9/23/2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast

Find out about Agent Triplett's role in the new season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs today and with it comes the return of Agent Antoine "Trip" Triplett, played by B.J. Brett. He's funny, he's smooth and he's a man of action. One of the things we love about the show is it's celebration of diversity. Besides having a major Asian character in Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen, they also introduced several other minority S.H.I.E.L.D. agents including Jasper Sitwell, played by Latino actor Maximiliano HernĂ¡ndez.

In an interview on Marvel, Brett said about some interesting things about his role.

He describes himself as a "big fan" even though he never watched the Marvel movies or read comic books because his parents wouldn't let him watch anything violent. When he got the role he had to go watch all the Marvel movies in order and fell in love with them.

Because my parents never let me watch anything that was violent growing up, so I didn’t get a chance to jump on the bandwagon of the comic books and all the different characters and everything. Once I auditioned for it and I booked it, my agent was like, “Hey, you booked Marvel. You booked ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’” [Then] I started doing my homework. When I had to go watch all the Marvel movies in order, I’m like, “Oh my god, are you freaking kidding me?” I’m calling my mom telling her, “I’m so mad at you for not putting me on to this way earlier than now.” I’m showing up to set as a big fan. I’m showing up to set as a fan of Trip, and just to come into an already huge hit because Marvel’s just huge! Being able to interact with some of the characters and having a good time with it, I’m pinching myself everyday.


Brett doesn't know if Trip's going to get together with Jemma Simmons because the writers haven't told him yet.

As a fan, I would love to see that happen. Elizabeth [Henstridge] is a sweetheart, everybody in the show is just so awesome. But the thing is [the writers] never let you know what’s going to happen until you show up for the read through for the next episode. So you’re like, “Are they going to elaborate on this?” It’s so funny between the characters, especially with the fanbase, because some people are like, “TripSimmons, we love that!” And then other people are like, “H**l no! FitzSimmons. We want FitzSimmons! Forget Trip! I love Trip but it’s FitzSimmons, not TripSimmons.” It’s going to be interesting how it plays out in the second season. It’ll definitely be interesting.

There are even rumors that Trip has a role in Avengers: Age of Ultron because of some on-set pics with Brett.


Here's a clip from the first episode of the season which features Trip, May, Skye (Kyle MacLachlan) and Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless) on a covert operation.


The season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled "Shadows" airs tonight (September 23) at its new time, 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here's the official summary: "Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources, but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again?"

Official Site: http://abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield
 
What do you think about Agent Trip? If you've seen the show, who's your favorite character on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'? What are your predictions for the season 2 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

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9/22/2014

I love trivia, and the Terminator movie series, so finding this video from Cinefix was awesome. It has a collection of facts and trivia about the Terminator and the related sequels. Check it out to see a little more than seven things you probably didn't know about this iconic sci-fi movie.

Did you learn anything new about the Terminator?

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The Last Starfighter (1984) - Alex Rogan (Lance Guest)

A forgotten classic of science fiction teaches us everything we need to know about life. Back in 1984, the American space opera flick directed by Nick Castle, The Last Starfighter, opened. It told the story of Alex Rogan, played by Lance Guest, who plays an arcade game that gets him recruited by an alien named Centauri, played by Robert Preston, to fight in an interstellar war. The movie was a hit, but suffered for its comparisons to Star Wars. But the story has more in common with the legend of Excalibur and is wholly original. It also stands as one of the earliest movies, along with TRON, to use extensive computer-generated imagery (CGI) to for its starships, environments and space battle scenes. As an avid arcade gamer I loved the movie and am always surprised how few people know anything about it.

Here are some life lessons from this forgotten classic.If you've never seen the movie some of the images will be strange, but the message is universal.

1. Don't fear death, but embrace life


2. Don't think too much of yourself. No one likes someone with a big head


3. See every change as an opportunity


4. Don't get stuck in thinking the way you always have. Look for the other solution to the problem


5. When you get an opportunity, stay positive and carry on


6. Never be afraid of the challenge

7. Always get enough sleep, so you can be yourself in the morning


8. Money isn't everything, but it helps sometimes

9. Do what you love. You never know what it might lead to


10. You'll never see anything in the universe greater than love




This post is part of the "Underrated Treasures Blogfest" hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh


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Today, September 22, post about your favorite unknown –

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What life lessons have you learned? Have you seen The Last Starfighter? Do you have an underrated treasure?

