1/31/2013


Who is your favorite alien? Two weeks ago we hosted the "My Favorite Martian" Blog Hop and I tracked the favorite aliens of the bloggers.

Above Image: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Drew Barrymore and E.T.

Then, I put them together into one poll. Let us know your favorite aliens and, next week, I'll list all the aliens by order of votes. Who will the number one alien be?



If you have a favorite on the list why not get your friends to vote too?

Come back to the blog next week Monday for the top aliens of all time.
Who's your favorite alien?


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1/30/2013

We're geeks, but we're not nerds. It's an important distinction. Geeks are intelligent, and into scifi and comic books, but nerds have an awkward appearance, poor social skills, and extreme social ostracism to go with it. The nerd has become a well-known stereotype in movies and TV, and portrayals range from the subtle to the outright cartoonish. On the cartoonish end of the spectrum, there are a few that stand out. It takes a special kind of nerd to roll all the nerd stereotypes into one character, and these are seven that have risen to the top.

7. George McFly (Back to the Future)
Marty McFly's father in BTTF proved that nerds existed throughout history, even in the '50s. George McFly is a pushover who's more interested in Ray Bradbury than girls in an age when science-fiction was a one-way ticket to ostracism. It even took Marty impersonating an alien to get him off his butt. Yet we all rooted for him to deliver his line, "Hey, you, get your d*mn hands off of her."

6. Billy Cranston (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Power Rangers wasn't known for its subtlety. This is a show where they cast an Asian to play the Yellow Power Ranger, and an African-American for the Black Power Ranger. When it came to putting a smart guy on the team, they didn't take any chances that he might be regarded as a normal person. They made Billy as nerdy as they possibly could. He wore glasses, occasionally even wore overalls, and his dialogue was so stereotypically nerdy that he never even said, "Yes." He always said "affirmative." I'm not sure at what point "nerd" meant "robot."

5. Murray "Boz" Bozinsky (Riptide)
This show was sort of a Magnum P.I. on water with two wise-cracking veterans who open a detective business from their boat. And of course, in any sea-based crimefighting operation, they needed a robot. That's where Boz came in, an awkward but super-intelligent nerd who had a robot, and maintained all the high-tech gear. When I was a kid watching this show, I wanted to be Boz.

4. Professor Frink (The Simpsons)
When there's science and technology to be done in Springfield, there's only one name to call: Professor Frink. He has glasses, buckteeth, a nasal voice, and always wears a lab coat with a pocket protector. In many ways, he's the nerd personified. However, much of his character (especially his voice) is based on #3.

3. Professor Julius Kelp (The Nutty Professor)
No, we're not talking about the morbidly obese Professor Klump. Jerry Lewis played Professor Julius Kelp, an untidy, buck-toothed, clumsy nerd who transforms himself into ladies' man Buddy Love. His actions and appearance, especially his buckteeth and nasal voice, set the standard for nerds for generations to come.

2. Steve Urkel (Family Matters)
With his thick eyeglasses, high pants held up with suspenders, multi-colored sweaters, and high-pitched voice, Urkel was a caricature of the nerd taken to extreme. Yet it was a sign of changing attitudes towards geeks that Urkel started out as a one-shot appearance and grew to become the star of the show. Urkel's popularity enhanced the profile of nerds by portraying him as smart, confident, and lovable.

1. Lewis Skolnick (Revenge of the Nerds)
Skolnick literally personified the nerd. When we think of nerds, we think of glasses, high pants, a whiny voice, and a pocket protector. Lewis Skolnick is all of these. But Revenge of the Nerds also introduced the idea of the nerd as a hero, someone who is rejected by society, but uses his intelligence to succeed. That went a long way towards the geek-friendly culture we live in today. That's what makes him the greatest nerdy nerd of all time.

Which is your favorite nerd? What other super-nerdy fictional nerds would you add to the list?

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Watch nine intense clips from the new animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2.

Above Image: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013) The Joker (Michael Emerson)

Back in 1986, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns revolutionized graphic novels. In The Dark Knight Returns Bruce Wayne, now an aging 55-year-old, comes out of retirement to fight crime, but he faces off against the corruption of the police of Gotham City and the United States government.

The book inspired many parts of The Dark Knight Rises. Things like Bruce Wayne becoming a recluse and returning to Gotham City after a long absence. A high-speed car chase between cops and criminals with a veteran cop telling his young partner, "You are in for a show tonight, son." Wayne using a mechanical brace to support and strengthen his body. Bruce shaving his mustache. All from the novel.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was recently turned into a sweeping two-part animated movie directed by Jay Olivia starring Peter Weller (Bruce Wayne\Batman) Ariel Winter (Robin\Carrie Kelley) David Selby (Commissioner Gordon), Michael Emerson (Joker), and Mark Valley (Superman).

In part one, Bruce Wayne meets the new Robin and comes out of retirement to fight a growing mob of mutants. In part two of the series, Batman faces off against a "reformed" Joker released from Arkham Asylum and goes head-to-head with Superman.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 was released yesterday and it looks amazing.


