7/30/2014

The universe is a strange place. The more astronomers search the stars with greater and greater accuracy, the more bizarre phenomenon they discover. From zombie stars to cannibalistic galaxies, here's a rundown by Alltime10 of some of the wildest found...so far.


What did you think is the weirdest?

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How has Batman's chest symbol changed over the years? Batman has had a ton of looks over the years, but one thing that's been constant is his chest emblem. At least it's been there. From fat to thin, from stylized to freaky HalloweenCostumes.com has created this handy infographic to see how it's changed in the comics, movies and TV. From Detective Comics #27 to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice see how the bat has put fear into the cowardly and superstitious lot.
Batman Symbol Evolution Infographic
Infographic Created by HalloweenCostumes.com

What do you think of the infographic? Which is your favorite Batman symbol? Which do you hate?

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7/29/2014

Before men ever managed to leave the Earth, they looked up to the stars and dreamed of what life might be like there. And being men, they thought of sexy ladies. The idea of a planet populated entirely by beautiful women captured movie audiences during the fifties. There were never any overweight or unattractive women, and all the women are in need of some good lovin’. Here's a run-down.

1) Cat Women Of The Moon (1953)
When a team of astronauts land on the moon, they discover a group of "cat-women," the only survivors of a race that died off when the moon’s atmosphere disappeared. Fortunately, they found a nice cave full of air to live in, but it's not holding up too well. They all have a nice party until they discover the women plot to steal their ship and abandon them on the moon. Fortunately, they escape, leaving the women to extinction. Hooray.

2) Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953)
The comedy duo play two average joes who end up being forced by bank robbers to launch a rocket to Venus. There, they discover a group of women who banished all the men (no explanation where to). When they try to introduce some of the ways of love, the evil queen sends them packing back to Earth. Oddly enough, they never end up going to Mars. What a rip-off.

3) Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)
When a group of chain-smoking astronauts land on one of Jupiter’s moons, they discover New Atlantis, a colony founded by the original Atlantis. Somehow, they managed to accomplish space travel, but never figured out how to live above the water. The only survivors are a group of beautiful women and their aging “father” who’s so old he doesn’t count. The astronauts fight off a monstrous creature and leave to bring back more men from Earth. Because what all women need is more men.

4) Queen Of Outer Space (1958)
A group of male astronauts crash land on Venus and discover a race of women led by a cruel dictator, Queen Yllana. They discover all the men have been banished (again with the banishing), but the lonely women want them back. It turns out Yllana’s face was burned by radiation, making her ugly. If she couldn't have men, nobody could. In the end, they overthrow Yllana and make the world safe for men again.

5) Missile to the Moon (1958)
When a group of convicts get hijacked by a mad scientist, they end up on the Moon, where they battle rock men, giant spiders, and beautiful women. The women are the only survivors of their race, and plot to steal the spaceship and return to Earth. If it sounds familiar, this is actually a remake of Cat Women of the Moon, a movie so good they made it twice. This version adds monsters, but is actually much, much worse, if that’s possible.

6) Planet of the Amazon Women (1979)
When hunky space hero Buck Rogers (of the 25th Century) gets kidnapped, he becomes a slave on a planet of women. This episode broke the trend of banishing men or killing them off. Instead, all the men were kidnapped as prisoners of war by a rival planet. That’s one war tactic we never thought of. But the outcome is the same: the women want their men back, and Buck is happy to help. He rescues the men and makes the planet co-ed once more.

7) "Amazon Women in the Mood" (2001)
On Futurama, when Fry and his buddies crash land on the planet Amazonia, they discover a race of gigantic women. The women killed off all the men through “snu-snu,” and have created their own perfect society, led by a “fem-puter.” When the men are sentenced to death by snu-snu, they can't decide if it's a reward or a punishment. Fortunately, Bender teaches Femputer that men are good for something after all, but Leela is still looking for an apartment there.

Honorable Mention:
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) is another classic example, but it’s clearly a parody of the genre. Still, it's better than most of the movies on this list.

