Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:05:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=229 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G El Rey’s ‘MonstroCity’ Movie Marathon Starts Tomorrow! http://www.geekscape.net/el-reys-monstrocity-movie-marathon-starts-tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/el-reys-monstrocity-movie-marathon-starts-tomorrow#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:05:01 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87376 El Rey Network never fails to provide pop culture geeks exactly the kind of entertainment they crave. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 25), the house Robert Rodriguez programmed will deliver its “MonstroCity” movie marathon, featuring the monsters of your nightmares that terrorize the urban jungle.

Get ready to sit back tomorrow with Curandero, Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead and Zombie, and C.H.U.D.!

The full schedule is below:

A marathon dedicated to celebrating the monsters that are worthy of your nightmares, MonstroCity will take over your evening with cannibals, zombies, and demons as they overtake cities from above and below ground! You have been warned, this marathon is not for the faint of heart. There will be gore, there will be violence, and most importantly, people will be eaten!

SATURDAY, April 25th

 

CURANDERO (12PM EST & 8:15PM EST)

Director: Eduardo Rodriguez

A journey that takes one man into the bowels of black magic in Mexico City

 

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (2:15PM EST & 10:30PM EST)

Director: Lucio Fulci

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave.

 

ZOMBIE (4:15PM EST & 12:30AM EST)

Director: Lucio Fulci

Strangers looking for a woman’s father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

 

C.H.U.D. (6:15PM EST & 2:30AM EST)

Director: Douglas Cheek

A bizarre series of murders in New York City seems to point toward the existence of a race of mutant cannibals living under the streets.

For America, cities were and still are a symbol of opportunity and hope. At the turn of the 20th century and well into the roaring twenties, the young and old flocked to make something of themselves… while the monsters dwelled outside the city limits.

The remarkable similarity that the majority of American horror films share is that they physically take place in remote or suburban locations. They almost never happen in cities. To know why, we only look at our own history.

When European settlers began to colonize the Americas in the late 15th century, conflict with indigenous tribes were, well, brutal. And bloody. You kind of expect now that every Thanksgiving your college roommate will bring up how much the pilgrims like, totally screwed over the Native Americans in terrifying fashion, man.

Well, your roommate isn’t wrong. America lost its humanity in the outskirts of society, in the total lawless wilderness. From murdering and grave robbing Native Americans and forcing them onto the Trail of Tears, to the slavery on the cotton fields and farms that built our nation, America’s worst sins happened beyond the roads.

Our folklore contain figures and spirits that lived beyond the cities. Bloody Mary, the Headless Horseman, the Jersey Devil and more. Seriously, peruse these tales yourself. How many of these tragic figures are said to haunt the most remote areas of our land?

Tomorrow, El Rey will prove that some monsters lurk just around the city block. Tune in at 12 PM ET and for an encore at 8:15 PM ET, as the MonstroCity marathon kicks off with Robert Rodriguez-executive produced Curandero!

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Frank Miller Returns to DC For ‘Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race’ http://www.geekscape.net/frank-miller-returns-to-dc-for-dark-knight-returns-iii-the-master-race http://www.geekscape.net/frank-miller-returns-to-dc-for-dark-knight-returns-iii-the-master-race#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:13 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87367 Batman is rich. Even though he owns all the major consoles, he has a murdered-out PC because he is PC Master Race.

That’s what I’m assuming Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race will be about. I’d totally read a graphic novel about Batman playing Telltale Games’s Game of Thrones and trolling console subreddits.

The legendary Frank Miller will return to DC Comics to grit-up modern comics once again when he concludes his seminal work with its final installment, Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race. Get your quality, colorful Batgirl out of here! Comics are dark!

Details are scarce, but the news was announced, amongst other platforms, on Frank Miller’s previously inactive Twitter account. Because that’s what you announce the final installment to the landmark series that have influenced the maturation of the graphic novel medium: on a platform with a baby blue bird as its logo.

From Comic Book Resources:

The series will run for eight issues, with installments scheduled to be released twice a month starting in late fall 2015.

