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Got behind on these again, but wanted to get this post up today. I’m heading off on vacation next week, but have posts lined up for every day. Enjoy!

As always, I’m talking to people about comics for CBR including Chris Roberson about his upcoming book Reign and Fiona Staples about Saga.

I also wrote this list for Topless Robot about the raddest mall scenes in movies. I had a blast writing and researching this one.

Sean T Collins wrote a comic called Hottest Chick In The Game, give it a look.

My pal Brett White has a new column at CBR called In Your Face Jam, check out the first post about Deadpool.Did you see Rickey Purdin’s drawing of Doc Holliday, Marty McFly and The Gunslinger? You really should follow him on Sketch Attack.

There’s gonna be a Bond documentary called Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, count me in on that one. (via SHH)Speaking of Bond, I want to get this book that features 50 years’ worth of 007 movie posters. Looks so rad. (via Illustrated 007)

If you’re not following Maude Apatow on Twitter you’re really missing out. I really dug her piece on Hello Giggles about the love/hate relationship with the social network site.

Bryan Grazer’s producing a documentary about Jay-Z’s upcoming festival that will also be directed by Ron Howard? That’s an amazing team-up. (via Rolling Stone, THR)I love this Lego Mad Love interpretation posted on Covered. Go look at the comparison.

I really enjoyed Ron Marz’s recent Shelf Life column on CBR about stealing as well as the one it inspired from Darren Kappauff. I’ve never understood how people don’t get that it’s stealing to have something you didn’t pay for or weren’t given. There are serious moral implications here even if it doesn’t seem like it.

I love this quote from Hugh Hefner about how current polities are threatening the sexual freedom he helped champion so many years ago, via my buddy Jim Gibbons. Go read it, now. Have you guys seen Doctor Who Yahtzee? Pretty rad. (via Doctor Who Merch)

RZA’s teaming up with the Black Keys on The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack? Let’s make that a bigger thing, please. (via THR)

I’m really happy for Tom and Lorenzo. They’ve got a book coming out. Don’t know if it’s the kind of thing I’d buy, but I love browsing their site. DST‘s Star Trek Select figures look so rad they make me wish I was more of a Star Trek fan.

Speaking of action figures, this fake commercial for a line of G.I. Joe-like action figures based on The Thing is pretty amazing. (via Topless Robot)

Movie Memories: Seeing Spider-Man 2 As A Wizard Intern

Guys, I hate Spider-Man 2. I think it’s got great casting, some really funny moments and action scenes that are pretty stellar, but then there’s that big middle section that smashes you over the head with how crummy Peter Parker’s life is. I remember sitting in the the theater watching the film and pulling my hoodie over my eyes in pain. I thought I wasn’t the only one, but as it turned out, the movie is beloved. Whodathunkit.

Anyway, I’m not writing this post about the movie itself so much as the circumstances in which I saw it. Back in the summer of 2004, I was doing a nine week internship at Wizard. I was blown away by how cool the guys were both as people and co-workers (no one looked down on us just because we were interns). There were also a lot of perks I hadn’t really thought about. We got a discount at a nearby comic shop, access to all the new and old comics in the Wizard library and even a few random freebies that the writers or editors would pass our way (I have a Bowen Punisher bust from those days proudly displayed on my bookshelf to this day).

One of the really unexpected perks was going down to see Spider-Man 2 at a special screening in New York City. I could not tell you where it was, but it wasn’t a normal movie theater. I was walking along with a big group of Wizard dudes in NYC, a place I’d only been once at this point, and all of a sudden they’re like, “Hey we’re here.” I look over and they’re walking into a door that looks like just about any other one on a street of unassuming doors. Inside was a secret theater that Sony either owned or rented specifically for screenings like this. I believe there were some pretty impressive Marvel folks in the crowd as well, but I honestly can’t remember.

Aside from the movie I didn’t like, the memory that really sticks out is how cool the whole experience was. A group of us interns drove to the train station and met up with the other guys, walked around the city to a secret theater and saw a big time movie before anyone else (or most people, I’m sure there were a ton of these kinds of screenings). I’ve go on to meet a lot of cool people, get a lot of cool stuff and see a lot of cool things before other people, but you never forget that first time. I even remember walking down the street in jeans and a hoodie looking up at the night sky in NYC and just thinking how cool it felt. Good times.

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Over on Marvel.com I talked to Roger Stern about his five favorite Avengers. Considering how many awesome stories he wrote, this one was a big get for me and the column.

My pal Matt seems to be posting over on Saturday Morning Is Awesome again, check that shiz out.

Check out these James Bond book covers in Hebrew. Some really interesting designs here. (via Illustrated 007)

I’m not nearly as big a Disney fan as my wife and dad, but I would definitely like to go for Star Wars Weekend some time. Dig these crazy wallpapers they posted online this week.

