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Oct 03 2014

A Western Cover of the Game of Thrones Theme

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I suppose Game of Thrones has a few things in common with Westerns of old. Proud families, lots of murder and revenge, and so on and so forth. Therefore, I suppose it doesn’t seem out of place that the show has now gotten a Western-style cover of its theme from Ben Dan.

It works shockingly well, almost, and you absolutely must watch the video above. Now all we need is an artist to go through and to western remake versions of all the characters that we can look at as we listenn to this track.

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Oct 02 2014

The Newsroom: Aaron Sorkin’s Chance To Leave It All On The Field

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It seems like Aaron Sorkin can’t get a break.  Sports Night got the axe into just its second season, when the characters were really starting to gel, The West Wing was a massive success but Sorkin had to/chose to leave after Season 4 and didn’t get to see it to the finish line.  Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip kind of bombed in the ratings department and only made it one season, despite being (in my opinion) a better show than 90% of what’s on television right now.

It seems like Sorkin has been spinning different versions of the same tale for years now: astoundingly competent people in a very public industry (sports TV, politics, comedy TV, network news) struggle to do their jobs well against the backdrop of a fickle, uncaring public and power-hungry, amoral peers.  Their victories are few and far between, but always well-deserved because of their extreme integrity and dedication, and their almost unbelievable professional acumen is only matched by their comical ineptitude when it comes to personal relationships.  What’s frustrating is that he’s never been able to tell that story to a satisfying conclusion.  We’ve never gotten The Promised End.

Now, when The Newsroom airs its final 6 episodes (starting in just over a month – November 9th), Aaron Sorkin will have that opportunity, and we’ll get to see what it looks like when a great writer can leave it all on the field.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m absolutely thrilled. Continue Reading »

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Oct 01 2014

Adventure Time Gets Badass-ified

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Artist Shillustration has gone through and done some makeovers of all your favorite Adventure Time characters, given them tattoos, piercings, weapons and bad attitudes. It would obviously be a very different show if these remakes were implemented, but Adventure Time is such a random show, I can’t even say this will never happen.

The rest are below, though I can’t even feature the remakes of the girls, because they’re rather NSFW. Those can be seen here, because I know after that description you’re going to be curious. Continue Reading »

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Sep 30 2014

Why You Should Watch Amazon’s Transparent

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I was always so skeptical of Amazon’s original programming ever since they launched pilot season. The company’s in-house content ranged from mediocre to good yet forgettable. Let’s not forget about how they made everyone disappointed about a Zombieland TV series. However, it seems like their luck is starting to change as they’ve gradually been producing great shows lately. Transparent is one of these gems and it’s something they can stack up against Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. The acting is phenomenal and props goes to Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor. At the same time, the writing possesses raw honesty and relevance that’ll suck most audiences in.

Transparent is basically about 70-year old divorced man who comes out as a woman and the aftermath of his revelations among his family. It’s not simply focused on Trans (forgive my knowledge of terminology) community since it also explores other aspects of sexuality. Heck, it’s appealing even if you’re straight because the show has universal themes regarding family, friendship, love, and identity. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why I think you should watch this show.

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Sep 29 2014

Bad Leap Reading Meets The Walking Dead Season Four

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I feel like you should all be familiar with the concept of Bad Lip Reading by now, given that their channel has about 3 million subscribers their videos are scattered across the internet every other week or so.

This one? This is one of their best. They’ve taken on The Walking Dead season four (hardly their first visit to the show), but something about this one tops most of their other videos. I don’t usually just pull one example of a recurring video series, but given how much I laughed during this one, I figured that it was worth an exception.

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Sep 26 2014

Peter Quill, Han Solo and Mal Reynolds Have a Debate

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I don’t think you can even name three cooler intergalactic gunslingers than Han Solo, Mal Reynolds, and Peter Quill. And put them all together? Their awesomeness would have be contained by rendering them in LEGO form.

The video above has the three heroes debating the idea of shooting first. The conversation comes at a particularly relevant moment for Han, which you’ll see as you watch above. I really do love this. Can all three of these guys be in the next LEGO Movie voiced by their actual actors? Err I guess Chris Pratt is already in the LEGO Movie.

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Sep 26 2014

The Mighty Mountain

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I’m not clear on the next time we’ll see The Mountain in Game of Thrones as (SPOILERS), the last time we saw him he was dying of poison from Oberyn Martell’s spear as a lasting parting gift from the Viper. Too bad too, as The Mountain remains the most physically intimidating villain to ever appear on the show (at least in this latest iteration), and hopefully we’ll see him return.

