When She Hears Pink Pepsi Exists, My Wife Will Make Me Go to Japan

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Miscellaneous
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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You can say all you want about sexism and marketing and double-standards and all that, and make a lot of sense. But your logic is undone in my house whenever the words "It's pink and it's cute" are uttered as justification for any and everything.

And now Japan has made Pepsi pink and cute. Pepsi!

Okay, so you don't have to actually go to Japan to get it - Jbox has the strawberry-milk flavored beverage in stock for $3.50. But don't tell my wife that; I want to get a trip to Japan out of the deal.

Namco Will Open a Pac-Man Restaurant in Chicago

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, Video Games
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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When I think of Pac-Man, I think bright colors, loud beeps, and...not that drab gray thing in the artist's rendering above. Shouldn't the entrance be through Pac-Man's mouth or something?

Points for the nicely nerdy name: Level 257, which is one more than the 256 original levels of the game, and will confuse the hell out of casual players looking for "That Pac-Man Place" online.

That said, Pac-Man and eating are a perfect match. Though to be truly accurate to the Pac experience (Paxperience?), they should make you eat while on a treadmill.

h/t Chris Ward

Kim Jong Un Video Game Resurfaces on Kickstarter, Now With Interview Tie-in

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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We've written about this one before - a Contra-style game where you play as the "Glorious Leader," riding on missiles, unicorns and narwhals. The game was greenlit on Steam, but evidently its creators underestimated the costs. Now they're back on Kickstarter looking for the rest, featuring fun perks like posters and T-shirts, and suggesting that the final two levels could feature Seth Rogen and James Franco.

They're also making it available in actual Genesis and SNES cartridges, for those who prefer physical media (like, say, everyone who owns a DVD of Team America: World Police, which you may not get to see again elsewhere for a long, long time).

Raising $55,000 in a month would normally seem unlikely, but maybe people are mad enough right now...

"I Want a Pony Semen Jar for Christmas" - A Topless Robot Holiday Carol

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Nerdery, Toys
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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The most horrible toy-related story of the year, the Pony Cum Jar Project is the gift that keeps on giving. In case you missed it, it involves "self-love," a My Little Pony toy in a jar, and some accidental radiator overheating.

And now, courtesy of Krista Johnson, we have a song about it. Is "enjoy" the right word?

Batman Meets Dexter in Ambitious Fan-Film Project

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Ambitious how?

Well, despite low production values and a tinny sound mix, this is a fan film that is really trying to be actually good. Not bad-good, but good-good. There's an earnestness to the portrayals of Batman and Dexter, and a commitment by the actors that is endearing.

That, and it's only episode 1 of what presumably aspires to be a multi-episode production. And since Dexter would be a pretty good foe for Batman, it's a match-up that doesn't require any absurd set-up to get going.

So the only question is: will this series' appeal wayne, or will it last long enough to be ambidexterous?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies SPOILER Talkback Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Honestly, I'm not sure anyone can spoil this movie - it is, after all, a mostly plotless prequel which you know many of the main characters have to survive. But just in case, here's some spoiler space to discuss it in particular and the entire trilogy in general.

The TR review has been posted for a while. Now it's time for yours.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mandalorians and Marijuana

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hi all,

Had the honor of having Malice and Risika from the Skirata Clan (Star Wars) at my house the other day. He is a wonderful Star Wars costumer - Mandalorian. The Clan is also building something special for the Anaheim, CA Convention in 2015. I understand it is going to be huge. I have attached a pic of the work in progress and also...how would you like this guy in your kitchen? By the way, he is also a great computer tech and got my system back on line and purring like one of the kittens again. Check out the Facebook page and like it at SkirataAliit. If you are interested in crafting your own Star Wars wardrobe you can reach them there. They have monthly construction parties here in Joshua Tree, CA. The clan also does great charity work and recently built a costume for a little girl who unfortunately just died of cancer - her pics are on the site - check them out.


10 Movie or TV Insults to North Korea You Could Watch Instead of The Interview

By M.V. Moorhead in DVDs, Daily Lists, Movies, Nerdery, TV
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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In one of the stranger showbiz stories of recent years, it appears that the government of North Korea has been able to shut down a big-studio America movie release. Sony has decided to indefinitely shelve The Interview, previously slated to open December 25, because of emails from hackers implying that theaters showing the film might be the target of terrorist activity.

Thus Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's wacky comedy in the Hangover vein, about two numbskull TV entertainment journalists who are pressed into service to assassinate North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, could end up as a legendary inaccessible movie. It could take its place with the likes of The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis or The Other Side of the Wind by Orson Welles.

But if you resent the hack, there are still movie and TV choices you can make which mock Kim Jong-Un or his father Kim Jong-Il - two of the more easily mock-able world leaders, especially since the departure of George W. Bush - and/or reflect badly on their regime. Here are a few examples:

James Gunn Responds to North Korean Hackers, Refuses to Put Kim Jong Un in His Next Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

In an image just posted on Facebook, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has exclusively revealed that, in response to the North Korean hacking of Sony and cancellation of the release of The Interview, he has formally removed Kim Jong Un from contention to be Peter Quill's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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It might legitimately hurt Kim's feelings. I'm not even kidding. The dictator has never exactly shown a penchant for irony.

A Cool Custom Kenner Dark Knight Collection Using NECA Batman

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Considering the legal hoops they leaped through to get just the one Michael Keaton Batman figure made, NECA will probably not be releasing further variants unless hell freezes over and Mattel gives up the license. But enterprising and skillful customizers have been going to town.

Here, Twitter user @DiaboliRex showcases his tributes to Kenner's old Keaton-based creations, in color schemes both classic and creative.

I would buy them. So it's probably better that they will only ever exist as images to admire, and save me some cash. Of course, NECA could conceivably do these in 18" scale, and utterly bankrupt everyone.