5/31/2012

This is an iron, man. It was created by Tony Starch when he was ironing bored, because he had pressing concerns about crime.

And for the nitpickers, yes, the power cord is European, not American. But it's still clever.

What do you think of the iron?
[Image Source: Blastr]

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It's the battle of the trailers! There have been some amazing trailers this year, but which is the best?

So far, there hasn't been much competition among the trailers. Everyone thinks it's The Dark Knight Rises. It's beaten out The Amazing Spider-Man and Looper. To try and make it tougher I'm pitting Batman against the next James Bond film Skyfall.

Skyfall (2012)
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.  In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.  As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Synopsis: Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight. Inception’s Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levett join the cast regulars along with Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane, while Oscar winner Christian Bale prowls the night as the Caped Crusader, fighting crime and corruption with the help of Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.

This round is James Bond vs. Batman! Round three! Fight!


 
VS.

Which one is better? Does anything stand out in one versus the other? Which one are you more likely to see?

5/30/2012

When movies pass each other as the top-grossing movie of all time, there's been a trend on congratulating each other in the paper. In 1997,  when Titanic passed Star Wars as the highest-grossing movie, George Lucas took out a full-page ad in Variety congratulating him. This is that ad (click to enlarge):

[Via IMGUR]

What did you think of the ad?
A couple is at home on a Saturday night and he wants to watch a sci-fi movie, but she wants romance. What to do? Here's a list of surprisingly romantic science-fiction films based around time travel.

When we think of science-fiction we tend to think of guy stuff. But, every now and then, a movie comes along that manages to combine sci-fi and romance.

Here are seven movies about mailboxes, bridges, DeLorean's and photographs that bring two people together in love.

7. Deja Vu (2006)

After a terrorist attack in New Orleans, Special Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) joins a group that has a machine that allows him to investigate the crime through time. Along the way he falls in love with one of the victims, Paula Patton (Claire Kuchever).
How's the Science? The science is plausible, using lots of technical explanations and diagrams. It's realistic enough that you can ignore it.
Why Does It Work? It's another long distance relationship, but it works. He falls in love with her just by watching her. Some call that "stalking." But, when it's Denzel, it becomes sweet.

6. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

A young man Evan (Ashton Kutcher) discovers that he can use his journals to travel back in time to his past. Every time he changes something in his past his present changes dramatically. In the end, it turns out the changes he makes affects the girl he's been in love with most of his life.
How's the Science? Incredibly vague. The ability is implied to be genetically passed from father to son and based on memories.
Why Does It Work? The amount of chaos Evan creates for himself affects not just himself, but those he loves. It's his love for his girl, and his goatie, that motivates him. Touching enough to give a tear or two.

5. The Lake House (2006)
Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) moves into a lake house in 2004 and Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) does the same in 2006. The two communicate through letters sent through time in the mailbox.
How's the Science? There is no science. Not unless a warp core was hidden in the mail box. Guys might have some trouble with the lack of sci-fi, but a shocking twist makes the movie less boring than a commercial for the post office.
Why Does It Work? The two develop the ultimate long-distance relationship. There are the usual challenges and misunderstandings. But, in the end, they finally build a relationship together.

4. Somewhere in Time (1980)
Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour
 Adapted from the classic novel "Bid Time Return" by Richard Matheson, who also wrote "I Am Legend," Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) falls in love with a woman in a photograph, named Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), and travels back to the early 1900s to meet her.
How's the Science? Collier travels back thanks to self-hypnosis. Dodgy at best.
Why Does It Work? Starting with an elderly woman telling him they've fallen in love he works backwards and falls in love with her before he ever meets her. Twisty and bizarre, the movie works thanks to the acting talents of Reeve and Seymour. The ending is kind of strange, but if you like period dramas, it delivers.


3. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) has to travel back to the 1800s to rescue his inventor friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). But, there's a problem besides the lack of plutonium. Doc falls in love with a local school 'marm Clara Clayton (Mary Steenberg) and it might jeopardize their return to the future.
How's the Science? Who can argue with the flux capacitor? Plus, there's a time traveling train.
Why Does It Work? While the first two films were about love and loss, this one is the most poignant. It focuses on the perpetually lonely Doc Brown. In the end, he is ready to give up everything because of his love for her.


