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Aug 12 2014

Robin Williams

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I genuinely can’t remember the last time a celebrity death seemed this profoundly tragic. It’s always sad when a beloved actor passes away, because we usually have a special connection to their work. Even if we didn’t know them, it still feels like someone you know dying.

Multiply that tenfold for Robin Williams, the star of countless shows and movies that all age groups grew up with. For my generation it was Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook and Aladdin, my parents’ was Mork and Mindy. I was caught off guard by his unexpected dramatic talent in movies like One Hour Photo, and there was nothing the man couldn’t do.

But again, this is compounded further by the fact that Williams took his own life. One of the funniest, warmest men in Hollywood struggled with severe depression, and it consumed him in the end. It goes to show you that depression can strike anyone, and even the most hilarious and bubbly among us might be suffering in secret. Sadly, Williams use of comedy to insulate himself against his own issues is far from uncommon, and we’ve seen it time and time again in Hollywood.

I know the common refrain here is to “get help” if you’re feeling depressed as Williams was. And you should. But more importantly, GIVE help, if you know someone who may be depressed for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s too hard for them to ask, and they’re just not going to get better on their own. Check in on a struggling friend or family member today, and let them know you’re there. And then keep being there.

Rest in peace, Robin. Hopefully you at least knew how many lives you touched.

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Jul 10 2014

Debate of the Day: 2014 Emmy Nominations

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Hannibal - Season 2

The day has arrived, and it’s time to start saying who has been snubbed and who deserves to win at the 2014 Emmys. The complete list of nominees is below, and you can see for yourself where there’s drama to be found.

A few points of interest include Lena Headey getting nominated for Game of Thrones for her performance as Cersei. And obviously the fact that Tatiana Maslany has been overlooked yet again for playing nineteen different roles on Orphan Black, easily the biggest acting challenge on TV by a mile.

And finally, Hannibal was nominated for absolutely nothing, which may be the biggest slight of all. Anyway, there’s plenty to rant and rage about, so check out the list below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 01 2014

Community Saved From Oblivion By…Yahoo?

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I still can’t quite believe this has actually happened, but Yahoo’s bid to be taken seriously in the TV-but-not-TV Netflix/Amazon space has taken a strange, possibly wonderful, possibly terrible turn. Yahoo has donned their shining armor and swooped in to rescue NBC’s apparently not-quite-dead Community, picking it up for that fabled season six.

This is a strange age of TV we live in, so I suppose a search engine saving a beloved cult classic network show isn’t the weirdest thing to ever happen, but it’s pretty damn close. The new season will run 13 episodes and comes with this announcement from Dan Harmon and Joel McHale:

“I am very pleased that ‘Community’ will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, ‘Big Bang Theory.’ Look out, ‘Bang Bus!”

McHale added, “The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.” —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). # SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”

And in case you’re wondering if the move would come at the cost of shedding a few more cast members, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash are all returning. But Donald Glover is still out, and Jonathan Banks and John Oliver are probably going to be too busy with their own new shows.

So this is…good? Right? I’ve never viewed Community as the holy grail of TV comedy, but it’s certainly a solid show, and better than 90% of everything else on TV. Hopefully the move to the internet will free them up a bit, but even with Dan Harmon’s return, I’m not sure the show has ever really quite returned to form. Still, I’m obviously curious to see how this is going to go, and the pressure’s on for them to deliver. What do you think?

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Jun 11 2014

Hey, I Wrote This!

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fanboy wars cover

Alright, I apologize in advance for this quick bit of self-promotion, but I wanted to share it with you guys, my longest-running audience.

I wrote another book! It’s not the third in my Earthborn Trilogy (which is coming later this year), rather it’s an eBook for Forbes about the culture of fanboyism in video games. It focuses on all the different ways fans shape the industry, for better or worse, and includes a host of gaming controversies from the Mass Effect 3 ending, to Microsoft’s Xbox One walkback, to pretty much anything EA has ever done.

