Kelly McGillis Versus a Zombie Bear

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm


Even Syfy's press releases sound like their original movies, as they saw fit to tell me that Friday's episode of Z Nation will pit the original Top Gun girl against Stephen Colbert's worst nightmare.


Rick Grimes will never, ever do anything this awesome - nor, for that matter, will Tom Cruise. I hope Zombear gets his own spin-off series.

Finally, There's a Threepio Action Figure That Can Flip People Off

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:00 am


Thank you, Sideshow Toys - your picture doesn't quite show it, but it implies it.

And now I can finally reenact my own Special Edition scene I've always wanted to see.

"Never tell me the odds!"
"Sir, go fuck yourself."

For more details on Sideshow's new Threepio figure, who'd probably never dare to actually make an obscene gesture in your presence, check out the video below. It's a cool toy.

New Comic Book Day: The Nerdiest Oscars Ever

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Between Neil Patrick Harris hosting and Greg Berlanti, the producer of Arrow and The Flash, being named the head writer for this year's Oscars, it looks like we're getting the nerd-friendliest awards ceremony in forever. The Berlanti news is SUPER EXCITING GUYS, because if the theory holds - Oliver is pretend Batman, making Barry a Tim Drake stand in - via the simple transitive property, NPH is going to be written as Superman and named Hal Jordan, right?

Speaking of Superman, his relationship comic gets a new creative team; a character class gets a collection; Bender is patient zero in the future; Archie gets assassinated; Princess Ugg asks "Do you want to kill a snowman;" Mark Waid tells us how heavy is too heavy for rappelling (spoilers: :( ) and a brand new Marvel/DC crossover comes out.

Shape Shifters, Deaf Gangsters and More: 7 Upcoming Horror & Crime Films Reviewed From AFI Fest

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Movies
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:00 am


Los Angeles' AFI Fest - I'm sorry, AFI Fest 2014 Presented by Audi, as they generally ask us to say at least once per article, is like Comic-Con for movie bloggers, in ways that are good and bad. It delivers the first looks of the season at many high-profile awards contenders, at screenings that are nigh-impossible to get a ticket to; and makes even the press have to wait in long lines to try and see anything else.

Fortunately for this site's purposes, I'm less interested in covering the new Martin Luther King biopic than I am midnight movies about monsters, Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt at a stoner comedy, and tense tales of criminals killing each other all over the world. Here are my full reviews of seven films (in no particular order) coming to, if not theaters, then at least an on-demand service near you soon.

(This took me all week to finish. Buckle up, and please note that not all embedded trailers are SFW.)

Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - "The Things We Bury"

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Grant, Grant, Grant. Are you SERIOUSLY setting your brother up to make the cheesiest movie reference/Jack Nicholson impression of all time?

Because you're not Tom Cruise, y'know. Just being crazy doesn't automatically make you Tom Cruise.

For $150, Walk Your Dog on an Alien Facehugger Leash

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Methinks this facehugger got confused. Maybe it saw The Tingler and figured it was supposed to grab the back of an animal?

Also, that isn't a real dog. And it's not included in the hefty price tag.

via Bloody-Disgusting

Vin Diesel Does Groot in 15 Different Languages

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm


I'm starting to think people who preordered the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray might feel a little screwed over, since it seems that ever single bonus featurette is slowly making its way online through official channels. And yeah, I'm about to exacerbate the problem. But if I taught you the word "exacerbate" today, then we're even, because you learned something. And you're about to learn foreign languages, too. WAIT! Don't click away yet.

Normally, movies get new voice casts for foreign language markets, but considering the relatively limited vocabulary of Groot, Marvel just got Vin Diesel to do him for every market. Here are a few examples, including Kazakh and Ukrainian.

Project Almanac Is a Terrible Name for a Time-Travel Teen Flick

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm


We could start with the fact that in the age of Wikipedia, most kids probably don't even know what an almanac is. And continue with the truth that I almost deleted the email this came in because it sounded like the title of one of the zillion or so Holocaust documentaries I get sent invites to around this time every year.

Michael Bay-produced found-footage about time travel? Did not think it would be that. Like, I'd expect a name along the lines of Take-Backsies. Anyway, here's the trailer, which I think I would like a billion times better if it weren't unnecessarily found-footage.

Good Grief! The Full Peanuts Movie Trailer Doesn't Feel Like a Soulless Cash-in!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:33 am


I don't know why Fox keeps calling this the characters' "big-screen debut" in publicity materials (it isn't, not by a long shot) but so long as that's the only historical revisionism going on, and we don't get Snoopy singing "Bow wow wow, yippie-yo yippie-yay, Snoopy Dog on the muthafuckin' house"...

Also, Charlie Brown can't hook up with the red-headed girl. Movie, if you do that, we're through. But so far you haven't misstepped.

Fisher-Price Is Making the Only Super Friends Hall of Doom Playset We're Ever Likely to See

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Toys
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am


Damn it! Why are the best toy ideas wasted on kids?

It looks like if you want to reenact the cartoons of your childhood or the new-classic Robot Chicken DC parodies, you might have to get yourself a toddler first, or at least walk shamelessly into their section of the toy store. The Legion of Doom's swamp headquarters, which also looks suspiciously like a giant Darth Stewie helmet from Family Guy (repaint possibility!) will NEVER be made in scale to your $20 Mattel DC Universe figures, but Imaginext, which already got a kickass action-loaded Batcave, now has a place for the baddies to hide out.

Because a bright blue saucer in a green swamp screams "hiding." Of course, the kids this is aimed at think putting their hands over their faces equals hiding, so they're not too hard to fool when you think about it.