Gearing up for the new semester of college? If you’re living on campus, why not geek out your dorm room with some awesome sci fi accessories to give the place some personality. Whether you’re into Star Wars, video games, Marvel stuff or other geek culture, there are plenty of geeky dorm room items for you. Check out some of our favorites below.
If you’re going to go around killing zombies, it helps to have already dealt with the undead in a past part of your life. Such is the case with Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Charles Dance, both of whom have temporarily said goodbye to the White Walkers of Westeros to sign on for roles in Burr Steers’ upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
In other big news for the literary horror mash-up, Screen Gems has negotiated a deal for U.S. distribution, which means we may actually see this movie one day. (It’s been in development for ages now.) Screen Gems recently put out Scott Derrickson’s demonic horror Deliver Us from Evil and Sam Miler’s domestic thriller No Good Deed. They’re pretty good at taking low-budget flicks and turning a sizable profit on them. Here’s hoping that’s the case with this one.
There have always been a fair number of viewers that tune into the Super Bowl specifically to see companies unveil their latest and greatest commercials. Advertisers like Bud Light even spend weeks building up to the day, teasing their new ads (this year it was those commercials with Arnold Schwarzenegger in short shorts and a wig playing ping pong). During the game on February 2, soft-drink giant Coca-Cola unveiled the ad that has garnered the most public attention this year, though not for the reasons they initially hoped. More on that later. The spot features people singing “America the Beautiful” in a variety of different languages. This new video imagines some of proposed tongues that didn’t quite make the cut.
This video originated at Garlic Jackson Comedy, which is a suitably wacky name for what we can assume is a wacky bunch of folks. Who else starts a comedy troupe? Some of the languages that they think the Coca-Cola executives summarily rejected are things like pig latin, dolphin, morse code, and my personal favorite, bear attack. Who knew bear attack was a recognized language? You can’t really blame them for passing on most of these, after all, there aren’t that may people who are fluent in hieroglyphics, and the whole thing sounds significantly less warm and fuzzy in Klingon or Dothraki.
Tonight sci-fi veteran Ronald D. Moore makes his long-awaited return to the small screen with his Antarctic outbreak story Helix on Syfy. But that’s apparently not enough to fill his time, because he also has an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels for Starz, which will premiere later this year. A time-jumping multi-period piece, there is a new old-timey Outlander photo for us to peruse. Moore has been busy on the promotional trail, hawking his wares, and has taken the time to talk about everything from his own shows, to Star Wars, Star Trek, and even Game of Thrones.
The story of Outlander follows a married 1940s combat nurse named Claire (Caitriona Balfe). On vacation with her husband (Tobias Menzies) in Scotland, she manages to tumble through some kind of portal into the 18th century. There she falls in love with a young warrior bro, played by Sam Heughan. As you can see, this photograph, which appeared in EW, is definitely from Claire’s pre-time travel days. She’s just hanging out in a field, having an awesome car with running boards, though I feel like having a convertible in Scotland has many of the same drawbacks as owning a similar automobile in Seattle. In the accompanying interview, Moore discusses what drew him to the project.
One of my favorite things about Game of Thrones (the show) is the opening sequence. There are a lot of fantastic openings out there (Six Feet Under, True Blood, and Dexter spring immediately to mind), but for me there’s none better than Game of Thrones. It’s not just because I’m full of anticipation for the episode I’m about to watch, either. The way the sequence builds a map that spans the GoT universe, complete with castles and forests rising up from what looks like a game board, perfectly illustrates the transition from story to reality, from page to screen. The camera pans to each area, uniting, at least in that brief glimpse, seemingly disparate or antagonistic kingdoms and giving viewers a rare comprehensive look at the entire game board before focusing on the specific players who aim to march across it. In short, I’m a complete sucker for maps or depictions that bring a place to life and imbue it with a sense of story, which is exactly what six prize-winning students did when they transformed maps of 17th century London into a unified 3-D world.
You know what makes two wonderfully geeky things even geekier? Bringing them together in a viral YouTube video. And that’s exactly this new clip does. Budding visual effects artist Joel Miller (also known as good old Joel935M) has rotoscoped lightsabers onto the duel between Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) and Jaimie Lanister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), thus synthesizing the worlds of Star Wars and Game of Thrones.