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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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Kobian, the Robot Comedian

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

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Takanishi Laboratory/Waseda University

In typical Japanese fashion, Kobian's full name is actually "Bipedal Humanoid Robot That Makes Humans Laugh With Use of the Method of Comedy and Affects Their Psychological State Actively." Through exhaustive research, scientists tried to figure out what makes people laugh and see if they could program the robot to duplicate that.

Scientists being scientists, their study of humor led to conclusions like: "Part of the methods for making humans laugh are published by comedians or researchers. In order to achieve a robot's behavior for making humans laugh based on these methods, we studied 6 books[16-21] in which the methods for comedy and the ways for funny conversations are gathered comprehensively. These methods in the books are picked up from wide range of skits or ways of expressions, but most of the methods are commonly the same between other contents. We extracted the methods that are especially common in these books and show them below."

Apparently it worked for Japanese audience, but what about Topless Roboteers? It's time for us to find out...

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TR Video Interview: Big Bird Puppeteer Caroll Spinney, With Oscar the Grouch

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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Even if video content isn't normally your thing, I promise you'll want to see at least the first minute of this. There are some minor technical issues, but they could have been a lot worse - many, MANY thanks go out to TR Twitter fan Matt Harle, who got me clean conversions of the clips (which had somehow gotten corrupted on my computer) and put them together.

Interviewing the man behind Big Bird - and the director of his documentary, Dave LaMattina - is a fascinating thing. Are Sesame Street characters considered Muppets? Who did the back end of Snuffleupagus? What did Spinney do in the Air Force? Did Mitt Romney ever apologize to Big Bird?

Answers within...

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The Lost 1982 "Hansel & Gretel" Short by Tim Burton Has Resurfaced

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yes, he was always into copious amounts of white facepaint, candy stripes, spirals and those weird stop-motion serpents he always draws, but back in the day this shiz was too weird for the Disney Channel, which only aired this once. It's more colorful than modern Burton, and more subversive - its all-Asian cast features the same man in drag playing both the wicked stepmother and the candy-loving witch. Fans of Jan Svankmajer will see his influence more blatantly in this than many subsequent Burton pics - not just in the designs and animation, but the obsession (and disgust) with eating.

You look at this, and you think this guy is just who the big studios need to reinterpret fairy tales in a subversive manner. Then you wonder what the fuck happened, and probably wind up blaming Helena Bonham-Carter.

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The Scariest Teddy Bear of All Time

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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I'm not even talking about that face, above, which is nightmare fueling enough.

No...this thing has an action feature that, once seen, will never be unetched from your retinas. This toy makes McFarlane Toys look like Fisher Price Little People. And it just sold for $712.

This is a true test of self-loathing, folks. Do you want to see the toy in action? Then proceed...

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Orange Is the New Black Reenacted With Kittens

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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I don't know if Orange Is the New Black is exactly nerdy, even with Captain Janeway in a wacky dye-job doing a Russian accent and Laura Prepon regularly engaging in hot lesbian action. It's one of those shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men where it's clearly liked by people who love the same stuff we do - but, lacking in overt fantasy elements, is not as clearly in any of our usual categories.

Using your pets to reenact a favorite show, however, is totally nerdy, especially if you can pull it off in a manner that's entertaining to somebody other than yourself. So I'm just going to leave this here, walk away, and see how everyone reacts...

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Are "Inflaties" the New Furries and Plushies? Godzilla Wants to Know

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I only ask because of this...

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It's a wearable, inflatable Godzilla costume with a motorized fan inside. And if it hasn't happened already, it is only a matter of time before it becomes somebody's fetish. You might want to turn that fan off before doing it in the suit, though.

Also I totally made up the term "Inflatie." If there's a more politically correct term that such people prefer to use, let me know. I'd hate to be offensive by accident. Deliberate only.

via Geekologie

First New Star Wars Episode VII Alien Revealed as Abrams Offers Chance to Be an Extra

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

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It's an old-school, Henson-looking creation that appears to be carrying its babies around in a backpack...and it shows up in a video where JJ announces that for a $10 charitable donation, you can win a chance to be flown to set and appear in the movie.

Ummm...Shut up and take my Republic Credits? Video below...

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Live-Action Pac-Man Game Has VR; Also Violent, Baton-Wielding Ghosts

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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So, you want to play live-action Pac-Man? And with VR headsets, you rig it so you can have an overhead view of the maze even as you're in it?

Sounds great. Except for the fact that the humans playing the ghosts aren't as stupid as Blinky and pals, and will come at you from both sides. Then they beat the crap out of you with batons. Okay, okay, it is great. To watch. Not for the guy who gets to be Pac-Man.

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Good: This Is One of the Most Detailed Action Figures Ever. Bad: It's Dennis Rodman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Two headsculpts. Ten alternate hairdos. Complete formal attire as well as multiple flamboyant outfit pieces. Eleven alternate hands. Don't you wish YOUR favorite character got this kind of treatment in plastic?

I'd ask who in the blue hell would pay $265, or even $5, and I know you'll all say North Korean Stupreme Leader Kim Jong-Un - but why would he bother when he can manipulate, pose and toy with the real thing? In fact, the only appeal I can think of with this toy is that, like our favorite spoiled-brat dictator, we'll now get to play with Rodman too. And never be ronery again.