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Published: Oct 8, 2015 11:07:22 PM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • Oct 7, 2015 7:11:27 PM


    Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes--Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation!

    The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on Digital HD November 24, 2015, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A much anticipated prequel to the unprecedented worldwide blockbusters Despicable Me and the beloved sequel Despicable Me 2, Minions is an immensely entertaining film for all audiences called “inventive and hilarious” by Julian Roman, Movieweb.com. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD also come with three all-new mini-movies and even more Minions everyone will want to watch again and again especially during the busy holiday travel season.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 6:00:02 PM

    Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston) is an aging super hero who has long been the head of the League of Freedom, a once-proud assembly of super heroes that isn’t what it used to be. The aging, irascible Titanium Rex finds himself playing mentor to a new crop of Millennial-aged heroes who have little interest in their noble profession. Much to Titanium Rex’s chagrin, they’re all thrown together to live in the SuperMansion, where the young heroes learn how to harness their super powers and fight for justice, liberty… and the need to stay relevant to society.

    The stop-motion animated comedy comes from the minds of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-winning “Robot Chicken.” SuperMansion also stars the voices of Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and an incredible roster of guest stars. Cranston also serves as executive producer, alongside Green, John Harvatine, Eric Towner and James Degus. Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells of “Robot Chicken” are creators, writers and executive producers.

    Join Titanium and Black Saturn, Cooch, American Ranger, Brad and Jewbot in their uproariously inappropriate adventures in SuperMansion, premiering today – only on Crackle.

    And on Forces of Geek! After the jump, check out the first episode of SuperMansion.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 5:00:14 PM

    A trip to the Highlands reveals more than one family desires when the entertaining and uplifting comedy, What We Did on Our Holiday. Starring Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Best Actress, Gone Girl, 2014), David Tennant (BBC’s “Dr. Who”) and celebrated comedian Billy Connolly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), this story of one family’s journey through an unforgettable summer vacation was named “Best Comedy” at the inaugural UK National Film Awards in 2015.

    Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation.  Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability... 

    And we're giving away five copies!

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  • Oct 7, 2015 4:00:01 PM
    Written by Sharon Knolle

    The opening night of Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on October 1 was also the Los Angeles premiere of Legend, in which Tom Hardy plays both twins of the famously brutal gangster brothers who ruled London in the '60s. Writer-director Brian Helgeland (who shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Curtis Hanson for 1997's neo-noir L.A. Confidential) was there for a Q&A after the film with moderator Jeff Goldsmith.

    When Goldsmith asked Helgeland about what he learned by working with directors from Clint Eastwood to Richard Donner, a loud voice was heard warning Helgeland, “Be careful what you say.”

    It was Dick Donner himself, who received a round of applause after being pointed out. Helgeland said that when he was working with Donner on Conspiracy Theory, he wasn't happy with the way Donner was directing a scene. Donner advised him that the only way a writer could get a project done the way he envisioned it was to direct it himself, and promptly handed Helgeland his first directing assignment on an episode of Tales From the Crypt.

    Goldsmith cited the 1990s film The Krays as one of Helgeland's possible points of research, but the writer-director never acknowledged whether he'd seen it or not.

    Here are the highlights from the Q&A.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

    Some nights I fall asleep reading comics until the iPad glass hits me in the face.

    Man, I really hate going to bed.

    Imagine what might happen if the government removed your ability to sleep? What nightmares await you when the brain can’t rest? Will it unlock a power you didn’t know you had?

    The third issue of sleeper hit (pun intended) John Flood hits shelves this week from the waking mind of Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Shadowman, Deep State). Justin took a few minutes away from his busy work and convention schedule to give us the skinny on his sleep deprived detective comic book over at BOOM!, available at your local store and digitally today.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 2:00:02 PM

    The most comprehensive single volume ever published on Marvel's premier Super Hero team, Marvel's The Avengers Encyclopedia is an expansive encyclopedia detailing the genesis of the team and its individual heroes and foes. Explore the origins and powers of more than 250 characters and 40 teams and lineups including fan-favorites such as Captain America and Black Widow.

    Discover twenty of the most significant storylines in The Avengers' history and see prominent characters, such as Iron Man and Thor, explored in impressive detail, with special features including a lineup of Iron Man's many suits and all the characters who have wielded Thor's hammer.

