Forbidden Panel

You’d think, with the amount of viral marketing and other Internet-based experiences, that The Dark Knight Rises was a smaller film requiring a lot of extra push to get audiences excited instead of the highly anticipated sequel to two of the highest-grossing films of all time. Be that as it may, Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan and the rest of the Bat-gang continue to give fans fun experiences.

First off, the web-based game The Fire Rises launched Tuesday. Here’s the official description:

The Fire Rises casts players as henchmen, out to get their own piece of Gotham’s pie. With lackeys of their own, players secure territory, spawn various crew members to take out a relentless stream of deadly security officers, and loot valuable gear from nearby buildings, all before Gotham PD shows up in full force and puts an end to your crime spree.

To pull off big heists, you will have to mix-and-match your squads, spawn them from sewer covers quickly and efficiently, and arrange them around the battlefield in just the right way to buy your looters valuable time. Steal enough goods and you will unlock more crew members, including Catwoman herself.

As if playing criminal in a Bane-tormented Gotham City wasn’t enough, excited viewers can also check out a document from the movie universe called The Dent Act. You can read the entire thing yourself, but the gist is that the public was told that Harvey Dent died at the hands of the Batman which resulted in stricter laws against organized crime perpetrators, giving Jim Gordon more power to take them down. This must have been what Gordon meant at the end of Dark Knight when he said, “He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.”

Opening July 20, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

via The Dark Knight Rises Launches Web Game, Releases Dent Doc « Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily.

Filming is well underway on Guillermo del Toro’s robots vs. monsters epic “Pacific Rim” and he’s talked with Total Film about the action sequences and how he intends to differentiate them from each other.

del Toro Talks "Pacific Rim" Action

“We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the Kaiju (monsters) take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.”

He goes on to say “We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.”

Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Willem Dafoe, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff and Ron Perlman star in the project which opens next July.

del Toro Talks “Pacific Rim” Action | News | Dark Horizons.

In June, the year of our Lord two thousand and twelve, a mob shall descend on the quiet town of Secaucus (who names these places??) New Jersey. They shall come from far and wide to honor the pastel hooved ones. There shall be feasting and tournament like no oth…..ok, not really. But what there will be is BronyCon 2012 on June 30th thru July 1st.
Say what you will about the Bronies (guys who like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) they apparently know how to throw a party. There will be panels with creators and voice actors (including John de Lancie, known for playing Q in Star Trek the Next Generation and who currently voices Discord), cosplay contests and photo shoots, as well as an all-night party called Bronypalooza.
This year there will also be a documentary on the Brony Culture being filmed. It has already exceeded its Kickstarter goal and is moving on to a larger goal to allow them to travel to film at the homes of those being featured. There has been a lot of consternation over the rise of the Brony and opinions range from “right on” to “OMG they are pedophiles in disguise”, but they are a full-fledged fan community that has produced a lot of message board convo’s and fan art. If you want to check out a really interesting article on the Bronies and the need for a wider understanding of the group check out Geekmom contributor Rebecca Angel’s Article In Defense of Bronies. Or you can check out this video on how Bronies might just be challenging our preconceived ideas about masculinity from the Idea Channel.

So if you’re a Brony or a Brony lover check out BronyCon 2012.

This week in LA the mystical wonderland that is E3 descended. This highly anticipated and so called super bowl of the gaming world has transformed from a fan fueled circus into a true industry trade show in the last couple years. This year the large gaming titans did not disappoint.

picture courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo, in a bid to try and hold onto the casual gamers that flocked in record numbers to the Wii, unveiled their master plan for their new system the Wii U. This new console will integrate with an improved version of the already released Wii U tablet controller. The premise for this will be that special content will play on the tablet that does not appear on the screen itself. With new installments of their most popular franchises, such as Super Mario Bros and Pikmin, set to premier with the system it would have been nice if they had also answered the questions of when this console will appear and at what price point.  However, the Wii U will allow outside developers to create games for its platform so the three systems will finally be on an even playing field as far as game designers are concerned.

