Monday, December 31, 2007

2007:The Year of the Whedon

Why 2007 was definitely
The Year of the Whedon

1.“You had me at Canon”

When I first saw the EW article about Season 8 I nearly cried (read:did cry). And since then I’ve been lookng forward to the beginning of each month with as much fervor as those gals seeking paternity tests on Maury. But minus the disappointment of course.

2.Trading Spaces-Joss Whedon vs. Brian K. Vaughan
I’m still not convinced that Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan are two different people. I still believe that this is some sort of Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines (or for you youngins Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana) gimmick. So news that Joss Whedon was taking over writing duties on BKV's Runaways wasn't as surprising as it should have been to me. In all actuality, I still can't even really tell the difference. Joss still makes Molly awesome and does the (his?) pop culture reference thing. Meanwhile over at Buffy, BKV was putting Faith in a ball gown and sending her to jolly old England to take down a Queen B (who btw had horrendous fashion sense) by the name of Gigi. Oh and he made Billie Piper part of canon.

3.The best things in life are free.
(And written by Joss Whedon with art by Fabio Moon.)
Dark Horse Presents via the Dark Horse mySpace page launched at Comic-Con with a bang with the announcement of an all new comic book by Joss Whedon. And I mean really new. As in not related to Buffyverse or Firefly. Yeah my jaw hit the floor too. Not to mention it was going to have art by the ridiculously talented and awesome Fabio Moon. And did I mention they offered it for free? Yes we should all give Dark Horse our first born now.

4.Welcome to the Dollhouse
I swear the announcement of Dollhouse came out of nowhere. At least to me anyways. But any news concerning more Joss & Eliza is always a good thing. The fact that the news came out at the same time that the Faith arc was going on just makes it that much sweeter. And just so you know I’m still not over Tru Calling.

5.Angel in America

Season 5 of Angel is my favorite out of the entire series. Mostly because of “Smile Time”, “The Girl in Question”, the addition of Spike & appearances by Dru, Darla, Andrew, & Adam Baldwin. So the fact that Angel:After the Fall picks up exactly where we left our lawful heroes makes me giddy with joy. That the series is being written by Brian Lynch (whose Spike:Shadow Puppets was one of my fave books of 2007) adds to the giddyness. And those brilliant covers by Tony Harris are just gravy. And I’m from the South where gravy is like Holy Water.

6.The Adventures of Miss Kitty Fantastico
The Last arc of Joss Whedon & John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men began this year and it still is the best X-Men book out there. For instance, who knew that Piotr could be all romantic & stuff? But knowing the Whedonverse as well as I do, I know that Kitty & Piotr getting physical can really only lead to one thing. Death. And since Joss makes no bones about being a Kitty Pryde fanboy I'm thinking that there'll be White Russians served at the wake. But to me the breakout character award for this arc has to go to Cyclops for dropping the emo routine for a bit and being a hero. Though my favorite dialogue still comes from Emma who's channeling Sunnydale's favorite Cheerleader, Cordelia Chase.
The release schedule definitely requires you to repeat the mantra “Good things definitely come to those who wait”. But good things also come to those who buy anything with the names “Joss Whedon” or “John Cassaday” on it.

7.The Office Space
Joss returns to TV!!! Well sort of. Joss directed two episodes of The Office this past year which (good for NBC) actually made me start watching the show regularly again. I seriously don’t know how I abandoned watching John Krasinski weekly. But I digress. But seriously I’m going to use The Secret to get SMG on 30 Rock. She totally needs to be reunited with her Suburban Girl co-star Alec Baldwin and get back to the funny. When will people realize that she’s a fantastic comedic actress??? Oh Sh*t I digressed again. But you guys know I’m right.
Bonus:The Season 3 DVD has an interview with Joss Whedon for fangirl/fanboy enjoyment.

8.“Talk nerdy to me”
The Collector’s Edition of Serenity came out this past fall with an all new commentary by Joss and cast. Joss's commentary is in it of itself supremely entertaining. And , as with all great pop culture, very quotable. Only those who have acquired a working knowledge of Whedon commentaries have truly reached a higher plane of existence.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Victoria's Secret says "Comics are Very Sexy"!

