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BBC America to celebrate Doctor Who’s return in style

July 31, 2014 – 7:34 pm |

BBC America will celebrate the return of Doctor Who with a series of new specials and a live pre-show.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy – This ragtag team rocks

August 1, 2014 – 6:30 am |

Guardians of the GalaxyI have to admit that when Marvel Studios first announced that they were making Guardians of the Galaxy one of their next films, my befuddled reaction was, “Huh?” I don’t think this secondary comic book title was on anyone’s radar, and I would have been less surprised to hear they were going to remake Howard the Duck (which is actually not a bad idea – especially given today’s motion-capture technology and the right script.) But somehow they have made this relatively unknown and offbeat team of losers into some of the coolest movie heroes ever.

In 1969, a long, long time before George Lucas told his tales about a galaxy far, far away, Marvel Comics already had a band of heroes (albeit in the 31st Century and in our galaxy) that were gallivanting between worlds and saving the universe from evil-doers. So when the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie is inevitably compared to Star Wars, note that Marvel had a huge jump on the space opera genre; and they, in turn, borrowed heavily from Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, which were heavily influenced by John Carter of Mars. (You’re welcome!) Read the full story »

Lightning Octopus presents 5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

August 1, 2014 – 6:00 am |
Lightning Octopus

A weekly roundup of Arizona geek culture happenings by Best of East Valley 2011 blogger Jonathan Simon.

BBC America to celebrate Doctor Who’s return in style

July 31, 2014 – 7:34 pm |

BBC America will celebrate the return of Doctor Who with a series of new specials and a live pre-show.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Sunday photos and Con recap

July 30, 2014 – 6:30 pm |
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Sunday Photos and Con Recap

After waiting in the Hall H line Friday night (for Saturday’s movie preview panels) and being awake for 45 of the previous 48 hours, Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 felt like some strange “walking …

San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Saturday’s Hall H review

July 29, 2014 – 7:45 am |
Colbert & Hardwick

For movie fans there’s not much that can match being the first to see advance footage of your favorite films while sitting in the electric atmosphere of Hall H.

Trailer for Hobbit films’ finale sings a familiar tune

July 28, 2014 – 4:29 pm |

“The defining chapter of the Middle-earth saga,” indeed.