Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Nolan has an autographed Scott Proctor ball. He'll probably be bummed to hear the news.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
"LEGO Indiana Jones: The Video Game" is set to come out in Summer 2008. Check out the way cool trailer for the game.
Here's a bit from the LucasArts press release:
"In addition to providing the quality bonding time inspired by any good family game, LEGO Indiana Jones delivers something a little different for everyone. Parents will enjoy the humorous take on some of their favorite movies, and their kids get some rousing action/adventure gameplay that may also introduce them to Indy's original adventures for the first time."The game will feature levels based on the first three Indy movies. If the game and the new movie are successful, then I'm sure we can expect "LEGO Indiana Jones 2" down the road.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
This picture was posted tonight on Ain't It Cool News. They also have a little write-up on the Indiana Jones presentation today at Comic-Con in San Diego.
UPDATE: I've got to admit, despite my earlier naysaying about the prospect of a fourth Indiana Jones movie, I am getting really pumped up for this. I mean seriously, I'm thinking now about making sure I take May 22, 2008 off from work so I can be at the first screening.
Who was I kidding? I knew I would get excited once I started seeing set photos like this and tidbits about the plot started leaking out.
Speaking of which...IndianaJones.com got an overhaul tonight. The page now shows Indy's hat and whip resting on a large crate that reads "Property of Dr. Jones."
Hmmm...what could be in that crate? Have we ever seen a crate like that before in an Indiana Jones movie? I wonder...
UPDATE: There are more photos from the presentation on StarTrek.com. That's where I also found an image of the new teaser poster.
In other news, the part of Captain Kirk has not been cast yet. There were rumors for quite a while about the role going to Matt Damon, but that's not going to happen.
J.J. Abrams confirmed that Nimoy will be appearing in the movie as old Spock.
Right now the script does not include an appearance by old Kirk. But Abrams said they would like to include Shatner somehow if they can figure out how to make it work with their story.
The release date for the movie will be Christmas Day 2008.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Making it more ironic is the fact that this picture shows next to Han Solo, er, I mean Harrison Ford.
Zachary Quinto, who plays super bad guy Sylar on "Heroes," was asked about the persistent rumors he's in line to don Leonard Nimoy's pointy ears as young Spock in the new Trek movie. Here's his answer, according to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello...
"I'm under strict orders not to say anything,"
Hmmm...what does that tell you? Would be under "strict orders" if he didn't have the part?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Maybe when we use those up, we'll pick up the Marvel Comics Super Heroes stamps that go on sale later this week.
Could all of this be the Post Office's attempt to reach out to geeks and youngsters who would be more likely to use e-mail?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Well, in about nine hours I will be back at the daily grind. I’ve been on vacation since July 12, and it’s been terrific!
Actually, the vacation started with Nolan’s birthday – 7-years-old! We had his party at a nearby park with a really cool playground. He invited a few friends from school. They goofed around on the playground, had a kickball game and ended the party with a water gun fight.
Two days later we left town to spend a week at Kris’ uncle’s camp on
We spent our first day there with Kris’ family. Her sister and brother-in-law were up visiting her folks that weekend. So all four of them came out to the lake for the afternoon.
The Silver Lake Bog Preserve is walking distance from the cabin. We all set out to walk that on Sunday, but pets aren’t allowed in the preserve. So Thomas and I took
Monday brought one of my highlights—our trip to the summit of Whiteface. We drove up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, making stops along the way to take in the view (that’s where the panoramic shot above was taken). From the end of the road, it’s just a rocky one-fifth of a mile hike to the top of the mountain. We all made it—even
The view is absolutely breathtaking. I wish I could have spent more time up there taking it all in. I could spend all day just sitting there soaking up that scenery.
On Tuesday we hopped in the canoe and paddled down to the beach. It’s about a half-hour canoe ride, but once you arrive there you have a shallow, sandy beach all to yourself. It’s great for the kids. We actually didn’t swim a whole lot on this trip. The water temperature was never much more than 72 degrees. Maybe we were being wimps about it. But we did get in the water a few times, including this day at the beach.
