Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mandalorians and Marijuana

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hi all,

Had the honor of having Malice and Risika from the Skirata Clan (Star Wars) at my house the other day. He is a wonderful Star Wars costumer - Mandalorian. The Clan is also building something special for the Anaheim, CA Convention in 2015. I understand it is going to be huge. I have attached a pic of the work in progress and would you like this guy in your kitchen? By the way, he is also a great computer tech and got my system back on line and purring like one of the kittens again. Check out the Facebook page and like it at SkirataAliit. If you are interested in crafting your own Star Wars wardrobe you can reach them there. They have monthly construction parties here in Joshua Tree, CA. The clan also does great charity work and recently built a costume for a little girl who unfortunately just died of cancer - her pics are on the site - check them out.

10 Movie or TV Insults to North Korea You Could Watch Instead of The Interview

By M.V. Moorhead in DVDs, Daily Lists, Movies, Nerdery, TV
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


In one of the stranger showbiz stories of recent years, it appears that the government of North Korea has been able to shut down a big-studio America movie release. Sony has decided to indefinitely shelve The Interview, previously slated to open December 25, because of emails from hackers implying that theaters showing the film might be the target of terrorist activity.

Thus Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's wacky comedy in the Hangover vein, about two numbskull TV entertainment journalists who are pressed into service to assassinate North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, could end up as a legendary inaccessible movie. It could take its place with the likes of The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis or The Other Side of the Wind by Orson Welles.

But if you resent the hack, there are still movie and TV choices you can make which mock Kim Jong-Un or his father Kim Jong-Il - two of the more easily mock-able world leaders, especially since the departure of George W. Bush - and/or reflect badly on their regime. Here are a few examples:

James Gunn Responds to North Korean Hackers, Refuses to Put Kim Jong Un in His Next Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

In an image just posted on Facebook, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has exclusively revealed that, in response to the North Korean hacking of Sony and cancellation of the release of The Interview, he has formally removed Kim Jong Un from contention to be Peter Quill's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.


It might legitimately hurt Kim's feelings. I'm not even kidding. The dictator has never exactly shown a penchant for irony.

A Cool Custom Kenner Dark Knight Collection Using NECA Batman

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm


Considering the legal hoops they leaped through to get just the one Michael Keaton Batman figure made, NECA will probably not be releasing further variants unless hell freezes over and Mattel gives up the license. But enterprising and skillful customizers have been going to town.

Here, Twitter user @DiaboliRex showcases his tributes to Kenner's old Keaton-based creations, in color schemes both classic and creative.

I would buy them. So it's probably better that they will only ever exist as images to admire, and save me some cash. Of course, NECA could conceivably do these in 18" scale, and utterly bankrupt everyone.

Finally, a Hot Toys Figure You Can Afford - Baby Groot!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.

Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.

IDW's Newest Licensed Comic Is Cronenberg's The Fly

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm


Should we be afraid? Be very afraid, even? Can any sequel avoid vomiting upon our memories, dissolving them, and then sucking them back up?

Well, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the son of Brundlefly, so it's already most likely ignoring The Fly II, which is perfectly fine with me.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

Oh, so it's Dawn of the Planet of the Brundleflies? I can dig that.

No Joke: Lego's Actually Making Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet Next Year

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm


From the same German catalog that leaked possible Age of Ultron spoilers comes proof that indeed, a Lego version of Wonder Woman's signature vehicle is coming out - and you CAN see it.

It's perhaps a bit more limited than some of us would like, probably due to clear Lego bricks costing more to make than opaque ones (hence why Lego Friends' version of Elsa's Frozen castle isn't as transparent as you might hope either). But still - following on the heels of an Internet joke about Lego doing it, it's cool to see any version. And who knows; if sales are through the roof, maybe we can get a better one without a stupid-looking Bat-mech packed in for sales security.

First Posters for Pixels Are the Greatest Things Adam Sandler Will Ever Be Connected to

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am


Pixels might end up being a terrible movie. Given that it stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, odds are better than even that it will suck Donkey Kong balls. But these posters, depicting '80s video game icons attacking world landmarks, are beauties.

In the movie, aliens misinterpret signals of old-school video games as a declaration of war, and only the now middle-aged masters of '80s arcades can help the world fight back. It's loosely based on a short from 2010. That's a good premise, with unfunny dicks in key roles - though Peter Dinklage is in it too. I don't plan on rushing out to see it, but I do plan on enjoying these posters, which are fucking awesome.

Liam Neeson's Violent 12 Days of Christmas

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:00 am


Christmas. Peace and love. Good will to all men.

Unless you're Liam feckin' Neeson. And some bleedin' gobshites are just after framin' ya for murder.

Here's a Taken 3 Christmas carol, and one of the best seasonal bits of marketing I've ever seen.

New Comic Book Day: It Would Be Irresponsible Not To

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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We now have news that Al Pacino met with Kevin Feige at some point presumably to discuss a role in an upcoming Marvel movie, which pretty much requires us to speculate on what role they were talking about. It can't be Ulysses Klaw (since he's rumored to show up in AOU) ruling out Black Panther and it won't be a TV show, because he'd be meeting with Jeph Loeb. So who's it going to be? A lot of speculation has been focused on Dr. Strange villains (Baron Mordo is a terrible suggestion I heard, but Mephisto and/or Nightmare make slightly more sense), although Al Pacino and Bandicoot Cabbagepatch gnawing on the same piece of scenery like two dogs is not my idea of a good 2 hours. No, I think smart money says Pacino's the main villain of Thor: Ragnarok. That's right: Fenrir. DEAL WITH IT.

THIS WEEK IN COMICS: Robert Moses gets sainted, Roy Harper gets faded, Odin gets hammered, Roderick Kingsley gets flipped, Charles Rooks gets freaked out and the Winter Soldier gets called out. But first, Tina Belcher gets perved up.