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San Diego Comic Con Recap

CON!!!!!

Yes boys and girls, it’s that time of year again. San Diego Comic Con. Unless you’re a bum, you know what Comic Con entails. Kick ass movies and TV shows being revealed to blow our minds, breath taking video games that will change our playing experiences forever, and yes, scantily clad women who know nothing about comic books showing up to try and become famous. I personally have to say, this was my favorite Comic Con in a while. I’m a sucker for funny shows, bad ass superhero movies, and shoot em’ up video games. So this suited all of my geek needs. Since this was such a huge event with so many things. I’m going to split up the Con into three categories; Movies, TV shows, and last but not least, Video Games. I’m going to showcase one thing from each category that stood out to me the most. So let’s dive into this thing.

I guess a good place to start would be movies. The only movie at the Con that really stood out to me this year was “The Man of Steel” set for release some time in 2013. This is a complete reboot of the old Christopher Reeve Superman films in a more modern tone. Producer Christopher Nolan of Batman/Inception fame tells us that this new film will deal with current events such as political unrest, War, and economic turmoil. I for one am completely pumped to see this newest installment in the iconic Superman franchise. While Superman isn’t my favorite Comic Book hero, I do love his story. After his planets death, an alien outcast must join our society. When called to duty, every day normal nerdy guy Clark Kent must put on the legendary red and blue spandex threads to battle evil in our world. From what Nolan has said about the picture, it’s really going to be about Clark finding himself among the humans of Earth. As for me, you can find me at the midnight release. P.S. I hear Russell Crowe is playing Superman’s dad, so that’ll be sweet!

I’m surprised this logo isn’t black, considering Chris Nolan’s involvement.

Guess the next logical thing to talk about would be TV shows. This section is going to be kind of short because I just want to touch on one subject. NBC’s comedy “Community”. The “Community” panel at Comic-Con introduces the viewers to showrunners David Guarascio and Moses. This has been confirmed to be the final season of Community, and I am personally sad to see it go. Being a college student, it’s funny to watch a bunch of adults pursue higher education. This show may not have had a huge viewer following, but its fans will remain faithful to it in its final season. That’s all I really have to say about that. Except, does anyone else smell a Community movie?

I’m gunna miss these guys!

Our third category is video games. MY FAVORITE! Since I pretty much summed up all of my top choices in my E3 coverage blog a little while back, I decided to cover a game that I forgot. The game is called “The Last of Us” being released exclusively for the PlayStation 3. This game is set in the post-apocalyptic eastern United States. The plot of the game is still under wraps, but developers have set the story follows two survivors of some sort of mass natural holocaust, as they make their way from Boston to Pittsburg. The game was developed by the “Uncharted” series creators, so you know were in for a treat.

Gotta love the post-apoco themes.

As for the women, there’s only one thing to be said. But I won’t say it here because were clean over at KMItv. So I leave you with this picture:

You’re Welcome.

Coming Soon! Monster Mania coverage! Stay Tuned!

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Mother’s Day Needs More Brodus Clay

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and while I want to wish all of you mom’s out there my well wishes, I specifically want to give a shout out to Brodus Clay’s momma. Here’s hoping that he actually calls her for once instead of having somebody else do it.

Seriously shouldn’t this be his time to shine? For months now, we’ve been getting Brodus and his now irritating song shoved down our throats. They least they could do is milk it to the point that the Funkosaurus is taking center stage for a day dedicated to mommas everywhere. If nothing else, they did get a short Happy Mother’s Day message in during his match on Raw.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies with babies out there and don’t forget to call your momma!

Watch the New ‘Star Trek’ Game Teaser

Reverb Games has released a trailer for their new Star Trek game. Check it out:

If you haven’t guessed already it looks like it will be a basic 3rd person shooter with some platforming thrown in. Also if you’re worth your weight as a Trekker then you’ll also notice that this game is based on the new movie, not the TV show. That’s really the only way for a Star Trek game to go the full action route, as the TV show never had this much going on.

We were also sent some concept art for the game, which you can also see here.

The game will be out early next year and will be available on all platforms.

So what do you think? Are excited for this game or do you think it’ll just be another mindless movie tie-in? Go where none of our readers have ever gone before, and sound off in the comments below!

