Apr 17 2014

Mike Wrobel is Back With a Few New ’90s Game of Thrones Entries

Published by under Images,Television

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You will all remember Mike Wrobel’s series of 90s-themed Game of Thrones characters. Well, he’s continued to make them all this time, and now that season four has rolled around, I figured I’d go back and scoop up the ones I missed.

There are I think five that I don’t remember posting before, my favorite being the sweater-wearing Tormund above. You can see the others below and honestly, I’m not sure what characters are left to feature. Maybe new ones like Oberyn Martell and Daario. Check out the rest below: Continue Reading »



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Apr 17 2014

Getting to Know Your Big Screen Mixed Martial Arts Stars

Published by under Lists,Movies

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It’s funny that while politicians are still trying to convince the public that mixed martial arts is akin to “human cockfighting”, the stars of the sport are creeping into the mainstream more and more. Say what you want about the virtues (or lack thereof) of having two trained fighters test their skills against one another in sanctioned competition for our entertainment, but one thing that is undisputable is that MMA has some of the most colorful personalities of any sport in any era.

With so much of our onscreen entertainment being dedicated to people attacking one another, it’s only natural that the casting directors of the world look to some of the biggest badasses in the world to see if they can translate those skills from the ring/cage to the silver screen. With the magnetic personalities of leading actors and the physical skills of the best stuntmen, it’s only logical. So far, the results have been pretty positive.

The MMA scene features a lot of people with really entertaining dispositions, so expect the word “charisma” to come up a lot.  Beyond their skills as real life action stars, a lot of these people were chosen for their roles based on their endearing or outrageous personalities and the potential crossover appeal that represents. Let’s answer some questions about some of the most prominent mixed martial artists to make the jump to the big screen. Continue Reading »



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Apr 17 2014

5 Pieces Of Pop Culture I’m Embarrassed To Like (But Still Do)

Published by under Lists,Oddly Enough

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Everyone has their guilty pleasures.  If you love fiction as much as I do, it’s almost inevitable that along the way you’re going to fall for some real clunkers.  When a TV show does one thing right, when it captures your interest in the way that makes your socks roll up and down, you’ll overlook some pretty horrendous flaws.  Looking at you, Heroes.

Sometimes it goes beyond that, though.  Sometimes you like a show, a movie, a band, a book series, or a video game for no earthly reason… or at least no reason that you’ll admit to yourself.  Come journey into the depths of masochism with me as I examine one item from each category that I’d never admit I actually liked to my friends in a bar, even if they were shoving bamboo into my fingernails, yet will happily disclose to everyone on the internet for some reason.  (The reason is comedy.)

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Apr 17 2014

Sam Spratt’s Beautiful Queen of Dragons

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Sam Spratt is no stranger to this site, and has more talent at 25 years old than I do uh, at a few years old than that. The guy is an absolutely incredible artist with corporate clients ranging from National Geographic to Game Informer to FX.

Today, he’s turned his attention to Game of Thrones and has released this gorgeous Daenerys Targaryen piece. I’m not sure if it was for HBO directly, but they should damn well pay him a bunch for it and use it somehow. Really incredible work, and I’d love to see him do more of the cast.

[via Nerd Approved]



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Apr 17 2014

Sparrow v. Loki

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Jack Sparrow and Loki don’t have too terribly much in common other than both being charming and owned by Disney, but here they are going head to head in a treasure vault as imagined by artist Imbong Hadisoebroto.

Buried in the background are a whole host of Easter Eggs from both their universes, and a few others. See if you can spot them all! It’s more fun than Where’s Waldo? Well, at least for me, because I was colorblind and his damn red stripes meant nothing to me.

[via Geek Tyrant]

 



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Apr 17 2014

The Morning Link: Five Types of Movie Adaptation That Must Be Stopped

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“Audiences love familiar stories. When we’re deciding what movie to see, we have a tendency to breeze past original plots in favor of watching Peter Parker discover his puberty superpowers for the 18th time. The people who make our movies have grasped this, and that’s why cinemas are crammed with adaptations of books, comics, television shows, foreign movies, old movies, new movies, movies that came out in 2010, breakfast cereals, and so on.”

Go here to see the list.



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Apr 16 2014

The Final Countdown: Game of Thrones Recasting, TV Show Pregnancies and Halo Composer Fired

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Go here to see how Game of Thrones was recast.

