Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Worst of Batman and Robin

George Clooney as Batman

I don’t think Joel Schumacher will ever be forgiven for putting nipples on the Batsuit. Nor will he ever live down the travesty that is the 1997 Batman and Robin movie.

This video is making its rounds on various blogs. Someone took all the worst scenes in Batman and Robin and made a brilliant compilation video. It’s hilarious! And truly shows how awful that movie is, especially compared to the recent Batman Begins and The Dark Knight films. It’s a full ten minutes in length, but well worth it.

 

Poor Joel Schumacher. Here’s a short clip of him actually apologizing for this film.

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Need an Excuse?

If you’re like me, you’ll look for any opportunity to dress up in costumes. Well, now’s the time to do it! Don’t wait until Halloween! The holiday used to be a one day event, but celebrations of the dark and scary have been steadily extending over the years. Some places start their Halloween celebrations as early as the first week of September! The fact is that if it’s connected to Halloween at all, it’s an excuse to wear a costume—so go out there and party!

Finding local haunted houses, corn mazes, haunted forest events is a good way to start. If you dig around, you’ll find that a lot of companies will be hosting their own Halloween events, like hotels offering “ghoulish getaways,” or theme parks and other recreational places having haunted nights. Then of course there are huge tourist attractions, like the Haunted Happenings festivities which go on for a month in Salem, Massachusetts, every year.

But why should you be satisfied with what everyone else has to offer? Here are some ideas you can do yourself!

1. Get a few of your friends together and create your own haunted something—haunted house, party, scavenger hunt, whatever—then invite a lot of your other friends over to this party, without letting them in on it. Stage supernatural events and see if you can freak your friends out—or at least get them to appreciate your awesome ghost costume.

2. Grab your friends, a video camera, and a bunch of costumes, head out to a secluded area, and film your own impromptu horror film. Even if the film doesn’t turn out that great, you’ll still have fun doing it.

3. Don’t have just one party on Halloween night—have several, leading up to it. You can choose a grisly theme and have it slowly build up until your last party is a horror extravaganza to celebrate Halloween right. If you disguise the parties as something else, and pretend they’re not Halloween parties, people won’t think you’re weird and obsessive—but by the time your last party comes around, they’ll realize how much fun it was!

4. Four words: Murder Mystery Party Games. The awesome part of this one is that it doesn’t have to be connected to Halloween at all. You can play them at any time of year—but Halloween is an excuse to play them even more.

Those are all the ideas I have for now. The important thing is to take full advantage of this season. Wearing costumes is built into the holiday, so not only should you dress up as often as you can, but you should be looking for any reason to do so.

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Zombie Kid Likes Turtles

What else is there to say? The Zombie Kid likes turtles. And everyone likes the Zombie Kid.

 
 

 
 

 
 

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Want to Join Dr. Horrible’s Evil League of Evil?

Dr. Horrible

Good news, Evil Doers! If you’re a fan of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, you’ll be happy to know that the Evil League of Evil is now accepting applications!

Create your own Evil Villain and submit a video – the winners will be shown as a Bonus Feature on the upcoming Dr. Horrible DVD!

Here are the rules listed on the ELE website:

Evil League of Evil

  • It should be no more than three minutes in length.
  • There should be little to no swearing.
  • Dialogue, logos, and music must be original.
  • Songs are not required (singing is a bonus).
  • You must be evil — it’s a plus to have a name.
  • Your video application should be posted to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Email us a link to the video, with your contact information.
  • October 11 is the last day to submit.
  • The best applicants, as determined by the League or its designated agents, will be included on a special DVD commemorating our most recent member.
  • Ha! How fun is this? Better hurry though, the submission deadline is only a couple of weeks away. Some videos are already up on Youtube, and they are a lot of fun to watch.

     

    Those are great!

    For more information, head on over the ELE website. Good luck, Horrible Fans!

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    The Fly, The Costumes

    The Fly. It’s a horror film classic, whether you prefer the 1958 original or the 1986 remake. It’s a great story about a scientist whose experiments go wrong, combining him with a fly into one horrible monster. “That’s old stuff,” some might scoff, preferring new horror about girls coming out of TV screens and ghosts with grudges. But this old story has been given new life as an opera, which premiered in the US earlier this month in Los Angeles. It’s an interesting blend of old and new, cult film and high opera.