    Structured in a fun and accessible way and packed with fantastic comic book art, Marvel's The Avengers Encyclopedia is a must-have guide to Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

    And we're giving away a copy to a FOG! reader!

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  • Oct 7, 2015 1:00:02 PM

    In December, 1980, the film Flash Gordon first hit cinema screens like a bolt of lightening.

    Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and helmed by director Mike Hodges, the kaleidoscopic worlds and inhabitants of Mongo burst into life like no comic property seen before or since, all accompanied by a legendary Queen soundtrack.

    Now, 35 years later on November 28th, 2015, BAFTA is hosting a red carpet celebration and screening to honor the film that has been a fan favorite and inspiration since it's debut.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 12:00:01 PM

    For the second time an attempt to reboot the Terminator franchise has been aborted. As dull as the last two films have been, that’s not actually the problem. It’s that a franchise that will never work because there should have never been a sequel to the original Terminator.

    The original film is a quasi-Hitchcockian thriller where an average woman is thrown into a high stakes battle for the future of mankind. It didn’t create any characters that we wanted to see what would happen to them next, or a universe where there was the possibility for new stories to be told.

    Thus, like so many sequels, Terminator 2: Judgment Day or T2 is essentially a remake of the first but with a substantially larger budget. The premise is exactly the same with some reshuffling of the primary characters.

    Frankly, T2 isn’t that great of a film.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 11:00:04 AM
    Winner of 12 Emmy Awards Including Outstanding Drama Series

    Season 5 of Iconic Series Available on Blu-ray and DVD March 15, 2016
    All Episodes Available to Download Now on Digital HD

    The "worldwide phenomenon" (USA Today) is back, breaking more records along the way. Winner of 12 Emmy Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever in Season 5, and this spring, fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections before new episodes debut.  

    Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on Blu-ray ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) on March 15, 2016. The Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including a brand new feature that takes an in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of Dragons.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 1:28:39 PM

    The release of the 24th James Bond epic SPECTRE is just around the corner, and the theme song “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith has just been released. It’s put me in the mood for all things Bond, and with the new theme song still echoing in my head, now is a good time to rank and discuss my favorite and not-so-favorite 007 theme songs.

    Among the points I’ve considered are how the lyrics relate to plot or character, how the title is worked into the song (or not), how readily the melody lends itself to the instrumental score and how firmly the 007 title tune stands on its own. To be fair, I haven’t ranked the new song from SPECTRE because I haven’t seen the movie, or witnessed how the new title song relates to the plot, or heard how composer Thomas Newman interpolates its melody into the instrumental score.

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  • Oct 7, 2015 9:00:08 AM

    The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

    For the chance to receive two tickets to an advanced screening of THE LAST WITCH HUNTER on Tuesday, October 20th at AMC Boston Common at 7:00PM please visit: http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/fog9witchhunter

  • Oct 7, 2015 10:26:50 AM

    Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing fans of the latest ingenious and pulse-pounding AMC original series, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON to Blu-ray and DVD on December 1st.

    Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), the series hailed as “effortlessly creepy” (People), premiered in August as the #1 show in cable history. The 2-disc sets include character bios as well as “A Look at the Series.” Both fans of the show, as well as those who have yet to encounter the engrossing drama, will have the opportunity to own all six episodes. SRP is $49.99 for the Blu-ray, $39.98 for the DVD, with pre-book on October 28th.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 6:00:01 PM
    Exciting Announcements from Batman Executive Producer Michael Uslan, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation,
    CEA Group, IDW, UNICEF and United Nations Spotlight Saturday, October 10 Panel in Javits Center

    T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, the landmark comic featuring the first truly international super hero group, celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a series of special announcements and groundbreaking news from respected Batman franchise Executive Producer Michael Uslan, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, CEA Group, IDW, UNICEF and the United Nations during a Saturday, October 10 panel at New York Comic Con.

