6/29/2011

In Return of the Jedi, we were introduced to the lovable teddy bear warriors of Endor, the Ewoks. Some people found the Ewoks cute. Other people found them annoying. But there's one thing we can all agree on: the Ewoks looked delicious. They looked fat, but with all the running around and climbing they did, they would have to be pretty lean. That means they have plenty of meat on their bones. When you get the chance, here are five ways to serve Ewok. If no Ewok is available, substitute chicken, because (as everyone knows) Ewoks taste like chicken.

6/23/2011

6/22/2011

Ever wonder why the acting was so bad on Star Trek: Voyager? One reason can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the producers. Garrett Wang, who played Ensign Kim on the show, explained that producer Rick Berman told the human cast to act less human.

"Berman informed us that he expected all actors portraying human roles to follow his decree. He told us that we were to underplay our human characters. He wanted our line delivery to be as military — and subsequently devoid of emotion — as possible, since this, in his opinion, was the only way to make the aliens look real."
You know another way to make aliens look real? Make more realistic-looking aliens.

Did Berman's decree help or hurt Star Trek: Voyager?
Shatner Uninvited from Star Trek 2 Party

William Shatner's pre-Star Trek (2009) rant aside, many hoped he would show up in the sequel. By many, I mean Shatner. Alas, the 77-year-old actor will not be in the film.
I've become an acquaintance of J.J. [Abrams] of late ... But, I'm afraid no, no, I will not be in Star Trek 2.
Nimoy's role as "Elder Spock" was brilliant for the first film. I can't imagine how the movie wouldn't sink into a pit of cheese if Shatner showed up.
Blastr

Spielberg Secretly Hates Megan Fox Too

In a recent GQ magazine interview, director Michael Bay finally revealed the real reason Megan Fox was cut from Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. Spielberg hates her.

Apparently, after Megan Fox infamously compared the director to Adolf Hitler, Spielberg called for her to be fired. The Jewish director Steven Spielberg, who created the acclaimed holocaust film Schindler's List, felt that the comparison was inexcusable. He said "fire her right now" and they were happy to oblige. Fox was out. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was in.

While I didn't hate her acting with the venom that most people did I will say that most people regarded her as a diva anyway. So they hired a model to replace an actress. Smooth move guys.

Daily Mail

Superhero Movies May Go Extinct

Green Lantern is either another huge hit or a colossal bomb depending on who you talk to. io9 has an interesting article suggesting this may be the end of superhero films as a big budget summer movie event.

The $300 million dollar price tag on Green Lantern brought them a lackluster $56 million opening weekend compared to The Dark Knight's (2008) $158 million opening. X-Men: First Class (2011) brought in $55 million which is more than X-Men. The $65 million opening for Thor (2011) was pretty bad too.

I find it hard to believe that comic book movies could die a slow death, but it happened before after Schumacher's horrid Batman & Robin.

I hope not. As much as I loath Ang Lee's Hulk, it's still fun seeing the green guy on the big screen.
io9

Early this month we asked you to provide a caption to a picture to win a prize. Some great entries have come through. So great that we can't decide. We're going American Idol on it.

Your votes will decide who wins this month's contest.

Here are the entries:
  • "This isn't the 'roid we are looking for...." - Anonymous
  • "We came to this planet to go to Burger King and we messed up.." - berwyn100
  • "when did they make a 4th stooge? thank you,." - Beth Shepherd
  • "Extra! Extra! Rebel Droid, Captured by Empires Finest." - Daniel S. Lopez
  • "I can't believe the dry-cleaners lost my Vader suit AGAIN....." - Danielle
  • "One of these things is not like the other...." - Emmy Coffee
  • "This is why Mommy won't let me go to Daddy's house anymore,." - Hotsnotty2
  • "Ronald mcdonald seen covorting with space aliens!!!!!!!!!  :-)." - jeannie dinsmore
  • "There's gotta be a clown in every group.,." - Julie Stahnke
  • "McDonalds introduces the McChewy. (notice who is NOT in the picture...)." - Matt Conlon
  • "C'mon now... you know McDonald's supports the troops!!!!." - Mike CCD
Feel free to leave comments here, but check the sidebar to vote! The winner gets an awesome prize from our online store. Vote now!
Voting ends June 29, 2011 at 11:59 PM

6/21/2011

What would happen if Kermit the Frog met the god of thunder, Thor? You would get Muppet Thor, a 24-page online comic that replaces Natalie Portman with the Muppets in the recent movie Thor. It starts out funny, then turns hilarious, then turns beautiful. If you love the Muppets or Thor (and especially both), then you need to visit Occasional Comics and read the free comic right now.l

6/17/2011

Here's this week's big news in case you missed it.

