Things I Am Watching

This is the time of year you start hearing folks whining about how wish the fall TV season would start already. I firmly believe those days are over and those folks are missing out. When the networks take their holiday, cable networks step up and in many cases offer vastly superior product. Right now I'm watching some of my favorite shows. I'll actually be sad when it's fall because that means having to wait for these to start up again.

Weeds: We're two episodes in on this season and I am digging it. The banter between the family members is hilarious this season and Shane has been the show stealer show far. I'm curious to see how Kevin Nealon and Guillermo Diaz will come in to play this year.

Rubicon: Some people are saying this show is moving too slowly but that is exactly why I like it. I love the atmosphere of the show, that bizarre office building, the city. I am very intrigued by the storylines and very curious to see where this one goes.

Mad Men: Overall this is still probably my favorite show on TV. We're seeing a much more vulnerable side of Don Draper this season and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Entourage: I guess I understand the criticisms this show receives but I enjoy it. I was glad to see Billy come back as he is one of my favorite characters and I enjoy seeing Ari finally squirm.

True Blood: Oh True Blood. This show is so insane and that is why I love it so much. I don't even know where to start.

The big show I am looking forward to right now is Boardwalk Empire. It looks absolutely incredible. It also has Omar. On top of that we have the returns of Eastbound and Down and Bored to Death next month. I may never watch network TV again.

OK, that is a lie.

posted by brendoman | 08/25/10| 08:59:48 am| TeeVee| 6 comments »


Smodcastle Weekend

B&B Live

While we had our opening night a couple weeks ago, this weekend marked the first weekend of the regular schedule at Smodcastle. In addition to working the door and other assorted duties while wearing a silly hat, I also joined Matt and Jesse for our first episode of Bagged & Boarded Live. For the live show I will be joined by a guest for my segment and my first guest was none other than Jason Mewes. It was a lot of fun and people seemed to dig it. Mewes and I actually ended up discussing Dungeons & Dragons at length, which was pretty cool. Matt & Jesse really did a great job and I am looking forward to joining them every Friday night. You too can join us by buying tickets here.

posted by brendoman | 08/16/10| 10:16:22 am| Anything Else| 2 comments »


I write like...

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I'm pretty flattered!

posted by brendoman | 08/10/10| 02:36:23 pm| Quizzes| 4 comments »


Happy birthday Danny!

Danny is thirty today. Welcome to the club. I say this every year, but brendoman.com and the rest of the family of sites wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Danny. That kind of thing bears repeating on a yearly basis. Hoorah.

posted by brendoman | 08/04/10| 03:31:12 pm| Site News| 1 comment »


Just Keep Moving

I would have posted more last week but I was moving. I still have one last load left. I moved back to Fullerton so I could be closer to work. Every move I tell myself this is the last time but that never really seems to be the case so maybe if I just stop telling myself that it will last longer this time. One can hope. If you're looking for something to do, check out Glue. I'm totally addicted to it. I think I'm just addicted to rating things and finding more things to rate.

posted by brendoman | 08/02/10| 04:26:10 pm| Random, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


I'm Alive so Here's Some Comic-Con Videos

Comic-Con was incredible. The opening night of Smodcastle was a roaring success. I think I might finally be caught up on sleep. I have a ton of pictures and video from Comic Con. So far I've uploaded two. Here's Danny Elfman from his Q&A:

Here's Kevin Smith from the Batman: Widening Gyre panel:

I have multiple clips from several other panels, including Kevin's Film Threat panel, RED, The Expendables, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I'll be editing those together and posting them throughout the week on my YouTube Channel.



Saturday Comic-Con Schedule

Basically I am posting my picks from each day's schedule for my personal reference. You can view the whole schedule here.

11:45-1:15 Warner Bros.: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Warner Bros. showcases three eagerly awaited upcoming new films in this Hall H presentation!

