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Top 5 Geeky Events of 2011

31 December 2011 10:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There was many a time this year when geeks made the news for better or worse. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows was the highest grossing film of the year, a World of Warcraft gamer went postal in Norway, and Watson became the first supercomputer to absolutely own everyone on Jeopardy just to name a few.

There's too many to count really, so I whittled it down to 5 that I find most relevant. These events had an enormous impact on the geek community, and dare I say it, the world. While new technologies, movies, and games came and went, these stories stuck out as game changers that will forever shape the landscape in geek culture. Starting with...

 

5. Quantum Levitation Sucessfully Demoed at the Association of Science Technology Centers

What has long been a staple cliche in sci-fi genre is rapidly becoming a reality. Soon after this video hit Youtube, other researchers started developing hoverboards, »

- Robot Reagan

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"Star Trek" Vs. "Star Wars": The On-line Debate

31 December 2011 3:23 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

It's the ultimate fantasy for fans of Star Trek and Star Wars: the on-going debate over which series is best started with a shot across the bow by William Shatner, which, in turn, prompted Carrie Fisher to fire back and George Takei to plead for peace between the two sci-fi icons. Now CNN reports coverage of the spreading debate between fans of both series. Click here to read. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Vin Diesel staying Fast and Furious with seventh film

30 December 2011 12:07 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Hollywood loves a franchise and this year we've seen studios stretching sagas - and doubling the box office - by separating films into two parts, as happened with the conclusions of Twilight and Harry Potter and as will also be the case with The Hobbit.

Although a fairly unlikely contender for big-screen longevity - because of its seemingly simple road-racing concept and lack of a cherished literary source - The Fast And The Furious series is now extending itself even further.

We knew a sixth film was scheduled to arrive on May 27, 2013, and Vin Diesel says the story has become so big that they have decided to split it into a sixth and seventh instalment.

The 44-year-old actor, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise about men with a passion for super-cars, told The Hollywood Reporter: "With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, »

- David Bentley

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Awesome Images of Shaun Of The Dead in Lego Form

30 December 2011 8:46 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When I was a kid, Lego didn't have movie licenses.  We only had "Space", "Castle", "Pirates", and "City", and we were damn glad to have them.  Now there are all these fancy-shmancy movie tie-ins like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, and Lord of the Rings.  But one Lego licensed-property we'll probably never see is Shaun of the Dead.  For some bizarre reason, Lego doesn't make sets based on R-rated zombie movies, but these Shaun Lego would be amazing.  They'd even be true to the movie since you'd be able to pull David apart. Hit the jump to check out the images of terrific Shaun of the Dead Lego that will never exist.  Then have fun pining after something you didn't even know you wanted until now. Images created by Flickr user Yatkuu [via Nerds Raging].  Click over to Yatkuu's Flickr page to see more of his/her brilliant and one-of-a-kind Lego sets. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] »

- Matt Goldberg

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Martha Thomases: Time, Travel, and Me

30 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Over the weekend I started to read Stephen King’s new book, 11/22/63: A Novel. I’m not very far into it, as King writes long and I like to luxuriate in his enjoyment at having a story to tell and his great affection for his characters. And also, I have things to do.

It’s a time-travel story, and so far it’s set in 1958. I was five years old then (King was 11), and some of my memories of that time are clear. As he describes children playing in Maine, I remember what it was like for me in Ohio.

We played Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers. We played House, and School. None of us had Barbies yet, but we had stuffed animals so we could play Zoo. We made mud pies. We played Kick the Can and had squirt gun fights (see above re: Cowboys and Indians, »

- Mike Gold

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New Year's weekend TV 2011: Football, marathons and new shows

29 December 2011 7:22 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Some people like to go out and get crazy on New Year's. But did you know there is a plethora of fun TV to stay home and watch? We know! So pick your poison - pro and college football, the entire second season of "The Walking Dead," Pam Anderson's tour de force "V.I.P." or your favorite shows returning from reruns on Monday, Jan. 2. Zap2it's got you covered.