Doctor Who Getting Shrunk
Some majorly bad Doctor Who news hit the net that the show will be cut in half from 13 episodes to 6 for the next two seasons. They'll do a 50th anniversary special, but that's it.

BBC said it's because of show-runner Steven Moffat's involvement in another successful show Sherlock. Then Moffat said it's got nothing to do with Sherlock.

What's the point then? Budget probably. Money's tight all over.
Oddmakers: What are the odds that Doctor Who will be canceled?
BBC News

Russell Crowe in Talks to Play Superman's Dad
Director Zack Snyder has been looking high and low for an actor to play Jor-El, Superman's Kryptonian father for the reboot Man of Steel and they think Crowe may be the one. According to Comic Book Resources, the studio is in negotiations to have him play the role.

Whether it'll be played by "Fat Russell Crowe" or "Buff Russell Crowe" remains to be seen. My money is on Chunky-Pants.  

If he gets the role, he'll join Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and Michael Shannon (General Zod).

Man of Steel is scheduled for release in December 2012.
TOSS-UP: Which would you rather see as Jor-El? Fat Crowe or Buff Crowe?
Comic Book Resources

Muppets Go Green Lantern in New Trailer
I LOVE the "Muppet Show." Unfortunately, Muppets have pretty pointless outside of Sesame Street for the last two decades. The Jim Henson machine has been cranking out parody trailers to build up excitement for the new movie The Muppets.

This one makes fun of Green Lantern and it's pretty lame. So lame, one of the characters in the trailer says, "is this another parody trailer?"

Besides that the Muppet movie looks pretty funny.

Comics Alliance

6/15/2011

Making your own Star Wars movie is the Holy Grail of many Star Wars fans, and usually the worst thing that happens is you end up looking like an idiot (see Star Wars Kid). But making his own Star Wars film actually cost a Minneapolis police officer five days' pay.

Patrick Ferguson, a police officer in Forest Lake, Minnesota was suspended for shooting a Star Wars fan film on company time. It seems he and some other cops told their supervisors they were out conducting a special operation to find some graffiti artists. In reality, they went out to the police department's garage, broke out the lightsabers, and shot the video in question.

While I have yet to find a copy of the video, here's what it was like based on the description in the grievance filed by the officer over his suspension. Apparently, the video was a skit about an on-going labor dispute between the city of Forest Lake and the police union. The video starts with an opening scroll that reads: "It is a period of contract negotiations. A rebel bargaining unit striking from a not so secret [sic] base have won yet another victory against the evil MANAGEMENT EMPIRE." Then we see one cop wearing a Darth Vader costume over his police uniform, the other dressed up as a sergeant. The sergeant says "I know nothing," then Darth Vader strikes him down with the lightsaber. That's followed by a picture of a Forest Lake councilman while a voice says Emperor-style, "Everything is proceeding as I had foreseen." Not exactly a lost episode of Clone Wars, but it was enough to get the police chief to launch an internal affairs investigation.

Now here's where Ferguson blew it. He got caught when his supervisors found the video on the department's computer network. It turns out that not only did Ferguson shoot the video on duty with officers in full uniform, but he edited the footage on a police department computer. That violated company policies on the use of police resources. He and six other cops were disciplined, and Ferguson got five days' suspension. While I agree it was pretty stupid for the cop to shoot the video on company time, I can't help thinking the suspension is at least related to the political content of the video.

Anyone got a copy of that video? If so, let us know. I think we'd all like to see it.

Should the officer have been suspended for making the film? [Via the Star Tribune]

6/13/2011

In our modern world, drugs are everywhere, but are limited in what they can do. However, in the world of sci-fi, any drug you can imagine can exist. Let's take a look at the made-up drugs that we all wish would be real. Ask your doctor if any of these drugs are right for you.

1. Bacta - From The Empire Strikes Back (1980), bacta is a synthetic solution that accelerates healing in a variety of injuries from small cuts to frostbite. Most famously, after Luke Skywalker was mauled by a snow monster, they literally dunked his entire body in a tank of the stuff. Not only would bacta revolutionize modern medicine, but floating in a bacta tank would make hospitals a lot more fun. Especially if there was a robot working the controls.
WARNING: Side effects may include drowsiness, loss of appetite, and having to float in your underwear. Avoid prolonged or excessive exposure to sunlight while taking this medication.

6/08/2011

Entries closed. Vote on the winner in the sidebar till June 29th!
This month's contest is going to be a fun one. Simply provide a caption for the picture above in the comments! The best caption may choose a hat or t-shirt from our Geek Twins store.