 

“For the past six months, I’ve been working with Frank Miller to bring the next chapter in the ‘Dark Knight’ to light,” he said. It’s been humbling. I’ve learned a lot, and I call him sensei. It’s a really, really big project.”

 

Miller confirmed the news himself via Twitter … releasing promotional art from the story and stating, “I hope that by now my silence is deafening.” In the official press release, DC Comics billed the story as “the epic conclusion of the celebrated ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ saga.”

 

“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said in a statement. “But we’ll do our best.”

I’m not going to bother filling you in on how much The Dark Knight Returns meant to comic book fans, but I can tell you that this can go really well or really, really terribly. Frank Miller is/was a phenomenal artist and storyteller, but there’s something about his attitudes that are distinctly late ’80s/early ’90s that hasn’t — ironic to say, matured — well.

While The Dark Knight Returns is frequently cited amongst the best comics have had to offer, The Dark Knight Strikes Again was universally reviled. This was roughly the same era of Frank Miller’s career where he became something of a self-parody of himself, where he penned the greatest and most awful lines written in the English language that spawned endless jokes and memes everywhere.

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Let’s not trash art before it’s even finished, but I simply can’t bring myself to be enthused about this. Frank Miller hasn’t demonstrated growth past his prime, relying on an aesthetic that hasn’t aged well. Although The Dark Knight Strikes Again was well almost fifteen years ago, it still seems Frank Miller hasn’t gotten past 1991.

But what about you? Are you excited? Let us know.

 

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‘Warcraft’, ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Get New Release Dates! http://www.geekscape.net/warcraft-pacific-rim-2-get-new-release-dates http://www.geekscape.net/warcraft-pacific-rim-2-get-new-release-dates#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:39:00 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87357 Briefly: Dang.

Two films that I was really looking forward to have just received delays. Sure, they’re small delays, but delays nonetheless.

Warcraft, which was initially slated for March 2016, has received a new date of June 10th 2016. This puts it into the busy Summer movie season (showing confidence for the film, right?), and also pushes it away from the sure-to-be-a-blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Pacific Rim 2 was originally set to release in April of 2017, and will also get a push to the Summer, hitting theatres on August 4th, 2017.

At least each push is only a few months, right? Are one are you most looking forward to? Sound out below!

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Chris Pratt Runs From Dinos In A New ‘Jurassic World’ Clip! http://www.geekscape.net/chris-pratt-runs-from-dinos-in-a-new-clip-for-jurassic-world http://www.geekscape.net/chris-pratt-runs-from-dinos-in-a-new-clip-for-jurassic-world#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:26:11 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87354 Briefly: Following the final trailer from just a few days back, Universal has just debuted a new clip for June’s Jurassic World.

The clip shows our sexy hero (Chris Pratt of course) running from an extremely CG dinosaur. The clip is fairly cool, but really makes me miss the animatronic days of the first two films.

You can take a look at the clip below, and let us know what you’ve thought of the film’s marketing thus far! Jurassic World hits theatres on June 12th!

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The Hype Is Real In This ‘Mad Max’ Gameplay Trailer! http://www.geekscape.net/the-hype-is-real-in-this-mad-max-gameplay-trailer http://www.geekscape.net/the-hype-is-real-in-this-mad-max-gameplay-trailer#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:55:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87214 I’ll be honest. I haven’t been following the new Mad Max game OR movie. I know they exist, and the movie trailer looks badass but that is pretty much it. Heck, I have the issue of Gameinformer with Mad Max on the cover as my mousepad at work and it’s never been opened! (That may be more of an issue with Gameinformer magazine than Mad Max.)

So when I saw this Gameplay Overview trailer come across my digital desk, I wasn’t too interested. BOY WAS I WRONG!

The trailer provides a glimpse into the desperate struggle Max faces after losing it all – his family, his car, his sanity – and the steps he must take to survive in the harsh and desolate Wasteland. For the first time, players get an extended look at the deep car customization, metal grinding vehicular combat, brutal melee combat and a wide range of other activities they can engage in during their quest to build the ultimate survival vehicle, the Magnum Opus, and find solace in the Plains of Silence. All footage in the trailer is in-engine, comprised of actual game play and in-game cinematics.

