Agent Carter SPOILER Thread: Jar, Car, Thinks

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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And you thought you could never love a character with "Jar" in his name again.

The Flash SPOILER Thread: Pied in the Face

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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Does anyone else wish, purely for ironic purposes, that Harry Hamlin had been cast as Pied Piper?

Ghostbusters Remake Casts Pretty Much Exactly Who We Expected

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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Yes, Melissa McCarthy will star. Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are expected to sign on shortly as well.

My feelings are mixed - I was holding out hope for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, as they really are the closest female analogue to Aykroyd/Murray in the '80s. Very happy to see Leslie Jones in there; less happy about McKinnon. McCarthy and Wiig were great in Bridesmaids, so I hope that chemistry transfers.

Now, what dorky dude will be their Janine?

For the First Time, You Can Visit the Actual Sets from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

By Luke Y. Thompson in Puppets, TV
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Heinz History Center

Don't pretend you're too old to enjoy this.

It may be a bit of a hike for many of us, bit if you happen to be anywhere near Pittsburgh, the John Heinz History Center is currently playing host to Mr. Rogers' living room and the entire Neighborhood of Make-Believe. My head wants to make some kind of off-color joke, but my heart is unable.

Conan O'Brien Briefly Turns His Show Into Minecraft

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Video Games
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

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He cops out a bit by offering some boilerplate about wanting to do the whole show in Minecraft, but Microsoft not letting him (sure). But for a couple of minutes, he and sidekick Andy Richter do become a regular pair of literal blockheads, as the "clueless gamer" proves he knows more than he lets on.

Big Hero 6 Alternate Intro Features Dubious Treatment of Pets

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, DVDs, Movies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

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I think it's pretty clear why Disney didn't ultimately go for this - seeing good-guy kids put rocket-boots on their cat for cheap laughs may not have the greatest outcome when show to a theater full of young boys. The cat comes to no harm in the film, but the thought of the real-life substitutes that curious kids might come up with for rocket boots is more than just a little ugly.

Baymax is here to remind you that this was just "beta testing." And I give him props for not straining to call it BAY-ta testing.

New Fantastic Four Teaser Goes for Christopher Nolan Meets X-Men Vibe

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

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Well, this is all very serious, isn't it?

With the director dropping hints that David Cronenberg was one of his influences on this, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. But I did not expect a teaser that looked like Interstellar for the first half, and and X-Men sequel in the second.

I loved Fantastic Four as a kid, so to me, and in my memories they're a FUN property first and foremost - their classic origin story is so cheesy and such a product of their time that playing it super-serious never struck me as the way to go. While I have some issues with the Tim Story films, I liked that they were nonetheless trying to be those fun romps I half-remembered. This looks so, SO different that my curiosity is piqued. And I still really want to be assured that Jamie Bell isn't the worst possible casting for Ben Grimm.

Frankenstein Fights a Mummy in Our Exclusive Clip From...Frankenstein vs. The Mummy

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Before Universal's highly likely to-be-bullshit "shared universe" of classic monsters can get there, Image Entertainment is taking advantage of public domain characters to get some inter-creature fights going first. Best of all, in this clip we have, it's a knife fight between the two.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor's latest grisly "experiment" is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla's most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Can the murderous rampage be stopped and the carnage contained before it's too late?
I must say, I think we have probably scored you the best two and a half minutes of the entire movie. Because unlike some clips, this one gets right to it: it is a fight, and there is a clear winner. Will bandages or bolts prevail? Just watch...

Blu-ray Today: Book of Life, Spying on Sasha Grey and Playing in Hell

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime, Cartoons, DVDs
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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The Book of Life - For whatever reason, Fox was gung-ho about inviting me to various pre-release events to hype this uniquely Mexican-American animated feature, but less interested in making it easy to see the full movie, or even push it for the Animated Feature Oscar. I wouldn't necessarily put that down to its quality - more likely, they simply didn't know what to do with a film that uses CG to make its characters look like they're literally made of wood, then has the main hero actually die and become a skeletal form of himself quite early on. Not to mention that there's a soundtrack which includes Latin-style takes on the likes of Biz Markie, and Ice Cube plays God (I know they don't actually call him that, but c'mon).

I'm curious to see it some day - maybe it'll get a theatrical rerelease when Pixar puts out their Dia de los Muertos movie.

The Top 14 X-Men Characters That Still Need Marvel Legends Action Figures

By Matthew Catania in Comics, Daily Lists, Toys
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:30 am

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With the success of Marvel Studios films, Hasbro's continuation of the Marvel Legends brand seems like it's been marginalizing mutants. While other Marvel properties got their own mass-market Marvel Legends Infinite series to coincide with their 2014 films, the only tie-in for X-Men: Days of Future Past was a Toys R Us exclusive All-New X-Men (the ironic name for the title featuring the original worst X-Men) box set. There was an X-Men Marvel Legends Infinite series exclusive to Toys R Us, but it hit shelves well after the peak movie synergy period. The good news is that it contained neither drably costumed movie figures nor running change character "swaps" where one ends up rare or isn't released at all (the Dani Moonstar variant for Mystique is still M.I.A.).

The bad news is that it contained fewer figures than the other Marvel Legends Infinite assortments last year, and most were uninspired rehashes of previously released characters with no accessories. Ordinarily we would've been delighted to finally get a Jubilee (except that she's a Build-A-Figure and in her uncharacteristically black vampiress outfit), but this disappointing line-up was massively frustrating because there are so many quality X-characters that still haven't been been made into Marvel Legends yet. The only one announced at SDCC '14 was Magik. So this list should guide Hasbro in selecting the right new mutants to unveil at 2015's Toy Far and SDCC. (Or if the chronically unloved Ant-Man's Marvel Legends series yoinks the movieless mutants' annual toy slot, this will be who they definitely need to produce in 2016 to coincide with X-Men: Apocalypse!)