Green Lantern— Get a first look at the upcoming sci-fi action adventure Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell. Green Lantern is an epic adventure that crosses galaxies to bring to life the legendary Silver Age superhero Hal Jordan, who is chosen by the ring itself to become the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps and take on the vast and powerful Parallax as it threatens to destroy the world. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, and Mark Strong as Sinestro.

Sucker Punch— Fasten your seatbelt for a sneak peek at the dark action fantasy Sucker Punch, from director Zack Snyder, who previewed his films 300 and Watchmen at past Comic-Cons. A group of young girls escape the dark reality of their lives through their vivid imagination, which takes them to various fantasy locations in different realms. The ensemble cast features Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, and Jon Hamm.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Every saga has a final chapter. Kick off the year of Harry Potter with a first look at the coming screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling's final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with a program created just for Comic-Con fans. One way. One hero. One destiny. Don't miss it!
Hall H

12:30-1:30 Comics Across all Media— Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks), Chip Kidd (Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal), Whitney Matheson (USA Today's Pop Candy blog), Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle), and Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight) are five superstars who make headlines in television, the graphic arts, journalism, novels, and film. But they all have comics in common. As they reunite for another visit, join them for a discussion of all things nerd. It'll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club -- but with even better references. Moderated by audiobook star Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 24ABC

2:00-3:00 The Guild Now in its fourth season, The Guild is a multi-award-winning independent web series that started on YouTube and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with over 50 million views, a groundbreaking distribution deal with Microsoft, a chart-topping song and music video, and a comic book from Dark Horse Comics. Writer/producer and Comic-Con special guest Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of The Guild including Wil Wheaton are on hand for a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content and other surprises. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

3:00-4:00 NBC's Community Cast and Creative Team— The cast and producers -- Joel McHale (The Soup), Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine), Donald Glover (30 Rock), Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement), Danny Pudi (Greek), Gillian Jacobs (Choke), Alison Brie (Mad Men) and executive producers Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program), Joe Russo (Arrested Development), Anthony Russo (Arrested Development), Neil Goldman (Scrubs), Garrett Donovan (Scrubs) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist) -- are on hand for an animated discussion and Q&A session about what's in store for viewers this fall. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

4:30-5:30 Disney Epic Mickey— Warren Spector (creative director, Junction Point -- Disney Interactive Studios) and Peter David (award-winning comics writer and author of upcoming Disney Epic Mickey comics) share their insights about bringing the world and characters of the Disney Epic Mickey video game to life in two media -- video games and comic books. Warren and Peter explore "Wasteland," a world of forgotten, retired and rejected creative efforts from the Disney archives, and discuss the joy and challenges associated with writing for Mickey Mouse and his "brother," Walt Disney's first cartoon star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The panel includes discussion, gameplay demo featuring never-before-seen areas, concept art, previews of comic pages and Q&A. Room 9

4:45-5:45 Universal: Paul and Cowboys & Aliens Universal presents two upcoming films in this exclusive Hall H presentation.
Paul— Scheduled to appear for Universal Pictures' sci-fi comedy-adventure Paul are a who's who of film comedy. Director Greg Mottola (Superbad) will be joined by cast members Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Kristen Wiig (Date Night), Bill Hader (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Jeffrey Tambor (The Hangover), Joe Lo Truglio (Role Models), Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet), and Sigourney Weaver (Baby Mama) as they discuss the movie about two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage to Comic-Con ultimately takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who takes them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. Q&A session to follow.

