7/31/2015

Why Hunt Rare Lions, When You Can Hang Battle Cat's Head on Your Trophy Wall? (via Topless Robot)
We'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's strangest and geekiest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

By The Way

We can finally talk about the big news. About.com has asked me to head up their brand new Superman site. It's going to be your one stop shop for the biggest superman news and information. It's a huge opportunity for me! I've been blogging for over a decade but I've always done it for free. This is the first time I've written for money and it's mind-blowing and humbling. Getting paid to write about my favorite superhero is a dream come true. It was never really our goal to be professional bloggers, but when opportunity knocks you have to answer. So, here's the bad news. I'm going to have to focus most of my attention on the new blog. Which means I'm going to have to spend less time working on this blog.

Of course when I want to write about Batman, Star Trek or any of my many other passions I'll be write here so that's not changing. But it'll have to drop from every weekday to every other day or less. We'll see. My brother's going to be writing the occasional Superman article on About.com and continue to post right here after his two week break is over. So, the blogs not dead or going away, but it is changing. We hope you guys join us on our journey.

Links

  1. Long Island Man Builds Star Trek Bridge in Basemwnt, Wife Approves
  2. Colorado Man Turns House Into Star Trek, Sleeps in Klingon Ambassador Quarters
  3. J.J. Abrams Broke His Back on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. But It's Just a Scratch
  4. Scientists Invent a Bacon Laser
  5. It’s Not That The Thing Doesn’t Wear Pants, He Doesn’t Wear A “Containment Suit” In ‘Fantastic Four’
  6. WONDER WOMAN: Chris Pine Closes Deal to Play Steve Trevor
  7. A New Marvel Season Every Six Months From Netflix
  8. This Mom Made Her Daughter a Black Widow Doll Since No One Else Will - #HeresBlackWidow
  9. 28 Facts You Might Not Know about The Munsters
    #6. Grandpa was Lily’s father, but Al Lewis was a year younger than Yvonne De Carlo.
  10. Mark Hamill to Voice The Joker for BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Animated Film
  11. A Space Blogyssey: THIS IS HOW "THEY" WORK BLOGATHON Wrap-Up

Reviews

Television

Star Trek: The Animated Series - "The Counter-Clock Incident" (02x04) - Recommended


Official synopsis: "Enterprise tries to save an unidentified ship plunging into a supernova but is dragged into a universe where time runs backwards. Their only hope to return home is Commodore Robert April, the first commander of the Enterprise, who is on board on a retirement trip."
The idea of the crew getting younger has been done many times on Star Trek like in "Too Short A Season", but this episode is saved by the surprising reaction April and his wife take to being made younger.


It's a wonderful episode about growing old gracefully and the benefits of experience. The animation is wonderful and the voice work is exceptional with James Doohan and Nichelle Nichols again showing a wide vocal range. The silliest part is the ship goes Warp 35 which is physically impossible. LOL

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7/30/2015

Pluto's moon Charon and Mr. Spock (via NASA)

NASA's New Horizons team just gave Pluto the coolest names ever. Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a "dwarf planet" back in 2005, but it's about to be the most awesome heavenly body in the solar system. The surface of Pluto and it's moons have always been a mystery until 14 July 2015, when the New Horizons spacecraft became the first to make detailed measurements and observations of Pluto and its moons.

The huge maps are being studied and, like any map, they needed names of the different places. "We need names to call things," Cathy Olkin, one of the New Horizons scientists, said. "We are working with these data. You can't just keep on saying, ‘Oh, that canyon up to the left.'" So, they made up a list of names for the different Craters, Cavus (deep-sided depression), Chasma (chasm), Colles (small knobs or hills), Dorsa (ridges), Fossa (long, narrow depression), Linea (elongated marking), Macula (dark spot), Mons (mountain), Montes (mountains), Planum (plateau or high plain), Regio (large bright or dark region), Terra (extensive land mass), Vallis (valley) of the surfaces. These names won't be official till the International Astronomical Union (IAU) ratifies them, but the team I'd pretty confident they'll be approved. Names were selected based on the voting and suggestions from the OurPluto naming campaign.

