Robot and FrankIn his prime, Frank lived his life as a conman, a cat burglar, a man who had a high-flying life and paid the price with two stints in jail.  During that time, he fell in love and had two children. Now, Frank (played by Frank Langella) is a crotchety old man, set in his ways, who suffers from dementia and lives alone in a modest home. His son Hunter (James Marsden) makes the five-hour drive back and forth each week to visit him, while daughter Madison (Liv Tyler) completes a humanitarian mission halfway across the world.  When his son visits, Frank often forgets tasks and cannot remember details from his past, and the burden becomes too great for Hunter to handle alone. In this realistic near-future story, Hunter does not have to place his father in a home. Instead, he buys him a robot, and the unexpected buddy film of 2012 is born.

 

School Daze  LegendWith the success of projects such as Double Fine and The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive, Kickstarter has been getting a lot of attention lately, and even though these drives are about to be over, there are other great independent projects worthy of funding to be found.  Here are three examples: two independent tabletop RPGs, and the third, an innovative new video game.



School Daze


High school, the RPG, might sound like a dull premise, but stop and think about all the great movies and TV shows that featured high school and its associated drama.  Saved by the Bell, Glee, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Breakfast Club, Veronica Mars, even Buffy the Vampire SlayerSchool Daze is capable of supporting all these examples and more with a relatively simple system that makes it just as good for a convention or pick-up game as for a campaign.  School Daze relies on a single six-sided die (d6) for conflict resolution, and characters only possess a few pertinent stats: a favorite subject, such as Chemistry or English and a Rank, something that stands out about them, such as Prank for the class clown or Tank for the not-too-bright but large linebacker.  A roll of 5 or 6 is a success and a character's favorite subject adds a +2 to the role, if it comes into play while the character's Rank can add a +1 or -1 depending on the circumstances; an example being Lank, a tall character who uses their height gets a +1 but they're also somewhat clumsy and could get a -1 in other situations.  Typically the GM throws out a scenario, such as the Senior Prom or Zombie Apocalypse; players create a motivation for their character, something that gets them to get up out of bed and go to school, and the game starts from there.

Smash TVNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better. 

 


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A couple of NYC writers come up with the idea to make a musical about Marilyn Monroe and hire on a spectacular director with the financial backing of a divorcing producer.  Two actresses vie for the lead role and face off against one another and the circumstances of their own lives as everyone’s individual worlds collide in this behind-the-scenes look of creating a (hopeful) Broadway show.

 

 


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John CarterI’ve always thought the sports media and the entertainment media had something in common: they both frequently seem to have a general dislike for the subjects about which they’re reporting.  It’s a common thing to see ESPN or the E! channel roll out the snark for athletes and entertainers.  Legitimate criticism should always be fair game, but there are times when fairness and objectivity get cast aside in favor of a good old-fashioned pile-on.

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clone-wars-massacre slide"One must let go of the past to hold on to the future."

 
 
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Julie Newmar MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

Bluewater Productions' latest female comic leader is one of Batman's: Catwomen in The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar written by Marc Shapiro. Lives portrays Newmar as a time traveler on adventures that coincide with significant points in her life. Love the concept and love the preview I have seen. A spinoff of the popular Misadventures of Adam West, and definitely worth checking out.

FairestFanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.

 

Fairest #1
by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Andy Lanning

Fairest, Willingham’s newest spinoff to Fables, is a fun, lighthearted read with lots of action and quick pace. The only issue here is that this is supposed to be the story of the women of Fables, and they don’t really show up much in this book. That, however, doesn’t make it a bad book. Willingham does a good job introducing his characters, and fitting them nicely into the overall Fables story without relying on previous knowledge of Fables. If you’ve read Fables, you’ll like this book, too. If you haven’t you will not be confused. Jimenez and his team do a great job with the art, and even his most fantastic character, a little imp, looks like a natural part of the world they are creating. Here’s hoping that in future issues, we get more of the Fairest that they promised us. 



Wonder Woman with Review52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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Wonder Woman is the princess of the Amazons, the group of all female warriors from Greek mythology, but Diana also learns her father is none other than Zeus, king of the gods, and now she must contend with the knowledge of her heritage and family politics.

 

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GCB OMG!

GCB MTBy Michael Fitzgerald Troy

Is GCB (Good Christian Belles) ABC's Desperate replacement or Pan Am's grounded flight schedule filler? Neither. The new ABC dramedy actually stands quite well on its own.


Based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin, this mid-season replacement may be a keeper. It certainly has the mixed appeal of watching the over privileged be awful to one another and plastic beauty for sure. I was a little turned off by the Southern angle at first, as I usually don't go down Jethro Lane, but it's hard to resist an ad campaign with a cute blonde in blue and a pink background. I associate crosses more with Madonna than Jesus, so I wasn't immediately turned off by the religious angles as I anticipated a high dosage of hypocrisy, and who in the hell doesn't love that?

 

Mass Effect 2Two years ago, the sequel to a promising action RPG was released to near universal acclaim. Mass Effect 2 solved most of the issues that plagued the first game in the series and redefined what it means to be a role-playing game. Despite earning over 70 perfect scores and winning numerous Game of the Year awards, there are still a few lost souls who have not played this game. Let me tell you why you should, and if you have played it, why you should play it again.


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