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Nothing is better to get a true geek than a good old TV Box Set. Sure, you can buy them shows that are still on the air like The Office, House, or 30 Rock, but personally I prefer shows that have finished their run, including these classics…

The Twilight Zone

The Complete Definitive Collection is a 28 disc set that includes all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s mindbending sci-fi anthology series. In addition to the episodes are a ton of extras including video interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner Jr, videos of Rod Serling appearances on TV shows, music scores featuring Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, and Fred Steiner, audio commentaries from stars including Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, and Mickey Rooney, along with a bunch of other stuff to bring you into the world of the Twilight Zone like never before. You can buy the set new for 146 bucks.

Lost

Earlier this year one of my favorite shows on television ended. The mystery of the Lost island was party solved and while it did not satisfy everyone, I was content. And I’m ready to watch the whole series again from the beginning with Lost: The Complete Collection. It has all six seasons on 38 discs along with 3 hours of never-before-seen bonus material along with a short film set in the post-final Lost universe that acts as a coda to the series and answers some questions that they never got to in the series. Well worth of the price tag of 149 bucks.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Easily my favorite show ever on television, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is also one of the best crafted series. If you like drama, comedy, horror, romance, vampires, werewolves, and monsters, than you’ll love this series.The show lasted for seven seasons and you can get them all with the The Complete Series DVD for 181 dollars or you can get the first season on EBay for as cheap as 8 bucks. A must have box set for any real geek.

Angel

If I have Buffy on this list, than I really need to include its spinoff about the vampire with a soul also. The show lasted for 5 seasons and was heavily inspired by film noir and crime movies. It was a much more adult themed series than Buffy, which dealt with the pains of growing up and finding one’s self. And of course it has all of the monsters and action that you’d expect from a series that focuses on a vampire. You can get the complete series collectors set for as cheap as 116 dollars or over on EBay you can get season 1 for 6.25, season 2 for 6 bucks, or season 4 for 5.50.

There are a ton of other classic television shows you can pick up complete sets for including Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, The A-Team, and The Sopranos to name a few.

Posted on November 28th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Geektastic Wishlist: TV Box Sets
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Now that Thanksgiving is officially over and my stomach is filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and pie (and will continued to be filled over the next week plus with leftovers) it is time to get back to work. In honor of Cyber Monday, we’re going to kick off our regular Geektastic Wishlist and a countdown to the Holidays.

First up today? One of the best ways to get a party started and get people off their feet, a karaoke machine.  It makes a great gift to music geeks and those friends that love throwing parties and the others that love to be the life of the party.

The thing about karaoke machines is that in addition to the machine, you should think about what your friends like in terms of music and get them the special karaoke music that matches the songs they love. For music to be perfect for karaoke, it needs to just be the background instruments along with the video with the words of the song. I recently when to a party that had a band doing live karaoke, but they didn’t have the song lyrics on a screen. Trying to read the lyrics off a sheet of paper was painful while trying to sing to the crowd.

In addition to buying music for karaoke, there are also a lot of songs online for free download. You can really beef up a library of music geared towards your friend to give them with the machine. Trust me, it makes a rockin’ gift.

Posted on November 28th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m over stuffed with Turkey, so I’m going to sit today out and recoup, but I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Black Friday. I hope all of your shopping dreams come true.

Posted on November 26th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Happy Black Friday!
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Hey, fans got Betty White the Saturday Night Live hosting gig, why couldn’t we do the same for the Cookie Monster? I know I’d watch…

Posted on November 23rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Funny Video: Cookie Monster Auditions for SNL
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I can’t even begin to describe just how angry I am about the just announced Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake. First lets take a look at the official press release:

Atlas Entertainment announced today it is rebooting the beloved franchise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Warner Bros. Pictures. Atlas’ Charles Roven and Steve Alexander will produce the feature film alongside Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed). Whit Anderson is writing the script.

Warner Bros. Pictures optioned the rights from creators Fran and Kaz Kuzui, and from Sandollar Productions (Sandy Gallin and Dolly Parton), for Atlas and Vertigo to produce. Buffy the Vampire Slayer first appeared as a film in 1992, subsequently becoming a cult hit and spawning the wildly popular television series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, among many others.

“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”

There is so much wrong with this news.  First, Joss Whedon is not involved with the remake. Joss is Buffy. Without him they should remove the name and try their own thing. Why in the world would they cut Joss out of the mix? He has stated for years that he’d love to bring a Buffy movie to theaters and both Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz have also said they’d reprise their roles for a theatrical version (others have also expressed interest as well, including James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, and Anthony Head). That “active fan base” that is “eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen” is not eagerly awaiting a remake. They want to see the Buffy they grew up with. They want to see the Buffy that defeated the Master, fell in love with a vampire with a soul, had the best friends anyone could ask for, found a father figure in Giles, that died saving the world (twice!), and that shared her power to make the world a safer place. They don’t want to see a carbon copy of her, because guess what, she WILL NOT BE as “witty, tough, and sexy” as our Buffy.