Following Nintendo’s lead but taking their own path, Microsoft has chosen to expand their ‘all access’ idea and revealed Smart Glass. Smart Glass uses Xbox Live and Kinect to integrate all your entertainment devices allowing movement of content between TV’s, phones, and tablets. The new system seems to be taking the ideas behind the Wii U and running with them. Creators have the option to add content accessible from a secondary device such as an app for a weapons inventory or map.  Add to that the system will work with competitor made devices such as ipads and iphones and you have Smart Glass set to overshadow the Wii U pretty quickly and if it lives up to its potential can be a very interesting development in the gaming world.

Video courtesy of C/NET TV

That brings me to Sony. Truthfully I’m a bit underwhelmed by what the Playstation crews have brought to the table. I would have been much happier to hear about the plans for the PS4 rather than the PS3 Wonderbook. The Wonderbook is an augmented reality system that combines physical books with onscreen interactions and so far has some new content from JK Rowling for its Book of Spells Hogwarts romp to launch the new system. Now I love Harry as much as the next geek, but I am not at all convinced that this is going to be a good development for Sony at all. It looks cumbersome and there is a real concern that when the novelty of the game interface wears off it will merely serve as a distraction from what otherwise would have been good books.

Sony did, however, redeem themselves with the release of the God of War: Ascension teaser trailer release. It’s a prequel so there is that to be wary of, but the addition of a four on four multiplayer option may just make up for that.

WARNING! THIS VIDEO NOT KID APPROVED

I could watch Kratos rip off heads all day…

My love of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no secret. His lanky, heroin addicted, and obsessively logical detective has held a special place in my heart since I was little. That’s why this trailer for an upcoming Sherlock Holmes video game has me excited.

There have been many adaptations of 22b Baker Street’s most famous resident and his cohorts lately as the tales and Holmes universe has resurged into mainstream popularity ( the Robert Downey Jr. movies and the comic series Moriarty, for example) but few have strayed far from the mold that Conan Doyle forged the great detective in. This one looks to be different, with a new take on the actions of Holmes before his death.

I have been burned by adaptations before, but I look forward to this one’s release. Hopefully it won’t be elementary*.

*you knew there was going to have to be a pun somewhere

Hey Krackleheads-

Are you excited to see Spider-Man back in theaters? We know we are!

So much so that we were inspired to write a brand new song, “Web Slinger/Hope Bringer!”

You can find the track for download on Bandcamp right now and next week, it will be available on iTunes as well!

With great power comes great responsibility – to make nerd rock music.
We hope you dig it!

Jim & Kyle
Kirby Krackle

  “The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story… And I can pretty much guarantee you will too.” — From the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus)

“With The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire has created a moving, brilliant, and fiercely original work about loss, longing, and love. Full of piercing moments that will stay with you for long after you’ve finished reading, The Underwater Welder is a testament to the basic truth that down in the depths or up on land, there’s nothing more haunting and wondrous than the human heart. A masterpiece of visual storytelling.” — Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire)

WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE.

As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.

Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.

A 224-page softcover with French flaps, 6.88″ x 10.44″.

SHIPPING IN AUGUST 2012!

via Top Shelf Productions

We’ve gotten our hands on a review copy, so check back to see what the FP staff thinks of it!

Snow White and the Huntsman released 6/1/12

The theater was full.  The time was counting down to midnight and the crowd was in good spirits. Jokes and animated conversation were the order of the day with the odd person playing video games on their smart phones sprinkled through the rows.

When the lights dimmed and the previews started there were cheers for the Dark Knight Rises, boos and mocking comments for Twilight, and anticipation for Prometheus. When the opening credits of Snow White and the Huntsman rolled the crowd was relaxed and ready to be entertained.