Cowboys & Aliens—Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man series) discusses what's happening behind the scenes of Universal Pictures and DreamWorks' action-thriller Cowboys & Aliens, based on Platinum Studios' graphic novel. Currently shooting in New Mexico, Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and takes audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. Q&A session to follow.
Hall H

5:00-6:00 Webcomics Lightning Round— The forces behind Webcomics.com, Scott Kurtz (PvP), Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade) and Brad Guigar (Evil Inc), present a primer on webcomics from all aspects: creative, technical and business. Each panelist will answer in thirty seconds or less, without repeating previous points, so expect a fast-paced tour of the subject from start to finish. Room 8

5:30-6:30 Why So Critical? Celebrating 25 Years of Film Threat Owner and publisher of Film Threat Mark Bell joins founder Chris Gore (Attack of the Show), filmmakers Kevin Smith (Clerks) and Malcolm Ingram (Bear Nation), and former editors Paul Zimmerman (Femme Fatales) and David E. Williams (Film Threat Video Guide) in a celebration of 25 years of independent and underground film insanity as seen through the eyes of Film Threat, the magazine and the website. Room 24ABC

7:15-8:45 Kevin Smith— He's back! Spend a quiet, refined evening with the one-and-only Kevin Smith, who will no doubt solve all the bad things in the world for you or, at the very least, make you laugh a few hundred times. Hall H

10:00-12:00 Kevin Smith presents Cop Out in "Maximum Comedy Mode"— Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) is on hand for the world premiere presentation of Cop Out in "Maximum Comedy Mode," the latest innovation in home entertainment viewing that showcases the comical stunts, improves, and hi-jinks that went into creating this side-splitting buddy cop film. Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) star as bickering Brooklyn cops on the hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card, plunging them into a gun-slinging war with a deadly drug ring. "Maximum Comedy Mode" features Kevin Smith and Seann William Scott making onscreen appearances to guide Blu-ray viewers through the behind-the-scenes hilarity. Stop by for a bundle of laughs and a bucket of popcorn, courtesy of Warner Bros. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

The only things I really care about are Tim and Eric Awesome Con, Kevin Smith's stuff, Community, and meeting Paul Feig. If I can make those happen, I will be a happy geek.

posted by brendoman | 07/11/10| 03:01:25 pm| Movies, TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| 1 comment »


Friday Comic-Con Schedule!

The awesome continues! The Comic-Con site has a new feature where you can make your own customized schedule and import it into calendar of your choice and share it with others. It's pretty sweet! Anyways, here's the good stuff for me:

10:15-11:15 Aloha, Earth!— Lost castaway found! Battlestar Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space! A supernatural force has drawn some of sci-fi's giants back to Earth­ -- and they're all gathering on a beautiful and mysterious island in the Pacific. It's Hawaii Five-0, a modern-day reimagining of one of television's most beloved and iconic classics. The epic series, one of the most anticipated new shows of the season, will explore the origins of the Five-0 team and build on an already rich mythology. Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Peter M. Lenkov (24), director Len Wiseman (Underworld), and stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica) present an exclusive sneak peek at the series and an in depth discussion on how they plan to marry their genre sensibilities with a classic police procedural. Room 6BCF

10:30-11:30 Neal Adams and Stan Lee: They Spoke Out—Against the Holocaust— Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and Holocaust historian Dr. Rafael Medoff unveil the new series of educational "motion comics" they are creating with ABC News about Americans who spoke out for the rescue of Jews from the Holocaust. They will be joined on the panel by Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men) and will screen an episode from the upcoming series, illustrated by Neal Adams and narrated by Stan Lee. Room 9

11:30-12:30 AMC's The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Emma Bell (Law & Order), series creator/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator), executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic), makeup artist Greg Nicotero, and Joel Stillerman (AMCs senior VP) discuss the making of AMC's series The Walking Dead, based on the Image comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman, premiering in October on AMC. Room 6BCF

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Digital Comics— Nick Langley (Rocket Llama) gives a brief history of webcomics and evaluates online economic experiments from subscriptions to micropayments. Neil Granitz (CSU Fullerton) examines consumer attitudes toward comic book digitization and argues that comics could enjoy a period of technological convergence due to the hedonic qualities enjoyed by readers. David B. Olsen (Saint Louis University) explores the implications of moving comics from the page to the screen and considers the ways in which print comics have always been multimedia. Room 26AB

