After a week away we've retuned. And of course, the biggest news in the geek world occurred while we were gone. By now you've most certainly heard that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm. George Lucas said he felt the time was right to pass it on and he plans on focusing more time on his philanthropic endeavors. If you've been keeping... err, rather, TRYING to keep up with the buzz across the Intertubes you know that's quite a task. Rather than spend a ton of time and printer paper on everything that's been announced or speculated up to this point, I narrowed down most of it to several talking points which we run through. Good times! In an ironic twist, STAR WARS fanatic and Who Asked co-host, Mike Reddic, is not here this week. It's like CNN doing a story at the Pentagon without their senior Pentagon correspondent.
While writing that enormous check to George Lucas, Disney said they would do another STAR WARS trilogy, post RETURN OF THE JEDI. But there's other films that shouldn't be made that also deserve attention. Like the LEGO movie. Warner Bros. plans to build a CG feature about a little LEGO man who must save the world with a few unlikely companions to help.
The Schulz family has written a script for a new Charlie Brown movie and 20th Century Fox will make it into an animated feature film. They've taken great care to keep Charlie, Lucy, Snoopy and the gang in the family and it looks like it's about to pay off.
Now onto a TV show that doesn't need to be made. Disney has announced that they'll be producing a sequel series to the popular TGIF show, BOY MEETS WORLD. For anyone who watched ABC in the late 90s when HOME IMPROVEMENT and THE DREW CAREY SHOW were must watch programs, you are likely aware of Cory Matthews. And if you've listened to our show for any length of time you're likely aware of his love interest on the program, Topanga. According to the casting breakdown sent out by Disney late last week, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel who played those characters respectively are going to reprise their roles. But this show will be called GIRL MEETS WORLD and it'll focus on their 13-year-old daughter, Riley. She'll have an emo best friend named Maya and a slightly older brother, Elliot. The show will run on the Disney Channel. Being — as Charlie puts it — nostalgic motherfuckers, there are some thoughts we have regarding this old televised favorite of the gang.
We're once again on watch for Jenkem as news from South Korea tells us a new toilet theme park there has really flushed out visitors. Koreans are far less 'skiddish' about these sorts of things so the place is proving to be a hit. It's dedicated to the city's former mayor who was affectionately known as Mr. Toilet for his efforts to bring better commodes to the region and promote overall toilet education. There's a garden with squatting sculptures, art galleries and even Mr. Toilet's house, which is shaped like a giant toilet, has been converted to a museum of toilet and poop knowledge.
Finally, with a new STAR WARS trilogy on the way, you're going to want to see it at its best right? Well by the time EPISODE VII hits theaters, Ultra HD will be commonplace at your local Best Buy (if they're still in business by then). The Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the CES show every year, voted to call the new format "Ultra HD" as they gear up to push it onto consumers since 3D was a huge flop. With resolution four-times that of conventional HD... yeah, I said conventional HD, Ultra HD will allow you to see even more detail like wrinkles and skin blemishes. Although, one in particular, a typo on the rundown that I didn't catch, is probably a detail you don't want to look at. One of the first Ultra HD sets coming out is an 80-incher from Sony for the low low price of just $30,000. Those stupid 3D glasses and blurred vision are startin' to look pretty good all of a sudden.
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