I already featured one clip from the movie last week, but here are a few more to get you in the mood. Be warned there's more blood than in your average Disney film and some might be spoilers if you haven't read the novel.

1. Trailer


2. Trailer
 

3. Find the Nerve


4. "I Am the Law"


5. Joker Visits a Talk Show


6. Batman vs. Joker


7. Superman Threatens Batman


8. "I Want you to remember the one Man who beat you"


9. Superman vs. Nuclear Missle

Official Description

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.

Actors: Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Michael McKean, Ariel Winter

Directors: Jay Oliva

Writers: Bob Goodman

Producers: Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Sam Register


Buy it!


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1/29/2013



Paul Giamatti is in talks to play "The Rhino" in, an already crowded film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Above Image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) The Rhino (Paul Giamatti)

The biggest problem with Spider-Man 3 is it had too many people fighting for screen time. Is this happening again?


The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man that grossed over $750 million. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2014.


Wikipedia describes The Rhino (Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich), who first appeared back in "Amazing Spider-Man" #41 - 43 (Oct. - Dec. 1966) as "a thug for hire working for an Eastern Bloc country. He volunteered to participate in an experiment that bonded a super strong polymer to his skin, thus augmenting his strength and speed, resulting in the Rhino alias."


Back in 2011, he told Showbiz Spy, “I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, 'Why don't they have The Rhino in one of their movies?' but maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me." On the Conan O'Brien Show he gushed, "He was a Russian guy. He was real fast and hit stuff real hard."

Giamatti said was "ready and waiting" if the Spider-Man films ever included The Rhino. It looks like they're taking him up on his offer.

Let's do a roll call:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast includes Andrew Garfield (as Spider-Man), Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (as the villain Max "Electro" Dillon) Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn), Shailene Woodley (as Mary Jane Watson), Sally Field (as Aunt May), Martin Sheen (as Uncle Ben) is coming back in flashbacks and they're talking to Felicity Jones about an unnamed role.


That is a ton of people to squeeze into a movie.

Does anyone else feel Deja Vu? Am I the only one worried about this?

Via The Hollywood Reporter

  What do you think about the casting of "The Rhino"? Does this mean anything for the film to you?

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1/28/2013

With the adoption of Marvel into the Disney Universe, and Pixar still cranking out movies for Disney, it's inevitable that people started imagining Marvel superheroes as Disney characters. But I think these renditions by Phil Postma are the most impressive. He didn't just take Pixar characters and dress them in costumes, but actually adopted their style for original renditions. Check it out:










[Via Phil Postma (NSFW) via Herochan]

What did you think of the Pixar Avengers? Which was your favorite?

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Do you remember where you were when you heard J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars movie?

Above Image: George Lucas and J.J. Abrams talking

A few weeks ago the news came that new Star Wars movies are coming. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation who would be directing Star Wars Episode VII.

On Friday, StarWars.com released a statement confirming that J. J. Abrams will direct Star Wars VII,  due in 2015.

Here's the full statement:
"J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

"'It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,' said Kennedy. 'J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.'

"George Lucas went on to say 'I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands.'

"'To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,' J.J. Abrams said. 'I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.'

"J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

"Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

"Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year's Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm's preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe." - StarWars.com

There have been a lot of reactions to the news. Aside from the inevitable (and played out) lens flare jokes, most people are excited and happy about it.

To many, the debate about whether the new Star Wars movie would be good or bad is over. It's like Star Trek 2009 was a resume for Star Wars.

One thing's for sure. He is now the ultimate power in the galaxy of geekdom. Let's hope he never makes Avengers 3. That's too much power for one man to have.

What about you? How did you react to the news that J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars movie?

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1/27/2013

Every now and then, whether it's for a picture or a document, you need to choose a font. But which one? If you don't know the difference between Helvetica and Comic Sans, and you like Star Wars, then this helpful infographic is for you. It's the Galactic Guide to Typography, created by illustrator Vincent Rondia, and it describes fonts according to which popular Star Wars character it resembles.

[Via Vincent Rondia via Death Star PR]

1/26/2013

Christian Bale took a lot of heat for an expletive-filled rant he made on the set of Terminator: Salvation, and some other issues with his personal life. But one thing we can say is that he does a lot of charity work. He doesn't travel around the world with a camera crew in tow like Angelina Jolie. No, he does it quietly and  without fanfare. Like when he visited the shooting victims of the theater in Colorado. Or his work with the Redwings Sanctuary to rescue horses. Or how he called up an 8-year-old Zach Guillot (who's suffering from leukemia) to talk about the boy's favorite superhero, Batman. Didn't hear about that one? Watch this:



If you want to follow the little boy's journey, check out his Facebook page, ZachAttacksLeukemia. And to Christian Bale, I say, "Oh, good for yooouuuuu!"

What did you think of the video?

[Via E Online via io9 via The Mary Sue]

1/25/2013

 
Welcome to "Geek Bits," where we share the geekiest bits of the Internet for you.  Who is the Star Trek Into Darkness villain? What would R2-D2 look like as a tea cup? Where is Mickey Mouse hidden in Star Wars? When will we see another solo Batman movie? How many doctors has Star Trek had? Is the Joker reformed in Dark Knight Returns Part 2?

