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Although it’s the all-star sing-a-long from last night’s final episode of The Colbert Report that’s getting the attention this morning — it involved everyone from Henry Kissinger and Cyndi Lauper to Big Bird and Joe Quesada — it’s what came afterward that holds a special place in our hearts.
Having killed his old nemesis Grimmy the Grim Reaper, Stephen Colbert discovers he’s now immortal (cue Highlander effects), a condition he finds “kinda lonely, a little snacky.” Directionless, he takes to the rooftop, shouting “What do I do know?” while holding two prized possessions that didn’t get put in his yard sale: a Sting sword from The Lord of the Rings, and Captain America’s shield.
In the past year, both Loki and Superman have dropped by Sesame Street to teach the beloved characters valuable (and not at all sinister) lessons, and this week it’s Magneto’s turn. Or is that Gandalf’s?
Appearing alongside Sir Cookie Monster, Ian McKellen is tasked with telling young viewers what the word resist means. But considering that Cookie Monster doesn’t even know, it’s up to the actor to explain, using a couple of vaguely familiar examples.
“Say there was something you really loved, and it pulled you towards it like some sort of powerful magnet,” says the Master of Magnetism. “If you were able to control yourself and not go near it, you would resist it.”
It seems like ages since we last saw a new episode of The Venture Bros. (it’s actually been about 17 months), but the drought will end, if only briefly, on Jan. 19 with the premiere of the space-themed special. Then we’ll have to go back to dreaming again about new episodes.
To help with that (perhaps?), Adult Swim is offering, for a limited time, 300-thread count official Venture Bros. sheets depicting many of the characters from the series, and pillow cases emblazoned with the Venture logo. What more could someone with $50 and a queen-sized bed — yeah, they only come in one size — wish for?
The fan-favorite animated series The Legend of Korra hasn’t had it easy, surviving a disastrous Season 3 rollout only to be bumped from Nickelodeon’s television schedule to finish out its four-season run online (although it now appears to be returning to TV). But in this new video from Gritty Reboots, which gave us the trailer for Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie, Korra strikes back against Nick executives, which here take the form of slime benders.
The location and stunts are terrific, and the special effects pretty decent, but I can’t help but think the parody could’ve been taken a lot further. Watch the the video and behind-the-scenes feature below.
Wytches artist Jock, who earlier created scene-transition illustrations for a Gotham TV spot, returns to the city’s gritty streets for an ad spotlighting the Fox drama’s breakout character: Oswald Cobblepot, as played by Robin Lord Taylor.
“Gotham needs me,” states The Penguin, the master manipulator. “I am its future.”
Just as The CW’s Arrow launched The Flash, and Smallville before them attempted to spawn Aquaman, it seems likely that Fox will eventually look to introduce a spinoff of Gotham. Although I’d vote for The Penguin – or, better still, The Adventures of Gertrud Kapelput — The Warp Zone delves deeper into the prequel formula for its Batman parody trailer Gotham Begins.
And if that concept doesn’t go far enough into the Dark Knight’s backstory, well, they have you covered …
If you’ve been holding out for a musical parody of The Walking Dead set to the tune of the classic Queen anthem “Another One Bites the Dust,” then it’s your lucky day, as that’s exactly what The Hillywood Show delivers in its latest video. It’s pretty good, too, with all the gore you would expect from Rick Grimes & Co., with all the dancing and slow-motion flips that you wouldn’t.
For Supernatural viewers, there’s also a cameo by fan-favorite actor Osric Chau (plus, for everyone, a behind-the-scenes video).
The CW’s new drama The Flash has been widely praised for its rejection of doom and gloom in favor of a cheerier depiction of superheroes. However, a group of physics students is questioning whether Barry Allen is a hero at all.