12:45-1:45 The Big Bang Theory It's "Anything Can Happen Friday" at Comic-Con as The Big Bang Theory -- which kicks off a new night of comedy on Thursdays for CBS this fall -- returns to Comic-Con with a special screening and Q&A featuring the show's creators and stars. Resident Big Bang alum Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) moderates a lively discussion featuring executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory will air Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT this fall on the CBS Television Network, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 14. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Super Writer/director James Gunn (Slither), stars Rainn Wilson (The Office), Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), and Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), and producers Ted Hope (Adventureland) and Miranda Bailey (The Squid and the Whale) reveal footage from their latest feature production Super, including the first peek at Rainn and Ellen Page's costume design. Super is a hyper-real and shockingly funny look at the extremely violent antics of a down-on-his-luck man as he attempts to win his wife back from a glamorous drug dealer by teaming up with a psychopathic teen to become costumed crimefighters. Hall H

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Stan Lee Comics legend and Comic-Con special guest Stan Lee discusses some of his latest projects at POW! Entertainment and the future of comics and new media distribution, including challenges today's writers and artists face. Join Stan and company, including Gill Champion (COO POW! Entertainment) for this special panel, which includes a Q&A with "The Man" himself.

2:15-3:45 Miramax Films: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey present a first look at their new film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a hair-raising, spine-chilling tale of horror about a little girl (Bailee Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the old mansion they are renovating, only to unwittingly unleash malevolent creatures bent on destroying all of them. Hall H

3:00-3:45 The Joss Whedon Experience— Every year Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Serenity, comes to Comic-Con to give fans a wide-ranging and digressive look into what's keeping him busy. Join Joss and a few thousand of his closest friends for the Q&A. Spoiler Alert! Ballroom 20

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Nicholas Gurewitch Comic-Con special guest Nicholas Gurewitch is the Eisner and Harvey Award–winning cartoonist behind the hilarious online comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship. Now being reprinted by Dark Horse, Gurewitch's twisted strips are fan-favorites the world over. Hear what's next from Gurewitch in this exclusive Spotlight panel. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Entertainment Weekly: Girls Who Kick Ass: A New Generation of Heroines— EW moderates this discussion with Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Anna Torv (Fringe), Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn and Friday Night Lights), and Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) about the next generation of female action heroes and the power and privilege of playing young women who are nobody's arm candy. Moderated by Nicole Sperling. Ballroom 20

4:00-6:00 Sony Pictures Entertainment: The Other Guys and The Green Hornet Two more sneak peeks at upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment!

The Other Guys--NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes -- they're "the Other Guys." But every cop has his day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff? Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, and co-writer/director Adam McKay will be appearing in person.

The Green Hornet--Director Michel Gondry, who makes movies with a special, personal signature, is taking on The Green Hornet—and he's doing it in 3D. Comic-Con audiences, prepare yourselves. In The Green Hornet, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of L.A.'s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene—until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. To get close to the criminals, they come up with the perfect cover: they'll pose as criminals themselves. Protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets. Confirmed to appear in person to unveil this early look at The Green Hornet in 3D are the Hornet himself, Seth Rogen,  director Michel Gondry, writer Evan Goldberg, producer Neal Moritz, and actor Christoph Waltz.

Hall H
5:15-6:15 True Blood Panel and Q&A session— Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, True Blood kicked off its 12-episode third season June 13 on HBO. The series, which has earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series—Drama, follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Golden Globe winner for True Blood season one; Oscar-winner for The Piano), who can hear people's thoughts, and her soulmate, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series also features Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Denis O'Hare as Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, and Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux. (Note: names in bold will be appearing on the panel.) Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Ballroom 20
7:00-8:00 RiffTrax Live— Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short! The panel is moderated by Veronica Belmont (host of Tekzilla on Revision3 and Qore on the PlayStation Network). Join the riffers for fun, laughs, and the latest news from RiffTrax.com, the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows, and vintage shorts. Room 6DE

Gah, it's just too much. This is just stuff I'm interested in. I might just grab my DS and some books and camp out in Ballroom 20 since there's a lot of good stuff in there. I really, really, really want to see the True Blood panel.

posted by brendoman | 07/09/10| 11:41:55 am| Movies, TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| 2 comments »


Thursday Comic Con Schedule is Live!