Wednesday turned out to be our biggest hiking day. Despite the fact it rained earlier that morning and looked like it could rain again any minute, Kris declared, “We Rooneys are hearty folk!” And with that we threw on our rain ponchos and headed up
Later in the day, on kind of a whim, we drove out to the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College. This is a great, family-friendly stop that I recommend for everyone. There are some hands-on exhibits; live birds of prey and miles of nicely groomed, easy to hike trails. After spending some time in the butterfly house, we wound up hiking a couple of the trails (see the panoramic view of the Heron Marsh below), for a total of another 1.3 miles.
Thursday was our only real washout with the weather. But we made the most of it. Nolan recently declared fish are his favorite animal. So we paid a visit to the Adirondack Fish Hatchery and learned about how the fish are bred and used to stock the ponds and lakes. They had some impressive looking landlocked salmon when we were there.
Friday we went into
We had planned to leave first thing Saturday morning, but in typical Rooney fashion we wound up leaving Friday night instead. It just seemed easier that way.
So that was our big vacation for the summer. We took a ton of great pictures. Hopefully in the next few days I'll be able to throw together some sort of slideshow.
In the meantime, life now returns to normal. We’ve got one more camping trip planned before the summer is over.
Friday, July 13, 2007
The latest rumor says the plot for Indy IV, which we know takes place in the 1950s, involves the Russians, Area 51...and the Ark of the Covenant?!?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
First up is "Fred Claus." How bad can a movie be when it has Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti and Kevin Spacey. In this one, Vince Vaughn plays Fred, Santa's underachieving and much less successful brother. It looks like if you liked "Elf" then this will be right up your alley.
Then there's "Get Smart." I mentioned here a while ago how spot-on I thought the casting was in this. Now we get our first glimpse of Steve Carell in action as Agent 86. Looks great!
Last, but not least is that mysterious J.J. Abrams project you may have read about. The teaser trailer is playing before "Transformers," which I haven't seen. However, it hit Apple's Quicktime site last night.
The movie is made up of a cast of mostly unknown actors. The trailer has a very "Blair Witch Project" feel, as it shows home video of a bunch of twentysomethings reacting to an apparent attack on New York City by some sort of giant monster.
The odd thing is that there is no title for the movie. At the end all we're given is a release date: 1-18-08. Or is that the title? Supposedly, the working title was "Cloverfield," but what is the movie's official name? No one seems to know for sure.
No one even really knows what the movie is about, beyond what we see in the teaser. Abrams and Paramount aren't saying. The whole thing is cloaked in secrecy. In this age of Internet spoilers, it's amazing how a project like this can be kept under wraps for so long!
There's a whole viral campaign to go along with this mystery movie. There are several sites that may or may not be connected to the movie and offer clues to what it's all about -- much like Abrams' hit TV show "Lost."
I don't know what it's all about -- but consider my interest piqued!
Of course, when discussing Bugs Bunny and classical music, it's impossible not to give a shout out to "Rabbit of Seville" and "Long-Haired Hare."
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Here's one of the photos Ray sent us to demonstrate Chester made himself at right at home while we were gone.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
We managed to get some Independence Day activities in before the rain started today.
This morning we went to see the annual July 4th parade in Alplaus. That was a lot of fun -- I don't know why we've never done that before. This may be a new family tradition.
The boys and I also went for a bike ride this morning around the neighborhood and we had a cookout tonight at my mom's with my sister's family too. Although the "cookout" consisted of me grilling in the garage while everyone else stayed inside and out of the rain.
Hope you had a great Fourth. Here's some highlights from the parade...
Happy Independence Day one and all.
You can read a copy of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives site. Seems very appropriate today.
Monday, July 02, 2007
There are plenty of more set pics here and here.