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New Patton Oswalt-Commissioned Sillof Action Figures Bring ‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Road Warrior’ Together
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Sillof's Patton Oswalt-Commissioned Road Wars

Back in April we saw a new line of action figures from artist and custom toy maker/designer Sillof that was commissioned by geek god Patton Oswalt. That line was titled Faster, Empire! Strike! Stike! and combined the worlds of Star Wars and exploitation cinema director Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

As it turns out, after that first project Oswalt and Sillof began discussing a second commissioned project. Ideas were tossed around, and it was ultimately decided to take Star Wars into the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mel Gibson’s 1981 sci-fi classic The Road Warrior for a line titled Road Wars.

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Blu-ray Review: The Newsroom: The Complete First Season
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The Newsroom Season 1 Blu-ray

The Newsroom
The Complete First Season
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital l DVD
CREATED BY: Aaron Sorkin
DIRECTORS: Greg Mottola, Alan Poul, Alex Graves, Daniel Minahan, Jeremy Podeswa, Joshua Marston, Lesli Linka Glatter
WRITERS: Aaron Sorkin, Gideon Yago
CAST: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Chris Messina, David Krumholtz, Patton Oswalt, Marcia Gay Harden
HBO
RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2013

With shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and True Blood leading the charge, it’s clear that HBO’s hit shows can often have a hefty budget and rely heavily on visual effects and costumes and so on. One of their newer series, The Newsroom, is not one of those shows.

Created by Aaron Sorkin, the show is simple enough on the surface—being about the inner workings of a news team—but a collection of lives intertwined within this newsroom setting leads to plenty of interesting storylines as the show progresses. Instead of the aforementioned effects and costumes, it instead relies on two key things: writing and acting, and nails both of them consistently.

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Watch Now: Animated Version Of Patton Oswalt’s ‘Star Wars’ Filibuster
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Patton Oswalt Star Wars Filibuster

Last month a clip from the hit show Parks and Recreation was released, in which Patton Oswalt attempts a filibuster to prevent a city council vote. Producers of the show told the actor to ramble on about something, and so Oswalt decided to ad-lib his way through his character’s vision for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

Naturally the video became quite popular on the ‘net, opening the door for different takes and variations. Which brings us to today and a new video, which turns Oswalt’s speech into an semi-animated version showing what some of his ideas might look like.

You can check out the animated version of Oswalt’s Star Wars filibuster below now!

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Watch Patton Oswalt’s ‘Star Wars’ Filibuster From ‘Parks & Recreation’
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Patton Oswalt Star Wars Filibuster Parks & Recreation

Comedian Patton Oswalt will make a guest appearance on tomorrow night’s episode of Parks and Recreation. His character will be attempting a filibuster to prevent a city council vote. The producers told Oswalt to just ramble on about anything he wanted to to fill up the time. And what subject did Oswalt use?

Star Wars.

Watch the 8-minute clip here below where Oswalt improvises over 6 minutes worth of content where he gives his own proposal for the plot for the in-development, J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. The scene was done in one continuous, unscripted, unrehearsed take.

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Check Out Sillof’s Russ Meyer-Inspired ‘Star Wars’ Action Figures Commissioned By Patton Oswalt
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Sillof's Russ Meyer-Inspired Star Wars Figures

In Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Patton Oswalt plays a partially disabled man who has an affinity for making his own whiskey and customizing action figures. Oswalt got the idea for his character to have the action figure hobby as a fan of Jamie Follis—better known by the name “Sillof“—an artist and custom toy creator and designer.

As Oswalt best describes him, Sillof is an “’action figure customizer’ the way Van Gogh was a ‘painter,’” and through this admiration of the artist’s work, the two connected via the Twitter and began exchanging ideas.This all led to Oswalt commissioning a new line from Sillof, something the artist rarely does.

One of Sillof’s greatest inspirations is the Star Wars universe, creating multiple lines of action figures that fuse popular characters from George Lucas’s creation with different styles and genres like steampunk or westerns or fantasy. So what would be the inspiration for this new line of Patton Oswalt-inspired Star Wars action figures? The works of legendary exploitation cinema director Russ Meyer, with a primary focus on the director’s best-known film, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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TV Review: Justified 4.2: Where’s Waldo?
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Where's Waldo? Review Image

Justified
Season 4, Episode 2 – “Where’s Waldo?”
Directed by Bill Johnson
Written by Dave Andron
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Erica Tazel, Jacob Pitts, Joe Mazzello, Lindsay Pulsipher, Patton Oswalt, Ron Eldard, Abby Miller and Jere Burns
Air Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 10pm ET/PT

“There ain’t no salvation for people like us.”

