Comic-Con's Big Saturday Hall H Panels, as Described by a Crazy Person

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm


He's been awake many hours, but we think he's still reliable...maybe...

APPLESEED ALPHA director Shinji Aramaki on the Franchise's Appeal

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm


We may not speak the same language, but we had a great conversation. Human souls inside large, rabbit-eared killer cyborgs transcend cultural boundaries.

Tags: Appleseed

Joe Hill Talks Horns, Locke and Key, Jack Nicholson

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm


He's the creator of Locke and Key, the author of Horns and the son of a King...a fact he managed to keep hidden for a decade despite looking and sounding just like his famous father. Though they disagree on the merits of Jack Nicholson.

With Alexandre Aja now directing the movie version of Horns, Hill, who has been highly satisfied with the outcome, was anxious to tell us why we should rush to see what one could call "The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe." The author is certainly not your average Joe...

High Tension, Piranha Director Alexandre Aja Gets Horny

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm


No, not that way, ya sicko. The French horror maestro goes in a more fable-like direction with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe finds himself growing strange head protrusions that give him demonic powers of dark influence.

Like a horror movie director. Oh, wait...

Whew. We talked to Aja and came away safe and far. And found out that he loves to be the guy who gets to show Harry Potter having sex. One of us, one of us...

Mattel's Live-Action Max Steel Movie Is Ready for Launch

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm


It hasn't yet set a firm release date in 2015 yet, but Max Steel is positioning itself to be the start of Mattel's answer to Hasbro's big recent moves into movies. Director Stewart Hendler, writer Christopher Yost, and ridiculously good-looking leads Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe took a few minutes at Comic-Con to sit and talk to us about it.

Godzilla, friends to reunite [UPDATED: KONG TOO]

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Legendary just confirmed that Godzilla's sequels will have Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. Legendary also announced a new King Kong film called Skull Island.
Anybody else thinking crossover brawl?

Joining the party?

Wonder Woman Unveiled

By Luke Y. Thompson in Artwork, Nerdery
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

Apparently, he didn't show this in Hall H. But he tweeted it out to the world. Glad I didn't wait in line.

She's ready for anything.

What do you think?

Talking Sharknado 2 With Ian Ziering, Anthony C. Ferrante and Judah Friedlander

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 am


Sharknado 2 director Anthony C. Ferrante is so unassuming that when he sits down at a table full of journalists, one of them (not me) tells him, "That seat's reserved for talent." His response, a matter-of-fact "I know," both informs us who he is and indicates the relative lack of glory that the social-media phenomenon has shone (or not shone) upon its humble auteur.

But rest assured, he's serious about this business of fun. "The key to this movie, I mean, you've seen movies that try to do campy, and everybody's over the top, and the idea is over the top. I think what we did is we wanted everything grounded," he says. "If you ground the characters - you have your comic relief characters, like Judd Hirsch or John Heard in the first movie - but if the action and the jeopardy is there, then you kind of buy it. Or at least you forget how ridiculous the stuff is that's going on. But I think that's part of the joke. In horror movies - I've done a lot of horror films as a director, I've written them - you get one gimme. You can have a ghost, but you can't have a vampire too, unless it's a mash-up. You pick one, and that's how you do it. Here, the crazy thing is the sharknado. If suddenly we start throwing other things, like, 'Here's a squid,' or something else, it takes away from the fact that it's a sharknado."

NECA's Randy Falk on Sigourney Weaver, Charlton Heston, Danny DeVito Toys, More..

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am


For any discerning toy collector, it's a dream come true to talk to someone like Randy and ask him every question on your mind. Afterward, of course, I can think of even more things I wish I'd asked.

But if you want to know why Sigourney Weaver finally agreed to having a Ripley toy that looks like her, or whether a Christopher Reeve Superman or Lou Ferrigno Hulk are possible, or what ideas might be in store for the Simpsons celebrity line, or even why there's a giant, terrifying E.T. in drag at NECA's booth (beyond ensuring Rob Bricken never sleeps again)'s all here. Enjoy. I did.

Morning Read: Sharktopus, Transformers and Billy Barty

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, TV, Toys
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


-Billy Barty fans rejoice - Mattel will be immortalizing him in plastic as Masters of the Universe's Gwildor, this November. Moo!

-Sam Raimi is making a movie out of The Last of Us.