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Chart Watch Extra: I Am…The Year’s #1 Music Video

Posted Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:58am PST by Paul Grein in Chart Watch

In just five weeks of release, Beyonce’s I Am…World Tour has become the best-selling music video of 2010. The DVD has sold 132,000 copies, 14,000 more than the year’s #2 music video, Rush’s Beyond The Lighted Stage. There’s still one chart week to go in 2010, but Beyonce’s lead appears insurmountable. This is the fourth year in a row that Beyonce has had one of the year’s top 10 music videos, but first time that she has come out on top.

Michael Jackson has three of the year’s top 10 videos. This is the second year in a row that Jackson has made a strong showing on the list. On the year-end chart for 2009, he made a clean sweep of the top four positions. Only one other artist in Nielsen SoundScan history has ever had three or more of the year’s top 10 music videos. Backstreet Boys had three of the top four in 1999.

Beyonce and Celine Dion each have two of the top 20 music videos for 2010.

The top 20 includes some historic footage: the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the Rolling Stones on their Exile On Main St. tour in 1972, and Michael Jackson on hisDangerous tour in 1992.

Nine of the videos in the top 20 are by artists who have been chart perennials for 35 years or more: Barbra Streisandthe Beatles,the StonesEric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Rush and Bruce Springsteen.

Here are the top 20 DVD music videos of 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The number after the title is the sales total for the year to date. If the DVD was released prior to 2010, I also show the cumulative total. I also tell you when the act first appeared on TheBillboard 200 album chart (just for the heck of it).

1. BeyonceI Am…World Tour, 132K. This concert video takes its title from Beyonce’s 2008 album I Am…Sasha Fierce. The DVD, which features guest appearances by Jay-Z and Kanye West, has been out for five weeks. Beyonce first charted with Destiny’s Child in 1998.

2. RushBeyond The Lighted Stage, 118K. This two-disk documentary is the year’s top video by a rock band. (Take that,U2.) The doc has been out for 26 weeks. The Canadian band first charted in 1974.

3. Michael JacksonLive In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour, 116K. Jackson’s video was shot on Oct. 1, 1992, when he was the biggest pop star in the world. It has sold 750,000 copies since its release on DVD in July 2005. It was the #2 video of 2009. Jackson first charted with the Jackson 5in 1970.

4. U2360 Degrees At The Rose Bowl, 105K. U2’s two-disk video, which was shot entirely in HD at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., has been out for 31 weeks. The Irish band first charted in 1981.

5. Eric ClaptonCrossroads Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2010, 93K. This was recorded in June 2010 at the third edition of Clapton’s benefit concert/music festival. The video has been out for seven weeks. Steve WinwoodJeff BeckZZ Top and Buddy Guy are among the guests on the two-disk set. Clapton first charted with the Yardbirds in 1965.

6. Michael JacksonNumber Ones, 92K. The DVD, which features 15 key Jackson videos, has sold 1,332,000 copies since its release in November 2003. It’s the video companion to Jackson’s 2003 albumNumber Ones. This was the #1 music video of 2009, with sales in that year of 558,000 copies.

7. Michael JacksonMichael Jackson’s Vision, 77K. This three-disk set includes all 35 of Jackson’s videos (or “short films,” as he preferred to call them). Ten of them are on DVD for the first time. The set has been out for five weeks.

8. Bon JoviLive At Madison Square Garden, 76K. Bon Jovi’s concert video has been out for 33 weeks. The veteran band first charted in 1984.

9. Celine DionTaking Chances World Tour: The Concert, 75K. This concert video takes its title from Dion’s 2007 album Taking Chances. The two-disk CD/DVD combo has been out for 31 weeks. Dion had the #1 music video of 2008 with A New Day: Live In Las Vegas. The Canadian artist first charted in 1991.

10. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandLondon Calling: Live In Hyde Park, 75K. This two-DVD set, which was filmed in June 2009, draws its title fromThe Clash’s 1980 album London Calling. It has been out for 27 weeks. The Boss first charted in 1975.

11.Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax,The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria, 74K. This is the year’s top hard rock video and the year’s top multi-artist video. The two-disk set was recorded in June 2010. It has been out for eight weeks. All four of these bands first charted between December 1985 (Anthrax) and November 1986 (Slayer).

12. Celtic WomanSongs From The Heart: Live From Powerscourt House And Gardens, 73K. The DVD, which was filmed at a country estate in Ireland, has been out for 37 weeks. The female group first charted in 2005.

13. The BeatlesThe 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles, 72K. This two-disk set includes the Fab Four’s historic 1964 appearances on the legendary variety show. It even includes the original commercials. The set has been out for 16 weeks. The Beatles first charted in 1964.

14. The Rolling StonesLadies & Gentleman, The Rolling Stones, 64K. This concert video was shot during the Stones’ 1972 tour for Exile On Main St. It had a limited theatrical release in 1974, but this is its first time on DVD. The video has been out for 12 weeks. The band first charted in1964.

15. BeyonceI Am…Yours: An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas, 63K. This video has sold 162K copies since its release in November 2009. This was the #6 video of 2009, with sales in that year of 99K.

16. Barbra Streisand and QuartetOne Night Only: At The Village Vanguard: September 26, 2009, 61K. About 100 of “the luckiest people in the world” made it into the Village Vanguard for Streisand’s first club performance in 48 years. The rest of us can watch the DVD, which has been out for 33 weeks. Streisand first charted in 1963.

17. Various ArtistsThe 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts, 58K. Mick JaggerBruce SpringsteenBonoBilly Joel and Paul Simon are among the stars on this three-disk set. The video, which was recorded at Madison Square Garden in October 2009, has been out for 13 weeks. (A 4-DVD version of the set has sold 18K this year. Nielsen SoundScan counts it separately.)

18. P!nkFunhouse Tour: Live In Australia, 52K. This concert video draws its title from P!nk’s 2008 album Funhouse. The video has sold 89K copies since its release in November 2009. P!nk first charted in 2000.

19. Il DivoAn Evening With Il Divo: Live In Barcelona, 51K. The CD/DVD has sold 98K copies since its release in December 2009. The classical crossover quartet first charted in 2005.

20. Celine DionCeline: Through The Eyes Of The World, 50K. This backstage tour documentary is a companion to Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert. The video has been out for 31 weeks.

Pop Quiz: Since 1993, only one music video has appeared in Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end top 10 more than three times. Name that video. Answer below.

Bonus Facts: Nielsen SoundScan’s list of this week’s top 50 music videos also indicates how many copies the videos have sold during their entire runs. Seven of the current top 50 have sold more than 500K. Michael Jackson has three of these big sellers. The other four are by classic rock bands. In descending order of sales they are: Eagles’Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne(1,524,000), Jackson’s Number Ones(1,332,000), Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin (1,209,000), Pink Floyd’s Pulse (850,000), Jackson’sLive In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (750,000),Journey’s Greatest Hits 1978-1997 (566,000) and Jackson’sVideo Greatest Hits: HIStory (541,000).

To My Readers: I will update all the numbers in this report when the final results come in on Jan. 5. I will also update previously posted lists of the year’s top songs and albums. Check back on or after that date for the final, official lists.

Quiz Answer: Since 1993 (the oldest date that this information is available on the Nielsen SoundScan site), only one music video has appeared in the year-end top 10 more than three times. Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over was in the year-end top 10 a remarkable six times. It scored in 1994 and 1995 and again from 1999 through 2002. Other bands have greater mystique (the Stones and Led Zeppelin, for example). Eagles just quietly sell tons of albums and videos.

