Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Supernatural 5th Season Premiere September 10

A 5th season of the popular Supernatural series will premiere September 10 at 9:00pm Eastern Time on the CW Channel. Sam kills Lilith according to the prophecy, and the rise of Lucifer from hell is inevitable. This is the moment all fans have been waiting anxiously! Season 5 will be one wild adventure.

UPDATE: Wow, Vampire Dairies and Supernatural back-to-back on the CW Channel. Thursdays are officially my favorite nights.

If you still cannot remember season 4, check out the recap video below:



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Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Movie: Cirque Du Freak - The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

There is a new horror/supernatural movie, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) that will premiere in cinemas on October 23. Just in time for Halloween. I have heard positive reviews about this film, which is based upon the popular children's book series, Cirque du Freak, by Darren Shan.

A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.

You can watch the trailer below:



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Thursday, August 20, 2009

10th Sookie Stackhouse Novel May 2010; New Short Stories Book, A Touch of Dead

New York Times Best-selling author, Charlaine Harris, will have a new book (A Touch of Dead) of previously published Sookie Stackhouse stories available for purchase on October 6, 2009. You may also pre-order on Amazon.com.

Borders.com also has an exclusive online True Blood essay and Sookie Stackhouse Q&A with the author on their website.

Updated February 2010: The tenth Southern Vampires novel will be available on May, 4 2010. The title is Dead in the Family.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Egyptian Bust Looks Like Michael Jackson


The Field Museum in Chicago has a 3000-year-old ancient Egyptian limestone bust that amazingly resembles the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in his final days. It is most apparent with the eyes, lips, and broken nose. It went on public display in 1988. Michael Jackson also based his 1993 music video, "Remember the Time," in Ancient Egypt. It is quite eerie.

“I have no idea whether Jackson ever visited the museum,” a Field spokesperson said to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed. “But the similarity between the limestone statue of a woman – which is about 3,000 years old --- and Jackson is astounding.”

Interestingly, Jackson cast himself as an interloper in ancient Egypt in his video for “Remember the Time,” so maybe he sensed some Egyptian roots.

Could Michael Jackson be the reincarnation of this ancient Egyptian?

UPDATE #1 (August 11, 2009): Sony Pictures will release a movie of the canceled "This Is It" Michael Jackson concert on October 30, 2009. "The world will see what our team was so fortunate to experience, which was the full commitment, passion and creativity that Michael put into the project," [director Kenny] Ortega said in a statement.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review: Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (1999-2000)

Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (2000-2001) is a fantasy Japanese anime series about a high-school girl who is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc. It takes place in contemporary Japan. It contains 44 episodes. In English, the TV series is called "Divine Wind Thief Joan."

Marron Kusakabe seems normal because she enjoys gymnastics, but she can transform into the reincarnation of the heroine, Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc in French). She battles against demons, who hide in treasured pieces of art and possess the souls of their victims. Unfortunately, once a demon is defeated, the art work itself disappears leaving the police bewildered and suspicious. The senior police detective's daughter, Miyako (who is also Marron's classmate), suspects Joan of Arc is an art thief ("kaitou").

Meanwhile, Marron and Miyako cannot help but fall in love with their new classmate, Chiaki. He knows Marron's true identity so he follows her closely in school which, much to her dismay, annoys her. However, he quickly falls in love with her once he realizes how much he cares for her. Marron is confused by Chiaki's advances because she doesn't understand what "love" is since her parents abandoned her years ago. A new rival, Sinbad, emerges and seals demons. Marron must race against the police and Sinbad so that she can defeat the Devil from wreaking havoc on earth.

This show follows the magical girl genre that was very popular and successful during the 1990s with the Sailor Moon metaseries. The primary audience is children and young adults with some comic elements, although the plot becomes very serious later in the series.

This show is very good: excellent plot, smooth character development, lots of action. I thought the ending could have been better. What makes Marron so pleasing to fans is that she has an ultimate goal: her own self-worth and self-determination. She was abandoned by her parents when she was young, and she's gradually learning to accept love and her destiny. She also discovers she's in the middle of a major war between Heaven and Hell, and she must have the emotional and physical courage to overcome it all.

I really believed Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne could have enjoyed the same international crossover success as Sailor Moon. However, the religious symbolism could have bought forth controversy among more conservative families. There are also many chess references throughout the series. It is so underrated that it's a shame because many female fans would love to watch this series on their local television screens.

If you enjoy shows such as Full Moon wo Sagashite, Blue Seed, Fushigi Yuugi, and Chrono Crusade, you will definitely enjoy Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne.

You can watch the opening scene of the show below:



Opening Theme #1: "Piece of Love" by Shazna
Opening Theme #2: "Dive into Shine" by Lastier

Ending Theme #1: "ハルカ… (Haruka...)" by Pierrot
Ending Theme #2: "Till The End" by Hibiki


Note: There is no official DVD release because it is still currently unlicensed in North America. The manga is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

It's Official: True Blood (HBO) Gets 3rd Season!

It's official people! HBO's hit vampire television series, True Blood, will have a third season! This is fantastic news to all fans.

In a move that very few should be surprised by, HBO has renewed the hit vampire drama "True Blood" for a third season to air in 2010.

The current, second season, which will air its seventh episode this Sunday, has shown dramatic growth in terms of ratings - with new viewers tuning in for each new episode and bringing stellar ratings that HBO has not seen the likes of since "The Sopranos."

This news comes on the heels of Alan Ball's statement in an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello that he is already breaking stories for the third season and is aiming to get the first two episodes filmed before the end of the year.

"True Blood" is based on the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris. The third season will likely draw its main storyline from the third book, Club Dead, and will likely hit the airwaves next summer.


Stay tune for more updates, including an official trailer, later in this post! I must say Season 2 has exceeded my expectations.

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