Which was your favorite female planet? Would you live on any of these?

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Who is the darkest character in film history? New York Film Academy created an Infographic of the top ten darkest guys and girls from classic films. A few science fiction and horror flicks made the cut.

Top 10 Darkest Characters In Film Infographic
Courtesy of: New York Film Academy



See the full graphic here
 

Who's the darkest character in movie history?
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7/28/2014

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of Worf's favorite things was to start a sentence with "Klingons do not..." I guess it's easier to say what Klingons don't do than what they do. Here's a collection of some of  Worf's best "Klingons do not" moments.



BONUS: Check out this collection of Worfisms

[Via Reddit]

What's your favorite Worf moment?

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
Here are 10 things you missed at San Diego Comic con 2014. The biggest science fiction convention in the world happened last weekend and as usual a ton of cool stuff was announced. Just in case you missed it, here are the ten biggest announcements of the Sand Diego Comic Con this year.

1. S.H.I.E.L.D. at Comic-Con: 3 new characters (including a superhero!) + hilarious gag reel

2. Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Batkid Begins’ Brings Make-A-Wish Phenom To Screen


3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman Costume


4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser
Here's how /Film describes the teaser along with low-res images from IMGUR

The short teaser opens with Batman in a full armor suit from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns

 
Glowing eyes, very mechanical, it’s pouring rain He pulls down a lever on something and we realize it’s the Bat Signal. It has the new Batman logo (reminiscent of the one from Miller’s comic).

The camera slowly pans up to reveal the signal projected in the air but right in the middle of it: Superman.


He’s illuminated in the sky amongst the pouring rain with his red glowing eyes.


Cut back to Batman, staring right back at Superman with his blue glowing eyes and we cut to the logo.



5. The Can’t Miss Panel Of This SDCC Was Mike Tyson Mysteries

6. Biz Markie & Channing Tatum Sing 'Just A Friend' At Comic-Con


7. Adam Savage (Mythbusters) Incognito at Comic-Con 2014


8. Hot Trailer: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

9. Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer Audio


10. The Godzilla Sequel Will Feature Mothra, Rodan And King Ghidorah! 

What did you miss from Comic Con? What did you see?

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7/25/2014

What do Star Wars and Hamlet have in common? Well, they both have ghosts, sword fights, and mysterious forces. That's about it. Now throw Star Trek into the mix, and you've really got a head-scratcher. But check out this surreal clip from the Israeli crime comedy, Hunting Elephants, that brings them all together.


Yes, that's really Patrick Stewart.

[Via NYCprowler]

What did you think of the clip?

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Boba Fett's First Real Appearance Was at a County Fair in 1978 via Geek Tyrant

I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits." Also, read reviews of Extant and Snowpiercer.

Links

10. 75 Years of BATMAN Evolution (via He Geek She Geek Reviews & News)

9.
3 Reasons We Can Stop Worrying About Guardians of the Galaxy (via Geek Soul Brother)

A mercenary, a tree and a raccoon go into a bar. What's there to worry about?

8. Solid Gold Godzilla Can Be Yours for Only $1.5 Million (via io9)
Bring in the solid gold Mothra and let them fight!


7. Marvel's Ant-Man Poster (via The Knights - Doctor Who & Science Fiction News)
You will believe a man can ride an ant.

6. Was ‘Star Wars’ Star John Boyega Teasing A Marvel Role On Twitter? Nope. (via /Film)

John Bogoya (Star Wars: Episode VII) tweeted
Currently booking flight to wakanda — John Boyega (@JBoyega)
Everybody freaked thinking he was confirming he was cast as Black Panther in a new movie. It turns out he was reading a Black Panther comic book. It would have been cool though.

5. I Have the Plunger t-shirt (via/Film)


4. Cool Stuff: The Dark Knight Tumbler Lego Out September (via /Film)

Yes. It does come in black.

