Monday, December 10, 2012
If you can believe Internet rumors, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is slated to portray the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you haven't seen him as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's contemporary incarnation of the sleuth, you're missing something grand. If you are familiar with Cumberbatch's work on Sherlock, then you probably agree that the thought of casting him as a Trek bad-ass is, in a word, elementary.
The first I heard was few days ago on the IMDB, that Cumberbatch was rumored to play Khan Noonien Singh in what I assumed was going to be a re-tooling of the classic Trek episode, "Space Seed." (Say what you want about Fantasy Island, Ricardo Montalban will always be known for Khan).
So, Cumberbatch as Khan? Why not? I could totally see that working.
Until I saw this photo...
Um, yes. That's Benedict Cumberbatch, but it's not Khan. I mean, it can't be Khan. Khan is not clean cut, he's a super-warrior so bad-ass that the entire planet Earth banded together to get him and his followers on a space ship and exile him into space. Khan is a warrior of the outer space wasteland, he can't look like a frigging butler! And wait, is that a Starfleet insignia on his shirt? Khan was never in Starfleet. He was sent into exile before there ever was a Starfleet.
So what gives...?
Next, I saw this photo...
Well, he's definitely wearing a Starfleet uniform and it appears Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are speaking to our unidentified villain in a brig-type setting. So at the very least Cumberbatch plays a traitor to the Federation.
The second rumor I heard, and I admit I found it very fascinating, was that Cumberbatch would be playing Gary Mitchell. Trekkies like me know Mitchell as the bad guy from the original series' second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." (The first show to feature William Shatner as Kirk and featured Sally Kellerman in a supporting role). Since Khan was revisited with his own feature length film back in 1982 why not give another villain a second shot in the spotlight?
Whoever Cumberbatch plays, I'm anxious to see this film. The Trek reboot breathed new life into a franchise that does not deserve to die, and a powerful follow up will ensure at least another sequel soon.
Besides, it looks like Sherlock has a fight scene with Spock and succumbs to a neck pinch...
Oh yeah, I'm sold. See you in May, new Star Trek moviefilm.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
I've been told the date is set in stone...
Stormy Night, (formerly known as On a Dark & Stormy Night) will be available via Netflix and Amazon, among others, this month. Just in time for your Xmas shopping.
Got a friend or relative that you have no idea what to get for Christmas? Get them a copy of Stormy Night on DVD.
It's better than a kick in the pants, and it may put some coin in my pocket.
To celebrate, a screening and party have been set for this Thursday, Dec 6 in Redlands, CA.
If you're in the neighborhood, come out to the Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14. 340 Eureka Street in Redlands, 92374.
The film starts promptly at 7:30 and will be followed by a Q & A session with some of the crew and cast members.
Autographs may be available.
Reserve your tix by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here's an insider secret; there's gonna be a party afterwards.
If you have a Facebook account, here's the party page: Stormy Night Party Page.
Share this with all your friends and family. I wanna see a packed theater.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Please disregard my previous blog. Turns out the date has been changed. Again. It seems a higher force doesn't want me to attend this shindig.
Anyway, stay tuned for further details; as in new date/time or whether or not I am able to be there.
It's finally getting a release on DVD.
I'll say that again, because I've been waiting to say it for half a decade...
On a Dark and Stormy Night will be available on DVD.
Yes. The film that seemed doomed due to in-house ego-bruising...
The film that won multiple awards at various film festivals across the USA...
The film that squeaked its way into the media review site, Cold Fusion Video.
The film, unlike all its major characters, refused to die!
Officially released under the new moniker, Stormy Night, courtesy of new ally, Spook Show Entertainment, the film will be available December 1, 2012; just in time for your X-mas shopping.
I am happy to announce a release party is scheduled for this Friday, November 30 at the Fox Events Center in Redlands, CA. For all those in and around California's Inland Empire, you have a chance to come out, meet some of the cast and crew, and get a free copy of the DVD courtesy of the publishers.
There will be a screening of Stormy Night followed by Q & A and an autograph session with some of the film's stars, myself included.
I sincerely hope anyone reading this can come out for the opportunity to meet me. And some other people...
The festivities are scheduled to begin at 7pm but it would behoove you to get there early and secure good seats.
Again, Friday November 30, 7pm.
The Stormy Night release party.
Fox Events Center
123 Cajon Street
Try your best-est to come out and celebrate with us. Tell as many of your friends as possible. Because if you don't,
I will find you.
And I will kill you.
A Storm's a comin, so bring your rubbers.
Monday, October 01, 2012
I uploaded the Blogger mobile app. Thanks to Webmaster Steve for informing me of its existence. Apparently its been around forever. So please disregard the one sentence from my previous post.
It is at this point where I posted a picture. I'm interested to see where in the post Blogger places it, for I was not given a choice.
The new laptop is purchased so expect more blogs soonly.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
like a blogger sans computer.
No, loyal readers. I am not drowning in a sea of depression. Quite the contrary.
My lack of blogging has been due to my leaving my pc behind when I left Oahu.
The experiment to blog via Smartphone was a bust because it was just a pain in the ass and I was unable to post pix from it.
Maybe Blogger.com should come up with an app? (Hint hint, nudge nudge)
Hell, it's not like you can get apps that do anything, right?
