New Funko Comic-Con Exclusive Game of Thrones, Goonies, Nightmare before Christmas Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, TV, Toys
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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Sigh. Just when we finally print our list, they go and announce this stuff.

Battle-damaged Tyrion with helmet. Glow-in-the-dark Billie puppet from Saw. Jack Skellington with Zero and Superman Sloth retro-action figures. I'm not sure that I'll actually buy any of them - we'll talk if they start giving some of these retro properties a similar action figure treatment as that Tyrion (I'd buy a whole range of Saw characters in traps) - but they're all from properties people don't stop talking about.

If there's ever another Saw movie, there should be a trap lined with all these exclusives, but you have to cut off a hand to get one. That wouldn't be too far off of real life.


The Pokemon Pick-up Lines You Probably Shouldn't Use

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime, Nerdery, TV
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm


With Comic-Con coming up, I thought this could serve as a useful reminder.

Rehearsed pick-up lines generally don't work too well anyway...but basing them on your mutual cosplay, though it might seem like a good idea for a milisecond, can lead to disaster - especially since the male nerd mind will often gravitate to bad sex puns without even thinking about it too hard.

Huh-huh. "Hard." See?

The Room's Tommy Wiseau Is Now an Underwear Salesman

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies, TV
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm



For a guy who supposedly made his mysterious fortune selling clothes, I'll say this: Tommy Wiseau's fashion sense is certainly the equal of his directorial talents. But at least for all of you who demanded to own garishly colored briefs with the name "Tommy Wiseau" on them, which is exactly nobody, the product exists now.

Here's why this is yet another instance of the unlikely auteur coming off clueless: as fans of The Room know, there is an ENTIRE SCENE centered around underwear in the movie, which culminates in the creative use of the phrase "me underwears." If, instead of putting his name on these undergarments, Wiseau had simply had the sense to write "Me Underwears," people would actually buy that.

Instead, he has made a joint commercial for both the briefs and his never-gonna-happen sitcom The Neighbors. Like everything he does, it's hilariously overacted and paced about as well as a drunk running the New York marathon, featuring Wiseau as a character named "Ricky Rick" who likes "Tommy Wiseau" products. But you have to see it...

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Jason Blum on The Purge: Anarchy, Paranormal Activity 5, Amityville and JEM

By Luke Y. Thompson in Live Performance, Movies, Toys
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Blumhouse Productions

Name any popular low-budget horror franchise right now, and Jason Blum is probably behind it. Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, the upcoming Amityville reboot...most of them films that sell the concept rather than a big-name star, and many of which take place primarily on one location.

The Purge: Anarchy breaks the mold a bit, by taking characters outside to the streets of Los Angeles on the annual night when all laws (with some exceptions, like the ones keeping the government intact) are suspended. For the larger canvas, we can thank not only the success of the first film, but also the interactive theater attraction The Purge: Fear the Night, which has spawned yet another live experience, this time a touring adventure in which teams of six participants must solve puzzles, Resident Evil style, to make it through a madman's house before time runs out and he comes home to kill you.

Also, Blum's doing the Jem movie. Yes, really. And it's one of many things he spoke to us about...

Movie Ultron Revealed, and Looks Like He Should

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

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EW has the first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, along with other set photos that only confirm outfits we've seen from set photos before,a s well as Don Cheadle's participation this time out.

So, with an Ultron face that basic, I'm wondering about the motion-capture acting. Did James Spader just have, like, five dots on his face?

COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Saturday Night Live Seth Meyers Weekend Update Bobble Head

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

Once again, our friends at Entertainment Earth have given us the scoop...


Really? A Seth Meyers bobble head? Yes! The longtime head writer of Saturday Night Live news parody "Weekend Update," anchor, and late-night TV staple is here to bring you the news of the day as this Saturday Night Live Seth Meyers Weekend Update Bobble Head from Bif Bang Pow! Ask him anything and he'll nod his head enthusiastically!

San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 24-27, 2014. Come see us at booth 2343 to get the Saturday Night Live Seth Meyers Weekend Update Bobble Head - Convention Exclusive! Price: $14.99

New Comic Book Day: Archie Dies, Ash Marries, Teen Titans the Wrong Direction

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 am


Comics often has a teen girl problem - typically, it does know what they want, how to market to them, and in the case of Teen Titans #1, what they look like.

The "teen" in the sketchy Internet sense Titans cover is one of the blessed few lowlights in a week that gives us new work from the creator of Scott Pilgrim, a look into the far-flung future of the X-Men, a massive mash-up of some of Cartoon Network's early original programming (sadly minus Johnny Bravo) and people continue to make Army of Darkness comics because some of you out there keep hoping Army of Darkness 2 will be a thing.

It won't be. Cut it out.

The 18 Coolest Exclusives to Snag at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gentile Giant

If you're a business, you don't go to San Diego Comic-Con without an exclusive. For us fans, well, it might be unusual if we come home without an exclusive. At the biggest pop-culture event in the United States, exclusive can mean a lot of things: toys, comics, clothing, even beer. Some of these items will be available after the convention, maybe months later. Others come in fairly large runs, so you might have decent odds of scoring one. Others come in editions of 250 or less. If you really want one of those, you're going to have to make standing in line a priority. Your best course of action might be to pick out some alternate souvenirs.

With a week to go before the convention, many companies have already announced what they're bringing to San Diego. Still, there could be a few more surprises over the coming days (look for a new one to be revealed on this very site at 10 a.m. today). Below are a few of the standouts - technically, more than 18 - arranged by franchise. Whether your jam is Alien or Hello Kitty, there's likely something for you at San Diego Comic-Con.

Shoot Your TV - But Set For Stun - With ThinkGeek's Phaser Remote

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Next time The Big Bang Theory comes on, don't just yell at the TV - fire at it with a fully accurate phaser to change the channel! Sculpted from 3D scans of the last known actual phaser prop from classic Star Trek, Captain Kirk's favorite weapon (besides his naked chest, that is) features 10 sounds, 38 programmable commands and "tactile force-feedback," whatever that is (some kind of vibration, I assume - which makes me shudder to think what non-remote functions this might also be used for).

The phaser remote will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 and can be experienced first-hand at ThinkGeek's booth (#3849). It's also an essential part of your Starfleet Elvis cosplay.

We're Really Trying This Again? Another Orson Scott Card Book-to-Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Thom Allen

This time it's his short story "Unaccompanied Sonata," in which a boy is raised to be a musical composer without being allowed to hear any other music. But when he does happen to hear the music of Bach, at the age of 30, he is barred from finishing his composition or ever making music again.

As is often the case with OSC, the apparently unintended irony is thick. How hard it must be, indeed, to have to hide from anything that might stimulate you the wrong way...and then once you find it, to be forced to repress your true self forever.

Still, I thought it had been pretty well established that working with the anti-gay Card is commercial poison. If you can't make a megahit out of his most acclaimed novel, is it really worth it for one without even the name value?

Incidentally, if you're wondering why Card doesn't get the same kind of counter-support that, say, the Duck Dynasty guys do, it's an unmentioned but simple factor - Card's a Mormon, and not all Christian activist groups are down with that.