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Geek Bits: Netflix Found Their Kingpin, VOYAGE TREKKERS Movie and More


Who's playing Kingpin on the Netflix Daredevil series? What would it be like living with a cat that talks like Bane? Where When will a Voyage Trekkers movie be happening? How would you make a burger that tastes like Hercules?

Above Image: Andrew Lamb is attaching superheros and action stars to neighborhood watch signs in Canada and its perfect. See the rest at his Instagram account (via /Film)

I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

By the Way... I Wish We Only Had One Star Wars Movie

Before Star Wars (1977) was Episode IV: A New Hope it was just Star Wars. It was a simple movie about a galactic space battle. No one knew who Darth Vader was. No one cared who Luke's mother was. The question of Leia and Solo falling in love never came into our young minds. It was just a cool movie with space ships, robots, lasers and lightsabers. Ah, lightsabers. They weren't the glowing, cool acrobatic swordfights we know now. They were just glowing sticks that could cut through anything. Awesome. Looking back, it's a cute movie that started a cultural revolution. Six movies (soon to be at least 18) later and a literal media empire. It's awesome but, in some ways, I wish it had just stayed the simple movie that changed history. I wouldn't mind going back to that. Would you?

This post is part of the "Then and Now" bloghop hosted by The Armchair Squid, Suze, Nicki Elson and Nancy Mock.  Tell us about a movie you loved when you were younger and have come to see differently over time - for better or for worse.


10. Voyage Trekkers Movie Indiegogo Campaign
Here's more exciting news from Voyage Trekkers. They're working on a full-length feature film! Here's the partial press release:

Sci-fi Comedy Voyage Trekkers Warps From Web Series to the Big Screen
June 11th, Phoenix, Arizona - Voyage Trekkers, the award-winning web series about the worst starship crew in the galaxy, turns to it's fans to transform the series into a movie with their Indiegogo Campaign.

Voyage Trekkers follows the misadventures of the GSV Remarkable and her crew as they struggle to make a name for themselves in the Galactic Union.  Lead by the brash Captain Sunstrike (Adam Rini), apathetic Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell), and the exasperated Doctor Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren), the series was praised by actor Nathan Fillion saying, "This is solid gold."

"We wanted to go big," says co-writer and director Nathan Blackwell.  "We wanted to take the characters and the world to the next level.  We raised the bar with Season Two with what people expect from a low-budget sci-fi web series, and we wanted to continue to up the ante with a movie."

Learn More and contribute! Voyage Trekkers The Movie Indiegogo Campaign

You can connect with Voyage Trekkers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blip, and at voyagetrekkers.com.

9. Bane Cat Episode 2.. (via Blah Blah Blah Yackity Smackity)

8. Red Robin Hercules Burger

Last year I featured a post about the Red Robin's Wolverine Burger. Well, Red Robin contacted us about the upcoming Hercules burger to tie in with the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movie. I had one last night and it was pretty good. It could have used more brisket, but the sauce is excellent.

Red Robin Satisfies Guests’ Inner Hero with a Burger Inspired by the “Hercules” Film and a FREE Movie Ticket Offer
America’s Gourmet Burger Authority™ Partners with Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures to Serve Up Action-Packed Flavor and Fun This Summer

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., June 9, 2014 – This summer, guests can conquer their appetites at Red Robin® restaurants thanks to an exciting partnership with Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ upcoming film “Hercules,” in theatres July 25. In celebration, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.  (Red Robin) is offering guests a new burger of mythical proportions! 

Available now through Sept. 1, The Colossus Burger is a fire-grilled beef patty piled high with an unbeatable combination of finely chopped smoked brisket, provolone cheese, grilled onions, and Red Robin’s Campfire and Triple S BBQ sauces served on a sesame seed bun. 

