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Orci & Kurtzman Tackle Man of Steel - Slice of SciFi Bryan Singer is in talks with writers for the next Superman movie, "The Man of Steel". Unfortunately, we have toSuperman returns... again

2theadvocate.com | Suburban | Deputies: Owner shot out man’s tires when he couldn’t pay for gas People are so screwed up. Take a second and write down the guy's license plateMan steals gas; Man shoots cars tires

For all you dad's out there, and mine specifically, Happy Father's Day. Thanks for all you've taught us, thanks for all the fun we've had. Thanks for the trips to theHappy Father's Day

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

The coolest thing about The Illusionist is that every trick he does is something that can be performed practically. The movie does use a little CGI because of production constraintsReview: The Illusionist

The networks released their schedules for next year this week. No surprise: Smallville and 24 are both reappearing in the schedules. However, there has been surprising news/rumors about both shows... 24 JackTV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

Andre Agassi survived his battle with 8th seed Marcos Baghdatis tonight to move into the third round of play. I only saw about half of the final set of this match,Agassi: Still alive

Learning2005 learningwiki.com - Mistakes Elliot Masie's Learning Wiki has a page for common mistakes trainers/instructional designers make, as reported by subscribers to his newsletter. He received over 700 responses -- Training Mistakes

Look, let's just get right to it. If the movie is nearly as good as this trailer makes it out to be, it's going to be awesome... I was let downDeathly Hallows trailer released

There is nothing more perfect than the punch line of this Dilbert strip. Who among us cannot relate? I actually considered making that my new theme on this site. There areWhat futility doesn't feel like

H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions Here's a good list to keep in mind as we get ready to pony up for Uncle Sam's benificence. [tags]US taxes, april 15th,H&R Block - Top 10 Overlooked Credits & Deductions

I'm willing to bet that you've heard of Jon and Kate Plus 8, even if you don't watch the TLC program yourself. It's getting a lot of publicity lately, ledJon and Kate Plus 8... plus 10 million... minus one

If you were the head of a movie company, which movies would you choose to spend $1.5 million per 30 seconds to advertise during the Super Bowl—an event watched primarilyTuesday TubeWatch: Super Bowl Movie Roundup

I've always loved drums. I can't remember a time when I wasn't "drumming." I put that in quotes because I've rarely actually had a drum at my disposal. I've beatDrum roll, please!

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)

Jump through classic video games

This is pretty old, but then the subject is even older! It’s a fun look at the (mostly) 80s video games.

How many video games can you identify? There were sadly quite a few I didn’t recognize.

If you want to see some other stuff, check out Grand Master Peter’s Flash movies.

. . . → Read More: Jump through classic video games

The myth of the solitary gamer

Over on The COA we’ve been talking about gaming experiences. To us geeks, that typically means video games, in case there’s any confusion. Though this wasn’t planned, throughout the articles and comments there has been a thread about the social aspect of gaming, and a sense that the rest of the world sees gaming geeks as hunkered down in their parent’s basements eating Cheetos with only their computer for company.

Sure, there are times when . . . → Read More: The myth of the solitary gamer

Am I getting more awesome?

Am I awesome?

Well that’s sort of a silly question. Of course I am. I’m me, after all.

But is it possible that I’m getting more awesome?

I can’t say for sure, but the fact that I’ve joined together with an international cadre of bloggers recognized for their awesomeness can only be a good sign.

So far our awesomeness is primarily self-proclaimed, but we’ve got the title to put us over the top as the . . . → Read More: Am I getting more awesome?

Could this be the one?

I’ve got one year to make up my mind. Maybe it won’t seem like as big of a deal then. But for right now? I must have it.

I haven’t been this excited about a video game in years. Yeah, there have been games I’ve really wanted, and those that the trailer got me excited for, but for each of them, if it wasn’t a PC-compatible game, I didn’t even consider them beyond thinking, “maybe . . . → Read More: Could this be the one?

Duke Nukem Disease: Come Get Some! – Tuesday TubeWatch

Oh, great… another cause to spend our research money on.

What calibur is your lightsaber?

Star Wars: Gaming | Swords and Lightsabers Clash in Soulcalibur IV

(Wow, that’s a weak post title … sorry)

Go to the link above for a news release and trailer for a cross-over from Star Wars to head-to-head battle game SoulCalibur 4.

I have a hard time getting the trailers to run smooth off the Star Wars site for some reason… lots of jumpiness… so if you’d rather see it smoother, try this page (though . . . → Read More: What calibur is your lightsaber?

The Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

Wired News: Orson Scott Card Builds an Empire

The above link is an interview with multi-award winning [tag]science-fiction[/tag] author [tag]Orson Scott Card[/tag] on plans for his Empire franchise. [tag]Empire[/tag] was conceived from the beginning as a multi-media endeavor, with the story told in different ways through a novel, comic books, film, and [tag]video games[/tag].

By the end of the interview, he has made some comments about video games and how he doesn’t play them anymore . . . → Read More: The Multi-media Empire of Orson Scott Card (or How To Save the Video Game Industry)

HALO movie – on pause

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

As previously reported, Fox and Universal Studios have backed out of their deal to finance Halo. While not ideal, [tag]Wingnut Studios[/tag] were going ahead with their part of the production anyway. Well, now they’ve quit too. Here’s their statement:

“As was previously confirmed, we deeply regret that both Universal and Fox did not choose to move forward with financing the [tag]Halo film[/tag] under . . . → Read More: HALO movie – on pause

‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Variety.com – ‘Halo’ pic loses its studios

[tag]Fox Studios[/tag] and [tag]Universal Studios[/tag] have backed out of their deal to finance the [tag]Halo movie[/tag], based on the popular [tag]video game[/tag] by [tag]Bungie[/tag] and [tag]Microsoft[/tag].

The studios exercised their option to back out right before a deadline that would require an advance payment to Microsoft, who also would receive 10% of the movies profits.

While the exit of two studios would seem to imperil “Halo,” . . . → Read More: ‘Halo’ – Game Over?

Fight trolls with math!

Timez Attack

I am really impressed with this game. It’s engaging, the graphics are great, it has a cool adventure environment, and it teaches math. Seriously cool.

As you (a small monster) run through the world, you meet up with puzzles that teach you multiplication. For example, you have to get the question right in order to open a door. It’s not timed, it’s not threatening, and you have a sense of achievement when you . . . → Read More: Fight trolls with math!