Friday Tidbits and Weekend Open Thread - Bob Kane Birthday Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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Happy birthday, Bob.

There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.

-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.

-Tractor beam: ON!

-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.

-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.

- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.

-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.

-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.

-Hikari is Groot.

TR Review: John Wick Is a Breezy Blast of Macho Madness

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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See Keanu Reeves. His wife died. He is sad.

Sad, sad Keanu.

See the puppy. The puppy is cute. See puppy eat. See puppy lick Keanu's ear. See puppy shit on the lawn.

See puppy GET BEATEN THE FUCK TO DEATH BY RUSSIAN MOBSTERS.

That's the set-up for John Wick.

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ABCs of Death 2 Directors Reveal Favorite Movie Deaths in a Supercut

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

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In our last of three ABCs of Death 2 exclusives, we have a montage of every director's favorite movie death scene of all time, along with an exclusive quote from "our" director, Marvin Kren. Considering his segment is "R Is for Roulette," it should come as no surprise...

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9 Memorable Things About Max Landis' 436-Page Super Mario World Script

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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There are plenty of writers who will tell you that the only thing that separates the bad, the good, and the great are the amount of hours put in by the writer. Given his ratio of scripts written to scripts considered truly great, Max Landis is undoubtedly one of these writers. Say what you will about his persona or product, but Landis has an incredible tenacity; clocking in at nearly a hundred completed scripts is a surefire path to mastering the craft. And so arguably the most intriguing words in his recently revealed Mario manifesto are the first four pages, in which adult Max Landis reflects on teenage Max Landis's writing.


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Dredd Producer's Sequel Minisodes Are Both Unofficial and Animated (TRAILER)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Adi Shankar has presumably received more than one phone call from a lawyer, as he really, really wants us to know that his Judge Death webisodes featuring Judge Dredd are not official spinoffs in any way of his own movie Dredd, nor necessarily endorsed by 2000AD, who own the rights to the characters.

That said - it's a Judge Death cartoon, more comic-based than the movie, and it looks pretty fun, if simple.

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Kotobukiya's Sexy Female Freddy vs. Jason Figures Get Live-Action Adaptation

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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Remember these ladies? Kotobukiya's bishoujo statue line turns whatever character it interprets into buxom, scantily clad, anime-style babes, which makes more sense when it's, say, Catwoman. But yeah, they made Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

And now Nerdist and Scream Factory have made a live-action short based on these unique variants, starring Adrianne Curry, and giving Kotobukiya ideas for another figure at the very end. I'm not sure it quite does the toys justice - for that, you'd need Axel Braun. But it comes as close as may be possible to making the female versions somewhat empowering, which, while almost certainly contrary to the intent of the toy, is impressive.

(Note: being a Nerdist video, it may autoplay)

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Remade as a Single-Take Horror Short Might Ruin Your Childhood Forever

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I was only recently made aware of the children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, in which an increasingly demanding mouse makes like the conservative stereotype of a welfare recipient, and just keeps requesting more and more free handouts after you grant him one kind act of charity. I am informed by the person who shares my apartment that in context, it is in fact very cute.

Naturally, Some People on the Internet have made it into a horror movie short. Tales From the Crypt and Funny Games were the most obvious inspirations, but there are more to be found therein. In this mousetrap, the mouse traps you. And he wants more than just a glass of milk this time.

George Lucas was quite kind to your youth by comparison.

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Geoff Johns Just Mentioned a Live-Action DC Multiverse. Now It Needs to Happen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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"We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist." - Geoff Johns.

Some years ago, when Marvel was still at Paramount and before Thor had even been cast, I got to take a tour of their facilities, from an art department designing MIckey Rourke's then-unrevealed Whiplash costume to the actual gym set in Tony Stark's house. We already knew Avengers was the big plan, but Kevin Feige had something else in mind as well. He wanted, he said, to let filmmakers with unique visions "play in our sandbox," going through the list of C and D-list Marvel properties to see what they liked, eventually making smaller, more personal features that weren't obliged to connect to the main Avengers narrative.

The first of those? Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Apocalypse? Nahhh...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:00 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. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though.

Hey all - last week was busy with 2 movies to attend. As you know last Thursday was the second film in the Joshua Tree International Film Fest. We saw the documentary Skanks, which followed the play Skanks in a One-Horse Town by Billy Ray Brewton. Mr. Brewton was to be in attendance - but alas he was ill and was unable to attend, and the film got a bit of a late start as the copy that was sent for viewing did not work. But Q came to the rescue and rented it on Amazon. So if you want to see it go to Amazon; if you are a theatre geek you will understand what is going on. If not, you will be a bit bored. Some of the editing is sloppy, but that's ok. Anyway I love small community theatre and thus I found the documentary enjoyable. I have been involved over the last 20 years with long nights of rehearsal, opening night jitters and then the sound of audience approval - such fun. It has been about 5 yrs since I have been on stage and I am thinking about jumping back in in 2015. Looking at The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Addams Family Musical.

Anyway the next show is on November 20 and will be the Road to Paloma starring, get this, drum roll...starring Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet. I understand Mr. Momoa is going to be in some upcoming super hero movie. Hmmmmmm. Hopefully he will be available for an interview. Fingers crossed, jumping up and down etc.

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7 Ways Alien: Isolation Helped Me Accept My Anxiety Disorder

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The Creative Assembly

My name is Daniel, and I suffer from a mental disorder. Specifically, I have severe anxiety, which often manifests and renders me useless in social situations and leaves me afraid of everything up to and including my shadow. It's more than a little ironic, then, that I love horror in all of its mediums: film, literature, comics, take your pick. While I might avoid anything remotely tense in everyday life, I enjoy the primal thrill of being scared by a movie or book. Consider it a form of exposure therapy.

With Alien being my all-time favourite film, I was extremely pumped for Creative Assembly's video game sequel, Alien: Isolation. Though overly long and - I should impress this - ridiculously stressful, Isolation is by far one of the best games I've ever played. Not simply for its mechanics or extreme faithfulness to the source material, but for how it allowed me to better understand the disorder that has plagued me for most of my adult life.

If you'll bear with me, consider...


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