"Watch out! It's Kylo Ren!" Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ad Has Been Released

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:03 am

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I'm pretty sure the BB-8/Kylo Ren battle you see here won't be a setpiece in the movie, but I'm not saying I'd necessarily complain if it were.

I am saying these are less disappointing than most of the initial Hasbro waves are looking to be.

Yes, LYT Co-Hosted Another Podcast This Week

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Filling in for my vacationing pal William Bibbiani, I got to cohost the B-Movies Podcast with sometime TR contributor Witney Seibold. If you want to hear rambling, semi-prepared reviews of No Escape, We Are Your Friends and Turbo Kid, this is the place to do so. We also cover the week's nerd-movie headlines, as I remain thoroughly skeptical that M. Night Shyamalan is really going to get even close to the Avatar/Last Airbender franchise again.

Fear the Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - 5 on the Vomit-Meter

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Zombies
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

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L.A.'s getting deader in the second episode. Some of my thoughts follow, and then I want to hear yours...

This TV Trailer for The Shannara Chronicles Might Get Me to Watch MTV Again

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Okay, when the guy says "It has begun," I'm sure I'm not the only person who spontaneously yelled out "MOOOOORTAL KOOOOMBAAAAT!" at my computer screen, right? I am? Lame-os.

I think somebody at MTV must have made a mistake, because this isn't a reality series, nor does it have young women in swimsuits. I hope they hurry up and get it on the air before someone at Viacom realizes the error.

Wes Craven's 8 Greatest Films

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

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found via Gautham

If Wes Craven, who died last night in Los Angeles, was never quite the "master" of terror that ads would so often proclaim him as, he was mostly no slouch either, having earned a place in the horror film iconography of the '70s, '80s, '90s and aughts. I had heard second-hand from people who've worked with him that he was losing a step or two on some of his more recent film sets, but his brain cancer was a fairly well-kept secret, and he certainly seemed coherent and articulate when I had a chance to interview him back in 2011 (it is unfortunately no longer online). Wes Craven indirectly taught me that blind hero worship does not hold up when I saw Shocker and hated it, but he also taught me an old dog can learn new tricks, and that one misstep doesn't make you fall down forever.

76 is too young to lose a man who, even in his atrocious penultimate film My Soul to Take, was writing young characters with a vibrancy and believability that too many people his age forget. Though he tended to stumble when following a formula, his most beloved horror films utilized unique source material, blazed original trails and set the standard for so many imitators to come. Let us now take a moment to celebrate the best of them - and trust me when I say MY best will be slightly different than most others.

Weekend Open Thread: Happy Anal-Versary!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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Longtime readers will get the reference. Dr. Abraxas can explain it to anyone else.

Open thread time!

Transforming Optimus Prime Birthday Cake Looks Amazing, Probably Hard to Cut and Eat

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Food & Drink, Toys
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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I'm not sure how many animatronics I would want in my own birthday cake as a matter of practicality, but a G1 Optimus who can become a robot and go back to a truck, and be (mostly) eaten by kids is impressive indeed.

However, next year I want to see cake creator Rusell Munro step up and make a Bayformers Bumblebee cake that sprays Mello Yello everywhere from its crotch.

But not for his kid. For me.


Readers Tell Tales of Their Underwear, and One Has Won UNDEROOS!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

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In order to win some Underoos for adults, I asked you to tell me the best/worst/weirdest experience you ever had in just your underwear, while keeping things PG.

Let's read a couple of honorable mentions first...

Lionsgate Looking to Make Borderlands Movie With Avi Arad

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

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Yes, the Spider-Man producer who had to get booted off the Spider-Man series in order for the Marvel deal to happen and who also brought us the Bratz movie, is now planning on taking a game most distinctive for its stylized animation and pointlessly make it live-action. Lionsgate promises "a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon" with "the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."

Or maybe they just want to have trailers mentioning a planet called Pandora by the time the Avatar sequels are out.

Oh, wait, here's the best part of the press release (I'm assuming it's a press release because I'd think an actual written story would be more skeptical about Mr. Arad): "Avi Arad founded Marvel Studios in 1993 and resigned 13 years later to form his own production company, where Ari Arad is the president. He's continuing to produce some of the Marvel films, such as the 'Spider-Man' titles, along with videogame adaptations such as 'Uncharted' and "Ghost in the Shell.""

Yes, that groundbreaking video game Ghost in the Shell. I've heard of that. Am I being overly cynical here?

Key and Peele Reenact the Pitching of Gremlins 2

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Given the flamboyant nature of the character played by Peele in this sketch, I thought for sure we'd be getting a Mannequin: On the Move joke. But maybe it's testing mainstream audiences enough to assume they remember all the Gremlins 2 references.