This looks to be one of those rare few movie tie in games that turn out pretty good. Anyone remember that Wolverine game that was better than the movie? I sure a fuck do.

This trailer has changed my mind on the subject. The world looks gorgeous. The crafting system sounds badass, and I love a game where you start from nothing.

Mad Max hits North America on September 1st. You can pick it up on Xbox One, PS4, PC and…Linux? Yeah, Linux!

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Check Out The ‘Spider-Man’ Shortlist! http://www.geekscape.net/check-out-the-spider-man-shortlist http://www.geekscape.net/check-out-the-spider-man-shortlist#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:07:01 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87208 spider-man-shortlist

Sony has narrowed down their choices for the role of Peter Parker in the next live-action Spider-Man movie and is expected to make test offers in the coming weeks. The actors left to contend for the role include Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Timothee Chalamet (Homeland, Interstellar) and Liam James (The Way, Way Back), among others.

The new Spider-Man is expected to have a cameo in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War but the character won’t be needed on set until June.

Sony and Marvel had no comment regarding the shortlist.

I’m leaning towards wanting Holland or Chalamet. Who are you guys cheering for? Let us know in the comments below?

Source: The Wrap

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Want to Watch ‘Constantine’? NBC Will Stream It All Tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/want-to-watch-constantine-nbc-will-steam-it-all-tomorrow http://www.geekscape.net/want-to-watch-constantine-nbc-will-steam-it-all-tomorrow#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:51:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87198 It’s difficult being a Constantine fan. Cancellation is like an impending death sentence, a swinging pendulum swinging too close to comfort. Not all hope is lost, but how much did we lose?

After the emotional rollercoaster from a short while ago, now it looks like there’s still a fighting chance. On NBC starting tomorrow, Friday (April 24), all thirteen episodes of the entire series first season will be available to stream for free — unless you count watching two minutes of State Farm ads and Undateable spots a form of existential payment — and for a limited time.

Meanwhile, as you watch the Hellblazer do his thing, the executive producers will be going up to bat to swing for the fences as they pitch* the second season to NBC bigwigs.

I’m not sure how much these streaming numbers actually count, but this gesture speak volumes. Now it’s time to take advantage. We want more Constantine gosh darn it, so stream it! You don’t even need to actually watch it, just open it up and hit play then go back to your Excel sheets at work like you should be doing. And forward it to your friends who haven’t seen the show yet. The more the merrier!

You heard the man.

*I didn’t mean to use so many contradictory baseball metaphors.

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‘Avengers’ Fans Angry at Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner “Slut” Jokes, For Good Reason http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-fans-angry-at-chris-evans-and-jeremy-renner-slut-jokes-for-good-reason http://www.geekscape.net/avengers-fans-angry-at-chris-evans-and-jeremy-renner-slut-jokes-for-good-reason#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:11:43 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87172 With Avengers: Age of Ultron set to premiere in the United States in just over a week, the press tour has gone into overdrive, and the headlining stories have been… unfortunate. They’re anything but the movie, for one thing.

Yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. suffered an extremely uncomfortable interview that prompted him to awkwardly walk out with tears in his eyes. It was a heartbreaking, sobering moment for a man we’ve seen as a titan in armor. Today, stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are facing backlash for some questionable comments.

By questionable, I mean totally random and kind of bad.

“She’s a slut,” Jeremy Renner refers to fictional character Black Widow, the lone woman of the blockbuster super team.

“She has a prosthetic leg anyway,” says Chris Evans. (We’ll get to this one in a little bit.)

Let’s get this on the table first: They were jokes. Coming off an exhaustive shoot for a multi-million dollar movie, going on endless press tours answering the same, numbing, corporate-approved questions over and over again while struggling just to stay awake thanks to jet lag and constant media attention, Renner and Evans probably were just looking to have some fun and kick back.