2. Kate & Leopold (2001)
Duke Leopold (Hugh Jackman) travels through a hole in time and meets Kate (Meg Ryan). The liberated Kate finds herself drawn to the old-school gentlemanly charms of Leopold.
How's the Science? Something about wormholes on bridges.
Why Does It Work? It exploits the old adage that there are no gentlemen left in the world. It also asks the question: Do modern women really want to be swept off their feet by a charming duke?



1. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)


The ultimate collision between romance and sci-fi. An age old story. Boy meets girl. Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) and Claire Abshire (Rachel McAdams) meet and fall in love. Unfortunately, he shifts uncontrollably to points in his past and future. Meanwhile, his wife is left alone for months while he waits to come back to the present. 
How's the Science? The science is pretty vague. It's only identified as a genetic disorder. But, it's thought out well enough that you can forget it.
Why Does It Work? What makes this movie work is the relationship with his wife. If he could travel in time at will, the story would have been totally different and a lot less moving. Paradoxes abound as the past, present and future work for and against them.


So, there you have it. Seven movies that can answer the timeless question of what a man and a woman can watch together without arguing. Now if only we can get past the toilet seat problem we'd finally have peace.


Did you see any of these movies? What do you think of the list? Can you think of a film that a nerd and a romantic can both enjoy?

5/29/2012

Good news, everyone! In the mood for some trivia? Feel like impressing your friends at your next Futurama party? Then check out this handy new infographic that gives you ten things you probably didn't know about the ultimate comedy about our future.

Sources:
http://www.theinfosphere.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/futurama

Artwork:
http://www.comedycentral.com
Futurama font by Darrell Johnson

What do you think of the infographic? Did you learn anything new about "Futurama?"


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Just when I thought I couldn't get more excited about The Dark Knight Rises (2012) the marketing machine for the movie kicks into high gear. Here's a rundown of the newly discovered Catwoman poster along with the character banners and a tip on where you can see the Tumbler in person.

First, here's a poster featuring the heel of Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, stomping on a batarang. This was discovered by a Comic Book Movie reader who scanned in a secret QSR code. I've never worn heels (no really), but those look insanely uncomfortable.

Next, we have three  four character banners showing Batman (Christian Bale), Catwoman and Bane (Tom Hardy) standing in a total riot in Gotham City. Notice all the Tumblers?  I count at least four. I'm guessing these are going to be a major plot point.



Finally, I'll be out of town this weekend or I might be camping out at the mall to see the Batmobile when it comes to Phoenix. You can see when it comes to your town by going to http://www.tumblertour.com/

Via /Film and Comic Book Movie

What do you think of the new banners and posters? Are you excited about The Dark Knight Rises? Do those shoes look uncomfortable?

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5/28/2012

Everyone screws up at work, but what if you let your boss' greatest enemy tricked you into getting away?

Obi-Wan Kenobi convinced the troopers that these were "not the droids they were looking for." We can only imagine how much trouble they got into.



What so you think he's thinking? Have you ever screwed up at work?

5/27/2012

It seems like Pixar can spin magic on everything it creates (well, except for Cars). So what if Disney's Pixar made the Avengers? Cartoon Brew's J.M. Walter asked the question, and answered it with this image. It would look something...like this.


Do you recognize the characters in Pixar's Avengers?
[Via Cartoon Brew via Buzzfeed]



5/25/2012

On May 25, 1977, the original Star Wars premiered. Just in time for the anniversary, Newsarama created a humongous infographic about the first thirty-five years of Star Wars. Click below to check it out!


[Via Newsarama]

UPDATE: Replaced the image link with IMGUR link, just because Blogger wasn't formatting it properly.

What did you think of the infographic?


