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Geek Gear: Doctor Who ’10th of Hearts’ Shirt

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST

Doctor Who '10th of Hearts' Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is a Doctor Who-themed shirt called "10th of Hearts" by WinterArtwork.

The sale began at Teefury today, Wednesday, December 12, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it's over, it will not be sold on the site for $10 anymore, though it might continue into the next day for $13 (look for the After Hours bar at the top) [...]

Ravi Shankar, Indian Music Legend, Dies At 92

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:29 PM PST

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, who in essence almost singlehandedly brought Eastern "raga" music to the American shores and wound up influencing scores of famous musicians and bands, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to name two, passed away in San Diego, CA, on December 11, 2012, reports The New York Times. He was 92. Shankar had suffered from heart ailments and underwent heart valve replacement surgery it was reported in a statement released by Shankar's family.

Excelling on the sitar, an eclectic string instrument in which neighboring strings on the neck in essence resonate when a melody string is played, gave off a sound that was instantaneously connected with Shankar's style and musical language. Shankar played like an extension of his personality, soft spoken, well mannered, respectful, yet with an attitude and a verve almost akin to a Jimi Hendrix [...]

Comic Review: Conan The Barbarian #11

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST

Conan #11

Conan the Barbarian #11
Script by Brian Wood
Art by DeClan Shalvey
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

Conan the Barbarian #11 is the second part of "The Death" story line. For my money, this has been THE best arc of Brian Wood's 11 issues. When we last left Conan, things were grim. Both his lover, Belit, and the crew of their ship, had taken ill with some kind of plague or sickness that was killing them off one by one at a pretty fast rate.

Brian Wood does, in my opinion, his best writing of his Conan career in this issue. As Conan reluctantly leaves Belit and his shipmates to go out and find a cure for what's ailing them, Belit and the crew continue to get worse. Conan must go through a bunch of locals to get to a healer, and then, things just get worse from there. I will say, this issue gives us Conan, not as a barbarian, but as a HUMAN BEING. It's really quite jarring and emotional...and I LOVED IT! [...]

Comic Review: Womanthology: Space #3

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST

Womanthology: Space #3

Womanthology: Space #3
Written by Robin Furth, Rachel Edidin, Jennifer DeGuzman, and Trina Robbins
Art by Carli Idhe, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Leigh Dragoon
Cover by Mengtian Zhang and Hanie Mohd
IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

This is the first issue of IDW's Womanthology: Space series that I have read, which is a shame on my part. Womanthology was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, originating as a longer graphic novel, and now spinning off into the Space anthology series. The big deal of the series is that all of the stories in the series were created by, as you could guess from the title, women. This shouldn't be a big deal, but given the how hard it is for women to get material published in the comics world, it is. The Space series takes the general entry point of "women in comics" and focuses on stories somehow dealing with space, or space travel, or some kind of outer-space stuff. What you end up with in this issue is a collection of three charming stories and an interesting look at one of the golden age of comics female pioneers.

The first story in this issue is titled "Centipede." It's basically a riff on Aliens, with a smuggler bringing a dangerous creature onto a normal space ship. It's a little too short to build any real suspense, but that's no fault of the creators, who do a decent job given the page count. [...]

Rovio Entertainment Announces ‘Angry Birds’ Movie In Development

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST

Angry Birds Image

Rovio Entertainment could not have seen their Angry Birds mobile app game catapult itself into the territory that it is in now. There are Angry Birds shirts, towels, toys, and a few special edition games – Star Wars being the most notable one so far – and now a movie. Yes a movie.

It would have been hard to believe that we'd get to this point when the original game was released a few years back, but it has indeed gotten to it. And now Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on to produce the film, while David Maisel (formerly of Marvel Studios) is on board as an executive producer. [...]

Watch Now: 10-Minute Next-Gen Video Game Tech Demo For Medieval RPG

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 05:00 PM PST

Next-Gen Tech Demo

Curious what next generation video games will look like? It's hard to say until we've seen an official demonstration of a completed game, but for now, we have ways to get an idea. The best two examples came at E3 when we saw the first footage from upcoming games Watch Dogs and Star Wars 1313---both of which are assumed to be next-gen games.

