Friday Tidbits and Weekend Open Thread - Bob Kane Birthday Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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Happy birthday, Bob.

There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.

-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.

-Tractor beam: ON!

-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.

-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.

- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.

-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.

-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.

-Hikari is Groot.

12" Breaking Bad Toy Announced Just in Time to Really Piss off Florida Mom

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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You probably heard about the Florida mom who started a petition to get Toys R Us to ban toys from companies like Mezco and NECA whose figures are aimed at older collectors, specifically because she saw a Breaking Bad figure and thought it might encourage her kid to become a meth addict. Rather sadly, Toys R Us caved and pulled the plastic Bryan Cranstons indefinitely.

Given how long toys take to produce it has to be a coincidence, but a nice one - 12" Heisenberg is now available for preorder at outlets that don't cave to silly demands.

"Putting something that has fake illegal drugs with it next to G.I. Joe or Mario Bros. just morally isn't right," said the mom. Because (a) figures that include fake terrorists with fake lethal weapons are a lot better and (b) nothing about Mario Bros. would ever possibly make you think of drugs. Also, (c), and this is the nerdiest point of all, they aren't next to them. They're on a different aisle, duh. To sign a petition to keep these kinds of figures in Toys R Us, click here.

Archie TV Series Will Channel Twin Peaks, Have Zombie Episodes, Says Writer

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I guess. I mean, first it has to get picked up.

But seriously - what the heck are they smoking over at Archie Comics? They finally get a TV pitch, and they say it's gonna be like David Lynch and have zombie Halloween episodes? That's like pitching a Batman series without Batm...what? Right.

Here's what Chief Creative Officer and writer of the pilot Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said to Comic Book Resources:

"Riverdale" is "Archie Meets 'Twin Peaks.'" You know how we're doing "Archie Meets Predator"? This is "Archie Meets David Lynch."

...if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale."

Of all the properties to get grim and gritty reboots, I must say this wasn't one that ever occurred to me.

Arrow SPOILER Thread - Everyone Ignore the Leaked Trailer Edition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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If a bootleg trailer to something leaked, I couldn't post it here. You guys are on your own.

So let's talk about Arrow.

Your 12" Figures Can Now Travel in Space and Time With Big Chief Studios' 1/6 Scale TARDIS

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Big Chief, who make super-expensive 12" Doctor Who figures - their next few include a Matt Smith with bonus Capaldi head, and polystone Weeping Angels with an Amy/Rory tombstone - have finally seen the value in creating the most important diorama accessory for any Time Lord.


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The 14 Coolest Things from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks DVD Commentary

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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After brief and rather scattershot theatrical run in late September and early October, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks is being released in a DVD/Blu-ray combo from Shout! Factory, and for streaming on Amazon Instant and elsewhere. Taking place directly after the events of Friendship Is Magic's fourth season finale "Twilight's Kingdom" while also picking up the threads from the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, it's terrific on its own, and even more importantly, the Shout! Factory discs have an entertaining and informative commentary track featuring key members of the production team. Here are some of the highlights of that commentary!

Spoilers abound, of course.


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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - Age of Ultron Trailer Next Week Edition!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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Well, it beats "Russell Crowe's Foightin' Round the World." The Avengers 2 trailer will make its broadcast remember during next week's episode.

Sorry for the delay - caring for a sick wife has been a busy job too.

The Flash Live SPOILER Talkback - "Things You Can't Outrun"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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I bet you his hunger would have been satisfied if he'd taken a big delight in every bite of a HOSTESS Fruit Pie (TM).

Mixing Flash and Arrow last week didn't really work. Let's try solo.

Gotham SPOILER Thread - "Viper"

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Comment on the show live as it happens, because it's not just any old boob who gets a window of opportunity like this one.

Top-Down Smackdown: An Interview With KANE on See No Evil 2, Politics, Past Gimmicks

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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It is with great pride that Top-Down Smackdown presents our first interview with an iconic figure in the sports-entertainment business. Glenn Jacobs has been through many character changes that even Dwayne Johnson would have trouble pulling off - he once literally wrestled dressed as a human Christmas tree - but it all clicked when he landed the persona of Undertaker's brother Kane, a mute monster who supposedly wore a mask and bodysuit to hide disfiguring burns. What could have been a one-note character has continued to develop: he learned how to talk, got a girlfriend, unmasked and revealed his burns were hallucinations only, was framed for necrophilia, set on fire repeatedly, sent to anger management and most recently donned a suit and tie to "go corporate."

In the new WWE Studios movie See No Evil 2, he returns to a more classic horror persona as the eyeball-obsessed killer Jacob Goodnight. We took the opportunity to talk about his return to movies, his wrestling career, and those persistent rumors that he'll retire and run for office.

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