Weekstarter: Doctor Who Xmas Clip, Religious Vader, Skeletor Sells Hondas, Weird Al and More

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.

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Jordan Peele Does a Spot-on Stan Lee Impersonation

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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We can and probably will nitpick the sketch for accuracy - it assumes Lee has any real power whatsoever at Marvel as it stands today - but Peele's depiction of him as a guy desperately rattling off new hero concepts from an increasingly shallow well is pitch-perfect.

Except I would totally pay to read a comic about some of them.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread: Resting on Laurel's?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

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May I say something here? (Of course I may. I write these posts. It was a courtesy question.)

I really like seeing a superhero character wear a mask WITHOUT the paint around the eyes that we all agree to pretend isn't there. Even if it theoretically should make her secret identity super-easy to figure out.

Maybe someday, a superhero will have a wig that doesn't stay on perfectly, and can't be donned in five seconds.

Anyway, DC fans - prove to me this an open thread you want to keep. There's no conspiracy against DC shows; I just haven't seen these generating many comments of late.

Christoph Waltz "Shatners" the Sesame Street Theme

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

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William Shatner used to be reasonably unique in his speak-sing, dramatic readings of song lyrics, but like any iconoclast and camp icon, he has blazed a trail others wish to follow.

And when those others wish to imbue their renditions with German-accented angst, watch out. Captain Kirk, Colonel Hans Landa is on your ass. Wait, that sounds like a fanfic gone bad. Bottom line: Jimmy Kimmel persuaded Waltz to do the existentialist take on Sesame Street that we'd all imagine a young Austrian boy might see. It makes Oscar the Grouch looks like a ray of fucking sunshine.

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread: Tattoo (Marvel) U

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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If he gains any weight, the scale on that map is going to be inaccurate, y'know.

The 10 Best Things About the Dope New Batman '66 Blu-ray Collection (Besides Its Mere Existence)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

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By the time I was old enough to really appreciate television - I'd say I was maybe 14 or 15 months old - the well-loved Batman '66 TV series was already more than a decade into reruns. But those reruns were a fixture of my youth, and the youth of millions of couch potatoes the world over. The show was fun no matter what: if you were a kid, you loved the colorful heroes and cartoonish fistfights, and if you were a little older, you also appreciated the show's fine sense of the absurd. Consequently, for a good few decades, it was impossible to go more than a week without stumbling across Batman while channel surfing. It was omnipresent.

The thing is, Batman never came out on home video in the DVD age. We got so many other popular shows from that era- Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, Man from UNCLE, and of course, The Dick Van Dyke Show- but Batman never made that leap. There are a few competing theories about why, but they're all generally about the same problem - red tape resulting from the show's complex brew of producers and rights-holders. Who was calling the shots for Batman on home video? DC Comics, who owned the character? ABC, Fox, or Greenway Productions, the three separate television companies who all had a stake in the show during its production? Or Warner Bros, DC's parent company? Somehow or another, the mess got sorted out, and Warner Home Video are poised to unleash the entire, fantastic run of 120 episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray today. I took a look at this tremendous new release - let's see what I've taken away from the experience.


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Top-Down Smackdown: Grumpy Cats and Handsome Heroes

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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First things first: Grumpy Cat will be appearing next week on Monday Night Raw, presumably as part of a synergy with Lifetime, which aired a Christmas movie starring the Miz, and will also have one featuring Tarder Sauce herself (the cat's real name).

This is all part of a strategy by WWE to appeal to women, and without seeing the numbers, I can't tell if it's working (it works for Julia, but she was a wrestling fan already). But WWE certainly thinks it does - as I noted last week, the rise of movie-star good-looking champions like John Cena is a key aspect of this. Here's the problem: most wrestling fans alive today have been conditioned to hate handsome champions.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead TV Series Coming to STARZ With Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert Aboard

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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I'm gonna say that the old plan for a Marvel-style shared movie universe between old and new Evil Deads just got rewritten.

The STARZ Original series officially titled "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons - personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.
I love that description: he's an aging lothario AND apparently still a stock boy. (We laugh now, but unless things change, we may all be stock boys at Campbell's age.)

Sam Raimi will direct the first episode himself, airing in 2015. And if he really wants to terrify us, he'll announce that Marc Webb will follow it with "The Amazing Evil Dead" in 2016.

These Doctor Who Retro-Style Movie Posters May Be the Best Thing About Season 8

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Remember that one season with Matt Smith where they made movie posters for each new episode? That was a good trend, and these are even better. Like, that "Kill the Moon " poster almost convinces me to watch the episode again, even though I don't want to.

These will be available separately and in a set from Big Chief Studios, though a release date is not yet set. Stay tuned.

Former WWE Star CM Punk Now Writes Comics - Will They Make You "Go to Sleep"?

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Punk, a longtime fan of comics and criticizing other peoples' grammar (a man after my own heart), will be writing a tale of young Thor in an upcoming annual, but what he really wants to do is a Punisher story.

Punk's Thor tale will be about the demigod's arrogant youth, certain he's worthy to be the greatest and wield his hammer. Because when it comes to large, muscular blond men who are convinced they're the greatest force in the universe, you might say most wrestlers have a 'Mania for telling that particular story.

It would be most ironic if Thor found himself in a battle contested on the terms of a certain green goliath - in other words, fighting under Hulk Rules.