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8 ways in which the MCU has improved on the comics

by CWS

October 17, 2018

I thought this was pretty interesting.

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RIP Scott Wilson

by CWS

October 8, 2018

Former Walking Dead star Scott Wilson died on Saturday. A tribute to the venerable actor was posted on the AMC show's Facebook page, which I'll quote below.
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Skybound, the entertainment company behind Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, has paid tribute to late Hershel Greene star Scott Wilson, who died Saturday aged 76.

“We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!”

Wilson’s rep told TMZ the actor passed following a battle with leukemia.

News of his death comes just hours after The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang revealed at New York Comic Con Wilson returns to the series this season alongside Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha. Hershel and Sasha are just two of the late characters who will make cameo appearances in the new season, tied to the upcoming exit of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln.

Wilson joined the series in Season Two as a by-the-Bible farmer and father to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney). The former veterinarian acted as the moral compass of the group, often steering Rick in the right direction.

Hershel also developed a significant bond with Maggie’s future husband, Glenn (Steven Yeun), gifting him his prized pocket watch. Maggie and Glenn’s child, who has since been born in Season Nine, is named Hershel in his honor.

Wilson last reprised the role in Season Four finale “A,” which came after Hershel’s death in that season’s mid-season finale, “Too Far Gone.” That episode saw Hershel mercilessly decapitated by the Governor (David Morrissey), who used Michonne’s katana to perform the dirty deed.

He also voiced the character in The Walking Dead's Robot Chicken animated special. Other recent roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien, and Bosch, after a decades-long career spanning such films as In the Heat of the Night and The Ninth Configuration.

The Walking Dead is expected to pay tribute to Wilson this season by way of a memorial credits tag. Fans can further expect a loving tribute to be made on Sunday’s live aftershow Talking Dead, airing immediately after The Walking Dead Season Nine premiere.
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Captain Marvel

by CWS

October 5, 2018

I guess I forgot to post this trailer when it was released about a week ago, while I was distracted fighting my still-unresolved driver problem.

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Perhaps I'll talk to myself about it later, too, should the mood strike me.

Cannot install video drivers

by CWS

September 24, 2018

Instead of a single catch-all tech support thread, it would probably work better to have a dedicated subforum; I'll set that up shortly.

Anyway, for the past several days I've been fighting to update the video drivers for my GTX 680. The existing driver was uninstalled, of course, but when trying to install the new driver, or even reinstall the previous one, the installation always fails for unspecified reasons, no matter what. I've tried every possible method and approach I can think of, and met with failure after failure. I even tried reverting to a previous state using System Restore, and that failed, again for unspecified reasons. I even tried taking the 680 out altogether and putting my ancient GTX 9800 card back in, but it refuses to install the drivers for that card, either.

This process has been frustrating, to say the least. At this point, the only thing I can think of to try next is to reformat and reinstall Windows. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions short of that?

The DC film universe is unraveling...

by CWS

September 13, 2018

...or at least that certainly appears to be the case. On top of the overall quality of the movies, which has been...uneven, to put it generously, the biggest stars of the franchise seem to be jumping ship one after another.

It's apparently been known for some time that Ben Affleck would not be making another appearance as Batman, following the disappointing performance of Zack Snyder's Justice League film. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill is officially bowing out as Superman, so as to play Geralt in Netflix's upcoming Witcher series.

So, uh...yeah. Gal Gadot will continue to play Wonder Woman for the foreseeable future, which isn't surprising since her movie was arguably the best of the five DCEU films so far, not to mention the most successful. They're supposedly still planning to do more with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in some context or other (so hopefully she'll have time to get the accent right by then), and now they're talking about shifting their main focus to a Supergirl movie, so...the only certainty at the moment is that to the extent that the DCEU continues to lurch unsteadily ahead, it seems like Warner Bros. is banking heavily on its women to carry it forward.

RIP John McCain

by CWS

August 25, 2018

Republican Senator and 2008 Presidential nominee, John McCain has died, one day after his family announced that he had stopped treatment for his brain cancer.

Senator McCain served with honor and distinction in our nation's military, and was a 100% legitimate war hero in Vietnam. I won't pretend to have been an admirer of his political career, as I disagreed with him more often than not, although I did reluctantly vote for him in 2008. I think, however, that he always did what he believed was right.

EDIT: Some final thoughts on the Senator, in his own words:
John McCain wrote:

“I’ve had the good fortune to spend 60 years in service to this wondrous land,” he said. “It has not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help.

“But I’ve tried to deserve the privilege as best I can, and I’ve been repaid a thousand times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of America,” he said. “And I am so very grateful.”

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

by CWS

August 12, 2018

I have no idea if this game will even be good or not, but I feel morally obligated to make a thread for it.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

by CWS

July 22, 2018

Thanks to Comic-Con, we're suddenly buried in new trailers. Here's one I definitely can't resist sharing.

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Thoughts?

Personally, the preachy narrative is a bit much for me, I hope the full movie doesn't land as hard on that as this trailer did...Godzilla has always had that symbolism and subtext, of course, but it works best when "shown, not told" if you know what I mean.

Having said that, I am still excite.

Clone Wars: v3.0?

by CWS

July 20, 2018

So...apparently Clone Wars is coming back. o_o

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While this is welcome news, I must admit that I'm rather confused; Lucasfilm seems rather schizophrenic these days. It was Disney's decision to axe the previous series, which (I thought) had been brought to a fairly decisive conclusion for that very reason...but now they're suddenly bringing it back for some reason...?

Then again, the entire company has basically been waging open warfare against most of Star Wars fandom ever since The Last Jedi came out, and that's been...less than profitable for them. To put it mildly.

Joker solo movie in development

by CWS

July 12, 2018

So this has been rumored for quite some time, but it's finally official: the Joker is getting his own movie, all to himself, which will apparently explore his origins.

And it will not be starring Jared Leto, because who knows what the hell is going on with the DCEU at this point, nor will it star Leonardo DiCaprio (thank God). Instead, Joaquin Phoenix will be portraying the Clown Prince of Crime, this time around.

Thoughts?

RIP Steve Ditko

by CWS

July 8, 2018

Legendary comic book artist and writer, not to mention the co-creator of characters such as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko died yesterday at the age of 90. :(

Happy Independence Day 2018

by CWS

July 4, 2018

Hey look, I'm actually on time this year! :P

EDIT: For lack of anything else of substance to post right now, I'll just point out that Vox is officially the dumbest website on the Internet.

RIP Vinnie Paul

by CWS

June 23, 2018

Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has apparently died. No other details have been released at this time.

Paul was the brother of legendary Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down onstage at a Damageplan (the band the brothers formed after Pantera broke up) show in December of 2004.

RIP Barbara Bush

by CWS

April 17, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of one President and mother of another, has died.

The Daily Wire wrote:

Bush Family Releases Statement On Barbara Bush's Passing

By Ryan Saavedra | @RealSaavedra | April 17, 2018

On Tuesday, former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92.

"A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92," Jim McGrath, the official spokesperson for former President George H.W. Bush, said in a statement.

"She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce," McGrath continued. "She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, and her siblings Martha and James R. Pierce."

RIP R. Lee Ermey

by CWS

April 16, 2018

R. Lee Ermey, the legendary drill-sergeant-turned-actor, has died.

Ermey was an actual drill sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. and a Vietnam veteran, but what he will be most remembered for is undoubtedly his single, unforgettable role in Stanley Kubrick's war epic, Full Metal Jacket. There's a very interesting article about Ermey's role in that movie; it's too long to quote here, but well worth reading.

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