Patton Oswalt Seriously Wants Unbreakable Sequels, Still Likes Shyamalan

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:15 pm


I liked Unbreakable a lot too, and thought the ending's "where are they now" onscreen text was a bit abrupt. Like so many more conventional superhero narratives, it was an origin story without the payoff of a sequel unburdened by beginnings. Patton Oswalt still wants more, and in the video below, he discusses his ideas with Screen Junkies.

But I think it's time to let go of the notion that a trilogy is happening, as M. Night Shyamalan used to suggest. (I know, I know, we used to say that about a Blade Runner 2 as well.) If the now nerd-reviled auteur does return to his best work to make two more installments, however, the best part will be that we can call it...


...a Manoj-a-trois.


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Thought-Controlled Planes Are One Step Closer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:50 am


A 55 year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes implanted in her brain, having previously been able to control a robotic arm, has now been able to successfully fly an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator, according to DARPA.

She has never flown an actual plane, nor is she trained to do so.

"Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they're driving this thing, Jan's thinking about controlling the airplane directly," Prabhakar said. "For someone who's never flown -- she's not a pilot in real life -- she's flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling."
Can we officially call her a cyborg now, or will we have to come up with a more PC term?

h/t Gallen_Dugall

Weekend Open Thread - Now With Comment of the Week!

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm


Since day one of my time here, reader Canadian.Scott has been asking for a "Comment of the Week" feature. I finally told him that if he wants to pick the contenders, I will showcase the winner on the open thread.

So this week's winner, responding to the Jem movie image, is...


Congratulations! You have won a big, fat, invisible set of bragging rights for the next seven days!

Now talk about whatever you'd like, though I suggest that if you want to talk about Leonard Nimoy, it might be better placed in the Nimoy comment thread several posts below, where we've been collecting tributes in the comments.

The Ballad of Leonard Nimoy

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm


(If you don't know the tune, it's this)

On the sideline of the bridge, on the ship of Kirk
Stood a brave little Vulcan who was good at his work
With his angled eyebrows, bowl-cut hair, he had pointed ears ya know and everyone's aware
He's Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! Our favorite, Mister Spock!
Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! The number one alien I grok

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PODCAST: The X-Files' Dean Haglund and Filmmaker Phil Leirness

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 am


On this week's Topless Robot Live!, we get Lone Gunman Dean Haglund to read erotic fan fiction about himself aloud. We also discuss the Oscars, trigger warnings, how to deal with haters, Dean's contrarian take on Disneyland, Phil's definition of "fictional documentary" versus "Mock-Doc," what's next for The X-Files, Dan Aykroyd's delusions and more! Phil and Dean host the Chillpak Hollywood Hour every week, and have had me on as a guest many times - I'm delighted to return the favor.

The embeddable version is below. It is also currently available on iTunes, which is another great reason to subscribe - I don't always know when the podcast will go live (it's out of my hands at a certain point) and iTunes subscribers will get it first.

I don't know yet who the next guest will be - there are several possibilities - but if you have questions for me and Julia that you'd like answered on the next one, post them below. Also, if we need to adjust the sound mix, or you have any other feedback on how to make this better - we're listening. Let us know if Julia's still too loud in the mix.

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Pixar Super-Fan Gets Up Doghouse; Dog Will Promptly Be Distracted by Squirrel

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 11:28 am


Give these guys a merit badge and whatever the opposite of the Cone of Shame is.

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The New York Times Sent Me a Press Release to Prove They Just Discovered Erotic Fanfic.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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They're promoting their magazine redesign, and boldfaced the parts of the press release they thought would interest me:
One of the new columns, Search Results by Jenna Wortham, is an annotated guide to things of interest on the Internet. Jenna will be diving into online culture to report on the trends, styles, new forms of expression and content-making. It will run twice a month. Jenna will also be writing frequently online.

The first Search Results column, running this weekend, is My Dear, Dear, Dear Watson, which examines the weird, wonderful world of "shipping," or imagining romances between fictional characters.

Okay, let's see what you have...

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Here Are All Our Toy Fair Gallery Links in One Place

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:14 am


Whether you've been following us on Twitter or just read this morning's Best-of list, chances are there are a whole lot of new toy reveals you haven't seen. Luckily for you, we have galleries of every picture Jim took at the show, grouped by company. So if you missed out on any of the following, just click and see.

Keep in mind not every picture is a masterpiece, and one man can't get everything. Our goal was to grab as many as possible rather than to nail all-too-few perfect shots.

All companies we covered are listed alphabetically, after the jump....

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Threesomes Etiquette, Arena Football and Clown-Nose Guns

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert.

Hey de ho, everyone. Well, this weekend is Valentine's Day. If you have forgotten and have a sweetie or need to get some points with someone, it is Saturday. You have 3 days of advance notice to get your collective acts together. I am surprised with the holiday approaching I did not get any questions this week on the subject. So here I go with some helpful hints on what you may want to be doing this weekend as it has possibly been forgotten. The standard fallback is allways flowers - traditionally a dozen red roses. However, I was never traditional, so getting something that was just going to die and look like crap in a couple of days was never a yea moment. Also, how much effort is is really to get some flowers from some you see at the freeway on ramp every day? Candy - okay, if your honey is not on a diet. If no diets are involved then buy good quality chocolate. Something from the grocery checkout lane is only ok if you are unemployed or under 18. It might pass if you personally craft a candy bouquet with your own two little paws. As my husband was not artistic, crafty etc this type of gift would have been a REALLY big deal as he would have had to take a lot of time and effort to put it all together.

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Nerdiest Sith Lord Ever Tries to Justify the Crossguard Lightsaber

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:24 am


It's an argument that doesn't entirely make sense at first...and yet, it kinda does, concluding with a point you can't really debate.

And still YouTube commenters wanna argue, hilariously...

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