Geekscape podcasts, news, features Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:40:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape TV-G The ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ Teaser Trailer Soars In! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:40:27 +0000 The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! No! Not Black Friday! I’m talking about the arrival of the new Star Wars teaser trailer that we DON’T have to go to the theaters to enjoy (but we still probably should ‘cuz big screen and all)!

This trailer doesn’t give us much, but we do get to see some amazing new tweaks to the Star Wars universe, including a cool ball droid, a tri-saber, the new look Stormtroopers and shots of newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in action.

Many of us have been skeptical since the Prequels, keeping our growing excitement at bay, but when that John Williams score kicks in and you see the Millennium Falcon take on some tie fighters you can’t help but get those old familiar chills from your childhood!

Too bad those of us in the US have to wait until December 18, 2015 to see the rest!

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 107: Hollyhocks from Ashen Phoenix Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:54:24 +0000 Ashen Phoenix is back! This time with model Hollyhocks! Holly is a charming and eccentric model/cosplayer who opens up about her favorite characters to cosplay as, her life as a single mom and her love of 90’s everything. Also before the interview check out my brief interview with Kevin Hock the writer of Fantasy Killer an amazing new horror/comedy comic book.

The song during the intro is #nudesforsatan by Ichabod Crane.

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Guillermo del Toro Just Completed A “Justice League Dark” Script Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:35:23 +0000 Renowned director Guillermo del Toro just submitted a new script based on the Justice League Dark comic series (tentatively titled Dark Universe) to Warner Bros. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

According to Forbes and /Film, del Toro’s script will feature DC horror staples Swamp Thing, The Demon, Deadman, The Spectre, and among others, John Constantine. I hope Zatanna Zatara is in there somewhere. del Toro has been working on Justice League Dark for several years now, but the last anyone heard about it was vague updates about a story bible. Until today.

With Warner Bros. desperate for any new franchise — and have been since Harry Potter completed his studies and Christopher Nolan’s Batman stopped doing Batman-y things — the studio might be more receptive to the fertile ground that is DC’s occult universe. While Warner Bros. does have Justice League and other associated superhero movies slated for the next several years, they all rely on the success of Batman v. Superman, and while the financial success of that movie is pretty much a given it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the studio to be cooking up other things. The Justice League Dark offers a wealth of fresh characters still relatively unknown and have the potential to be their own powerhouse. At best, they can be the true, symbolically new Universal monsters for the 21st century.

It is also entirely unknown whether or not Dark Universe will tie into the previously-mentioned Justice League movies. A year ago Guillermo del Toro said it was a possibility, but Badass Digest says it’s a sturdy no. I can’t see why not, although I’d understand if they want to focus on building each universe to be their own thing first before expanding into one giant clusterf*ck.

Still, there are reasons for pause. del Toro is currently knee-deep in post-production of Crimson Peak, and shortly after he’ll be taking on continuing Pacific Rim. On top of that, I’m pretty sure executive producing The Strain requires a lot of attention. Even if Warner Bros. executives love del Toro’s script and immediately greenlight it, we won’t see a glimpse of it until maybe 2017. A final film maybe in 2018 or 2019, and that’s being optimistic. (I just realized Power Rangers will be an actual thing by then, and I just got mad del Toro isn’t working on that.)

Elsewhere, NBC’s Constantine struggles to stay on television. News about the show’s continuation are still up in the air, but in the meantime you can watch all five episodes aired so far in their entirety here, free!

I’ve said before how Constantine on NBC is a chance to see the league on television and be totally amazing. I’m still processing how the show might die but a league story may live on a greater scale than I could have imagined.

While movie Constantine pretties himself to return to the big screen, TV Constantine is a drunken pledge passed out at a frat party. He’ll be fine! No, don’t call the cops yet! Wait! Just, turn his head over or something.

Are you excited for a big-screen Justice League Dark movie as I am? Comment below.

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Black Friday Shopping? ReedPOP’s 25% off sale has you hooked up! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:44:43 +0000 Geekscape and ReedPOP, the company that puts on NYCC (and other cons) have been buddy buddy for about 2 years, since our first time at NYCC. And now they have a Black Friday deal they wanted me to share with you Geekscapists!

Why risk your life going out on Black Friday when ReedPOP has a 25% off sale of Marvel exclusive merch and t-shirts and other items in their store? And it’s not just Marvel. They’ve got some great Star Trek and Star Wars apparel as well. A lot of these items (like the RARE Rocket Raccoon Plush) won’t be available past 12/31, and some of it is already sold out, so you’ll want to take a look at their selections on the ReedPOP site.


You so want this…!


Here’s a quick link to the Limited Edition Marvel stuff if you want to get a head start on your X-Mas shopping (I wear a size Large. Just sayin’…).

We’re definitely going to pick up a few things this Friday and may even be giving some of them away on the site or on the show so keep watching this space!

And to see OUR experience at NYCC, just watch this video from the Con!

And oh yeah! Some of the cool things that will be on sale from our friends this Friday:

Messenger Bag

Hydra/SHIELD Messenger Bag


Black Widow Track Jacket


Daredevil Shirt


Nova Corps T-Shirt


Ant-Man Shirt

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Fandom Planet 72: Enter the Vinyl Vault Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:02:06 +0000 Tim and Sax look at some of the hold comic themed records from the days when The Riddler could release an album and ever kid in American would buy it. Also they mostly suck. Plus some ranting about whatever pissed us off and some fantastic “News of the Doomed” including a cheese fire that shuts down a tunnel… you’ll have to listen for an explanation.

