Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

So, you all know it was leaked. But now, Marvel has released the official trailer. I am sure most of you have seen this, but for those of you that haven’t, here it is!

Did you recognize the voice? Well, if not, that is the amazingly talented James Spader. Perfect choice!!!

And what about the background song, “I’ve Got No Strings”? Man was that eerie! Definitely not how you remember it from Pinocchio!

It’s leading up to something big!!! Those of you who have read he comics know what I’m talking about. And the Hulkbuster armor… AMAZEBALLS!!!

I want to watch this NOW!!!

Stay tuned. More to come… I hope.

The Fatal Siren

Long Beach Comic Con 2014 Contest!

Long Beach Comic Con’s annual contest was held on Saturday, hosted by Nerds Like Us and mc’d by Bernie Bergman.  The panel of judges included Vegas Power Girl, Raychul Moore, Castle Corsetry & Reevz FX.

The contestants eagerly waited for Bernie Bergman to call their name and when it happened, they showed how much blood, sweat, and tears, they put into their costumes.  Most of the costumes were simple, yet creative.  Others, were elaborate and quite brilliant in design.

Prizes, sponsored by HOKU PROPS, were awarded in the following categories:

Best in Show- Despicable Me
Best Hero- Hiccup
Best Villain- Thresh (League of Legends)
Best Youth (kids 12 and under)- Rocket Raccoon and Star Lord
Funniest- Robot Chicken
Best TV/Movie- Walking Dead
Best Sci-Fi- Captain Seekerman (Steampunk)
Best Group- Gotham Hobos
Judge’s Choice- (I can’t remember the name…)

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Aside from a few hiccups and poor lighting, the show was very entertaining.  But, this was to be expected seeing as how Long Beach Comic Con is new to holding a cosplay contest.  After the show, I was able to chat with Bernie, a couple of the judges, and the designer of HOKU PROPS.

A great time was had by all and now it’s time to prepare for Comikaze Expo!

Cheers-

The Fatal Siren

PS- If you recognize anyone or see yourself, let me know!

Long Beach Comic Con 2014- Cosplay

This past weekend, I drove my new car (which I LOVE!) up to Long Beach and for the first time, attended Long Beach Comic Con!  Press pass in tow, I walked the exhibit hall, making sure to stop by most of the booths and chat with the exhibitors.  While walking the hall, I ran into a lot of fabulous cosplayers and below are some of the photos we took.  Are you in any of them?

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If you want copies of any of the photos, please send me an email and STAY TUNED for blogs about some of the amazing people I met this past weekend!

Cheers-

The Fatal Siren

 

Finally, the Outlander Wedding!

[WARNING!!! The following contains SPOILERS,

so continue at your own risk.]

Outlander Starz Poster - P 2014

This Saturday, fans of the hit show (and book) Outlander finally got what they have been waiting for: The wedding (AND the wedding night)!

Now, some of you who have NOT read the book (and if you are one of them, go out and get it now) might be wondering how she could she marry Jamie when she is still planning to return home? If you remember at the end of the last episode, Dougal advised Claire that the only way she would not have to return to the dreadful Captain Jack Randall, is if she were Scottish. So, the only thing she could do was marry a Scot. Her initial reaction was horror, thinking she had to marry Dougal. However, he, in typical Scottish fashion, made a quick joke and advised she would be betrothed to Jamie.

Fast forward to this Saturday’s episode. It starts off with a, for lack of a better word, flashback, showing Claire and Frank’s impulsive wedding. You are then taken to Jamie and Claire’s spur-of-the-moment wedding.

Most of the pre-wedding and wedding is shown through flashbacks, which worked quite well. When we first see Jamie and Claire after the wedding, they are both quite nervous, so they drink and share stories. One key conversation was why Jamie agreed to marry Claire. With a flashback, we find that Dougal used the threat of Black Jack Randall and how he could hurt Claire to easily persuade him. Jamie agrees, but has 3 stipulations.

  • He wears his family tartan colors (which could be quite dangerous for him to do)
  • Get married in a church (he wants it to be a proper wedding- how sweet!)
  • To have her wedding ring made from a key he has

Now, even though Jamie says all this, you are painfully aware that the real reason his that he loves her. I guess there is such a thing as love at first sight. (No, wait… this is still a tv show…)

Claire has finally become more at ease around Jamie and you think that the romance will begin, but that moment is short-lived when she loses her nerve and starts asking more questions about his family. He tells the stories as a true Scotsman would but you don’t get the full gist of it. This episode leaves A LOT out and many who only watch the show will feel lost. Now, if you want to know what was said in detail, you can CHEAT and go to Chapter 15- Revelations of the Bridal Chamber (although, if you want the wedding bits too, start at chapter 14). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading the book in its entirety, but that’s just my opinion.

After an interruption and awkward silence, we finally see the first time the two are “together.” Claire breaks says it is late and they should go to bed. Jamie eyes her, trying to figure out what that statement truly means. She doesn’t elaborate, but the look on her face tells him exactly what he needs to know. She needs help undressing and he hesitates. As it has been said, he is a virgin, so a lot of this is new to him. She comments that he should start with the skirt and turns her back to him. Jamie’s facial expressions had me giggling during this time because he had no clue what to do. But don’t worry ladies… He is a quick learner!

