Out of Context Comics: Volume 15

More insanity. More unintentional innuendo. More stupid crap dialed up to 11.

alfred hints at sex with bruce wayne

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock from Star Trek, Dead at 83

leonard nimoy as Mr. Spock

Unfortunately, actor, author, director and photographer Leonard Nimoy died today at age 83. He was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with chest pains and fans feared the worst. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy was easily best known as stoic, logical Vulcan Mr. Spock, the first officer on the Enterprise from Star Trek. But he also directed the most popular Star Trek classic film, Part IV: The Voyage Home. He played many other famous roles including on shows Mission: Impossible and Fringe.

Leonard Nimoy was teaching Method acting in 1966 when he was cast as Spock. He went on to have an interesting relationship with the character, publishing an autobiography in 1977 titled “I Am Not Spock” but also publishing “I Am Spock” in 1995. He fully embraced the character and appeared in a two-parter of Star Trek: The Next Generation and both of the rebooted Star Trek movies by J.J. Abrams, playing Spock.

He tweeted a lot and ended all his tweets with LLAP – Spock’s Vulcan saying: Live Long and Prosper. He tweeted on Monday, saying:

 A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

Friday Round Up: Everything IS Awesome

Apparently there really will be a fifth Alien film starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley. Director Neil Blomkamp spoke with French TV the other day about his new film Chappie and he and Weaver confirmed that it’s happening, it will not ignore parts 3 and 4, but his aim is to be closer to what they did in the first two. I love the first two Alien movies and enjoy the rest to varying degrees. Weaver still looks pretty amazing. I think this is good news. But we have even more. Star Wars, Duck Tales, Net Neutrality. It’s been a big week. No mention of escaped llamas or what color a dress is because, c’mon, this is about geek news.

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The New Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Poster Has Huge Hints

Avengers Age of Ultron Poster

Okay, first of all, that is not a good poster. Weird perspectives and no central idea. It’s just bad. They jammed a bunch of images in PhotoShop and then remembered there were still 3 or 4 more characters to include so they tossed those in as well.

But the most interesting part of it is what we can learn from the credits below. We already knew Don Cheadle was in from the early trailer but apparently characters from Thor and Captain America’s world are also in this one, as well as Iron Man. Stellan Skarsgard is back but so is Idris Elba as Heimdall. That seems out of left field. Anthony Mackie is back as Falcon but then so is Hayley Atwell. So will there be flashbacks in this movie? Hallucinations? Trips to hell?

Perhaps the most interesting element is Danny Elfman’s inclusion as “additional music.” He’s not doing the score but he is credited. Time for wild speculation: what if there was a post credits scene with Spider-Man? Wouldn’t a way to tease or confirm his arrival be to use Elfman’s famous theme from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy? Or maybe he just helped with, let’s say, Hawkeye’s theme. But I don’t think so.

A NSFW Power Rangers Fan Film by Hollywood is Your WTF of the Day

The above video is kind of weird. It’s a Power Rangers fan film but with real money, actors and crew. It’s also very, very NSFW. We’re talking swearing, gore and nudity. Why has someone done that to a kids’ show? That’s the question.

James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff in Power Rangers fan film

Who made it? Adi Shankar, who was actually a producer on Dredd. Joseph Kahn directed it and he made the either insane or insanely brilliant Torque. And it stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23). Oh, and Van Der Beek co-wrote it.

This is likely the craziest thing you’ll see all week. Don’t watch it at work.

Is Hollywood Turning on Superhero Movies? A List of Oscar Nominees & Winners from Superhero Films

Batman holds an Academy Award

Over the weekend, Hollywood took two shots at superhero films. Obviously no one wants nothing but superhero films but the majority of the the Marvel and DC adaptations over the last few decades have been very good for the most part. It isn’t even a genre, so much as a supergenre – Guardians of the Galaxy is a sci-fi movie while Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an conspiracy thriller. At the Independent Spirit Awards, director Dan Gilroy (whose film, Nightcrawler, is very good and is definitely NOT about the X-Men superhero) said: “Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that’s true spirit.”

What is he talking about? His wife, Rene Russo, plays Frigga in the Thor films. And a lot of the audience was in superhero films as well. At the Oscars, Jack Black joked about superheroes taking over and being generic but that was a joke so we can’t take it seriously. Still, there seems to be a backlash within parts of Hollywood against the success of superhero movies. So I thought I’d list some of the most notable Oscar nominees and winners and the roles they’ve played in superhero films. I understand an actor’s desire to play different roles. But in the end, it’s all about the quality of the script and director, not the overall genre, that’s important.

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Out of Context Comics: Volume 14

Here’s some more creepy, unintentionally funny or just plain strange panels that I’ve found. I hope you dig them. Big props to Mitch O’Connell, an artist who collected this batch (and many others) on his blog.

wildcat is fagged out

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Friday Round Up: Get Spring Here Already

Gotta lead with the new official international trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I would not expect this reboot/sequel to be good on paper but I think it looks fantastic. I hope director George Miller has something to say because the visuals and characters look great!

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The Best Stuff from Toy Fair 2015

Toy Fair Javits Center

Entrance to Toy Fair 2015 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

Toy Fair went down in New York this past week. As usual, no actual kids were allowed. This was toy manufacturers’ chance to show off what’s ahead for them. Stuff that looks to be popular this year? Dinosaurs, more stuff from Frozen, customizable toys, and awkward attempts to shoehorn technology in. For instance, there’s a Barbie that listens to what your kids say and responds. The Barbie is wifi and stores what your kid talks about in the cloud so that Mattel can update her phrases. It sounds ripe for hackers to get into so that they can listen to a family’s home. Or there’s the return of the Viewmaster, but instead of the cardboard discs with photos, you slide a smartphone in. Anyway, there was some cool stuff and we’ll share it below.

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Top Ten Actors Who were ALMOST James Bond

All James Bonds

EON, the company that controls the film rights to James Bond, has recast the role several times, for the most part very successfully. But with a character that’s been in movies for over 50 years, the producers have several times had to consider hiring actors to replace the current Bond only to renew a contract with the existing actor or have successfully hired those we know as Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. We’re only talking about the “official” James Bond films but here are the top ten (out of almost 50) who came close to playing 007 on the big screen, listed in chronological order of when they auditioned:

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