Arrow SPOILER Thread - "The Magician"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Friendship is just so magic.


"Zombie Stars" Discovered Before Steven Moffat Could Invent Them

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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It's really just a sexy name, as far as I can tell, for a white dwarf that should have been obliterated in a supernova but remains partially alive. "Coma Star" doesn't sound as good.

But I am surprised science discovered this and came up with the name before we got an episode of Doctor Who in which Peter Capaldi finds that the sun is in fact an actual giant zombie. Like, maybe it died from eating a rotten egg that was actually a moon of something.

Actual science below...

Sideshow Has New Tron-Style Stands for 12-Inch Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech, Toys
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.

No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.

But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?

Yes, a Guardians of the Galaxy Porno Starring Groot Is Coming

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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I might have guessed this would be inevitable, but I didn't think Groot would be the featured player, even if there are a million bad jokes about wood that promptly write themselves. Wood Rocket, after all, have made porn parodies of Bob's Burgers and The Room, and most recently did a pictorial of female porn stars crossplaying as Bill Murray characters...and the Caddyshack gopher [NSFW]

I imagine one of the upsides of making love to Groot is that you never have to worry about him calling out another woman's name.

The big question is: who do you want him to hook up with? Gamora, Nebula...or Rocket Raccoon?

First Look at the New Terminator Feels (Appropriately) Like Halloween Cosplay

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

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EW via Comicbook.com

Um, yeah. So this happened.

That's Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese on the left, and John Connor apparently meeting The Doctor on the right. Oh, and there's more:

Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator--an older T-800 she calls "Pops"--who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who's great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen," says Ellison. "But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction."

I guess it'd be dull to do the exact same plot again. But if she's been raised by a Terminator, does that mean she has the Arnold accent too? Because that would make this amazing, in the absolute wrong way. And I'd probably watch it 50 times for the lolz.

GWAR's Tribute to Late Lead Singer Oderus Is a Pet Shop Boys Cover

By Luke Y. Thompson in Live Performance, Music
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

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What did you expect - "Tears in Heaven"?

The AV Club has an ongoing feature where they invite bands in to do unlikely covers from a limited list, and GWAR were game - though they turn their metal take on "West End Girls" into a totally new tune at the end that focuses on the untimely death of Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus.

Is it weirder than when The Pet Shop Boys covered Elvis? You be the judge...

New Comic Book Day: Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

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We've got two whole months of wholesome family holidays ahead of us, but first we get to celebrate the most ridiculous, inane day of the year: Election Day. Also Halloween! Just remember, every time someone dressed as V calls themselves "4Chan Man," Alan Moore loses a little more of his soul (beard) to Yog-Sothoth. In this week's comics, two long runs and a short one close; a short marriage and a long war keep grinding to a halt; and the next issue of Joe Casey's best work since "Poptopia" comes out.

20 Disturbing and Funny Lemax Halloween Figurines for Train Sets and Dioramas

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Toys
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's amazing the things you learn when you're married.

As a single guy, I would never have set food inside Michael's, the arts/crafts/home decor mega-store chain that always looked like a way to fleece domestic spouses out of disposable decorations. And then I discovered Spooky Town, and became just as willingly fleeced. Spooky Town is a Halloween/horror-themed collection of figurines and accessories that can work with either model train sets, or as miniature villages like the Christmas ones your mom might collect. What's most impressive, though, is that for items exclusively sold at such a family friendly store, they are in many cases about as appropriate for young 'uns as old-school McFarlane Toys. In other words...NOT.

Let's take a look at some of the weirdest ones available...

Extended/Comic-Con Age of Ultron Trailer

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

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If you missed it after Agents of SHIELD tonight, here you go - basically the teaser with a longer intro, featuring the party scene you've heard described since this past July.

Love how Thor seems to momentarily get worried that Cap might be worthy.

Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - New Age of Ultron Clip Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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I'm a little bummed she doesn't have the yellow goggles. Safe to say a lot is at stake in this scene.

Remember: NEW Age of Ultron footage tonight, and it won't be the clip I described from this morning's event.

It also won't be effects footage - we were told that the current teaser uses literally every finished effects shot so far.