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9/19/2014

One of the most viral activities of 2014 has been the ice bucket challenge. Wikipedia defines the Ice Bucket Challenge as "an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation." Here are the ten geekiest we've seen so far.

1. R2D2


2. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel)


3. Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard)
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4. Stephen Hawking


5. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)


6. William Shatner


7. Bill Gates


8. Stormtrooper


9. George Takei


10. Brent Spiner


Which was your favorite ice bucket challenge? Do you have any other favorites?

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Guinness World Record for "The Most Batmans." (via Dorkly)

When is Deadpool coming? Who wants to be in Star Wars Episode VII (besides Lando)? How much money has Guardians of the Galaxy made? What would it look like if Sub-Zero were in Mortal Kombat?

Above Image: 542 individual Batmans (NOT "Batmen"), gathered together in Calgary to set the Guinness World Record for "The Most Batmans."

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

Links

10. MORTAL KOMBAT Meets SUPER MARIO WORLD in Video Mashup (via GeekTyrant)


9. 10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism (via io9)

What stupid arguments have you heard?

8. The Islamic Roots Of Science Fiction (via io9)

7. Exuberant Kid Cyclops Cosplay (via GeekTyrant)



6. Mark Ruffalo Is Adorable, Wants To Be In Star Wars As Much As The Rest Of Us - SITH SMASH (via The Mary Sue)

Who would you want Mark Ruffalo to play?

5. ‘Deadpool’ Movie Is Finally Happening; Release Date in 2016 (via Screen Rant)

"Merc-with-a-Mouth" drops on February 12, 2016!

4. 'Star Wars' Without Music Is Just Silent People Smiling Creepily At One Another (via Huffington Post)


3. Official Synopsis For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Released (via Bleeding Cool)

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015
Is there anything surprising in the official synopsis?


2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY First Film of 2014 to Pass $300 Million US Box Office (via Newsarama)
Are you surprised this film has made this much?

1. J.J. Abrams Reveals His Millennium Falcon; It's Unspeakably Beautiful (via io9)

How awesome is the new (old) Millennium Falcon?

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9/18/2014

(Credit: Cinefix)
What would The Avengers be like as an old Nintendo game? Avengers is an awesome movie, and most movies get videogame adaptations these days, but Avengers was an exception. THQ had planned to make a first person combat game based on the movie, but ended up closing the studios assigned to it. Cinefix's 8-Bit Cinema not only brings us a game based on the movie, but paid tribute to old Nintendo games I grew up on. I would totally play this game.

What do you think of the Avengers retro game?

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Back to the Future II (1989) - Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd)

How close are we to being able to dress up like Marty McFly in Back to the Future II's future world of 2015?

Back in 1989, the movie Back to the Future showed what life would be like 20 years later in 2015. But, it wasn't supposed to be a wholly accurate depiction. "For me, filming the future scenes of the movie were the least enjoyable of making the whole trilogy, because I don't really like films that try and predict the future." director Robert Zemeckis said, "The only one I've actually enjoyed were the ones done by Stanley Kubrick, and not even he predicted the PC when he made A Clockwork Orange. So, rather than trying to make a scientifically sound prediction that we were probably going to get wrong anyway, we figured, let's just make it funny."

They did a great job and people we're dying to live in the wacky future world from the film. While we don't have flying cars there are some technologies that have made it into our everyday lives like humongous flat-screen TVs. Let's do a run-down on what we do, and don't, have from the world of Back to the Future II. ...There's something very familiar about all this.

Nike Air Mags - Yes
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When Marty gets to the future Doc Brown gives him a set of clothes. McFly puts on a pair of Nike shoes that light up and adjust to fit. Originally, the shoes were supposed to be part of a deleted scene which showed an anti-gravity game called "Slamball." Since then, there have been a few attempts to recreate these shoes. In 2008, Nike made the "Hyperdunks" which were styled off the Back to the Future II movie. There was a set of 1,500 shoes created for charity

HalloweenCostumes.com partnered with Universal Studios to sell an officially licensed version of the shoes on September 30th for less than $100. They're sold out right now (of course), but they have a bunch of features that the movie shoes have. They say it's:

  • Officially Licensed
  • Recreates the style seen in Back to the Future II
  • Hi-Top style with textured sole for traction
  • Fits with an adjustable Velcro strap around ankle and elastic on top of shoe
  • Shoes light up just like in the movie!
  • Shoes charge up easily with included USB cable
Lenticular Hat - Yes
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To pose as his son, Marty puts on his son's color-shifting lenticular baseball cap. Back in 2009, Nike made a cap that was close to the colors of the hat, but didn't have the right colors. Today, Diamond Select sells a Back to the Future II movie accurate version.

