Netflix Feeling Mischievous, Creates “SPOILER” Website

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Netflix is clearly feeling very mischievous lately.  No, not not because they added Storage Wars or Toddlers & Tiaras.  No, they’ve done something almost as evil as that (but not quite)…

They’ve released a website that will spoil the ending to any movie or show at random. Yes, pass through the door and you’ll be exposed to a brief video ruining something that you may have been planning to watch.

Clearly this was all in good fun, since the website warns you in advance.  If Netflix really wanted to be evil, they would check the history on your browser to see what shows you watch and select the videos based on that.

Actually it probably would have saved me from finishing Prison Break.

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WHY?!  SUCH WASTED POTENTIAL.

Why Won’t FOX Release Those ‘X-Files’ Blu-Rays?

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Fans have been waiting for nearly a full decade for word on a Blu-Ray release of The X-Files. In 2008, when it was revealed that the two films would get a Blu-Ray release, producer Frank Spotnitz reported that Fox had no plans to release the series in HD format. In 2012 the rumors started popping yet again, with a hopes of a Blu-Ray release in 2013. It didn’t happen.

Oddly enough, Germany has been re-airing the full series in 1080p.  That’s right, somewhere out there Fox is sitting on an HD remaster of the entire series, including a full wide-screen makeover for the earlier seasons that lacked it. Why is Fox only airing this in Germany? Why not release the Blu-Ray set or at least air the damn thing in the United States?

One theory is that Fox is waiting to see how the proposed X-Files sequel/reboot situation plays out. Earlier this month, series creator Chris Carter described the new heads at Fox to be “friends of” Mulder and Scully, confirming that there have been conversations. Hopefully we get a sequel of some sorts instead of a reboot. The final season, while boasting some great “monster of the week” episodes and the excellent Agent Doggett (Robert Patrick), was more or less a failed attempt at rebooting the series without Duchovny’s Mulder…and when Duchovny did come back for the series finale we were left with a massive cliffhanger that wasn’t even addressed in the second movie.

So what’s it gonna be Fox? Whether we get an X-Files reboot or an X-Files sequel, it’s high time the fans were treated to a clean, HD release of the legendary series.

Take a look at these screenshots and try not to get angry.

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Click here for more screenshots. 

Cowboy Bebop Finally Getting Blu-Ray Release In U.S.

Often cited as the greatest anime of all time,  Cowboy Bebop introduced a generation of young adults to anime over a decade ago. I like to think that it finished what Akira started, proving to the United States that anime was a medium to be respected, not just “cartoons for kids”.

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With an assortment of exciting and engaging stories, intriguing and fun characters, beautiful animation, a stunning jazz soundtrack and a legendary ending that left audiences breathless, the series quickly reached “classic” status, pushing director Shinchiro Wantanabe to direct other beloved series like Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope and Space Dandy, even inspiring medium beyond Japan (ahem…FIREFLY). Cowboy Bebop enjoyed high ratings on Adult Swim and Toonami thanks to Cartoon Network frequently bringing the series back due to audience demand, despite the series only having 26-episodes. In fact, this just happened AGAIN though the network admits the episodes are not in HD. Ok fine, we’ll just buy them on…oh wait. Though Cowboy Bebop: The Movie got a Blu-Ray release, the only official releases of the series have been in VHS and DVD form (in virtually the same quality). Last year Japan and Europe enjoyed a Blu-Ray release but there hasn’t been any word on a US release until now. Yes, Cowboy Bebop is finally coming to blu-ray and fully remastered too!

Before you get scared about the quality being ruined by softened outlines, cropping and darker colors, take a look at the comparison below. comparison1 Looks great right?

Fans will have four options for purchase:

o   DVD standard edition
o   Blu-ray standard edition
o   Amazon Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition
o   FUNimation.com Exclusive BD/DVD Premium Edition   The two Premium Editions will each feature different packaging and premium items, but their precise details will be announced later.

Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series will be released later this year on December 16th.

Pre-order Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series – Amazon Exclusive Edition (Blu-ray/DVD Combo).

Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash trailer: best guest list ever.

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I never used to be a fan of Howard Stern but over the years I have been slowly converted. It can be best summed up by this exchange I had with someone on the bus a few months ago:

“What are you listening to guy?”

“Oh…Howard Stern….”
“You still like Howard Stern?  Dude fuckin’ sold out.”

“Well I’m kind of a newbie, I don’t really know-”
“He’s not funny anymore.  Show used to be nuts. Farting contests, strippers, he didn’t give a fuck. Now he’s all yelling about gay right-this or adopting cats-that. He’s a sell-out pussy. I really don’t need to hear a week of George Takei, that’s not what I signed up for.”

Maybe that’s why I didn’t care for his show back in the 90’s.  Fart jokes and strippers were never appealing sources of entertainment to me. A week of George Takei sitting in while Howard jokes with Seth Rogen before launching into an angry tirade about Sarah Palin?  Perfect.  In-depth interviews with Bryan Cranston and Anderson Cooper right before diving into a series of prank phone calls?  Beautiful. Whatever the show has become, whatever it is that drove his disgruntled old fan-base toward Opie & Anthony or Adam Carolla, this is my cup of tea.

