7 Ways This Weekend's CatCon Is Your Fault

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Screencap of Lil Bub's Big Show
Lil Bub will make an appearance at CatCon LA this weekend.
In some ways, cats and geeks go hand-in-hand. Cat-eared cosplay kids make anime conventions their homes away from home and Hello Kitty Con brought in oodles of fans last fall. Still, there aren't a lot of places where feline fans can get together and talk about Whiskers and Sylvester while waiting in line to catch a glimpse of Lil Bub.

This weekend, cat pals will have an event of their own when CatCon LA makes its debut. The brainchild of Susan Michals, a writer/producer and caretaker of a Maine Coon named Miss Kitty Pretty Girl, CatCon is a two-day gathering that will bring together fans with artists, filmmakers, authors and others who are as passionate about creativity as they are about their pets. The reasons it exists are probably because of you.

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Universal Studios Hollywood to Upgrade Harry Potter "Forbidden Journey" Ride to 3D

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

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Universal Studios Hollywood just announced full details of its west-coast version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with the most interesting detail being that the Forbidden Journey motion simulator ride will now be in 3D, versus the 2D version in Orlando - given that space constraints keep Universal City from competing in sheer size, it's nice that we get at least one upgrade over on them. It also means that if you hate 3D, you're SOL, what with this, Transformers, King Kong, Fast & Furious and Minions flagship attractions all utilizing it. And you probably hate fun.

Additionally confirmed is an opening date of Spring 2016, a "Flight of the Hippogriff" family coaster, and numerous themed stores and vendors.

Full press release and announcement video below.

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Topless Robot Live! From Drag Queens to Dianetics, Sex and Scientology

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

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This is a fun one.

First, we catch up with TR correspondents Liz Ohanesian and Eric Diaz at RuPaul's DragCon, to get their take on the crossplay convention.

Next, we catch up with Tony Ortega, a veteran journalist and author of the new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, as he gives us a crash course in the history of L. Ron Hubbard's controversial sci-fi religion and its policies.

It's quite the wild ride, this podcast. Buckle up.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pioneertown

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

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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 and wow, it is another Thursday already.

Anyway, before I was sidetracked with other pictures last week I was planning on Pioneertown pics. Well, I'm going to start those today. Pioneertown is a small community in the hills above the City of Yucca Valley. It was founded in the 1940's by Western Cowboy stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Gunfight at the OK Corral and Judge Roy Bean were filmed in the area, along with many Westerns. Anyway, the Main Street movie front sets were left. Over the years, the other 3 sides were built to the fronts and became houses and small gift shops.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread: Farewell to Livefyre

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm

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I don't know when tomorrow the comments system will change, so this probably won't technically be the last Livefyre post - but it's here so you can have one to treat as such.

To those who vow never to comment again - at least until the next software change - we'll miss your presence, and hope you continue to read. Here's a tune for you...

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Disneyland Reanimates the Yeti on Its Matterhorn Ride

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

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The Abominable Snowmen on the Matterhorn Bobsled ride were always a little bit cheesy, but effective in that they were loud and made dramatic entrances. For the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, however, attempts have been made to make them just a little bit more convincing.

It's not just the animatronics that have been made more lifelike; using projected animation, there's now also a convincing view of the Yeti in action through an ice wall before you find yourself face-to-face with him/her. Notably, the beast was nowhere to be seen in the movie that inspired the ride, Third Man on the Mountain - but with Disney never hesitant to milk every asset, you can bet your frosty balls it'll be in the movie they eventually make based on the ride based on a different movie.

Now, if they can make the ride less likely to injure my knees and back, I'll be even happier. Crap, I'm aging.

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Weekend Open Thread: Ru the Drag, Crossbones, Twin Peaks Re-Lynched!

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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Yep, this is going to be a big part of my weekend. I'll Tweet pics from DragCon on Saturday, and Eric will have a write-up Monday morning. Please keep all Mad Max talk in the official spoiler thread.

What's on your agenda? Here's a little good news:

And CLICK HERE for Frank Grillo as Crossbones in Civil War.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: My Little Ponies for ISIS

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

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In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Happy Thursday, all

Well, it was a busy week last week with LYT and Julia being out for visit/work. We did a podcast and a Geek Fuel box review for you all; hope you have listened. We had a great Star Wars guest on the podcast and you all got to see a change of location - my house is a bit neater LOL. Maybe sometime we can do a tour of the desert robot hideout. Julia even caught Mr. Frizzy drinking hot water out of the kitchen sink. I was trying to do dishes and he hopped up on the sink and started lapping the water from the tap and I had the hot on. Anyway she posted it to her Instagram and last I heard we were getting lots of likes.

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Topless Robot Live! The Making of a Mandalorian

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Malice Skirata, a.k.a. Colin Logan, from the high-desert SoCal chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs, teaches us how to go about becoming a true Mandalorian, from costume to commitment. He also weighs in on the upcoming Boba Fett movie, and how Star Wars saved his life.

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Nintendo Rides and Characters Are Coming to Universal Studios

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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King Kong, meet Donkey Kong. Mario, meet Minions. Universal and Nintendo just signed a deal to license game-based rides, attractions and costumed characters to Universal theme parks. There are no further specifics announced, aside from the deal featuring "Nintendo's most famous characters and games."

So what would you like to see in a Nintendo Universal Park? Donkey Kongfrontation? Pikachu's Seizure Spinner? The Legend of Wiener: Hot Links to Repast? Mario's Mamma Mia Pizzeria? Starfox Simulator?

I'd settle for a really good arcade. But they won't.