Agent Carter Promo Clips Work
November 26, 2014

Spinning out of Captain America: The First Avenger comes Marvel’s Agent Carter. One might make fun of the possessive title — are there others out there you’d confuse it with? — but it does keep the title sorted closely with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That’s significant because Agent Carter is a mid-season replacement for the latter.

Agent Carter stars Hayley Atwell as the title character, a spy who faces danger and sexism in the 1940s. She previously starred in an original short film as a bonus on the Iron Man 3 DVD.

The show is scheduled to debut January 6 and run for eight episodes. Two promotional previews (as seen below) have been released, and while the hair is wrong (too fluid, not restrained enough for the period), I admit, I’m eager to see it.

Bullwinkle Makes Me Laugh
November 26, 2014

DreamWorksTV has put together a supercut of what they call “Bullwinkle’s Best Worst Puns”, but I’d just call them funny. His literalism amuses me, particularly the A-Bomb joke. Not sure today’s viewers are going to get the “baseball suits” gag these days, though.

Bullwinkle is voiced by Bill Scott, with Rocky played by June Foray.

If, like me, this makes you want to watch the show, the DVDs of the seasons are relatively cheap at Amazon, or you can watch Season 1 for free if you have Amazon Prime.

Star Trek Klingon Bloodwine Announced
November 26, 2014

What a world we live in. If the franchise you’re a fan of is popular enough, there’s a licensed product for EVERYthing. Today’s case in point: Star Trek wine.

Star Trek Klingon Bloodwine

Klingon Bloodwine (for which the press release provides the helpful translation “tlhIngan ‘Iw HIq”) is now available for preorder at Vinport.com, licensed from CBS Consumer Products. (This follows the Klingon Warnog beer released this summer.) It begins shipping December 8 at $20 a bottle — but you can also buy six packs with other wines with Star Trek collectible labels at much higher prices. Or check with your local retailer.

The wine is described as “a medium-bodied red blend of Malbec, Syrah, and Petit Verdot from the Paso Robles AVA in California”. Sounds drinkable, anyway. I like the way the press release writer is clearly a fan having fun:

Klingon Bloodwine is a wine historically drunk in celebration and victory. Whether sipped while reveling in triumph or simply enjoying life among friends, this could be the finest vintage of Klingon Bloodwine until 2309. Traditionally twice as strong as whiskey and best served warm, this version of Bloodwine is more human-friendly at 13% ABV and can be served slightly chilled or at cellar temperature (60-65 F).

Star Trek fans everywhere will recognize the label of Klingon Bloodwine, a symbol comprised of the bat’leth or “sword of honor”, a traditional Klingon weapon. The back label includes the victorious Klingon phrase: “Celebrate! Tomorrow we may die!” (yIlop! wa’IeS chaq maHegh!)

Klingon Bloodwine can be enjoyed with grilled meats and mature cheeses, or traditional Klingon fare such as Heart of Targ.

Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette Clips
November 17, 2014

Although the home video release is next month, tomorrow marks the release of Guardians of the Galaxy digitally. And to promote it, Marvel has been releasing a ton of clips from the extra features. Here they are, starting with the Blu-ray release trailer. (I found it interesting that instead of critics, they use quotes from celebrities. A new frontier in marketing?)

Here’s director and co-writer James Gunn talking about his vision, with the prelude of a fake video game.

Of course, we have to mention the music, with Chris Pratt talking about filming the opening scene.

Pratt also talks about the final showdown/dance-off.

Remember Benicio Del Toro as the Collector?

You can watch Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon

and Vin Diesel as Groot

or footage of a real-life raccoon named Oreo, used as inspiration

or my favorite, designing Baby Groot.

Another Way to Get Batman: The Complete Series on Blu-ray
November 16, 2014

There’s been lots of talk about the Batman Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray box set, which is expensive because it comes with various collectibles, including a cute little Batmobile. Some fans have asked how they can get the episodes on Blu-ray without the extras.

Complete Classic Batman

Turns out that there’s a direct-response website where you can order that. It’s the “Complete Classic Batman Collection”, and it’s $175 (or $150 if you want DVD format). That’s the same price Amazon is selling the Limited Edition for right now, after discount, but this other set also includes the 1966 Batman movie, “Adam West Naked on DVD: Watch as Adam Takes You Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Episodes!”, a copy of a show script, and a “personal letter from Adam West to you!” So if you haven’t ordered yet, and you like these extras better than the toy car and trading cards, here’s another option.

Disney Fairies Get an Adventure Hero Branch
November 16, 2014

You may be familiar with the Disney Fairies, the little-sister franchise to the Princesses that has a number of animated movies and a variety of merchandise available. The newest release, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, will be out March 3, 2015. I found it interesting for two reasons: the voice talent involved, and that they’re introducing a gang of more adventurous fairies, expanding the concept.


The film features the Scout Fairies, a fearless group who protect Pixie Hollow. They are “agile and athletic with a keen ability to spot trouble before it gets out of control.” The movie focuses on Nyx, voiced by Rosario Dawson, “a true professional who takes her job very seriously — maybe a little too seriously — allowing facts and logic to guide her every move. Driven to succeed, Nyx is often willing to let compassion take a back seat.”

Rosario Dawson as Scout Fairy Nyx

The film also features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin (Fawn), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Megan Hilty (Rosetta), Lucy Liu (Silvermist), Raven Symone (Iradessa), and Angelica Huston (QueenClarion). That’s quite the cast. The plot involves the NeverBeast, a mythical creature which I’m sure the fairies come in contact with. Fawn is an animal fairy who wants to help it, while the scout fairies want to capture it to prevent it damaging Pixie Hollow. Here’s the trailer:

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