Trailer Park Friday: Crimson Peak, Pitch Perfect 2, Orphan Black Season 3 & The Man from UNCLE

It's been another long week of unpleasantness. Let's watch some videos and forget about it, shall we?

I was really tempted to put this trailer for Crimson Peak and just walk away. I mean, it's a gothic Tim Hiddleston movie directed by Guillermo del Toro with Jessica Chastain and Bobby from Supernatural. What else do you need to get your weekend started off right? It looks creepy and will probably give me nightmares, but it will be awesome. It comes to theatres October 16.

Speaking of awesome, you know what's super awesome? Pitch Perfect. What's going to be me awesome? Pitch Perfect 2. Unlike the previous trailer, this one gives some bits of the plot away. It comes out May 15 and that makes me very happy.

I'm not exactly particularly invested in The Man from UNCLE due to the actors. I don't really have feelings one way or another for Henry Cavill or Arnie Hammer, but this trailer is pretty action packed and I like spy thrillers with gadgets. It's directed by Guy Ritchie, so it's probably going to have some cool stylistic elements to it as well. It comes out August 14.

Somehow the Big Hero 6 dvd came out and I don't own it yet. This makes me sad, so I will have to remedy that this weekend. This is an io9 exclusive, so I can't embed the video, but if you go here you will find a clip of some of the bonus features where Baymax shares some Easter eggs hidden in the film.

And finally have a very brief teaser for season 3 of Orphan Black. Because Tatiana Maslaney is awesome and can do no wrong. It comes back to BBC America on April 18.

 

So anyone planning to watch a good movie this weekend? We might finally go see The Theory of Everything or Birdman at the indie theatre. What will you be watching this weekend?

 

Random Tuesday: Funko Exclusives, Game of Thrones Meets Soccer, History fo Sci Fi & More

It's less than a month until San Diego Comic Con, and I'm having a difficult time thinking of much else. Conversations in my house are either about soccer or SDCC, and I don't expect it to change until the end of July. So due to my SDCC craziness, the first random thing for this Random Tuesday is a picture of some random things that I want more than any rational person should:

Look at that adorable Stay Puft Man! Do you collect Funko pops? I've collected a few over the years, but it seems since I got my hands on shiny Ninja Turtles at last year's SDCC, I've been obsessed. Funko is a hard booth to get into at the Con, but I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get some of the 86 exclusives they have this year. These are just the first ones they've announced so far.

I haven't been able to look at too many random things this week, so I'm going to do this on the fly. How this for random?

In your latest bit of robot news, the Japenese have create more robots and these want to report the news. They're kind of creepy looking and considering I'm reading Robogenesis, I don't know if this is a good idea. (from The Mary Sue)

Entertainment Weekly had a book designer redo the covers of some classic literary so they look like the YA stories that they truely are. I don't think the fall-out from that Slate article will ever end.

Some people have a little too much free time on their hands, so they decided to make Game of Thrones costumes for their pugs and then film scenic portraits to show the world. It's pretty ridiculous. (from The Frisky)

Speaking of GOT, here is one for soccer-obsessed Fernando. Personally I think The Mary Sue's headline says it all: Game of Thrones Soccer Outfits So You Can Pretend You Care About the World Cup

If you didn't see the Orphan Black season finale on Saturday, what are you doing?! Stop reading this Random Tuesday post and go watch it! There is no link or story for this one. Just the adamant advice that you go watch Orphan Black now.

io9 dug up the history behind 31 science fiction terms and where they originated.

For all you authors out there, Charlie Jane Anders has a strange trick to cut down your manscript. (Also from the great io9)

Amazon put together their top 20 books of 2014 so far. I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of YA (and science fiction at that!) titles included.

 

And that's all the random I have in me today. I've been hanging out on Twitter a lot more lately, so if you want to chat, join me at @WorkforMandroid. You can get random things all week!

Random Tuesday: Hey, Look Who's Back Edition

Oh real life, why must you constantly take me away from my hobbies? Between work and obligations, I have been MIA way too long, my friends. Let's have some Random Tuesday fun to make up for it.

This made me go o.O and be very thankful that the BBC does require their leading men to be whatever their definition of "attractive" is.

