New Comic Book Day: Bob's Burgers Are Made of Wolverine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

All good things must come to an end, my friends. This lovely blue orb will spin only so long before the sun explodes and makes what life remains here extinct.

As with Earth, so too goes the funny books game. Specifically, All-Star Western and Wolverine which both see their final issues making their debut this week. Oh, and Logan begins his slow crawl toward the grave with "One Month to Die." Plus, a little fools are about to die hard in the latest The Goon series out of Dark Horse.

But it's not all doomed! What could possibly be more fun than the Ninja Turtles going back in time and cosplaying as pirates? Plus, Bob's Burgers makes the leap from the small screen to the comics page.

10 Secrets About the History of Heathers With Writer Daniel Waters

By Charles Webb in Daily Lists, Movies
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am


Heathers is one of the greatest films of and about the '80s. Not only skewering the odd mix of cultural conservatism and libertine excess that still dominate high schools, writer Daniel Waters' script is a classic: dark, sharp, funny, mean (and at the same time, oddly sympathetic to its characters, even at their worst). Released in the spring of 1989, the film launched Waters' career, as well as that of its lead Christian Slater (J.D.), while kicking Winona Ryder's (Veronica) career to the next level following the success of Beetlejuice. The cool girl who gets fed up with with being an in-crowd crony, and the homicidal outsider who becomes her boyfriend, lived in the bizarro universe where John Hughes movies weren't afraid to use a pretty girl's death by cleaning solution as a punchline.

To commemorate 25 years of Heathers, Waters and I spoke by phone recently, with the writer looking back at how it got made (with very little supervision), its legacy (say thank you, Joss Whedon), and how sometimes trying to get Winona Ryder off your back leads to a surprise sequel announcement.

TR Interview: Dylan Postl, From Happy Hornswoggle to Lethal Leprechaun

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm


When WWE Studios announced they'd acquired the rights to the Leprechaun movie franchise, there was never any doubt who would star - Dylan Postl had been playing a leprechaun character on WWE TV for years, albeit a very different kind from the primeval beast that the movie intends to reveal.

Unusually for a WWE superstar, Postl in person seems slightly uncomfortable talking about himself, perhaps because in the ring he has mostly gotten by with grunts and body language. But at a Comic-Con roundtable, we managed to get a few good words out of him.

Annie Potts Reveals What Ghostbusters' Janine Melnitz Would Be Doing Now

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Does it not strike anybody else as a travesty that in all the talk of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot/sequel, nobody is mentioning Janine? In the cartoon and its toyline, she did get to bust some ghosts. And Annie Potts is still funny and could use the work.

To prove it, here she imagines where her character would be right now, complete with illustrations. Louis or Egon? Kids or no kids? Would bustin' still make her feel good? You GOT that answers those questions, below.

Donald Glover Finally Gets to Be Spider-Man - for One Animated Episode

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Glover famously campaigned to take Tobey Maguire's place in the movies, which in hindsight looks like a far better idea than it might have seemed to some at the time. But with great Twitter irresponsibility came great power, and now he's voicing Miles Morales in an arc of the current animated series that involves parallel realities.

At 30, Glover's a bit old to do it in live-action, but I'm 100% for the current onscreen Peter Parker getting killed off and replaced by Miles. As I don't know any 13 year-old actors out there right now, I have no casting suggestions - probably a young-looking 18 year-old to get around child labor laws - but playing it safe hasn't worked so far.

Just please don't let Milo Manara draw him

New Funko Howard the Duck Toy Keeps His Pants on

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm


The last time there was a Howard the Duck toy, it came with Marvel Legends' Silver Surfer...before disappearing soon thereafter. The problem? It had no pants.

No, this wasn't a concern about Howard having a corkscrew penis on display, but rather an issue that Disney had a problem with any other company's character resembling Donald Duck. Giving Howard pants was a compromise Marvel made to avoid lawsuits. Now Disney owns Marvel, but the pants are staying on, both in his recent big-screen cameo, and this Funko toy that it paved the way for.

Sorry, Beverly.

(Howard and Dancing Groot will be available in December)

Live-Action Remake of "Prince Adam Sings Four Non-Blondes" Meme

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Live Performance, Music
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:30 am


Today just turned out to be a day for weird fan fiction somehow. I don't try to have thematically similar posts, but sometimes the Cosmic Enforcers just seem to will it.

So anyway, YouTuber Real T. Dragon decided to direct a live cosplay of that one video where He-Man's even more gaily clad secret identity Prince Adam sings along to Four Non-Blondes. It's not as mind-melting as the versions of that meme which just repeat the chorus for hours on a loop - but it does have a female Furry as Cringer.

Which is something you just can't beat.

I'm Not Sure "Incestuous Lesbian Watchmen Fan Fiction" Is Part of the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:00 am


When Zack Snyder challenged his Watchmen women Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino to the ALS ice bucket charity challenge, he didn't tell them to make out. They decided to do that all on their own.

(They only play mother and daughter in the movie, so it's totally not creepy, right?)

Presuming that they also donated to the charity, I think the video is now officially the best movie Zack Snyder has ever been responsible for. If Sucker Punch had been this short, I think more people would have liked it.

Blu-ray Today: Zombie Apocalypse, Nuclear War...and Legends of Oz

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, DVDs, Movies, TV
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8:00 am


The Walking Dead Season 4 - It's getting to where the quality of the shows themselves really don't matter so much when it comes to Blu-ray sales, as the McFarlane packaging alone is almost worth the cost. Last year it was floating heads in fishtanks (mine have grown an impressive layer of mold); this year, it's a tree zombie whose head and arm move when you pull the discs out, making it more articulated than most classic Spawn figures.

The show itself was iffier this season once it got rid of the Governor - the solo episodes are less fun, and the new characters en route to Washington haven't made much of an impression. Here's hoping Terminus itself will be more compelling than the build-up to it.

4 Things the Porn Parody Doctor Whore Gets Right, and 3 It Doesn't

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


Even though so many nerd properties are now pretty much mainstream, it's still a special time when a nerdy property gets popular enough for a porn parody. This has been true for things like The Avengers, James Cameron's Avatar, and Star Trek. And now it's true for Doctor Who as well.

Today, to celebrate, we're looking at Wood Rocket's Doctor Whore, a recently made (and free to watch online if you're 18) parody, that mainly focuses on the era of the 11th Doctor. This is actually the third Doctor Who skin flick I've heard of; its predecessors being Dr. Loo and the Filthy Phaleks, and Doctor Screw. (Nobody seems to have gone with the more obvious "Cocktor Who" yet.) Doctor Whore's name might not roll off the tongue as well its predecessors, but it still is something to look into.

This is your last warning: get your kids, pets, and whoever else will make you feel guilty out of the room, and hit the jump.