Sunday, January 25, 2015

Daily Spider-Bomb! Back after a long break! By no demand whatsoever!

Cast your minds back... while we started Horrorthon, Spidey was chained up in Doc Oc's penthouse lab watching Ocky and his honked-off hireling Ox trade insults, which Ox isn't very good at.  Now read on!

Ox scores best insult yet with "Squid Face," rewards brain by bashing it against steel girder.

Doc Oc has vast knowledge of various animals' recovery times from head injuries.  Meanwhile, Spidey whistles "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Life of Brian.

 Spidey whines dramatically about his failure, even when there's nobody to hear...

"Ha ha!  You were thinking of the head injury recovery time of a water buffalo!"

This is why I couldn't make a good supervillain.  If I ever have a penthouse laboratory, you know that place is going to so freaking cool.  So I might build a couple of doomsday devices there, but I'd take the trouble to set them off somewhere else.  Penthouse laboratory, right?  How could you blow that up?  And I know a real supervillain wouldn't care.  Sigh.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Confession: We Secretly Think These 2015 Movies Will Be Terrible

The Fantastic Four

From cinemablend, When The Fantastic Four reboot was first announced, I was so in. The first round of movies with Jessica Alba & company didn’t really come together, and I wanted to see someone do them correctly. Director Josh Trank seemed like the man to do it, but here we are, in mid-January, and we haven’t seen a damn piece of footage. Even more troubling, rumors are swirling that Trank destroyed the production house and was a complete dick to the crew. Now we’re getting an untold amount ofreshoots.

I desperately want this movie to work. I really, really do. But at this point, we all need to admit things look pretty bad.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Most annoying laugh ever

King Tut's Burial Mask Has Been "Irreversibly Damaged" by idiots

The most famous archaeological relic in the world has been damaged during a botched cleaning attempt. After being knocked off, the blue and gold braided beard on King Tut's burial mask was "hastily" glued back on with an inappropriate adhesive, damaging the item even further.
Above: King Tut's burial mask before the incident. (Egyptian Museum in Cairo)

Brace yourselves, folks. This story is all kinds of messed up. As The Associated Press is reporting, it appears that the beard was quickly glued back on by curators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo with epoxy, an "irreversible material" that's completely unsuitable for a restoration effort of this importance. Conservators at the museum revealed the incident yesterday.

Frustratingly, the story isn't entirely clear because three of the museum's curators are offering conflicting accounts. It's not known when the incident happened, or whether the iconic beard was accidentally knocked off or removed because it was loose. What we do know, however, is that the curators were "ordered" from above to fix it quickly and that epoxy was used. All three curators refused to give their names for fear of professional reprisals. From the AP report:

"The mask should have been taken to the conservation lab but they were in a rush to get it displayed quickly again and used this quick drying, irreversible material," the conservator added.

The conservator said that the mask now shows a gap between the face and the beard, whereas before it was directly attached: "Now you can see a layer of transparent yellow."

But the story gets worse. It appears that the curators inadvertently got some of the epoxy on the face of the mask — and they used a spatula in an effort to get it off, damaging the relic even further:

Another museum conservator, who was present at the time of the repair, said that epoxy had dried on the face of the boy king's mask and that a colleague used a spatula to remove it, leaving scratches. The first conservator, who inspects the artifact regularly, confirmed the scratches and said it was clear that they had been made by a tool used to scrape off the epoxy.

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry and the museum administration are not responding to media requests, but one of the conservators said an investigation is currently underway.

[ Telegraph/AP ]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fill The Oceans With Concrete: Rare And Very Ugly Frilled Shark Caught In Australia

From geekology, Seen here looking suspiciously like a chestburster, the frilled shark caught by Australian fishermen near Victoria wishes it was still in the water. Hoho, maybe next time you'll think twice before trying to renege on a deal with Ursula!

The species, whose ancestry dates back 80 million years, is known as the 'living fossil'.

"It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you're in that mouth, you're not coming out," [Fisherman Simon] Boag said.

"We couldn't find a fisherman who had ever seen one before," he said.

