3/23/2017

With "Logan" now in theaters, we're saying goodbye to Hugh Jackman's epic run playing the indestructible clawed mutant Wolverine. To honor his memory, Maurice has created a supercut of all of Wolverine's slashes in the movies from "X-Men" to "Logan." The video counts down every time he slashed someone or something.


What do you think of the supercut? Will you miss Hugh Jackman?

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3/10/2017

They don't have touchscreens in the future?
A new "Star Trek" captain, a new teaser for Wonder Woman, and Chewbacca's pants. Welcome to this week's long overdue Geek Bits!
  • Fans created a Kickstarter to give Larry Hama, the creator of the backstory to the classic G.I. Joe action figures, his own action figure. The circle is now complete.



  • The captain of the new TV show Star Trek: Discovery has been announced, Jason Isaacs. We're disappointed the captain's not Angela Bassett, but it'll do.



  • The teaser for the trailer for the Wonder Woman movie was announced. No word on when the release date for the poster for the teaser trailer for the trailer for the Wonder Woman TV commercial's teaser trailer will drop, though.



  • Kong: Skull Island is doing so well this weekend that Legendary has announced the creation of a writer's room for their Kong/Godzilla cinematic universe.
  • James Cameron's Avatar 2 won't make its 2018 release date, which comes as a huge shock to no one.

Here's a few links from CBR.com


What do you think of this week's news bits? What other interesting news items have you seen this week?

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3/09/2017

"Game over, Man." Sadly, Bill Paxton died on February 25, 2017 from complications during surgery. While many are mourning Paxton by remembering his starring role in the HBO series "Big Love," the science fiction community is mourning the loss of a quirky mainstay of the genre. Here are Paxton's roles in some of the best sci-fi movies ever.


6. The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future.

There's a reason you probably don't remember Paxton in this movie, and that's because he was barely in it. He was one of the thugs the Terminator beat up to get his clothes. It's a minor role, but an awesome movie, and Paxton gave it his all.


5. Edge of Tomorrow (2013)

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Cruise plays Bill Cage, a public relations officer with no combat experience, who is ordered by his superior to film the first wave of a crucial landing operation against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in combat, he finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the day preceding the battle every time he dies.

In this time-travel story about an arrogant officer forced to relive the same battle over and over again, Paxton played the cheerfully brutal Master Sergeant Farrell. I'll never forget his classic line, "Tip of the spear, edge of the knife...crack o' my..."


4. Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science is a 1985 American teen comic science fiction film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly Le Brock.

In this epic geek fantasy about two nerds who create a real woman, Paxton played the foul-mouthed and sadistic older brother Chet. It was another relatively small role, but Paxton made his every scene a scene-stealer, especially when he threatened to butter Lisa's muffin.


3. Predator 2 (1990)

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover, Ruben Blades, Gary Busey, MarĂ­a Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to 1987's Predator, with Peter Hall reprising the title role of the Predator.

In this one, Paxton played Detective Jerry Lambert, a wisecracking cop who provides some comedy relief from the overall dark tone. Lambert was one of Paxton's funniest roles in an otherwise gory and horrific movie.


2. Apollo 13 (1995)

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American docudrama space adventure film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris.The screenplay by William Broyles, Jr., and Al Reinert, that dramatizes the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission.

Paxton played Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, one of the unfortunate astronauts who ended up trapped on the ill-fated trip. Paxton brought Haise to life with courage and conviction, and his portrayal of an illness mid-flight made returning home more urgent.


1. Aliens (1986)



Aliens is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, and Bill Paxton. It's the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and the second installment in the Alien franchise. The film follows Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines.

"Game over, man!" With those words, Paxton became beloved as the tough-talking but ultimately panicked Lt. Hudson in Aliens. He started out as the most gung-ho about the mission to exterminate the Xenomorphs, bragging about how they had nukes and pointed sticks, but when the mission went wrong, Hudson was the first to break down like a little baby.

What was your favorite Bill Paxton role?

