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Best Geek Bits: Homeless Wolverine, Win Avengers Autograph, 'Star Trek' Call Me Maybe and More [Links]

A realistic version of Futurama's Dr. Zoidberg by Jared Krichevsky
 Does Wolverine look like a homeless bum? Did Star Trek's Worf give you his phone number? Is Chewbacca the nicest actor in Hollywood? What's an easy way to win autographs from two Avengers and Iron Man actors? Is a $2 million home theater room worth it? Will Red Dawn be as good as the original?

Find out the answers to these questions, get your motivational geek quote, trivia and more in this week's best geek bits.

In case you missed it...

Motivational Geek Quote
"We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty." - Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)

  • Falling Skies "Death March" - Great character moments and a great twist in the end. Can't wait to see more about North Carolina. 4/5 stars
  • Alphas "Murder by Alpha" - Real tension and character development. Gary grows up. Bill calms down in Fight Club. A new character in the amnesiac Manic Pixie Girl "Cat." 3 1/2 stars
Trivia Question (Answer at the end of the post)
The 1984 horror-comedy Gremlins starred Hoyt Axton as inventor Rand Peltzer. He was a famous folk singer/songwriter in the 1960s. What is his most famous song?

Last Week's Bonus Trivia Answers
Easy: What car did Doc Brown turn into a time machine?
"DeLorean. And I think it was because they thought the son-mother relationship in the past was too much." - Alex J. Cavanaugh
Med: Name three actors who appeared in all three of the Back to the Future films
"I think Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and I think Thomas F. Wilson who played Biff and his relatives. And whoever played his girlfriend. And the dog." - Pat Dilloway
"marty, mom, doc brown, biff, strickland, goldie and me!" - Jeremy 
Hard: Why did Disney turn down producing the film?
Disney turned it down because they thought that a story involving a mother falling in love with her son was too risqué, even if it was a twist of time travel. All other companies said it was not risqué enough, compared to the other teen comedies at the time like Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Revenge of the Nerds (1984).

Some of these may be familiar if you follow us on Twitter @thegeektwins. We share news and fun stuff all week.
  • Hugh Jackman's Wolverine gets even hairier in five new set pics for The Wolverine. Can he get any hairier?
  • "Call Me Maybe" Star Trek parody has Worf singing "Baby"  via Geek Tyrant. What's the funniest part?
  • Pensuasion went to the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Broadway show and liked it! Color me surprised. I thought it would be trash 
  • Alex J. Cavanaugh has a list of great science-fiction TV shows.Which is your favorite?
  • ‘The Avengers 2′ Release Date Confirmed For 2015. Are you excited?
    The wording of the statement specifically mentioning June 2015 as the end date of his exclusive agreement means The Avengers 2 is releasing that month, or, like all of the Iron Man films and the first Avengers, will be kicking off the summer blockbuster season in May 2015
  • Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, responded To Galaxy Junkyard on Twitter. Proves he's still the nicest Star Wars actor ever.  Twitter is massive, so it's nice to know he appreciates his followers. Is he the nicest actor in Hollywood?
  • Win an autograph of Avengers stars Scarlett Johannson or Robert Downey Jr. from Roland Yeomans to promote the book Rival! It's super easy too! Have you entered?
  • $2 million The Dark Knight Rises home theater room is worth every penny. This is just a promotional CGI representation, but with a hidden Batmobile garage, escape hatch and four full Batman suits it's perfect for doing a Batman marathon. Would you buy it?
  • Want to see a Venom Symbiote claim cosplay girl Freddie Nova?
  • Did you know Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) worked at a hospital while filming Star Wars? A behind-the-scenes documentary called 'Chewie' is coming soon if they can get the rights from Lucas. Would you watch it?
  • Pat Dilloway had a surprisingly challenging Superhero Trivia Question this week. Which superhero persona has Dick Grayson NOT adopted at some point in the DC Universe? Think you know the answer?
  • Open Road Films sent us the press release and first poster for the Red Dawn remake yesterday. It's not strictly sci-fi, but very cool. Do you think it'll be any good?

Trivia Answer
Hoyt Axton, who plays inventor Rand Peltzer, was a famous folk singer/songwriter in the 1960s. His most famous song, "The Pusher", was used in the soundtrack to Easy Rider. He also wrote Three Dog Night's famous "Joy to the World." You may not recognize the name, because its popularly known by its opening words, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." Axton became an actor later in life during the 80s and 90s as an actor specializing in "good old boy" roles.

Bonus Trivia Question
Easy: The scene with Stripe attacking Billy with a chainsaw is an homage to which famous horror film?
Medium: Which famous comedian played the voice of the good Gremlin?
Hard: This film is one of several credited with creating the MPAA's PG-13 rating for it's scenes of graphic violence. Name one of the other films.

What do you think of this week's Geek Bits? Did you learn anything?
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  1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
    Howie Mandel did Gizmo.
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  2. Man, I want that theater!
    Jeremy got one of the questions - good for him!
    Thanks for mentioning my list of science fiction shows. (That was this morning - you are fast!) It would've been much longer but I reigned it in. I didn't even mean for them to all be science fiction, but I guess that's how my TV viewing rolls.
    And Roland's contest is awesome. I won the signed Michael Whelan book during his last contest. Hope it arrives soon!

    1. Good job Alex. You got 'em all. Nice to know we roll in some of the same circles.

  3. Wow, I did learn a lot about Hoyt Axton.

    1. Me too Pat. I learn something new every week writing these.

  4. jeremy [retro-zombie]August 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    cookies for everyone... on alex's post today your question and answer is "shocker" and he had a small role in what zombie flick... i like the idea of doing trivia from site to site... maybe it is a challenge awaiting us. i cannot believe we need an update on "red dawn"... it served it purpose then and there will be no way to get that group of cool actors... to scream "WOLVERINES"... so i must have been on Mars [stupid total recall reference], when did they start working on a new wolverine? i mean "yeah"... great.

    1. Jeremy lets make them chocolate chip cookies. Good call on Shocker. They did an in joke with it on x-files. Which episode? Go! Wolverines!

  5. jeremy [retro-zombie]August 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    great post this week... who was the voice of E.T.?

  6. Debra Winger! Always thought that was funny. And I thought Pileggi was in one of the Return of the Living Dead films. Bummer...

  7. Really? They're remaking Red Dawn. Fits with wolverine this week.

  8. This site is pure crazytown LOL.. I thought Hoyt's most famous song was Boney Fingers or Joy To The World. Forgot about The Pusher because Steppenwolf sang it on Easy Rider.

    No need to remake Red Dawn. In this one the North Koreans are the invaders. Yeah right! China was supposed to be the Big Bad, but H-wood figured they'd get pissed.

    1. Melissa, crazytown is one of the highest compliments we've gotten. We certainly doubt want to upset China do we?

  9. Coulf have sworn Hoyt wrote Heartbreak Hotel. Ah well

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