Revoltech Darth Vader Welcomes the Weekend Open Thread

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm


We probably didn't need yet another company to make Darth Vader, but it happened anyway. A few more things before everyone chips in...

-James Deen is presumably Dick Reckard in this NSFW Blade Runner porn pictorial.

-Bill Nye endorses this time-travel documentary Kickstarter.

-GWAR replaced Oderus Urungus with a woman named Vulvatron.

-David Ayer may do a Suicide Squad movie.

-Laser cannons on planes are already a thing.

-A Top Cat origin movie isn't the movie you need, but the prequel Mexico deserves.

-An L. Frank Baum biopic? Word to the wise - he's a little harder to whitewash than Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.

-Game of Thrones theme, '80s synth-style version, is the best thing today.

10 Reasons Why Gotham's Second Episode HAS To Be Better Than the Pilot

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gotham premieres Sept. 22 on Fox

Gotham has been one of the year's most anticipated shows, and while everyone will finally get to see it on September 22, I've seen the first episode. I'm here to tell you it's really September 29 you should be looking forward to. It's not that Gotham has a bad pilot; it's just a lot of stuff we already know. The show is well done and the cast is great so I have every faith that once all the noobs are caught up, Gotham could be a great show.

Episode two just has to deliver.

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8 Things We Learned at L.A.'s Anime-Centric EigaFest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Lupin III

Now in its fourth year, EigaFest spreads the word on Japanese film to Hollywood with a weekend's worth of screenings. It's a cross-genre event, where documentaries, animated dramas and action flicks all have a home. This year's festival (eiga, by the way, means film in Japanese) was anchored by two live-action versions of popular anime series - Lupin III and Rurouni Kenshi, respectively - which essentially dictated my own schedule there.

On Friday and Sunday, I hung around Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre to catch some big, sold-out screenings and a few smaller ones. In the process, I learned a bit more about Lupin III and a handful of other anime.

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Top-Down Smackdown: Night of Champions Predictions

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm


Prediction #1: Hornswoggle will return to save Heath Slater from Adam Rose's Bunny Rabbit.

I'm serious. I wish I weren't. But it seems clear that they're building the Bunny Rabbit up to be an actual competitor. I'd like to think a wrestler we know will step out of the costume, but tend to suspect that in fact, whoever it is will be competing as "The Bunny Rabbit." Tell me I'm wrong.

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It Pays to Stick Together: Daredevil and Flash Cast Familiar Faces

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm


As announced on the official Twitter of The Flash TV show, another veteran of the property is returning, with Amanda Pays reprising her role from the previous Flash show as Dr. Tina McGee - though presumably, Dr. McGee will no longer be Barry Allen's love interest. With John Wesley Shipp, the original Barry, playing Barry's dad, all that's missing is Mark Hamill...but he's kinda busy right now.

In Daredevil news, the martial-arts mentor Stick has been cast...

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My Liveblog of 12 Straight Hours of Arrow Season 2

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:30 am


One week ago, all I knew about Arrow, really, was that you all wanted a spoiler thread for it, I gave you one, and it was popular. Based on the comments I saw, I figured it was a good show. So when I was offered a box set of Season 2, of course I said yes.

Then I realized the fine print - my end of the deal was to review it by Tuesday. And I'd never seen a single episode. Drastic measures would be required here, so I made it my mission this past Saturday to Clockwork Orange this sumbitch. The rules were simple: once I hit play, I could not hit pause or stop; bathroom breaks and food must be obtained during the boring parts. Also, I could not drink till after 5 p.m. I am well aware that I will display my ignorance multiple times - you are still welcome to comment below with "Dumb fuck, you only display your ignorance. I miss Rob," but it will be mildly redundant.

I made it twelve hours. Here, with only minor edits for coherence, is my running commentary...

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Talk and Relevant Discussions in Snark: Doctor Who "Listen" SPOILER Thread

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:00 am


My thoughts, as always, below the fold...

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EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Wrestling Artist Rob Schamberger's Newest Painting - The NWO!

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Yes, I normally try to keep the wrestling stuff to Monday - but WWE is going to announce this officially on Monday and Rob wanted to give us the exclusive first-look.

Rob Schamberger is a Kansas City-based portrait artist who specializes in the world of professional wrestling. Along with his goal to paint every one of the sport's world champions, he has also begun a partnership with WWE, who now sell his work. A who's who of wrestlers own his work, and he has also been named the official artist of the George Tragos/ Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. He has painted live for WWE at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, and had the distinct honor of hand-painting the jacket worn by The Ultimate Warrior in his final appearance on Monday Night Raw. He also utilizes the interest in his work to raise money for various charities and causes.

Ready to see his new one? Read on...

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Sesame Street Does Star Wars, and It's Everything You'd Hope

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm


Cookie Monster is Flan Solo. Only-One Cannoli tells him to "Use the Four," i.e. count to four. And best of all, it sounds like Frank Oz is Grover as Yoda, in what may be the show's most meta-moment ever. It's "Star S'Mores"!

Remember when Kevin Smith movies argued that Return of the Jedi was just a bunch of Muppets? This one most assuredly is...and proud of it.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "A Song of Fire and Iron"

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "A song of fire and iron" by Gabriella5Greene551

Logline: Per reader Anya Glass, who sent in the tip, "You must read A song of fire and iron. It's a transformers fanfic with singing, zombies, xenomorphs, and a terrible Mary Sue named Giselle Yvonne delacriox."

Acts Involved: Skull splitting, zombie biting, interspecies romance, and Optimus Prime considering sex with an underage human, which is to say statutory rape. Guess he didn't get the memo from Michael Bay about carrying a copy of the law around in his wallet.

Participants: Giselle Yvonne Delacroix, Optimus Prime, Aliens, The Walking Dead.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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