Thursday, July 19, 2018

A little bit of this and a little of that

There are waaaaaaaaaay too many comics fans who are, as the kids say, butt-hurt over DC's bait & switch in the pages of Batman two weeks ago, such that writer Tom King is being given bodyguards after receiving death threats from disgruntled fans headed into the annual Comic-Con in San Diego, which begins a four day run today. These fans don't quite understand that the bait & switch, promoting & hyping the marriage of Bruce "Batman" Wayne and Selina "Catwoman" Kyle, then calling off the nuptials at the last possible second, was a cash grab instigated by DC's marketing department. They feel cheated out of what would be the comics event of the year, if not the decade.

If it bothers you that much, people, I recommend booking an appointment with Dr. Phil.
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It was supposed to be kept top secret, but the Albany Times-Union spilled the beans the other day when shooting began in Albany for some scenes in season 2 of Netflix's The Punisher. No word on whether or not star Jon Bernthal is in town. A well informed source dropped a dime to ye scribe just days before production shooting began in downtown Albany. Reportedly, Netflix wants to get the show online before the end of their contact with Disney, which will launch its own streaming service next year.
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19 months after it opened to much fanfare, Troy's Unagi Sushi has quietly closed its doors. The first sign of trouble came in the spring when the eatery scaled back its hours, and went to a six-day-a-week schedule. Originally, the restaurant was to be closed for "construction", without specifying what was being worked on.

Conversely, Manory's, Troy's oldest eatery, has gone back to an all-day schedule after being on a six-day slate of its own the last few years. A new sandwich board greeted me as I came off the bus after work yesterday. Not sure if they're still closed on Mondays, as they've been, but this gives diners an extra option after work.
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Not even 24 hours after the All-Star Game ended, the Baltimore Orioles parted with infielder Manny Machado, shipping the starting All-Star 3rd baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects. Machado is expected to move to his natural position, shortstop, to fill the void created by the season-ending injury to Corey Seager, who was sidelined at the start of the year. Ex-Met Justin Turner is the regular 3rd baseman for the NL West leaders. Machado, however, will be a free agent after the season, so Magic Johnson may have to pull a long term contract out of his hat to keep Machado, rather than use him as a three month rental.
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DC Comics has announced that their DC Universe streaming service, debuting next month, will cost $8 a  month for subscribers, or, a couple of dollars cheaper than, say, WWE Network. Your move, Disney.
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Finally, former Armed Forces Radio DJ Adrian Cronauer, whose experiences in Saigon were detailed in the 1987 biography, "Good Morning, Vietnam", with Robin Williams & Forest Whitaker, passed away at 79. Ya might happen to know that when Cronauer was mustered out of Saigon, his successor went on to become a TV icon----Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak was Cronauer's replacement.

Condolences to Cronauer's family. Rest in peace, Adrian.

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