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Did Jamie Foxx Spoil the Ending to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′? Hints at Sinister Six

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Well, he kinda does, depending on how you choose to interpret what he said about the future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise during a recent interview promoting White House Down. (Obviously, possible SPOILERS after this point!)

They actually talked about doing the Sinister Six, so, fingers crossed. Because electricity never dies, it just goes to a different place.

It’s probably pretty obvious that Spider-Man isn’t going to lose to Electro, and even though Foxx never outright says that’s the case, I think we can all agree Spidey is going to come out on top and somehow stop his supercharged foe. What’s even more interesting about this, though, is the mention of the Sinister Six. If the group of super villains were to form we would, most likely, see the return of Jamie Foxx as Electro, whether he’s defeated at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or not. If this does happen, it would be the first time the Sinister Six showed up on the big screen as a group, so that could be a major selling point for the third Amazing Spider-Man film.

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Veteran’s Day: Not Just A Normal Day For These Cosplayers

Today, in honor of Veteran’s Day and for those who served in the military and protected our rights, I wanted to spotlight certain cosplayers in our nerd community to share with us their thoughts on the holiday and whether their military background has made an impact on their nerd lifestyle. In this article, I talked to Matches Malone, a well-known Batman cosplayer from Boston who does charity work at hospitals around New England. I spoke to Wendell Smith, who not only is a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps but also is a member of of the cosplay group, the East Coast Avengers. Eric Moran is a man that wears many hats. He is an actor, body guard, wrestler, filmmaker, host and cosplayer. He is involved in helping inner city youth as well as anti-bullying events . He also speaks to kids at schools on how to be a positive and motived in their communities. Nelson D. Martinez is a lifelong comic book fan, who since returning from Iraq, attended Mega Con 2011 and has become heavily involved in cosplaying.

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Nelson Martinez as Deadpool. Photo by Adam Jay.

E. Ortiz: How has your military experience affected your nerd/geek life or lifestyle?

Matches Malone: I think it pretty much gave me the discipline to do my character with integrity and honor, rather than letting it go to my head. I can do the character as if it was real and give the fans and people the magic of the character and the enjoyment of it.

Nelson Martinez: My military experience I would say, has never really had any type of affect on my nerd/ geek life. It’s keeping me busy at times, but doesn’t change my actual experience. I do find it cool though, that most movies and comics are in a way recognizing the military and somehow including them in various movies and comics that have been put out.

Eric Moran: It keeps me disciplined in the ways of taking care of myself, being respectful and staying humble to help others.

Wendell Smith: To be honest, I think my military experience has shone through some of my cosplays. There are a few people who have told me they knew I was prior military from the way I carry myself when I cosplay certain characters (i.e. John Stewart, Mace Windu). Overall my going into the military had initially snuffed out my creativity because of my duties while I was active duty.

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Wendell Smith as Green Lantern. Photo by SF Design

E. Ortiz: Wendell, what do you mean by “carry yourself”?

Wendell Smith: Um, some call it military bearing, others call it that “you look like you don’t take too much mess” characteristic, organized, well behaved, respectful, having a disciplined look

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Matches Malone as Batman. Photo by Otaku Haven

Do you feel that military service is misunderstood by most geeks and nerds?

Matches Malone: No, because those who go in have a idea of serving their country whether a geek or a nerd. Its just about doing something that’s honorable and something to be proud about.

Wendell Smith: I don’t think it’s misunderstood because, as I am finding, there are quite a few of us. I think that those who are not military may not understand that us military folk are just as big a group of nerd/geeks as they are. We just don’t get to show it, while on active duty.

Eric Moran: Not really, it’s all about how they were raised on what the military means to them.

Nelson Martinez: The military is looked at different by many. Some people have and show alot of respect for soldiers, especially for those who have fought in previous wars. I’d say in today’s time, more places have been military friendly and we have so many open doors to various things that in the past soldiers didn’t have, such as having better medical care, people you can go to and talk to, and just places giving military discounts; [it’s] very much appreciated by us. Of course people who are anti-government do have their own beliefs on what I would say, they might think we do. People who are ignorant and that don’t really know what the military’s actual job is, they blame us for the wrong reasons.

Man of Steel cosplay by Eric Moran. Photo by Adam Jay

Man of Steel cosplay by Eric Moran. Photo by Adam Jay

E. Ortiz: How do you plan to commemorate Veteran’s Day?

Matches Malone: Paying respects to my father and placing a flag on his grave and saluting the men and women around him, since he’s in the military section [of his cemetery]. Shaking hands with those who served their country – war or not – and thanking them for their service.