All times Eastern.

Friday, Dec. 30

A&E: "Criminal Minds" marathon, noon to 4 a.m. the next day

Espn: College football, Armed Forces Bowl Byu vs. Tulsa, noon to 3:30 p.m., Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State vs. Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Music City Bowl Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Insight Bowl Iowa vs. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Logo: "Awkward" marathon, noon to 6 p.m.

MTV: "Jersey Shore" Season 4 marathon, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Sci Fi Brothel 'Alien Cathouse' Coming To Nevada?

29 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I'm not sure how many of our readers will be into this news, but I feel I'm doing a disservice to the community it I don't report on it. Alien Cathouse, one of the first sci-fi inspired cathouses, will be coming to Las Vegas, Nevada sometime next year.

The owner, Dennis Hof (who apparently owns the Moonlite Bunny Ranch?), is teaming up with Madam Heidi Fleiss to bring you the "ultimate sci-fi experience".

Featuring girls donning costumes from Star Trek, Star Wars, and many other sci-fi elements, the place promises to recreate various fantasies of any geek...for a price of course.

It seems odd...but then again who better to promote to than a community who has been known to spend thousands of dollars on frivolous items to begin with?

My only hope is they can recreate my fantasy.

 

Email Me: MickJoest@Geektyrant.com Twitter: @MickJoest »

- Robot Reagan

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Check out Three Mondo Posters for Dracula by Martin Ansin; On Sale Tomorrow

29 December 2011 12:47 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Mondo has released a ton of amazing posters this year and they're going to finish strong by releasing three Martin Ansin posters for Dracula.  The posters are the latest in Mondo's "The Universal Monsters" series and they look tremendous.  The blood red regular edition is limited to an edition of 350, measures 24"x36", and costs $45.  The metallic ink black-and-white version is limited to an edition of 100, measures 24"x36", and costs $85.  These are all well and good and worth owning, but the third one is the best: a Transylvanian coffin shaped poster on wood.  There are only 75 of these, they measure approximately 21"x36", and costs $135. Hit the jump to check out the posters.  They'll go on sale tomorrow, December 30th, at a random time.  Be sure you're following @MondoNews for the announcement. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] About Mondo Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses »

- Matt Goldberg

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What's Wrong With Hollywood?

29 December 2011 9:52 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles — Hollywood has more tricks in its bag than ever with digital 3-D and other new film tools. Yet as the images on screen get bigger and better, movie crowds keep shrinking – down to a 16-year low as 2011's film lineup fell well short of studios' record expectations.

Through New Year's Eve on Saturday, projected domestic revenues for the year stand at $10.2 billion, down 3.5 percent from 2010's, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. Taking higher ticket prices into account, movie attendance is off even more, with an estimated 1.28 billion tickets sold, a 4.4 percent decline and the smallest movie audience since 1995, when admissions totaled 1.26 billion.

Just what has put the movie business in the dumps is anyone's guess – though safe bets include the tight economy, rising ticket prices, backlash against parades of sequels or remakes, and an almost-limitless inventory of portable and at-home gadgetry to occupy people's time.

The year »

- AP

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Epic Boba Fett and Buzz Lightyear Mashup T-Shirt

29 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Check out this sweet Star Wars/Toy Story T-Shirt Mashup. Nik Holmes designed this tee that mixes Boba Fett with Buzz Lightyear. TeeFury is selling the shirt for 24 hours only, so act quick.

Here is a description of the design:

I have two boys, so needless to say we have our fair share of Buzz Lightyears.  I was looking at one and just appreciating how awesome the design of the character is, and how he's just such an instant classic.  This got me thinking about another cool spacemen with wrist cannons and a jetpack.

