N.B. This recap is being done by someone who has not seen a single episode of Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, including the very episode he is going to recap. As such, he is going to make everything up. The author feels his version of the show can only be better than the one we're getting. So he assumes.
South by Southwest is actually three festivals in one. There's music, which is how it began; film which has kind of taken over; and interactive. Music is out of our wheelhouse but the films tend to be nerd-friendly. The city motto of Austin, TX is "Keep Austin weird" so they certainly bring movies that cater to that crowd. Then the interactive portion can give us all sorts of technological fun, like last year's real life Mario Kart racing. SXSW is the festival where Twitter blew up.
Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
At SXSW 2015 I didn't hear as much about interactive stuff, but a few of the film promotions incorporated technology heavily. There were plenty of midnight movies, big premieres and special events to make SXSW 2015 a truly weird and nerdy experience yet again.More >>
If I ran this as an April Fool post, would any of you have believed it?
"The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on 'Sesame Street,' and then on 'Fraggle Rock,'" Gordon-Levitt said. "Jim Henson's characters make you laugh and sing, but they're also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I've never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I'm grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project."JGL will produce AND star - I'm guessing as the guy who owns Sprocket the dog, who was played in the wraparound segments by a different actor depending which country you watched the show in. As a kid, I got very confused when Irish TV would broadcast the US episodes with an American inventor, and British TV would show the UK episodes with a Scottish lighthouse-keeper. With the star of Looper and Inception in charge, I'd love to see a storyline that reconciles all those wraparound segments within the same reality somehow.
Now THIS is how it's done - spotlight every action figure, I mean character, for a second, let each one talk and do one cool thing, and wrap it up in one minute. Was that really so hard?
[Well, except Vision. They're still kinda-sorta treating him as a badly kept secret.]
Biggest revelation: Joss Whedon's version of Quicksilver has his Russian accent. And if Hasbro doesn't somehow capitalize on the notion of a frisbee/baseball combination game using hammers and shields after this, I guess they must not like money.More >>
Martha Boyd 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.
Hi, and hope you all had a great St Patrick's Day. I made a trip to Los Angeles last weekend, as Julia was performing with Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and the show was on Sunday so I was able to make it. After the show we went over to Hollywood and Highland for a great lunch, and while we were there the UCLA band was doing a pep rally for March Madness. They were good, but we would rather have had USC. We also did a little shopping at Hot Topic, then back to the apartment and I got wrangled into a podcast; my very first for Topless Robot, so I hope you all enjoy. It is about 1.5 hrs long and I am the only guest. Had fun doing it.More >>
Since they air back to back on the same network, I figure we might as well let the thread from one bleed into the other. Better that than posting iZombie and SHIELD threads simultaneously.
If anyone feels this is wrong-headed because you want to watch one of the two shows without being spoiled by the other, let me know.