12/19/2014


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

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10. 5 Possible Reasons George Lucas Doesn’t Give a Sh*t About J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars‘ Trailer (via Pajiba)


9. Technology Ads Then and Now (via Neatorama)


8. Boba Fett-Themed STAR WARS Car (via GeekTyrant)


7. Jurassic World Image Shows Chris Pratt And His Best Friend—A Raptor (via io9)


6. 5 Big Geek Movie Questions Answered in 2014 (via Screen Rant)


5. New Photo from Marvel's DAREDEVIL Series (via GeekTyrant)


4. How Guardians of the Galaxy led to changes for Star Trek 3 (via Blastr)


3. STAR WARS Prequels Nearly Ended Natalie Portman's Career (via GeekTyrant)

It wasn't until Mike Nichols took action to help her land a role in Cold Mountain that things began to turn around for her. Portman, in her own words, on how it happened:

Star Wars had come out around the time of [The Seagull], and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, “Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.” And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis.

2. James Gunn breaks down the 'hardest thing' to write in Guardians of the Galaxy (via Blastr)


1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts Levels Five Figure Lawsuit At Lady Who Sold Oscar Statue - All that glitters is not gold. Seriously don't try to sell an oscar. (via The Mary Sue)


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12/18/2014

Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation? That's the question Veritasium asked when they traveled the world to find the most radioactive places on Earth. They also visited some of the places you would expect to be radioactive, but aren't. It's for an upcoming documentary about how Uranium and radioactivity have shaped the modern world to be broadcast in mid-2015, but you can see it now.



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Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) - Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) - Source: StarTrek.com

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12/17/2014

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill); Star Wars/Lucasfilm
It's easy to say that Star Wars is a landmark movie, a classic of both science fiction and cinema, but what did the critics of the time think of it? That answer is: pretty much the same. We took a look back at ten of the original reviews for the movie and found pretty much uniform acclaim and predictions of success. Here's an overview:

1. Adrian Berry of The Daily Telegraph wrote: "Until recently, space melodrama films have tended to be made with neither imagination nor money. With the brilliant exception of the Clarke-Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey, they have been badly-written B-feature affairs from producers with little knowledge of astronomy or technology. Star Wars is far removed from these shoddy productions. It is the best such film since 2001, and in certain respects it is one of the most exciting ever made."

2. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times prophetically wrote: "If I were asked to say with certainty which movies will still be widely known a century or two from now, I would list 2001, The Wizard of Oz,' Keaton and Chaplin, Astaire and Rogers, and probably Casablanca' ... and Star Wars,' for sure."

3. Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote: "One of Mr. Lucas's particular achievements is the manner in which he is able to recall the tackiness of the old comic strips and serials he loves without making a movie that is, itself, tacky."

4. A.D. Murphy of Variety wrote: "Like a breath or fresh air, Star Wars sweeps away the cynicism that has in recent years obscured the concepts of valor, dedication and honor."

5. Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune wrote: "Star Wars is not a great movie in the sense that it describes the human condition. It simply is a fun picture that will appeal to those who enjoy Buck Rogers-style adventures."

6. Dave Kehr of The Chicago Reader called it "an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story."

7. Gary Arnold of The Washington Post wrote: "Parents who suffered dutifully through Logan’s Run in quest of a decent attraction for juveniles may now claim their reward. George Lucas has made the kind of sci-fi adventure movie you dream about finding, for your own pleasure as well as your kids’ pleasure."

8. Derek Malcolm of The Guardian wrote: "Whatever else you think about Star Wars, you can't call it the height of originality. The entirely mindless could go and see it with pleasure. But it plays enough games to satisfy the most sophisticated."

9. An unnamed staff writer of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Likeable heroes on noble missions and despicable villains capable of the most dastardly deeds are all wrapped up in some of the most spectacular special effects ever to illuminate a motion picture screen. The result is spellbinding and totally captivating on all levels."

10. A dissenting opinion came from Pauline Kael of The New Yorker, who wrote: "Star Wars is like getting a box of Cracker Jack which is all prizes. This is the writer-director George Lucas’s own film, subject to no business interference, yet it’s a film that’s totally uninterested in anything that doesn't connect with the mass audience."

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Star Trek: Enterprise - T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) - Image Source: E Online
Here are some things you didn't know about T'Pol. The most controversial part of Star Trek: Enterprise was the revealing costume worn by T'Pol, played by former model Jolene Blalock. Next to Seven of Nine, she's the most reviled character in the Star Trek universe. We already talked about what Jeri Ryan, who played "Seven of Nine" went through in her costume and Marina Sirtis went through as Deanna Troi. Now, we'll talk about the reasons for Jolene Blalock's many changing uniforms.

