9/01/2014

Captain America by Alex Ross (Credit: Marvel Comics0
In July, it was announced that the African American superhero Falcon would be taking over as Captain America in Marvel comics. There are a lot of well-reasoned and passionate arguments against the change, like whether this is just a publicity stunt or the history of other people like U.S. Agent taking over Captain America's mantle. Then of course, there are the mouth-breathing racists. Just to illustrate what hostility minorities face in any media, here's a selection of some of the most racist comments about the black Captain America. If there's worse, we don't want to know about it.

We're not going to link directly to the sources of these quotes, because we don't want to give them any more attention than they deserve. But if you do a Google search, you can prove these are unfortunately all too real. Just to make this more pleasant, we've added pics of cute puppies and kittens.

[Warning: Though these have been censored, some of them will still be disturbing.]

1. "Captain America uses a shield, will the n***er Captain America use a hubcap from its hooptie as a shield"

 2. "Clark kent used a phone booth. What will this guy use? The bathroom at KFC?"

3. "I think it is wrong for kids to think of black men as heroes as most of them do not even support their own kids nor hold a job."

4. "Captain APEmerica is more like it."

5. "The specific desire to make Captain America black is in order to cover up the failures of Obama"

6. "he will have a helmet made out of a watermelon."

7. "Captain welfare maybe"

8. "The A stands for affirmative action super hero."

9. "He would be jobless with 12 kids hes not paying child support for."

10. "unless the New Captain America is not a pro athlete, then he's on food stamps."

11. "i dont think they want dirty n**gers in comics its just not right."

12. "more like captain n**ga, sounds about right."

13. "Wtf that's g*y Captain America can't be a dirty n**ger!"

14. "Thor a women and now Captain America a n**ger..... AL Sharpton must have threatened to sue Stan Lee for racism if he didnt. Discusting turn of events for The comic industry. Look forward to a Mexican hulk and Arab Spiderman in the near future"

15. "Captain African-American"

16. "Captain Nigeria"

17. "They spelled Captain Africa wrong."

18. "sooooo we call him ....... Blacktain America ?"

19. "They should call him Captain Watermelonz and have his powers be derived from grape drank serum and all would be forgiven."

20. "I f***ing hate this affirmative blacktion in this country already and Marvels pathetic PC moves, ruin an American and comic book hero to make some n**gers happy that can't even read"

21. "How can a Niger play captain AMERICA last time I check black people are from Africa not america "

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8/29/2014

What do you get the Star Wars fan who has everything? Bruce Branit created this short ad called "Big Red Bow" about a couple who one-ups every other every anniversary with gifts until the wife gets him the greatest gift of all. If our wives are reading this, take note: our anniversaries are coming up, too. For bonus points, check out all the hidden Star Wars references in the video.


[Via dnaindia via Vimeo]

What do you think of the video? What SW references did you catch?
(Source: 411posters.com)

How is Jurassic World honoring the late Richard Attenbourough? Which black actor will be playing Spider-Man? Where can you buy a life-size Boba Fett action figure?

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

Links

10. Doctor Doom Costume From ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Revealed In Leaked Photos (via Screen Rant)

9. Clues to Doctor Who Season 8 from "Deep Breath" (via Blah Blah Blah Yackity Smackity)


8. Jurassic World Immortalizes The Late Richard Attenborough Perfectly (via io9)


7. This May Be The Most Ludicrous Star Wars Action Figure Ever (via io9)
It's a life-size Boba Fett!


6. THE FLASH Poster Is Full of Easter Eggs (via GeekTyrant)



5. Is It Anatomically Possible to Do Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman Cover? Three Gymnasts Test The Theory. - I think you can guess. (via The Mary Sue)


4. A popular Marvel hero may not appear in Age of Ultron as planned. Here's why.  (via Blastr)

3. #DonaldGlover4SpiderMan Finally Works, Glover Cast As Miles Morales In Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man - MY EMOTIONS! (via The Mary Sue)



2.  LeVar Burton just took the most ambitious Star Trek selfie in history (via Blastr)

1. And Finally… Batman Spotted On Japan’s Chiba Expressway (via Bleeding Cool)

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8/28/2014

True story: NASA uses the movie Armageddon as a test in their management training program. Trainees have to identify 168 mistakes in the movie. That's how bad it is. So it was only a matter of time that Cinemasins got around to it, and it only took them fourteen minutes to cover them all. Check out the glaring inaccuracies, Apollo 13 references, gratuitous explosions, and Bruce Willis.



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TV Guide Mork and Mindy (1978) - Mindy (Pam Dawber) Mork (Robin Williams)
Robin Williams died this month at 63 and 30 years ago TV Guide said it best. We lost one of the greatest talents this world has ever known and the most insane television performer ever: Robin Williams. Back in 1978 when his brilliant show Mork and Mindy first aired TV Guide made a special issue featuring the show. At the time Robin Williams said "Mork is mildly eccentric." Of course, no one knew what to expect from the show and certainly didn't think it would be a ratings juggernaut that would last four seasons and 94 episodes. But, the writers could see that Williams was something special and their words seem even more insightful looking back 30 years later.

I searched around and found the very first issue of TV Guide to feature the show back in October 28, 1978. If you've never seen the show, it's a great primer for his wacky style of comedy. If you've seen the show, you'll recognize the makings of genius.

"When Robin Williams becomes a star, which may be at any moment," Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In producer George Schlatter said. "they'll have to devise new words to describe what he does and how he does it." They never did find words to explain how he did his unique brand of comedy.

Here's another great quote by producer Gerry Marshall who said, after fan reaction to Williams' first appearance as Mork in Happy Days, "So, I made up Mork and Mindy. It's silly and crazy. But Robin transcends the premise  He's an up-and-coming funny person." He was up-and-coming and his career kept going up till his tragic death.

