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Geek Bits: SHAZAM Black Adam Cast, DOCTOR WHO on Cellos and More

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) via /Film
Why is a scene being cut out of Doctor Who? Which minority actor will be playing Black Adam? Why do you eat more watching Transformers movies?

Above image: "A new poster has been released featuring Lawrence’s character in a “Rebel Warrior” outfit. Or, at least the back of it. See the new Hunger Games MockingJay poster below." via /Film

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


10. Saturday's Doctor Who Has Had Its "Beheading Scene" Edited Out (via io9)

9. Read the first excerpt from the first novel of the new Star Wars canon (via Blastr)

8. ‘Supergirl’ TV Show Details; Unlikely to Air on The CW? (via Screen Rant)

7. DOCTOR WHO Theme Wonderfully Played on Cellos (via GeekTyrant)

6. Cool Stuff: Hot Toys 1/6th Scale Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (via /Film)

5. There's now a chance you can own actual bits of Pacific Rim (via io9)

There was a lot to love about Pacific Rim, especially its amazing props and world design. So diehard fans, prepare to rip your wallets right open - The Prop Store are running a massive auction of props and costumes from the movie, featuring everything from Kaiju goop to... Hannibal Chau's Desk!?

4. Arrow just cast one of DC Comics biggest villains, Ra's Al Ghul! (via Blastr)
Very cool. Too bad he's white...

3. Dwayne Johnson Officially Set For Shazam (via Empire)
"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014
2. Pure Joy: Watch Guardians of the Galaxy Actors Reenact the Groot Dance (via io9)

1. Michael Bay and his exploding movies make you eat more. No, really. (via Blastr)
"More stimulating programs that are fast paced, include many camera cuts, really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating. They can make you eat more because you’re paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth." - Aner Tal



Doctor Who (2014) S8x01 "Deep Breath" - Recommended
(Source: BBC / East Valley Tribune)
Official Synopsis: "The Doctor has regenerated and now Clara has to deal with the fact that her best friend appears to have changed completely… Meanwhile the newly regenerated Time Lord must face a terrifying monster as the Twelfth Doctor’s era begins in dramatic style!"
The Doctor faces off against exploding dinosaurs, clockwork people and himself. In the regeneration episodes of the Doctor tend to have him flailing about confused while he figures everything out. This one was no exception, so it was hard to get a feel for exactly how Peter Capaldi is playing the character. That said, he's funny as can be (probably because of his Scottish accent "That’s Scot, I am Scottish and I’ve gone Scottish") and shows a real talent for comedy and drama. Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) echoes the feeling of many fans at losing the handsome Doctor and the whole episode fixates on how much older the Doctor is. They even imply this might become a plot point as the Doctor asks himself what his new face means. The "Paternoster Gang" of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax show up and are hilarious as usual and Strax could call Clara "boy" all day long. Ben Wheatley's does a great job directing the episode and gives it a subtable haunting feel. Holding your breath isn't as terrifying as blinking, but it works.

Doctor Who (2014) S8x02 "Into the Dalek" - Recommended

Official Synopsis: "A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now... With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever, he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question 'Am I a good man?'
It's kind of a rehash of Fantastic Voyage, but in a good way. Another solid episode as Peter Capaldi shows that the Twelfth Doctor is a lot darker than the previous regenerations. It's taking me some getting used to, but I have to keep reminding myself of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctor. The Nu-Who Doctors are a lot lighter in tone. Having the Doctor face the Daleks so soon into the season felt like a ratings grab (since they always make a jump in ratings) but they used this plot to explore the Doctor's hatred of the Daleks and it works really well. Zawe Ashton as Journey Blue does a fantastic job and really explores the character. I'm hoping she comes back somehow. Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) shines of course and Peter Capaldi finally shows us exactly what makes him a great Doctor. Ben Wheatley again does a great job and his love of Doctor Who shows in everything he does. The Doctor is a good man indeed.

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