]]> 0 Audio Comics,Fandom Planet,Powers And Carr,Sax Carr,The Riddler,Tim Powers Tim and Sax look at some of the hold comic themed records from the days when The Riddler could release an album and ever kid in American would buy it. Also they mostly suck. Plus some ranting about whatever pissed us off and some fantastic "News of the... Tim and Sax look at some of the hold comic themed records from the days when The Riddler could release an album and ever kid in American would buy it. Also they mostly suck. Plus some ranting about whatever pissed us off and some fantastic "News of the Doomed" including a cheese fire that shuts down a tunnel... you'll have to listen for an explanation. Geekscape no 1:27:30
Geekscape Giveaway: Win A HUGE Digital Video Games Live Prize Pack! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:31:22 +0000 We love Video Games Live. In fact, we were just talking about the VGL and its incredible co-creator Tommy Tallarico on the latest episode of Geekscape Games!

I was lucky enough to experience a Video Games Live performance back in April of 2011, and since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting for VGL to return  somewhere near me, as it to this day remains one of the most mind-blowing musical experiences that I’ve ever been a part of, and I would really, really, really love to experience it again (and I missed it at SDCC… bah).

My iTunes library is filled with frequently-on-repeat Video Games Live content, and as such I’m beyond excited for the currently-in-crowdfunding Level 4 album to finally be released.

The Kickstarter is already over its funding goal with just three days left to contribute, but Tommy and co. have set up some stretch goals to bring us even more content, and if it can get enough funds, another full length concert video (who wouldn’t want that?). Video Games Live: Level 4 is set to be a studio recorded album, and being able to relive another concert would just be icing on the cake. Check out the Kickstarter video for the campaign below, and keep reading to learn how you could win an AMAZING VGL price pack.

So, you want to hear about what you could win, huh? Well, one lucky reader is set to win a HUGE digital Video Games Live prize pack. Here’s what it includes:


(digital album)

This 25 song Special Edition Collectors album was created for the Kickstarter campaign as a bonus gift for anyone who pledged $5 or more. It includes music from VGL creator and game composer Tommy Tallarico, VGL conductor (and Grammy Award winner) Christopher Tin (Civilization IV), VGL guest conductor (and Grammy nominated) Austin Wintory (Journey), VGL guest conductor Eimear Noone, Balder’s Gate II composer Craig Garfinkle, VGL performer Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer), VGL vocalist Jillian Aversa (Halo, God of War), Andrew “zircon” Aversa (Soul Calibur V, Street Fighter II HD), YouTube vocal sensation Peter Hollens, VGL performer and internet sensation Viking Jesus, a special OCRemix FF VI “Terra’s Theme” from Zelda Symphony Music Director Chad Seiter AND MORE!


(digital album)
This is the reason we started the Kickstarter campaign in the first place! Video Games Live: Level 3 is the 3rd album of symphonic & rock video game music from the award winning 10 year+ world touring Video Games Live concert series. The album was recorded with a 72+ piece orchestra, 80+ person choir and full rock band consisting of world famous game composers from around the world. Each music segment in Video Games Live is personally arranged and orchestrated by the original composers and also uses input from the actual game designers & producers and game developers & publishers.

The album track list consist of NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Video Games Live music arrangements from game franchises including Shadow of the Colossus, Skyrim, Journey, Zelda, Pokemon, Monkey Island, Final Fantasy, Chrono Cross, Dota 2, Silent Hill, World of Warcraft, Beyond Good & Evil, Street Fighter II, Portal, Tetris AND MORE! (final setlist to be contingent on game publisher approval).


Earthworm Jim Original Artwork
This is a digital copy of original artwork of Earthworm Jim playing a guitar created exclusively for Tommy Tallarico (composer of Earthworm Jim) from Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNaple.


(Special Extended Collectors Edition – digital album)
This was a studio recorded album but the Special Extended Collectors Edition includes studio & live performances never before released including Castlevania, Halo, Mass Effect, Myst III, Earthworm Jim, Advent Rising AND MORE!


(Special Extended Collectors Edition – digital album)
This was our live album that went along with our PBS Special and DVD/Blu-Ray. The Special Extended Collectors Edition includes additional live performances never before released including Kingdom Hearts, Warcraft, Tron AND MORE!


(digital album)
This album produced by Journey composer Austin Wintory is being made specifically for this project based on the Grammy nominated Journey soundtrack


This is a digital copy of the Video Games Live Tron Light Cycle blueprint used to make the life-sized Tron Light Cycle that appears in the show.



(digital copy)

This is a digital copy of our award-winning DVD/Blu-Ray filmed as part of our PBS Special.


(digital album)
Includes 28 digitally recorded and re-mastered songs with live instruments and uniquely arranged remixes.


(digital album)
Contains 29 digitally recorded songs from 12 games including Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Treasures of the Deep, Spot Goes to Hollywood, Madden Football, Skeleton Warriors AND MORE! NOT SOLD IN STORES OR ONLINE! ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS OFFER!


(digital – .pdf format)
A digital copy of the conductors score used for the Video Games Live Classic Arcade Medley segment containing over 25 Classic Arcade Games in chronological order.


(digital – .pdf format)
This is a digital copy of the piano sheet music used in Video Games Live from the fan favorite mega-hit “Cohen’s Masterpiece” by Garry Schyman, also known as “Scherzo No. 7 – Andante con Fuoco” from the game BioShock.


A beautiful hi-res digital poster from our 2013 Blizzard shows in China.


A beautiful hand drawn digital art poster from our 2008 tour in Taiwan.



