6 Nerdy Cool Things We Saw at the Tribeca Film Festival

By Jim Dandeneau in Daily Lists, Movies
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Tribeca Film Festival
Founded in 2002 because Robert De Niro hated flying to France (Editor's note: That is not even remotely close to true - it was founded in response to the expanding film and TV presence in NYC and as a post-9/11 jolt to the lower Manhattan economy, but good try), the Tribeca Film Festival almost immediately became one of the premier festivals in the world. This year alone, the festival saw nearly 500,000 people attending one of its almost 500 events in downtown Manhattan - mind boggling numbers even for the largest city in the country. In addition to its size, TFF is also a great place for genre films, a nurturing home to some pretty obscure, nerdy stuff. Here are 6 of the coolest things we saw there.

Gotham SPOILER Thread: Woo-Hoo

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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A little John Woo double-fisting action tonight, I see.

Next Star Wars Movie Is About Boba Fett, Because Duh

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

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The movie Josh Trank will no longer be directing features everybody's once-favorite-till-he-got-ridiculously-overhyped bounty hunter (the cool kids are all into 4-LOM now, or so I'd like to believe). That's one rumor finally confirmed. Another, which I hope will NEVER be confirmed lest I give into nerd rage and fall to the Sith, is that "Boba Fett" will be retconned as a title rather than a name, and possibly be played by Michael Fassbender - this would be both a whitewashing and a pretty severe alteration of canon, although technically Jeremy Bulloch - the original Boba, is a white guy, so he has arguably gone back and forth racially.

The main appeal of Boba Fett was his mystery - as more and more of it has been explained, he has gotten less and less interesting. I really hope they know what they're doing on this one.

Top-Down Smackdown: KOTR, WTF?

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

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WWE

When the first round of the King of the Ring tournament happened last week on Raw, I thought to myself, great, now I can talk about who should win it in next week's column.

Then they finished the whole thing on a WWE Network off-night, amidst several other new launches. What the hell? Doesn't hype and buildup matter any more?

Next Podcast Guest: Malice, of the Mandalorian Mercs

By Luke Y. Thompson in Live Performance, Miscellaneous
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

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From Skirata Aliit, the Southern California chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs (think 501st, but for Mandalorians), we're getting a bounty-ful guest.

Also, my mother-in-law will be on the same show, and relate the tale of how Mandalorians fixed her Internet.

Do you have any questions? Leave 'em below!

The Force Awakens, if It Starred Jar Jar Binks

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I would laugh so hard if the final movie turned out to be this. Except when JJ Abrams would inevitably show up dead as a result.

Some nice editing here by Michael Murdock.

First Force Awakens Toy Unveiled! Peter Mayhew Shows Hasbro's Roaring Chewbacca Mask

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

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I'm not sure why they never thought of this before. In a nine-second video that was retweeted by at least one Hasbro publicist, the man behind the real mask has a friend show off the new mass-market version due in September.

In my day, of course, we did our own Wookiee roars. Kids today are so spoiled.

New Star Wars "Chrometrooper" Picture and Identity Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:01 am

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No, this isn't the new picture. THIS is.

But you can call her Captain Phasma from now on. I'll just call her "Brienne of Darth."

TRAILER: Robin Williams, Simon Pegg and the Monty Python Team Give You Absolutely Anything

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Now there's a heavy-hitting lineup you don't see every day - and never will again.

In this new feature directed by Python's Terry Jones, Simon Pegg is basically Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. Except this time, his dog is Robin Williams, aliens who talk like John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam gave him the powers, and he has none of the attendant responsibilities of God...but he might just destroy the world by accident.

Even if this movie isn't great, there's really no way it can totally suck...right?

New Star Wars Creatures! And a New Character Name

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Puppets
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

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Vanity Fair

A space pirate named Maz Kanata and some new aliens are now revealed at Vanity Fair too, plus what appears to be a still indicating that Kylo Ren does indeed simply look like Adam Driver under the mask.

I'm not big on the new aliens, particularly - they remind me of that one CG bar patron from the beginning of JJ's Trek. And I've never cared much for Driver's unadorned face, but there it is.