7 Coolest Designs from Jodorowsky's Dune

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Courtesy of H.R. Giger/Sony Pictures Classics
This is the start of one very weird list.
We're about halfway through the two-week run of Jodorowsky's Dune at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale, so time is running out for you to go check out the funny, thought-provoking, and painfully frustrating documentary about experimental filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated attempt to make the book Dune into a movie. Obviously, this movie has something for sci-fi geeks and art house film nerds, but the story is interesting and peppered with appearances by Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger.

One of the best parts of the film is being immersed in the completely hashed-out art and design elements of Jodorowsky's planned film, and we have seven examples that you just have to see.


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7 Games We Want to Play at ZapCon 2014 in Phoenix

Categories: Geekery, Top Lists

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Benjamin Leatherman
View a slideshow of ZapCon 2013.
We're looking forward to reuniting with a few old friends this weekend. These are characters we haven't encountered in ages. They are a bit colorful and animated, to say the least, and go by such unusual names as Jumpman, Contestant One, Liu Kang, and Rastan.

They're the pixelated heroes of the dozens upon dozens of arcade classics that will be available for play at Zapcon 2014 on Saturday and Sunday at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.


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Arizona Probably Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, According to Estately

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Jeremiah Toller
A scene from Zombie Walk 5 in Downtown Phoenix.
Look, we've all thought about it, whether we were stoned, sober, or binge-watching The Walking Dead on Netflix.

"How would I fare in a zombie apocalypse?"

Well, real estate blog Estately crunched the numbers, and it looks like Arizona may just have what it takes to keep itself afloat come brain-eating doomsday.


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Nathan Fillion and Stan Lee Announced as Phoenix Comicon 2014 Guests

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20th Century Fox
Captain Mal will set course for Phoenix this June.
If you happen to be a diehard Marvel fanatic or totally grok Captain Malcom, Richard Castle, or Captain Hammer, get ready to squee. Comic book legend Stan Lee and Nathan Fillion, the actor behind the aforementioned roles, will be attending this year's Phoenix Comicon in early June.

Better dust off your mint edition of Spider-Man No. 1 and the Firefly box set and get 'em ready for signing. Oh, and be prepared to battle with members of the Arizona Browncoats for a good seat.


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5 Places to Buy Vintage Video Games in Metro Phoenix

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Nathan Humpherys
Nothing exudes old-school cool like this tabletop Zaxxon machine we saw at Game Over Games

Sure, the high-tech features and high-definition graphics of the Xbox One and PS4 are great. But sometimes, it's hard not to get nostalgic for running and jumping with Mario and Sonic or crushing your friends in Mortal Combat and Street Fighter. If you want to relive some childhood memories or discover some classics you missed out on the first time around, here are five places in the Phoenix area that will help you get it on like Donkey Kong.


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5 Places to Buy Vintage Video Games in Metro Phoenix

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Nathan Humpherys
Nothing exudes old-school cool like this tabletop Zaxxon machine we saw at Game Over Games

Sure, the high-tech features and high-definition graphics of the Xbox One and PS4 are great. But sometimes, it's hard not to get nostalgic for running and jumping with Mario and Sonic or crushing your friends in Mortal Combat and Street Fighter. If you want to relive some childhood memories or discover some classics you missed out on the first time around, here are five places in the Phoenix area that will help you get it on like Donkey Kong.


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Eliza Dushku and Brian Posehn Coming to Phoenix Comicon 2014

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Tabercil via Flickr
Eliza Dushku's slated to appear at Phoenix Comicon 2014.

You gotta have faith.

Or, at least, that rings true for Phoenix Comicon 2014 organizers when it comes to this year's guests.

The annual massive nerdfest has added Eliza Dushku to its roster. Dushku played bad girl slayer Faith Lehane on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The chocolate to Buffy's vanilla, Faith stirred up all manner of trouble for the Scoobies, super-loved weaponry and lethal force (and really dark lipstick), and there was also that whole sugar-daddy thing with the Mayor.

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The New Robocop Hates FOX News, Loves the Bush Doctrine

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Courtesy of Columbia Pictures
The new Robocop marvels at his cybernetic features as Gary Oldman looks on.

Twenty-seven years ago, director Paul Verhoeven and company gave us the original Robocop, which gained cult status as an action movie with a sardonic wit and a lot of things to say about privatization, consumerism, and the human condition.

Now, nearly three decades later, we have a remake directed by José Padilha, and the new Robocop has some (sometimes seemingly unintentionally) interesting things to say about our culture today and what it means to be human.


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Cosplayers Wanted for Tempe Geeks' Night Out Video Shoot Today

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Diana Lustig
Costumed attendees of Tempe's Geeks' Night Out 2013.
Take heed, superheroes, superheroines, sci-fi cosplayers, and costumed geeks of the Valley -- the City of Tempe is in need of your services tomorrow afternoon for a special mission.

Just like Commissioner Gordon firing up the Bat-Signal to cajole The Dark Knight into service, Tempe's city officials have put out a call to local costuming enthusiasts in the hopes of recruiting them to their cause. More specifically, they're searching for cosplayers to feature in the promotional trailer for the annual Geeks' Night Out and Geek Week events that's shooting on Friday at the Tempe Center for the Arts.


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14 Favorite Costumes from Taiyou Con 2014

Categories: Geekery

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
See more photos from Taiyou Con 2014 via our slideshow.
If your only knowledge with anime begins and ends with Pokémon, you've obviously got a thing or two to learn. First lesson: Anime is an ultra-diverse and highly respected art form of Japanese-produced animation (hence its name) that was first produced in the Asian nation way back in 1917 and encompassed every sort of thematic genre, from comedy to drama. Secondly, it's a counterpart of Japanese comics (a.k.a. manga), which date back even further.

And like any other form of animation, it's also quite colorful. And often times, it also can seem quite fantastical, spectacular, and downright bizarre. (Don't even get us started on hentai. Please.)


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