Although the primary purpose of my trip to England was to see family, my wife and I had a special incentive too - as a birthday present, my cousin managed to procure us tickets to the UK Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford, just outside of London. Now, unlike studio tours here in Hollywood, this was a show-and-tell with exactly one topic: Harry Potter. But on that one topic, it had every damn thing you can imagine short of a personal greeting from Alan Rickman. The studio isn't allowed to have anything that be considered a "ride" - that would infringe on Universal Studios' exclusive international rights to same - but it does have as many props, costumes, miniatures, wigs, effects and other doodads as could presumably be secured, and it presents them in a way that puts most collections of far more acclaimed artworks to shame.
You can probably picture some of what's there already. But I'm here to show you the best things you might not have expected...More >>
While Harrison Ford has been seen walking around in London with a suitably Star Wars-looking leg brace, a real-life Han Solo is having some difficulties of his own. British Star Warrior Dominic Kimberley is so enamored with George Lucas' space saga that he recently had his name legally changed to that of Harrison Ford's beloved (and, apparently, limping) smuggler. But the erstwhile Kimberley soon discovered that this move had some unexpected consequences.
As a child of the '80s, my television experience was fairly limited. Cartoons were limited to afternoons and Saturday mornings, a VHS tape could cost hundreds of dollars, and until we finally got cable, we had five rather than five hundred channels. Of those five channels, one of them was MPT, our local PBS station. I generally avoided MPT until discovering in the early '90s that they broadcast Doctor Who, preferring instead to spend my afternoon television time with shows like Robotech, Starcom and Transformers. Of course, when my mother decided to return to her career after years of being a housewife and full time Mom, she found us the one neighborhood babysitter who abhorred violence and had banned anything even remotely violent from her home. Video games, toy guns, even Go-Bots were objects non-grata in their home, and in those afternoons spent at their house I discovered educational programming.More >>
Pizzazz was a short-lived magazine created by Marvel Comics that ran for 16 issues in the late 1970s. What separated Pizzazz (or, Pizza Ass, if you prefer) from other kids rags of the era like Dynamite, Supermag and Bananas was an exclusive monthly Star Wars comic as well as plenty of shameless self-promotion for Marvel properties. (So many articles about the Hulk!). Today it is little more than a forgotten footnote in Marvel's long and storied history, albeit one that wears bellbottoms and is more than just a little obsessed with Shaun Cassidy. In the middle of the magazine's run, Marvel took to the airwaves for the above commercial from 1978 that features a confused Spider-Man. This video raises so many questions. Is this the same Spidey who appeared on The Electric Company? What other mags does our Friendly Neighbor Spider-Man subscribe to? What the hell is "Da Doo Ron Ron" about anyways? How often did Spidey hit up Harry Osborn's stash of Quaaludes in the 70s? There's really a lot to ponder here.
The Saturn Awards is the coolest awards show in Hollywood. In the past, A-listers as big as Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Sam Raimi, Zack Snyder and Guillermo del Toro have hung out casually with press so we could ask them any questions we wanted. Why are the top filmmakers in Hollywood this loose for one night and one night only? It's because the Saturn Awards are the one place where famous and successful nerds can feel safe.
Here's the thing about me, I'm not much of a dancer. Earlier this morning I was listening to a mix that included everyone from James to Sage Francis while doing dishes. Without realizing it, I started moving my legs rhythmically while singing along. I tripped over my left foot almost instantly and took a stumble. This resulted in one broken Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom glass and a bruised ego. I will never be cool. I will never have "the moves." And you know what? I am totally at peace with this. I have other skills. For example, I know a lot about The Prisoner and MTV's 120 Minutes. But me on a dance floor? It's not somewhere I want to be, and certainly isn't something you want to see. If the shit hits the fan, I will not be a part of your Dance Dance Revolution.The point I'm trying to make here is that I can't turn the beat around like the choreographed nerds in the new video by ScottDW (who brought us the twerking Stormtroopers video awhile back). Hit the jump to see what I'm talking about.
Easily the best thing to come from the Wii U is Luigi's so-called "death stare" from Mario Kart 8. The blend of annoyance, confusion, anger and terror registered on the lanky plumber's face has become a phenomenon since the game was released less than a month ago. I'm guessing all the Topless Roboteers love the Luigi death stare, but how do children feel about it? Fine Brothers Productions set out to answer this question with one of their "Kids React" videos. Cue "Ridin' Dirty" and hit the jump for all of the meme-erizing fun.
Wow. During a trip to Belfast earlier today, England's Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of Game of Thrones. (Say what you will about The Sopranos or Sex in the City, but at no point did those HBO series' have their sets visited by royalty). Here's how it went down via E! Online:
Queen Elizabeth took in the sights while on set, from weaponry to costumes and other props from Game of Thrones. But the real moment everybody was waiting for was when Queen Elizabeth came upon the Iron Throne. Despite the hopes of Internet users everywhere, she did not sit upon the throne, she just marveled at the iconic seat.
Several cast members were also on hand to greet the queen. Co-creators and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss were on hand, as were stars Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). Harington even cracked a smile! Yep, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh got Jon Snow to smile.
Is anyone else just really fascinated by this? I feel like a Spitting Image sketch is coming to life here. Hit the jump for more.More >>
For those of you who are either new to this planet or just awaking from a coma, Honest Trailers are a series of web videos created by Screen Junkies that set their comedic sights on popular TV series and films and then proceed to eviscerate them by telling some often harsh truths about characters, plotting, etc. They are glorious. Smosh Games decided the concept would work equally well with video games, and thus more Internet magic was born. Smosh's latest release is the above clip that examines the Portal franchise and hoo boy is it a doozy. And let's hear it for voiceover Jon Bailey, especially his solemn pronunciation of the words "smurf jiz."
Truly we live in an age of wonder. Hit the jump to check it out.More >>
Can a ragingly popular TV series with a genius of a star jump the shark in its sophomore season? Tragic case in point: Orphan Black, a darkly campy rabbit hole featuring Tatiana Maslany as a revolving array of clones. In season one, the brilliance of the show lay not only in Maslany's interpretation of her characters -- an uptight scrapbooker clone, a short-lived Teutonic raver clone -- but the show's awareness of its innate camp factor. Nothing was funnier than watching one clone pretending to be another clone -- badly -- and the show runners knew it.