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Geek Bits: Avengers, Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek and More [Links]

What did mark Ruffalo look like in his motion capture suit for The Avengers? Will we finally get a Black Panther movie? How did Captain Kirk and Captain Picard end up in space? How many episodes of Doctor Who have been lost forever?How are the Men in Black films like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

All this, and more, in this week's "Geek Bits." In case you missed it...

1. Trivia Question (Answer at the end of the post)
George Lucas has three children. How many Star Wars movies have George Lucas' children appeared in?

Last week's bonus trivia answer
PT Dilloway answered last weeks bonus trivia question. I actually forgot Bruce's father was named David Banner in Hulk (2003):
Bill Bixby played David Banner in the 70s show and Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk.
In 2003 Eric Bana played Bruce Banner and Nick Nolte played his father David Banner and the Hulk was CGI'd from motion capture of Ang Lee or something awful.
In 2008 Edward Norton played Bruce Banner and I think they used Lou Ferrigno for the one time the Hulk spoke.
Then of course in 2012 for The Avengers Mark Ruffalo played Bruce Banner and again the Hulk was CGI'd though I think this time they did a pretty good job making the Hulk look as if he were based on Ruffalo.

2. Links
Check Out the On-Set Mo-Cap Suit For Hulk in ‘The Avengers’ | /Film
 /Film: Rumor: One of Marvel’s Next Films Will BeBlack Panther
Latino Review says one of Marvel’s yet to be announced films will be Black Panther, but that’s all the info the site has. We know that the studio commissioned a script last year from Mark Bailey, who seemed like a left-field choice. Bailey’s work includes documentaries such as Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House, Pandemic: Facing AIDS and A Boy’s Life, and he scripted an adaptation of the non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, which Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) was once going to direct.
PT Dilloway: Thursday Review #6: Bottom 10 Superhero Movies
Last week I gave you my Top 10 Superhero Movies, so it's only natural that we get into the Bottom 10 after that.  I think you can pretty well guess what the first couple would be.  Or not.  These are just my humble opinion, so maybe you even like some of these movies.  In which case I will just shake my head sadly.
Arrow sneak peek shows off exploding arrows and a mean right hook | Blastr

There are so many ways that The CW's take on Green Arrow can go wrong—it can be hard to make an archer look tough, Hawkeye notwithstanding—but the more we see of Arrow, the more we're encouraged.

 Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews: Latest Clips for "The Dark Knight Rises"
These were presented at the MTV movie awards (I didn't watch)- re-posted here in case you missed it.

derek charm: Surf's Up, Joker's Under
 I don't have six hours to explain why this episode of Batman '66 is one of my favorite things humanity has ever produced, so you can just watch for yourself www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcZcZZq6pu4
All I'm saying is that if you think I haven't put hours of thought into how Undine, Wipeout and Riptide started working for the Joker, you are dead wrong.
Earlier today the buzz around the Web is tied to a new costume for one of the villains for Iron-man 3 [specifically a character named Eric Savin, who will be played by actor James Badge Dale].

Bleeding Cool: New Amazing Spider-Man Clip Is An All-Action Police Chase 
Want to see Spider-Man in action? Running, jumping and firing webs? I think this is going to get a lot of people excited.
Aquaman Shrine: Random Panel of the Day #484
Let's Get Out Of Here!: Secret Origins: Crazy Movie Weekends!
For this one we started with Superman (1978) and ended Sunday night with J-Men Forever! 17 movies - including a full 12 chapter serial - The Adventures of Captain Marvel! Lots of guests popping in and out too!
Star Trek
Warped Nerdiversity: The Enterprise Lands in Illinois!
What a fitting flight!  With the popularity of sending inanimate objects into near space, why not send an Enterprise equipped with Captain Kirk and Captain Picard?
Star Wars
Rayguns and Space Suits: George Lucas retiring, Kathleen Kennedy taking over
Maybe know we'll get some more Star Wars movies, like an adaption of the Thrawn Trilogy. I vote for Nathan Fillion as Han Solo. We'd probably end up with Ryan Reynolds instead. Never mind.
Doctor Who
"In the 1960s, the BBC screened 253 episodes of its cult science-fiction show Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton as the time travelling Doctor. Yet by 1975, the corporation had wiped every single one of these episodes. Of the 124 episodes starring Jon Pertwee shown between 1970 and 1974, the BBC destroyed over half of the original transmission tapes within two years of their original broadcast", Richard Molesworth's thoroughly researched book 'Wiped! Doctor Who's Missing Episodes' declares on its back cover.
The Evil of the Daleks - six out of seven episodes are missing
The book describes as fully as possible the history of these recordings, how the BBC worked through the decades and how so many shows could disappear. Even to non-Doctor Who enthusiasts, this is a thorough description of television production and recording techniques from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The Eagle's Aerial Perspective: Teaser Tuesday (80)
Can you guess what novel this teaser is from?
"The emotional relationship between dog-man and the man-dog in a K-9 team is a great deal closer and much more important than is the emotional relationship in most marriages. If the master is killed, we killed the neodog--at once! It is all we can do for the poor thing."
Entertaining Interests: Mermaids, Hatfields and McCoys
Ok, ok... did anyone see Mermaids: The Body Found this weekend on Animal Planet? It was featured during Monsters Week. Anyways ... talk about freakin' me the freak out.
In Space Everyone Can Hear You Kaboom - Author Alden
As the good guys race away in the nick of time, the Death Star explodes brilliantly against the blackness of space with a resounding KABOOM.
As awesome as that scene is, there's one tiny little problem. There are no resounding kabooms in space. For that scene to be portrayed realistically it would have to be completely kaboomless. Now, I know what you're thinking. "But, hey, aren't the stars practically made of kabooms? Space must be a pretty noisy place." Well, most of Hollywood certainly seems to think so. But I'm afraid this is one of the many things they often get wrong.
Scouring Monk: #417. Men in Black 3, Star Trek, Superheroes
The whole series is like the American Version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with humans thrust into the knowledge of the existence of aliens, and then dealing with it.  In the world of MiB, aliens regularly travel to Earth, but agents prevent any real mischief from happening.  Mostly, aliens blend in with the rest of human civilization, explaining in superficial terms why some things are the way they are (odd people, mostly), and also who those mysterious "men in black" are.  In these movies, they're Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, who enjoys his job a lot.

