Weekend Open Thread: Confederate He-Man Edition

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Big Tasty

Came across this random bit of artwork by my pal "Big Tasty," and he gave me permission to use it. I figured this might be the venue, even though technically She-Ra is the "Rebel."

Below the fold, the full video of George Lucas' talk with Robert Redford and Leonard Maltin at Sundance, submitted by Gallen_Dugall.

Monday's list will be a Superbowl commercials recap with a nerd focus, so if you only watch the game for the ads, you can skip it Sunday, and just come here Monday morning.

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Thunder...Thunder...THUNDERCATS GIVEAWAY! Hooooooo!

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Thirty years ago, on January 23rd, ThunderCats were on the move and ThunderCats were loosed upon us for the first time in animated form. And even after a well-received reboot was prematurely canceled a couple of years ago, the characters are still a pop-culture touchstone - turns out Mumm-Ra wasn't the only part of the franchise to be ever-living.

Thanks to our friends at TV Store Online, we're celebrating the landmark with a snazzy T-shirt and metal belt buckle set. And thanks to a recent weekend thread, I have the perfect contest notion: Nerdy Limericks! Post your best in comments below, and I'll pick a winner next Friday, Feb 6th, 2015, around noon. Again, my apologies to international readers, but prizes ship to U.S. and Canada addresses only.

My example went something like this:
There once was a jar with a pony
Whose owner would bop his baloney
When a stray bit of heat
Spoiled the beat of his meat
And his dreams leaked like emails from Sony

You can do better. Can't you?

Julia Reviews a Mobile App (With Giveaway): SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 am


In this week's video, we are giving away five free download codes for the game in question, courtesy of Paramount Pictures. How do you enter? You'll have to watch and see!

Contest closes one week from today, Feb. 6th, at noon Pacific time. Note that codes will only work in the U.S., as we learned the hard way last time. Butt if you're not in the U.S. and wish to win one as a gift for somebody who is, you may do so.

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Minions Strip Naked in Their Superbowl Spot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm


As far as I'm aware, there has not been a Minions porn parody yet, but since the regular family film versions seem willing to throw away their clothes with zeal already, we may not need one. Watch them strip down and party, if you dare, and learn what not to do at a big game get-together.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: First Fully Show-Accurate Beavis and Butt-head Merch Ever?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm


My first reaction to these socks from Poprageous: Ehhh, they're socks. They're cool (huh-huh), but most people never see your socks, especially if you're a dude.

My second reaction: Holy shit. They finally managed that?

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Big Hero 6 Alternate Intro Features Dubious Treatment of Pets

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:00 am


I think it's pretty clear why Disney didn't ultimately go for this - seeing good-guy kids put rocket-boots on their cat for cheap laughs may not have the greatest outcome when show to a theater full of young boys. The cat comes to no harm in the film, but the thought of the real-life substitutes that curious kids might come up with for rocket boots is more than just a little ugly.

Baymax is here to remind you that this was just "beta testing." And I give him props for not straining to call it BAY-ta testing.

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Blu-ray Today: Book of Life, Spying on Sasha Grey and Playing in Hell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

The Book of Life - For whatever reason, Fox was gung-ho about inviting me to various pre-release events to hype this uniquely Mexican-American animated feature, but less interested in making it easy to see the full movie, or even push it for the Animated Feature Oscar. I wouldn't necessarily put that down to its quality - more likely, they simply didn't know what to do with a film that uses CG to make its characters look like they're literally made of wood, then has the main hero actually die and become a skeletal form of himself quite early on. Not to mention that there's a soundtrack which includes Latin-style takes on the likes of Biz Markie, and Ice Cube plays God (I know they don't actually call him that, but c'mon).

I'm curious to see it some day - maybe it'll get a theatrical rerelease when Pixar puts out their Dia de los Muertos movie.

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I Suppose I Should Mention That Emma Watson Will Be Live-Action Belle in Beauty and the Beast

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8:45 am


I mean, I guess this is news and stuff. I was too old to have that creepy jailbait crush on Hermione so I can't say I'm as excited as some will be to see her in that yellow dress, and the logic here seems to be, "Hmm, who's the only actress we know that has an English accent and played a character who liked books one time?"

Now, where can Disney find a much younger version of Patrick Warburton to be Gaston? Hell, acknowledge the creepy age thing people have with Watson and make it the actual Warburton, and you have my interest.

Bizarro vs. Bane in a Never-Released DC Fighting Game for Xbox 360

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8:00 am


We've heard a lot of wild rumors about upcoming DC movies, but I think it's pretty clear that one battle we won't be seeing onscreen is Bizarro vs. Bane. Bane's had two big-screen outings and been the butt of fanboy jokes both times, and Bizarro might require a fair bit of backstory first to get him right.

But where there's a will, there's a way, and this unfinished, previously unreleased footage of a Justice League game developed by Double Helix shows how the fight might go down. The game was originally developed to tie-in to the George Miller Justice League movie, but when that fell through the idea was to make it more comic-based. In the end, it just didn't happen.

And honestly, I feel no sense of loss about that. But I do want to know why Bizarro randomly turns into a woman for split-seconds during the fight.

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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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