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Geek Bits: RIP Ray Harryhausen, Riker's Goofy Sitting, Do You Enjoy Watching Bad Movies? and More? [Links]

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Find out in this week's "Geek Bits."

This week we lost Ray Harryhausen. From concept artist Doug Chiang: "Truly sad day. Here I am seeing my heroes Ralph [McQuarrie] and Ray Harryhausen meeting for the first time. RIP Ray."

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Marvel Studios are producing the first Marvel-based production from Disney, a computer-animated film adaptation of the comic book Big Hero 6.

BRIDGE TO SAN FRANSOKYO – Concept art showcases an iconic bridge and treasured landmark of the high-tech, fast-paced city of San Fransokyo, the setting for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action comedy adventure “Big Hero 6”— in theaters on November 7, 2014.

SAN FRANSOKYO AT NIGHT – Pictured in concept art, the high-tech city of San Fransokyo is home to brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his team of first-time crime fighters in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ action comedy adventure “Big Hero 6”—in theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

Official Synopsis
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

Visit the Website: http://www.disney.com/BigHero6
Like "Big Hero 6" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6
Follow Walt Disney Animation Studios on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

Tweet the Official Hashtag: #BigHero6

Will you see it?


Behind-the-scenes picture of Christian Bale and Heath Ledger on The Dark Knight.

This Batman Tumbler racing in the "Gumball Rally" cost $1 million (via Kotaku)

Two awesome reviews of Iron Man 3: Alex J. Cavanaugh's Iron Man III Review, Never Mind Pop Film Iron Man 3

FX has an article about the  Special FX of Iron Man 3


Avengers Cupcakes via (iZombie)

Avengers' Cast And Stingy Marvel Ready To Rumble Over Sequel Cash & Strong-Arming
The fight for Avengers contracts is heating up. Specifically for the key actor Robert Downey Jr.  ”I don’t know,” he said on The Daily Show. ”I had a long contract with them and now we’re gonna renegotiate.” One exec described the contract negotiations this way, “I wouldn’t say it’s brutal. It’s uncompromising, not mean or draconian. The fact is this is the reality of the world we’re living in right now.” With the Avengers sequel scheduled for 2015 there's a lot to fight about.

Some actors only got paid $200,000 for Avengers (not including bonuses) while Downey got paid $50M. Actors like Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth are much bigger names than when they negotiated their contracts. They will no doubt hold out for more. With Downey holding out for a bigger paycheck, the price of the film is going to go through the roof and Marvel's CEO is balking. (via - Deadline.com)
Will Robert Downey Jr. be back in Avengers 2?

Spock vs. the Volcano in new Star Trek into Darkness Clip  (via Star Trek Movie Blog)

This is hilarious. A supercut of Riker Sitting Down. I never noticed that weird over-the-back thing he did. (via The Knights) What do you think of Riker's "cool" way of sitting in a chair?


ENDER’S GAME (2013): Ben Kingsley’s First Image From Gavin Hood Film Notice the tribal tattooing since he's half-Maori. (via FilmBook)

Are you looking forward to Ender's Game? Have you read the book?


  • Defiance "The Devil In the Dark"
    Plot: When Hell Bugs start killing people in town, Law-Keeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) suspects it's murder.
    I missed the last episode, so I don't know if I missed anything, but this episode really helped to expand Irisa's (Stephanie Leonidas) character when she learns she can see past, present and future in visions. But, other than the world-building, it was pretty standard fair (3/5 stars)
  • Doctor Who "The Crimson Horror" 
    In Victorian England bodies are showing up a horrifying red color and one has an image of The Doctor (Matt Smith) in his eye.
    Harkening back to classic Doctor Who episodes, this one did a good job making a compelling and terrifying situation. Plus, there was a strong mother\daughter theme. Plus, it was fun seeing (3/5 stars)
  • Revolution "The Love Boat"
    Plot: Miles (Billy Burke) is forced to work with Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) when President Foster assigns them to get a scientist working on a bio-weapon for Monroe.
    There was a lot going on in this episode including a revelation about Aaron and Tom completely disowning his son. (2/5 stars)
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  1. That's the hand Marvel dealt themselves by pushing for an Avengers movie and now it's the unfortunate price of success. Of course they could remind Mark Ruffalo that they've already had two other guys play the Hulk so clearly he's pretty replaceable. But if you can't get Downey and Hemsworth then what are you going to have, Captain America, the Hulk, Ant-Man, and Hawkeye? That would be pretty weak. So just pay them already. Though really $50M and he wants more? Is he trying to amass enough money to actually be Tony Stark?

    And I'm glad to hear Jurassic Park 4 is on hold. It's a terrible idea.

  2. After watching the Riker video I decided that every time I sit down I would do the same... apparently you need to be taller to accomplish this move. My 5'8" frame only allows me to do this maneuver with the kiddy chairs & then my girth will not let me fully enjoy the seat.

  3. disney needs these actors to return, they could never think to replace or remove them... it is a staple for them to return. sure you can lower the screen time and introduce new characters, but they all need to be cooler than the ones we know. the sequel will bring in the big dollars and as they string us to this film, we will want to see it more... and more cupcakes... lots of cupcakes. :)

  4. They'll pay if they want another Avengers movie.
    Don't think missing last week's Defiance mattered.
    And sad about Harryhausen. He was a legend.

  5. I do enjoy campy bad movies. Star Crash is the best ever made. Still not sure what to make of Defiance. I gave up on Revolution in the fall. I can't believe it's still on the air.

  6. The Riker video is awesome. I think I noticed but never really noticed that it was a whole thing. What's more notorious is that he always leads with his head, leaning into it, when he goes off walking somewhere.

  7. Well, I'm glad I didn't miss anything Alex.

  8. The first one made a billion dollars Jeremy, but Disney is notoriously tight-fisted. It'll be a battle to see who blinks first.

  9. The key is to choose very short chairs. I'm going to carrying my own around for just such occasions.

  10. It's hard to believe Downey's complaining about $50 million, but that's Hollywood I guess. JP4 is a huge gamble Pat.

  11. It's funny when you put it all together how funny it is. You're right. Someone should make a supercut of him walking Tony.


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