Here Is a Video of Puppies Playing With the New Remote-Controlled BB-8 (and the Official Ad)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Tech, Toys
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Vanity Fair might just have won the Internet for today, but it's early yet. The official commercial for BB-8, also below, is pretty damn cute too.

If Star Wars isn't your thing, said Internet might be overwhelming for the next 13 hours or so.

New James Bond Poster, or Ad for Black Death Vodka?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Movies
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

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I'm pretty sure Slash approves.

I'm not so sure the slash between Bond and the skull guy that will inevitably be written should ever be approved.

6-Inch Star Wars Figure News: Series 2 and Diecast Disney Store Exclusives

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8:47 am

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Via the global unboxing that has been proceeding since yesterday, we got a look at some Disney Store exclusive diecast 6" figures (above) that look to have articulation and similar sculpts to the Black Series, for $5 more. New characters Captain Phasma and Flametrooper are included...

But WAIT! An official Hasbro press release obtained by Yakface says a previously unannounced Captain Phasma will in fact be part of the new Black Series! Joining her in series 2 will be Constable Zuvio, Poe Dameron and a Snowtrooper.

And still no Han Solo to go with Chewie...

TR Review: The Transporter Refueled Runs on Fumes, Gets Maybe Halfway There

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

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While it occasionally has a moment or two that capture the ludicrously good-bad heights of the second movie in the series, The Transporter Refueled never quite sticks consistently in gear. It's not terrible as these things go, and I'd feel fine endorsing it if you could see it for free. If you're looking at paying full ticket price, however, use that same money to download the first two Jason Statham movies, and buy whiskey with the change; the experience might then take twice as long, but end up ten times the fun.

Some plot similarities to Mad Max: Fury Road may make it popular among viewers looking for any kind of feminist angle, but probably not for very long. Especially since the real Mad Max: Fury Road is being rereleased in 3D Imax next week.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Propane and Propane Accessories to Crime

By Luke Y. Thompson in Columns, Live Performance, Miscellaneous
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit a few days late, but Happy September. We are down to 5 weeks of work until the opening night for Addams Family: The Musical. This week we have been working on Act 2 of the show and I've been dancing my little butt off. Found out the other night that at 59 yr I am the oldest member of the cast. The youngest is 13. If any of you will be in CA desert weekends in October, come see the show. Tickets are only $12 adult and we do have senior and military discounts. You can book online at theatre29.org.

The 10 Biggest (and Most Avoidable) Movie Fight Mistakes

By Steven Kelliher in Daily Lists, Movies, TV
Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Realism, like anything, can be taken to extremes in film, but it's become obvious that what separates many of the best action scenes from their cheesy counterparts is some level of believability; that goes for everything from large-scale, Helms Deep-like war scenes to the latest fisticuffs playing out between our favorite MCU heroes and their forgettable villains.

With the recent gushing over the (mostly) practical stunts featured in standout 2015 films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, I thought I'd throw in my two cents on some irksome trends plaguing modern fight scenes. While I'm no longer aiming to ply my trade in the UFC's famed Octagon, I do have an extensive background in martial arts and over 30 full contact fights to my credit. In short, I'm a fight nerd - which is to say, I'm a fight snob. So gather around, and listen up.

FINALLY Somebody Made a Segway In-Scale to Your 12-Inch Action Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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The description is fabulous:

This 8 inch tall self-balancing scooter is in perfect scale to display your 1/6 figures as if they are traveling around town on it and comes with removable storage compartments, charging cable, and stickers.
Yes, I have often thought that my 12" Alien, Predator and General Zod need to look as of they are traveling around town. It comes with what looks like a USB charger, but there's no mention of whether or not it really works, and for $70 I wouldn't assume it does, even if they are saving money by not actually calling it a Segway.

It also includes optional stickers that say "Police." Okay, I can maybe see an Adam West figure onboard. Or dolls of former president Bush (either one), who has been known to enjoy a ride. Somehow I can't see Rorschach enjoying his day on a motorized scooter so much ("Hrm. Self-balancing. Possibly communist in origin. Ran over cat's tail 5 minutes ago. It meowed. Pussy.")

Deathgasm - The New Zealand Horror-Comedy That Looks Metal as F**k

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Just the name "Deathgasm" pretty much assures I will be on board for anything. But this description is icing on the cake.

DEATHGASM will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it.
More specifically, the plot deals with "a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers...and this is only the beginning!"

Tipper Gore promised me all that stuff would happen if I listened to metal music in the '80s. It sure took long enough.

Regular Show: The Movie Is Direct-to-Download NOW - Here's a Clip

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

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The 70-minute feature, plus bonus content and discounts on additional Regular Show season sets, can be obtained on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, PlayStation, VUDU and more for $7.99-$9.99, the latter price being if you really, really need a hi-def version of a cartoon made from basic line-drawings.

The plot involves something called a "Timenado" and an evil volleyball coach from the past. The clip below involves a big gun from the future. Even in this scene alone, its Chekovian nature becomes swiftly evident.

Valiant Will Live-Stream Weekly Comic Creative Workshops Into Stores Nationwide, Publish Best

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

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By "nationwide" I mean at Hastings stores, and to be honest I've never heard of Hastings before, so they're not everywhere, but they seem cool.

Starting Sept. 19th and running for four weeks, Valiant will be live-streaming a workshop on a different aspect of comic creating: writing, penciling, inking and coloring - featuring some of their creative talent. Everyone who participates will get a special workbook, and it all culminates in a big contest where the winner will get his or her creation published by Valiant.

So...no matter what your skill level, in the end everyone can say you made a...

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...Valiant effort.

YEEEAAAHHHHHHHHHH...oh wait, there's more...