Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Batman in Justice League movie alongside Henry Cavill's Superman?

I must admit that the ending to The Dark Knight Rises concerning Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character left me somewhat nonplussed and more than a little annoyed

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Firstly, there's the whole "Robin" as a first name issue. I can understand why the filmmakers chose to do this; it provides a completely unsubtle, brick-over-the-head way of tying the character to The Boy Wonder. But the implication appears to be that Blake will take over the mantle of Batman rather than becoming Robin (with Bruce having retired and all), so having his name as Robin seems completely redundant.

Then there is the whole issue of why Bruce Wayne chose him at all. In the movie, Bruce and Blake meet only a handful of times, and you never get a sense of the characters being connected in anything other than a cursory manner. Plus, it seems highly unlikely that Bruce would have had time to gather a lot of detail about Blake's activities during the occupation of Gotham, so he basically has no idea who this young "hot-head" cop is. Yet despite all this, Bruce is willing to hand over all his Batman tech and gadgetry (items which he specifically stated were too dangerous to allow to fall into the "wrong" hands for fear they be used as weapons) as well as the responsibility of being "Gotham's Protector". I just hope he also left  behind some detailed user manuals!

And there is also the issue of Wayne Manor becoming an orphanage. So unless Blake is supposed to become some sort of guardian to all the orphans so he can take up residence to give him access to the Batcave (which, let's face it, is going to make getting in and out of the cave a right pain with all those damn, nosey kids around), he's in a pretty crap situation. Assuming he's still living in the city, everytime "The Batman" is needed he'll have to drive out to the cave, strap on his harness and swing through the waterfall, dry himself off, put on the suit and then drive back into the city. I'm guessing he'll be late to the party most of the time!

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Anywho, the (possibly debunked) rumour is now floating around that JGL will be taking on the role of Batman in the Justice League movie. Personally I think this is a terrible idea, but if given the right treatment, I suppose it could be made to work. Read on after the jump for the original article from The Geek Files.

Monday, 19 November 2012

New Empire @ EPIC Youth Festival

Out at my niece and nephew's birthday party BBQ yesterday afternoon at Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster and completely by chance the Manningham City Council's EPIC Youth Festival happened to be on.

Managed to catch the set by Sydney's New Empire and I must say, I was well impressed. Hit up the link below to have a listen to their album Symmetry then grab the download from iTunes or physical from JB Hi-Fi.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Trailer! Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Snowmen - Children in Need (via


Trailer! Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Snowmen - Children in Need 2012

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Doctor Who: The Great Detective (Christmas Special Prequel) (via


Doctor Who: The Great Detective (Christmas Special Prequel) - Children in Need 2012

Here it is! Matt and a friend host the prequel to the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Snowmen.

Find out more about Children in Need here!

We’ll be posting the trailer and four FIVE new images later today!
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GET BENT!: Review: Boomgates - Double Natural

GET BENT!: Review: Boomgates - Double Natural: getbentfm: By Jonathan Markley Maybe too much is...

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, Revised and Updated by Robin Furth (ISBN: 9781444764697)

For the first time in one volume, and now fully revised and updated to reflect the 2012 release of THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, THE COMPLETE CONCORDANCE is an entertaining and incredibly useful guide to Stephen King's epic fantasy series, THE DARK TOWER.

Inspired more than thirty years ago by works as diverse as J. R. R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the 'spaghetti westerns' of that time, THE DARK TOWER series is the backbone of Stephen King's legendary career. Eight books make up this bestselling fantasy series.

THE DARK TOWER: THE COMPLETE CONCORDANCE is the definitive encyclopaedic reference book that will make navigating through the series an even more enjoyable reading experience for readers.

With hundreds of characters, Mid-World geography, High Speech lexicon, and extensive cross-references, this comprehensive handbook is essential for any DARK TOWER fan.

This updated volume is an invaluable guide to all of Mid-World and one of Stephen King's most significant literary achievements.

