Good to See George Lucas Is Hard at Work on Those Experimental Films...Just Kidding

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

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There are many myths in the world of George Lucas. "I always intended Greedo to shoot first," "Jar Jar is popular with children," and of course "When I'm done with Star Wars, I'm going to make experimental films that aren't commercial."

Above is the first still from an animated musical fairy-tale version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, executive-produced and written by Lucas, featuring a pop-song soundtrack by the music producer of Moulin Rouge, Marius de Vries. It's called Strange Magic, and released through Disney via Touchstone, which means it's probably PG-13-ish (maybe due to pop-song lyrics?). Impressive...Most impressive that this is apparently opening in January and this is the first we've heard of it.

To be hopeful...or not to be?


New Into the Woods Trailer Admits It's a Musical, Still Looks Bad

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Here's something totally anecdotal: at a recent screening of Big Hero 6, there was an elderly man behind me who apparently worked for Disney, bragging to his companion that he'd seen Into the Woods already, and that he hated the stage musical (because the cows onstage are obviously fake, he noted, whereas a movie can have real cows!) but that he liked the movie. He thought Meryl Streep was great, and said Johnny Depp is basically a glorified cameo.

Because of this, the cow is my favorite part of the trailer. Not that it has any strong competition. Aside from my figuring out that it's a general fairy tale mashup, I still don't really get what the hell's going on, and I feel like a trailer is supposed to clarify that for me. I feel like they rushed the preview online just to beat The Hobbit: Every CGI Thing Onscreen at Once (yes, I watched a bootleg. Yes, every CGI thing is onscreen at once. I'll have the official one up when I see it. Meanwhile you get this thing).

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Mystery Skulls Music Video "Ghost" Turns Scooby Doo Into Literal Heartbreak

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I wasn't familiar with Mystery Skulls before seeing this - but they and I are clearly familiar with the same cartoon references. Fortunately, the song does not suck, so I can give it a full-on thumbs-up rather than a mixed blessing.

Especially since it doesn't end up quite where you think it will...

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Somebody Found a Way to Make Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Even Creepier (Also Entertaining)

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Take a character from the forced-weirdness, trying-too-hard, "quirky" retelling of Lewis Carroll...then recreate her with a soul-devouring puppet head, several Playing Card soldiers controlled by rods emanating from her outfit, and add disco and dance tunes. This old fashioned feat of engineering, cosplay and dancing ability is immediately way cooler than anything Tim Burton managed to do with all the 3D post-converted CGI in the world.

Just don't stare too long into the eyes you see pictured above. Nothing lives there.

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GWAR's Tribute to Late Lead Singer Oderus Is a Pet Shop Boys Cover

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

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What did you expect - "Tears in Heaven"?

The AV Club has an ongoing feature where they invite bands in to do unlikely covers from a limited list, and GWAR were game - though they turn their metal take on "West End Girls" into a totally new tune at the end that focuses on the untimely death of Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus.

Is it weirder than when The Pet Shop Boys covered Elvis? You be the judge...

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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.

The 14 Coolest Things from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks DVD Commentary

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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After brief and rather scattershot theatrical run in late September and early October, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks is being released in a DVD/Blu-ray combo from Shout! Factory, and for streaming on Amazon Instant and elsewhere. Taking place directly after the events of Friendship Is Magic's fourth season finale "Twilight's Kingdom" while also picking up the threads from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, it's terrific on its own, and even more importantly, the Shout! Factory discs have an entertaining and informative commentary track featuring key members of the production team. Here are some of the highlights of that commentary!

Spoilers abound, of course.


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If Modern Horror Villains Invaded "The Monster Mash"...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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The Universal monsters were able to plug into any number of more family friendly spin-offs back in the day - Abbott and Costello comedies, General Mills cereals, Rankin-Bass stop-motion specials - but could their modern counterparts do the same?

In this video from the Key of Awesome and Barely Political, a Karloff-like Frankenstein tries to sing the classic movie-inspired monster dance hit, but finds himself just a tad appalled at the way the new guys (and one girl) integrate themselves. The makeup effects may not be state of the art, but the impersonations are good and the rhymes are solid. It still doesn't reveal what happened to the Transylvania Twist.

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91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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Hip-Hop Band Run the Jewels Will Re-Record Latest Album With Nothing but Cat Noises

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Run the Jewels clearly misunderstood the Internet. As a joke, they suggested that a deluxe version of their newest album, Run the Jewels 2, would include the entire album rerecorded in cat noises.

So the fans Kickstartered it. And wouldn't you know it, the goal was exceeded. Now the band are going to do it for real.

You do not joke with the Internet about making a cat-related product. EVER.

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