Though I will admit I missed out on his self-congratulatory annual birthday bashes with performances from David Bowie or antics from Mike Judge pretending to be Beavis & Butt-head. I never realized that was an old Stern tradition until the hype began to build for his 60th Birthday Bash.

…and boy did it live up to the hype. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and full house band (Train!) with appearances from Bryan Cranston, Robert Downey Jr., Louis CK, a roast from Lena Dunham, doing shots with Jimmy Kimmel, killer performances from The Black Keys, David Grohl, Aerosmith feat. Slash, John Mayer, John Fogerty and a surprisingly revealing interview with his hero David Letterman.

The radio event may have passed but a full video of the bash will be streaming for free on the official Howard Stern website, Monday June 23rd, starting at 6am. Take a look at the trailer:

If you want some highlights and spoilers, Buzzfeed did a cute little list of some of the crazier things that happened that night.

First images from The Simpsons-Family Guy crossover special

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We’ve known about The Simpsons – Family Guy crossover episode since it was first announced last July, but this is the first time we’ve seen any images from it.

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What’s interesting is that this one-hour crossover special, titled “Simpsons Guy” will technically be a Family Guy episode and not the other way around. It also sounds like this will put the years of low-blows and cheap sight gags aimed at each other behind them, at least for now. There is definitely a friendlier spin to the plot. This was from the initial press release:

Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa befriends Meg and tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

I admit that I haven’t been a fan of Family Guy in quite some time. Like many others, I grew tired of the dependency on unrelated cutaway gags and stronger emphasis on shock humor. To be fair, I haven’t made a point to watch The Simpsons on a Sunday night in over ten years either despite owning Seasons 3-9 on DVD as well as the movie (which was far better than anticipated).  Still, it’s hard to hold back my curiosity to see how this episode plays out considering the rivalry these two animated sitcoms have had for nearly a decade.

On another exciting note, The Simpsons will also be crossing over with Futurama, though like “Simpsons Guy”, we won’t be seeing this episode until September either.

Louie’s back!

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After an entire year of waiting, the Emmy award-winning comedy series Louie is finally back.  Louis CK’s delightfully uncomfortable and equally hilarious series airs on FX, can be seen on Netflix Instant Watch or obtained through Amazon. Watch it. Watch all of it.

After taking an extended hiatus from the series to concentrate on other projects, including movie roles, a new HBO comedy special and developing new series for FX, Louis CK has returned all of his focus to writing, producing, directing and starring in the eponymous highly-rated series. Planned story-arcs from the upcoming season are mostly unknown though the teasers below imply further embarrassment and torture in the name of finding a new love. Also being kept under-wraps are the possible guest-stars for the upcoming season but if it’s anything like Season 3, we should expect some fun surprises.

As a thank you for the long wait, the fourth season will consist of 14 episodes despite FX only ordering the usual 13.

Louie returns to FX on May 5th with two back to back episodes. Check out the preview clips below to get a taste of the awkward humor you can expect this summer.

“Ferry”

“Bench”

“Subway”

“Head Over Heels”

“Doctor”

“Dying”

“Magic Wand”

“What’s Your Name?”

“Career Advice”

“Slip”

 

To check out tour dates or download any of his older comedy specials, visit Louis CK’s official website.

Gandalf’s sword is in the iron throne on Game Of Thrones!

Reddit user NoMoreHodoring cleverly noticed something when re-watching HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ series with a friend.  Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring, is hidden within the iron throne.

For the uninitiated, the iron throne is crafted from swords of fallen enemies and welded together to create a seat by which the king of the Seven Kingdoms can dispense justice, provide an audience to his people or dickishly threaten court jesters.

This is a great easter egg and a fantastic merging of fictional universes, though I’m not sure that I like the idea of Gandalf the White falling to a Targaryen, or a Lannister for that matter.

Still, the props department was clearly having a lot of fun when they did this.  LightlyBuzzed noticed that Robin Hood’s sword is just to the right of Gandalf’s. You have to wonder what other swords are hidden in there.  Maybe Link’s Master Sword is poking Joffrey in the ass.

 

Season 4 premieres on HBO,  Sunday April 17th at 9pm.

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is now available on Blu-ray/DVD + Digital

Epic ‘Attack On Titan’ rap

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If you are between the ages of 20 and 45, watch anime or use the internet at all, you’ve probably been exposed to the latest anime craze sweeping the globe: Attack On Titan.  Attack on Titan depicts a world which may or may not be post-apocalyptic, in which the remaining population of humanity are confined inside massive walls for fear of being devoured alive by freakishly blank-faced humanoid “titans”. The series pulls no punches and is guaranteed to disturb you on some level.  Here’s a trailer if you’re curious.

Did I mention it’s on Netflix now? Yeah it’s on Netflix now.

This brings me to Shizzy Sixx, an aspiring rapper who likes to tackle various animated series and video games for his raps. Given the show’s massive popularity, it should come as no surprise that he picked ‘Attack On Titan’ as his latest subject.

As I said, Shizzy has covered a variety of geeky series and what’s more, the guy can actually rap. Really well. I want to give him a proper shout, I hope he starts getting more recognition soon. He deserves it.

You’ll definitely want to see these other raps:


Check out Shizzy’s YouTube Channel to see some of his other work.

Check out Attack On Titan on DVD and Blu-ray