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The Ten Percent: Wonder Woman (2009)

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Ever since Lynda Carter started spinning around on TV, “where is the Wonder Woman movie?” has become something of a perennial question. Back in 2005 fans squeed when Joss Whedon was hired to write the script for a feature film, but two years later he left the project (and despite his claims to the contrary during that period, it appears that Whedon never actually wrote a draft script). Seven years later things are looking up with a film finally in the offing, and this week it was announced that Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) will direct, becoming the first female to direct a superhero film – assuming she stays with the project.

Only it turns out that the Wonder Woman movie we’ve all been howling for actually came out in 2009, check it out after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny’s Interview with Dawn Noel, Part Two

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In part one of my interview with actress and dancer, Dawn Noel, we talked about our hometown South Philly and left off with a short film she produced and starred in with Chad Coleman… yes, my little walkers, that Chad Coleman better known to all us fans as Tyreese on “The Walking Dead.” Dawn is now working on another short film called Twenty Two Years. Does South Philly produce more than its share of talented stars? Find out after the jump.

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Steampunk Granny Interviews Actress, Dancer and Producer Dawn Noel, Part One

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I really enjoy interviewing people. The other week, my niece, Anna Nicole Moses, mentioned that she was friends with actress Dawn Noel. After checking out Dawn’s IMDb and her website, I was hooked. After learning that Dawn hails from my old neighborhood; I was ecstatic. Check out the first part of the interview, after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: That Darned Fantastic Four Movie Again

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week the topic of discussion is that pesky upcoming movie from Fox, The Fantastic Four. Ray is a huge FF fan and recent reports and rumors of what to expect in this new film version of Marvel’s First Family have him climbing the walls. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Dumberest: Mel Brooks at TIFF

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With the Farrelly Brothers Dumb and Dumber To (2014) bumbling into theatres now, it’s fitting that TIFF has chosen this moment to look back at one of the great purveyors of goofball comedy, the legendary Mel Brooks. With films like The Producers (1967), Blazing Saddles (1974), and Spaceballs (1987), Brooks has carved out a huge swath of send-up satire that comedy directors today are enormously indebted to. Too?

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The Ten Percent – “The Chair Recognizes – Senator Smith!”

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The balloons have fallen, the confetti has been swept up and the “vote for” signs have (mostly) been gathered and tossed. Last week was Election Day and there was the usual carping from all sides about apathetic voters, corruption in Washington, and lies in advertising. In short, it was the perfect time to rewatch another entry in “The Ten Percent” – 1939’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In fact, I’m toying with a crusade to make it a requirement for every theater across the country to show this Capra classic the weekend before Election Day. Just imagine the America Jefferson Smith champions. More after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Cruises, Covers, Prince, and Uncomfortable Baseball Memories

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we’re talking about Glenn’s vacation on the TCM Classic Cruise, Ray’s rules for cover songs, the genius of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and ultimately what George Brett will be remembered for. See and hear more after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Annabelle

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When the Annabelle doll made her demonic debut in last year’s The Conjuring, I was looking forward to her self-titled prequel. While I hoped she would become the porcelain face of horror, and take a place on the shelf beside such evil dolls as Chucky and the Poltergeist clown, it doesn’t appear she is quite ready for the honor. More after the jump.

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