On May 23rd I got to go to the to the Second Annual Space Coast Nerd Fest. I missed the first year due to my schedule, but this year did not disappoint! It was a great time reconnecting with some old friends and making new ones!
There were attendees from all corners of nerd-dom – from the casual costume to the most intricate cosplays, From bobble heads to machine heads, from pirates to renaissance jousters, from artists to actors – you could find it all at one place, AND IT’S ON THE SPACE COAST!!! In most of the conversations I had with the people I met the most common thing I hared from people was “It’s so great to have something like this so close to home.” The highlights for this attendee were The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Dare Devil, The BEST BATMAN EVER, Harley Quinn (as always), FINALLY meeting Jennifer Sangalang from Florida Today (the space coasts very own nerd writer extraordinaire!), and getting to shake Micheal Winsolow’s hand and telling him how much I’ve enjoyed his work! (See the photo gallery below.)
For those of us residing on the Space Coast we generally have had to rely on MegaCon in Orlando to get our nerdy convention fix. For the Die Hard convention enthusiasts we have had to make the trek to Atlanta, Ga to experience Dragon*Con. For the elite few who have the means and the availability there is always the 2500 mile journey to the Mecca of nerd conventions – San Diego Comic Con!
But this is no longer the case – The Space Coast now has it’s very own convention to attend – and the future seems bright, as in my opinion the event has already out grown it’s venue in only it’s second year! If you missed yesterdays activities, you still have time! The event is going on today as well from noon until 5 pm. So if you’re looking for some fun, hop in the car and head to the Melbourne Auditorium and GET YOUR NERD ON!!!!
In Theaters This Week
The Woman In Black 2
When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve and Jean bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot to help investigate what is happening. She soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.
Starring Pheobe Fox, Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory this film is rated PG-13 for Disturbing imagery.
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This is your week in geek re-cap for week ending December 14, 2014.
In Theaters This Week
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott has thrown his hat into the Biblical epic ring with Exodus: Gods and Kings. Staring Christian Bale as Moses who fights alongside his brother Ramses (Joel Edgerton), to help defend Egypt. During battle, Moses saves Ramses life, causing Ramses to fear that his brother will one day be King because it fits with a prophecy handed down by one of King Seti’s (played by John Tuturro) spiritualists. Soon after Seti’s death, Moses, who is actually Jewish and not Egyptian, is banished. However, he becomes the leader of the Jewish people and leads a rebellion, with the help of a wrathful God, against the Egyptians. Rate PG-13, This version of Moses’ story is apparently not friendly to the young ones.
Much to no one’s surprise, the long awaited Star Wars Teaser Trailer is quickly heating up the internet. Although the reception is mostly positive, not everyone is loving the trailer. One commentator on Google+ said “The Cross Saber was enough for me to lose hope. So lame. ” Another says “Could not be any less excited after seeing this.” Other examples of those who were less than ecstatic can be seen below:
The Star Wars trailer is so awful, I’m still unconvinced it’s not a hoax going around. Fan hoax trailers were more believable and exiting.
— Grace Lynn (@PixelGoth) November 28, 2014
I am currently reading Joss Whedon’s biography and I read the following excerpt, which made me want to reach out to you.
“Fans knew that Joss was spending much of his time developing his new Fox series, so they laid much of the blame for the failings of the season at the feet of Marti Noxon. “There are websites devoted to how I ruined Buffy in season six,” she says. She had been a strong advocate of darker story-lines— including the Spike/ Buffy relationship— and she had become more involved in the production aspects of the series that Joss no longer had time for.” (Pascale, Amy (2014-08-01). Joss Whedon: The Biography (p. 192). Chicago Review Press. Kindle Edition.)
So there is something I would like to address about season six of the show: I LOVE THIS SEASON.
Make no mistake I loved the show before then, but this season really solidified it for me. The fact the the tone of the show was darker, that the Slayer made poor decisions, that – in the words of Buffy’s alter ego herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar – “she felt that Buffy was losing her “hero-ness” and losing her way. “It wasn’t who Buffy was, or why people loved her.” (Pascale, Amy (2014-08-01). Joss Whedon: The Biography (p. 192). Chicago Review Press. Kindle Edition.)
Everything she said was true, and it was killing me that you put this beloved character through such a horedous time. This is why I loved this season, BECAUSE it was killing me. It showed me that I really cared about this character. It showed me I was really invested in this story. It showed me that this show was supurbly crafted and when she finally rose above the darkness it made her that much more of an inspiration. It’s themes tested. strained and in some instances broke the notions of friendship and one’s chosen family. Buffy was real – that is to say as real a vampire slaying/loving teen aged girl with superpowers could be.
My point is you reached me, you reached us – the audience, in perhaps a way that we were unprepared for. Everyone who complained, or was concerned or felt that you were “ruining Buffy” – they cared. And they cared because the show really reached them. They complained because they were affected. They complained because they loved her and the show.
Even today, 11 years after Buffy last aired, the show remains a big part of my life. So I guess what I really wanted to say to you is Thank You. I hope you wear the backlash that was received from this season, not as a blemish, but as a badge of honor. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A devoted fan,
Slider, Brandon Carmichael and Special Guest Jerry Fuqua II discuss the summer Blockbuster (and officially the highest grossing film of 2014) Guardians of the Galaxy along with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe live at Famous Faces & Funnies.
After 30 days in the theater the Worldwide Grosses are at $507,442,000, making it the top grossing film of 2014
So were 7 days in and one thing about Guardians of the Galaxy is clear – audiences have a love affair with Groot! But a franchise can not live on Groot alone (or can it)? The Guardians are made up of four characters other than Groot! You have Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Rocket – A talking machine gun toting raccoon!!! Don’t get me wrong – I loved Groot (see images below – including the t-shirt I want to make), but let not forget the rest of the characters. That being said – I want to know – Groot aside, who is you next favorite Guardian?
This week Marvel Entertainment made announcement upon announcement in what effectively garnering interest for some major announcements at San Diego Comic Con. From a gender bent Thor to a Black Captain America and a Superior Iron Man – Marvel has been making waves this week. Today was no exception.
Marvel has announced five new release dates for Marvel Studios productions, taking the current roster out to 2019. Thanks to the guys over at Screen Rant we have some speculation as to how this list is shaping up.