Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Stay Geeky, San Diego

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

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Anything interesting happening this week?

DC Nation Makes Wonder Woman Cool in 30 Seconds - Why Can't Hollywood?

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Empowered, sexy, action-packed - I really don't understand what's so hard. But maybe it's just that DC Nation on Cartoon Network is that damn good. Watch the clip from their upcoming Wonder Woman short after the jump and you'll not only see what I mean, but you may demand a series out of it.

Plus I want that car.

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The 17 Types of TV Panels to See at Comic-Con 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

Our second Comic-Con preview focuses on TV, which is swiftly taking over the entire convention. Tomorrow's list will focus on the original raison d'etre - comics.

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TV has something for everyone these days ... and so do the television panels at Comic-Con this year, which have grown to the point where they pretty much crush the movie-related ones. Pretty much every genre show you'd expect to find is on hand, but there are more specialized offerings too, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone talking about their new South Park videogame, to veteran weirdos Sid and Marty Krofft discussing their creations with a "surprise guest moderator" (H.R. Pufnstuf? Witchiepoo?), to a Pinky and the Brain 20th-anniversary reunion.

You can delve into the wacky world of "Legendary Animators of Classic '60s Cartoons" like The Pink Panther, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones, or attend two panels crammed with cartoon voice actors. Spend an hour with equally legendary animator Bruce Timm of Batman: The Animated Series fame and many other DC cartoons, or with the famously extroverted actor John Barrowman. Listen to Tim Russ, Michael Dorn and other actors discuss black superheroes. Or sing your heart out once more, with feeling, at a screening of the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Listed below are just the highlights, really. One thing's for sure: You're never gonna be able to fit it all in. Hell, I could barely get it all into one article. For dates, times and locations, check the schedule.

1. HBO's Heavy Hits

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Fans would probably cut through a host of wildlings to get into Hall H for Friday's Game of Thrones panel and Q&A session, with what promises to be a lively lineup featuring series stars including Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington (pictured above), Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, John Bradley and Rose Leslie. Rehash the Red Wedding and hear tales from behind the scenes, but don't expect much to be said about Season 4 beyond "I can't tell you that." With filming for the new season slated to begin this summer, I'm guessing co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss won't be on hand. But George R.R. Martin will be discussing his work (and no doubt fending off calls for him to get back to writing the next A Song of Ice and Fire novel) in a separate panel on Sunday, so perhaps he'll put in an appearance.

Strangely enough, the schedule blurb for Saturday's True Blood panel and Q&A doesn't actually say who will be present or what we may learn about the venerable vampire drama, now in its sixth season and losing some of its non-sparkly luster. All we know for sure is that the 45-minute panel is moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. I guess that's one way to manage expectations.

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Trailer for a New CG Tarzan

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

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"Ich Tarzan, du Jane!"

The poster above and the trailer are in German, but you'll get the general idea. What I don't quite get is the point - this basically looks like the Disney Tarzan all over again. Since the movie's actually going to be in English, featuring Twilight yutz Kellan Lutz (who's also starring in a Renny Harlin-directed Hercules that'll surely get smacked down by the Rock's), I think any hope that Phil Collins tunes will be replaced with Rammstein are probably just a happy pipedream.

I will say this - in 3D, I can imagine this thing will induce vertigo. The YouTube version already does that to me by itself, because today's Tarzan is legally required to be Spider-Man meets surf-dude, that being what "the kids" are into these days. Watch after the jump...but not on a full stomach.

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My Little Pony Derpy Flash Drive Is Comic-Con Exclusive

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

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Yes, before Mimobot even gets to a major character like Pinkie Pie (they have done Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle and Rarity), they're doing..uh..."Fan Favorite."

Indeed, according to the press release, this character is officially named "Fan Favorite"...in quotes. For example:

Like all others in the collection, "Fan Favorite" is preloaded with bonus Mimory® content that includes My Little Pony comic books, MimoByte® sound software, and the MimoDesk® suite of wallpapers, icons, avatars, and more. The hand numbered drives are available in sizes ranging from 8GB to 128GB with optional USB 3.0 speeds.

I'm aware there's a whole debate about what her name is, but if you're not going to use the fan-coined one, there are presumably other options than punting completely, no?

The more I delve into this area of fandom, the less I seem to understand. But limited quantities are available for pre-order now.


"The Homer" - Simpsons Car for Real Is Going to Race

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Like Bart, I always thought Homer's car design was cool. I never thought it would actually be in a race, though. And yet, tomorrow it will debut in the 24 Hours of LeMons race, with updates supposedly available here on its progress.

I'm not sure the bubble in the back holds actual kids securely, if I must be a geek-level complainant, but the cup holders and La Cucaracha horn are fully intact, as they should be on every car. The "Bort" license plate is a nice touch.

In your face, Uncie Herb. Video after the jump.

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Oh, Sweet Gaia: A Captain Planet Movie Is Actually Happening

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

It needs to star Don Cheadle.

It almost certainly will not. Don Murphy, who brought Transformers and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to the big screen, will produce. The guy knows how to make money from nostalgia, but he doesn't tend to do ironic takes, and I really don't think there are a whole lot of kids who miss this property and want to see it revived.

Maybe I'm wrong. If you're a Planeteer, please speak up in comments and tell us what you want to see.

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Get Naked

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Not fan fiction. Actual Disney. And I am 100% not kidding. Their nudity is the primary source of humor in this new short, which also features Goofy being kind of a dick to his longtime friends.

Watch after the jump, ha-Ha!

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Got a 3D Printer? Download and Build TARDIS Transformer, Free!

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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Usually, new technology embraces porn first. You know things have changed when Doctor Who/Transformers mash-ups take priority over, let's say, RealScanned body parts.

Based on a popular T-shirt design often seen at conventions, TARDIS Prime looks decidedly more manly than the female spirit we tend to assume the Police Box impersonator contains, but as all those people petitioning for a female Doctor know, freedom to change gender is the right of all sentient beings.

The toy's designer is a tad hard on himself, pointing out that the robot won't stand unassisted. He should have added, "But it's a free fucking Doctor Who Transformer that actually works, and if you can get one somewhere else, you're welcome to try."

He's too nice a guy for that. Get the template for free and get timey-wimey, Optimus Primey today.

h/t 10glfan59 and Timely-Tardis-Lego

LAFF Review: Ernest & Celestine

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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You may be disappointed to learn that this is not, in fact, the long-unawaited reboot of the late Jim Varney's classic countrified caricature - if you think I jest, be aware that there were plans at one point to make Son of Ernest - but an animated adaptation of a series of French children's books. In a nutshell: a mouse and a bear are friends.

Yes, that sounds terribly simple. And if the movie were as basic as the picture books, it probably would not work for anyone over the age of 5. But directors Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner are trying to make a movie for everyone here, and have fleshed out the world of the characters in some nicely creative ways. The bears now all live above ground, basically acting like people but with some added sleepiness come winter time. The mice live underground, in a Dr. Seussian world, where they carve out everything with their teeth, and as such value dentistry above all else. Frequent missions to the surface to steal the teeth of bear children has led to a tooth fairy myth springing up around them; in the meantime, mouse children are terrified by tales of the Big Evil Bear who wants to eat them.

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Tags: GKids, LAFF