Check out the full-size image below:

Buy the limited edition t-shirt Here for $10. Share your thoughts below and be sure to follow me on Twitter @Jim_Napier

Source: TeeFury (http://www.teefury.com/) »

- Tiberius

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The 25 Most Incredible Foods Of 2011

29 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

From drool-inducing deliciousness to pop-culture-turned-edible to things that were just weird, 2011 was a landmark year for crazy foods showing up on the internet and causing our jaws to drop from shock and/or willingness to consume them. In honor of these culinary masterpieces and other bizarre food-related occurrences, here’s our incredibly edible list of The 25 Most Incredible Foods Of 2011. Click on any food-title for additional photos, descriptions, and terrible jokes: 25. Wu-Tang Flan A pop-culinary no-brainer that truly embodies the spirit of C.R.E.A.M. (Custard Rules Everything Around Me) 24. Taco Bell Dorito Taco The long-awaited Watch The Throne of inebriated snack foods: 23. Ketchup Fountain So, so gross and yet so, so necessary: 22. Banana Waffle Burrito I was drooling after the first two words, then drooling on my drool after the third. 21. Coffee, To Anderson Cooper Here’s an incredibly-staged clip of Anderson Cooper trying coffee and spinach for the first time. »

- Dan Hopper

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‘The Legend of Bruce Lee’ – New Trailer

29 December 2011 4:44 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Released in the UK by Revolver Entertainment in January, The Legend of Bruce Lee is the definitive and tragic story of famed martial arts legend Bruce Lee – the man who made history as the revered martial arts icon of cinema – which is executive produced by his daughter Shannon Lee and stars Danny (Kwok Kwan) Chan, Mark Dacascos, Michael Jai White and Ray Park.

The star and force behind iconic movies Fist Of Fury and Enter The Dragon, Lee’s extraordinary physical skills and dedicated mentality literally catapulted him into global superstardom. It is without question Lee’s legacy continues to live on as the world’s most celebrated martial arts actor and philosopher. Charting the star’s incredible story from his childhood in Hong Kong to his life in the United States including the development and mastering of his martial arts and philosophy, the film depicts his story-book rise to worldwide phenomenon. »

- Phil

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Check Out 30 Years' Worth Of Lucasfilm Christmas Cards

28 December 2011 1:23 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I've always been a slacker when it comes to sending out Christmas cards. It's not that I don't remember, just that I never have the time to come up with something creative, and if I'm going to mess with it I want to send out something personalized rather than just another prepackaged bit of Hallmark well-wishery. Plus, one of my best friends in the world, who happens to be a photographer with a knack for graphic design, often sends out cards that would trump my meager efforts in the first place. So just imagine how frustrating it would be to be friends with Lucasfilm. See, aside from being one of the best-known and most influential film production companies on the planet, Lucasfilm also puts together a mean holiday card. They've been sending them out since 1977, the year the original Star Wars came out, and they're continuing the tradition to this »

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"Worst" of 2011. A Quick Purge

28 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

year in review part whichever

I use the term "worst" loosely as I am generally not paid to see the obviously terrible films that open all year round. Plus, I'm not feeling the negativity this year. Or, rather, I'm trying not to feel it. With Bridesmaids and Melancholia both speaking so eloquently on the subject of depression this year like some perfect if unlikely double feature (more on that soon) why should I wallow in my own? No, 2011 was a good year for cinema. So here is a very quick purge of the things that momentarily led me to believe otherwise. 

Hell's Multiplex

Hell's multiplex has noisy audiences, crying babies, constant texting, and 50 million miniature screens showing only 50 movies, a million microscopic screens for each sorry movie! All of them requiring 3D glasses... even the ones in 2D. I wisely avoided the films I thought might play there -- if »

- NATHANIEL R

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Star Wars Thug Life

28 December 2011 12:30 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Take a trip to the dark side with these sweet photos of a thugged out Storm Trooper and Emperor. The images come from our friend at GeekTrooper. Check out the images below and share your thoughts:

We have shared some cool Star Wars Gangsta Pop Art that is pretty sweet, but the above art is cool. These images made me wonder if there was any cool Star Wars Gangsta Rap, and indeed there is. Watch the video below and trust me, you will be bobbing your head (because thugs don't dance). 

Share your thoughts below and be sure to follow me on twitter - @Jim_Napier »

- Tiberius

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Page 2: Casino, Star Wars, Sundance, Fight Club, Mr. T, Alien, Taxi Driver, Stargate, Lost, Home Alone, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Muppets

28 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us [1]! Header Photo [2]: Casino animated Gif FirstShowing [3] lists five things from Holiday movies they actually want for Christmas. [4] The 2011 LucasFilm Holiday Card [5] Rejects [6] lists 40 things they learned from the Elf commentary [7] Mos Eisley Spaceport t-shirt [8]. Movieline [9] lists 5 Scenes Worth Remembering From Otherwise Forgettable 2011 Films [10] A rare look [11] at The Sundance Slotting Wall Pajiba [12] lists The 10 Best Episodes of NBC's Community Watch [13] the Star Wars fan movie winner "Unlimited Power" Guyism [14] lists 9 of the Worst TV »

- Peter Sciretta

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The 62 Most Unforgettable Animals Of 2011

28 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

1. Knut The Polar Bear, May He Rest in Peace Rip Knut: 50 Photos To Remember Knut By 2. This Grape-Sized Turtle Grape-Sized Turtle Looks Cute Enough To Accidentally Eat 3. Our Fave Fat Cat Of 2011: Fat Cat On Treadmill Never Forget Fat Cat Working Out On Underwater Treadmill: A Thing 4. Primordial Man’s Best Friend! Dog And Orangutan BFFs Are Today’s Official “Reason For Living” 5. “Everything Is Amazing!” Cat The Constantly Amazed Cat Gif Wall 6. The Gender-Identity Issue Squirrel The Adorable Adventures Of A Cross-Dressing Squirrel 7. Werqing The Catwalk Dog Dog Walk On Hind Legs, Works The Catwalk 8. Smiling Newborn Baby Penguin Baby “Have A Great Weekend Everyone” — Baby Penguin 9. Pony In Smallest Birthday Hat World’s Smallest Horse Celebrates Birthday With World’s Tiniest Party Hat 10. The Luckiest Sloth In The World (Scratched By Ryan Gosling) For Your Consideration: Ryan Gosling At The Zoo 11. Baby Antelope With Hershey »

- Michelle Collins

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'Star Wars: The Old Republic' debuts at top of PC chart

28 December 2011 3:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars: The Old Republic has made its debut at the top of the PC weekly chart. Football Manager 2012 drops to second, above The Sims 3: Pets in third and The Sims 3 in fourth. At the tail-end of the chart, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm re-enters at ten, below Sims expansions Late Night and Generations. The top ten in full: 1. (-) Star Wars: The Old Republic (Electronic Arts)

2. (1) Football Manager 2012 (Sega)

3. (2) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)

4. (more) »

- By Liam Martin

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'FIFA 12' celebrates New Year as all-format number one

28 December 2011 2:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

FIFA 12 celebrates the New Year at the top of the all-format weekly video game chart. EA's football title is followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in second and Just Dance 3 in third. Christmas number one Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim drops a massive seven places to eight, below a rising Need For Speed: The Run at seven. Massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic is this week's only new release, entering the chart at ten. The top ten in full: 1. (4) FIFA 12 (Electronic Arts)

2. (3) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (more) »

- By Liam Martin

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Image Conscious: A conversation with visual effects supervisor Michael Owens

28 December 2011 2:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Michael Owens...

“I grew up in the Bay Area,” states Michael Owens. “There was no moviemaking there. I fell into filmmaking when I was in high school.” Not wanting to move to Los Angeles, the teenager floundered. “When Ilm [Industrial Light & Magic] came to Marine County, it was like, ‘There’s an opportunity for fun.’ I never thought I was making myself a career out of visual effects.” He thrived. “At that time, they were the forefront and you learned a lot visually. We’re working on multiple projects. It was quite a talent pool.” One of the movies Owens helped out with was the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy. “Jedi [1983] was really fun to work on. I did a lot of spaceships. I also did the speeder bikes chase.” The latter sequence required some ingenuity. “Dennis Muren let me »

- flickeringmyth

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