Edward Snowden’s leaked paper have released a lot of bombshells but none as big as this: the NSA sent agents to play World of Warcraft and Second Life in search of terrorist threats. You have to admire these agents for their dangerous immersion in worlds of trolls, night elves and avatar dress shops to keep […]
Now that the outrage-o-tron has moved from torture to movie casting, here is a round-up of reactions to the “Torture Cover” post the other day. Actually I don’t even need to write anything, as the Outhouse already summed it up with CROSSED TORTURE VARIANT CONTROVERSY SPARKS SURPRISINGLY CIVIL DEBATE ON INTERNET. It’s true. No one was blackballed, castigated or petitioned. The effects and provenance of disturbing material were widely debated, but it was generally decided by everyone involved that those who like it can like it, those who want to throw up can move right over to the toilet.
I know everyone tsk tsk’s Avatar’s habit of putting out gory, exploitive covers, but seriously, after looking at some of their “torture variant” covers, I find myself asking “WHAT KIND OF SICK FUCK BUYS THIS SHIT????” I get the appeal of a little transgressive gore now and then, but these are basically images of sawed off limbs, flaying and twisted sexual situations that make Mark Millar look like Hannah Montana.
We’ve been reporting for some while on the saga of the Northlake Public Library in Illinois and its quest to attain a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk. At first it was just a crowdsourced pipedream of one man, librarian Tom Mukite. But then it turned out a guy in California happened to have a statue […]
Yes, that is what they will remember this year’s San Diego for. The Year the Vikings arrived, bold conquerors, mighty thewed, red hair flowing beneath their beaten helms, as they offered a fully interactive experience straight off the History Channel. AKA Travis Fimmel alert. What will the Vikings bring on their proud ships? ¶ A […]
The fight will be gentlemanly fisticuffs only. Carrey—who has been coming out pretty strongly for gun control in recent months—portrays Colonel Stars and Stripes in the KICK-ASS 2 film coming out in August. (BTW, we get a strong Sergeant Hatred vibe from this, image; do you?) But in two weekend tweets, Carrey distanced himself from […]
Veteran readers of this site know that if three’s one thing The Beat is obsessed with it’s Vietnamese Instant Coffee. This amazing product as sold by Vinacafe comes 24 packets for $3.50 and provides an all-in-one mix of coffee, milk and sugar that packs a morning wake up punch as strong as Anderson Silva. These […]
I enjoyed this movie, but I didn’t love it. The plot was a jumble, the supporting characters were thin, the science was laughable, and the necessity to make most of the movie an exciting CGI fight scene left, as so much CGi does, the look of the world bathed in pristine sterility. Plus, everyone except […]
Speaking of Wonder Woman, in more pocryphal [sic] news, DC has announced Announcing YOUNG ROMANCE: A NEW 52 VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL for this February featuring 64-pages of Wonder Woman, Superman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Batwoman, Aquaman, Mera, Apollo, Midnighter, and Dick Grayson hitting OK Cupid, sexting and doing the walk of shame. Contributors include Andy Diggle, Ann […]
The battle is over and Batman won. Or so he thinks. Animation by James Lee. Via Cartoon Brew Heidi MacDonaldHeidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. […]