New Birdman Trailer Has 75% More Michael Keaton Undies, 5% More Bird

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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To figure out what the other percentages are, you'll have to watch it.

And no, he's not Harvey Birdman. No actor would ever quit that franchise if it existed. C'mon now.

Primus to Release Willy Wonka Covers Album; I Want It NOWWWW, Daddy!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Oompa Loompa, Doompa Dee Duck, Primus is back and Holy...cow.

Les Claypool's twangy vocals and bass-heavy pummelings might not seem like the most natural fit in the world with a number like "Pure Imagination" - Marilyn Manson covering this stuff would be more obvious - but this bizarrely unironic fusion of the two is just the golden ticket. You can even expect the entire album to be played live as the centerpiece of their new tour, which will also sell chocolate bars and feature a special matinee for kids of just the Wonka songs, so they won't come home asking you about Wynona's big brown beaver.

Check out the first track below. I can't wait to hear what they do with the nigh-insufferable "Cheer up, Charlie."

Why We Greedy, Spoiled Reviewers Should Get to See Post-Credits Bonus Scenes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Back when Freddy vs. Jason unexpectedly screened in advance for press, rumors were swirling that the last five minutes would be omitted, keeping it a secret who wins so that readers couldn't possibly be spoiled by condescending critics who wished to ruin it for them, and critics who really wanted to know would have to pay to see it. Thankfully the talk turned out to be cheap, and we all saw Jason emerging from the water with Freddy's severed head.

What if we hadn't? Would that have been fair?


Rob Zombie Wants Fans to Fund His Next Movie. Also, Rob Zombie Still Has Fans

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Movies
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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I'm not totally opposed to Rob Zombie the director - remaking The Empire Strikes Back as white-trash grindhouse in The Devil's Rejects was as close to brilliant as he gets, I'll defend Halloween II as an unreliable fever dream on Laurie's part, and House of 1,000 Corpses has Chris Hardwick being murdered. But the more I see of his work, the less I feel is there. Lords of Salem proved his wife could act and had some great visuals - but every one of said visuals was cribbed from Kubrick or Polanski. He's still like all the guys I went to film school with who insisted on pointing out which director each shot of their Super-8 film was a homage to.

You want to crowdsource a movie, Rob? Crowdsource a good script first. Because...you wanna hear the idea he has for this one?

Good Trailer, Meh Trailer: SpongeBob 2 and Into the Woods

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Music
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

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I know it's not cool to like the TV show any more - to be honest, I haven't seen it in a while - but Antonio Banderas as an insane pirate, gratuitous Slash cameo and those superhero outfits make this one work for me. Though I do question why being on dry land is both (a) weird and (b) safe for SpongeBob and Patrick if we're going to consider the first movie canon in any way, wherein they dehydrated on the surface and got saved by David Hasselhoff.

Into the Woods is doing that weird thing where its using buzzwords for people who know musicals, but hiding all the singing from people who don't. It's not really meant for me to begin with, but the trailer confirms it.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Lechal Smartphone-Enabled Shoes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Tech
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

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When it comes to enabling things with smartphone technology, it's time to admit da feet. Why, today's product was a real shoe-in for Geek Apparel of the Week. It turns easily finding your destination into a walk in the park. It's the sole reason for...

Okay, I stop now. But I would like to own shoes that basically play their version of the "getting warmer/colder" game by buzzing your feet in the direction they need to go. I bet blind people would too.

Though I hate to think what some of you would do with a vibrating piece of footwear. Check out Lechal in action below.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How WWE's Depiction of Cops Is Flawed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Features That Aren't Lists
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Happy Thursday again. I am going to Contact in the Desert !!!!!!!!! Yippee! They called the other day and I was picked as a volunteer for Friday and Saturday. I am soooooooo excited. Okay, I got one parking-lot shift, but I am working at the George Noory lunch on Saturday. Also I get to help get the speakers to the lecture site. So Aug 8 and 9 I will be at the event and will try to get some stuff for TR. I don't know if I will have enough for LYT to use the info separately or it it will be done in my normal Thursday spot. Will have to see how the boss feels about my work.

This Saturday is the Copper Mt. breakfast - so going. Got to get those biscuits/gravy.

The 5 Most Frustrating Moments From Game of Thrones Season 4 (And 5 Ways to Wait for Next Year)

By Greggory Basore in Books, Daily Lists, TV, Toys, Video Games
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's been a little while since the 4th Season Finale of the TV sensation based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels aired on US television. That means we're now at the point where it's more or less okay to talk about the season as a whole, provided that readers understand that an article like this requires ONE BIG ENTIRE SPOILER WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE SEASON FOUR EPISODES AND STILL WANT TO BE SURPRISED THEN YOU SHOULD STOP READING

Just to be clear, this article is aimed primarily at people who watch the show but don't read the books. Thus, there won't be any discussion of material from the books that has not yet been worked into the show. First up will be a look at the changes from the source material that were frustrating for those of us who have read the novels, so that the rest of you can understand why we're wigging out on some things. Following that will be some helpful tips for curbing your cravings for more Game of Thrones stuff during the long wait for next years episodes.

So if you haven't seen all 10 episodes of Season 4, turn back now (or at least don't get pissed at being spoiled).

Sharknado 2 SPOILER Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, TV
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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What the hell. Let's do this. Movie's starting now on the east coast.

Good Trailer, Bad Trailer: Interstellar and Night at the Museum 3

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Christopher Nolan's trailer, which gives us our first look at his alien world, gives me chills and makes me think that for once, "Space Oddity" would be a totally appropriate song to play over the footage...if only Ben Stiller hadn't squandered it in his last movie.

And speaking of Ben Stiller and squandering: how do you get Steve Coogan, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais in your comedy and still ruin it? Hmmm...maybe by playing two roles, one of which is a painfully mugging caveman? Or by having your trailer's big punchline involve monkey piss?

A study in contrasts, folks. Never thought I'd see the day a Matthew McConaughey trailer would be the clear winner.