However, that doesn’t excuse it from being bad jokes.

First, they’re a bit out of context. Defenders of these comments will argue that we’re taking their remarks out of context, but I question whether they actually have the ability to follow a conversation.The subject that prompted the remarks was about shipping Black Widow with some of the other Avengers (which I’d normally also stamp as sexist, but it’s such a popular topic amongst fans, particularly the female fans, there isn’t much negative baggage associated with it), and it would have just been harmless, if pointless babble.

Then Jeremy Renner called Black Widow a slut.

I mean, it’s jarring. Yeah, it’s about a fictional character, and that’s just what I’d even point out: she’s a fictional character. What the fuck is the point even mentioning her sex life? This isn’t Nymphomaniac either where sex is a major theme. This is Avengers where the goal is to sell t-shirts and toys.

It’s unfortunate this had to happen the same week Marvel — often the exemplars of progressive, inclusive storytelling and representation — are still reflecting some dumb boy’s club attitudes. In one major example, they’ve come under fire for not selling Black Widow merchandise at the same volume of her male counterparts. Being sold and marketed to isn’t exactly the pinnacle of diversity in my eyes, but it’s certainly reflective of larger attitudes at work.

More toys means more kids can grow up enjoying this stuff. It ensures the things you loved will live on for generations long after you’re rotting in the ground. Besides, pretend you’re a kid again and think about it: You don’t want others to play toys with? I was pretty lonely playing Power Rangers toys by myself as a kid, I would have been happy if anyone else, whoever they were, wanted to join me.

Black Widow, however problematic her character may be (not sure if a cold-hearted killer is a great role model for anybody) has become something of a spirit animal for much of the female Marvel fans, who are literally half the movie-going audience. The slut-shaming comments by two of the film’s stars against the one female character has caused quite the dissonance and vitriol from fans — and defenders of comedy or some kind of bullshit alike.

(I only pulled these four tweets just to illustrate, you can find far more with a simple search on Twitter or any comment on every article about this story on every other online outlet. Go nuts.)

I can’t quite subscribe to the “she’s a fictional character” argument. Not only are we in this kinda fucked up era where weirdos in Japan try to marry anime characters and you can’t surf Tumblr without readiNG CAPS-LOCK LADEN POSTS ABOUT THE FEELS AND REALNESS OF fiction, but we also project pieces of ourselves onto the inanimate figures who live only on paper and binary codes. How we treat and view those characters can be telling, because in some weird way it’s kind of how we treat ourselves. Ever took up martial arts because of your favorite Power Ranger? There’s a whole sect of ’90s kids who did.

If I really wanted to push buttons I’d say there’s a whole population of people who worship fictional characters and that I attended school for eighteen years devoted to said fictional characters, but I’m not in that kind of mood right now.

All of this is just unfortunate. Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are humans and they deserve to fuck up, whether they think they were or not.

But they’ve also demonstrated themselves to be exemplary role models, and their fame in portraying superheroes have elevated them into a unique position where once only sports athletes occupied. They literally act out acts of heroism, and to an 8-year-old kid it doesn’t matter how much CGI and rendering it took because Captain America just saved people from falling wreckage! We can debate the merits and responsibilities of celebrities as a whole all day, but that won’t change the fact that people like Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner do have young eyes watching their every move and will imitate them in every way they can.

I’m happy “slut-shaming” and other types of body-shaming actually have names and that more and more people are speaking out against them. It’s insidious discrimination, to categorize people as lesser than you without actually assigning them a specific water fountain they can drink from. It’s blatant sexism, and I can’t defend that kind of casual hate speech — and make no mistake, casual, everyday, “we’re just joking” speech does as much damage as any major protest or discriminatory law can. I can speak from experience.

These are jokes, but they’re bad jokes and they shouldn’t just be “let go.” Let’s not crucify Renner and Evans and acknowledge that we’re all hella stoked for Avengers: Age of Ultron next week. But after this and Trevor Noah,* can we finally talk about what actually constitutes as comedy and what doesn’t? Can we finally accept that “harmless” sexism is anything but harmless?

