Labor Day Weekend Open Thread - Happy Bustin' Anniversary!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:36 pm

No Hangover Monday as it will be a holiday with light posting. I may borrow the best things I see here (with credit, of course).

Happy 30th, Ghostbusters!

(Amazingly, there are five other videos on Ray Parker Jr.'s Vevo channel. Bet you never knew he had that many.)

Live-Action The Tick Returning With Patrick Warburton?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, TV
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm


Yes...this according to People magazine, an odd source for superhero news, so maybe take it with a grain of salt, but anyway - they say it will be back as an original series for

The original series was probably a bit too "before its time," but with Guardians of the Galaxy set to become the #1 movie of the year, I'm not surprised funny superheroes are hot again, and this one's a pre-existing property with stars who haven't become super-expensive in the years since.

Are you ready for mysteries to abound again? Also, what is up with that oblong codpiece?

h/t Merrill Barr

GIVEAWAY: Badass 30th Anniversary Voltron T-Shirts

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime, Cartoons, Merchandise, TV
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm


We ain't lion - these TV Store Online Voltron shirts are pretty sweet and you can win the pair of them, doing your part to defend the universe from the scourge of naked torsos. As a special bonus, this offer isn't just open to U.S. residents...but Canadians too! You folks probably need a couple extra layers for winter anyway.

Labor Day ends the summer movie season, so here's what we'll do: in comments below, tell me what you'd do if you had complete power to remake one of this year's summer films, but were forbidden to use anyone involved in the original (i.e. you can't remake Captain America 2 and still have Chris Evans play Cap). Use your powers for good or evil, and for the sake of argument, we'll define "summer" as loosely as you like. Just be entertaining.

The entry period closes next Friday, Sept. 5th at noon. Enter as often you like, remembering that quality usually triumphs over quantity.

Image above is for illustration only - sizes up to XXXL are available.

Believe It or Not...Lego Movie Makers Rebooting Greatest American Hero for TV

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm


I always imagined this would get a movie instead, but no. Chris Miller and Phil Lord are producing a pilot for TV. This time around, the teacher works in an inner-city school and is named Isaac, so I guess it's conceivable this could be in continuity, since the original series ended with a spin-off where a woman got Ralph's super-suit.

The old series is fun, but a lot of it is badly dated, particularly in its frequent use and re-use of stock footage. What is also dated - sadly - is that the show was extraordinarily politically evenhanded: hippy-dippy liberal teacher Ralph and raving rightie gun-nut Bill were equally mocked and extolled, and they always had to work together to solve the issues. Somehow I imagine that's less likely than Ralph to truly fly today.

But give me a Lonely Island faux-hip-hop cover of the classic theme and I might be won over. Now...would you rather see the show do spandex, or rubber nipples?

For Everyone Who's Ever Wanted to See Gleek, the Super Friends Monkey, Get Naked...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV, Toys
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Figures Toy Company you go. He was naughty to remove his clothes, so I think you better spank that monkey.

Figures Toy Company makes Mego-style figures, and just announced a Super Friends line that will pretty clearly include the Wonder Twins and their favorite Simian. But they also don't just do cartoony likenesses - check out their headsculpt for the blue-faced, Austrian-accented Mr. Freeze that isn't the one you hate.

'80s VHS-Style Angry Birds Transformers Cartoon Is the Right of All Sentient Beings

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Toys, Video Games
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm


The VHS distortions, that oh-so-'80s sparkling effect, the ghosting frames - what could possibly make this clip hit me even more in the childhood?

Oh yeah - a theme song that specifically describes what I'm watching. "Birds disguised as robots in disguise." So here's the big question: do these Autobots shit on their own windshields?

Literally the Best Funny Video You'll See Today...Maybe

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, TV
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am


Words mean things. As editors we know this - reading a free newspaper yesterday I was actually annoyed by a restaurant review which stated that when Dorothy said, "There's no place like home," they were SURE she meant a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley named "Home." Really? You're sure of that? Not a moment of doubt that Judy Garland had that specific motivation when she uttered the line on camera?

But sometimes we lose. "Literally" doesn't entirely mean what it used to...and CollegeHumor is very angry about that, it seems. Behold "The Boy Who Cried 'Literally.'"

TR Review: Is It Hell? I Dunno. As Above, So Below

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

They did the upside down thing in Devil too

It's not hard to make me freak out watching people get stuck in tight spaces deep underground, and I suspect I'm not alone - there's a reason The Descent is so popular with the people who've actually seen it, and it isn't just scantily clad babes in miner hats. It's like putting a ton of jalapenos on your sandwich - you know full well they're going to burn and take over the thing, and it makes it harder to tell whether the sandwich beneath is actually any good.

I'm pretty sure As Above, So Below is quite stupid when it comes to the screenwriting, but the camerawork and editing is so effective that I felt close to a panic attack most of the time anyway. If that's what you're into, you could do worse.

I READ YOUR FANFIC! "The Quest for the Holey Grail Part 2" by KingAurthr2

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

The real quest is my quest to get through the dumbest fucking thing I have ever read and maintain my composure. We're not there yet, but Greg and I give it our all in another "exciting" installment of this all-out assault on spelling, grammar and logic.

The 7 Best Ways to Clear up Comics Continuity Errors

By Jim Dandeneau in Comics, Daily Lists, Nerdery
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

Warner Brothers
Infinite Batmen from Brave and the Bold

When you put them together, Marvel and DC have been publishing two continuous, multi-titled universes for more than 125 years. Trying to keep the rich histories of these books straight has been an uphill fight for the editors and the publishers, and it's a common problem in genre fiction. The instant an author has to account for more than two people in more than one book, she runs the risk of losing track of one of them for long enough to trigger a flood of enraged fan mail.