PJ McQuade Star Wars Christmas

This edition of Star Wars Bits is all over the map. Below read about the following:

  • Star Wars joins Tumblr
  • …and reveals some new Star Wars Rebels concept art.
  • Disney announces the 2014 dates for Star Wars Weekends.
  • Mythbusters is doing a Star Wars themed episode, watch a trailer.
  • Dave Filoni talks about Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Get two popular Star Wars mobile games at a discount.

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Breaking Bad Season 5 - Walt and Jesse

Unless you’ve been living under a rock that doesn’t get WiFi service, you no doubt already know that AMC’s Breaking Bad returned this past weekend for its final eight-episode stretch. The meth drama wasted no time, picking up just minutes, if not seconds, after last year’s “Gliding Over All” left off and barreling ahead through some major plot points.

But if you’ve taken your sweet time getting around to watching the show, now’s your chance. The network has put the entire season premiere “Blood Money” online for free, so you don’t even need a cable subscription to watch it. And once you’re done with that, you can review the plausibility of Walt’s various tricks in Mythbusters‘ “Breaking Bad Special,” which has also made its way online. Watch both videos after the jump.

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Breaking Bad, while being one of the most intense and revered shows currently on television, does sometimes require suspension of disbelief. It never feels fake, but the ways in which things happen to work out just so for teacher turned meth dealer Walt and his protege Jesse can sometimes raise an eyebrow or two.

Two particular instances of this will be tested on the 10th season of Mythbusters. The gang from the popular Discovery Channel show are fans of Vince Gilligan‘s AMC thriller, and the feeling is reciprocated by Gilligan. That shared love and respect has lead the Breaking Bad creator and one of his stars, Aaron Paul, to appear on an upcoming episode Mythbusters. Which myths will they bust? Read more after the jump. Read More »

It’s a given that movie science needs to be taken with a big fat grain of salt, but even by those standards, some films seem to push the limits of implausibility more than others. And I’m not just talking about obvious nonsense like superpower-bestowing radioactive spider bites here.

So some science-minded folks are fighting back, playfully, by investigating and possibly debunking some of the crazier claims made by Hollywood. On NPR, pop culture’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the viability (or lack thereof) of 007′s coolest gadgets, while over on Mythbusters, the hosts cast doubt on James Cameron‘s insistence that Jack had to die at the end of Titanic.

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Jack’s decision to let Rose take the plank at the end of Titanic was unquestionably a noble and romantic one. Unlike so many self-sacrificial heroes, however, he doesn’t go out in a blaze of glory. Instead, he huddles in the icy water and slowly freezes to death. His lady love, meanwhile, gets to sprawl out on her perch and gaze at the stars as she waits for help.

This spring’s 3D rerelease of Titanic inspired a fresh wave of grumbling from viewers convinced that Rose might’ve saved Jack, had she only been smart or generous enough to scoot over a few inches and allow Jack to board the life raft with her. Two fans even mapped out a to-scale outline of the plank and posed within it, definitively proving there was more than enough room for both to fit. But writer/director James Cameron says space was never the issue — their combined weight was. And he’s working with MythBusters to prove it.

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Comic-Con logo smallAs Comic Con approaches, we’ll be learning more and more about what we can expect at this year’s geek fest.

First up, I’ve learned that Derrick Comedy’s Mystery Team will not only have a booth on the convention floor, but will be holding a panel and a special sneak preview screening at the con. No word on the exact dates.  Writers/stars Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover, and DC Pierson, producer Meggie McFadden, and director/editor Dan Eckman will be on hand at the panel debuting an all-new Mystery Team short film. On the convention floor:

Come bust kid criminals with Oakdale’s best eighteen-year-old kid detectives the Mystery Team in their storefront slash crime lab.  Meet the filmmakers, take pictures with actual setpieces, and submit a mystery of your own for solving.

Next up, Donnie Darko/Southland Tales director Richard Kelly says he will be making an appearance at the con to promote his upcoming sci-fi thriller The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. The panel will take place on Friday, July 24th as part of the Warner Bros presentation. Cameron, James and Richard will be in attendance to present a first look at the trailer and “other cool stuff.”

More after the jump.

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