NASA has announced a whole new world of whole new worlds revealed in data from the now crippled planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft. In a press conference on Wednesday, the Kepler team said it has verified the existence of 715 previously unconfirmed planets circling 305 other stars.
This is the biggest single haul of verified planets ever culled from Kepler data, bringing the total number of confirmed planets beyond our solar system to just under 1,700.… Read more
BioWare has taken to its blog to announce a competition with a difference: a chance to voice one of the characters in the highly anticipated fantasy role-playing game.
Entry is simple. Chose from one of two sample scripts and then show off your skills on YouTube. All BioWare wants "is for you to perform your preferred script in your lovely, natural speaking voice." … Read more
You've probably heard there's a new "Godzilla" coming, and the pointy fella's not looking to give humanity a hug. The last time this happened on a large scale, with the 1998 "Godzilla" remake, I yawned, dragged my butt over to the theater to watch Matthew Broderick go to battle, and left feeling thoroughly unimpressed.
I have memories of weekend mornings as a child, hiding behind a pillow as my brother and I watched old black-and-white monster movies on television. "The Deadly Mantis" was particularly terrifying, but I always got a thrill when spiny-backed Godzilla showed up, rising out of the waves, hauling a desperate nuclear legacy behind him. It didn't matter if he was stomping on cities or going at it with Mothra. Godzilla was a star of my childhood movie memories.… Read more
When an original 1980 Palitoy "Empire Strikes Back" medical droid action figure sold at a UK auction last week for more than $11,000, "Star Wars" fans and collectors were in a state of shock. It's not every day childhood dreams translate to big dollars, after all.
"I was gobsmacked by the price!" Steve Sansweet, author of the book "Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection," told Crave. "When you add the buyer's premium and the value added tax, it comes to over $14,400 -- for a nearly 34-year-old 4-inch piece of plastic sealed on a card. But as in any auction, it only takes two slightly crazed, somewhat wealthy folks to drive a price up to incredible heights. It may have been the last piece someone needed to complete a run, it looks like it was as in near-mint condition as these things get, and the heart-beating competition of an auction can lead to a lot of adrenaline pumping." … Read more
Fans disappointed that the "Star Trek"-themed section of a Las Vegas hotel closed can now set their sights on a new tribute to Gene Roddenberry's galaxy of space exploration and adventure.
"'Star Trek' will be represented in force at Paramount Park Murcia, to be located at Alhama de Murcia on the Mediterranean coast about 270 miles southeast of Madrid," according to StarTrek.com. "The wide-ranging project will incorporate condos and office buildings, hotels, malls, a casino, a convention center, gardens, nightlife, and dining areas, an exhibition hall/auditorium and a theme park divided into several sections. … Read more
PSA: "Caper"! If you haven't stumbled across this show yet, check it out on YouTube or Hulu -- it won't take long. It's a fun series of 10-minute episodes about broke superheroes living in a grotty apartment in the City of Angles, patrolling for crime and struggling to make the rent, while their cross-country counterparts like the East Coast Six get all the respect.
Available on Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry channel, it's the kind of show that knows you know about supervillains and sidekicks already. So things start in the middle, with our heroes committing a robbery, and go south from there.
You've got your genre meta humor wall to wall, your cute banter, and your practical questions about the superhero lifestyle. You've got tank tops and hero shots (and Parker from "Leverage"!). Maybe the best part is the way the show handles big action sequences on a YouTube budget: comic book panels, of course! Heart! Sure, there's a place for "Dark Knight" and there's a place for "Sandman." But sometimes something lighter feels exactly right.… Read more
There's more to being a great superhero than a crazy costume and an impressive lair. The hero needs to fight not just bad guys, but internal battles. But telling a superhero story without a big special-effects budget in less than 10 minutes per episode? That can prove a bigger struggle than grappling between good and evil.
Veteran TV writer and producer Amy Berg co-created the superhero comedy "Caper" as an online series on the Geek & Sundry Channel -- on both YouTube and Hulu -- to show that not only can superheroes be shown as more than just comic book stereotypes, but the show itself could break the rules set by big networks.
Few feet are as famous as the one that stomps from the sky in the opening credits of "Monty Python's Flying Circus." A free online game dubbed Holy Stomping turns that foot into the lead character, letting you smoosh characters that would be right at home in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
The action starts slow enough. You click on the screen to control where the foot lands, aiming for the medieval maidens strolling along the bottom, with bonus points for taking out a knight. As the rounds go by, the action ramps up, and hazards like unstompable angels and archers shooting arrows appear.… Read more