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3/05/2017

In 2015, Spinmaster released the Legendary Yoda toy action figure. Capable of voice recognition, speaking over a hundred phrases, and engaging in lightsaber duels, it was pretty cool if you had two hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket. Well, YouTube user DIY Prophacks found some knocked down in price to $20, so he bought them and decided to see what would happen when three of them interacted. What follows is an epic animatronic duel between three powerful toy Jedi warriors.



Of the toy duel, what did you think? In the comments, let us know.

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3/03/2017

Family Ties (Logan) - Dafne Keen, Hugh Jackman
The new Wolverine movie is all violence, slashing fools and blood thanks to its R rating. But it's also about family.



From Hugh Jackman's first appearance in X-Men (2000) Wolverine was a father figure of sorts to Rogue (Anna Paquin). Begrudgingly of course. In his first conversation with her, he plans to leave her alone on the back roads of Alaska. When she asks what she's supposed to do he says, “I dunno”. But, from the moment he let her back in the truck, he took on the role of protector and father for her. That story arc is complete with Logan (2016).

So, it's fitting that in the new Wolverine movie he begrudgingly takes in the role of father to a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen). James Mangold says the Logan movie is all about family.

He said the idea for the movie is partially inspired by the road trip in Little Miss Sunshine. “The relationship between Laura and Logan is going someplace deeply emotional. It’s a movie about fathers and sons, it’s a movie about fathers and daughters,” Mangold said at a New York press event. In the comics, X-23 is a clone but we don't know for sure if that's the case in the movie.

What's the greatest family sitcom in the history of American television? Family Ties of course. The show about a liberal couple raising four children in the heyday of 80s consumerism touched hearts for generations and ran for almost a decade.

That's why I decided to re-cut the Logan trailer into a Family Ties style opening. Because nothing says family like a movie about a guy and his daughter slicing people up with knives on their hands. Enjoy.

What do you think of the video? What sitcom would Wolverine be best in?

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1/25/2017

If you haven't seen SNL's "Space Pants" sketch, you need to fix that right now. When Peter Dinklage hosted Saturday Night Live in 2016, this one sketch stood out above all others. It begins in kind of a stereotypical way with two guys meeting tough mobsters over some money that's owed, all very tense and gripping, until the meeting is broken up by the most distracting thing you could possibly imagine: Peter Dinklage walking out in a white wig and singing an 80's-style New Wave song about "Space Pants." It's one of the most bizarre and hilarious sketches we've seen in a long while.



And in case that surprisingly earwormy song leaves you wanting more, SNL released the full "Space Pants" song on YouTube. Go ahead and make it your ringtone and annoy your friends.

What did you think of Space Pants? Would you like your pants to be a tour of the solar system?

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1/24/2017

"USS Enterprise" in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
There's a reason that "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" has been nicknamed "Star Trek: The Motionless Picture" by fans. Gene Roddenberry apparently took his cues from movies like "2001" to fill the gaps and plot holes in the thin story by padding it with unnecessarily long special effect shots and unnecessary story lines. What if you took all the important plot points and put them all together without the filler? You'd get about five minutes of actual movie.

At least, that's the premise of this video by Omega Ordained on YouTube who managed to cut the movie down to five minutes without resorting to fast-forwarding or taking out important scenes. That's right, five minutes. It's surprisingly coherent. He even kept the very important "Spock, sit down" scene.


What do you think of the edit?

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12/30/2016

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Like the rest of the geek community, we're greatly saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia Organa on Star Wars. She died this week of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. It's been amazing to see the outpouring of love towards her death, and we'd like to add to it.

It's not just the fact that a geek icon has died. I mean, let's be honest, lots of geek icons die. And it's not just that she was hot, and a lot of nerds had crushes on her. What made Carrie Fisher special was that she was just as beloved off the screen as on it. She was outspoken, witty, and honest about her problems with Star Wars, and her struggles with addiction and rebuilding her career. It reminds me of the death of Leonard Nimoy, who also had a beloved off-screen persona. If Nimoy was every geek's grandfather, Carrie Fisher was our grandmother. We'll miss her.

