Did You See This Deadpool Test Footage Yet? Would You Watch a Whole Movie?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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Shot and animated with a mo-capped Ryan Reynolds, this is the test reel Rob Liefeld has been raving about for years now, finally released online by Blur Studios. It's pretty perfect as a depiction of the character - but could it sustain for a whole feature? Would the cockiness get way too irritating, as it seemed to do for many viewers in Green Lantern?

Either way, I reckon I wouldn't mind having the chance to find out.

TR Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Is the A-Team in Space Movie I Never Knew I Wanted

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

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Since we're a super-nerdy site, first things first:

As far as I can tell, Howard the Duck is NOT in Guardians of the Galaxy. Lead character Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is from Earth, and has some Earth memorabilia, including ALF stickers and a troll doll, so it's possible there's something referencing Howard in his collection that just isn't obvious. But Howard himself? No.

Unless...he's in the post-credits scene that is just being shown "to the fans" at regular screenings and was not shown to us, because lord knows we critics can't be fans too, and we totally saw it for "free" with the only obligation being that we then have to take a couple of hours out of the day to write an article about it, because that's how we make a living and stuff. This may be a larger topic for another day.

If You Thought the Marketing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Was Bad Before...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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As this movie gets closer to release, we're finally starting to hear some of the right things, with director Jonathan Liebesman talking about his love for the cartoons as a kid, a clip that makes fun of the idea they could be aliens, and so forth. It's a course correction for an otherwise awfully mismarketed film whose people spent most of the year legally threatening anyone with leaked images rather than getting out in front with their own pictures.

And then they go and put out that poster above. Look at the release date. Then look at the image again.

Granted, it's for Australia, where that date means less. But online, everything is international.

h/t Gallen_Dugall via The Mary Sue

Septic Man Sounds Like the Worst Superhero Ever

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

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Did you think Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne lived difficult lives? My bet is they've got nothing on this guy. Check out the trailer, which looks like someone did a gritty, horror remake of The Toxic Avenger.

Speaking of which...whatever happened to that Toxie remake that Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to costar in? Anyway, here's Septic Man...

Comic-Con: Present and Future Walking Dead McFarlane Toys Faux-Lego

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV, Toys
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

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One thing I love about McFarlane Toys is that they really do NOT force their employees to be super-reverent towards the boss. It turns out they're just as amused by the fact that Todd calls the studs on Lego bricks "nipples" as anyone else. In fact, when I suggest that they need a shorter brand name than "McFarlane Building Sets," one of the responses is "Nipple-O."

That said, when finished many of these sets look pretty good in person. And I got a look at some of the next series in the works if these ones do well...

Blu-ray Today: Werner Herzog and Everything Else That Isn't Twin Peaks

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

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I don't think I've ever before run a Blu-ray list on the same day as Blu-ray Today - so as not to be redundant, I'll just suggest you look at today's prior post for Twin Peaks, the real highlight of the week. But if a damn fine copy - and hot! - of David Lynch's finest TV hours leaves you with only garmonbozia, there are other things coming out too.

Like Curtains. I don't know what it is, and I don't need to know. I just want it for the cover alone.

The 10 Most Disturbing Twin Peaks Moments, Now in Hi-Def

By Eric Diaz in Daily Lists
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal series, comes out on Blu-ray today for the first time in its entirety as Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, which will include all 30 episodes of the series as well as the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me collected together for the first time. Twin Peaks was a lot of things - soap opera, screwball comedy, murder mystery - but it also had deeply surreal and disturbing elements that would pop up throughout the show's run...the kind of things that got under your skin, and stayed there, almost entirely due to the influence of show co-creator David Lynch. Here are but ten of the show's most memorably disturbing moments, listed in chronological order, from the pilot to the final episode.

By the way, if for some reason over the course of the last twenty-five years you haven't seen Twin Peaks, then please...go do that and THEN come back and enjoy this list. It's filled with massive spoilers that would ruin the series for you, and I'd hate to do that for anyone. I know there are still youngsters out there still discovering the show on Netflix for the first time. If that's you...go do that, then come back. We'll still be here.

Diamond Select Toys at Comic-Con: Minimates, Megos, Miramax, More!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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For our final video from this year's Comic-Con, we have longtime friend-of-TR Zach Oat, of Diamond Select Toys, with a look at their new in-house products. We discuss their deal with Miramax, the ability to use John Travolta's likeness, why you won't be seeing a toy of X-Men: Days of Future Past's Mystique, and more.

Consider this also your open thread for the rest of the day. I have to go home now.

Hasbro's Star Wars Comic-Con Toy Reveals, From Black Series to Rebels

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Toys
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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There's something for everyone in the Star Wars toy universe, and we went over it all with Hasbro.

ThinkGeek Shows off the Star Trek Phaser Remote and More

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Tech
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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We got the folks at the ThinkGeek booth to show off their new products, including the amazingly detailed phaser remote that requires the reflexes of a young Shatner to fully do it justice.