    Unfortunately, it’s received less-than-awesome reviews concerning the singing and score, but they had nothing bad to say about the set design, and of course, the costumes. I’m intrigued by what I’ve seen online. Transforming a man into a fly-monster onstage certainly can’t be an easy task, and his costumes reportedly become increasingly gross and horrific throughout the second act. Here are some images I was able to dredge up online:

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    Wow! Nasty! I feel sick just looking at them! I would have to call it a costuming masterpiece. The costumes may not be pretty, but are they ever amazing.

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    Stephen Colbert and Spider-Man?

    Stephen Colbert and Spider-Man

    This is some extremely cool comic book news. Marvel just announced that “Spider-Man and acclaimed television personality Stephen Colbert will join forces in an all new eight-page story featured in the extra-sized AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #573!”

    How totally bizarre, but I love it. We’ve blogged about Colbert before when he wore a Neil Young costume and sang with Crosby, Stills and Nash. I didn’t think that could be topped, but… swinging around with Spidey is about as good as it gets.

    Stephen Colbert and Spider-Man

    Marvel appears to be quite the fan of Colbert. In the Marvel Universe, Colbert is still a popular presidential candidate, even though in real life he was voted off the Democratic ballot last November.

    Here’s a clip of the Colbert talking with Joe Quesada, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics:


    www.colbertnation.com

    “You are polling incredibly high among super-humans and mutants.”
    – Joe Quesada

    Congratulations, Stephen Colbert. You are truly a hero among men. I hope Marvel ends up giving you a super power.

    The Colbert/Spider-Man #573 will be released in October. In the meantime you can keep track of Stephen Colbert’s presidential campaign in the Marvel Universe HERE.

    Stephen Colbert for President

    Stephen Colbert for President

     



    In closing, I just want to say that DC Comics seems to be missing the Colbert Boat. If they knew what was good for them, they’d be rushing to sign Colbert for a live-action Plastic Man movie. I think he’d be perfect. In the meantime, Colbert’s presidency in the Marvel Universe will just have to do.

    Stephen Colbert as Plastic Man

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    Crazy for Pumpkins

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    Fall is in the air, pumpkins are on the vine and people are turning their thoughts to Halloween. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pumpkin…

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    Sorry, Charlie Brown…we already found the Great Pumpkin!

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    Dragon*Con 2008 Report: Friday!

    ManWithPezBrought to you by ManWithPez, guest costume blogger extraordinaire.

    After Thursday’s excursions into the realms of drunken surreality, we all realized that we had to pace ourselves. Friday held the first of the celebrity panels we were going to, the first real day of costume wear, and the Buffy and Dr. Horrible sing-a-longs.

    Before the day could start, however, ThatCostumeGirl, queen of the procrastinators had to finish my Dr. Horrible costume, which required some hemming. I was running around like a kid on Christmas morning: “C’mon! Get up! We gotta go!” And she, gamely, rose to the occasion. She got up and finished the costume before putting on her Dr. Horrible groupie costume. Our pal Lissa was dressed this way as well, and I was the only Dr. Horrible with his own fanclub!

    Dr. Horrible and Groupies

    The elation about this faded fast when I ran into the first other Dr. Horrible of the day, and his costume was ten times better than mine.Dr. Horribles

    Didn’t bother me much when I found out later that night that he was actually in the Whedontrack’s Sing-a-long as Dr. Horrible. So, I don’t feel so bad about mine, and besides, I hadn’t had anything to drink yet.

    The lines in Dragon Con are legendary, and to get into a 2 o’clock show, we began waiting in line around 10am. We found our friends, holding our places like the good friends they are, at least, they were holding the place, until the entire line had to be moved elsewhere. Dragon Con has yet to understand the sheer size of the crowd the Firefly celebrities draw, but it is substantial.

    The very first things I noticed in this line were two costumes. One, a young lady (I have to say that I use this term loosely…but I did appreciate the costume) in a Gizmonics Institute jumpsuit that was open damn near down to her knees. Not only did I appreciate it, everyone who passed her enjoyed it, as she was wearing very little underneath. Now, this kind of thing happens rampantly at this con, but it was a shock to see it first thing Friday morning.

