Hasbro's Marvel Comic-Con Toy Reveals, Finally Including Agent Coulson

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:00 am


Check out all the new figures, and learn what the toy future holds for X-Men, Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil and more.

Comic-Con: Hello Kitty's U.S. Director of Marketing Speaks

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Merchandise, Toys
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


Forty years after her creation, we sometimes wonder what - if anything - Sanrio won't do with Hello Kitty. With the very first Hello Kitty-Con coming later this year, brand manager Dave Marchi was surprisingly forthcoming.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm


I like that this franchise maintains the balance between being a rebel and being media-savvy. I also like the pseudo-Power Lords troopers.

On the other hand, I saw Catching Fire twice and found it quite tedious the second time. I hope this is better.

Mad Max Comic-Con Trailer

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10:58 am


I think this is the first trailer where I've ever seen a director referred to as a "mastermind."

Tags: Mad Max

Weekend Open Thread: Pickled Sausage Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Miscellaneous
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10:46 am


I have a lot more video content, but it has become quickly apparent that there isn't an Internet signal in San Diego that will let me upload them in less than five hours or whatever. So while I go around getting even more, I'll let you enjoy the picture above, which got me more Twitter responses than anything else at Comic-Con.

My hotel bar serves no food, so I bought the item above at a gas station. I'm still alive.

Talk amongst yourselves. I'll be back to posting later this evening.

Morning Round-up: Comic-Con's Last Day

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, DVDs, Movies, TV, Video Games
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9:04 am


(Thanks as always to Kyle for helping with this, big-time)

-It wasn't the big Dr. Strange announcement we were expecting, but Marvel has greenlit and set Guardians of the Galaxy 2, with James Gunn returning. Also, the cartoon showcases new details.

Comic-Con's Big Saturday Hall H Panels, as Described by a Crazy Person

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm


He's been awake many hours, but we think he's still reliable...maybe...

APPLESEED ALPHA director Shinji Aramaki on the Franchise's Appeal

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm


We may not speak the same language, but we had a great conversation. Human souls inside large, rabbit-eared killer cyborgs transcend cultural boundaries.

Tags: Appleseed

Joe Hill Talks Horns, Locke and Key, Jack Nicholson

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm


He's the creator of Locke and Key, the author of Horns and the son of a King...a fact he managed to keep hidden for a decade despite looking and sounding just like his famous father. Though they disagree on the merits of Jack Nicholson.

With Alexandre Aja now directing the movie version of Horns, Hill, who has been highly satisfied with the outcome, was anxious to tell us why we should rush to see what one could call "The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe." The author is certainly not your average Joe...

High Tension, Piranha Director Alexandre Aja Gets Horny

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm


No, not that way, ya sicko. The French horror maestro goes in a more fable-like direction with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe finds himself growing strange head protrusions that give him demonic powers of dark influence.

Like a horror movie director. Oh, wait...

Whew. We talked to Aja and came away safe and sound...so far. And found out that he loves to be the guy who gets to show Harry Potter having sex. One of us, one of us...