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Sep 23 2014

Kevin Spacey Impersonates Al Pacino In Front of Al Pacino

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It goes without saying that Kevin Spacey is a hugely talented actor, but many may not know that one of his abilities includes a mean Al Pacino impression. One so good it’s actually legendary within Hollywood. On Letterman, Dave asks Pacino if he knows about the impression, and Pacino says yes, but he doesn’t think it sounds like him.

To put that to the test, Letterman trots out Spacey to do the impression live. Spacey doesn’t actually say two words in his own voice, and instead goes full Pacino for the duration of the clip. Obviously the impression is pretty great, though it’s just a touch awkward to do an impression of someone who just said that they don’t like it. “They love it!” Pacino says, referencing the audience, while seeming to imply that he still does not.

In any case, it’s a hilarious clip and one of late night’s better moments if you’ve missed it so far.

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Sep 22 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Can You Cosplay a Smile?

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Sure it helps your cosplay if you have a perfect costume and a passing resemblance to the character you’re playing, but having the attitude of the character in question goes a long way as well, and that’s certainly the case for Maya Dinerstein here.

In addition to looking like she could be Jewel Staite’s little sister or at least first cousin, her Firefly costume is amplified by her radiant, Kaylee-esque smile that’s the highlight of the photo above. I wish there were more in the series, but when you have a photo this good, one is enough, I suppose.

[via Fashionably Geek]

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Sep 19 2014

Cosplayers Dress Up As Those Retro Game of Thrones Characters

Published by under Images,Television

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Talk about dedication. This group of cosplayers took a look at Mike Wrobel’s amazing retro Game of Thrones illustrations (which have been featured here many times) and decided they’d look good in real life too.

For most of these, you’d have no idea what they were supposed to be by themselves, but when placed next to the original photo, it’s pretty incredible how they tried to get almost every detail exactly right.

I also hadn’t seen Hodor/Terminator and Oberyn/Ryu yet, which are both fantastic. Check out the entire gallery for yourself below: Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2014

An Artistic Tribute to the Sons of Anarchy

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From Label 619 comes a rather awesome collection of Sons of Anarchy tribute art. “Tribute art” is different than fan art, because it’s not crappy. Just kidding, there’s great fan art out there, but we’re seeing more and more of these type of professionally made collections spring up by artists who do this sort of thing for a living.

You can check out the gallery below, though you won’t recognize more than a handful of characters from the show. The idea is more conceptual than say, recreating the exact characters, except for in a few pieces like the one above.

Have you been watching the final season? What do you make of it so far? Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2014

Watch This Surprisingly Great Firefly Fan Film

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I’m usually already starting to cringe by the time I hit play on most fan films, and given how rabidly devoted Firefly’s fanbase is, I have to say I was a bit worried about this one. But instead, “The Verse,” is a surprisingly good fan re-entry into the Firefly universe with a team of actual actors in an actual set with an actual script that feels in keeping with the tone of the original show. I even recognize a few of them from other places.

Weirdly, the film was actually commissioned by Loot Crate, the geek subscription service which sends you a box of nerdy goodies for specific franchises every month. It’s tied into a new Firefly package they have, and to celebrate, well, they went ahead and made this 15 minute fan film.

The captain may be a little too Mal, and the crew falls into the same various roles of the show even if their genders and races change, but it’s pretty fun all the same, and definitely worth a watch.

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Sep 19 2014

Looking Forward with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Published by under Reviews,Television

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by Brian Hadsell

To hear everybody tell it a year ago, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a terrible show.  Clark Gregg – a balding, middle-aged bit-player from Marvel’s Phase 1 – was too old to headline his own action-packed weekly series.  The premise of following around S.H.I.E.L.D. – a spy organization that did little more than post-credit cameos with Nick Fury – was something that nobody would really care about.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built from blockbusters and A-listers, not Tuesday nights and weekly syndication.

