Harry Shearer and The Simpsons FightFightFight...Can This Match Be Saved?

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am


It would be a pretty crushing blow for The Simpsons to lose such an important cast member: Shearer voices a large percentage of key characters, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Scratchy and Dr. Hibbert. Ah-hee-hee-hee!

Time is running out for Shearer to re-up for two years as the rest of the cast have, and after the Tweet above appeared, numerous outlets, including Variety, reported his departure as a done deal. But at CNN Money, where they actually communicated with Shearer, word is there's still a chance, with the actor saying "I think that's a question better posed to them." The sticking point, it seems, is that the new contract being proposed doesn't allow him to do other projects on the side.

There is a precedent for replacing somebody on the level of Shearer - South Park lost actress Mary Kay Bergman to suicide some years ago, and she did almost all the female voices. The show went on, but it took multiple performers to replace her. There is also a precedent for hardball negotiations on a Matt Groening show being carried out in public - anyone remember when the entire cast of Futurama was supposedly going to be replaced? Boo now if you like - just realize there's still a chance it will turn into Boo-urns. Maybe by the time you read this.

Arrow SPOILER Thread: Ra's, Too Far He In

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:41 pm


Season finale tonight! Who's still enthused?

Here's a 6-Minute Trailer for CBS' Supergirl

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm


Well, it's not quite canonical - a little X-Files, a little Devil wears Prada, and 100% "Superman without Superman." No secret identity, apparently, but Superman exists in this world, as do other aliens (Callista Flockhart, oddly, is not one of those).

It seems mildly likable to me, but I'm not as up on my Supergirl canon as some, and of course there have been several interpretations. What do you all think?

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Mezco Reveals Comic-Con Exclusive Saul Goodman Breaking Bad Figure

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm


Due to the intricacies of licensing deals, you will note that this is a Breaking Bad toy and not a Better Call Saul toy...officially.

This exclusive variant of Saul comes in a window box that doubles as an office diorama, and includes a full-sized business card and in-scale bag o' cash. It does NOT include a sound chip that says, "Suck it, New Line! You should have released the Mr. Show movie properly!"

For non-attendees, limited quantities will be available online starting Friday.

Agents of SHIELD 2-Hour Final SPOILER Thread

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm


I hear great things happen in this one. Ladies and gentlemen, start your keyboard fingers.

The Flash SPOILER Thread - Catch Cold

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm


The ice has it.

Snow Is Coming. Jon Snow, That Is. To 1/6 Scale Toy Collections

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:01 am


Every wall of toy shelves needs a watcher, and Threezero toys has one for you; one so precise that rather than call him a 12" scale figure, they specify that he is in fact 11.4" tall. The third and best-looking so far in their Game of Thrones line, he can now stand as your first line of defense against AT-At Walkers and Wild Things, depending on your particular collection.

Pre-order for this figure will begin on Friday, May 15th 09:00 a.m. HKT (Previous day at 9:00pm EDT) at Threezero's online store, with additional quantities to be available through the HBO store later; at $160, he's not exactly cheap until you start comparing him to other figures of a similar size and likeness. For $190, you can get a deluxe version that comes with his pet wolf, Ghost (see larger pic below).

Now, Threezero, we're overdue for a female figure in the line. I hear that lady with the pet dragons is kinda popular.

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10 Things Cosplayers Can Learn from RuPaul's Drag Race

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:00 am


No, this isn't about how to dance in ten-inch heels under boiling stage lights, or how to contour your face sharply enough to cut glass. Drag and cosplay can learn a lot from each other: both are bombastic, skill- and performance-based art forms, and involve twirling across a stage lip-synching to pop hits while trying to pretend you're comfortable in a metal corset that may or may not have just punctured a vital organ.

There's no bigger name in drag than Mother Ru herself, and by her grace, we were presented with a smash hit reality show chronicling the trials and tribulations of queens battling it out for America's crown. Just as she shares her wisdom with the show's superstar hopefuls, cosplayers can take a note or three from the show's example.

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Top-Down Smackdown: Ain't That Tough Enough?

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Because Aughts

I always liked Tough Enough back in the day, even once the novelty wore off of having a WWE show that actually showed how everything was done. And the new season of the reality program for superstar wanna-bes, airing on USA rather than WWE Network, is the most star-studded yet: hosted by Chris Jericho, contestants trained by Booker T, Billy Gunn and Lita, and featuring Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paige as a panel of experts. All-told, a great use of talent who are either under-utilized or unable to compete at the moment.

It should be a fun show. But will it actually produce anybody worthwhile? Its track record suggests not.

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10 Ways To Fix Gotham For Season 2

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 5:00 am


On Monday, the inaugural season of Gotham finally came to a close. Everybody who sat and snarked through it can raise a glass to this accomplishment. Everybody who tapped out early ... well I can't really blame you. Gotham was the least necessary comic book TV show in a crowded field because it's the epitome of prequelitis. It has a solid cast (Robin Lord Taylor, Donal Logue, and Camren Bicondova are its MVPs) but the quality of its episodes yo-yos from scene to scene. It's definitely not the complete trainwreck that many suspected it would end up, although that's still damning with faint praise. Whether it's the TV program we need or deserve, Gotham has already been renewed for season 2 because anything Batman-related is a license to print money (except Beware The Batman).

The upside to this is that the showrunners can look back at the entire first season and fix what didn't work. SPOILER ALERT! There was a Batcave full of stuff that didn't really work in Gotham. Nevertheless, Gotham still had enough charm that it's worth salvaging. While I enjoy schadenfreude as much as the next misanthrope, here are ten constructive suggestions for how to knock season two of Gotham out of the park (because balls get knocked out of parks with bats. Do you get it? DO YOU GET IT?).

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