"It does look 80 million years old. It looks prehistoric, it looks like it's from another time!"

He said local fishermen were left scratching their heads at the sight of the two-metre-long creature, whose head and body resemble an eel, but whose tail is more reminiscent of a shark.

I don't know about you, but if I was a fisherman and caught something like this, I wouldn't be a fisherman anymore. *hauls in frilled shark* Nope, f*** this, the oceans weren't made for people. I knew I should have been an astronaut. "NASA didn't want you." Fine, a fireman. "You failed every physical fitness test." A teacher? "You hate children." I should just live at home and let my parents take care of me.

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Another Original 'Star Wars' Star Hospitalized

From iwatchstuff, Like Harrison Ford before him, Peter Mayhew has demonstrated why we should be careful having septuagenerians jumping around a chilly Millennium Falcon. Mayhew, better known toStar Wars fans as Chewbacca, has reportedly been hospitalized with pneumonia. On Reddit, Mayhew's wife confirmed the report but thankfully offered good news towards the actor's improvement.

"Peter is indeed in the hospital with pneumonia," she wrote. "He will make a full recovery, and hope to be discharged within a few days. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

Production has already wrapped on The Force Awakens, but the infection may yet affect the film, as J.J. Abrams is said to now be re-considering the callback where Han says, "Laugh it up, fuzz-ball," only to realize Chewie's "laughter" is a worrisome chronic cough.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Laura Palmer And Bobby Will Return To Showtime's 'Twin Peaks'

We know that Agent Cooper, aka Kyle MacLachlan, will return for Showtime's upcoming "Twin Peaks" limited series, but now we can expect to see the homecoming queen return as well.

During the recent "Twin Peaks" U.K. Festival in London, Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer in David Lynch's original series, and Dana Ashbrook, who played Laura's boyfriend Bobby, revealed they are returning for the 2016 series. According to the fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks, Lee said she received a call from Lynch on her way to the festival telling her that she and Ashbrook would appear in the new series. Ashbrook made the announcement during the festival, much to the fans' excitement, revealing that Sherilyn Fenn, who played Audrey Horne, may also be returning.

I Wouldn't Mind Believing: 'The X-Files' May Return to TV

From slashfilm, Like they did with 24, Fox is hoping to temporarily bring back another series that people really liked, then kind of fell out of touch with, then had no idea what was going on when they tried to watch it again. Deadline reports that the network is now attempting to bring a new The X-Filesto television for the first time since 2002.

Don't get too excited, though. Like pretty much every element of The X-Files, this is beginning as just a wild idea Fox is throwing out there for others to look at more rationally. There's no story or concept or anything yet, and none of the key players have signed on. As of now, Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman says they're merely having early "logistical" talks with David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and creator Chris Carter about if and when they'd be up for this. The bees from the first movie are already in, though. All of them.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Box office report: 'American Sniper' breaks January records

From ew, American Sniper was expected to do well this weekend after an impressive limited release, but not this well: The Clint Eastwood-directed war film took in an estimated $90.2 million—and broke a few records.

The Oscar-nominated film set a new record for a January opening by taking in $30.5 million on Friday, breaking the mark set by Cloverfield ($17.2 million on Jan. 18, 2008). January is a notoriously slow month at the box office, so Sniper‘s debut is particularly eye-opening.

American Sniper also took a couple records from James Cameron’s Avatar, which previously held the records for biggest January weekend performance (it made $68.5 million the first weekend of 2010) and biggest gross for a single day ($28.5 million) in January. This is big for Sniper, especially given the sluggish starts for Clint Eastwood films lately: His last two films, 2014’s Jersey Boys and 2011’s J. Edgar, opened with just $13.3 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

American Sniper‘s wide release came on the heels of its success at Thursday’s Oscar announcement: The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. This announcement perfectly coincided with Sniper‘s Friday wide release, giving viewers who were previously on the fence about the movie—or just didn’tknow about the movie—a reason to head to the theater.

