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Is Two-Face Really Dead?

Posted January 13, 2009 - By Joseph Baxter

In a recent red carpet interview with MTV, actor Aaron Eckhart made some comments that were provocative enough to get the geek blogosphere riled up. What did he say? He implied a remote possibility that his character in The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, may still be alive! Until now, Eckhart had been adamant in interviews that Two-Face was indeed dead...case closed. Well, in this interview, he makes the following remarks:

“I think Harvey — if he’s not dead — is in a serious coma,” stated Eckhart, “and I’m not sure he’s coming out. They might pull the plug on him.”

While it may seem like conjecture that a message implying that Two-Face is coming back, as well as over-analyzing what at best, was a loose anecdote, it is a far cry from Eckhart's past comments that were clear and unambiguous in his insistence that Two-Face has bitten the dust. That is not to say that Aaron had some super-secret meeting with TDK director, Christopher Nolan where they hammered out an appearance in part three. However, I think it is reflective of a change in Eckhart's view of a possible return due to the film's enormous critical and financial success. When it comes to films, you should never say never.

(Warning: Spoiler Talk Ahead)

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Looking to geek-out on Batman at maximum levels? Warner is now offering free, no strings attached downloads of the full script of The Dark Knight. Just click on the link and all 141 pages of the entire script will be yours in .pdf form.


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'I Can Has Cheezburger?' Book Panned

Posted September 23, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Book critics, which until this morning we didn't even know existed, have handed down a rather chiding review for one of the great stories our internet has of real-world success and application, 'I Can Has Cheezburger?'

We've all trolled Flickr late at night, chips and soda in hand, searching for the newest LOLcat pix to satiate or own after hours desires, which is why word of a full volume put out by the first site to get famous off LOLcats, icanhascheezburger.com, was a welcome how-do-you-do to those of us who need LOLcats on the go and can't download the LOLcats iPhone app.

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Browser Speed Battle

Posted September 3, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Whether it's Microsoft touting Explorer, Mozilla hyping Firefox or Google trumpeting its brand new Chrome browser, everyone claims their method of looking at webpages is fasssst. But who would win in an all-out speed battle? The geeks over at lifehacker put the Holy Trinity to the test, measuring the browsers on startup and page-loading times, JavaScript and CSS performance and memory use on launch. Here are their results:

  1. Startup Time: The Winner: Chrome!
  2. JavaScript & CSS—Tie: Firefox & Chrome!
  3.  Memory Use—Winner: Firefox!

Hmmm... draw your own conclusions as to the ultimate champion, but it bears mentioning that, since each browser works differently, a "straight" comparison might not be exactly accurate. Your results may vary.


In an interview with Fresh Ink’s Blair Butler, comic book author Mark Millar said he’d like to make a trilogy of films for a re-booted Superman series, and it might happen. Millar's vision for a new Superman:

"I've had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. One to be released each year." Millar said.

Millar says there's nothing firm yet,  but he hopes to get word over the next few weeks. If everything goes perfectly, they'll be shooting next summer. Check it out below:

Mark Millar Interview: War Heroes, Kick Ass, and Superman »


Do you like movies? Do you like art? Do you like artistic interpretations of cult films? Can I stop asking you questions now?

Last week, the Crazy4Cult 2 art show opened at Gallery 1988, hosted by none other than Kevin Smith and his producer, Scott Mosier. After the success of last year's Crazy4Cult show, Kevin immediately agreed to continue the tradition for at least another year, and chances are for many more years to come. This year's show is three-times as big as last year, with over 150 pieces of art commemorating films like The Wizard of OZ, Donnie Darko, Strange Brew, and Total Recall just to name a few. To cover this marriage of film and canvas, we sent our very own Blair Butler for a special artsy-fartsy edition of Geek Out. Enjoy getting some culture.


Crazy4Cult 2: This Time It's Personal »


If you're in or anywhere near Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out Crazy4Cult 2 in person at Gallery1988 on Melrose at La Brea.  The show runs thru Sept 12th.

Gallery1988 Crazy4Cult 2 Website

'LAN Party Massacre' Out in 2009

Posted August 7, 2008 - By TylerColfax

You may have fantasized about busting into a party full of LANners and slaughtering them all to bits back in college when that mohawked geek who stole your lady had all his friends over to play Quake in the apartment next to yours while you tried to watch Fight Club…

Uh, but anyway, now you can live that fantasy out through a new slasher flic entitled LAN Party Massacre. It chronicles an energy drink sponsored gaming event where bodies start to turn up and eventually, it becomes a massacre.

The film is due out in 2009 and the trailer is at the official web site. It looks pretty sweet.

LAN Party Massacre

Comic Con 08: Doug TenNapel

Posted August 1, 2008 - By Ernesto Moreno

As if Comic Con 08 couldn't have been any bigger, Earthworm Jim Creator Doug TenNapel, Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan's Labyrinth) John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Dan Heder were all on site to promote the newest episode of Sockbaby. Sockbaby 4 is the latest in a series of hilarious shorts written by Doug TenNapel and John Soares. It features the adventures of Ronnie Cordova and his companion Burger. If you haven't seen it, first feel ashamed, then check out the pictures from the Panel here then go see the Sockbaby 1-4 at Sockbaby.com

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Before the abacus, the 2-bit calculator and definitely, our lack of mathematical skills, there was...the Antikythera mechanism.

It may look like a algae-smothered sewage knob, but the mechanism on your right was used by the Greeks to calculate astronomical positions - somehow at least. We mean look at it, it's apparently only the main fragment of the whole structure, but the only thing to calculate is how exactly did they use the damn thing. However,scientists have even found out more possible uses for it, as the device supposedly tracked the four-year cycles of the Olympiad. Let's bask in some geekness from a NYTimes report:

"Only now, applying high-resolution imaging systems and three-dimensional X-ray tomography, have experts been able to decipher inscriptions and reconstruct functions of the bronze gears on the mechanism. The latest research has revealed details of dials on the instrument's back side, including the names of all 12 months of an ancient calendar."


Slashdot: Workings of Ancient Calculating Device Deciphered

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Now that The Dark Knight is officially last week's news, the most nerded-out over upcoming flick is probably Watchmen, so the news that all new footage from the movie was shown at Comic-Con caused a Nerd-Alert in the fourth degree. And the footage, from what we hear, did not disappoint--the uber-geeks at Aint It Cool practically had to change their pants.

Just read the gush:

Aintitcool: Quint watches the new WATCHMEN footage at Comic-Con!


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