STAR TREK
There's been a lot of speculation who the Star Trek Into Darkness villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) will be playing, but a prequel comic pretty much blows all the theories away. I don't think the name is a spoiler, but, if you do, then skip to the next story. The villain's name is: Robert April. Who?


Roles infographic
(Via Geeks Are Sexy)

ROBOTECH
Nic Mathieu will be directing the long-delayed Robotech live-action film. (Via Geek Tyrant)

STAR WARS

R2-D2 tea cup
(Via Screenrant)


Disney Easter Egg in Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back. Do you see Mickey?

The Wrap said, "J.J. Abrams will direct the next Star Wars film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap." That's all we have, but it's being treated as a confirmed rumor. (Via Huffington Post)

BLADE RUNNER
Sean Young may return for the Ridley Scott Blade-Runner sequel. "Well, I did meet with Alcon, the company that owns it and is planning to do the remake with Ridley." Young said, "I did meet with them, but I think at that point they just wanted to meet me and I don't think they have any plans of using any of the original people, although I can't say for sure. I do think, let me just say it right here, I do think it would be a disappointment to the audience not to have Rachel in it but you know what, folks in Hollywood make mistakes all the time.

"I guess depending on your interpretation of the film, she might have only lasted four years.
Oh no, in the interpretation I'm the one that has no end date. I'm the one that rides off in the car with him at the end that has no end date. I'm Nexus-7, not Nexus-6." (Via Crave Online)

BATMAN
Batman Reboot Not Happening Until 2017 (via MTV)

The Dark Knight Returns Part 2: Joker Plans

(Via Coming Soon)

DOCTOR WHO
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Script Has ALL Eleven Doctors


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1/24/2013


I don't like to do a lot of stories about movies and TV shows in production, just because those tend to look rather silly once the actual product comes out. I mean, remember how excited people were about the photos of the Tumbler on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? Seems kind of goofy now: "OMG, you can totally see the Tumbler we've seen before in the last two movies, but it's on a truck headed for the movie set, which means it's like we're seeing it in the new movie, wowwwww!!!"

But that's how eager people were to see that movie, and the same thing seems to be happening with the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. Witness the flurry of news when some photos taken from the set were released on Twitter by cast and crew. That sounds cool, but really, the photos aren't much.
We see the shadowy outline of someone who's supposed to be writer/director Joss Whedon, a truck with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on it, and a shot of the back of co-writer Jed Whedon's chair. That's it. And yet, the pictures have been flooding the geek blogosphere. Wow. I can only imagine what will happen when we actually get to watch the show.

Okay, I admit, it's pretty exciting. I'm a Joss Whedon fan (he won me back with The Avengers after losing me with Dollhouse), and the idea of a weekly series set in the Marvel Universe is just too awesome. Just don't screw it up, Joss. And don't kill anybody we like in the first episode.

What do you think of the pictures? Are you excited about the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show?

[Via Mike Ermalovich, Maurissa Tancharoen, EW via The Mary Sue]

Jar-Jar Binks is hated by many, many people. I, in fact, find him incredibly annoying.

Above Image: Star Wars Clonetrooper punching Jar-Jar Binks

That's why this week's caption contest has everyone's favorite Gungan punched in the face by a Star Wars Republic Clonetrooper.



Here's the question though. What do you think they're saying?  What could make a Clonetrooper "cold-cock Jar-Jar? What did Jar-Jar say? What would the Clonetrooper be saying? How would you describe the scene?

What caption would you make for this picture?
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1/23/2013


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We're just going to start posting these honest trailers whenever Screenjunkies uploads them, because they are hilarious. The idea is that these trailers tell the truth about their movies. This time, they tackle Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Unlike their trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, this one is kind of a slamdunk. Yet they still managed to bring up some stuff I never thought about. But yes, they do bring up the fridge.


[Via YouTube via Laughing Squid via Blastr]

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We have a new contest for you guys to win a Blu-Ray martial arts film Tai Chi Zero (2012) courtesy of the guys at Filmbook.

Above Image: Tai Chi Zero (2012)

This movie is insane, and while we don't normally feature martial arts films, this one has steampunk elements and the look and feel of an epic video game.

What Is it?
One winner recieves a (1) Blu-Ray copy of Tai Chi Zero (2012) .
A steampunk martial arts film from the creators of IP MAN and DETECTIVE DEE,with choreography by action legend Sammo Hung.

Official Description
From the creators of IP MAN and DETECTIVE DEE, featuring Martial Arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, TAI CHI 0 is the first of a planned Steampunk Martial Arts trilogy.

TAI CHI 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager to teach an outsider. But when a frightening army of steampunk soliders bearing strange machines shows up, the villagers must trust this strange outsider with the knowledge of Tai Chi.


Director: Stephen Fung
Writers: Kuo-fu Chen (story), Chia-lu Chang (screenplay)
Stars: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy and Tony Leung Ka Fai

If you're on the fence about this film, then check out the following clip.



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