Weekend Open Thread: Dennis Rodman Wedding Dress Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm


The toy that comes with all kinds of accessories, except for a replica Kim Jong Un ass he can practice kissing.

After the jump, our Catwoman/Robin contest winner. Because of how it ended up breaking down, I WILL be placing a limit on number of entries next time, if only to focus your own efforts on quality over quantity.

Ooh, Bond Has Parental Issues in New Spectre Teaser

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm


Since the movie's still filming - I know at least one person who's currently visiting the set in Mexico - I'm not sure how much we could have expected (exSpectred?) to see. But this is a fair bit. I'm not keen on giving Bond parent baggage - it's the Batmanization of everything these days - but if Christoph Waltz isn't playing Blofeld, he is most definitely the next best thing.

Not sure if I like yet - but at least it isn't giving me too much too early.

First Image of Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain in Adam Sandler's Ridiculous Six

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm


What was I saying before about nerdpocalypse?

Twain and Ice actually have more in common than you think. Key scenes from both their stories involve whitewash.

Oh BOY! Batman and Robin Writer to Create Expanded, Shared Universe for Bay's Transformers!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm


My enjoyment of Age of Extinction notwithstanding, I feel like the nerdpocalypse just happened. Akiva Goldsman is being hired to develop sequels AND spin-offs in the Bayformers universe. Let's just get Johnny Depp and the cast of The Big Bang Theory to star, hire M. Night Shyamalan and Tim Burton to direct, and Adam Sandler and Mike Myers to voice the new robots while we're at it.

Disney has been ultra-aggressive since it bought Marvel, which has cranked out superhero films with regularity, and it has done the same since buying LucasFilm. It created the infrastructure for three main Star Wars films-one with JJ Abrams directing and two with Looper helmer Rian Johnson. It also has spinoffs aplenty starting with Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed film to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.

It's not hard to see why Paramount covets more Transformers installments.

How do you even do spin-offs? Aside from Optimus and Bumblebee, each movie already has very different robot rosters every time. I guess with Optimus going into space at the end of the last one, we could get Quintesson spin-offs or something. And you will almost certainly get to see someone other than Michael Bay direct at least one.

If Lars von Trier does a Sam Witwicky solo film where he's a drug addict who punches himself in the head nonstop, I might be persuaded.

That Walking Dead Spin-off Show Has a Name Now

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV, zombies
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm


Yep. "Fear the Walking Dead."

Starring the excellent Cliff Curtis, it will take place in the Los Angeles area during the early days of the zombie outbreak, thus allowing for the use of relatively undoctored locations that are cheap and convenient to the studios.

I wouldn't normally be excited about this, but Cliff Curtis as the star of anything is a concept I like very much. You?

Patrick Stewart is a Cokehead, Alcoholic News Pundit in Seth MacFarlane's Blunt Talk

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:30 am


For all the hate Seth MacFarlane gets from many quarters, Patrick Stewart apparently LOVES the guy. I imagine this causes more nerd cognitive dissonance than that time we first realized The Phantom Menace wasn't very good.

Stewart has played slightly unhinged on MacFarlane's animated shows, but it's fun to see him go all-out in live-action as a crazy person. Bonus points for the show being called Blunt Talk because the lead character is named Walter Blunt.

Make it so good, you guys. I can't take the letdown if you fail.

WonderCon Cancels Panel That Would Have Read Fan Fiction Aloud

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

in case you forgot

It seems Chris Gore has routinely put on events entitled Fan Fic Theatre, in which he has comedians read fan fiction aloud. This year's version at WonderCon would have featured "Giselle B. (Defective Geeks Podcast), Adrianne Curry (Cosplay Queen, America's Next Top Model) Mary Forrest (The Biloon-Forrest Project Podcast), Ivy Doomkitty (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay, Int'l Costumer), Tommy Bechtold (ABC's The Middle), Matt Keil (G4TV's X-Play), Yoshi Obayashi (comedian) and more."

But it was not to be. Thanks to a barrage of angry Tweets, Gore and WonderCon came to the joint decision to cancel the event - though Gore will be hosting an unspecified alternative one in its place.

Naturally, I have some thoughts on this.

The Alien: Isolation Amanda Ripley Figure Is Coming Along Nicely

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am


It's nicer looking than the actual game version, even, as - in stills at least - it has some serious uncanny valley issues going on. (The best thing about CG'ing the xenomorphs is that by definition they will never suffer from "dead eyes.")

Amanda Ripley is not to be confused with Moe's Bar patron Amanda Huggenkiss, for whom the proprietor is still looking, based on an anonymous tip.

Ryan Reynolds Reveals First Pic of Deadpool's Full Movie Costume

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

click to enlarge

Aside from being slightly more svelte than I imagined, he certainly does look like Deadpool.

Think he has enough pouches to satisfy Rob Liefeld?

(via Ryan Reynolds)

If WWE's Undertaker Joined the Avengers, in Song and Construction Paper

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Music
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 am


St. Louis band Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship have decided that what the Avengers really need is a dead man walking, to tombstone the Chitauri straight to hell. Naturally, they're imagining the early '90s Taker with Paul Bearer - if they recruited today's version, all Thanos (played brilliantly here by an actual eggplant) would have to do is sign Brock Lesnar to counter.

"Age of Undertaker" definitely has a ring to it.