Jonny Quest Is Now a Robert Rodriguez Movie That Probably Won't Happen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm


Hate to sound cynical (no I don't) given that Sin City 2 finally came out years after everyone stopped caring (I care), but wasn't Robert Rodriguez supposed to be busy doing Fire and Ice as a mega-franchise at Sony? And before that, a new Heavy Metal movie? And before that, a new Red Sonja movie?

My point is that if you are in any way concerned that he might be the wrong guy to make a live-action Jonny Quest movie - a project that has just been announced - there's little reason to worry. He likes to announce a lot of things. Danny Trejo would be amusing as Race Bannon, though.

Nearly Naked Dudes Slap Ass While Lip-Syncing to Frozen in Japanese

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:30 am


I don't know the context, and I don't WANT to know.

All that matters is this is the best thing I've seen all week.

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Cap'n 'Murica Leads Some "Bad Lip Reading" Redneck Avengers!

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm


Bad Lip Reading is funny. Bad Lip Reading taking on a larger concept is amazing.

Incidentally, at my own wedding, I gave out Avengers action figures as boutonnieres. My one groomsman about whom we'd always made redneck jokes specifically chose Thor for being a "long-haired redneck." This video is fulfillment of that prophecy.

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Best Toy Packaging Ever? NECA's "Cage-Free" Alien Egg Carton

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm


The safe handling instructions are my favorite part. A shame these didn't hit in time for Easter.

Tags: Alien, NECA

Topless Toy Chest: 18" Pacific Rim Striker Eureka by NECA

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm


I'm semi-infamous for not liking Pacific Rim much the first time I saw it. I recently gave it another try on HBO, and the same things that bugged me about it before still did. But those were all humans - I have no issue whatsoever with the designs of the giant robot Jaegers, so when NECA offered to send me one for review, I was anxious to check it out. Striker Eureka here is the Jaeger that Idris Elba took command of on a final suicide mission, so that makes it pretty much the coolest one.

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"Chocolate with SPRINKLES!" Knock Knock Looks Like a New Keanu Klassic

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Obviously listening to Wyld Stallyns

I kinda wish this were the actual Bill and Ted sequel. Ted has a family, but two bodacious babes have totally bogus designs on him. It's not, though - Eli Roth is directing, and Keanu Reeves appears to be yelling every line, which is as big an acting stretch as you'll ever see from him. It may not be John Wick, but he does get his Wick out in a john, so maybe it counts.

I just hope it's not a total Funny Games ripoff. That's already been done twice; I need to see a Neo fight.

Check out the international trailer...

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7 Ways the New Poltergeist Pleasantly Surprised Me

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am


It is perhaps possible that some full disclosure is in order.

The night before last, I was up so late writing the Annie list that before I knew it, it was 5 a.m. and I had not gone to bed. So I stayed up and wrote more. Sometime around noon I got a couple hours sleep. Then I wrote more because Disney's doing something dumb with Tinkerbell and I needed to be first to make fun of it.

I'm certain you don't care, but the point is this - by the time I got to see the new Poltergeist at 6 p.m., I may not have been in my right mind. Or I may have been disproportionately overjoyed that it was the first 3D movie in months to actually screen for press in 3D. On the other hand, the fact that it was one of those radio station promotional screenings where some big fat dude down front with some speakers keeps yelling "Make some NOISE!" and throwing T-shirts into the crowd ought to have been an effective counterbalance. So when I say I enjoyed the movie, you now have a certain amount of ammo you can use to prove I was not in my right mind. That said, I am going to make my case.

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Reese Witherspoon Will Be a Live-Action Tinkerbell for Disney

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm


So I guess since Peter Pan is getting remade by about a dozen other different people, Disney's going to the Maleficent well for Tinkerbell, which promises "'the story you don't know' and will offer a new perspective on the character."

As any hardcore fan of Disney's Tinkerbell (or her husband who got forcibly taken to see a Tinkerbell movie at the El Capitan) would know, however, Tink's background has been established in Disney canon already, with all the animated movies set in Pixie Hollow. I don't need to see her get abused in live-action like Maleficent to explain why she never talks in Peter Pan.

Given that Witherspoon's older than we usually see Tink, maybe this will be a sequel to all that stuff. At the very least, this gives every film critic alive the chance to use "Stinkerbell" puns.

EXCLUSIVE IN-PACKAGE REVEAL: NECA's Pacific Rim Chibis for Comic-Con

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Oh, happy day! After many years of funneling large chunks of my money to NECA in exchange for little (and not-so-little) plastic people and creatures who silently stare and judge me here in the TR-cave, I get to reveal one of their Comic-Con exclusives in the package.

The figures have been shown, but this is the first look at the final window-boxed product. These chibis, for those who don't remember, are the toys seen within the movie itself; the mini-kaijus and jaegers played with by children, much as the World War II kids had green army men.

Keep reading for more pics and the official description...

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8 Things Today's Comic-Book Movies Can Learn From Annie

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am


This past weekend, I went to see a live, touring production of Annie for the first time since I was a very young child. It probably goes without saying that this was not my idea, though it may require uttering that I had myself a fine time. And that wasn't just because all the cocktails were doubles, and the concession stand, thinking that anything colored red could be considered Annie-themed, had liquid nitrogen on hand to make a sub-zero raspberry sorbet from what looked like a witch's cauldron. Nor was it just because my wife was taking me out and paying for everything.

No - the truth is Annie is a good show, and has endured for many years because of it. It is also a show based on a comic strip that launched in 1924, making its central character, Little Orphan Annie, a longer-running media franchise character than Superman, Batman, or anyone from Marvel.

It occurs to me that we could learn some lessons from that fact...

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