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In this episode: "Man of Action," Subversive Snyder, and the world's greatest GIF.
- YES! The newest Zod-centric "Man of Steel" trailer shows off the big action in this movie and that's a good thing.
- POPE! "BEA In Your Space" visits with Paul Pope who's "Battling Boy" from First Second Books is premiering at this year's Book Expo.
- SPOILERS! Devin Faraci at Badass Digest looks at What is and sin't a spoiler in the modern movies by examining "Star Trek Into Darkness."
What is a spoiler? I used to know for sure. Darth Vader saying he was Luke’s dad - that was a spoiler. Spock dying in Wrath of Khan - that was a spoiler. Bruce Willis’ ghost status - that was a spoiler. A spoiler used to be a major plot twist or a huge reveal. These days, I’m not so sure. Spoilerphobia has become rampant, and it seems as though any element of a movie - from casting to the basic premise - is considered a spoiler by some. The leader of this movement is JJ Abrams, whose Mystery Box marketing technique earned him a spot at a TED Talk... and may have hurt Star Trek Into Darkness at the box office.
- MUST READ! The NY Times talks to Zack Snyder about "Man of Steel." He said:
“I feel like my movies have always been very subversive, even when people haven’t perceived how subversive they really are,” he said confidently. “For me, what’s subversive about Superman is that it’s not subversive.”
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAC-MAN! The legendary game celebrates 33 years today. Fast Company takes a look at how it changed the world:
Most games were about annihilation [at the time Pac-Man was released]. Most games were World War-themed or aggressive games. Here was a game that was none of those things. There was no weapon to fire. It was: outrun your pursuers until you are of sufficient strength that you can then chase them. And what it really wound up doing was it changed the social dialogue around arcades. Now, for the first time, you had women in arcades, and you had kids--both boys and girls--in these arcades that were typically full of older teens and adult males. It fundamentally changed the dialogue and the social contract that arcades had made. It made it more permissible for everyone to be included in arcade culture.
- AND FINALLY... This!
'Til tomorrow, gang!