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When many of us think of Sir Ian McKellen, two iconic roles come to mind: Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men. And vice versa — it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing those characters on the big screen (well, Michael Fassbender also plays Magneto, very well, but we’re talking the older version of the mutant… Continue reading The Surprising Ways 'Mission: Impossible 2' Affected the Course of Movie History

If you’re one of many Americans not familiar with Eiji Tsuburaya, that’s all the more reason to appreciate today’s Google Doodle. For the search engine’s daily redesign of their logo, Google celebrates the birthday of Tsuburaya, who was born on July 7, 1901. You’re definitely familiar with his work, as he co-created the title creature for the original 1954 version of Godzilla, coming up… Continue reading Today's Google Doodle Is a Lesson In Giant Monster-Movie History

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for Avengers movie culture:

Before seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron, you should watch this exhaustive, chronological history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its wars and the Infinity Stones (via Slashfilm):

Then you’ll want to start your Avengers: Age of Ultron viewing evening by eating one of these four epic burgers inspired by a different member… Continue reading The Avengers in Movie Culture: History of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Easter Eggs and More

So there’s this little movie coming out this week called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Have you heard of it?

At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that the next installment of Marvel Studios’ superhero team-up saga is going to be the sort of film that measures its box-office gross in billions of dollars, not millions, and likely breaks a long list of… Continue reading The Geek Beat: How Marvel's 'The Avengers' Changed Movie History

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced last week, and as usual, the geekier side of Hollywood doesn’t have much of a presence in the list of actors and filmmakers honored.

Or does it?

My sentiments on the Oscars’ annual snubbing of comic book, sci-fi and fantasy films are well documented, but just because there aren’t many geeky projects in the… Continue reading The Geek Beat: The Geek Movie History of This Year's Oscar Nominees