The Victoria's Secret Flannel Pajama now comes in "Comic Strip"! Thank goodness I can finally have some comic book inspired sleepwear that isn't just an old con shirt! Told ya tha' comics are sexy!!!

BONUS! The VS flannel pajama in CZ2-Comic Strip is on sale @ for 20$ or at the bricks & mortar for 25$.

Note to Fanboys-This would make an absolutely fabulous Three Kings' Day gift for the Fangirl in your life! This way you'll have an actual reason for going into Victoria's Secret!
See! Visiting Pop Colony pays!

PS: And don't forget you can also get the matching Flannel Slippers too!!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas with Callas

Merry Christmas!!!
I hope that you get lots of good pop culture gifts. Here's La Divina herself, Maria Callas!

Friday, December 21, 2007

James Marsters Please Talk POMEy to Me!!!

James Marsters+POMEy Accent=HOT

Here's the preview for Series 2 of Torchwood which starts in January!!!

BTW: If you haven't picked up Angel:After the Fall #2 then do yourself a big favor and pick it up. Do I really need to say more than "THE RETURN OF SPIKE!!!!"??? We're talking about canon people!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

*In Search of Christmas Morning*

I was doing some Christmas shopping at my local mall tonight when I came across the best gift ever! Well it's the best gift ever if your friend is a crystal meth head club kid swimming in debt. So if you haven't gotten something yet for that special Barista in your life here's your chance to be the best (smack-talking) friend ever!

From Armani (Naturally!!!)

48 bucks is definitely cheaper than a trip to Ibiza!

And because I can't even make sh*t like this up :
Tiësto's motto is: "I feel the energy from the crowd and I try to give it back, to create a unity."

WTF Jodie???

Even though I'm not a big fan of The Brave One (her Hermes outfitted self in Inside Man is where it's at), I must admit that I rather see Jodie poppin' caps in asses than do this...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Return of BATMANUEL!!!

Batmanuel is the Mayor of Gotham City!!!Cuban Hottie Nestor Carbonell (TV’s Batmanuel) takes on the role of Mayor of Gotham in The Dark Knight this summer. Finally a Latino not playing a hustler, pimp, junkie, maid, or gardener whose only line is “Mr.Alex iz ah not home”. Props Nestor!!!

Oh Christopher Nolan you so own me!!!

In Sequential Style-Andi Watson & Simon Gane's "Paris"

When I saw the cover to Andi Watson & Simon Gane’s Paris (out now on SLG Publishing) I immediately grabbed it and smiled. Why was I smiling like an idiot in a comic book store? Because there on the cover of a comic book was a woman wearing what closely resembles a Roland Mouret Titanium Dress! I’m such a fangirl for that dress (& Its sister Galaxy) because its geometric shaping gives it a brilliantly futuristic noir (à la Blade Runner) look. Finally a comic book that nicely compliments my copy of ELLE!

Oh and if you’re wondering- the book is an excellent read. It’s quality melodrama. Think along the lines of Douglas Sirk & David Lean and not Lifetime.

Oh why can’t all books be this pretty?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

I'll vote for whoever says Emma Frost is their favorite Comic Book Character (at least then they're being honest) recently revealed that Libertarian Republican Presidential Candidate (& Texas Congressman) Ron Paul's favorite comic book character is Baruch Wane, the Berlin Batman, from The Batman Chronicles. Surprised??? You shouldn’t be! A quick Google of “Libertarian Comic Books” (result #5) leads you to an article about Paul Pope posted on the site of Advocates of Self Government. They go on to mention in the article that Berlin Batman's adventure in The Batman Chronicles #11 (Collected earlier this year in the Batman Year 100 TPB) is "one of the great libertarian moments in comics history!".