To honor her, here's an overview of some of our articles on Leia and Fisher over the years.

Let's get this out of the way...we spent a lot of time talking about her Slave Leia outfit. We won't apologize for that, because it's what Fisher's best known for. Here's some of our Slave Leia bits.
15 Interesting Facts About the Slave Leia Outfit - One of our most popular articles has been our overview of the Slave Leia outfit. It's not just about drooling over pictures of her (really), because there was a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes.
Is Slave Leia Sexy or Sexist? - There's a lot of debate right now about whether Slave Leia is demeaning to women, and back in 2010, we tackled that question.
Carrie Fisher Fact-checked Our Slave Leia Article - Probably one of our greatest honors here is that Carrie Fisher actually read our article and sent a message on Twitter to comment on its accuracy. Yup, we're officially a source in Star Wars! And her answers were quite surprising.
6 Best Slave Leia Group Appearances - What's better than one Slave Leia? A whole bunch of Slave Leias. Her costume is one of the most popular geek outfits in the world, and we looked at some memorable group shots.
See Princess Leia Frolicking on the Beach - Just some old promotional photos of Slave Leia on a beach. That is all.

Now on to the other stuff.
Women Geeks Love: Princess Carrie Fisher - Of course, she was a part of our "Women Geeks Love" series, and we did a brief overview of her.
Princess Leia's Best Quotes with Carrie Fisher's Funniest Pictures - Leia had some great lines in the movies, so here's some of her best quotes with the best pictures we could find.
The Disney Princesses Welcome Princess Leia - When Disney bought Star Wars, Leia officially became a Disney Princess. Here's a fan video on how the other princesses welcomed her.
Captain William Shatner vs. Princess Carrie Fisher vs. George Takei - There was a brief but memorable spat between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, which basically became "Star Trek vs. Star Wars." We made an infographic to illustrate it.
Why Princess Leia Went Commando in "Star Wars" - Fisher was always great for behind the scenes anecdotes, but her explanation for why Leia didn't wear a bra in the original movie was epic.

UPDATE: Nigel has written an article on 15 Reasons Why Leia Was the Best Part of Star Wars on CBR.com.

While we're all sad to see her go, she already filmed all her scenes for the eighth Star Wars movie, so we'll get to see her one last time as Princess Leia.

Happy trails, Carrie Fisher. We already miss you.

How do you feel about Carrie Fisher's death?

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12/26/2016

"Captain America: Civil War" gave us a taste of the new Spider-Man, but Jimmy Kimmel Live was able to provide the first official trailer for the 2017 movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming." In the trailer, we get to see the conflict between Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Iron Man, our first glimpse of Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and Zendaya as his possible love interest.



"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is set to premiere on July 17, 2017.

What do you think of "Spider-Man: Homecoming?"

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12/19/2016

With "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" now in theaters, it's reminded us of some of the awesome Star Wars videogames we've played over the years. There have been some incredible games spanning the decades, delivering our dreams to be a part of the epic battles on the screen. So far, there is no "Rogue One" video game in stores (unless you count the DLC for Battlefront), but we have plenty of other games we've enjoyed. Here's our rundown of the fifteen greatest Star Wars games ever.


15. Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is considered one of the weakest of all the Star Wars movies, but it did produce one of the most iconic sequences, the podrace. Star Wars Episode I: Racer was a racing video game based on the pod race, and it was pretty awesome. As of 2011, the game holds the Guinness record as the best-selling sci-fi racing game, having worldwide sales of 3.12 million and beating other series like Wipeout and F-Zero. An arcade version of the game featuring many similar tracks and characters was released in 2000.


14. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

I think many Star Wars fans would admit that, when it comes to the Force, the Dark Side is where it's at. You got force lightning, force choking, and just being a terror. That why Force Unleashed was so popular. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-adventure video game and part of The Force Unleashed project, released in North America on September 16, 2008. The project bridges the first two Star Wars trilogies, acting as an origin story for both the united Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Civil War depicted in the Original Trilogy. The game introduces a new protagonist, "Starkiller", as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, who is tasked with hunting down Jedi while killing rebels and Imperials alike in order to hide his existence from the Emperor, but soon starts to slowly redeem himself to the light side of the Force. The game was a bestseller in the United States and Australia, with over one million copies sold its debut month. As of February 2010, the game has sold over seven million copies, and it is the fastest-selling Star Wars video game. A sequel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, was released in October 2010.


13. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

When it comes to lightsaber battles, the first to really give the player the real experience was this one. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a 1997 first-person shooter video game developed and published by LucasArts for Microsoft Windows. The game is set in the Star Wars fictional universe and is a sequel to the 1995 game Star Wars: Dark Forces. The storyline follows Kyle Katarn, who first appeared in Dark Forces. Katarn's father had been murdered by a Dark Jedi over the location of "The Valley of the Jedi" and the game follows Katarn's attempts to find the Valley and confront his father's killers. Jedi Knight adds some technical and gameplay improvements over its predecessor. It uses a more powerful game engine that supports 3D acceleration using Direct3D 5.0. Jedi Knight also includes a multiplayer mode that allows players to compete over the internet or a local area network. The game was a huge success and as a result, the next game in the series followed in 2002, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.


12. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

The series continued with the oddly-named Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. It's oddly named because it's technically the fourth game in the "Jedi Knight" series, even though it's not numbered. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X in September 2003 and for Xbox in November 2003, and received positive reviews. In a new feature to the series, the player can modify the character's gender and species, and can construct a lightsaber by choosing the hilt style and blade color. In single-player mode, the player takes control of the character Jaden Korr, a student at the Jedi Academy under the tutelage of Kyle Katarn. The player must complete various missions assigned to them by Katarn and Luke Skywalker.


11. Super Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

If you were a fan of Star Wars and you had a Super Nintendo, you had this video game. Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was a 1993 run and gun game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the second game in the Super Star Wars trilogy and is based on the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. The original Super NES game was released on 1993, and had multiple playable characters, quasi-3D vehicle sequences and allowed each character the use of a primary and secondary weapon. Darth Vader appeared as the final boss in the video game.


10. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

In 1996, there hadn't been a new Star Wars movie in over a decade, and Lucasarts made a bold movie. They published a novel, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, and turned it into a multimedia property with a release similar to a movie. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of Jedi, the novel told how Luke and Leia tracked down Han Solo, and introduced a new character, the mercenary Dash Rendar. There was a soundtrack album, comic book, toys, and this video game. The 1996 Nintendo 64 title Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire put the player in control of mercenary Dash Rendar. It was one of the first games made available for the Nintendo 64, with more than 1 million copies sold as of 1997. Shadows of the Empire featured fan-favorite parts from the Super Star Wars line, such as another reenactment of the Battle of Hoth, piloting a snowspeeder and tying a cable around AT-ATs legs.


9. Star Wars Galaxies

Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided was a Star Wars themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. Released June 26, 2003 to much critical acclaim, it spawned three expansions through 2005. The game was completely overhauled in the last expansion, which frustrated many longtime subscribers. Star Wars Galaxies continued operation for six more years. The servers shut down on December 15, 2011. Notwithstanding the game's closure, there are several private emulator projects in various stages of development that intend to allow users to experience Star Wars Galaxies in different incarnations of the game's existence.


8. Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader

Another fantasy of Star Wars fans is flying in some of the epic space battles, and that's where Rogue Leader delivered. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader was an exclusive launch game in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. Rogue Leader allowed players to fly rebel spacecraft that allowed the player to form up their squadron or set a target for their squadron such as laser turrets or enemy TIE fighters. The game also included unlockable levels of Beggar's Canyon is included in the tutorial, the Death Star Trench Run, and Battle of Hoth. The other major battle in the original movie trilogy, The Battle of Endor, was arguably the biggest and most challenging scenario in the entire game.


7. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

You probably wouldn't expect a kid's game to be on the list of greatest Star Wars video games, unless you actually played the Lego Star Wars series. Then you know that, even though it's for kids, it's fun for all ages. The complete saga (released in 2007) combined the first and second games in the Lego Star Wars series, which covered the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. The ability to control multiple characters, solve simple puzzles, use Force powers, and enjoy light-hearted parodies of the movies' key moments made this a classic.


6. Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront was launched in 2004, bringing together elements of all prior Star Wars games into an epic battle. It's a first- and third-person shooter where players take the role of soldiers in either of two opposing armies in different time periods of the Star Wars universe. The game is primarily played as a conquest game, however other modes such as Galactic Conquest bring strategy elements to the title. Battlefront features several locales from major Star Wars battles. You could even get into different vehicles and drive or fly through the battle.


5. Star Wars: Battlefront II

Star Wars: Battlefront II was released in 2005, improving on the original game. The game features new vehicles, characters, game mechanics, maps, and missions compared to the original Battlefront. Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront II features a more narrative-based campaign, retelling portions of the Star Wars story from the point of view of a veteran Imperial stormtrooper, reminiscing about his tour of duty in service of both the Galactic Republic and as part of the Galactic Empire. Gameplay additions over Battlefront include the use of Jedi, additional game modes such as hero assault, and objective-based space battles.


3. Star Wars: X-Wing

There had been other space combat games in the Star Wars series, but Star Wars: X-Wing in 1993 took it to a new level. Star Wars: X-Wing is a space simulation video game, the first of the X-Wing combat flight simulator game series. The player's character flies starfighters, including the eponymous X-wing, for the Rebel Alliance as part of a narrative that precedes and parallels the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. X-Wing was one of the first games to use 3D polygon graphics for spaceships and the first non-adventure game to use the iMUSE music system. The game was updated and re-released several times, and was followed by three sequels. X-Wing was a best-seller and received critical acclaim.

4. Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Once again, evil is better. Star Wars: TIE Fighter is a 1994 space flight simulator and space combat video game, the sequel to Star Wars: X-Wing. It places the player in the role of an Imperial starfighter pilot during events that occur between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Based on X-Wing's game engine, TIE Fighter supports Gouraud shading and adds gameplay features and craft not available in X-Wing. In addition to fighting Rebel Alliance forces, the player flies against pirates, combatants in a civil war, and traitorous Imperial forces. The original game ends with the player preventing a coup against Emperor Palpatine and being personally rewarded during a large ceremony. TIE Fighter was updated and re-released several times, and it was a critical success.


2. Star Wars: Dark Forces

The first game to put a player inside the Star Wars universe from a first-person perspective was Star Wars: Dark Forces. Star Wars: Dark Forces is a first-person shooter video game released in 1995 for DOS and Apple Macintosh, and in 1996 for the PlayStation. The storyline is set in the Star Wars fictional universe and follows the character Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance. He discovers the Empire's "Dark Trooper Project", which involves the development of a series of powerful new battle droids and power-armored stormtroopers. The engine adds gameplay features to the first-person shooter genre which were uncommon at the time of release, including level designs with multiple floors and the ability to look up and down. Even without lightsabers, it's still an epic game.


1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

When it comes to Star Wars games, this is the big daddy. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game set in the Star Wars universe. The game was released for the Xbox on July 15, 2003 and for Microsoft Windows on November 19, 2003. The game was later ported to Mac, iOS, and Android, and it's even playable on Xbox 360 via its Backward Compatibility feature. The story of Knights of the Old Republic takes place almost 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, where Darth Malak, a Dark Lord of the Sith, has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. The player character, as a Jedi, must venture to different planets in the galaxy in order to destroy the Star Forge, Malak's military resources. Players choose from three character classes and customize their characters at the beginning of the game, and engage in round-based combat against enemies. Through interacting with other characters and making plot decisions, the alignment system will determine whether the player's character aligns with the light or dark side of the Force. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with critics applauding the game's characters, story, and sound. It was also nominated for numerous awards, and is considered one of the best games of all time.

Which was your favorite Star Wars game?

*Some text was adapted from Wikipedia.

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