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Sunday, 27 April 2008

"The Dark Knight" poster and possible release date

The Dark Knight

And here's another poster, this time for "The Dark knight". It was released as part of yet another viral campaign over at Why So Serious. Those Warner guys are really going all out with these viral campaigns!

Download the full, larger version! (Warning: 28MB file!)

While there's no word on the Singapore release date (at least from what I saw in the IMDb page), there's a high likelihood it could hit our shores on 17 July, together with Australia and Taiwan. Can anyone confirm this?

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"The Incredible Hulk" poster and release date

The Incredible Hulk

Ok, I realise that I'm a little late with showing this poster for "The Incredible Hulk". Hmm, maybe a week late. (Or later?) But it's still an awesome poster. And it reminds me of the cover of The Incredible Hulk #1, with the creature hulking (pun entirely intended!) ominously behind.

Download the full, larger version!

As usual, we folks in Singapore get to see it on 12 June, one day before the U.S. release (or about two days, if you take into account the time difference). Thanks, pirates, for being so active that Hollywood studios have to bump up their release dates in the region!

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Sunday, 6 April 2008

Charlton Heston is cold and dead

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston passed away today at the age of 83. Most people probably remember him as the lead actor in such epic movies as "The Ten Commandments", "Ben-Hur" and "Planet of the Apes". And indeed, he should be commended for helming these stellar roles.

But what I'll remember him for are these five words: "from my cold, dead hands". Heston first uttered those words to rebut then-Vice President Al Gore's criticism of the United States' Second Constitutional Amendment, which gives its citizens the right to bear arms. Well, okay, actually he first said them in "Planet of the Apes".

But the phrase would be forever immortalised through Heston's association with the National Rifle Association. His raised rifle was a clear sign of defiance against his anti-gun critics. He continued championing the NRA's cause as its president and spokesman, even as the U.S. slid further and further into criminal abyss.

Worse, and in an act that was lacking in sensitivity, he led NRA conventions near places that had suffered from great tragedy due to the misuse of guns. According to Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine", Heston proclaimed those same five words, "from my cold, dead hands", from a stage close to the scene of one of the worst acts of random local massacres in U.S. history.

I actually don't mind the existence of the NRA or of Heston being its president then. I believe that people have the right to organise themselves around causes that they strongly believe in, no matter how much I would oppose them.

However, I also believe that there is a time and place for everything. By holding NRA rallies just after gunfights that killed innocents, he was plainly thumbing his nose at those who were suffering from the loss of loved ones. And that's what I can't get over.

Charlton Heston died today. It's time to rip his rifle from his cold, dead hands.

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