 

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US bison ranchers struggle to meet consumer demand


US bison ranchers struggle to meet consumer demand

AP

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press – Wed Dec 29, 10:36 am ET

MINNEAPOLIS – The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn’t bother the bison on Ed Eichten’s ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

In a photo made Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 bison brave ...

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In a photo made Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 bison brave the winter elements on the Ed Eichten family farm near Center City, Minn. Despite growing consumer demand for bison meat which has sent prices soaring, Eichten, right, said he doesn’t see the boom slowing down.« Read less

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)The majestic beasts are a hot commodity these days, as consumer demand for healthy meat has sent prices soaring. But although bison are what one rancher calls “a self-care animal,” most farmers are struggling to increase their herds and keep up with demand.

In a photo made Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 bison brave ...

Bison grow slower than other livestock, and a heifer can’t have her first calf until she’s 3, said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association in Westminster, Colo. Beef cows can have calves at 2. Also, many producers are finding heifers more valuable for breeding than eating, which means fewer bison going to market — at least temporarily, he said.

U.S. wants to lift protections for grizzly, wolf

(Gray wolves are seen nearing a Bison in Yellowstone National Park .)

The tight supply comes after bison farmers spent much of the past decade aggressively courting consumers by touting the health benefits of the low-fat, low-cholesterol meat. Bison caught on, and even in the economic slump, prices haven’t discouraged consumers.

“Now our challenge is keeping up with that demand,” Carter said.


AP/Jim Mone

Eichten’s family has about 250 head near Center City, about 40 miles north of Minneapolis. He sells meat at farmers markets, over the Internet and through the family’s retail store and restaurant. Eichten’s Hidden Acres also supplies local restaurants and co-op grocers.

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press – Wed Dec 29, 10:36 am ET

MINNEAPOLIS – The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn’t bother the bison on Ed Eichten’s ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive — even thrive — year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

A Sept. 30, 2010, photo shows a bison that is ...

The majestic beasts are a hot commodity these days, as consumer demand for healthy meat has sent prices soaring. But although bison are what one rancher calls “a self-care animal,” most farmers are struggling to increase their herds and keep up with demand.

A Sept. 30, 2010, photo shows a bison that is ...

Bison grow slower than other livestock, and a heifer can’t have her first calf until she’s 3, said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association in Westminster, Colo. Beef cows can have calves at 2. Also, many producers are finding heifers more valuable for breeding than eating, which means fewer bison going to market — at least temporarily, he said.

A Sept. 30, 2010, photo shows a bison that is ...

The tight supply comes after bison farmers spent much of the past decade aggressively courting consumers by touting the health benefits of the low-fat, low-cholesterol meat. Bison caught on, and even in the economic slump, prices haven’t discouraged consumers.

“Now our challenge is keeping up with that demand,” Carter said.



AP/Jim Mone

Eichten’s family has about 250 head near Center City, about 40 miles north of Minneapolis. He sells meat at farmers markets, over the Internet and through the family’s retail store and restaurant. Eichten’s Hidden Acres also supplies local restaurants and co-op grocers.

In a photo made Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 bison run ...

Aaron Nytroe, meat and seafood manager at The Wedge co-op grocery in Minneapolis, said he can’t get enough bison meat. He sells out deliveries from Eichten’s most weeks, and with demand “growing exponentially,” he said he might even look at finding a second supplier to keep up.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, a ...

Bison fans say the meat doesn’t taste gamy — it has a rich, beefy flavor but is a little sweeter. Since it’s so lean, chefs say preparing it properly requires slower cooking over lower heat than beef. They say steaks shouldn’t be cooked past medium or medium rare. Those who prefer meat well done might want to try a bison pot roast.

Wildlife photographers watch a herd of bison ...

While retail prices vary, ground bison has been selling for about $7 a pound, compared with a little over $5 a year ago, Carter said.

But it’s still a niche product. About 92,000 head of bison were processed last year in North America, according to the association. That’s less than one day’s beef production in the U.S. alone.