Game of Thrones has gone through as many actors as Walder Frey has wives. There’s been three Mountains, two Berics, two Daarios — hell, Emilia Clarke wasn’t even the original Daenerys Targaryen. In Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” the new Tommen made his debut, and now he’s 37 years old. Margaery’s one lucky lady. Anyway, let’s take a look at the complete history of Game of Thrones recastings, beginning with a Mountain of a man.”

The Countdown

Ways TV shows covered up real life pregnancies – [Pajiba]

Halo/Destiny composer fired by Bungie – [Insert Coin]

Lame jokes to start telling when you’re a dad – [Cracked]

True Detective is HBO’s most new watched show ever – [TVOvermind]

Benedict Cumberbatch will not be in Star Wars – [GeeksAreSexy]

Russian firefighters pass the time – [TheChive]

Bill Burr describes the most difficult job on the planet – [WWIW]

My web-slinging neighbor – [Neatorama]

Why the movie industry owes a lot to CGI – [io9]

Russian ghost car appears out of nowhere – [Izismile]

The best destinations for a weekend golf getaway – [Maxim]

Remembering the greatness of She’s All That – [BroBible]

New trailer for Days of Future Past – [Heavy]



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Apr 16 2014

Disney Firefly is Just Plain Shiny

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I’m sort of in love with this Disney version of Firefly, like that’s any surprise. Artist Stephen Byrne has transformed the series into animated form, with nary a princess to be found.

I actually like how he’s fully adapted the characters into Disney archetypes, with River literally being a little girl, and Book uh, a little wizard, or something. But both fit well. Wash looks suspiciously like a blonde Joss Whedon, and I can’t tell if that’s on purpose or not.

[via NerdApproved]



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Apr 16 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Dad Cosplay is Best Cosplay

Published by under Comics,Cosplay

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A tumblr user wanted to prove to their dad that he was cool enough to cosplay as a middle-aged dude. The answer? F yeah he is:

“Hello all, so this is my dad, and he’s planning on cosplaying as Rescue Captain America at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Here’s the problem: He’s 53 and he thinks he might be too old to cosplay. In addition, he thinks he’s not buff/handsome enough to pull it off a Captain America costume. So even though he’s put a ton of work into his cosplay, he’s thinking about not taking any of it with us.

I’ve set out to prove him wrong, so tumblr, please help me show this retired Air Force officer that he makes a great Captain America!”

Check out more shots of the dadplay (err that sounds weird) below. It’s a legitimately good costume and it helps he’s a handsome dude! Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

Space Dandy: An Inconsequentially Entertaining Anime Acid Trip… In Space!

Published by under Reviews,Television

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Space Dandy is the latest anime from legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of the gold-standard series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The show is a sci-fi, action, adventure, comedy mishmash that, to quote Bender, “transcends genres even as it reinvents them.” Borrowing trappings from every anime stereotype imaginable as well as Western cultural artifacts like 70s cop dramas or Elvis’s beach movies from the 50s, Space Dandy proves itself a satisfying romp through the cosmos, albeit with little message or consequence. And that’s just fine with me.

A proverbial “show about nothing” in the tradition of Seinfeld or the film The Big Lebowski, Space Dandy is all about having fun with a cast of quirky reprobates. The episodic nature of the show often throws continuity out the window; the plots run the gamut from thrilling to disposable, and they never advance past one episode despite the inclusion of the iconic tsuzuku message before the credits (which translates roughly as “To be continued…”).

In Space Dandy, though, nothing ever does continue. Each episode starts off on the same footing, and even if the eponymous hero is blown up in a planet-engulfing fireball, he’ll be back next week with no explanation needed. Thus, in Space Dandy‘s universe, death is a meaningless setback between episodes. The audience is challenged to forget their notions of causality and sit back and have some fun. Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: Near Dark

Published by under Columns,Movies

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the legends and stories of vampires where steeped in blood, death, and fear. A time when even mentioning the word vampire would send a chill down someone’s spine. There was a time when vampires were represented like badasses. Feral badasses who function on a primal level, where they only seem like they need to feed or they need to screw. But then a film series came along and changed the way people looked at vampires. Gone was anything that made them cool and scary, replaced by a femininity and sensitivity that would even seem out of place in a fourteen year old girl. While I refuse to mention the film series out of spite, I think we all know what movies I am talking about.

Well, today, I want to talk about one of the best vampire movies ever made. A film that represented vampires as such scary badasses, it is how I imagined all vampires forevermore, after I saw the film. I am speaking of the classic, Near Dark. a damn near perfect vampire film, if there is such a thing.

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