Ex-Mythbuster Hired by McDonald's, Now Busting Myths in Their Favor

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink, TV
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm


Yes, that's recently downsized Mythbusters star Grant Imahara in a McDonald's-funded video, proving to the world that the company doesn't use "pink slime" or eyeballs in their hamburgers. And you know it's legit because McDonald's would never lie, or cut corners to maximize profits.

Seriously, let's just assume Imahara is absolutely on the level, as we have no reason not to based on his track record. Do we really think that if he found bad stuff, McDonald's would put it in their videos?

Can we get the other Mythbusters to test the veracity of this myth-busting?

Ezra Miller Will Be the Big-Screen Flash, and Other DC Movie News

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:39 am


Apparently in desperation to counter the latest Marvel movie news, WB has announced that the Perks of Being a Wallflower star - who looks not unlike the current TV Barry Allen - will be the Flash in a movie that will come out in 2018. 2017 will see Justice League Part 1 and Wonder Woman, 2018 is Flash and Aquaman, 2019 Shazam and Justice League Part 2, and 2020 will be Cyborg and Green Lantern.

And of course this all assumes Batman v Superman actually works. If that goes south, so does a whole lot of this plan, I'd imagine. It's notable that these are all far enough out that they could easily be strangled in the crib.

Give Your Gummi Bear a Scorpion-Style Fatality With Skeleton Candles

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Miscellaneous
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am


I know, I know. You thought Gummi Bears had no backbone. You were WRONG! This Gummi Bear candle has all the bones, but you'll have to slowly melt his skin away, pleasantly scented drop by drop, to expose them all. Or, if you have a nearby Ark of the Covenant, just stick his head in there for a second or two.

Speaking of which, how come nobody's made a Toht-head candle yet? ThinkGeek, I'm looking at y'all...

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Con Crud Edition

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

Dark Horse Comics
The New York Daily News was reporting earlier this week that New York City has its first cases of ebola. They had to retract the report when the city Department of Health confirmed that it wasn't ebola, just con plague. Thank God that wasn't in my con haul this year. All I got was a black and white Essential Judge Dredd, The Rise of Aurora West, three emails from an 8 year old kid who really wants to discuss the Phalanx, March, Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures vol. 1; a rash on my arm, Underwater Welder, and this week's best book.

The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am


Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.

Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread: "Face My Enemy"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm


They really are inspired by A Beautiful Mind this season, aren't they? In fiction, I'm pretty sure John Nash (as depicted in the movie) would have found a way to turn his mental illness into super powers somehow.

Should I have done a Flash thread? I'm going to do a combined Flash/Arrow thread tomorrow and see if that works, or if it turns out to be a clustercuss. There are too many comic-based shows now to do threads for all of them, and they all seem to be doing well.

TR Readers' Best Stormtrooper Memes (and Stormtrooper/Sharknado Contest Winners)

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Movies, TV
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm


It's time to name some winners. For the Stormtrooper costume, we asked you to create a meme based in some way on a Stormtrooper.

One of the honorable mentions is above; the rest (and the Sharknado winner, chosen by random number generation) follow...

Documentary Mudbloods Covers the UCLA Quidditch Team (Yes, UCLA Has a Quidditch Team)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies, Nerdery
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm


If we could take this documentary film back in time to the days of the first Revenge of the Nerds movie, I think heads would explode at the confluence of jock aggression and pure nerdery on display in the same place. Not only have dedicated fans turned a fictional sport that involves flying into something real, but as the trailer below shows, they've somehow made it as violent as rugby.

I'm curious to see if enterprising fans can now take that How to Train Your Dragon sport of dropping sheep into baskets into a live-action thing.

Mudbloods is available online as of today. The trailer makes me way more curious than I was before.

It's Age of Ultron...WITH ZOMBIES!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, zombies
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm


Just remember: it's not really about the zombies...it's about the Ultrons. Who are the real walking dead.

via Bleeding Cool

Marvelshop.com/Disney Store Exclusive Iron Man Is Plane Crazy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:56 am


There's...something! On the wing of the plane! But this is no gremlin. Bleeding Edge Iron Man, in nanotech armor, is a real fly guy, more likely to save people than push the neuroses of William Shatner over the edge.

Your options for grabbing him are Stark - this figure is only available at Marvel.com as of yesterday. Then in two weeks, he'll move on to being a Disney Store exclusive. Who knew Tony was such a serial monogamist?