    After 50 years of protecting the globe, The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves (aka T.H.U.N.D.E.R.) Agents still stands as the first and only truly international comic book super hero group set up to work for the United Nations. Brought to life in 1965 by comic book legend Wally Wood, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has been blessed throughout its first half-century with some of the finest artists in the industry, including Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky and Dave Cockrum. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’ message of global peace, teamwork and unity has even greater significance in today’s international climate.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 5:00:13 PM
    Many regions around the States have their own monster lore.

    In past Monster of the Month columns, I’ve talked about the Beast of Bray Road, a werewolf-like creature from my home state here in Wisconsin. I also discussed the mysterious Mothman, a red-eyed flying humanoid that terrorized West Virginia.

    In addition to this ghastly line up, one of the more well-known chapters of cryptozoology is the story of the Jersey Devil, a bat-winged monstrosity allegedly spotted in the wooded Pine Barrens of the Garden State.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 4:00:02 PM

    Scholastic has over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages in print since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history. Now, the literary phenomenon is coming to the big screen.

    In Goosebumps, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret: the creatures that his stories made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Stine’s creations are unintentionally released from their manuscripts, Zach’s life takes a turn for the weird. In a crazy night of adventure, it’s up to Zach, Hannah, Champ, and Stine to team up and get all of these figments of Stine’s imagination – including Slappy the Dummy, the girl with the haunted mask, the gnomes and many more – back in the books where they belong to save the town. 

    For the chance to a family pack of four tickets to an advance screening of Columbia Pictures GOOSEBUMPS on Monday, October 12th at AMC Boston Common at 6:30PM please visit http://www.sonyscreenings.com/mikVU78776

  • Oct 5, 2015 3:00:02 PM
    Review by Benn Robbins
    Produced by Allison Abbate, Des McAnuff,
    Pete Townshend, John Walker
    Screenplay by Tim McCanlies
    Story by Brad Bird
    Based on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
    Directed by Brad Bird
    Starring Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald,
    Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr.,
    John Mahoney, Vin Diesel

    I love The Iron Giant.

    It IS my favorite animated film of ALL TIME.

    It is a treasure and unfortunately, like most treasures, a lot of people have yet to find it.

    I still can’t believe that this film isn’t the highest grossing animated film of all time.

    In fact I can’t believe that this film ostensively brought down Warner Bros Animated film department in 1999.

    Perfect blending of traditional hand drawn animation and almost seamless computer 3D animation, The Iron Giant, should have been a hallmark of film making and usher in a new world of animated feature.

    One not just for kids, but for everyone.

    What went wrong?

    Why did no one see it?

    It blows my mind that people I know have yet to see this movie.

    This is a rare film.

    A perfect film.

    And I had the absolute pleasure of seeing it again for the first time in a giant (pun intended) theater. I say again, because not only did I see this film about 5 times in the theater when it came out, I have watched it innumerable times on Laserdisc, DVD, and at art house film screenings. I say the first time, because this new Signature Edition has two new added scene that were previously, only available on the Special Edition DVD as rough unfinished animatics.

    I will not tell you which ones as there will be a DVD and Blu Ray release soon and you need to see them for yourself. They are cool to see and neat that they added them but they are ultimately unnecessary to the overall story and not crucial for your ultimate enjoyment of the film.

    The film itself is enough for you to enjoy it with or without these new scenes.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 2:00:01 PM

    Two duelists wearing Kevlar vests stand in opposing circles; face each other, draw and shoot. The one left standing in the circle wins. John (Ryan Kwanten), a talented young shooter seeks the ultimate due with the champion, Zorringer (Mickey Rouke), while Colt (Freida Pinto) seeks revenge for the death of her brother.

    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Oct 5, 2015 1:00:01 PM
    Review by AJ Feuerman

    Lifetime’s third Unauthorized TV tale was consistent to the first two, Saved by the Bell and Full House, in that it wasn’t campy enough to be silly, fun TV viewing, nor was it well-made enough to be taken seriously.

    It’s hardly even enjoyable, in fact.

