Jerry Lawler was at the New York Comic Con all weekend and we sat down with him for an interview. Well, he sat, I crouched next to him. That put me at a clear physical disadvantage (as if I wasn’t at one already) when he began to critique my line of questioning. Bottom line, we don’t see eye to eye on some things. Overall though, nice guy. Just don’t ask him about anything suggesting that anything is wrong with the WWE. Pure company man. Enjoy:
We had a chance to briefly talk to the legendary Chewbacca at the New York Comic Con. He’s one of my childhood heroes for sure, but in person he’s kind of annoying. Check it out:
Please excuse the alliteration, but here is our interview with Brian O’Halloran from Clerks (among other Kevin Smith movies). Very nice guy. He’s also in Brutal Massacre, which is another favorite of ours. Please excuse the audio, confusing camera mic and regular mic settings is pretty easy first thing in the morning. Try to enjoy it anyway:
More to come all week
Kevin Conroy has not seemed to be the biggest fan of Christian Bale’s Batman interpretation. Specifically his voice. During Friday’s Arkham City panel, Conroy had the chance to further detail his option of Bale’s Batman. Check it out:
More highlights from the 2011 New York Comic Con all week
Terra Nova had their panel at the New York Comic Con on Saturday, and explained a big difference between this show and other shows that try to follow the “Lost” style of storytelling. According to executive producer Brannon Braga, early intentions will be revealed between Jim, Taylor, and the sixers by the end of the 2 hour finale which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 19th.
Jason O’Mara (Jim), added that they are using different method of adding mythology through a TV series than Lost did. All questions will be answered more quickly, and more directly as well. Stephen Lang (Taylor), describes the whole first season as a sort of pilot for the series. Don’t worry about knowing everything about the show though, because it sounds like questions will be answered quickly, but new questions will come right in to replace them.
Another idea the panel revealed was the direction of the type of show they are trying to create. We got to watch this Monday’s episode, “The Runaway,” and there was a noticeable lack of dinosaurs. Over the entire episode we saw one dinosaur on screen for about one minute tops. The episode was still very good overall, and apparently this was by design. Braga suggests that the ultimate goal is to turn the show into a mystery that does not necessarily need dinosaurs. For those of you that absolutely need dinosaurs in your primetime TV, O’Mara later put those concerns to rest, revealing that in a later episode we see a baby dinosaur being born in the hospital. Can’t wait for the mama to start looking for her kid!
Terra Nova airs Mondays at 8:00pm on FOX.
Video will be available this week.
Today Rocksteady held a panel for Batman: Arkham City, which hits shelves this Tuesday, October 18th. A number of topics were discussed during the session, however the news that brought up one of the biggest reactions was that of the games length. According to game director Sefton Hill, a single playthrough of the game will take up to 30 hours. Thats more than double Arkham Asylum’s length. Including challenge maps, there seems to be more than enough to keep bat fans occupied for a while. The length won’t just mean more of the same either. The game world will be five times the size of the original, with double the moves and animation (and from what I can tell, double the gadgets too).
The crowd was then treated to a demo of the game and it looks outstanding. With help from Alfred via satellite (acting as Oracle did in the first game), Batman had to glide across the city to find the source of the Joker’s radio signal. The might have been a slow leisurely stroll before, but now with the dive and swoop mechanic, Batman practically flies through the air at high speeds. We also saw Bats pick off a few groups of thugs, showcasing almost an entirely new moveset. Dual enemy attacks, catching barrels a throwing them back, and lets not forget behind the back grappling enemies and hurling them back for a knockout blow. From what I’ve seen, this game is on it’s way to outperforming the greatest superhero game of all time.
Video from the panel will be available next week.
Starting Thursday, we will embark on a full court press of the New York Comic Con. Check here all weekend and into next week for interviews, news and highlights. Follow us on twitter too as we’ll be updating live from the panels and more!
Among the things we will be covering:
Cartoon Network isn’t playing around, sending most of their Adult Swim lineup to New York. On hand will be talent from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Superjail, and the upcoming miniseries The Heart, She Holler starring Patton Oswalt and Kristen Schaal.
Shoot Many Robots
We’re going to demo Demiurge Studios’ upcoming action-RPG Shoot Many Robots. So far it looks like it has a little Metal Slug in it. If so we’re in for a downloadable treat!
Activision will have a number of titles headlining their booth (I won’t get into X-Men Destiny) centered around the soon-to-be-released GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and PROTOTYPE 2. Hopefully we can get some information on the new Transformers game as well.
With all of the 80s cartoons and shows coming back, it was only a matter of time before Voltron made it’s presence known again. Will new toys, a THQ video game, comic books and a new TV series, we’ll see just how much Voltron I can handle before I throw up.
Fans have been waiting years for the Avengers to assemble on the big screen, and with the trailer debuting this week it’s that much closer to actually happening. Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleson and Cobie Smulders will be on hand to debut some new footage from the movie, and most likely start the biggest nerdgasm of the weekend.
We’ll have that and plenty more to talk about from games, to movies, and even comics (this is a comic book convention after all). So don’t forget to check the site periodically for videos, stories, and more!
Just like the MLB has it’s minor league system I believe the UFC would benefit from making Strikeforce it’s minor league system. Here are my quick thoughts on why I think it could work.
Minor League Deals:
Fighters could sign Minor League deals with incentives for if/when they got called up to the UFC. Bring in more prospects and keep around guys that fans love. Instead of cutting a fighter after a couple loses they could be sent down to Strikeforce. What fighter wouldn’t feel better about at least getting the chance to stick around and work his way back. Having Strikeforce means more roster spots. Guys don’t have to worry as much about losing their jobs.
Why Showtime should agree to this:
I don’t know about you but I’ll watch pretty much any MMA. I spent a nice summer day sitting inside on my computer watching BAMMA, Bellator prelims on spike.com and then Strikeforce. I catch any promotion I can that gets streamed online (Shark Fights, BAMMA) I believe people will still tune into Showtime and watch despite Strikeforce being the UFC’s minor league. When you think about it every promotion other then UFC is a minor league anyway. Showtime could continue to focus on the “Rising Stars”(Challengers) and also capitalize on the “UFC” names.
Why it makes sense for Zuffa:
Unless Zuffa continues to want to buy their competitors I think it makes sense for them to keep Strikeforce around. How hard is it to compete with the number one promotion when they also own the number two promotion. What guys are these competitors going to get if Zuffa continues to have this huge talent pool. Let’s face it, If you consider yourself one of the best fighters in the world and you’re not even in the number two promotion how can you be taken serious. The UFC will become what the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB is. The only Professional League. A minor league would give them the opportunity to keep all the smaller promotions small promotions.
I’d get rid of all the belts except for the women’s division. Instead of getting a belt I’d do “Light Weight” of the year or something down that line. What’s the point in having a belt that gets vacated all the time.
They could develop the women’s divisions. More and more girls will get into MMA if they know Women’s MMA has a place in Strikeforce’s future. The only way you’ll get deeper divisions is if these young girls see there is an opportunity to make it. Without Strikeforce, Women’s progression in MMA faces a harder road.
And lastly,If the Showtime deal doesn’t happen i’d hope they would consider looking elsewhere or even streaming cards online. More free fights please!
Hope you enjoyed this. I don’t consider myself a journalist or even a blogger. I just enjoy MMA and love to talk about it. Check out my predictions during fight week’s and I’ll post some MMA related posts when I get the itch. Thanks.
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