Saturday, January 24, 2015

'Helix' Recap: 'Reunion'

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We're back! We've got a great show for you tonight: peanut butter spores, disguises, brotherly affection, and a woman impersonating an elephant. Let's do this.

No one does tortured like Alan Farragut and tonight's self flagellations are no different as he rememgers torturing and killing a woman to get into Ilaria's files in his quest to find Julia...and the island of St. Germain. Time to go undercover as Brother Jerome where the highlight of his day is being promoted to harvester. Sarah spies Alan but in her hurrry to follow him, she comes across a member suffering from the Yellow Fungus of Hork so of course follows him to the council room just in time for a meeting. Do you think you could possibly be quiet now, Sarah? Everyone's searching for Alan as 30 years in the future Julia goes to dig him up as rest time is over. Well, everyone except Peter that is.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

'Face Off' Recap: 'Monkey Business'

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It's the second part of the "Face Off" two-part season eight opener with Team Laura, Team Rayce and Team Anthony racing to complete a surprise third make up design to win the Spotlight Challenge. Get your drinks ready as we wait for molds to crack, time management to fail, and magic to grace the reveal stage. Let's do this.

The teams will need to add a tyrannical simian ruler who wants those alien interlopers off the planet. In order to be able to thoroughly impress guest judge Rick Baker, they are given an extra day in the lab. Try not to waste it or anything guys.

Team Laura - Squirrel Monkey
Team Anthony - Mandrill
Team Rayce - White-Faced Capuchin

Gregory, Alan, and Logan are sculpting the monkey faces and Laura's really not feeling Gregory's interpretation. Captain's remorse? Mr. Westmore arrives with slightly better news; at least Anthony doesn't look like he's about to cry. Gregory suffers from overhelpfulitis and falls behind on the monkey face. He knows he's struggling and busts out the 'I don't want to go home' line. (This is also known as the 'loser edit.') Drink! Don't worry Laura, at least Darla has immunity. Ben's payback for being nasty to Kelly earlier is a broken hand mold so drink your drink.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marvel's 'Secret Wars' Officially Announced

Every part of the present Marvel business model will be on display this May with the release of Secret Wars. It's another event-driven plot that basically issues a relaunch of titles where hints of resurrected heroes come in to play. That covers the big three things, right? At a live announcement today, Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, and Senior VP and Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort, officially unveiled plans for the MU-changing Secret Wars it has been teasing for months now.

Did you think all those teaser covers of past Marvel events were just gratuitous, tongue-in-cheek ways of paying homage to Marvel history? Well, they were, but they also served the purpose of giving fans a preview of each world that will be inhabiting Battleworld, even if they didn't realize it. Battleworld looks a lot like Earth. In fact, it is Earth, but after the conclusion of the Time Runs Out thread that's been playing out through Avengers and New Avengers for the past couple of years. Jonathan Hickman will continue the meta-plot he's been guiding in Avengers and New Avengers since their respective relaunches and help create an entirely new world for Marvel with Esad Ribic manning the pencils.

New Trailer Released for 'The Walking Dead:' 'Another Day'

Screen Shot Courtesy AMC:YouTube
AMC just released a new trailer for the remainder of its fifth season of "The Walking Dead" and this time, we get footage. Footage and some words of inspiration from Rick and Michonne. The 30-second trailer is called "Another Day" and shows just how hell-bent the group is on surviving.

The mid-season premiere airs Sunday, February 8 at 9 p.m. ET. The new trailer is embedded below and then you can stick around for any season five goodies you may have missed.

After the tragic events of the mid-season finale--as well as losing the possibility of a cure in Washington, DC--Rick Grimes' band of survivors find themselves on the road, surviving day to day and trying to hold on to their shredded humanity and dwindling hope. Stripped of security and without a direction for the future, some of the group near their breaking point, some find themselves hardened and cold and some just try to grasp on to what little they have left. Though they are still breathing, the line between Rick's group and the dead is starting to blur.

