Ready Player One is a story that takes place in the future, the year 2044 to be exact, mostly in a virtual reality game with real-world implications that will entice all serious players. The Wikipedia link contains plot spoilers, so just watch the teaser from San Diego Comic Con.
If the movie becomes a hit and a classic, expect a backlash in the year 2044 as people complain we don't have the futuristic innovations of the movie -or else relief if we don't have the deprivations shown. Based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, the movie was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One will be in theaters in March of 2018. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Some of the greatest works of cinematic genius were created while under the influence, like the original Star Wars trilogy, Cool Runnings and The Highlander, memorable movies the creators may not remember making.
They're not exactly cinematic genius, but the co-writer of hit family movies like Cool Runnings, Snow Dogs and the the original outlines for Shrek is named Tommy Swerdlow- and he was high on heroin the whole time.
That seems odd for the writer of family friendly flicks, but tons of booze on the set of The Highlander definitely makes sense:
Christopher Lambert, Highlander himself, remembers the extras pounding Scotch between takes, causing them to "[go] at it for real" right there on the set (hopefully he means fighting and not something else). Lambert doesn't say whether he partook, but that probably wouldn't have been a smart idea given that he was trying to act in a language he barely knew.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Connery was the hardest drinker of all. Mulcahy recalls that on the plane ride to the shooting location, Connery produced a bottle of homemade Scotch, which is apparently a thing, and offered him a sip, which "blew his brains out." Later, after a mishap during a scene in which Clancy Brown was supposed to slice a table in two with his sword, a chunk of it nearly took Connery's head off. Brown called a special meeting to apologize to Connery, who waved him off with a cool "Maybe we'll use my stunt double more." That is not the reaction of a man who is not impaired by Scottish moonshine.
Tom Hanks has starred in many high grossing and extremely popular films, movies which will forever be known as "Tom Hanks movies" and therefore impossible to imagine with anyone else in the lead role.
He's also had quite a bit of luck scoring great roles, luck which may have run out had he starred in an awful movie like Super Mario Bros.- his replacement Bob Hoskins called the movie "his biggest disappointment in life."
It's also fun to imagine how different movies like Shawshank Redemption, When Harry Met Sally or Groundhog Day would have looked if they'd starred Tom Hanks:
Storytellers love to stress that any evil being who threatens the heroes must be eliminated for the good of us all, but since the stories end with goodness prevailing we never get to see what life under an evil thumb would look like.
It's said to be horrible, with lots of enslavement, torture and skin flaying, but the baddies who simply work you to death don't really seem so bad after all, since it's easy to both skip out on work and fake your own death.
Bowser can't even keep track of the stuff that goes on in his own castle so life under his rule would be pretty much the same, only with more turtles and spikes.
And, as this JHALL comic shows, Loki would realize he made a horrible mistake ten minutes after he subjugated humanity- because humans are awful!
Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood's most recognizable actors, and one of the most popular by far, but back before he had achieved superstar status he was a guitar obsessed teen who couldn't tune in to school- so he dropped out.
The Starcraft series presents intergalactic conflict to gamers in a fresh new way, and even though it hasn't inspired as many fan creations as other Blizzard franchises it has inspired a few pretty great fan films.
But none of those Starcraft fan films are as dark as Freddie Wong's The Rush, which gives us a ground view of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of a zerg rush. It made me feel bad for all the innocent digital people in video game land who lose their little virtual lives every time we play.
Cereal promotions used to be really good, but like the toys they include in the boxes these days their promo items have really gone downhill.
It used to be that cereal fans could collect a bunch of UPC codes, send them in with a check and a great t-shirt or plush toy would appear 4-6 weeks later, but nowadays the great toys and tees are few and far between.
And, as this Ostrich Zero comic shows, any Star Wars blind promotion you see is bound to bring you nothing but a bowl full of disappointment. "Meesa gonna ruin your day!"
It's hard to say goodbye to dead friends and relatives, hard to let them go after they've passed on, but pets find it impossible to let go of the love they feel for their dead owners- especially if their owner is still shambling around.
The little dog in this adorable short by animator Changsik Lee refuses to give up on his now zombified owner, and his unconditional love is horrifyingly heartwarming...and a little sick.