Bison graze on the front lawn of Gardiner Public ...

“It will take us five-plus years to ramp up and keep a consistent supply,” said Gail Griffin, who’s been raising bison for 20 years and is the executive director of the Minnesota Buffalo Association and immediate past president of the national group. “But there’s every indication, for sure this year and indications over the last three actually, that people are shifting to larger herds or creating new herds.”

Rear View Bison

South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado are the top bison states, but the animals are raised in all 50, Carter said, including a herd on the Big Island of Hawaii and one on Long Island in New York.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture counted about 4,500 ranches and farms with nearly 200,000 bison in the U.S. in its 2007 Census of Agriculture. The total North American herd, which includes animals in state and national parks, is estimated at 450,000, compared with fewer than 1,000 a little over a century ago.

CNN founder Ted Turner is the world’s largest bison rancher with about 55,000 head. He co-founded the Ted’s Montana Grill chain in 2002 to help popularize the meat, and it now sells about 1.5 million pounds of bison a year, about 40 percent of its annual sales of about $100 million, chief executive and co-founder George McKerrow Jr. said.

The chain’s bison burgers typically run $12 to $15, or $3 more than the same burgers made from beef. When the Atlanta-based company raised prices by $1 earlier this year, customers kept forking it out.

“Right now the consumer loves the product enough to pay for it,” McKerrow said.

But, he added, steak prices have hit a ceiling at $30 for a bison filet.

Eichten, who has been raising bison for 22 years, said he doesn’t see demand falling off as it does with many food fads. People “want that fresh, locally grown product and they’re willing to pay a premium for it,” he said.

He and other producers say bison can be easier to raise than cattle, but there are some unique challenges. It’s tough to keep them fenced, Eichten said. And, he never walks through his herd; he always uses a vehicle.

“The animal is pretty wild,” he said. “You have to watch your butt around them. . . . I’ve clocked them at 40 miles an hour. They can rock and roll.”

 

Aaron Nytroe, meat and seafood manager at The Wedge co-op grocery in Minneapolis, said he can’t get enough bison meat. He sells out deliveries from Eichten’s most weeks, and with demand “growing exponentially,” he said he might even look at finding a second supplier to keep up.

Bison fans say the meat doesn’t taste gamy — it has a rich, beefy flavor but is a little sweeter. Since it’s so lean, chefs say preparing it properly requires slower cooking over lower heat than beef. They say steaks shouldn’t be cooked past medium or medium rare. Those who prefer meat well done might want to try a bison pot roast.

While retail prices vary, ground bison has been selling for about $7 a pound, compared with a little over $5 a year ago, Carter said.

But it’s still a niche product. About 92,000 head of bison were processed last year in North America, according to the association. That’s less than one day’s beef production in the U.S. alone.

“It will take us five-plus years to ramp up and keep a consistent supply,” said Gail Griffin, who’s been raising bison for 20 years and is the executive director of the Minnesota Buffalo Association and immediate past president of the national group. “But there’s every indication, for sure this year and indications over the last three actually, that people are shifting to larger herds or creating new herds.”

South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado are the top bison states, but the animals are raised in all 50, Carter said, including a herd on the Big Island of Hawaii and one on Long Island in New York.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture counted about 4,500 ranches and farms with nearly 200,000 bison in the U.S. in its 2007 Census of Agriculture. The total North American herd, which includes animals in state and national parks, is estimated at 450,000, compared with fewer than 1,000 a little over a century ago.

CNN founder Ted Turner is the world’s largest bison rancher with about 55,000 head. He co-founded the Ted’s Montana Grill chain in 2002 to help popularize the meat, and it now sells about 1.5 million pounds of bison a year, about 40 percent of its annual sales of about $100 million, chief executive and co-founder George McKerrow Jr. said.

The chain’s bison burgers typically run $12 to $15, or $3 more than the same burgers made from beef. When the Atlanta-based company raised prices by $1 earlier this year, customers kept forking it out.

