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Geek Bits: Klingon Senator, Bay Leaving TRANSFORMERS and More

This Jurassic Park Explorer Is A Race Car (via Jalopnik)
Who still wants to play Power Man? What is the studio calling Edge of Tomorrow? Where can you eat like you're in Doctor Who? When will a Klingon run for Senate? How epic is Mark Hamill's beard? Plus, reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy and Sharknado 2.

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


10. Doctor Who Themed Restaurant Lands In NY. Or Was It Always There? - *I* *am* *eating*! (via The Mary Sue)

New York (specifically Brooklyn) already boasts The Way Station, a bar with a TARDIS for a bathroom. But now the state claims another geeky notch on its belt—The Pandorica, a Doctor Who inspired restaurant.
Located in Beacon, New York, the restaurant boasts themed food items like “Madame De Pompadour sponge cake” as well as their own TARDIS bathroom. Apparently the restaurant had already been around for a while but underwent a regeneration in July. User jacquelinesarah explained a bit about her visit on reddit:
I spent the day in the quiet little artist town of Beacon, NY and passed a restaurant called “Pandorica” as I walked down the main street. I smiled to myself but didn’t think much of it. On the way back, I looked inside and saw the giant mural of the exploding TARDIS. Of course, I then ran in and started talking to the owner (dressed head to toe in TARDIS blue). She took me around the entire restaurant pointing out every tiny detail, from the sunflowers on the tables to the “fish fingers” (aka french toast sticks) and custard on the dessert menu. I told her that I’ll be moving to London this autumn (the mecca, really) and she replied that she’s actually from there. It made a lot of sense seeing how much British influence is in the food–they do an afternoon tea that looks lovely.
9. Mark Hamill's STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set Teaser Photo (via GeekTyrant)

Epic beard

8. Terry Crews Reiterates Desire To Play LUKE CAGE In Upcoming Marvel And Netflix Series (via Comic Book Movie)

7. Warner Bros. Pretends ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Isn’t Called ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (via /Film)
The title is pretty bad...

6. The 'Batman' Role Robin Williams Never Got to Play (via Yahoo)

5. Klingon Candidate Running for US Senate in North Carolina (via Trek Movie)
Perhaps today is a good day to run!

4. Michael Bay Planning To Vacate Director’s Chair For ‘Transformers 5’ (via ScienceFiction.com)
Thank goodness

3. Watch the Dancing Groot Scene From Guardians of the Galaxy (via /Film)

2. Zack Snyder crashed a radio show to defend Aquaman (via Blastr)
(Source: io9)
1. Marvel Has a Finished Script for ‘The Inhumans’ (via /Film)

Marvel is reportedly ready to take Cole’s script out to filmmakers. In much the same way that the development of Guardians of the Galaxy proceeded, this script will likely be rewritten by either the director, or a new writer working in concert with that filmmaker. 
In the past, a logline for the script surfaced on some industry boards:
The Inhumans are aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.



Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - Recommended

"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance."
James Gunn has taken what could be a bizarre concept and turned it into one of the greatest Marvel films ever. It's wierd, it's funny, it's action-packed and still touching. Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) is a brilliant reluctant hero, Zoe Saldana (Gamora) gives her role a mixture of toughness and sweetness that's hard to do. Dave Bautista (Drax) proves his acting and comedy chops. Bradley Cooper (Rocket) seemed like an odd choice at the time, but he really brings life to a odd character. Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser) gives a terrifyingly understated performance. Vin Diesel (Groot) is awesome of course and Karen Gillan (Nebula) proves she can play more than just Doctor Who's companion. It's got mind-blowing action and more laughs than any movie you'll see this year.

Here are some more reviews from the blogosphere
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Review (via Alex J. Cavanaugh) - "Overall, it’s one fun and satisfying ride and now my second favorite Marvel film. And from the setup, I predict we will see the Guardians in the third Avengers film."
  • GSB Film Review - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (via Geek Soul Brother) - "...If you're a fan of the Marvel films you will certainly like Guardians of the Galaxy. You don't have to know them from the comics.  But if you do you should be satisfied with the Quill and the others brought to life."

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) - Not Recommended

"In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished iconic sites. Only Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple."
While the first one is one of my all-time favorites this one is garbage. It went from good\bad movie to bad\bad movie. It's boring, non-sensical and has too many "isn't that cool" moments that don't work. The obsession with chainsaws in this movie kills it for me. The cameos were funny though. But it made so much money that Sharknado is now officially an annual tradition.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm (2014) - Recommended*

"The official prequel novel to the brand-new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes bridges the gap between the events of the box-office smash Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the much-anticipated sequel, as well as offering fans the full story that leads into the action on screen."
This book, written by Greg Keyes is terrifying and enlightening at the same time. It follows the lives of several characters who live through the pandemic created by the "Simian Flu" teased at the end of the first film. It also gives the back story of Koba, the disfigured lab ape in the first film. Through flashbacks it follows his life through every single type of animal abuse of chimpanzees from research animal to entertainment and back. The tribe created by Caesar is just beginning and it explains how a bunch of apes could form a society. The story is moving, powerful and fits the narrative perfectly.

You can buy it at Titan
* Disclaimer: Some products for review provided by Titan Books, this in no way affects the opinion of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Titan Books or related publishers. 

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  1. I'd vote for a Klingon!
    Seeing Guardians again tomorrow. Best movie of the year.
    Still have Sharknado 2 recorded but haven't watched it. Might need a few drinks first...

  2. Must...resist...spending children's college funds on trip to The Pandorica!!
    Mark Hamill is looking cool with his beard and rabid mickey.

    Edge of Tomorrow really should have been called Live, Die, Repeat.

  3. No surprise Bay is leaving. He got what he wanted with Pain and Gain. I'd take a Klingon over the Tea party.

  4. I lot of drinks Alex and Guardians is one of those movies you watch over and over!

  5. I agree David. I stopped just shy of buying a red eye to London. That title is much better than the confusing one they chose.

  6. I guess so Pat. Maybe the next one will be decent.

  7. sharknado... just fun... GOTG, going to see it again! Bay has become a joke from these films... first and third are the best... needed to keep that magic, instead gave us fluff and robots. oh i so disliked the forth film, it's like drinking motor oil instead of my coffee... both need sugar, one i get my stomach pumped.

  8. Edge of Tomorrow was a boring title for a pretty fun film, but I thought the tagline was pretty stupid. Trying to make it the title is worse.

    I've watched the baby groot dancing scene more times than I'd like to admit. It just makes me smile each time.

  9. is that same Greg Keyes, the fantasy writer? He had that five book series...

  10. It is! He wrote the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series too.

  11. Yeah, it smacks of desperation. Would it have been better if they'd used the title from the novel "All you need is kill"?

    Baby Groot dancing is infinitely watchable.

  12. Both need a lot of sugar Jeremy. Let us know how it is the second time!

  13. I'll see Live Die Repeat at some point. I had no idea that was the starting point for the Inhumans. In the comics they've become the even-more-pathetic-as-in-no-one-at-all-likes-them version of the X-Men. So hopefully someone will figure out how to make them pop like the Guardians.

  14. Nice! I'll have to check it out.

  15. Nisse SöderströmAugust 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    if there is any movie series that desperately needs a reboot its the transformers series. what michael bay did to that honorable lore is ... inexcusable.

  16. I think they could be really great Tony. For some reason I’ve always loved Medusa even though the idea of fighting hair is pretty silly. If we can have trees, why not super-strong hair extensions?


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