Comic-Con 2015: Jody Dankberg of Stern Pinball on Playing With KISS, Metallica, WWE

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 11:28 pm

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Pinball! We check out the latest machines in motion from Stern, live and in-person.

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What If One Direction Were Batman Villains?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm

H/t to reader Megan for sending this over. I...think it's a sex ed lesson about puberty from Two Face?

Sony Has Their New Aunt May

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Variety is reporting that Sony has found their new Aunt Tomei please god let me be the first to have made that joke.

Dammit, Twitter.


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In Memoriam: The 10 Greatest Sci-fi and Fantasy Scores of James Horner

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

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James Horner Film Music

As an ΓΌber band geek, I had quite the obsession with the music of film, particularly that of science fiction and fantasy films. The plan was that I would study music education in college, but my heart was in performing, and I dreamed of being a studio musician, recording scores to television and movies. It was the music of composers like John Williams, Michael Kamen and others that inspired me, but as a brass player, it was the music of James Horner that drove me to want to play professionally.

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Christopher Lee: He Did It His Way

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

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As deaths go, it's hard to be too sad about a man who became an icon, lived to the age of 93, and achieved pretty much everything one could hope in the field. Yet perhaps because of all he did, we got the sense that Christopher Lee would live forever.

Most actors are lucky if they tap into one iconic role that is remembered - James Bond, perhaps, or Mr. Spock. Lee was Dracula, he was Saruman, he was Count Dooku, he was Fu Manchu, he was Sherlock Holmes, and long after most people have given up on life, he was recording heavy metal songs about Charlemagne and Christmas. This was the man who matter-of-factly told Peter Jackson that he wasn't getting the sound of people being stabbed quite correct, and he knew because he'd done it to German soldiers.

I remember wanting George Lucas to hurry up and finish the Star Wars prequels to ensure Lee would stay alive for them. Not only did he, but he then went on to make the whole Hobbit trilogy. He got away with playing a guy named "Dooku" and not making him seem silly; "It may be difficult to secure your release" is still one of the best lines of Lucas-penned dialogue thanks to his delivery of it.

He also stayed married for 53 years. I can't think of many actors at his level of success who can say that.

Nobody could encapsulate everything he did in one piece. That I own multiple plastic versions of him says much in itself, though I think his own words - or rather Paul Anka's, as delivered by him - are as good a way to send him off as any...

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Obsessive Browncoats Parody Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" to Demand Firefly Return

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

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I'd put the odds of an actual new Firefly series at just slightly less than those of a full on Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot on network TV with all the original cast, but by all means, fans, don't let that stop you getting creative with your demands. Who knows - Joss Whedon does seem like he got very tired of counting Marvel money, and he may decide to go the opposite direction and get back to making things with more limited appeal that aren't guaranteed success. Maybe if we all clap our hands, Tinkerbell style, and chant, "I do believe you're feminist! I do! I do!" he'll get well again.

Or maybe there's a better approach. Production group geekiarchy didn't stop with making T-shirts - they've done a full-on music video featuring clever lyrics and a pretty outstanding Adam Baldwin impersonator. The chorus refrain is good, but...

I particularly like the 'verse.

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YEEEE..waitaminute. Maybe you should watch the video first.

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New Blur Music Video Is an Awesome Tribute to Platformer Games

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

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Aside from that "Woo-hoo!" song that was once used in every TV spot for every action movie ever, I'm not usually much into Blur, but even if you find their stuff annoying a lot of the time, this particular video will warm your heart. Maybe by the end it'll even get you to like the song - a backdoor trick from the golden age of music videos that most artists have forgotten about today.

Mostly inspired by Mario and Sonic style games, the video also includes easter-egg tributes to Pong and Pinball, and even a Big Man Japan-style finale in which all the bosses come into live action as grown men in kaiju costumes.

Woo-hoo, indeed.

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Listen to the Douchey Pixels Theme Song and Long for the Days of Kenny Loggins

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

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Did I say Kenny Loggins? This even makes me nostalgic for Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" and "Nod Ya Head." Scary thought: even those tunes are probably already "old music" to some of the people excited about Pixels.

From the oversimplified lyrics - "This is not a game" AND "Game on!" in the same chorus; really? - to the most basic rap rhymes and repetitions available in the human vocabulary, this collision between Waka Flocka Flame and Good Charlotte (has there ever been a more ironic use of the word "good"?) combines all that is lame in music today in one perfect storm of half-assitude that it attempts to cover with loud dubstep-ish beats and game-like beeps.

I wish more summer movies had hit singles like the old days, so in a way, I hate to strangle one in the crib - but this is giving me the same bad feeling as I had seeing Kevin James in the movie trailer. Now get off my lawn.

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'80s-Style Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road Scores With Awesome Synth

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

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Here's a look at how the Fury Road trailer might have looked if the movie came out in the '80s (minus Mel Gibson, natch). And it makes me long for the music used here to be the actual score. Alas, no.

Still, the Blu-ray will apparently feature George Miller's preferred black-and-white version, so there's that. Now, this...

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Mad Max's Doof Warrior Gets His Own Concert T-Shirt

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

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While the world and the Internet has seen no shortage of articles suggesting that Furiosa is the REAL protagonist of Mad Max: Fury Road, I think there's no question that the breakout star of the thing is the Doof Warrior, because really, when you crossbreed Hellraiser with GWAR, nothing un-amazing can possibly come out of it. If Lord Humungus hadn't already died two movies ago, he'd quite clearly have to cede that whole "Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla" title.

Show your loyalty to the hottest rockin' roadshow tour of the post-apocalypse with BustedTees' Doof Warrior shirt. Like a lot of rock merchandise, it's available for a limited time (2 more days), but unlike them, it's $12, which is about what actual concert tees might have gone for when the first Mad Max movie came out.

h/t GeekGirlDiva