Can we just not accept people being a bunch of fucking douchebags for once?

As far as the “she’s got a prosthetic leg” comment goes, allow me to dip a toe into the misogyny pool and introduce you to someone who I’d totally take in a manly fashion.

If there’s one thing sexier than a nice pair of legs, it’s strength.

*Not sure where this belongs, but it’s necessary that we not forget that unlike Trevor Noah neither Evans or Renner have earned a paycheck doing stand-up. Arguments about defending comedy go out the window in this situation.

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Sony Is Planning An Animated Spider-Man Movie! http://www.geekscape.net/sony-is-planning-an-animated-spider-man-movie http://www.geekscape.net/sony-is-planning-an-animated-spider-man-movie#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:59:04 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87170 Spider-Man will be spinning webs all over the big screen for the next few years!

Studio head Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon on Wednesday that Sony plans to release a Spider-Man animated feature film. It will be written and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). No director has been named yet.

The press release states that “the film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”

Currently live-action Spider-Man is set to appear in Captain America: Civil War in May 2016 and in a reboot film slated for July 28, 2017.

The animated film is set to release July 20, 2018 sandwiched between an untitled Fox Marvel film scheduled the week before and an untitled DC film scheduled the week after.

So far most of Spider-Man’s animated adventures have been great and with Lord and Miller involved there is no reason to believe that this won’t be awesome! … Is there? Let us know in the comments below.

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A ‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Show Is In The Works! http://www.geekscape.net/galaxy-quest-tv-show-in-the-works http://www.geekscape.net/galaxy-quest-tv-show-in-the-works#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:26:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87163 Paramount Television is currently putting together a TV series project based on Galaxy Quest, the 1999 cult sci-fi movie about the cast of long cancelled cult sci-fi TV show! Keeping up?

In Galaxy Quest, the cast of the show reluctantly become real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and become responsible for saving an alien nation. The film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell. The film’s writer (Robert Gordon), director (Dean Parisot) and producer (Mark Johnson) are all involved in the project as potential executive producers, with Gordon penning the script.

Is there room in your crowded TV schedules for a show like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: Deadline

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: The Age of Adaline http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-the-age-of-adaline http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-movie-reviews-the-age-of-adaline#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:57:42 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87157 Back in my younger years, 2008 to be exact, I stubbornly brushed off an unusual tale of aging that went on to win a trio of Oscars. The movie was called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the film turned out to be one that I absolutely adored once I came to my senses and viewed it with an open mind. At first glance Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline transported me back to 2008, and I refused to allow myself to make the same mistake twice. So I eagerly ventured to the city for an advanced screening of this mystical love story.

Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) was born shortly after the turn of the century in 1908. Following a surprise meeting with a charming young man, she marries him less than three months later and gives birth to their daughter, Flemming. One fateful night while traveling home during a rare snow storm in California, an unexpected car accident delivers Adaline with the ability to never age. Unfortunately, this unwanted curse forces her into a remote life for many decades until she meets Ellis (Michiel Huisman), a charming young man who may be worth the risk of divulging her closely kept secret.

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The young beauty, Blake Lively, takes center stage in this whimsical tale of an ageless woman who defies science and logic in every way imaginable. Yet, despite Lively’s finest efforts, a ludicrous and blindly absurd tall-tale stands firmly in her way of success. Everything from an unnecessary and irritating narrator, whose only purpose is to spew blasphemous scientific gibberish that somehow supports this completely fabricated medical condition, all the way to a typical over-acted role by Harrison Ford that we’ve come to expect in the twilight of his career.

The Age of Adaline is a mightily flawed film that suffers from lazy writing and over-embellished dramatics. As a bull-headed Adaline refuses to give into the advances of a persistent and intriguing young man, only a rare meeting with her daughter – who at this point appears even older than she does – can sway her opinion. But in an unconvincing fashion that’s essential to the progression of the plot, Ellyn Burstyn’s character bullies her neurotic mother into pursuing a relationship with a guy that neither of them know anything about. This is just one of the many examples of cheap and paper-thin writing that plagues The Age of Adaline.