Self-Adjusting Jacket - No
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When Marty puts his jacket on the sleeves are impossibly long. Suddenly, the jacket adjusts the sleeves to match his arm length. This kind of technology sounds like a no brainer, but it's actually pretty complicated. Besides a computer that can scan your body and determine your size it would have to have a set of levers to pull the sleeves up and down. Possible, but way too bulky to be practical. So, no. We don't have this yet.

Self-Drying Clothes - Maybe
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In one scene Marty McFly falls in water and when he gets out his jacket says "Drying mode on. Jacket drying" and starts a set of blowers that dry his clothes. This technology probably isn't that hard to do, but no one's come up with it yet. That said, there are some clothes like Diamondown that have clothes that have "microevaporative-cooling technology" that allows moisture to wick away from the body. So, don't be a Bojo and start jumping into pools with your clothes on just yet.

Self-Tying Laces - Maybe
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When Marty puts on the future sneakers, they automatically adjust to his feet. These are definitely not common place, but how far are we from getting these? One fan, Blake Bevin, created instructions that tell how to make your own self-tying shoes on the cheap, but they're pretty bulky. Nike got a patent for self-fitting shoes like Marty wore in Back to the Future II described this way:

"The automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper."

Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said, “Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!” For now it's just a rumor, but who knows? We'll have to wait till next year to see if they come to life.

Hoverboard - Maybe
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When Marty is trying to get away from Biff and his gang he grabs a Mattel toy hoverboard and flies off. In real life these do not exist. At least like the ones in the movie. Mythbusters and several others have managed to make boards that fly using a leaf blower, but none have been very effective. A couple of people have even created boards using magnetic repulsion, but these can only go on magnetic surfaces ("for that you need power!"). Earlier this year a company claimed to have created a hoverboard and that it was coming soon, but it turned out to be an elaborate hoax. Mattel sells a toy hoverboard, but it sucks.

TV Glasses -Yes
 
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In the future world of Back to the Future II, Marty Jr. wears a set of goggles that allow him to watch TV at the dinner table. Today there are a bunch of wearable TVs. Way back in 1995, Nintendo made the "Virtual Boy" which was a flop. Now, the technology has gotten a lot better. The most popular one is Google Glass of course, but there are plenty of other options. They range from the Vuzik Star 1200DX which runs about $500 to a 3D printed version you can make yourself for less than $100.

Final Analysis: We're about halfway there to living in the future world of 2015, but we still have a ways to go. Synchronize your watches. The future is coming.

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9/17/2014

The difference between a PG-13 and R rated movie can be small but significant. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the organization that assigns movies, and they're a notoriously fickle bunch. Studios often try to get a PG-13 rating for their movies, because that will allow the widest audience. When the MPAA gives the movie an R rating, the movie often has to cut scenes to get the rating they want. Here are ten movies who scored a PG-13, and what they did to get that rating.

1. Marvel's The Avengers
Marvel's The Avengers (Credit: Disney/Marvel)
The Avengers seems like one of those movies made for kids. It has all their favorite Marvel superheroes fighting aliens. That's why it may be a surprise to discover it was given an R rating twice before it scored its final rating. When asked why, Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Fiege said, "Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues." Apparently, the MPAA objected to the scene where (spoiler alert) Agent Coulson is impaled by Loki's staff. In the original cut, we saw the bloody staff's tip coming out of Coulson’s chest. In the final cut, we only hear it, not see it.


2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Credit: Lionsgate
The dystopian sequel to the movie about children forced into gladiatorial combat was already edgy. You would think it would be hard to get a movie about a bunch of people killing each other in staged combat to be rated PG-13, but not as hard as you'd think. Apparently, the only change the director had to make was changing one death at the cornucopia. Instead of getting shot in the face, the victim got an arrow to the chest. Better than an arrow to the knee.


3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Credit: Paramount Pictures
Indiana Jones is an iconic action hero whose first adventure sent him in pursuit of the biblical Ark of the Covenant. He does a lot of fighting in this movie, especially with Nazis, so it may not be a surprise that the movie originally received an R rating. But the turning point for the MPAA came when they opened the Ark, and angels came flying out to consume the Nazis with fire. All of them die in pretty gruesome ways, but Jones' rival archaeologist Belloq fares the worst when his head exploded. They had to cover the exploding head with fire to avoid the big R.


