A Game You Can’t Refuse: Godfather Monopoly

“The negotiator’s at my house playing pinochle with some of my men, he’s happy. They’re letting him win.”
— Clemenza

Pinochle is so last century. Get your crew to heist obtain a copy of the new Godfather Monopoly game. A big spender like you can afford $39.99.

Hasbro has been licensing themed editions of Monopoly for decades, but every once in a while a special release comes along that seems irresistible. Here’s a version that pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest movies of all time (for my money, the greatest of all time), The Godfather.
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Matt the Torch-bearer

It’s the big Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the States, so I don’t have much time to fulfill my blogging obligation. (Plus, I know those of you not in the USA couldn’t care less about our holidays and want a new post!) I saw this fun photo and thought it would be appropriate.

Current Doctor Matt Smith carried the Olympic torch through Cardiff, Wales, today, though not in character — he was acting strictly as himself. I think he looks like he’s having fun.

There was significant clamor in the fan community to have David Tennant not only carry the torch but light the flame in the Olympic stadium in character as the Ninth Doctor, since he’d already been seen doing it in the much-maligned second season episode Fear Her. I hear that David was offered the chance to carry the torch but nixed it. So I’m glad Matt literally took up the torch and carried on for Whovians everywhere.

A Watchmen Toaster? Hurmmm…

One has to wonder if DC Comics is coming up with Watchmen-related merch in a passive-aggressive bid to make Alan Moore kill himself. The latest: the Watchmen toaster.

Yes, you read that correctly. A toaster. Beginning in September, Dynamic Forces has been licensed to produce toasters that burn images from Watchmen into the breakfast staple. I guess it’s in case you need a reminder to take your meds.

Watchmen is hardly the only property being defamed getting the pop-up treatment. DF are also producing toasters based on The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, Where the Wild Things Are, The Goonies, Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mad and Friends. DF describes the project thusly:

These collector toasters will imprint iconic images from your favorite Warner Bros. films and television series onto slices of bread to make a fun impression on your breakfast, lunch or midnight snack! The extra-wide slots allow you to not only toast bread, but also bagels and more. UL tested and approved, it includes illuminated function buttons for cancel, reheat and frozen. The toaster design is a beautiful glossy black finish featuring the logo from the film or television series, and is a compliment to any counter top.

I’ll bet Moore is so furious you could fry an egg on his forehead (and then eat it on the toast).

Yoga: the Nina Dobrev Way

Nina Dobrev was working the talk-show circuit to flog the season finale of The Vampire Diaries this week, and paid a visit to Conan, where host Conan O’Brien was very interested in her dual role as Elena/Katherine. He even cajoled her into inserting her Katherine vampire fangs and glaring at the camera in that special sinister/sexy way she does.

Then he asked her about her yoga routine, and Nina was more than happy to slip off her shoes and give him a… er, well, not-quite hands-on demonstration.

One thing is certain: I need to watch Vampire Diaries more often!

MechaWhales Will Melt Your Brain

If you’re like me, you’ve often looked at giant sperm whales and thought, “You know what would make those cetaceans cooler? Mecha armor.” Well, lucky for us, our dreams have been answered — and the results are even better than we could have hoped. Especially when presented in an animation style that looks like it fell out of a time capsule from 1988.

Have a look at the first adventure of Hauke Scheer‘s MechaWhales!