Fret not, fans of the Turzman! I have been scrimping pennies by selling my body to Japanese businessmen and have been shopping around for a new laptop. I recently experienced Skype for the first time so I definitely want a webcam.
Plus I got the itch to write again. Sitting in a dark cave with nothing but Netflix on demand and Pop Tarts at 2am leads to some pretty sick ideas, and I want to share them with you. All I gotta figure out is how to get paid for it. Hmmm...
For a bit of scary news, I'm getting anxious to act again. I'm still receiving royalty checks for my appearance on Hawaii 5-0 last year and it got me to thinking, if acting is the gift that keeps on giving, maybe I should do some more of it? Hmmm...
In the interim, I have uploaded some pix on this borrowed computer that I wanted to share with you. They are two of the coolest, yet hottest women I know...
The multi-talented and drop-dead gorgeous Tamela D'Amico, aka Ms. Sinatra N. Heels. Google her, watch her films, listen to her sing. She does not disappoint.
And this pic of a woman I am glad to say I have reconnected with and we have settled our differences...
"Smushy Face" KT. Some of you may know her as Gator, although I refuse to reference her as that. Others may know her as that girl from Minnesota. Either way, we're friends again and dammit, I got a crush on her. Again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...
Meh. I don't wanna jinx it.
So there's the update on Turzman Central. Keep checking back for updates, film critiques, complaint sessions and general blah, blah, blah-ing.
[Editor's note] Opinions from Gamera, Frank Silva and Pornocat will also return once they are tracked down. The ghost of Robert Shaw stopped returning my seance calls. Expect some surprise guests, as well.
Okay, now it's for real...
Monday, June 11, 2012
starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba
written by: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
directed by: Ridley Scott
I just got back from seeing Prometheus. It fails not only as a decent film but it barely qualifies as a prequel to 1979's Alien. If we are to take Ridley Scott at his word and accept this rubbish into the Alien canon, then Prometheus is, by far, the WORST entry in a franchise that includes Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, and the two Alien vs. Predator abortions.
Here are some taglines that you can be sure are more appropriate and accurate than anything the marketing team at 20th Century Fox is gonna throw in your face...
"In space, no one can hear you demand a refund."
~ Mike Tursi, Interwebs entertainer.
"I'd rather go to the dentist than see Prometheus again."
~ Ezequiel Martinez Jr, Filmmaker.
"Prometheus has all the same elements as Alien except for the two things that made it great; suspense and an alien."
~ Mike Tursi, Interwebs entertainer.
"Ridley Scott should be ashamed of himself."
~ any reasonable human being that has seen both Alien and Prometheus.
In a nutshell, Prometheus is the biggest disappointment since Star Wars: Episode I, and that's saying A LOT.
With nary an original idea, Prometheus trudges along searching for the origins of human life on Earth, thinly veiled as the events leading up to the events in Alien, but don't be fooled. Ridley Scott not only throws the events from both Alien vs. Predators films out the window, but he only connects his tale by way of using the name Weyland (the big, faceless, eeeeeviiiiiiil corporation that has been present in all the films) and the use of the prefix "LV" when referring to the moon they are traveling to.
The crew ends up on LV-223 (not to be confused with LV-426, where all the fun stuff in the first two films happened) where they find a military installation loaded with chemical weapons and spaceships not unlike the one found on LV-426 in the original film.
Sweet Jesus, I'm exhausted already.
As it turns out, the dead "space jockey" we all remember fondly from the original was a member of a species that created life on Earth tens of thousands of years ago, and then woke up one morning wanting to kill all life on Earth.
Don't bother wondering why. The "whys" are never answered, even when the characters onscreen wonder and ask, "Why?" The only "why" to consider is why Ridley Scott wasted our time. I have a theory...
My guess is Scott had this idea for a story about origins of life on Earth, ancient aliens and their plan to eradicate humans but his premise and original story were so stupid that not even a Hollywood producer would buy into it. Rather than concede to defeat and move on, he re-submitted the same idea with the addendum, "oh by the way, it's a prequel to Alien."
It was at this point where I assume the morons in charge at 20th Century Fox gave Ridley Scott a blank check.
At best, Prometheus is an insult to anyone who enjoyed the original Alien or any of its offspring. At its worst, the film is a derivative, highly contrived, predictable piece of formulaic sci-fi garbage; a classless B movie with an obscene budget. Ridley Scott apparently took a page from the George Lucas/Steven Speilberg guide to ruin great movie franchises and ran straight to the bank with a deposit slip in his fist. The sole Alien connection he gave a damn to throw in that actually featured a physical alien was little more than an afterthought, 45 seconds before the credits roll.
Shame, shame, shame on Ridley Scott, assuming he can feel shame. Ridding oneself of all scruples and morality is rule #1 in the Lucas/Speilberg guide.
Guardian of the Universe Gamera says, "The most interesting thing about this film is we learn Charlize Theron needs at least a pound of makeup to look ugly."
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Since February last, I have been residing in California.
Yes, I left Hawaii.
Yes, I said I never would.
And fuck you for remembering.
Once again, due to circumstances beyond my control, my life is in the shitter.
I'm not sure what's to become of Turzman Central. It's still gonna exist; be right here where it's always been.
I just don't know what I'm gonna do with it.
Stay tuned. Or not.
Aloha, beautiful sights like this---
Kiss my dick, loyal readers.