Red Robin’s latest Burgers & A Movie™ promotion provides guests with exciting offers. Guests who purchase a $25 limited edition “Hercules” gift card at participating Red Robin® restaurants and Kroger supermarket locations will receive a FREE* movie ticket to see the film when they enter their gift card code at www.redrobin.com/herculesmovie.  These guests will then be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, a tour of Paramount Pictures Studios and other great prizes.  Red Robin Royalty™ members receive double entry into the sweepstakes for every limited edition gift card purchased.  Gift cards can be purchased at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide now through Sept. 1, as well as participating Kroger supermarket locations through July 31.  For full sweepstakes rules and how to enter without purchase, visit www.redrobin.com/herculesmovie.

“Red Robin’s collaboration with this summer’s blockbuster ‘Hercules’ film gives us an exciting chance to reach moviegoers through our high-value Burgers & A Movie program,” said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer.  “The limited-time Colossus Burger is an epic flavor combination, making Red Robin the perfect destination before or after seeing ‘Hercules’.”

“Hercules” stars Dwayne Johnson as both man and myth, leading a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in director Brett Ratner’s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages. The film also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Isaac Andrews and John Hurt.

“Hercules” is produced by Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Brett Ratner. Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules” by Steve Moore, with a screenplay by Ryan J. Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Directed by Brett Ratner.

Additionally, Red Robin and “Hercules” fans alike can also take advantage of a free movie ticket deal and restaurant discount:
  • Anyone who purchases a $25 limited edition “Hercules” gift card will receive a free movie ticket to see the film when they enter the gift card code at www.redrobin.com/herculesmovie.
  • Any guest who sees “Hercules” during opening weekend and brings their ticket stub into participating restaurants from Monday, July 28-Thursday, July 31, will receive $3 off their visit.

7. 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank To Helm One Of The 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies (via Huffington Post)
Josh Trank (source)
Trank is directing the race-bending Fantastic Four film, so get ready for some interracial casting boys! StarWars.com released a statement a while back about this. The date is conspicuously absent:

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.
"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

6. Superman is a Brand (The Nerds of Color)

Jamal Igle talks about why Earth 2's new "black" Superman works.

5. More BATMAN V SUPERMAN Set Photos Surface (via Comic Book Movie)
Not much, but I wonder if the ambulance is for Batman or Superman?

4. Facts You May Not Have Known About GHOSTBUSTERS (via He Geek She Geek)

3. Netflix's 'Daredevil' Casts Vincent D'Onofrio As Wilson Fisk (via Variety)
I can see it. He's got an intensity that works.

2. Ruby Dee Dead: Legendary Actress And Civil Rights Activist Dies At 91  (via Huffington Post)

Ruby Dee was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007. She was the recipient of every award you could ask for including Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. The only genre movie she's done in her long and illustrious career was Cat People (1982). But she's such an important figure I had to post some kind of tribute. She'll be missed.

1. BIRDMAN Trailer: Michael Keaton Looks for a Revival in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Latest Film (via Collider)
Once upon a time Michael Keaton was a famous actor. Now he's just Batman...
Here’s the official synopsis for Birdman: BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.



Ender's Game (2013) - Recommended

"In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley),
all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human
I know there's a lot of hate for this film, but it's gorgeous. Cinematographer Dion Beebe did a phenomenal job creating a cold view of the future. The movie isn't as psychological as the book, but I was surprised how well they captured Ender's feeling of isolation and paranoia. Butterfield did a good job and Ford was subtable as the gruff and determined commander. In the end, Gavin Hood made a great adaptation of the book and takes sci-fi in new directions.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission.  Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt).  And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka."
I never saw the movie, but here are a few bloggers that did!

Comic Books

All you Need is Kill (2014) - Chapter 1
I didn't get to watch Edge of Tomorrow, but I did get to read the first issue of the Japanese manga comic based on the book. The illustrations are by Takeshi Obata, storyboards by Ryōsuke Takeuchi, and character designs by Yoshitoshi ABe. The book is different from the movie since the main character  Keiji Kiriya is a young recruit and faces some of the same challenges as any teenager does fitting in. Then he dies. Then he comes back. Then he tries to get away from the battle and dies anyway. It's real mind-blowing and I'm looking forward to seeing how closely the movie matches the comic at least.

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  1. According to Briane Pagel Michael Keaton should play God so he's due for a comeback.