The new reboot is remaking the movie, so at least this horrible idea will not be able to feature Willow, Xander, Giles, Angel, Spike, Oz, Tara, and everyone else we fell in love with over the course of the series. Nor will it be able to be set in Sunnydale, a fictional city that truly was the heart of the show. Characters the movie can (and will likely) use? Luke Perry’s Pike, Donald Sutherland’s “watcher” Merrick, Rutger Hauer’s villainous vampire Lothos, and of course Paul Reubens’ one-armed vampire Amilyn. What were some of the other differences with the big screen Buffy? Well, the movie’s vampires didn’t “vamp out”, nor did they turn to dust, and one of Buffy’s super powers was cramps.

Let’s just point out exactly what this reboot is. This is two greedy SOBs named Fran and Kaz Kuzui, who are mislabeled in the press release as Buffy “creators” when they just own the rights, that are trying to milk the fan base of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer to make a quick buck and are trying to capitalize on the Twilight vampire “craze”. By rebooting the series they do not have to pay the true Buffy creator Joss Whedon, nor do they have to pay the cast from the TV series (I’d imagine both Gellar and Boreanaz would be pricey). They can hire someone like Whit Anderson, a background actress with no writing experience, at what is likely scale pay to write a crap script. They are going to push it right into production and try to get it into theaters as early as 2011. The director will likely be a straight-to-video hack or even more likely, a music video director who will be making his first feature.

As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer who owns every season of the show (and spinoff Angel) on DVD, all of the comics that have been published, T-Shirts, video games, and yes, even the original movie, I will not be supporting this reboot in any way. I will not see it in theaters, nor will I buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out. I will not be wasting any of my Netflix orders on it, or even wasting my time watching it when it comes to basic Cable. Fuck you Fran and Kaz Kuzui.

I will, however, continue to “eagerly await” the next issue of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book that comes out the first week of December.

One of the most important parts of a film is its production value, which is achieved through the film’s designs, props, locations, costumes, and picture cars. Today I’m going to focus on the last one I mentioned, picture cars.

Picture cars can be used to tell the viewer what year the film takes place, to make the background seem a lot more busy than it actually is, and show the audience something about a character that they might not have known before (their social/wealth status, how cool they are — or their lack of cool, etc). The right picture car can elevate a film to a higher level. Could you imagine Back to the Future without the DeLorean?

Picture cars can be very expensive. Especially if you need a lot of them, and even more so if they have to be from a specific time period. So, what can you do to get cheap picture cars for your independent features and shorts? First, it is key to ask around. A friend or a friend of a friend could have the exact car that you need. Hit up your email contacts and send a message on Facebook to everyone that you think would be willing to help out. If that doesn’t work, you could put an ad on Craig’s List, but in my personal opinion the people that answer those ads tend to be shady. So if you don’t know anyone personally that would help you, I’d suggest going to a local used car dealership that has nice cars that might fit what you need.  Avoid chain stores and look for what that is personally owned. In exchange for a thank you credit or for filming a short commercial for the dealership they may be willing to let you borrow a car for your shoot. A buddy of mine did this for one of his shorts and got a slick BMW for his film. You might hear the word used and think that all of the cars they have must be falling apart and old, but that is far from true.

When you are looking for picture cars, think outside the box. And if you need a specific car, go on the hunt, I’m sure you’ll find it.

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Picture Cars for Indies
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I grew up with Steven Seagal’s action movies and I even stayed with them as they got progressively worse, then moved into the hip hop/rapper community. I finally had to stop following the aging action star as he turned himself into a joke with his A&E reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman and of course his energy drink Lightning Bolt.  What had happened to the guy who kicked ass in Out for Justice, Above the Law, and Under Siege? It was great to see him return to being badass in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, and now he might be heading in the right direction again. Lawman is thankfully over, and Seagal will be starring in a new TV series, True Justice, a crime drama.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that True Justice is going to be a good show or even watchable, but I think it is a step in the right direction for the former action box office draw. Let the man do what he does best, hunt down criminals and break their arms.  I hope that the series finds a network (hopefully on Cable) that allows it to be as brutal as Seagal’s earlier films Out for Justice and Above the Law. I want to hear the breaking of bones, see the blood flying and at least get one or two beheadings.

Now, what do we know about the show? True Justice will be a 13 episode series where Seagal portrays Elijah Kane, the leader of an undercover team of Seattle cops who target the worst criminals in the North West. The type of villains that normal cops can’t touch.  Kane has a mysterious past, but is a man of principle. His team unleases its own unique brand of brutal street justice.  The first pictures and a trailer True justice have been released over on Moviehole. Will you be following Seagal to television?

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Steven Seagal Serves Some True Justice
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