The team worked hard to make sure the names respect culture and diversity of this huge world and the names chosen fall into four major categories: space missions and spacecraft; scientists and engineers; historic explorers; and underworld locales, beings, and travelers. It's awesome that they suggested naming the heart shaped area after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the celestial body. It's heart-warming that areas are named after the Russian spacecraft Sputnik and the two space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. But, how mind-bendingly cool is it to look at Vader Crater or Serenity Chasma?

Here's the full map of Pluto and Charon



Here are the geekiest informal names on the surface of Pluto


  • Gallifrey Macula (dark spot) named after Doctor Who
  • Kirk Crater named after Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek (1977)
  • Macross Chasma (chasm) named after the anime show Macross (1982)
  • Mordor Regio (large bright or dark region) named after Lord of the Rings
  • Nemo Crater named after Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870)
  • Nostromo Chasma (chasm) named after the ship in Alien (1979)
  • Organa Crater named after Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars (1977)
  • Ripley Crater named after Ellen Ripley from Alien (1979)
  • Serenity Chasma (chasm) named after Firefly (2002)
  • Skywalker Crater named after Luke Skywalker from Star Wars (1977)
  • Spock Crater named after Mr. Spock  from Star Trek (1977)
  • Sulu Crater named after Lt. Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek (1977)
  • Tardis Chasma (chasm) named after from Doctor Who
  • Uhura Crater named after Lt. Nyota Uhura from Star Trek (1977)
  • Vader Crater named after Darth Vader from Star Wars (1977)
  • Vulcan Planum (plateau or high plain) named after Star Trek (1977)
  • Kubrick Mons named after the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Clarke Mons named after the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke
  • Cthulhu Rego named after the H.P. Lovecraft short story "The Call of Cthulhu"
"Everything is waiting approval," Showalter told BuzzFeed Science, but "we are optimistic that the IAU will see things the way we do." The team is proud of the fact that the names are drawn from a diverse group of people and cultures around the world. But they also want to honor the work of the many that contibuted to our undertanding of the universe and led to the success of the New Horizons Mission. "We felt strongly as a mission team that we stood on the shoulders of giants," Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, told BuzzFeed Science, and that they needed to "honor the missions and the engineers and scientists who figured out how to do space exploration, because we could have never pulled off New Horizons without their experience."

Visit http://www.ourpluto.org/maps to learn more.

Which is your favorite name from the Pluto maps? What would you name a place on Pluto?

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7/29/2015

Stan Lee and Spider-Man
Changing the race of a superhero for the movies has hotly divided fans. It's known as "Race-Changing". There was an open call from some fans to have Latino teenager Miles Morales as the new Spider-Man in the movies. But some fans were outraged that Fantastic Four's Human Torch is now played by Black actor Michael B Jordan. Some fans go crazy over race-changing, while dozens of characters get a race change in the movies and no one bats an eye.

92-year-old Stan Lee is the king of superheroes. He co-created the most popular Marvel superheroes. Working with several artists, like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, and many more. So, how does Stan Lee feel about race-changing a superhero? He's talked about it over the years and some of his responses seem to contradict each other. Let's study them and see what we can learn.

Spider-Man is White. Nuff' Said
When asked about Black actor Donald Glover's campaign to become Spider-Man, he said, "A lot of [my Twitter followers] have been saying that he ought to have a chance to audition for the role. So I tweeted back by saying, as far as I'm concerned ... anybody should have a chance to audition for the role. I certainly think he should have a chance to audition." Stan Lee feels that any actor, Black or White, should get to audition for a role as a superhero. He's also said, "What I like about the costume is that anybody reading Spider-Man in any part of the world can imagine that they themselves are under the costume. And that’s a good thing."

But, when asked about the Sony email leaks that said Spider-Man has to be Caucasian, he said, "I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that." He added, the fan backlash has nothing to do with "anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that. Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to." Over the years Lee's created hundreds of superheroes, so he feels it's easy to create great superheroes.