In a brief paper titled “The Flash: Hero or Villain?,” four students from the University of Leicester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy scrutinize a scene from the pilot episode in which the Scarlet Speedster races to save a bicyclist from being struck by a taxi. While in the television series the man was left confused but otherwise unharmed, in reality his encounter with the Fastest Man Alive would leave him in worse shape than if he’d been struck by the car.
If you’re one of those people who waits until the day of the big Halloween party to start thinking about a costume, you should probably go ahead and print these out now: Courtesy of Fox’s Gotham, they’re paper masks of The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and Fish Mooney (although they appear somewhat older than they do on the television series).
Of course, if you don’t have a party to go to, or little trick-or-treaters to escort, you could always wear these while you watch the TV show, but that’d be creepy.
When The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira appeared last week on Live! with Kelly and Michael, the took a couple of minutes to show the co-hosts the finer points of zombie-killing, Michonne-style.
During a commercial break, the actress impressed the audience by demonstrating with a wooden katana how to slice a zombie in half. But then she was given a real blade. “I feel like I’m cheating on my girl here,” Gurira said, referring to her sword from the AMC drama.
Michonne, who had been without her signature weapon for a couple of episodes of the series, was reunited with it last night. Watch the video of her Live! appearance below.
The announcement today that Greg Berlanti is developing a drama for Fox called Riverdale, is certainly big news, if not entirely unexpected, given some of Archie Comics’ recent ambitions. Written by Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the series promises both the wholesome Riverdale readers have come to expect over the past seven decades and the “surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath.”
But before this Riverdale, there was another that featured just that: Longtime readers may recall the 2011 parody trailer of the same name that perfectly lampooned both Archie Comics and the tropes of teen melodramas.
Although the second part of Bad Lip Reading’s sendup of The Walking Dead Season 4 doesn’t contain a breakout hit like “Carl Poppa,” which is likely burning up Billboard’s rap chart at this very moment, it does include a few gems, including Rick and Daryl’s dispute about the glue police, Tyreese’s song for Carol, Rick and Carl’s heartwarming drug talk, and Hershel’s apparent love for Prince (because, really, who doesn’t like Prince?).
However, if that still leaves you yearning for more of the “La Jiggy Jar Jar Doo,” you’re in luck: BLP has put together a lyric video from “Carl Poppa.” You can watch both below.
As Seth Meyers quickly discovered last night on NBC’s Late Night, Gotham City residents are really, really tired of being asked about Batman.
In an effort to get to know his audience, the talk-show host singled out Jeremy and, um, Jeremy, a pair of tourists from Gotham — yes, the Gotham City — who quickly set him straight on the subject of the Caped Crusader.
For weeks fans of The Walking Dead have been parsing quotes from the producers and stars of the hit AMC series, searching for clues as to which characters won’t survive the upcoming fifth season. However, despite their diligence, it appears a significant casualty has already slipped by them.
When The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12, it will be without one of its fixtures since Season 2: the kiwi-green Hyundai Tuscon found by Rick Grimes & Co. on the gridlocked highway after they left Atlanta in hopes of reaching Fort Benning. It quickly became the survivors’ most frequently used vehicle, participating in supply runs and the search for Sophia, herding walkers and fleeing Hershel’s overrun farm (the Hyundai even received its own backstory, in the web series The Oath).
Some of the Bad Lip Reading videos can drag on a bit, like one of those Saturday Night Live sketches that never seems to end, but this take on the fourth season of The Walking Dead — Part 1, we’re told — is inspired, not for the Prison fight about apples and dolphins, or Beth’s threat against Anthony the turtle, but for the debut of Carl Grimes, sticky beat-layin’ pop sensation.
Although I’m a little disappointed we weren’t treated to footage of Carl devouring a Sam’s Club-sized can of chocolate pudding, the video for his single “Carl Poppa (La Jiggy Jar Jar Doo)” will likely be in heavy rotation on MTV, or wherever it is music videos are played nowadays.
And if you don’t care for it, that’s likely because, in the immortal misread words of Carl Grimes, “You can NOT handle the flow, son!”