It was a lot of fun to write, and it’s a pretty quick read, so I would love it if any of you guys could pick up a copy (for Vook, Apple or Amazon) and let me know what you think. You guys have been with me the longest, and I have you to thank for everything awesome that’s happened in my life, including the opportunity to write and publish something like this.

I hope you like it, and now I will return you to your regularly scheduled cosplay, Pokemon and Disney Princesses.

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May 28 2014

Five Film Tropes That Are Ruining Modern Cinema

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Trope, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is an often overused plot device. It is a term that has only recently become more popular as a result of the interwebz, but I thought it might be fun to dissect some of my least favorite tropes in films in the hopes that someone more important than me will read this and help to buck a few of these unforgivable celluloid sins. Keep in mind, this is an opinion piece, and these are tropes that I, personally, do not like and feel are ruining modern cinema. That does not make them bad tropes by default. That only makes them bad tropes to me, so remember that when you read this and want to yell at me about how beginning a movie at its ending is genius. This is purely one film fan’s feelings about it, but that does cast it in stone or mean I am right or wrong. Just highly opinionated and given a soap box, thank God. Also, please keep in mind, though I do consider all of these tropes, that does not mean there are not brave and original directors who do all they can to avoid them. These do not apply to everyone and everything. Just most of cinema, unfortunately.

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Mar 05 2014

Sara’s New Website: Videodame!

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Behold, the second Unreality writer to branch out and start their own gaming site! Our own Benny Bedlam has Gamemoir, and now our dearly departed Sara Clemens (she left, she’s not dead) has the excellently named Videodame!

You’ll undoubtedly remember Sara’s excellent pieces on Unreality for the better part of two years, and now you can read more from her at Videodame. Here’s how she describes it:

“Apart from being an excuse to keep combing through the Dead End Thrills archives for stunning header images, Videodame is a place for me to collect my thoughts on games new and old. It’s also a place where I host other people’s thoughts on games. If you’re interested in some of those thoughts being yours, check out the submissions page.”

You can even write for her! Which I just might…

Anyway, congrats to Sara on her new site, and go check out her first few pieces with more to come.

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Jan 22 2014

Debate of the Day: Aaron Paul as The Dark Tower’s Eddie Dean?

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Now that Breaking Bad has ended, it’s two biggest stars are going to be fielding offers from anywhere and everywhere as to what they do next. Bryan Cranston is set to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman, and Aaron Paul is leading a Need for Speed movie that may be the best or worst thing ever.

Paul is also in talks for a role in Ron Howard’s Dark Tower movie/series, that apparently isn’t as dead as I thought. He’d play gunslinging drug addict, Eddie Dean. I’ve only read a handful of Stephen King books in my time, but I read ALL of the Dark Tower series, and far and away, he’s the most perfect person I can think of for the part. From his interview with AICN:

“I’ve had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (Breaking Bad), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it. I’m excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.”

I’d probably read the books soon there Aaron. Your competition probably has.

I do think the more important role for The Dark Tower is Roland, who was so obviously Clint Eastwood in the novels it’s almost painful the man can’t play the part. Now, I’m thinking Viggo Mortensen or Hugh Jackman, perhaps. And I still have yet to be convinced the books would even make an effective transition to either the big or small screen, but they’d certainly have a better chance with Paul on board.

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Jan 10 2014

There’s a New Female Transformer and She’s a Geisha With an Energy Sword and What Am I Even Saying

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I honestly didn’t know that Transformers was still a growing, changing series. I thought I left it behind in the ’90s along with Doug and the Ninja Turtles, until Michael Bay resurrected the series where the biggest change was that all the robots turned into Chevrolets.

But apparently the series is still adding robots, and now…they’ve added a GIRL ROBOT. It’s a rarity in the series, and her name is Windblade, as seen above. The Geisha samurai robot that turns into a VTOL, aka, a hoverjet.

