Friday Round Up: Let’s Get Personal

What? A Classic Style Friday Round Up?! Yep, it’s 100% true. And today’s Round Up will be a little different in that there’s some geek pop culture stuff, but a little more personal stuff sprinkled in. Hope you enjoy!

Movie Stuff

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Deadpool: It looks like all the positive buzz generated by the leaked Deadpool test footage paid off. Fox has announced that they’re moving ahead with a Deadpool movie. This could be a really fun movie. Or a total shit storm. Let’s hope for a total fun storm.

 
 

The Official Millennium Falcon Footage: There was some footage released of the Millennium Falcon that will be appearing in Star Wars 7. It’s cool seeing it and all, but it doesn’t super fire me up like it has for other people. I want to know if the movie will be any good. Oh yeah, and there’s a Batman toy that’s a part of the Falcon, because why not?



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Rock Band has Played Its Final Note

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Pop culture embraced Rock Band, briefly

At one point, Rock Band was a powerhouse video game franchise that seemed like it would never end. In addition to its physical games it sported a robust catalog of music players could download from classic rock to pop hits of the day to indie releases. Today, after four years of that downloadable content (DLC) and over 2,000 songs the Rock Band Network has officially ended, according to game developer Harmonix. But how did a game that was the third highest brand, trailing Guitar Hero and the Super Mario series, with $662M in total sales and 5.3 million copies of the game sold in 2008 alone just… fade out? Below, we’ll take a look at the rise and fall of Rock Band and the rhythm game phenomenon.



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Ten Strangest Licensed Cereal Mascots

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Yesterday I gave you ten of the weirdest cereal mascots ever. But there have been literally hundreds of cereals so there’s also a strange subset of cereals that are based on an existing property. There’s been Nintendo cereal (half is Super Mario, half is Zelda), C-3POs, Gremlins… the list goes on. But some of the properties that have been tied into the cereal are just bizarre. Here are the ten strangest.



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The 10 Weirdest Cereal Mascots

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Breakfast cereal is awesome. As a kid, my mom wouldn’t let my sister and I have “sugar cereals” so we only had Rice Krispies and Cheerios. That meant that once I became an adult, cereal could be for dinner too because they taste so good! We’re all familiar with the Trix Rabbit, Lucky the Leprechaun and more. Some of us may remember the mascots of the past like Honey Bear, Fred Flintstone or even Ice Cream Jones. And we may have even seen some of the old fashioned mascots of the past – simpler versions of Tony the Tiger or the fairly racist So-Hi and her Rice Krinkles. But some mascots came and went very quickly, probably because their concept was just too weird or complex to understand. Here’s a list of the 10 that we found the weirdest.



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The X-Wing Miniatures CR90/Tantiv IV Expansion

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If you’re at all familiar with Star Wars you probably know the X-Wing Miniatures CR90 by one of its many names: The Rebel Blockade Runner. The Corellian Corvette. The Tantive IV. While not as famous as The Millennium Falcon in general pop culture, the CR90 is the first ship we see on screen in the original Star Wars film, so it has had a bit of resonance with Star Wars fan.

When the really big ships (classified as “huge” in the game) were first announced for X-Wing Miniatures they were an easy pass for me. I didn’t want some big hunk of plastic to store along with all the other junk in my life. And frankly, while it’s big, the fact that it’s not to scale with the rest of the ships put me a bit off. Yes, I realize that one that was in scale would be completely impractical on every level, but I’m an irrational person.

It wasn’t until recently that I was looking at reiews of the CR90 that it started to appeal to me. And even better was the fact that Star Wars X-wing: Tantive IV Expansion Pack for around 40 dollars less than it’s original asking price. Furthermore, I liked the idea of the missions that came with it, that is a series of missions that changed based on the outcome of each match.



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Stuntwomen Sisters Create Fun Fan Film

Ranae and Heidi Moneymaker are sisters who are both stuntwomen. They’ve worked on films like Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fast & Furious 7, Avengers and more. So you may not know them, but chances are you’ve seen their work. Well, they just made an action short film. It’s actually a fan film, though. I can’t say what it’s for without giving it away but by the end, you’ll get it. The title is “Behind Every Great Man” and it makes sense ultimately. It takes its time at the beginning but I encourage you to stay with it. I think you’ll enjoy it and if so, the good news is they plan to continue it.

Friday Round Up: It’s All About The Movies

First, you gotta watch that video above where the music is removed from the end of Star Wars. It’s delightfully awkward. Another week brings another round up of discussion-worthy news. What would you say was the biggest news of the past week? Reply in the comments and lets learn… together.



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10 of the Worst Ideas for Board Games Ever

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There are all sorts of bad ideas you can have for a board game. They could be boring, pointless or offensive. Here’s a list of some of the stupidest ideas for board games.



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Voyager Torture: Maneuvers (Episode 27 Season 2)

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“Maneuvers” opens up with Chakotay and Torres heading to the bridge and exchanging some banter that could be taken as playful sexy. Whatever. The important thing is that the Voyager is being hailed by someone using a Federation signal! What could this mean?! Cut to the opening credits!



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10 Crazy Ghostbusters Animated Gifs

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What can we say? We love animated gifs. Hit the jump to see the stuff we gathered up.



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