Feb. 08, 2013 | 9:21 a.m.
Powerful blizzard Nemo — predicted to be the biggest winter storm in a century in some cities — was bringing heavy snow to the Northeast on Friday morning, interfering with travel and school and basically causing chaos. Wait. Nemo? Isn’t that the cuddly Disney/Pixar fish? The Weather Channel chose the name, and its website helpfully defines it. “Nemo: A Greek boy’s name meaning ‘from the valley,’ means ‘nobody’ in Latin.” But to the rest of us, Nemo is the adorable clownfish with the overprotective single dad. PHOTOS: Snowpocalypse and more Only outside the Nemo zone do people have time to ponder this blizzard name. Friday morning brought a beehive of activity to the Northeast, according to media reports, as residents stockpiled supplies and tried to get where they wanted to go before mass transit was suspended. Flight Aware reported thousands […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 8:07 a.m.
It’s a story only a nerd — of a certain variety — could love: 10 pounds of marijuana delivered to a Seattle Kmart. A Seattle Police Department blog Thursday revealed that officers had seized a “big package of pot” earlier this week. And showing that the men in blue have a sense of humor, too, the title of the post was: “Today’s Blue Light Special: 10 Pounds of Weed.” On Monday, Kmart workers informed police that the pot was wrapped in garbage bags, packing peanuts and “cleaning-fluid-soaked pages from a Korean newspaper.” So how did it get to Kmart? Police said the box of pot was sent via UPS and was intended for an undisclosed Philadelphia address (a Target, possibly?). But the package didn’t make it, and UPS delivered it to the listed return address — which, for reasons unexplained, […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.
Have a soft spot for one of the eight classic playing pieces from Monopoly? Then it’s time to act, because Hasbro, the board game’s publisher, is holding a contest that asks for people to vote for their favorite pieces. The lowest vote-getter will be dropped from the game. The current playing pieces include a race car, a thimble, an old boot, a dog, a battleship, a top hat, an iron and a wheelbarrow. The losing piece will be replaced with one of five options — a robot, a diamond ring, a cat, a helicopter and a guitar — all of which are also being put to a vote. Currently, the two pieces least likely to be dropped from the game are the dog and the race car, while the iron and the wheelbarrow are both in grave danger. This isn’t […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
AMC has released Dead Yourself, a clever marketing app that lets users see what they would look like as a decaying, smeary-eyed, flesh-eating zombie. It may not be pretty, but it is a fun way to waste a few minutes, and it is very easy to do. Start by uploading a photo to DeadYourself. com and then choose among a wide selection of zombie eyes, mouths and props like a sad faded doll or an arrow to the head. Zombie quiz: Prove you’re smarter than a zombie Then you can add a spooky filter to your final zombie photo with an Instagram-like filter. The app includes a gallery where you can share your zombified self with other “Walking Dead” fans, but we’d love you to share your “walker” photos with us as well. You can upload your photos to our […]
Dec. 25, 2012 | 2:00 a.m.
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Dec. 24, 2012 | 1:16 p.m.
It was 20 years ago that “X-Men,” the animated series, launched on Fox. Over the course of 76 episodes, the show, which stands as the longest-running Marvel Comics animated series, packed in a multitude of mutants, even adopting key story lines from the pages of the comic book. To commemorate the anniversary, Kyle Roberts and the crew at Reckless Abandonment Pictures used their unique stop-motion skills, and great action figures, to re-create the show’s introduction. Roberts, who also appeared on Syfy’s “Viral Video Showdown,” has produced many stop-motion tributes to great moments of fandom past, with subjects including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and a 007 spoof. With “X-Men,” Roberts and his team added a bit of extra fun with a little live-action humor. Enjoy! – Jevon Phillips RECENT AND RELATED Hero Complex holiday gift guide Marvel heroes visit a Disney […]
July 09, 2012 | 8:47 a.m.
Comic-Con International begins Thursday and more than 130,000 people are expected to attend the pop culture expo that turns downtown San Diego into a Romulan Mardi Gras — or an otherworldly ordeal for the ill-prepared. That’s why we have a strategy slogan: What would Dexter Morgan do? That’s right, the serial killer from the Showtime series is a cut above the rest when it comes to planning out a killer weekend — and thanks to “Dexter” writer and producer Scott Reynolds (a Comic-Con veteran himself) we’ve got a Comic-Con survival guide that’s just dripping with great advice. (And it’s accompanied by some to-die-for artwork from David Mack,) You can see the “Dexter” panel at Comic-Con on Thursday (6 p.m., Ballroom 20) and the season premiere is Sept. 30. Dexter’s Code to Surviving Comic-Con 1. Forget the Force, use deodorant: For you. For […]
June 28, 2012 | 8:44 p.m.
If you haven’t heard Gotye’s No. 1 hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” in the last five minutes (as unlikely as that seems) and you like to bemoan the digital revisionism of George Lucas we’ve got a treat for you. Check out this video that takes the Jedi universe into the echo chamber of pop parody… For fans of a certain age, Lucas seems like a painter who won’t let go of his most famous canvas — instead of treating the original “Star Wars” trilogy as a piece of fixed history, he scrapes off the appealing pigments of the past (like Han Solo’s outlaw ethics and unsportsmanlike decision to preemptively murder a green guy named Greedo) and then digitally paint right over our collective moviegoing memories (the Blu-rays show us now that it was Greedo who fired first). Lucas has said that he […]
June 08, 2012 | 5:28 p.m.
Will you lurch or perch? Do you see yourself more as a moaning dead diner — or as the living lunch they pursue? These are the type of choices presented by Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, which is inviting up to 15,000 people to sign up for a taste of the terror and bedlam that will reign when the actual zombie apocalypse begins. The event, open to anyone 16 or older, will be staged July 14-16 inside Petco Park as a tie-in to Comic-Con International. “We wanted fans to experience — as closely as possible — the end of the world,” said “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who will join the mad scramble of biters and runners. “It’s going to be a fun, messy time.” The course, designed by Ruckus Athletics and creatively guided by Kirkman, is characterized by intricate, interactive details true to the bestselling […]
June 04, 2012 | 10:09 a.m.
A week ago, as the credits rolled on Season 2′s penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones,” a melancholy song that sounded like a Tom Waits ballad for Middle-earth played (it was actually the National performing “The Rains of Castamere,” with lyrics by none other than George R.R. Martin), but HBO really missed a chance there to use a more fitting song: ”We are Family” by Sister Sledge is pretty much perfect for King’s Landing. That’s the conclusion I reached after watching the video above, which shows that, really, there’s only one pressing conversation topic in the medieval society of Westeros — namely, family names. For the powerful clans that sit at the table of influence and play the figurative “Game of Thrones” (among them House Lannister, House Baratheon and House Stark) the name of the game is, um, the game of the name. And in […]