It begins! The schedule for Thursday is up and here are my highlights:

 

 

10:30-11:30 Danny Elfman— From Pee-Wee's Big Adventure to Alice in Wonderland, composer Danny Elfman discusses his 25-year collaboration with director Tim Burton. Their legendary partnership includes such films as Beetle Juice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Joining Mr. Elfman will be Warner Brothers Records executives to announce their plans to celebrate this quarter-century milestone. Room 6BCF

11:15-12:45 Walt Disney Pictures: TRON: Legacy Returning for an unprecedented third year to the fans and convention that started it all, Walt Disney Pictures is pleased to present a special insider look at the upcoming TRON: Legacy. Panelists include filmmakers and talent from the film: director Joe Kosinski, producers Sean Bailey and Steven Lisberger, and cast members Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Bruce Boxleitner. The discussion, moderated by Patton Oswalt, is set to include exclusive glimpses of the film, as well as a Q&A involving all panel participants, along with special surprise guests. Hall H
Categories: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:30-12:30 Dumbrella— Artists from Dumbrella, one of the most popular online comic collectives, discuss webcomics, independent publishing, and subverting popular culture. Feel free to quiz Andrew Bell (The Creatures in my Head), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), Richard Stevens III (Diesel Sweeties), and Chris Yates (Chris Yates Studios) about anything your Internet heart desires. Room 3

12:00-1:00 Caprica, Battlestar, and Beyond— Hosted by actor/author Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt. Apollo, So Say We All), this panel features composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar, Ureka, Caprica), producer/writer Michael Tayler (Battlestar, Caprica, Star Trek), science consultant Kevin Grazier (Battlestar, Ureka), and special guests. Richard and the panelists will proide reviews, discussion, and Q&A of Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, and the upcoming BSG movie, including trailers. Room 6A

12:30-1:30 Batman: The Widening Gyre As Bat-fans know, Batman: The Widening Gyre revealed a previously untold period in Batman's life. DC group editor Michael Marts, series artist Walt Flanagan, and inker Art Thibert reveal secrets behind the highly anticipated conclusion.  Room 4

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff "Doc" Jensen. Hall H

4:45-5:45 Our Heroes Have More Fun: the Anti-Heroes of Showtime— The 21st century anti-hero has become one of the driving forces in recent pop culture. When it comes to the television anti-hero, Showtime has the winning formula. Hear firsthand from the showrunners, creators, and actors who have helped define this phenomenon. Dexter's Michael C. Hall and showrunner Chip Johannessen (24) delve into the phenomenon of Dexter Morgan, the serial killer you can't help rooting for; David Duchovny and Tom Kapinos of Californication discuss why Hank Moody is the "bad boy" we love despite his obvious shortcomings; and Mary-Louise Parker and Jenji Kohanof Weeds interpret pot-dealing soccer mom Nancy Botwin's moral decisions, as the line between right and wrong is not always as simple as black or white. Plus: Nurse Jackie—despite a little pill-popping along the way—is a smart no-nonsense nurse, who if you're ever taken to the hospital, you had better hope she's the first person you see. With heroes like these, who needs villains? Breaking the occasional promise, law, or commandment is all in a day's work, and one thing's for sure - Showtime heroes never let doing the right thing get in the way of having a good time. Ballroom 20

4:45-5:45 Lionsgate: The Expendables Prepare to have your ass kicked by The Expendables, the biggest action movie this summer! Lionsgate presents exclusive scenes and the inside scoop on every punch, kick, and bloodied lip from the most iconic cast of heroes and villains ever assembled, including the director, writer, and star Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), along with Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier), Steve Austin (The Condemned), Randy Couture (Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior), and Terry Crews (Gamer). Hall H

