Gotham SPOILER Thread - "Viper"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Comment on the show live as it happens, because it's not just any old boob who gets a window of opportunity like this one.

Top-Down Smackdown: An Interview With KANE on See No Evil 2, Politics, Past Gimmicks

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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It is with great pride that Top-Down Smackdown presents our first interview with an iconic figure in the sports-entertainment business. Glenn Jacobs has been through many character changes that even Dwayne Johnson would have trouble pulling off - he once literally wrestled dressed as a human Christmas tree - but it all clicked when he landed the persona of Undertaker's brother Kane, a mute monster who supposedly wore a mask and bodysuit to hide disfiguring burns. What could have been a one-note character has continued to develop: he learned how to talk, got a girlfriend, unmasked and revealed his burns were hallucinations only, was framed for necrophilia, set on fire repeatedly, sent to anger management and most recently donned a suit and tie to "go corporate."

In the new WWE Studios movie See No Evil 2, he returns to a more classic horror persona as the eyeball-obsessed killer Jacob Goodnight. We took the opportunity to talk about his return to movies, his wrestling career, and those persistent rumors that he'll retire and run for office.

George Romero's Son Is Crowdfunding a Living Dead Prequel

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, zombies
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Maybe I've just been missing the point all these years, but I kinda thought one of the key elements of Night of the Living Dead - so key that The Walking Dead has it too - is that it doesn't matter WHY it's happening. By the time you get to the explanation of a Venus probe, it's like getting to the Xenu story in Scientology - in a vacuum it sounds stupid, but by that point you're invested enough that it's irrelevant.

And yet Cameron Romero, who implicitly slams The Walking Dead in his pitch ("Full of eventful 'cliffhangers' to sell TV commercials and DVD box sets"), wants to make an entire movie about that space probe. And based on the video below, it looks like he's going to make explicit the Vietnam War subtext that was or wasn't in the original film, depending on what day George Romero was asked about it. $150,000 is being sought, with the rest to be provided by backers who will presumably be sufficiently impressed by the Indiegogo campaign.

It'll probably be fine. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a prequel to a 50-something year-old movie that's in the public domain?

Are We Finally Getting a Decent My Little Pony Movie?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Toys
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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It looks like there's a chance for something more than the '80s movie, which wasn't well-liked even by the standards of '80s toy-commercial cartoons, and the Equesstria Girls films, which feel like what they are - attempts to launch a spin-off doll line and keep it alive, regardless of such petty concerns as story and logic.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf Threatens Schoolchildren Who Don't Study

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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"Sir Ian McKellen came to visit Chew Valley School on 17th October 2014. He had this important message for the students gathered outside the library"

Note to Americans not overly familiar with "English-English" - "revision" means "studying."

With that in mind...here's Ian yelling at kids.

Ultron to Be 8 Feet Tall in Age of Ultron; Hulkbuster IM 11'. Hot Toys Making Both

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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This leaked promo art, purportedly from Hot Toys, demonstrates how the Avengers characters stand in scale to one another (before you nitpick about the heights the actual actors are, bear in mind that via visual trickery and such, the characters may be intended to be slightly different onscreen).

We kinda knew Hulkbuster armor would be included, but this adds further confirmation; Ultron being eight feet tall is new, but presumably he will have multiple iterations and this is just the most toyetic.

No Elizabeth Olsen toy confirmed yet, though? Sad face.

The Walking Dead SPOILER Recap/Talkback - "Strangers"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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So this week I actually saw it in time, and have some thinkings...

Talk and Relevant Discussions in Snark: Doctor Who "Flatline" SPOILER Recap

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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My thoughts below...

Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

Weekend Open Thread - Jena Malone Superhero Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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There aren't a lot of desk-clearing items this week, save one popular rumor based on scraps and the word of a Batman v Superman extra. It concerns Jena Malone being seen on set, the description of a character in the script and some extrapolation based on an existing comic. None of it is as "confirmed" as some would have it, but if you want to read what the speculation is...

Also, Fox apparently wants Tom Hardy for the role of Apocalypse...

...and the makers of that Hatred game might be actual neo-Nazis.

Happy weekend, y'all!