If you grew up watching Nickelodeon, then you probably have great memories of the green slime that covered participants in Double Dare, You Can't Do That On Television (which was technically a Canadian show) and countless other Nickelodeon programs. But have you ever wondered what actually went into that green goop?
Now, thanks to this great video with Marc Sumemrs himself, you can finally put all those childhood questions to rest. The secret to the perfect slime? Vanilla pudding, apple sauce, green food coloring, and oatmeal -so you know it's delicious as well as disgusting-looking.
Makers of "impossible" puzzles must get a kick out of watching people struggle to solve their creation, sitting there all smug with that "I know something you don't know" face on as the person flounders.
And yet these puzzles captivate certain people, frustrating and beffudling as they are, and these obsessed puzzlers will spend years trying to solve the puzzle even if they never get anywhere.
The older Japanese gentleman in this video has been trying to solve an "impossible" puzzle for a decade, and after the solution to the puzzle is revealed to him it becomes clear he should have chosen a different hobby!
Downtown San Diego goes all in when it comes to celebrating SDCC and welcoming its over 130,000 attendees. Restaurants and bars are no exception to the rule and throughout the area, chefs and bartenders whip up brilliant new concoctions based on fan favorites like Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones and even My Little Ponies. Whether you're going to the convention or just want to make some fun geeky food at home, you'll want to see all the fun foods and beverages available for sale only during Comic Con weekend.
Cafe 222 (222 Island Ave.)
Always a popular Downtown breakfast spot, Cafe 22's specialty of the month is a waffle shaped just like Captain America's shield and adorned in the red, white and blue of raspberries, whipped cream and blueberries. It's a heroic way to start your day.
Tajima (901 E St.)
Naruto fans know that the show's main character has a soft spot for some good ramen from the Ichi Raku ramen restaurant. He also has a particular list of favorite ingredients including pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions, half an egg, bamboo shoots and naruto fish paste cakes (that's the real name unrelated to the character). While local ramen shop Tajima's usual miso ramen always contains pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions and egg, their special Naruto ramen is only available during Comic Con and has the bamboo and naruto additions to make it perfect for visiting anime fans.
The Blind Burro (639 J St.)
One of the busiest Mexican restaurants Downtown, the Blind Burro modified a few of their regular items to be particularly super -like the 10" long Super Tacos available in carne asada or pollo varieties, or the Giganto Dog which could go quite far in filling up the monster it was named for with an all beef frank topped with candied chipotle bacon, pinto puree, charred green onions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño puree, mayonnaise and mustard. Even the most popular appetizer on the menu, the classic guacamole, was given a name to suit the occasion as it has been retitled Kryptonite for the weekend.
The Burro didn't leave their cocktail menu behind either, sprucing up their usual house margarita, border mule and paloma tradicional with Milagro Silver and fun adornments, and redubbing them the Mega Margarita, the Pop Bam Slam Mule and the Marvel-ous Paloma.
Le Parfait Paris (555 G St.)
Rather than taking the time to introduce all new dishes just for the weekend, Le Parfait Paris decided to make all the items on their regular menu a little more super. How, you might ask? By adding superhero-shaped chocolate pieces to them all, of course! Besides Superman, there are also Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man chocolates available.
Gelato Paradiso (789 W Harbor Dr., #117)
While the rest of the bars and restaurants on this list have merely taken inspiration from their favorite comic books, movies and tv shows, Gelato Paradiso actually partnered with Zenescope Entertainment to release three specialty gelato flavors based on characters from the company's comic book characters. The Van Helsing Vanilla Variegato features vanilla gelato with a strawberry variegato swirl; the Robyn Hood Camo Pistachio is a pistachio gelato gone nuts with hazelnuts and almonds; and the Grimm Tales of Double Chocolate Terror is made with a double chocolate gelato and cherries.
Are you unable to stop eating gelato once you start? Then you'll want to head to the Zenescope booth at the convention before noon on Saturday to register for their gelato eating contest held on Saturday at 3 PM. The winner of the contest will receive a four day pass for next year's Comic Con as well as a best of Zenescope goodie pack and all entrants will also be entered to win one of three sets of PlayStation VR goggles.
