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Disney In Depth: 10 Disney Movies That Deserve Theme Park Attractions (Part 1)

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST

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Sometimes it takes many years, even decades, for a popular Disney film brand to enter the theme parks in the form of an attraction. For instance, while the Voyage of The Little Mermaid first graced Disney's Hollywood Studios only two years after the film's debut, over 20 years passed before a ride shaped up in the parks.

Now the exquisite dark ride exists at both Disney California Adventure Park and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. In this first section of two-part edition of Disney In Depth I will share five films that deserve to be translated into theme park attractions. [...]

Comic Review: Moon Girl

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 05:41 PM PST

Moon Girl #5

Moon Girl #1-5
Created by Gardner Fox & Sheldon Moldoff
Written by Tony Trov & Johnny Zito
Illustrated by The Rahzzah
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Red 5 Comics
Release Date: May 2011–October 2012
Price: Digital $1.99/issue | TPB: $11.96

Reviving a Golden Age comic is tough. Doing it with style is even tougher. And yet we find that this new incarnation of Moon Girl does just that. I had the pleasure of reading all five issues back-to-back and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Amazingly enough, Tony Trov and Johnny Zito created a 1950's New York with a combination noir and pulp ambiance. Drawing upon all the best elements of those two genres, they really bring this comic to life for the reader. I must say that it created a near perfect background for this story to be told. And what a story it is...displaced princess becomes avenging badass. And it's accomplished through expert storytelling that takes me back to my youth and all those summers spent reading old pulp novels and golden age comics. [...]

HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ & ‘King Of The Hill’ Creator Mike Judge

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST

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HBO has ordered a pilot for another possible comedy series titled Silicone Valley. The live-action show comes from Mike Judge, who's best know as the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head and co-creator of King of the Hill, along with fellow King of the Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

The show is set in Silicone Valley, and follows the people that are "most qualified to succeed," but are also the "least capable of handling success." [...]

Comic Review: The Inventor: The Story Of Tesla

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 02:30 PM PST

The Inventor: The Story Of Tesla

The Inventor: The Story Of Tesla
Written by Rave Mehta
Art by Erik Williams
Cover by Rave Mehta & Erik Williams
Arcana Comics
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Cover Price: $19.95

The first issue in a new series from Arcana Comics, The Inventor: The Story Of Tesla is amazing in that it covers a huge amount of history in just over 150 pages. In a time where inventions were common, Nikola Tesla stood out above the rest. Unfortunately, his history is a bit lost amongst other greats such as Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan. Prepare yourself for a crash course in the history of man's harnessing of electricity, Tesla's life, and how he almost single-handedly revolutionized the modern world.

We start with a quick study of his early years and how his father wanted him to study at a seminary school. We jump quickly through those times to his young adulthood and how he traveled to America to follow his dreams. Becoming a protege to Thomas Edison, he learned that politics play a huge part in any funding of scientific studies, forcing him to reevaluate the way he approached his investors later in life. [...]

’24′ Star Dennis Haysbert To Take Over Michael Clarke Duncan’s Role In ‘Sin City 2′

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST

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In the 2005 movie Sin City, Michael Clarke Duncan played a bad dude named Manute, who had a run in with Dwight (Clive Owen), Gail (Rosario Dawson), and her girls.

The character will also be part of the upcoming long awaited sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but, due to the sad and unexpected death of Clarke Duncan, a replacement was necessary.

It's being reported that Dennis Haysbert, star of the hit TV series 24 and movies like Major League, has entered into negotiations to step into the role. [...]

Book Review: The Science Of Avatar

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST

The Science of Avatar

The Science of Avatar
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Stephen Baxter
Orbit Books
Released May 29, 2012

Prolific science fiction author Stephen Baxter invites us to explore with him both real life science and space fiction in The Science of Avatar. There are lots of details sprawling in every direction, from speculation to established facts, in an almost scene-by-scene recount of the entire movie. He posits what our real world might be like in the year 2154, the year Avatar takes place.

We begin with Jake Sully leaving an ecologically devastated Earth, which we get the barest glimpse of in the film. Baxter explains to us what might have happened in an all too real account of ecocide, wherein Earth's resources are depleted and space exploration offers the only hope of finding the resources we need to stay alive here. In the movie, this is the reason for the journey to Pandora. [...]

Must See: ‘BioShock Infinite’ Cosplayer So Good Designer Ken Levine Hired Her

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST

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Cosplayers are extraordinarily passionate about their craft, most going to great lengths to achieve the mimicry they desire. Now there may just be even more incentive to find the characters said cosplayers feel they can best embody, and do everything in their power to replicate that character.

Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva is one such case. The Moscow resident, who's also known as "Ormeli," has an affinity for video game characters, and when she saw Elizabeth, the female lead in Irrational Games' upcoming BioShock Infinite, she knew she had to become her. The results were so successful, so eerily similar, that the makers of Infinite, including game designer Ken Levine, decided to hire her as the face of Elizabeth going forward. [...]

Comic Review: Star Wars: Purge – The Tyrant’s Fist #1

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST

Star Wars: Purge-The Tyrants Fist #1

Star Wars: Purge-The Tyrant's Fist #1
Script by Alexander Freed
Art by Marco Castiello & Andrea Chella
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Michael Heisler
Cover by Dan Scott
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

It's Darth Vader baby! Yeah! Fans of the classic AND prequel trilogy can rejoice because Star Wars: Purge - The Tyrant's Fist #1 features what everyone loves-Darth Vader being an awesome bad-ass villain. What more could we want? Thank you Dark Horse!

Alexander Freed writes an...unusual Darth Vader. And I don't mean that in a bad way. He writes a Darth Vader that, quite honestly, we've never seen before. We now know the WHOLE story of Anakin Skywalker (At least, until Episode 7 comes out) so Freed takes advantage of that and writes him with little hints of Anakin from the prequels thrown in. Now, he's not crying out for his mom or yelling "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!," but you see subtle hints of the character that we watched evolve during Episodes 1-3. [...]

Watch Now: Epic First ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Teaser Trailer Released

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST

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We just saw a great first poster for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to his blockbuster 2009 reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise. Now comes a first trailer from Paramount Pictures, an announcement teaser trailer.

Usually an "announcement" trailer is very short, and usually consists of very little, maybe some voice over and a shot of the title. Not here. This is much more along the lines of a teaser trailer, with some insane footage and our first good look at just how freakin' awesome Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be as the film's villain. [...]

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