Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
• Bouncing tyre smashes through BP sign after travelling down motorway. They said: ‘It was weird. The tyre seemed to have a mind of its own. ‘To take out the dead centre like that must have been a million-to-one shot.
• ‘Walking Dead’ exec: ‘The Governor thinks he’s a messiah’: “The Governor thinks he’s a messiah – he sees [the zombie outbreak] as an opportunity to get onto history’s stage,” explained the showrunner, adding that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors initially see the villain’s prison as “a sign of hope”.… The writer / producer previously revealed that Morrissey’s take on comic nemesis The Governor will be “very complex, nuanced” and “multi-layered”. “This will not be simply an arch villain who is committing an evil act in every scene,” he insisted. “That’s too cartoonish for what we do here. We want that character to feel as real and human and fully developed as possible.” [digitalspy/Morgan Jeffery/09 Jul 2012]
• Great white shark attacks kayak near Santa Cruz – Man knocked into water, uninjured: PLEASURE POINT — A great white shark, estimated to be up to 18 feet long, sheared through the front end of a kayak floating about a quarter-mile from the popular Eastside surf spot known as Pleasure Point, authorities said. The attack, which happened about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, is a rare occurrence for the area. No one has reported a shark bite in several decades in the waters around Santa Cruz County, said Sean Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. On Saturday, a 52-year-old Fremont man was fishing from his 13.5-foot kayak when he felt the shark bump up against the back of the boat. Within seconds, the shark lifted up the kayak and attacked the front, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies said. The man, thrown from the kayak, was unharmed. He was plucked from the ocean by a boater nearby who had witnessed the incident. [montereyherald/SHANNA McCORD/07 Jul 2012]
• ‘The Wolverine’ Finds Its Silver Samurai: The film begins shooting next month and conveniently timed on the eve of Comic-Con 2012, the same venue where Hugh Jackman told Screen Rant last year that Silver Samurai would be The Wolverine’s main villain, we find out that multiple actors have joined the cast in key roles. The news comes from Coming Soon, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety who report that five Japanese actors (and one American-Korean) have signed for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel. CS claims two newcomers in Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima, and two veteran actors in Hal Yamanouchi and Hiroyuki Sanada have signed, with Hal Yamanouchi playing crime boss “Yashida” and Hiroyuki Sanada playing “Shingen” – in the books, those names together (Shingen Yashida) is the name of the father of the original Silver Samurai and their report doesn’t clearly explain who’s playing who. The second Shingen in the comics is the son of original Silver Samurai Kenuichio Harada who goes by the name of “Shin” (short for Shingen Harada). According to Variety, it’s Will Yun Lee (Total Recall) – the only non-Japanese actor reported to join the cast today – who will step into the shoes as the mutant antagonist Kenuichio Harada, known as the Silver Samurai. The character has the ability to charge up his weapons in such a way that it can cut through any metal, including (conveniently), Wolverine’s Adamantium bones and claws. Tao Okamoto is playing Mariko Yashida, love interest of Wolverine and daughter of Hal Yamanouchi’s character who we can safely assume is Shingen Yashida, leader of The Hand organization. Rila Fukushima is playing Yukio, an assassin and ally of Wolverine. THR has word that Brian Tee (Crash) has also joined the cast as Noburo Mori, a corrupt politician who Mariko is supposed to marry as arranged by her father. [screenrant/Rob Keyes/10 Jul 2012]