Monthly Archives: February 2015

Will Net Neutrality Give Us Everything We Wanted?

In the wake of this week's FCC Net Neutrality ruling, the Tech Fetish crew considers the potential mirror universes that we'll never know. We also discuss a wearable that harnesses kinetic energy, Pebble's next smartwatch, Hyperloop technology, and a smattering of news on bionic body parts. Oh, and Mark Ryan solved a long-running mystery. No big deal.

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The Problem with Going Dark and Gritty

This week a dark and gritty fan film titled Power/Rangers took the Internet by storm, sending quite a few 20- and 30-somethings into a tizzy. The bright and corny team of space ninjas was reimagined in a grim world full of things that get movies an R rating. While there were some detractors, including the original Green Ranger himself, the widespread praise of the movie, plus over a million YouTube views, shows that people love them some dark and gritty. Yet while this mature short film seems to have struck the right chord with many fans, the bigger movie productions continue to miss the mark.

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Supergirl Adds Two Familiar Faces to the Cast

Casting news for CBS's new Supergirl continues to role in, with the two latest cast members hailing from previous Superman adaptions.

Warner Bros. announced today that Dean Cain, who previously played Clark Kent/Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Helen Slater, who played Kara Zor-El/Supergirl in the 1984 film Supergirl, have been added to the cast.


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Thank You, Leonard Nimoy

Even Vulcans cry sometimes.

That’s got to be why I’m all choked up today. I mean, crying over the passing of a famous person, someone who I never even met? It is not logical.

Except this time, it is. Leonard Nimoy had a big impact on me, on my whole life, really. I don’t think I ever realized quite how much he affected me until now, however. It turns out both he and his alter ego, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, helped to shape and inform who I am today.

As with many, many fans of his work, my connection with Nimoy began at a young age. I first started catching Star Trek episodes with my dad -- Sunday afternoon reruns on my local station, WPIX. Soon midnight airings followed, which you had to work really hard to stay awake for. (The Twilight Zone always followed at 1am for the over-achieving nerd.) Mission: Impossible and In Search of… were also in the mix during this time, again because my Dad turned me onto them. And looking back on it, I can see in these shows many of the ingredients that now make up my lifeblood.

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The Red Sonja Movie Reboot Is Still Alive

The long-in-development feature film reboot of Red Sonja has reportedly hired a new screenwriter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Cosmos has been hired to script a new film based on author Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery heroine. Nu Image/Millennium are producing the film.

Red Sonja was previously brought to the screen in 1985 in a movie starring Brigitte Nielsen in the title role and Arnold Schwarzenegger (oddly enough as High Lord Kalidor and not as Conan the Barbarian). The character also appeared on the live-action Conan TV series.

Red Sonja has also been popular in comics books, starting in the 1970s with Marvel Comics and then a 21st century run from Dynamite Entertainment.

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First Look at the Jem and the Holograms Movie

Brace yourself for some intense '80s nostalgia, folks. Here's the first photo from the Jem and the Holograms movie, based on the Hasbro-Marvel-Sunbow cult animated series.

Check out the film's stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott and Aurora Perrineau below:

Image Credit: Justina Mintz/Universal Image Credit: Justina Mintz/Universal

Here's the official description for director Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and writer Ryan Landels' (Collision Earth) big-screen adaptation: "As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice."

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March PlayStation Plus Lineup isn’t Ready to be Annoucned

The March lineup of free games and offers for PlayStation Plus members may be announced a bit later than usual.

Speaking with fans in comments on the European PlayStation Blog, Manager Fred Dutton voiced an apology and explained that things were not yet ready for a full announcement.

"Sorry to keep you good folks waiting. I appreciate you’re all really keen to see the line-up and that it’s frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual," Dutton said. "Alas, we’re still not quite ready to make the announcement. I can’t give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we’re working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."

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Is an ACTUAL Dark and Gritty Power Rangers a Good Idea?

Hey guys, Eric and Roth back here this week, as we kick off with a discussion of the Power Rangers fan film everyone was talking about – and if the intentionally uber-dark and gritty approach would ever make sense in an official version. Note: If you care about such things, we do go into some spoilers for the aforementioned fan film!.

On the news front, we discuss Lady Gaga joining American Horror Story, DuckTales returning and the CW renewing Beauty and the Beast for Season 4 (!).

Then we chat about the strangeness of last week’s Two and a Half Men series finale and what we thought of FOX’s new comedy, The Last Man on Earth.

Lastly, reader email asks us about when networks remake a pilot they passed on and if the recent Sony/Marvel movie deal for Spider-Man could result in a Spidey-related TV series.

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