So why do fans get upset about Michael B. Jordan as Spider-Man, but not Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? "We've already had the Kingpin in 'Daredevil' portrayed by a black man, where he was white in the comics, [and] we've had Nick Fury portrayed by a black man where he was white in the comics. But not that many people had seen these characters not that many moviegoers are familiar with them."

Lee added, "Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn't that it's a racial issue it's just that it might be confusing to people. But that's a matter for the people at Marvel to take into consideration."

Human Torch is Black. Excelsior!
At first glance it seems like Stan Lee is against changing the race of a superhero is wrong. However, how does he feel about the race changing of Johnny Storm for the Fantastic Four? When the director asked him if it was OK to change Johnny Storm from White to Black Lee said, "It was more than okay. I thought it was a great idea!” Stan Lee is excited about changing the Fantastic Four cast member's race adding "I think they’re gonna get to love this character. So I’m not the least bit worried about it. I always tried to pepper these groups with as much racial diversity as possible because that’s the way the world is.”

How Does He Really Feel?
So, what's the deal? One minute he says its wrong, and the next he says it's awesome. It could be that he's getting senile, but I don't think that's it. He's making some valid points. First, fans don't like their superheroes changed in any way. A drastic change like race or gender can upset them even if they're not prejudiced. So, it's important not to label fans as hateful because they don't like changes. Even Black comic fans hate race-changing sometimes.

Second, comic creators work hard to create characters and it probably hurts them to see the characters they love changed. It feels like a cheat to change a character to meet an agenda instead of creating a new character.

Third, there's a personal element to this. There's a big difference between Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. Spider-Man is the superhero most closely identified with Stan Lee. We always see Lee throwing up a Spider-Man sign (though it's not as easy as it used to be) but it's rare to have Stan Lee yell "It's clobbering time!" So it's harder for him to see any changes to Spider-Man versus the Human Torch.

Finally, it's important to notice that he's not against the idea of race-changing. It's true that there's plenty of room for new Latino, Black or Asian superheroes. But, Stan Lee acknowledges that it's important for superheroes to reflect the world that we live in. If that means changing the race of a superhero every now and then he's OK with it. He just thinks some characters, like Johnny Storm, should have their race changed while others are not. Like many of us, he doesn't have a rule against it but he wants it used sparingly.

Is Stan Lee right? Why do you think some fans are upset about race changing?

Via Entertainment Weekly, MTV Splash Page, UpRoxx

About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Warsaction figures I use my powers for good and not for evil.
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7/28/2015

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) - Comparison
It's no secret that the re-edits George Lucas made over the years have divided fans. Some of the Star Wars changes are wonderful like better lightsabers and enhanced colors. Some of the changes to Star Wars are awful like having Han Solo step on Jabba's tail while he stand there like a moron.

YouTube user Marcelo Zuniga has put together a wonderfully comprehensive series of videos that show the changes made in the various releases of the movies since 1997. io9 says that it's all the changes to Star Wars but that's not true. As we showed before in our infographic, the changes have been happening since as early as 1977. There were minor changes in cuts, wipes and dialogue from theater to theater and even on laserdisk. But these videos are pretty comprehensive and the best way to objectively judge the the revisions to the films.

All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART I

"A comparison video comparing all changes added into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope from 1981 to this very day. This video is purely objective and I've refrained from making any kind of strong opinion on anything, its here to show off all the changes as far as I know of while presented in an organized, relatively chronological order of the film." - Marcelo Zuniga


All Changes Made to Star Wars: A New Hope (Comparison Video) PART II

"A comparison video comparing all changes added into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope from 1981 to this very day. This video is purely objective and I've refrained from making any kind of strong opinion on anything, its here to show off all the changes as far as I know of while presented in an organized, relatively chronological order of the film.

"That being said, the original Star Wars has received the heaviest treatment of changes out of all three, easily. Some minor, others more prominent and even infamous. This video was extra tricky since there are a number of changes that are exclusive to some releases. Note every major Star Wars release analyzed in this video:
-Theatrical Cut (1977)
-Special Edition (1997)
-DVD Trilogy (2004)
-Blu-ray Trilogy (2011)" - Marcelo Zuniga

All Changes Made to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Comparison Video)


All Changes Made to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Comparison Video)


[Via Collider]

Which do you feel is the worst change to the Star Wars movies? Which do you feel is the best change to the Star Wars movies?

