For those who don't know, the Gobbledy Gooker was an extremely ill-conceived attempt at creating a Thanksgiving mascot by WWE years ago - after teasing a mysterious giant egg for months, they had it "hatch" at a pay-per-view to reveal this guy in a cartoon turkey suit, who proceeded to square-dance with announcer Mean Gene Okerlund.
But while some bad gimmicks are considered so embarrassing they get buried forever (R-rated sitcom parody Beaver Cleavage and Mexican white-supremacist Kerwin White come to mind), the Gobbledy Gooker periodically resurfaces as a "so bad it's good" company meme. In this case, WWE has cast him in the kind of scenario that so many fan films depict - the outlandish character living a normal life in the real world post-fame.
I'd go so far as to say that "The Gobbledy Gooker Goes to Work" is arguably a pretty smart parody of fan films. It's certainly better written than Smackdown these days...More >>
So it looks like the new Muppets movies are following the pattern of the original, best trilogy. Film 1: get the band together. Film 2: criminal caper in Europe, with mistaken identity and a charming con-man at the heart of it. It may not be the most groundbreaking way to bring everybody back to the big screen, but, um...Danny Trejo's in this one! Machete Kills...it onstage with Muppets!
I won't deny, though: Russian-accented evil Kermit trying to learn how to impersonate good Kermit is the best gag in the trailer. The bit where Ty Burrell and Sam compare badge sizes is probably the worst; it's basically a dick-measuring joke in a kids' movie.
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When a spoof that's French!
Needs a skit that's good!
Who you gonna do?
Les Guignols de l'info (News Puppets) is a liberal-leaning French puppet show based on current events, though, as this skit shows (I think - mon francais c'est not so good), they're equally willing to take on Socialist president Francois Hollande, wondering in this skit if he'll melt faster than a giant block of Camembert cheese.
Though the appeal here will be in seeing the Mythbusters guys as fluently French caricatures, it's interesting to note that jokes about French cheese and spinelessness appear in even left-leaning spoofs of themselves. Embedding is disabled on this video because not everyone in France is soft, so hit the link to watch.
This one is for all of you who have noted the irony of fast-food and candy bar tie-ins to a movie about starving teens forced to murder each other - yes, Sesame Street went there. Nobody dies - spoiler - but there's almost a moment of puppet cannibalism.
I guess once you've had Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones references, though, Hunger Games is mild by comparison. Have they done The Big Bird Lebowski yet?
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Bringing you abbreviated highlights of the best reader tips from the weekend open thread (minus gifs, copyrighted images and some other stuff like that).
And yes, I realized that different keywords each week, actually describing the content, are a good idea. Web genius me.
-Grumpy Cat versus Oscar the Grouch (SlyDante777).
Julia thought I should post this. It's not that new but it might be new to you...
What else is happening around our geekosystem?
Of course it's a Kickstarter (Nobody greenlights puppet movies). But it's a second-phase Kickstarter, as the movie has been shot, but the filmmakers want your help to do something that's never really been done at this level - motion-capture facial animation on the puppets.
Inspired, apparently, by a Lord Byron poem, the movie's plot goes something like this:
In a futuristic world of cogs and gearwork, young Sky falls in love and is swept off to the clouds by a winged prince, only to die on her wedding day. But the story doesn't end here - resurrected by mechanical ghosts, she becomes a goddess of vengeance who sets out to find her prince again.More >>
The actual movie Gollum never existed in physical form, but this sucker does, though it'll cost you more than the price of one gold ring to grab him for yourself. Three thousand dollars, in fact. Hell, I'll bet for less than that you can probably pay Andy Serkis to come to your house and stand still for a couple hours.
But you know how people sometimes hate the way you decorate your place at first, and then feel pity for it? With Gollum, you can finally evoke those emotions for the RIGHT reasons.
I barely know what to say about this short, in which cough medication transforms a sick guy into a Manicorn with an insect-man spirit guide, who teaches him to destroy planets while failing to mention the punitive damages imposed by dolphins and what looks to be a heavily masturbating dude...
This is why swimming pools have rules against "horseplay," I guess.
Also if you made a movie version of our weekend threads, this would be a good pitch reel for it.
Watch after the jump if you dare. Make sure your grip on reality is solid first.More >>
Halloween is in the air! And there's little that can put some of us in that festively macabre spirit like the rantings of the great Theodore Gottlieb, a.k.a. Theodore, a.k.a. Brother Theodore. A fixture for decades on the Manhattan theatre scene, this one-man spook show - storyteller, actor and stand-up absurdist philosopher - was one of the pioneers of what is now called "performance art."
Theodore ultimately gained a small degree of mainstream celebrity, as a curmudgeonly, hilariously contentious talk-show guest. But he'd been on the fringe of American show business since the 1940s, soon after he'd fled his native Germany and wound up in California, with few skills beyond a talent for chess. His long, peculiar list of credits ranges from porn movies to NPR radio drama, from serials to Tolkien to Tom Hanks.
If you've never heard of him - and even you have and want to relive his high points, as you should - here are ten highlights from a strangely great career...
1. David Letterman Guest
Theodore had been a frequent talk-show guest since at least the '60s, grousing and grumbling to Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and especially to Merv Griffin - it was Griffin who, noting his clerical or monastic appearance, had dubbed him "Brother." But the generation who grew up on Stupid Pet Tricks and Top Ten Lists first became aware of him through his many appearances, in the '80s, on Late Night With David Letterman.More >>