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NYCC 2016: “We Got This!” with Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin

NYCC 2016: “We Got This!” with Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin

If the conclusion of The Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast left a hole in your soul like it did mine, have no fear. Two of your favorite Workjuice Players, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin, are doing the Lord’s work and tackling the important debates that you and your friends have stressed over for years in their weekly podcast, We Got This. At New York Comic Con 2016, I got to sit down with Mark and Hal to explore the origins of their endeavor, discuss their involvement with The Venture Brothers, and get a glimpse of what to expect from future We Got This episodes. Click the player below to hear what they had to say! http://www.openthefridge.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NYCC2016-GagliardiLublin.mp3

NYCC 2016: Interview with Nerd Rock Stars, Jonathan Coulton and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo

NYCC 2016: Interview with Nerd Rock Stars, Jonathan Coulton and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo

New York Comic Con continues to be one of our favorite events to attend and there is never a shortage of people with whom we can have a great conversation about nerd culture. At NYCC 2016, I had the chance to talk with internet rock star and former code monkey Jonathan Coulton, as well as musical comedy genius Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo of the duo “Paul & Storm.” We talked about music, Creative Commons, and the JoCo Cruise. Click the player below to hear what they had to say! http://www.openthefridge.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NYCC2016-CoultonStorm.mp3

Alan Tudyk’s “Con Man” Returns for Season 2 on “Comic-Con HQ”

Alan Tudyk’s “Con Man” Returns for Season 2 on “Comic-Con HQ”

Con Man, the web series that pokes fun at life at convention as a sci-fi star, is coming back for season two! Lionsgate announced today that the record-breaking web series will return late 2016 on the new subscription VOD service, Comic-Con HQ. Comic-Con HQ is the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that seeks to extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event. The official launch of CCHQ will happen in July to coincide with San Diego Comic Con, but beta access is available starting tomorrow. Executive produced by Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, and author PJ Haarsma, Con Man is loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences in life post-Firefly. In the show, Tudyk is Wray Nerely, the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. Wray’s best friend, ...

“Batman: The Killing Joke” Receives an R rating from MPAA

“Batman: The Killing Joke” Receives an R rating from MPAA

Batman: The Killing Joke has received an “R” rating from the MPAA, Warner Bros. announced last week much to the delight of many a Batman fan. After comments from the powers that be at last year’s San Diego Comic Con, this wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it is refreshing to get a confirmation. Batman: The Killing Joke, one of the best-selling graphic novels in history, is an award-winning tale of The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. It’s also known for its very mature content, up to and including the scene where Joker paralyzes Batgirl. Fans have wanted a film adaptation of this story for years, and the “R” rating ensures that the film won’t shy away from some of the more brutal scenes that make The Killing Joke so memorable. Bruce Timm ...

Enter the Sorcerer Supreme: The First “Dr. Strange” Trailer Released

Enter the Sorcerer Supreme: The First “Dr. Strange” Trailer Released

You guys. Doctor Strange. You guys! I have been waiting for a live action adaptation of Stephen Strange for so long, and this looks amazing. Doctor Strange marks Marvel Studios 14th (or so) film in the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous master of magic, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. While Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy lightly introduced the powers cosmic to the masses in their respective movies, Doctor Strange marks the first movie to deal heavily with the mystical forces of magic and extra-dimensional beings — and if I know my Strange, there’ll be plenty of that to go around. I do find it a bit weird that Benedict Cumberbatch’s American accent for Dr. Strange could easily be interchanged with Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House. Doctor Strange hits theatres on November 4, 2016.

“Justice League vs. Teen Titans” on Digital HD Today, Blu-Ray/DVD on April 12

“Justice League vs. Teen Titans” on Digital HD Today, Blu-Ray/DVD on April 12

The DC Animated Movies have been coming a healthy clip lately. It’s only the end of March and we’ve already seen Batman: Bad Blood, Cosmic Clash, and now Justice League vs. Teen Titans! In this movie, Batman sends Damian Wayne to work with the Teen Titans, in an effort to curtail his League of Assassins tendencies. However, adjusting Damian’s attitude turns out to be the least of the Teen Titans’ troubles as Raven’s satanic, world-conquering father Trigon begins an escape from his inter-dimensional prison. To complete his return, Trigon must have Raven’s assistance – and to accomplish his goal, he spreads his demonic forces across the globe, infiltrating the minds and bodies of the Justice League to do his bidding. To save the universe and prevent a literal hell on Earth, the Teen Titans must rescue – or defeat – the Justice League, and intern Trigon for ...

Spooooon! “The Tick” Returns with Amazon Pilot Order

Spooooon! “The Tick” Returns with Amazon Pilot Order

The quirky live-action comedy The Tick is heading back to television, as Amazon Studios orders a pilot for its video platform. While the return of The Tick comes as a surprise for some, the revival appears to have been in the works for a while. Ben Edlund, creator of the comic and producer of the animated and live-action Fox series, stated that there was some movement to bring the Tick to Amazon back in 2014. Edlund will return to write and produce, and Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry have been cast as the Tick’s sidekick Arthur Everest and his sister Dot, respectively, according to Deadline. In 2014, it was rumored that Patrick Warburton would be reprising his role from the live-action Fox series, but that appears to have fallen through, as the silky voiced Peter Serafinowicz has been cast as the eponymous hero. While not exactly built like the ...

“Captain America: Civil War” Final Trailer Released

“Captain America: Civil War” Final Trailer Released

Choose your side. Marvel has released the final trailer for Captain America: Civil War, and it somehow serves to heighten the already high expectations of the movie. The movie has strayed somewhat from the comic material for Civil War, but the basis is the same: out of fear due to a hero-created disaster, the government creates a registry that heroes must sign to keep doing their hero thing. Without a signature, they’re considered vigilantes and criminals. In the Marvel movie universe Avengers: Age of Ultron becomes the trigger point. After the events of the Sokovia, the United Nations seek to curtail superhero collateral damage with the Sokovia Accords. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) chooses to sign with the accords, while Captain America (Chris Evans) chooses not to. Sides are chosen between the heroes, and, as is the case with superheros, fighting ensues. And what a ...

First “Ghostbusters” Trailer Released

First “Ghostbusters” Trailer Released

After 30 years, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters is coming back! The first trailer of the hotly debated new Ghostbusters has been released. Directed by Paul Feig, this Ghostbusters reboot follows Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the titular Ghostbusters in their quest to rid New York City from a supernatural threat. It certainly looks like Ghostbusters — we’ve got creepy ghosts, tons of ooze, and proton packs. Whether we needed a Ghostbusters reboot can certainly be debated, but I am personally optimistic since those are some of the funniest names in the business. We’ll see this summer when Ghostbusters hits theaters.