“Right now the consumer loves the product enough to pay for it,” McKerrow said.

But, he added, steak prices have hit a ceiling at $30 for a bison filet.

Eichten, who has been raising bison for 22 years, said he doesn’t see demand falling off as it does with many food fads. People “want that fresh, locally grown product and they’re willing to pay a premium for it,” he said.

He and other producers say bison can be easier to raise than cattle, but there are some unique challenges. It’s tough to keep them fenced, Eichten said. And, he never walks through his herd; he always uses a vehicle.

“The animal is pretty wild,” he said. “You have to watch your butt around them. . . . I’ve clocked them at 40 miles an hour. They can rock and roll.”

 

 


The world’s thinnest HD video camcorder – POCO Pro


The world’s thinnest HD video camcorder – POCO Pro

The world’s thinnest HD video camcorder – POCO Pro, Need a great compact camera to record your beautiful moments on your Christmas and New Year Holiday? well this HD Camcorder could be a great choice. so what are the specification of this HD Camcorder?

Poco Pro from Sinclair (same company that sells Cardsharp) is a digital camera with a credit card shape that size is only 85.6 x 54 x 5 mm with a weight of 65 grams.

Although the size was small, the features offered did not disappoint at all as 2.4 inch LCD screen (240 × 320) that uses AMOLED, 4 GB internal memory plus microSD if you want bigger (up to 32 GB).

This thin HD Camcorder also supports Wi-Fi, which means after take a photos, files can be directly transferred to a computer or the web.

For the Connectivity this POCO Pro was also complete such ranging from microUSB for charging the batteries as well as HDMI to see the photos and video on HDTV.

What about quality, not least also why especially this one can take video images with a format Full HD (1080p) and images to a resolution of 14.6 MP.and don’t forget the CMOS sensor which means it can be relied upon to take photos in low light room.

Poco Pro can also be used manually just like a DSLR that we can set a manual for velocity (speed) and aperture. Unfortunately with this compact size, you do not have optical zoom (10x digital zoom only) and the flash of its own only in the form 2 pieces LED lights only. Poco Pro is sold at £ 200


 

Extreme and Wild Animal as Pets


Extreme and Wild Animal as Pets

 

Extreme and Wild Animal as Pets, people usually adopts a cat or dogs as their cute pets, while people in Africa choose many wild animals as their pets. you can see our previous post of theDangerous Pets in Africa. Some people adopts a wild animals as a pet if they love them. such as this picture in the left. The old guy adopts a lion as his pet. do you have enough guts to adopt a lion as your pets? Hmm maybe you should learn it from the tips to ride a wild animal.

The picture below shows many extreme and wils animal as pets such as rhinoceros, lion, crocodile, Iguana and also a Scorpions. well i wonder how to keep them in a proper way. for an example is the people who adpots a lion. How if the lions was hungry?? Wow i can’t imagine it.

Here’s more picture of the Extreme and Wild Animal as Pets.












 

World’s Most Amazing Animal Nests


World’s Most Amazing Animal Nests

World’s Most Amazing Animal Nests, Since the old days man vying to build a magnificent building that has a high architectural value such as this beautiful city architectural design. high valued architecture was Not to be outdone by humans only but animals also have a high architectural value in building the nest, even beauty often we can not imagine how they make it. 

Here are the amazing photographs of the most beautiful animal nest. Among other birds’ nests, ants, termites, frogs, beavers, and so forth. These nests they had built with the “hands” of their own, without help of expert architects and building experts. Check this out.

1. Weaver Bird Nest

 

Weaver birds build permanent nests in trees and other tall objects. These nests will be large enough to house dozens of families of birds, containing several generations at once.

Their Nests are highly structured to give the birds a sense of who is more comfortable than the conditions outside. Central heat and used equipment room for the night and lay eggs. Outer space is used for shelter during the day.