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For as unappealing and careless as the film is, The Age of Adaline does offer some exceptional cinematography and costume design. The constant flashbacks to early in Adaline’s life do a superb job of transporting the audience to that time period. Furthermore, the onscreen efforts from Blake Lively and her love interest, Michiel Huisman, are anything but a hindrance to the feature. Instead, obvious twists and turns in the screenplay blend together terribly with an out-stretched running time to ultimately tear down an already flimsy foundation.

I’m a huge fan of well-executed and wonderfully told love stories. Films like Slumdog Millionaire and Silver Linings Playbook transcend the romance norm, but do so on the back of solid story-telling and carefully constructed characters. The Age of Adaline feels more like a gimmick, and one that isn’t nearly worth the investment.

GRADE: 2/5

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Stan Lee, Steve Wozniak Announce Silicon Valley Comic Con! http://www.geekscape.net/stan-lee-steve-wozniak-announce-silicon-valley-comic-con http://www.geekscape.net/stan-lee-steve-wozniak-announce-silicon-valley-comic-con#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:27:55 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87154 Briefly: Well this is cool. It seems like California gets all of the best Comic Conventions.

This one is put together by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and his pal Stan Lee helped him announce it:

The convention aims to “celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology.”

Here’s the announcement message from Woz:

Hi Everyone,

 

I’m excited to be launching Silicon Valley Comic Con today! I’m traveling and speaking so I can’t take lots of calls, so I wanted to post this memo for you.

 

I’m teaming up with friends to make this happen because I want to give Silicon Valley it’s very own kind of Comic Con where everyone can have fun enjoying what they love. Today we’re lucky to have so many kinds of entertainment, from movies, TV shows, web series, music, video games, social media and more, and the lines between entertainment and the technology we love so much in Silicon Valley are getting blurrier every day. We’re going to create a place where all these different kinds of interests can come together, and we can come together too.

 

There are lots of fans like me in San Francisco and the Valley, and I’m excited that now we’ll have a Comic Con with our very own flavor. When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn’t cool, and that wasn’t easy. I’m happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek.

 

I’m going to be working with lots of great people to make this happen. I hope you watch the video my friend Stan Lee and I had fun making together, and I’ll be making more along the way. I’ve also got entertainment industry veteran John Alcantar on board to help us create our very own kind of Comic Con for Silicon Valley in 2016. John will help us pull the team together, and we’ll even be looking for help from volunteers to help create an event we can all be proud of. Stay tuned for more!

 

I hope I’ll see you in San Jose next year March 19-20. It’s going to be amazing!

 

Woz

Will you be attending?

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We Get The World We Deserve: HBO Debuts ‘True Detective’ Motion Posters http://www.geekscape.net/we-get-the-world-we-deserve-hbo-debuts-true-detective-motion-posters http://www.geekscape.net/we-get-the-world-we-deserve-hbo-debuts-true-detective-motion-posters#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:12:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87150 Briefly: We’re just two months away from the holy-crap-I-can’t-wait-for-it return of HBO’s True Detective, and following the second season’s first trailer a few weeks back, the network has debuted 3 motion posters for the upcoming episodes.

They all share the tagline “We get the world we deserve”, and fit in with the theme of the season, which series creator Nic Pizzolatto stated was about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

This season, “A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.”

Take a look at the motion posters below, and let us know if you’re looking forward to True Detective‘s return.

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Watch A Fantastic New Trailer For ‘Ex Machina’ http://www.geekscape.net/watch-a-fantastic-new-trailer-for-ex-machina http://www.geekscape.net/watch-a-fantastic-new-trailer-for-ex-machina#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:41:54 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87148 Briefly: This looks so freaking good.

Somehow (despite being a huge fan of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, AND Dredd) Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina somehow slipped under my radar until I saw a few post-SXSW reviews. A new trailer for the film has just hit the web, and wow, wow, wow, does this look good.

