Honestly, it’s strange that Blizzard didn’t try this sooner. World Of Warcraft is the leading MMORPG of our times, sporting a fanbase of millions of nerds who have devoted impossibly long hours into the game and would probably buy every last bit of merchandise that the almighty vidyagame titan would squeeze out of it. In what seems to be a nice little gameplay reference, the lastest TV spot for the upcoming film seems to be focusing on the PvE side of things…
If you haven’t heard the news yet, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek into Darkness) is jumping back into the prime time television arena and this time he’s bringing Karl Urban along with him. Urban has been signed to star in the upcoming cop/robot-cop drama set in the near future, Human.
Human is described as:
An action-packed buddy-cop show set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids. Urban will take on the leading role of John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow elite officers and left him critically injured.
*OK, this has to be said before I go any farther . . . the first thought that entered my head when I heard about this was Joey from Friends short lived role on Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., the cop-robot drama.
*Thanks, I really had to get that out of my system, back to Abrams new show.
The pilot for Human is in pre-production and Urban joins a talented cast that includes Michael Ealy (Common Law) as Kennex’s android partner Dorian; Lili Taylor (State of Mind) as the police captain; and co-stars Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Mackenzie Crook (The Office-BBC) and Michael Irby (The Unit).
J.H. Wyman, (Fringe) is writing the script and executive producing with Abrams so we can expect some interesting and tangled plot lines. How does Abrams manage his time with everything he’s got on his plate these days? It’ll be interesting to see how much he can handle with Star Trek, Star Wars, and the myriad of other projects including Humans.
What do you think? I’m going to tune in just to check out what Abrams take on advanced androids will look like. Micheal Ealy is playing Urban’s android partner, Crook is playing Rudy Lom, the eccentric and underpaid designer of the LAPD’s robotics squad. I’m looking forward to both of their performances.
Equal rights for mutants and humans is a big deal in the Marvel Universe. In reality, however, the situation is rather different and it all comes down to a matter of money. Check out this ironic business dealing!
In The Real World, Marvel is claiming that mutants are not human. This has nothing to do with any sort of “ism” beyond capitalism. The rationale behind this line of thought is that toys that are made in other countries are taxed less heavily when they are of non-human characters than when they are of humans. The matter is entirely financial in this situation, and not ideological by any means. Of course they’re going to capitalize on this distinction as much as they can; by claiming that X-Men mutants are not humans, Marvel pays less taxes. Why the hell not?
The great Radiolab podcast has a show that begins with two international trade lawyers who noticed an interesting distinction in taxation for categories of products being imported into the US. ‘Dolls,’ which are toys that represent humans, are taxed at 12%. ‘Toys,’ meanwhile, are, well, toys, but ones that don’t represent humans. Those are taxed at 6.8%. You can probably see where this is headed.
Who the fuck knows why there is such a huge difference in the taxation prices. At the end of the day, Marvel’s lawyers have won numerous legal cases that have led to the result that all licensed X-Men products are to be taxed at half the rate of toys representing human characters. This is pretty badass.
This shit actually worked! Just imagine all the possible applications of this knowledge for various corporations to cut down on taxes. Of course Batman’s not a “man”; he’s a Batperson, which is technically not a “human”. (This kind of fuckery will lead to the rules being changed, but whatever.)
Every year people gather at the prestigious New York Toy Fair (they take toy presentation serious), a cornucopia of plastic and the latest tech, for the upcoming figures and collectibles of the year. With things like ‘Twilight’ storming shelves last year its a miracle that kids aren’t asking for a Cullen for Christmas. Thankfully it’s a new year, a new year means new favorites and this year it’s flesh eating undead Zombies. First; they were in the comics, then they shuffled into the brains of television viewers and with a second season in the works it means… a toy line.
A Zombie in every household, a brain out of every child
At this years ‘Toy Fair 2011’ it was announced that a series of action figures based on the AMC hit series ‘The Walking Dead’ from superstar toy company McFarlane Toys will be rolling out. The figures will be split into a two series deal split between a September and November release of this year. Figures will be based on both the comic by Robert Kirkman and the AMC series of the same name.
See what’s in “store’ after the jump