(digital album)
An exclusive and rare, out-of-print digital download of the MDK Soundtrack album


(digital album)
Released in 1994, this was the very first video game album to ever be released worldwide and on a major record label (Capitol Records). Contains digitally recorded music from The Terminator – Sega CD, Global Gladiators, Cool Spot, RoboCop vs. The Terminator AND MORE! OUT OF PRINT! NOT SOLD IN STORES OR ONLINE! ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS OFFER!


(digital – .pdf format)
A digital copy of the conductors score used for the Video Games Live Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross medley.


(digital album)
Featuring 15 brand new tracks composed in the varied styles of Frank’s past game soundtracks. While Frank has largely been synonymous with his “Rocktronic” style since composing the themes of the popular Command & Conquer series, This 7th solo offering contains quite a bit more variety, featuring the styles of 8-bit, 16-bit, ragtime, classical, electronica, metal, and symphonic rock just to name a few.


A beautiful hi-res digital poster from our 2012/2013 WORLD TOUR.


(digital – .pdf format)
Digital conductors scores from the following Video Games Live segments: Kingdom Hearts, Earthworm Jim, Advent Rising, Halo Trilogy, World of Warcraft (Montage), Command & Conquer (Hell’s March) & End of Nations.

Pretty amazing, huh? It’s actually valued at over $1500!

Since this giveaway is digital, it doesn’t matter what country you’re in! All that you need to do is share this post on your Facebook / Twitter profile, and email a screengrab of your share to (this will also get us your email address for delivery)!

So, get sharing, and please, please consider backing Video Games Live: Level 4. I want to see that concert!


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Geekscape 343: Catching Up On Comics With Matt Hiscox! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:47:17 +0000 It’s been a while since we talked comics… so this episode is going to roll deep in the four colored funnies! Matt Hiscox, my cohost from The Comic Book Show on Twin Galaxies Live, guests on Geekscape to talk about all things Marvel and DC (and maybe some indie titles too)! Are the big events starting to wear the comic book renaissance thin again? What comic book TV shows are worth watching? Can Jonathan stay on top of DC’s Multiversity (especially after Pax Americana)? Is Grant Morrison the greatest writer in comics? And why José Luis García-López is the unsung hero of comic book art! There’s a lot of comic book talk on this episode but stay with us! You won’t regret it!

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The Latest Episode Of ‘Super Power Beat Down’ Pits Batman Against Darth Vader! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:40:22 +0000 Briefly: The latest episode of Machinima’s bad-ass Super Power Beat Down is here, and it makes for what must be the coolest matchup yet: Batman vs. Darth Vader.

Instantly, you’d think that Batman wouldn’t have a chance against the power of the Force, but he definitely has some tricks up his sleeve, doesn’t he? As Machinima notes, “This will be Batman’s third appearance and Darth Vadar’s second appearance in the beloved live-action series that pits two super powered legends in a winner-take-all battle – with the victor determined by more than a 1/4 million fans who cast their votes on the SPBD home page. The Caped Crusader is currently 1-1 on SPBD, with a decisive victory over Deadpool and a crushing defeat at the hands of Wolverine. Vader, meanwhile won his only death match as he took down Gandalf in 2012.”

The show averages an impressive 1.8 million views per episode, which is definitely a testament to how freaking cool it is.

You can take a look at the latest episode below, and be sure to let us know who you think should win!

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The Park is Open: “Jurassic World” Trailer Now Online! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:15:47 +0000 Ahead of its scheduled Thanksgiving weekend debut, the trailer for the new Jurassic World has been released online! Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and — whoa, BD Wong!

Colin Trevvorow sits in the director’s chair, but the man himself Steven Spielberg is on board serving as executive producer.

From the press release:

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

Well, I know what I’ll be watching over and over this weekend.

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Crowdfund This: ‘Nosferatu – The Feature Film Remix’ Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:47:16 +0000 Seeing Doug Jones as Count Orlock is a pretty amazing thing. Imagine a feature film worth of this:


Doug Jones, along with director David Lee Fisher and a crew of exceptional talent (including Academy Award Nominated special effects artist Mike Elizalde) want to bring the horror classic Nosferatu back to life in an extremely interesting way.

They’re calling it Nosferatu – The Feature Film Remix, and are using technology they developed on previous projects to add and adapt original footage with new props and actors. The project’s Kickstarter video shows off some of this technology in motion, and it actually looks pretty unbelievable. As described, they call the technology a “visual remix.”  Nosferatu’s production will use this same revolutionary process, but to a much higher degree of quality due to great advances in software, cameras and computer power; allowing us higher cinematic quality and far more dynamic sets and locations.”


If you’re unfamiliar with Nosferatu, here’s how they describe it:

The original, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrorwas the first vampire tale ever filmed, and is widely considered the cornerstone of horror cinema. Shot in 1921 and directed by F.W.Murnau, the film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Upon its release, Stoker’s widow ordered all copies of the film burned. Fortunately a single print survived.

The history of the film is pretty amazing on its own, but Fisher, Jones, and crew re-adapting the film for a new audience could keep the legend alive for years and years to come.

Of course, to make this dream a reality (and to give Doug Jones what sounds like his dream role), this project needs our help. Nosferatu – The Feature Film Remix is sitting at just $34, 421 of its $60, 000 goal… with just eight days left to go. It’s a project that looks beyond deserving of our funds, and it’s one that really needs every dollar possible at this point to get there.

Of course, there are a ton of great rewards in store for backing Nosferatu. There’s the standards; DVD’s, digital copies, Blu Rays, etc. But there are also some extremely unique rewards available if one wants them badly enough; sculptures of Orlock in various sizes, Skype conversations with freaking Doug Jones himself, studio tours of Spectral Motion sound… this stuff all sounds incredible.

