Hasbro Reveals Animated-Style Darth Vader and Older Ahsoka Figures

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:34 am


We knew Hasbro kept Episode VII merchandise under wraps at Toy Fair, but good on them for keeping these a secret too, even though they could have just brushed it off as doing existing characters with an animated look. (As the Rebels finale aired Monday, I don't consider this to still be spoiler-material.)

USA Today revealed them yesterday as part of a lengthier conversation with Dave Filoni, who drops some tidbits about where Rebels is headed.

With Vader especially, "we don't want to diminish this guy,'' Filoni says. "We cannot have him on a TV scenario where he is going to suffer weekly defeats. ''That's just not going to work -- that's not what he's about.''
Sounds like he too grew up sick of moments like in the G.I. Joe cartoon where any regular Joe could just punch out Cobra's supposed master ninjas like Storm Shadow.

via The Mary Sue

Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - Oh, the Inhumanity!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm


New Skye's smilin' at me
Nothin' but New Skye, from now on!

With Lake Placid vs. Anaconda, Syfy Combines Two Franchises You Forgot Existed

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am


Both Lake Placid and Anaconda were fun, late-'90s movies that featured celebrities goofing around in monster movie scenarios, ushering in the era of both Betty White as foul-mouthed dirty jokester, and Jon Voight as somebody not to be taken seriously. They were Syfy movies before there even was such a term, albeit on much bigger budgets.

And somehow, on DVD, they kept going as franchises (yes, Anacondas got a theatrical release, but it was brief), although Lake Placid proclaimed its "final chapter" three years ago. And today, this press release from Syfy:

Premieres Saturday, April 25 at 9PM - Killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash in this thriller about corporate greed and science gone wrong, starring Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Yancy Butler (Kick Ass) and Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1). A production of UFO Films.
I don't know which is harder to believe - the notion that this is actually a "thriller," or the fact that it wasn't made by The Asylum.

If the Cyber-Brigadier from Doctor Who's "Death in Heaven" Had His Own Cartoon Show....

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am


For many of us old-school Doctor Who fans, the best part of the last season finale was the way the day was partly saved by a revived Cyberman Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, finding a way to bring back the character despite the fact that actor Nicholas Courtney is dead.

Now, thanks to the Internet, we look at what the logical next step might be to capitalize on that popularity, because if there's one thing Steven Moffat never fails to do, it's cash in on - and overdo - something he knows fans already like. (Maybe not quite to this extent, but would you put it past him entirely?)


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Gotham SPOILER Thread: Guys & Dolls

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm


Guy's named Dulmacher and he becomes a doll maker. What are the odds?

If you ever have the suspicion you're living in a comic book, name your son Richman Happyguy, for goodness' sake.

In Sharknado 3, Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter Run the Country

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:16 am


"Don't mix nerd news with politics." It's a request many of you make, and I try to stand by it.

Then Sharknado 3 casts Ann Coulter as Vice President of the United States. I ask you - what's a guy supposed to do with that news?

Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban playing the president makes a sort of sense; after all, George W. Bush owned the Texas Rangers. But Coulter - well, if you ask some, her entire public persona is an act, so it makes sense that she'd try to monetize that part of it eventually. In a movie that will see shark-filled tornados attacking the entire eastern seaboard, she will presumably either blame the shark's victims for being eaten, or point out how they're somehow an inevitable result of the welfare state. Having her denying drastic climate shifts might be too on-the-nose, but Al Gore seems to only cameo in cartoons.

She joins Bo Derek, Chris Kirkpatrick, Chris Jericho and Jerry Springer in the announced cast to date.

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - Deanna of Troy?

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:30 am


So, we have a new non-transient location for a while, eh?

SPOILERS follow...

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7 Nerd Dating Lessons From The Last Man on Earth

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 am


I must confess, I did not expect the makers of The Lego Movie to get dark.

It doesn't surprise me that they created something with deeper meaning, because in general, they've always done that. But while I expected The Last Man on Earth, which debuted on Fox last night, to be satirical, I didn't expect it to hit me where it did. I may be married now, but I was the lone, undateable nerd for a good decade or so, and in concocting a post-apocalyptic scenario, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have perfectly encapsulated what it feels like to be there, to the point of giving me flashbacks. For when you feel undateable, you might as well be the last man on earth.

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Former Super-People Dean Cain and Helen Slater to Be on Supergirl

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:47 am


I'll say one good thing about our current wave of nostalgia - it's giving a second wind to actors from our childhood who could use it.

In the spirit of John Wesley Shipp and Amanda Pays appearing on CW's The Flash, former TV Superman Dean Cain and big-screen Supergirl Helen Slater - both of whom also cameo'd on Smallville - will be encountering the newest incarnation. Presumably as different characters.

Now - when's Kevin Conroy gonna be on Gotham?

Leonard Nimoy Has Died. My Memories of Him Live on.

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:22 am


My only encounter with Leonard Nimoy in person happened when I was working at the candy counter of a movie theater in Hollywood. He came up to the stand looking like a crazy old person, looked around at everything we had, then said in a loud voice:


His wife came up to him and grabbed his arm, reassuring him, "Yes dear, look, they have Milk Duds" "Yeahhh!" "And they have Red Vines!" "YEAHHH!" I don't remember what they ended up purchasing, but to this day I'm not sure whether it was an act or not.

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