Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...
Comikaze Expo is the "other" Southern California geek convention, coming in after Wondercon and San Diego Comic-con. Stan Lee's name is attached to it, though he's not exactly remiss about attaching his name to things, so I'm not sure how much the endorsement is worth. Basically, my feelings were a little mixed at the start. I wasn't sure if I would go or not, and annoyed all involved with indecision about whether or not I was willing to take the drive up to Los Angeles. The balance was tipped by hearing John Barrowman was going to be there. He's been great on Arrow, not to mention his more geek-famous role as the much-beloved Jack Harkness, so I decided to head over to the L.A. Convention Center. All in all, I had a good time and will be going back in a future year. Here are 10 reasons I'm glad I attended.More >>
It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLarsMore >>
Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.
In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!More >>
-Happy birthday to friend-of-TR Rob Liefeld! Here's a big hug.
-Learn why Harry Potter foe Dolores Umbridge is so miserable...in Lego.
-Rush Hour: The TV Show can probably afford Chris Tucker these days.
-Let's clutch at straws and hope Twin Peaks is coming back. Or not...reunion shows aren't usually that great.
-That was fast: Angry Birds has a Star Wars Rebels level.
-The Rock to replace The Hoff in a Baywatch movie?
-A pig steals 18 beers, gets drunk, and fights a cow. Naturally, it's an Australian pig.
-Would you trust Hulk Hogan to drive your Crazy Taxi?
A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.
Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_KingMore >>
No Johnny Depp dressed like a crack-addicted Martian clown. No black spirals on white backgrounds. Realistic architecture. True story. Total absence of Helena Bonham Carter.
Where is the real Tim Burton, and whatever you've done with him, can you keep doing it so this apparent impostor with the same name can have a shot?
Big Eyes is written by Ed Wood writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, and tells the story of artist Margaret Keane, known for painting those creepy kids with the big eyes. The rest I won't spoil if you don't already know it - but getting Terence Stamp, Christoph Waltz and Danny Huston all together in the same movie is quite cool indeed. Just watch.More >>
Due to a recent lawsuit to allow equal access to all religions into the public schools of Orange County, Florida, the Satanic Temple will now be handing out The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities, among other materials.
I wrote to the Temple's publicist and asked if we could have a look. We can indeed. After doing so, I'm convinced the devil may indeed have the best sense of humor...More >>
Yes, I normally try to keep the wrestling stuff to Monday - but WWE is going to announce this officially on Monday and Rob wanted to give us the exclusive first-look.
Rob Schamberger is a Kansas City-based portrait artist who specializes in the world of professional wrestling. Along with his goal to paint every one of the sport's world champions, he has also begun a partnership with WWE, who now sell his work. A who's who of wrestlers own his work, and he has also been named the official artist of the George Tragos/ Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He has painted live for WWE at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, and had the distinct honor of hand-painting the jacket worn by The Ultimate Warrior in his final appearance on Monday Night Raw. He also utilizes the interest in his work to raise money for various charities and causes.
Ready to see his new one? Read on...More >>
As much as Capaldi/da Vinci/History Channel is a bit of a nerd trifecta, I think we all are probably asking the same question - Capaldi as da Vinci? You don't need to know anything about history to be able to tell that a guy named Leonardo da Vinci is Italian, and Capaldi is...well, if there's a European culture more opposite than the Italians, the Scots are most assuredly in the running. Also da Vinci had a beard, and the above image is an actual promo still from the movie, entitled Inside the Mind of Leonardo and set for theatrical release in October.
I can't wait for the scene where he calls Mona Lisa a "facking cant" or tells Michelangelo to shut it. Although if da Vinci actually was the Doctor, it sure would explain all those crazy codes Tom Hanks keeps finding.
Press release follows...More >>