Weekend Open Thread - Now With Comment of the Week!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous, Nerdery
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm


Since day one of my time here, reader Canadian.Scott has been asking for a "Comment of the Week" feature. I finally told him that if he wants to pick the contenders, I will showcase the winner on the open thread.

So this week's winner, responding to the Jem movie image, is...


Congratulations! You have won a big, fat, invisible set of bragging rights for the next seven days!

Now talk about whatever you'd like, though I suggest that if you want to talk about Leonard Nimoy, it might be better placed in the Nimoy comment thread several posts below, where we've been collecting tributes in the comments.

Ooo...C'mon and Grab Your Friends for an Adventure Time Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm


'Bout time we had some good news today.

Come along with me, as two producers of The Lego Movie are making a big-screen Adventure Time cartoon. Jake the Dog and Finn the Human have faced many challenges, but the biggest yet may be sustaining an hour-and-a-half adventure.

There'll probably be time enough to fit in every major character, but who do you want to see the most?

The Ballad of Leonard Nimoy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Nerdery
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm


(If you don't know the tune, it's this)

On the sideline of the bridge, on the ship of Kirk
Stood a brave little Vulcan who was good at his work
With his angled eyebrows, bowl-cut hair, he had pointed ears ya know and everyone's aware
He's Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! Our favorite, Mister Spock!
Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! The number one alien I grok

Former Super-People Dean Cain and Helen Slater to Be on Supergirl

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:47 am


I'll say one good thing about our current wave of nostalgia - it's giving a second wind to actors from our childhood who could use it.

In the spirit of John Wesley Shipp and Amanda Pays appearing on CW's The Flash, former TV Superman Dean Cain and big-screen Supergirl Helen Slater - both of whom also cameo'd on Smallville - will be encountering the newest incarnation. Presumably as different characters.

Now - when's Kevin Conroy gonna be on Gotham?

Leonard Nimoy Has Died. My Memories of Him Live on.

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music, TV
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:22 am


My only encounter with Leonard Nimoy in person happened when I was working at the candy counter of a movie theater in Hollywood. He came up to the stand looking like a crazy old person, looked around at everything we had, then said in a loud voice:


His wife came up to him and grabbed his arm, reassuring him, "Yes dear, look, they have Milk Duds" "Yeahhh!" "And they have Red Vines!" "YEAHHH!" I don't remember what they ended up purchasing, but to this day I'm not sure whether it was an act or not.

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow Poster for Age of Ultron Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

click to enlarge

I don't plan on posting every single one of these, but I figured ScarJo merited it. It's nice to see her in a realistic pose and relatively functional-looking costume (even if the neon blue lines seem not-especially useful, they're at least not-especially useful in a non-objectifying way).

This time, when people say "nice guns," they might actually be referring to her guns.

Yes, Avatar Land Is Still Happening for Disney in Florida [VIDEO]

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Tech
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am


It's not due to happen in full until 2017, but Disney just released a short video showing concept art for the floating mountains (above), bio-luminescent footprints, and various Pandora plants being approved by James Cameron, who is undoubtedly stunned that a theme park is effectively making a sequel before he can get around to it.

I'm still wondering if they'll have naked Na'vi cosplayers, but unsurprisingly, the video doesn't address that.

PODCAST: The X-Files' Dean Haglund and Filmmaker Phil Leirness

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous, Nerdery, Tech
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 am


On this week's Topless Robot Live!, we get Lone Gunman Dean Haglund to read erotic fan fiction about himself aloud. We also discuss the Oscars, trigger warnings, how to deal with haters, Dean's contrarian take on Disneyland, Phil's definition of "fictional documentary" versus "Mock-Doc," what's next for The X-Files, Dan Aykroyd's delusions and more! Phil and Dean host the Chillpak Hollywood Hour every week, and have had me on as a guest many times - I'm delighted to return the favor.

The embeddable version is below. It is also currently available on iTunes, which is another great reason to subscribe - I don't always know when the podcast will go live (it's out of my hands at a certain point) and iTunes subscribers will get it first.

I don't know yet who the next guest will be - there are several possibilities - but if you have questions for me and Julia that you'd like answered on the next one, post them below. Also, if we need to adjust the sound mix, or you have any other feedback on how to make this better - we're listening. Let us know if Julia's still too loud in the mix.

Archie Comics to Do Massive Sega vs. Capcom Crossover Event

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Video Games
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 am


Oh, Archie Comics. Is there anything you can't do?

Given the crossovers with zombies and Predator, I fully expect 50 Shades of Archie and The Archie Human Centipede to be within the realm of possibility. But enough about my fanfic fantasies. I'm sure Sega vs. Capcom is one of yours. Mega Man, Street Fighter, Sonic, Golden Axe, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Panzer Dragoon, Skies of Arcadia and more will collide in a comic crossover that I want to say isn't an orgy [just kidding - I TOTALLY want to say it] - but given how no-holds-barred Archie comics have been lately, who knows?

h/t SlyDante777, who needs to get writing some themed erotica, stat.

9 Secondary Anime Characters Who Save the Day More Often Than the Hero

By R.K. Stein in Anime, Daily Lists
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 am


So, you're a main character in a new anime. Fresh from the South Korean animation studios and swimming in an ocean of hype, you're ready for it all: the fame, the fortune, the fan fiction. You step into the spotlight, ready for your star debut...and promptly get crushed beneath the big toe of the rampaging alien beastie that roared to life after the first commercial break. As it waddles unperturbed through downtown Tokyo taking bites out of the scenery, you lay there paralyzed with an existential crisis. You're also paralyzed because everything below your rib cage is paste, but it's mostly the existential crisis.