    Cylon 6 and Dr. Horrible The second was the young woman in the beautiful Cylon Six red dress. She was having a hard time staying in her dress, as it doesn’t lend itself very well to standing, or sitting in line. I noticed that if she didn’t keep the dress in check, it was going to get the better of her, and all the males in the line were with me in hoping that gravity or her dress would come out on the winning side.

    After the line moved, ThatCostumeGirl took the opportunity to look around and take pictures of the more interesting costumes. She came back to find me getting my picture taken with the Six. What can I say, I’ve always been interested in robotics.

    When it was my turn to look around, I ran into what was possibly the coolest group of costumes I’ve ever seen. Jack Burton and Gracie Law from Big Trouble in Little China, but, scattered around them, there were dozens of people dressed in the red and yellow costumes of the Chang Sings and Wing Kong, the rival gangs that duke it out in the Chinese Standoff at the beginning of the movie.

    I was impressed to say the least, but, man, those guys were near impossible to herd together, which is probably why you won’t see a picture of them here.Speed Racer

    Also of note, there was a little guy dressed in one of the coolest Speed Racer costumes I’ve seen! He also asked to get his picture taken with me, and who is Dr. Horrible to say no to a photo op?

    I can remark on there being a lot more Dr. Who costumes this year, and, one of my favorite things in the con happened while I waited near the beginning of the line. The guy who promised me an “Evil League of Evil” ribbon for my badge came through, knowing he was going to be at the back of a miles long line, and he STILL gave me the ribbon. That’s class, man…that’s class.

    Less classy was the line for the Dr. Horrible Sing-a-long. The panel went off without a hitch, and was very entertaining, but what do you expect from Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk? After that we went our separate ways, and I, knowing I was going to be singing later, went up to the room to start getting my courage on…rather, to begin drinking. After an elevator ride with a woman wearing my favorite comic costume from the con, a flawless Lilandra costume from X-Men, the drink was on!

    The good thing about staying in the same hotel as the sing-a-long was that I could head back up and replenish whenever I needed to. The bad thing about the hotel is that this was where it appeared most of the Clemson v. Alabama fans had decided to stay. These poor people were wandering and mixing among people dressed…well, like me, while they were wearing their football jerseys. As I have stated previously, the surreality knows no bounds.

    When we got into the show, it became readily apparent that we weren’t the only ones that had imbibed in social lubricant in order to get ready to sing this evening. Frankly, I don’t see the point in getting so drunk that you can’t stand, let alone sing at a sing-a-long. Cast members were scattered in the first few rows, and we would find out why during the show. The show was wonderful, with the exception of the man behind me stating very loudly and exuberantly that he wanted the Dr. Horrible on stage to …well, make love to him, after a fashion, I guess you could say.

    Capt. Hammer and Dr. Horrible

    It was after this show that I ran into the scariest Captain Hammer of the show. We were allowed to keep out seats for the next show, the Once More With Feeling sing-a-long, and happily did so. As we got up to go to the bathroom, however, I was grabbed around the neck by a flamboyantly gay Captain Hammer, who proceeded, after choking me, to hump my leg vigorously.

    While ThatCostumeGirl and Lissa snapped pictures, I was being violated by this young man who was obviously very into his character, and very drunk. It’s hard to yell for help when you’re being choked and drunk yourself, but I’m not certain a cry of “I NEED AN ADULT!!!” would have gotten the attention that I needed.

    Buffy Sing-Along

    The Buffy show was even better than it had been previous years, with Buffy alum Ken Feinberg (the Chaos Demon from Fool for Love) playing the part of the Mustard Man. Also, instead of Spike throwing a wine bottle into the crowd, causing pain and mass hysteria (and possibly alcohol poisoning), she threw, instead, a huge plush bunny. It nailed me right in the face, and I couldn’t have been happier about it!

    After the show, we decided to A) drink more, and B) roam around looking for more cool costumes! Frankly, the rest of the evening is a quick blur to me, but if you look at ThatCostumeGirl’s pictures, under her favorites from the convention, you’ll see her favorite pose was a Batman/Superman picture. I took that picture, with the huge telephoto lens on my camera, from 40 feet away, as I was trying to keep from falling on the pavement. I failed, but the picture rocked!

    Batman and Superman

    Saturday would see a huge costume failure on my part, a weather failing, an unasked question, and a shindig! See you soon!

    [Photos by Lissa, MalsWay, ManWithPez, and ThatCostumeGirl]

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