Oh Ron Paul! You should really give your campaign people a raise because they have excellent Googling skills! Kudos to them for discovering that ridiculously talented comic book (& soon to be fashion designer) guy Paul Pope is a libertarian through a 2004 article & then using that to push your political agenda to the hip graphic novel crowd. Bravo!
Fred Thompson better hit the pedal to the metal and choose big business/alcoholics/"registration" friendly-Iron Man before Giuliani gets to him!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hey Angelina!-Let my movie roles go!!!

Dear Angelina Jolie,
I’m not going to chastise you for building your own Small World Ride with actual kids. But I feel that I must keep it real with you and ask you to STOP TAKING ALL THE STRONG BLACK WOMEN roles in movies. First you had to go and play your BFF Mariane Pearl in “A Mighty Heart”. I know you’ve got an Oscar but that doesn’t make you the best person for EVERY part! Even if the Foreign Press seems to think you did a notable job we both know that Thandie Newton (Thandie girl you are so under-appreciated!) would have rocked the socks off that part.
And now you’re playing The Fox in “Wanted”! They’re definitely taking their artistic liberties with the “adaptation” of the comic book but why couldn’t they have kept one of the most kick ass women of color in comics? You know we all would have loved to see Eve be The Fox. For goodness sake the woman has paws tattooed to her chest!!! Could she be any more perfect??? (hint:no!)

Always Right,
Pop Colony


Francis Lawrence is a freakin GENIUS! No seriously, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be the pop cultured person I am today had it not been for the constant presence of his music videos throughout my adolescence.

Take for instance the effin awesome video for Britney's magnum opus "I'm a Slave 4 U"...

BTW Francis Lawrence thought it was so effin awesome that he did the exact same thing in (my fave movie of 2005) Constantine. I'm pretty sure that in film schools across the world they're teaching wannabe film makers how to properly shoot a scene with fire sprinklers (AKA: The Francis Lawrence Technique ©).

Thursday, December 13, 2007


While I'm not happy to see Waitress & Keri Russell, Zodiac (especially my boys Robert Downey Jr. & Mark Ruffalo!!!), O-N-C-E!!!, Chloe Sevigny on Big Love, Cheno on Pushing Daisies, How I Met Your Mother, Ben Foster in 3:10 to Yuma-hell Bale & Crowe too, and Bill Nighy (Who should just always be nominated for everything ever!) missing from the noms, I must admit that this year's awards are shaping up to be one of the hottest!!!

Best Actor-Drama
James McAvoy
Why is no one showing Starter For 10 any love? Bastards. Loved him since State of Play (Go Bill Nighy!) And still waiting for Penelope! (What movie purgatory are they keeping it in?)

Viggo Mortensen
Finally Naked Knife-fights go mainstream!

Best Actor-Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp
You had me at Depp & Burton doing Sondheim.

Ryan Gosling
Canadian Love!

Tom Hanks
If you really know me you know what I think of old Tom.

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck
Maybe Ben should stay behind the camera more often.

Javier Bardem
Latino Power! And that dutch boy haircut still gives me (and hair stylists around the world) goosebumps.

Best Director
Ridley Scott
I really think this nom is retribution for overlooking the brilliance of "A Good Year". I love you Ridley!!! [end of Ridley fangirlyness]

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin
I didn't know walking and talking in hallways could be so sexy.

Best Actor TV Drama

Michael C. Hall
If I show any more love for MCH I think i'll be sent a restraining order.

Jon Hamm
Mad Men was fantastic even if I had to watch it on AMC (I'm a TCM Loyalist).

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
I promise I'll go see August Rush soon! I swear!

Bill Paxton
TEXAS love!

Best Actor TV Comedy

Lee Pace
See Michael C. Hall

David Duchovny
14 years since The X-Files premiered and still looking good!

Best Actor Tv Miniseries/Movie
Jason Issacs
Mmmm Thank God for TBS! They show Sweet November every couple of weeks so that I don't have to go through the embarrassment of buying it.

James Nesbitt
If you didn't get to see Jekyll on BBC do yourself a favor and see it. It's soooo creepy and so good.

