Tickets to 'Dark Knight Rises' already selling out
January 11th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Tickets to 'Dark Knight Rises' already selling out

"The Dark Knight Rises" won't open until July 20, but tickets for a midnight showing are not only on sale – some of them have already been bought out completely.

Entertainment Weekly reports that anxious fans can purchase admission to "The Dark Knight Rises" midnight opening on July 19 in IMAX theaters in San Francisco and Los Angeles using movie ticket e-retailer Fandango.

Unfortunately for those living in the Big Apple, it is already sold out of New York midnight IMAX showings.

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New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012
Two “Transformers” titles out this month take place at the same time and deal with Cybertron’s past and planning for its future.
January 11th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

A new title hitting comics shelves this week is more than meets the eye.

IDW’s “Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #1” marks a major shift in the storied robotic franchise, starting as the Autobot-Decepticon war ends and Cybertron, the homeworld of the Transformers, is revitalized and recolonized.

Don’t worry if you’ve gotten a bit foggy on the details of all of that. The book - and a sister book, “Tranformers: Robots in Disguise,” which comes out later this month - do such a good job of giving you enough back story - and a “who’s who” of the main characters - that this is a really good jumping-in point for new readers.

Talking about this book with our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, led to the obvious question: Who is your favorite Transformer?

“Someone's favorite Transformer says a lot about him or her,” Dean said. “Younger fans might say Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, and that's understandable. Big fans of the original 1984 TV show might say Soundwave or Megatron or Jazz, and these are all good options - especially Jazz."

While fans of the 1986 animated film might choose Grimlock or Hot Rod, Dean says his favorite is Ratchet, from the old Marvel Comics series. FULL POST

George Takei's pursuit of 'infinite diversity'
January 11th, 2012
09:17 AM ET

George Takei's pursuit of 'infinite diversity'

Editor's note: George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in "Star Trek," was gracious enough to speak with Geek Out for nearly an hour and a half. Last week, we talked about why "Star Trek" fans are thankful for Takei. This time, Takei gets personal about his acting and activism.

Behind George Takei’s great laugh, warm smile and enticing sense of humor is a childhood filled with memories of imprisonment.

Most fans know him for his work on “Star Trek,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and “Heroes,” or will be reintroduced to him on “Celebrity Apprentice.” They say “Oh, my,” made popular by Howard Stern, rhapsodize about Takei's deep voice, or wear Starfleet uniforms in his honor. But they don’t know the story behind the story.

Before Takei was breaking down racial barriers on TV through “Star Trek” and making “It’s OK to be Takei” a popular slogan for gay rights, he was living through one of America’s greater injustices: the Japanese-American incarceration during World War II.

From ages 4 to 6, Takei and his family lived in two camps, one in Rohwer, Arkansas, and the other in Tule Lake, California, amid choking clouds of dust and behind barbed-wire fences.

When he watches productions of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the scene where Tevye and his family are forced from their home recalls one of his own memories: bayonets flashing as two soldiers ordered the Takei family to an internment camp.

Throughout the experience, Takei’s father would say, “They took my business, our home and our freedom. The one thing I’m not going to give them is my dignity.”

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