Cash and T.J. talk about fashion breakthroughs, Point Break, carnival rides, blanket forts, wind chimes, Washington, DC, bad whistling, Police Academy movies, lay nets, beer pong, baby monsters, and defending your dignity, and ask the question, “What is a Rachel epitaph?”
This episode will cure loneliness and physical manifestations, open it up with a new set of chime keys…
by Dan Casey on March 11, 2014
Vampires in Gotham, you guys. Honestly, I shouldn’t need to tell you much more than that to get you onboard, but I will tell you that you’re definitely going to want to read this week’s Batgirl #29. Hot on the trail of the villain Silver, a mysterious figure with ties to I, Vampire‘s Andrew Bennett, Batgirl and the Talon known as Strix must elude Gotham’s finest in order to save the day and protect Batman’s juicy neckflesh. But don’t take my word for it — take a gander at this sweet exclusive preview of DC Comics’ Batgirl #29 by Gail Simone, Jonathan Glapion, and Fernando Pasarin.
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Batgirl #29, pg. 1
Batgirl #29, pg. 2
Batgirl #29, pg. 3
Batgirl #29, pg. 8
Are you digging Batgirl so far? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
by Dan Casey on March 11, 2014
Are you a massive Dark Crystal fan? Can’t get enough Gelfling in your life? Too Skeksis for your shirt? Then you’re going to love this juicy exclusive: BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint is bringing the classic adaptation of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith back into print in hardcover for the very first time. Debuting in June, the 273-page tome includes illustrations and concept art from iconic illustrator Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) and 20 pages of never-before-seen notes and early draft materials from Jim Henson himself. And, thanks to our friends at BOOM! Studios, we have your exclusive first look at the book you’ll spend all spring lusting after and a sneak peek at some of the incredible Brian Froud sketches.
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The Dark Crystal: The Novelization Casewrap
Brian Froud sketch #1
Brian Froud sketch #2
Brian Froud sketch #3
Here’s the official solicitation:
JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION HC
Format: 5.75” x 7.875”, 273 pages, B&W, HC
Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith
Artist: Brian Froud
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re big Jim Henson fans, and nothing could be more exciting than getting the novelization of The Dark Crystal adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson back in print, and for the first time in hardcover!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This beautiful hardcover includes illustrations and concept designs by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) that have never been published, as well as an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with over 20 never-before-seen pages of his detailed notes on an early draft of the adaptation.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The story of the cult classic Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, wonderfully adapted for prose by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
by Merrill Barr on March 11, 2014
Via Mashable, here’s a message for millenials from Kevin Bacon:
Hey, Kevin Bacon, I’ll have you know that I’m a millennial and can totally pay attention for way longer than two m… ooooo, kitty tumblr gif sets. CUTE!
But seriously, it must have been crazy living in the ’80s, what with getting nuked every half block and all. ’80s awareness is truly a big problem… unless you count series like ABC’s The Goldbergs and FX’s The Americans; remakes, re-releases, sequels and fresh adaptations of ’80s material such as Top Gun, Evil Dead, Beverly Hills Cop, Indiana Jones, Die Hard, The Terminator and Jack Ryan; not to mention the continued love of ’80s bands including Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Slayer and The Beastie Boys.
Not that Kevin Bacon is wrong – he’s Kevin Bacon, he’s never wrong because he’s Kevin Bacon – it’s easy to see how we millennials may have lost touch with the ’80s, what with our iPhones and what-not. But I am here to tell you, as a millennial, we love the ’80s. You guys had your **** down back in the day. I mean, E.T.? Miami Vice? Star Trek: The Next Generation? You guys knew what you were doing, and we have not forgotten your contributions to society, and I have even touched on your additions to the gaming world.
So relax, you ’80s alums, you are not forgotten. In fact, you should be celebrating. Not only did you have one of the most creatively successful decades in recorded history, but you helped the Rubik’s Cube survive. You should be proud of that.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have three movies to watch at once on my iPad while playing a rousing game of Flappy Bird.
by Kyle Anderson on March 11, 2014
It’s the day that has no end: Pi Day, or the 14th of March (3.14… get it?) is the day where it’s perfectly okay, nay encouraged, to be irrational. The ramifications of a non-repeating, infinite string of numbers occurring naturally is still baffling and delighting mathematicians to this day. Everyone should observe Pi Day, and Nerdist Industries is teaming up with Hot Topic and Her Universe to ensure the thing that R² be remembered for the crazy-long number that it is.
There is now an official Pi Day t-shirt, designed by Chris Hardwick and Her Universe, and sold exclusively through Hot Topic stores and online retailers, featuring the Nerdist logo and the Greek letter we love the most as well as the glorious slogan “Be Irrational.”