Did it slip you by too? Here’s the synopsis:

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Sounds pretty neat, right? Now check out the new trailer.

I cannot wait for Ex Machina to hit Canadian theatres. Already see it? What were your thoughts?

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EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK: Tonight on ‘Lucha Underground,’ It’s Sexy Star vs. Pentagon Jr.! http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-sneak-peek-tonight-on-lucha-underground-its-sexy-star-vs-pentagon-jr http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-sneak-peek-tonight-on-lucha-underground-its-sexy-star-vs-pentagon-jr#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87127 Once again, our friends at El Rey have hooked us up with another exciting sneak peek at this week’s Lucha Underground, featuring the one and only Sexy Star stepping up against Pentagon Jr.!

We’ve got exclusive stills from the episode at the bottom of this post, along with the clip right below.

Following the awesome Mask vs. Mask match against Super Fly, Sexy Star finds herself pitted against the monstrous Pentagon Jr. — with poor Melissa, the beautiful ring announcer of Lucha Underground still recovering from an attack sitting ringside. You can see the stress in her eyes.

This isn’t the first time it’s ever been done, and definitely not the first time on Lucha Underground, but you’ll notice that this particular match features a woman up against a man — an awful man, Pentagon Jr.

But I wouldn’t worry. Besides the fact that Sexy Star is more than capable of standing on her own, intergender wrestling has had a long and varied history.

Although rare, intergender wrestling became something of a novelty in the 1970s. It wasn’t mainstream because, I mean, obviously, but legendary funny man Andy Kaufman adopted intergender pro wrestling as one of his comedy gimmicks and became the “Intergender Champion,” a title he gave himself. After a string of staged segments where he’d wrestle women, Kaufman would go on to the now-classic feud against the Memphis legend, Jerry “The King” Lawler. You can find these segments on YouTube if you care to look.

For reasons I shouldn’t even have to flat out state, intergender pro wrestling never took off and became a part of the mainstream. They happened, but usually in extreme, absurd or chaotic storylines. It’s really not hard to see why either, the image of an intergender match can be extremely jarring and visually uncomfortable when taken too far — and this is wrestling, where everything is a few steps from too far.

But that’s what makes Lucha Underground so damn incredible. I reiterate, intergender matches have happened to varying degrees of seriousness, but in this week of Lucha Undergound it is entirely refreshing to see an honest-to-goodness battle between two stars no matter their genetics. This isn’t a trashy storyline involving baby mamas or infidelity. This is a blood feud, something that is truly inherit to pro wrestling and lucha libre.

I’ll never advocate violence against women, but in this week’s episode we see Sexy Star combat Pentagon Jr. in a genuine struggle of good versus evil. This is a contest of moral one-upmanship, the heart and soul of all of lucha libre. I can’t wait to see it.

Enjoy the exclusive gallery below and tune in to Lucha Underground tonight at 8:00 PM ET/PT on El Rey Network. Check your local listings.

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Oh, and as a bonus, here’s Johnny Mundo getting a talking-to from a certain Alberto El Patron. I saw these guys wrestle at Madison Square Garden in 2011. I’m so excited to see them flourish in Lucha Underground!

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Netflix Renews ‘Daredevil’ For Second Season! In Other News Water Is Wet http://www.geekscape.net/netflix-news-daredevil-for-second-season-in-other-news-water-is-wet http://www.geekscape.net/netflix-news-daredevil-for-second-season-in-other-news-water-is-wet#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:32:44 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87121 Can’t really say I’m surprised about this one. The hugely popular Netflix original series, Daredevil , is getting greenlit for a second season.

After only 11 days from it’s premiere, Netflix saw the overwhelming success and decided to fund the next installment, with some crew changes. Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampie Slayer) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) are now on board as LEAD showrunners with the project.

Rumor has it that production may start as early as July which moves it parallel with Luke Cage and ahead of Iron Fist and Defenders. 