-Larissa Mrykalo

'Super-Fan Builds' Dreams Up a Batmobile Stroller

You know how parents think their child is the awesomest in all the land? Imagine if you're bragging about your toddler and the Joneses you're trying to keep up with whip out their kid's Batmobile stroller and ask you to go for a walk. Your argument is then rendered 'invalid.'

According to, the team that brought us that Groot swing everyone couldn't stop talking about (because it was awesome), created a fully functional (yet non-folding) Batmobile stroller based on the "Tumbler Batmobile from the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy." The teams is called Super-Fan Builds and the video is embedded below so you can check out what they did.

Now to get our nerdy little hands on one...even if we don't have a Batbaby.

-Larissa Mrykalo

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 'Pittura Infamante'

Courtesy Fox

When we cold open on a new character, we know they are not long for this world and that honor tonight goes to a man named Grant as he's cleaning a painting when it starts bleeding. Bandages, stat! Le'ts do this.

It's date night for the estranged Mr. and Mrs. a historical society. You know what's fun? Bowling. Bowling is fun. They should do that. Anyway, Abbie gives Crane good advice to not mention the Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin or his fling with Betsey Ross. Oops. Crane knows Grant, the restorer because of course he does and Katrina was totally besties with Abigail Adams whose house they're at because of course she was. Date night's interrupted by Katrina being impacted by magic and a presence. Nice try but still not liking her. Moving on.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Details on 'Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life' Documentary

HBO has been a little stingy about releasing details on the upcoming fifth season of "Game of Thrones" but they're starting to roll out the goodies. A mystery featurette has been previously mentioned and now we know what it entails.

The half-hour documentary is called "Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life" and according to Entertainment Weekly, the special "covers one day of season 5 production on three different Thrones sets in three different countries – Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Sevilla and Osuna, Spain." It will air February 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Will we get a juicy peek at scenes from season five? We'll most certainly learn at least some details since the special will involve spending time with crew members and visiting “the epic sets, renowned cast and global scale of Thrones, as well as the more intimate and individual challenges of our subjects, giving the audience a new perspective on one of the most elaborate productions in television history.”

If you can't wait, remember to head to your local IMAX theater starting on January 29 to not only watch an exclusive season five trailer but view "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children." Click here for details.

The fifth season of "Game of Thrones" premieres on Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Scottish Hotel Owner Discovers Face of E.T. in a Tree Trunk

Apparently E.T. didn't make it back to his home planet. He ended up in a tree? In the land where Nessie supposedly resides, a hotel owner recently discovered the face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in a tree trunk.

"We kid you knot," says Billy Harley, the proprietor of the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye. Harley was the Elliot who spotted smiling E.T. "inside the trunk of a tree he was chopping to make firewood for the popular bar of his hotel."

Harley was quoted as saying, “The weather has got a lot colder in the last week and I was getting some additional logs ready to keep the place warm for our guests. I put the chainsaw through a trunk and there was ET staring back at me. I phoned home and my wife brought a camera out to take some pictures.”

Harley's plans are uncertain, “We’re not quite sure what to do now. We could turn ET into a coffee table or a bar stool maybe.” So you can potentially enjoy your scotch whilst sitting on the tree face of a famous movie alien.

The Isle of Skye is certainly an appropriate place for E.T. to end up and the Harley family is hoping his appearance will drum up business and draw in folks who are "perhaps wishing for a glimpse in the sky of ET’s parents coming to collect him." They are also considering naming one the hotel rooms after the world-famous alien.

I guess you never know what you'll find when you're chopping wood? Adorable things, that's what! Matrixing is cool.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Belgian Duo Combines Horror and Taxidermy in Photo Project

I'm a horror nerd so when I find something unique and amazing, I get excited to share it with you guys. I recently came across a piece on about two Belgian artists and their photo project called Wounderland. They call themselves Mothmeister and they're delightfully surreal.

According to Laughing Squid, these talented Antwerpians, "...create wonderfully bizarre portraits in which figures in frightful and surreal costumes pose with taxidermy animals." and "They present the project as a reaction against both 'selfie culture' and the beauty standards of the mass media." Check out a small sampling of their prints below and then follow them on Instagram. If you really dig them, their prints can be purchased from their Etsy shop.

-Larissa Mrykalo