Will 'Hunger Games' take the world by storm?
September 29th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Will 'Hunger Games' take the world by storm?

"The Hunger Games," due in theaters on March 23, 2012 (and trust me, the fans are counting the days), is one of the most highly anticipated films of the next year.

Based on the popular series of books, the movie has come under a great deal of scrutiny.

For those not quite in the know, Celebuzz.com's Amber James explains why it's such a big deal:

Forget "Harry Potter" and "Twilight." In a few months, "The Hunger Games" phenomenon will be taking over the pop culture world.

Although it will be feeding off the tween demographic, this franchise will chew up those other guys and spit them out.

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The art of being an orchestra dork
September 29th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

The art of being an orchestra dork

Like any passionate group of people who throw their entire body into what they do, you can tell an “orch dork” by their battle scars.

The imprints of bass, cello, violin or viola strings are almost permanently embedded in their fingertips. Streaks of rosin, used to keep their bows in working condition, end up on their clothing. And always look for that telltale hickey on the left side of a violin or viola player’s neck – the end button gets them every time.

But like a “band geek,” an orchestra dork is branded by association without any firm foundation for the moniker. What makes a person who plays a string instrument a dork … or not a dork?  Is it the classical music? The shyness that evaporates when they perform? The tendency to stick together?
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Next best thing to the grid: Real, working 'Tron' lightcycle
September 28th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Next best thing to the grid: Real, working 'Tron' lightcycle

It's not every day that a lightcycle from the "Tron" movies shows up at your local mall.

But that's exactly what happened when the folks at Parker Brothers Choppers showed up at a mall in Melbourne, Florida, to show off their latest creation.

The fact that a real, working lightcycle exists in the real world is mind-blowing to fans of the cult classic 1982 film and the recent sequel, "Tron: Legacy." The various videos they have posted about it on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

CNN Geek Out spoke to some of the Parker Brothers guys (whose first big project was a Batpod, inspired by "The Dark Knight") about the most cyberpunk vehicle on the road today.
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New Comics Wednesday: September 28, 2011
Written by Geoff Johns; Art and cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
September 28th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

New Comics Wednesday: September 28, 2011

Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when the new comic books arrive in stores. Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on September 28, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

The book I'm really looking forward to this week is DC Comics (DC Comics like CNN are owned by parent company Time Warner) Aquaman #1. I have been an on-and-off-again fan of the title for years but when I heard that Geoff Johns was writing it,  I was excited to see his take on this classic DC character.

We had the pleasure to talk to Johns about Aquaman #1 and he had some interesting things to say.

CNN Geek Out: Will there be a new attitude to the new Aquaman?

Geoff Johns: Hopefully the book will take Aquaman and tell stories that have never really done before ... both in the sea and on land.

CNN Geek Out: What's the first big difference in the storytelling that fans will notice?

Johns: We tackle what people think Aquaman is already right off the bat. We don't try and over compensate for him being Aquaman ... he is very much a character that is an underdog in the world of super heroes.

CNN Geek Out: Will there be much carry over from the Flashpoint story lines?

Johns: No, there won't be too much carry over from the Flashpoint story line; his looks carry over some but that's about it.

That's what I am excited about. What comics are you looking forward to this week?
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Yes, panties have been thrown: Paul and Storm
Paul and Storm chatted with CNN's Topher Kohan and Elizabeth Landau at DragonCon.
September 28th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Yes, panties have been thrown: Paul and Storm

You know how sometimes twins seamlessly finish each other’s sentences and sometimes just speak at the same time?

Musicians Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo are like that, except that it’s almost always funny. And since they’ve risen to geek fame as the duo Paul and Storm, it’s hard to think of one without the other.

Whether acting out a nun fight, impersonating Bob Dylan in a well, or counting the pairs of underwear that fans throw at them, Paul and Storm know how to make audiences laugh.

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