Here's the Full Trailer for George Lucas' Strange Magic

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Whichever trailer editor decided to follow "From the mind of George Lucas" with a character sticking his ass into the camera - you, sir or ma'am, deserve a gold star.

Not that I saw it either, but this looks a whole lot like Dreamworks' Fox's Epic. And yes, it's loaded with modern pop songs, but in this case, that is specifically the gimmick, in the vein of Moulin Rouge.

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TR Interview: Michael Ironside on Extraterrestrial, Batman, Dune, The Omega Code and More

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you're reading this site and don't know who Michael Ironside is, I can only assume you never read the credits of movies. Kids of my generation first remember him as Ham Tyler in V, but he's been a presence in sci-fi ever since, appearing in the likes of Spacehunter 3D, Scanners, Top Gun, Highlander II, Total Recall and many more, usually as a major badass.

In Extraterrestrial, which opens today, he plays a marijuana farmer caught up in the potential violation of a secret truce between the government and aliens, and in a small handful of scenes, this man in his 60s easily steals the show from the teens and twentysomethings who are supposedly the stars.

In a rare interview, Ironside discussed many things with TR, from the dream role he nearly but never got to the strange stealth Christianity of The Omega Code and his thoughts on Batman.

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Good Grief! The Full Peanuts Movie Trailer Doesn't Feel Like a Soulless Cash-in!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:33 am


I don't know why Fox keeps calling this the characters' "big-screen debut" in publicity materials (it isn't, not by a long shot) but so long as that's the only historical revisionism going on, and we don't get Snoopy singing "Bow wow wow, yippie-yo yippie-yay, Snoopy Dog on the muthafuckin' house"...

Also, Charlie Brown can't hook up with the red-headed girl. Movie, if you do that, we're through. But so far you haven't misstepped.

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Fisher-Price Is Making the Only Super Friends Hall of Doom Playset We're Ever Likely to See

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am


Damn it! Why are the best toy ideas wasted on kids?

It looks like if you want to reenact the cartoons of your childhood or the new-classic Robot Chicken DC parodies, you might have to get yourself a toddler first, or at least walk shamelessly into their section of the toy store. The Legion of Doom's swamp headquarters, which also looks suspiciously like a giant Darth Stewie helmet from Family Guy (repaint possibility!) will NEVER be made in scale to your $20 Mattel DC Universe figures, but Imaginext, which already got a kickass action-loaded Batcave, now has a place for the baddies to hide out.

Because a bright blue saucer in a green swamp screams "hiding." Of course, the kids this is aimed at think putting their hands over their faces equals hiding, so they're not too hard to fool when you think about it.

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

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


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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Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm


-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

The Hulk Hogan May Break the Scooby-Doo's Back, Make Him Humble

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm


I think every business in their right mind should hire Hulk Hogan to make their major announcements. "Hey brother! This is Time-Warner cable and your rates are going up, JACK!" "Take your vitamins and say your prayers, because the Obamacare website covers those things now, DUDE!" "Let me tell you something, man! This is a message from your boss! What'cha gonna do when no Christmas bonus comes home to YOU?"

See? Takes the edge off everything.

And with that said, here's him announcing he's going to star in a Scooby-Doo movie. He says "Ruh-roh" TWICE.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Remade With Funko Reaction Figures and Kitten Heads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm


True, this film parody from the Pet Collective features annoying narration, bad voice-acting, and is best watched with the sound down so you can just be mesmerized by the bizarre images...but can't you also say all those things about the ACTUAL Nightmare Before Christmas?

Please note that the cats are alive. Nobody decapitated any feline friends to make this happen. That's just what we call movie magic (and I'd buy toys of these versions in a meowtherfucking heartbeat).

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Good to See George Lucas Is Hard at Work on Those Experimental Films...Just Kidding

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:30 am


There are many myths in the world of George Lucas. "I always intended Greedo to shoot first," "Jar Jar is popular with children," and of course "When I'm done with Star Wars, I'm going to make experimental films that aren't commercial."

Above is the first still from an animated musical fairy-tale version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, executive-produced and written by Lucas, featuring a pop-song soundtrack by the music producer of Moulin Rouge, Marius de Vries. It's called Strange Magic, and released through Disney via Touchstone, which means it's probably PG-13-ish (maybe due to pop-song lyrics?). Impressive...Most impressive that this is apparently opening in January and this is the first we've heard of it.

To be hopeful...or not to be?

Celebrating Veterans Day and Healing Old Wounds in Animation

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 10:00 am


Some things are tougher to celebrate than others on a site like this that normally tries to stay out of real-world issues as much as possible. But we all like cartoons, right?

25 years ago, the Berlin wall came down, and today we honor Veteran's Day. In a cartoon that's ironically also a commercial (hey, capitalism did win, after all) for room-rental service Airbnb, the daughter of a former guard on the wall talks about her father's healing process. It hit a chord with me, since my late grandfather actually made sure to track down and forgive the German prison guard who held him captive in World War II, and they became friends.

I know today is a day for the living rather than the dead, but it's been less than a year since the veteran closest to us suddenly left this world, and we're still reeling. Treasure them while they still stand.

And to all the readers who have served, in whatever capacity - I know my timing is off, but I'll say it anyway: welcome home.

Now here's a cartoon.

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