My words cannot describe this next part, so I will let you watch their first “interaction” together. I will say this, you’ll giggle AND you’ll blush…

“I said I was a virgin, not a monk.”

Remember when I said Jamie was a quick learner, well, that’s not all he’s quick at. But remember, this is his first time. He is obviously tickled pink at what just happened, but he unknowingly left poor Claire high and dry… He asks if she enjoyed it and she hesitates. He has his answer. But then, she does say that she did enjoy it.

The show continues with the two of them conversing; really getting to know each other. You can see the chemistry between the two of them and you really feel like they are meant to be together. It truly is the beginning of a beautiful relationship, although done a bit backwards.

All of this getting to know one another could only lead to one thing. You guessed it! Claire asks Jamie to take his shirt off so that she may have a look at him. He does so and she takes the opportunity to slowly walk around him, taking in every inch of his body. I would like to add that he has a very nice tush. Then it’s Claire’s turn. Jamie now has his opportunity to study her body and he was not disappointed.

LET THE LOVE MAKING BEGIN!!!

Claire obviously enjoyed this round because she let out a scream! Poor Jamie, thinking he hurt her asks if she is all right. You done good boy!

When they finished, Jamie has this adorable grin on his face and falls asleep. Typical… Claire goes downstairs and runs into Dougal, who at first you think will finally be a gentleman, well, as much as a Scotsman can be. But NOOOOOO, he had to be an asshole and make advances towards Claire. Pig…

Anyhoo, Claire returns to the room and sits facing away from the sleeping Jamie. He awakes and grabs something from his sporran. He presents Claire with his mother’s pearls, which he tells her are very precious to him. And guess what that leads to… ROUND 3!

Morning arrives and the two converse as if they had known and been married to each other for some time.  Everything seems so natural to the two of them.  Jamie tells Claire to hurry before all the food is gone and leaves the room.  She picks her gown up off the floor and shakes it out.  Her wedding ring (from her marriage to Frank) falls out and rolls across the floor and into a crack in the floor.  She picks it up, puts it on her finger and cannot believe she forgot what her true plans were…  To find a way home to Frank.  But is that still what she wants?

In the end, I think they did a fabulous job at taking such an important part of the book (and not because of the sexy time…) and bringing it to the viewers. Then again, Diana Gabaldon did an amazing job of capturing that moment in the first place. I find that I am usually disappointed when books are turned into movies or television shows, but this one has had me hooked since the beginning of episode 1!

Read the book. Watch the show. Even if you are a “manly” man, you can and WILL enjoy this. It has something for everyone. And if you take my advice, I want to hear what you think.

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” Interview with Matthew Gray Gubler

Thanks to my friend Chad Osuna, I had the pleasure to interview the very talented Matthew Gray Gubler.  Many of you might recognize him from Criminal Minds where he portrays the criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid.  Even though our time together was short, it was a blast!  My original post was uploaded onto the Geeks with Wives website, but since I am not sure how long it will remain there, I have decided to copy the post onto my site.

Here it is for your viewing pleasure!

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” Interview with Matthew Gray Gubler

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” arrived Tuesday, August 12 — on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.  During SDCC 2014 Chad and I got a chance to chat with Matthew Gray Gubler about his role as the Riddler in the latest DC animated film.

Videography: Chad Osuna
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BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM

Stellar Voice Cast Includes Kevin Conroy, Troy Baker,

Matthew Gray Gubler, CCH Pounder, Greg Ellis and Giancarlo Esposito

Batman, one of the world’s most valiant super heroes, faces a villainous squad of criminals in an epic battle of good vs. evil in the DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham. Set in the world of the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series, this action-packed film takes place between the Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum video games.Available on August 12, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD, this hit is one DC Comics fans won’t want to miss.

Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler.  Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City.  Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.

“Batman: Assault on Arkham is a thrill-ride with everything a fan would want — a courageous super hero, depraved villains, and suspenseful plot twists,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Featuring voice talent from some of today’s hottest television actors, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release this as the next DC Universe Original Movie.”

“Working on a new Batman story is always exciting,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “As a fan of the Arkham video games, I know this movie is going to entertain all Batman groups, from comic book and super hero fans to the most dedicated gamer.”

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life.  Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough (Justified, Desperate Housewives) as Deadshot, Troy Baker (The Last of Us) as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Riddler, CCH Pounder (The Shield, Warehouse 13) as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis (24) as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as Black Spider.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Justice League: War) and Ethan Spaulding (Son of Batman) from a script written by Heath Corson (Justice League: War). Sam Register (Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!), Benjamin Melniker (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) serve as executive producers. James Tucker (Son of Batman) is Supervising Producer.

Batman: Assault on Arkham has tons of exciting enhanced content. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include:

  • Arkham Analyzed: The Secrets Behind the Asylum – This is the documentary that traces the strange, demonic history of the location where horror is mixed with the extremities of the criminally insane. A place where Batman must keep his watchful gaze, to insure that what goes in does not come out …. ever.
  • The Joker’s Queen: Harley Quinn – If The Joker were to have a girlfriend, what would she be like? This featurette covers the story of the deviancy and often provocative side to The Joker’s greatest ally, Harley Quinn.
  • An advance look into the next DC animated feature film with the creators and cast.
  • Four episodes from the DC Comics Vault.

Once again, I would like to thank Chad Osuna for this opportunity.  You’re the best, Chad!

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