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Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy Birthday Roy Batty

If you recall the scene in Blade Runner where Harrison Ford's detective is shown the replicants that he's hunting, you might remember that the birthdays (or "incept dates") were also given. Today is January 8, 2016 -- the on-screen incept date for th replicants' leader, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CBS/Paramount Suing Crowdsourced Star Trek Axanar

Star Trek Axanar is a labor of love for its enthusiasts, a prequel film made by fans of the original TV series that aims to be as professionally made as any Hollywood production. Drawing upon one of the original episodes of the original Star Trek series, Axanar tells the story of a young Starfleet Captain Garth, the legendary future hero of Izar that was instrumental in ending the four-year war with the Klingon Empire.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Star Trek Continues is worth watching

In the same summer that we got a new big-budget Star Trek feature film, it strikes me as ironic that the more enjoyable new story featuring Capt. Kirk and his Enterprise shipmates came from the internet. If you've found yourself agreeing with the criticism about Star Trek Into Darkness and its story faults, silly plot logistics and its nearly line-by-line remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, then let me direct your attention to a new Star Trek story that may satisfy your craving for good 23rd century adventure. It's called Star Trek Continues, and you can watch it right on YouTube.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fly Air New Zealand with hobbits, orcs and Peter Jackson

After the world watched Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, the director's native land of New Zealand became the visual default setting for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. While it already enjoyed a healthy level of tourism for its sweeping, majestic vistas, Jackson's homeland experienced a new wave of interested travelers because of the popularity of the movies. In fact, several tourism companies now exist due to worldwide inquiries from people interested in visiting where the scenes in The Shire were filmed, or to gaze upon the Misty Mountains or plains of Rohan for themselves.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Infographic: 50 years of James Bond

This month marks the 50th anniversary since the release of Dr. No, the first James Bond movie. During the past five decades we've seen 25 James Bond movies released, two of which are considered outside of the canon that most Bond fans follow, those being the 1967 comedy version of Casino Royale and the 1983 Sean Connery picture Never Say Never Again. And with current Bond actor Daniel Craig appearing in the most recent Bond film (Skyfall), there's been renewed interest in the British secret agent and his government issued license to kill.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Survey finds Airplane! as the funniest film ever

According to a survey done by the users of Lovefilm, the 1980 slapstick comedy Airplane! ranks as the funnest movie of all-time if you measure its value by laughs.

With an average number of three laughs per minute, the 88 minute comedy would generate 265 laughs from you, if you follow the site's methodology. According to Lovefilm's editors, just because Airplane! can make you laugh out loud so many times and so frequently, that doesn't make it the funniest movie of all-time.  Monty Python's Life of Brian would take the Lovefilm's title for that distinction.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bad Lip Reading for Twilight

Stephanie Meyer's Twilight gets a lot of slapdown. If you've ever read her novels, then you would know why. Still, she's a mega-successful author worth hundreds of millions of dollars while I'm a broke movie webmaster writing about her stuff. Who's the king of the world now?

But the good news is that there are a lot of other broke people who love to poke at the whole Twilight phenomenon. The folks at Bad Lip Reading, who seem to make it a crusade to provide alternative dialogue for famous people and celebrities, wanted to share their loathing of Twilight by making it the subject of their latest video.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Global James Bond Day to be held on October 5

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of James Bond in movies. To celebrate the occassion, the makers of the James Bond film series have announced plans to make October 5, 2012 Global James Bond Day, and will mark the event with special events held around the world.

The companies involved with the promotion include EON Productions, the producers of the Bond films (including the new one, Skyfall), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. October 5, 1962 was the day that Dr. No, the very first 007 movie, had its world premiere in London.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Video: Thomas Jane returns as The Punisher!

The day after the conclusion of Comic Con is typically one of nothing newsworthy to note. Actor Thomas Jane decided to break that expectation by releasing online Dirty Laundry, an unofficial and unashamed "love letter" to fans of Marvel's The Punisher.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Big Trouble in Little China's Jack Burton watches the Prometheus trailer

Question: what do you get when you take a character that Kurt Russell played in the 1980s (inspired by John Wayne, no less) and have him comment on Ridley Scott's latest opus, Prometheus? Why, dear reader, it's the internet's latest mash-up and collision of two cinematic worlds.

Russell's character is, of course, two-fisted trucker Jack Burton from the 1986 John Carpenter movie Big Trouble in Little China. If you've seen Big Trouble, then you may recall Burton's style of saying what's on his mind and in his larger-than-life style.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Lego Inception

If you play video games you know that Lego is making very fun, very addictive adaptations of popular movies. Star Wars Lego, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter Lego and the forthcoming Lego Lord of the Rings games are examples of this fusion of brick gaming and digital games.

And now that the door has been opened by Lego, why can't we wonder what it would be like to see other movies done in Lego? Say, a certain Christopher Nolan sci-fi movie released two years ago called Inception?

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Avengers done like Pixar characters

So it seems that others out there on the wild Internet have had the same ideas as myself: what would the heroes from Marvel's Avengers superhero team look like if Pixar had made the movie?

Sure, putting Samuel L. Jackson in his Nick Fury black leather look isn't that great a leap in the imagination since the actor also voiced the superhero character Frozone in The Incredibles, but what would Thor look like? Or Hulk? Or Hawkeye?

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hulk has unfriended Loki on Facebook

For those of you that have seen The Avengers, you know what happens when a mouthy god of mischief meets a gamma-irradiated brute with a short temper. But what happens when Loki of Asgard sends a friend request to social media Hulk on Facebook?

I guess it's pretty much the same thing.

Hulk unfriends Loki on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Listen to our Avengers movie audio roundtable!

Have you seen The Avengers movie yet? Are you ready to pick up the discussion about the film and the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe where The Avengers ended? If so, get thee to Comic Related and listen to The Avengers movie roundtable podcast that I participated in along with several other online gurus including Rob Keyes (editor of Screen Rant), Brant Fowler (editor of Comic Related) and Marc N.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Video: The Avengers movie from 1978 you never saw!

Generation X and older people know that before there were Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies and Hugh Jackman played the X-Men's Wolverine, guys like Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby kicked weekly ass as Marvel's mightest heroes. Back in the late 1970s CBS had The Incredible Hulk TV show on the air. There was even a Captain America TV show that never got further than the pilot episode. While the effects budget that these superhero shows had was really limited, the excitement of just getting to see the Hulk or Captain America or some other comic book hero in live action was enough to satisfy most eager minds back in the age of Atari.

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