As for the rest of the top five, the Kevin Hart-led Wedding Ringer took the number two spot with $21 million. This is nearly half of what Ride Along, Hart’s comedy that opened at this exact time last year, made its opening weekend, but it’s to be expected: The Wedding Ringer had to play against multiple new films with much more buzz, so the fact that it grossed a bit over $20 million—and is well on its way to breaking even with its $23 million budget—is in itself a success.

Family-friendly Paddington also did predictably well with $19.3 million, a number definitely helped by those with kids looking for a PG alternative to the darker or raunchier films currently in theaters. One of those darker films is Taken 3, which wasnumber one last weekend but dropped down to the number four spot this time around with $14.1 million, 64 percent less than its $39.2 million opening.

Selma, also a Best Picture nominee, rounded out the top five with $8.3 million. This is a 26 percent decrease from last weekend’s $11.3 million, but it should experience a boost in ticket sales Monday when it’s expected viewers will head to the cinema to check out the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic in celebration of the Civil Rights leader’s birthday.

1. American Sniper — $90.2 million
2. The Wedding Ringer – $21 million
3. Paddington – $19.3 million
4. Taken 3 — $14.1 million
5. Selma – $8.3 million

Outside the top five, newcomer Blackhat just barely made the top 10 with a $4 million opening weekend. The cyber thriller, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Michael Mann, has been plagued with less-than-stellar reviews—it currently has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—that likely contributed to its relatively weak performance.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Everything is not Awesome.

From Buzzfeed

“The LEGO Movie” Didn’t Get Nominated For Best Animated Feature And The Internet Is Furious

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Here’s What The Cast Of “Scooby Doo” Looks Like Now

In 1969, four young Americans and their dog dropped out of college to drive around and solve mysteries. But that was over 45 years ago…

Go here to see what the gang looks like today.

25 Seconds Of 'Hulk' VS. 'Hulkbuster' From AVENGERS: Age of Ultron

From slashfilm, The first trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel teased a smackdown of epic proportions between Hulkbuster Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, and the most recent one showed us much (too much?) more. This is clearly going to be a very important set piece in the movie, and seems to be the thing fans are most excited to see in its entirety. Well, before that happens in a few months time, we have this video combining all of the footage we have so far into one 25 second edit. You've seen these shots before obviously, but when viewed together like this they really give you a sense of just how massive this battle might end up being. Plus, can you ever see Hulkbuster choke-slamming the Hulk into the pavement too many times? Course you can't.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

'Food and Wine' ranks all the coffee on Twin Peaks

From ew, With the exciting news that Twin Peaks will be returning to our television sets in 2016 (not soon enough!) and the even more exciting news that Kyle MacLachlan will return as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, Food & Wine has been inspired enough by Cooper’s love of coffee to rank all the caffeinated love that the fictitious town had to offer.

Check out the list here to find out how the Black Lodge’s coffee stacks up against Double R Diner’s.

Honest trailer - Gone Girl


‘Avatar’ Sequels Delayed By One Year to 2017

From slashfilm, In a move that will surprise no one, James Cameron has revealed that the Avatar sequels will be pushed back by one year. That means Avatar 2 will be out in 2017, followed by Avatars 3 and 4 in 2018 and 2019. “We were probably a bit ambitious,” he admitted of the original release dates. More details on the Avatar sequels delay after the jump.

Cameron revealed the release date shift to the AP (via Variety). As of now, the plans is still to shoot all 3 Avatar sequels simultaneously — and that’s part of the issue.

There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film. [...]

We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.

Cameron’s goal is to have all three scripts done this month. He’s heading up the writing team, which also includes Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Then again, he said a similar thing in early 2013 and look where we are.

The Avatar delay leaves Fox without its big tentpole franchise for the 2016 holiday season, though the studio does have the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth scheduled for that Christmas.

Avatar 2 has been in the works for a very long time already. Originally it was supposed to open in December 2014, and then maybe 2015, and then 2016, and now it’s 2017. Cameron is notoriously bad at sticking to his deadlines, so all the delays aren’t very surprising, even if they are disappointing for fans.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver are expected back for the sequels, which will follow Jake’s family on Pandora. “Think of it as a family saga like The Godfather,” Cameron said in 2013. More recently, the filmmaker promised the new movies would “shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”