Watch the First Three Minutes of Fear the Walking Dead Now

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8:30 am

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Because the new Walking Dead show is set in Los Angeles, it opens with -

a) Pretty-looking Johnny Depp wanna-be with perfectly tousled hair and an open shirt revealing a tiny waistline.

b) Catholic churches.

c) A hot blonde with a strangely niche diet...so to speak.

d) What appears to be a dead gangbanger

e) all of the above.

Watch it below to learn the obvious answer.

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New Comic Book Day: Comic Book Humble Bundle Alert!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 6:30 am

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IDW and Humble Bundle launched a Dungeons & Dragons comic bundle last week, and scanning the list of books already announced, it looks pretty awesome. We've raved about Jim Zub's D&D work before, but if you crack $12, you're getting a ton of good comics from the likes of R.A. Salvatore, Jan Duursema, Tim Seeley, and Rags Morales. Plus you're giving money to help provide services for kids through the Hasbro Children's Fund, so it's not like you're going to be that hurt if you end up not liking a couple of these comics. GO BUY THEM NOW!

This week in comics: young terrorists! Old Martians! Girl squirrels! Girl tanks! Immortal girl assassins! And a sobering look at the horrors of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937. But first: adolescent ninja reptiles!

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The Top 10 Triumphs of Tracey Walter (Bob the Goon is #6!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

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With the smashing success of our recent list of cool Clint Howard credits came a suggestion from one of our regular readers, John Hanna: that we ought to give a similar treatment to character actor Tracey Walter. Honestly, we're a little bit embarrassed that we didn't think of this ourselves.

Who, after all, is more deserving of nerdy adulation than Walter, who has lent his keenly squinting, weathered face and weird lovability to movies from Rumble Fish and City Slickers to Erin Brockovich and Death to Smoochy, and TV from Amazing Stories to Reno 911! to Airwolf to Alf? Here are a few, a very few, of his nerdiest, most memorable roles:

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"Straight Outta Gotham" Hilariously Mixes Gangsta Rap With Bat-Villains

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

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My compliments to the lyricist on this one. Riddler, Two-Face and Joker are some Villainz Wit Attitude, busting some criminal rhymes.

If Zack Snyder gets remotely this witty, i'll be impressed.

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"Hetfield" Comics Turn Metallica Frontman Into Lasagna-Loving Cat

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Oh Hetfield, let my heart go.

The hero of my day is whoever decided to turn Garfield and Jon into James and Lars for an online comic strip, particularly because they chose to mock James' goofy blond beard (seriously - the handlebar 'stache is all that is, ever, ever was, will be, ever for Hetfield facial hair. And yeah, nothing else matters).

If you hate Mondays, but love knowing mockery of Metallica, take that pain of yours over to the Hetfield the Cat Tumblr . It's like sweet amber for the soul.

The humor may not kill 'em all, but compared to the forgettable jokes in the real Garfield, the memory remains.

h/t Jim Dandeneau

RED Will Now Get a TV Show Based on the Movies Based on the Comic

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

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I'm somewhat fond of the RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) movies, as they remind me a lot of my late father-in-law, up to and including some of the spy tricks the former government operatives in the movies use. A version of The Expendables flicks but done right, they're more comedic than the graphic novel, which was a pretty austere affair, which is why it makes sense that a new TV adaptation just announced will lean more heavily on the movies, despite talk of a

more grounded and authentic world, focusing on the characters' darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out.
To make this work, though, we need the TV casting to mirror the movies, with actual aging action stars considered too old to anchor a show without a younger sidekick. David Hasslehoff. Kevin Sorbo. Jan-Michael Vincent. Lucy Lawless. Mr. T.

Who's gonna be the one to say "Old man my ass!"?

League of Extraordinary GentleWOMEN Movie Coming? Read Carefully.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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Collider recently got a quote from producer John Davis about the proposed League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie reboot. He says, in part:

It's female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great.
This has widely been interpreted as meaning an all-female team like Ghostbusters, with many folks wondering exactly how many vintage female literary heroines there are to be suitable for such a project, and if, say, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland or Snow White and the Huntsman hadn't put paid to some of them already.

But here's the thing: "female-centric" does not mean "all-female." Mad Max: Fury Road, to cite the example given, was not all-female - it had one strong female character who was essentially the protagonist, and besides that, a few more women than the main casts of most action movies. Aside from Furiosa, the next three most prominent characters - Max, Nux and Joe - are male.

So really I think all that is meant here is that Mina Harker will be the main protagonist, the point-of-view character, as opposed to Allan Quatermain. Just being realistic. They're not going to keep "Gentlemen" in the title and have the group all be ladies.

NBC Greenlights Pilot for a Sitcom Set in the DC Universe

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

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This is a weird one.

Based on characters from DC Comics, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America -- with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. The show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.
Ironically, Powerless was previously the name of a Marvel miniseries, in which a man awakens from a coma to find he hallucinated the whole Marvel Universe, with himself as the Watcher. That wouldn't be a bad pitch for a TV series in and of itself.

NBC currently doesn't have any of the other DC live-action shows, which means that the likelihood for crossover is low, as is the likelihood of using any of the same characters that are already on those shows, to avoid confusion. Yet it also sounds like the major movie heavy-hitters are off-limits too. Color me very curious about how this turns out.

Who wants to bet that at least one comic-book character on the show will be played by Patrick Warburton at some point?

The Lego Batman Movie Casts an Unlikely Joker

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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"Unlikely" is of course the point in a Lego Movie spinoff, and the fact that Zach Galifianakis doesn't seem like a laugh-out-loud sort of person may indicate the way he might be going for a new take. He joins Will Arnett as Batman and Michael Cera as Robin, a tandem that made me hope it might be entirely cast with Arrested Development alumni. If David Cross were Lego Riddler, I think I'd like that a lot.

Some guys just can't handle Gotham...

"Dead or Alive, I'll Be Back" The EndoCop Action Figure Is Coming!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

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No, RoboCop did not have procreative sex with a T-X and pop this nightmare baby out - Murphy had his junk shot off and can't do that (I've no idea what the T-X can or can't do, since it utterly depends on what the plot calls for). This is the hybrid creation from the old Dark Horse RoboCop vs. Terminator comics, in which RoboCop himself begat Skynet by being the first true cyborg. Having rights to both movies' toys and the mashup video game, NECA has now revealed a mock-up of the embodiment of mash-ups, along with the phrase "A new nightmare you might see in 2016."

Well, it's not like anyone wants more Genisys figures. And by "more" I mean "any."