I never really understood the reasoning of this argument.  Nobody complained when fifty-two-year-old Bryan Cranston began cooking Meth and single-handedly eliminating the competition in Breaking Bad.  Nobody seems to be complaining now that the Flash is getting his own spinoff from Arrow.  For whatever reason, people simply overlooked that the show easily one of the best things to watch on television.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins in the wake of the Battle of New York.  The world has become a far more interesting place than it used to be.  Instead of going to bed thinking that the weirdest thing in the world was a Batman wanna-be in a robotic suit, people know for a fact that their world is populated with gods, monsters and super-powered legends from the past.  Agent Phil Coulson, who survived his supposed death in The Avengers, has assembled a mobile response team to investigate and contain technology that the world simply isn’t ready to deal with yet.  Routine missions and by-the-books protocol are quickly set aside, however, as a mysterious villain known only as The Clairvoyant begins unraveling everything that Coulson has lived – and died – to defend. Continue Reading »

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Sep 18 2014

The Naming of Things

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That’s a pretty clever name, right?  Squid Vicious.  I thought of it entirely independently.  I got really excited, because it hit me in just the perfect way – clever, catchy, irreverent.  I was going to assume the mantle of Squid Vicious and have it become my internet avatar.  I was going to write a whimsical novel about undersea creatures overcoming their differences to form the world’s first All-Aquatic punk band.  The only problem?  Turns about about 1,000 other people thought of it before me.  Such is life in the modern era.  But it got me thinking about names.

What’s in a name?  On the surface, nothing.  The flotsam and jetsam of our lives latches on to names like barnacles to a hull (I’ve really got a whole nautical theme going today, huh?), giving them meaning.  But it’s a transitory meaning.  Would my life really be that different if my name were Dexter instead of Indy?  Probably not.  Would my life really be that different if instead I was named Lord Blackskull Burnface?  More likely, but I’d still be me.

But even though it’s a highly subjective affair, names are interesting, because what we choose to call things matters.  We choose.  We manufacture that meaning from almost nothing.

When it comes to pop culture, names certainly have an almost magical power, able to evoke feelings and memories with just a few words.  And what about the 2nd level names?  Stuff like a character name, the name of a TV show, the title of a book – that stuff stands out.  But what about the little things?  The meta-names that aren’t even really part of the fictional world?  The title of an episode, the name of a certain video game level, or the title of a certain chapter?  They can be almost a throwaway, or they can really, absolutely floor you.  This article is about the second kind.

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Sep 17 2014

The Seven Best Big Screen Jumps for Animated Series

Published by under Lists,Movies,Television

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Adapting a thirty minute TV series usually seems like a horrific mistake. The tidy length of most TV shows coupled with their episodic format allows a lot of writers to shore up issues that would spill out everywhere in feature length.

We’ve seen this happen, too. The X-Files movie was extremely vanilla as a feature-length film – although as a two part episode it would have been phenomenal. Most producers simply don’t understand the chops it takes to adjust to the new medium, so they try to stretch everything out. What ends up happening is a lot of puzzled audience members unfamiliar with the source materials and a lot of fan boys kind of wishing they were just watching the show on their own TV.

Considering all this, imagine the surprise when not just a TV show but an animated TV show – usually known for their low-brow sensibilities in any genre – actually turns out to be an entertaining and well-formulated movie.

So, since I’ve already talked about big games jumping to tiny screens, let’s look at the best animated TV show adaptations for the big screen. Continue Reading »

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Sep 17 2014

Xena and Gabrielle Get Disney Makeovers

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Despite the “princess” identifier in her name, Xena has not a terribly large amount in common with princesses of the Disney variety. Until now, that is. The character has been given a Disney-style animated makeover by artist NIA, who has also done Gabrielle as well who you can see below.

NIA says she’d love to see an animated Xena series, but I think given the rate Hollywood is moving with reboots, we’re probably more likely to see a gritty PG-13 reboot of the character starring Milla Jovovitch or something. Or you know, Lucy Lawless, because she hasn’t aged and is still amazing (and about to start kicking ass on Agents of SHIELD).

Check out the other pictures below: Continue Reading »

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Sep 16 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Lady Sherlock

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Television

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Sherlock appears to be yet another one of those characters like Link who is more effectively cosplayed by the opposite gender. I’m not sure what that says about Benedict Cumberbatch in this case, but it’s hard to say that cosplayer  Mi-caw-ber has done anything other than a bang-up job with her costume here.

You can see a few more shots of her in action below, including the full trenchcoat which is a must-have for any Sherlock ensemble. Scarves can only get you so far, after all.  Continue Reading »

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Sep 12 2014

Little Mikasa vs. the Titan

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Sometimes, cosplay can be so much better in video form.

The above clip shows little 4 year-old Mikasa taking on a Colossal Titan from the newly famous anime, Clash of the Titans. I mean Attack on Titan. Shit, there goes all my nerd cred.

It shows the Titan rampaging around town, only to be stopped by Mikasa decked out in full jetboost/sword gear, and essentially spanking the beast to death with swords. It’s thoroughly adorable, and far better in video form than it would have been in photos alone.

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