I remember the first time I named my save game ZELDA in The Legend Of Zelda and started my game on the second quest, with a completely different map layout, which totally blew my young mind back in '88.
Then came the mighty Contra code, the Track & Field pencil trick and the Duck Hunt brightness trick, which allowed players to hit the duck every time by tweaking the TV's brightness level until it zonked the zapper.
These secrets were shared by word of mouth or through Nintendo Power magazine, so many of them remained undiscovered by gamers, which is a shame because knowing them really would have helped.
For example- I really wish I'd known about Merlin's Mystery Shop in River City Ransom, which sold epic level weapons that would have made beating the game so much easier! Instead I got beat into submission and gave up...*sigh*
Spider-Man earned his "friendly neighborhood" nickname by helping his fellow citizens live safer and more peaceful lives, but his services are pretty much limited to doing whatever a spider can.
John Spiderman, on the other hand, earned his "friendly neighborhood CPA" nickname by providing citizens with low cost accounting services, tax filing and a friendly smile...which you can't see since he's wearing a mask.
This ridiculous video by The Warp Zone may not give Spider Man: Homecoming a run for its money, but it does present an alternate version of Spider-Man Marvel hasn't thought of yet, and that's something, ain't it?
You know that your little one is destined for greatness, but it might take a little convincing to get other people to believe it. But that's where Etsy seller CrochetHeroDesigns comes in -helping you put together the perfect outfit to deckout your little hero. For boys, there's this great Thor costume, but for those sweet little girls, you can always try the Wonder Woman design below.
You can check out the rest of their great designs here, but keep in mind they only sell the crochet designs, so you'll have to make them yourself if you want to actually put one on your baby.
We've finally been treated to a fantastic trailer for Black Panther, and even though many casual comic book fans didn't have a clue who Black Panther was before Captain America: Civil War they're all on board the train to Wakanda now!
So to help get everyone hyped about Black Panther, which is slated to be released in February, 2018, here's a look at the amazing costumes designer Ruth E. Carter created for the film.
Gizmodo's Germain Lussier took these up close pics of Ruth's costumes at D23, giving us a glimpse of what the characters Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Zuri (Forest Whitaker), as well as Black Panther's updated costume with his cool new mask/cowl.
Whales look (and sound) totally cool when they're cruising around under the sea, but they look even cooler when they're cruising around on an alien planet IN OUTER SPACE! Of course, even whale poop looks cooler on an alien planet so that's not saying much.
But can you imagine how cool it would be to come across a whale while exploring the surface of an alien planet?
Don't spend too long thinking about it, space out on the surreal and beautiful short PANACEE by Jules BOULAIN-ADENIS, aka NALEB, and watch the space whales soar!
The great thing about roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons is the freedom you have to imagine your character doing whatever you want, but this freedom is also the terrible thing about RPGs.
Absolute freedom means figuring out all the nasty things your character can do "just because", and when some people let their imagination run wild it heads straight for the darkest part of the fantasy forest.
Jack Black is no stranger to the music scene, and even though he's more commonly known for his screen time in movies and TV shows his band Tenacious D proves he's truly a star of both stage and screen.
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So what's next for the veteran actor/musician/comedian? According to the videos he has been posting on Instagram lately Jack is ready to conquer the world of Lip Sync Karaoke, which is to singing as mime is to clowning- silent.
The Burger King who stars in the fast food chain's commercials gives people the creeps, and he has been known to act like a creep when he's hopped up on Whopper Sauce and Chicken Fries.
But, as much as he dresses like a pimp and acts like a greedy pig, at least the Burger King has never demanded Prima Nocta privileges from newlywed customers, and water is free and available any time in his restaurants.
So before you dismiss the Burger King as a creep watch this minimal animation short by AOK and see how bad the King of Burgers could be if he acted more "kingly"! (NSFW language)
People are adding geeky themes to their homes more than ever before, with superhero motifs being the most popular by far, but along with the trend comes repetition and boredom since many DIYers lack imagination.
When children build castles in the sand their construction is often accompanied by a story telling where the structure is from, who lives there and what's happening inside the sand structure.