3. Batfleck's Bat-Cowl From Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Revealed (via io9)
Here's another look at Bat-fleck via Bleeding Cool


2. Lucy Lawless joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (via MsMariah's Space Blog-yssey)
She's a strong female character which the show needs. No word on what she's playing though.

1. Check Out Mark Hamill's Real Jedi Beard For Star Wars: Episode VII (via io9)

Obi Wanna Be. Still cool though.


Reviews

Television

Extant (2014)
"Re-Entry" (01x01) - Recommended

Astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband, John and her son, Ethan, after returning from a 13-month solo mission in outer space.

Wikipedia says, "Extant is a term commonly in use in biology to refer to ... species... that are still in existence, meaning still alive as opposed to extinct." This is obviously a setup for a very far-reaching and complicated series. The first episode is very slow but it sets up everything you need to know about the characters and the characters are very well developed. Executive producer Steven Spielberg has crafted a show that has everything he loves. Deep family relationships and a fascination with technology and aliens (presumably). Halle Berry is phenomenal of course and shows her maturity as an actor playing both a mother and a scientist. These are two things she couldn't have done 10 years ago. The revelation that she's pregnant after being alone in space for 13 months on space station Seraphim is only surprising if you didn't pay attention to any of the promos, but they still make it work. Goran Visnjic plays her husband, Dr. John Woods, and is full of optimism and patience. These are necessary since he's dealing with a long distance relationship and a skeptical audience for his robot child Ethan, played by Pierce Gagnon. It's easy to compare the concept to A.I. Artificial Intelligence but Gagnon manages to play a robot without looking fake like Haley Joel Osment. Her best friend Dr. Sam Barton, played by Camryn Manheim, is the only one who knows her secret. Like a true friend she pushes to let the secrets out, but Molly insists she needs time. The music, by Marcelo Zarvos is subtle, yet powerful. The cinematography by M. David Mullen is futuristic, but feels slightly cold and realistic.

"Extinct" (01x02)
- Recommended

Sam gives Molly an ultrasound in hope of learning more about her mysterious pregnancy.
The second episode sets up the world around Molly and it's interesting how the show is setting up the pieces. The relationships are being tested, but more importantly the stakes are rising. At the same time Molly begins to realize there's a vast conspiracy after she meets former Seraphim astronaut Harmon Kryger, played by Brad Beyer who faked his death and is running paranoid from ISEA. While the first episode didn't give a clue where it's going, the second episode does. Berry gives an even more layered performance than before and Gagnon shows slightly more range. This show is creepy and interesting, but it's going to take patience. Since CBS just picked it up for the full season there's time.

Movies

Snowpiercer (2014)
via /Film
Synopsis:
In a new Ice Age, where Earth has been frozen for 17 years, SNOWPIERCER is the only place for survivors.

Climate change has made the planet uninhabitable. Those few who survived the planet’s demise live aboard a train that perpetually circles the same track. The tail section is like a slum, filled with people who are cold and hungry, forced to live by their wits, while the front section contains the chosen few, who indulge in alcohol and drugs amid luxurious surroundings. The world inside the train is far from equal.
 

In the 17th year of the train’s infinite course, a young leader from the tail section stirs up a riot that has been brewing for some time. In order to liberate the tail section and eventually the whole train, this hero and his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where its creator, the absolute authority, resides in splendor. But unexpected circumstances lie in wait for humanity’s tenacious survivors…

I already said I don't think it's faithful to the graphic novel, but that was based on the trailers. I haven't seen it, but here are some reviews from around the blogosphere:
  • Snowpiercer Movie Review via Alex J. Cavanaugh Recommended
    "Once the characters start moving forward on the train, trying to reach the engine, the film is full steam ahead and never lets up."
  • Movie Round-Up: Snowpiercer via PT Dilloway - Recommended  
    "It's the kind of movie I'd probably like to watch again just to see if I get more out of it a second time.
    "

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7/24/2014

Monty Python Live (Mostly); Source: YouTube
It was truly the end of an era on July 20 when the surviving members of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python performed their final show at London's O2 Arena. Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam led the crowd in a rousing chorus of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" before lowering the curtain for the last time. The group says it's their final performance together, which is more than likely, given all of them are in their 70's. The only other member Graham Chapman died in 1989. Twenty thousand fans paid to attend the show, and for those who couldn't attend, we got to watch the climax on TV.