4. Sucker Punch
Credit: Warner Bros Pictures
This dream-within-a-dream action movie about four girls trying to escape from a mental institution/brothel had the toughest time getting its PG-13 rating. It had to be sent back five times to the MPAA, and cut eighteen minutes of footage. They eventually did release an R-rated version with the eighteen minutes of footage restored. Movie Censorship.com has a good overview of the changes, but I'll cover the broad strokes. Some of the sexuality was cut with conversations about “picking her flower” making it clear Baby Doll’s virginity was supposed to be sold to the High Roller. They also shortened a scene where a cook tries to rape one of the girls. They also had to cut longer battle sequences in the fantasy world with spraying green blood, and combat sequences in World War I. The most significant change came in the final encounter with the High Roller, where the High Roller actually seduces Baby Doll instead of the final version's implied rape.


5. Transformers
Credit: DreamWorks Pictures
Transformers was the start of a huge franchise about warring robots from space disguised as vehicles on Earth. Apparently, the MPAA considered the movie too violent, even though most of it was just robot-on-robot action. Rather than make cuts to the movie, producer Steven Spielberg stepped in to argue with the MPAA, and they gave the movie its PG-13 rating. If that doesn't tell you how arbitrary the MPAA can be, think about that fact: the exact same movie that’s been beloved by kids for almost a decade was originally considered too violent for kids by the MPAA.


6. Spider-Man
Credit: Columbia Pictures

The first Spider-Man movie started a franchise five strong. Much like Avengers, Spider-Man was always targeted to kids, which is why its PG-13 rating was critical. And it almost didn't make it. It was the final battle in a graveyard between Spiderman and the Green Goblin that tipped it over the line. In the original version, they were surrounded by buzzing razorbats slicing at them during their fist fight. All of the bats had to be cut. They also had to change the blood on Parker’s lip to clear spit.


7. X2: X-Men United
X-Men
Credit: 20th Century Fox

With X2, they wanted to go further than the original movie, especially with Wolverine. It was a close call to keep its rating kid-friendly. When discussing why the movie almost lost its intended PG-13 rating, producer Ralph Winter said, “...in the fight, that happens in the augmentation room. From the origin of it we have two characters that have claws. At some point they're gonna fight. At some point [they’re] gonna go at it. So for us it was about the intensity of that. It was about the blood, which we tried to hold back on, because that's what really pushes it over the edge and makes it unnecessarily gory. So we made changes in that fight sequence to minimize that for the ratings board, but I don't think that diminishes anything from the fun of that."


8. Hancock
Hancock (Will Smith)
Credit: Columbia Pictures
Hancock is an edgy movie about an alcoholic, foul mouthed superhero. It walked a line, and crossed over it when the MPAA sent it back twice with an R rating. In the version of the movie we all know, Hancock goes to jail because of all the damage he’s done to the city. In the original cut, it was a different crime that sent him to the big house. Director Peter Berg explained in an interview shortly before the film's release, "We had statutory rape up until three weeks ago." In a deleted scene, Hancock got drunk and had sex with a seventeen year old. Funny how the MPAA had a problem with that. But it’s better than the scene in the original script, where the girl was twelve.


9. Daredevil
Daredevil (Ben Affleck)
Credit: 20th Century Fox
This movie has been the whipping boy of superhero movies for years, which I never felt was deserved. However, much of the problems with the movie lie with the studio’s attempts to get a PG-13 rating. The original cut of Daredevil was far bloodier and more violent in the combat scenes, especially in the final fight between Daredevil and the Kingpin. The MPAA made them cut the edges off all the fight scenes to make the movie more kid friendly, but the director’s cut restored the movie to its original glory. Do yourself a favor and give it another chance with the director's cut.


10. GoldenEye
Xenia Onatopp (Famke Jennsen)
Credit: United Artists
The studio had a lot riding on this movie when it was released. It was the first Bond movie to set after the fall of the Soviet Empire, and the Cold War had been a driving force for Bond throughout his history. GoldenEye needed to prove Bond could still be successful and reach the widest audience possible, which is why they fought for a PG-13 rating. It seems like villainous Xenia Onatopp was the main problem with the movie, since cuts were made to her scenes, including removing some of the deaths when Onatopp gunned down the workers at the Severnaya station, Bond giving Onatopp a rabbit punch in the car, and shortening the scene of Onatopp being crushed to death in a tree.


Which were you surprised to learn had a hard rating?

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