About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures I use my powers for good and not for evil.
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7/27/2015


Ant-Man beat out the competition this weekend and brought in another $24.7 million in box office. That takes the total over $100 million domestically and $226.5 million world-wide. While it's not as impressive a box office as Avengers it's still a success.  Making Ant-Man another Marvel hit. And, considering the obscurity of the hero and the small budget, Ant-Man is Marvel's biggest success so far. There have been a bunch of Marvel films over the years and Shirts.com has an excellent infographic following the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel at the Movies Infographic
Image Created by Shirts.com


With a ton of new movies coming soon this graphic is about to get a lot longer.

What do you think of the infographic? How many have you seen? Which is your favorite Marvel movie?

About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures I use my powers for good and not for evil.
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Upcoming DC and Marvel Movies Timeline Infographic

7/24/2015


I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's strangest and geekiest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

By The Way

My brother and I have been offered an incredible opportunity and we're so grateful. Nothing is set so we can't talk about it, but we can say it will have a major impact on the blog. So, stay tuned.

This is How I Work Blog Hop by Ms. Mariah


This is an awesome blog hop by Ms. Mariah and I'm insanely late since the deadline was July 21st. Please forgive me. - Maurice
  1. What apps can you not live without? I keep things simple. I never thought I'd live without Google Reader, but I can't live without Feedly. It's awesome. I use KompoZer for writing blog posts. I also use Irfanview for basic image manipulation like resizing and GIMP for more complicated stuff.
  2. What is your favorite blogging app? KompoZer is so much better than the native writing tool in Blogger since it has lots of features and lets you copy and paste without formatting. Plus, it's portable which is how I like my apps.
  3. What gadgets (besides your phone) you can't live without? Tough one since my phone is a constant resource. I can't think of anything else.
  4. What lifehacks make your life easier? Timers. Without timers I'd be writing all day. I use Snap Timer (Portable) for most countdowns. Google searches are quick and efficient.
  5. Where do you get your news? Twitter for up to the minute news and Feedly for the top stories.
  6. What are your favorite social media apps? Twitter is number one, but occasionally I'll use Facebook. I don't have time for the others although Google+ is a distant third.
  7. How do you blog? Mostly off-line and cut-and-paste into Blogger.
  8. What is your day job? I'm a senior computer technician for a medical device company. It keeps me busy.

Links

Star Trek: The Dancing Generation (via Retro-Zombie)


5-year old Boy Dressed as Batman Saves Baby (via Daily Mail)

In England, when a baby accidentally locked himself in a scorching hot car, fthe only one that could save him was a little boy. Thankfully, he was dressed as Batman. He was able to squeeze in the tiny broken window and unlock the car so rescuers could get the child.

‘Fantastic Four’ / ‘X-Men’ Crossover Is “In Play,” Says Bryan Singer (via /FILM)

Details for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray Announced (via SuperHero Hype)

Spoiler Alert: Pixels Is TERRIBLE - Just the typical sexist, racist, homophobic Sandler cash grab. (via The Mary Sue)

The Fastest Ship in the Universe is…? (via He Geek She Geek)

Hat tip David Walston!

Reviews

Television

Star Trek: The Animated Series - "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth" (02x05) - Recommended

Official synopsis: "The Enterprise crew encounters an alien who visited Earth in ancient times and became known as the Mayan god Kukulkan."
This episode won an Emmy and deserves it for it's sharp writing, clever dialogue and gorgeous animation. It's especially noteworthy that it features a Native South American crew member who's knowledge of ancient Mayan culture is key to saving the ship.

If you're on Twitter next week, we're doing a live Twitter chat of the last episode on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT. You can watch it on Hulu or Netflix. Join us!

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Movies

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

Worthless and stupid. All the acting and special effects are the same, but it's one-joke taken too far with pointless cameos and obvious product placement shoved in.

Ant-Man (2016)

Never saw it, but go read Alex's review! Hopefully seeing it soon! 

What do you think of this week's news and links?

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7/23/2015


Green Lantern - John Stewart
The Green Lantern movie opens in 2020, but Warner Bros recently announced that it will be called Green Lantern Corp and focus on many of the galactic guardians.

For those who don't know, Green Lantern is a comic book about Hal Jordan who gets a ring from a dying alien that gives him the ability to construct anything he can imagine. He joins an interstellar police force known as the "Green Lantern Corp." In the comics, many have taken on the role of the Green Lantern for Earth, including John Stewart. He's a Black former military specialist who has a unique way of approaching his role as protector of Earth. Stewart's best known for his appearance in the Justice League animated series.

There are a lot of rumors about casting, but here is a list of amazing actors who could take the role.

1. Idris Elba
Idris Elba

Idris Elba already plays the superhero Heimdell in Thor, and he's playing an unnamed role on Star Trek Beyond, but he could play a DC superhero too. When someone tweeted him a fan made poster as Green Lantern he said, "Thank you baby love. I like this idea." If Elba likes it, that's all it takes.

2. Lance Gross
Lance Gross

Lance Darnell Gross is famous for his role on the TV dramatic sitcom House of Payne so he can bring a sense of humor and intensity to the role. The 34-year old actor gave up a Pro Track & Field career to become an actor, so he's got the physicality and his role as Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley in NBC's political drama Crisis shows he can play a convincing policeman.

3. Nate Parker
Nate Parker
Nate Parker is both an actor and a musical performer who’s famous for roles in The Secret Life of Bees and the action movie Non-Stop. He’s got the physicality from being an All-American wrestler in High School and college, so he can easily play a superhero. His performance as a military pilot in Red Tails would give John Stewart's military background authenticity. Parker’s also a political activist so he’s already a real-life hero.

4. Common
Common
Lonnie Rashid Lynn (better known by his stage name Common) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy award winning artist and rapper. He played a villainous Mob enforcer in Smokin Aces, so he can give John Stewart the edge he needs.

Back in 2007, the movie Justice League Mortal cast Common as John Stewart. But a writers strike and a whole host of other problems sidelined the project. He told Screen Rant "That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too." John Stewart is from Detroit and was really for the community, and Common related to that.

5. Dayo Okeniyi
Dayo Okeniyi
Oladayo A. "Dayo" Okeniyi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and is best known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games. The role was very physical shows he can bring the role the power and intensity it needs. But, he also has the ability to play complex characters as proven by his recent performance as tech expert Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys. Dayo Okeniyi's height helps too since he stands at an impressive 5'9". All of this means he'd make an awesome Green Lantern.

6. Tequan Richmond
Tequila Richmond
Tequila Richmond is only 22-years old but he's already been nominated for an NAACP award and an Emmy for roles on shows like General Hospital.  He's an actor and a hip hop artist so he can give Green Lantern an urban edge.

7. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. needs no introduction as an American actor and filmmaker who’s received (not one) but two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards. He's played everyone from Malcolm X to a drug kingpin. At 60-years old he still rocks the box office in action movies like Training Day and Unstoppable. There was a rumor that he's playing John Stewart in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it turned out to be false. Would he be up to playing a superhero?

In 2010 he said "I think that comic book movies now are what comics were 30 years ago. I think now with the technology it's like comic books on steroids and I’m very excited about that. I'd love to be a part of something." When he was asked about what superpower he’d want at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival he chuckled and said, “I dunno. You know it’s something positive. I dunno. Something that could help us get along. You know. Like a Jedi mind trick. Trick people to being nice to each other.” Green Lantern don’t have Jedi mind tricks but the Green Lanterns are all about helping people get along.

8. Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson

Brandon Jackson is 30-years old and he's starred in action films like Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Fast & Furious so he's got that down. He's from John Stewart's home town of Detroit and a rapper so he can capture Green Lantern's street smarts.

9. John Boyega
John Boyega
John Boyega will play Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but his big break was in Attack the Block. It was about a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from an alien attack. So he's used to fighting aliens. He's a Marvel fan and hoped to play Black Panther but DC could talk him into the role.

10.  Aml Ameen
Aml Ameen

Aml Ameen is a British actor that appeared in the action film Maze Runner. But his best known role is in the police series The Bill where he played headstrong Lewis Hardy who's a former street kid turned policeman. That's exactly the kind of attitude John Stewart needs.

11. Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson is a former model and singer who's proven himself in action films like the Fast & the Furious films and Transformers series. Fans decided he'd be the perfect Green Lantern and began making pictures and movies of his as the superhero. It convinced him he'd be perfect for the role and he's been campaigning hard on social media. Will he take the oath? We'll see.

12. David Ramsey
David Ramsey
David Ramsey is best known for playing as Anton Briggs on the TV series Dexter and John Diggle on Arrow. The character is a former military man and weapons expert. Plus, the dude is built like a superhero. There have been rumors for years that he's going to become Green Lantern, but the producers confirmed this year that it's not going to happen on the show, but that doesn't mean he can't be in the movie!

Who would you like to see play John Stewart the Green Lantern?

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7/22/2015

(Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images; DC Entertainment)
There are a lot of awesome POC DC superheroes, and one of our favorites is finally getting his due in the upcoming season of Arrow: Mr. Terrific.

First, an overview. In the comics, Michael Holt is the superhero Mr. Terrific. But unlike Mr. Fantastic (who's not so much "fantastic" as "smart and stretchy"), Mr. Terrific really is terrific. Mr. Terrific is pretty much the peak of physical and mental abilities. Not only is he a gold medal winning Olympic athlete, he's described as the third smartest man on Earth in the DC Universe. He has fourteen Ph.D's (involving engineering, physics, law, psychology, chemistry, political science, and mathematics), and is a self-made multi-millionaire with advancements in nanotechnology. His greatest inventions are the T-spheres, autonomous floating metal spheres that are pretty much self-contained versions of Iron Man's armor: they can hack computers, fly, shoot electric bolts, project holograms, serve as weapons by exploding or smashing into things, and more.

Entertainment Weekly announced that Echo Kellum (formerly Tommy in the sitcom Ben and Kate) has been cast as Mr. Terrific in season four of Arrow. Kellum will appear in the second episode of season four as Curtis Holt, described as "a technological savant and inventor who works at Palmer Technologies under the supervision of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)." No word on how closely his character will match the comic book version, but I hope they at least keep the T-spheres. I love those things.

[Via Den of Geekt via EW]

Are you looking forward to Mr. Terrific?

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Spectre (2015) - James Bond (Daniel Craig)
The 24th James Bond movie Spectre is coming soon (out Nov. 6) and our face got melted off by the intense new full-length trailer. It features explosive action, the shadowy group Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE), beautiful women, the gorgeous new Aston Martin, high-flying action and the scene hinted at in the behind-the-scenes video about Mexico City.



Now we can also geek out over the incredible photos! First come the always lovely "Bond Girls".

Lea Seydoux plays Madeleine Swann. USA Today says Swann is a "doctor daughter of an assassin.

Monica Bellucci's plays the widow Lucia Sciarra, who, according to the actress, "comes from a man’s world." When she meets Bond in Italy, "she realizes her feminine power on him, then she trusts him to save her."


Stephanie Sigman plays Estrella who's a mystery for now

Naomie Harris returns as Eve Moneypenny and in this Bond film, Harris says her character has evolved into someone who "wants to support [Bond] in a different way. There’s a maturity in that decision and a groundedness you see with her."

Here are some more pics to enjoy





Here's the synopsis:
"A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.  Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. 

"Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

"As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz."

What do you think of trailer and pictures? Are you looking forward to James Bond? Which is your favorite Bond film?

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7/21/2015

When we were kids, we loved the Super Mario Bros games. Then they came out with the first video game movie adaptation ever, Super Mario Bros. The result was less than impressive. In fact, it was downright horrifying. Screen Junkies has finally gotten around to tackling the movie with their latest Honest Trailer. Witness the bizarre visuals, the story that had nothing to do with the original game, and the behind-the-scenes injuries in what would be the trailer if they'd been upfront to begin with.



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