In any case, take a lookout the project’s Kickstarter video below, and head here to back! If you can’t back, share with your friends, as this is a project that we would all love to see happen.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Has Found Its Director! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:11:59 +0000 Briefly: According to THR, the highly-anticipated and long-overdue Wonder Woman has finally found a director, and it’s Breaking Bad director and executive producer Michelle MacLaren. Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder is of course on board to executive produce the film.

MacLaren has also directed episodes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and was apparently the top contender after an extended search for a female director on the project.

Further details on the film are still scarce, but we’ll be sure to fill you in as we learn more! Wonder Woman hits theatres in 2017!



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This New ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Gameplay Trailer Will Blow Your Freaking Mind Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:03:24 +0000 Briefly: Well this is a kick-ass trailer, and as disappointed as we were when Batman: Arkham Knight was pushed far into 2015, we’re more than happy with the way it looks to be turning out.

Today’s trailer is called the “Ace Chemicals Infiltration Trailer: Part 1″, and shows Bats saving workers from an infiltrated chemical plant. We also see some amazingly bad-ass usage of the Batmobile, as well as… You know what, just watch the trailer, but only if you feel like immediately pre-ordering the title.

Take a look at the video below, and let us know what you think! Batman: Arkham Knight hits PS4 and Xbox One on June 2nd, 2015!

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The First Episode Of Telltale’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ To Launch Next Month! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:51:17 +0000 Briefly: If you’ve listened to the last episode of Geekscape Games, or have been following Geekscape in any capacity as of late, you’ll know just how damned excited we are for Telltale’s Game of Thrones (or… anything by Telltale Games).

Following the first trailer from last week, the company has revealed just when you’ll be able to get your hands on the game’s first episode. The official Steam listing for the game states that Season One will start in December, and a Telltale spokesperson noted that “We’re anticipating an early December premiere for the first episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series. Standby @telltalegames on twitter for an announcement expected very soon.”

According to Steam, the game’s PC/Mac System Requirements are as follows:


OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI or NVIDIA card w/512 MB RAM
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c sound device
Additional Notes: Not Recommended for Intel integrated graphics
OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
Processor: 2.3 Ghz Intel
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Additional Notes: Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBook

Are you looking forward to the title? Or do you just want more The Walking Dead? How about that Tales From The Borderlands? Sound out below!


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Geekscape Games Podcast: Level 7 – Super Smash Of Thrones: Omega Ruby And Alpha Unity Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:29:54 +0000 Join Derek, Josh, Juan and Shane as they discuss the last week in games!

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This Week

Postal 1 HD Remake.

Far Cry 4 Alternate Ending.

“Too much water. 7.8/10″

Nintendo turns 125.

More Amiibo’s!

Nintendo allowing derivative works.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones teaser trailer & screenshots.


Jetset Radio figure gets announced.

G4 TV is dead. Again.

Ubisoft blaming AMD for Assassin’s Creed: Unity PC issues.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity errata.

Super Smash Bros. for WiiU

Project M.

Hyrule Warriors.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd.

Digimon Allstar Rumble.

Tales of Heart R.

This Week’s Listener Mission Objective

What gaming gift are you most thankful for?

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NBC Halts “Constantine,” Series’ Future Unknown Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:08:04 +0000 The “Keep Constantine On-Air Watch 2014″ is nigh here at Geekscape HQ (aka, my desk at home). According to Deadline, NBC has halted production on Constantine after work on the initial 13-episode order was completed. The network will still air the remaining episodes at its usual time slot while they decide what to do next. Renewal or an episode order past thirteen episodes is a possibility at this moment, but the situation is delicate.

I like to imagine NBC executives are now pacing around the room, with an intern scribbling on a yellow legal pad with “PROS” and “CONS” written on opposite sides.

From Deadline:

NBC had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.

Constantine has not been a breakout the way fellow NBC Friday genre drama Grimm was in its debut. But NBC brass were probably encouraged by the freshman’s +38% week-to-week ratings jump for Episode 5 this Friday to a 1.1 among adults 18-49 in Live+Same day, the show’s highest mark since the series debut, and by its best retention of the Grimm lead-in, also since the series debut. Additionally, Constantine, based on the DC property, has strong fan base because of its comic origins and has seen big DVR lifts, most recently rising +81% in Live+3 for Episode 4, regarded by fans as a possible creative turning point in the series.

I don’t know what to blame should Constantine be canceled. I’d like to blame something, because that’s just how I pathetically occupy my time, and I point the finger at timing or lack of week-of promotion. Friday nights might be a “death slot” but that hasn’t stopped shows from finding an audience. It seems no one paid attention in the week it premiered, no matter how many ads they bought on YouTube, and definitely no one paid attention in week two which was Halloween night. That has left just the last few weeks for the show to build an audience — and it has! — but on the executives’ end of things it may not have come soon enough. All the summer hype seemed to fade when it came to the week of the premiere. Who in the marketing department slacked off?

It still baffles me how The Walking Dead succeeded premiering on Halloween night in 2010.

Deadline had some additional information that made me chuckle:

NBC has been supportive of the show, running a marathon of episodes on cable sibling Syfy this weekend and slating Constantine cast members to appear on the network’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade next week.

Having the cast show up on one of the biggest daytime television events of the year? That just might do the trick! If not, at least we’ll have the memory of an Alan Moore creation smiling next to Santa Claus in the most corporate of carnivals in the 21st century. That’s a scary enough thought to last a lifetime. See? Constantine IS a horror show!