How to Win
You, the reader, submit your caption below, we choose three finalists, and you vote for your favorite using the "Like" button on the comments. Finalists for this month's contest will appear online  Wednesday, June 22nd, and the winner will be announced June 27th.

Only one answer per person is allowed, but you can also increase your chance of winning by promoting the contest using Twitter, Facebook or your blog. Just leave a separate comment for each entry.

In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen randomly.

Any resident of the U.S. age eighteen or older can enter.

The Prize
We've got a lot of great stuff in our store from hats to t-shirts. You can pick anything you like under $20. At last count that's one of 13 items!
What should the caption be? Let us know in the comments!

6/07/2011


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Zack Snyder once said the Superman movie franchise is "broken," but he's wrong. It's almost broken.
Here are six ways to kill the Superman franchise for good. Lame villains, no budget and comedy galore will kill it foever.

1. Get the Lamest Villain You Can Find
All the great Superman movies have great villains, so get the worst possible villain or make the villain so weak that he becomes a joke.
Superman I had Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.

Superman II had General Zod. Superman III was supposed to have Brainiac, but they wisely decided to shelve him in favor of Richard Pryor and generic "super-computer."
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace had Lex again, but they made him an idiot, stuck him with Jon Cryer and added Bizarro as two laughable "Nuclear Men." The idea of cloning Superman could have been good, but they made them so weak that it was a joke.
Superman V had Lex Luthor again, except his plan was the same as Superman I: real estate.
The best way to ruin the franchise is to make the main villain:

A) the impish Mister Mxyzptlk
B) the Joker knock-off Prankster 
C) the zombie Solomon Grundy
D) Lex Luthor planning to destroy the world's supply of catalytic converters to reduce the ozone layer.
Even better, why not do all the above?
2. Spend as Little as Possible on Special Effects 
The special effects for Superman I were cutting edge using various mechanical and photographic techniques to create the illusion of flight. These movements were highly choreographed and beautiful. It cost $55 million. That was a lot back then.
Superman II and III had a budget of $54 million and $39,000,000 respectively. Slowly dropping.
Superman IV had a budget of $17 million which led to some horrible budget decisions. Filming the scene where Superman goes to the United Nations in London. Using less wire work and more backlit flying scenes. Horribly perfect.
Superman Returns had a larger budget of $270 million. While the movie suffers from other issues, it's visually stunning. The next film should have a budget of less than $50 million to make it truly horrible.
3. Make Superman a Slapstick Comedy
Superman should have a sense of humor, because the great films always break tension and action with a little light comedy. But the best way to kill the movie is to make comedy the focus. Really make people groan with laughter all the way through.
Superman II was reshot by Richard Lester as a comedy with people being blown around on roller skates. It didn't kill the franchise because Terance Stamp's portrayal of General Zod was so evil that he could have come out of a clown car throwing cream pies in everyone's face and it would still be good.
Superman III almost did the job with a goofy Richard Pryor mugging through the film, but he was in rare form and Christopher Reeve's "evil Superman" was so powerful that the film managed to make it to a sequel.
Superman IV almost made it the nail in the coffin by having nothing to balance out the comedy. That's why it took over two decades to make another one.
Superman Returns had a good balance of humor to drama, but it just wasn't enough comedy to make it memorably bad.
To kill the franchise hire Jim Carrey to play Superman and have it directed by the Farrelly Brothers.
Call it There's Something About Superman.
4. Make Superman Evil
The thing people know about Superman is that he represents the best of humanity. To destroy that idea once and for all, have Superman do something really evil.

Superman II had him exposed to black Kryptonite and manifest an evil Superman that got drunk and tried to murder his alter-ego.

Superman is a fascist in Superman IV when he set out to decide if governments had the right to bear nuclear arms.
Superman Returns had the Man of Steel become a dead-beat dad who gets Lois Lane pregnant, fathers a kid, skips the planet to avoid child support and refuses to acknowledge his son.
Have Superman use his heat vision to melt some orphanages down to build a monument to Lady Gaga while praising the virtues of Adolf Hitler.  That'll show 'em.
5. Superman's Powers Should Be Limitless

Superman has a wide array of basic superpowers: Flight, speed, strength, heat vision, cold breath and invulnerability.

Clever writers can use these powers to make Superman get out of any situation necessary. Weak writers create a whole list of new superpowers to hide their bad writing.
Superman II takes his shield off and throws it at General Zod which gift-wraps him and drops him into a trench.