It's a tradition among sandcastle builders that dates back thousands of years, and yet these stories of warfare, death and destruction sadly never change, because if the waves don't destroy the castle the crabs surely will.
I thought Slave Leia costumes had been done to death until I saw this extra sexy version by Bearded Leia cosplay, which features the shaggy dog of the gender swap world and his handler.
The best part about this cosplay isn't the beard, or the fact that Bearded Leia is comfortable enough with his body that he's down to wear a golden bikini at a Con. No, the best part by far is that totally tubular Jabba the Hutt balloon sculpture!
Emotion is one of the main differences between the top two sci-fi franchises- Star Trek is the more logical and cerebral of the two, while Star Wars is full of visceral and emotional elements that Vulcans may not comprehend.
Every year, we are astonished at the number of people who enjoy San Diego Comic Con. This year's convention will be held July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center. If you've decided this is the year you're finally going, you may as well be prepared. And there's no one better to prepare you than Neatorama author and annual SDCC attendee Jill Harness. Learn how to negotiate long lines, what to buy, who to see, where to eat, and how to plan your days at the con to get the most enjoyment and memories out of them. For example,
Hall H is the biggest waste of time and one of the most awful experiences in all of Comic Con. As I mentioned, you have to wait FOREVER to get into the panel, then even if you make it before the cutoff, you’ll still likely be in the back of the room where you’ll just be watching everything on a giant TV screen anyway because the hall is so big you can’t even see the people in front of the room from the back.
Some people will still justify it by pointing out that they got to learn all the amazing stuff about their favorite show or movie before anyone else, but the difference is literally the length of the panel itself because as soon as the panel is over, everything that just happened will be put up on the internet -so you just gave up AT LEAST half of your day at Comic Con just so you could see stuff on a screen happen an hour before the general public.
Etsy seller RedwoodStoneworks specializes in making small plaster creations -particularly planters. Their geeky designs are particularly lovable and feature franchises like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy.
There are also geek games and toys like D20s and LEGO.
If you're more of an animal nerd though, don't worry, they'll still have you covered with dogs, cats, squirrels, pandas and more.
While most sit flat, there are even some hanging designs available to adorn your walls as well.
Shot-for-shot remakes are often the most boring kind of remake, because fans try so hard to actually remake the original film they lose sight of what makes a remake fun, namely originality and a sense of humor.
When fan filmmaker Tim Hoekstra and his buddies created this shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge Of The Sith they put effort in to making sure the dialog and the shots were just right- and that's about it.
Disney Studios experienced a creative dry spell a while back that ceased production of their short films for decades and made fans long for the good old days of Disney cartoons.
But since Disney started making 2D shorts again they've been going at it full tilt, reimagining Mickey and the gang with a sketchy retro look that's classic enough to be classic and new enough to be new.
I'm truly torn on what I like best about Split Decision, but in the end I settled on how happy I am to see Donald allowed to truly quack up again like he used to in the good old days- he's my anger hero!
Foxes must possess some sort of magical powers because so many different cultures feature magical foxes in their mythology that it cannot be a coincidence.
The Japanese are especially sweet on foxes, which is why they figure prominently in both Japanese myths and their pop culture, because who doesn't love to see a cute little fox character in a cartoon, comic or video game?
This particular cartoon is called Kagemono but it wasn't made in Japan- it was animated by Sabrina Cotugno back in 2012, when she was a student at CalArts. Kagemono is truly a mini masterpiece, so tune in and fox out.
The top two sci-fi franchises of all time continue to divide the geek community like the Death Star divided Alderaan, and for decades fans have been either team Star Wars or team Star Trek.
Now that's not to say you can't like them both fairly equally, but forced to choose in a "desert island" scenario fans will always choose one over the other.
And while the actors don't see a problem appearing in both franchises, especially when they're just doing voiceover work for an animated Star Wars series, the fans always have some gripe about their crossover appearance.
As this Looper video shows Trek alumni George Takei, Simon Pegg and Brent Spiner don't care if they catch heat from the fans about working in both universes. And Ron Perlman and Deep Roy don't get any grief about appearing in both franchises because they're too awesome to criticize.