Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spider-man, Spider-man...George Takei should be Spider-man.

This week belongs to George Takei.  He's doing all kinds of awesome shit on Howard Stern as the guest announcer for the week and now he's lobbying for the Spider-man role in "Turn Off the Dark".  Its more of a cheap advertising ploy for his new musical (Allegiance, coming in 2012), but it makes sense.  He's got great moves, a great voice, and great musculature.

I haven't seen "Turn Off The Dark", but I have a feeling George would make it better.

Oh my.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Star Wars Parody That Isnt Nauseating

Star Wars parodies can be the absolute worst. Just hearing the opening credits with people's rinky dink, second rate bullshit give me douche chills.

Against all odds, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost made something real funny.  When dudes are wearing garbage can lids on their heads, you know its gonna be good.

Now THESE are the droids I've been looking for.



Thursday, March 3, 2011

Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword

Can't wait.

Dog Poop Insurance

No one likes to step in dog shit, especially in Vans. I'm surprised Foot Locker doesn't offer this yet.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Charlie Sheen vs. Mike Tyson Quote Quiz


I love Mike Tyson, and not in an "ironic" way.  My dad would take me to sports bars when I was a kid to watch Tyson's fights because he thought it was a waste of money to get Pay-Per-View for a fight that only lasted 30 seconds. There would be so much build up and the commentators would convince you that the other guy had a chance, then Iron Mike would lay the dude out instantly. Tyson's trainer, Cuz D'Amato, literally took a kid off the street and made him a champion.  After D'Amato died, Don King took over and made him down a road that led to jail and face tattoos, but Tyson is still my favorite fighter of all time. If you haven't seen the Tyson documentary, check it out. He's also in some show on Animal Planet about his pigeons.

Personal shinfo aside, ESPN made up this quiz where you have to figure out who said it: Charlie Sheen or Mike Tyson.

1. "Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire-breathing fists."
a) Charlie Sheen
b) Mike Tyson

2. "My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah!"
a) Charlie Sheen
b) Mike Tyson

3. "It's like I'm a naked tornado that comes through a city and there's just so much wreckage. There's so much destruction, and when it's finally over, it's like the morning after and you're sober and ... what the f--- happened here?"
a) Charlie Sheen
b) Mike Tyson

Hit the jump for more questions and the answer key.

The Ramones and The Misfits Want Different Things



Stolen from Buske's Tumblr.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Philadelphia Eagle Owner/Oscar Winner


Jeff Lurie has been called many things, and as owner of the Philadelphia Eagles I'm sure not all of them have been nice. After last night, he can now be called "Academy Award Winner".

Lurie, who's worth a billion dollars, owns a production company that produced "Inside Job" about the financial crisis.  Unlike his Eagles, the documentary was able to go all the way and win the big one.

Hopefully Lurie gets the acting bug and takes on the roll of "owner willing to pay all-pro players to come to the Eagles" this offseason.
Pay the man. Seriously.

A Parody of the Volkswagon Commercial that was a Parody of Star Wars


What if that Darth Vader kid actually did harness the power of the dark side? I think it would go something....like this:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Captain Tupac Sparrow

Ahoy, mother fucker!
This young lady decided that she wanted to get a portrait of Tupac on her back.  Pretty sweet idea, Tupac is cool.

Then she was over Tupac and went into a "Pirates of the Caribbean" phase, so add some long hair, that braid thing, a longer goatee, a sweet hat (you can see the outline of the top of his head through the hat), and a bandana and...TA DA!...Captain Jack Sparrow! Kind of.

Since when did Tupac or Jack Sparrow have a lazy eye?

Thanks to John Campbell from Lamb of God for the pic.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Watson Wins Jeopardy. Shocker.

IBM figured it wasn't enough to totally humiliate humans by crushing our best at chess, now they're beating us at a game that only old people watch. The nerve.

Watson (whose remarkably large size makes us forget we live in 2011) went mano a mano a mano against 2 Jeopardy big wigs; Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  They even gave him a little hydraulic buzzer, which appears to have shorted out Ken and Brad's buzzer, because they got spanked. Big surprise to everyone but the IBM programmers who's hands must be tired from all the back patting going on throughout the 3 day event.

Jennings took the loss with ass kissingly good humor by adding this to his final answer:
It makes sense for him to hedge his bets, since Judgement Day can't be too far off, but look at the pic at the very top and tell me where Jennings' left hand is. Clearly, we're just provoking the machines at this point.

Markets of Britain : Buy. Sell. Steal.

I'm not that familiar with Lee Titt, but he's apparently the UK's best documentary film maker.

This film follows Lee around the beautiful, exciting, exotic and erotic markets of Britain.  You can find anything from murderer's tools, sex robots, human eggs and what appears to be a snake.