    But were we to make it the gospel of 90210 history, these would be the facts tied to the making of the iconic series:

    1. If it hadn’t been for Tori Spelling, the show would have never happened. Her dad, Aaron Spelling, was set on making television for grown-ups and a show about high school students was repugnant to him. But luckily his prophetic daughter dished out some harsh reality checks, changing his mind, and even told him just who to cast as Brenda and Brandon Walsh.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 12:00:03 PM

    Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce their participation in next week's New York Comic-Con, taking place from October 8th through 11th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Dynamite, a leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels, will host a booth, welcome creator guests for signings, highlight their current and upcoming projects in a Thursday morning panel, offer seven exclusive New York Comic-Con comic books, and offer retro Vampirella t-shirts (only available at conventions) to attending fans. The Dynamite booth number is #2129.

    Grumpy Cat, the "World's Grumpiest Cat" and lovable internet phenomenon, will be available for photo opportunities at the Dynamite booth on Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm  (The first few hundred fans who come to see Grumpy will be able to have their photo taken with her).

    Artist Ken Haeser, whose artwork graces the Grumpy Cat comics (as well as the Living Corpse comic series and numerous Dynamite variant covers), will sign at the Dynamite booth and accept commission requests throughout the day on Saturday. Additional creator guests will appear at the booth; fans are encouraged to follow Dynamite's social media for the latest updates and signing times.

    Dynamite will host one panels at New York Comic-Con. The date, time, and focus of the panel is as follows:

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  • Oct 5, 2015 11:00:01 AM

    Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that beloved comic book heroines Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Dejah Thoris will undergo bold new directions and costume redesigns in new monthly series debuting in the first quarter of 2016. Following narrative direction from Gail Simone, the fan-favorite author of this past summer's Swords of Sorrow crossover epic, the new titles promise unexpected storylines for its headlining characters, delivered by some of today's most innovative creators. Red Sonja #1 will launch in January, helmed by writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Aneke. Dejah Thoris #1 and Vampirella #1 will debut in subsequent months, written by Frank J. Barbiere and Kate Leth respectively.

    Gail Simone, whose critically acclaimed work on Red Sonja for the past two years inspired the massive company-wide celebration of female characters entitled Swords of Sorrow (featuring contributions by her hand-picked team of all-female writers), has created a road map for Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Dejah Thoris that will serve as the basis for all-new series with radically different settings and situations, fresh yet true to the traditional motivations of these comic book icons.

    "We're doing a monster makeover with these characters, and it's a joy to be part of this. Make no mistake, these are characters we love, badasses all; the She-Devil with a Sword, the queen of all vampire hunters, and the warlord princess. Characters do not get any better than that," says Simone. "Our mission here is to spruce up their look and remind people that these were the original female ass-kickers that inspired Xena, Buffy, and Leia Organa. They are the map others followed, and we get to bring them each a hot, new look from brilliant artist/designer Nicola Scott, as well as thrilling new mission statements for each of them."

    Artist Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey, Superman) designed the new look for these iconic characters, blending classic costume elements with the functional, action-ready designs that modern and diverse audiences long to see. "It's an honor to reimagine these amazing, iconic women and be part of their ongoing legacy," Scott says.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM
    By Stefan Blitz

    Here at FOG! HQ lots of cool stuff comes in, giving us the opportunity to check out some merchandise.

    Here's our thoughts on some of the latest stuff that's passed through our rigorous testing.

    Star Wars Vintage Storm Troopers T-Shirt

    With a design that makes me nostalgic for the days when you'd go into a T-Shirt shop and go through a stack of binders full of transfers to have applied to a shirt, this awesome shirt features two of the Empire's soldiers ready to cause a ruckus.

    Sure, the one in the back might be a little short for a Storm Trooper, but these two guys might be very well TK-421 and his partner TK-422 aka Luke Skywalker and Han Solo as they make their way to the detention level to save Princess Leia Organa.

    Officially licensed, this shirt is a must have for any fan of the original films or anyone else counting the days to the release of Episode VII.

    (Sample provided by 80stees.com)

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  • Oct 5, 2015 9:00:01 AM
    By Alex C. Telander

    80's Nostalgia
    It's another anniversary for The Princess Bride, so here are some great 80's nostalgia books.

    Books for Syria 
    An impressive charity event from Waterstones to help people in Syria.

    Censorship Quotes
    This last week was Banned Books week and here are some thought-provoking censorship quotes.

