TR Review: Insanely Stupid Lucy Is Still a Good Time

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:00 am


If you're bothered by the bad science inherent to the premise of Lucy - that old saw about how we only use 10% of our brain - strap in, because that's just the first step into insanity. The second is when the movie begins with a ludicrous-looking CGI ape-woman in primeval times (she will become the early human fossil also called Lucy, which is a thematic point). Rest assured, by the time Scarlett Johansson is explaining the meaning of life, the universe and everything [SPOILER: it's not 42], science and reason have long since ceased to be, and have become ex-science and ex-reason. To be blunt, this movie is incredibly dumb and also guilty fun - it's like inviting Nicolas Cage over to your house, getting him really wasted and then asking him to try and explain the origin of mankind. Not that I've ever done that. But I hope to...someday.

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First Michael J. Fox Back to the Future Action Figure Is From Hot Toys

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 4:00 am


Numerous companies have had the movie license, but none has made Michael J. Fox likenesses, until now.

Still, unless Darth Vader comes down from Vulcan with a suitcase of Republic Credits...good luck affording it. You may need a life preserver.

Wanna see the DeLorean?

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GIVEAWAY: Cast/Crew Signed Human Race DVDs and Posters

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Because what good is my being in a sci-fi/horror movie if I can't score freebies for you folks, am I right?

I have three posters signed by writer/director Paul Hough and Eddie McGee, and three DVDs signed by not just them, but also producers Geza Decsy and Trip Hope, and actors Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Richard Gale, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Sean Decker and me. There are three prizes each of 1 poster and 1 DVD, but with this qualifier: DVDs can ship anywhere, but the posters can only ship to U.S. addresses. So if you enter without having one of those, you'll just get the DVD and someone else will get the poster.

Read on for the rules...

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Help Them, Obi-Wan Kenobi: New Star Wars: Rebels Full Trailer Bridges Eras

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am


Holographic Obi-Wan, who has apparently been trapped with Cenobites in the Hellraiser box, is not the only hope for these rebels - Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and Wookies look to give this show a lot of the old feelings, not to mention that everything seems better with classic Star Wars music behind it. Yes, the line about "A New Hope" is too on the nose...but the fact that I know Freddie Prinze Jr, is that Jedi's voice, yet can't hear the annoyingness, is a damn good sign.

And now you wait till October. THAT's annoying.

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Topless Toy Chest: Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm


I haven't been a fan of Hasbro's Marvel movie-based figures in quite a while, but they're finally, maybe, getting themselves on the right track here. Today we examine Marvel Legends Gamora, Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon, Milano Spaceship and Battle Gear 2-Pack of Star Lord and Gamora in 2.5 inch scale.

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Mondo Expands Into Toys With Iron Giant, TMNT, Hitchcock Action Figures

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm


Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:

The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...

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Here's the Episode VII X-Wing Fighter

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:35 am


Once again promoting Force for Change and your chance to win a walk-on role in the new Star Wars movie, JJ Abrams has revealed the upgraded X-Wing, now with blue highlights and two wing engines rather than four. It pretty much looks like an X-Wing.

This is the last week to enter. Worth a shot, right?

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Heath Ledger Joker, Dark Knight Tumbler Get a Lego Set

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am


Why so seriously cool, Lego?

Interestingly enough, this will be the first time an accurately scarred of the Ledger Joker appears in a family friendly line - Mattel created a less frightening cartoon caricature for their kids' line of toys (while ironically leaving Two-Face horrifically half-burned in the same series), only making a screen-accurate figure in the adult-aimed Movie Masters line, while the WWE team was told that although DC/WWE crossovers are not forbidden, Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania outfit as the Ledger Joker was off-limits because "that version of the Joker" was not appropriate to a PG audience.

Well, now you can terrorize the likes of Emmet and Batman's Lego ex Wyldstyle with a genuinely scary, scar-faced clown, though this minifig doesn't come cheap - you have to buy a $200 Lego Tumbler Batmobile to get him. But it's pretty stylin'. Check it out...

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The 9 Types of Movie Panel at Comic-Con, and Who's on Them This Year

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am


News-wise, Comic-Con nowadays is all about the movies. It's where you first learn there are other monsters in Godzilla, or that Batman will be in the Man of Steel sequel, or maybe you see a Warcraft proof-of-concept. If you're lucky, something like 300 or Mirrormask will blow your mind by being way different and better than you imagined. If you're not, you'll end up in the umpteenth panel about how Emily the Strange is really really really maybe going to be optioned for a movie next year, and this time we're serious. Or you sit through the obligatory tag-along movie; nobody needs to see a panel on the next Resident Evil or Underworld film, but like the undead, they keep coming anyway. Point being, there's more to the movie panels than the big stuff that gets reported.

You might want to avoid the whole circus completely, but if you don't, we're gonna break down this year's big movie panels by type, and then by what specifics you might expect. Other than Chris Hardwick and Ralph Garman hosting every single one, of course.

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Weekend Open Thread: Space Invaders!

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

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There's a Space Invaders movie happening. If it actually has those monsters above hurling missiles down from the sky, I'm for it.

No hangover post Monday, as we still have Comic-Con previews to squeeze in before the big event actually happens. For this you can thank me and my writing team, none of whom wanted to be the first to turn one in (self included!).

Next weekend will be nuts. And my thirties will be over. In the meantime, it's y'allzes turn to go crazy in comments.

Oh, and the winner of the Scarlett Johansson Blu-ray is...

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