On Star Wars, Sentience, And Slavery

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I rewatched Star Wars:  The Force Awakens over the weekend, and as these things tend to do with me, I had some thoughts.

I was watching as Rey saved BB-8 from the scavenger, and something struck me:  why does Rey do that?

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Going Through The DCAU Part Seventeen

Remember when this came out once a week or so?

And we’re back with more cartoon superhero talk with Tom and Jimmy.

This week, we’re covering “Zatanna,” “The Mechanic,” and “Harley and Ivy”.

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Going Through The DCAU Part Fifteen

Remember when this came out once a week or so?

Yup, time for more cartoon talk with Jimmy and Tom.

This time, we’re covering the Batman The Animated Series episodes “What Is Reality?” “I Am The Night,” and “Off Balance”.

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Honest Trailer For Terminator: Genisys

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Seriously though, the trailer and this poster give away like the biggest plot twist of the movie.  Nice going Paramount Pictures.

So I’m starting to think that Ryan and I are the only ones that liked Terminator: Genesis…Genysis…ah forget it…the lastest Terminator sequel.  It’s not perfect and will potentially make your brain hurt if you think too much about it, but it is still fun and does more for the franchise than either Rise of the Machines or Salvation.

Honest Trailers doesn’t quite feel the same way.  See what they have to say after the jump.

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of The Drafthouse’s Preshow!

This is the Alamo Drafthouse, the greatest movie theater in the world. Especially this exact one just a few miles from Ryan's house.
This is the Alamo Drafthouse, the greatest movie theater in the world. Especially this exact one just a few miles from Ryan’s house.

The Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country in large part because of their preshow entertainment.  The fact that you can order food and drinks from your reserved-ahead-of-time-seat is great, of course, and the special events they host from quote-a-longs to fan festivals are always outstanding.  But the clips and commercials and trailers and funny videos that entertain you before the movie starts is what proves the Drafthouse loves movies.  Other big theater chains cram commercials down your throats with songs about soda and the latest ABC Family show that will be cancelled in its first season–not the Drafthouse.

The Drafthouse preshow not only sets the stage for the upcoming film but also sets the theater apart from all others.  So I was thrilled recently to be electronically introduced to Laird Jimenez (follow him on Twitter!), the man responsible for putting together these amazing shows.  Laird agreed to take time from his busy schedule to answer a few Gabbing Geek questions so head after the jump to peek behind the scenes on how it’s all put together!

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What Movies Could Sneak Into 2015’s Top Ten Grossing Films? (or “How Bad is Ryan’s B.O.?”)

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In a January article by Gabbing Geek’s own Ryan Garcia, he predicted the 2015 Top Ten Grossing films (domestic).  Rule of thumb says that to crack the top ten,  a film will need to surpass $200M+. Some of Ryan’s picks were right.  Some were wrong.    Where will we wind up and what could spoil Ryan’s top ten list?

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Hell’s Club – You Don’t Want To Miss This Mashup

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There is a place where all fictional characters meet.  It’s outside of time, outside of space, outside of all logic. This place is known as Hell’s Kitchen HELL’S CLUB where you’ll find the likes of:  Terminator vs. Tony Manero vs. Tom Cruise vs. John Travolta vs. Blade vs. The Mask vs. Robocop vs. Darth Vader vs. Michael Jackson….and so much more.

You Read the right – Blade shows up. Who knew? See it all come together in a video after the break:

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Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season

Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season
Gabbing Geek 52: Fantasy Season

While everyone else drafts Fantasy Football teams, the Gabbing Geek podcast is doing something a bit geekier.  We’ve got robots and Chinese movie thieves and fantasy box office and trivia!  What more could you ask for?  How about Watson’s voice going up two octaves?  Oh, it’s in there!  Give the episode a listen right the heck now or jump after the break to read more.

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Actors Re-Imagine Famous Movie Roles

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That’s how we remember Auh-nuld.  See how he and other actors look when they recreate some of their most famous roles today!

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Would You Pick A Terminator’s Pocket? Because China Would.

"It is acceptable for you to steal my wallet because I have that new Discover card that I can freeze from my smart phone. Ha ha stupid pickpocket. Oh, and I am also going to kill your entire family."
“It is acceptable for you to steal my wallet because I have that new Discover card that I can freeze from my smart phone. Ha ha stupid pickpocket. Oh, and I am also going to kill your entire family.”

The growing importance of global box office receipts for Hollywood films can have some interesting ramifications when you face a market as tightly controlled by the government as China.  We’ve already discussed how Terminator: Genysis is now outperforming the Star Trek reboot thanks to huge numbers overseas in general and China in particular.  It turns out the numbers might be even better than reported thanks to some Chinese shenanigans and might make the sixth Terminator film even more likely.  Find out why after the break.

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