The 5 Most Frustrating Moments From Game of Thrones Season 4 (And 5 Ways to Wait for Next Year)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's been a little while since the 4th Season Finale of the TV sensation based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels aired on US television. That means we're now at the point where it's more or less okay to talk about the season as a whole, provided that readers understand that an article like this requires ONE BIG ENTIRE SPOILER WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE SEASON FOUR EPISODES AND STILL WANT TO BE SURPRISED THEN YOU SHOULD STOP READING

Just to be clear, this article is aimed primarily at people who watch the show but don't read the books. Thus, there won't be any discussion of material from the books that has not yet been worked into the show. First up will be a look at the changes from the source material that were frustrating for those of us who have read the novels, so that the rest of you can understand why we're wigging out on some things. Following that will be some helpful tips for curbing your cravings for more Game of Thrones stuff during the long wait for next years episodes.

So if you haven't seen all 10 episodes of Season 4, turn back now (or at least don't get pissed at being spoiled).

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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I like that this franchise maintains the balance between being a rebel and being media-savvy. I also like the pseudo-Power Lords troopers.

On the other hand, I saw Catching Fire twice and found it quite tedious the second time. I hope this is better.

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Joe Hill Talks Horns, Locke and Key, Jack Nicholson

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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He's the creator of Locke and Key, the author of Horns and the son of a King...a fact he managed to keep hidden for a decade despite looking and sounding just like his famous father. Though they disagree on the merits of Jack Nicholson.

With Alexandre Aja now directing the movie version of Horns, Hill, who has been highly satisfied with the outcome, was anxious to tell us why we should rush to see what one could call "The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe." The author is certainly not your average Joe...

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High Tension, Piranha Director Alexandre Aja Gets Horny

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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No, not that way, ya sicko. The French horror maestro goes in a more fable-like direction with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe finds himself growing strange head protrusions that give him demonic powers of dark influence.

Like a horror movie director. Oh, wait...

Whew. We talked to Aja and came away safe and sound...so far. And found out that he loves to be the guy who gets to show Harry Potter having sex. One of us, one of us...

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28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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The Strain SPOILER Thread - Dead Girl Walking

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Okay, so is EVERY episode going to end with creepy dead girl, then not get back to her until the final minutes of the subsequent episode?

Are y'all still watching this? Worth talking about each week? Let me know below.

By Toutatis! First Look at the Making of the New Asterix CG Feature

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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There's no dialogue on this video, so you don't need to be a French speaker to appreciate it. And since many of you came out of the woodwork as Asterix fans the last time I mentioned this movie, I figured you'd like to see this early look at the pre-viz for Julius Caesar, as well as some scenes that look fully rendered involving his plans for that one small village that still holds out against the invaders.

By Belenos, if this doesn't get any kind of release stateside, I say we dose up on "magic potion" (Red Bull should do it) and drop a few menhirs on those responsible. But I'll try not to be too dogmatix about it.

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The Complete Story of Star Wars Episode IV, All in Haiku

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm
A drumroll begins
The Fox fanfare starts playing
The logo appears
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In 200 or so of these, author Craig W. Chenery, known primarily for his scholarly studies of zombie movies, tells the entire tale in the Japanese poetry style. Although it's a hybrid version of sorts..
Han Solo shoots first
Greedo does not fire a shot
That would be silly...

[snip]

Once he was a man
CGI changed him a lot
Han stepped on his tail
Also he misspells some names like "Dr. Evizan" and "Wuhrer." But the overall achievement is impressive enough that I'll let that slide. You?

h/t Liam Chapman

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Desert Radio, Mean Maleficent and Pirate Kitten

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello, hello from the vortex of Joshua Tree. This week I attended the 25th anniversay of our local radio station, Z107.7, which is locally owned by Gary and Cindy. They started here in the basin 25 yrs ago. Not many locally owned stations are still around, but little old Joshua Tree has one; they always comment that they are located in a strip mall next to the biggest drug dealer in town: the local family owned pharmacy. Yep, we even have one of those here...next to the local pizza and Indian food restaurant. Z107.7 has been in operation as long as I have lived in the desert. Julia was even a guest DJ when she was in elementary school. Anyway, here is to another 25 yrs of great broadcasting. If you are ever in Joshua Tree stop by and see this treasure.

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The 18 Coolest Exclusives to Snag at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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If you're a business, you don't go to San Diego Comic-Con without an exclusive. For us fans, well, it might be unusual if we come home without an exclusive. At the biggest pop-culture event in the United States, exclusive can mean a lot of things: toys, comics, clothing, even beer. Some of these items will be available after the convention, maybe months later. Others come in fairly large runs, so you might have decent odds of scoring one. Others come in editions of 250 or less. If you really want one of those, you're going to have to make standing in line a priority. Your best course of action might be to pick out some alternate souvenirs.

With a week to go before the convention, many companies have already announced what they're bringing to San Diego. Still, there could be a few more surprises over the coming days (look for a new one to be revealed on this very site at 10 a.m. today). Below are a few of the standouts - technically, more than 18 - arranged by franchise. Whether your jam is Alien or Hello Kitty, there's likely something for you at San Diego Comic-Con.

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