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Geek Bits: Top 5 Summer Blockbuster Songs, ALMOST HUMAN Nominated for Emmy and More [Links]

 Batman and Robin - Norman Rockwell Style Art (via GeekTyrant)
Above Image: "Check out this incredible Batman and Robin illustration that was inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell, and one of his classic Saturday Evening Post covers. The illustration was created by Phil Postma, and it's just so freakin' adorable. I love this piece." - Joey Paur

I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits." Plus, reviews of The Last Ship and Earth to Echo.

By the Way... Top 5 Summer Songs Bloghop

For this bloghop I decided to use my favorite songs for summer blockbusters that remind me of summer. Here's my list of songs and why:
  • Star Wars (1977) Theme by John Williams - Tatooine has a lot of sand.
  • Independence Day (1996) "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" by R.E.M. - Barbecue
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Theme - Summer vacation
  • Back to the Future (1982) "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News - School's out
  • Jurassic Park (1993) Theme by John Williams - Vacation to theme parks
Hosted by Armchair Squid, Suze, and Cygnus. On Friday, July 11, 2014, please join us by posting 5 of your favorite summer songs and sharing some memories about them.  Maybe between us, we can build the perfect soundtrack to accompany us over the next few months.  If possible, include links so we can hear these gems.  And, if you're in the southern hemisphere, join us to dance those winter blues away!

Please sign up to the link list here, then post on July 11.

1.The Armchair Squid2.Subliminal Coffee
3.My Creatively Random Life4.Alex J. Cavanaugh
5.L.G. Smith Bards and Prophets6.I Think; Therefore, I Yam
7.Servitor Ludi8.Stephanie Faris, Author
9.WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME10.Cherdo on the Flipside
11.Nicki Elson's Not-so-deep-thoughts12.Trisha @ WORD STUFF
13.Hungry Enough To Eat Six14.V's Reads
15.Life Before the Hereafter16.The ToiBox of Words
17.StratPlayer's Creative Output18.DiscConnected
19.Aristotle's Mistake20.Deniz Bevan at The Girdle of Melian
21.Words Incorporated22.Madeline Jane
23.Arlee Birds Tossing It Out24.Medeia Sharif
25.Continuing Story of a Song 

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10: Arrow - A TV & Comic Character Comparison
TV vs Comics - a Green Arrow Infographic

Please include attribution to Fortress Geek with this graphic.

9. Director Bob Orci Says ‘Star Trek 3′ Story Is Part of the 5-Year Mission (via Screen Rant)
I think two films is long enough for a set up...

"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."

8. 16 Most Annoying Characters in Science Fiction/Fantasy Television & Film (via MsMariah's Space Blog-yssey)

It's such a good list I almost didn't make it through to the end...

7. The Importance of Creative Friends (via My Journey as an Aspiring Author... and other ramblings.)

Jessica wrote a thoughtful piece about how important it is find creative friends on and off the Internet. I agree. Thanks guys!

As artists of all kinds, we need that camaraderie that we can only get from other creatives. We like to be understood to a certain degree. It's really fun to connect with someone who understands the whole process of inspiration, creation, the vulnerability of pouring your soul into something unique and putting it out into the world. There is something validating about that connection.

6. STREET FIGHTER - Chun Li, Ken, and Ryu are Ready to Kick Some Plush (via GeekTyrant)

5. BBC Accidentally Leaks Doctor Who Series 8 Scripts, Asks Fans Not to Ruin It for Each Other - "Spoilers!" (The Mary Sue)

Didn't this happen last year?

BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.
We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.
4. THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Mark Wahlberg may become a Cyborg (via FilmBook)

I can't understand why he's considered a leading man.

 The 1970′s sci-fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man may be made into a motion picture with Mark Wahlberg possibly in the starring role. The movie may be directed and produced Peter Berg.

3. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Toys Are More Like Polly Pockets (via He Geek She Geek)

2. DC Comics Changes Its Mind Over The Use Of The Superman Symbol On A Child Memorial (via Bleeding Cool)

Earlier this week it came out that a 5-year-old boy, named Jeffrey Baldwin, that was starved to death by his Grandparents was denied one of his childhood wishes. The boy's father wanted to create a memorial statue with his son dressed as his hero Superman, but DC Entertainment wouldn't allow it.

The father was disappointed, but said he understood. The Internet did not. It caused a firestorm of protest on social networks and created a huge backlash. On Wednesday, the company reversed their decision saying, "We are honored by the relationship that our fans have with our characters, and fully understand the magnitude of their passion. We take each request seriously and our heartfelt thoughts go out to the victims, the family and those affected. DC Entertainment uses a flexible set of criteria when we receive worthy requests such as this, and at times have reconsidered our initial stance."