The entire doc was filmed in Titt-Vision.

Thanks to THE CHOOCH for letting me steal this off his blog without telling him.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spider-Man : Best. Week. Ever.

So first, we see that Pete gets a spot on the Fantastic Four The Future Foundation and an ultra slick new white and black costume, and now the Spider-man reboot can officially be called "The Amazing Spider-man".  Pretty...pretty.....pretty good.

I'm excited to read the new FF, but the variant cover above confuses me.  Obviously everyone on the cover  is excited that Spidey is on the team, but aren't they a little TOO happy? I mean, Johnny Storm just died guys.  Tone it down a bit. The team consists of 3/4 of the Fantastic Four, the two Richards kids, and then I'm lost.  I suppose that's a gargoyle, 2 mutant birds, a flying alien monkey head, some other stereotypical looking aliens, and a Sleestak lurking under Sue Storm's underarm?

The new teaser picture for Amazing Spider-Man looks awesome.  His costume doesn't look like he made it in his bedroom like in the comics, but for the first time in a long time it looks like he's wearing web shooters. Pretty cool.

The Big LEGO Lebowski

What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good LEGO recreation. This isn't as good as some others, but at least it doesn't involve Star Wars or some weird european dance groove.

Movie Shinfo

Instead of streaming a twitter account that tells you everything on a site you're already reading, I'm going to replace my twitter stream with "Movie Shinfo". The twitter account is run by my good friend/bitter enemy, Zack, who has agreed to wear a fake goatee and sunglasses and take over my husband/father duties in the likely event that I die soon.

Follow MovieShinfo here.
Follow Zack's life shinfo here.

By the Power of Grayskull!


Castle Grayskull only has one weakness. Warm weather.

Hit the jump for a video of the fort/castle all lighted up and shit.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sucker Punch - The Art of the Film

Titan Books is offering a limited edition collectible book signed by director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, that awesome My Chemical Romance video). Here's the press release:


From Warner Bros. Pictures and directed by Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch hits movie screens in March 2011. To celebrate the release of this extraordinary epic action fantasy, Zack Snyder and Titan Books are offering fans an unprecedented opportunity to secure a spectacular limited edition of the official tie-in book ahead of the release of the eagerly awaited film.


The movie looks cool, I like Zack Snyder's work a lot, but what I'm most excited about is seeing Alex Pardee's work from the movie in the collection. I've met Alex through ETID, and I've been a fan of his ever since. You can order it here.

Hit the jump for more info about the book. 

Real Life (French) Mario Kart

This was created by French writer/producer RĂ©mi Gaillard. I think its real. At first it seems like it isn't, but keep watching. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Road to Shermer : A Tribute to John Hughes

If you live in the Southern California area, you should definitely check out Gallery 1988. Its like an art gallery for people who don't want to go to art galleries.  They do all kinds of cool shows and showcase a bunch of upcoming artists.  I went to the "Gremlins, Ghostbusters, and Goonies" exhibit and it was awesome.

A new exhibit is opening tomorrow at their Venice gallery showcasing some artwork inspired by John Hughes, the acclaimed 80s movie director who brought us Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and a ton others.

50 artists contributed to the gallery but none more awesome, talented and super cool as my good buddy, Jordan Buckley. He's been destroying the art world with his brand of highly detailed, disgustingly beautiful pieces for the past couple years and is only getting better as time goes on.  I'm proud of him, so go out and support him, you bums.

His piece is best described in his own words:
Doing research for my contribution to Gallery 1988’s upcoming tribute to John Hughes sure was stressful. I had to watch “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, “Uncle Buck” and “Ferris Bueller”. But it wasn’t until I rewatched “The Great Outdoors” for the 30th time that inspiration struck in the form of a purple grizzly bear rump. In my version, though, all is forgiven.

The exhibit opens tomorrow from 7-10pm at:
214 Pier Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

For more information about the exhibit go to www.GALLERY1988.com.

While you're at it, follow Jensen Karp on twitter.  He helps run the gallery and his tweets are LOLz-heavy.

Arthur Remake

Wazzzzzzzaaaaaaaap.
I'm not a huge fan of the original "Arthur". The movie is 90% Dudley Moore acting drunk (acting?), slurring his sentences, and laughing ear splittingly high. So, there's probably room for improvement.

Russell Brand looks funny, Jennifer Garner is hot, Helen Mirren is uptight and stuffy.  Win/win/win!


Captain America, Fuck Yeah


X-Men : First Class

I've held out little hope for this movie since reading details, and this trailer doesn't really get me all hot and bothered. I got into this a couple weeks ago, but in case you're too lazy too read another post or just forgot what I said : I think releasing an X-men movie without a cast of familiar X-men is a bad move, especially with all the comic book movies out there.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fantastic Fou...Wait, What Now?

