Kotobukiya's Sexy Female Freddy vs. Jason Figures Get Live-Action Adaptation

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm


Remember these ladies? Kotobukiya's bishoujo statue line turns whatever character it interprets into buxom, scantily clad, anime-style babes, which makes more sense when it's, say, Catwoman. But yeah, they made Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

And now Nerdist and Scream Factory have made a live-action short based on these unique variants, starring Adrianne Curry, and giving Kotobukiya ideas for another figure at the very end. I'm not sure it quite does the toys justice - for that, you'd need Axel Braun. But it comes as close as may be possible to making the female versions somewhat empowering, which, while almost certainly contrary to the intent of the toy, is impressive.

(Note: being a Nerdist video, it may autoplay)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Remade as a Single-Take Horror Short Might Ruin Your Childhood Forever

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:30 am


I was only recently made aware of the children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in which an increasingly demanding mouse makes like the conservative stereotype of a welfare recipient, and just keeps requesting more and more free handouts after you grant him one kind act of charity. I am informed by the person who shares my apartment that in context, it is in fact very cute.

Naturally, Some People on the Internet have made it into a horror movie short. Tales From the Crypt and Funny Games were the most obvious inspirations, but there are more to be found therein. In this mousetrap, the mouse traps you. And he wants more than just a glass of milk this time.

George Lucas was quite kind to your youth by comparison.

Geoff Johns Just Mentioned a Live-Action DC Multiverse. Now It Needs to Happen.

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am


"We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist." - Geoff Johns.

Some years ago, when Marvel was still at Paramount and before Thor had even been cast, I got to take a tour of their facilities, from an art department designing MIckey Rourke's then-unrevealed Whiplash costume to the actual gym set in Tony Stark's house. We already knew Avengers was the big plan, but Kevin Feige had something else in mind as well. He wanted, he said, to let filmmakers with unique visions "play in our sandbox," going through the list of C and D-list Marvel properties to see what they liked, eventually making smaller, more personal features that weren't obliged to connect to the main Avengers narrative.

The first of those? Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Apocalypse? Nahhh...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:00 am


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. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though.

Hey all - last week was busy with 2 movies to attend. As you know last Thursday was the second film in the Joshua Tree International Film Fest. We saw the documentary Skanks, which followed the play Skanks in a One-Horse Town by Billy Ray Brewton. Mr. Brewton was to be in attendance - but alas he was ill and was unable to attend, and the film got a bit of a late start as the copy that was sent for viewing did not work. But Q came to the rescue and rented it on Amazon. So if you want to see it go to Amazon; if you are a theatre geek you will understand what is going on. If not, you will be a bit bored. Some of the editing is sloppy, but that's ok. Anyway I love small community theatre and thus I found the documentary enjoyable. I have been involved over the last 20 years with long nights of rehearsal, opening night jitters and then the sound of audience approval - such fun. It has been about 5 yrs since I have been on stage and I am thinking about jumping back in in 2015. Looking at The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Addams Family Musical.

Anyway the next show is on November 20 and will be the Road to Paloma starring, get this, drum roll...starring Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet. I understand Mr. Momoa is going to be in some upcoming super hero movie. Hmmmmmm. Hopefully he will be available for an interview. Fingers crossed, jumping up and down etc.

7 Ways Alien: Isolation Helped Me Accept My Anxiety Disorder

By Daniel Link in Daily Lists, Movies, Video Games
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Creative Assembly

My name is Daniel, and I suffer from a mental disorder. Specifically, I have severe anxiety, which often manifests and renders me useless in social situations and leaves me afraid of everything up to and including my shadow. It's more than a little ironic, then, that I love horror in all of its mediums: film, literature, comics, take your pick. While I might avoid anything remotely tense in everyday life, I enjoy the primal thrill of being scared by a movie or book. Consider it a form of exposure therapy.

With Alien being my all-time favourite film, I was extremely pumped for Creative Assembly's video game sequel, Alien: Isolation. Though overly long and - I should impress this - ridiculously stressful, Isolation is by far one of the best games I've ever played. Not simply for its mechanics or extreme faithfulness to the source material, but for how it allowed me to better understand the disorder that has plagued me for most of my adult life.

If you'll bear with me, consider...

UPDATED WITH POSTER! Here's the Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser From Marvel

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm


Pirates: 1

Agents of SHIELD ratings gimmick: 0

Leaked via bootleg earlier, this is the official version from Marvel. It doesn't have the party scene shown in San Diego, nor - unless I missed him in the excitement - Vision. But it does have a great use of Disney corporate synergy.

Arrow SPOILER Thread - Everyone Ignore the Leaked Trailer Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm


If a bootleg trailer to something leaked, I couldn't post it here. You guys are on your own.

So let's talk about Arrow.

Your 12" Figures Can Now Travel in Space and Time With Big Chief Studios' 1/6 Scale TARDIS

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm


Big Chief, who make super-expensive 12" Doctor Who figures - their next few include a Matt Smith with bonus Capaldi head, and polystone Weeping Angels with an Amy/Rory tombstone - have finally seen the value in creating the most important diorama accessory for any Time Lord.

New Hobbit-Themed Air New Zealand Safety Video Literally Shits on Sylvester McCoy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies, Nerdery
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Airline safety videos already feel like an unwelcome extension of the flight preamble, after you've taken longer than necessary to wait for boarding, board the plain and then linger on the tarmac. So what better movie property to associate with them than The Hobbit, which knows a thing or two about unwelcome lengthenings?

This isn't the first such collaboration - that happened in 2012, and both Rob and I enjoyed it. But now? The stereotypical basement-dweller nerd who craves the One Ring? The bird droppings falling on poor Sylvester in real time? The weird and creepy way the Battle of the Five Armies turns into a group hug? The freakin' END CREDITS on a safety video, because it isn't long enough already?

Hmm, these really do follow my feelings about the Hobbit trilogy almost exactly.

Oh Dear...Johnny Depp's a Furry Now

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Sigh...Another day, another really stupid costume for Johnny Depp, who finally ditched the clown-white facepaint for blue fur and dog ears as the Big Bad Wolf from the dark musical fairytale amalgam Into the Woods. Note to Depp: this is not better.

I admit I don't know Into the Woods well at all, but I totally get why you might dress that way in a stage musical (except for the part about it being blue). But in a movie full of CGI beanstalks and thorns and stuff...THIS is your wolf? Was he auditioning for Avatar 2 and just refused to take the costume off?

Why do I get the feeling that if Johnny Depp did Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas today, he'd insist Hunter Thompson needs actual bat wings, and nobody would tell him "no"?