The 11 Coolest Things at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival in San Francisco

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am


The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.

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28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am


Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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

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...

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Monty Python Live (Mostly) Will Be Simulcast in U.S. Theaters

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

"Monty Python Live (mostly)" will be broadcast live to cinemas on Sunday, July 20 at 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT/12:30 pm MT/11:30 am PT, with additional showings scheduled on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 pm local time.

This event will be simulcast live from London to more than 420 movie theaters across the country. Tickets are available online at Theater locations are listed here.

"What could be finer at the end of a long life in comedy, than a chance to reunite with old pals and say goodbye to all our fans in one final mad musical show," said Eric Idle. "We are very excited that not only do we get the chance to screw up on stage, we get a chance to screw up live in cinemas too."

What could be finer? I can't answer that. But I can offer something fun and related. Watch the 10-minute highlight reel of their press conference below, and do a shot every time Terry Gilliam looks uncomfortable to be there. You'll have a pretty fine buzz in no time.

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WWE Photoshops Cat Heads Onto Wrestler Bodies Because Internetz, Amirite?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm


There's something both disconcerting and funny about the way the company has arbitrarily turned its talent roster into cat people. "Have we lost our minds? Maybe." begins the gallery description.

And then they Photoshop a cat head onto Rey Mysterio, and Photoshop a cat-appropriate lucha mask on top of THAT...

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Kobian, the Robot Comedian

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Takanishi Laboratory/Waseda University

In typical Japanese fashion, Kobian's full name is actually "Bipedal Humanoid Robot That Makes Humans Laugh With Use of the Method of Comedy and Affects Their Psychological State Actively." Through exhaustive research, scientists tried to figure out what makes people laugh and see if they could program the robot to duplicate that.

Scientists being scientists, their study of humor led to conclusions like: "Part of the methods for making humans laugh are published by comedians or researchers. In order to achieve a robot's behavior for making humans laugh based on these methods, we studied 6 books[16-21] in which the methods for comedy and the ways for funny conversations are gathered comprehensively. These methods in the books are picked up from wide range of skits or ways of expressions, but most of the methods are commonly the same between other contents. We extracted the methods that are especially common in these books and show them below."

Apparently it worked for Japanese audience, but what about Topless Roboteers? It's time for us to find out...

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James Earl Jones Makes "Redneck Jedi" Joke on The Today Show

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm


It's a lame joke.

It's a joke you probably made yourself once.

But you never heard the guy who voiced Darth Vader...telling it as the voice of Darth Vader.

So even though it's lame, it still kinda rules.

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Live Avatar Tour Coming From Cirque du Soleil

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 10:52 am


Well, this seems like a natural match. The French-Canadian troupe known for colorful acrobatics and weirdly sexual undertones will be working on a live arena show based on James Cameron's movie full of colorful effects and weirdly sexual undertones. As you can see from the image above, it won't take a massive refurbishing to make this happen.

Think they'll sell clip-on penis ponytails at the souvenir stand? Or just blue cat ears?

Dallas Comic-Con Cosplayers Make TMNT 2 "Ninja Rap" Video

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm


It has taken a couple of decades, but it would appear that there is finally a Vanilla Ice song enjoyed by more than just white people.

Cool Turtle costumes, too. Arguably better than in at least one of the original movies, and definitely better than in the "Coming out of Their Shells" tour.

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Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

If I can be serious for just a moment...


No enemy's weapon felled my father-in-law, but he was still technically in service when his body failed him for good, and this is the first Memorial Day without him. As hard as he had it remembering all his Vietnam friends every time this year, so it will be for us from here on out. Whether you believed in the causes of the fallen or not, take a moment to feel for the loved ones left behind. I encourage anyone with tales of family heroes to share.

Also, an important programming note: due to Monday being a holiday for me, there will be NO Weekend Hangover list next week. So you'll want to spend extra time in this thread making sure you don't miss anything!

And now a few frivolous and fun things...

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