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Geek Bits: Black Actor Turned Down DOCTOR WHO, Ender's Game Trailer, Marvel Wins and More [Links]

Ender's Game (2013) Asa Butterfield
Who wants to see more originality in Star Trek 3? What would Optimus Prime look like as a TARDIS? How accurate was the aging make-up in Back to the Future? Did Marvel win their lawsuit with Jack Kirby's heirs?


10. Ender's Game trailer (via Geek Tyrant)
The new trailer for Ender's Game dropped this week, based on the classic sci-fi novel from Orsen Scott Card and it looks brilliant. *Added trailer :)

9. Retro Trading Card Madness (via Dinosaur Dracula!)
Matt has a wonderful collection of old trading cards from the 80s including Dick Tracy, Donkey Kong, Gremlins 2 and Batman Returns.

8. Black Actor Turned Down Doctor Who

Many fans, like myself, were disappointed that the lead role in Doctor Who was not given to a female or "non-white" actor. The Guardian reported that Neil Gaiman, who wrote an episode of Doctor Who, said a black actor was offered the role, but he turned it down. No word on who that was, but it could have been Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) who was reportedly on the short list.

7. US Ratings for Doctor Who Soar
In other Doctor Who news, rating for the live special were impressive in America. L.A Times says, "'Doctor Who Live' scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's a pretty extraordinary number for a non-sports program in early August, when many viewers are squeezing in summer vacations while they still can. Also consider the fact that 'Doctor Who' is a cultish British sci-fi series that millions of Americans have never even seen."

6. Karl Urban Wants Star Trek 3 to be Original, Not Going to Star Wars (via Star Trek Movie Blog)

New Zealand actor Karl Urban, who played Bones on the two J.J. Abrams Star Trek films wants the next one to be more original. He told IGN, "I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new. You know, let's not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration. And it would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture."

They asked him if he would be in Star Wars VII now that Trek director Abrams is on-board and he said "No." "I grew up watching it… I just love that universe, but that being said, I have no desire to be part of it." Urban said. "I don't see the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars joining. I've made a commitment to Star Trek and I'm going to keep it. It wouldn't feel right to me. Being in Star Trek, to suddenly be in Star Wars wouldn't feel right to me."

He also added how jarring it would be to have him in both films saying, "When I go into a Star Wars movie I want to be completely enveloped. I don't want to be taken out of the picture by going, 'Oh my God, there's Scotty, what's he doing in Star Wars?"

5. Top 10 Movies Afflicted With Space Madness (via Top 10 Films)

4. TARDIS Prime Kid Cosplay (via The Mary Sue)

3. Michael Ansara R.I.P. (via Space1970)

The retro site has a great obituary on the work of the late, great Michael Ansara.

2. How accurate was the Back to the Future II "Old" Make-Up? (via io9)
It's been 24 years since Back to the Future II (1989) showed us what the actors would look like in the year 2015. How good of a job did they do?

1. Marvel Scores Another Win in Jack Kirby Copyright Case (via Deadline)
The heirs of the legendary comic artist and writer Jack Kirby have lost their court case with Marvel. Deadline reports, "The heirs of Captain America, The Avengers and X-Men co-creator Jack Kirby can’t terminate Marvel’s rights to his achievements because the comic legend was under a work for hire deal, a federal appeals courts confirmed today."

The background on this is given as well, "Over three years ago, Lisa Kirby, Susan Kirby, Barbara Kirby and Neal Kirby sent notices terminating copyright to publishers Marvel and Disney, as well as film studios that have made movies and TV shows based on characters he created or co-created, including Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures under the provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act. Marvel and Disney said the family simply had no right to do that and sued the Kirbys on January 8, 2010"

This means they can't stop Marvel's plans to make the movies they've planned out until 2021. Kevin Feige told Wired, "I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening." 



  • Falling Skies "Brazil" Season Finale
    This season was hit-and-miss, but in the end it did a great set up for next season. It turns out the Vohm aren't as friendly as we thought in their well-intentioned attempt to send 2nd Mass to camps in Brazil. Anne is back, which is great since her death seemed senseless and empty. Overall I'd give this episode 4 stars and the season 3 1/2.

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  1. Elba would've made a good Dr. Who.
    Almost finished reading Ender's Game and looking forward to the movie. It's not young adult though, no matter what anyone says.
    Star Trek III is free to go wherever it wants, and yes, it should be original.
    And now I have Ren's voice in my head saying "It's madness, I tell you!"

  2. They hadn't heard of Botox yet when they made Back to the Future II. It would be nice if they did more trekking in Star Trek.

  3. Great Links. All this Who news has me chomping at the bit to see the 50th! Idris Elba or Chiwetel Ejiofor were my favorites to be the first black Doctor. I watched 'Doctor Who Live' it was great to see it at the same time as the rest of the world. I would have hated to be in Australia way too early for my blood (4am) just DVR it. Love the use of Ren in Space Madness.

  4. I think when Stan Lee dies, Marvel *might* start being more honest about Jack Kirby's legacy.

  5. The back to the future aging is fun. Disappointed that Crispin Glover isn't floating upside down with a bad back, but what ya' gonna do?

  6. i love lea thompson, she gets prettier every day.. great post!

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