Speaking of the cast, remember when I spoke to executive producer David S. Goyer and actors Matt Ryan and Angelica Celaya about the show at this year’s New York Comic-Con? Good times.

My fellow Constantine fans should hope for the best, but after my heart was broken with the cancellation of Selfie (I’m serious) I’m preparing for the worst. Still, hope is not lost! If you want the show to remain on air, show support and watch live (ESPECIALLY you bastards who are in Neilsen homes) and flood your social media as much as possible. No one cares about that Mumford & Sons lyric anyway, so tweet #Constantine instead!

Meanwhile, “Danse Vaudou” was last week’s episode, and was also probably the best of the season (so far).

(Psst. If you haven’t seen Constantine yet, allow me from a few weeks ago to convince you why you should!)

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Tease The Hell Out Of Yourself With The First Footage From ‘Jurassic World’! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:21:21 +0000 Briefly: We’re generally not fans of the whole trailer-for-a-trailer phenomenon that seems to be so hot right now, but we’ll take anything that we can get from the don’t-call-it-a-reboot Jurassic World.

Today it was revealed that the full trailer will hit the web next Thursday (that’s a great Thanksgiving gift for all you ‘Muricans), and along with that reveal, Universal has debuted a short teaser featuring the first footage from the anticipated film.

The footage is very, very brief, simply telling us that ‘The park is open’ before showing us some of the film’s beautiful stars (especially Chris Pratt) and some gorgeous dinos.

For now, we’ll have to settle for this short snippet, but be sure to check back on Thursday for the full Jurassic World trailer!

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NBC’s “Constantine” Ratings Spike 28%, But Things Could Be Better Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:49:59 +0000 NBC’s Constantine has gone from hyped genre TV train to a little engine that just maybe can. The excitement from this past summer, as I’ve written before, has kind of vanished, but there’s a renewed vigor amongst fans on social media to keep the show going after cancellation seemed like a possibility just a few short weeks ago. Executive producer Daniel Cerone tweeted this early this afternoon:

I’m not sure just how good exactly a 1.1 is, but because it’s Fridays nights I’m sure the rules are a little different. Ratings, ultimately, are a totally archaic and old-school perspective on television and if I had the power I’d do away with them completely. It’s unfair that a small portion of the TV viewing audience dictates what everyone else gets to see. But because that’s how the game is still played, we have to live with it for now.

While the ratings have spiked, there is still a way to go. The numbers could be better, and the show’s quality — while improving — is still erratic and both the storytelling and the filmmaking are kind of messy. It’s a fun show for sure, but stacked against fellow DC series like The Flash and it pales in comparison.

But congratulations are in order to the cast and crew of Constantine for finally being able to etch out their audience and stay in the fight. As you know, I’m a total supporter for the show (as a lover of Power Rangers for two decades, I always root for potential, and Constantine has that in spades). If you haven’t watched it yet now is the time to dive in. Last night’s episode, “Danse Vaudou,” sees the return of Papa Midnite and is easily the best episode of the season so far. That’s kind of a dubious statement since it is only just the fifth episode, but if the upward trajectory in quality that the show-makers have demonstrated continues, we’re bound to be in for a hell of a ride. I can’t wait for next week.

It demands repeating: Constantine has the entire occult corner of the DC Universe covered. While The Flash and Arrow take on superheroes and super beings, Constantine‘s territory is the supernatural. Should the show thrive, we’re going to see characters like Swamp Thing and Zatanna. Without spoiling, we were introduced to Jim Corrigan (played by Emmett Scanlan), and the producers have made it pretty clear that he will be The Spectre eventually.

I reiterate that I am not paid or sponsored in any way by NBC Universal, DC Comics, or anybody involved with the production of Constantine. I’m just a fan who wants good television to stay on the air. You can watch Constantine on NBC, Friday nights at 10 PM EST. Set your DVR or something. Remember, even Arrow was kind of bad at first.

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Brand New “Power Rangers Dino Charge” Teaser Has Almost Entirely New Footage Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:01:21 +0000 Power Rangers Super Megaforce mercifully came to an end today. Two years a “Legendary War” was hyped that lasted just under four minutes and was predominantly recycled Gokaiger scenes. There’s supposed to be an extended cut airing this Monday night, but safe to say fans have moved on to greener pastures. Those pastures being 2015’s Power Rangers Dino Charge.

After the abysmal finale to the abysmal Super Megaforce, Nickelodeon aired a brand-new teaser to Power Rangers Dino Charge, different than what was shown at this year’s Power MorphiCon and Licensing Expo.

It’s almost entirely new footage! And we get a great look at the villain, the first original villain in Power Rangers since the Disney era. But the teaser itself is really just okay, and not too different from what a Megaforce promo looked like.

But it’s Dino Charge! There are legitimate reasons to be excited. Beloved producer Judd Lynn has returned to helm the series, and the characters just look great. For those unfamiliar with showrunner Judd Lynn, it’s the rough equivalent of having Bruce Timm (showrunner of the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series) work on Gotham. But the standout is actress Camille Hyde, who will be playing the Pink Ranger. While unfortunate she’s the only woman on the team (for now), she is breaking ground as the first black Pink Ranger, which is a first in the twenty-plus years that Power Rangers has been on air. Twenty years. Better late than never. And hey, not even the Marvel movies have a black female superhero.

Also of note is Yoshua Sudarso, playing the Blue Ranger. On the surface he’s a pretty boy model and extremely athletic stuntman, but if you catch him on social media you will see just how dyed-in-the-wool nerd he is of the franchise. He’s constantly on the closed (but not secret) Facebook Rangers group — the largest network of Power Rangers fans on Facebook — gushing about Super Sentai and working with the stunt crew. He reminds me of David Tennant, who was obsessed with Doctor Who as a child and grew up to become a powerhouse of a Doctor himself. He even has cool hair like Tennant.

