Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Bard’s Tale Video Game Series Returns

inXile Entertainment is proud to return to Kickstarter for their next big cRPG project, The Bard’s Tale IV, launching Monday June 2nd at 6 AM PST/13:00 UTC. Return to Skara Brae for a true dungeon-crawling sequel to the original The Bard’s Tale trilogy that helped define the cRPG genre!

On the 30th anniversary of the original Bard's Tale, what better time than now to go on an adventure worthy of song? The Bard’s Tale IV will feature challenging maze-like dungeons with devious puzzles and riddles to explore in the first-person dungeon crawler style of the original trilogy. inXile has the full rights to use everything from the original trilogy, so the game will be rich with callbacks and old favorites such as teleporter zones and magic mouths.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 25

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be the biggest, longest and most intense in event history.  Here are the top things you need to know:

·         The event will feature NINE haunted houses – more than ever in event history.

·         The streets of the event will be filled with MORE SCAREACTORS than ever before. Guests will encounter twice as many “scareactors” than in previous years, who will terrify guests throughout highly-themed scare zones in the park.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Still Recovering From The Steampunk World's Fair

I've done 4 days of New York Comic Con with added set up the day before and break down on Sunday, shooting something like 2 thousand pictures a day. I've done 5 days of San Diego Comic-Con with interviews at opposite ends of the massive convention center a half hour apart and parties into the night. I've done BEA, lugging home so many books the wheels on my suitcase fell apart half way through Penn Station, AnimeNext where my full eye black contacts tried to eat my head and Rock and Shock where your worst enemy is being talked into continually drinking til 5am...with a 9am wake up call. I have survived all of this...and yet 1 day at The Steampunk World's Fair has done me in. Either I'm getting old, or I'm finally doing this show correctly.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road Reviewed

Last we saw ‘Mad’ Max Rockantansky he was still wandering alone in the desert ruins of our world, and when we finally catch up with him again, that’s where we find him. It isn't before long that he’s captured by a cult called The War Boys, whose leader, Immortan Joe, realizes that his best driver Imperator Furiousa is escaping with all of his ‘treasures’; a set of mutation free and beautiful women in a war rig (a supercharged and heavily armored tanker). Max is literally dragged into the efforts to recapture them by a War Boy called Nux, a true believer and great driver himself, who is sick and low on blood. With Max strapped to the front of his car acting as his blood bag, the chase begins.
It’s been 30 years since George Miller last made a Mad Max movie. That movie remains the weakest link in the franchise, and is part of why it’s taken so long for there to be another, but other reasons include terrorist attacks and freak weather. If Miller hadn't been so driven to make this movie then it definitely wouldn't have been made. In fact he’s spent over 15 years trying to make Fury Road, and since it was originally intended to start shooting way back in 2001, it’s a project I've been looking forward to (for a very long time!)

Friday, May 15, 2015

13 TV Shows Ordered By ABC Studios

ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios had another banner development year with thirteen new shows ordered to series. New dramas “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “The Family,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “The Muppets,” “OIL,” “Quantico,” “Wicked City”  along with new comedies “Dr. Ken” (co-production with Sony), “The Muppets,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Uncle Buck” (co-production with Universal Television)  were picked up at ABC. New dramas “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black” were ordered at CBS and new comedy the “Grandfathered” was ordered at FOX. 

Doctor Who, Portal 2, Simpsons & More Coming to Lego Dimensions

By Ryan Acheson

It seems like only yesterday we introduced LEGO Dimensions! It’s essentially the LEGO Company and Warner Brothers Interactive’s take on the whole Skylanders / Disney Infinity game and toy concept, coming to all the major consoles late this Summer. One of the things that seems to set Lego Dimensions apart is that instead of using what amounts to little plastic statues, it uses actual Lego minifigures and mini builds that you can take off their stands and take apart and rebuild any way you want. Even though that won’t affect how the characters and vehicles and items show up in game, in my eyes that adds a bit more value to the shelf loads of ‘stuff’ this game is going to be cluttering up your toy and video game stores with in the near future.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Watch Rick and Morty Kill The Simpsons

There have been many "couch gags" over the endless years The Simpsons have been on TV. How many? Ohhh...at least 56. At least. That's a lot. This Sunday, worlds collide as the stars of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty take a wrong turn down a happy, brightly colored street in Springfield.

Adult Swim and FOX announced today that characters from the original animated series Rick and Morty from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland will be making an appearance in the Season Finale of FOX’s award-winning animated hit comedy The Simpsons. Taking over the famous Simpsons “Couch Gag”, Rick and Morty will bring their multi-dimensional insanity to the home of iconic characters Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The Season Finale episode will air May 17 (8:00-8:30 pm ET/PT) on FOX.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Figure Fantasy: The Pop Culture Photography of Daniel Picard

Figure Fantasy: The Pop Culture Photography of Daniel Picard is a wholly unique collection of meticulously composed images, showcasing a variety of comic book and movie icons in realistic and often hilarious everyday settings. Canadian photographer Daniel Picard composes his comedic and artistic images using a mix of real-world photography and fantasy, resulting in a collection that actor Simon Pegg calls “a wonderful conversation piece.” Picard photographs 12-inch figures from Sideshow Collectibles, then arranges them in to-scale environments, using classic heroes and villains to create believable scenes and tongue-in-cheek parodies.

Your First Full Length Look at CBS's Supergirl

OH MAN...here we go. Remember when Wonderwoman was coming to TV and then we heard there was singing and quirkiness and odd wrongly emphasized stereotypical overly-girly fluff? Forget all that. This show looks awesome. Maybe. I hope.

SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman's (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents' help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jem and The Holograms Trailer Drops..and Thuds

We here at Idle Hands harass the movie industry ..well...nearly constantly, for tackling characters and fandoms they don't understand at all, and further, generally don't wish to understand. They buy a license they think is marketable, grab all the names from the license, throw the tiniest bit of recognizable flash across the whole thing and then ride it out before a public who are, often, thoroughly confused. When the first images and synopsis for Jem And The Holograms dropped the other day, the reception was chilly but hopeful. Jem is the is the story of a woman who has already made it, alongside her best friends, using her power and influence to help people and one step further, becomes Jem to make sure everything is right in the world. This is NOT the story of a small town hopeful and her sisters getting their big break in the big city, adopting a persona that doesn't feel much like herself and now forced to decide what is really important in life. NO! Nope. Nuh uh. The studio could have taken it back to the beginning when the girls first find their powers and adopt their pseudo-super hero rock star personas..but no....what they did was cookie cutter, bland, uninspired and done at least a dozen times before. Dive in for the travesty...