Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Afterlife with Archie" To Get A Film Or Show

From darkhorizons, Archie Comics Jon Goldwater participated in a Reddit AMA this week and was asked various questions about "Afterlife With Archie," the popular horror spin-off of the classic comic series.

One surprising revelation in the Q&A was that the comic could well see a screen adaptation shortly. Goldwater says:

"As for film and TV - the answer is YES! Absolutely! This is something that will be happening at some point in the near future - nothing to announce just yet, but rest assured it will happen."

The comic sees Sabrina the Teenage Witch bringing Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog back to life, an act which unleashes a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale and Archie must lead the survivors out of town.

Berlanti Productions and Warner Brothers Studios are currently developing the regular "Archie" comic into a TV series.

Road trip! Pac-Man Themed Restaurant Will Open Near Chicago in 2015

From slashfilm, Pac-Man eats. That’s just what he does. No matter what iteration or spinoff of the classic game you play, the circular yellow guy opens and closes his mouth incessantly and ingests everything in his path, from fruit to dots and even ghosts. So if ever there was a video game character to theme a restaurant around, it’s him. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago in early 2015. A new restaurant called Level 257 is scheduled to open at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Read more about the Pac Man restaurant below.

The Chicago Tribute broke the news (via Polygon). The Pac Man restaurant, named after the killscreen level in a game of Pac-Man, has an official Tumblr that has more information.

16 boutique retro-styled bowling lanes with smart technology, table tennis, pinball machines and our Lost & Found games parlor with original arcades alongside exciting new titles, plus custom-built game tables and free-to-play board games, provide a unique entertainment experience.

A gallery space and first-of-its-kind PAC-MAN™ retail shop complete the venue and brand new concept for ‘fun dining’.

So why PAC-MAN™? Level 257 comes from Namco Entertainment Inc. part of the global group of companies in BANDAI NAMCO GROUP, the same company that created the original PAC-MAN™ video game in the 1980s.

Level 257 seeks to explore PAC-MAN’s impact upon our society and pop culture, reminding us all of the importance of play in our lives, while facilitating our desire to relive those times when beating the next level was the most important thing in our world. All while indulging that which we love now – great food and drink with our friends and family.

So yes, it’s officially licensed and now hiring. There are images of the construction on the Tumblr but no clue what they mean by a “brand new concept” for fun dining. Maybe Pac-Man machines at each table? That would have to be it, right?

I definitely think I’d try the restaurant out, but it would have to be pretty unique and fun to stay open. Do you predict success for the Pac Man restaurant?

Exactly one year from today I will be playing hooky to see 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Donkey Kong, Pac-Man destroy Earth in 'Pixels' posters

From ew, Though the team behind 2015’s Pixels has remained relatively mum on how the movie will bring to life arcade classic characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, a set of new posters hints at the retro destruction in store.

The Pixels Facebook page has debuted five new posters from the film, with each featuring a different video-game icon wreaking havoc on a major city. From San Francisco to London, no metropolis is safe from the maw of Pac-Man, the mushrooms of the Centipede, or the… creepy face of a Space Invader.

Friday, December 12, 2014

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible)

From ew, We finally got to meet some new characters in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now we're getting to put some names with the faces. J.J. Abrams, the film's co-writer and director, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have revealed the identities of some of the key players exclusively to EW, including the characters played by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac—as well as that shadowy figure in the snow with the crossguard lightsaber. Click through to see them all...

Get more inside scoop on The Force Awakens from J.J. Abrams (hint: the trading card numbers are significant)!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'The Force Awakens' trailer almost didn't happen

From darkhorizons, With over one hundred million views in under two weeks, the teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is pretty much the biggest trailer launch in history. What might surprise you though, is that it almost didn't happen.

Disney CEO Bob Iger says that J.J. Abrams didn't want to release any footage at all and was so obsessed with retaining the mystery behind the film that he had to be convinced that releasing the teaser was the right thing to do.

Iger was convinced it was due to the rabid Star Wars fanbase and revealed to Variety this week: "I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie. We need to treat this very special. It's an unbelievable privilege and unbelievable responsibility to take a jewel, and treat it in a way that is respectful of its past, but brings it into the future."

Iger also says the aim with the film isn't to go big with massive spectacle, but rather trying to using less CG and more practical effects where possible: "[The] wow factor isn't what it used to be. The film [will have] a look that will be extremely respectful of the look George [Lucas] created in the '70s."

'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guy Rides Motorcycle On Wooden Roller Coaster Track

Christmas Haunted House Features A Scary Chainsaw-Wielding Santa

From huffingtonpopst, You'd better watch out -- Santa Claus is coming, and he's got a chainsaw.

A Christmas-themed haunted house called "A Very Scary Christmas" is opening this weekend in Hauppauge, NY., complete with "killer snowmen, evil elves, man-eating reindeer and murderous Christmas trees."

Of course there's a Santa as well, but he's not the right jolly old elf most people picture.