It's almost officially summer time and if you're anything like us, you'll be binge watching at least one show that you've never gotten to before. EW has a binge watching guide for some television shows you might have recently missed. If you're not watching Arrow, you reallyl should binge that one first.

Neil Patrick Harris wrote an autobiography. It's a Choose Your Own Adventure book. We should be besties.

 X-Men: Days of Futures Past was a pretty good movie considering how many characters were crammed into it. Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly put together some very important PSAs you should pay attention to if you're going to cross paths with an X-Man. You can see the other 7 over on Dorkly.

Speaking of awesome television, Orphan Black is probably in my favorite five television shows right now. The Mary Sue has these silly pop culture reference filled visual "recaps" every week. Here is the one from last Saturday's episode (spoilers, of course).

Netflix online had some issues with summaries last week where two movies would get smooshed together for hilarious results. You can see some of the best here. Watch out for those cyborg bubblegum machines.

 

Unfortunately large scary storms are headed this way, so I have to cut the Return to Random Tuesday(TM pending) short. As we hunker down for more storms, let me know what shows we should binge this summer in the comments.

Leslie's Favorite Television of 2013: Robots, Clones, Superheroes & Crazy Vampires

There is something about 2013 entertainment in general that has me feeling a little down. Looking back on the year of television, movies, video games and even books, I’m having a hard time truly getting that excited about much that I consumed. So instead of a favorites list, here is part one of my random thoughts about the best (and not so great) of 2013.

Favorite New Show: Almost Human

I will admit that the most recent episodes have had some issues, particularly when it comes to portraying females, but this is still the most fun I’ve had with a new show in quite some time. The relationship between Karl Urban’s Kennex and Michael Ealy’s Dorian holds the show up even when the gender politics start becoming a little uncomfortable and plot lines get a little silly. I hope this series catches on and the writers can find their feet because this has the potential to become a really fun science fiction escape. Plus Urban on my television every week will never get old.

Favorite New Show Not Involving Robots: Orphan Black


What is Tatiana Maslany? It’s a rare talent to play so many characters and have the ability to make them all unique and identifiable at a glance. Just with a shift of posture and a subtle change of expression and she becomes a different clone. From beginning to end, this science fiction clone show is phenomenal and more people should be watching it. The second season begins in April and it can’t come soon enough. What other show will you see someone dancing in a laser-filled club while waving a man’s tale around in the air?

Most Anticipated Weekly Watch: Arrow


What has happened to Arrow? When did it become so awesome? Building out the world to include the League of Assassins, Barry Allen and assorted DC villains and heroes has worked well for the series and Oliver’s task of protecting the city while following a new moral code have been fascinating to watch. After the midseason finale, I can’t wait to see what the second half of the second season has in store and hope that the awesomeness can continue.

Show Most Likely to Have No Idea What It’s Doing: The Vampire Diaries


Don’t even ask me to tell you what’s going on this season. It’s a jumbled mess of crazy, and not necessarily the good kind of crazy either. New characters are introduced and disappear a few episodes later. Entire plot lines come and go without much effect on the rest of the story. Character development gets thrown in the trash when it’s convenient to the story, so everyone seems to be working multiple personalities. I continue to watch, but it’s no longer a must-watch-day-of type of show. (True Blood was a close second choice for this one for all the same reasons - what is up with these vampire shows?)

Most Surprisingly Awesome Import: The Returned


Zombies that aren’t zombies in a French import with subtitles? The hype was well deserved for this 8 hour mini-series. It’s French, so it’s left wide open and nothing is really spoon fed to you as far as explanations go. It makes the entire thing a little more creepy and haunting. This isn’t your standard American zombie gorefest, but something far more subtle that is way more frightening.

Show that Won Us Over After a Second Chance: New Girl


This was actually my Most Disappointing Show for 2011. The slow motion chicken dance in the third or fourth episode was far too twee for my taste. After many people recommended it to us, we gave it a second try. Zooey Deschunal is still too quirky for the sake of being quirky, but the rest of the show turned out to be pretty fun.

 

What shows were your favorites in 2013? I'm always open to new awesome!