Today brings a very early next-gen demonstration peek at. It comes from Warhorse Studios, makers of Mafia and Mafia II, who are working on a medieval RPG for the consoles of the future using the CryEngine 3. It's only an environment right now, but boy is it pretty (to us console players anyway; PC gamers will run around, beating their chests and scoffing at such cheap and cartoonish graphics). It will be very interesting to see what this game looks like when it's released in 2014 or 2015. [...]

Quentin Tarantino Won’t Be Making ‘Kill Bill Vol. 3′ Apparently

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is well known for spouting off ideas for movies he would like to make or see made but never come to fruition, but when he becomes devoted to making a particular film, he tends to see it through from writing the script longhand on yellow legal pads to the eventual theatrical release.

He had developed Inglourious Basterds for most of his directing career until it was finally released to great acclaim and fantastic box office in the summer of 2009. He also came up with the idea for what would become his genre-hopping revenge epic Kill Bill during a late night bull session with Uma Thurman (who would star in Kill Bill 1 & 2 as the vengeful assassin the Bride) on the set of Pulp Fiction. The movie was released in two parts in October 2003 and April 2004 and was also a huge critical and financial success for the energetic filmmaker [...]

Comic Review: The Book

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 03:18 PM PST

The Book cover

The Book
Written by Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelson
Art by Amanda Rachels
Colors by Gavin Michelli
Letters by Erik Hendrix
Edited by Amanda Hendrix
Arcana Comics
Release Date: December 2012
Cover Price: $14.95

The Book follows a group of student tourists in Italy who hunt down a DIY travel guide. When they find the book in a small café, one of the tourists discovers that it was stuffed with several pages of instructional text on an ancient ritual called Sanctus Letum, the Holy Death. This ritual allows someone to die, take a sneak-peek at what lies beyond, and come back to life. These ritual pages draw the tourists into the ritual spot of a death cult that believes that Lazarus, from the Bible, witnessed a few things before he was resurrected. Let the satanic rituals, demonic possessions, and gnarly death-making commence!

Creators Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelson melded their own separate story ideas together to form The Book. Hendrix wanted to write a story about people killing themselves to see what's in the afterlife. Nelson was toying with the idea of travelers hunting down collaborative, "off the grid" travel guides. The resulting story is a compelling twist on the old possession storyline. The Book is an inverse ghost story where the living want to explore the afterlife and, as a result, bring a little afterlife back with them. It's a ritualistic twist on the movie Flatliners [...]

Alice Eve’s Role In ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Revealed

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 02:30 PM PST

Star Trek Into Darkness

Yesterday we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch's role in Star Trek Into Darkness had been revealed as John Harrison by Paramount Pictures via the release of a new official still, a revelation that revealed next to nothing about his actual character. Thus the fan speculation continued: he's really playing Khan....or Gary Mitchell....or Spock's brother Sybok....and so on and and so on....

Early reports from screenings of the 9-minute preview of the film that will begin playing this weekend before select IMAX 3D screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (full list of IMAX theaters here) have claimed that a selection of Michael Giacchino's score for Into Darkness quotes from music composed by James Horner for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, particularly the theme for the movie's titular villain (played in the 1982 movie and the original series episode "Space Seed" by the late Ricardo Montalban). Today comes the news, courtesy of Silas Lesnick at Coming Soon, that the new character being played by Alice Eve has been confirmed, and it is a name fans of the Star Trek franchise will be very familiar with [...]

Comic Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #1

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 01:43 PM PST

Sherlock Holmes: Liverpool Demon #1

Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #1
Written by Leah Moore and John Reppion
Illustrated by Matt Triano
Colored by Brennan Wagner
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Covers by Francesco Francavilla
Dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Anytime there is an offer to review a story involving The Great Detective, I jump in with both feet. Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #1 is no exception to that rule, but it is an exceptional story - one that is sure to please Sherlockians everywhere.

