UPDATED: Harrison Ford "Battered, but ok" After Plane Crash

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

GOOD NEWS from his son (thanks troi!)

EARLIER...

To quote his onscreen son unironically: Nonononononono.

Reports vary as to how seriously Harrison Ford is hurt after he crashed a vintage fighter plane on a Santa Monica golf course. TMZ describes multiple gashes to the head and says he's "seriously injured," while an AP report that didn't yet know who the pilot was describes him as being in "critical condition."

Either way, he's been rushed to hospital, and if we lose Han Solo and Mr. Spock in the same week this will officially be the worst week ever in nerddom. May the Force be with him.

UPDATE: LAFD says he's alert, conscious and breathing. Phew.

TR Review: Frustrating, Moving Chappie Is Engaging Despite Itself

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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Not overcompensating or anything.

It would be all too easy and glib to write "Crappie" and be done with it, as I imagine many other writers will. And the truth is that if you only watch the first twenty minutes of the movie and then walk out in the same kind of rage that I felt initially, I can understand and sympathize. The bald-faced thievery from RoboCop - young inventor (Dev Patel) has a humanoid robot cop design that will learn how to think, while his older, more evil rival (Hugh Jackman, unusually mediocre) has a flying ED-209 that nobody wants - is more than just an influence, and it cements the notion that director Neill Blomkamp has little more on the mind than liking stuff that's cool.

But then a funny thing happened - I started to like the movie I was watching. And I'm not sure if that's because Blomkamp got a hold of himself, or because everyone else involved pulled together in spite of the director's attempts to fuck it up.

Okay, so About That Masters of the Universe Battle Cat Image

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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I've tweaked it a bit to make the colors a bit closer to the toy, but you get the idea.

A week ago, DeVon Franklin Tweeted a new Masters of the Universe movie logo, and now he's shared this image of Battle Cat. I like it, certainly - it's recognizable as Battle Cat but slightly toned-down for a real-world look, and featuring shoulder pads as tribute to the 200x look. I don't blame the many of you who sent it my way.

Here's why I didn't run with it as fast as some others: Franklin is referred to by some sources as Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, and others as FORMER Senior VP of production. His Twitter bio says nothing about Columbia, and instead focuses on his ministry and faith-based books. His MOTU Tweets have been responses to people, not general Tweets for all followers.

Not to mention the fact that nobody has been cast yet and no film has been shot. There is a director attached in Jeff Wadlow, but he's the latest in a revolving door of them. This is at best concept art, and may well be concept art for a previous iteration. It is cool, but it's hard for me to be excited about it when the movie remains, as it has for years, in development.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Spock Thoughts and Raising a Stage Daughter

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi everyone! I got some good questions this week. The weather has taken a turn for the cold with a bit of rain. Last week was T-shirt weather, and this week it is back to the jacket. Still have not heard anything on the rest of the film fest showing that was canceled due to the projector being broken.


11 Things We Learned About Oni's Rick & Morty Comic From Zac Gorman

By Jim Dandeneau in Comics, Daily Lists
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

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Rick & Morty is the hilarious (and beloved) animated series on Adult Swim from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Come this April 1st, it will also be a comic series from Oni Press. Zac Gorman (Costume Quest, Magical Game Time), the writer of the new series, was happy to answer some questions about his new project AND send over some preview art from issue 1.


Well, This Is Awkward

By Topless Robot in Miscellaneous
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

Hi, guys.

We're having technical difficulties this morning, and our publishing schedule is delayed a bit. Once we get everything sorted out, we'll be back later today with new articles. Thanks for your patience!

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? LEGO!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV, Toys
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

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I'm delighted that Lego is not done with The Simpsons yet.

Less delighted that it will probably be exclusive to Lego VIP members. On the other hand, making customers pay the extra mark-up jump through an extra hoop to join is exactly the kind of sales tactic Apu would approve of.

Trailer Trifecta: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Self/Less, Mr. Holmes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

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In which Ben Kingsley learns that accents are apparently genetic when he enters Ryan Reynolds' body and becomes American, Sherlock Holmes ages gracefully and uses his own deductive abilities to beat back dementia, and our first vision of the Vision onscreen.

Hasbro Reveals Animated-Style Darth Vader and Older Ahsoka Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV, Toys
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

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We knew Hasbro kept Episode VII merchandise under wraps at Toy Fair, but good on them for keeping these a secret too, even though they could have just brushed it off as doing existing characters with an animated look. (As the Rebels finale aired Monday, I don't consider this to still be spoiler-material.)

USA Today revealed them yesterday as part of a lengthier conversation with Dave Filoni, who drops some tidbits about where Rebels is headed.

With Vader especially, "we don't want to diminish this guy,'' Filoni says. "We cannot have him on a TV scenario where he is going to suffer weekly defeats. ''That's just not going to work -- that's not what he's about.''
Sounds like he too grew up sick of moments like in the G.I. Joe cartoon where any regular Joe could just punch out Cobra's supposed master ninjas like Storm Shadow.

via The Mary Sue

Thought-Controlled Planes Are One Step Closer

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, Tech
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

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A 55 year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes implanted in her brain, having previously been able to control a robotic arm, has now been able to successfully fly an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator, according to DARPA.

She has never flown an actual plane, nor is she trained to do so.

"Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they're driving this thing, Jan's thinking about controlling the airplane directly," Prabhakar said. "For someone who's never flown -- she's not a pilot in real life -- she's flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling."
Can we officially call her a cyborg now, or will we have to come up with a more PC term?

h/t Gallen_Dugall