Obsessive Browncoats Parody Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" to Demand Firefly Return

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

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I'd put the odds of an actual new Firefly series at just slightly less than those of a full on Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot on network TV with all the original cast, but by all means, fans, don't let that stop you getting creative with your demands. Who knows - Joss Whedon does seem like he got very tired of counting Marvel money, and he may decide to go the opposite direction and get back to making things with more limited appeal that aren't guaranteed success. Maybe if we all clap our hands, Tinkerbell style, and chant, "I do believe you're feminist! I do! I do!" he'll get well again.

Or maybe there's a better approach. Production group geekiarchy didn't stop with making T-shirts - they've done a full-on music video featuring clever lyrics and a pretty outstanding Adam Baldwin impersonator. The chorus refrain is good, but...

I particularly like the 'verse.

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YEEEE..waitaminute. Maybe you should watch the video first.

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The 17 Best Pop-Culture Dinosaur Cameos

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Obviously dinosaur buffs glory in such primordial favorites as The Lost World, King Kong, The Valley of Gwangi, One Million Years B.C. and the Jurassic Park movies. But there's another, hardcore level of dino-nerdom for whom even a scrap of stock footage on a sitcom, even an allegorical dinosaur in a political cartoon, indeed, even the little green brontosaurus on the sign of a Sinclair gas station is a sweet breath of muggy Mesozoic air. Such scavengers may even find ourselves watching for the nearly subliminal dinosaurs in the opening of The Big Bang Theory.

So, with Jurassic World opening, let's acknowledge a few of the dinosaurs who turned up for just a scene, or maybe even just a tantalizing glimpse, in movies - or TV shows, or comics, or whatever - that weren't really properly of the dinosaur genre:

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Live-Action Grand Theft Auto in Los Angeles

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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There's definitely some digital enhancement going on, but I love the way the lead actor has the computer avatar's awkward movements down.

SPOILER: There is no "hot coffee" in the video. Sorry, folks. YouTube has things called "standards" that still remain relatively unknown in our world.

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Be Like Mad Max's Doof Warrior With a Flamethrower...Ukulele?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Look, I understand you don't want to dispute and challenge the undefeated king of post-apocalypse, road-based electric fire-spewing guitar. But a ukulele? You sure you want to be Mini-Me rather than the second coming of Dr. Feelgood Evil?

Okay, so maybe this is a world where we have neighbors who call cops, and this is a smart way to imitate your radioactive rockin' idol without the protection of a dude with a skull mask. Fine. Here's Caleb Kraft, showing you exactly how to make your littler, more Hawaiian instrument get all hot and spurty.

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Topless Robot Attends a Convention for Cat Nerds

Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:35 am

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CatCon LA was crowded, it was cute and it was clustered in a very unorthodox art-gallery-type space rather than the sort of convention center or hotel you might expect. Nevertheless, the con swag couldn't be beat, we met some interesting people, and made a li'l movie about it...

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How You Can Help Make Some Amazingly Nerdy Costumes for Kids in Wheelchairs

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Amazing parents Ryan & Lana Weimer, working with the Stan Winston School, have already shown their skills with the Toothless costume, above, to make children confined to wheelchairs feel like they're riding mighty steeds (and possibly remind them that Hiccup had a problem with one of his legs too, but was still the hero). Now they're asking for donations to make five more commissions, including a SpongeBob boat and an Avengers Quinjet. These outfits don't just make disabled youngsters feel better - they make them the ENVY of their peers.

Unlike most Kickstarters, the reward here is primarily the satisfaction of knowing you helped bring smiles, and maybe a thank-you sticker. Unless you pledge ten grand - then you get a dinosaur tooth or claw from a Jurassic Park movie. Well, that and the knowledge that you used your time better than watching either of the two sequels.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Banning, the Bomb

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Comment below with questions, or email them to boydappraisal at yahoo dot com.

Well, I have been busy since our last meeting. Last Thursday I was pleased to be invited to The Anaheim Police Department's Retirement and Awards dinner. It was held at the Grove in Anaheim. There were several retirements and medal of honor/valor awards given out, but also my mom, who is a volunteer with APD presented a scholarship that was just named in her honor. That was so cool.

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Cute Tiny Hamster Is a Kaiju

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Videos of tiny hamsters eating miniature food may be catnip to the wife, but not necessarily nerd-blog fodder...until now.

This time, the hamster eats not-retromutagen ooze and becomes a mini-city destroying HAMSTERZILLA. It's like Man of Steel, if Superman and Zod had been so incredibly cute you forgave them every falling building.

Now, for the sequel, what animal would make the best widdle fuzzy-wuzzy Jaeger?

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Universal Studios Hollywood to Upgrade Harry Potter "Forbidden Journey" Ride to 3D

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

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Universal Studios Hollywood just announced full details of its west-coast version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with the most interesting detail being that the Forbidden Journey motion simulator ride will now be in 3D, versus the 2D version in Orlando - given that space constraints keep Universal City from competing in sheer size, it's nice that we get at least one upgrade over on them. It also means that if you hate 3D, you're SOL, what with this, Transformers, King Kong, Fast & Furious and Minions flagship attractions all utilizing it. And you probably hate fun.

Additionally confirmed is an opening date of Spring 2016, a "Flight of the Hippogriff" family coaster, and numerous themed stores and vendors.

Full press release and announcement video below.

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Minimates Go Vinyl With Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes "Podcast Pals"

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

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Hey kids, do you like Minimates? How about Minimates, only made of vinyl and unarticulated...but the same size? two inches taller?

I confess I have trouble seeing the point - when I first saw these, I figured they'd be substantially bigger. I guess the goal is to put them in poses that aren't quite possible for the standard base body, but if that's the case, I might have expected somebody like Spider-Man before Kevin Smith.

Nevertheless, as a budding podcaster myself, I can only find it a good sign that the field is now a gateway to toys of one's own...even if one has to be both a famous director AND talking specifically about Batman for it to happen. Now bring on a Chris Hardwick one so I can enjoy having him eaten by the Walking Dead Minimates, over-analyzing it as he goes.