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Randal Graves and the Empire Top 100

randaltop100 Randal Graves from Kevin Smith’s brilliant film Clerks has is number 92 on Empire’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

Why He's On The List: Randal is the voice of countless generations - anyone who's had a shitty customer service job in their early twenties will understand his attitude, wishing they could have articulated their frustration with his artful profanity and supreme disregard for, well, anything. But the key to Randal is that he doesn't necessarily hate his job, it's just that he remembers not to care (Empire).

Also on the List:

It is great to see how many Speculative Fiction characters make the list, especially in the top 10.  It makes me wonder if we should make our own list.

(via News Askew)

Harry Potter Changes Must Happen

Change is bound to happen since the books are so long and full of detail that would not all fit into a several hour film. The real question is will the change be in size or will it also be in substance. There is a story device called suspense, aka fear of the unknown or as put in Wikipedia "it consists of having some real danger looming and a ray of hope". This is a powerful experience since it plays in our mind, off our expectations of danger and is felt internally. 515PAWDZTEL._SL210_

The last two Harry Potter books use suspense masterfully. Rowling builds a tremendous amount of suspense surrounding when and where a death eater will attack. She also builds suspense over who and how those attacks will manifest. It is that suspense and mystery that is a major driving force behind the story that drove me feverishly forward through many, many pages. It is that same suspense that is under threat in the upcoming film.

I have been quite disappointed with our modern batch of movie directors, except for M Night Shyamalan, who seem to be absolutely stupid in regards to the art of using suspense. Many films, with their producers and directors at the helm, have taken the easy way out and have replaced suspense with razzle dazzle graphics or the overly grotesque by showing details to the viewers. It appears that producer David Baron has also given into the dark side as well.

In a recent interview with the “Herald Sun,” “Harry Potter” producer David Baron revealed details of an extra scene to be inserted into “Half-Blood Prince,

[spoiler alert, although very vague]

The extra scene is rumored to be an attack by the Death Eaters. This would normally not be an issue since even those who have not read the books could guess that those attacks would increase but in this case the location of the attack and circumstances would destroy a powerful suspense element that is also used in the final book as a very powerful, shocking, scene. If they put in this scene they would be removing a very powerful story element and experience.

[spoiler alert over]

I find it hard to believe that Rowling would allow this to happen so does it mean that she has come up with an even more brilliant way to build that suspense and surprise for the last two films. Only time will tell...

(via MTV Movies Blog)

Men's Steampunk Corset

Forge Fashion over at Steam Fashion designed this Men's Steampunk Corset that blew me out of the water. I am used to seeing all manner of unique Steam Fashion for the ladies, but most of the men's ware is off the rack finds that have been mixed in such a why that they look kind of Steam or at the very least Victorian/Edwardian. I wish more designers and costumers designed more fantastical clothing for the men and boys in the audience that want to look better than great. Share the love, people. Men deserve to have nice things too.

Harry Potter Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set is out

51BruyVhEWL._AA240_ For those diehard Fans and those of you who are late on the Harry Potter Scene the new Harry Potter Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set is out it has a bunch of cool stuff listed below compliments of Amazon.

Special Trunk Packaging Two-Disc Editions of Harry Potter 1-5 Harry Potter Interactive DVD Game 5 Collectible Bookmarks 16 Collectible Trading Cards

3 Hours of Special Content

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 2001 International TV Special: A Glimpse Into the World of Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Revealed

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban: Something Wicked This Way Comes 2004 ABC Special: The Making of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Interview with Alfonso Cuaron (in Spanish, subtitled)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 ITV/Granada Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Behind the Magic 2005 ITV/Granada Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Some Animal Magic 2005 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Dark Matters, New Masters

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 International TV Special: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins 2007 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy