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Published: Jul 5, 2015 7:37:25 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.
  • Jul 3, 2015 12:11:09 PM
    By Steven Scott

    Time flies! I attended Image Expo for the second time this year and although the last one was at the start of the year, it still feels just as fresh in my mind as the latest one. It’s as if, in my mind, Image Expo never ended and we just picked up right where we left off.

    Once again, the event kicked off with the Keynote Address, once again given by Eric Stephenson. He focused less on Image’s growing success in the market (no graphs or pie charts on display this time) and instead hammered home the point that Image owns nothing, and that Image creators are in control of their own destinies.


    We’ve heard this all before, but it’s still a cool reminder that Image is so dedicated to the creators who choose to work with them, and as the line up this year showed, Image is more than capable of wooing the biggest A-list talent in all of comics.

    Stephenson went on to say that comics existed for more than 40 years before creator owned comics became a thing, so while the guys who founded Image didn’t create fire, they’ve been stoking the flames for the past 20 years. I have to agree.

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  • Jul 3, 2015 9:31:28 AM

    Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming September 2015 release of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Down Town hardcover graphic novel, collecting the all-original Dresden Files storyline only ever previously released in a six-issue comic book format. Conceived of by Jim Butcher, co-written by Butcher and Mark Powers (G.I. Joe, Drafted), and illustrated by Carlos Gomez (Deadpool, Pathfinder), the new volume follows upon the success of New York Times bestselling graphic novels The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin and The Dresden Files: War Cry. The upcoming release in the official, in-continuity Dresden Files graphic novel series tells the story of titular wizard Harry Dresden's mystical confrontation with Chicago mobsters.


    "This was a fun project, because we got to play with a Dresden that was much closer to the character as he exists in the most recent books," says Jim Butcher, acclaimed creator of the Dresden Files series and plotter for the Down Town storyline. "We got to see both Mouse and Molly in action, to show Marcone demonstrating why he's the Baron of Chicago, and to pit Dresden against an archetypical foe of the Wardens of the White Council, a power-maddened warlock. We get to go on an adventure in Undertown, the Stygian labyrinth beneath Chicago, and in general have all the monsters, adventure, and uneasy alliances that are what the readers of The Dresden Files have come to expect from the stories."

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  • Jul 3, 2015 7:36:54 AM

    Who knew North Carolina was the new Amity?

    In the past week there have been seven shark attacks

    According to George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, a number of factors could be contributing to the apparent rash of attacks, such as warmer water and drought conditions, "(which) reduce the amount of freshwater making it to the sea, which creates an environment along the shore where high salt levels attract more fish and sharks. Warmer waters have sharks in North Carolina ahead of schedule, which is a recipe for more attacks."  Burgess also observed that, "people are going to the beach in higher numbers, now that school is out for the summer."

    In this writer's opinion, if you live in North Carolina, stay out of the water.

    Despite these attacks, this Sunday, July 5th begins the annual tradition of sitting in front of the television for a week, binging on hours and hours of shark documentaries on The Discovery Channel's Shark Week programming.

    I also recently checked out some Shark Week DVD collections that are available at the DiscoveryStore.com and highly recommend them.


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  • Jul 2, 2015 4:30:00 PM
    McFarlane Toys to reveal the highly collectible and much anticipated sets at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
    McFarlane Toys, in partnership with HBO Global Licensing, announced today a new licensing agreement to bring the global television phenomenon Game of Thrones to the construction toy aisles this Fall 2015.

    In 2014, Todd McFarlane’s award-winning toy company, McFarlane Toys, revolutionized the construction brick aisle with its introduction of realistic and highly detailed construction sets. McFarlane Toys will add an artistic layer to each Game of Thrones brick piece, turning ordinary construction sets into realistic models of notable locations seen on the show. The new Game of Thrones construction sets extend McFarlane's high standards of artistic vision, realistic accuracy, and incredible detail the company is known for throughout the industry.

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  • Jul 2, 2015 3:00:00 PM

    Today Image Comics made a slew of exciting creator-owned announcements at Image Expo.

    “I’m so pleased with how many amazing, talented creators we’re welcoming into the Image Comics family this coming year,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “These individuals bring to life stories that run the gamut in genre from thrillers and horror to science-fiction and comedy and I can’t wait to see their breathtaking work hit the shelves.”

    Image Comics revealed the following creator-owned projects set to launch in the coming year.


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  • Jul 2, 2015 1:30:00 PM
    Posters, Vinyl, and Collectible Figures Will Be Available for Ant-Man, Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Much More!


    Mondo is super excited to offer a sneak peek at its offerings for San Diego Comic-Con 2015, featuring the best in artist-driven collectibles for characters, films and comics.

    This year, more than ever, Mondo is showing off a wide variety of products from an amazing team of designers and world-class artists. After the jump is a small sampling of the posters, vinyl and collectible figures that will be on hand at their booth #835.


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  • Jul 2, 2015 12:00:02 PM
    THE DICK CAVETT SHOW, SUMMER OF FEAR, AND MORE
    STREAMING ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV JULY 1


    This July, summer heats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings.

    Shout! Factory TV has opened up the vault to a library of 2,500 hours from The Dick Cavett Show, which ran for five decades on multiple television networks. Each month, we’ll be releasing a new collection. We start in July with the release of the rock icons collection. See the renowned host interview legendary artists including David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and many more!

    For you horror fans, Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more. Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney, and many more actors, writers and directors of your favorite horror classics comment on the films that impacted their careers.

    Discover, experience and binge-watch more than hundreds of hours of culture-defining entertainment for free on SHOUT! FACTORY TV by visiting ShoutFactoryTV.com on your desktop or through a mobile browser. Download the SHOUT! FACTORY TV app on Roku to watch through your television set.


    Full line-up of July programing after the jump.


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  • Jul 2, 2015 10:39:51 AM

    Tomorrow marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Back To The Future, way back in 1985.

    In the three decades since it's release the film (and it's sequels) have become one of the most iconic movies in cinegeek history.

    So, whether you're ripping off plutonium from Libyans, selling magazine subscriptions door to door, eating a cake intended for an uncle who didn't get parole, saving a clock tower, inspiring a guy sweeping the floor to become mayor, or planning a weekend up at the lake with your girlfriend, Back To The Future is a time travel adventure that truly has become timeless.

    To celebrate it's anniversary, we've teamed up with our friends at TV Store Online to give away some awesome Back To The Future prizes!

    The Grand Prize is a model DeLorean from Back To The Future 2!

    Equipped with a Flux Capacitor and Mr. Fusion, this model features gullwing doors and hood that open and the wheels flip down, simulating the car in flight mode.

    This is not a toy, but would look great on display in your home or office.

    Come on, if you're going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?


    Two runner ups will receive Back to the Future Open Delorean Car Adult Black T-shirt!

    This officially licensed 100% cotton features the classic car with it's gullwing doors open, providing easy access for Marty McFly to dive in, set the time circuits, hit 88 MPH and jumpstart his next adventure.

    Not everyone can get a DeLorean, but you can certainly show off your love for both the car and the trilogy with this awesome shirt!

    Remember this vehicle is safe.  It's not nuclear, it's electrical.  It does however need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity necessary to power it.

    Great Scott!

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  • Jul 2, 2015 9:00:01 AM

    A friend recently complained to me that he’s not at all happy with the direction of either Marvel or DC. The stories leave him cold, the characters seem all be in the process of going places he’s not happy seeing them taken and neither universe really seems like home to him.

    “It upsets me to see these characters I’ve loved for so long being taken to places I hate so much.”

    Anyone who’s been a fan of comics for longer than five minutes knows the feeling. We’ve all seen both Marvel and DC do things with characters we love that are, to us at least, revolting. It happens.

    So I asked my friend what else he was reading and I’m pretty sure I caught him by complete surprise.

    “What do you mean, ‘what else am I reading?’”

    “Well,” I said. “Marvel and DC are clearly not your bag right now. So what is?”

    And that’s when he admitted that he only reads comics from Marvel and DC.

    Let me be clear; I’m not going to begrudge anyone for reading the things they read (for the most part). Like what ya like and read what ya like. If all you want to read are the adventure of, sigh, Deadpool, then by God let that Deadpool freak flag fly (just don’t expect me to fly it with you).


    But the moment you stop liking that thing you like, then maybe it’s time for an exit strategy.

    I say all this because we kind of live in a golden age of Big Two alternatives, and even if you are a DC devotee or a Marvel zombie, the thought of someone not venturing into some of the absolutely amazing things being done at publishers like Image, Dark Horse, IDW and, hell, even Archie Comics is mindblowing to me.

    In fact, there’s so much non-Big Two variety out there that’s actually worth reading that I sometimes have trouble supporting it all.

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  • Jul 2, 2015 7:30:01 AM
    By Marshall Julius

    Marshall at the Movies kicks back on some sick Harley-Davidson hogs while tearing Terminator Genisys a new one. Hasta la vista, babies.

    If you like the video, or at least see promise in the idea, do please subscribe to Marshall at the Movies on YouTube. You can also subscribe by clicking on the specs in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Now, on with the show!

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  • Jul 1, 2015 3:00:02 PM

    The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future.

    It would be fought here, in our present.

    Tonight...

    So began 1984's The Terminator.  

    The arrival of the T-800, a cybernetic organism sent from the future.  An infiltration unit: part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyper-alloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled. Fully armored; very tough. But outside, it's living human tissue: flesh, skin, hair, blood - grown for the cyborgs. They look human... sweat, bad breath, everything.

    And now, in 2015, we've survived the predicted Judgement Day, survived through a Terminator television series and today, the fifth film in the series, Terminator Genisys has been released. 

    So, to celebrate the continuing resistance and the sacrifices of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, we've teamed up with our friends at TV Store Online to give away a classic The Terminator Terminate Arnold Schwarzenegger T-Shirts to two FOG! readers!

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  • Jul 1, 2015 2:00:01 PM
    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Big Trouble In Little China V. 1:
    The Hell of The Midnight Road & The Ghosts of Storms
    Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
    Written by Eric Powell
    Art by Brian Churilla
    Colored by Michael Garland
    Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
    Cover by Eric Powell
    Published by BOOM! Studios
    Publication Date: June 03, 2015
    UPC 978160886716551499
    Buy it HERE
    Available on Comixology

    John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China returned last year in comic book form thanks to Carpenter himself (story) and The Goon's Eric Powell with Brian Churilla (The Sixth Gun) on art.

    BOOM! Studios released the first volume of continuing adventures of The Pork Chop Express last month. Jack is back, baby and he's born ready to rock!

    Let him regale you with tales of his ex-wives as he deals with a pet demon named Pete takes on the evil Wing Kong with his pal Egg Shen.


    Issue #12 is out today but to get the party started, check out Volume 1 collecting issues 1—4.

    “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?”

    “Yessir, the check is in the mail”.

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  • Jul 1, 2015 1:00:02 PM
    Adult Swim hit series Stars Pop-Culture Icon and Boxing Legend Mike Tyson

    Iron Mike is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Mike Tyson Mysteries: The Complete First Season. In the animated adult comedy series, starring Mike Tyson himself, the former heavyweight champ is solving mysteries left and right with a little help from the Mike Tyson Mystery Team.

    This crime fighting team includes the ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry; Mike’s adopted Korean daughter, Yung Hee; and a pigeon who was once a man. The gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his team gear up for weekly adventures and put unsolved mysteries down for the count!


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  • Jul 1, 2015 12:09:00 PM
    Children have been playing and collecting toy soldiers since… well, a very long time.

    Modern children, mainly boys, collected little plastic armies since the 1950s. Before that collecting of toy soldiers was not only something children did, but adult hobbyist.

    Soldiers depicting great battles in history, made from lead, sawdust, composite.

    All of which fired up their imagination. Versions of the toy soldier date back as far as ancient Egypt! 


    But the type we’re most familiar with are the classic British-made lead soldiers, and the more modern plastic soldiers and armies made by companies like Marx.

    The era of the toy soldier is gone or so it seems. It was something my father, or his father would collect.

    A hobby from another time that is gone with the age… or has it just evolved?

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  • Jul 1, 2015 11:00:02 AM

    Leung (Simon Yam) is doing God's Work. He's an Angel of Mercy. He's saving souls, delivering everlasting peace to the tormented.

    He's also a Serial Killer.

    Police psychologist Cheung (Kenny Wong) is assigned to the case, and discovers Leung's hunting ground: an online web forum for people planning to kill themselves. Suicide is a sin, says Leung, so it's not murder - he's saving their eternal souls. And he's not done yet.


    And we're giving away five copies!

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  • Jul 1, 2015 10:01:49 AM
    By Erin Maxwell


    JULY 1


    Alive (1993)
    Based on the true story of Uruguay's rugby team, who were forced to a more hardcore meal-plan after their plane crashes in the mountains.



    An Honest Liar (2014)
    A look at magician James "the Amazing" Randi, a Houdini-esque performer who spends his life entertaining audiences with tricks while exposing charlatans and frauds.



    Bad Hair Day (2015)
    A prom queen and a police women chase a jewel thief. I swear, I didn’t just type random nouns.



    Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (2009)
    Animated toon based on the Lego Bionicle toys.



    Bulworth (1998)
    Warren Beatty plays a senator who takes out a hit on himself in an effort to have his family collect on his life insurance. During the waiting period, the former stiff-shirt has an epiphany and finds a new freedom in his impending doom.



    Grandma's Boy (2006)
    The cult favorite is making its way to Netflix, much to the delight of every nighttime viewer who resides within walking distance of a dispensary.



    Hostage (2005)
    Above average thriller starring Bruce Willis as an alcoholic cop who attempt to negotiate a hostage situation.



    Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
    Winnie the Pooh’s sidekick decides to tackle a movie on his own. Probably adorable.



    Saw V (2008)
    Helmet aquariums! Swinging pendulums! Decapitating collars! The legacy of Jigsaw lives on in this fifth installment. Best if watched with “Piglet’s Big Movie.”



    The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
    Adorable moppet Fiona is sent to live with grandparents following the disappearance of her baby brother several years prior. Mysteries unfold and seal-related hijinks ensue.



    Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
    Starring Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones, pic follows the story of poet John M. Brinnin and his attempts to save famed wordsmith Dylan Thomas from himself.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iLParAx7vU

    Shooting Fish (1997)
    Starring Dan Futterman, Stuart Townsend with an awkward bowl cut and Kate Beckinsale with a pixie cut, comedy follows two scam artists in the midst of an existential crisis and a love triangle.



    Underworld: Evolution (2006)
    More vampires, more werewolves and more Kate Beckinsale in leather. Vampire fight werewolves, and both fight the weird hybrid that was created in the last movie. Cue weird sex scene between Scott Speedman and Beckinsale where he makes love to her belly button. Also, did you know that Danny McBride was a scribe on this one? Learn something new every day…



    JULY 4

    Faults (2014)
    This SXSW drama follows a deprogrammer hired by concerned parents, who hope to release their daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from the sway of a cult.



    JULY 7

    Monster High: Scaris, City of Frights (2013)
    Another long-form commercial attempting to get you to buy more dolls.


    JULY 9

    Monsters: The Dark Continent (2014)
    The lesser sequel to the low-budget indie hit that follows American soldiers as the take on aliens during an attempt to rescue comrades in the Middle East.



    Serena (2014)
    Set during the Depression, Bradley Cooper’s timber empire -- and most of his life -- begins to fall apart after marrying Jennifer Lawrence.



    JULY 14

    Creep (2014)
    Found footage horror comedy about a man who answers a Craig’s List ad for a videographer under the pretense of filming a series of vids for the man’s unborn child. Hijinx and creepiness ensue.



    Goodbye to All That (2014)
    After his wife leaves him, a man jumps from bedmate to bedmate in hopes of finding himself.



    Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)
    A deep dig into Stanley’s remake donned by many as one of the worst movies ever made. Mostly by critics who haven’t seen Troll 2.



    JULY 15

    Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
    Spike Lee’s interesting take on the vampire mythos as an anthropologist falls victims to a cursed African artifact.



    Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
    The toon that sunk a ship. Bet you didn’t even hear of this release. Yeah, neither did anyone else, much to DreamWorks dismay.



    The Physician (2014)
    Set in the 11th century, this epic tale of a young man who travels to Persia to learn the art of medicine.



    JULY 16

    Changeling (2008)
    Angelina Jolie’s son goes missing. But after the child is found, her mother’s intuition about the identity of the child is dismissed as hysterics. Men suck.



    JULY 17

    Tig (2015)
    A docu on the LA comedian whose battle with cancer brought insight into her comedy.


    JULY 18

    Java Heat (2013)
    Mickey Rourke plays a baddie who hates America. Let’s just leave it at that.



    JULY 23

    Teacher of the Year (2014)
    A beloved teacher must make a decision about his career after receiving a hard-to-resist offer.



    JULY 25

    The Guest (2014)
    An intense former soldier shows up on the doorstep of the family of a fallen friend. But where he goes, suspicion and death follows.



    JULY 28

    Comet (2014)
    A sci-fi romancer that follows the six-year relationship between Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, two attractive young folks who meet during a meteor shower.



    JULY 30

    Almost Mercy (2015)
    The story of Emily and Jackson, besties who share an interest in watching the world burn.



    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season Five (2015)
    Great for little girls. Probably only little girls. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this.


    The Wrecking Crew (2008)
    A docu that spotlights the lives and art of the studio musicians responsible for crafting legendary LPs and key sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s.



    JULY 31

    Turbo Fast: Season Two (2015) (Netflix Original)
    New kiddie show based on the 2013 movie about the competitive world of snail racing.


    Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) (Netflix Original)
    The cast from the original movie (which includes Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, just to name a few) reunite for this prequel.

    Did you see the original movie? No? Honestly, your life is less lived because of that decision.

    Watch the movie. Now. Then watch this.

    You’re welcome.



  • Jul 1, 2015 9:00:07 AM
    Nearly 450 Half-Hours of Original Content from Warner Bros. Animation to Premiere on the Rebranded Network

    New WBA Series Bunnicula, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production and
    Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Set For Global Rollout This Fall

    Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. announced this week that together, the two Time Warner companies are deepening their ongoing partnership with a global agreement that will build on the company’s two-network strategy by strengthening the pipeline of original content being developed for the recently rebranded Boomerang, the beloved network known for its funny and timeless contemporary animation.

    The agreement, which represents the first-ever original content being developed exclusively for Boomerang, includes nearly 450 half-hours of programming from Warner Bros. Animation. The content will premiere on all Boomerang channels worldwide and on some Cartoon Network channels internationally, along with potential crossover with Turner Broadcasting's Pogo, Boing, Toonami and Cartoon Network (U.S.)

    The partnership also extends Boomerang's access to the classic animation portfolio from the Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Warner Bros. Animation collection, a total of 3,500 titles. Drawing upon the vast resources of the world’s largest animation library which includes contemporary classics from Cartoon Network Studios, Boomerang’s on-air schedule will continue to feature such timeless favorites as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo!, programming that has multi-generational appeal and great co-viewership.

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  • Jul 1, 2015 8:00:08 AM
    Review by Caitlyn Thompson
    Produced by Wallace Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn,
    Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee, 
    Galt Niederhoffer, Austin Stark
    Written and Directed by Maya Forbes
    Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana,
    Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderhe


    Infinitely Polar Bear is an outstandingly difficult and touching story presented with humor and sharp poignancy by Maya Forbes. Her directorial debut is an autobiographical story of her experience as a young girl growing up with her sister under the care of their manic-depressive father. In the 1960’s when “everyone was having breakdowns” little was done to adequately treat the disorder thus leaving coping and maintenance up to the individuals.
     
    Mark Ruffalo is Cameron Stuart, the bi-polar star of Infinitely Polar Bear. He’s exquisitely charming as well as heartbreakingly oppositional, and given the responsibility of raising his two daughters solo as his wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) completes her MBA in New York – the rest of the family lives in Boston.

    Really though, the story illustrates how the girls raise their mentally ill father, rather than the reverse.

    But truly, it’s a tandem effort of patience and understanding.

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  • Jul 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM

    Please welcome Julian Glover to #RICC2015!

    Mr. Glover is currently known for his work in Game of Thrones as Grand Maester Pycelle. He is also known for his work in The Empire Strikes Back as General Veers, as Walter Donovan in  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusadeand for lending his voice to Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.   He's also appeared in dozens of shows and movies including Doctor Who, Space: 1999, Blakes 7, The Sweeney, For Your Eyes Only, Troy and King Ralph.


    Come meet him in person on November 6th-8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center!



    For more details, visit ricomiccon.com
     #RICC2015


  • Jul 1, 2015 6:00:07 AM
    Review by Benn Robbins 
    Produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg
    Written by Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier
    Based on Characters by 
    James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
    Directed by Alan Taylor
    Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger,
    Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke,
    Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-hun,
    J. K. Simmons, Matt Smith


    I feel like this summer’s crop of remakes and sequels, deserve an actual name.

    Let's call them remakequels, shall we?

    This crop of remakequels this summer are not what the moviegoing audience asked for, but they are what we deserve.

    They are the logical evolution and endgame for Hollywood as a whole and I don’t see them stopping anytime soon.

    Since audiences weren't demanding, or more importantly interested in sub-par remakequels, Hollywood assumed this was an mistake and moved forward greenlighting any intellectual property that might have a potential audience.

    And I have this itching suspicion that the current executives in charge are part of my generation; they remember when movies were great.

    They remember when the Spielberg’s and Zemeckis' and Lucas’ and the Cameron’s of the industry were bringing us such enjoyment and pleasure every summer and they LOVED those films, too.

    Like you and I, they devoured them up.

    Unfortunately they are now in charge and want those movies made whether they should be or not and so we are getting what I am deeming as the last spastic throws of a floundering industry not quite sure how to reinvent itself… so they don’t.

    They just rehash and feed off the nostalgia of the movie going audiences.

    Right now, we have an entire generation of nostalgic filmmakers who grew up on films made by guys who grew up on films made by guys who just made films. They weren’t “taught”; they just learned by making movies, the old fashion way.

    Confusing?

    Exactly.

    Welcome to the third age of film makers.

    For the very first time we have a pure generation of filmmakers who learned to make films, not in the real world of making films with other filmmakers but were “taught” how to make films in schools  and classrooms by people who may or may not have learned how to make films before they taught how films are made. 

    But they have passion.

    And really passion is all you need.

    That and a ridiculously huge budget.

    And connections.

    And a nostalgia starved studio head.

    If you have seen Jurassic World, you know what I am talking about.

    That movie was ridiculous. Not like bad, ridiculous but ridiculous like dinosaur whisperer meets Sharknado ridiculous. Wholly entertaining and the the most stupid film you have ever seen.

    We have come a full 180 degrees from so bad its is good, to so good it is horrendous, to so horrendous it is sublime. If you came out of Jurassic World and thought,” That movie was the stupidest film I have ever watched” and you would go see it again then you know what I am talking about.

    Well then welcome to Terminator Genisys.

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  • Jul 1, 2015 5:00:03 AM

    Dynamite Entertainment, in response to the public's overly positive reaction to Gail Simone's Swords of Sorrow crossover event, is proud to build upon the enthusiasm with an all-new one-shot special entitled Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury / Lady Rawhide, bringing together two iconic comic book heroines. Dynamite is also announcing that a special cover variant of Swords of Sorrow #3 has been created to celebrate the cosplay phenomenon, featuring four cosplayers in a reenactment of J. Scott Campbell's cover from issue #1.



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  • Jun 30, 2015 9:46:13 PM
    By Stefan Blitz

    There's no doubt that the boldest and most personal fashion statement anyone can make is in one's selection of t-shirt.  Personally, I love them.  It's an opportunity to show the world what pop culture I care about, a wonderful flashback to the past and a fantastic way to initiate any nerd discussion.

    For this installment of Cool Shirts, I took a look at some of the shirts from Nerd Kung Fu, which might very well have the largest selection of pop culture t-shirts that I've ever seen.  Among their latest additions are over dozens of new designs centered on Bruce Lee, Jaws, Tremors, Jurassic Park, Constantine, Curious George, Gotham, Mr. Rogers, Macho Man Randy Savage, Sons of Anarchy, Child's Play and more! They also carry shirts in sizes small through 7XL and the site is filled with lots of nerdy trivia on the history of t-shirts!

    Nerd Kung Fu isn't satisfied carrying just a huge t-shirt selection.  They are also currently selling a wide array of posters and a number of geek-centric ephemera including coffee mugs, shot glasses, pint glasses, blankets, wallets, buttons, magnets, playing cards, hoodies and much more.

    There is something for virtually any nerdcentric provocation. 

    These are a few of my recent favorites.


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  • Jun 30, 2015 7:00:00 PM

    A friend of the site (let's call them Oracle), send in this behind the scenes footage from some on location filming from the upcoming second season on Gotham.

    Here, it looks like Jim Gordon (Benjamin Mckenzie) is back in a uniform directing traffic, when a new villain appears shooting bullets into an underpass.

    Any guesses who this rogue might be?

    Check out the exclusive vid after the jump.

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  • Jun 30, 2015 6:00:01 PM
    Review by Sharon Knolle
    Produced by Dimitri Rassam,
    Frederique Dumas, Jerome Seydoux
    Written and Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
    Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson,
    Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet,
    Carlos Bardem, Ana Girardot


    Benicio Del Toro is thoroughly convincing as the notorious Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar in this biopic from first-time director Andrea Di Stefano.

    The focus, however, is on Nick (Josh Hutcherson), a young man who has no idea what he's getting into when he falls for Escobar's niece Maria (Claudia Trisac). Before he realizes what kind of man Escobar is, he's already part of his inner circle and finds it impossible to escape.

    That's a compelling storyline and Hutcherson makes a sympathetic and likable leading man; The Hunger Games co-star proves he's able to carry a film, but the final act is unfortunately melodramatic and far-fetched.

    While Escobar was very real and his brutal reign well-documented, the character of Nick is entirely fictitious. He serves to illustrate Escobar's ruthlessness – initially disguised as benign leadership – but as Nick's situation gets more desperate, so does the plot.

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    The double crosses pile up in this comedic thriller starring Simon Pegg as a jaded hit man on a seemingly routine job. The assassin finds himself in the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge intertwine when a gambling addict, a small town “Lady Macbeth,” a club owner, a policeman and a lover all converge on the same mark.


    And we're giving away three copies!

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