Wendell Smith: Talk to family and friends mostly. I don’t do alot of the fanfare because people tend to not be on their best behaviors during most holidays. My mom, dad, stepdad, and older brother are vets. So we’ll spend much of the day talking with each other. Then I have other family and close friends who have served as well, including two older uncles one who is in his 90 s and ther other in his 80 s

Eric Moran: Hopefully to pay my respects to my brother’s grave.

Nelson Martinez: I’m going to relax, I have the day off for Veteran’s Day; also going to go out to eat with a few military friends of mine.

In conclusion, I will leave you with this final thought by Matches Malone. “[Being in the military] is about making a difference for the better of everyone and we can all do good whether it’s cosplay or military or charity or just being there for a stranger in need. The difference is a choice we can all make. Any plus is better than a negative.”

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KING OF THE NERDS! Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong at New York Comic Con 2013

Producers and hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong talk to us about the second season of KING OF THE NERDS at the New York Comic Con 2013! Interview conducted by Ashley Rogers.

Check out KING OF THE NERDS Season 2 at TBS!

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Interviews: David Guy Levy on His Comic Book Adapted Screenplay ‘Back to Back to the Future’

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In 1985 Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale created the first in what would become known as the Back to the Future film trilogy, but not everybody knows what happened during shooting. A month in, star Eric Stoltz, the original Marty McFly, was replaced with young upstart Michael J. Fox and production went on, later making Fox a household name. That decision never sat well with Gale and became the idea behind Back to Back to the Future, the latest comic book from writer and creator David Guy Levy.

Last week we caught up with David for a quick Q&A to discuss everything Back to Back to the Future. Here he talks about the project’s humble beginnings, what it has become now and what lesson David would like people to get out of reading his creation. Along the way we also talk about the art of Back to Back to the Future artist Jeffery Spokes and the special connection David has to the Young Storytellers Foundation.

Check out the interview after the jump.

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You’ve been involved in Hollywood for many years as a director, writer and producer, but what was the initial thought, that spark, that brought Back to Back to the Future into existence between you and Jeffery Spokes?

David Levy: This actually started a while ago. I started writing this in 2001. I had read an article BTTF.com – which is the big fan site to Back to the Future – and I was reading this article, and Bob Gale was revealing this information about how when Eric Stoltz was replaced – what most people didn’t know was – they also had to replace this actress, named Melora Hardin because she was too tall for Michael J. Fox and she was cast as Eric Stoltz’s girlfriend. He said in the interview quote “It was one of the hardest choices I ever had to make” and he was talking about how he regretted it.

Was it this history behind Eric Stoltz’s forced recasting in the First Back to the Future or was it that chance to offer readers an altered look at the history of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s beloved franchise that drew you to making this?

David Levy: I was thinking here’s the man who wrote the best trilogy of all time about time travel, and he’s talking about a major regret in his life and how great would it be to give him a chance to set it right using the same device which he created, which is the Back to the Future movies. So I started writing this story and it was always just for fun because there’s so many things about it that would make it a movie that would be impossible to get off the ground, but it was still something I wanted to write and get out of my head. Then I put it in a drawer and took it out in 2009 because I was in a group with some friends where we would read our original material to each other and I thought, how fun would it be if I pulled this out and we just read it as a group. After we put it down, no one wanted to stop talking about it, and it was really exciting because I saw so much enthusiasm for the story that I had forgotten even existed in the first place.

It’s a good thing I put in a drawer, because in 2007 I made a comic book called Corn Boy with Joshua Dysart and it was done independently. I ran the whole thing myself and put it through Dynamite and I really got to see the process of adapting a screenplay into comic book adaptation. We made Corn Boy because we realized it was a story nobody really wanted to make as a movie, but we still wanted to get it out there and it was so fantastic that it almost served better as a comic because no sacrifices had to be made for budget or time constraints. Then I realized all those things would benefit Back to Back to the Future.

I wouldn’t have to get the actors on board, I wouldn’t have to get the special effects or the budget size. Anything I imagined could be drawn. That excited me, because I wouldn’t have to compromise [a] really fantastic parody at all with a committee or not enough money or enough time. And so I started realizing [that] if I want to do it, I wanna do really cinematic wide panels. I wanna get all the art to the quality of cover art; no inside artist, no outside artist, you know? Then I started talking to Jeffery [Spokes], I saw some of Jeffery’s work and then I started talking to about “Have you ever thought about doing a book, about 130 pages where it’s all the quality of the cover?”