In Superman IV, he restores part of the Great Wall of China using energy beams from his eyes. Superman moves the moon by pushing on the ground without cracking the planet in half by the gravitational forces.
Superman Returns raises his invulnerability enough to allow a bullet to bounce off his eyeball and survive massive kryptonite poisoning.
The best way to completely destroy the illusion of reality with Superman is to give him infinite powers. He lifts the population using his eyebeams and carries them into the future. Using his limitless mental telepathy he convinces the planet that they're actually gorillas. Meanwhile, he uses his super-speed to accelerate time till they evolve into humans again. After that, he punches Lex Luthor hard enough to send him into the sun.
Hope I haven't given away the twist ending of the next film.
5. Cast a Big Name Actor to Play Superman and Unknowns For Everyone Else
Nothing destroys the realism of a superhero film better than having to pretend Superman is not the guy from Married With Children.

Both Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh were unknown actors before the Superman films. This allowed the movie to focus on the acting instead of the name value.
Instead of going that route, check People magazine's "Top 100 Most beautiful People." Cast High School Musical's Zac Efron, Calvin Klein underwear model Kellan Lutz or even 80's rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
If you have the money, go all out with Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler or Will Smith. That way people will race to the theater and run even faster out again.
Of course, with the money you spend on the main actor there won't be much left for others. The original Superman cast classic actors like Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford and Ned Beatty to play minor roles that complemented the film.
Just go onto the street and grab a few homeless people to play Superman's father or even "Daily Planet" editor Perry White. No one will notice the difference.
6. Threaten the Entire World
The worst Superman films threaten the world. It makes it hard to film and costs a fortune. Plus, the story becomes impersonal, so it becomes hard to engage the audience.

In Superman I the threat was to the west coast of California. In Superman II the world was at risk.

Superman III was limited to just the U.S. presumably. Superman IV had the whole planet threatened by nuclear mayhem. Superman Returns threatened the East coast for a change of pace.
The next film should threaten the entire solar system. Maybe Lex Luthor plans to destroy all the planets except for Pluto and force everyone to live in penthouse apartments on the cold dead world.
So there you have it. Zack Snyder, if you're reading this, stick a lousy villain threatening the universe. Add a big name Superman with limitless superpowers juggling cream pies and you have everything you need to make sure you ruin the Superman franchise for good.

That'll leave more room for 300 III, Watchmen II and the New Adventures of Plastic Man.  Everyone wins.
What do you think it would take to kill the Superman franchise for good? Are these six things enough?
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6/02/2011

The randomly selected winner of the "Green Lantern" costume contest is: April D.!

Congratulations April! You'll be contacted by email to collect your prize.

Thanks to the 22 people who entered and made this one of our most successful contests.

If you didn't win, you'll want to check out their other Green Lantern costumes here including the awesome Kilowog mask. He's my favorite character, so I keep getting excited by how realistic it is. Not sure if I could pull it off with my physique though.

Green Lantern opens in two weeks! I'm so excited!
Come back next week Wednesday (June 8th) when we'll announce the contest for June. It's gonna be great!

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6/01/2011

In the tradition of Nintendo Entertainment System TV adaptations like Airwolf and G.I. Joe, an enterprising genius calling himself Hot Meteor asked "What if the TV show 'Lost' had been a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System? The answer: "It would be awesome." Check out the portfolio on Flickr for four more screenshots.

The only problem with the game is that you have to enter A-B-Up-Down-Left-Right-Select-Start every 108 minutes.



[Via Flickr's Hotmeteor]

Would you play Lost: The Game?
Last weekend I went to the Phoenix Comic-Con 2011 for the very first time and there are so many things I wish I had known! For others planning to attend, and for anyone planning to attend a comic convention, here are some tips to make it a success.

9. Use Public Transportation
You can always drive to the center and park, use the directions and parking guidelines for more information. On Saturday, I paid $12 to park across in the garage across from the convention. Not bad, but you can pay $3.50 for a round-trip ticket to the center and save some cash for that signed picture of you giving Spock rabbit ears.

If you live near a "Park and Ride" then park your car and hit the light rail. I live about an hour away from the nearest light rail drop-off. It was still worth it for the experience.

But, I had a Homer Simpson "Doh!" moment when, as I stepped off the rail, I saw parking prices had dropped to $5 on Sunday. So, I had a two hour trip to save $1.50. Still worth it on Saturday since I would have saved $8.50.

Check out the Valley Metro site for more information on riding the light-rail system.

8. Wear a Backpack
It seems like a waste of time, but trust me, you'll need one. Not a purse or a shoulder bag. A backpack with big comfortable straps.

They're a great way to store your food and drinks (see tip #5). Handy for collecting the inevitable free "swag" and keep your hands free for everything you need to do. Plus, the shoulder straps make it easy on the back and shoulders.

I had a lunch bag on my shoulder and by the second day it was killing me. I was tempted to carry it purse-style in my hand, but my machismo won out over comfort.

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