own home?  I think not… We should all be respectful of each other.  If celebrities want you to know something, let them share it.  Most of them do.  But when they suffer a loss of a loved one, even if it is someone whom we respect, we should never pry.  Let them grieve in peace.

Now, I shall step off of my soapbox.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to mention some of the movies I think you MUST see.  DISCLAIMER: Many of these are dramatic, but well worth it.  I won’t be mentioning the super popular movies that all, aside from those who live under a rock have seen.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t like them.

  • The World According to Garp
  • Moscow On The Hudson
  • The Fisher King
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Bicentennial Man

Please enjoy this clip of some of Robin Williams’ best work-

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Take care of each other-

The Fatal Siren

SDCC Press Coverage of Vertigo’s (DC Comics) Constantine

One again, San Diego Comic Con has given us a sneak peek of upcoming television shows and I am extremely intrigued to see what is to come from Constantine.  The show is based on the horror comic book series Hellblazer, published by Vertigo/DC Comics, which follows demon hunter/master of the dark arts, John Constantine.  Constantine, struggling with his dark past, which includes his soul being damned to Hell, decides to leave is no-good deeds behind and protect humanity from the supernatural beings that are unleashed.  A main factor that led him to this decision is when Liv, the daughter of an old friend, is targeted by demons.  We later find that she has the gift of second sight, which allows her to predict supernatural occurrences.  Hence the reason why she has been targeted.

Now don’t be fooled.  Just because they have the same name doesn’t mean the movie and the show will be exactly the same.  The producer took the high road and aid there was no right or wrong with the movie; “It’s just… different.”  Now trust me, I won’t be comparing the two.  I liked the movie (don’t judge me), but there were definitely holes in it.  I am hoping the show gives us all what we were missing.  The trailer leads me to believe we will be pleasantly surprised; however, we won’t really know until October 24th, which is when the pilot is scheduled to air.

SDCC gave us the opportunity to learn a bit more about the show and we got some AMAZING photos of the cast.  Please enjoy!

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And for those of you who missed it, here is the trailer!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Outlander Red Carpet!

This year was nothing short of brilliant when it came to offering fans footage of new shows and movies.  One show that I am looking forward to is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Now, for those of you who have not read the book, it is a brilliant story about a woman, Claire, who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.  She meets the ruggedly handsome Jamie and we are taken on an adventure filled with action and romance.  Diana Gabaldon has a way of taking fantasy, history, science fiction, romance, and action, and rolling it up into an amazingly beautiful story.

I highly recommend reading the book, but for those of you who don’t really like to read, STARZ has made enjoying this book a hell of a lot easier for you!  Season 1 begins on August 9th, but since they are so nice, you can watch the first episode HERE!

And now onto the SDCC coverage!  Aside from what you saw in the exhibit hall, which was a great exhibit I might add, STARZ brought the first season AND the cast to Spreckels Theatre.  Although it was an extremely hot day, the night cooled off quite nicely.  But with all the light on the red carpet, I’m surprised their makeup didn’t’ melt off them!  The women looked beautiful, as they always do, but this time, the men stole the show.  Why, you might ask?  Well, I have one word for you…  KILTS!  Who DOESN’T love a man in a kilt!

So, for all of you to see, beautiful women and men in KILTS!  And just in case you don’t know who the actors/characters are, I have listed those for you.

  • Claire Randall- Caitriona Balfe
  • Jamie Fraser- Sam Heughan
  • Frank/Jonathan Randall- Tobias Menzies
  • Dougal MacKenzie- Graham McTavish
  • Geillis/Geilie Duncan- Lotte Verbeek
  • Laoghaire MacKenzie- Nell Hudson
  • Author- Diana Gabaldon
  • Producer- Ronald D. Moore

 

The following has to be my favorite photographs of the night!  They were asked to play it up for the camera and they did.  You can really see that they were perfectly cast for the rolls of Jamie and Claire!

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Watch the first episode and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

SDCC 2014- Day 1: Hey, look. That’s me!

Day 1 came and went with a blink of an eye!  Thank goodness there were enough people to keep track of everything.  Movieviral.com did a write-up on day 1 of Comic Con and there’s a photo of me!  How exciting!

Check out the following link to see some other great cosplayers!

http://www.movieviral.com/2014/07/25/san-diego-comic-con-2014-thursday-24th-july-cosplay-day-1/

And a special shout out to my friend Tori who found this for me!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

SDCC 21014 Preview Night- Chaos Anyone?

I left work at noon to rush down and get my badge for Comic Con.  The line to get the badges wasn’t bad…  It was waiting for the exhibit hall to open that was tough…  A group of us were in the second row and when it was time to go in, chaos ensued…  Security had to scream consistently to not run, which people did NOT listen…  I walked briskly to the FUNKO booth, which was already at capacity.  BOO!!!  1 booth down, one to go.

I made my way to the Super7 Booth and waited in a very looooong line.  I found out later that this was caused by their credit card scanners not working.  It was so busy that they couldn’t troubleshoot, so they passed around a smartphone and manually typed in the credit card.  Ouch!  But not to fret- I got what I wanted…

Now, I have to say two things about the packaging:

  • What’s up with the girl’s face?
  • If it’s for ages 14+, then why are 6 year old kids playing with it???

Great thing about this is that it is an SDCC exclusive.  You CAN pre-order it online, but you won’t get the exact version you see here.  If you get it at Comic Con, it will likely be worth more.

I also picked up a few Alien eggs-

I wonder what’s in the mystery egg???

After I got my exclusives, a bunch of us wondered around, checking out other booths.  I found some AMAZING Dragonball Z and Bleach action figures.  I was sad I couldn’t buy the Bleach ones, but I did get the name of the guy in charge, so I’ll be able to get the scoop on when those are available.  Apparently, they are waiting for the final go ahead.

Not many costumes, but today will be a different story.

Well, off to get ready-  100 degrees today and I’ll be dressed as Black Widow-  Come say hi!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren