11/27/2014

Batman vs. Darth Vader / Machinima
Batman and Darth Vader are two of the baddest mothers in science fiction, and we finally get to watch them fight. It's an eternal question that have occupied way too many man-hours in the geek community: if Batman fought Darth Vader, who would win? Darth Vader is one of the most powerful users of the Force in the Galaxy. Batman is a genius with near limitless weapons and intelligence. If the two faced each other, we could imagine a truly epic battle. Well, Super Power Beat Down out-did themselves when they took on the challenge of depicting the two in their latest video. Click below to watch and see who survives.



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11/26/2014

Yesterday, we joined the #savestorm movement to save the solo comic Storm from cancellation. But the question needs to be answered whether Storm is worth saving. This is often the argument when minority and female-led comics get cancelled, that the comic "just wasn't good enough." Of course, most of the people making these statements have never actually read the comics. They just assume that if the comic was good, it would sell. Since it didn't sell, it couldn't have been good. Never mind the fact that Marvel can release five Wolverine comics at a time without anyone once questioning the quality of the writing, let's tackle this head on. Set aside the fact that cancelling Storm will set a precedent for cancelling other black and female solo comics before they start. Do the reviews justify saving Storm? The answer is yes. Let's start with issue #1.
  • Comic Book Roundup gave it an overall rating of 7.7 out of 29 reviews.
  • Newsarama gave Storm #1 a 10/10, saying "[Writer] Pak has written a masterpiece of Ororo rediscovering who she is and what she cares about."
  • IGN praised Storm #1, saying "The strong character work and excellent art make it a debut worth checking out."
  • Comic Book Resources gave Storm #1 four and a half stars, saying that "Pak, [artist] Ibanez, and [colorist] Redmond have done Ororo great justice in creating such an inspiring, uplifting series for her with befitting subtlety and grace."
It looks like the first issue hit a home run, but what about the second?
  • Comic Book Roundup gave #2 an even higher overall rating of 8.0 out of 9 reviews.
  • Comic Book Resources gave it three and a half stars, and said, the continued development of Storm in this second issue is strong overall" and "IbaƱez's art is even stronger in this issue."
  • Geeked Out Nation gave #2 an 8.4, and said, "Storm #2 is a step in the right direction and gives us the best of both worlds with Ororo."
  • IGN gave it an 8.5 and said, "Pak shows a firm handle on Storm as a character."
  • Den of Geek raved about it, saying, "X-Men's Storm finally has her own comic book, and it's a great one."
Still not convinced? Why not make up your own mind? You can download the first issue of Storm for free on Comixology with the code "stormchasers" until 12/1. And of course, you can buy the latest issue online or in your local comic shop.

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Jurassic World (2015)

See the eerie Jurassic World trailer. The trailer for Jurassic Park 4 was released early. It was supposed to be released tomorrow during football, but rumors of a bootleg copy of the trailer apparently pushed Universal Pictures to release it early.

Here's the new Jurassic Park 4 trailer.


The new Jurassic Park movie never looked more menacing.

Jurassic World is scheduled to open June 12, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Are you planning to watch Jurassic Park World
? What's your favorite part?

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11/25/2014

Photo: Victor Ibanez/Marvel Comics
Without question, X-Men's Storm is the most popular black female superhero, and she needs your help. Her recently launched solo comic series is in serious danger of being cancelled, so we all need to join the campaign to save it.
First of all, if you were surprised to learn that Storm even has a solo comic series right now, you wouldn't be alone. The publicity for her comic is not good, and the sales are even worse. It was Brett White at CBR who first sounded the alarm that Storm is in trouble by pointing out Marvel recently cancelled Elektra and She-Hulk's solo comics. She-Hulk #9 only sold 21,418 copies and Elektra #7 sold 15,021. Why are those numbers important? Because Storm #4 only sold 19,862 copies, which put the sales right between those titles. Storm is basically standing in front of a firing squad, and she's the last one up against the wall.

It's hard to believe Storm is doing so badly. She's one of the most popular female superheroes. Thanks to her appearances in the X-Men movie series, she's one of the few black superheroes to cross over into mainstream success. Part of the problem may simply be that many people who would read her comic don't know it's out there. Part of the problem may be a latent resistance to buying a "black" or "girly" comic. No matter what, Storm shouldn't be allowed to go without a fight. We, the Geek Twins, are always fighting for minorities and women in comics, so this is a special cause for us.

Social media started the campaign with the hashtag #savestorm. It's been picked up by other comic and geek blogs, and we're jumping on the bandwagon. Here's what you can do.

  • If you have the Comixology app, you can download and read the first issue of Storm for free until 12/1 if you use the code "stormchasers."
  • You can read an exclusive interview with Greg Pak, writer of the current Storm series at Vixen Varsity.
  • Black Girl Nerds provided a list of four ways you can read and promote the Storm comic series. They're even hosting a giveaway of Storm comics so you can read it yourself.
  • Check out #savestorm on Tumblr to see the ways other fans are helping to spread the word and promote the comic.
  • Send out a tweet or blog post or Tumblr with #savestorm to show your support.
  • But the best thing you can do is go to your favorite comic app or comic store and buy a copy of Storm.

Will you help save Storm?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
 Here's where you can watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer this weekend.


Yesterday it was confirmed that there will be an 88-second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend. The trailer will play in front of every showtime in select theaters through Sunday November, 30th! Alamo, AMC, Regal, Carmike, Cinemark, Cineplex, Harkins, Marcus and El Captian movie theaters in 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada will play this eagerly-awaited trailer.

The official StarWars.com list was posted, but it's full of typos. So, here is the cross-referenced list of Star Wars trailer locations for this weekend.




StateCityChainTheaterAddress
1AZPHOENIXHARKINSTempe Marketplace2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Suite 1160 Tempe, AZ 85281
2CASAN JOSECINEMARKCentury 20 Oakridge & XD925 Blossom Hill Road #2000, San Jose, CA 95123
3CASAN FRANCISCOAMCMeteron 16135 4th St #3000, San Francisco, CA 94103
4CASAN DIEGOREGALEdwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx10733 Westview Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92126
5CALOS ANGELESAMCCentury City 1510250 Santa Monica Blvd #2000, Los Angeles, CA 90067
6CALOS ANGELESIndepependantEl Capitan6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7CAIRVINEREGALSpectrum Irvine 21 Regal21 Regal, Irvine, CA 92620, USA
8CANVANCOUVERCineplexSilvercity Riverport Cinemas14211 Entertainment Way, Richmond, BC V6W 1K4, Canada
9CANTORONTOCineplexCineplex Cinemas Yonge Dundas & Vip10 Dundas Street East # 402, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9, Canada
10CODENVERAMCAMC Westminster Promenade 2410655 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020
11DCWASH D.CAMCTysons Corner 167850 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102
12FLMIAMICARMIKEMuvico Parisian 20 & IMAX545 Hibiscus St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
13GAATLANTAREGALRegal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 & IMAX261 19th St NW #1250, Atlanta, GA 30363
14ILCHICAGOREGALRegal City North Stadium 14 IMAX2600 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
15MABOSTONAMCAMC Loews Boston Common 19175 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
16MIDETROITCINEMARKShowcase Cinemas4100 Carpenter Rd Ypsilanti, MI
17MNMINNEAPOLISAMCAMC Southdale 16400 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435
18MOKANSAS CITYAMCAMC Studio 3012075 S Strang Line Ct, Olathe, KS 66062
19NYNEW YORKAMCLincoln Square 131998 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
20NYNEW YORKREGALRegal Union Square Stadium 14850 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
21OHCLEVELANDCINEMARKCinemark At Valley View And XD6001 Canal Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125
22PAPHILADELPHIAREGALRegal Warrington Crossing 22140 Easton Rd Bldg. F, Warrington, PA 18976
23TNNASHVILLECARMIKECarmike Thoroughbred 20633 Frazier Dr, Franklin, TN 37067
24TNKNOXVILLEREGALRegal Cinemas Pinnacle Stadium 189674 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922
25TXHOSTONREGALEdwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 237600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
26TXDALLASCINEMARKCinemark West Plano And XD3800 Dallas Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093
27TXAUSTINALAMOAlamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
28UTSALT LAKE CITYCINEMARKCinemark 24 Jordan Landing And XD7301 South Jordan Landing, West Jordan, UT
29WASEATTLEREGALRegal Thornton Place Stadium 14301 NE 103rd St, Seattle, WA 98125
30WIMILWAUKEEMARCUSMajestic Cinema Of Brookfield770 North Springdale Road Brookfield, WI 53186


I also created a Google Map if you want to check for your closest theater. Geek Twins Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer locations.



Here's the rumored trailer description:



*** SPOILER WARNING! ***

It’s going to have The Force Theme played on woodwinds, softly, over flashing images of the main leads, each fading to black. There’s no dialogue, just reveals of the characters. And then the music swells up into a full orchestral piece – perhaps what John Williams recorded this weekend? – and we hear a female voice, likely Daisy Ridley’s, saying “Wake up.”

And then the title card appears – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and we see the Millennium Falcon, firing blasters, coming right at the camera.
*** SPOILER WARNING END! ***



Star Wars: The Force Awakens
is set about 30 years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It's directed by J.J. Abrams and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

Official site: starwars.com

Are you planning to watch the trailer this weekend
? Are you looking forward to the movie?


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11/24/2014

Earlier this year, pro skater Tony Hawk was in a video claiming to be a working "hoverboard," like the famous skateboard from Back to the Future II. When the video was revealed to be a hoax, he was roundly criticized. Well, Hawk has redeemed himself (sort of) by test driving the first real hovering board, the Hendo Hover. The Hendo uses powerful magnetic fields to actually float an inch off of a special copper ramp. Here's the video, courtesy of the Ride Channel.

The only problem is that the Hendo board kind of sucks. I mean, it's huge and bulky, hardly the sleek hoverboard flying over sidewalks from BTTF. It also only works over copper and barely hovers, maybe getting a few centimeters of the ground. And it costs $10,000. You could get better results with a skateboard for a fraction of the time and cost. But Hawk still managed to make it look cool when he did a 10-80 on it. We're getting closer, people.

[Via CNET]

What do you think?

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Jurassic World (2015) Teaser Trailer

See the first Jurassic World (2015) teaser trailer! Universal Pictures has finally unveiled the first teaser 20-second teaser trailer for Colin Trevarrow's Jurassic World, the latest movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. The final trailer will be released Thursday November 27, 2014 at 6AM PST. In addition they launched a viral site for the park at http://www.jurassicworld.com and http://www.masraniglobal.com. 

Jurassic Park 4 is set 22 years after the first film and Isla Nublar is now a fully-functional dinosaur theme park. The Jurassic World teaser focuses on dinosaurs and a grave looking Chris Pratt.














Jurassic World is scheduled to open June 12, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Would you go to dinosaur theme park? What dinosaur would you want to see? Are you looking forward to the movie?


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11/21/2014

Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
on set of Guardians of the Galaxy; Source: Marvel
It's on! Now if you're like me, friends, one of your favorite moments in Guardians of the Galaxy was when Star-Lord challenged Ronan the Accuser to a dance off in the climax of the movie. I loved Ronan's bewilderment, but I also kind of hoped to see Ronan break out some moves. Of course that would have been out of character, but fortunately the real dance off happened in the outtakes from the movie which will be on the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray.


[Via Buzzfeed]

Who had the best dance moves?

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Groot swing (via Blastr)
What star would have thrown her underwear at Christian bale? Who likes lying on a Wookie rug? Which surprising Star Wars character may be getting their own film? How can you get a time machine on your wrist?

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

Links

10. 18 Wildly Unhealthy Wonderful Recipes You Can Make With Frozen Waffles (via Huffington Post)


9. I Double-Dare You Lucasfilm! Stand Alone Mace Windu ‘Star Wars’ Movie Coming? (via Science Fiction)

I'm assuming it's a Revenge of the Sith prequel since he was pretty dead in the last movie.

8. The Implications of This Chewbacca Rug Are Sobering - Tauntauns just weren't cutting it. (The Mary Sue)
Think Geek Chewbacca Rug ($99 USD)*



7.  If "Guardians of the Galaxy" Were a "F.R.I.E.N.D.S." Style Sitcom It Would Still Be Awesome (via Geek Tyrant)


6. Turn to Page 132, Creator Of "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books Dead at 78  (via io9)


5. Great Scott! A Flux Capacitor Wrist Watch is On Sale! (via /Film)
Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch ($49.99 USD)*
Does it run on 10.25 watts?

4. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Won’t Premiere On ‘The Hobbit’; Disney Has “Bigger Plans” (via /Film)

3. "The Last Starfighter" Re-Cut Into A Modern Trailer Is Totally Bad**s (via io9)


2. Jennifer Lawrence Would Have "Thrown [Her] Underwear" at Batman (via Comic Book Movie)


1. Bangkok Won't Show Mockingjay After Protestors Use Katniss' Salute (via io9)

What do you think of this week's links?

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11/20/2014

Do we know what black actors are auditioning to play Luke Cage in the upcoming Netflix TV series? The Internet's been buzzing with rumors of which male African American actors are being auditioned for the lead role in Luke Cage, about the super strong Marvel superhero. While nothing has officially been confirmed, Deadline is making the report, and they're pretty good when it comes to inside info. If we assume the article is correct, the role of Luke Cage is coming down to three actors. None of them were on our previous list of dream candidates, so it looks like Marvel wants some less known names. Let's run down all three, as well as check out photos to see if they can bring the muscle required for the role of Power Man.

1. Cleo Anthony
Cleo Anthony
Source: Instagram
I couldn't find much information on Cleo Anthony (yo, Cleo, have your people update IMDB and Wikipedia), except that he started out as a model. He's best known for his role in Divergent, and has another movie coming out called Transparent.

2. Mike Colter
Mike Colter on set of Million Dollar Baby
Born on August 26, 1976 in Columbia, South Carolina, Mike Randal Colter grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Colter's best known for his role as Big Willie Little in the film Million Dollar Baby. He's also going to portray Agent Jameson Locke in the franchise series Halo: Nightfall and the voice and motion capture for the same character in Halo 5: Guardians. He's also known for his roles on The Good Wife and The Following.

3. Lance Gross
Born July 8, 1981 in Oakland, California, Lance Darnell Gross started out as a model before he transitioned into acting. He's best known for playing Calvin Payne in Tyler Perry's House of Pain, a role for which he became the first actor to win four NAACP Image Awards. Most recently, he played Marcus Finley on NBC's cancelled drama Crisis.

Another tidbit from Deadline is that Cage is scheduled to appear in six or seven episodes of Jessica Jones TV series first before headlining his own series.

Related: 5 Things We Can Expect From Luke Cage TV Series

Who do you think should play Luke Cage?

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