Leonard Nimoy Has Died. My Memories of Him Live on.

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:22 am


My only encounter with Leonard Nimoy in person happened when I was working at the candy counter of a movie theater in Hollywood. He came up to the stand looking like a crazy old person, looked around at everything we had, then said in a loud voice:


His wife came up to him and grabbed his arm, reassuring him, "Yes dear, look, they have Milk Duds" "Yeahhh!" "And they have Red Vines!" "YEAHHH!" I don't remember what they ended up purchasing, but to this day I'm not sure whether it was an act or not.

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Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow Poster for Age of Ultron Revealed

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

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I don't plan on posting every single one of these, but I figured ScarJo merited it. It's nice to see her in a realistic pose and relatively functional-looking costume (even if the neon blue lines seem not-especially useful, they're at least not-especially useful in a non-objectifying way).

This time, when people say "nice guns," they might actually be referring to her guns.

Yes, Avatar Land Is Still Happening for Disney in Florida [VIDEO]

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am


It's not due to happen in full until 2017, but Disney just released a short video showing concept art for the floating mountains (above), bio-luminescent footprints, and various Pandora plants being approved by James Cameron, who is undoubtedly stunned that a theme park is effectively making a sequel before he can get around to it.

I'm still wondering if they'll have naked Na'vi cosplayers, but unsurprisingly, the video doesn't address that.

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Double-Deckard! Blade Runner Sequel Is Official With Harrison Ford

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

EXCLUSIVE! The new poster.

I've seen things you wouldn't believe.

Harrison Ford signing on to a sequel to something he did 30-odd years ago is not one of them. Prisoners' Denis Villeneuve will direct.

One of the reasons we've never gotten decent Blade Runner toys is that actor likeness rights aren't included in any licensing deal. If any of the rest of the original cast comes back, maybe we can fix that. I'm not sure much else good can come from this, though having the original co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher aboard is a good sign. But which cut of the movie is it a sequel to? They should shoot like five different versions simultaneously just to please everyone.

Do Bad Nerds Dream of Electric Sequels?

First Official Not-a-Magazine Scan JEM Movie Image

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm


The image that was going around was a terrible-quality blow-up of a magazine scan, and I won't share those. But here's the real deal.

The ladies certainly look more like the Jem I remember than that first teaser poster did, but at the same time, Jem came out in the '80s when this look was the norm of what rock-star cool was supposed to look like. If Jem were a brand new property, Jem herself would have to look more like Lady Gaga to capture the same effect. I may be applying way too much logic to Jem. All I really know is it's a property that puts out expensive Comic-Con exclusive dolls that I buy my wife each year. I guess this year's versions will look like that picture.

And if Axel Braun's smart, he'll get to work right now...

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Trailer for Fox Digital's Parallels Looks Like a Fan-Made "Gritty Reboot" of Sliders

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm


Remember Sliders, the show where Jerry O'Connell and pals would go to a new parallel Earth each week, and every major cast member ultimately got replaced? If I didn't know better, I'd think the trailer for the new movie Parallels was a gritty fan film version by Adi Shankar, who gave us that violent Power Rangers spoof a couple of days ago.

In fact, this is more intriguing - a low-budget sci-fi movie that centers around a building which exists at the nexus of every possible parallel Earth. It - the film, not the building - is going to be available on Netflix, Amazon and other VOD services starting Sunday.

Too bad there's no John Rhys-Davies type, but I'll make do.

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Neill Blomkamp Implies He'll Ignore Alien 3 and 4. Here's Why He's Wrong.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:00 am


Sky Movies scored a bit of a sweet exclusive yesterday, getting Sigourney Weaver to say she was interested in doing Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel, and getting Blomkamp to say his movie would be "literally the genetic sibling of Aliens" and that the order of the movies would be Alien, Aliens and then his one.

And just like that, I realize that he is absolutely the wrong guy to be doing this. Here's why:

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Worst Oscars Ever

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi! Well, another week has passed. It was pretty boring on my end. The movie last week with the film fest was canceled because the projector broke, and it is to be rescheduled. No word as to when, but I'm keeping fingers crossed. Hopefully it will not be done to long. The rest of the week has been spent working. Such a thing, but I like to eat.

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10 Non-Fantasy Films That You Should Turn Into D&D Adventures in Your Campaign.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Every Dungeon Master has experienced that dread moment when the players are about to arrive, but you haven't had sufficient prep time to put together the adventure they'll be playing. Sometimes this is due to writer's block. Most gaming groups have the same person DM the majority of adventures, and coming up with stories week after week can be difficult. This is often where professionally published adventures come in very handy, but most groups have a "completist" player who has purchased and read every adventure. What is a Dungeon Master to do?

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Like a Real Superhero Movie (Almost), Birdman Is Now Promoting With Toy Commercials

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:07 pm


The toy is actually real - a few of my colleagues got one in the mail, and while it's not articulated nor equipped with laser-blast action, it does utter that hilariously inappropriate soundbite.

Also, good to know (via the YouTube description) that the giant creature he fights is called The Condor. Which makes him a kind of Condorman...

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