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Anger is Illogical

OneMinuteGalactica has a whole channel filled with stuff like this.

(via Topless Robot)

Posted in Humor, Movies & TV January 12th, 2011 by Chip
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RIP Anne Francis

She has passed away at age 80.

It’s been a bad few months for people who starred in Forbidden Planet.

Posted in Movies & TV January 3rd, 2011 by Chip
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6 Eerily Specific Inventions Predicted in Science Fiction

via Cracked

by Colin Murdock

Science fiction is by far the nerdiest of the fictions, and its bread and butter consists of robot uprisings and unexpected time travel consequences. But for every Martian invasion and robocop-related mishap it has warned about, science fiction has made some stunningly accurate premonitions.

We’re not talking about broad predictions, like “thinking machines” or “interplanetary travel.” That stuff’s easy. It’s the weirdly specific prophecies that impress us.

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Posted in Humor, Movies & TV December 27th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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Speaking Of… TRON: Legacy

via Tech Crunch

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy

Ok TRON fans, have I got a treat for you!

I just returned from a two day TRON press event with some awesome interviews from the creators, cast and crew of TRON: Legacy and the original TRON. I asked many of the questions I solicited from TechCrunch commenters and everyone seemed to love them — especially Jeff Bridges. I mean, maybe they say this to everyone, but his handlers said they had not seen him that animated until our question came along.

ARTICLE [part one – with videos]
ARTICLE [part two – more videos]

BONUS! [Disney’s Insider page – features TRON trailer and “behind the scenes” videos]

Posted in Movies & TV December 17th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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Yes, Katie, There is a Darth Vader

The story of Katie, the little girl who was told by classmates that Star Wars was for boys, a few days ago has gone more than viral. BoingBoing mentioned it recently, and one of the comments on the article is so splendid that I want to highlight it here. From BoingBoing commenter kmoser:

Katie, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the Dark Side. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Katie, whether they be men’s or Stormtroopers’, are weak. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the Force about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Katie, there is a Darth Vader. He exists as certainly as hate and selfishness and faith exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how wonderful would be the world if there were no Darth Vader! It would be as wonderful as if there were no Empire. There would be no blind subservience then, no malaise, no obedience to make tolerable this existence. We should have no hatred, except in sense and sight. The eternal darkness with which the Dark Side fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Darth Vader! You might as well not believe in womp rats. You might get your commander to hire henchmen to watch all the escape pods on Christmas eve to catch Darth Vader, but even if you did not see Darth Vader flying down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Darth Vader, but that is no sign that there is no Darth Vader. The most real things in the world are those that neither Jedi nor droids can see. Did you ever see Yoda levitating? Of course not, but that’s no proof that he can’t do it. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the universe.

You tear apart the Millennium Falcon and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest Wookiee, nor even the united strength of all the strongest Wookiees that ever lived could tear apart. Only skepticism, prose, hatred, science, can push aside his mask and view and picture the supernal ugliness and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Katie, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Darth Vader! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Katie, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to strike fear into the heart of childhood.

Bravo to you, sir or madam, for truly understanding the Magic of Star Wars.

Posted in Movies & TV December 13th, 2010 by Chip
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RIP Irvin Kershner

The director of The Empire Strikes Back, amongst much else, has passed away.

Well, poop.

Posted in Movies & TV November 29th, 2010 by Chip
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RIP Leslie Nielsen

The star of Forbidden Planet and about a gazillion other things has passed away from complications from pneumonia.

Bummer.

Posted in Movies & TV November 29th, 2010 by Chip
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Custom Carbonites

Custom CarboniteSculptor Paul Pape, who creates “general geekery” like wedding cake toppers shaped like World of Warcraft characters and Coraline-esque button eyes, is now offering Custom Carbonites: Supply him with a photo and he will sculpt a customized image (face, clothing, and pose) “encased in carbonite.” All for a surprisingly reasonable $50.

The sculptures aren’t edible, but I expect you could use them to create candy molds if you were so inclined.

He had an original run of 200 planned and promised them in time for Christmas, but since he was BoingBoinged he’s apparently already hit that cap. He’s lifting the numeric restriction, but can’t promise that they’ll be ready for the holidays.

I’m sure they’ll be ready by Life Day.

(via BoingBoing)

Posted in Movies & TV November 22nd, 2010 by Chip
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If You’re a Female Star Wars Fan…

…you need to go over to Portrait of an Adoption.

Katie is a first-grader who loves Star Wars, but after taking her prized Star Wars water bottle to school for a few days, she began to have second thoughts.

She wailed, “The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle. They say it’s only for boys. Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it. I want them to stop, so I’ll just bring a pink water bottle.”

Her mom is asking female fans to leave a comment reassuring Katie that fandom is definitely not boys-only. Head on over and show your support!

Posted in Movies & TV, News November 19th, 2010 by Chip
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Part Kid, Part Machine, All Cop.

via Xeni Jardin, Boing, Boing

The fastest reflexes modern technology has to offer. On-board computer-assisted memory. And a lifetime of on-the-street law enforcement programming. It is my great pleasure to present to you: Robocop.

Smallest Robocop

The boy insisted for months that he wanted to be a robot for Halloween. His sister was a robot when she was his age. We looked at various robot images on the computer and he was most intrigued by Robocop. After I showed him the trailer, there was no convincing him otherwise. He was going to be Robocop. Which was good, because Detroit has a Cancer. That Cancer is Crime
SEE THE PHOTO ESSAY

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, Ephemera, Movies & TV October 29th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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