Weekend Hangover: 12 Stories You Might have Missed, From Aquaman to Dracula

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00 am


Compiled as always with the help of Kyle LeClair, this weekend's styories saw the casting of a new Aquaman, a Hello Kitty collection that repels tomcats, a Disneylike Doctor or 13 (above), and cricket chips.

Tipsters this week include: Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Citrus_King, Dr.Gonzo82, troi, Anyone00, Timely Flower-Hermit, andre_morelo

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Star Wars Death Metal Shirts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:00 am


It's pretty common in L.A. to see T-shirts with filmmaker names done like metal-band logos: Von Trier as Van Halen, Herzog for Danzig, etc. But I've never seen Star Wars names as death metal bands until now.

Here's the million dollar question: how long did it take you to realize that the middle one doesn't actually say "Obituary" on it?

Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: Here's the Story

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm


My wife found the real Brady Bunch house in our neighborhood. I suspect it's the main reason we moved here.

A few more things before y'all kick the conversation into gear...

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! (Feat. Luke's Mother-in-Law): Eminem & Louis Tomlinson in "Unexpected"

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:00 am


Yes, my mother-in-law volunteered to be part of this. Don't ask me why. And yes, my wife insisted I read the whole thing like Michael Palin. Again, don't ask. Just go with it.

If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

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Dallas Comic-Con Cosplayers Make TMNT 2 "Ninja Rap" Video

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm


It has taken a couple of decades, but it would appear that there is finally a Vanilla Ice song enjoyed by more than just white people.

Cool Turtle costumes, too. Arguably better than in at least one of the original movies, and definitely better than in the "Coming out of Their Shells" tour.

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Neil Patrick Harris' Autobiography Is a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm


Give it up, folks. I don't think you'll ever get a nerdier autobiography than this. It's no metaphor - NPH's life story is literally a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John's yacht.

CHOOSE correctly and you'll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you'll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! On sale October 14, 2014.

Since Neil is still alive, however, I doubt it will have as many ways to die as most of the originals did.

Coincidentally, a Choose Your Own Adventure movie is in the works. They should just go ahead and make this it, because it won't get any better.

Max Landis (Sorta) Wrote a Spider-Man Musical

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Outspoken comics fan Max Landis, well-known for his lambasting of the Death of Superman storyline on YouTube, now wants to prove he can do Spider-Man better as well. In a post on his Facebook page entitled "hahaha I wrote a spider-man musical," he offers his outline for a stage production that presumably will not injure people as much as the real one - but it's mostly broad strokes with the names of various pop songs inserted to set the mood. I mean, the easiest part of writing is saying stuff like:

The song ends with a frightening encounter with the Green Goblin, who Peter stops from attacking OsCorp, Norman Osborn's company. The Goblin escapes, but swears revenge.

The next night, Harry and Mary Jane again have endeavoured to hook up Peter and Gwen, and have taken them to a fancy fundraiser in Manhattan. Gwen is made uncomfortable by the glitzy social scene, and heads out to the street. Outside, they commiserate about their lonely childhoods, and wonder together what will happen, becoming closer friends. Gwen sings about their night and how she feels.

It's the specific execution that's hard - I bet you Orci and Kurtzman had an outline not unlike this at one point.

Landis does do at least one thing right, though, IMHO: his angle of Norman Osborn being so insane that he himself doesn't know he's the Goblin is precisely the sort of twist that last movie could have used.

Blu-ray Today: Vampires, Volcanoes, Vinnie Jones

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

Nosferatu (1979) - Well, hell, now I feel like I jumped the gun a little bit, having just reviewed this one in its brief theatrical rerelease. So let me quote myself:
There's a tangible reality to the film that few vampire movies have: without matte paintings or CGI, it feels free of fakery. Castle Dracula consists of actual ruins, and Harker's house is fairly normal; the peasant lodgings along the way feel actually lived-in rather than any gothic creation. The only caricature here is the vampire himself, but Kinski inhabits him as a Gollum-like addict/pervert who is as tragic as he is nonetheless evil.
Both the German and English versions are on the disc, along with a commentary track by Werner Herzog that will undoubtedly be fascinating if you can stop mimicking his accent long enough to actually listen to it.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Magic, Jesus, Khaleesi and Korea

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:00 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.

Hey all, it's another Thursday again - hope you all have gotten thru the week so far. We made it past Mothers Day; it was quiet around here, but we did kinda celebrate motherhood with new kittens in the garage. See above for a photo of our new little fuzzy butts - so far I am getting to pet 3 of them. We have black ones, black/white and gray, all sooooo cute. This weekend is the Joshua Tree Music Festival, which is always fun, even when it's going to be in the 100's temperature-wise. This weekend, I am also going to the play Nunsense at our local playhouse, Theatre 29. The arts are alive and well in the basin.

And so are your questions...

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Penn & Teller, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M. & More Are Now Simpsons Action Figures

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm


I must admit, I never, ever thought there would be R.E.M. action figures of any kind.

Who would you like to see next in NECA's celebrity guest star line?