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  • Oct 5, 2015 8:00:01 AM

    100 Films Will Be Made Available Digitally for the First Time Ever Honoring the
    Rich History of the Studio, Including 10 Films Never-Before-Released on Any Format

    In 1915 William Fox founded Fox Film Corporation and forever changed the course of cinema. Over the next century the studio would develop some of the most innovative and ground-breaking advancements in the history of cinema;  the introduction of Movietone, the implementation of color in partnership with Eastman Kodak, the development of the wide format in 70mm and many more.

    Now in honor of the 100th anniversary of the studio, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate by releasing some of their most iconic films that represent a decade of innovation.

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  • Oct 2, 2015 6:00:01 PM

    Conceived as a rural alternative to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, HEE HAW honed in on country music and rural Southern culture.With Roy Clark and Buck Owens co-hosting, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Archie Campbell and the rest of the HEE HAW gang traded knee-slappers and gut-busting one-liners in memorable sketches including "Doc Campbell," "PFFT! You Was Gone" and "Gordie's General Store"-- as well as the all-time favorites "Rindercella" and "Trigonometry" and the unforgettable menagerie of animated donkeys and pigs. And because HEE HAW was a favorite stop for country's greatest stars, the show featured hundreds of performances by top country stars at the peaks of their careers, like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and so many more. Though the last "new" episode aired in 1992, HEE HAW remains one of the longest-running and best loved television variety shows of all time.

    Now, Time Life invites home audiences back to rural Kornfield Kounty for some timeless, down-home entertainment with THE HEE HAW COLLECTION. This 3-disc collection features 5 episodes never-before-available at retail. These vintage episodes from the late 60s and early 70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts, feature all the Kornfield Kounty regulars and their hilarious comedy plus country legends like Conway Twitty performing "Hello Darlin'," Merle Haggard singing his classic "Okie from Muskogie," Donna Fargo performing "Funny Face," Tammy Wynette performing her #1 hit "Ways to Love a Man," an unforgettable duet with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn performing "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," plus other country legends like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and many other chart-toppers; gospel classics "I Saw the Light" and "I'll Fly Away" with Tennessee Ernie Ford and of course, even more country classics from HEE HAW co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark. The collection, certain to thrill any Kornfield Kounty denizen or classic TV aficionado, also includes bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager. Additional bonus programming includes all-time favorite comedy from the early years in "Hee Haw Laffs," featuring "Board Fence," "Cornfield," "Moonshiners," "Doctor Spot," "Old Philosopher," "General Store," "Haystack," "Schoolhouse" and other knee-slappers.
    And we're giving away 3 copies of THE HEE HAW COLLECTION to Forces of Geek readers!

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  • Oct 2, 2015 5:00:09 PM

    First conjured by author J. M. Barrie and appearing in his 1902 book, The Little White Bird, Peter Pan became the main character in Barrie's 1904 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

    In 1911, Barrie adapted and expanded the play's story line as a novel, Peter and Wendy, which placed the character and it's storyline firmly into popular culture.

    The story of Peter Pan has been adapted to film several times including a silent film in 1924, a Disney animated film in 1953, a quasi-sequel, Hook, from director Steven Spielberg in 1991, and a live action version directed by P. J. Hogan in 2003.

    Now, on October 9th, director Joe Wright explores the origins of the character in Warner Bros.' Pan starring Levi Miller as Peter, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Hook.

    To coincide with the film's release, our friends at Insight Editions have released their book, The Art of Pan, which provides a visually rich, behind-the-scenes look at this thrilling new take on the timeless story of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

    This beautifully illustrated book provides a comprehensive inside tour of director Joe Wright’s Pan. Featuring a dazzling selection of never-before-seen concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other preproduction materials, The Art of Pan reveals how Wright and his artistic teams have reimagined the classic characters and world. Insightful interviews with the director and key members of the cast and crew, including Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried, with additional commentary included from Adeel Akhtar and Levi Miller, make this book a must-have for anyone who has ever longed to revisit this world with Peter Pan as their guide. The Art of Pan was developed under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

    As with most art of film books, it's a rare and fascinating look behind the magic, providing its readers a chance to sample pre-production concepts and ideas that are often not used, but nevertheless enlightening and inspiring.

    After the jump, check out some gorgeous spreads from the new book, available now!

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