“Windblade will get a toy as well as her own comics miniseries as part of her launch. Her comic will be written by Mairghread Scott, who has written several Transformers comics, and drawn by Sarah Stone, who is a new comer to the franchise. This is also the first time that a Transfomers book will have an all-female creative team!”

I’m not sure if this mean she’ll work her way into Transformers 4. Probably not since Chevrolet doesn’t make VTOLs.

[via Geekologie]

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Dec 30 2013

Gal Gadot Doesn’t Care If You Don’t Think She Looks Like Wonder Woman

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Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, is speaking out about the internet’s collective “WTF” reaction to her being cast in the role. The most vocal complaint was that she doesn’t have the uh, curves to play the famously voluptuous, corset-wearing hero. And in general, she looks more like a runway model than an action hero. Gal Gadot don’t care:

“Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go “by the book”…it’d be problematic.

It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now. A very serious training regimen – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.”

I don’t know if the 9,000 shekels comment (she’s Israeli, btw), is a dig at failed NBC Wonder Woman Adrianne “very obviously has a boob job” Palicki, but I do agree with the larger point. I don’t think Wonder Woman has to be defined by her bust size, and anyone complaining about the very Amazonian-ish Gadot not having a big enough rack for the part is barking up the wrong tree.

That said, I don’t think all complaints about Gadot in the role are invalid. I think the bigger problem is that Gadot is really untested in anything besides the Fast and Furious series, and that’s sort of worrisome given the fact that Wonder Woman is the highest profile female superhero role that’s been cast in this modern blockbuster era. I mean, Marvel picked A-lister Scarlett Johannson for a very light supporting role as Black Widow in the Avengers universe. They did the same having Oscar winner Halle Berry show up in three different X-Men movies as Storm. But now it seems odd for DC and WB to go with a complete unknown for Wonder Woman, who very well might get her own movie after Batman vs. Superman (as well the character should).

But who knows? Giving unknowns a shot can pan out, and maybe she will be an A-lister after this, what could be her breakout role. Maybe she gave a hell of an audition. Maybe she’s perfect for the part. I don’t know. Or maybe not, but either way, stop complaining about her boobs.

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Dec 19 2013

Disney Channel’s New Show Sounds Kind of Awesome

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It’s not a D! Stop trying to make it a D!

It’s not often I’d report on the Disney Channel creating a new show, and subsequently training our future bad-girl-in-chief in the tradition of Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and Miley Cyrus. But this idea sounds kind of amazing.

“Descendants is set in a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s Beauty And The Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma: Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?”

Yeah sure, this will probably be all kid-ified and lame in practice, but damn, that’s a really cool idea at the very least. I think this would almost make for a better blockbuster movie than a presumably low-budget TV series, but their villains and princesses, they can do what they want I guess.

I’m shuddering to imagine who might have slept wiht Curella De Vil to produce an offspring. Or Jafar for that matter. God I hope it wasn’t Jasmine.

I want to see how this turns out, I’ll say that.

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Dec 10 2013

Firefly Living On as a Comic: Here’s the Plot

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It’s become fairly obvious that even in this age of kickstarted Veronica Mars movies and Netflix resurrected Arrested Development, one beloved fan favorite isn’t going to be coming back, Firefly. It’s cast and creator are just too famous, and subsequently too busy to get the gang back together in any coherent manner. Try to work around this and you get Arrested Development season four where you’re lucky if two actors were even in the same room at the same time, or appeared in more than three episodes each.

But now, Firefly will live on in the form of a new Dark Horse comic. Here’s the story:

“It has been around nine months since the conclusion of “Serenity.” A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the ‘verse — that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment — has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn’t deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless. Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the ‘verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that’s easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on — some familiar, some new…This comic is shaping up to be, in many ways, a departure from the sometimes light-hearted series.”

Also, Jayne is missing, River is slightly less crazy and Zoe is pregnant. I forgot that we’re actually living with the idea that Wash died. I thought we all just agreed that didn’t happen.

