This may belong in the spoiler thread below, but it's a big enough deal that it deserves its own post. Over at Nerdist, our shared contributor Charles Webb has discovered who it was that gave life to the character who appears in the post-credits scene.
Can you guess?
In celebration of Batman's 75th, and the Tim Burton movie's 25th, many people have been writing about what Batman has meant to them. I thought I'd give it a go.
While I thought Chris Cummins did an excellent job summing up the significance of 1989's Batman on its official anniversary date of June 23, its significance to me is a little different. See, 1989 wasn't just the summer of Batman for me - it was my first summer in over 12 years as a U.S. resident. Yet when I first heard there was a Batman movie being made - a long overdue one given that there were already four Superman films - I had no idea that the year it would come out would be a year I'd live three different places. Nor that the hype surrounding a dark-toned comic-book movie would be the milieu that would come to define my career over a decade later. What did I know? I was 14, and had grown up in a country and culture (the Republic of Ireland) that neither my parents nor I fully understood, even though we all allegedly spoke the same language.
Catch up on every Marvel Studios movie so far - in five and a half minutes. It's a hell of a highlight reel...and while it's mostly familiar stuff pieced together really well, the last shot is most likely something you have not seen before...
If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"
Title: "HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" by Secondpillow
Logline: I have no goddamn idea. It starts with Harry Potter and Dobby skullfucking people with groinsaws, then moves on to hats being thrown into space and the history of America as told by insane people.
Acts Involved: Skullfucking, groinsaws, cannibalism, demon rape, vomit, disembowelment, menstruation, decapitation, space vaginas, murder of planets, vampirism, beastiality, sex with dragons, implied racism, incest, BDSM, cross-dressing, crying fetish, "rape ape," diaper fetish, castration...but in more innocent and weird ways than you'd think.
Participants: Harry Potter, Dobby, Ray Bradbury, various made-up characters whose names keep changing.
The Live Reading/Performance...
The second annual Japan Film Festival at the New People Cinema in San Francisco kicked off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival (which I covered here at some length), presenting 19 movies over the course of nine days. Here are seven that are relevant to the interests of the nerdy, and which you should check out if you can.
Some are commercially available, some are coming soon, and there's one you can watch for free right now. And really should.
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."
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?