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Monday, 5 November 2012

possibly the absolute inverse of a piano in... (via


possibly the absolute inverse of a piano in handcuffs? or is this ultimate bondage disguised as beauty? we may never know.

(care of @lilN1 via @neatorama).

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FORWARD! NYC is a mess, and though I’m... (via

FORWARD! NYC is a mess, and though I’m one of the lucky ones around here, Hurricane Sandy only made me more certain how important the election Tuesday is. The center has been drifting right for 30+ years, and our sense of community, collectivity, dismantled across the sprawl of suburbia, drowned in the noise of media, blinded by the illusion that we are supermen with magic technology —-as opposed to what we really are—- working people on all fours who don’t realize that Oligarchs are using our backs as snack tables. Voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA is IMPORTANT. To stop the drift, to establish respect for women and LGBT community, to build upon healthcare reform, to protect Unions and try to restore American manufacturing through green energy and the auto industry. TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE will occur in our lives, communities, conversations, backyards, across many generations to come…outside of politics, and then perhaps within it. BUT THIS IS JUST A CRUCIAL MOMENT. Call your family members and tell them how important this is, with respect and coercion. Then drag a random teenager or two to the polls. Buy them cigarettes. Whatever it takes. SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS NOW AND DO WHAT YOU CAN OVER THESE LAST FOUR DAYS, PLEASE!

-Michael Grace Jr

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Download the album HEAT free from NoiseTrade.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [AWESOME!]

"Heroes in a Half Shell" (from left: Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo)

Honestly, I'm such a nerd, but I'm loving watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series - brings back such fond memories of my childhood (well, teenage-hood, anyway).

I couldn't even say why I've always been such a fan of the Turtles, but there is just something so indelibly cool about four pizza-loving, skateboarding Ninja Turtles that appeals to me. And at the time I became aware of TMNT (which was around 1987 when the first animated series started its run), the language was definitely a drawcard - "bummer," "dude," "bogus," "radical," "far-out," "tubuloso," "bodacious," and especially, "cowabunga" quickly became adopted vernacular for anyone wishing to be identified as a fan.

But ultimately, the real appeal simply lay in the title: these guys are Teenage, Mutant, Ninja, Turtles - what more could you possibly want? Oh, and the original theme song rocks!

TMNT Original Intro by AbstractMindset

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios - 25th Anniversary

Artists Open Studios

The Artists Open Studios Program is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

This unique program of artists, located in the picturesque hills of Nillumbik, offers a unique opportunity to experience first hand artists at work in their own studios.  As they open their doors to you, workshops are offered and art will be available for commission or sale.

With 38 artists, 25 studios and disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography.  There’s something for everyone so be inspired and join in on this great opportunity to join masters at work.

Studios will be open on  Saturday 17th and Sunday 18 November 2012  as well as Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2012.  In 2013 Open Studios will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May.

Download the new Artists Open Studios Booklet here.

Artists Open Studios group exhibitions

A great place to start the Artists Open Studios tour is to visit the group exhibitions for all the AOS artists running before and during our studio weekends ... the details are below.

Eltham Library Community Gallery

Visit the Eltham Library Community Gallery to see the diversity of work presented by artists of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program before visiting their studios .

From Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:00am until Monday 26 November 2012 8:00pm. In 2013 the Library exhibition dates will be from 6 to 11 May 2013.

Eltham Library Community Gallery Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
Closed public holidays

Free entry
Eltham Library Community Gallery
1 Panther Place, Eltham

The Light Factory Gallery

The Light Factory Gallery Artists Open Studios 25th Anniversary Exhibition will be held from 28th November until 15 December 2012

Sunday, 4 November 2012

'Vintage 2011' by Boarders [AWESOME!]

Just came across these guys via Bloodbuzzed. They describe themselves as "Jangly, Dreamy Pop Music from Melbourne, Australia" and are flatout awesome. Have a listen below, download their tracks free from their Bandcamp page, find out some more about them on Facebook, or check them out on triple j Unearthed. Well worth a listen.