5:00-6:00 Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show's creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It's Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week), and Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. Room 25ABC

6:00-7:00 Showtime's Dexter What's next for America's Favorite Serial Killer? If the dramatic season finale left you in an, OMG-what-just-happened frenzy, you don't want to miss this killer panel! You'll see the exclusive world premiere of the new season's trailer, then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include Michael C. Hall (series star/executive producer), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), Desmond Harrington (Quinn), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Chip Johannessen (24), and Manny Coto (Star Trek: Enterprise). The new season premieres September 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT only on Showtime. Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 Universal: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Genre-bending filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), graphic novel author Bryan Lee O'Malley, and the cast of Universal Pictures' Scott Pilgrim vs. the World provide a sneak peek of summer 2010's epic of epic epicness. Joining Wright will be our hero, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera of Superbad); Scott's two current girlfriends, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead of The Thing) and Knives Chau (Ellen Wong of Unnatural History); his band, SEX BOB-OMB: Kim Pine (Alison Pill of Milk) and Stephen Stills (Mark Webber of Broken Flowers); SEX BOB-OMB super-fan Young Neil (Johnny Simmons of Jennifer's Body); Scott's awesome roommate, Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin of Igby Goes Down); and four of Ramona's seven evil exes: Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha of Fair Game), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh of Superman Returns), Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman of Funny People) and Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman of Parenthood); plus Scott's younger sister, Stacey Pilgrim (Anna Kendrick of Up in the Air), and the obnoxious Julie Powers (Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation). Q&A to follow. Hall H

7:00-8:00 Comics on Comics Live!— ComicsonComics.com, the innovative web series that pits comedians against comic book creators in geek debates, comes to the San Diego Comic-Con with a special live show! Host Jonathan London (Geekscape.net) and comedian Ralph Garman (Family Guy) match wits with some surprising guests from the worlds of comic books and comedy!  Room 9

7:30-8:30 Penn + Teller: 35 Years of Magic & BS!— Penn Jillette and Teller (Showtime's Penn & Teller: BS!) share insights into their 35-year-long careers with audience Q&A, TV and film clips, and a few tricks. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

 

Mind you, these are just the things that caught my eye.  In the reality of things, I will probably go to a handful of these, if that.  Yes, it's good to have a plan at Comic-Con but it's even better to be flexible and realize that due to the insanity of the whole thing, most of your plans probably aren't going to happen.  If I get to go to even one or two things on that list, I will be a happy geek.


posted by brendoman | 07/08/10| 09:38:51 am| Movies, TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


No Twilight At Comic-Con, So What Will This Year's Scapegoat Be?

Summit Entertainment announced their panels for Comic-Con and Twilight wasn't on the list. As I've said before, I don't believe Twilight ruined Comic-Con and this year will show that Hall H will be just as crowded. I just don't get the uproar and I guess I never will. So what will it be this year? Hawaii Five-O ruined Comic-Con? Maybe you should just wear a sign that says "I Don't Like Crowded Conventions" and then maybe buy tickets to a smaller convention such as Long Beach Comic Con.

posted by brendoman | 07/08/10| 08:56:25 am| Movies, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Carlos the Dwarf In Action

A group of my friends and I have been playing quite a bit of D&D lately. So much so that Phil got me my own set of dice and a dice bag for my birthday. We're having a blast and our party, dubbed the Super Adventure Club, is steadily making our way through our first campaign. For those who are wondering, yes, Carlos is a tribute to Daniel's created character on Freaks and Geeks. Logan the Huge has yet to make an appearance.

posted by brendoman | 07/07/10| 01:02:51 pm| I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


