Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) R.I.P

Ledger was found dead in his fourth floor apartment at 421 Broome Street in SoHo NYC from what appears to be an overdose. Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on October 28, 2005 in New York City. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips.

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On July 21, 2006, Ledger was officially confirmed to play iconic comic book villain The Joker in The Dark Knight, the sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins, opposite fellow I’m Not There star Christian Bale. The film is set to debut on July 18, 2008.

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we send our deepest regret  to the family and friends of ledger

Journey Man

Journey Man

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The series centers around Dan Vasser, a newspaper reporter living with his wife Katie and young son Zack in San Francisco. For an unknown reason, one day he begins jumping backward in time. He soon learns that each series of jumps follows the life of a person whose destiny he seems meant to change. Dan’s jumping affects his family life and his job, and instills suspicion in his brother Jack, a police detective. While in the past, Dan reconnects with his ex-fiancée, Livia, whom he had believed was killed in a plane crash but is actually a traveler like him.

Dan’s “shifts” through time occur seemingly at random. The only indication he has to an oncoming jump is a feeling in his head which varies from right before he jumps to several seconds of warning. Dan appears to have no control over the shifts. The first jump is typically several decades into the past; through a series of jumps, he jumps nearer to the present, usually years at a time.

we highly recommend this series!
watch it here

Beowulf

Beowulf is an Old English epic poem the author is anonymous. Its creation dates between the 8th and the 11th century, the only surviving manuscript dating to 1010. At 3183 lines, it is notable for its length. It has risen to national epic status in England.

In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, battles three antagonists:

Grendel, boundary-land walker,who is attacking the Danish mead hall called Heorot and its inhabitants;

Grendel’s mother she is never given a name in the text, later in life after returning to Geatland (modern southern Sweden) and becoming a king, an unnamed dragon.

He is mortally wounded in the final battle, and after his death he is buried in a barrow in Geatland by his retainers.

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Beowulf is a 2007 animated film adaptation by Robert Zemeckis, the film was created through motion capture.

beowolfposter.jpgThe film adaption differs from the epic poem but ties all three parts of the poem into a cohesive story. written by Neil Gaiman

if you have not scene this film take a night off and see it for yourself.

the only way to see this film is in 3d its worth the extra couple of bucks for the plastic glasses

buy the book here

buy the script here

buy the audio book here

there have been a few movies made about beowulf

Beowulf & Grendel (2005) buy this dvd here

Beowulf (1999)
Starring: Christopher Lambert

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Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons (2003)

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Beowulf (2006)
Starring: Benjamin Bagby

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I AM LEGEND

I Am Legend is a science fiction novel written in 1954 by Richard Matheson. it tells the story of Robert Neville the last man alive in Los Angeles, California.

The story takes place between 1976 and 1979. the book opens with the monotony and horror of the daily life of the protagonist, Neville is apparently the only survivor of an apocalypse caused by a pandemic of a bacterium, the symptoms of which are very similar to vampirism.

Much of the story is devoted to Neville’s struggles to understand the plague that has infected everyone around him, and the novel details the progress of his discoveries. Instead of asking the reader to accept a supernatural explanation for vampire phenomena, the author strives to offer scientific basis for such symptoms as aversion to garlic, craving of fresh blood, and resistance to bullets but vulnerability to stakes and sunlight.

i-am-legend-cover.jpgGet the book here

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this the original cover of the book

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the first film made based on I am Legend was:

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Last Man on Earth,

StarringVincent Price as Richard Morgan, Franca Bettoia as Ruth Collins,Emma Danieli as Virginia Morgan,Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Uncle Ben Cortman, Christi Courtland as Kathy Morgan

watch the flick for free here

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the next film was

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The Omega Man

Charlton Heston Robert Neville
Anthony Zerbe Matthias
Rosalind Cash Lisa
Paul Koslo Dutch

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check out the trailer for the 2007 flick here

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DC comics releasing stories for the film check out trailer here

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Big Apple Comic Con 2007

Their site

big-apple-con-pamp-2007.jpg this was their program booklet

we paid 20 bucks a pop just to be there on saturday. if you have never gone to a comic book convention ever in life then the big apple con is a great starter convention. we started going to big apple comics convention when they first started back when it was held in 1996 in the basement of St. George’s Church in Manhattan by Michael Carbonaro

big-apple-con-pamp-2007-layout-copy.jpg the set up is shown in the pamphlet

joe-and-jim.JPG this is Legendary comic creator Joe Simon (co creator of Captain America) back at the big apple con 2006

big-apple-con-pic.JPG a booth at the con 2006

The convention is known for its eclectic variety of guests, including many celebrities of comic books, classic TV, movies, animation, pro wrestling, and other forms of pop culture. Some notable guests include Steven Segal, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Kevin Smith, Frank Miller, Adam West, George A. Romero, Neal Adams, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Bill Plympton, Roddy Piper, and many more. It also holds panel discussions and a costume contest hosted by “Captain Zorikh.”

