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John Williams is probably the most well known film composer in history. He owes much of that success to the Star Wars series, but Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters of thePre-prequel-era Star Wars music tribute

Two incredible shows are currently on the edge of cancellation, if reports are to be believed, and NBC seems to be saying that they won't even air episodes that wereNBC is sharpening its axe

The Learning Circuits Blog: Scope of Learning Responsibility What is the Scope of our Responsibility as Learning Professionals? That's the question of the month, and it's clarified a bit in theLimits of Responsibility - ASTD's Big Question for March

While I'm spending time in the BSG universe, here's a clip from the prequel series, Caprica. The series debuts next year. Apparently it will not take place in space much, ifCaprica clip

There was a time when I was really into The Planet of the Apes series. I watched all the movies and the TV show, multiple times. I still enjoy theReview: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It's a popular debate lately: are these social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) bad for us? Recently an Oxford professor, Baroness Susan Greenfield, made some rather provocative speculations aboutTuesday TubeWatch: Social networking will eat your brain!

Best Easter Bunny cartoon ever. Bar none. Bring on all contenders. Hope you have a happy Easter.Happy Easter Rabbit, Hooray...

I just recently found out that two of my brothers-in-law didn't know anything about the new Clone Wars movie or the TV series it's setting up. This post is forStar Wars: Clone Wars videos (and an Obi-Wan debate settled)

Okay, that's a bit extreme, but sometimes it felt like Comcast stole my vacation, at least. This is also the story of my absence from this blog over the lastThe year Comcast stole Christmas

The full trailer for Doctor Who's sixth season is out. Watch it: This bit did it for me: Off-screen, scary sounding alien: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords. The Doctor (notTwo lines, and I'm sold

Ever since "Ikea" popped up on one of my Pandora stations months ago, it's been one of my favorites. Every time I hear or see words like "Ikea," "Thor," or "Norsemen"Tuesday TubeWatch: Ikea and Jonathan Coulton

This is one of the "prettier" explosions I've seen. Love the compression wave. [kml_flashembed movie="http://embed.break.com/Mjc1NjI4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The sound of the shrapnel flying past through the end just completes theThat blowed up reeeel good

Is it the "training industry" or the "learning industry"? (Yeah, I know there are plenty of alternates to make this even more confusing, but let's stick to these two forTraining vs. Learning

After a troubled history with Disney, 20th Century Fox has picked up the Narnia series and is moving forward. This December we'll be treated to the next installment in theBack to Narnia with a new trailer, and a 2010 movie update

The ergonomics guys at work are gonna love me for posting this (if they ever hear about it). Dumb Little Man posted an article about fixing your posture to improve yourPosture - it's not just for prep schools

Dark Knight takes it slow, plus Robot Chicken and Terminator

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, has stated that he’s in no hurry to make the second sequel to Batman Begins. He has reason to be cautious. Historically speaking, the third installment in a franchise has been, shall we say, lacking. Superman III, Spiderman 3, Terminator 3, Batman Forever, Rocky III, Police Academy 3… need I go on? Nolan’s got the right idea:

“I don’t know why they’re hard to do,” Nolan said. “Maybe there’s so much expectation to them. But I wouldn’t want to do one if it weren’t going to be as good as the first or second. That’s not respectful to the fans… The worst thing you could do now that you’ve gotten the plane back in the air is mess up the landing.”

Thankfully, Nolan is pushing back on Warner Bros., who want to jump ahead, to hold off until he has something worth making.

Interestingly, he also noted that the recently released DVD will not have any deleted scenes including Heath Ledger’s wonderful performance, nor will it have any outtakes. He said he’s not holding back, he just doesn’t have any deleted Joker scenes. He also feels that including outtakes is disrespectful to the actors, who work hard and trust the director to include their best work.

Finally, come January we may get the chance to see The Dark Knight on the big screen one more time. It appears that it’s being re-released to help generate Oscar-buzz and DVD sales.


Speaking of sci-fi action franchises starring Christian Bale… the first full trailer for Terminator: Salvation has been released. Go see it!

"You and me... we've been at war since before either of us even existed."

"You and me... we've been at war since before either of us even existed."

It’s interesting to note that at some point John Conner says that “this is not the future my mother warned me about. Something has changed.” Maybe it’s that better Terminators have been invented than the ones that were sent into the past to kill her or him.  That would explain some of the stuff I’ve been hearing about the Terminator TV series (which I haven’t gotten around to watching yet, unfortunately).

This looks like it will be the darkest entry in the series, which makes sense given that this is the post-apocalyptic time period. All out war with the machines. It will be a special effects extravaganza. Hopefully the story holds up as well.


If you know who Ron Moore (creator of the new Battlestar Galactica), Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog), and Seth McFarland (creator of Family Guy) are, you’ll love this Robot Chicken clip.

Oh, yeah… you also have to realize this is meant for adults, and that it’s way more offensive than most stuff I post here.

And you have to be in the US (sorry… nothing I can do about that. I don’t own Cartoon Network.).

So… if you meet all those criteria, enjoy this!

Robot Chicken pushes the envelope farther than even Family Guy. But I can’t deny it’s funny…

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