TR Interview: Mark L. Lester, Director of Poseidon Rex...and Commando!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Let's get real: Poseidon Rex, the swimming tyrannosaurus movie, is not a movie you want to pay to see in a theater, even though it will be in a few starting today. It was made with TV in mind, for an intended audience that prefers their beers in a nearby fridge and their visual effects just slightly unconvincing (I imagine, though, that this level of fakish CGI will one day induce nostalgia in a certain generation, just as not-quite-convincing stop-motion did for our parents).

And yet the director is Mark L. Lester, the guy who made Commando, which is only one of the greatest movies in the history of ever. So I couldn't not talk to the guy, in part to see how he got here from there.

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WonderCon 2014 Salem Panel: Magic Abortions, Leg Nipples and Toad-Puking

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Based on the first 25 minutes of Salem, which were just shown - minus some blacked-out moments of lust and violence deemed too much for potential younger viewers in the audience - it's safe to say there's something to offend everybody here. Yes, there are the usual zealous fundamentalist nutjobs of 1685 Massachusetts who brutally punish the wrong people - in the episode's pre-credits teaser, a poor man named Isaac gets branded in the forehead with an "F." It means "fornicator," but it's actually for the crime of fapping.

I will say, the blacking out gimmick was good. Way to get those of us who saw it to watch it again anyway.

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18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...

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Game of Thrones T-Shirt on His Kid Gets Professor Suspended, Sanity Questioned

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm


With the shirts I wear on a regular basis - and would let my kid wear if I had one - maybe I should never be a college professor. Bergen Community College in New Jersey put Professor Francis Schmidt on leave pending a psychiatric evaluation when he posted the above photo of his daughter on Google+, and an executive director of the college who got an email notification that the image was posted took it as a threat.

How so?

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Copping a Feel for Video Games, Raccoons, Immortality

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello. It is Thursday again. This is Easter week. The weather is warm and sunny here in the desert. I have been out doing yard work; I have a secret project going that Mrs. LYT will see this weekend when she visits (LYT has to stay in LA to cover WonderCon). Yes, that is one of my outside cats in the back ground. This is the second week of Coachella Music Festival and shortly we will be having the Joshua Tree Music Festival. The Easter Bunny will be stopping buy in a few days. I think we are coloring eggs on Saturday. Would you believe that the first Easter Egg Hunt that LYT did was here at my house a few years ago? [Not exactly; just first one as an adult - LYT] We have to do this early in the day so the chocolate does not melt in the heat. This is also Earth Day weekend here in the Desert, so there are big Earth Day doings in Yucca Valley at the community center. We also just had a casino open in 29 Palms - I have not been yet, but Mrs. LYT went on opening day and won a few dollars. This week I also got the pool open for the summer: water is not quite warm enough to swim yet, but it is clean and the water looks nice.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread: Under the Hood

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm


Does a Hollis Mason reference mean anything? Or is it merely a common enough phrase?

Bryan Cranston Helps Teen Fan Ask a Girl out by Fake Threatening Her

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am


On the one hand, it's really cool that Bryan Cranston is willing to help his fans out by getting into character, being in their video and helping a nervous guy to ask a girl to prom.

On the other, if you're the girl, I'm not so sure being threatened by TV's most famous meth maker is necessarily awesome.

But she said yes. So either she liked it, or she completely believed the danger.

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - Who You Gonna Call?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm


When you're all alone!
Pick up the phone!
And you call?



[Note: new episode starts at 9. Rerun of last week at 8. New Guardians of the Galaxy footage to be shown somewhere in all that.]

That Harsh Reminder That Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Are Not Really a Perfect Cute Couple

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm


The fact that they do absolutely terribly in this faux Newlywed Game hosted by Buzzfeed is proof positive that they're not secretly married, and in fact are just like your straight guy friends whose favorite things you can't be bothered to remember.

This despite the fact that Patrick says "I saw his Widow Twankey!"

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Midlife Crisis Kermit the Frog, in Black and White, Goes Psycho

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am


In this animated short by RageNineteen, years of being married to a pig have driven Kermit to write and play inappropriate songs for kids like, "I'm Gonna Make the Whole World Deaf (From All Your Screams)" and "They'll Never Find Your Body." But he can still at least fake the old long as he doesn't catch anyone crying...

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