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Did the geeks really win the culture war?

Anghus Houvouras on whether the geeks have won the culture war…

I don’t know how long the online film community has been patting themselves on the back over the current state of pop culture. It feels like a god damned eternity. Countless pieces being written about how geek friendly fare like Star Wars & Comic Book Movies have taken over the collective cinematic consciousness. Whether it be in the form of television shows or blockbuster cinema, the geeks have seemingly inherited the earth. For better or worse.

This topic came up again this week with another swim through the chum bucket of nostalgia courtesy of Drew McWeeney. His HitFix column focused on the agitated state of the geek community. That in spite of the geeks winning the pop culture war and being delivered and endless stream of sci-fi and comic book content that they still seem perpetually displeased. Does this really surprise anyone?
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Six Stars Who Started Out Playing TV Super Heroes

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They may be best known today for their later roles, but these six stars all got their first break by playing super heroes on TV. Maybe these shows aren’t the most memorable or well-made super hero projects, and they aren’t the highlight of the actor’s career, but these little shows jump-started the careers of some future celebrities.

Bruce Lee

Started out as—Kato, the Kung-Fu fighting sidekick to the Green Hornet in the TV series The Green Hornet (1966).

After that—Lee had a recurring role in the detective series Longstreet before returning to Hong Kong to star in a highly successful trio of films; The Big Boss (1971); the Chinese Connection (1972) and the Way of the Dragon (1972). His first and only Hollywood film was Enter the Dragon (1973). Lee died young and his legend has grown ever since. He is considered by many as the greatest martial arts star in the history of film.
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Other Stuff You Didn’t Know The Cougar Town Cast Has Been In

With Cougar Town‘s sixth and final season set to air early next year on TBS, we thought it would be fun to look back at the Cougar Town cast and trace their paths in television to America’s favorite wine-soaked comedy – and along the way, unearthed some hilarious and/or obscure projects they previously worked on. Here are some of the gems: Courteney Cox: Misfits of Science Back in 1985, NBC got really excited about a new superhero show from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Incredible Hulk writer James D. Parriott called Misfits of Science – so excited, they commissioned a double-length pilot to air in the fall of 1985. After debuting, it subsequently tanked, leaving the air after airing only 15 episodes. Fortunately, NBC remained a fan of Courteney Cox (who had previously appeared in an episode of the network’s failed series Code Name: Foxfire, leading her to
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Bringing All-Time Worst TV Show Manimal to the Big Screen

It only ran on NBC for 8 episodes back in 1983. Its legacy is that of one of the worst television shows of all time, a title spoken about only as a punchline. Now Anchorman creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will bring “Manimal” to the big screen. We truly live in strange times.

Original Synopsis:

Dr Jonathan Chase... wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts.

From Africa's deepest recesses to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father's legacy and the world's darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man... Manimal!

Manimal” is one of those TV show ideas that probably sounded good on paper. A dashing, aristocratic British adventurer raised in Africa (played by Simon MacCorkindale, "Falcon Crest") gains the power to transform into any animal of his choosing (though for
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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.
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Don Todd Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV

Samantha Who? co-creator Don Todd has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Todd is joining the studio’s Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as a consulting producer and will develop new projects. The overall deal follows Todd’s stint as executive produce on 20th TV’s midseason ABC drama Mind Games, on which he assisted creator/executive producer Kyle Killen with showrunner duties. Todd started his career with back-to-back stints on The Twilight Zone and Alf and has straddled the drama and comedy worlds ever since, working on such series as The Misfits Of Science, Caroline In The City, Ugly Betty and Hart Of Dixie. “We had such a fantastic experience working with Don on Mind Games that we knew we wanted to expand our relationship with him,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “He’s as versatile as they come, equally adept at writing comedy and drama,
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AfterElton Briefs: "Southern Knights," Another "Doctor Who" Tease, and the Spice Girls Musical Opens to ... Reviews

Parker Young on the set of Suburgatory.

Birthday shoutouts go to Jennifer Connelly, who is 42, Mayim Bialik is 37, and Sheila E. is 55. Everyone knows her Top Ten hit "The Glamorous Life," but I want to give a shoutout to her other big hit, "A Love Bizarre," which peaked at #11 in 1986.

In ratings news, Happy Endings was steady, while Don't Trust The B fell another 17%. The SAG Award nominations were announced today, with Modern Family, Homeland and Downton Abbey leading the way. Daniel Hernandez, the gay intern who helped save the life of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, talks about his new memoir.27 of the gayest Christmas songs?Ricky Martin to United Nations: "I Lived In Fear"Below you can see the teaser trailer for Southern Knights, about the 1973 arson attack on the gay bar Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans.

Below you can see a fresh peek at the Doctor Who Christmas special,
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