Marvel Reveals Phase 3 Movies, Culminating in 2-Part Avengers/Guardians "Infinity War"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, TV
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Three months later than they had originally intended, Marvel today finally revealed the Phase 3 movie schedule and titles they had wanted to have ready for Comic-Con. And oh yeah, according to Marvel president Kevin Feige, their plans have nothing to do with any competitor's plans.

He knows we don't believe that, and I don't think he cares. Why should he? When he ran a montage of clips showcasing the Tesseract, Aether, and whatever the thing was called in Guardians, culminating in an image of Thanos wearing the Infinity Gauntlet, I think most of us in attendance were ready to empty our wallets preemptively. (Yes, it was Brolin Thanos, and yes, that image was the only thing "new" in the montage.) Avengers: Infinity War will be a two-part movie.

There was more to come...

Relax - "Furry Potter" Is Just a Sesame Street Parody

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies, TV
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I'm not sure they understand quite where our minds go with that title.

Honestly, though, this plays less like a Harry Potter parody to me, and more like the conversation I seriously just had five minutes ago with an AT&T rep who repeated back everything I said completely wrong. If Cookie Monster's acting career ever falters, he's already set with a back-up career in tech support. Unless they decide he's too competent.

Blu-ray Today: A New Nightbreed, and Pony People in the House Get Hyped

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, DVDs, Movies
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Nightbreed: The Director's Cut - I haven't seen the theatrical cut of Clive Barker's Cabal adaptation since it was first on HBO, but I remember thinking it felt like huge chunks were missing that might have clarified the story some. Now restored with some 20 old minutes taken out and 45 put back in, its point couldn't be clearer - Barker's basically doing a grotesque take on the X-Men, with homophobia/AIDS metaphors cranked to 11. In a new introduction, he says studio executives at the time couldn't understand monsters being the good guys, but I think he's being euphemistic.

Dig: Boone (pretty/dumb Craig Sheffer) has a good job and a nice girlfriend, but he dreams about being a monster and running wild in a crazy underground world. His psychiatrist, the coldly detached Dr. Decker (David Cronenberg, behaving exactly the way you'd hope David Cronenberg would behave), is curious about these fantasies, as he has some of his own about murdering families, which he promptly enacts and pins the blame on self-loathing freak Boone. Boone dies and is reborn among the monsters, who have varying levels of weirdness but all accept each other, as finally the man who walks in both worlds (bisexual, in other words) must defend against an uncaring medical profession and a whole host of dumb redneck gun nuts (in a slight twist, they're Canadian rather than Appalachian).

It's a bit on the nose, and I wish the non-Cronenberg villains weren't quite such caricatures. It's still a ballsy allegory for the late '80s (it was released in 1990 originally) and full of imaginative designs; it may be hard to take fully seriously today, but it remains a defiantly unique vision even if the hair and makeup have not aged well. Hate to say this, but a remake could work. (Note that this is different from the Cabal Cut that played a limited theatrical run with deteriorated elements; the Blu-ray cut is fully restored and not as long.)

15 Tabletop Games - That Aren't Call of Cthulhu - for a Horrifyingly Happy Halloween

By Christian Lindke in Daily Lists, Gaming, zombies
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Call me crazy, but I'm one of those geeks who loves to play games related to approaching holidays. I've been known to break out a copy of 1776 or Tarleton's Quarter around Independence Day. I've even written a couple of Christmas themed Savage Worlds adventures for my home game, but no holiday is more suited to gaming with friends than Halloween. The Halloween season is the perfect time to get together with friends for an evening filled with horror themed gaming.

When it comes to horror-themed tabletop gaming, Call of Cthulhu is the king of the mountain. It is the oldest and most well known horror-themed role-playing game, and it's one of the best role-playing games ever designed. That doesn't, however, mean it is the only horror game worth playing, or that it is the best game to use as a way to recruit new players into hobby gaming. I looked around my sizable game collection to see if I could scare up some frightening alternatives and came up with a list 15 that I offer for your Halloween gaming pleasure. Some are silly and some are grim, but not a single one is entitled Call of Cthulhu.

Official Gotham Masks Show Its Characters in the Future

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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I thought this was interesting. It isn't just "here's the comic character we're basing them on," but rather "Here's Gotham's Ed Nygma with a mask, here's what Robin Lord Taylor will look like older and fatter, and perhaps most potentially spoilery, here's Fish Mooney in apparent mourning at some point in the future.

Anyway...talk back about tonight's episode below, if you like.

Top-Down Smackdown: Help Them, Obi-Wan Kenobi

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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As finishes to main-event matches go, it was certainly original.

After a back and forth match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose that constantly threatened to derail, as when both men were almost wheeled out on stretchers after the first big bump...the lights went out. A chant began in a language not obviously English, and as my wife needled me to translate what she was certain was German, it started to sound a bit like backmasking.

Then the light of a lantern turned on in the middle of the ring...and nothing else. Until...

Pay-Pay-Pay, Cash-Cash-Cash! Kane Hodder 10" Figurine up for Preorder

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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The only man to repeat the role of Jason Voorhees - and who would probably still be playing ol' hockey head if they'd let him - is being honored with his own figurine by upstart toy company DeConte (rhymes with "picante") , who previously made a Behind the Mask Leslie Vernon action figure that I never realized actually came out anywhere.

For a man of action, I feel like Hodder should really be immortalized in a more dynamic pose than "sitting in a chair" - what he brought to Jason that none of his successors have was a coiled-up intensity that made him look ready to strike even when standing still. Similarly, him showing off his lip tattoo would be cool (he has the word "KILL" permanently etched inside his mouth). But it's not like Kane Hodder figurines come along every day, and you go on a kill-spree with the one you have, not the one you wish you had. $65 is a reasonable preorder price for what it is.

Benedict Cumberbatch to Probably Play Marvel's "John Johnson," er, Dr. Strange

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

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Seems like they could have saved us a lot of time with this one, instead of pursuing the always unlikely choice of Joaquin Phoenix and allowing John Wick fans to imagine Keanu Reeves' prospects.

Deadline's Mike Fleming isn't saying the deal is done yet, mind you - just that Marvel has finally settled on Sherlock and negotiations on the specifics are now beginning, looking likely to take. Considering he's not an actor who generally turns down big franchises, I'd say Mike's intuition could well be right...but this isn't quite 100% yet.

Do you hate this choice, or are you ready to Cumberbatch in your pants?

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - Four Walls Closin' in, Getting Bigger

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Let's talk...

Talk and Relevant Discussions in Snark - Doctor Who Recap and SPOILER Thread, Tree-Hug Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

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My thoughts, then yours...