“I adore Pi,” said Chris Hardwick, Nerdist Founder and CEO. “I memorized 150 digits of Pi. I co-wrote a song about Pi. It is a human imperative to give Pi the celebration it deserves! Thanks to Her Universe and Hot Topic for helping me realize this irrational dream.”
“It’s been really exciting to design this shirt with Chris Hardwick,” said Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. “There is no better way to begin our merchandise partnership than with a Pi shirt for Pi day! Plus a chance to win a trip to the biggest and best comic convention, San Diego Comic-Con. It’s perfectly irrational.”
“We love all things nerdy, and it doesn’t get much better than a celebration of Pi Day,” said Cindy Levitt, vice president and general merchandise manager at Hot Topic. “We’re especially thrilled to be working so closely with Nerdist and Her Universe. These guys get it – and we love it.”
The shirt is muy excelente, but that’s not where the greatness ends (lots of perpetuity going on today): You can also enter an exclusive Pi Day contest for a chance to win a trip for two to San Diego Comic-Con. “What? How?!,” you ask your computer screen. Well, by being awesome and creative of course. In order to enter, you must do the following:
1. Sign up for Instagram if you haven’t already.
2. Follow Nerdist, Her Universe, and Hot Topic.
3. Make a 15 second or less video about Pi, which could be something like eating a whole pie, pieing someone in the face, explaining succinctly what Pi means, creating a Pi cosplay, telling a terrible Pi joke, or literally anything else your crafty little mind can think of. (Don’t be mean or do anything illegal though… Pi Day is about happiness!)
4. Post said video to Instagram and hashtag it #BeIrrational.
That’s it! The contest goes from Pi Day (March 14th) until the end of the month and entrants will be judged by Chris, Ashley, and Hot Topic. The winner will be announced in early May and will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to SDCC for two: This includes flight, hotel, badges, tickets to a super secret event that hasn’t been announced yet, and tickets to the Nerdist Podcast Live at the Balboa Theater. Not bad for 15 seconds, right? You must be 13 years of age or older and be a resident of the United States to enter, so sorry Czech 4th graders.
All of the pertinent info for this contest, with all the lovely fine print only slightly shorter than the digits of pi, can be found at Hot Topic’s Pi Day page. Start thinking irrationally and may your love of Pi Day go on forever.
by Merrill Barr on March 11, 2014
Let’s start this post off right, shall we?
This new Godzilla poster from Mondo, which debuted on Yahoo, will be made exclusively available to attendees of the SXSW screening of the 1954 classic TONIGHT at 9:30pm in the Ritz Alamo Theater. You know, the one hosted by Jessica Chobot. Don’t miss out on this one… but we’re not done.
In addition to that monster goodness, some brand new character posters for Transformers: Age of Extinction and Need for Speed have dropped as well. Check ‘em out!
All of this is very, very cool.
See Godzilla when it hits theaters May 16th, Need for Speed on March 14th (as in this Friday), and Transformers: Age of Extinction on June 27th.
by Jake Kroeger on March 11, 2014
There could be many reasons that President Barack Obama would be in an episode of a web series, especially one as satirical as Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. He could be sharpening his comedy chops for the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner, which is a great opportunity for Obama to roast many people on Capitol Hill and in the media. He could be appealing to that ever elusive but much sought after young vote by being on one of the Internet’s most beloved web series. Or he could also be cleverly plugging Healthcare.gov while matching wits with Galifianakis.
After watching the POTUS on Between Two Ferns, I’d say he pretty much accomplishes all of the above and makes a case for his being the funniest President of all time.
How do you think he did? Let’s put politics aside and post our reviews in the comments below….
by Perry Michael Simon on March 11, 2014
The SMODvasion of @midnight with Chris Hardwick was in full effect last night on Comedy Central: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Ralph Garman seized control of the panel and bantered about things like the Bieber deposition, the HBO Go True Detective crash, and their feminine sides.
Here’s how it went, in clips:
Gender Bender Beauty Pageant – Wilma Smith or Tomara Cruise?
Rapid Refresh – HBO No Go
New Netflix Categories – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Butt
#HashtagWars – #RuinABand
How r/Unexpected – Either Way It’s Gonna Be Rad
See the whole episode by clicking here.
Tonight, Dominic Monaghan meets Who Charted? — Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack — at 12/11c on Comedy Central, right after The Colbert Report. Follow the show’s Tumblr and, of course, make sure you’re following the Twitter account. And if you want to see the show tape in person here in L.A., you can, for free; just click here for details.