Weekend Open Thread: A (Colbert) Nation Mourns

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm


I couldn't let the week elapse without saying something about the end of Stephen Colbert, the persona, who will shortly give way to Stephen Colbert, the person.

Nine years as, effectively, an avatar of yourself is an impressive act of nerdery, and there were many others along the way, like getting into lightsaber battles with George Lucas, interviewing Smaug, or hanging Captain America's shield above his fireplace. Though his on-camera style was meant to resemble more humorless, anger-filled pundits, the sheer joy at getting to play around with the toys that he had came through, as did a profound penchant for wordplay. He really was a nerd made good, and it'll be interesting to see how he does when he starts espousing his real passions as much as he did his fake ones.

It's political, yes, but my favorite Colbert moment was when he was invited to be the speaker at the White House correspondent's dinner by somebody who clearly did not know his persona was satire. That was comedy being dangerous at a time when everyone was playing it safe, and arguably the reverse of the later Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, which paradoxically played passionately to the middle of the road. Anyway, even if you disagreed with him politically - and I know plenty who did while still finding him funny - it is my belief that deep down he was one of us in every other way.

In other news (thanks Gallen!) Larry Flynt is making a porn parody of The Interview. I trust its main character will be named Cum Jong Un.

Now talk amongst yourselves.

How the Babadook Celebrates Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm


Mister Babadook - that child-threatening, mom-possessing inhabitant of evil pop-up books - doesn't really seem like the festive type. But he celebrates the holidays too, as it turns out.

Behold IFC's 45-second short, "How the 'Dook Stole Christmas"...

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Chewbacca's Looking Good for His Age; He Also Has a Message for Sony Hackers

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

No, it's not the "thank you" below. That's for fans. Keep reading...


Here's our favorite movie Wookiee (sorry, I'm just assuming Tarrful isn't your tgop pick, which is really presumptuous of me, but there ya go) on the set of The Force Awakens, roaring a thank you to fans who donated to UNICEF for a chance to be in the movie. And damn, no gray hairs at all on that furry face!

The full video's below, but really that still above is all you need to see...beyond the fact that Artoo looks like Artoo, which we already knew.

In an amusing Wookiee-related note, Peter Mayhew also took the time today to Tweet a link response to the Sony hackers...

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First Look at the Shadow of Trick 'r Treat Director's KRAMPUS

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm


Michael Dougherty's putting Halloween on hold, and bringing his horror-comedy anthology format to Christmas next year. Krampus, the Christmas demon - subject of one of TR's most popular articles of all time - is coming to town. This is not to be confused with Kevin Smith's Krampus project, originally set to star the cast of Tusk, which appears to have been replaced on his slate by Yoga Hosers.

So...wanna see the holiday hellbeast in silhouette?

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Rankin-Bass' Die Hard

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:30 am


Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, trapped in Nakatomi Tower.
And if you ever saw him, you'd think he wouldn't have much power.
All of the other sequels, weren't a guarantee just yet.
He's a moonlighting stranger, an action guy? You wouldn't bet.

Then one kick-ass Christmas eve, Gruber came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so red, it's so hard to kill you dead."

Then how he yippie-kai-yayed
Tore the gun from off his back
Rudolph the action hero
Saved the day and grew a sack!

Here, thanks to Film Geekery, is the Die Hard trailer remade entirely with Rankin-Bass scenes and Rudolph in the lead. Enjoy...

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Thanos, Hulkbuster and Other Age of Ultron Figures Revealed at Hong Kong Toy Show

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00 am


Note: before somebody yells "ZOMG Spoiler!", keep yer pants on. Or off, if they weren't on before. This appears to be the Guardians of the Galaxy version of Thanos, and is no indication he'll be in The Avengers sequel, though I think they'll have to at least mention him in the credits stinger just to remind folks he's still around.

The one figure Hot Toys hasn't spoiled yet is their large-size Ultron, whose appearance remains a secret, though we have a pretty good idea of his general look. But they have now revealed the Hulkbuster Iron Man (a thing of beauty and weight), Black Widow (now with blue costume highlights as well as red, and some nifty rooted hair with a matted look that makes her seem slightly sweaty), Hulk (in stretchier shorts), Thor (no real change), Hawkeye and Captain America (just as you've seen them in set pics).

Go check 'em all out, along with some of the upcoming Star Wars line.

I just wanna get Thanos. I assume he'll be at the gettin' place.

Sony Will Do Robert Rodriguez's Fire and Ice Remake, Because Barbarians Can't Cyber-Attack

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 am


That's right, half-naked axe-wielders! What'cha gonna do if Sony offends you? Nothing, that's what. You'll be too busy getting sunburned on your nearly naked ass by the L.A. weather.

Seriously, this is one of many projects Rodriguez announced a couple of years ago that I assumed would end up going the way of his Rose McGowan Red Sonja, which at least made it to the poster stage. But it looks like Sony is betting big, and probably thinking right about now that movies based in fantasy realms are just a shit-ton safer than anything else.

According to Deadline's report, Rodriguez is finally acknowledging that this is a project he can't make himself on his computer for pennies on the dollar, and Sony wants this to be a big franchise. I guess somebody finally realized that the last time there was a reboot of a fantasy property that Ralph Bakshi did first, it made a lot of people a lot of money. Can Rodriguez handle the slower pace and studio demands? I'm not betting on it, but I'll be watching with great interest.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies SPOILER Talkback Thread

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Honestly, I'm not sure anyone can spoil this movie - it is, after all, a mostly plotless prequel which you know many of the main characters have to survive. But just in case, here's some spoiler space to discuss it in particular and the entire trilogy in general.

The TR review has been posted for a while. Now it's time for yours.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mandalorians and Marijuana

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


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 all,

Had the honor of having Malice and Risika from the Skirata Clan (Star Wars) at my house the other day. He is a wonderful Star Wars costumer - Mandalorian. The Clan is also building something special for the Anaheim, CA Convention in 2015. I understand it is going to be huge. I have attached a pic of the work in progress and also...how would you like this guy in your kitchen? By the way, he is also a great computer tech and got my system back on line and purring like one of the kittens again. Check out the Facebook page and like it at SkirataAliit. If you are interested in crafting your own Star Wars wardrobe you can reach them there. They have monthly construction parties here in Joshua Tree, CA. The clan also does great charity work and recently built a costume for a little girl who unfortunately just died of cancer - her pics are on the site - check them out.

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10 Movie or TV Insults to North Korea You Could Watch Instead of The Interview

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


In one of the stranger showbiz stories of recent years, it appears that the government of North Korea has been able to shut down a big-studio America movie release. Sony has decided to indefinitely shelve The Interview, previously slated to open December 25, because of emails from hackers implying that theaters showing the film might be the target of terrorist activity.

Thus Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's wacky comedy in the Hangover vein, about two numbskull TV entertainment journalists who are pressed into service to assassinate North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, could end up as a legendary inaccessible movie. It could take its place with the likes of The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis or The Other Side of the Wind by Orson Welles.

But if you resent the hack, there are still movie and TV choices you can make which mock Kim Jong-Un or his father Kim Jong-Il - two of the more easily mock-able world leaders, especially since the departure of George W. Bush - and/or reflect badly on their regime. Here are a few examples:

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