"I want people to be terrified. I want people to soil themselves," Frank Ingargiola, who portrays Santa, said in a video on the Newsday website. "Naughty. Nice. It don't matter to me anymore. I'm coming. And you ain't gonna stop me."

A few chills on Christmas aren't completely outside of the spirit of the holiday. "A Christmas Carol," is, after all, a ghost story complete with rattling chains and a graveyard. And in recent years, operators of Halloween haunted houses have been adding Christmas shows to earn some extra money.

Call it "Halloween Creep."

"Once Halloween stops, the haunted house season is dead. People have to wait a year to go to the next one," Marty Arominski, owner of Chamber of Horrors NY, which operates the Christmas-themed haunted house, told Newsday. "This is something different to do during the holidays."

Live outside of New York? Well, there's also the Frightmare Before Christmas near Chicago, Nightscare Before Christmas and Wreck the Halls in Dallas, Santa's Slay in New Jersey and Creepo's Christmas in Pittsburgh.

Even Disney gets in on the act, giving the famous Haunted Mansion attraction in Disneyland an annual holiday overlay based on "A Nightmare Before Christmas."

Some attractions, like Disney's, are for all ages. Others are decidedly not. The one in New York is on the more extreme end, promising thrills, chills and gore.

This is not a holiday show for the faint-hearted, but rather an interactive theatrical experience," Arominski said in a news release. "As participants go from room to room, the settings and characters get progressively more frightening."

A Very Scary Christmas does have one thing in common with more child-friendly Christmas events: Everyone gets a photo with Santa, and this one will probably make for a very memorable Christmas card.

If It's December, It Must Be Time for a New Christopher Lee Heavy Metal Christmas Carol

From toplessrobot, Fresh from beating down ghosts with a staff in the new Hobbit movie - presumably using a stuntman, but you never know - Christopher Lee once again proves he is the most badass ninetysomething you will ever know of, turning "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" into a song of praise to heavy metal itself. Three Christmases in to doing this, the former Lord Summerisle is now officially geek god of winter...and win.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

This is perfection

This is from the Cracked article 21 Epic Failures That Should Have Surprised No One.  There is such grace in this error because 1) it's such a primally basic mistake to forget how pencils work, and 2) it comes with its own beautiful hierarchy of disaster.  "Cool to do drugs" and "Do drugs" are clearly off-message in a vital way, but my favorite is the more oblique "drugs."  I need some of these pencils.

Monday, December 08, 2014

J.K. Rowling will release 12 Harry Potter short stories this month

From ew, This year has been one of surprises from J.K. Rowling, and the Harry Potter author is closing 2014 out in a similar way. On Friday, the author announced, via an email to Pottermore users, a series of 12 short stories from her wizarding world to commemorate the 12 days of Christmas. Starting December 12, new installments will be posted at 8 a.m. ET. and will involve “wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two.”

Rowling says at least one of the stories will focus on Potter’s rival, Draco Malfoy. Back on Halloween, Rowling wrote 5,000 words for Pottermore about another auxiliary Potter character, Dolores Umbridge.

Skeletor and He-Man Are Workout Bros in New Honda Commercial

From toplessrobot, Following an initial series of ads featuring '80s toys, Honda follows up with a holiday themed set, featuring the likes of Jem, GI Joe, and of course Eternia's two greatest foes. Entitled "Jingle Bros," it's mainly Skeletor rapping about how he and He-Man are pals now, and showcasing what they do together. It really doesn't have anything to do with selling cars - Skeletor rides off on Panthor rather than a Battle Ram or anything - but it does feature a disturbing moment when Skelly and He-Man both get matching She-Ra "heart" tattoos.

I guess it's cool that bone-dome loves his niece and all - but the artwork just makes me think of something more than familial, especially since no canon has ever made clear that Skeletor knows he's related to her.

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Retro-cut

Kirk Cameron Film Named Worst Ever

From darkhorizon, The recent "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" has officially become the the worst movie of all-time according to the film database siteThe IMDB. 4,918 users have voted in the poll with the movie pulling a 1.5/10 rating, overtaking the legendarily terrible "Birdemic: Shock and Terror" at 1.8/10.

The faith-based "Saving Christmas" stars Kirk Cameron and Darren Doane in which the pair play brothers-in-law with Kirk's character showcasing to Doane's that various popular elements of Christmas are actually Biblical.

Cameron's film did not go well with critics, garnering a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 18/100 on Metacritic - to be fair to Cameron, the woeful Ben Affleck comedy "Surviving Christmas" several years ago didn't score much better.

After the initial wave of critical reviews, Cameron took to social media to rally his fans for support by asking them to give the film a high public rating on Rotten Tomatoes. When word got around about his attempt to 'rig the game' as it were, detractors fought back and now the film has an audience score of 32%.

The film has grossed $2.5 million from a $500,000 budget, so Cameron is likely ho-ho-hoing his way into profitability.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Happy Birthday Catfreeek!

Happy (day late) Birthday to the coolest Cat I know! You rock, Catfreeek. Glad we got a chance to shoot the shit while you were getting inked last week.