Worth Your Consideration #022

  • The February issue of Empire features several photos of the upcoming film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Among them, the shot I’ve included above. Let me tell you: seeing the Phelps twins in what appears to be Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes sets my mind at ease about the upcoming film. If they’re keeping this scene, then they’re going to get the adaptation right, in my humble opinion.
  • CineLive magazine has some new photos, too.
  • Oh, and Entertainment Weekly has a brief preview.
  • In other movie news, Ain’t It Cool continues their uniformly doom-and-gloom coverage of the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine with a brief item on that film’s latest promotional image. Oh well. I’m still excited.
  • In comics news, the Associated Press reported this week that President Elect Barack Obama would be appearing in an upcoming issue of Amazing Spider-Man. The issue, #583 of the series, hits the stands this Wednesday. I’m guessing it’ll be sold out within a couple of hours, but we’ll see.
  • The legal fight between Warner Brothers and Fox over Watchmen may be coming to a close, reports AICN. Nobody’s sure how much money is changing hands, but even a penny is more than Fox deserves, according to what I’ve been reading. Bright side: at least this means the movie may actually come out, after all.
  • Back to comics (as opposed to comic book adaptations): Newsarama has an interesting piece up on comic book shops suggesting that one of the keys to success in the specialty shop arena is opting out of stocking back issues. It’s an interesting bit of advice, and the comic shops I’ve been inside recently all seem to be taking it to heart. I miss back issues, but I’m becoming much more of a trade paperback guy myself.
  • Just because I can’t get over how cool it is that my favorite band is giving away 405 gigs of free HD concert video, here’s a Mashable article about how much more awesome Nine Inch Nails is when compared to Metallica.
  • Way on the other end of the Awesomeness Scale as far as most people are concerned (though not me, because I think they’re just as awesome), Aerosmith can’t wait to get back into the studio. Seriously, man, if you haven’t heard their blues record Honkin on Bobo, you should give it a spin. It gives hope that they’ll actually do something closer to 1970s Aerosmith than 1990s Aerosmith, and that could be really nifty. At least I think so.
  • Okay, now that I’ve lost all of your respect by admitting I’m an Aerosmith nut, let’s talk Lost and try to win it back (your respect, that is). The title of the eleventh episode of season five will be “Whatever Happened, Happened”. Oh, and danger might be bringing two Left Behinders together, two that we might not expect. Well, unless, like me, you were seeing the signs of this development as far back as the finale of season three…
  • If you are so overwhelmed by my geekiness that you’d like to unfriend me on Facebook or something, you should know that, if you can find nine other losers to unfriend, a Whopper might be in your future.
  • Speaking of geeks: after reading about this Facebook/Burger King development, Jason Kottke did something extraordinarily awesome. He calculated Facebook’s valuation in Whoppers.
  • Two more…
  • My favorite blogger of all time, Mrs. Heather Armstrong (better known as Dooce), has a book coming out. It’s called It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had A Baby, A Breakdown, and A Much Needed Margarita. It comes out on March 24 and she’s doing a tour that’ll stop in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities (but sadly not Boston). I can’t wait to read it.
  • Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler (which I can’t wait to see), thinks that professional wrestlers belong in the Screen Actor’s Guild. Says Aronofsky, “There’s really no reason why these guys are not in SAG…They’re in front of a camera performing and doing stunts, and they should have that protection. They should have health insurance and they should be protected.” I couldn’t agree more. Regardless of what one thinks of the sport, I think it’s ridiculous to deny these performers the same union rights that are afforded to other actors and stuntpeople.