Blu-ray Today: Pee-wee! Snowpiercer! Vincent Price!

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Pee-wee's Playhouse - Before the late teens kicked in and I became pathologically unable to wake up before noon on weekends, Pee-wee Herman was the reason I was always up by 10 a.m. (and Ernest P. Worrell at 11) on Saturday. To this day I can still cite all the lyrics of the theme tune, name every member of the Playhouse gang, and vividly recall the day Paul Reubens essentially self-destructed, masturbating in a porn theater while sporting a hairstyle cribbed from Twin Peaks' killer Bob. As he had already stopped filming new episodes, it feels in hindsight like a deliberate move...though one that has been thankfully reversed over the years, as fans have forgiven and Reubens has re-embraced the role.

There aren't any commentaries on the new Blu-ray set, but there are multiple featurettes, and they even got the now-ultra-serious Laurence Fishburne to come back and discuss his Cowboy Curtis days. Today's secret word is..."BUY!" AAAAHHHHH! HAA-HAA! Heh heh heh.

Now, Pee-wee, make that goddamn Judd Apatow movie already.

8 Reasons Why An All-Female Ghostbusters Reboot Is the Best Possible Direction

By Greggory Basore in Daily Lists, Movies
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Word dropped recently that Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, will direct the next Ghostbusters movie. He's gone on record stating that he doesn't intend to do a sequel or anything at all connected to the previous films. In addition to going with a straight up reboot, Feig's also expressed a desire to have the movie fronted by an all-female cast. Like a hornets nest kicked by a girl playing with fire while showing off her winged reptile body art, a huge chunk of the Internet is all astir about how awful this is. Like so many things, that chunk of the Internet is wrong about this topic.

I've gone on record here at TR before about this matter (item 8 on the linked list), and I'm doing so again. Simply put, another sequel in the Ghostbusters franchise would be doomed to suck. Feig's idea represents the best damn shot we'll ever have at a good or great movie carrying the Ghostbusters name.

Gotham SPOILER Thread - "Viper"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Comment on the show live as it happens, because it's not just any old boob who gets a window of opportunity like this one.

Top-Down Smackdown: An Interview With KANE on See No Evil 2, Politics, Past Gimmicks

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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It is with great pride that Top-Down Smackdown presents our first interview with an iconic figure in the sports-entertainment business. Glenn Jacobs has been through many character changes that even Dwayne Johnson would have trouble pulling off - he once literally wrestled dressed as a human Christmas tree - but it all clicked when he landed the persona of Undertaker's brother Kane, a mute monster who supposedly wore a mask and bodysuit to hide disfiguring burns. What could have been a one-note character has continued to develop: he learned how to talk, got a girlfriend, unmasked and revealed his burns were hallucinations only, was framed for necrophilia, set on fire repeatedly, sent to anger management and most recently donned a suit and tie to "go corporate."

In the new WWE Studios movie See No Evil 2, he returns to a more classic horror persona as the eyeball-obsessed killer Jacob Goodnight. We took the opportunity to talk about his return to movies, his wrestling career, and those persistent rumors that he'll retire and run for office.

George Romero's Son Is Crowdfunding a Living Dead Prequel

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, zombies
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Maybe I've just been missing the point all these years, but I kinda thought one of the key elements of Night of the Living Dead - so key that The Walking Dead has it too - is that it doesn't matter WHY it's happening. By the time you get to the explanation of a Venus probe, it's like getting to the Xenu story in Scientology - in a vacuum it sounds stupid, but by that point you're invested enough that it's irrelevant.

And yet Cameron Romero, who implicitly slams The Walking Dead in his pitch ("Full of eventful 'cliffhangers' to sell TV commercials and DVD box sets"), wants to make an entire movie about that space probe. And based on the video below, it looks like he's going to make explicit the Vietnam War subtext that was or wasn't in the original film, depending on what day George Romero was asked about it. $150,000 is being sought, with the rest to be provided by backers who will presumably be sufficiently impressed by the Indiegogo campaign.

It'll probably be fine. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a prequel to a 50-something year-old movie that's in the public domain?

Are We Finally Getting a Decent My Little Pony Movie?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Toys
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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It looks like there's a chance for something more than the '80s movie, which wasn't well-liked even by the standards of '80s toy-commercial cartoons, and the Equesstria Girls films, which feel like what they are - attempts to launch a spin-off doll line and keep it alive, regardless of such petty concerns as story and logic.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf Threatens Schoolchildren Who Don't Study

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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"Sir Ian McKellen came to visit Chew Valley School on 17th October 2014. He had this important message for the students gathered outside the library"

Note to Americans not overly familiar with "English-English" - "revision" means "studying."

With that in mind...here's Ian yelling at kids.

Ultron to Be 8 Feet Tall in Age of Ultron; Hulkbuster IM 11'. Hot Toys Making Both

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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This leaked promo art, purportedly from Hot Toys, demonstrates how the Avengers characters stand in scale to one another (before you nitpick about the heights the actual actors are, bear in mind that via visual trickery and such, the characters may be intended to be slightly different onscreen).

We kinda knew Hulkbuster armor would be included, but this adds further confirmation; Ultron being eight feet tall is new, but presumably he will have multiple iterations and this is just the most toyetic.

No Elizabeth Olsen toy confirmed yet, though? Sad face.

The Walking Dead SPOILER Recap/Talkback - "Strangers"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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So this week I actually saw it in time, and have some thinkings...

Talk and Relevant Discussions in Snark: Doctor Who "Flatline" SPOILER Recap

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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My thoughts below...