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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) is coming and there's some awesome stuff coming soon.

Every year I wish I could be at Comic Con, but I just couldn't make it this year. But, fear not! San Diego Comic-Con 2014 begins today and I'll have a special post next week but, for now, check out the limited edition poster and find out about the new app that's coming Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Limited Edition San Diego Comic Con 2014 Poster

San Diego Comic Con, Lionsgate has unveiled a limited edition poster, created by artist WK Interact, for the film everyone is waiting for: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1.

You can enter for a chance to win a signed copy at TheHungerGamesExplorer.com

The Hunger Games Movie Pack App

I'll be downloading this bad boy first thing on Monday morning!

Here's the official press release:
Santa Monica, Calif. and Dallas, TX – July 18, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung), have teamed up on the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  The collaboration will launch with all fans getting a sneak peek of the film’s first official teaser trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, exclusively on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab®S ahead of its online release.

In a first-of-its-kind experience, fans will have the opportunity to preview the highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere in San Diego during Comic-Con on Friday, July 25. For those outside San Diego, beginning Saturday, July 26, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.

Additionally,  owners of select Galaxy devices* will have the opportunity to download the all-new Hunger Games Movie Pack App, via Google Play™ for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.

“We’re giving our consumers the unique experience to premiere the official trailer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I on our new Galaxy Tab S,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Together with Lionsgate, we will give Samsung Galaxy owners access to experience The Hunger Games franchise like never before.”

"We’re thrilled to be partnering on Mockingjay 1 with a company that has the global stature of Samsung and whose innovative technologies touch every aspect of consumers’ lives around the world," said Paula Kupfer, SVP of Consumer Products & Licensing at Lionsgate.  "They are a perfect fit with our franchise, and together we envision unlimited opportunities for expanding the world of The Hunger Games in exciting and visionary ways."

During San Diego Comic-Con:
On Friday, July 25 at 12:00pm PT, cast members from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).

Nationwide at Best Buy:
Fans outside the San Diego area can also get an exclusive preview of the first official The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer beginning on Saturday, July 26 and extending through Sunday, July 27 by visiting Samsung Experience Shops inside select Best Buy locations. While supplies last, visitors will receive one complimentary pass to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters November 21.

The Hunger Games Movie Pack App:
As part of the collaboration, The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on select Samsung devices* beginning July 28, via Google Play. The app will give Galaxy owners access to exclusiveHunger Games content, including scripts, book excerpts, video clips and more.

Galaxy Tab S owners will have the opportunity to download the first two Hunger Games films for free, in addition to receiving all the exclusive content through the app. Samsung will continue to deliver exclusiveHunger Games content to Galaxy owners through the app leading up to the film’s premiere on November 21. *

Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab are all registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

*The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 starting July 28.

*Limit to 200,000 downloads per movie.  Available through December 31, 2014.

Capitol Couture Presents Capitol Citizen Living Portraits

Also, check out http://capitolcouture.pn for a look at what all the fashionable Panem Elite will be wearing this year.

Capitol Couture is proud to commemorate President Snow’s “One Panem” initiative with a brand new Special Issue of Capitol Couture focusing on collaborations in art, fashion, and design.

Today we celebrate the incredible achievements coming out of the Capitol—the beating heart of Panem. Gaze upon the fervently awaited Capitol Citizen Living Portraits presented by Capitol Couture featuring your cherished victors Johanna Mason and Peeta Mellark as they stand proudly before Panem.

Johanna

Peeta

SYNOPSIS:
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film.
Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)   
Directed by: Francis Lawrence          
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig                
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins


Are you sorry you're not at Comic Con this year? What do you think of the Hunger Games stuff?
 

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