I guess there are superheroes after all.

1. 2014 Emmy Nominations Announced (via /Film)
Almost Human (2013) - Dorian (Michael Ealy) (Source)
The 66th annual Emmy Award nominations were announced and here are the geeky nominees. It's sad that the wonderful show Almost Human, which was canceled in it's first season, was nominated for an award.

Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8:00pm (Eastern) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE In Los Angeles.
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • The Big Bang Theory - Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Adventure Time - Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
  • Almost Human "Pilot" - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • The 100 - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • Game Of Thrones - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects
  • The Walking Dead - Outstanding Special And Visual Effects In A Supporting Role – 2014



The Last Ship (2014) (01x02) "Welcome to Gitmo" [Recommended]
Official Synopsis: "In 'Welcome to Gitmo,' Chandler and his crew head to the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay in search of food, medical supplies and fuel; escaped prisoners attack the search teams; the teams enlist the help of a private contractor."
An awesome show with crazy action.


Earth to Echo (2014) [Not Recommended]

Official Summary: "Relativity’s PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret."
This movie was mediocre. My 5-year-old enjoyed it, but it's a poor substitute for E.T. Everything plays out on YouTube, Google Maps or cell phones. Director Dave Green's idea of tension is to have Tuck, played by Brian "Astro" Bradley, constantly say "did you see that!" or "that was insane!" If you have young kid's they might like it, but I'd wait till it comes on video. Or YouTube.

What do you think of this week's links? If you saw anything I reviewed what did you think?

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  1. That Norman Rockwell-ish painting is awesome. Of course 3 of your top movie theme songs are John Williams ones; he pretty much did every memorable movie theme from 1975-1999. So I guess "found footage" doesn't really work for kid's movies? It seems like a pretty lame trope in general, but at least your 5-year-old liked it.

  2. No surprise Earth to Echo is not recommended.
    Think those Dr. Who leaks weren't an accident?
    Ultimate soundtrack for summer, though not science fiction, would be Jaws. Who doesn't hear it when they go to the beach?

  3. Love the Norman Rockwell picture!

    Great music list, too. Kudos to John Williams. Some of those have served well for multiple summers in multiple movies.

  4. "Tatooine has a lot of sand." That made me lol. I do wonder what sort of theme parks YOU visit that Jurassic Park would remind you of them! Ha. I now how Huey Lewis and the News stuck in my head. Instant ear-worm.

  5. Oh, brilliant song list based on summer movies! I should have done that. Yeah, blockbusters with the big movie soundtrack treatment make a big impression.

  6. That Rockwell-like illustration is phenomenal! Reeeeeally good.

    So's your music list. Pretty smart of you to pick your songs from summertime blockbusters.

  7. The BBC shipped DVD's of Day of the Doctor to those that pre ordered last year.
    The problem being it hadn't aired yet!
    I am personally staying far away from it as I can. I do like the set photos, but actual scripts would ruin it.

  8. The Power of Love is one that really takes me back.

    Actually all of them are good since the movies are all summer 'anchors," although I cannot for the life of me remember the ET theme...but I do remember the date I took to the film (where is she now?).


  9. I've heard those are epic songs Jeremy!

  10. He's created some legendary songs AC!

  11. I'm not sure if it's a marketing ploy or just really bad security Alex.

  12. Love the Norman Rockwell "Batman"! Nice song list -- I had the theme from Jaws in mine, so that's another John Williams song of summer. But if we're going for movies with a lot of sand as a criteria, We'd have to include Toto (and Brian Eno) for the soundtrack to "Dune". There's a LOT of sand on Arrakis, too. :)

  13. Williams music is so distinctive Pat! He's the sound of summer blockbusters. At least it wasn't "Mac and Me"

  14. That's crazy David. I wouldn't read the scripts either. Without the visuals it wouldn't be the same.

  15. Norman Rockwell's art has always kinda creeped me out in a weird way.

    I'd like orci to take a 5 year journey and let someone else handle Star Trek.

    There are so many actors Id rather see in a new 6 million dollar man. I wonder how much he'd cost today though, with inflation and everything?

  16. It is kinda creepy in a way but I still love his work. That would be a tricky question since technology prices have dropped along with inflation rising. Great question Tim!

  17. I love the brevity of your reasons- Barbeque- nuff said! :-)

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  19. Great music choices, I love that Rockwell-inspired illustration, and I appreciate my creative friends.


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