Weekend Open Thread: Confederate He-Man Edition

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Big Tasty

Came across this random bit of artwork by my pal "Big Tasty," and he gave me permission to use it. I figured this might be the venue, even though technically She-Ra is the "Rebel."

Below the fold, the full video of George Lucas' talk with Robert Redford and Leonard Maltin at Sundance, submitted by Gallen_Dugall.

Monday's list will be a Superbowl commercials recap with a nerd focus, so if you only watch the game for the ads, you can skip it Sunday, and just come here Monday morning.

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Thunder...Thunder...THUNDERCATS GIVEAWAY! Hooooooo!

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Thirty years ago, on January 23rd, ThunderCats were on the move and ThunderCats were loosed upon us for the first time in animated form. And even after a well-received reboot was prematurely canceled a couple of years ago, the characters are still a pop-culture touchstone - turns out Mumm-Ra wasn't the only part of the franchise to be ever-living.

Thanks to our friends at TV Store Online, we're celebrating the landmark with a snazzy T-shirt and metal belt buckle set. And thanks to a recent weekend thread, I have the perfect contest notion: Nerdy Limericks! Post your best in comments below, and I'll pick a winner next Friday, Feb 6th, 2015, around noon. Again, my apologies to international readers, but prizes ship to U.S. and Canada addresses only.

My example went something like this:
There once was a jar with a pony
Whose owner would bop his baloney
When a stray bit of heat
Spoiled the beat of his meat
And his dreams leaked like emails from Sony

You can do better. Can't you?

An In-Depth Look Back at the Turkish Version of Flash Gordon

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 11:30 am


While I don't normally publish video essays from other sites, I was sent the following piece by reader Jack Bruit, and it had me hooked from beginning to end, even before I read this part...

Over the years Flash has been dull and exciting, original and derivative, a rebel leader and a law-enforcing space ranger. So if one time he fought puppets and changed the flow of gravity while wearing radio dials on his nipples... well, that's just Tuesday on planet Mongo.
Wait...does this mean M. Bison is from Mongo? Because he said that line to an actress named...MING. It all makes sense now.*

*(no it doesn't)

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Julia Reviews a Mobile App (With Giveaway): SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 am


In this week's video, we are giving away five free download codes for the game in question, courtesy of Paramount Pictures. How do you enter? You'll have to watch and see!

Contest closes one week from today, Feb. 6th, at noon Pacific time. Note that codes will only work in the U.S., as we learned the hard way last time. Butt if you're not in the U.S. and wish to win one as a gift for somebody who is, you may do so.

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Danny Trejo Joins the Brady Bunch (in a Snickers Commercial)

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:45 pm


"Machete, Machete, Machete!"

Danny Trejo has appeared in many different projects in his day, so it's usually no surprise to see him show up anywhere, but Snickers' Superbowl commercial takes him the one place he's never been...the Brady household.

And he's brought along a friend...

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A Bayformers Alumnus Will Unleash Her Inner Hellcat in AKA Jessica Jones

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm


That's Rachael Taylor, the somewhat improbable expert Aussie hacker from the first Transformers, whose character name I feel certain you don't remember, and who saved the world never to be seen again. She'll probably have a little bit more to do in AKA Jessica Jones, in which she plays radio host Patricia Walker. And since Marvel.com is actually acknowledging that the character became Hellcat in the comics - note that they did not mention Purple Man by his villain name when they announced David Tennant - I'd say there are plans to have her scratch a few people.

I don't have a particular opinion here - Michael Bay cast her for her looks, but Marvel usually seeks something more. Here's hoping she has it.

The 7 Best Episodes of Tales From the Crypt

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am


While Tales From the Crypt is not mentioned often enough in typical discussions of cult TV (possibly because there are no remakes, reboots, or sequels currently in the works), most fans of horror - and people in general - tend to regard the famed horror anthology series with an intense fondness. It's no wonder. Tales From the Crypt uncannily mixed gallows humor, extreme gore, a nasty twisted morality, twist endings, and an occasional generous gratuity of copious resplendent toplessness, all to form a series that was somehow historically distinguished (it was heartily nostalgic for the early days of William M. Gaines EC comics), and just an enjoyably lurid, prurient entertainment.

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Jimmy Olsen got BUFF! True Blood's Eggs Will Play Him on Supergirl

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm


I always thought Jimmy Olsen was supposed to be a mild-mannered guy, relying on Superman for help and always idolizing "Mister Kent" to an almost pathological degree. Mehcad Brooks, who has just been cast in the role for TV's Supergirl, looks like he already is a comic-book hero.

I mean, we don't know how he'll play it yet. Maybe those abs are masters of disguise. But this is certainly different.

Arrow SPOILER Thread: In the Glades, in the Glades

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm


Want you, koo koo, Speedball.

Key & Peele Superbowl Special to Air Friday; Check out 3 Minutes of It

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:36 am


If you saw "Superbowl" in the headline and thought, "Why is this nerdy?" check out one of the many fake monikers included in the skit, above. Yes, it's a newer version of the running gag where they make fun of weird football player names and the approximate geographic regions of the country such specific weirdness is likely to come from. And it cracks me up every time, even though I barely know a damn thing about football besides touchdowns. (Edit: which is why I didn't initially know the sketch above features actual football players.)

Comedy Central should have actually run this at half-time; I'd watch it over puppies or Katy Perry.

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