January 2007


The dimwits aren’t as easy to come up with regularly so here’s a new feature… some hoky and funny monents in days of comic books past.

And for our first time around, I give you one of Batman’s first run-ins with Catwoman. Think back to a simpler time. When villains weren’t as super, and problems could be solved without so much cosmic and world-altering fisticuffs. Spankings, for example.

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Now, don’t you fear the bat!?

As some of you may recall, back in the summer, after the release of a Wal-Mart exclusive wave of Marvel Legends , I was very irate about the inavailability of a line of action figures at the nation’s largest retailer. To this day I have only found one actually in the stores, and had to pay just short of $40 to get the Ms. Marvel & Kitty Pryde figures from the Baltimore Comic Book Convention. Since then I have gotten more proactive in snapping up these figures whenever I can find them. My collection has grown significantly, and I did get VERY lucky in finding the recalled Scarlet Witch figure in the local Rite-Aid of all places!

In 2007, Marvel announced that Hasbro Toys (makers of GI Joe & My Little Pony) would be taking over the production and distribution of the Marvel Legends line, as well as most other Marvel Comics’ related toy lines, a step up from ToyBiz, another toy company, with widespread distribution issues. The first wave of the Marvel Legends under the new company were due to be out this month. The figures look pretty sweet, adding Emma Frost, Beast (X3 Movie version), Banshee, Hercules, Ultimate Iron Man, & Planet Hulk to the Marvel Legends roster. The re-vamp also features new packaging, that may be missing a bonus comic book (like the Toybiz lines had), but appear much easier to open, and still includes pieces of a larger ‘build-a-figure’ (this time of the Fantastic 4 villain Annihilus). Things were looking up for my favorite toys. That was until one of the largest toy companies in the world became seemingly unable to ship action figures to the state of Maryland.
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I have been to 3 different Targets, 1 Toys-R-Us, and 2 Wal-Marts searching for these new toys. The stores have all re-done their toy sections in the calm after the Christmas storm. And every store has had 5-15 empty pegs with labels touting the placement of Marvel Legends. And in each store there stands an empty section where my toys are supposed to be. So my question is … What. The. Fuck?

I just wanna waste my hard earned money on some child-ish junk, and damn the man for blocking me from my dreams. I’ve heard tales from other fans in other parts of the country who have had luck finding them and are mostly pleased with the new toys. So what am I doing wrong? Has some greater dork gone through every toy store and bought them out before us lesser dorks get a crack-a-lak at them? Or is Hasbro just more inept than ToyBiz in their shipping procedures? Because clearly, the stores, and this fan, are more than ready for them.

Hasbro has an online store on their website, but of course, the Marvel Legends are not available there. And I hate trying to buy this type of thing on eBay, because those bastard people are only looking to rip you off by overcharging on a $9 action figure, and then heavily padding the “shipping” charges. So I’m stuck. And pissed. And it sucks.

Otherwise, life is great. I’m leaving for Miami for a long weekend with my best friend tomorrow, and work is busy but fine. If Hasbro would quit being fuck-ups, I’d have much less to complain about. Thanks for reading!

Let’s kick up our heals and dance this week!

Beyonce – Irreplaceable (Ralphi & Craig Club Edit)
What makes a good ballad great!? A kickin’ dance mix. Here’s a goodie for the new Beyonce, that apparently is not receiving a release. What a mistake!!

Justin Timberlake – My Love (Tim Rex JNX Club Edit)
And of course, pop’s golden boy, Justin Trousersnake, with a hot mix of his last hit, My Love!! Fun times!

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Civil War: The Return #1 – The return of Thor? Nova? Captain Marvel? Apparently 2 heroes return in this one-shot. Can’t wait to see who!
Dr. Strange: The Oath #4 – This mini-series has turned out to be pretty fun, and I’m gonna be sad to see it go in a month or two. Hopefully more is planned for the good doctor soon!
Eternals #6 – This is it… the big finale. But I won’t be too sad, because due to overwhelming demand, an extra issue has been added next month, I guess as some sort of epilogue. Woohoo!!
Moon Knight #7 – I’ve never really read Moon Knight, so I’m sort of interested to see what his whole shtick is. And it’s a Civil War tie-in… so you know I’m there!
Punisher War Journal #3 – I guess we’re resolving Punny’s new status quo. His whole “kill all the bad guys” routine rubs Captain America the wrong way, so we’ll see where that leaves the Punisher as far as his alliance with the Anti-Registration folks!
Silent War #1 – I’m excited to see the resolution of the Inhumans waging war on Earth as a result of ‘Son of M’, but the solicitations say they’re fighting the Fantastic Four, but last I saw, the FF was all broken up. Hmmm…
Wolverine #50 – This is it kids, the be-all-end-all face-off between Wolvie & Sabretooth. Riveting battle royale, or shameless sales ploy. Time will tell.
X-Factor #16 – Madrox goes to collect his dupe that’s a SHIELD agent, and Monet & Siryn go shopping. God, I love this book!!

