Wonder Woman Unveiled

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

Apparently, he didn't show this in Hall H. But he tweeted it out to the world. Glad I didn't wait in line.

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She's ready for anything.

What do you think?

30 Great Star Wars Impressions, From Lobot to Probot

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Sure, we've all probably done Yoda, or Jar Jar, or even Harrison Ford. But to nail all those AND perfectly get Hayden Christensen's weird, disinterested Brooklyn-meets-Canada twang? Or perfectly land Ewan McGregor's imperfect Alec Guinness? Vocally mimic the Probe Droid's audio code? And then, as a bonus, embody Matthew McConaughey rambling on about the new sequels?

These guys are impressive. And the way the Jar Jar bit ends should please everyone.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer, Sweded (So Cheaply There's a Dude as Gamora)

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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James Gunn posted this on his Facebook with the comment that Wes Anderson had remade his movie, but respectfully, sir, that's way off. Anderson takes extra care in the details...it's your former mentor Lloyd Kaufman who might say "Why use CGI when cardboard's available?" or even "Why hire a woman when we can get a guy and draw a pretty face on a mask he can wear?"

Okay, Lloyd's not that tone-deaf. He somehow wrangles female nudity on a budget of nothing. But if you asked him to make a comic-book movie, I'm not sure it would be better put-together than this.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders" Part 2

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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!"

Title: "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders, Part 2" by 363511

Logline: Hunk wants to have sex with his underage male friend, who turns out to actually be a girl on her first period. But he's afraid to get her pregnant, so he goes to see the witch Haggar, who will know what to do. And then Lotor interferes...

You might want to check out Part 1 first. Or not. This one's way worse.


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The 21 Best TV Panels at Comic Con for Fans and Future Professionals

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The San Diego Comic-Con is the premiere pop-culture convention with over 130,000 fans making the pilgrimage each year to attend panels discussing their geek obsessions. To put it another way, a population the size of Pasadena travels to San Diego to live for a week. This has the effect of increasing San Diego's population by 10%. More people attend SDCC than attend the Super Bowl - it is a big deal in fandom. So much so that it has outgrown its name, and more people will attend SDCC than purchased copies of the new Amazing Spider-Man issue #2.

In fact, for television it has become vital for building buzz and creating and maintaining meaningful connections with fans. Like most conventions, it is a great place to network and develop relationships that can lead to jobs in creative fields, with opportunities to not only learn about what is happening in your favorite entertainment media, but also to learn best practices. There is no medium where this is more true than television. Not only are there panels highlighting new shows and fan favorites, but there are also workshops where attendees can acquire skills and learn from established pros.

Here are 21 panels you might want to attend at SDCC if you are a television fan or looking for how to break in.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Desert Radio, Mean Maleficent and Pirate Kitten

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello, hello from the vortex of Joshua Tree. This week I attended the 25th anniversay of our local radio station, Z107.7, which is locally owned by Gary and Cindy. They started here in the basin 25 yrs ago. Not many locally owned stations are still around, but little old Joshua Tree has one; they always comment that they are located in a strip mall next to the biggest drug dealer in town: the local family owned pharmacy. Yep, we even have one of those here...next to the local pizza and Indian food restaurant. Z107.7 has been in operation as long as I have lived in the desert. Julia was even a guest DJ when she was in elementary school. Anyway, here is to another 25 yrs of great broadcasting. If you are ever in Joshua Tree stop by and see this treasure.

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The Pokemon Pick-up Lines You Probably Shouldn't Use

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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With Comic-Con coming up, I thought this could serve as a useful reminder.

Rehearsed pick-up lines generally don't work too well anyway...but basing them on your mutual cosplay, though it might seem like a good idea for a milisecond, can lead to disaster - especially since the male nerd mind will often gravitate to bad sex puns without even thinking about it too hard.

Huh-huh. "Hard." See?

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WWE Photoshops Cat Heads Onto Wrestler Bodies Because Internetz, Amirite?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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There's something both disconcerting and funny about the way the company has arbitrarily turned its talent roster into cat people. "Have we lost our minds? Maybe." begins the gallery description.

And then they Photoshop a cat head onto Rey Mysterio, and Photoshop a cat-appropriate lucha mask on top of THAT...


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Anime Expo 2014: 7 Highlights, Lowlights, and a Tour of the Dealer's Room!

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Once again, the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown LA was turned into a cornucopia of mass Japanese Otaku nerdery, and much like last year, I was around to see and hear it all.
Rather than rehash last year's theme, I thought I'd share a little bit more of the specifics that make this particular different than your Comic-Cons and other general-interest conventions. Anime Expo has its own specific vibe; part trade-show for the Anime industry, part Japanese pop-culture convention, Anime Expo is a very much like a niche version of San Diego Comic-Con, except it's actually possible to attend it without either a) spending a million dollars a year in advance, or b) representing some million-dollar movie franchise.

So, let's begin! Here's a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments from Anime Expo 2014!


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Viral Video du Jour: Grown Men Battle to the Death With Kids' Toys

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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From Nerf guns to Hulk Hands, Little Tikes to web-shooters...Nothing is off-limits in this battle between two dads who imagine (or do they?) precisely the kind of epic, life-and-death struggles their kids enact on playgrounds daily.

Of course, if I were part of this battle, I'd simply pick up Castle Grayskull and brain the nearest guy with it. And I'd be out $300. So it's probably better I don't do that.

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