Film festival report: FDR: American Badass kicks butt

FDR: American Badass was a huge crowd-pleaser at Friday night’s International Horror and Science Fiction Film Festival. This cross-genre comedy/horror/sci-fi film revises history and has enough irreverent humor in it to offend nearly everyone, but that didn’t stop the packed crowd at the festival screening from loving every minute of it. This fact-twisted version of […]

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Review: Mirror Mirror – Names changed to protect the innocent

In the new live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remake, Mirror Mirror, the dwarf names have been changed to Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher and Chuckles. If that makes you “grumpy,” then you’ll probably want to avoid this reworked version of the classic story, but if you have an open mind you […]

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Update to MCC’s series of video game speakers

There are more changes to “Video Games as a Force and Art Form: Teaching, Learning, and the Creative Economy,” Mesa Community College’s lineup of video game lecturers. Tonight (March 27, at 7:30 p.m.) USC interactive media professor and Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab director Tracy Fullerton will appear as planned, discussing “the playcentric game design […]

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Science meets art as The Abyss director sets undersea record

They say that, “When Chuck Norris jumps in the ocean he doesn’t get wet, the ocean gets Chuck Norris.” But in reality, is there a more badass filmmaker than James Cameron? This last Sunday evening the creator of Terminator and Avatar set a record-breaking solo submarine dive into the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep in the […]

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Stephen Furst: From Animal House to Babylon 5 and back again

Last week I wrote about the upcoming LepreCon 38, Arizona’s art-centric sci-fi and fantasy convention, taking place April 6-8 at the Tempe Mission Palms. Among the guests is former Babylon 5 actor Stephen Furst — who also is known for playing “Flounder” in National Lampoon’s Animal House. Convention staff reached out to me to share […]

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