A Crazy Trailer for Clay-Animated Game Armikrog, Starring Michael J. Nelson and Rob Paulsen

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel's new game, funded on Kickstarter last year, finally has a full trailer that I think breaks my brain just a bit. It's like if a Claymation Earthworm Jim landed on the sandworm planet from Beetlejuice, and teamed with Tim Burton's Family Dog (remember when Tim Burton was creative, you guys?). Add in voice talents from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Animaniacs alongside suitably nutty music, and you've got something I want to see in any form, even if I have to borrow somebody else's PC to play it on...or at least stare uncomfortably over their shoulders as they do, strands of drool slowly descending from my outstretched tongue to the fibers of their garments beneath.

Consensually, of course. There are totally people who like that, right?

AMC Is Selling All-You-Can-Watch Tickets...If All You Want to Watch Is Interstellar

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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AMC Theatres and Paramount Pictures are excited to offer AMC Stubs members a first-of-its-kind INTERSTELLAR Unlimited Ticket, which allows AMC's loyal moviegoers to see the film as many times as they'd like for one price. AMC Stubs members who have already seen the movie have an option to upgrade to the unlimited ticket at AMC..."Christopher Nolan has created a masterpiece that movie fans are saying gets better every time they see it," said Elizabeth Frank, executive vice president and chief content and programming officer, AMC Theatres.

Really? What movie fans are those, who, during awards season when a ton of good movies are opening, will sit through the same nearly three-hour film multiple times, until the spectacle wears off and the opportunity to nitpick plot points become more and more apparent? It's like entering a black hole of nerdery - you'll get home and find your kids have grown up in the meantime.
The INTERSTELLAR Unlimited Ticket price varies by location, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99. All AMC Stubs members who have already purchased a ticket to the movie can upgrade for $14.99.
Ironically, the DVD will probably cost less than that.

Besides, this is AMC we're talking about. I have never been to an AMC where it wasn't super-easy to just walk into any theater you like when your movie is done. They never close auditorium doors or check anything at most of the ones I've been to in my life. But they do have chicken strips, and that makes up for a lot.

via press release

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - The Carol and Daryl Show

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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"Ya know, sonny, in my day we got by on eatin' just one finger a week, and we liked it!"

Weekstarter: Doctor Who Xmas Clip, Religious Vader, Skeletor Sells Hondas, Weird Al and More

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.

Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Merchandise, Movies, Tech, Toys
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

How Many Impersonations Can Benedict Cumberbatch do in One Minute?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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Quite a lot, it turns out - from Taylor Swift to Tom Hardy's Bane.

But you know the one impression they didn't ask him to do, and should have? Ricardo Montalban. I guess because the last time someone asked him to do that, it worked out badly. OOOOHH BURN!

(Awaits the inevitable, "Actually, JJ Abrams told him to make the character his own..." Just shut up, fictional commenter. Seriously.)

The Hulk Hogan May Break the Scooby-Doo's Back, Make Him Humble

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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I think every business in their right mind should hire Hulk Hogan to make their major announcements. "Hey brother! This is Time-Warner cable and your rates are going up, JACK!" "Take your vitamins and say your prayers, because the Obamacare website covers those things now, DUDE!" "Let me tell you something, man! This is a message from your boss! What'cha gonna do when no Christmas bonus comes home to YOU?"

See? Takes the edge off everything.

And with that said, here's him announcing he's going to star in a Scooby-Doo movie. He says "Ruh-roh" TWICE.

Daniel Bruhl to Play Unnamed Villain in Captain America: Civil War

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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Let the guessing begin, folks - who could he be? Nitro? Speedball?

Sebastian Stan is definitely back as Winter Soldier, with no definite confirmation on Frank Grillo's Crossbones as yet. And yet given the storyline in question, you'd have to assume Tony Stark is the primary antagonist.

Does this mean there's a secret puppet-master behind it all in the movie version? Baron Zemo, maybe?

UPDATE: Now The Wrap says his character may appear in Dr. Strange as well. The plot thickens.

Poster of Dogs Playing D&D Raises Many Questions

By Luke Y. Thompson in Gaming, Merchandise, Miscellaneous
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

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It's cute seeing pets do people things, though frankly I never imagined dogs had the attention span for tabletop RPGs. What I find fun, though, is imagining the different angles other sites might take with this image.

"Cute dog picture ruined by unnecessarily sexist background painting" - Jezebel.

"Mountain Dew and Cheetos? We need to talk about ethics in dog-painting" - 4chan.

"Damn, that unicorn painting's ass is irresistible" - Deviantart.

"Forcing your dogs to play Dungeons and Dragons, even fictionally, is torture, no different from waterboarding." - Peta.com

"When I was a boy, I used to imagine how cool it would be if dogs could play D&D, ya know?...[17 paragraphs later]...Here's a poster of dogs playing D&D!!!!!!!!" -Ain't It Cool News

"Something something something doggy style" -Topless Robot.

Naw, it's a cool print. You can buy it on various different objects at Redbubble.

via BoingBoing

Lego Plants vs. Zombies Concept up for Vote on Lego Ideas

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games, zombies
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

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The idea has been tried before, but Jin Kai Soo's concept for a Plants vs. Zombies set is by far the best execution of it yet. Even if Lego doesn't ultimately approve the playset, I for one could go for a series of those zombies as blind-bagged minifigs.

Some might say it's dead on arrival, but I think there's growth potential, y'know?