Why did she have to go to tattoo shop? Was her sexier costume because of ratings? Why was the show almost banned in the US? Here are some facts you may not have known about the sexiest Vulcan in space.

T'Pol was a Vulcan on the fifth Star Trek television series who served aboard the Earth starship Enterprise NX-01 in the mid-22nd century. The show was a prequel to the original Star Trek series and she was the first Vulcan to serve aboard a Human ship for a long period of time. She originally served at the Vulcan Embassy on Earth before she was temporarily reassigned to the Enterprise with the rank of sub-commander. After the mission, Captain Jonathan Archer convinced her to take the position of science officer and the title of first officer of Enterprise and was later promoted to the rank of Commander.

Jolene Blalock was born in San Diego, California and became a huge fan of Star Trek: The Original Series because of her favorite character: Mr. Spock. "The relationship, just the sense of loyalty," she told Star Trek Monthly. "I watched these three characters - Captain Kirk, Spock, Bones - and their relationship with each other and how loyal they are, and that was intense. They would give their lives for each other."

She became a model at the young age of 17 to model in Europe and Asia and appeared in various magazines like Maxim, FHM and Playboy. She got tired of modelling and began taking small acting roles saying, "I'm jaded by my experiences in the modelling industry. You're never skinny or perfect enough and it was difficult mentally making the transition to acting."
When Blalock was offered the role of the Vulcan T'Pol, she initially turned it down since none of the spin-off shows interested her. To convince her to take the role, her agent gave her the script for "Broken Bow" which Blalock loved so much she took the role. She said T'Pol was a challenge. "It's been challenging for me [to play a stoic Vulcan] because I'm very expressive," Blalock explained. "But it's opening up avenues that I didn't know I was capable of doing well. It's taking things to such an acute level, where it's just all in the eyes. You can say everything that you need to say in the eyes, because language itself is so limiting. There's so much to say in words, but how much can words really express?"

"[As T'Pol], if you can just be present, say what you want with your presence, with your eyes with your intention, the message gets across more potently, because when your talking to someone, there's not really much you can say that they don't already know. I love the fact that T'Pol can just say every thing with her eyes and her presence."

1. She had to Remove Her Belly Button Ring

In the first few seasons she wore a skin-tight suit, but her belly was exposed in several episodes. The problem is that Blolock had a belly-button ring and Vulcans obviously don't wear jewelry. So, they had to take it out and it was a disaster.

"Before one scene we were trying to get my belly button ring out – at one point we had two pairs of pliers on it and I was in agony." Blolock later said, "And finally the producer sent me to a tattoo shop down the road, so I went there in my ears, wig and a pink bathrobe. No-one gave me a second look in the street and when I walked into the tattoo shop, the guy didn’t even bat an eyelid. He just looked at my pointy ears – and they look very authentic – then started talking about the belly button ring. That’s LA for you."

2. It Took Hours for the Make-Up, But Minutes for the Costume

Jolene Blalock regularly spent two hours in the morning getting ready for her role as the Vulcan T'Pol. While her costume looked complicated, getting into her suit took "minutes" but it was the make-up that took the most time. 

The makeup changed to a more Vulcan-style look in the third season and Michael Westmore was the makeup designer and supervisor and said, "Jolene was a Trek fan and she hated that they didn’t give her usual Vulcan ears and eyebrows. So in season three, she and her makeup artist just went ahead and made the change. When she appeared on the set with her new look, no objections were raised."

3. T'Pol Did Not Wear a "Catsuit"

Original series costume designer William "Bill" Theiss or Bill Theiss was known for his provocative costume design. He came up with what is known as the "Theiss Titillation Theory" which claims that "the degree to which a costume is considered sexy is directly proportional to how accident-prone it appears to be."
Enterprise costume designer Robert Blackman felt strongly that the men and women on the shows should be fit and sexy. He also recognized that no one has a perfect body. So, he consistently puts the female actors in body-molding stretch jumpsuits to help mold and shape the body in various proportions. For example, Seven of Nine's costume had enhanced "breast mounds". But he hates the word 'catsuit'. "It’s still provocative, still 'T&A'," Blackman says. "But I do look forward to a time when we get rid of the very male notion of female sexuality." 

Blalock told Maxim that her costume made sense for her character. "I have a holster for my gun, but that's it." Blalock said, "I guess T'Pol is just so low-maintenance that she doesn't need anything else. She's very feline in her movements, so really, the cat suit works."