And he said “I thought about it, but I never found anything I was passionate enough about.” and I sent him my script and within a day he said “Yeah, this is something I could commit to.” It took him three years, but he drew it.

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Speaking of art, the art style of Back to Back to the Futre personally is reminiscent of the late 80s’-early 90s’ of the comic book era, where even as an online comic you can almost feel the ink on the pages. Was that something that was intentional and do you feel that you were able to convey it from the right perspective?”

David Levy: Well I’d seen Jeffery’s work and I’ve seen he has a very specific voice with what he does. He has a blog, JeffSpokes.blogspot.ca, and you’ll see that a lot of his work is similar. I think there’s a little more pop culture vibe going on in this work than in most of his work and Back to the Future has such a pop culture reference, and while we wanted things to be really cinematic we wanted to have that fun and that pop to it and he found this balance where these things are really serious, but it’s also a comic. You can see it and it’s visceral.

Now you’re doing something quite unique in the general promotion of your series, you’re giving away the first three issues to the public for absolutely nothing. The final three issues in series however are going for $2 a piece, what made you decide on that kind of price range and are there any plans to bring the six issues into a combined graphic novel or single issues to print in the future?

David Levy: All the money is going to benefit this foundation and I wondered what would be a good price point where people wouldn’t hate to give to charity, but also would be like “Well, this is for charity so let’s not be to stingy.” Cause I do want them to get something out of it. As for print right now, though there are no plans, if we did, there would have to be enough feedback from people saying they wanted it.

The plan is just to let it live as a digital comic online. The idea is always fun to deal with… that in 2015, I’d love to put something into print, but at the same time I think it might go against the spirit of doing this for charity and streamlining that money to the Young Storytellers Foundation. Cause the way it’s set up now, you click on it and you pay for it and the money goes straight into the account, so it’s sort of perfect in the spirit of everything the way it is.

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With your connection to the Young Storytellers Foundation it gives children that ability to get a sense of creativity somewhere where they normally wouldn’t think they can be creative. Do you believe that everyone has a sense of wonder that needs to be brought out and can be shared with others?

David Levy: Yeah, it’s exactly what I think. Young Storytellers Foundation, just to give your readers a quick overview, is a foundation that is mostly in LA and starting to branch out, I believe they just opened an office in New York. They go into underserved public schools that don’t have much of an arts program, don’t have much of any curriculum in that department and they mentor kids to write orignal stories and not influence those stories and let them be as fantastic as they want them to be. And once those plays are written, they bring professional actors in. People from SNL, people from Glee, all over TV and film come in and read these plays out and act them out in front of the entire school and it is super exciting.

I’ve been in those rooms and seen those spaces and never had more fun than watching someone see their work be brought to life. I wanted for years to mentor there, but it’s a very long program, it’s nine to ten weeks and with my job, I could never commit to that cause. I would always be gone for three or four of them [weeks]. And so I’d always wanted to get involved and I didn’t know how and then I was telling my friend this story about how Back to Back to the future got made, and how it’s been over a decade, and how I never started it with any business intention, I just started making it and I just wanted to get my story out, and that conversation lead to us talking about the Young Stoytellers Foundation and then I realized [that] there’s so many similarities. So he told me “Why don’t you team up with the Young Storytellers Foundation and get it out there?” and I said “That’s not a bad idea.”

I worked on Corn Boy and I know more about the independent comic market than most and I know that unless you’re not the big comic company, you’re not really breaking even on your comics anymore. You’re lucky if you break even. It’s really not a money-making venture so I might as well give it to such a good cause and I called up the Young Storytellers Foundation and they loved the idea and now finally, after not being able to mentor for a while, I’m able to do something nice for them.

Is there anything you want for those currently involved or going to be involved in the Young Storytellers Foundation to get out of all this? Maybe an overall lesson in personal determination?

David Levy: The biggest lesson is, if you have something to say, say it and see if there’s a way to get it out there. When I started writing this everyone said to me “You know this is just an exercise right? This isn’t a story that everyone’s ever going to see.” and that was told to me and I believed it too. I thought that made sense, but here I am today and it’s a story I’m getting to finally to share and I don’t think that anyone can say I don’t think I can get my story out there.

If there’s anyone that makes me want to hear that message more, its young people who haven’t been jaded by the world yet. People who are still optimistic and if I can get that message across, [that] “This was something that I wrote when I was growing up, this is something I wrote because I just wanted to tell a story that I thought was awesome. That was fun to me as a storyteller, not as the reader, but to even write was the fun part.” Not only did I get to do that, but to be like “And guess what? You can show it the world.” I think that’s the message.

Be sure to follow everything Back to Back to the Future by checking out the BTBTTF Facebook or Twitter pages and check out the first issue, available for download here and issue two here, exclusively from IGN. For more information or to donate to the Young Storytellers foundation please go to the official homepage. Also keep an eye out for David’s latest directorial feature, Would You Rather, available July 9th on DVD.

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Joss Whedon Speaks – Wonder Woman Fails and ‘Item 47’ Stars in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Anyone who scans the daily geek-news knows that Joss Whedon positively loves to talk about his projects. As a consequence, people love to interview him and pretty much every word he speaks in the presence of another human being is recorded and placed within the vastness of the Internet. Here’s a little more of what Whedon has to say about why Wonder Woman projects seem to be cursed, as well as his thoughts on possibly returning some already used characters to the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show.

When asked about the last incarnation of Wonder Woman (courtesy WB and David E. Kelley) and why it tanked:

I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t. I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.

And when asked about whether Lizzy Kaplan and Jesse Bradford will make their way to the new S.H.I.E.L.D. production because of their appearance in Item 47, a short film slotted to be included on The Avengers Blu-ray:

I honestly do not think they are available because I think she is on another show. We’re building it with a new group of people. They were great and that had a lot to do with why we are making the show, but we are starting fresh.

So there you have it, the latest words of Joss Whedon. Listen, worship, obey and, most importantly, watch his television shows! Next week, Joss Whedon expresses him opinions on the viability of 1-ply vs. 2-ply toilet paper.

Read plenty more of Joss Whedon’s words over at craveonline and a special thanks to ComicBookMovie for bringing us the good news.

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Interviews: R.L. Stine Talks Spooks, Scares, ‘The Haunting Hour’, and ‘Red Rain’

If you were born anytime after 1980, chances are that the last thing you saw everynight before you went to bed was the page of an R.L. Stine book. Stine, the master of horror for kids and pre-teens has been at it for 20 years, churning out over 100 “Goosebumps” books, a TV series, and now Hub TV’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Last week I had the chance to chat with Mr. Stine, armed with questions crafted by myself and my newfound partner in crime, Anne Sisk, and I got to ask the King of Spookiness what scares him, why we want to be scared, how it is writing children’s books in the internet age, and all about the challenges of writing his adult novel, Red Rain. Here is what Mr. Stine had to say:

Is it harder to scare kids now and have you changed your style at all with kids increasingly moving away from books and turning to TV and the Internet and that kind of thing?

I don’t accept that, kids are reading a lot. Years ago the children’s book business was tiny, it was a very small part of a publisher and now it’s a billion dollar industry. Kids are reading. Children’s book sales are up eight percent for this year so I think kids are reading which is a really wonderful thing.

I really haven’t had to change much, when you write scary books you don’t have to change much because the fears never really change. You know; being afraid of the dark, being afraid of what’s under the bed ready to grab you, being afraid that you’re being chased, that never changes so that’s kind of lucky for me.”

Why do you think we want to be scared by spooky stories when we’re little and even now as adults?

Well, I think kids like to be scared a lot, but they have to know they’re safe at the same time. It’s really fun to go out and have these creepy adventures and fight the monsters and battle all this adversity if you know that you’re safe reading in your room at the same time. And I’m very careful with my books, like with the Goosebumps, that kids have to know that this is a fantasy. This is fantasy horror, this isn’t going to happen, this can’t happen to you. Yeah, it’s very creepy, but they have to know that it can’t happen and it’s not going to go too far.

Has there ever been a fear or a theme or an image where you’ve started to go in that direction and then you’ve had to pull yourself back, you didn’t want to go that far. Is there anything you consider “off-limits”?

Very rarely, I’m kind of conservative with it. A lot of times my editors are saying “Hype it up. Make it scarier, make it scarier.” I hear that a lot more. Every once in a while I will, like the very first Goosebumps book is called Welcome to the Dead House, this kid moves to a new town and all these kids come up to him and say “I used to live in your house” and it was the very first one I did and they’re all like zombie kids and they’re out to get him and right now I think it was too scary. I think that book went too far, the first Goosebumps book.

And after that one I kind of realized it and I pulled back and I started adding a lot more humor.

Is there still a challenge for you? You’ve been doing this for so long.

I find it much more of a challenge cause it’s twenty years of Goosebumps, twenty years, it’s over one hundred books and so I guess I’ve done every story you could possibly do, right? So to find new scares and new plot lines and not repeat myself has become a lot more of a challenge, but that’s kind of fun for me.

How do you, just as a writer I have to ask, how are you that prolific? How are you able to day in and day out pump out high quality material like that for such a long period of time?

I don’t know, it’s the only thing I’ve ever been good at, you can ask my wife really. It’s the only thing I’m competent at and I just love it, I’ve been doing it since I was nine years old and I still look forward to getting up and sitting down at the computer and banging out ten more pages a day and getting new stories.

I don’t know what else I would do all day, but the writing is fun for me because I do so much planning first. I do all my planning before I write.

I chart out the whole book; I do very complete outlines of every book I write before I sit down to write, so by the time I’m writing I know everything that’s going to happen in the book. And then I can just fill out the outline and have fun with the writing and enjoy it and that helps me I think to turn out more books than having to plot it as I go.

I noticed in the ‘Weeping Woman’ episode of the Haunting Hour series, I noticed a bit more social commentary and implied marital trouble, are kids these days responding to that kind of stress more? Can you now add those kinds of pressures?

I don’t do it much, but the Haunting Hour is sort of aimed more for teenagers and for families and so they’re pushing it a little farther, the writers. They decided to make the Haunting Hour a bit darker then the Goosebumps books and they’re teenagers instead of kids involved so they’re getting into some of those issues that I wouldn’t do in the books.

In the ‘Weeping Woman’ the basis of the story is the myth of La Llorona, so you kind of have this cross-cultural terror happening. Do you find yourself pulling inspiration from different cultures like this or is it more like these are certain fears that undercut all cultural differences?

I think the fears all are the same, but there are wonderful legends in all these cultures and it would be nice to be able to explore them. But that’s the same fear, that statue is not very much different from Lilly D, that doll that came to life is it?

You just released Red Rain, which is a novel that’s targeted for adults. What’s the bigger challenge: creeping out and scaring kids or scaring adults?

Oh for me scaring adults because I’m not used to it, so it’s a much bigger challenge and I just wrote it because I thought I needed a challenge. Kids’ books are a lot of fun and they’re so easy, they really are a pleasure for me and I thought why not do something hard? Why don’t I do something a little more ambitious?

And then I have all my readers from the 90s who’ve grown up, all those Goosebumps/Fear Street readers who were 10 back then are all in their 20s and 30s, and they’ve been telling me “write for us, please write something for us”. So that’s why I wrote Red Rain, but I found it was a challenge.

How long did it take you to write it?

Five months and I did research for a month, mainly on that island. You know, it takes place on an outer banks island off South Carolina and I’ve never been there, so I just sort of deliberately did it as a game for myself to see if I could really research it and get it right and get all the details right; the vegetation, the birds and do it right. So, I spent about a month doing research and then five months writing it which is a lot for me because the Goosebumps books take a couple weeks.

Is that something you want to continue to pursue. do you want to keep writing for adults or mix and match?

If people like it, yeah I’d enjoy doing more. I love writing for my original audience, I mean those are my kids, those are my people from back in the 90s and I love writing for them, but it just depends if it’s a hit or not. If people really buy it and enjoy it I would love to do more otherwise nobody will ask me to do more.

I’m sure that won’t be a problem.

They won’t answer my calls.

What scares you?

I have no good answer for that, I don’t get scared. I have normal adult fears of course, but horror doesn’t scare me at all. I go to a scary movie or something I don’t know what that feeling is of being scared, I always laugh. When I read a horror novel it makes me laugh, I always find horror funny.

People say “Oh, I was up all night because of your book, you scared me so badly” — I wish I could feel that. I’ve never had that feeling I always find that funny.

Who is your favorite horror writer? If you have one.

Steven King is, I think he’s a wonderful story teller and there are a couple of Steven King books that I think are amazing. Pet Cemetery is one and Misery is another book I just think are brilliant, maybe the best book ever written about writers and editors.

