TV News Trifecta: Doctor Who, Better Call Saul, Legend of Korra

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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• Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of the BBC's plans for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, we've got our first look at the poster for "The Day of the Doctor," complete with exploding Daleks and, most enticingly, a Bad Wolf reference.
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USA Today is reporting that AMC has greenlit the long-rumored Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul. Bob Odenkirk will might reprise his role as Albuquerque's favorite smarmy lawyer in the show, which will chronicle his adventures before encountering Walter White. No word yet on if familiar characters like Mike Ehrmantaut will appear. My gut feeling on this is that the prequel thing is a red herring being reported as to not give away Saul's ultimate fate on Breaking Bad, and it will be set after the events of the Breaking Bad finale with Saul setting up shop in a new town. (Again, this is just wild and utterly baseless speculation on my part. Whee). Other than the fact that it will be an hour-long series, there's not much details about this as of right now. Stay tuned. UPDATE: Vulture is reporting that neither Vince Gilligan or Bob Odenkirk have signed on as of yet. Interesting...
• On Friday night, Nickelodeon will premiere the new season of The Legend of Korra: Book Two. Hit the jump to see the final trailer.

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Disney Infinity Recreates Not-So-Kid-Friendly Games

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

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While Disney Infinity features numerous movie-based minigames designed to make you buy endless un-articulated figurines, the Toy Box mode is what allows you to build your own game with any variety of characters.

I'm not sure anyone has figured out a porn mode yet, though I'm sure they will. What have been done already, though, are recreations of Bioshock Infinite (this one through official channels, even!) and the original Grand Theft Auto, the latter with Monsters, Inc.'s Randall Boggs as protagonist against Lone Ranger villains.

Click the jump to see narrated run-throughs: one official, one less so (but way more Australian)

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Futurama Finale Open Thread

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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For those who may be waiting on the DVR, SPOILERS are allowed in comments, so proceed with caution.

How do you think it went out?

The Inevitable DuckTales/Duct Tape Parody - Off-Key but Still Funny

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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My first thoughts on this were that it wasn't nearly pervy enough.

Second thoughts: this is really obvious, and the singing could be better.

Third thoughts: wow, this is finally getting weird. I kinda like it.

Your thoughts may vary.

But it's after the jump anyway.

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Final Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes to Be Apple TV Exclusives?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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"Say whaaaat?"

I've no idea how reliable Jedi News is as a source, but the fact that they back up this rumor with a story about Disney looking to launch new Apple TV channels gives it some logic. Also there's this:

"Distribution will only be on Apple TV devices capable of running iOS7 and there has been no confirmation if the same app will be available to other iOS devices such as iPad or iPhone."

...which sounds EXACTLY like the sort of corporate dick move Disney would pull on a part of their property that doesn't make them direct profit because it predates their deal.

At least if they air in any form, it gives "A New Hope" for some kind of DVD/Blu-ray in the future. Official or otherwise.

h/t Mike Ten

An Unacceptably Terrible-Looking Animated Feature Is Opening This Weekend

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

It's only been a week since we ran a list of Seven Hilariously Bad Animated Movies You Didn't Know You Should Watch, and already somebody's striving for entry into next year's installment.

Behold...

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This is the plot synopsis I was emailed:

"The Last Flight of the Champion" is rated PG and follows Neddie Nerfhoffer currently living in a society embroiled in an intergalactic war with a ruthless dictator. After Neddie finds a long-forgotten ancient warship, he forms a crew of his childhood friends and takes to the stars, intent on bringing Warlord General Disdain to justice.

Needless to say, it did not shock me to learn that a fat gluttonous character in the movie has a Fake German accent, an obnoxious character has a French one, and a female warrior a Russian one. I was a bit surprised by the leprechaun, but nothing like the surprise I felt realizing that this would actually play on more than one big screen. I've been to film festivals so independent that nothing in them will ever be seen again (it's awesome and sad, but sometimes there's free beer) - and the animation at most of those was better than this.

Look at that group shot. It's like Captain Eo's field of vision after he got a lobotomy, was half-blinded and fed a straight diet of morphine for four weeks.

Do you dare to watch the full trailer? Click on...


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The Simpsons Kang and Kodos Ride Opens in Florida, Finishing Springfield for Now

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

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Inside the Magic

The Twirl 'n' Hurl is basically like the Dumbo ride at Disneyland, with the addition of sarcastic commentary, Theremin music, and an added element of targets along the sides that utter Simpsony phrases if you can maneuver your vehicle at just the right height when you pass them.

In addition, remember how we lamented that many of the Springfield characters were merely statues? Not so fast - Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob are now walking around the park for photo ops.

Sadly, there are no plans for Treehouse of Horror tie-ins to Halloween Horror Nights. Maybe next year.

Full ride-through of the Twirl 'n' Hurl and its various soundbites after the jump. If you plan on going to Universal Orlando any time soon, I'd say don't spoil yourself - but if, like me, you live on the other coast, enjoy it vicariously.

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New Doom Patrol Short Coming to DC Nation (Video Clip)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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Once again, DC proves its willingness to plumb deep into their rich character roster, taking its characters seriously and adapting them in style - so long as such adaptation is confined to TV only, preferably animated and short.

After the jump, check out our 45-second preview of "Doom Patrol - Chapter One: Challenge of the Timeless Commander," which will air this Saturday at 10 a.m. on Cartoon Network.

Then wonder what it is about movie cameras that suddenly sends DC running scared.

And get this deceased horse carcass out of here before I hit it a few more times.

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You Must Possess This Life (Death?) Size Skeletor Bust...Or You Possess Nothing!

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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I'm sorry, did you think Skeletor was a goofy cartoon villain? Stare into the eye sockets of the demon-fused former Keldor in 1:1 scale, and you just might change your mind - this Eternian lord of destruction may not have the arm strength to wield a havoc staff, but light this baby up in a darkened room, and he will induce nightmares. Only a series of trips to the gym, tanning salon and pageboy barber can protect you now.

Actually, the light-up eyes version is an online exclusive, and can be ordered starting at 3 p.m. PST on Aug. 26th, though at $675 he costs more than an annual subscription to Masters of the Universe Classics, if my math doesn't suck as badly as Skelly's plans to take Grayskull by force. A regular version will be available for the same price wherever expensive busts of fictional characters are sold.

What's interesting is that this is basically the 2002 animated version - a "style" Mattel keeps insisting is retired. Not so much when it comes to third-party licensees, apparently.

via He-Man.org, which has more images.

Family Guy Giant Chicken Fight Reenacted by Stuntwomen

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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It's not an EXACT restaging: on a budget of $2800 - all of it raised on Indiegogo! - these ladies presumably weren't able to commandeer a raisable bridge or an ocean liner.

But they have commandeered our hearts (Awwwww!). Because beating the crap out of each other in reverse-gender cosplay always does that.

Watch the original and the reenactment after the jump.


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