Friday Round Up: Winter is Coming on Me

Above is a commercial for Carl’s Jr. and some of their new burgers, as introduced to us by Rick and Morty. I love the burger that starts going through Morty’s things. But it also reminds me of one of my all-time favorite comedy bits which was an appearance on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast by actor Adam Scott and the late, great writer Harris Wittels, where they played Jack Sjunior and Bryan Pieces. Give it a listen. This week we have some news bites on the charity we’re endorsing for the holidays, Rambo, G.I. Joe and lots of other cool stuffs.

SITE STUFF

robotspjsgeeksfortotsWe like to plug the charity Toys for Tots at this time of year. There are many great charities, of course, but you may be interested in supporting this one if you enjoy our site. Here’s a link to their organization, where you can easily donate toys to needy children. Long time readers may remember Vincent used to organize a Geeks for Tots program that rewarded donations but it got to be too much work combined with real life concerns and maintaining the site. But if you liked that, please consider Toys for Tots.

MUSIC

Scott Weiland, former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead in his sleep last night at age 48. I first heard his work in The Crow. A video for Big Empty is above. He was good.

MOVIES

mad max fury road doof wagon

Mad Max: Fury Road was voted Best Picture of the Year by the National Board of Review. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, I guess it’s time to check it out. Slacker.

TV

patton oswalt for mst3k

Another week, another cast member joining the Kickstarted revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The latest to join up is the super hilarious Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. Pretty cool. Patton is never not hilarious.

Rambo Sharkriding Mascot

Sylvester Stallone kinda loves his Rocky and Rambo characters. He can never fully walk away from them. This year he popped up as Rocky in Creed (which was fantastic) and now comes word that he’s looking into creating a Rambo TV show called Rambo: New Blood. The show would follow Rambo’s troubled relationship with his son, J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. No word on whether Stallone would play Rambo on it, but if he doesn’t, I’d say the show will definitely fail. No one wants a knock-off Rambo. The cartoon was bad enough.

Looks like Peter Jackson will direct an episode of Doctor Who next season. That could be amazing. Jackson released the above video featuring himself, his daughter and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor making it look like it’s a done deal. Plus, there’s a pretty good Walking Dead joke.

COMICS

secret wars finale

Marvel has delayed the finale of Secret Wars. Again. First they announced there would be one additional issue to finish the story, arriving around September. Now it’s scheduled for January 6th. The only reason this is a big deal is that this epic crossover gives a soft reset to all Marvel Comics’ status quo. And they started releasing all the individual titles that chronologically come after the Secret Wars story ends. But they can’t directly reference how it wraps up. It seems anticlimactic for such a hugely hyped story.

Dark Night A True Batman Story

Paul Dini is well regarded as one of the co-creators of Batman: The Animated Series and all the related shows that followed. He co-created Harley Quinn and won several Emmys among other accomplishments. In 1993 he was mugged and severely beaten. Over 20 years later, he’s decided to write a graphic novel about this traumatic event and it will actually be published by DC Comics and feature Batman and his enemies as a type of Greek Chorus. It looks to be deeply personal. It’s titled Dark Night: A True Batman Story and will be in stores in June of 2016.

TOYS

stiletto gi joe

A Chicago-area writer, Bill Nedrow, has written some G.I. Joe stories through Amazon’s Kindle program where you can basically write fan fiction for certain properties and sell it. He created the original character Stilleto, a female member of the Joe team. Fans recently got to vote on who should be a new Joe figure and Stilleto won. The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article about Nedrow.

spider-gwen marvel legends

One of my favorite new superheroes is Spider-Girl by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, more colloquially known as Spider-Gwen. I’ve been hoping she’d get a good action figure at some point and apparently she will be released in January through the Marvel Legends line. Looks good! I’m also glad that the accessory for the build a figure is Absorbing Man’s wrecking ball instead of some random leg that I’d have no use for.