[Pic of the week from The Daily Weird]
Sorry, the TWiG is late this week. My son had a high fever, and the dog ate my homework, and my brakes failed as I crashed into the US Open. The above picture is almost as cool as Graham Curson, 36, who married his wife Samantha, 26, while dressed as the Star Wars villain Darth Vader. Who is almost as cool as Ramona who had her father give her away as Darth Vader while she got married at a comic convention. And these are almost as cool as Darth Vader opening the New York Stock Exchange. But, none are cooler than having Snoop Dogg and Darth Vader debut a new line of Adidas sneakers. Bow-Wow-Wow. On wit' da news baby...
- ODDSMAKERS: In many Marvel films, Stan Lee, the developer of Spider-Man and many of the popular Marvel characters, inexplicably pops out of the background somewhere. But, so far he's still waiting for a call about appearing in the Nordic superhero film Thor. What are the odds that Stan Lee's cameos will be phased out of future Marvel flicks? [ComicBookMovie]
- Caprica, the prequel to the hit sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica is as thrilling as a toothpaste convention, so it's no surprise that the show is tanking in the ratings. I think the idea of seeing what led the Cylons to "wanna kill all humans" is a good idea, but its way too slow. In fact, as I'm thinking about....Zzzzzz
- Jon Favreau, the director of the upcoming superhero movie Iron Man 2 was asked in a Twitter "Does Iron Man 2 take place before or after Hulk movie?" He said, "Before." This makes no sense, because at the end of Iron Man General Ross talks to Stark about helping him with his "little problem." Although, since they never say what that the problem is, they could change it. I'm betting Jon's pulling our leg.
- Green Lantern, the galactic superhero with a green power ring, is shaping up to be a unique superhero film. While a few superhero movies had scenes in space, this one is going to be a perfect marriage of science-fiction and comic books. Check out the concept art for "The Guardians", Kilo-wog and more here. Also, if you're into spoilers, they claim to have a copy of the 2008 script. I'm not, so don't wreck my flow in the comments.
- TOSS-UP: Which would you rather eat at your Superbowl party: Han Solo in Guacamole Carbonite or the 33 ft (10 meter) long "Great Wall of China" made out of chocolate?
- This week, on January 31st, 1606, Guy Fawkes died for planning to blow up the British Houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. His life and death would be the inspiration for the graphic novel V for Vendetta by Alan Moore. The novel was named one of "The Top 100 (English-Language) Comics of the Century" and became a moderately successful motion picture in 2005.
- This week (February 1, 1893) Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey. In 2009, 80 years later, there are over eighty major movie studios worldwide.
- February 1, 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard. Its odd that, although separated by twenty years, two major shuttle disasters would occur within two weeks of each other.
- On February 4, 2004, Facebook, an online site where people can meet and post messages to each other is founded by Mark Zuckerberg. Originally limited to college campuses, it was opened up to the world and has replaced MySpace as the premier social networking site with 1,191,373,339 monthly visits.