Christopher Walken as Captain Hook is a terrifying sight

Because NBC’s The Sound of Music LIVE! went so well, it looks like they are giving another classic story the live theatrical treatment.  This time it’s Peter Pan with Allison Williams (HBO’s Girls) as the titular role and …Christopher Walken…as Captain Hook.

If that sounds awesome to you, believe me, I understand.  I was ready to cancel my plans that evening just to watch the man taunt the lost boys in a spectacular fashion.  But then I saw this:

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Yeah, that’s Mr. Walken on the right.  I finished three bottles of NyQuil in the past week over this shit.  I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep again.

Maybe because it’s reminding me of the Lady Elaine Fairchild puppet from Mr. Rogers.

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:shudder:

 

 

Netflix Feeling Mischievous, Creates “SPOILER” Website

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Netflix is clearly feeling very mischievous lately.  No, not not because they added Storage Wars or Toddlers & Tiaras.  No, they’ve done something almost as evil as that (but not quite)…

They’ve released a website that will spoil the ending to any movie or show at random. Yes, pass through the door and you’ll be exposed to a brief video ruining something that you may have been planning to watch.

Clearly this was all in good fun, since the website warns you in advance.  If Netflix really wanted to be evil, they would check the history on your browser to see what shows you watch and select the videos based on that.

Actually it probably would have saved me from finishing Prison Break.

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WHY?!  SUCH WASTED POTENTIAL.

Coca-Cola just brought back SURGE!

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I usually wouldn’t care about something like this, but as a complete and total sucker for 90’s nostalgia I can’t help it- COCA-COLA IS BRINGING BACK SURGE!

Apparently they are starting to usher it back in slowly, by making fresh packs available on Amazon.com.  The thinking is that if this is successful that Coca-Cola might bring the caffeinated citrus soda back to grocery stores, gas stations and high-schools.  Ok, maybe not high schools…that’s just my thirst for nostalgia creeping back in.

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This weird obsession with Surge isn’t a new thing. Though Surge soda was officially discontinued in 2003, there have been websites exclusively for tracking any stores selling remaining Surge stock and begging Coca-Cola to bring it back.  SAVESURGE.org even located a Surge clone in Norway called “Urge”.

Still, nothing beats the real thing.

Surge is back, at least on Amazon.com for now. Go check it out!

Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Leonardo Da Vinci in Assassin’s Creed movie

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Early reports have been flooding in this morning, indicating that Robert Downey Jr. has just signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the people video game series “Assassin’s Creed”.  Which character would he play?  Why the renaissance-era Tony Stark himself, Leonardo Da Vinci.  This would further add to the rumor that the Assassin’s Creed film will indeed take place around the events surrounding the character Ezio Auditore, the protagonist introduced in the second game.

The news was leaked via an article on MoviePilot this morning, but the website has since taken the article down without further explanation.

Assassin’s Creed is being produced by Michael Fassbender, who is also set to star in the film, presumably as Ezio.  In August report from IGN, Fassbender indicated that he plans to remain as loyal to the games as possible:

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game,” Fassbender said. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”

If you want an idea of the AC version of Leonardo Da Vinci, and how Robert Downey Jr. might portray the character, take a look at the clip below:

 

Play an Actual Donkey Kong Arcade Machine With Your Browser

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This is pretty cool.

YouTube series Arcade Impossible focuses on a crew putting together a video game arcade in their basement. It’s pretty neat to watch the process come together. Perhaps one of the most interesting things to come out of show, one of the crew members rigged a physical Donkey Kong arcade cabinet to accept inputs from your web browser.

The way it works is you hop onto the website here, which uses Twitch. Once the website is loaded, you are placed “in line” (right now it’s about 20 people waiting to play). Each player gets two credits before their game ends and then it’s the next player’s turn. Other than the occasional slow-down and lag, the experience is really fun. It’s pretty wild to watch the actual arcade machine being controlled rather than a straight-up emulation where you play as Mario directly.

Apparently they are working on getting some more machines up, 4-player X-Men being one of the cabinets mentioned.

Test your Donkey Kong skills right now and take it for a spin!

It’s Official: The Rock is Playing Black Adam

Shazam? …or Black Adam?

Shazam? …or Black Adam?

After months of back-and-forth speculation and teases by The Rock himself, actor Dwayne Johnson, we finally have our answer- The Rock will be playing DC villain Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam movie.

Less than an hour ago, the charasmatic actor tweeted this:

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“Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComicspic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7

There can be no mistaking it now.

For those who don’t know, Shazam (previously known as Captain Marvel) is actually a little boy named Billy Bastian. Upon meeting an old wizard (also named Shazam), Billy was granted the ability to transform into the adult superhero with a variety of powers based on Soloman, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury -hence the acronym “Shazam”.

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Black Adam is another being who had been granted the same wish, only instead of protecting the innocent had used it to further his own interests. Having developed a powerful God-complex, Black Adam was furious to learn of Shazam’s existence and became obsessed with hunting him down and destroying him.

The lead role of Shazam has not been cast and the movie has no official release date as of this time.