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Thanks to the Star Wars prequels, Star Wars fandom has divided itself down the middle almost like the Jedi and the Sith. There are people who vocally condemn the mere existence of the prequels and others who know the prequels aren’t as good as the originals, but still respect them because they’re Star Wars. Like anything, though, there are exceptions to this rule. Plenty of old-school fans boycotted the movies totally, others love the prequels unabashedly and some fall in between if, for example, they think Revenge of the Sith is great, but the others suck, and so on.

Assuming that’s the case, the Bible for the non-fans would probably be the Red Letter Media video reviews of the Star Wars prequels. These epic, critical destructions of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, blend film theory and entertainment value in an almost deadly way. They’re anti-prequel propaganda at its best. The fans, though, don’t have a figurehead. George Lucas certainly doesn’t want the job and even the films themselves only contain a few moments in each that are pure Star Wars.

However, one fan has taken all the passion that once embodied a Star Wars fan and created something for prequel admirers to stand behind. A message board user named Jim Raynor has written an incendiary 108-page tome as a rebuttal to the Red Letter Media review of The Phantom Menace called Red Letter Media’s Episode I Review: A Study in Fanboy Stupidity. Download it, read some excerpts, bask in its geekiness and more after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Burlesque

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Kristen Bell’s cosplay in Fanboys not quite enough for you? Then get set for a trip to LA club Bordello in March when they’ll be reprising their successful Star Wars burlesque night. Below the break you can see some images from Saturday night’s premiere performance.

What a curious spectacle. I think that the snaps of Scarlet O’Gasm as Jabba the Hutt will probably prove to be an… er… acquired taste. The other pictures are more predictable, if one can say such a thing about a fembot C3-PO in nipple tassles, body paint and not much more. Leia’s slave girl bikini made it’s inevitable appearance courtesy of Olivia Bellafontaine, though there’s a lot more creativity on display in how other Star Wars outfits have been made suitably skimpy.

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GeekBomb: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Edition!

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You might have noticed a suspicious absence of GeekBombs on the site lately. That’s mainly because the last one I was working on blew up in my face, scarring half of my visage and leaving me with a marred silver dollar that I now use to make decisions with, and the flips just haven’t been falling the right way lately.

Actually, I’m changing things up a bit, and will now be offering you two GeekBombs each week. This means I’ll have more time to research them, and won’t be killing myself every night and day with trips to the library and three billion tabs open in Firefox while I read myself to an early grave. With that in mind, I’d like to know what YOU want to hear about in future GeekBombs. What are some subjects you’ve been dying to know about? A history of IMAX and other Large Format Film Cameras? Done. The progress of time-travel in the movies? Can do. You let me know what you’d like to see, and I’ll do my best to deliver.

Until then, keep your eyes peeled. The biweekly Bombs will be dropping soon.

Oscar, Fallen

The Oscars are just not a geek’s friend, and you know it as well as I do. Just look at the number of posts and people there are out there bitching that The Dark Knight wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, or that a movie like Wall-E just gets relegated to the Best Animated Feature Film category which has only three nominees. But what can you do? The Academy Awards have never really smiled on movies that typically fall under the geek banner.

If it’s science fiction, fantasy, or comic book related, that’s basically a surefire bet that a film isn’t going to net an Oscar in one of the major categories. Of course the big exception to that rule was The Return of the King, which netted 11 Oscars, sweeping every category it was nominated in, including Best Director and Best Picture. I know, you’re shocked it beat out Seabiscuit, but it did. However, people generally consider those wins a huge nod to Peter Jackson for his work on the entire trilogy. Regardless, it was nice to see such a staple of geekdom clean up.

However, both before and since then, it’s been nigh-impossible for geekdom to crack the halls of the Academy. There have been a few token nominations here and there, like Stanley Kubrick being nominated for Best Director for 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968… which was actually the first time a science fiction film had ever been nominated for one of the major Oscars Sadly, yet here we are 40 years later, and Oscar geek snubbing is still the case. In today’s GeekBomb, we’ll be looking at some of the geektastic highlights of the Academy Awards, while silently lamenting the stodgy old school ways of thinking that keep us locked out. As Hollywood geeks from our generation grow up and take over, we will one day rule the Oscars. Until then, we wait. Silently plotting.

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GeekBomb: Clive Owen, International Man of Mystery

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I can still remember the first time I saw Clive Owen in a movie. It was around 2000 and the film was called Croupier, and Owen starred as a struggling writer trying to write a soccer novel, and ends up turning back to his old life as a “croupier,” or dealer, in a casino in London. It was a British film with a modest budget that was about one of my favorite things: gambling. I’m a sucker for movies about gambling and con men. The plot was fairly standard stuff, but Owen really made this movie stand out as suave actor who bordered on looking bored sometimes, which isn’t meant to be a criticism of the guy. He’s just able to pull off that cool demeanor and really seem like he’s nonplussed by what’s going on around him.

Shortly after that, I received a DVD full of the BMW short films that Owen had starred in as “The Driver,” and not long after that he was in Gosford Park and The Bourne Identity, and his career was off and running. However, not many people know much about his history, because he was literally one of those “blink and he’s there” actors. He’s starring in the The International with Naomi Watts, which opens this weekend, and even though he hasn’t been on the American film radar for ten years yet, he’s already made quite an impact. We’ll check out his backstory and talk about some of his memorable film roles in today’s GeekBomb. The fuse is already lit, seek cover after the break.

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GeekBomb: The Enduring Legacy of Point Break

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It’s been 18 years since Point Break premiered, which is hard enough to believe in itself, but what’s even stranger is the staying power this movie has. In fact, just this past weekend, two of my friends went to go see Point Break Live! in Los Angeles, which is a comedic take on the film, complete with the actors hauling an unsuspecting guest from the audience to play the part Keanu’s Agent Johnny Utah. It helps that they’re fairly clueless and have to read their lines from cue cards.

When I interviewed director Kathryn Bigelow last year in Toronto for her new film The Hurt Locker, I asked her about the legacy of Point Break. She said, “I don’t know if it surprises me but… it’s very surreal. The permutations of once something has left your hands and enters the zeitgeist and how malleable it really is.” But why exactly does this movie keep popping up on the radar? Why Point Break Live! and not Reservoir Dogs Live! (note: do not steal my idea, that is going to totally be a cash cow for me) In today’s GeekBomb we find out everything about Point Break that you wanted to know, and then some.

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A Drive-In Theater in London

Sometime in the 1970s, my older cousin and her husband took me and a neighbor girl to a drive-in theater in Texas, and I still remember how amazing it was to be watching a movie from the back of a station wagon. I mean, you’re sitting there in a car, watching a movie and listening to the audio over a speaker. As a kid, it was about one of the coolest things ever. Nowadays you have cars with built-in DVD players, video game systems, and LCD flatscreens, but nothing really beats the experience of going to the good old drive-in.

You’ll be happy to know the the drive-in phenomenon isn’t quite dead yet, despite being well over 50 years old. While it might be in intensive care, there are still over hundreds of drive-in theaters out there that need your love. You might consider tracking one down near you and showing it some love the next time you have an itch to get out of the house and check out a flick. You’ll be glad that you did. In today’s GeekBomb, we’re charting the history of the drive-in theater experience, and we’ll be letting you know how you can check one out yourself. Brace yourself, we’re pulling the pin…

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