For me, it’s just nice to be excited about Power Rangers again, because Super Megaforce left me a vegetable.

Power Rangers Dino Charge will air in early 2015 on Nickelodeon. Will you be watching?

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: “Late Phases” Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:55:11 +0000 LatePhases_Poster

It isn’t difficult to be overwhelmed with a sense of dread when amongst retirement homes or communities. Although retirement community residents retain much more independence and dignity than home residents, there is still has an emptiness that can’t be fulfilled. It is life worn out, the light of yesteryear faded and burned. Of course, perspectives vary on how to spend one’s twilight, but generally speaking there are two options: Stay dwelling in the ghosts of yesteryear, or go out kicking and screaming in a blaze of glory.

Ambrose McKinley chose option three: Showdown with a werewolf.

Adrián García Bogliano has roared in his English-language debut with Late Phases, an expertly-crafted throwback to ’80s monster movies for modern audiences that is bound to be a new indie classic someday. Nick Damici stars as Ambrose, a blind Vietnam War veteran who has moved into a retirement community. A lesser movie would have had a needless arc of Ambrose refusing to admit he’s silvered, but Ambrose has embraced his age. Rather, his issues lie with his son Will (Ethan Embry), who has moved on in his life and treats his father as a kind of burden. Ambrose just wants some peace before he kicks the bucket, wherever and whenever that will be.

But where is Crescent Bay, a retirement community at the edge of a deep forrest. It’s a perfectly normal, if quiet and somewhat religious community, until Ambrose is attacked and his beloved seeing-eye dog and next-door neighbor are viciously murdered by a giant… thing. Ambrose is blind, and no one in the town, not even the police, want to admit what it is. Either they don’t know or they don’t want to know, but Ambrose — “23 United States Army, 5 years Vietnam” — for damn sure well. With revenge on his mind and his gun in hand, Ambrose spends the next month, until the next full moon, preparing for revenge. On paper that sounds like a riot, like an old school monster movie — and, yeah, Late Phases is! — but the movie is in fact kind of subdued, and in between the encounters with the werewolf the movie is very much a drama about a father and son.  It’s a quiet riot, if you will. It has a brisk pace at a calculated speed, and truly unlike other indie horror movies of its kind.

Late Phases, the title, refers to more than just the moon. It refers to everyone in Crescent Bay, spending their last days in relative peace besides the monthly werewolf murder. And it especially refers to Ambrose himself. In action movies, a man with nothing to lose is a tired trope, but in horror it’s fertile ground. In fact, the choice of protagonist is a supremely unique choice given the genre. Horror, unlike other genres, frequently employs tropes like horny teenagers and the well-known “final girl,” but here the film is centered on a grizzled war vet. A blind vet. It is really, really difficult for me to say that a film is unique when its protagonist is an old white dude and make you believe that is a good thing, but watching Nick Damici as Ambrose gives the film a dynamic unlike many other monster movies before it. The last badass white guy in the center of a monster movie I recall was a superhero Van Helsing. Ambrose isn’t a superhero, but he’s a man with nothing to lose. Hell, he’s already lost one of his senses. And still, the terror never goes away.

And what terror! The very design of the werewolf is ingenious, and its fee-fi-fo-fum presence utterly chilling. There’s something about the old school costume design and the body language the werewolf actors employ. It is both animalistic and alien, like a foreign creature from a totally other world. But I need to give a round of applause to the sound editors above all. From the banging doors to the howl of the werewolf, the blood-churning sound engineering really sells the atmosphere of the film. Even when the werewolves look their goofiest from certain shots, their growls and howls keep them a force to be feared. What’s weird: They used stock library dragon growls. And somehow, they still manage to make that work.

A word about Ambrose’s blindness. It’s a weird character trait for sure. In the end, there’s no payoff from him being blind. I’m sure there’s a deep reading you can make of it somewhere, but Ambrose could have had 20/20 vision and his character arc would have been roughly the same. But there is a wonderful dynamic for a blind man to be in a horror movie, a monster movie at that. To remove sight from the central protagonist in a monster movie kind of removes an element of visual fear for the character, so when it comes to pointing a gun at them they won’t blink twice (uh, so to speak). Yet, his background as a Vietnam War vet could have easily sufficed. His blindness didn’t need to add to that.

Bogliano and cinematographer Ernesto Herrera know how to direct the camera, and their vision of horror action is both novel and superb. A lesser film would have shook the camera to a frenzy, because that’s just how things are now. But Bogliano remains steadier than others, and no matter how dark the picture the action is clear and concise. Ambrose, being a Vietnam vet, chooses guerrilla tactics that’s best described as a cross between Eastwood and Home Alone. But it’s good! The film does not resort to absurdity to tell its story, and you will not see this old dude bring out an AK-47 he just happened to have in his closet. He’s a soldier, not a gun-toting maniac. The Vietnam part of his military career was careful. He doesn’t just know how to kill. He knows how to survive.

Damici sticks out, and for good reason. His New York accent and Army vet swagger separates him from the rest of Crescent Bay. He’s an outsider, and he doesn’t belong playing nice with wannabe elder WASPs still trying to keep appearances. But he finds kindred spirits with the local church’s pastor, Father Roger (character actor Tom Noonan), both outsiders aimlessly seeking to make up past sins somehow. But Damici is a powerhouse, and his presence in Crescent Bay is probably the most exciting thing that has happened to the community in awhile. The werewolf comes every month, they’re kind of used to that by now, but Ambrose? They weren’t prepared for him.

