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FandangoNow May The 4th Deal!

FandangoNow May The 4th Deal!

Today and today only, here is your chance to rent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for ONLY $4! What a great way to celebrate Star Wars Day. Rent today and MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU!

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    Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

    Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

    It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
     
    I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
     
    Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
     
    If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
     
    I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
     
    It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
     
    Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
     
    But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
     
    How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
     
    So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
     
    Do you want to know who I blame for this?
     
    Mel Gibson.
     
    #OscarsSoMel?

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      Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

      Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

      As we are starting to get close to shows taking their Thanksgiving/Mid-season break, I have started to wonder what shows will be sticking around and what new shows will move on to a second season. Supergirl got saved last year when it moved to the CW from CBS. But what shows this season on tv and Netflix have a chance?
      I’ll be looking at Son of Zorn and Marvel’s Luke Cage, but I’m not the only one who’s been picking on the fall tv line-up debuts. I found this story written by Trevor Dueck and it served as the inspiration for my thoughts here.

      Son of Zorn (FOX):
      Son of Zorn is one of the More

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        Tales From The Geek Side – SDCC Exclusives – Harbro

        tftgsIt is that time again, the time where we celebrate the New Geek Year! SDCC is upon us and starts Thursday, July 24th. Well like many other companies and their exclusives, from Star Wars, G.I.Joe, and Jem to My Little Pony, Rom the Space Knight and Transformers I bring to you the offerings from Hasbro for SDCC ’14.  More

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          Tales from the Geek Side: Smothered The Review

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          What do you get when after a convention appearance gig turns out to be wildly unsuccessful and unpleasant, Smothered, a comedy horror film by John Schnieder. A group of cult horror icons, Kane Hodder, R.A. Mihailoff, Bill Moseley, Don Shanks, and Malcom Danare, find themselves persuaded to “haunt” a trailer park for the promise of $1,000 a piece for what should be relatively easy work. When they arrive they meet their employer – the trailer park’s owner – an unpleasant old bat named Agnes and her much more pleasant (at least to the eye) daughter DeeDee, who lives up to that name in the most obvious way. The group arrives at the park but soon discovers that there is more to the job than they had initially been expected and that their own lives are at risk. More

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            Star Wars Epsisode VII Casting News! -Tales From The Geek Side

            tftgsThe day fans have been waiting for, THE ANNOUNCMENT OF THE EPISODE VII CAST! While we see the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, we also welcome Star Wars newcomers: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.  More

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              Tales From The Geek Side: Star Wars Rebel’s Sabine

              tftgsLucasfilm has introduced exclusively through The Hollywood Reporter the latest character from Star Wars Rebels, Sabine, the weapons expert. Tiya Sircar will lend her voice to the character, the first female to be revealed from the animated series. More

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                Tales From The Geek Side: The Rebellion Begins Updates.

                tftgsThe Fine folks at StarWars.com have since released another character intro video. Introducing Zeb, a member of the honor guard from his home planet and not a true fan of Chopper. Watch the video below.

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                  Tales From The Geek Side: The Rebellion Begins!

                  tftgsIt has been a crazy, CRAZY week for Star Wars news. We met the Inquisator a little while back but 3 new characters have been introduced with a 4th shown but not named. 1st we have Chopper: More

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                    Tales From The Geek Side: I Need A BatteryBot To Keep My Mind Charged!

                    tftgsWelcome back everyone! Let’s start off with some gagety, the BatteryBot by Mimoco. Yes, I know there are many mobile battery backups for mobile devices out there but like their MimoBot USB drives, Mimoco’s BatteryBot has character. I would much rather spend the money on one with a design on it over one that is mono or duo toned in color. Go check out their kickstarter here. It is going to be so worth it, get on it now before the launch in June 2014. More

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                      Tales From The Geek Side: Star Wars Rebels Update

                      tftgsOh how excited I am to deliver this news, MORE INFO ABOUT STAR WARS REBELS! I am stoked and wish I was at NYCC. A new trailer featuring and narrated by Dave Filoni gives us new insights into The Empire in Star Was Rebels. We also get the introduction of the a new villian, the Inquisitor, “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.”  according to Filoni. Pablo Hidalgo, who hosted the panel, also introtuced new vehicles that will be used in the series: More

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                        Tales From The Geek Side: S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech Expert Reporting

                        tftgsI hope everyone enjoyed our interview with Ashley Eckstein, I was exciting to hear Ahsoka almost had a Icelandic accent. Please check out Ashley’s site, Her Universe, and check out the fan girl of the day and the awesome selection of clothes for the female geeks out there. As Halloween appoaches, my wife and I are trying to get my daughter’s Wonder Woman costume together. Yes I am a proud daddy that she has chosen a superhero for this year. She wants me to dress with her but 1.) my Wonder Woman costume stopped fitting many years ago and 2.) I need to get new boots for my Jedi costume (I wonder if I should do a Kickstarter campaign).  More

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                          Tales From The Geek Side- The Beginning.

                          tftgsWow, a lot has happened since the site was launched August 14th, 2012. Staff changes, format changes and more. If you asked me a year ago if the site would be like it is now, I would have said no. I have changed co-hosts, and after doing Episode 19 by myself, I knew if I had to, I would keep doing the show by myself. Thankfully Eric came along through the recruiting of Victoria. Shortly thereafter Marc and Jessica joined the fray. To them I say thank you. Format wise, we are still bringing you news in some manner, but we have columns for you geeks to read (please do; they are awesome), but instead of being a news feed type site like Yahoo! Entertainment or others, we are going to give the stories our voice. Meaning if all of us report on the same story, then you will have the multiple opinions just like if you were chatting with us.

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