Personally, I was looking forward to this movie as only an avid fairytale fan can. The trailers and teasers that have been making the rounds since last year painted a picture much closer to the original tales intent than many of than any of the previous offerings without delving into the horror genre. The tale was fast paced and full of great imagery. The costumes were fantastic, especially for Queen Revena (Charlize Theron’s character) and she pulled off a complex and deeply damaged character extremely well. The Queen is evil and spreads like a plague across the world destroying any kingdom in her path, but Ms. Theron captured the young girl who was forced to survive the brutal ravaging of her childhood and was trapped by the protective magic of her mother.  Ms. Theron even managed to give a passionate and empowered last battle scene against Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart, despite Ms. Stewart’s serious problems with emoting.

It truly was a shame to see the impassioned performance of Ms. Theron being thrown against the rocks of Kristen Stewart’s halfhearted portrayal of the title character.  Considering the drama of the script and the fantastic ambiance of the location and sets you would think she would be able to muster up more than vaguely staring at everything. Even being locked in a tower for ten years is no excuse to stare at Chris Hemsworth like he’s an alien species that has dropped down and asked her to make him a sandwich.

I am willing to concede that not staring at Chris Hemsworth might be hard, as he is just as handsome in plain leathers and a sporting a Scottish brogue as he is as the mighty Thor. His portrayal of a drunken ex-soldier grieving for his murdered wife was passable and when compared to Ms. Stewarts performance was practically Oscar worthy. And hey- he looked good.

There's just something about a guy hefting an ax...

As for the story what I can say is that it had potential. Some of that was realized, but a lot of it was rushed and forced. There were definitely the bones of a complex and satisfying story in there, but they were picked clean in pursuit of cinema graphic tableaus. Where the plot could have been developed more sweeping visuals were given the priority.  To a true lover of a well-crafted tale this was very like going to a gourmet restaurant, being served a gorgeous plate of food and having to search under the lettuce for a miniscule piece of steak.

June  199? (none of your business what that last number is) –  Freedom was just around the corner. The clock was slowly ticking its way around to three o’clock on the last day of school. Emphasis on slowly.  As those last few seconds ticked down Mr. Carrington made a last round, dropping a piece of paper on each desk. The dreaded Summer Reading List.

I loved to read, but something just seemed so wrong about a teacher assigning books over Summer.

However, this time that horrible piece of paper included a title that once I picked up I couldn’t put down (unlike Great Expectations *shudder*).  The Great Gatsby- a beautifully written portrayal of a time and people that bordered on the mythic and had me hanging until the very end.

Who is the villain, who the hero? Would Gatsby reach his goal and what really was that goal? It was a psychological thriller wrapped in a decadent love story wrapped in discordant social commentary. Can you guess that I liked it?

Needless to say when I heard through the interwebz that rumors of a new film adaptation were in the works I was skeptical. Granted this was a portion of my childhood I had not expected them to drag out of my warm fuzzy memories and dismember in graphic detail. I was preparing myself to handle the horror of a Care Bears remake (no I haven’t heard anything about that actually happening but you know Michael Bay will get to it eventually). But Gatsby? Did not see it coming.

Well as it says in the title rumors have morphed into fact and now into a trailer for the Great Gatsby headlining Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m currently reserving judgment on the casting and instead enjoying the picture that the trailer is painting for me. If the movie holds up to this they may just have gotten it right.

I can admit it- I squee a little bit every time I walk into Disneyland. Somewhere deep down there is still a little girl dazzled by the stories that the Mouse’s minions weave. Unfortunately on the outside I’m a ‘grown up’ and so running around every day dressed like Ursula or Maleficent would get me a lot of strange looks from people who are just not cool enough to understand.

That’s where Leslie Kay and her site Disneybound comes in. This really cool fashion site is a grown up Disney geeks’ go to for day-to-day cosplay. As a lifelong Disney fan herself, the talented Ms. Kay has become the stylist to the Disney Universe if it were populated by real people.

Drawing inspiration from the characters themselves, Leslie has hunted high and low to bring together innocuous pieces from a variety of vendors and shops using the Polyvore style collaging site. This page allows for link-backs to purchase the items you see. The possibilities of the Polyvore site are something that I’m hoping will lead to some serious geek stylists in future.

Here are a few of my favorites from Disneybound, what are your favorites?

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