Despite how much he’s pissed off Crescent Bay, he hasn’t pissed anyone else more than his own son Will. It’s understood that Will’s mother had something to do with Ambrose and his son’s tiff, but in the end the specific thing that caused their riff is no real matter. Sometimes you don’t even remember why you fight with someone for so long, you just know that you can’t stand them and need no other reason to. It sounds like a fault, but the chemistry between Damici and Embry carry weight that sells their history well enough that you won’t need to ask so many questions. You kind of just get it.

Late Phases is really just a really good indie horror movie, warts and all. And there are warts, but to go over them in detail would be needless nitpicking. Some of the other characters could be better developed, primarily the women, but the movie is really just one soldier with family issues against a monster. Almost everything else is second. It’s fascinating that the film accomplishes to both terrify and excite, and that it only uses the monster sparingly demonstrates just how good the central character and his inner turmoil is. You come for the werewolf fight, you stay to see a man struggle to be a father to a grown-up son. There’s more I could talk about but it would be giving away far too much. It’s an expertly-paced monster movie with surprisingly dramatic elements that all form to make up a new kind of horror movie, one that is bound to find a dedicated, hardcore audience in the years to come.

Geekscape gives Late Phases a 4/5. It is a monster movie unlike anything else with a compelling central character, emotionally strong inner and outer conflicts, and one hell of an atmosphere. You seriously need to see the werewolf transformation.

Late Phases is out now in theaters and Video on Demand.

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Geekscape Interviews: “Epochalypse” Author Jonathan Hennessey! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:46:24 +0000 Jonathan Hennessey’s passion for American history is almost infectious. Shortly after our conversation I felt like watching 1776 or even playing some Assassin’s Creed IIIHis published works to date have been made up of graphic novel/history textbook hybrids, such as The United States Constitution: A Graphic Novel Adaptation and The Comic Book Story of Beer. Yes, beer! Now, Hennessey enters the realm of fictional storytelling with his new series, the sci-fi epic Epochalypse, from Legendary Comics.

Six hundred years have collapsed into one time and space. Whole societies from the past and present are forced to co-exist in a single dystopian civilization. In an effort to maintain order and restore the timeline, government “Resynchronization Officers” seek out “anachronisms,” items from the future that threaten the laws of time.

One officer in particular rises up to hunt down the criminal dealer, The Salesman, and the elusive scientist Dr. Tomorrow. Standing in his way: shadowy agencies, rebel militias, and his own forbidden desires.

Before we get to Epochalypse, I want to talk about you. You describe yourself as “American history is my muse.” How and where did your love for American history begin?

Hennessey: I will admit I didn’t always love it. I was raised in Massachusetts and [although] I was never in the military myself, I was born on an army base and my father was in the service for a pretty good chunk of my life. So I was just sort of surrounded by it. I remember having little 4th of July parades in the condo complex where my parents lived, wearing those little tricorn hats and pretend muskets. But it gets so in your face when you live in Massachusetts, that it’s just something you get bored of. So I was sort of not interested in it for a long time. And then in my twenties, I became a sort of “born again” American history geek, I would say. I was riding a bicycle … I would say cross-country [but] it wasn’t quite that far, I started in Massachusetts up to Montreal and down to Texas [in Austin] where I lived for several years. Along the way, I went with a buddy of mine, and we were coming back [from Canada], on the New York stateside of Lake Champlain. And we kept running into these John Brown sites. John Brown, being the guy in the 1850s, he was this crazy, sort of radical abolitionist. Terrorist, really.

I remember him.

Hennessey: He wanted to incite a slave uprising. And he wanted all slaves to rise up and kill their masters, and it was gonna be his job to start it and he was going to hand out weapons. He was gonna go through Virginia handing out like, haldberds and really horrible spear-like weapons. And we just kept running into John Brown sites, [even] way up the Canadian border. And then, where he tried his ill-fated attempt to have his slave uprising, which was in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, we were camping there and close to that was the battlefield for the Battle of Antietam. We were camping in the swamp, like not even in the camp ground, we were sort of pushed off the trail we were biking on, and it was just spooky. And I couldn’t stop thinking about John Brown. I wouldn’t say I had a supernatural experience that night, but … there was something in the air. After that I couldn’t stop. It just got sort of reborn in me.

You use the comic book medium in novel ways. You’ve adapted the Gettysburg Address, the United States Constitution, and even the history of beer into a graphic novel format. Now, you’re currently working on The Comic Book Guide to the USA. What is it about comic books that you’re attracted to? What do you like doing in comic books that you don’t want to do in other ways?

Hennessey: I love prose literature, but I think we’re very visual animals for the most part. I know I’m very visual, but I cannot draw to save my life. I’ve tried, I’ve taken instructions, it’s not gonna happen.

Me too.

Hennessey: I would if I could! And being able to hand off your writing to an illustrator and see that person come up with something is so gratifying. It’s not that it’s easy, [but] if you were making a film you’d have to hire a whole crew, and it would be tons of money, so it’s just so gratifying to take ideas that you want to express visually, and [comic books are] a great way to do it. But also I think it’s a great way of clarifying without simplifying. It’s an old, shop-worn idea, but a picture is worth a thousand words. You can make a lot of head way, narratively with pictures and words, that you can’t get with just one or the other alone.

What led you to Epochalypse? What made you want to dive in fiction, and what influenced Epochalypse?

