GeekDad Book Review: The Art of John Alvin

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You know John Alvin’s work, even if you don’t know his name. Starting in 1974, the Massachusetts-born artist created dozens of the movie industry’s most memorable posters, from Blazing Saddles to The Lion King to E.T. and Blade Runner. He also designed a range of other movie-tie-in imagery, like the original Star Wars Concert poster and a popular fifteenth-anniversary Alien print. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past (Spoiler-Free)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best of the X-Men films so far, and that’s really saying something. Find out 10 things parents, or anyone else, should know about the movie before going to see it! Continue reading

Sebastian Stan, Captain America‘s Winter Soldier, Comes Out of the Cold

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Sebastian Stan, who played Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s OTHER title character, had a lot of interesting things to say about the movie and his preparation for it. Continue reading

Anthony Mackie Talks About Chris Evans’ “Tiny Ass,” Playing Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Some people are tough interviews: they don’t seem to care about the interview, they give only short, boring answers to questions, and they never offer any information that wasn’t specifically asked for. And then there are people like Anthony Mackie, who could keep an hours-long interview going with only a few questions here and there, and keep his interviewers laughing themselves silly the whole time. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Spoiler-Free)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best action films ever made, and right up there with The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find out 10 things parents, or anyone else, should know about the film before going to see it! Continue reading

Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow’s Character Evolution, Solo Movie Chances, and Kicking Ass in The Winter Soldier

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Read about Scarlett Johansson’s experience playing Black Widow in the Marvel films, and where she’d like to see the character go in the future! Continue reading

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on Bringing Captain America Into the 21st Century, Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the person in charge of keeping the Marvel Cinematic Universe exciting, interesting, original, and consistent. Read what he had to say about the new Captain America movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. Continue reading

Muppets Most Wanted‘s Bret McKenzie on Winning an Oscar and Putting Songs in Muppet Mouths

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Bret McKenzie, the only person to win an Oscar for songwriting and play an elf in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations, talks about Muppets Most Wanted. Continue reading

It’s Time to Play the Music, It’s Time to Light the Lights

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Got a question for Kermit, Miss Piggy, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, or anyone else involved with Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier or pretty much any ABC TV show you can think of? I might be able to ask it for you when I go to L.A. next week! Continue reading

9 Things Parents Should Know About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Since you’re reading GeekDad, you’re likely at least considering going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here are 9 things parents (and everyone else) should know about the film. Continue reading

10 Winter Holiday Movies to Add to Your Family’s Tradition

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Everybody knows the classic winter holiday movies, and most of them are fine, but they can get a bit repetitive. Here are some alternatives that probably weren’t on your family’s list… possibly with good reason. Continue reading

Enter to Win a Great The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Prize Pack!

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The sequel to last year’s huge blockbuster movie The Hunger Games premieres this coming Friday, and fans of the first movie and of the novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins on which the films are based are sure to flock to theaters. Of course, there’s also a ton of merchandise related to the film already in stores. Here’s an opportunity to get some of that cool merchandise for free! Continue reading

Top 10 Halloween Movies More for Fun Than Fright

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Finding horror movies for a Halloween marathon is easy — there’s the occasional good one, and the rest are usually somewhere in the bad to so-bad-it’s-good range. What if you’re a parent of a pre-teen, though, and don’t want to risk a month of nightmares? Finding something good to watch that still feels properly Halloween-y can be tough. Continue reading

Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films

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Schmovie is the independent game from Galactic Sneeze that I’ve been waiting for since February. I first met Bryan and Sarah, the creators, back then at the NY Toy Fair. They had a demo of the game in their booth and were playing it with anyone and everyone. It was a great hit and managed to captivate me for half an hour — an eternity compared to the time I usually spend in a booth when trying to see a few thousand exhibitors in just three days. Continue reading

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

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Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Continue reading

The Art of World War Z — Script, Photos, and More

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First off… a big spoiler warning here. This book review will be covering the new World War Z movie. I can’t really talk about some of the elements in the book without discussing a few of the plot points in the movie, so feel free to finish this paragraph if you haven’t yet seen the film, but read no further. Continue reading

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

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The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are re-booting The Dark Crystal franchise — or so it would seem — with a contest called the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The deal? Fans are encouraged to send in ideas for the “first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.” The winner gets a $10,000 contract to write the book. Continue reading