Throwback Thursday: The Third Squashing of America

Wow, we missed a few weeks of Throwback Thursday. Sorry about that, it got lost as a feature in our covering of, well, current stuff. But fret no more, for Throwback Thursday is back.

Previously on a Throwback Thursday, we visited The Fourth Squashing of America, part of a series of videos some of us made in college where we gave out vegetables (including squash) to drunks on Water Street in Eau Claire, WI. Well, this installment goes back one further to The Third Squashing of America filmed in 2006. Subtitled “A World Without Squash,” this is the year we were unable to actually get hold of any produce to distribute – and ironically this was the first one to get widely seen.

The Second Squashing of America eventually made it online, so really the only lost one is the first.

But that’s a good thing.

Anywho, enjoy. As in the Fourth, I’m the one in the Ninja mask.

The “Gray Ghost” fan film you never knew you always wanted

So many of us grew up with Batman: The Animated Series, and one of my favorite episodes features Bruce Wayne’s love of an old superhero TV series called “The Gray Ghost.” The episode was full of homages to both Batman’s history (with The Gray Ghost being voiced by 60s Batman actor Adam West) and the pulp superheroes of old.

Personally I always wanted more of The Gray Ghost, and now – a couple decades later – I finally have some. Written by Matt Landsman and directed by J.L. Topkis, “The Gray Ghost: The Lost Reel” is a brief yet fun look at the character.

And if you think about the opening scene, a little poignant too.

Via GeekTyrant

The DC Carnival of Sadness May Actually Be An Official Policy

So we came up with the term “DC Carnival of Sadness” as a joke (I say we, but really I think it was Pher in a pre-podcast conversation), due to DC Comics love of turning every cinematic adaptation into a grim-dark mess devoid of humor. Well, we may have been more on the ball than we expected, as Hitfix is reporting that this isn’t just coincidence, but instead may actually be the official DC Cinematic Universe policy.

From the article:

Last week was about the fifth time I’ve heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it’s very simple and direct and to the point.

“No jokes.”

It would seem like a crazy rule to set for an entire series of films. How can you know what the tone is for every story you’ll be telling in a series before you’ve even started telling it? The thing is, DC has taken a few stabs at establishing this larger universe on film, and they’ve gotten smacked down for everything that hasn’t had Batman in it. “Man Of Steel” made money, and I’m certainly not the only person to like the film. I may be one of its more ardent defenders, but I’m not alone. I think you’d have a far harder time finding someone to defend “Green Lantern,” the studio’s other big attempt at launching one of the core Justice League characters with a film franchise of his own.

And that Green Lantern film really is the key. DC thinks the humor in Green Lantern is what was wrong with it, so they’re trying to avoid humor ever again. That’s… just… gnnnarg… waffle… fries…

…sorry, had a small stroke there. Green Lantern’s problem wasn’t the humor, it was that it was a bad movie. Star Trek IV and Star Trek V are both full of humor, but only one of those two made my ears bleed. DC is being short sighted and this, frankly, will not end well.

But this guarantees one thing: We’ll get to keep making fun of them.

Via Hitfix

“Pokken Tournament” Coming To Japanese Arcades, Taunts Us By Looking Awesome

What do you get when you combine the Pokémon franchise with the creative minds behind Tekken? It turns out, you get “Pokken Tournament,” a Pokémon fighting game. And based on the preview video we’ve seen, it looks downright amazing:

It’s expected to hit Japanese arcades in 2015, but there’s no word on an American release (let alone home console versions). As Tekken games usually hit arcades first though, I wouldn’t count a Wii U version out quite just yet though.

This looks like crazy fun to me.

Via Forbes

Donald Glover Is Finally Spider-Man… Sort Of

To be specific, Donald Glover will be voicing Miles Morales (the current Spider-Man in the “Ultimate” comics continuity) in an upcoming episode of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” TV series (which has absolutely no relationship with the identically named comic Morales is the star of).

Confused yet?

Anywho, in the next season of the Disney XD television series Peter Parker (who is still Spider-Man in the show) will be universe hopping in pursuit of the Green Goblin (who is trying to steal the DNA of every Spider-Man he can). One of those realities will closely mirror the Ultimate-comics universe… so yeah, a universe where Peter Parker is dead and Miles Morales is Spider-Man. So, TV-Ultimate Spider-Man will be introducing a TV-Ultimate version of the Comics-Ultimate Spider-Man.

My ears are now bleeding, so here’s a clip:

Via IGN

Chloë Moretz Blames Piracy For Kick Ass 3 Not Happening, Must Not Have Seen Kick Ass 2

In an interview with Digital Spy, Chloë Moretz (who played Hit Girl in Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2) said:

“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character,” Moretz said. “Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre.

“Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one.

“If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theatre.”

Here’s the thing though – I am one of those people who paid money to see the film, and Kick Ass 2 just wasn’t very good. I mean, Moretz’s performance was fine, but the film had a lot of issues. There are parts of that film that just should have been excised entirely, like the gratuitous use of implied sexual violence (which is based off of a much worse scene in the comic the film is based on).

To go back to what she said, those “fanboys” are people like me, who will see a film more than once. I’m going to see Guardians of the Galaxy for a third time this weekend and I told all my non-geek friends to see it (not that they had to be told) — I saw Kick Ass 2 just the once and never recommended it. Why? The former was a good film while the latter was mediocre at best. The first Kick Ass film found cult success from word of mouth, and the second didn’t find it for the same reason.

I will always argue against piracy, but it’s important to be honest. People pirated the film because they heard it wasn’t good, but they still wanted to check it out because the brand was still strong. If it had been a good film, it would have still been successful in the theater.

Via Digital Spy

DC Comics Contemplating Legal Action Against Yale Stewart?

So we talked about Yale Stewart’s problems last week, and there appears to be a slightly new wrinkle: DC Comics may be considering legal action to stop Stewart from releasing new works.

Now, as mentioned previously, Stewart’s comic JL8 uses DC properties without any license. According to Bleeding Cool:

And the truth is, DC Comics turned a blind eye to these activities, because they liked them, they like Yale, they liked what he was doing – and feared a backlash, even within their own walls, if they did anything like sent a Cease And Desist letter.

Well, in the light of recent events, it’s felt that that publicity backlash might not be as strong as it was before.

I’m told from internal DC sources that DC Comics will be taking action against Yale Stewart’s sales, even those used to raise money for good causes. And that it’s quite the talk of the DC offices.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Via Bleeding Cool

The First Official Dancing Groot Toy

So most of us after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy (repeatedly in some cases) immediately wanted our own Dancing Groot toy. Well, at least I did. Fans went and made their own, from the simple to the sophisticated, but nothing official was on the horizon.

Well, until now.

Ryan Penagos of Marvel Digital Media tweeted the following:

In another tweet he revealed that these would go up for pre-order soon. Sure its a bobble head and not an animatronic toy, but it’s still pretty neat.

Via io9

Episode 28 – Live at Geek.kon 2014

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we were live at Geek.kon 2014 in Madison, WI. We talk about the cast changes at Mythbusters, the complicated legal issues surrounding Ryan Kopf’s AnimeCon.org, details about the filming of Ant-Man, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s possible departure from Doctor Who, Peter Quill’s parentage in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and your letters.

We also interact with the audience a bit. Which is always fun.

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