MUSIC MEME

The Rules
Put your iTunes (or the like) on random. Post lyrics from the first songs that play. Post it on your blog & let everyone guess what song & artist the lyrics are from. When a song is guessed correctly, strike out the lyrics & post the title in bold. Looking the lyrics up on any search engine is cheating!!
So, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment. If you’re right, I’ll post your name (or link). Enjoy!

The Songs

1. “I was mixed up when you came to me too broke to fix said daddy get you gone I’m missing my baby still missing my baby I was stitched up by the hands of fate said how you gonna make it on your own if luck is a lady maybe luck is a lady I was going down for the 3rd time my heart was broken I was not open to your suggestions I was going down for the 3rd time my heart was broken I was not open to your suggestions I had so many questions that you just kissed awayAmazing – George Michael ***Eric

2. “walk out into velvet nothing more to say you’re my favourite moment you’re my Saturday cos you’re my #1 I’m like a dog to get you I want it up and on I’m like a dog to get you sunset only seconds just ripe then it’s gone got no new intentions just right then it’s gone got no new intentions just right then it’s gone cos you’re my #1 I’m like a dog to get you I want it up & on I’m like a dog to get you I’ll be there to meet you getting down to greet you howl under the moonNumber 1 – Goldfrapp ***Eric

3. “nobody said it was easy it’s such a shame for us to part nobody said it was easy no one ever said it would be this hard aw take me back to the start I was just guessin at numbers & figures pullin the puzzles apartThe Scientist (Coldplay Cover) – Natasha Bedingfield ***CrystalG

4. “you drain me dry & make me wonder why I’m even here this double vision I was seeing is finally clear you want to stay but you know very well I want you gone not fit to fuckin tread the ground that I’m walking on when it gets cold outside & you got nobody to love you’ll understand what I mean when I say there’s no way we’re gonna give up & like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams is there anyone out there cause it’s getting song&songtitle

5. “all I want is a room with a view a sight worth seeing a vision of you all I want is a room with view oh I will give you my finest hour the 1 I spent watching you shower I will give you my finest hour oh yeah all I want is a photo in my wallet a small remembrance of something more solid all I want is a picture of you picture this a day in December picture this freezing cold weather ou got clouds on your lids & you’d be on the skids if it weren’t for your job at the garage if you could only oh ooh whoa picture this a sky full of thunder picture this my telephone number 1 & 1 is what i’m telling you oh yeahPicture This – Blondie ***Eric

6. “powers keep on lyin while your people keep on dyin world keep on turnin cuz it wont be too long I’m so darn glad he let me try it again cuz my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then gonna keep on tryin till I reach the higher groundteachers keep on teachin preachers keep on preachin world keep on turnin cause it wont be too long oh noHigher Ground – Stevie Wonder   ***CrystalG

7. “well maybe there’s a God above but all I’ve ever learned from love was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you & it’s not a cry that you hear at night it’s not somebody who’s seen the light it’s a cold & it’s a broken songtitle songtitle songtitle

8. “I’ll be so alone without you maybe you’ll be lonesome too and blue fly the ocean in a silver plane see the jungle when it’s wet with rain just remember ’til you’re home again you belong to meYou Belong To Me – Tori Amos ***ShannonH

9. “everyone’s a little bit racist sometimes doesn’t mean we go around committing hate crimes look around & you will find no one’s really color blind maybe it’s a fact we all should face everyone makes judgments based on race now not big judgments like who to hire or who to buy a newspaper from no no just little judgments like thinking that Mexican busboys should learn to speak goddamn EnglishEveryone’s A LIttle Bit Racist – Avenue Q OBCR ***Phillip

10. “people gangstas & pimps & people smokin that deeper reefer up in the club wit speakers I had some base & tweeters DJ is jockin needle sweat till I catch a fever call me the illest diva yo I’m on fire people go head & drink up get in the club get fucked up see me you got get lucked upSomeone to touch your rubber show me some love strip off your clothes & take off your socks the partys jumpin I see something fine boy I wanna kiss you but I’m just too shy let me dance with you let me wear you out heres a glass of orange juice lets go X it out”