Salvation and sin have been consistent themes throughout Justified. With the arrival of Preacher Billy (Joe Mazzello), however, it’s looking like those themes are really coming home to roost. Ava’s (Joelle Carter) line about salvation (or lack thereof) drives it home: there’s not going to be salvation for the Crowders. They’ve fallen so far that it’s easy to understand why Boyd (Walton Goggins) would address himself as the Devil (it’s in jest — or is it?) when he appears at Preacher Billy’s in the back half of tonight’s episode.

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TV Review: Justified 4.1: Hole in the Wall
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Justified, 4x01 "Hole in the Wall" Review

Justified
Season 4, Episode 1 – “Hole in the Wall”
Directed by Michael Dinner
Written by Graham Yost
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Erica Tazel, Jacob Pitts, Joe Mazzello, Patton Oswalt, Ron Eldard, Abby Miller and Raymond J. Barry
Tuesdays at 10pm; FX Network

Justified began its fourth season tonight on FX and we’ve got a full review of the premiere, “Hole in the Wall,” here after the break.

Justified, to me at least, has always been a show about trying to outrun the sins of a parent and what kind of impact that can make on one’s life. Each season of the show has focused on that angle, albeit through different families (Season 1 was the Crowders, while Season 2 gave us the infamous Bennett Clan), but in the past season, Executive Producer Graham Yost decided to key in and show us a bit more history between our hero and his father.

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Patton Oswalt Gets Brutally Honest About The Failures Of ‘Blade: Trinity’
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When the first Blade movie hit theater screens in August of 1998 it became a surprise smash hit and accomplished several noteworthy goals: it gave Wesley Snipes an iconic movie hero in the mold of Rambo and John McClane to call his own, spawned one of New Line Cinema’s most lucrative franchises since the heyday of Freddy Krueger and the Ninja Turtles, and it proved that Marvel Comics characters could successfully headline their own motion picture adventures, thus paving the way for Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers to rule the box office in the years that followed. It took four years for a sequel to come together but with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm, Blade II surpassed the original in every way and became one of the best comic book movie sequels of all. The rapturous reception from moviegoers and critics that greeted Blade II helped revive Del Toro’s American directing career.

Expectations were high for a third Blade movie; at one point German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) was rumored to take the reins for a post-apocalyptic sequel that would have had Snipes’ monosyllabic vampire hunter continue his neverending battle in a world dominated by the bloodthirsty undead. Instead David S. Goyer, the screenwriter who was instrumental in bringing Blade to the big screen, signed on to write and direct the movie that would be released in December 2004 as Blade: Trinity. The end result has since been deemed by many to be one of the worse comic book movies ever made, if not the absolute worse. Make no mistake friends, if you’ve never seen the movie you’re not missing anything at all. It’s atrocious. In the annals of superhero it ranks with the likes of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Elektra. Blade: Trinity makes other maligned third chapters of comic book movie franchises like X-Men: The Last Stand and Spider-Man 3 look like masterpieces in comparison.

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Movie Review: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World PosterSeeking A Friend For The End Of The World
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Written by Lorene Scafaria
Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, Melinda Dillon, Rob Huebel, Gillian Jacobs
Focus Features
Rated R | 93 Minutes
Release Date: June 22, 2012

“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.” – R.E.M

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (writer, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is a warm, charming, and well-acted film that explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand.

As the massive asteroid Matilda hurtles toward Earth, Dodge (Steve Carell) finds himself alone after his not-so-faithful wife (Nancy Carell) abandons him in an apocalyptic panic. This isn’t Armageddon though, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck aren’t going to save the day this time. Dodge and the rest of the human race have 21 days until Matilda smashes into the planet, an extinction-level event no amount of “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and animal crackers can prevent.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Patton Oswalt’s ‘Werewolves and Lollipops’
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Werewolves and Lollipops

In the summer of 2004 Patton Oswalt‘s career in comedy went supernova almost overnight when his first stand-up CD Feelin’ Kinda Patton was released. In that instant he evolved from a moderately well-known comedian and King of Queens co-star to one of the universe’s funniest and imaginative personalities. Three years after the release of his first CD, Oswalt made a blazing return to record stores with his brilliantly titled follow-up album Werewolves and Lollipops; its unheralded genius, coupled with the successful theatrical release that summer of the Pixar animated delight Ratatouille, confirmed Oswalt as a force to be reckoned with in the world of comedy.

This month, Patton Oswalt’s epic second comedy album is on sale at Amazon as part of their monthly $5 MP3 deal. You can also check out more of these deals at the main sale page and order Werewolves and Lollipops on CD here.

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