  2. I hope we aren't too saturated with Star Wars. I am looking forward to what Gareth Edwards will do with his spin off. I haven't been to Red Robins in a while, but I hear the "Yum" every time I pass it. Birdman looks dark and funny. Keaton has always been one of my favourite actors. His ability to do comedy and serious is awesome. And yes he could play God Pat! Thanks for the Bane Cat 2 link.

  3. Only one Star Wars movie... I can see your point. But I can't imagine my life without Empire. I loved the first movie but the second sealed the deal for me. Thanks for playing, gents!

  4. Tyrean MartinsonJune 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Wow. Only one Star Wars movie. That's hard for me to go back because I like some of the things they've done with the universe. However, before Empire Strikes Back, I was an innocent kid acting out light saber and blaster battles with my cousins and in my imagination. Romance didn't take part in any of that, and it was just awesome. I mean, the Death Star had blown up and Darth Vader had spun off into space - it was a good ending for me, with the possibility open for plenty of imaginary pretend "battles" around my backyard still there. I had a tough time with Empire as a kid - Leia and Han, Darth as Luke's father - I nearly screamed along with Luke there. :) Now, that part is such a part of the universe that I have a tough time going back to the age of innocence of just one Star Wars movie. I eventually became a fan of Empire and came to love it as I got older . . . so I don't know. Hmm.
    And I had know idea about Voyage Trekkers so I have some catching up to do. It looks good. :)

  5. Thanks for including my review!
    The first Star Wars changed movies forever. It captured our young hearts and yet, now that it's spawned so much and the years have passed, it's jaded. I agree - let's go back.
    They are lining up interesting directors for the Star Wars spinoff movies.
    And think I will be avoiding that Red Robin fat burger.

  6. That would be so weird, only having the one Star Wars!

  7. Hey, Maurice and Nigel,

    Don't shoot me.... I've never seen any of them. TRUE... I know you all must be up in arms right now, but I was never big on science as a kid or anything space like. That was my older brother's scene not mine. I guess since my parents always catered to his whims, I always rebelled and that's probably why I never saw it. He id about six times I think.

    At some point in time I will. But as for wanting it to be only the original, I can relate. Because I know in other genres when they do sequels to blah blah blah 6 or more, It totally takes away from the original, which is usually excellent!

  8. No worries Michael. I kind of envy you being able to watch them all with fresh eyes. Everyone has they're own favorite genres. With rare exceptions the original is best.

  9. It would frankly. We'd be talking about that cult favorite that came out back in the 70s. LOL Who knows where Lucas would be now.

  10. Thanks Alex and your reviews are always excellent.

  11. I'm not saying the Star Wars movies are bad of course but I'm remembering when I was a kid. Simpler times making up our own stories Tyrean. Definitely check out Voyage Trekkers. You'll love it.

  12. The second was a game changer AC. I'll never forget that "Nooooooo!" Like Tyrean said, I think I screamed louder than Luke.

  13. Red Robins yummmmm is perfect since I usually say it when I'm eating. Keaton is an underrated actor David and they are lining up some amazing directors Man. Of course who would say no?

  14. I learned so much about narrative from the second movie. Also, no Empire, no Yoda - my heart breaks just considering it.

    "What's in there?"
    "Only what you take with you."

    Best line in the whole franchise.

  15. He would've come up with another another idea and perhaps been remembered as a director in the same way as Coppola and Spielberg, exactly the way his reputation had been forming until Star Wars came to thoroughly dominate his legacy.

  16. I love Bane Cat. Just brings a smile to my face.
    Ruby Dee also was in the miniseries The Stand. That's another genre, but I guess it depends on if you count a miniseries as a movie or not.
    I love the look of Birdman. Can't wait for that to come out.

  17. Maybe he’ll do one of your next movie reviews Tim! “What the Bane Cats are saying.” I never watched the Stand, but yeah I could see that. Birdman looks amazing and I’m really excited about it after seeing the trailer. I thought it was going to be a slapstick Adam West style comedy. Not quite.


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