This bit of fan art is from Marvin del Mundo and shows the massive knight in animated form, with a bonus appearance by the ruined skull of Martell in the background. God, even just thinking about that scene still gives me shivers.

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Sep 26 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Gotham

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Everyone knows who Batman is.  Everyone knows how he watched his parents gunned down as a child on the streets of Gotham.  Everyone knows how he dedicated his life and fortune to becoming a modern-day cross between Hector and Sherlock Holmes.  Everyone knows how he took his one-man war on crime to the heart of Gotham, taking on the mob and an increasingly psychotic menagerie of super villains.

But this is not his story.  It’s Gotham’s.

When Thomas and Martha Wayne are killed, hot-headed police rookie James Gordan promises their traumatized son that he will find the killer.  But with the police in the mob’s pocket and an organized crime war on the horizon, justice is in short supply in Gotham.  Paired with a corrupt partner and pressured by their superiors to close the case quickly, his investigation leads to an innocent man’s death.  When he starts asking the wrong questions, however, he draws the attention of mob boss Fish Mooney, who refuses to allow one idealistic detective to derail her carefully laid plans.

Gotham understands that the real appeal of the Batman franchise is not its heroes, but its villains.  Bruce Wayne is little more than an Easter egg: a supporting character that only exists to provide context to a cop drama with an especially flamboyant roster of criminals.  Before we ever see the Waynes – who any other Batman series would have paraded out as its first order of business – we see a juvenile Selena Kyle pickpocket her way through a crowded street.  When the Waynes do die, the focus is not on them – not even on their inconsolable son – but on her: the solemn witness to the crime.  Rather than delve into Bruce’s grief, the series rapidly cuts to an investigation that introduces the Penguin, the Riddler, Poison Ivy and quite possibly the Joker in rapid succession.  More time is devoted to even mundane mob bosses like Fish Mooney and Carmine Falcone than in the young Batman-to-be. Continue Reading »

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Sep 25 2014

The Animated Adventures of Buffy

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Every make a piece of fan media so good, the star of the show actually loves it? Well, then you’re not Stephen Byrne, the animator who has impressed everyone from random internet strangers (like me!) to Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself.

Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted how much she liked this animated Buffy intro which is currently spreading around the internet like wildfire. It’s only a minute long, but reimagines Buffy using a unique animation style. In Hollywood’s current state, it’s clear Buffy will be resurrected/rebooted in some form or another soon enough, but out of all available options, I’d kind of love to see an animated series like this with the original cast providing the voicework, of course. From the looks of it, Gellar would be on board.

See it for yourself above.

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Sep 25 2014

“You’re The Worst” Just Wrapped Season 1; Binge This

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To binge watch, or not to binge watch.  Our Fearless Leader Paul Tassi has vacillated between the pro and con sides of this debate, but like most things, I think the correct view depends a lot on context.  Most shows could go either way, but there are some that are custom-made to binge watch (like the vastly under-exposed Children’s Hospital).  FX’s You’re the Worst, which recently wrapped its first season, is also a show that really blossoms if you power through it.  And with 10 episodes, each around 25 minutes, combined with the show’s snappy dialogue and lighting-fast pace, even if you watch all 10 in a row, you’ll feel like it took maybe an hour.

This is one where I hated the premise on paper – single people who do shitty things and don’t believe in love fall in love, wow, how original – and yet the devil is in the details.  Or, I should say, the beauty is in the execution.  Cliches aren’t bad in and of themselves, it’s when they’re leaned on lazily, or executed poorly.  Done right, a familiar trope like this one can be a neat sidestep of lots of plodding exposition, cutting right to what we care about: the comedy and the characters.

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Sep 24 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Dark Wings, Dark Words

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I almost called this “Littlefingered Sansa,” but there was really no way that can be interpreted as anything other than dirty. Cosplayer Princess Nightmare has dressed up like goth made-over Sansa who has donned a darker shade of…everything in order to keep her identity a secret as she plays the game of thrones with Littlefinger in the Vale as he tries to assume power.

The costume is top notch, and she’s got the look down too, even if she isn’t seven feet tall like the original actress. Check out all the images in the gallery below, and remember it’s only like, seven months or so until the show returns.  Continue Reading »

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