Restoring the worst movie ever made
January 5th, 2012
06:45 PM ET

Restoring the worst movie ever made

For years, many have feared seeing it in its unvarnished form. Now, Ben Solovey wants to restore it back to its ... well, maybe "original glory" isn't the right term.

"Manos: the Hands of Fate" is considered by many to be the worst movie ever made (though it has fallen to third place in recent years on IMDb). Nearly 19 years ago, it got the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" treatment, with Joel and the 'Bots on the cult cable series riffing on it – and at times, having something of a nervous breakdown over its awfulness (involving, among other things, a cult leader called the Master and his extremely creepy underling, Torgo).

Over the years, whether viewed with the "MST3K" commentary or not, it's grown a cult following all its own of people fascinated by its odd, so-bad-it-went-to-good-and-back-to-bad-again qualities.

In recent weeks, film school grad Solovey (who said he has collected 16-millimeter film prints since he was a child) has used Kickstarter to raise more than $22,000 to preserve "Manos."

So, why restore the worst movie ever and possibly even release it on Blu-Ray? CNN Geek Out asked Solovey just that.
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Quest for a princess rescues kids
January 5th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Quest for a princess rescues kids

In 1986, a game that would come to be known as "The Legend of Zelda" was released in Japan. It followed a boy named Link as he fought battles and solved puzzles in the land of Hyrule, as he attempted to collect the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom in order to rescue the Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon.

Who would have guessed, 25 years later, that the little game about a boy, his sword and his efforts to save a princess would also save other boys and girls from depression and boredom as they, too, fight the biggest battle of their young lives?

A handful of students from Georgia Tech did.

From December 17-21, 2011, 'GT' also stood  for "Game Tech," as six college-age students converged in an Acworth, Georgia, basement to unite for one noble cause: To play eight Zelda games for however long donations kept them going, all to benefit charity. FULL POST

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May the Force beef with you
January 5th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

May the Force beef with you

A not-so long time ago in a galaxy far, far away – better known as France, Belgium and Luxembourg – there was a disturbance in the fast food Force.

According to French newspaper L'Express, burger chain Quick will promote the 3D release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” by way of a commemoration fit for Jabba the Hutt: with character-themed, double-decker burgers.

The ad campaign, wielding the slogan "choisis ton côté de la Force" (choose your side of the force), will begin on January 31 and end on March 5.

Much like the Galactic Senate itself, Quick seeks to broker peaceful compromise by offering three galactic-themed sandwiches for Chewies everywhere: the Dark Burger, the Jedi Burger and the Dark Vador Burger (whose spelling was seemingly lost in translation).

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