Weekstarter: Doctor Who Xmas Clip, Religious Vader, Skeletor Sells Hondas, Weird Al and More

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.

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Man Surprises Girlfriend With Giant Painting of Bumblebee, Which Is a Great Relationship Test

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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I think this is how you know you've found the one. You're with someone who says she's a fan of a particular action figure, so you commission a ginormous painting of the toy.

If she sticks around, you done good.

Let's take a look at what went down in this case...

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7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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...


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10 Reasons I'm Glad I Attended Comikaze

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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.

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Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

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, BrandoLars

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91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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!

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Friday Odds & Ends/Weekend Open Thread: Happy Liefeld Day!

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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-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?

17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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_King

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Big Eyes Trailer Hints Tim Burton Has Finally Made Another Ed Wood

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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.

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A Look at the Children's Book the Satanic Temple Can Now Legally Hand out in Florida Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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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...

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