Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Sharknado, Volleyball and Zombies

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 am


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 all. We are in another excessive heat warning period. Weather is, they say, 116 degrees for today thru the end of the week - joy of joys. Still have not heard anything from Contact in the Desert as to if I am going to volunteer. I almost assume by now that I am not. I really hate, however, that people have gotten really rude and or stupid. If you ask for volunteers would not it be nice to let people know that they are not needed? Another pet peeve: I waited to pick up a key to do an appraisal for a sale this week. Had asked the agent if she could put a lock box on the property and she said no. So I pick up the key, it is already 100 outside, get to the house and guess what there is a lock box on the back door. How rude. Anyway, it has been one of those weeks in the appraisal business.

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The 10 Nerdiest Moments of the 2014 Summer TCAs

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gotham, Det. Jim Gordon vs. Batman Villains
This is gonna be a big year for television. Three new comic book shows, Game of Thrones catching up to the books, and digital platforms giving us more new shows in an instant are things I never would have imagined growing up programming my VCR to record The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and taping a note on the TV warning my parents not to change the channel. We're going to get a peak at a lot of these shows this weekend at Comic-Con, but for an even more in-depth television preview, I spent the last two weeks with the Television Critics Association.

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Overnight Open Thread and Post Advisory - Comic-Con Preview Edition

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Yes, a life-size TMNT pizza thrower will be there

I've been going to Comic-Con since maybe 2000, and much has changed over the years. Notably, that what I used to call "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" has become the thing I stress out about the most. I started just writing about it on my personal blog, managed to get a cover story about it in the OC Weekly, and for five years, reported on it for top online movie trade site Deadline. The first year, I was told, "What you're interested in, we're interested in." The last year, "Beat our competitors to the movie news."

In 2013, I tried using my Deadline training to beat even the big sites to the news, and found it to be much harder without the kind of access the big-name outlets can get you. Six hours in line for Hall H, all day. No thank you. Back when print newspapers weren't in danger (yes, I remember such a time), I thought the best way to cover Comic-Con would be to send a team of ten, to cover ALL the panels, including not just big movie news but all the weird, quirky stuff that makes up the celebration of fandom.

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Batman Toy Trifecta: Mezco Mego-Style Dark Knight, NECA Nintendo Keaton Bats, Lego '66 Batmobile

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Okay, Mego-style may not be quite the right word for these - in fact, we may have to think up a new term. The idea is similar, with a cloth costume over a poseable body, and yet this is clearly both a lot more articulated and, at 6", a tad smaller. And it's the first figure in this style that I've been interested in since the days of that Charlee Flatt guy's toys, which at the time cost an outrageous $60.

Dark Knight Batman is the first in a new line called One:12 Collective that will also include Judge Dredd and Universal Monsters:

Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a "real world" look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.

My only concern, as always with Mezco, is that the sculpting will tend towards the stylized a little more than I'd like. But that aside, this really is the goddamn (awesome) Batman.

I thought Mattel had a stranglehold on any 6" scale version of Batman, sharing that license only with DC Collectibles. But NECA has also found a loophole...

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Heath Ledger Joker, Dark Knight Tumbler Get a Lego Set

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am


Why so seriously cool, Lego?

Interestingly enough, this will be the first time an accurately scarred of the Ledger Joker appears in a family friendly line - Mattel created a less frightening cartoon caricature for their kids' line of toys (while ironically leaving Two-Face horrifically half-burned in the same series), only making a screen-accurate figure in the adult-aimed Movie Masters line, while the WWE team was told that although DC/WWE crossovers are not forbidden, Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania outfit as the Ledger Joker was off-limits because "that version of the Joker" was not appropriate to a PG audience.

Well, now you can terrorize the likes of Emmet and Batman's Lego ex Wyldstyle with a genuinely scary, scar-faced clown, though this minifig doesn't come cheap - you have to buy a $200 Lego Tumbler Batmobile to get him. But it's pretty stylin'. Check it out...

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The Strain SPOILER Thread - Dead Girl Walking

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


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.

Hot Toys Just Revealed Rocket and Groot. Your Collection Is Now Inadequate

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm


As always, if you have to ask, you probably can't afford them. But if you can, you'll never need any other versions of these characters again.

At least until Hot Toys makes slightly different versions for the sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer, Sweded (So Cheaply There's a Dude as Gamora)

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am


James Gunn posted this on his Facebook with the comment that Wes Anderson had remade his movie, but respectfully, sir, that's way off. Anderson takes extra care in the's your former mentor Lloyd Kaufman who might say "Why use CGI when cardboard's available?" or even "Why hire a woman when we can get a guy and draw a pretty face on a mask he can wear?"

Okay, Lloyd's not that tone-deaf. He somehow wrangles female nudity on a budget of nothing. But if you asked him to make a comic-book movie, I'm not sure it would be better put-together than this.

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The 21 Best TV Panels at Comic Con for Fans and Future Professionals

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


The San Diego Comic-Con is the premiere pop-culture convention with over 130,000 fans making the pilgrimage each year to attend panels discussing their geek obsessions. To put it another way, a population the size of Pasadena travels to San Diego to live for a week. This has the effect of increasing San Diego's population by 10%. More people attend SDCC than attend the Super Bowl - it is a big deal in fandom. So much so that it has outgrown its name, and more people will attend SDCC than purchased copies of the new Amazing Spider-Man issue #2.

In fact, for television it has become vital for building buzz and creating and maintaining meaningful connections with fans. Like most conventions, it is a great place to network and develop relationships that can lead to jobs in creative fields, with opportunities to not only learn about what is happening in your favorite entertainment media, but also to learn best practices. There is no medium where this is more true than television. Not only are there panels highlighting new shows and fan favorites, but there are also workshops where attendees can acquire skills and learn from established pros.

Here are 21 panels you might want to attend at SDCC if you are a television fan or looking for how to break in.

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

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm


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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