Reuniting the awesome team of Leah Moore and John Reppion to pen this mini-series was a stroke of brilliance, as their grasp of the Victorian age is well suited for comics. They have a way of conveying the dirtiness and griminess of the time through well-written characters and dialogue. From mannerisms to mode of speech, the reader is made to feel as if they are right there in that time and place. The story is captivating and intriguing, two things that make for a great gothic mystery [...]

Rush Headlines The 2013 Class Of Inductees In The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (Finally!)

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 12:52 PM PST


A major step in the right direction of finally showcasing music groups that aren't of the extreme norm or voted in by backslapping politics has finally come to fruition in Cleveland, Ohio today as Rush, the Canadian trio whose progressive rock sounds have been thrilling and tantalizing generations of audiences mostly on cult fringes since their debut album in 1974, has finally have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

No other band in the entire history of the hall has sported the kind of controversy and division like Rush has in terms of entry to the Hall. For the most part, Rush has been anything but critically lauded throughout its tenure as a band, which is still promoting and touring its latest album Clockwork Angels, their 19th studio release. Fans, however, have seen this differently, scoffing at pseudo-highbrow critics who they pretty much have ascertained have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to the amazing, gymnastically musical elasticity of the sounds and styles of Rush.

ABC News reports that along with Rush, the class of 2013 includes Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Randy Newman; original purveyors of hip hop Public Enemy; the late disco queen Donna Summer, who died earlier this year; the Wilson sisters-led hard rocking ensemble Heart; and "Born Under A Bad Sign" blues guitarist Albert King. Quite an eclectic mix of artists for sure [...]

Will Smith and Jaden Smith Survive In First Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST

After Earth Image

The first trailer for director M. Night Shymalan's latest effort, After Earth, has been released online.

The movie stars Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, whose ship crash lands on the planet Earth a thousand years from now when people don't inhabit it anymore and everything else on the planet has evolved to kill humans, leaving the pair in for a dangerous fight for survival.

You can watch the first trailer for After Earth below. [...]

Watch Now: Superman Soars and Broods In The Latest ‘Man Of Steel’ Trailer

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:36 AM PST

Man of Steel

The past week has brought about an onslaught of trailers for next year's biggest potential blockbusters, and today we have the latest trailer for one of the question marks of the 2013 summer movie line-up: Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the Superman film series.

You can watch the trailer here below.

I like the fact that Snyder, with the support of writers David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan and producer Christopher Nolan, is going for a more grounded and introspective approach to Superman's cinematic adventures highly reminiscent of the legendary DC Comics superhero's late '90s/early '00s comic exploits. It is not necessarily dark and gritty. But this being a movie from the director of 300 and Watchmen there is naturally a heap of widescreen comic book action to satisfy the summer movie audiences [...]

Short Horror Film Review: The Sleepover

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST

The Sleepover

The Sleepover
Directed by Chris Cullari
Written by Chris Cullari & Jennifer Raite
Starring Josh Feldman, Gus Kamp, Carolyn Jania, Walker Davis, Kristine Blackburn
Produced by Kathi Cullari, Gregory Hutchinson, Micah Levin, Kristen Murtha, Nico Raineau
Released 2012

Chris Cullari takes us back to the terrifying knife wielding maniacs that were the subject of many a late night chat during that special childhood event called The Sleepover. The object was to scare each other so bad that no one actually got to sleep. It's also the title and subject of Cullari's new short-short horror film. You can watch the trailer below.

Eric and Tom are having a sleepover. One of them is new to the town of Derry. The other, whose house the new kid is sleeping over, makes a big production out of checking under the bed and asks his new friend, "You did check the closet, right?" [...]

Martin Sheen Says He’s Returning For ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST

Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben Image

The last person you'd expect to see returning for director Marc Webb's Spider-Man sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, would most likely be Martin Sheen.

The actor played Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) Uncle Ben in the first movie and...well, you know how the song goes.

But it appears that Sheen will be back in some aspect after all. During an appearance on Ireland's The Late Late Show, the actor said he'd be back, and that filming would happen in February. [...]

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