I’m Chris McCarron and, just like me, you know that the internet is over-saturated with news — one website just copying the other, like a swarm of mindless robots.
To save you time, each day I visit over 89 geek news sites and I pick the ten most captivating stories of the day. I deliver them to you with a fast, pithy wit that could make C3PO vibrate and R2-D2 *bleep* with delight. No bots. No droids. No computer algorithms. Just me.
So, grab your morning coffee and let’s get crackin!
Could The Real Spider-Man Please Stand Up?
I love conspiracy stories and there’s a tiny part of me (no, not that part…) that buys into the myth that Spider-Man isn’t an original Stan Lee creation. In 1954, Ben Cooper Inc produced a yellow Spider Man (yes, no hyphen) Halloween costume that now sells for a staggering amount of money online.
Why? Well, Spider-Man wasn’t published until 1962 in Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy (formerly Amazing Adult Fantasy, but retitled for their final issue… Go figure!) Here’s another weird coincidence: Jack Kirby worked at Ben Cooper Inc prior to being an artist at Marvel and both companies were only located a few blocks from one another.
Fast forward to the present and Spider-Man is still mixing it up in the wacky, real-life world of Rickrolling conspiracists…
Two images were reported as being leaked images from the set of Captain America:
Spider-Man I mean, Civil War. They moved from one news website to the next, spreading faster than Quicksilver’s mom until the clever boffins at ComicBook.com stepped in to… well, write a new story about a fake news story.
Their article details how one of the images is not from Captain America: Civil War, but from a Spanish film called Maria y el Arana. Hi-five!
However, they do admit that they’re fairly, somewhat, kinda, sorta, almost, certain… that the second image is possibly, kinda, so-so, probably, mostly, kind of fake.
Nothing quite like… spinning a story out… pun intended…
Spider-Man Fights Like A Dork
I know, I know, another Spider-Man Civil War story, but hear me out.
Devin Faraci from Birth.Death.Movies has tossed out a new rumour to snare the news hungry. Does Faraci have a source…? Did he even bother to clamber up the battlements and proclaim that there might be a source? Um, no. It’s the internet.
Faraci goes on record stating that Spider-Man’s battle in Civil War will be dorky and unlike any other big screen superhero fight in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. I really hope this isn’t nonsense!
How Star Wars Shook The World
How Star Wars Shook The World is an essay that was first published online in 2007 and was subsequently lost in 2011. However, we managed to recover a copy and republish it on AtThaMovies.
In short, it’s about the cultural impact that Star Wars has had on the world. It makes some interesting comparisons to The Beatles while ending on the sombre note that we will most likely never see anything of its ilk again.
There’s no denying it, I’m excited about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Well, I was telling someone about How Star Wars Shook The World and before I could stop myself, I had already blurted out:
There’s a lot of reasons, beyond the obvious, why Star Wars was so successful in 1977. However, you really can’t downplay the timing of its release, which in many ways is similar to the timing of The Force Awakens.
I know that I’m ramping up myself for bitter disappointment, but I guess that I should be optimistic, right?
You Sure You’re Up For This?… No!
Star Wars… again? Surely not! Well, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens International TV Spot #15 was released online and it includes a few new shots from the film. However, if you speak Spanish, the highlight is a bizarre introduction by Oscar Isaac.
It reminds me of one of the in-character promos used for marketing the original films or this weird teaser trailer with Harrison Ford giving an over-the-top, tongue in cheek voice over:
The Gods of Tits and Wine
The French graffiti artist, Akse, who is best known for his series of works entitled: The Psychopaths Project, decided to head over to Hulme in Manchester to paint a new, one-off portrait of Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones.
It’s been given the fitting title, The Gods of Tits and Wine and any self-respecting geek must check it out.
Netflix Owns 70% of the Internet
Netflix now chews up 70% of all internet traffic in North America and 37.1% of all data sent to mobile devices.
The Global Internet Phenomena Report is a biannual resource published by Sandvine that identifies the current trends of internet usage in Africa, The Middle East and North America.
According to a report, YouTube and Amazon Video are the second and third most visited websites in North America while usage of BitTorrent websites have continued to decline over the past year from 7% to 5% of fixed bandwidth access share.
I for one salute our new streaming overlords and I look forward to their continued domination over mankind. All hail Netflix!
Marvel’s Netflix Super-Heroes Possibly Removed From Infinity Wars
I suspect that because of Netflix now being a global superpower (all hail Netflix!), this story might be nothing more than a little tummy grumbling.
The Brazilian entertainment website, Super Interessante, chatted with Captain America: Civil War co-director Anthony Russo about the difficulties of including Netflix’s The Defenders — Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Iron Fist (TBA)— into Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2.
“It’s complicated… When we start to serialize the telling of stories it’s difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it is more complicated. It is a smaller version of the problem that exists when thinking that Fox has the rights to certain characters, Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible, Spider-Man was possible!”
Rick Springfield Has An Ultra-Rare Star Wars Action Figure Collection
Rolling Stone published a five-minute video on YouTube that’s a fluffy, interesting look at Rick Springfield’s collection of vintage Star Wars action figures.
While my Star Wars toys were always played with, a small part of me dies inside each time that I see these videos. In fact, my father decided to throw out all of my toys, including a loose General Madine (£3.49 on Ebay, loose; £4,000 carded), Chewbacca (£1,000 carded) and Luke Skywalker (£4,500 carded).
Screw my happy childhood, I want my money!
Pipboy Fallout 4 In Stock on Amazon
The limited edition of Fallout 4 sold like crazy. Nobody was able to get their hands on a copy unless they got desperate and looked on Ebay.
Thankfully, it’s now for sale (again) on Amazon. However, the number of available items in stock has been plummeting because Ebay sellers have been trying to buy as many copies as possible.
Here’s what’s included in the Pipboy Edition of Fallout 4:
- Physical Pip-Boy Pocket Guide. Featuring handy illustrations and chock full of Vault-Tec® approved tips, this manual is the ultimate how-to pocket guide for using and maintaining your new Pip-Boy.
- Physical Vault-Tec Perk Poster. Keep track of your perks with your very own physical Vault-Tec perk poster, fully colourised retro fun for the quintessential Wasteland survivor.
- Power Armor Collectible Metal Packaging. Exclusive to the Pip-Boy Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate fan collectible.
- Pip-Boy® Edition includes the highly anticipated game, plus:Pip-Boy Replica, Stand and Capsule Case. This wearable device faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, adjustable foam cuff, rotating knobs and lights.
- Designed to accommodate a variety of smartphone devices with customisable foam inserts, the Pip-Boy is the ultimate accessory for the official Pip-Boy companion mobile app that allows players to manage their in-game inventory, perks, holotapes, and more.
3,000 Words, 2,500 Hopefuls, 1 Wookie Sidekick
The Force Awakens hasn’t hit theatres yet and Disney is already looking for The Next Top Solo. Casting for the Han Solo Anthology film has been heating up. Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been hard at work looking for a young lead to play the title role.
If you’re looking for a 3,000 word article on a story that’s been shortened to less than 100 words, you need to check out: Casting of Han Solo in the Star Wars Anthology Film Heats Up!