Wrestling Weddings for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow what better way to celebrate then to go through some of the most famous weddings in WWE/WWF history. Weddings have always been a good way to kill 10-20 minutes on TV with little to no writing necessary, and while it’s not uncommon for a regular TV wedding to fall apart, wrestling weddings rarely get the chance  to even get through the vows. Now if anyone has an objection to the following post, please stand up. If not, then I proudly bring you some of the best weddings wrestling has to offer.

Uncle Elmer & Joyce
Let’s start with what’s rumored to be the only real wedding in WWE history. This “Saturday Night’s Main Event” hillbilly ceremony had it all. Mean Gene on the organ, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan as ushers, an interruption from Roddy Piper, brilliant commentary from Jesse Ventura, and even a foreign object falling on Joyce’s head in the middle of the ceremony (unscripted). The reception, at a barn of course, even had a guest appearance from Tiny Tim. This all gets even better with the rumor that according to Hillbilly Jim, the wedding was real.

Undertaker and Stephanie McMahon Dark Wedding
Not the most romantic ceremony in WWE history but a wedding is a wedding. This was the highpoint of the Undertaker’s “Ministry of Darkness” storyline. Undertaker had kidnapped Stephanie with the intent of forcing her into a dark marriage to please the higher power. This had all types of drama leading up to and during the ceremony, with different wrestlers (individually for some reason) running in to break it up only to be taken out by the Ministry until Steve Austin, in the middle of his Vince McMahon feud, came in to save the day. This of course led to a whole other series of events that I won’t go into here, but damn was it exciting television!

Stephanie McMahon and Test (and Triple H)
Stephanie and Test’s wedding may have been the closest to actually resembling a real wedding. Tuxedoes with sleeves, actual wedding music instead of wrestling music. Even the camera angles made it seem like it could be for real. As a wrestling fan the thing was just awful to watch. Way too long (specifically the duet in the middle of it). The highlight for me is D’Lo Brown walking down the isle as a groomsman, and needing all the will power he had to not strut down the ramp. Triple H however was quick to being us back to reality, as after drugging Stephanie in Vegas he took her to a drive-through chapel where he married her first, ultimately leading to Stephanie turning heel, and more importantly, Stephanie and Triple H starting a real life relationship (actually getting married 3 years later) that resulted in Chyna (Triple H’s then boyfiend) getting fired and McMahon and Helmsley positioning themselves as the real power couple of wrestling.

Billy and Chuck
We can throw realism right out the window on this one. This wedding got a lot of attention since it involved 2 men. This whole sequence is just ridiculous, specifically the duo backing out at the last minute claiming it was all a publicity stunt planned by their manager Rico. Needless to say, the crowd was not pleased. Bonus points however for a fantastic mask applied to Eric Bischoff. The wedding itself was a hot mess, but the ending shows how good a Smackdown vs Raw rivalry can be. If they are going to continue having these inflated rosters, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to revisit the concept.

Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth
The grandaddy of all wrestling weddings! Although the Macho Man and and Miss Elizabeth were legally married in 1984, their 1991 ceremony set the standard for any wedding storyline that would come after it. I remember as a kid legitimately being happy for them. As far as TV weddings go, the only other one I can remember being this big of a deal was Luke and Laura on General Hospital. It was even the headliner of Summerslam at Madison Square Garden! “Sorry Hogan and Warrior versus Sgt. Slaughter, Colonel Mustafa, and General Adnan. You can’t be the main event. Randy and Elizabeth are getting married!” The odd thing about it is that after 7 years of marriage before this ceremony, Randy and Elizabeth got divorced a year later. Either way this wedding is easily the most memorable in wrestling history, and can also be credited with sparking Savage’s feud with Jake the Snake Roberts, who was mad at Randy for not being invited to his bachelor party. I wish I was making that up but I’m not that clever.

MonsterMania 19 recap

As we continue to post out full archive of videos onto this site, we take a look back at the first convention we covered, MonsterMania 19 in Cherry Hill, NJ. There was plenty to do and a lot of people to see, as we spoke to Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, Chris Sarandon from Fright Night and the Princess Bride, Alex Vincent from Child’s Play among others. We had a great time there and it definitely gave us some time to figure out what the hell we were doing. Enjoy.

Voltron Media Blitz (NYCC)

We’re back with, what else? Media coverage from the New York Comic Con. If you haven’t heard, Voltron is back and running on all cylinders. There is a new cartoon, Voltron Force, on Nicktoons. There is a comic book through Dynamite Entertainment. THQ has developed a Voltron video game, and Mattel stepped up their game with a new line of toys, including a masterpiece version for us big kids. We got to talk to people that work on all the Voltron properties at the New York Comic Con.

