Weekend Hangover: 16 Stories You May Have Missed, From Female Ghostbusters to Sharknado Perfume

Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:00 am


Rounding up some stories you may have missed over the weekend, some of which were noticed by me and others of which were submitted by you, the readers, on the weekend thread. Compiled as always with the help of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include: SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, James.k.Polk, donnaryoko, franciebrady27, latigid, Edwin Santos, Dr.Gonzo82

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7 Movies to Watch out for From the 2014 Japan Film Festival, and How to See Them

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am


The second annual Japan Film Festival at the New People Cinema in San Francisco kicked off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival (which I covered here at some length), presenting 19 movies over the course of nine days. Here are seven that are relevant to the interests of the nerdy, and which you should check out if you can.

Some are commercially available, some are coming soon, and there's one you can watch for free right now. And really should.

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The 5 Most Frustrating Moments From Game of Thrones Season 4 (And 5 Ways to Wait for Next Year)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am


It's been a little while since the 4th Season Finale of the TV sensation based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels aired on US television. That means we're now at the point where it's more or less okay to talk about the season as a whole, provided that readers understand that an article like this requires ONE BIG ENTIRE SPOILER WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE SEASON FOUR EPISODES AND STILL WANT TO BE SURPRISED THEN YOU SHOULD STOP READING

Just to be clear, this article is aimed primarily at people who watch the show but don't read the books. Thus, there won't be any discussion of material from the books that has not yet been worked into the show. First up will be a look at the changes from the source material that were frustrating for those of us who have read the novels, so that the rest of you can understand why we're wigging out on some things. Following that will be some helpful tips for curbing your cravings for more Game of Thrones stuff during the long wait for next years episodes.

So if you haven't seen all 10 episodes of Season 4, turn back now (or at least don't get pissed at being spoiled).

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The 10 Least Terrible SyFy Channel Original Movies (Sorry, Sharknado!)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:00 am


My life used to revolve around watching SyFy (nee Sci-Fi) Channel Original Pictures. They are the world's leading repository for has-been celebrities and unfinished CGI, and it's amazing how many they were able to make with only four Mad Libs scripts. In the wake of tonight's premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One (this is what what happens when you crowdsource a title), you may be compelled watch some its ilk "Ironically." Not all SyFy Channel Original movies are created equally. Most are downright horrendous, but a handful of them are actually watchable ... maybe even legitimately good. The hard part is knowing the difference between the ones that are "so bad they're good" and "so bad they should be hurled into the Sun." Sharknado , for example, doesn't measure up to its stupendous title, and even Bruce Campbell and a criminally underused Renee O'Connor can make Alien Apocalypse worth watching. You should also avoid any of Asylum's "mockbuster" co-productions that piggyback on theartical fare.

Tracking the least terrible ones down is tricky, because most are released on DVD with less bombastic titles and no mention that they were SyFy movies (probably because SyFy makes people think of syphilis). So if you're ever forced to watch a marathon of them, you should pick these because they're the ten least terrible.

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The 10 Most Disturbing Twin Peaks Moments, Now in Hi-Def

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 am


Twin Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal series, comes out on Blu-ray today for the first time in its entirety as Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, which will include all 30 episodes of the series as well as the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me collected together for the first time. Twin Peaks was a lot of things - soap opera, screwball comedy, murder mystery - but it also had deeply surreal and disturbing elements that would pop up throughout the show's run...the kind of things that got under your skin, and stayed there, almost entirely due to the influence of show co-creator David Lynch. Here are but ten of the show's most memorably disturbing moments, listed in chronological order, from the pilot to the final episode.

By the way, if for some reason over the course of the last twenty-five years you haven't seen Twin Peaks, then please...go do that and THEN come back and enjoy this list. It's filled with massive spoilers that would ruin the series for you, and I'd hate to do that for anyone. I know there are still youngsters out there still discovering the show on Netflix for the first time. If that's you...go do that, then come back. We'll still be here.

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The 11 Coolest Things at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival in San Francisco

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am


The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.

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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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28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am


Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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The 9 Types of Movie Panel at Comic-Con, and Who's on Them This Year

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am


News-wise, Comic-Con nowadays is all about the movies. It's where you first learn there are other monsters in Godzilla, or that Batman will be in the Man of Steel sequel, or maybe you see a Warcraft proof-of-concept. If you're lucky, something like 300 or Mirrormask will blow your mind by being way different and better than you imagined. If you're not, you'll end up in the umpteenth panel about how Emily the Strange is really really really maybe going to be optioned for a movie next year, and this time we're serious. Or you sit through the obligatory tag-along movie; nobody needs to see a panel on the next Resident Evil or Underworld film, but like the undead, they keep coming anyway. Point being, there's more to the movie panels than the big stuff that gets reported.

You might want to avoid the whole circus completely, but if you don't, we're gonna break down this year's big movie panels by type, and then by what specifics you might expect. Other than Chris Hardwick and Ralph Garman hosting every single one, of course.

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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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