4. They Added Cleavage to Try to Save the Show


By the third season the ratings were in decline. For the first time since the Star Trek: The Original Series a Star Trek television series was in danger of cancellation. 

 Fans rallied to save the show using a letter-writing campaign like the one that helped Star Trek: The Original Series. TrekUnited, led by Tim Brazeal, started "The Enterprise Project" and raised the funds to place an ad in The Hollywood Reporter. The ad was an "Open Letter" to Dawn Ostroff, UPN President, and Les Moonves, president/CEO of umbrella network CBS, saying, "We are representative of the millions of viewers from all over the world who faithfully watch Star Trek: Enterprise, support its sponsors and highly value the series as a superior dramatic program." Other organizations like  SaveEnterprise.com encouraged fans to write letters and call UPN urging renewal of Enterprise. EnterprisePostcards.com helped fans send postcards to network and corporate executives. The show was in real danger and everyone knew it.

During this time, the producers ordered massive changes to T’Pol’s uniform. Why? "Obviously, there's the ratings," co-creator and executive producer Brannon Braga said. "But the primary reason was a creative one. Last season ended with T'Pol leaving the Vulcan high command, so she would no longer wear the same uniform.

"And, after two years, our leading lady needed a change. She had been in that brown uniform with that little bowl haircut ... and Bob Blackman came up with some dynamite costumes." Costume designer Robert Blackman gave a different explanation. "The ratings dropped." Blackman explained, "That's the frank, real answer. If you want the show to run seven years, you have to think about demographics." The show was trying to appeal to the key 18-34 male demographic and "there wasn't enough raw sex appeal" according to Blackman. 

Blalock was not happy about the costume changes telling SFX Magazine, "You can’t substitute t*** and a** for good storytelling. You can have both, but you can't substitute one for the other, because the audience is not stupid. You can’t just throw in frivolous, uncharacteristic... well, bull and think it's gonna help the ratings!"

5. T'Pol Has Star Trek's First Nude Scene
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While Star Trek is known for pushing boundaries, like the first interracial kiss between Kirk and Uhura, but there was one episode that crossed the lines for US television. The third-season episode "Harbinger" had the first non-sexual nude scene in Star Trek television history. In the episode, T'Pol is with Tucker and lets her clothes fall to the floor displaying her fully nude backside. 

The US FCC guidelines clearly prohibits material that lacks "serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value." They define indecency as "language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities" between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time. US television networks were allowed to censor the rump by zooming in and cropping out her bare bottom. However, in other regions, like Canada, the scene is shown without any changes.

We don't know the exact reason for the change, but the episode aired on February 11, 2004 which was just ten days after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at half-time during Super Bowl XXXVIII. The unedited version is available on the DVD and streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu.

6. T'Pol Had More Costume Changes Than Any Other Character 

While many Star Trek characters had significant changes to their wardrobe, like Deanna Troi. No character had more major changes to their costume than T'Pol. She wore over 40 costumes over the four seasons. Besides the grey, teal, purple, orange and blue colored "catsuits" she wore a wide number of casual uniforms. She also appeared nude in two episodes of season three -"Impulse" and "Harbinger" - coincidentally when the show was first in danger of cancellation.

7. T'Pol's Uniforms Are Expensive

A massive letter-writing campaign by fans convinced UPN to renew the series for a fourth season. The average episode of Star Trek: Enterprise was $1.2 million an episode for the first three seasons and the budget was slashed to $800,000 to cut costs and try and save the show. This was half the budget of shows like Stargate: Atlantis. Unfortunately, the series was canceled during the fourth season. It is the only other Star Trek to be canceled in the middle of its run. 

Today, T'Pol's costumes sell for over $3000. One of her civilian outfits sold for $6500.99 on eBay. Her highest priced item is her original Vulcan uniform which sold for $8,400 at Chrisities back in 2006. Obviously guys would love to have the clothes that wrapped T'Pol's curvy body.

What did you think of T'Pol's costumes? What did you think of Star Trek: Enterprise?

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12/16/2014

Greetings, programs! TRON is one of our favorite movies, and we loved the vehicles especially. TRON: Legacy wasn't quite as revolutionary, but it had a lot of great vehicles and visuals as well. Carinsurance.org created this handy infographic as a guide to the TRON series, its vehicles, and other terminology.



Which is your favorite TRON vehicle?

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12/15/2014

It's probably the most talked-about and controversial five seconds of footage in the entire Star Wars movie series: the opening shot of John Boyega as the black stormtrooper in the teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII. It probably took a lot of planning and direction to get it right. Funny or Die's Hush Money brings us a behind-the-scenes look at other ways the shot could have taken. And it could have been much more controversial.


