Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup
Bruce Campbell on the CNN Express bus at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
October 27th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York City-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

Whether you prefer the shambling or sprinting camp, there’s no excuse to be a shoddy zombie at a Halloween party.

Sure, retail stores have stocked up on fake blood and latex applications this October, but those are the same pre-packaged apps anyone could buy and use. That’s not good enough for a dedicated nerd who wants to take their effects to the next level.

So we’ve assembled a few movie magic tips from makeup gurus who know how to make you look horribly awesome this Halloween. FULL POST

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Miyazaki's latest anime to arrive on U.S. shores
October 27th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

Miyazaki's latest anime to arrive on U.S. shores

We were thrilled to get a look at the latest film from Oscar-nominated anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, "The Secret World of Arrietty."

Like many of his recent offerings, such as "Spirited Away" and "Ponyo," Walt Disney Pictures will be distributing the film stateside, with a star-studded American cast (this time, including Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett) dubbing in the dialogue.

Miyazaki's works rank among the highest grossing films of all time in Japan ("Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited" have both held that title).

"Arrietty" – coming to U.S. screens on February 17, 2012 – is based on the 1952 children's book, "The Borrowers," which was previously made into a live action film in 1997 (with a then-little known actor named Tom Felton).

Without further ado, check out the trailer for "The Secret World of Arrietty," after the jump, and tell us what you thought of it in the comments:
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Farewell to 'The IT Crowd'
October 26th, 2011
09:58 PM ET

Farewell to 'The IT Crowd'

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.

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'The Avengers' trailer (on the cheap)!
October 26th, 2011
03:57 PM ET

'The Avengers' trailer (on the cheap)!

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):

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New Comic Wednesday: October 26, 2011
The Incredible Hulk #1Written by Jason Aaron Pencils by Marc Silvestri Penciller (cover) by Neal Adams
October 26th, 2011
12:06 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: October 26, 2011

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

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