DragonCon 2012: Make the Bad Men Stop, Part 1

Return of the Bad Men

Well, the annual tradition continues. Here you have our opening salvo of last weekend’s Dragoncon extravaganza. We call it Make the Bad Men Stop, a panel/group therapy session in which we gather in the X-Track room and delve into what Hollywood has in store for our beloved pop culture properties.

The Law of Relative Development, of course, maintains that everything is in development somewhere–and no new research has been able to counter this. It’s because of this that we pride ourselves on being able to shock and appall our audiences for these events. Without reducing somebody to tears, I feel we haven’t achieved our goals.

Please note: like our normal podcasts, this is all over the map. And we flat out forget introductions. I’m just warning you ahead of time.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:30:12+00:00 September 7th, 2012|Podcasts|0 Comments

Why the Bad Men Can Never Stop

Ron Meyer

Well. Wow.

I say this because io9 pointed me to the comments made by Universal’s head burrito, Ron Meyer. If you have any interest in how Hollywood functions (or dysfunctions), then you should probably read both. Because then you can hear the full context for “Benicio del Toro stunk” (re: The Wolfman), the craptastic nature of stuff like Land of the Lost and him taking the audience to task for Scott Pilgrim.

I wanted to take a second to come at both of these articles from a slightly different angle, since an annual two-part panel we have at DragonCon every year is “Make the Bad Men Stop,” where we address Hollywood’s past, present and future atrocities.

io9 is correct in that Meyer (and thus Universal) “wants movies that are better than Cowboys and Aliens, but not as good as A Beautiful Mind. Not mediocre, just not great.” But they list Universal passing on the $200M+ Mountains of Madness and Dark Tower as examples of them being too risk averse. But here’s the thing: Meyer is right.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:27+00:00 November 8th, 2011|Stimuli|5 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #112: The Battery Episode

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is kept in a cage the size of a battery. Battery Park, really. But it’s fed nothing but batteries. But they’re provided by Viggo. So. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Or for people who are solar-powered. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Tex the Armadillo

Agenda:

  • Scott’s been busy
  • Password security
  • Name issues
  • Flavor Flav’s Chicken RIP
  • Din’s vegetarian soapbox moment
  • Dylan Dog
  • Army envy
  • Sony and your info
  • Din vs. Tex the Armadillo
  • Spiders holding your beer, and probably your tongue as well
  • Fisher King: NOT a hobo documentary
  • Chaperone night!
  • Cee-Lo Green, slightly prickish
  • Dindrane: opera vs. soul
  • First!
  • Bruce Vilanch
  • Exuberance!
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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:30+00:00 April 29th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #97: Cautionary Tales of Pop Rocks Abuse

It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that scoffs at your Snowpocalypse and hoses down your driveway in the middle of the night. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Krull Comics

Agenda:

  • R. Kelly, poet
  • Leigh’s great-grandmother travels through time!
  • Let’s start a rumor!
  • Axis & Allies enthusiasm
  • Stephen King‘s Dark Tower: The Board Game
  • Demon wrapping
  • Gifts going wrong
  • Pop Rocks going wrong
  • Leigh was right
  • Dare levels
  • The Ginger Story
  • Meredith Baxter-Birney
  • The Comic-Con Parade
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By | 2017-09-24T22:44:48+00:00 January 14th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

Little House in End-World

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Audiobook CD Cover Art

So we’re listening to the previously mentioned audiobook of Little House on the Prairie, and the idea that this guy is leaving Wisconsin with his family and heading west strikes me a bit odd, and next thing I know I’m thinking the following line:

“The Ingalls Family fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

I worry myself sometimes. Someone please go write this mashup. I’ll give you a dollar?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:19:00+00:00 May 18th, 2008|Stimuli|4 Comments