This year has been the year of heroes …….. tv show that is! so actress hayden panettiere the cheerleader from heroes was on hand to take flicks and sign pic, if you spent 30 dollars to get it.

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watch out shes got body guards!

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in the long run with the price of gas going up, so to is the price of a good comic book convention. go for the comics , go for the stars, go for the full grown adults dressed in colorful costumes. Just go and lose yourself in the fun!

Japanese Myth 2

FLOWER PRINCESS AND ROCK PRINCESS

Ohkuninushi, the lord of the land, decided to give his land to the highest goddess, Amateras. Amateras sent a god Hononinigi to reign the land and he became the ancestor of Japanese emperors. Hononinigi fell in love with a beautiful princess, Konohanano-Sakuya-Hime and asked her father Ohyamatsumi for their marriage. Ohyamatsumi sent Konohana’s sister Iwanaga-Hime along with Konohana to make both of them his wives. However, Hononinigi didn’t like Iwanaga because she was so ugly. She was sent back to her father Ohyamatsumi and he got so angry. “I sent my two daughters to you because Konoyaha would bring you prosperity and Iwanaga would have brought you enernal life but you rejected Iwanaga. You and your descendents lost the chance to live forever.” This is why gods (and emperors) die on our land.

Konohana, a flower princess was the symbol of prosperity and Iwanaga, a rock princess represented eternal life.
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“Konohana” means flowers on the tree and “Sakuya” means bloom (and “Hime” is princess). The name represents what she is.

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“Iwa” means rock and “naga (nagai)” means long

this is the site the above is from

history of Kabuki

Kabuki performers during the earliest years of the genre were primarily women. Kabuki is thought to have originated in the dances and light theater first performed in Kyoto in 1603 by Okuni, a female attendant at the Izumo shrine. The word kabuki had connotations of the shocking, unorthodox and fashionable, and it came to be applied to the performances of Okuni’s popular troupe and its imitators. Because an important side business of the onna (women’s) kabuki troupes was prostitution, the Tokugawa shogunate disapproved, banning the troupes in 1629 and making it illegal for women to appear on stage. Wakashu (young men’s) kabuki then became popular, but in 1652 it was also banned because of the adverse effect on public morals of the prostitution activities of the adolescent male actors.

With both women and boys banned, kabuki became a theater of mature male performers, although before yaro (men’s) kabuki was permitted to continue performing, the government required that the actors avoid sensual displays and follow the more realistic conventions of the kyogen theater.

The century following the legal mandating of male performers saw many developments in kabuki. Onnagata (female impersonator) roles became increasingly sophisticated, and Ichikawa Danjuro I (1660・704) pioneered the strong, masculine aragoto (rough business) acting style in Edo (now Tokyo), while Sakata Tojuro I (1647・709) developed the refined and realistic wagoto (soft business) style in the Kyoto-Osaka area.

The kabuki stage gradually evolved out of the noh stage, and a draw curtain was added, facilitating the staging of more complex multi-act plays. The hanamichi passageway through the audience came into wide use and provided a stage for the now standard flamboyant kabuki entrances and exits. The revolving stage was first used in 1758.

In the merchant culture of the eighteenth century, kabuki developed in both a competitive and cooperative relationship with the bunraku puppet theater. Although he concentrated on writing for the puppet theater after 1703, Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653・724) wrote some plays directly for kabuki and is considered one of Japan’s greatest dramatists. Around this time, kabuki was temporarily eclipsed in popularity by the puppet theater in the Kyoto-Osaka area. In an effort to compete, many puppet plays were adapted for kabuki, and the actors even began to imitate the distinctive movements of the puppets.

The fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868 resulted in the elimination of the samurai class and the entire social structure that was the basis for the merchant culture, of which the kabuki theater was a part. There were failed attempts to introduce Western clothes and ideas into kabuki, but major actors such as Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838・903) and Onoe Kikugoro V (1844・903) urged a return to the classic kabuki repertoire. In the twentieth century, writers such as Okamoto Kido (1872・939) and Mishima Yukio (1925・970), who were not directly connected to the kabuki world, have written plays as part of the shin kabuki (new kabuki) movement. These plays combine traditional forms with innovations from modern theater; a few of them have been incorporated into the classic kabuki repertoire.

While remaining true to its traditional roots, both in the staging of the plays and in the closely knit hierarchy of acting families that define the kabuki world, kabuki today is a vigorous and integral part of the entertainment industry in Japan. The star actors of kabuki are some of Japan’s most famous celebrities, appearing frequently in both traditional and modern roles on television and in movies and plays.

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Japanese Myth 1B

THE UNDERWORLD: understanding the myth

A TRIP TO THE UNDERWORLD
This story is very similar to the Orpheus story in the Greek myth. It’s said that this is not just a coincidence, the myth in Greece or the Oriental countries might have come to Japan through China and Korea.

FOOD OF THE UNDERWORLD
It’s not clear what exactly Izanami ate. In the Greek myth, Persephone ate some pomegranate in the underworld so she could not go back to her mother.