December 16th, 2011
08:35 PM ET

Geeks want love, too - TLC's 'Geek Love' is the real deal

For the last two months, geeky blogs and skeptical nerds have been talking about this new show on TLC called “Geek Love.”  It's a reality show that follows participants of a speed dating event from New York Comic Con who are ready to find nonjudgmental, superfan partners. It debuts Sunday night.

Ryan Glitch is the self-confessed Geek who runs Sci-Fi Speed Dating Service and the creator of this show. “I’m a huge 'Star Wars' fan and I’m a huge 'Terminator' fan and I love comics and I love the Ninja Turtles,” Glitch said, which is actually the reason he started running the dating service.

“This isn’t just for people who are socially inept or whatever you want to call it,” said 25-year-old Glitch. “This is for hard-core fans, geeks and nerds that really want to meet somebody.”

Glitch, who also works for a nationwide discount chain in New York, began Sci-Fi Speed Dating in August 2010. He now runs the dating service at 10 Geek-centric events.

Giltch recognizes that some viewers will see this show as a way to mock a subculture they don’t like or understand. “The nerd world is becoming more mainstream because it’s more accessible," he said. "So I’m sure that there is a small percentage of people out there that just want to pick on nerds and those are the same bullies in high school that didn’t matter then and don’t matter now. I just want people to know that we are all geeks. Everybody is a geek and everybody is a fan in one way or another in something.” FULL POST

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Fandom week in review
"Men in Black 3" at the Sony Pictures booth at San Diego Comic-Con.
December 16th, 2011
08:25 PM ET

Fandom week in review

Here's a look back at some of the stories that had superfans in the geek world buzzing this week:

The "Dark Knight Rises" prologue has been officially unleashed on the public (in IMAX theaters, anyway). [EW]

Goodbye, Amy Pond. *sniff* [UK Telegraph]

Lookee – more from the set of "The Hobbit!" (Can't wait for that trailer!) [TORN]

Speaking of trailers, the long-awaited third "Men in Black" teaser trailer is here.

Here is our first look at "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and it is Rock-tastic.

Another sneak peek at the next season of "Game of Thrones." [HBO]

And rounding them out, here is the new one for "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." [Sony Pictures/Yahoo! Movies]

Daniel Craig was not terribly pleased with how "Quantum of Solace" came out. [Time Out]

Behold, true believers, the new poster for "Amazing Spider-Man!" [ComingSoon.net]

"Prometheus" poster, too! [ComingSoon.net]

OK, it is a poster-fest, officially. Here is the new one for "Hunger Games." [Hollywood Reporter]

Could it be? Yes, it is a golden PS3 (but only in Japan, for now). [Alafista]

"Blade Anime" is coming to G4 on January 13. [G4]

Fall asleep to the sounds of the Enterprise (really!). [Zap2it]

The latest from the "Dark Knight Rises" rumor mill: is Talia al-Ghul in the movie? (And yes, there is a poster for that, too.) [Surreycomet.co.uk]

Terry Gilliam spoke about almost making "Watchmen" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." [Indiewire]

After "Spider Island," what's next for Spidey? "Ends of the Earth." [USA Today]

Would "Legend of Zelda's" Shigeru Miyamoto make a new game with another American studio? [Kotaku]

Who will direct "Thor 2?" [Hollywood Reporter]

Yes, yes we are, Nathan. [Twitter/@NathanFillion]

And finally, during this holiday season, George Takei urges "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" fans to make peace. After all, he says they have a common enemy. [Allegiancemusical.com]


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Billy Campbell on 'The Rocketeer,' 20 years later
December 16th, 2011
03:33 PM ET

Billy Campbell on 'The Rocketeer,' 20 years later

In honor of the 20th anniversary of "The Rocketeer," Disney has released the beloved film on Blu-ray.

Hollywood in the 1930s serves as the backdrop for this slice of nostalgia in which test pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) discovers a top-secret jet pack. With the help of his mechanic mentor, Peevy (Alan Arkin), Cliff is propelled from ordinary guy to a superhero, aptly named The Rocketeer.

Cliff finds himself on a dangerous mission replete with ruthless villains, Hollywood starlets, gangsters and Nazi spies. With the help of his girlfriend, Jenny (Jennifer Connelly), Cliff foils an evil plot to take over the world.

CNN spoke to Billy Campbell, who played the title role in what was the actor's first feature film.

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One year later, the Force is strong in Katie
A year after finding accidental Star Wars celebrity, Katie Goldman is still a huge fan.
December 16th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

One year later, the Force is strong in Katie

Most days, Katie Goldman’s life is like any other 8-year-old's. But every so often, there's a reminder of the time one year ago, when schoolyard teasing made her a Star Wars celebrity, when she became a symbol of geeks done wrong - and how to make things right.

Sometimes the reminders are simple, like when a new girl showed up in class, spied Katie’s Star Wars backpack and water bottle, and within days, felt comfortable enough to show her own nerd pride.

Sometimes, it's heart-tugging, like at GeekGirlCon, when a brigade of Storm Troopers formed an honor guard, a line of protection - for Katie.

And sometimes, it's huge, like today: Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day, a celebration of geekdom and giving that was inspired by Katie's story.

Last year, Katie wanted to hide away her Star War wear after her classmates teased that Star Wars was just for boys. Her mother, heartbroken for her daughter, blogged about the experience. It flew across blogs, social media and news sites, along with the Twitter hashtag #maytheforcebewithkatie. The grown-up geek community knew Katie's pain, and responded with thousands of supportive comments, plus donations of toys, clothes and books, many of which went to students at Katie’s school.

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'Sherlock' and 'Hugo' get extra steamy
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is full of the steampunk aesthetic.
December 16th, 2011
01:10 PM ET

'Sherlock' and 'Hugo' get extra steamy

The first time you look into the eyes of a whimsically lifelike automaton in “Hugo” or watch in horror as the exposed clockwork gears of a Victorian bomb tirelessly turn in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” you know that some wondrous aesthetic is at work. It is just enough to enchant audiences, and they may not even know what the visual technique they adore so much is called.

Steampunk  is a subtle presence in these films but a strong and pleasing “applied aesthetic,” according to “Steampunk Bible” author Jeff VanderMeer, that works seamlessly in each. It adds wonder while preserving the very human aspects of the narratives.

“It doesn’t have to be a movement of a definitional thing,” VanderMeer said. “But people seem to really respond to that aesthetic, and partly it’s because we have a lot of sleek modern design right now that is relatively seamless. Like an iPod is really beautiful in its own way, but it’s not cathedral beautiful.”

But directors like Guy Ritchie and Martin Scorsese are careful not to give all of the attention to the machines. The subtlety of the steampunk aesthetic is why it works.

“There would of course be the impulse to over-clockwork it, and then you lose sight of the characters and stories,” VanderMeer said. “The best steampunk fiction is still character-based, because the gadgets are part of the society and messages involved, but they don’t overwhelm the characters.”

While the retro-futuristic subculture has appeared in shows like "Warehouse 13" and "Doctor Who" as well as movies such as “Van Helsing,” “The Prestige,” “Wild Wild West,” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” "Sleepy Hollow," "The Time Machine," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and many others, both Scorsese and Ritchie are enhancing the aesthetic to heighten their movies overall rather than making steampunk a focal point. FULL POST

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