8 Things We Learned at L.A.'s Anime-Centric EigaFest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Now in its fourth year, EigaFest spreads the word on Japanese film to Hollywood with a weekend's worth of screenings. It's a cross-genre event, where documentaries, animated dramas and action flicks all have a home. This year's festival (eiga, by the way, means film in Japanese) was anchored by two live-action versions of popular anime series - Lupin III and Rurouni Kenshi, respectively - which essentially dictated my own schedule there.

On Friday and Sunday, I hung around Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre to catch some big, sold-out screenings and a few smaller ones. In the process, I learned a bit more about Lupin III and a handful of other anime.


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Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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8 Ways Addams Family Values Is An Underappreciated Comedy Gem

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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This week, the 1991 movie adaptation of the classic cartoon and television series The Addams Family hit Blu-ray. Sadly, nowhere to be found is its superior sequel from 1993, Addams Family Values. With the first movie being a hit, Paramount got everyone back from the first film, including director Barry Sonnenfeld and most of the cast, for a second go round, and the results were a much funnier, far more subversive film. Comedy sequels are not only almost never as funny as their predecessors; they usually flat out suck. Addams Family Values totally bucked that trend, and made a much better movie using most of the same ingredients that went into making the first film. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Addams Family Values is one of the funnier mainstream comedies of the 1990s...and here are eight reasons why this movie is such a wonderful (and underappreciated) gem.

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7 Ways Apple Is Becoming Nintendo (For Better or Worse)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Full disclosure: I've owned an iPhone since the smartphone launched back in 2007. I've jumped from the first generation hardware, to the 3G, to the 4, to the 5. And with each upgrade, I've gone from the kind of wide-eyed fascination with a shiny new piece of hardware to a resigned shrug with all fucks fully exhausted at this point as Cupertino does its annual hardware shuffle, rolling out its latest and "eh"-est to increasingly muted enthusiasm (by yours truly, at least - Apple's making money hand over fist, so someone is still in love with the damned thing).

As Apple rolled out their two iPhone models yesterday, I reached a queasy realization: I have the same relationship with Apple that I've had with Nintendo since... well, almost 2007. From the highs of a new hardware announcement to the sinking feeling that either I've outgrown their products, or this company has stopped growing in any discernible and interesting way.

Read on as I try to make the case that the Apple Watch is just this generation's Virtual Boy...

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TR's Summer Anime Wrap-Up: 5 We Don't Recommend and 3 We Do

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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With the dog days of summer rapidly dwindling, I, as one of TR's resident anime-watchers, figured it was time to catch up on some of this season's current crop of anime shows currently available for streaming on various websites.

This season has had its share of duds and winners, the return of one of the biggest anime shows ever, and some surprises! Here, in no particular order, are my thoughts of summer 2014's anime!

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Weekend Hangover: 15+ Stories You May Have Missed - Official Kevin Smith Weed and Cinderella Porn

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's Hangover time again! Start your week right with some of the best reader-submitted stories from the weekend, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair. We'll start with the official medical marijuana tie-in to Kevin Smith's newest movie Tusk, pictured above.

This week's tipsters include: franciebrady27, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, Edwin Santos, SlyDante777, troi, andre_morelo, FakeAssName, skrag2112

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10 Things That Must Be in a Live-Action The Tick Relaunch

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

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SPOON! Rumors abound that Amazon will resurrect the the prematurely cancelled live action The Tick! Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick, confirms the project "is being pursued with vigor!" Patrick Warburton is expected to reprise his starring role! His perfect live action Tick costume should return with him!

What's not clear so far is whether it'll be a brand new reboot (aside from Warburton as the Tick) or a continuation of the last live-action show. Does anybody remember 2001's The Tick? It was a mixed bag of great and not so great. It was canceled after nine episodes before it had a chance to iron out its kinks, and I'd like to see the new The Tick flourish where its predecessor failed. So here's a list of things it should work on to help it stand up to today's competition. It can be mighty!

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7 Times Wolverine Has Already Died

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Marvel is making quite a big hub-bub, Bub, and it's all about the Death of Wolverine mini-series from writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven. Longtime (and even short time) comic book readers know that Wolverine is about as likely to stay dead as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and every other major superhero who has ever taken a dirt nap. While Marvel is making a lot of noise of this particular death of Wolverine, the character has actually died plenty of times already in the comics over the years. Sometimes briefly, other times...well, slightly less briefly. Here are but seven notable times old Logan has died in the pages of Marvel Comics.

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10 Things Learned on the Set of Utopia - Fox's Faux-Libertarian, Real-Life Truman Show

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Thomas More's Renaissance-era novel Utopia depicted an island community for whom private property and privacy were non-existent, divorce was legal, and pre-marital sex and atheism were illegal. In relatively more recent times, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged depicted all the wealth creators of society dropping out to create their own separate civilization, in what is described by adherents as "going Galt."

Fox TV's Utopia appears to be drawing on both of these for its new reality show, except that rather than prove a philosophical point either right or left, it's more interested in entertaining you with the antics of people forced to cope for themselves on a 5-acre farm for a year.

Before the participants moved in to their new home, I was invited to the set, located in the canyons of Santa Clarita, California, to see what they - and the viewers - might be in for. I learned things.

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The 7 Best Ways to Clear up Comics Continuity Errors

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When you put them together, Marvel and DC have been publishing two continuous, multi-titled universes for more than 125 years. Trying to keep the rich histories of these books straight has been an uphill fight for the editors and the publishers, and it's a common problem in genre fiction. The instant an author has to account for more than two people in more than one book, she runs the risk of losing track of one of them for long enough to trigger a flood of enraged fan mail.


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