2. Ant Nests

 

Complex ant nests built by many members of the colony. Ant nests are built underground or in trees. This ant nests can be found in the soil, under rocks or wood and in stone hollow. The materials used for construction of soil and tanaman.Sarang ant is always heavily guarded, so not to disturb him.

3. Beaver dam Nests

 

Beaver dam built as a protection against predators, like coyotes, wolves and bears, and to provide easy access to food during winter. Beavers always work at night and prolific builders, carrying mud and stones with the front is lined with hewn wood with his teeth.

Therefore, to destroy a beaver dam without removing the beavers is difficult, especially if the dam downstream is an active lodging. Beaver dams can build a base such as overnight.

4. Honey Bee Nests

 

Honeybees are one species of bee that builds its nest from wax derived from flower nectar ago produced a body wax by the bees themselves. Beehive itself always provides many benefits for human life.

5. Termites Nests

 

Termite workers build and maintain their colony nest like home. This is a complicated structure made using a combination of soil, mud, wood dikunya / cellulose, and saliva.

Termite nests consist of tunnels like the gallery that effectively provide air and control the balance CO2/O2, and allows to move through the termite nest.

Nests are usually built below ground, in large pieces of wood, fallen trees in or live in the treetops. Some species build up on the ground, and can develop into the amazing mound.

6. Frog Tree Nests

 

As the name implies, this frog is usually found in very high or trees and tall plants. They usually do not go down to the ground, when they built a foam lay eggs on leaves and during their lives into adulthood rarely leave the trees.

Green Powered Charger with Time Countdown


Green Powered Charger with Time Countdown

 

Green Powered Charger with Time Countdown, There’s so many new gadget innovation that concern about the environment today, such as this Green Wall Charger, this USB green power supply with time countdown would save you much from the electricity waste.

Green Wall Charger from VogDUO is an Eco friendly gadgets charger because the charger will consume 0 watts when not in use, when the usual charger still consume the same energy even when not used.

The secret is the built-in timer in it where the charger is going to die if the total allotted time has run out and we can set time ranging from 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours.

Green Wall Charger has a power output to 5 V / 2.1 A, in which it means we can recharge 4 pieces of gadget at a time through the 4 USB ports that have been provided.

Here’s the design of this eco friendly charger named Green Wall Charger.



 

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movie


By Esther Inglis-Arkell

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movie

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movieWolverine is becoming as prolific in movies as he is in comics — and now we need some quality control. Here are five Wolverine moments from the comics that we hope Darren Aronofsky and other film-makers read before filming Logan.

5. The Punisher vs Wolverine

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movieFor most heroes, a story in which they get thoroughly and humiliatingly trounced in a fight shouldn’t have any bearing on their story. It is their story, after all, and it should showcase their strengths and their power. The problem is, that’s what the X-Menmovies have been doing already. In the first he’s the hard-as-nails cage fighter who instantly turns gooey for the kid and the woman. The second is so much about his intense love affair with someone else’s wife. The third disposes of the husband completely so he can love Jean Grey guilt free, while he saves the world. Wolverine is supposed to be the underdog. In the comics, he’s the guy who defeats mutants with godlike powers through sheer determination and a few pieces of metal. In the movies, he’s godlike himself.

Did most people, and any Wolverine fans, like the beat down from The Punisher? No. Did they ever again think that a victory for Wolverine was assured when Garth Ennis was writing him? No, they did not. Every movie needs to make you think, if only for a fleeting second when you’re overcome with emotion, that the hero won’t succeed. Wolverine needs a knock down solid enough to make us believe that in his next movie.

4. Wolverine: Get Mystique

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movie
This story was described to me as “Wolverine and Mystique play Tom & Jerry,” and that is exactly what it is. The only reason why you don’t see Wolverine peering into a hole in the wall while Mystique sneaks up behind him and puts his tail in a mousetrap is because Wolverine doesn’t have a tail. Logan doesn’t even have to break character. The fact that he’s stone-cold serious about it all while Mystique is a gleeful imp bent on destruction just makes it that much more entertaining.