Adam Beach
Canadian & First Nations Love! Love him on L&O: SVU especially!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday's Hotties-The Grand Finale!

The Boys of Bones [FOX 8PM]-Thankfully they don't have eye makeup issues!
David Boreanaz -All I have to say is BECOMING PART 2!!!!

TJ Thyne - His character is a billionaire. Please marry me now!

Eric Millegan - I love my men of the theatre.

Bret Harrison Reaper 9PM CW My favorite new hottie of the TV season! Why oh why wasn't he at the Reaper panel at Comic-Con? Not that I don't love Kevin Smith and all...just not that way. I seriously don't understand why I don't run into the hotties who shoot here in Vancouver ( I'm talking to you James, Aaron, Bret, & Jamie!). Though I did see the awesomely funny Jane Lynch (40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, & Best in Show) leaving the Armani Exchange on Robson tonight!

Scott Foley The Unit 9PM CBS It's been refreshing to see him a lot less whiny than he was back in his Felicity days. And his appearance in Scream 3 is one of the best performances ever captured on film.

I've stopped watching House because it has just gotten wayyyyy too ridiculous. Sorry Hugh et company!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I love this frakking track!!!-Girls Aloud's Sexy! No No No...

We must hand it to the Brits for their ability to pump out girl groups year after year. It seriously must account for something like 30% of their GDP. Girls Aloud's No No No... is easily my favorite track by a girl group this year. Yeah those new Spice Girl tracks just suck. Is it really so hard to get a good producer these days ? [Hint: The answer is go to Sweden] Ah if only Destiny's Child would get back together! Well as long as if they come with the purveyor of all things brilliant, Darkchild.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday's Hotties-A Hottie from every channel!

Since I'm trying to crank out an econ paper I'll let the pictures do the talking for once...
Chuck 8PM NBC
Zachary Levi

Adam Baldwin
[BTW- Starting this March Dark Horse is releasing Serenity:Better Days a three-issue limited series written by Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews (Writer of Pop Colony fave-The Lone Ranger) and with covers by Adam Hughes. ]

Ryan McPartlin

Cole Hauser- K-Ville 9PM FOX

Brian Greenberg October Road 10PM ABC
BTW: A lot of people over at the Comic Book Resources Vertigo Forum think he would be a great Yorick! He's definitely hot enough to be Yorick but I'm not so sure he could pull off all the funny. My vote is still for Topher!

How I Met Your Mother 8PM CBS
Neil Patrick Harris

Jason Segal

Kevin McKidd Journeyman 10PM NBC

NBC wins the night with 4 out of 8 hotties!

Sunday's Hotties!!! -Sometimes Animated, Gay, or Secretive but always HOT!

Hank Azaria-The Simpsons 8pm FOX: Mmm because being insanely talented is not hot?!?!

Nathan Fillion-Desperate Housewives 9PM ABC: Ah Mr.Fillion, My Captain! I'm sorry that Drive didn't take off but I'm glad that I'm getting to see you on a weekly basis on DH. And if you haven't seen Waitress do yourself a huge favor and go and get it. It is such a sweet & charming movie and one of my top ten movies of 2007.

Kyle MacLachlan- We like the same thing- a "Damn fine cup of coffee". And while being one of David Lynch's muses, he wisely avoided the misfortune of starring in Inland Empire.

Dave Annable-Brothers & Sisters 10PM ABC: Well he's hot when his character Justin isn't going through detox. However rare that may seem.

Matthew Rhys- Oh those Welsh boys!

Seth Green- Family Guy 9PM FOX: I really hope that they bring back Oz sometime soon in Buffy Season 8. Though I have this feeling that if they were to bring him back they would make him a Big Bad and then kill him off. Hey it worked for Becoming 2! And Seth's Robot Chicken is absolutely offensively brilliant. I'm seriously offended by how funny that show is. That's how you use "offended", right?

Michael C. Hall- Dexter 10PM Showtime: He's just sooo ridiculously good looking. Who knew serial killers could be so hot?