Many Bothans Died to Bring You These Sights of Force Friday at Toys R Us and Walmart

Friday, September 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

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As a child, my most prized possession was an Empire Strikes Back Battle Damaged X-Wing Fighter. I'm pretty sure I received it for my fourth birthday, and I carried that thing everywhere I went. When it was finally retired to the Goodwill, the buzzing of its lasers had ceased, the guns and canopy were missing, the dog had chewed off the landing strut, and it could no longer lock S-foils into attack position.

Last night, at retailers around the world, the toys awakened. For the first time in years, Star Wars merchandise has new film content to reference, and that merchandise was unleashed on the masses like Force Lightning. It was likely one of the biggest nights for Star Wars fans in years, and I was out in it.

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Yes, LYT Co-Hosted Another Podcast This Week

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Filling in for my vacationing pal William Bibbiani, I got to cohost the B-Movies Podcast with sometime TR contributor Witney Seibold. If you want to hear rambling, semi-prepared reviews of No Escape, We Are Your Friends and Turbo Kid, this is the place to do so. We also cover the week's nerd-movie headlines, as I remain thoroughly skeptical that M. Night Shyamalan is really going to get even close to the Avatar/Last Airbender franchise again.

The Human Centipede Pot Pipe Will Get You Shitfaced

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Experienced connoisseurs of marijuana know that the smoke is best when filtered through water. But through an entire digestive system?

If you thought Marky Mark and Ted were wusses to refuse to smoke from the penis bong in Ted 2, we're talking amateur hour compared to this Human Centipede pipe made by a fellow named Dustin Yunker. I'm not sure whether your mouth goes on the ass or the other mouth - I just know that you will look terrible either way. So make sure the high is worth it.

Via Dangerous Minds, h/t Sly Dante

Jurassic World, in 90 Seconds, in Lego

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Love the movie or hate it, you'll find that Brotherhood Workshop got pretty quickly to the heart of things. SPOILERS if you haven't yet seen the movie and somehow care about any part of the story other than "there are dinosaurs." [SUB-SPOILER: you shouldn't.]

Lego needs to make high-heel add-ons for minifig feet, though, just so fan-shorts like this can show Brick-Bryce Dallas Howard running in them.

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Iron Maiden's New Music Video Is a Fun Tribute to Arcade Games Over the Years

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

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If music videos still worked the way they did when I was young, this one alone would have Iron Maiden back in the popular consciousness and topping the charts. While the song is an okay old-school metal number, the video - which sees the band's zombie mascot Eddie getting Tron-style digitized into a game grid and starring in versions of Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat and more - is a better retro-gaming tribute than Pixels.

If you're not familiar at all with Iron Maiden, you may at least know Eddie as a frequently made action figure by McFarlane and NECA. And now I want to see him actually enter Pixels and rip out Adam Sandler's heart. Maybe for their next video.

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9 Stories From the Forgotten Realms That Should Make Their Way into the D&D Movieverse

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

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By now you've heard the news that Warner Bros. has apparently won out a lengthy and complex legal battle to gain the rights to produce movies set in what has the potential to be the nerdiest movie universe of all time: Dungeons & Dragons. I saw the original theatrical attempt as a wee lad, and luckily, I don't remember any of it, meaning I'm all doe-eyed and optimistic for what could be in store for the D&D faithful with the backing of a massive production company.

The last D&D movie had nothing to do with its source material excepting the title, but it seems as though the first movie out of the gate under this new deal will be set in the extremely popular and long-running Forgotten Realms campaign setting. While I always counted myself a resident of Krynn (Dragonlance, for those not initiated), I have respect for many of the stories in the other major fantasy shared world: here are nine such stories that could and should be adapted for the big screen.

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10 Creepy-Cool Halloween Things We Did at the ScareLA Convention

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Liz Ohanesian
ScareLA is a convention for Halloween fanatics.
It's never too early to start planning for Halloween. There are costumes to make, parties to plan and haunts to build. At ScareLA, an annual convention that takes place every August, Halloween fanatics can get all the prep work done while checking out themed attractions and taking in panels featuring guests famous for their work genre entertainment.

As the name implies, ScareLA is a regional event. The Halloween haunts that make an appearance here are local and range from DIY ventures to the major amusement parks. Of course, this is a city where the entertainment industry is local, so the crop of guests was quite impressive. Panelists included voice actors from Disney rides and writers from The Simpsons and, as is common at L.A. conventions, at least a couple of the people inside the exhibit hall were recognizable from reality television.

In two days at ScareLA, I covered as much ground as my feet could handle. Here are the highlights of what I did at the convention.

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A Sweet Millennium Falcon Kiddie Playhouse, With Instructions

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 5:13 pm

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I only need to know one thing about this:

If I double the dimensions, will it be in my size? And can somebody build it for me?

I guess that's two questions. Never tell me the odds that I'll count correctly.

h/t Tom Akel

A Choral Ode to Shonen Jump Completists, Based on Rob Cantor's "Shia LaBeouf" Song

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

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I don't know a whole lot about Shonen Jump, but I found this hilarious, and I think anyone who's ever been a completist will too.

I do know that it's a worthier subject for tribute tune than Mr. LaBeef. But then, so's the measles.

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Human Torch-Shaped Drone Is Set on Fire and Flies Around to Promote Fantastic 4

Monday, August 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Fox and viral-video agency Thinkmodo are doing a good job here of hooking in the all-important Beavis demographic. A Human Torch drone that's actually on fire...fire...FIRE! Hehehehehm heh heh!

The space it's flying around is Nassau County's Fire Service Academy, so don't worry - no innocent neighborhoods were put at wanton risk just to market a superhero movie. The Denny's menu probably harmed more people, in the end.

Ironically, this proves that a practical effects Human Torch is completely achievable, and looks better than the CG version shown in the trailers - though to be fair, trailers are often unfinished. It could be the coolest thing connected to the movie.

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