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The announcement trailer for Transformers 3 is out now!

Check it out!

Star Wars fans will be saddened by the passing of Irvin Kershner, the director of The Empire Strikes Back, one of the best regarded films of that franchise. Kershner passed away on November 27, 2010, after an extended illness.

Kershner’s other films include RoboCop 2 and the James Bond film Never Say Never Again.

He was 87.

Every guy out there has at one time fantasized about becoming a superhero.  When we were boys, we would run around the house with towels or sheets tied around our neck, screaming “up, up and away!” and dashing about until we hit our heads on a piece of furniture and had to go get stitches.  Each of us had our favorite comic book superhero we looked up to.  Most of us wanted to be Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or Captain America.  A lot of us still do.

But a few of us, like myself, had other superheroes in mind outside of the more famous household names.  One of my favorites from the earliest days of watching Super Friends on Saturday morning TV was the Green Lantern.  What young boy wouldn’t want to be like Hal Jordan?  First off, he was a test pilot, which means he got to fly the cool new fighter jets before anybody else.  That, in and of itself, was enough to charge the dreams of any young guy.  But then you’ve got that ring, the ring that makes you able to fly and create anything you want out of thin air.

Girls, if you are having trouble getting your guy to commit, just make sure that the wedding ring you buy for him looks like Green Lantern’s power ring.  We all WANT that ring.

Come Summer of 2011, guys will get to relive their fantasies of being part of the Green Lantern Corps.  Warner Bros is releasing Green Lantern to the big screen, with Ryan Reynolds in the title role.  Given the huge success of previous DC Comics properties like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, one would hope that Lantern will be equally good and respectful of the source material.  (I am hoping for less of the type of material that was Superman Returns, however.)  Reynolds is no stranger to the superhero genre, having played the role of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he appears to be having fun in the new trailer.  The costume is revealed in the latter half of the trailer and it is very faithful to the comic version.

So, without further adieu, here’s the trailer:

And if you don’t want to wait for summer to get your Green Lantern fix, I would recommend viewing the amazing DC Universe animated film Green Lantern: First Flight.

Since this blog is about guys and their hobbies, I think it’s entirely appropriate for this blog’s first post to pay tribute to the passing of one of the icons of “Guy Movies,” Leslie Nielsen.

According to imdb.com, Nielsen passed away as a result of pneumonia, which he contracted while being treated for a staph infection.  Though Nielsen’s career was long and varied before, he would become known for his various appearances in screwball comedies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. His ability to deliver insane and outrageous lines while maintaining a completely deadpan demeanor provided him with a “second life” in his acting career from the 1980’s on.  His turn as Dr. Rumack on Airplane! led to his most notorious character, Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!

Just about any guy you know will know at least one quote from The Naked Gun, but few people have seen the show that the movie is based on.  Police Squad! (In Color) ran for six episodes in 1982.  Though the show was expected to be a huge success at its premiere, ratings quickly plummeted.  In an interview on the DVD set, Nielsen claimed the reason for Police Squad!‘s failure was the fact that viewers actually had to watch the show carefully to absorb all the sight gags and catch the occasionally subtle double entendres and innuendoes, whereas the average TV viewer usually just turns on the TV and pays little attention to it.  This would certainly explain the success of the Naked Gun films, as cinema audiences are generally more of a captive audience with little else to distract them from the screen.

In honor of the man who made us all laugh, the first recommendation I will make on this blog is to go over to Amazon.com and get your copy of Police Squad! The Complete Series. For those who like to laugh, this is an easy choice for a very affordable price.