Entry for May 08, 2008: Parties and movies

Thanks again to co-worker Ken G. for inviting me to his Cinco de Mayo party this past Monday. I enjoyed meeting his friends from school, theater, and contra dancing, as well as playing pool, air hockey, and video games at the Jillian's in Worcester, Massachusetts, I also had a productive "Conscious Communication" class at work yesterday.

After seeing the well-received Iron Man this past weekend, the Boston-area social/gaming groups are trying to figure out when to see the next genre movies, such as live-action anime Speed Racer. In related news, Marvel Studios is planning more adaptations of its popular comic books, including films and cartoons.

Fellow blogger Steve M.R. has noted the announcement of Guillermo Del Toro as planned helmer of a cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit. Peter Jackson, who directed the "Lord of the Rings" (LotR) trilogy, will be producer. We'll see if Del Toro, who directed the excellent Pan's Labyrinth and the upcoming Hellboy II: The Golden Army, can bring his brand of dark fantasy to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth while still respecting the somewhat more child-friendly tone of the book. I'm also uncertain of whether a "bridge" movie between The Hobbit and the already-released LotR movies is a good idea.

Lucasfilm is airing a preview of the Clone Wars computer-animated theatrical movie (which will launch a television series on the Cartoon Network) tonight shortly before 8:00 p.m. It will also tease the Lego Indiana Jones video game with Raiders of the Lost Brick at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 May 2008. After the latest trailers, I am looking forward to the fedora-wearing archaeologist's continued adventures on the big screen later this month.