The article also touches on his acting training at Julliard and why he decided to become a comedian. It's this training that led him to receive two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards. Anyone that's seen his dramatic work know the man was an acting genius. 

 TV Guide 1978 cover

TV Guide 1978 "Way Out" - Page 1

TV Guide 1978 "Way Out" - Page 2



TV Guide 1978 "Way Out" - Page 3


The article ends with the greatest quote by Robin Williams that seems to speak from the distant past, "When you're getting laughs, there's an incredible amount of energy created." he said, "You soar into some strange and wondrous nether zone of total freedom. When it works, it's a great release for both the performer and the audience. It's a mutual high. And it's priceless."

What do you think of the article? Do you miss Robin Williams

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8/27/2014

The Lego Movie was a good movie with a wonderfully upbeat ending, but not everyone was happy with it. That's why the fellas at How It Should Have Ended came in with their take. They created not one but two alternate endings to the kids' movie.


And here's another take:


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John Alvin (3rd from left)
Learn some fascinating facts about a poster designer you didn't know you love.

You love John Alvin's work even if you didn't know it. John Alvin was born in 1948 and, before he passed away in 2008, created some of the most influential movie posters ever created. If you've seen a poster for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial or Blade Runner then you know, and love, his remarkable illustrations. You know how much we love John Alvin's work since several of his iconic posters were in our list of the greatest sci-fi movie posters of all-time. Yesterday a phenomenal book The Art of John Alvin was released.

Here's the official description:
John Alvin's movie poster art is among the most iconic of the last 40 years, from Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio, to Empire of the Sun, Gremlins, Blazing Saddles, Predator, and Star Wars 30th anniversary posters. This book not only collects some of Alvin's finest work, but also includes previously unseen comprehensives and in progress sketches.

The book is large at 12" x 9" (310 x 228 mm) but not too heavy. At 160 pages I found myself wishing there were more since some of my favorite posters, like Gremlins, are missing. Of course, it would take a couple of phone books to show all his posters, so it's understandable. The color illustrations throughout are beautiful on glossy pages with exceptional quality. What makes the book more remarkable is that his wife, graphic designer Andrea Alvin, had a front row seat to the creation of his most iconic work and can give all kinds of interesting facts and perspectives on Alvin and his designs.

He created posters for over 135 films in his career. He was working as an illustrator at an animation studio when a friend invited him to work on a poster for Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. Brooks loved his work since it didn't have the cartoony style of most comedy posters of the 70's but was full of little jokes that made it hilarious. That led to a long career in film.

We got the chance to preview the book and we thought it would be fun to share six remarkable things we learned in the book.

6. Alvin Made an Unproduced Batman (1989) Poster
The official Batman poster was just the Batman logo which was described by angry fans as "a mouth, with bad teeth" but it turns out John Alvin was hired to design the final one-sheet poster for the film. He did a stunning compostion, but the studio decided to stick with the logo concept. He ended up designing the posters for Batman Returns and Batman Forever though.


5. Alvin's Daughter is the Finger in E.T.
The image of E.T.s finger reaching out to a child is based on the classic painting by Michaelangelo called "The Creation of Man." We all assumed it's Elliott's finger, but we're wrong. It turns out he took photos of his daughter Farah and used them to paint the hand.



4. Alvin Hid His Signature in Several of the Famous Posters
The studio usually didn't allow the artists to sign their movie posters, but when he was he would expertly hide them. Some examples are his first name hidden in the Earth for the E.T. poster, and vertically on the building in the Blade Runner poster. His daughters nickname "Cake" was also hidden in several posters. To this day, even his family doesn't know where all the signatures are.


3. The Jurassic Park Poster Could Have Looked Very Different
Alvin was hired to make a poster for Jurassic Park and created some amazing designs using images of fossils and dinosaurs, all of which were obscured in some way since Spielberg was keeping the look of the animals secret. Finally, after designing some amazing pieces he had a finished poster of the gates with a giant dinosaur footprint. Just then, Spielberg decided that they were going to use the Jurassic Park logo as the movie poster. Alvin's work was never used.


2. Cocoon Got Shredded
The poster for the Ron Howard film Cocoon is brilliant since it features a scene that never appears in the movie, but perfectly captured the wonder of the film. There are a bunch of great scenes in movie posters that never happened, but this is one of the best. Unfortunately, when the finished painting was being shipped to Los Angeles it was accidentally shredded by a baggage conveyor belt. Thankfully, the poster was professionally photographed before being transported and they were able to reproduce it.

1. Young Frankenstein Poster Was Really Big
When Alvin was making the poster for Mel Brooks the director kept insisting that everything be made bigger. Andrea said, "the monster was big and everything on the poster felt big. We really saw the personalities of the main characters." To promote the film it was painted on the side of the eight-story Playboy building on Sunset Strip and was the world's largest billboard at the time.

In 2006 John Alvin told Art Business News, "With any of my cinematic art, I want the viewer to embrace and relive the magic that we all felt when we go to the movies." In this age of Photoshop and CGI it's a lost art and this book helps to celebrate those days.

Some images via impawards.com, IGN.comflavorwire.com

What do you think of John Alvin's work? What's your favorite poster by him?

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8/26/2014

The recent  Transformers: Age of Extinction has been a smash hit, but it hasn't satisfied the Transformers purists. For us, Car Insurance.org put together a truly monumental infographic that showcases all the Autobots from the original Transformers cartoon (1984 to 1987), and the vehicles they were based on. If you're a fan of the Transformers or cars or infographics, there's a lot to love in here.
Every Autobot from the Original Transformers
[Via Slashfilm]

What do you think? Which is your favorite Autobot?

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