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[Insert Grampa Simpson Joke Here]: LA Times Writer Calls for Millennials to Take #MillennialPledge, Says We Need a Spanking

I hate everything but Matlock :/

In an apparent bid to alienate future readers, the LA Times published a piece on Saturday called "Millennials, you literally cannot call yourselves adults until you take this pledge," in which human Thinkpiece Bot Chris Erskine offered up a set of rules he thinks millennials must follow before we can earn the right to call ourselves adults.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Collapses During USC Speech

The LA Times is reporting that one of our favorite science guys appears to be having some health problems.

Tristan Camacho, a USC senior who attended the lecture, said [Bill] Nye was walking toward the podium when he collapsed mid-sentence. "Then after about 10 seconds, he popped back up with much gusto and asked everybody how long he was out for and went on with a story about how a similar thing happened to him that morning."
Nye attempted to finish his presentation, but exhibited slurred speech and a certain wobblyness of stance and was eventually led off stage. Paramedics responded to the scene, but the LA Times was unsure if Nye was determined to need treatment. We certainly hope that what ever the problem is, it is minimal, and wish Mr. Nye a speedy recovery.

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Batman 3 Is The Dark Knight Rises

The LA Times' Hero Complex will be running an interview with Christopher Nolan later this morning, but before it went up, they have teased some very, very exciting Batman 3 news from it. In a nutshell:

  • The movie will be called The Dark Knight Rises.
  • It will not be in 3D.
  • The Riddler will not be the main villain.

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Geekolinks: 10/2

MAD Premieres on Cartoon Network This Monday, Yeah That MAD

This Monday Cartoon Network will debut a new fifteen minute show featuring such segments as CSiCarly, 2010 Dalmations, Batman Family Feud, and, yes, Spy vs. Spy. Though the use of the MAD Magazine satiric philosophy and name for a cartoon show seems like it should have happened a while ago, but apparently the license was tied up in MADtv. However, the live action show aired its last episode in 2009, and so it is obviously time for a new television interpretation of the historic humor publication. From the LA Times interview with the show's producers, who between the two of them had hands in Robot Chicken, Crank Yankers, and our personal nostalgia trigger, KaBlam!:
Kevin Shinick: It’s one of the last things you see on Cartoon Network before it goes to Adult Swim, so there isn't a day that goes by that I don't push the envelope and try and get away with something that could easily be done on Adult Swim, but because it's Cartoon Network, every day we have our battles, and we win a lot of them. It really does get you in the mood. You will notice a shift from watching Cartoon Network, and then you get "MAD," and then you g o into Adult Swim. It's going to be a nice transition.

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Blockbuster Sets Date For Its Bankruptcy

According to The LA Times, Blockbuster and its biggest debtors have already discussed their plans to declare bankruptcy by mid-September with Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Disney and Warner Bros.
Blockbuster has lost a total of $1.1 billion since the beginning of 2008 and has been severely hamstrung in efforts to grow its business due to interest payments on $920 million in debt. Earlier this month the company announced that most of its debt holders had agreed to a forbearance on interest payments until Sept. 30, during which time it would attempt a recapitalization.
Blockbuster's bankruptcy looks like it's going to be something of a tangled mess of retail vs. Hollywood vs. digital connections.

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Geekolinks: 8/18

Did Action Figures Save Han Solo from Death in Return of the Jedi?

Estranged member of the original group that put Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back together, producer Gary Kurtz has some strong but ultimately unsurprising words for The LA Times, regarding George Lucas and the creative motivations behind the later Star Wars movies.

Instead of bittersweet and poignant [Lucas] wanted a euphoric ending with everybody happy. The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.

Well, we can't say that we don't prefer Han alive at the end of the trilogy, but gee, George Lucas makes bad writing decisions for the wrong reasons?

We are shocked.

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Editorial Reactions to “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” Trailer

The LA Times has a poster and sneak peek of Marvel's new cartoon show The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, coming out this fall to get kids interested in dragging their parents to the Avengers movie two years from now. You can watch it below, after our commentary.