Never Mind Pop Film: Just In Case You Forgot, Quentin Tarantino Is Making A Movie About Slavery
"Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What's not to like?" Don't ever change Quentin Tarantino, don't ever change.
Ray Bradbury died, and here are a few of my favorite tributes
 MTV: Samuel L. Jackson Joins 'RoboCop' Remake
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, saying that Jackson plays a "charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world." It's definitely a spin on the character we knew in the previous incarnation of the film, but it seems like a smart decision for Padilha to separate himself from what came before.

3. Trivia Answer
George Lucas' two daughters have been in all three prequels and his son has been in two of them.

Katie Lucas has three cameo appearances as Amee (one of Anakin's podrace friends) in The Phantom Menace, Lunae Minx (the purple-skinned female Twi'lek) in Attack of the Clones, and Chi Eekway Papanoida in Revenge of the Sith. She has also written episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.

Jett Lucas, his adopted son, played a young Jedi Padawan named Zett Jukassa in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He was the padawan shot trying to protect Senator Bail Organa.

Amanda Lucas did the voice of Tey How (female cyborg Neimoidian communications officer) and the Jabba dancer Diva Funquita in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. She was Adnama in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Terr Taneel in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. She is now a kickboxing champion.

Bonus Trivia Question: Complete this line from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
A communications disruption can mean only one thing ________." - Sio Bibble
What do you think of this week's news and links?


  1. Wow, so much great information today. That was a cool pic with Chris fighting the hulk costume. I never knew Geroge Lucas' kids were in any of the movies. Great trivia.

  2. Gracias Ciara. That picture is hilarious to me. He actually kind of looks like him!

  3. Alex J. CavanaughJune 8, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Fillion would make a good Han Solo. But you're right, some one lame would get the role.

  4. That's a huge amount of links and information. It's like the Maurice Mitchell news hour.


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  5. Tony Laplume, Scouring MonkJune 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Arrow looks like DC television's answer to Christopher Nolan's Batman flicks, just like The Flash was DC television's answer to Tim Burton's Batman flicks. Hopefully this time the TV show will last more than a season.

  6. You got the answer Alex! Fillian was made to be Han. Mal was pretty much Solo anyway.

  7. Thanks for the clip action! I agree with Tony, interesting parallels with the Batman movies of the time!

  8. Yeah Tony. And we all know how the Flash turned out.

  9. ApproveSubject: [geektwins] Re: Geek Bits: Avengers, Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek and More [Links] ~ The Geek Twins

  10. Arlee, I actually had to cut some links out because of time. ;) Subject: [geektwins] Re: Geek Bits: Avengers, Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek and More [Links] ~ The Geek Twins

  11. Thanks for the news hour clip! I agree with Tony - it is interesting how these other shows seem to follow the Batman movies of the moment...

  12. Craig, film at eleven. It's the next wave of superhero styled shows I guess.

  13. It would be about time a Black Panther movie came out. Was the Old Spice guy thrown around as a casting consideration.

  14. The Golden EagleJune 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Wow. This is a lot of geek bits!

    Thank you for the link to my post.

  15. Colin, it is about time. Sadly, minority superheroes aren't in high demand. Old Spice Guy would be great. We should start a campaign.


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