If I read any comics besides the ULTIMATE series, I'd know what the hell was going on. New suits, some kind of 3 logo, The Thing is throwing two kids on some sort of Fantasticar, and Spider-Man is lurking.  I guess Johnny Storm is dead, or something?

That's the type of journalism you can expect from your friends at Brain Dead Blog.

UPDATE : The always correct Wikipedia says that Johnny Storm dies after stopping a horde of monsters from the Negative Zone.  Really? The Negative Zone? Has ANY story involving the Negative Zone ever gone well? If Reed Richards so damn smart, how come he act so dam stoopid?

UPDATE v2 : I think Spider-man looks cool in this outfit.  It clearly won't be when he's rolling solo, so why not.

UPDATE v3 : Loyal BrainDeadBlog reader Jordan Buckley (Loyal? No. Reader? Probably not) brought up a good point via twitter :"He died so that he could be Captain America".

He went on to say: "(get it)?"

Then ended with: "(because the same actor that played Johnny Storm in the F4 movie is now playing Captain America in the Captain America movie)".

I think he's on to something.

UPDATE v4:
This has just been confirmed: the kid who played Andy Keaton (Alex's younger brother) on Family Ties will now play any and all renditions of Johnny Storm, even in the comics.

This makes me sick.  Just like Hollywood to bring in a cute kid to create interest.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fam-Lay

I shot this while out on the road with N*E*R*D in Europe and Anderson and I threw this together for Fam.

Check out his website Boots & Wigs and his TUMBLR for non stop entertainment.


Outer Space and Junk

I swear all astronomers do is smoke weed and come up with "what if" scenarios.  Here's one of them.

WHAT IF other planetary bodies orbited our world at the same distance of the moon?
HOW large would they appear on the sky?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Darth Vader Is So Goddamn Cute

If you haven't seen the Volkswagon commercial where a kid is dressed as Darth Vader, go watch it.

They unmasked Darth on the Today Show and I was surprised to see they actually cast a cute kid in the role. They probably could have saved money by using an ugly kid, since the role involved a mask.
Like they did with Chewbacca.
Much like the real Darth Vader, Max defied death by replacing part of his body with machinery. He was born with a congenital heart defect and had a pace maker put in.


Robin a Legit Rumor Now?

Den of Geek is reporting that a place called "Grand Ledge" was being scouted as a location for the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises". More importantly, that location was described as a "hideout for Batman sidekick Robin".

They went on to point out that Joseph Gordin Levitt has been casted in an unnamed role and speculated that the role could in fact be Robin.

If you think that I'm above an "I told you so" post based on an unconfirmed rumor, you clearly don't know me at all.

Update : Film School Rejects is also speculating that Robin could be in the movie and played by JGL, but unfortunately no one is using the image I created...yet.
(via Den of Geek)

Cowboys and Aliens May Feel Familiar

Everyone likes to see actors and directors grow and expand outside of their typical roles. However...what's so wrong in sticking to what you're good at?

Jon Favreau went from directing 2 Iron Man movies to Cowboys & Aliens, a film that involves a story from a comic book, a hero that wears a cool blue glowing thing on his wrist that shoots stuff, and a bunch of cool CGI and explosions.  Daniel Craig plays a bad ass with a gun and Harrison Ford plays a guy that looks awesome in a hat. Its not exactly unfamiliar territory for any of them, but it feels like a safe bet that this movie will be entertaining.



(graphic via The Daily Blam)

Get a (Very Expensive) Room, You Two.

In the Super Bowl some athletes are winners and some athletes are losers. And sometimes those athletes don't even play football.

Sometime during the first half, the cameras turned to the celebrities in the crowd and viewers were subjected to this:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Beavis and Butt-head are Coming Back

YES! Beavis and Butt-head are coming back to MTV this year and will both be voiced by Mike Judge, who's career has been pretty damn awesome.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sid Vicious - RIP


Sid Vicious, Bass player of the iconic Sex Pistols, died 32 years ago today of a heroin overdose.  Sid taught countless future musicians that a great look and awesome stage presence will always outshine musical ability. In his case, that's a compliment.

I'm sure he'd rather be remembered for his music and attitude then his drug use and the death of Nancy Spungen, so crank "Never Mind The Bollocks" and pierce your lip with a safety pin.

Super Bowl Ads Before the Super Bowl

A lot of people (women) watch the Super Bowl for the ads, so I would think releasing them before they air isn't a great idea.  Either way, this is pretty sweet.



Hit the jump for a Chevy ad with Bumblebee being a complete asshole (spoiler alert : no robotic testicle jokes).