You Let Life Get In The Way

Hello? Is this thing still on? My bad, guys. Life has been hectic with the whole car thing (I did get new wheels, more on that later) and now I'm having some major difficulties trying to get out of my lease after the whole stolen car thing went down. I'm still not sure how that's going to end up but hopefully I'll be posting some cool goings on soon enough since Crazy 4 Cult 4 opens on Friday night, Smodcastle is opening soon, and of course Comic-Con is only weeks away. I'm always posting random goings on on my Twitter feed so you can always check that out if you get really bored. What's new with you guys?

posted by brendoman | 07/07/10| 12:51:45 pm| Thoughts and Ideas| Leave a comment »


The Saga Ends

So that's it. My car is officially gone. The police found it but it ended up being a lost cause. I'm a little sad it all went down this way. I'm currently working on getting a new car. The video was shot on my new iPhone and I was holding it vertically which is why the image is so skinny. I'll be sure to hold the phone vertically next time.

posted by brendoman | 06/28/10| 09:07:29 am| Rants and Raves, Video of the Day| 4 comments »


Have You Seen This Car?

My poor car

"Well, they finally did it. They killed my fucking car." - The Dude

So I got back from Vegas to discover my car had been stolen from my apartment complex. That's the punishment I get for thinking I shouldn't take the Neon to Vegas, I should rent a car. Now I'm driving another rental car and hoping that if the police don't find it, which is doubtful, I'll be able to find a cheap car and fast. That is looking pretty hopeful. I guess I'm just disappointed in my fellow man. I hope you enjoy the crappy brakes, the lack of a stereo and air conditioning, and all my winter coats in the trunk.

posted by brendoman | 06/23/10| 10:04:39 am| Rants and Raves| 6 comments »


Last Day of My 20's

I am leaving tomorrow morning for Vegas for my 30th birthday. Wow. 30. I'm trying not to make it a big deal, but when I think about 30 years and everything that encompasses, it's hard not to make it a big deal. When I think about all the stuff that has happened in the last ten years, I can't imagine what the next decade has in store. Maybe things will finally slow down. Who knows? So on the quick summary of recent events:

  • MC Chris put on an awesome show at The Troubador.
  • While the tickets were pricey, seeing Micmacs at the Arclight in Pasadena was one of the best theater going experiences I've had in ages. Awesome movie, awesome theater.
  • Smodcastle is going to be off the chain.
  • I don't have enough time for all the video games I have. Red Dead Redemption is awesome though. If you want to duke it out, my PSN is BrendoMan.
  • I'm going to Video Games Live tonight at Nokia Theater. If it's half as awesome as the last time I went, it should be pretty sweet.
  • Vegas!!!

That's pretty much it. Hope you all have a good weekend.

posted by brendoman | 06/17/10| 09:17:06 am| Random, I'm a Big Geek| 3 comments »


Video of the Day: R-Rated Mortal Kombat Short

This is pretty awesome. It's a short directed by Keven Tancharoen to try and build some interested in an R-Rated Mortal Kombat movie. The video is probably NSFW, so beware. I think this could be a really good idea, especially with Michael Jai White as Jax. What do you think?



A Week Later...

This strip summarizes every Lost conversation I've had in the past week, including the many I've had with Phil, which spawned the strip in the first place. Yeah, I liked the finale. I don't really know what else to say because I feel it is pointless to defend myself since I'm not going to change anyone's mind. But some folks think it's fun to argue about stuff like this. I used to be one of them but not so much anymore. I can't really explain why. I enjoyed the show for both the mystery but more so for the characters and I feel like the finale gave me closure with the characters and answered enough of my questions to be satisfied but left enough to my own interpretation that we can talk about it for the rest of our lives and I think that's pretty cool. Some people don't and I get that. I don't really know what else to add, so on that note I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day if you're in the States.

posted by brendoman | 05/31/10| 12:51:59 am| Anything Else| 2 comments »


I Don't Know...

