Battlestar Galactica 1978: The Special Edition?

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Remember when classic Star Trek got a special-effects makeover? Unlike George Lucas revisionism, the original series saw re-release with an option to add CG-remastered effects, or simply show the originals.

There hasn't really been a clamor one way or another on Battlestar Galactica, a show for which the consensus seems to be that the reboot is way better, and the original is bad; something I will heartily dispute, as the original pilot has a lot of fully developed characters and a decent Twilight Zone-ish morality tale at its heart against the backdrop of a war for survival.

But anyway, special effects artist Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz has updated some classic sequences with modern CGI, and the result is a blend so seamless I can't tell what's new (granted, it has been a while, and in Ireland, season premieres were released theatrically as movies - yes, even the 1980 one). I don't find the adjustments to be in any way blasphemous...but see if you do.

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First Teaser for Telltale Games' Game of Thrones

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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They have the actual voice actors for the show - not terribly sure about those likenesses though! I was hoping maybe they'd go for a more comic-book look.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hard Work, Cats and Food, Food, Food!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hi all!

Last weekend we took another hike into the National Park (I have included some pics from the Jumbo Rocks area). Very pretty rock formations. The rest of the week I was pretty busy doing appraisals as this next week time will be taken with 2 continuing education classes and a meeting at Fannie Mae headquarters. They have a yearly meeting that they like us to attend, so I have to try to do 2 weeks work in 1 week to take off for this other stuff. In Calfornia we have to get 56 hours of continuing education every 4 yrs, or generally 14 hours a year. Most of the classes we can take online, so that is pretty good.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread - Atomic Power Edition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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"Okay, I'm looking up in the sky...what am I looking at? Birds? Planes? Not seeing anything."

Kelly McGillis Versus a Zombie Bear

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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Even Syfy's press releases sound like their original movies, as they saw fit to tell me that Friday's episode of Z Nation will pit the original Top Gun girl against Stephen Colbert's worst nightmare.

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Rick Grimes will never, ever do anything this awesome - nor, for that matter, will Tom Cruise. I hope Zombear gets his own spin-off series.

Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - "The Things We Bury"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Grant, Grant, Grant. Are you SERIOUSLY setting your brother up to make the cheesiest movie reference/Jack Nicholson impression of all time?

Because you're not Tom Cruise, y'know. Just being crazy doesn't automatically make you Tom Cruise.

Top-Down Smackdown: Middle-Aged Fan

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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How old do you imagine the average WWE fan to be?

Given the prominence of John Cena and has record for having done the most Make-A-Wish fulfillment ever, the PG rating of the show, all the toys for sale and so on, you'd probably guess young, and I don't mean Mae Young.

You'd be wrong.

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Gotham SPOILER Thread - To Face or Not Two Face?

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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How about y'all make a Dent in this comment section, eh?

(and yes, there will still be a Top-Down Smackdown column today)

HBO's Westworld Pilot Greenlit to Series; First Image Tweeted

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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It's not much of an image, but it doesn't have to be when you're announcing a series written and directed by Jonathan Nolan, executive produced by JJ Abrams, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Miranda Otto and Rodrigo Santoro.

Westworld, for those who never read the Michael Crichton novel or saw the excellent Yul Brynner movie, is a spiritual predecessor to both The Terminator and Jurassic Park, set in a theme park where people can roleplay as gunslingers, and featuring a malfunctioning robot who starts killing the guests. The nature of the story would typically assume that it covers a one-off event in which the cast is whittled down to one, but as an ongoing series there'll have to be a new angle.

Let's see: Nolan...Abrams..Oh, okay. One of the robots will travel back in time and create itself in the process of trying to stop its own creation. Am I close? Any other guesses?

The Walking Dead Recap and SPOILER Thread - The Carol and Daryl Show

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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"Ya know, sonny, in my day we got by on eatin' just one finger a week, and we liked it!"

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