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Geekolinks 7/25: All Comic Con, All The Time

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet: The Hot Wheels Toy

Great Comic Con exclusive, or greatest Comic Con exclusive? This packaging has been made to look and feel (with the help of some strategically placed weights) as if it contains a tiny replica of Wonder Woman's invisible jet, right down to, you guessed it, the invisibility.

(Bigger picture below.)

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Asgard: It All Makes Sense Now

I have to admit that the shiny, metallic costumes of Odin and Loki, and the clean machine-worked stone of Asgard left me a little disappointed. Were these really the gods who inspired the Vikings to war? The same pantheon with trickster god who has three kids with a giant, two of whom are a serpent and a wolf? And also once turned into a mare, had sex with a stallion, and gave birth to an eight-legged foal that his dad rides around now? I guess I'm not a big devotee of technology-as-magic. But! I have revised my position upon seeing this new shot, revealed today in the print edition of The LA Times (but not online, /shrug) and diligently scanned by Superhero Hype. I understand now.

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Geekolinks: 6/26

Absurd Details on Natal’s Cirque du Soleil Event

We've reported before on Microsoft's lavishly planned E3 Project Natal event, which is going to involve a performance by Cirque du Soleil, and that press will not be allowed to bring electronics in. Well, the show goes up tomorrow night, and the LA Times has some new details on what we'll all miss, at least until someone inevitably uploads a shoddy YouTube video of it. And yes, an elephant is involved.

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All The Iron Man 2 Press Stills

Iron Man 2 will be upon us in less than a week (in fact, I've heard it may factor into my Mothers Day plans), and has a handy gallery up, collecting every official press image released by Paramount.

Most of them are familiar to people who have been following coverage of the movie, but rest assured, there are a few refreshingly new shots in here. Like the one above of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: Lucasfilm Sanctioned Star Wars Comedy Show in the Works

According to the LA Times, anyway, which says that the company is working on an comedic animated series based in the Star Wars universe. This isn't the first time Lucasfilm has hinted at making a spin off series with a different tone from the movies, but it might be the first time that it actually succeeds. In addition to Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, the creators of Robot Chicken (known for their superb Robot Chicken Star Wars specials), Lucasfilm has also brought Brendan Hay, a Daily Show writer, in for the project.

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Rumor: Joss Whedon to Direct The Avengers?!?

In the category of worst news to ever break on April Fools Day, rumors have been surfacing this week that Joss Whedon may direct the Avengers movie. It was reported first at IESB, who took pains to stress that this was not an April Fools joke on their part. Now, The LA Times has done some digging and hear from their sources at Marvel Studios that this is partially true. No director for the Avengers movie has been chosen yet, but Whedon is on the short list.

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Avatar Coming to DVD on Earth Day: No Special Features, No Ads, Just Movie

Your first chance to grab Avatar on DVD will come next month on Earth Day, April 22nd. However, there is a twist. On the one hand, this release is the bare-bones one. No special features. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Times reports, "According to sources at Fox, "Avatar" will make history as the first Blu-ray new release from a major studio to hit stores without a single trailer or promotional content of any kind." That's right. Just a menu and the movie, so as to reserve the most disc space for all that less-compressed visual and audio data.

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Uncommon Signs of Global Warming: Hunting Mammoths

Hunting mammoths might not appear to be the most direct sign of global warming, but an article in the LA Times this week has convinced us.

"Russian scientists disagree over whether global warming is responsible. Some say yes, others are skeptical. But nobody argues that the permafrost is dwindling," and as the Siberian permafrost disappears, it exposes the thousand year old remains of frozen mammoths, their bones and tusks ready for collection.

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Stan Lee is Back: Collaborating with Boom! Studios and Mark Waid

The comic-blogosphere has been abuzz lately, with everyone trying to figure out the purpose behind the guerilla marketing campaign "Stan's Back!"  Ads in comics newspapers and online featured simple white text on a black background, with the first word written in imitation of Stan Lee's distinctive signature. Speculation stopped yesterday, when Boom! Studios announced that they were behind the ads.  They are collaborating with Lee to create three new superhero series.  Lee will produce and create the character concepts, but the titles will be written by other writers, the first of whom is confirmed to be Mark Waid

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