Yes, I am doing something I hate when others do it but I feel bad that this once great blog is just sitting here. I just got a notification that someone commented on the Pinch Hitter 2 post again. Nice to know that's still bringing in the readers after all this time. I guess I just feel like I don't have much to say these days. LOST is over, I have been coping by watching large amounts of South Park on Netflix Instant Watch. I don't know what one has to do with the other, but South Park is really, really funny. I got Red Dead Redemption and have played it in small spurts. It's pretty sweet. That's pretty much all that is going on right now. Feel free to suggest post topics in the comments if you really, really care.

posted by brendoman | 05/26/10| 01:10:02 pm| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek| 4 comments »


Video of the Day: Improv Everywhere Does Ghostbusters at NYPL

Not only is it funny but the Improv Everywhere guys did the stunt to raise awareness for the massive budget cuts the library is facing so that makes it twice as awesome. I really would love one of those jumpsuits. Hat tip to Angie for the link.

posted by brendoman | 05/18/10| 04:43:13 pm| Movies, I'm a Big Geek, Funny Stuff, Video of the Day| 4 comments »


WTF of the Day: Chris Klein Mama Mia Audition Video

I have doubts that this is real, but man, look what you did to him Katie Holmes! Seriously, yikes.

UPDATE: The video got taken down from Youtube so I'm throwing up the link from FunnyorDie.

posted by brendoman | 05/17/10| 01:00:03 pm| Movies, Anything Else, WTF of the Day| Leave a comment »


Heroes = Canceled

Halle-freaking-lujah. Thanks NBC for not making me have to go through some kind of twelve step program in order to not watch the show next season. Hopefully several years from now I can pull my Season One DVD off the shelf, watch it, and pretend the rest just never happened.

posted by brendoman | 05/14/10| 04:32:15 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Goodbye Grandma

I've posted before about my Grandmother being in poor health. Last week she fell and broke her hip. I was able to talk to her on the phone on Wednesday after she had surgery. She sounded like she was pretty weak but she was happy to hear from me. I am very thankful I made that call. On Friday she passed away to due complications from the surgery. She was an amazing woman and I miss her terribly.

For many years my brother and I would spend the summer at my Grandparents farm in New Mexico. It was a pretty awesome place for a kid. There were animals, lots of old buildings to play in, and all kinds of other places to explore. My Grandparents sold the farm last year and moved to Texas. Thankfully I got to visit them last November when I was in town for Dallas Webcomics Expo. That was the last time I saw my Grandma. Even with her waning health, she was always cheery, always supportive of what I was doing. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, be grateful for your loved ones. You really don't know what you have until it's gone.

I'm flying to Texas tomorrow morning for the memorial service, to say goodbye to an amazing woman who has always been there for me, even when I was too busy to keep in touch as much as I should. She held us together through both horrible times and good times and for that I will always be grateful. Goodbye Grandma. We will miss you.

posted by brendoman | 05/09/10| 10:04:34 pm| Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Machete Says Happy Cinco De Mayo

posted by brendoman | 05/05/10| 12:25:44 pm| Movies, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »


Video of the Day: GoldenEye Stand-Off

CollegeHumor doesn't seem to have embed codes so you'll have to go here to watch the humorous video that will appeal to anyone who ever spent any amount of time running around The Temple hunting for the Golden Gun. The Odd Job scene probably rang most true to me. Thanks to Bill for sharing it with me.

posted by brendoman | 05/04/10| 10:33:32 am| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek, Video of the Day| 1 comment »


Link of the Day: instantwatcher.com

I am a huge fan of Netflix Instant Watch and instantwatcher.com makes finding the good stuff on the ever improving service even easier. You can easily check out what's new, what's popular, and what is about to expire, a feature I have found invaluable. The feature I use the most though is its listing of HD titles. I recently switched over to streaming on my PS3 since I let my Xbox Live Gold subscription expire and I haven't really looked back. Streaming on the PS3 isn't quite as streamlined as on the Xbox but it's a cheaper option and cheaper is good.

posted by brendoman | 04/29/10| 10:01:57 am| Movies, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


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