I realized while making a playlist for Lucy’s birthday party that it’s been far too long since I’ve really listened to Offspring’s records. They’ve got a new one called Days Go By. I’m excited to go back and also check out this new one when it drops. Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Ignition came out?! (via Rolling Stone)

THR tells me that Anthony Bourdain’s novel Bone In The Throat will be turned into a film, I like the sound of that.

Reading Leon Hendrix talking about his brother Jimi on Rolling Stone was interesting. Jimi’s such a mythical figure you almost assume he just sprang out of the ether and started shredding, so it’s interesting to hear about him as a young dude.

I’m not the biggest Community fan in the world, but I thought Dan Harmon‘s open letter about getting laid off from the series he created was interesting.

I’m not sure who tweeted this After The Final Curtain link, but these photos of the Loew’s 46th Street Theatre which eventually turned into a furniture storage place were super interesting. I’ve added the site to my RSS feeds, can’t wait to see what else they’ve got coming up.

Rolling Stone posted this interview with Adam Horovitz about his fallen brother and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, it was pretty moving. I can’t imagine losing a friend you’ve known for so long and also had such creative chemistry with.

The Hollywood Reporter did a long feature about ALF creator Paul Fusco and I was fascinated. Give that guy another shot at the big time, Hollywood.

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My friends Alex and Elizabeth and their bandmates in The Faulkner Detectives just got signed to Livid Records!

I need to get some bitters so I can try Michael Ruhlman‘s recipe for an Old Fashioned.

I love what Mark Waid is doing with Thrillbent (which launches in a few days now that I think about it). It’s really interesting reading this post about changing how he writes for the new format.

I’ve never heard of Pajiba.com, but I thought this post written by Dustin Rowles about how pop culture sites make money off of annoying pop up ads was really interesting and surprisingly honest.

Wired posted this piece about why the Super Mario movie sucked. Very interesting stuff. I love behind the scenes explanations. The most surprising bit? How little Nintendo seemed to care about the whole thing.

The timing on this one was pretty funny, just after my wife and I purchased a used 2012 Mazda 5, GeekDad did a post about buying the same car!

Jack White is creating these core for The Lone Ranger flick. Not really interested in that movie as of now, but this is a very interesting move. (via Variety)

Speaking of White, Rolling Stone gave his first solo record Blunderbuss a really glowing review, making me even more excited to get my digital hands on it.

Wynton Marsalis isn’t my favorite jazz guy around, but the idea of him teaming up with Paul Simon is very intriguing. I’d like to hear how those tunes turned out. (via Rolling Stone)

Speaking of epic team-ups I read about on Rolling Stone, the Johnny Cash tribute concert featuring Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow sounds pretty fantastic as well. They even covered a Highwaymen song with Nelson, Shooter Jennings and Kris Kristofferson!

I agree with Robot 6‘s Tom Bondurant (aka Grumpy Old Fan) when he says that DC keeping Batman and Green Lantern continuity mostly the same creates only headaches for the New 52. His assessment of the continuity for those two properties before and after the reboot seem pretty right on.

Finally, congrats on The Fwoosh‘s 10th anniversary. Head over and check out their celebration of a decade on the nets.

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Goodness gracious, I really do have the best intentions when it comes to these Casting Internets posts. I save all kinds of good links and want to do them on a more regular basis, but then I get tired of sitting in front of my computer and wind up with six or seven pages of Read It Later links. Sometimes I wish the internet would all collectively take a few days off so we can catch up. Now that I think about it, that’s what the weekend is, but who wants to sit on the computer over the weekend?! Anyway, here goes.

Jeez, I’m still catching up on NYCC stories! I believe this is the last one for CBR, but I covered the Robert Kirkman spotlight panel. For Marvel.com I did pieces on Scarlet Spider and Deadpool!

In other Marvel.com assignment news, I talked to awesome dude and fellow Ohioan James Asmus about his Five Favorite Avengers!

Back over on CBR I did a piece calling out the five creepiest moments from Image’s excellent Severed for Halloween!

My pal Sean T. Collins annotated A Game Of Thrones! He also wrote a story in Spider-Man Marvel Adventures #19 that I greatly enjoyed.

Sean also gave me a shout out in one of his Mad Men posts. I’m flattered and glad I could help solidify an idea or two!

My former professor Dr. Rebecca Steinitz has written a book called Time, Space and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century British Diary. I would buy it but it costs nearly $70 on Amazon! TVLine showed this pic of chefs on The Simpsons! Has this episode aired yet? I have no idea how behind the times I am anymore.

Tony Iommi talked to Rolling Stone about his upcoming autobiography Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath and now I want to read said book. I also want to know if that Sabbath/Led Zeppelin jam session was caught on tape!

Speaking of Black Sabbath, I had no idea that Ronnie James Dio and his band put together a supergroup charity disc that Dio’s widow will be releasing. Not much of an 80s metal fan, but I’ll check that out. (via Rolling Stone)

I dug Lucy Knisley’s two part Halloween strip! That second installment is a great design.