Hennessey: It’s interesting that you asked that. I never set out to be a writer of nonfiction, actually. These other projects were born out of me trying to shop Epochalypse around insanely. Epochalypse in 2006 was developed enough where I was sending it around to editors trying to get it going, and it was close enough to where people were interested but nobody wanted to pull the trigger. But there were people interested in doing nonfiction. There were people who asked me, “Well there’s nothing I can do with this crazy time-travel story, but what other ideas do you have? What other ideas do you have that the book publishing industry might be interested in?” And so the nonfiction book became this kind of strange interlude, unexpected but very enriching and very rewarding. It was done sort of parallel trying to launch Epochalypse.

How did you choose a character like Johannes to lead EpochalypseYou have 600 years of human history colliding, I imagine it’s difficult to pick just one. What led you to pick him? And what do you think is making Johannes tick?

Hennessey: I picked Johannes because I found myself really interested in an overlooked chapter in American history, which is the history of the Dutch colony. When the old New York was really old New Amsterdam. I’ve lived in New York City and anybody who lives in the east coast, and arguably anybody who lives in America, lives in the shadow of New York City. But New York is such a hustling, bustling place … [in cities like] Boston or Philadelphia, the history comes first. In New York, it’s not even second or third. It’s a very distant afterthought. But I was really intrigued. How was it that the Dutch were the ones who started things here? We tend to forget that the Netherlands were great merchant exploratory power when the empire was at its height. And also, because it’s an overlooked period [we have forgotten that] the Dutch values really did help make America, America. The Dutch was one of the only really middle class countries in Europe, particularly at the time. It didn’t have a lot of nobility, it was sort of a model republic for the United States. It’s a civilization that I’m very interested in, and they were famous for their tolerance. Most people forget that the pilgrims actually moved to the Netherlands first and tried to have a go at it before they came to Plymouth.

I think I remember reading that in school, but I admit I forgot.

Hennessey: Yeah! So, Johannes came out of that for me. And in some ways I describe Johannes as a sort of anti-Batman. And I say that because, one of the things that’s motivating him as we’ll see in Issue #2 before he gets displaced from history, he witnesses the massacre of his whole family. He comes into the year 1951, along with all the people from the past and the future. Most people want to go back to where they came from. He hears that there is this mysterious new government that promises that [they] can undo what has been done and it needs people to help it, and in exchange the people who help the government restore history will be allowed to go anywhere in history they want. Epochalypse has a distinct vision of time travel problems as paradoxes, and I think this is another bone that I have to pick with time-travel in general: I think we humans have such vanity for ourselves and our own role in the history of the universe. Like when we imagine if we [were to] go back in time and kill our grandmother or something like that, like something that trivial can really throw the whole universe off, it’s silly to me. So in Epochalypse, the only paradox in the universe wouldn’t be able to just absorb, would be some kind of event that would have huge consequences for mass or energy. Not some trivial human event. So Johannes has been told that he will be the one to go back in time and save his family. And I say that he’s an anti-Batman because witnessing the violent death of his loved ones doesn’t make him this dark person bent on revenge. It sort of awakens in him a compassion for he suffering that other people have had and the desire to alleviate that.

You seem to be exploring the more darker corners of human history, especially the realities of colonial/native relations. Coincidentally, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. How do you intend to explore the lesser known and grim realities that have unfortunately happened and tend to be swept under the rug?

Hennessey: In the case of the Native American response to this fictional universe that I’ve created is a very specific one. Because, since the event called the Incongruity has not picked and chosen people carefully. I mean, I as a storyteller have, but I imagine that the event was not discriminating. And so, in this post-Incongruity world, I think there’s actually many more living Native Americans than there would have been had history played out the way it’s supposed to. So the Native American community in this world, which we will begin to see through a character who is introduced in Issue #3, are among several communities in this world who maybe don’t have a vented interest in history going back the way that it was, and may oppose the Resyncronizers and challenge them in important ways.

The art style of Epochalypse has a sort of hyper-realism to it. Yes, it’s a comic book, but there’s a hefty amount of detail. What dictated this style? What discussions did you have with your artist Shane Davis?

Hennessey: The number one thing that I would say is that the things from the future have to really stand out from the past. We’re looking through the eyes of mostly people from the past, looking at what they imagine things from the future should look like. And so, there was a big stylistic choice to go with things that look slightly paleo-futuristic, a vision of a future that did not happen. But that’s not just a mere stylistic choice just to be cute. We will learn as the series goes on that there is a very specific, and possibly sinister reason for things looking the way they do.

I know Epochalype just started, but after the series, what are you looking to tackle next? Would you ever want to write an established character? I imagine you’d be right at home with something like Assassin’s Creed.

Hennessey: [laughs] Right? I would be overjoyed to work on a license character by somebody else. And [because] it’s very important to me, I do plan to continue nonfiction graphic novels as well. I’m exploring some other ideas for that too. It’s interesting to take common things, like beer for example, and you start to peek under the covers and you begin to see how strange history is and how unexpected things influence the present. Like in the History of Beer for example, the early Catholic church came up that I did not expect to see, and things like the Black Death, and how the Black Death helped give rise to the modern period in some strange ways, and how it all had to do with beer!

What ultimately is Epochalypse about at its heart? More than just history colliding into one time and space. What do you want Epochalypse to reflect on the here and now?

Hennessey: The big thematic question at the center of Epochalypse is the question of history itself. As the series go on, the characters will begin to have reason to question themselves. Their task is to save history. Things will happen along the way that will sort of make them question, “Is history worth saving?” Or, if destiny hands you a big reset button for the universe, would it be worth gambling on a fresh start?

From Legendary Comics, Epochalypse #1 is available on comic shelves now.

You can keep up with Jonathan Hennessey through his website.


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