Friday Tidbits and Weekend Open Thread - Bob Kane Birthday Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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Happy birthday, Bob.

There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.

-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.

-Tractor beam: ON!

-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.

-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.

- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.

-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.

-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.

-Hikari is Groot.

New Harry Potter Short Story Is Coming for Halloween

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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It will focus on Dolores Umbridge, because she has to be somebody's favorite character, right?

According to the announcement, the new tale will clock in at 1,700 words, chronicling a rich "back story about Umbridge's life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling's revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character."
Somehow I feel like we already saw this...

Didn't we?

Oh yeah....

12" Breaking Bad Toy Announced Just in Time to Really Piss off Florida Mom

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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You probably heard about the Florida mom who started a petition to get Toys R Us to ban toys from companies like Mezco and NECA whose figures are aimed at older collectors, specifically because she saw a Breaking Bad figure and thought it might encourage her kid to become a meth addict. Rather sadly, Toys R Us caved and pulled the plastic Bryan Cranstons indefinitely.

Given how long toys take to produce it has to be a coincidence, but a nice one - 12" Heisenberg is now available for preorder at outlets that don't cave to silly demands.

"Putting something that has fake illegal drugs with it next to G.I. Joe or Mario Bros. just morally isn't right," said the mom. Because (a) figures that include fake terrorists with fake lethal weapons are a lot better and (b) nothing about Mario Bros. would ever possibly make you think of drugs. Also, (c), and this is the nerdiest point of all, they aren't next to them. They're on a different aisle, duh. To sign a petition to keep these kinds of figures in Toys R Us, click here.

TR Review: John Wick Is a Breezy Blast of Macho Madness

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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See Keanu Reeves. His wife died. He is sad.

Sad, sad Keanu.

See the puppy. The puppy is cute. See puppy eat. See puppy lick Keanu's ear. See puppy shit on the lawn.

See puppy GET BEATEN THE FUCK TO DEATH BY RUSSIAN MOBSTERS.

That's the set-up for John Wick.

ABCs of Death 2 Directors Reveal Favorite Movie Deaths in a Supercut

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

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In our last of three ABCs of Death 2 exclusives, we have a montage of every director's favorite movie death scene of all time, along with an exclusive quote from "our" director, Marvin Kren. Considering his segment is "R Is for Roulette," it should come as no surprise...

Archie TV Series Will Channel Twin Peaks, Have Zombie Episodes, Says Writer

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV, zombies
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I guess. I mean, first it has to get picked up.

But seriously - what the heck are they smoking over at Archie Comics? They finally get a TV pitch, and they say it's gonna be like David Lynch and have zombie Halloween episodes? That's like pitching a Batman series without Batm...what? Right.

Here's what Chief Creative Officer and writer of the pilot Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said to Comic Book Resources:

"Riverdale" is "Archie Meets 'Twin Peaks.'" You know how we're doing "Archie Meets Predator"? This is "Archie Meets David Lynch."

...if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale."

Of all the properties to get grim and gritty reboots, I must say this wasn't one that ever occurred to me.

DC All Access Is Seeking a New Co-Host - Let's Give Them Some Ideas

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Nerdery
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

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DC Entertainment's weekly web series is looking for a new cohost to work with Tiffany Smith, above, and help get the scoop on and conduct interviews with all the top names at DC and their related projects at WB.

So I thought maybe I should take a shot. And I think maybe all of you with cameras should take a shot as well. While I have my doubts that my audition tape (below) is what they're looking for, I feel like we should all submit together. If you decide to make one and post it in comments below, I just might promote it on our social media. Because we're "helpful" like that.

9 Memorable Things About Max Landis' 436-Page Super Mario World Script

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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There are plenty of writers who will tell you that the only thing that separates the bad, the good, and the great are the amount of hours put in by the writer. Given his ratio of scripts written to scripts considered truly great, Max Landis is undoubtedly one of these writers. Say what you will about his persona or product, but Landis has an incredible tenacity; clocking in at nearly a hundred completed scripts is a surefire path to mastering the craft. And so arguably the most intriguing words in his recently revealed Mario manifesto are the first four pages, in which adult Max Landis reflects on teenage Max Landis's writing.


Dredd Producer's Sequel Minisodes Are Both Unofficial and Animated (TRAILER)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Adi Shankar has presumably received more than one phone call from a lawyer, as he really, really wants us to know that his Judge Death webisodes featuring Judge Dredd are not official spinoffs in any way of his own movie Dredd, nor necessarily endorsed by 2000AD, who own the rights to the characters.

That said - it's a Judge Death cartoon, more comic-based than the movie, and it looks pretty fun, if simple.

Z-z-z-zombie! Chia Finally Comes up With Something Not Entirely Lame

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, zombies
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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...the Chia Zombie.

Officially the first thing I've seen advertised on TV at 3 a.m. that I'd actually consider owning (seriously, the hand is legitimately cool, probably by accident). I particularly like that they're being advertised as "Gift for the zombie in your life." Seems like from what we know of zombies, they wouldn't be that interested in vegetation.