Source:  Hollywood Reporter

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Geekscape 363: Writing Horror Films With Stephen Lancellotti! http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-363-writing-horror-films-with-stephen-lancellotti http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-363-writing-horror-films-with-stephen-lancellotti#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:08:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87117

Horror screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti and I have known each other longer than Geekscape has been around, both as friends and collaborators! So it was great having him on Geekscape to talk about ‘The Harvest’, the brand new horror movie that he wrote featuring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton! Stephen and I reminisce about old times and talk about the difficulties of bringing your film to the big screen! We also catch up on news like the new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ trailers! Also, Preacher has cast its Jesse Custer and Havoc is returning to the X-Men for ‘Apocalypse’! Enjoy!

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Valiant’s Bloodshot & Harbinger Coming to the Big Screen! http://www.geekscape.net/valiants-bloodshot-harbinger-coming-to-the-big-screen http://www.geekscape.net/valiants-bloodshot-harbinger-coming-to-the-big-screen#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:19:33 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87110 Last month Valiant Entertainment announced a nine-figure investment for movie and television development. Today they are announcing a five picture deal with Sony Pictures that will bring the Valiant Universe to the big screen.

Bloodshot and Harbinger will each get two movies before the fifth movie, Harbinger Wars, brings the characters together. Harbinger Wars will be inspired by the Valiant’s 2013 miniseries of the same name where Bloodshot, a nanite-enchanced soldier, clashes with Harbinger and his gang of super-powered (think X-Men) runaways.

Bloodshot will be directed by John Wick’s David Leitch and Chad Stahelski while director considerations for Harbinger are being kept under wraps for now. All five movies will be produced by Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani, along with Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe (The Fast and Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street).

Other Valiant properties in development include the action comedy Archer & Armstrong and the supernatural thriller Shadowman.

Bloodshot is set to hit theatres in 2017. Are you excited for more comic book movie crossovers? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Agent’s Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Spinoff In The Works! http://www.geekscape.net/agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-spinoff-in-the-works http://www.geekscape.net/agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-spinoff-in-the-works#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:05:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87099 Looks like ABC and Marvel want to keep the Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. money train a going.

Deadline reported just moments ago that the spinoff series will star Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood. They will be reprising their repsective roles as Mockingbird and Lance Hunter.

According to Deadline, the spinoff series will be setup by events in the current season of Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s still speculation whether it has anything to do with the teased hidden plot we’ve been given.

More details will be released once a script has been given as ABC says they will not be giving a greenlight until they have one in hand.

What are you thoughts on this possible spinoff series? Do you think Marvel is fragmenting their universe too much or spreading their creative talent too thin with all of these projects? We’d love to hear your opinion!

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‘Heroes Of The Storm’ Launches June 2nd With Open Beta May 19th! http://www.geekscape.net/heroes-of-the-storm-launches-june-2nd-with-open-beta-may-19th http://www.geekscape.net/heroes-of-the-storm-launches-june-2nd-with-open-beta-may-19th#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:54:12 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=87096 HOLY CRAP FOLKS! Blizzards take on the MOBA is ALMOST HERE! Heroes of The Storm is only a few months away!

Announced today on their official blog, Blizzard bears it all.

Heroes of the Storm will launch with more than 30 playable Heroes, over 130 Skins, 14 steadfast mounts, and 7 dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique challenges to overcome—and even more Heroes, Skins, Mounts, and Battlegrounds are on the way! Over the last year we’ve also implemented over 430 different color Tints across our Heroes, Skins, and Mounts to help you customize your look so you can brawl in style. These color options will continue to be unlockable for free as you play your Heroes and seek to master them on field of battle. Rest assured that we’ll have even more exciting Heroes developments in the coming months.

I for one, am extremely excited for this title. I’m not a HUGE fan of MOBA’s, but respect the genre and its popularity. It’s a game of skill, where the players ability shines through. I equate games like LoL and DOTA 2 to that of Counter-Strike. The best part of Heroes of The Storm  is the crossovers! Who doesn’t love a good crossover?!

 

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