New Dark Shadow’s Trailer

Tim Burton is known for doing fairly dark and creepy movies, and within the last several years he has done “remakes” of various films. Dark Shadows, a television series that ran from 1966 to 1977, has not become an exception. Yesterday the official trailer was released and reviews are mixed. However, this writer’s opinion is still on the fence since she’s never seen the original series.

But I’ll let you, the reader, decide for yourself!

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Vaginal Fantasy Hangout

No, it’s not what you think, so you can get your mind out of the gutter right now! This is actually a book club ran by my favorite ladies in the industry: Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Kiala Kazebee, and Veronica Belmont. The books they suggest and read are what they (or rather Felicia, who coined the phrase) consider “Vaginal Fantasy.” Books that have a strong female lead in the romance world. And honestly, it’s amazing.

Each month the ladies get together on G+Hangout and discuss the book of the month over wine (and occasionally whiskey from a Buffy coffee mug) while having a great time chatting with guests in an IRC chat room. There have only been two ‘hangouts’ so far and both have been posted on Felicia’s YouTube for your viewing pleasure. I suggest you prepare yourself for the greatness you are about to witness and click the link.

This month’s book is Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh, which has this beautiful if not yummy cover:

Slave to Sensation

When Felicia suggested this book no one could say the title without stifling a giggle fit. But, there was an outcry for more ‘smut’ and she wanted to deliver. I’m only about 25% into this book and I have to admit it isn’t that bad. It has a fairly good plot and interesting characters. I won’t go into details but if you’re dying to know more, head on over to their Goodreads forum and their official site.

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RIP Ralph Mcquarrie

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Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual artist who helped George Lucas make Star Wars with his amazing designs, passed on Saturday at the age of 82. Aside from his designs in Star Wars he also did designs for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Total Recall, E.T., the original Battlestar Galactica, and Cocoon. He was a wonderful artist and I urge everyone reading this to check out his artwork.

Here’s a statement posted by Lucas himself on StarWars.com :

I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man. Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph’s fabulous illustrations and say, ‘Do it like this.’

“Beyond the movies, his artwork has inspired at least two generations of younger artists—all of whom learned through Ralph that movies are designed. Like me, they were thrilled by his keen eye and creative imagination, which always brought concepts to their most ideal plateau. In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come. Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator.

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Geektastic Musical Battle: Doctor Who vs Sherlock

Thanks to Kyle Anderson over at Nerdist for sharing this video by Liisakee on YouTube. It features the Eleventh Doctor and Sherlock Holmes battling it out to “Anything you Can Do.” I have to admit, there was a snort in my giggle when I watched this.