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Tag: I'm Just a Geek (11-20 of 727)

Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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'Hunger Games' theme park? We have some ideas

Panem may become the hottest new vacation spot.

Lionsgate, the studio behind the Hunger Games movies, announced in a conference call with analysts this morning that the company had been approached about Hunger Games theme parks in two territories and was considering the possibility, according to Variety. No further details were given.

It obviously makes financial sense for the Katniss empire to expand; the first film made over $690 million, and people seem a little bit excited for Catching Fire, opening Nov. 22. Ignoring the pesky fact that starving districts full of poor people looking toward revolution as a way to end their suffering isn’t the most upbeat concept (and blatantly misses the point of the books), let’s brainstorm some ideas about what  Adventureland: Dystopia Edition would look like, should it happen. READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: Kerry Washington fixes our vocabulary in 'Save the Last Dance' -- VIDEO

Before she was the ultimate fixer on ABC’s Scandal, Kerry Washington was busy handling other, more rhythmic situations. We’re taking things back to 2001, when I spent my days watching Save the Last Dance on repeat. As my brother counted how many times he had seen Terminator 2: Judgment Day, I counted how many times I watched Sara and Derek fall in love on the dance floor. It was an unhealthy competition that kept us indoors for days, but I’m pretty sure I won (or he’s just not here to defend himself).

By the end of what was probably my 10th viewing, I had not only memorized the words to Ice Cube’s “You Can Do It,” but I’d also made some improvements to my vocabulary. Well, I considered them improvements. My mother didn’t always agree with me. First and foremost, I started saying “a’ight” at the end of all my sentences, much like Canadians do with “eh.” It began with a lot of attitude, but then just turned into a natural part of my speech. And then, by my 20th viewing, “slammin’” was incorporated into my everyday lingo as the new “cool.” Oh yeah, I was a pretty slammin’ sixth-grader, a’ight?

Now, 12 years later, Washington has left Chenille’s vocabulary (but not her attitude) behind, swapped her patterned dresses for all-white suits, and spends less time on the dance floor and more time in the oval office as the President-loving Olivia Pope. But today, we shall call her Chenille…a’ight?

Watch the slammin’ trailer for Save the Last Dance below:
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Apple keynote announces iPad Air, free apps

Break out your holiday wish list: A new iPad, the iPad Air, is here.

That was the biggest revelation during today’s 90-minute Apple presentation by CEO Tim Cook and other associates. Since Apple launched the iPad three and a half years ago, 170 million iPads have been sold. “iPad is used over four times more than all those other tablets put together,” Apple claimed today. The new iPad Air will have a 9.7-inch retina display, 43 percent thinner bezel than the previous version, and weigh just 1 pound. It also contains the A7 chip, which just launched with the iPhone 5S. Retailing for $499, it’ll join others in the iPad family, including an updated iPad Mini (now with retina display!) and the original iPad Mini, which will stay on the market for just $299, helping Apple compete with lower-priced tablets from other makers.

The other big news coming out of California is more information about OS X Mavericks, which is not a callback to the 2008 election, but is the newest software upgrade for Macs, available today. Excitingly, the Apple team spoke about how they wanted to get rid of the mind-set that software upgrades should cost money — meaning that Mavericks is free, available today, and supported on devices as old as the 2007 iMac/MacBook Pro. Speaking of MacBook Pros, both the 13-inch and 15-inch are seeing a $200 price drop.
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I'm Still Not Over...Not knowing characters' fates after big cliffhangers

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Cliffhangers are rough. Cliffhangers that are never resolved, despite dozens more episodes before series’ end? Unacceptable.

The most egregious example of this is Mr. Turner’s Boy Meets World fate. While like any good ‘90s kid I was obsessed with Cory and Topanga and clung to every word Mr. Feeny said, one relationship that really stuck with me over the years was the one between cool, young, badass teacher Mr. Turner and troubled teen Shawn Hunter. Fans know where I’m going with this…

Despite seasons of investment watching Mr. Turner and Shawn grow closer — even culminating in Turner wrestling with whether to become Shawn’s actual legal guardian — Turner disappeared from the show with no satisfying conclusion during the run of the show. In the season 4 episode “Cult Fiction,” a directionless Shawn decides to join a cult (!), but is rattled when Mr. Turner gets into a motorcycle accident. The end of the episode shows a distraught Shawn holding a body-cast-covered Mr. Turner’s hand in the hospital…and then Turner’s never seen again.

I’ve spent the past 15 years wondering what happened to Mr. Turner. (And happily, it looks like I’m going to — finally — get some answers.) But Boy Meets World is far from the only show to cavalierly play with my heart — and unfortunately, I don’t think these other programs are going to get information-dispensing spin-offs anytime soon.
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'Breaking Bad' flash-forward: We imagine everyone's life 10 years from now

[SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen Breaking Bad's series finale, stop reading now.]

Believe it or not, some people actually made it out of the Breaking Bad series finale alive. And even though we won’t get to see their lives unfold, those survivors still have a (potentially) drug-free lifetime ahead of them. So what comes next? If chapter one of their stories involved Heisenberg, lots of desert, and even more drugs, what is chapter two (or three) all about? Here’s how we see the show’s biggest survivors 10 years from now:
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'Breaking Bad': How did the finale compare to other iconic show endings?

[Breaking Bad finale spoilers to follow, so tread lightly]

Now that fans have had a whole fifteen hours to process all the exhilarating! terrifying! suspenseful! moody! moments from last night’s Breaking Bad series finale, the question must be asked: Where does this finale rank among other highly anticipated television endings? READ FULL STORY

Emmys by the numbers: The biggest nominees and winners of the past 10 years

It’s no secret that the Emmy Awards certainly have their favorites. Year after year, we can predict at least some of the names that will appear on the ballot. But how often do the shows and individuals on the Emmys “typical” ballot change? Who’s gotten the most Emmy nominations? What about wins?

We looked back over the past 10 years (2003-2013) and rounded up the shows and performers with the most wins and the  most nominations for each of the major categories. Not surprisingly, we ran into a lot of Mad Men, a fair amount of Tina Fey, a bit of Modern Family and only four instances of 24.

*Keep in mind that actors can choose which category they want to be in. For some of the actors, they chose a lead category one year and a supporting the other, so their number might not seem as high as it should. Also, some nominations include an actor being nominated for multiple shows between 2003 and 2013.
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'The O.C.' gets a Turkish remake: 15 things it must include

Turkey, here we come?

Variety reports that Turkey’s Star TV is adapting onetime Fox phenomenon The O.C. into a new series that (if Google translate was even close to right) is titled something similar to Tides. And if we look at the show’s first promo, O.C. fans can see the similarities — theft, fistfights, sail boats, a love connection, big parties, and even one instance of a drunk girl being carried:
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'Breaking Bad' spin-off, 'Fantastic Beasts' -- what big fan bait might be next?

We gasped when AMC all but ordered a Breaking Bad spin-off featuring slimy Saul Goodman. We squealed in delight when Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced their new collaboration: a film series set in Rowling’s wizarding world and based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

And now we’re waiting with bated breath, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that big news often comes in threes. (Even if, uh, it doesn’t really.)

So! Let’s spend a few minutes speculating about what tantalizing, fan-baity reunion/reboot/release announcement could follow the news about Saul and Beasts. If nothing else, maybe we can harness the power of positive thinking to make them so. Here’s a list of possibilities to get the ball rolling:
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