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UPDATE: Changed from Trek to Wars

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Carrie Fisher
Geeks around the world have fallen in love with Princess Leia's metal bikini, but we only saw her being pawed by Jabba the Hutt. Back in the 1980s they got to see a lot more of her in these vintage photos.

We already featured one of these images in our post 15 Interesting Facts About the Slave Leia Costume, but some more images have been found. They're from a Rolling Stone photo shoot from 1983 promoting Return of the Jedi. Now, behold the glory of Slave Leia frolicking on the beach. It's great to see how much fun she has in the costume because we already know she hated wearing it in the movie.







Via My Nerfherder

What do you think of these Carrie Fisher bikini pics? What's your favorite role by Carrie Fisher?

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12/12/2014

Transformers Megatron election campaign poster (via Blastr)
I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

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Our post on the Black Stormtrooper got trolled by a bunch of racist jerks. My brother and I had a long discussion before we finally decided to just delete the comments. Sorry if you had to read that. We like open discussion, but will take action sooner if it crosses the line again.

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10. AT-AT Walker Lawn Ornament ($39.99) (via This is Why I'm Broke)*

Is this be perfect for winter?

9.
Superheroes and Sci-Fi in the 17th Century (via He Geek She Geek)

What do thy think of thine cosplay?

8. Bebop & Rocksteady Will Appear in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ (via Screen Rant)


7. Uncanny Avengers #1 Cover is the Cutest Ever (via /Film)


6. Best She-Hulk Cosplay Ever (via Screen Rant)


5. Read the synopses of the first two episodes of Agent Carter. (via /Film)



4.
Roberto Orci ‘Explains’ His Departure From Star Trek; Jonathan Frakes SUPER PUMPED to Possibly Direct - Seems like he was vulcanned. Get it? GET IT? (via The Mary Sue)

Should Frakes direct the next Star Trek?

3. All the Batman(s) in the Sun (via Screen Rant)

Which is your favorite live-action Batman?

2. New Star Wars Attractions Coming To Disney Theme Parks, Will Be Based On The New Movies - But I wanna blow up a DEATH STAR! (The Mary Sue)

Would you go to a Star Wars sequel theme park?

1. Fan-Made Suicide Squad Trailer Has Us Even More Pumped For The Movie (via io9)


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12/11/2014

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It's been known in the Trek community that Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) didn't take kindly to the addition of Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) to the cast of Voyager in the fourth season. The reasons are varied, from Mulgrew feeling Seven undermined the feminist message of Voyager to jealousy that Seven's popularity took away from Mulgrew's role on the show. However, while much has been said by other cast members about the feud, Ryan herself always dodged the topic...until now.

In 2013, Aisha Tyler's podcast featured an interview with Ryan where she was willing to open up with some of her experiences on Voyager. Without naming names, Ryan discussed some problems she had with a cast member even she acknowledged could easily be guessed as Mulgrew.
RYAN: Literally I would be nauseous when I knew these scenes were coming up. When there were a lot of scenes with this person the next day, I was sick to my stomach all night, just miserable. It was so unnecessary and just so petty; things like, oh my God...[Laughs]

RYAN: We'd have scenes -- because a lot of my scenes took place in this set they built for my character called the Astrometrics Lab. It was a really impressive-looking set with this huge, massive, curved green-screen and this giant window. So there's only one entrance to the set, because all the cameras were built up on platforms and stuff to shoot the window -- there was just one set of doors.

RYAN: I remember this one time in particular, I had this one scene with this person, just the two of us. We do their coverage first, and shoot their side of this really dramatic scene, and then it was time for my coverage. Before every close-up, the hair and makeup and wardrobe teams come in and do touch-ups and everything to make sure everything's right... [Laughs wildly]

RYAN: [The co-star] shut the door to the set, and said, "She's fine. LET'S GO." Wouldn't let them in. Just stupid, stupid stuff like that.

TYLER: And by the way, out of their job description.

RYAN: Exactly. Let people do their jobs.

TYLER: Not your call!

RYAN: Right, things like that. Another time, I don't even think it was the same day, but a different scene with that person on the same set -- we do their side first, and then it's my coverage on close-up for this really intense scene. The literally sat off-camera picking their nails, thumbing through a book, and just haphazardly saying their lines off camera without even making eye contact.
[Via Trekcore.com]

What do you think of the Mulgrew-Ryan feud? Did you think Mulgrew was right about Seven?

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