Finally, a Hot Toys Figure You Can Afford - Baby Groot!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.

Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.

IDW's Newest Licensed Comic Is Cronenberg's The Fly

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Should we be afraid? Be very afraid, even? Can any sequel avoid vomiting upon our memories, dissolving them, and then sucking them back up?

Well, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the son of Brundlefly, so it's already most likely ignoring The Fly II, which is perfectly fine with me.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

Oh, so it's Dawn of the Planet of the Brundleflies? I can dig that.

No Joke: Lego's Actually Making Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet Next Year

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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From the same German catalog that leaked possible Age of Ultron spoilers comes proof that indeed, a Lego version of Wonder Woman's signature vehicle is coming out - and you CAN see it.

It's perhaps a bit more limited than some of us would like, probably due to clear Lego bricks costing more to make than opaque ones (hence why Lego Friends' version of Elsa's Frozen castle isn't as transparent as you might hope either). But still - following on the heels of an Internet joke about Lego doing it, it's cool to see any version. And who knows; if sales are through the roof, maybe we can get a better one without a stupid-looking Bat-mech packed in for sales security.

First Posters for Pixels Are the Greatest Things Adam Sandler Will Ever Be Connected to

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Pixels might end up being a terrible movie. Given that it stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, odds are better than even that it will suck Donkey Kong balls. But these posters, depicting '80s video game icons attacking world landmarks, are beauties.

In the movie, aliens misinterpret signals of old-school video games as a declaration of war, and only the now middle-aged masters of '80s arcades can help the world fight back. It's loosely based on a short from 2010. That's a good premise, with unfunny dicks in key roles - though Peter Dinklage is in it too. I don't plan on rushing out to see it, but I do plan on enjoying these posters, which are fucking awesome.

Liam Neeson's Violent 12 Days of Christmas

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Christmas. Peace and love. Good will to all men.

Unless you're Liam feckin' Neeson. And some bleedin' gobshites are just after framin' ya for murder.

Here's a Taken 3 Christmas carol, and one of the best seasonal bits of marketing I've ever seen.

New Comic Book Day: It Would Be Irresponsible Not To

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Dynamite Comics
We now have news that Al Pacino met with Kevin Feige at some point presumably to discuss a role in an upcoming Marvel movie, which pretty much requires us to speculate on what role they were talking about. It can't be Ulysses Klaw (since he's rumored to show up in AOU) ruling out Black Panther and it won't be a TV show, because he'd be meeting with Jeph Loeb. So who's it going to be? A lot of speculation has been focused on Dr. Strange villains (Baron Mordo is a terrible suggestion I heard, but Mephisto and/or Nightmare make slightly more sense), although Al Pacino and Bandicoot Cabbagepatch gnawing on the same piece of scenery like two dogs is not my idea of a good 2 hours. No, I think smart money says Pacino's the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok. That's right: Fenrir. DEAL WITH IT.

THIS WEEK IN COMICS: Robert Moses gets sainted, Roy Harper gets faded, Odin gets hammered, Roderick Kingsley gets flipped, Charles Rooks gets freaked out and the Winter Soldier gets called out. But first, Tina Belcher gets perved up.

5 Reasons Why The Lego Movie Is More Feminist Than You Think

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I used to label myself a feminist.

I was a teenager, and inspired by Kurt Cobain, who did the same. I agreed then, as I do now, with the original meaning of the word - one who believes in treating both genders equally, and is opposed to discrimination against women.

It only became a problem when others who embraced that f-word - my mother among them - started telling me what, based on that word, I was and was not supposed to think beyond the basic definition. Action movies were to be bad. Porn was flat out. Gangsta rap and heavy metal, forget about it. I decided then that I would keep the beliefs but ditch the label.

I still believe that we need more great female characters in movies. I don't pretend that we're at a level playing field on that score yet. But when I see feminist critiques of something like The Lego Movie, I find them counter-productive. Let me take a moment now to strap a gigantic bullseye to my face, as I write about pro-feminist themes from the point of view of a guy who possibly has no right to.

The Secret Meaning of Those Star Wars Character Name Reveals (Maybe)

By Tom Akel in Daily Lists, Movies
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

By now you've all certainly seen the badass throwback Star Wars trading card images that revealed the names of the characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There's a lot of interesting information we can pull from the names, the images used, and the way in which JJ and Disney chose to make the reveal, but there's one mystery that Master Lens-Flare specifically pointed out in the Entertainment Weekly reveal, thus challenging me directly to solve.

Asked if there was significance to the numbering, Abrams replied: "YES."

Without dissecting everything there is about the names themselves (like how "Kylo" doesn't really sound like a bad guy) or the idea that it seems we're being lead towards all-that-will-make-us-feel-nostalgic-for-the-original-trilogy-while-forgetting-the-prequels-happened, I'll still tackle those pesky numbers.

My theory is that they represent the minute of the film each image was pulled from. So if that's true, we can further determine the sequence of events that we've seen in the trailer, which would look like this:

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BB-8 on the move!

Honest Trailers: The Desolation of Smaug

By Tom Akel in Daily Lists, Movies
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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The Screen Junkies have released the latest Honest Trailer, this time for the 3 hour snooze-fest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which if you haven't seen yet could easily have been edited down a full hour and contains the most ridiculous action sequence of the 5 LOTR films to date. This sequence in the books is well done and clever, but in the movie is turned into a cartoon with Looney Tunes-like physics and such bad CGI at times I thought I was watching Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. I'm speaking, of course, of the barrel race rapids ride, soon to be featured at a 6 Flags near you. And I really don't think there's anything in the upcoming Battle of the Five Armies that will top it.

And I've yet to meet anyone clamoring for more Legolas. He's a popular character, sure, and was totally badass in LOTR, but enough's enough. Besides does anyone not think he'll be featured throughout the inevitable Silmarillion Trilogy where the 3rd act will be further split into 2 movies?

Anyhow, as usual, the Screen Junkies nail it.

Win Stephen Colbert's Desk Or Fireplace

By Tom Akel in TV
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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So this is a cool thing.

With only 3 episodes left of The Colbert Report, Stephen is raffling off his desk and fireplace for the charity The Yellow Ribbon Fund, which provides support for injured veterans and DonorsChoose.org, which supports students in need by funding school projects.

This is the set where he interviewed everyone from Smaug to Joe Quesada, so it's a pretty nifty piece of nerd history and might be representative of the last time we'll know Colbert as the character of Stephen Colbert before he takes over for Letterman on Late Show.