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

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

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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:

"YA GOT ANY CANDY?"

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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CW's Arrow Spinoff for The Atom to Also Feature "Three Major DC Comics Characters"

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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Let the speculation begin. Officially, the Ray Palmer-centric pilot will include as regulars Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold, Victor Garber's Dr. Stein, and Caity Lotz as...Zombie Black Canary? Nobody's sure on that last one. But the bigger news is what they're not officially telling us yet. Nellie Andreeva at Deadline writes:

Additionally, in a tidbit that should get fans fired up, I have learned the new project will include three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series.
I presume that rules out characters who've been on Smallville, so Aquaman and Hawkman are out. Green Lantern, maybe? Or, given budgetary limits, a pre-GL Kyle Rayner or Guy Gardner? What's your bet?

A Clever, Single-Take Video on the Classical Origins of the Star Trek Theme

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

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I learned something today.

This video, from CBC Music (Canada's NPR, according to the producer who sent it to me) could have just given a musical history lesson and left it at that, but it's also shot so seamlessly with host Tom Allen moving around, upstairs and down, that you totally forget his musicians would have to be scrambling behind the scenes to seamlessly appear in each new location.

So come for the secret origins of the Star Trek theme - and stay for the filmmaking.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Worst Oscars Ever

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Luke's mother-in-law 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! Well, another week has passed. It was pretty boring on my end. The movie last week with the film fest was canceled because the projector broke, and it is to be rescheduled. No word as to when, but I'm keeping fingers crossed. Hopefully it will not be done to long. The rest of the week has been spent working. Such a thing, but I like to eat.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread - Out for Justice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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He's a popular recurring character. I think he'll survive.

Japanese Ad for Learning English Puts a Bald Black Man Inside a Kid's Mouth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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That actually sounds pretty bad from a certain point of view, but it's more literal than you think. And according to RocketNews24, it's even freaking people out in Japan, which is no mean feat.

Just before the ad comes to a close, the kid, trying to snap his parent out of his stupor, asks, "Are you OK, dad?" It's quite telling that he doesn't make any attempt to say yes.

Neither did these online commenters in Japan.

"Too startling, too creepy."
"Crazy."
"The heck kind of commercial did they make?"
"Stop, please. You're making my kids cry."

That last one lacks context, however - it could be that the kids are just crying because they don't want to have to learn another language with a new alphabet. I cry sometimes when I just have to learn a new html tag.


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Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick Make a Deal for Sex Criminals TV Show and More

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I'm thinking the folks at Universal TV saw that cover and imagined it was like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Under the pact, the married duo will adapt some of their comic books as well as original TV series concepts. They also plan to use their Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company as a TV launchpad for other comic creators' IP.
In fact, Sex Criminals is about Suzie and Jon, a librarian and an actor, who both have the power to stop time when they orgasm and decide to rob a bank. It's one of the funniest comics on the stands, and if you dig down under the Urban Dictionary's worth of bizarre sex positions (The Fleshy Lightswitch) and genius but fake porn spoof titles (Un Chien Analou), it's one of the most honest, heartfelt Eisner-award winning comics out there.

Not sure how safe it will be for TV, but time-stopping orgasms are not something I've seen before in live-action. Without the aid of porn and freeze-frame, I mean.

[Jim Dandeneau contributed to this post]

Disney Announces More DuckTales - Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

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Here's a property revival I think most of you will be okay with. Unca Scrooge and his nephews are returning to TV, with a new show on Disney XD starting in 2017. Disney XD's Senior VP of Programming is saying all the right things, referencing the Carl Barks comics and specifying all the characters who'll be back: "Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Poe, Ma Beagle, the Beagle Boys, Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack."

You know what would be really great? A hip-hop, scratch-filled version of the old theme song, or better yet, a dubstep take....(Shhh, Luke...turn off that sarcasm meter...it's okay...Disney won't mess that up...You sure?...Yeah, I think so....)

h/t SlyDante777

10 Signs Arrow's Writers Think He's Batman

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Warner Bros.
Not Batman

Arrow is probably my favorite show on TV right now. I watch it semi-religiously and constantly think about possible permutations of the Arrow-verse. Do all of the references to Bludhaven mean Nightwing is on the way? Did Nyssa steal Sara's body and drop her off in a Lazarus Pit offscreen? Is the Atom going to shrink or is he really just a reskinned Ted Kord? Does Arsenal secretly have a drug habit? These are burning questions about a great show, but for all of that one thing consistently bothers me: basically, the show thinks Ollie is Batman. This isn't the worst thing in the world since Batman is awesome and it gave us the Huntress arc, which is probably my favorite arc in the whole show, but it does nag at me a little.

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Agent Carter Finale SPOILER Thread - Boy, Ahtellyawhut, Peggy...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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...them boys just ain't right. Time to burn 'em like clean-burnin' propane. Yup.