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Ultron Kills The Marvel Universe In ‘Age of Ultron’

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST

Age of Ultron

So, Brian Michael Bendis finally left The Avengers to take on the daunting task of making a good X-Men book, something that hasn't happened in years, even with Matt Fraction's best efforts. We all knew that wasn't all he's up to right? Well with the announcement of Age of Ultron we now have a better idea of why he had to leave all of those Avengers books. The Age of Ultron appears to be another of his Marvel Universe sweeping epic story arcs. It all starts in March with a little help from Bryan Hitch (Ultimates, Fantastic Four), Carlos Pacheco (Uncanny X-Men), and Brandon Peterson (AvX: VS).

In this 10-issue story, Ultron, a powerful robot created by Hank Pym, has devastated the world and taken control of nearly all of Earth's heroes. An eclectic group of "resistance fighters" is all that's left to try and defeat Ultron and save the day including Invisible Woman, Taskmaster, Beast, Emma Frost, She-Hulk, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Moon Knight. Marvel of course promises that "the reverberations will be felt in every corner of the Marvel Universe, leaving no hero or villain unscathed." [...]

‘Clerks III’ To Be Kevin Smith’s Final Directorial Effort; ‘Hit Somebody’ Will Be A Miniseries

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST

Kevin Smith To Direct Clerks III

Kevin Smith's long-awaited hockey comedy Hit Somebody is going through some drastic changes, which could work out for some Clerks fans. Last year, Smith announced that Hit Somebody would his final film and that it would be a two-parter. The first half would follow a character learning how to play hockey in Canada, while the latter half would center on his career as a professional hockey player. Now that has all changed.

After making some alterations to Hit Somebody, which resulted in it being one single entity, Smith realized that it wouldn't be the film he wanted it to be. That's where Jason Mewes inspired him to turn Hit Somebody into a miniseries. And Smith did just that. The filmmaker made the announcement on his official twitter account where he said that a network had picked up the miniseries. Shortly after he also announced that because of the Hit Somebody shift, Clerks III would be his final directorial effort [...]

Holiday Gift Geek Guide 2012: Music

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST

Holiday Gift Geek Guide 2012: Music

Lots of sonic platters of joy are ready to be served up this holiday season, and what better gift to give someone than the universal appeal of music? During this festive time, when credit card debts mount up, layaway plans become way too unmanageable, and the stress of owing money takes charge over one's soul and wallet as the new year turns, it's still worth the feeling one gets when one sees someone's eyes light up when they tear the wrapping paper off a gift, positively effused with sincere delight at its contents. We all still do it, we all get by, we grumble as the new year rolls in, but it's all worth it; gifts are cool, no doubt, gifts never go out of style, and the end result of giving someone a gift makes it all worth it. Music was no exception this year. There were some great collections for one to gnaw on, collections which run every genre and will turn even the most hard hardened curmudgeon of a Scrooge into the softest teddy bear imaginable, even if it's only for one holiday. My holiday box set picks are below, this one goes to eleven [...]

Skull-Face Island: Episode 20: Anna Karenina

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST

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Hello There! This is Adam Frazier and you are listening to Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom! As always I'm joined by Rosencrantz to my Guildenstern, David Allen... and the love child of Tolstoy and Bob Newhart, producer Tim Grant.

Today on the Show: We will discuss Joe Wright's Anna Karenina. We will also get into some headlines from the Geek-O-Matic Telefax about Star Wars, Guillermo Del Toro's highly anticipated Pacific Rim, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and some casting news about a forthcoming Marvin Gaye biopic. We will also read your suggestions for the subtitle of Star Wars: Episode VII [...]

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Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST

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Hyde Park on Hudson
Directed by Roger Michell
Written by Richard Nelson
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney
Film4 Productions
Rated R | 95 Minutes
Release Date: December 7, 2012

Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and written by playwright and screenwriter Richard Nelson, Hyde Park on Hudson features Bill Murray as the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

June, 1939. King George VI (Samuel West) and his wife, the Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt's country estate in Hyde Park, New York. No British monarch has ever visited the United States before, and President Roosevelt hopes the event will bolster American support for the United Kingdom on the eve of World War II.

At the same time, the President is growing closer to his distant cousin and eventual mistress, Margaret 'Daisy' Suckley (Laura Linney). A shy and simple woman, Daisy is called up to Hyde Park to see her fifth cousin, who just happens to be President of the United States. After showing her his stamp collection, Roosevelt drives Daisy into a field of wild flowers where she proceeds to pleasure him...

*** WAIT, WHAT!? *** [...]

The Geeks of Doom Round Up 23: Jack The Giant Slayer and Sabbat

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST

The Geeks of Doom Round Up 23: Jack The Giant Slayer and Sabbat

The Geeks Of Doom Round Up continues with our 23rd episode. This week, Andy gives us the run-down of the upcoming movie, Jack The Giant Slayer, starring Nicholas Hoult, and directed by Bryan Singer. Later, Greg dives into the scene of the UK Thrash Metal movement, and with the release of the documentary A History Of A Time To Come directed by Josh Callis-Smith, we play "A Cautionary Tale" by metal legends Sabbat.

Later in the show, we take a look at the official synopsis of Star Trek Into Darkness, and speculate on who the villain may be that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. We also take a look at the news surrounding Hugh Jackman being in talks for the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, where the worlds of First Class and the original X-Men movie collide [...]

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Being Adapted Into Stage Musical

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 07:30 AM PST

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Director Guillermo del Toro's haunting and beautiful Pan's Labyrinth is one of the truly great films of the past decade. Now the movie is on its way to a second life, this time as a stage musical.

Del Toro, as if not already insanely busy with other things, has been working on the adaptation for four years now, interviewing and finding the talent to make it happen. He's also already written the book---or libretto: the narrative structure that keeps a musical from just being a concert with people doing random things on stage, basically---with Jeremy Ungar. [...]

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