Kung Fury Is Online NOW! Watch It Here!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm


Vikings, Nazis, kung fu, Hasselhoff song, Nintendo Power Glove, the dino-human hybrid Tricera-cop...it's all here. And even better - word out of Cannes is that an all-new feature film is coming next.

Meanwhile, enjoy, and maybe liveblog together?

WWE's Sheamus to Play Rocksteady in Ninja Turtles Sequel?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies, TV
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm


It would appear the Celtic Warrior - or a darn good lookalike - was spotted on the set interacting in a scene with a pre-mutation Bebop, whose purple mohawk and nose ring look hilarious. It appears these villains might look a whole lot more faithful than anything in the first film, which in turn may lead to a sliver of hope the Turtles themselves will look better too. It also seems like this movie might explain Sheamus' bizarre new mohawk/braided beard look. Does this mean we can expect a "Hollywood Sheamus" gimmick when the film comes out?

That is, if it really is him. The Daily Mail's pics don't show him full-on from the front so I'm gonna hedge my bets just a tiny bit.

Tags: Sheamus, TMNT, WWE

TR Review: San Andreas Rocks and Rolls

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm


Stuff go boom. Stuff go BOOM.

If you're one of the people who complained about Gareth Edwards' Godzilla - specifically in that it took too long to show Godzilla smashing stuff, and had a weak, uncharismatic lead in the role of Guy With Crucial Skills - I have good news. Take that imaginary movie you wanted, digitally erase Godzilla himself (or, if you prefer, replace him with the invisible kaiju that is Mother Nature), and you have San Andreas, the kind of movie we always hope Roland Emmerich movies will be but never are.

Snoke Surprise! Andy Serkis' Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Name Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:11 am


It looks like we may have our Emperor-esque character revealed for Episode VII - Andy Serkis is getting mo-capped to play Supreme Leader Snoke. With previously revealed Sith villain Kylo Ren not even a Darth, I think it's safe to say this could be his boss.

Considering that a supposed leaked cast list originally named his character as "Uber," this is a bit of a relief. The endless ride-sharing jokes would have been too much.

via Slashfilm

Bill Nye Explains How the Universe Sends Signals Specifically to You (or, Y'know, Not)

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:35 am


Misconceptions about science abound, but on Inside Amy Schumer, Bill Nye takes on a persistent one that you probably didn't even realize you had...even though people talk about it constantly.

I'm a little late to the party on this clip, but it's well worth watching.

And the Latest Lego Ideas Fan Submission to Get Made Will Be....

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8:30 am



The marble maze game, that is. Not the one with David Bowie's padded undies and goblin puppets.

Labyrinth beat out ideas that included an Avengers Helicarrier (one is already being made), the gates of Jurassic Park (presumably one of those might be in the works anyway), the Goonies pirate ship and a natural history museum set. (For those keeping tabs, NEXT quarter is when the Golden Girls set is up for review.) There is one other licensed property submitted that they are considering, and our own Gallen Dugall might be a fan. Check out the video reveal below.

KFC Has Developed a Fast-Food Tray Paper Insert That's a Working Bluetooth Keyboard

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Tech
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am


If you absolutely, positively cannot stop texting even while you're eating KFC, you not only have at least a 50/50 chance of being a douche, but you're also greasing up your phone. There's only one part of that problem KFC is capable of fixing, and they have, with the Tray Typer - a paper-thin keyboard that also serves as your tray insert. It's rechargeable, and connects to your device via Bluetooth. Presumably if your arteries harden into critical condition mid-eating, it will allow you to quickly alert someone...it had better, since everyone else in the place will now be too busy texting to pay attention to you falling over.

So far these are only available in Germany, but much like the music of David Hasselhoff, I imagine it will catch on here eventually.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pumpkin Pop Tarts, Phoenix and Pro-Wrestling

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Either comment below with your question, or email boydappraisal at yahoo.

Well, I hope we all survived the transition from the old to the new comment posting thingy. It did not have an impact on me, as when I first joined the site I did it with Facebook as I did not know any better. At my age it is good that I can do Facebook. Anyway, I hope all of my friends are still on board even if you had to make up new names. I mean, FB lets me use boydappraisal - I guess it is sort of a real name, as it's my company mashed together.

22 Reasons Why Netflix's New Sci-Fi Show Between Is Unbearably Awful

By Jason Helton in Daily Lists, TV
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 am


A few years ago, the common thought was that the model for original entertainment on Netflix wasn't going to work. After all, how could a DVD rental and streaming service be able to compete with the high budgets and production values of the the major networks? No advertising revenue, an entire season available instantly, niche programs that don't conform to traditional television; it all sounds like ingredients for a big failure cocktail...and then House of Cards debuted. But of course, that could have been a fluke. Orange is the New Black answered that question. In fact, time after time, for the most part Netflix has defied the naysayers. Sure, there's been the occasional stinkburger; as much as I loved Marco Polo, it certainly had its detractors. While All Hail King Julien was out winning Emmys, I was considering self-immolation while marathoning their take on Inspector Gadget, and don't even begin to get me started on Douchie Richie Rich, now in its second season. But generally speaking, Netflix has been putting out quality entertainment that has defied all expectations. Hell, just look at Daredevil for some of the best television programming since Battlestar Galactica.

I had first seen the previews for Between a few weeks ago, and while they were a bit underwhelming, I was still interested. As I sat on my couch recovering from sinus surgery, bored from the seemingly endless uninspired television, I was happy to see Between show up on my Netflix display. Finally, some potentially interesting genre television that I could binge the day away with all while accompanied by painkillers and seemingly endless frozen confections to numb the pain in my face away.

Sadly, I was terribly mistaken. SPOILERS ensue...

Nintendo, Canadian Yogurt Chain Team up to Make You Think About Eating Bodily Fluids

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Video Games
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm


In Splatoon, squid people who can change form fire ink at each other, both by using weapons as humans and sucking up ink as squid. How exactly they PRODUCE the ink is never really explained...it's just sort of there. Somehow this translates into a promoted swirled frozen yogurt flavor called Squid Ink at Yogurty's and Yogen Fruz stores.

Now, squid ink itself can flavor savory foods, but as a dessert suggestion it's up there with, let's say, sardines. This "Squid Ink" flavor combines mango and strawberry, which is an odd mental juxtaposition, especially when you factor in the notion that the squid in the game become humanoid and, er, fire their ink at other players.

It seems like we're in one of those movies like The Last Starfighter, only this time the game is preparing us for our inevitable transformation by Cthulhu. Or is that too much of a stretch?

Ask SlyDante777. He's the one who told me.