First is Peter Armstrong from THQ on the video game, Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Here is Robert Koplar from WEP, the rights holder for Voltron, talking about the tv show

Next we spoke to supervising producer Jeremy Corray about Voltron Force

The Heart, She Holler roundtable (NYCC)

Yup, we’re still rolling out footage from the New York Comic Con almost a month after it happen, and we’re not even done yet.

The first episode of Adult Swim’s six-part min-series, “The Heart, She Holler” premiered last night, and it did not disappoint. It’s gross, it’s ridiculous, it’s twisted, and most importantly it’s funny. At the NYCC we got a chance to talk to the creators as well as the cast. The first group had Patton Oswalt, who stars as Hurlan Heartshe, along with producers John Lee and Alyson Levy. They talk about the direction of the show, as well as improv and fruit baskets. Here are the highlights:

The second group featured the rest of the cast, including Joseph Sikora and Kristen Schaal. We got a little off topic during this session. Brining in Sikora’s current jobs and if we’ll see more Flight of the Concords in the future. Check it out:

“The Heart, She Holler” is a six part mini-series airing at 12:30am ET all week during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup.

Transformers Masterpiece Collection Reissuing Again?

The announcement of a remodeled Starscream has me at odds with my favorite toy line.

I love the Transformers Masterpiece Collection. It’s the exact type of toy that I wanted when I was a kid and they make great collectables now (as well as great stop motion movies). Since it started in 2003 the had an incredibly strong run with a near perfect Optimus Prime, followed by Starscream and then a Megatron that, while a little odd in robot mode, had an outstanding oversized Walther P38 alternate mode.  After a number of repaints turning Optimus figures into Ultra Magnus, Starscream into Skywarp and Thundercracker among other variants, Takara/Hasbro continued the nostalgia trip with Grimlock (my favorite of the line so far), and Rodimus Prime. All of the molds had character, gimmicks, and all the extra goodies you can ask for (KREMZEEK!).

However, the last two announced figures aren’t bringing me nearly the same excitement.

MP-03 Starscream 2006

First was a remake of Optimus Prime in September. Made more to scale with the rest of the line, which was smaller and significantly lighter than the mostly die-cast giant MP-01, was welcomed in a way but not necessarily needed. It’s great that there was new Optimus Prime that had a more G1 cartoon look and fit in better with the other figures, but there were still so many different characters the fans wanted. Soundwave? Galvatron? A fully realized armored Ultra Magnus? To pay a top dollar (over $250) for a character collectors already had seemed a little much. All this did was make me more anxious to find out what the next addition would be, which I assumed would be another new character.

Well boy was I wrong. In October Takara announced that next in line would be a remake of

MP-11 Starscream 2011

Starscream. Again making a more cartoon accurate figure, do we really need to remake these characters again? Is MP-12 going to be a new Megatron? The original Prime mold was released in 2003, so redesigning it 8 years later can be understood. But Starscream wasn’t out until 2006, and now 5 years later it is being redone? It was even a similar size to the rest of the line and is lighter so they can’t have the same reasons as with Prime. There have to be better uses of time. Even Bumblebee could use the Masterpiece treatment. Forget about my dream of 5 Masterpiece Constructicon molds that fit together to form a 3 foot Devastator.

The Transformers Universe is so large that staying just with old standbys is simply foolish. I’m still interested in what Takara comes out with next. However now I’m more skeptical than I am excited over it.

Shockwave anyone?

Mike Judge on bringing back Beavis and Butt-Head (NYCC)

Beavis and Butt-Head makes it’s long awaited return to MTV tonight, with the debut of a brand new season of dumb-assery. With the help of the ETC Extra, we spoke to creator Mike Judge about how things have changed since he last visited Highland High, and what to expect from the new season. If the episode concepts are any indication, the new editions of Beavis and Butt-Head definitely will not suck.

Cosplay from the New York Comic Con (and a wrap)

Don’t worry, we’re not nearly done with our Comic Con Coverage. We still have video games, tv shows and more to talk about. That will all have to wait until next week though. We know what you really want. COSPLAY! I hope you don’t mind but we added in an overall wrap of the entire 4 day weekend that pretty much wiped Chris and I out for a couple days. Enough of reading what I write though, BRING ON THE COSPLAY

By the way, don’t forget to check out the details of the video on YouTube. We have links to plenty of talented people that all helped us in some way over the weekend. Thanks for watching everyone.