The Eagles Have Lost They Damn Mind

Today the Eagles announced that their offensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, would make the totally normal and simple transition to Defensive Coordinator.  If there was a sarcasm font, it would be highlighting the words "normal" and "simple".

With so many defensive coaches out there, this move seems real weird.  If you watch the video below, Castillo seems like a good guy and a hard worker and Reid CLEARLY has a man crush on him. Either Reid thinks this is a good move, or he's writing his ticket out of Philly.

Video after the jump...

Christopher Nolan : Big Fan of 3rd Rock From the Sun

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to be in Christopher Nolan's new Batman movie, although his role is unspecified. The pic above insinuates that he may be cast as Heath Ledger's replacement and that there will be a Joker cameo.

There were also rumors that he was going to be the Riddler, so maybe they'll introduce Edward Nygma and set the stage for Batman 4. Or maybe they'll just introduce him then never reference it again like when Billy D. Williams was Harvey Dent in the original Batman. 

I think Nolan is ready to jump the shark and get the hell out of Gotham, so don't be surprised if Gordon-Levitt is Dick Grayson aka Robin. He would be an absolutely TERRIBLE Robin, which I would love to see.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NFL Delays Super Bowl To Give Doritos Time To Finish Its Commercial

Embedding clips from "The Onion" is kind of cheating since all their stuff is hilarious, but whatever. I want to see a wizard in a Doritos commercial.

Marvel Vs. Capcom OMGs

I don't really give a rat's ass about Street Fighter, but if I did I'd be siked for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I've played DC vs. Mortal Kombat and if you can get over how unbelievably unbelievable it is (in what world could Catwoman beat the crap out of Superman?), its pretty fun. So, this will be cool...probably.

Its nice to see some of the lesser known characters of the Marvel Universe like Taskmaster, Deadpool, X-23 and Dormammu. And then a bunch of Capcom guys are in it, but I only really recognize Street Fighter guys and the dude from Ghosts N Goblins.

If you don't want to know who the "Final Boss" is, don't hit the jump (you baby).

Monday, January 31, 2011

Superman Likes Tea, Who Cares?

Henry Cavill was cast as Superman today, which poses an interesting question : "Who the hell is that guy".

I'll do my best to answer that...Superman is an alien who crash landed in the country, was raised by farmers, has a secret identity that involves glasses, and can fly/lift stuff/burn stuff with his eyes/reverse time by spinning the earth backward and is basically has no vulnerabilities. Bad joke aside, I hate Superman. He's as vanilla as comic book characters come.  The "only weakness is Kryptonite" thing is played out.

More Spider-man Reboot Stuff

Some of the action scenes from the original Spider-man movies looked  like a PS2 game.  Complete garbage.

It looks like they're looking to fix some of those issues in the reboot by shooting more practical effects, which I think is awesome.

Here's Spider-man doing some real Spider-man type stuff.  I'm pretty sure this clip will need some color correction before it makes it's way to theatres.



I'm back!

After spending a week in warm and sunny California, I'm back in cold and miserable New Jersey.  Unfortunately, California had way less Snake Pliskin then I was hoping for, and for some reason Avocado is in everything they cook.

Thanks to Anderson for a weeks worth of "work".  Now if we could only teach that kid what a line break is.

Spoiler after the jump.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jerry and Kal-El are friends

If you've ever watched Seinfeld, it's pretty clear Jerry is a huge Superman fan.

A few years back, he did an American Express commercial with the man of steel.

Here is the full feature from this legendary hang.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow Wars

Snow is coming down in Philly today.

So go out..shovel, sled, or make this...

Snowy trench run from Aaron Dabelow on Vimeo.

Train Dodge


Teddy Duchamp, you have just been one-upped.

This guy from Russia decides to film a train passing over him. I hate to encourage this kind of behavior by blogging about it but

1. It's pretty amazing
2. It does beat kitten videos

It still is really dumb and desperate.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cinema's Greatest Slaps

In honor of the oscar nominations being released today, I thought I'd share my favorite part of the ceremony. The Douger would like to think that it would be the acceptance speech or red carpet. He loves imagining me curled up on the couch with my pjs on, big bucket of popcorn in hand, and saying things like "You deserve this!" or "Enjoy this moment!".

That's just not true.

My favorite part of the awards show is the montage. Every year they do anywhere from 2-4 montages throughout the show. Usually a recap of the nominees, some sort of themed retrospective and always the "people who died this year" montage. Some are better than others but almost all I enjoy from an entertainment and editing perspective.

In the spirt of that I will try and share some of the other sequences you won't see at the awards show.

Courtesy of the other great place to see a montage, You Tube.

CINEMA'S GREATEST SLAPS