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In the television show The Big Bang Theory the neighbor, Penny, was originally supposed to be a tough street-wise girl named Katie. Why was the character changed?
(Answer at the end of the post)
Last Week's Bonus Trivia Answer: Tricia Helfer was Ford's Supermodel of The Year in 1992

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"There's always a bigger fish" Qui-Gonn Jinn Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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Battleship
"Nobody here thought Battleship was worth the investment," says a leading agent. "No stars, an [intellectual property] play that made no sense, and nobody thought the script was good."
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    Trivia Answer
    The test audiences felt sorry for the guys. The idea was that she was tough on the outside and kind on the inside. The honesty of Sheldon and Lenny were supposed to bring that out.
    "What we didn’t anticipate, though, is how protective the audience would feel about our guys." co-creator Bill Prady said. "Early screenings of that version of the pilot led audiences to beg that the 'mean lady' would stay away from the 'sweet guys.'"
    Source: Variety
    Bonus Question: Can you name three members of The Big Bang Theory cast?

    What do you think of this week's links?

    5/24/2012

    Disney is offering up a new attraction where you can create a carbon frozen version of yourself. Here's the press release from starwars.com.
     Coming this year to Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll have the opportunity to relive the famous carbon freezing scene from The Empire Strikes Back with the "Carbon-Freeze Me" experience. This new experience was created especially for Disney Parks, and is part of our "D-Tech Me" line that uses technology to take personalization to a whole new level.

    Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, this experience casts your likeness as a three-dimensional, eight-inch figurine. At the "Carbon Freezing Chamber" (located adjacent to The American Idol Experience), several cameras will capture multiple angles of your face. The images are then reconstructed in a computer for processing, and, in approximately four weeks, the completed figurine is shipped directly to your house.

    Each carbonite figurine is $99.95 (plus shipping). You can order additional figurines using the same image scan for $74.95 each. The replica figurine can be hung on a wall, just like the gangster Jabba the Hutt did in Return of the Jedi. Guests also receive a light-up wristband.
    Here's a video that shows what the experience is like.


    Personally, I have some reservations. I mean the actual "carbon freeze chamber" is on a stage with an empty seating area, like the Empire put the chamber in an abandoned theater, so it kind of lacks the atmosphere. And $100 is a liitle steep to me. And the figure is only eight inches tall. But at the same time, this seems like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get your own Star Wars action figure.

    What do you think? Would you carbon freeze yourself?

    [Via YouTube via Inside the Magic via Scifi Storm]

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    When you think of aliens from the Men In Black films, you think of dogs or worms. But, there have been a few hotties in the mix.

    With MIB3 coming out this week I started thinking about the aliens in the series and realized something: There have been some really attractive aliens. I'm not talking about the worm guys or the pug, but every now and then they snuck in a super-model.

    While I admit five is a short list of the dozens of aliens the movies have had, it's a lot more than I thought there would be when I started.

    1. Zarthan Laura Vasquez (Rosario Dawson)
    Rosario Dawson played Laura Vasquez in Men In Black II who was involved in a plot to find the "Light of Zartha." Frankly, her performance wasn't my favorite, but she's a lovely woman and a lot of fun. It was nice to watch her play "Twister" too.

    2. Lilly (Nicole Scherzinger)
    Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer of "The Pussycat Dolls" plays Lilly, the villain and girlfriend of Agent J in MIB III coming out this week. Since I haven't seen the movie, I'm just assuming she's hot from the pictures I've seen. If you see it, tell me if I'm right.

    3. "Mysteries In History" Ambassador Lauranna  (Paige Brooks)
    Lauranna is the princess of the Zarthans seen in a cheesy reenactment, but the actress looks pretty good. The costume was so over the top and the scene so hilariously cheesy, it's my favorite part of the lackluster movie.


    4. Ambassador Lauranna (Linda Kim)
    In Agent K's flashback we got a better look at Lauranna played by Linda Kim. Linda is barely on-screen for a minute, but the actress is lovely. She also played a geisha in Austin Powers.

    5. Serlenna (Lara Flynn Boyle)
    Serlenna, is an evil, shapeshifting Kylothian Queen in Men in Black II. Serleena was played with delicious evil by Lara Flynn Boyle. Technically, she's just a bunch of tentacles, but she managed to make a pretty nice body out of them.
     

    So, the next time you watch any of the Men In Black films, marvel at how they manage to get aliens to look so hot.

    What do you think? Is this a good list? Was there an alien in a film or television show you think is hot?

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