Before "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon and Leonard, before "Chuck" and yes, even before Hiro on "Heroes," there was Roy and Moss on "The IT Crowd."
The British sitcom started nearly six years ago, almost instantly gaining a devoted fan base among the geek set in the U.K., and later, here in the United States when it was picked up by IFC.
The show, about the two IT technicians and their new boss, Jen, toiling away at Reynholm Industries, did something before all of those other aforementioned U.S. series (also beloved by fans): It got nerd culture right.
It doesn't hurt, of course, that scenes like Roy accidentally joining a gang of bank robbers and Moss being mistaken on live television for a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, are universally funny.
But the pair's office, which is something of a Museum of Geek, Roy's gaming pastime, and Moss' intelligent but socially awkward ways, have endeared the characters to fans worldwide.
Therefore, many of those fans were saddened to learn late last week when the show's creator Graham Linehan announced on Reddit (as appropriate a place as any) that the series would be ending, not with a final season, but a final special sometime next year.
The first trailer for one of this summer's most anticipated movies, "Marvel's The Avengers" has been viewed well over three million times on one YouTube account alone.
Having already made its mark on the geek world (not to mention pop culture as a whole), it was bound to get analyzed all over the Web, and indeed, it got the ultimate tribute in a "Sweded" version (inspired by the movie "Be Kind Rewind") by Bryan Harley and Roque Rodriguez (better known as "Dumb Drum") from Fresno, California.
Well on its way to 400,000 page views and beyond, this loving parody/shot-for-shot remake went viral last week (endorsements by "Avengers'" own "Loki," Tom Hiddleston, and "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau didn't hurt), so CNN Geek Out got in touch with Harley and Rodriguez to get the scoop. Check out their video response to our questions (and while you're at it, check out a side by side comparison):
Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when the new books arrive in stores. Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on October 26, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.
This week I am all giddy like a green little frog to be checking out the new The Incredible Hulk #1 from Marvel. Written by Marvel Architect Jason Aaron, the book seems like it will really show us how tough it is to be the big green guy in the post "Fear Itself" era of Marvel.
I mean, come on, we recently saw the Hulk fight Dracula! What's not to love about this guy? "The Incredible Hulk" is the only Marvel title that I read with any consistency. I've stayed away recently, but with this No. 1 I'll be back on the Hulk train.
Are you excited about the relaunch of this Hulk tittle?
And is there a comic out there you are really loving? If so let us know in the comments. We are always looking for tips on good comics! FULL POST
The movie theater is dark and loud. Dozens of people yell out a question and dozens more yell a bawdy reply.
Then the chant begins. It repeats. And repeats, growing louder with every word until Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, flings open his cape to squeals and screams from boys and girls alike.
In his premier movie appearance, stage and screen veteran Tim Curry chews his way through “The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” most iconic scene with uninhibited abandon and fabulous flair – not just in manner, but also in sequined corset, women’s underwear, platform heels, and enough makeup to make any drag queen jealous.
“I see you shiver with an-ti-ci…” Curry purrs, seducing the audience with glossy, crimson lips. The tense pause in dialogue is slight, but the audience doesn’t miss a beat. In unison they immediately cry out, “Thismoviewouldsuckwithoutaudiencepartici –”
“Pation!” Curry exclaims, both finishing his phrase – and the audience’s.
As he finishes singing, glam-fabulous Frank-N-Furter disappears in an elevator with the press of a button and the theater erupts with applause and high fives.
And there’s still an hour to go. FULL POST
MINOR SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you don't want to know anything at all about the next episode of "The Walking Dead."
I think about zombies a lot.
Ever since age 6, when I white-knuckled my safety blanket while watching a nighttime broadcast of George Romero’s iconic film “Night of the Living Dead,” reanimated corpses have been shambling around the darker parts of my consciousness. Every time I hear a police siren wailing in the distance, some small corner of my mind jumps to “zombie apocalypse!”
Yuri Lowenthal: The voice of anime who's ready for the zombie apocalypse
One sunny afternoon in downtown Atlanta, my phone started buzzing on my desk.
“Is this Michael?” a hurried male voice asked when I picked up, tearing breakneck through his syllables at a rapid staccato. “I’m calling from casting for AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ We’re filming tonight in central Georgia and we’re wondering if you’d like to come down and be a zombie extra in two scenes.”
A few months previous, I had filled out an online casting call forwarded to me by a friend. They were asking for very thin people to work as extras, playing the titular shambling ghouls in Season 2 of the show. As my friend joked in the email, I was perfect for it, since my body type most closely resembles that of a particularly gaunt scarecrow. (It was later explained to me by the costume director that putting thin people in regular clothes makes the best zombies, giving them shrunken and emaciated look.) FULL POST
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