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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Tron-Induced Flashback: The Black Hole (1979)

After seeing The Black Hole artwork in the Tron Comic-Con trailer I couldn’t help but pull this up …

I remember watching this as a kid in the Boulder City Theater (just outside Vegas), the same theater my great-grandfather helped build and later died in. No, not drawing any Flynn / Arcade connections. Just random backstory.

Anyway, the cameo’s no coincidence. Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is signed on to remake The Black Hole. Why, I don’t know.

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TR2N: New Tron Legacy Comic-Con Trailer and Daft Punk Soundtrack Release Date

The Tron Legacy soundtrack is getting released a month before the flick itself: November 23.

Hear snippets of six of the Daft Punk songs at this radio station’s site. They’re dark, dramatic, and bass-y in all the right ways. Though not as immediately rocking as the incredible Tron Shiryu Remix (love it!!).


More backstory. More arcade. More blue lines and lightbike-y awesomeness. More reasons to screw patience and cryogenically freeze yourself until December 17. [via Electronic Rumors]

Mashup: Tron 2 Trailer x Michael Jackson Beat It “tr2nit”
Bid: Tron Light Cycle on eBay
Look: New Tron Legacy Trailer, New Daft Punk Remix by Shiryu


Watch: The New Machete Trailer is Here

Didn’t believe the last Machete trailer? The movie’s for real. And coming to kick your ass September 3rd. With everyone from Robert De Niro and Lindsay Lohan, to some hot twins, a luchador, and even Steven Seagal. Yes. Yes. Yes. (via Screening Log)

Cinco De Mayo: Watch the Illegal Machete Trailer!
Design Fail: The Tequila Your Man Could Smell Like
Behold: The Two Handed Great Sword
Trailer: “Don’t tase me, Cockpuncher!” Steven Seagal is Lawman


Trailer: Somewhere by Sofia Coppola

I put Sofia Coppola right up there with Wes Anderson and Scorsese in terms of making spot-on soundtrack choices. Somewhere, her latest, is set to feature a ton of Phoenix tunes. But it’s the use of the old Julian Casablancas demo I’ll Try Anything Once (which later became The StrokesYou Only Live Once) that’s got me hearing it in a whole new way.

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Trailer: Iron Baby

I’m not a big fan of _____ baby videos. Especially the dancing baby commercials. They just bug. But Iron Baby is in a class of her own. French-Canadian autodidact director Patrick Boivin created this parody with his daughter. Her Uncle STROB created the suit. Impressive performance by all three. (via Giz)

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Bid: Warriors, Come Out to eBayyyyyyyy

The O.G. Warriors “colors” patch used in the 1979 Walter Hill classic is up for auction on eBay. Supposedly from the film’s Prop Master. Only three days left. Too bad it’s $75. Check it out.

BONUS: Rembrandt‘s original vest on auction at Julien’s in June »

Can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched The Warriors. But I can tell you I’ve watched it twice in French.

Unfortunately, the remake is still a go. The latest is that Tony Scott is directing for MTV Films, only it’s going to be set in LA instead of NYC. IMDB says 2011. We’ll see.

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Cinco De Mayo: Watch the Illegal Machete Trailer!

Remember the fake Machete trailer in Planet Terror? Well, now there’s a real one …

This is the “Illegal Machete Trailer” with a special Cinco De Mayo message from Danny Trejo.

While a lot stays true to the original-fake trailer, Robert Rodriguez has packed in even more badassery and an onslaught of familiar faces—from Robert De Niro to Lindsay Lohan to Don freakin’ Johnson. (via Ain’t It Cool News)


Nice black and white tribute to Danny Trejo by The Chumbeques. (Thanks, Mike!)

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Trailer: Badass Gymnast + Karate + The 80s = Gymkata!

“When gymnastics and Karate are fused
the combustion becomes an explosion
and a new kind of martial arts superhero is born …”

Gymkata. “Kurt Thomas becomes Jonathan Cabot”. That’s how powerful his performance is.

I had no idea this even existed. Looks so fantastically awful. Can’t wait to see it. Thanks for sharing, Angel. (via Leanne)

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Look: New Tron Legacy Trailer, New Daft Punk Remix by Shiryu

Click to watch the new Tron Legacy trailer. More plot and less bikes. But the FX on the final bike scene / smash more than make up for it. Flynn Lives!


Shiryu is working on a Tron Tribute LP and is almost complete.

Download the track and album here »

Hear the original Daft Punk Tron Legacy track at Copymatt »

Mashup: Tron 2 Trailer x Michael Jackson Beat It “tr2nit”
MP3: Friday Five 04.09.10


Trailer: “Beardo” The Movie

The trailer for Beardo The Movie features several shots of two-time Petaluma Whiskerino champion, Jack Passion. Including a water shot … What the hell?!

The movie follows several hairy hopefuls in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championship.

More info at www.beardothemovie.com or get updates on Twitter.

Time Lapse: My Hairy Commute / Readying For Whiskerino
Ongoing: A Collection of Facial Hair Collections
Whiskerino: Jack Passion Does Regis, NYC


Trailer: Spike Jonze x Absolut Vodka Short Film “I’m Here”

Pretty and pretty depressing all at the same time.

The only direction Absolut Vodka gave Spike Jonze was to make something important to him.  So he made a love story about two robots living in Los Angeles. The 30-minute short gets global release in March.

Official Movie Site (Via Sell Sell)

Featurette: Inside “Where The Wild Things Are”
Clash Of The Titans Kraken Is Rancor Monster + Sarlacc Love Child
One Take: The Man Who Walked Around The World, Johnnie Walker Short
Traction: Wieden’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” Old Spice Spot
Music: Peter Bjorn and John “Nothing To Worry About”


Trailer: Clash Of The Titans Remake

YES! I don’t care how cheesy the music is, I am so stoked for this. Wonder if Bubo the little mechanical owl will make an appearance? It could easily go into Jar Jar territory if not done right.

BONUS: The original Clash Of The Titans trailer from 1981

Whoa: New Kraken Is Rancor Monster + Sarlacc Love Child
Mashup: Tron 2 Trailer x Michael Jackson Beat It “tr2nit”


Trailer: Full Grown Men by David Munro

This lil’ gem rocked the festivals in ’06. The theaters in ’08. Now, finally, your DVD player.

The story of a manchild in need of just bein’ a man stars Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander (sans trucker hat), Deborah Harry, and Alan Cumming. Director David Munro is the talented fella who just shot our Geek Speak video for Yahoo!

Snag Full Grown Men on DVD August 24.
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