Is it cool for Firefly to live on as a comic, or should it just return as a TV show or not at all?

[via io9]

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Nov 14 2013

We’re Out of Luck if George RR Martin Dies Before Finishing A Song of Ice and Fire

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2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 3

There are two factors that worry fans of George RR Martin and his Song of Ice and Fire series. One, he takes forever to write the books. Second, at age 65, he’s not exactly the picture of health and fitness. It would be sad enough if he died for obvious reasons, but even sadder if he did so before finishing his beloved fantasy series. And he wouldn’t let anyone step in and finish it, according to a recent interview.

“I don’t think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that [others writing in Westeros] either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendents, or people who didn’t actually know the writer and don’t care about his wishes. It’s just a cash cow to them. And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”

I can understand not trusting another writer with your series. As painful as it would be, it would probably be better to let it be a mystery than have it keep going. I do remember him saying that he told the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones how the series is supposed to end in case he dies.

He goes on to talk about how he likes what the Tolkein estate did with his work:

“I’ve always admired [J.R.R.] Tolkien and his immense influence on fantasy. [And] although I’ve never met the man, I admire Christopher Tolkien, his son, who has been the guardian of Tolkien’s estate who has never allowed that. I’m sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say ‘yes, go ahead, let’s write Sauron Strikes Back’.”

Write fast George, please. Also eat healthy and exercise. We love you.

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Nov 07 2013

Blockbuster Fully Dead At Last

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It’s the end of an era. After years of getting absolutely demolished by Netflix, Blockbuster is finally closing down its 300 remaining stores and mail-in DVD business. In short, it’s dead. All the way dead.

I know that Blockbuster has become something of a running joke in recent years without immediately it was antiquated by Netflix, but I’m still sort of sad to see it go. This generation of kids will never know what it’s like to go to the video store, walk up and down the aisles and read the back of boxes to figure out which movie you wanted to see. There was heartbreak when they were out of a new release you wanted, and elation if you managed to snag the last copy.

Sure, it’s relic, and they could have taken a lot more steps to try and be a competitor to Netflix, but they barely got into DVD mailing, and almost never even put a toe into streaming movies. They seemed set in their ways, and it killed them, much like other physical media stores these days. I wouldn’t be surprised if in five years I’m writing a post like this about Gamestop, but they seem to have sold their soul in order to keep thriving in an increasingly digital industry.

Goodbye Blockbuster, I haven’t missed you lately, but you were a big part of my childhood nonetheless.

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Nov 05 2013

Unreality is Looking for Writers!

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Recently we’ve lost two of our favorite writers, Sara Clemens and Joy Bossardet, as they move on to pursue kicking ass in other areas of life. Now, we have some weekly column spots open for new aspiring writers to scoop up.

What we’re looking for are writers who are passionate about movies, TV, video games, comics or some combination of all of them, and can commit to a weekly column dedicated to one or more of those topics. To apply, please write a sample post, be it a list, editorial, review, whatever, and send it over to me at paultassi(at) You can include links to existing work you have elsewhere on the net.

I’ve issued open casting calls like this before, so feel free to reapply if you have already in the past. Always looking for growth. Send your entries in over the course of the next week, and I’ll take a look and get back to you. Thanks! Looking forward to reading your work.

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Nov 05 2013

The Winner (and Runners Up) of Unreality’s 2013 Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween 10

Halloween is over, and so is our annual costume contest. Congratulations to David Smith for winning with his terrifying, amazing, completely homemade chestburster/facehugger costume ensemble. Literally the only way it could be better is if he had someone follow him around all night dressed as a Xenomorph to complete the evolutionary chain.

But he wasn’t the only great costume that we had submitted. I’ve included some of my other favorites below, including 2nd and 3rd place. Check out the full gallery for yourself, and don’t forget to enter next year! Continue Reading »

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