If you’re like me, you’ll open this post where Kurt Busiek answers questions, do a search for “Astro City” and get some good news!The Vertigo blog revealed the cover to the upcoming Flex Mentallo collection by Frank Quitely. Can’t wait to read this one again.

Really glad to hear that DC and Mattel have extended their toy-making relationship!

I love that the people of Detroit are angry that Nickleback will be playing the annual Thanksgiving game. I went to that game one year, I think 3 Doors Down or some such band played. (via Rolling Stone)

My pal Kiel documented the Halloween adventures of many of my other pals over on the Cool Kids Table, give it a read!

This video of two people dance/sword/knife fighting is almost Lynchian. Do you think it ends so abruptly because one of them stabbed the other? (via IHC)

As a fan of The Wallflower’s Bringing Down The Horse, I’m glad to hear they’re getting back together. (via Rolling Stone)These TARDIS and Dalek ornaments are wonderful. (via Doctor Who Merch)

The new Bond movie is called Skyfall and will star Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, Spinoff has the rest of the deets. I am quite excited about this movie.

Spin did a list of the 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of all time. I want to own them all, but I actually own four of them, but at least I’ve got #1.

Speaking of comedy, THR announced that Shout Factory will have a new Richard Pryor CD/DVD set that will include his comedy records, concert films and “TV special highlights.” Color me excited.

Stephen Merchant wrote a piece for Esquire about eating on the road throughout the world.

If this Wired headline doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will: There is a Real-Life Jet Pack School Where You Can Learn to Fly.

The Prop Store has some amazing Return of the Jedi behind the scenes pics taken by a fan who camped out near the Tatooine set. Awesome. My pal Ryan Penago posted this awesome original costume Daredevil piece by the amazing Rafael Grampa. That guy should draw everything. Speaking of Marvel art, I haven’t read Secret Avengers, but that Rick Remender sure knows how to write good comics. And with covers by the glorious Art Adams, that book is even more appealing. (via CBR)

Finally, this CBR article I just read said that the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man game will be more like the Spider-Man 2 game for PS2. As that is my all time favorite latter gen video game, I am excited about these developments and hope they can live up to the growing hype inside my brain.

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I thought I posted these links last week, so these are pretty much all pre-NYCC. Hope they’re still interesting.

I just started writing for Spinoff Online! You can keep up on my posts with this handy author link.

My pal Sean T. Collins is working his way through Mad Men and blogging about it. Check out this post about sex & violence, then look around for the rest!

Another pal Jim Gibbons talked to Robot 6 about moving from marketing to editorial.

TVLine says that Roseanne’s new sitcom Downwardly Mobile got picked up by NBC. This is very good news.

I haven’t seen the Chucky movies, but I’m psyched about the possibility of any horror video game based on a known character. Would be way better if it was Jason, but I’ll take the talking doll, I guess (via /Film)If Phil Noto draws the Beatles, I will link to it.

Flea talked to Rolling Stone about acting in Big Lebowski, Back To The Future 2 and The Chase, fun stuff!

Also via Rolling Stone, Petty Fest sounds awesome.

Archie’s bringing the Crusaders back, which is cool, but even cooler is the fact that they’re doing a Netflix-like subscription format. This is awesome and the others will follow suit soon enough. (via Robot 6)

Finally, I’m really sorry to hear about the passing of Mikey Welsh, one-time Weezer bassist. He played on the first new Weezer record I was a fan for and then went away. Sounds like he had some problems, hope things are better for him now. (via Hollywood Reporter)

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For my regular CBR gig I talked to editor Lisa Wood about Thought Bubble.

I also talked to awesome artist Todd Nauck for Five Favorite Avengers over on Marvel.com.

My buddy Kiel wrote a rad post about his niece and comics over on Cool Kids Table, check it out.

I really enjoyed this AV Club interview with Sid and Marty Kroft. Those guys were a little before my time, but their shows are pretty amazing.

Metallica and Lou Reed joining forces? Sounds weird enough to check out. (via Rolling Stone)

I know I’m behind on this one, but the Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance trailer looks awesome, as anything by the guys who did Crank, Crank 2 and Gamer should! (via /Film)

I think I might have known about the possibility of DC licensing some of their biggest characters to Marvel, but reading about it on Jim Shooter‘s blog was awesome.

Whoa, Rocket Raccoon’s going to be in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Color me intrigued.

Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections was a book I had to read in college and it changed my brain. So, I’m curious about /Film reporting on a rumor that Noah Baumbach might be adapting the book for HBO.

I believe these images made their way around the internet last week, but I love that someone made custom Road House Lego Mini Figures. I did something similar with Cheech & Chong when I was a kid.

I think Tell Em Steve Dave is my favorite show on the Smodcast Network and I love comic book stores, so I’m excited to see their show Secret Stash on AMC.