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour airs on Hub TV at 6PM ET on Saturdays and you can learn more about the show here. If you want to pick up a copy of Red Rain, you can get it at Amazon.com and wherever fine books are sold.

Special thanks to Nick Bungay for all his transcription help.

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‘Die Hard 6′ is Happening According to Bruce Willis

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Admit it, the moment you saw the words “Die Hard” flash onto your television screen earlier this year, your mind filled with visions of explosions and John McClane one-liners. It’s pretty much a lock that A Good Day to Die Hard is going to be a success considering the amount of promotional and marketing work that’s gone into the production, but how much of a success this latest venture into the Die Hard franchise will be, remains to be seen. Don’t worry much about this being the last Die Hard movie in the franchise though, there’s already talk of another sequel in the works.

Bruce Willis has already expressed his interest doing a sixth film in a recent interview during the live BBC daily television program One Show. According to reports about the interview, when asked if a sixth Die Hard was on the horizon, Willis grinned coyly and said “Yes.”

What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

This could be his way of having a bit of fun and messing with the hosts, but it’s most likely just Willis restating what he said a few years back when Willis said he would retire McClane after a fifth or sixth Die Hard was released. Depending on the opening weekend’s box office results, that could be a possibility either way even if those box office results go stale for A Good Day to Die Hard. Of course it might just be one final push by Willis and Fox to pull in some last minute interest in this latest Die Hard film. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theater screens February 14th, 2013.

When we find out in the coming weeks we’ll let you know if and when Die Hard 6: Just Die is on the way to your local theater.

Source: /Film

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Walter Koenig Endorses ‘Star Wars’ as Savior of ‘Star Trek’ Franchise

There is a war raging between fans of Star Trek and Star Wars and it has been going on for some time now. Even a few of the celebrities involved with the franchises have joined in the fight, expressing their own opinions on the matter rather vocally. But some look past all the ego-centric name-calling and see that all science fiction is one, Walter Koenig among them.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former Star Trek star talked a bit about receiving his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as mentioning the connection between Star Wars and Star Trek and how one may not have existed without the other.

When finally ran out of air on in 1969, we concluded that it was the end of Star Trek. But when George Lucas saw the effect we had on the public, he was inspired to create Star Wars, and that in turn brought the people of Paramount around to saying, what do we have to make a feature and perhaps a franchise out of? And then they remembered they had Star Trek. So one thing feeds off another.

Sci-fi in the 60s and 70s needed all the help it could get. Two major franchises managed to rise to the top of the heap. And though you may find yourself on one side or the other of the great Star debate, remember that without either one of them the world of science fiction today would have been a very different place.

Thanks to blastr on this one.

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Three Questions with Uchuu Sentai NOIZ

Three Questions with Uchuu Sentai NOIZ

With just hours to go til the main event, Primetrade Asia and the Best of Anime 2012 treated friends in both traditional and new media to special press event with Guests of Honor — Japanese band Uchuu Sentai NOIZ.

The band game answered questions from the press and their fans, including some of ours here at magnetic-rose.net.

How did you guys meet and start up the band?

Uchuu Sentai NOIX (USN): We just sort of met each other from friends of friends — when we heard rumours of people who could play really well and we tried to recruit them. This current line-up is only about three years old — we’ve been through a number of changes over the years.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?

Kotaro: fortunetelling and the occult
Kyo: fishing, cooking, plamodel assembly, watching anime, playing videogames
Angel Taka: raising plants
Yamato: puzzle games and Rubiks cubes
Masato: composing and listening to dance music

Do you have a short message for your Manila fans?

USN: We hope our fans in Manila have a lot of fun — whether it is Davao or Manila, where ever the fans go crazy, we will too!

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INTERVIEW : Manifest Destiny Cosplay

(Hadrien & Ember )
This past summer, I started what I call long-form interviews. In YouTube world, they always say that a good range is under 10 minutes but I felt that takes away from people’s stories if you limit their time. In these interviews I let the cosplayers go for as long as they want to. Some runs for 20 minutes, other runs for 40 minutes. I figured these interviews will allow people to understand and hear more of their stories.

Manifest Destiny Cosplay I found online somehow. I usually spend many hours just digging around and when they happen to be at Animazement in South Carolina, I shot them an email. We met and talked.

The video of the interview and other photos after the jump.

  (Hadrien)

 (Ember)
 

 (Hadrien)

 (Hadrien & Ember )

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