91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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In-Game Footage From Firefly Online Has You Walking in the Dark, Whedon-ishly

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 am


Okay, to be honest, I don't know how one would walk Whedon-ishly. But nothing much else happens in this video besides walking in the dark, so I had to describe it somehow.

Firefly Online is a multi-user strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon's cult classic TV show - Firefly. Players take on the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and seek out adventures, all the while trading with and competing against the millions of other players like themselves, doing whatever it takes to survive in the Verse. It is designed for both desktop and mobile OSes and will allow users to play the same character across devices.
Given their polar opposite stances on gaming controversies, it will be interesting to see if both Joss Whedon and Adam Baldwin join in the fun. In hindsight, I do wonder how the hell those two ever got along.

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Tags: Firefly

Joint Flash/Arrow SPOILER Thread - "Sara"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Let's try this once and see how it goes. My hunch is anyone watching Arrow tonight either already watched Flash, or never will. But let's see if this works.

If you're not into either, here's a story about a teenager having sex with a toy horse in Walmart.

Ex-Mythbuster Hired by McDonald's, Now Busting Myths in Their Favor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm


Yes, that's recently downsized Mythbusters star Grant Imahara in a McDonald's-funded video, proving to the world that the company doesn't use "pink slime" or eyeballs in their hamburgers. And you know it's legit because McDonald's would never lie, or cut corners to maximize profits.

Seriously, let's just assume Imahara is absolutely on the level, as we have no reason not to based on his track record. Do we really think that if he found bad stuff, McDonald's would put it in their videos?

Can we get the other Mythbusters to test the veracity of this myth-busting?

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread: "Face My Enemy"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm


They really are inspired by A Beautiful Mind this season, aren't they? In fiction, I'm pretty sure John Nash (as depicted in the movie) would have found a way to turn his mental illness into super powers somehow.

Should I have done a Flash thread? I'm going to do a combined Flash/Arrow thread tomorrow and see if that works, or if it turns out to be a clustercuss. There are too many comic-based shows now to do threads for all of them, and they all seem to be doing well.

TR Readers' Best Stormtrooper Memes (and Stormtrooper/Sharknado Contest Winners)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm


It's time to name some winners. For the Stormtrooper costume, we asked you to create a meme based in some way on a Stormtrooper.

One of the honorable mentions is above; the rest (and the Sharknado winner, chosen by random number generation) follow...

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Blu-ray Today: Days of Future Past, Ways of Making Young Dracula Better

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

X-Men: Days of Future Past - I admit, I was hoping for more of a mind-trip with this movie, like something more complex than "Hey, we hit the reset button back to the '70s" that would explain discrepancies between First Class and the prior films.

However, I also think I was expecting the impossible. Downsized for appropriate expectations, this is still a fun X-flick, even if the shocking opening sequence does almost instantly retcon the "surprise" deaths. Individual scenes like the one where Mystique becomes Trask can get wonderfully weird (David Lynch, Peter Dinklage - you need each other. Please work together on Twin Peaks). Wew all thought Quicksilver would be a lowlight, but his showcase moment is awesomely playful and fun - why the characters then ignore him for the rest of the movie is a plot weakness they ought to have tried to better fix.

The disc set features a handful of extras, but if you wanbt the deleted Rogue rescue sequence, you're going to have to wait till next year. Can you hold out for the inevitable 2.5 edition?

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Her Universe SHIELD Shirt With Secret-Reveal Hydra Logo

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm


Reveal your true colors in the shadows! What looks like a normal SHIELD logo shirt hides a secret glow-in-the-dark Hydra symbol, allowing all double-agents to align with Avengers by day, then sink their tentacles into evil at night.

I've highlighted the plus-size version in particular because Her Universe merchandise is geared towards women...but some of you men might fit into a cut made for larger women than Ashley Eckstein.

Gotham SPOILER Thread - Arkham Asylum

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm


Try just a riddle bit harder...

Tags: Fox, Gotham

Top-Down Smackdown: Kazarian, Lawler, Booker T and More Kickstart a Comic. Plus: Bond-tista?

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm


Headlocked, a comic by Michael Kingston, tells the story of a theater major who leaves it all behind to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Kingston, who sounds like Daniel Bryan if you close your eyes and listen to him talking, calls the comic his own personal defense of fandom, as well as an antidote to the wrestling comics that have traditionally not been very good (there's a reason the best movies about wrestling are documentaries - the true stories are usually more interesting than the fiction the companies portray. Ditto wrestling comic books).

And real-life wrestlers have become fans: so much so that Kickstarter donors to the second issue will receive exclusive bonus stories written by the likes of John Morrison, Booker T, Kazarian, AJ Styles and Tony Atlas. And Jerry Lawler's contributing original artwork too.

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