James Gunn Responds to North Korean Hackers, Refuses to Put Kim Jong Un in His Next Movie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

In an image just posted on Facebook, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has exclusively revealed that, in response to the North Korean hacking of Sony and cancellation of the release of The Interview, he has formally removed Kim Jong Un from contention to be Peter Quill's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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It might legitimately hurt Kim's feelings. I'm not even kidding. The dictator has never exactly shown a penchant for irony.

A Cool Custom Kenner Dark Knight Collection Using NECA Batman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Considering the legal hoops they leaped through to get just the one Michael Keaton Batman figure made, NECA will probably not be releasing further variants unless hell freezes over and Mattel gives up the license. But enterprising and skillful customizers have been going to town.

Here, Twitter user @DiaboliRex showcases his tributes to Kenner's old Keaton-based creations, in color schemes both classic and creative.

I would buy them. So it's probably better that they will only ever exist as images to admire, and save me some cash. Of course, NECA could conceivably do these in 18" scale, and utterly bankrupt everyone.

Finally, a Hot Toys Figure You Can Afford - Baby Groot!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.

Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.

IDW's Newest Licensed Comic Is Cronenberg's The Fly

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Should we be afraid? Be very afraid, even? Can any sequel avoid vomiting upon our memories, dissolving them, and then sucking them back up?

Well, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the son of Brundlefly, so it's already most likely ignoring The Fly II, which is perfectly fine with me.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

Oh, so it's Dawn of the Planet of the Brundleflies? I can dig that.

First Posters for Pixels Are the Greatest Things Adam Sandler Will Ever Be Connected to

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Pixels might end up being a terrible movie. Given that it stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, odds are better than even that it will suck Donkey Kong balls. But these posters, depicting '80s video game icons attacking world landmarks, are beauties.

In the movie, aliens misinterpret signals of old-school video games as a declaration of war, and only the now middle-aged masters of '80s arcades can help the world fight back. It's loosely based on a short from 2010. That's a good premise, with unfunny dicks in key roles - though Peter Dinklage is in it too. I don't plan on rushing out to see it, but I do plan on enjoying these posters, which are fucking awesome.

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Liam Neeson's Violent 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Christmas. Peace and love. Good will to all men.

Unless you're Liam feckin' Neeson. And some bleedin' gobshites are just after framin' ya for murder.

Here's a Taken 3 Christmas carol, and one of the best seasonal bits of marketing I've ever seen.

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5 Reasons Why The Lego Movie Is More Feminist Than You Think

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I used to label myself a feminist.

I was a teenager, and inspired by Kurt Cobain, who did the same. I agreed then, as I do now, with the original meaning of the word - one who believes in treating both genders equally, and is opposed to discrimination against women.

It only became a problem when others who embraced that f-word - my mother among them - started telling me what, based on that word, I was and was not supposed to think beyond the basic definition. Action movies were to be bad. Porn was flat out. Gangsta rap and heavy metal, forget about it. I decided then that I would keep the beliefs but ditch the label.

I still believe that we need more great female characters in movies. I don't pretend that we're at a level playing field on that score yet. But when I see feminist critiques of something like The Lego Movie, I find them counter-productive. Let me take a moment now to strap a gigantic bullseye to my face, as I write about pro-feminist themes from the point of view of a guy who possibly has no right to.

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The Secret Meaning of Those Star Wars Character Name Reveals (Maybe)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

By now you've all certainly seen the badass throwback Star Wars trading card images that revealed the names of the characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There's a lot of interesting information we can pull from the names, the images used, and the way in which JJ and Disney chose to make the reveal, but there's one mystery that Master Lens-Flare specifically pointed out in the Entertainment Weekly reveal, thus challenging me directly to solve.

Asked if there was significance to the numbering, Abrams replied: "YES."

Without dissecting everything there is about the names themselves (like how "Kylo" doesn't really sound like a bad guy) or the idea that it seems we're being lead towards all-that-will-make-us-feel-nostalgic-for-the-original-trilogy-while-forgetting-the-prequels-happened, I'll still tackle those pesky numbers.

My theory is that they represent the minute of the film each image was pulled from. So if that's true, we can further determine the sequence of events that we've seen in the trailer, which would look like this:

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BB-8 on the move!

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Honest Trailers: The Desolation of Smaug

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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The Screen Junkies have released the latest Honest Trailer, this time for the 3 hour snooze-fest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which if you haven't seen yet could easily have been edited down a full hour and contains the most ridiculous action sequence of the 5 LOTR films to date. This sequence in the books is well done and clever, but in the movie is turned into a cartoon with Looney Tunes-like physics and such bad CGI at times I thought I was watching Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. I'm speaking, of course, of the barrel race rapids ride, soon to be featured at a 6 Flags near you. And I really don't think there's anything in the upcoming Battle of the Five Armies that will top it.

And I've yet to meet anyone clamoring for more Legolas. He's a popular character, sure, and was totally badass in LOTR, but enough's enough. Besides does anyone not think he'll be featured throughout the inevitable Silmarillion Trilogy where the 3rd act will be further split into 2 movies?

Anyhow, as usual, the Screen Junkies nail it.

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Birdman Leads Critic's Choice Awards

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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No, not that one. Though a live-action Harvey Birdman with Stephen Colbert reprising his role as Phil Ken Sebben would be instant Oscar-bait.

Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy starring Michael Keaton as a version of Michael Keaton with post-Batman-stress-disorder has become the darling of the awards circuit scoring 13 Critic's Choice noms and will possibly be the first superhero film to win a Best Picture Oscar in February. Yeah, yeah, it's not really a superhero film, but close enough in my book. The costume is fucking awesome.

And since the Critic's Choice Awards recognize comedy, action, and sci-fi - categories the Academy typically turns its collective nose up at - this might be the only chance for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy to get any sort of recognition (the Golden Globes snubbed nearly all genre films this year).

Both films garnered Best Action Movie nominations as well as Best Actor In An Action Movie for Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, respectively. Zoe Saldana was also nominated for Best Actress In An Action Movie, though personally I feel Scarlett Johansson would have been more deserving. Guardians also pulled in nominations for Best Hair & Makeup, and Best Visual Effects in a stacked category that includes The Hobbit, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Interstellar, and Edge of Tomorrow.

If you care about these films getting the recognition they deserve then support this show. Some of these are truly outstanding works of art, with the same caliber of storytelling, directing, acting, and emotion as anything that came out this year. Personally I'm treating the Critic's Choice as my Oscars.

The awards will be broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January15th at 9pm ET/6 PT.