11. “when I first met you I knew that life would never be the same & I knew that you felt it too never feel alone again boy cuz your love makes me feel so secure you got me singin because of love I know you better because of love we are togetherBecause Of Love – Janet Jackson ***Phillip

12. “you’re so sexy tonight I am all yours boy the way your body moves across the floor you got me feelin n-a-s-t-y I might just take you home with me baby the minute I feel your energy the vibe’s just taken over me start feelin so crazy babe I feel the funk coming over me I don’t know what’s gotten into me the rhythm’s got me feelin so crazy babe baby the minute i feel your energy the vibe’s just taken over me start feelin so crazy babe latel, I feel the funk coming over me I don’t know what’s gotten into me the rhythm’s got me feelin so crazy babe”

13. “she knows whats going on seems we got a cheaper feel now all the sweeteaze are gone gone to the other side with my encyclopedia they musta paid her a nice price shes puttin on her string bean love this is not really happening you bet your life it isCornflake Girl – Tori Amos ***ShannonH

14. “I saw fireworks from the freeway & behind closed eyes I cannot make them go away cuz you were born on the 4th of July freedom ring now something on the surface it stings I said something on the surface well it kind of makes me nervous who says that you deserve this & what kind of God would serve this we will cure this dirty old disease if you’ve got the poison I’ve got the remedyThe Remedy (I Won’t Worry) – Jason Mraz ***ShannonH

15. “I sit 2 stories above the street its awful quiet here since love fell asleep theres life down below me though the kids are walking home from school some long ago when we were taught that for whatever kind of puzzle you got you just stick the right formula in a solution for every fool I remember the time when I came so close to you sent me skipping my class and running from schoolLeast Complicated – Indigo Girls ***Philip

Well, I made callbacks, which means I didn’t suck!! Unfortunately, they’re set for Monday, January 22nd. Which means I have to tape the return of ‘Heroes’. Damn!!

Callbacks are like a second audition. They’re done for all sorts of reasons. The 2 reasons I could think of for a callback for me are: There’s someone else up for the role I want and they need to see more of both of us, to decide who would be a better fit. Or, they’re already set on me, and want to see how I do with other people they’re not sure about, to see who I’ll work with, or if they need to find someone other than me. Either way, I just hope I do a good job , and I’m pleased to have gotten this far. Hooray!

Kylie has a had a really varied career as an actress. Damn good thing she has that little singing career to fall back on. She rose to fame on the Aussie soap ‘Neighbours’, and her acting career has been patchy since then.
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Her first movie, ‘The Delinquents’ was mostly a cash-in on her rising celebrity. I haven’t seen it yet, as it never received an US release, but it was trashed by the critics. It was a hit in the UK & OZ, and Kylie played a young teenager in the 50’s who’s relationship with her boyfriend was doomed by their parents. Sounds groundbreaking to me!
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After a 5 year break, Kylie tried to be an action star in ‘Street Fighter: The Movie’. I got this one in the $5 bin at Walmart, and it’s practically unwatchable. Bad bad bad. Kylie’s bad, Raul Julia’s bad, the script, the everything. BAD!
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After 2 years, Kylie appeared in a Pauly Shore movie, ‘Bio-Dome’. While critically panned, I’m fond of the stoner-fluff-comedies, and Kylie was just fine in this one. Nothing groundbreaking, but it was nice to see her on the screen.
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During the gap between her recording contracts in the late 90’s, Kylie appeared in 2 films, ‘Cut’, a decent slasher flick, & ‘Sample People’ an Aussie indie about club culture. ‘Cut’ I just saw and Kylie’s role was akin to Drew Barrymore’s in ‘Scream’. She played a great bitch, but died before anything really happened in the movie. I’ve yet to see ‘Sample People’ as it too never got a US release, but it’s scored some lukewarm reviews, and though Kylie is billed as the star, her character is not quite that pivotal.
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Again taking the less-is-more approach, Kylie appeared in one of the best movies ever, ‘Moulin Rouge’, with a cameo as the Green Fairy. Nothing groundbreaking, but at least something well received for the resume.
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Kylie’s most recent stab at movies was the voice of Florence in ‘The Magic Roundabout’ (which was released in the US as ‘Doogal’ with all the voices re-recorded except Kylie, Ian McKellan, & Judi Dench… pretty decent company). Not a bad movie, yet not a great one.

So you see… very hit or miss, but not so bad as say… Madonna. I’m just waiting for her to get a really terrific role and dazzle everyone. I know it can happen!

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