Of course, Wolverine has already gotten Mystique in the X-Men movies. She’s gotten some of him as well. The specific character doesn’t matter, it’s the fight that does. Remember in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? When you realize you’re one and a half hours into hearing Will and Elizabeth moaning about each other for three hours? And then Johnny Depp has a slapstick fight scene so inspired that you’re laughing about it for the rest of the movie? Turn the violence on those scenes up by a million, and you have something that willl liven up a Wolverine movie.

3. Wolverine: The Package

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movie
I know that everyone thinks bloggers occupy a remote, rarified sphere. I know that they think we can’t understand the tastes, trends, and concerns of other people. I know that they think we sit in our ivory basements and spin crazy yarns that have no bearing on anything except the echo-chamber we inhabit. But that’s not true. We’re human. We have human failings and human desires, and by that I mean: Cute Little Baby with Big Tough Guy! Awwwwwwwww!

Look, say whatever you want about it, babies are cute. Especially when you don’t have to deal with the glop they put out. And babies are funny. Especially when other people do have to deal with that glop. This is a formula that works.

On top of that, look at the art for this book. This is the kind of art that made Sin City so visually striking. Incorporating it into the film would be a nice change from the visually bland last Wolverine movie.

2. Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movieLike I said, some formulas just work. Big tough laconic guy. Little skinny chatty guy. Add some zaniness, and you get fun.

This one I picked because it had a nutty story to go with everything else. Wolvey and Spidey get sent back to the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event. Wolverine fights with Spider-Man and stomps off to the next valley to become the leader of some . . . I don’t know what they are exactly, but they have fur. Spider-Man grows a beard. They skip randomly through time and fight a lot.

There are two reasons I’m picking this. These two characters mash up pretty well, both as types and as individuals. Wolverine’s a good character but he needs someone to play off, otherwise he’s just brooding all the time. The reason why he’s brooding is the second reason why I’m choosing this. Wolverine only has one story; the Powers That Be stole his memory and his girl died. And we have seen that story at least twice already. The guy needs a new angle, and the next movie needs to give him one.

1. Wolverine: Enemy of the State and Wolverine: Agent of SHIELD

5 Wolverine stories we hope Darren Aronofsky reads before making his movieThere’s an alternative to all of that. Instead of Wolverine being cute with a baby and playing off of Spider-Man, instead of Wolverine mixing it up with a villain who can dish out the punishment as fast as he can take it like Mystique, instead of Wolverine getting his ass kicked hard by the Punisher, the movie could just have him kill . . . everyone.

Wolverine’s famous line is “I’m the best at what I do, but what I do isn’t very nice.” So far? It’s looked pretty nice to me. In the movies Wolverine’s helped runaways and mutants and humans and everyone else who came his way. The Wolverine of the movies, and of the comics, is a guy anyone would feel pretty safe with, I think. He’s done a lot of good work for a lot of people, without asking for anything in return. He should feel pretty good about himself.

In the above two trades, we see some of that not-so-nice behavior. He gets brainwashed, kills a lot of no-names, and hospitalizes all the named characters on his side. Then he realizes he was brainwashed, and kills the hell out of the people who brainwashed him. There’s no time spent cuddling with his girlfriend or being a lumberjack. He just murders people.

Let’s face it, Wolverine has always been a fake anti-hero and a fake ‘bad boy’. There’s a lot of talk of his temper and how he has to keep the rage under control and how he’s a loose cannon, and yet he never does anything to deserve such a reputation. He’s a guy who fights and fights hard — but that’s not really any different from any other Marvel character. A two hour killing spree? Would finally make him live up to that reputation. Maybe that’s what we need in a Wolverine movie.