Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - The Toys of Summer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm


"Out in the stores today, I saw a Spawn head sticker on a Nicktoon pack..."

In other last-minute stuff...

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Meet Mr. Poo, India's Dancing Anti-Public Defecation Mascot

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm


"First thing in the morning, what do I see, a pile of shit staring at me."

In an attempt to get people in India not to leave their shit just lying around - literally - the U.N. has hit upon a novel solution - an anthropomorphic cartoon turd who'll lick you in the face. Unlike, say, Senhor Testiculo, Mr. Poo is a villain, as seen in the online game where you have to flush his turd minions away.

Now, if I were to ask you, "Seeing as how this is a campaign intended for an Indian audience, what do you imagine would be the most stereotypical thing they could do to market themselves?" and you said, "Why, a music video full of singing and dancing bowel movements and a disco toilet, of course!" we'd be right on the money.

You wanna see it? Of course you do. It's actually catchy as hell.

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TR SHOWDOWN! Game of Thrones Theme - Smooth Jazz, or Screaming Goats?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

UPDATE: Goats win. It wasn't even close.


A while back, some of you suggested you'd like to see "who would win" style nerd battle articles. Many of them, pitting one hero against another, seemed to me like things that had been done already, but when two particular tips came in, I decided they'd be perfect for this new feature.

[I'm also open to better names than "TR Showdown."]

The Battle: Which cover version of the Game of Thrones theme is better?

The Combatants: Screaming goats from other viral videos versus Dave Koz and Postmodern Jukebox's "smooth jazz" version.

Let's begin...

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If Harmony Korine Remade Ernest Scared Stupid, It Might Look Like This

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am


Imagine the Jim Varney vs. Trolls Disney comedy from the '90s...only Ernest P. Worrell is now a flesh-eating zombie, the trolls are pedophiles in rubber masks, and the kids are all potential murderers in the making. The lo-fi video and the eerie metal tune by Creepoid - featuring repurposed soundbites from the original film - add up to something simultaneously cheesy and deeply unsettling, much like Korine's Trash Humpers.

The late, great Varney would probably be appalled to see his kid-friendly character get a horror makeover. I, however, am fascinated. And upset...but maybe in a good way? KnoWhutIMean?

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Blu-ray Today: Smaug, Paranormal Activity and Oderus Urungus

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Although the titular fuzzy-foot takes a bit of a backseat for much of the middle part of this Middle-earth trilogy, the world of the story expands significantly with the forests of Mirkwood, the burg of Laketown, numerous cave-lairs filled with preposterously narrow catwalks over large chasms, and Smaug's big treasure pit. Book purists may object to Ninja Legolas playing as significant a role as he does, but Luke Evans gives Bard more dimension than Tolkien did, and Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as Smaug. A goofily forced finale with Thorin actually surfing molten gold with a shield is admittedly one of the dumbest things ever, but overall there's enough pure fantasy fun here to recommend.

Except...there's an extended edition coming later in the year. But you've been around Peter Jackson movies long enough by now that you must surely know that.

Nurse 3D - You would think I'd be all over a movie about a fetishy vigilante nurse who preys on pervs and makes them suffer. Here's why I never saw it - the only opportunity I was given to watch a film called Nurse 3D was via a watermarked online video in 2D. I know it caused my freelancer Todd Gilchrist to develop several new fetishes, and I assume it uses 3D to primarily exploitative effect. Not having a 3D TV as yet, however, I may find it takes a while before I find out.

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Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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6 Ways Donkey Konga Out-Rocks Guitar Hero (and 2 Brown Bananas)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Illustration by Matthew Steele

If you've left behind your rock star lifestyle of debauchery, you may recall when Guitar Hero was a huge phenomenon, followed quickly by the Rock Band Era. Including mobile spin-offs and exclusive titles, Guitar Hero currently has 18 games under its belt, and that number jumps to 24 when you include the DJ Hero and Band Hero series. Rock Band boasts a still-impressive 11 title catalogue, proving the rhythm - based model was not one to be tampered with. Both are undeniably great franchises, and deserve accolades for achieving remarkable sales, acquiring some tricky song licenses, and spreading the gaming community to a new audience. However, if we look back a few years, as we often love to do, we can see our old friend Donkey Kong, clapping his hands on the ground and making that strange hiccupping/laughing noise he makes. It's as if he's trying to say, "What about me? WHAT ABOUT ME?!" Poor guy. He asked me to prepare 6 reasons why his band's poster deserves to be on your ceiling instead of...who is that? Slash? Oh come on....

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Why, MC, Eh? Village People Underwear and Nightwear Is Going to Be a Thing

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Young man,

Something you never heard,

Will be fun, man,

If you love the absurd,

But it's dung, man,

To the folks in the herd who re-mem-ber what shit this was....

Head of global merchandising at ITVS GE, Trudi Hayward, said: "This range brilliantly brings together high-quality apparel and one of the most recognizable names in dance music.

"We're sure disco fans and lovers of fun clothing will be thrilled with the C&M Licensing Village People range."

Mike Coles, director, Coneen Group, added: "These colourful ranges will offer fans the chance to dance, sing or just sleep the night away in the company of one of the biggest disco sensations ever."

Are you thrilled?

"Rainbow Connection," Sung by One Guy as Every Muppet

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00 am


I'm sensitive about "Rainbow Connection." It means a lot to me not just as a fan mourning Jim Henson's passing and a loss of my childhood, but also as my first wedding dance.

With that said, Brock Baker, "the man of a kajillion voices," has done it justice, alternating from Kermit to Miss Piggy to Beaker and even Camilla the chicken. Sign him up for the standard rich and famous contract, please, ghost of Orson Welles. (Also, thanks for never showing Henry Jaglom that particular document.)

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These Muppet Show Burlesque Photos May Badly Confuse Your Boner

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm


Alternately, they may make you vomit. But I'll say one thing about Fiona Flame's St. Louis-based show - her girls sure do like getting felt up. Wocka wocka, or Ma-nah ma-nuh-uh?

All photos courtesy of Jon Gitchoff at our sister publication, the Riverfront Times. Not all may be SFW, but all nips are covered.

Cue pervy Waldorf and Statler:

"This is my favorite part of the show!"

"The end?"

"Yeah! The rear end! Ho ho ho ho!"

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