Hop Sing Laundromat

This is one of the funniest interviews in recent memory for me. I need to visit Hop Sing for a drink or four. Lé and I have similar backgrounds and it would be fun to talk shit with him.

My relationship status is… That I’ll try anything. Your readers will know that’s a joke, right?

The best thing about my job is… that I get to not serve assholes. I get to serve the people that I want to serve. Decent human beings.

The worst part about my job is… that I have to meet those assholes at the door.

Read more at https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2018/06/13/hop-sing-laundromat-owner/#iWKRD25HcmaywORm.99

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52

From the New York Times:

  Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, died on Wednesday night in Detroit hours after the band had performed there. He was 52.

The death was a suicide by hanging, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon. It said a full autopsy had not yet been completed.

It looks like depression has taken another. David Foster Wallace, Robin Williams and Alexander McQueen are high profile suicides by hanging. Chris Cornell joins the list of gone-too-soons. RIP.

About those Game of Thrones spinoffs

When news broke that HBO is developing up to four new Game of Thrones spinoffs, the Internet went into a frenzy. GOT is obviously a huge franchise and HBO will leverage that as much as it could. Speculations abound on what these spinoffs will be. George R.R. Martin, though, always has his ears to the track and has set the record straight via a blog post. Firstly, don’t call these new shows, “spinoffs.”

From Martin:

 For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term “spinoff,” and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects. What we’re talking about are new stories set in the “secondary universe” (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE… None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense… Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.

Oh, and if you’re wondering:

 And yes, before someone asks, I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER and will continue working on it until it’s done.

Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer is out and it’s glorious

Marvel released the official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok yesterday. It looks like an absolute thrill ride, at least from the trailer. In less than two minutes we see Asgard in ruins, Thor in chains, Mjolner destroyed, Cate Blanchett stuns as Hela, and the Hulk! There is also more levity in this trailer than there were in both previous Thor movies. There is certainly a little Guardians of the Galaxy vibe here, but that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, Thor: Ragnarok comes out in November, so we have to wait seven long month until we see the epic gladiatorial battle between Thor and Hulk.

Kevin Hanson

Ten Questions with Kevin Hanson of Trek Prop Zone

There is probably not very many people who know more about Star Trek than Kevin Hanson. Kevin manages the TrekPropZone.com, an online forum for passionate Star Trek enthusiasts, collectors and builders, whose membership includes a number of individuals from the professional prop-making world who supplied props and set pieces to Paramount for Star Trek movies since The Motion Picture in 1979. Here are this week’s “Ten Question With” Kevin Hanson of the Trek Prop Zone.

The Hollywoodization of Monsterpalooza

Monsterpalooza spring 2017 is in the books. Monsters, ghouls, zombies, Freddy Kruegers, Jasons, Nigans, along with classic Frankensteins, descended on the Pasadena Convention Center for the past three days. Since last year when Monsterpalooza moved to Pasadena from Burbank, attendance seemingly grew–maybe even outgrew–to accommodate the larger space. At times it was really difficult to move inside the main hall. The attractions and displays were bigger and more extravagant. The make-up demonstrations were more elaborate and stunning. The fan costumes also seem to have up their games, as there were some amazing outfits. The talents from both artists and fans were impressive.

The glaring trend, though, is the continual Hollywoodization of the once niche genre event. There is natural overlap, of course, but Hollywood remains the epitome of making it in entertainment. Even monsters want to be famous and there is no bigger spotlight than the lights of Hollywood. So it was no surprise to see more and more mainstream Hollywood representation at Monsterpalooza, from the displays to celebrities to cosplayers in attendance.

Here are some photos from the show:

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