Help Them, Obi-Wan Kenobi: New Star Wars: Rebels Full Trailer Bridges Eras

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Holographic Obi-Wan, who has apparently been trapped with Cenobites in the Hellraiser box, is not the only hope for these rebels - Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and Wookies look to give this show a lot of the old feelings, not to mention that everything seems better with classic Star Wars music behind it. Yes, the line about "A New Hope" is too on the nose...but the fact that I know Freddie Prinze Jr, is that Jedi's voice, yet can't hear the annoyingness, is a damn good sign.

And now you wait till October. THAT's annoying.

Blu-ray Today: Cheerleaders Die, Holmes Gets Private, and a Dick Samurai

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

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All Cheerleaders Die - The original ACD is a movie almost nobody has seen, though I still have a VHS copy of it somewhere: a no-budget zombie movie shot on video by then-recent USC alumni Chris Sivertson and Lucky McKee. Both went on to solo directorial careers: Lucky with May and The Woods, and Chris with The Lost and I Know Who Killed Me. It may be a sign of how rough the marketplace is for indie horror that they rejoined to remake their first feature, and it feels, creatively, like a step back. There are a lot of plot threads going on in this movie about a spurned high school girl who wants to avenge her friend's accidental (?) death by infiltrating the cheerleading squad and ruining them - only for them all to wind up as undead flesh-eaters thanks to some magic glowing stones. But there's too much unnecessary soap-opera stuff for what needs to be a simpler premise, and the film's blatant set-up for a sequel at the end all but acknowledges there are more loose ends here than could be handled in one movie.

if there ends up being an ACD trilogy, this likely won't matter...but as a stand-alone, it's frustrating.

28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

Top-Down Smackdown: Putin Your Eggs in One Basket

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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I found myself wondering the other day if The Iron Sheik could make it if he started in the wrestling business today.

Wait, wait, wait. Before anybody tries to break my back or fuck my ass en route to making me humble, hear me out. Khosrow Vaziri has the natural charisma and athletic ability to make it in any era of sports-entertainment; hell, he's built an entire post-ring career based on the fact that he writes "Go fuck yourself" multiple times a day on Twitter. It's the gimmick of Iron Sheik that might be troublesome. Wrestling in the '80s relied on what we could call the Rocky IV effect, and our current culture of insta-offense may kill that dead.


Topless Toy Chest: Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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I haven't been a fan of Hasbro's Marvel movie-based figures in quite a while, but they're finally, maybe, getting themselves on the right track here. Today we examine Marvel Legends Gamora, Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon, Milano Spaceship and Battle Gear 2-Pack of Star Lord and Gamora in 2.5 inch scale.

Mike Mignola's "Toy Story That Time Forgot" Poster Has Hellaciously Great Dinosaurs

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Tell me you would ever have known this was for a Toy Story TV special, if not for the logo that says it must be. One thing the franchise has always been lacking is toys that look like I would collect them - but that appears to have changed in what looks like Toy Story: Age of Extinction. It seems "Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when 'the coolest set of action figures ever' turn out to be dangerously delusional." Well, at least its not like in Small Soldiers, where the cool monster toys turned out to be dorky pacifists.

The poster will be given out at Comic-Con - TVline has all the details on how to get one. Or you could wait for eBay, where they'll feature a mark-up of infinity...and beyond.

h/t Christian Lindke

Mondo Expands Into Toys With Iron Giant, TMNT, Hitchcock Action Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, TV, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:

The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...

Here's the Episode VII X-Wing Fighter

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

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Once again promoting Force for Change and your chance to win a walk-on role in the new Star Wars movie, JJ Abrams has revealed the upgraded X-Wing, now with blue highlights and two wing engines rather than four. It pretty much looks like an X-Wing.

This is the last week to enter. Worth a shot, right?

Heath Ledger Joker, Dark Knight Tumbler Get a Lego Set

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Why so seriously cool, Lego?

Interestingly enough, this will be the first time an accurately scarred of the Ledger Joker appears in a family friendly line - Mattel created a less frightening cartoon caricature for their kids' line of toys (while ironically leaving Two-Face horrifically half-burned in the same series), only making a screen-accurate figure in the adult-aimed Movie Masters line, while the WWE team was told that although DC/WWE crossovers are not forbidden, Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania outfit as the Ledger Joker was off-limits because "that version of the Joker" was not appropriate to a PG audience.

Well, now you can terrorize the likes of Emmet and Batman's Lego ex Wyldstyle with a genuinely scary, scar-faced clown, though this minifig doesn't come cheap - you have to buy a $200 Lego Tumbler Batmobile to get him. But it's pretty stylin'. Check it out...

The Strain SPOILER Thread - Dead Girl Walking

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

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Okay, so is EVERY episode going to end with creepy dead girl, then not get back to her until the final minutes of the subsequent episode?

Are y'all still watching this? Worth talking about each week? Let me know below.