Princess Peach as Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball Style...Can Be Yours!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Toys, Video Games
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am


Action figure customizer Kody Koala would appear to share Mario's crush on a certain princess...but instead of risking life, limb and wild mushroom poisoning, he simply customized a scantily clad rendition of her royal highness in a 'shroom-themed "Wrecking Ball" setting.

But you can "party in the USA" with her in the privacy of your own home if you win it. I'm not judging. Heavily drinking, yes. Despairing, maybe. But not judging. All you have to do is go to his post on Facebook for free entry instructions.

I guess in the movieverse, this makes Billy Ray the Fungus. That seems accurate.

h/t SlyDante777

Blu-ray Today: Sorcerer, Stallone, Seagal, Seven Warriors and Several Spideys

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, DVDs
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sorcerer - Through an accident of timing, this movie is most famous in the nerd-sphere for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with its content. Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood booked it to be their main attraction in June of 1977, forcing them to give Star Wars the boot after a month, a decision they were locked into because they counted on the William Friedkin action movie being a bigger deal.

Fans booed, and the Chinese ultimately brought back Star Wars as soon as they contractually could, but now, in the modern area of George Lucas-bashing, it seems like the perfect time to check out what everyone thought would be his stiff competition, and appreciate it for what it is - a tense thriller about four guys paid the big bucks to drive a truck full of nitroglycerin across the jungle. The Blu-ray conversion was supervised by Friedkin himself (something none of the DVD versions can claim), and features a 40-page booklet with pictures and excerpts from the director's autobiography.

10 Things I Learned Running Game Demos at WonderCon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

This last weekend, I attended WonderCon for the first time. In addition to general convention activities like observing cosplayers and wandering the Exhibit Hall, I was also con liaison for Steve Jackson Games.


WonderCon didn't particularly have gaming as a focus, but there was a sizable gaming area, part of which was reserved for the Steve Jackson Games demo team. It was an interesting and fun experience, so I'm sharing ten things I learned serving as a con liaison and miscellaneous convention attendee.

Top-Down Smackdown: Is WWE Legends House Irresponsible About Addiction?

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Some five two years after it was shot - and luckily, given the wrestling business, none of the participants died in the interim - Legemds House aired on the WWE Network last week. I admit it made for compelling TV, but it also made me full awkward for being compelled, and not in the way that I expected.

I've Seen the First Hour of How to Train Your Dragon 2

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Cartoons, Movies, TV
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm


You can't really call this a movie review - I'm not even sure exactly how much of the movie I saw, whether it was 2/3 or (I suspect) closer to half. Regardless, I was invited for a reason - that being to convey my impressions. And they're a bit all over the place.

HBO's New Viral Video/Ad Strategy: Your Parents Are Annoying A-Holes

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Tech
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm


HBO GO wants tech-savvy kids to use its mobile service, and to do that, they've partnered with Buzzfeed to create a series of videos in which parents of teenagers constantly ruin the HBO viewing experience by saying or doing stupid things. It's a funny campaign...and utterly misguided.

Here's why: to be effective, ads need to target the decision-maker in the household for that product - and I have never once heard of a teen paying the family cable bill. Not to mention that if you have really awkward parents, the odds that they want you watching rapey shows like Game of Thrones someplace where you can't be monitored seem vaguely slim.

Though with all that said, these parents are pretty damn cool to let their kids watch anal sex on TV. Cut 'em some slack. Besides, they got you HBO in the first place, you ingrate.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Shows off Rehearsals With Miniatures, Stunts

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Merchandise, Miscellaneous
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The "white model" phase of this elaborate stage show features a miniature version of the set, vehicles and characters from the production, basically letting the creative team play with toys until they decide on the scenario that will entertain us as much as them. Plus they've come up with a way to create some new watch-like souvenir that interacts with the show somehow in order to make every kid in attendance have to have one.

Nice to see also - per the stunt team in action - that Roman Reigns' "Superman Punch" maneuver is indeed comic accurate, though perhaps to the wrong character set.

Nerdiest Speed Freak Ever: Collects VHS Copies of the Keanu Reeves Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am


Far be it for those of us who collect anything to look down on another person's collection, but...really, Ryan Beitz? You want to own every VHS copy of Speed ever made? And you want us to fund you on Kickstarter? (Obligatory "better than a Zach Braff movie, I suppose" joke goes here.) I guess you could build a really cool fort when you're done.

Donations will go towards painting his van to look like the bus in the movie, and ensuring that it can actually run at 55 mph to get him places to show off his collection. Obviously I have just one question for Ryan: One day you may wish to meet a romantic partner. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Because relationships formed in intense situations never work out - ask Jason Patric.

Weekend Hangover: Godzilla MUTO, Batman Beyond, Farscape, Star Wars Rebels, More...

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am


Diligently combing through all the online clips frame by frame, Kotaku Japan has put together a decent look at Godzilla's newest foe, the MUTO. Keep reading for the rest of the weekend highlights, compiled with the help of Ky6le LeClair.

This week's tipsters include: Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, donnaryoko, skrag2112, andre_morello, Hawkeye_Pierce, rkwsuperstar, Anyone00

Game of Thrones SPOILER Thread: Chains of Not-Love

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


It seems as good a time as any to see if we have enough interest in making this a regular deal, with the Internet abuzz over a significant change from the books that most seem to agree is for the worse.

One rule for this thread: ONLY stuff that has happened on the show so far may be discussed. Please do not mention characters and plot points from the books that have not yet appeared on TV. Uninformed speculation is fine.