Last week, Iliza Shlesinger gave what was in my opinion one of the funniest late night sets in recent memory. Her appearance on The Tonight Show was a primer for her new Netflix Special "Freezing Hot." If you're not familiar with her, she's a very animated and fast-paced comedian, and you're going to love this set, I guarantee it! (Returns not accepted.) Her Netflix special "Freezing Hot" is available now.
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Pokémon is releasing 3 free 5th Generation starter Pokémon with hidden abilities, kicking off with my personal favorite from Black & White, Serperior. The promotion is only available for the current generation of Pokémon games – Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby – and it's a fairly simple process. Start up your copy of AS or OR and choose "receive mystery gift." You'll then input the following code: POKEMON497 After the process finalizes, you'll just need to go to your nearest Pokémon Center in the game and make sure there's one open spot in your party before speaking to the Delivery Girl standing to the left of the Center counter. And that's it! You've got a Serperior with a hidden ability! Next up will be Emboar, starting on January 29th. [Source] Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Despite the fact that their debut LP has been out since May, I'm only just now discovering Sylvan Esso thanks to a tip from a friend this morning. I was told "you need to hear this" and I did indeed need to hear it. So do you. Sylvan Esso is an electro duo in the vein of Mates of State - albeit more subdued - comprised of two musicians with ties to two other acts. The vocalist, Amelia Meath, lends her honey-smooth vocals to Esso, coming from time spent with Mountain Man. The producer, Nick Sanborn, has a past with Megafaun (which is connected to Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in a 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of way.) Together, this guy-girl indie pop project invokes the calmer sides of acts like Little Dragon, Chairlift or BANKS. Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
This year has been all about the resurgence of Sailor Moon and the Scouts with the original series and new Crystal series airing on Hulu. Bandai's hyper-articulate line of action figures, Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts, has released the core group of Scouts already with and they'll be finishing out the lineup early next year. The detail, customization and articulation on these figures is ridiculous and I have to have them. I have to have them now. The Luna figure comes with Sailor Moon, and the Artemis figure comes with Sailor Venus.They're clearly a bit pricier than normal action figures, but worth it, in my opinion. If you're interested, the quickest way to get them is to head over to Amazon and pick one up here: Bandai Tamashii Nations Sailor Moon "Sailor Moon" S.H. Figuarts.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Some of the folks who brought you Bioshock: Infinite and a few that worked on the original Bioshock are brining an entirely new intellectual property to life under the umbrella of startup gaming studio Day For Night Games. The artistic style is very reminiscent of Bioshock's period dramatics, but make no mistake, this isn't some sort of spiritual successor to the worlds of Rapture & Columbia. Those worlds are entirely creations of Ken Levine, and he is not involved in Day For Night. At first glance from the trailer below, you'll definitely get a very Sander Cohen-esque vibe, but this isn't Sander's world at all. Overall, I'm pretty interested to see this game get made, and a copy of the game is made available at just the $20 supporter level. [Source] Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
AAAAND WE'RE BACK. The latter half of summer has been a boondoggle for me, to be quite frank, but now I'm back in the mode of placing value on things that matter. One new thing that matters is a brand new monthly that launched today in the DC Universe called Gotham Academy. Gotham Academy - #1 This brand new property is brought to the masses by writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. (Fletcher is also co-headlining the new Batgirl creative team.) Karl Kerschl is bringing an inventive & fantastic style to the art direction of the book, and colorists Geyser & Dave McCaig round out the creative team on the debut. If you're like me and enjoy James Tynion's The Woods, I think you'll like Gotham Academy too. There's a creative freedom that comes with exploring the antics of late adolescence, especially within the confines of high school. The drama is dramatic-er, the puppy love is love-ier, and the shenanigans are shenanigan-ier. Academy just happens to be set in the most dramatic city of all. Complete with cameos by the Bat-Signal, which, let's be honest, is triggered there more often than the automatic entry doors at an Alabama Walmart. To set you up with some pretext, the lead character is a silver-haired scholarship student named Olive who just so happens to have been paired up as a mentor to her (ex)boyfriend's precocious freshman sister. The entire issue is laden with references to an off-page summer which will no doubt be the basis for many of the stories going forward. There's even an appearance by civilian-clad Bruce Wayne in the later pages, since the Wayne foundation has a stake in many of the scholarship goings-on around the city. Side-note: the very first classroom we get a peek into is "History of Gotham" and I would very much like to take that class, please and thanks. This is definitely a title to add to your pull list if you're a fan of DC and you want to read a "Gotham" book that isn't so rainy & dark. This is going to be a caper book full of fun and mystery!Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Okay, so there haven't really been *that* many teasers, but you have to admit, they seem to be touting every screen appearance of Capaldi as some kind of first. His peekaboo in the big movie from last year was kind of a "first." The big, live reveal was kind of a "first." I like the guy well enough, but I'm not fully on board with the BBC/Moffatt's Capaldi-marketing-strategy. Whatevs. I'm looking forward to Clara eventually going her own way and Capaldi getting a new companion who will really play to his strengths. -hw Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman