The Evening Post: Gravity Alternative Featuring Superman


Geek Alabama Evening Post

Tonight, I wanted to share this awesome video from the YouTube channel Krishna Shenoi who took clips from the popular movie Gravity and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and turned it into something you will love seeing!  What if Superman saved the astronauts in trouble from the movie Gravity, it would make this movie so much different!  And stay tuned for the spoiler, enjoy!

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The Incredibles 2 Will Be Made / Smarter Every Day Patreon Contest


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On this post, I am going to fill all of your heads with a bunch of geeky and nerdy information.  And this news has a lot of us in the geek/nerd world excited!  Because who wants to see The Incredibles 2 and go on tour at a rocket fabrication facility?  I do!

The Incredibles 2

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Remember the Disney/Pixar movie The Incredibles movie back in 2004?  The movie was a huge success and director Brad Bird became a household name in the geek/nerd culture!  Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in a shareholder meeting that plans are currently in the works for The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3!  I am so happy, cue the George Takei happy dance!

Right now, Brad Bird is busy with the next film release called Tomorrowland due for release next year.  But there is confirmation that Brad Bird is now writing the scripts for a Incredibles 2 movie!  Yeah, we know it’s going to be a few years until we see our favorite Pixar superhero family back in action.  But at least our wishes for a Incredibles 2 movie has come true.  And people can quit nagging Disney, Pixar, and Brad Bird about making a sequel to the original hit film.

Still, I can not believe it’s going to be around 15 years or more since the original Incredibles movie came out.  The Incredibles is one of the top cult family films in the history of motion pictures.  Thank you Brad Bird, Pixar, and Disney for finally seeing inside the hearts of all geeks/nerds and realizing a Incredibles 2 had to be made!  I can guarantee this movie will be a major hit when it comes out in theaters in a few years!

Smarter Every Day Patreon Contest

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I also wanted to include this since it is a part of the geek/nerd culture in Alabama.  Smarter Every Day and host Destin is running a contest through Patreon that will allow three people to join Destin and Patreon CEO Jack Conte at a rocket fabrication facility somewhere in America in June 2014.  To learn more about the contest, and to see some cool helicopter light paintings, watch the video below.  The video will be taken down on March 19th in the early morning.

To learn more and to register for the contest, that closes on March 18th (TODAY!), go to: http://www.patreon.com/smartereveryday

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Enter To Win A Veronica Mars DVD And Limited-Edition Trucker Hat


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UPDATE:  The contest is now closed.  I had a total of 9 entries and got a number of 6 on random.org.  Congrats to Benjamin for winning!  Here is his response about why he wanted to win!

I’ve been a fan of the show for years, owning the DVDs, and pimping the show out to several friends and family members over the years. When the Kickstarter campaign started I wanted to give money to it but, alas, I am a broke college student and was unable to give more than my fervent wishes that is was successful.

Everyone knows about the massive Kickstarter campaign to make a Veronica Mars movie.  This weekend, the movie was released in theaters and online.  And now, if you want a free copy of the Veronica Mars movie, plus a limited-edition trucker hat, enter this contest below!

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As you need any reminders, On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her.  While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder.  Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013.  And now, from the great folks at Partners Hub, one lucky person will win a Veronica Mars DVD and a limited edition trucker hat.  In conjunction with the movie release, Partners Hub has released the Veronica Mars Blog App.  The app allows anyone to play Purity Test Marshmallow Super-fan Trivia.  Think you know all there is to know about Neptune, California?  Test your Veronica Mars knowledge with all 3 levels of super-fan trivia and find out if you are the ultimate Marshmallow!  To access the app, click on the link or picture below!  https://www.blog-luv.com/campaigns/veronica-mars/interactive_elements/41%22

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This contest will be open until Friday March 28th at 12 pm Central.  To enter, leave a comment with your name and e-mail address on the contact form below about why you want to win!  I will give each commenter an extra entry if you like the Geek Alabama Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/geekalabama or follow on Twitter @geekalabama.

I will randomly draw a winner using random.org based off all the entries!  The contest will close on Friday March 28th.  Enter now!  Learn more about the Veronica Mars movie at: http://theveronicamarsmovie.com

Note: Warner Bros. is supplying the Veronica Mars DVD and trucker hat in this contest.  I was NOT paid to write this post.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

All prize packs will ship after the DVD release date ETA May 2014.

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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Simply Good Tea, Mini Museum, Jenny’s Wedding


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends!  This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from KickstarterIndiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Simply Good Tea

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The good things in life should be simple & affordable, and tea is no exception.  When Jake Reznick lived in China, drinking tea became an essential part of his daily routine.  While his obsession began in order to fulfill a caffeine addiction, exploring the world of tea soon became an adventure unto itself.  He quickly found himself hiking through tea plantations, reading books on tea, and sharing cup after cup with farmers and fellow tea addicts.  He was hooked.  The tea he was drinking not only tasted great, but it kept him alert all day without the jitters or crashes associated with coffee.  Better yet, premium loose leaf tea can be re-steeped all day long, unlike a tea bag.  He founded Simply Good Tea for tea lovers like himself who are sick of compromise.  Their tea is both a daily staple and a culinary adventure, a productivity boost and a sip-by-sip escape from whatever is clouding your mind.  They’re thrilled you’ve found them and are excited for you to join them.

Simply Good Tea is a subscription service designed to support a daily tea drinking lifestyle that combines the convenience of tea bags, K-cups, or stops at your coffee shop with the affordability and quality of buying loose tea in bulk.  You start with the Simply Good Bottle, then each month you will receive 30 pre-measured packets of premium loose leaf tea. Simply grab a packet, empty it into your bottle, add hot water and you’re good to go!  By working directly with farmers, they ensure our tea is not only top quality but also extremely fresh!  There are so many amazing varieties and flavors of tea that they are excited to introduce you to – the picture below is just a small sampling of what you’ll receive from Simply Good Tea!

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As of February 23rd, this project has raised around $16,670 of their $8,000 goal.   This project only has 27 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $60, you will get a Simply Good Tea bottle and a month’s supply of great tea!  For a pledge of $175, you will get a six month subscription to Simply Good Tea with the Simply Good Tea bottle.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/simply-good-tea

Mini Museum

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The mini museum is a portable collection of curiosities where every item is authentic, iconic and labeled.  It’s been carefully designed to take you on a journey of learning and exploration.  The idea is simple.  For the past 35 years Hans Fex has collected amazing specimens specifically for this project.  He then carefully break those specimens down into smaller pieces, embed them in resin, and you end up with an epic museum in a manageable space.  Each mini museum is a handcrafted, individually numbered limited edition.  And If you consider the age of some of these specimens – it’s been billions of years in the making.  The majority of these specimens were acquired directly from contacting specialists recommended to him by museum curators, research scientists and university historians.

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The Universe is amazing.  He really wanted to remind people of that with this collection. How awesome would it be to own a group of rare meteorites, dinosaur fossils and relics of some of the most talked about places and events in human history?  All in the palm of your hand?  The mini museum is a portable learning tool, a smart and rare ice breaker, and a wonderful piece of historical art.  Great for folks aged 7 to 122 and completely safe and non toxic.  Each mini museum is handcrafted and carefully encased in resin and ready to inspire you.  Display it on your desktop, mantle, or coffee table.  Or carry it in your pocket – mini museum can go wherever you go.  It also makes a beautiful gift for the person that has everything.  The Universe is amazing and realizing this collection has been one of the biggest accomplishments of his life.

As of February 23rd, this project has raised around $352,700 of their $38,000 goal.   This project only has 24 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $99, you will get the small mini museum containing 11 specimens.  For a pledge of $179, you will get the medium mini museum containing 22 specimens.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2054592112/mini-museum

Jenny’s Wedding

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Jenny Farrell (Katherine Heigl) has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family.  When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrell’s inhabited changes forever.  They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.  Last November, MM Productions completed principal photography on the film “Jenny’s Wedding” and they are currently in post production.  Made independently, this film is the kind of movie the studios used to make all the time.  It is about real people, the problems they face, and the personal courage it takes to resolve them.  It is also about transformation and love.  Both moving and funny, it has an important message to send, and their goal is to ensure it reaches a wide audience.

The movie will star Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer, Alexis Bledel, and others!  The movie is directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue.  Rewards include everything from downloads of exclusive digital content, to DVD and Blu-Rays, Signed Limited Edition Posters, Signed Screenplays, Signed Production Stills, and Signed Wedding Albums featuring all the photos from Jenny’s Wedding!  Also included is an advanced screening and the wedding dress used in the film!

As of February 23rd, this project has raised around $30,437 of their $150,000 goal.   This project only has 33 days left to raise the $150,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $20, you will get a hi-res Download of the Poster for Jenny’s Wedding, a Download of our exclusive Behind the Scenes Video of the Making of “Jenny’s Wedding”, Behind the Scenes Photos and a PDF of the screenplay.  For a pledge of $30, you will get a Digital Download of the Feature Film “Jenny’s Wedding” when it is released on Home Video.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-filmmakers-of-katherine-heigl-s-new-movie-jenny-s-wedding

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Kickstarter Tuesdays: Marching To The Freedom Dream / Zombie Beach The Musical


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This week, let’s talk about two Kickstarter projects that you should pledge!  This first one is related to the Civil Rights Movement from the 1960’s.

Dan Budnik – Marching To The Freedom Dream

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Dan Budnik’s historic photographs covering the seminal marches of the Civil Rights movement from 1958-1965 is brought to life in a new book.  The photographs by US photojournalist Dan Budnik, documenting three marches of the Civil Rights Movement, 1958-1965, present a unique body of work representing Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence as a way of affecting political and social change.  Budnik’s Civil Rights work has rarely been seen.  Now, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Trolley Books is proud to announce the publication of Marching To The Freedom Dream, in Spring 2014.  They need your support, through pledges and pre-orders for the book to become a reality.

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Recently Dan Budnik’s photographs from the 28th August 1963, March on Washington were rediscovered by the editors of TIME Magazine.  On this day, Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to a record crowd of 250,000 people who had assembled peacefully at the Lincoln Memorial from all cardinal points.  TIME’s commemorative website and “I Have a Dream” anniversary issue prominently feature Budnik’s images.

Budnik will oversee the creation of this book filled with his wonderful and iconic images and hand-written captions.  Each page will highlight the people, places and stories from this historic time.  The unsung heroes who made tremendous sacrifices, particularly the young teenage foot soldiers, are honored in this intensely personal 264 page book.  The anniversary of Dr. King’s “Dream” speech will launch the beginning of this Kickstarter campaign.  August 28 is the first in a series of 50th anniversaries, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Selma to Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Dr. King’s non-violent message still resonates with contemporary struggles of many people’s throughout the world today.  Dr. King emulated the success of Gandhi’s passive resistance in India which utilized soul force to combat brute force, as have modern heroes such as Nelson Mandela.  Kickstarter will allow them to raise enough funds if supported by you to make this project a great reality.

As of September 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around 11,900 pounds of the 10,000 pounds goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 18 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of 20 pounds, you will get a photo by Dan Budnik of Martin Luther King, in color.  For a pledge of 40 pounds, you will get the book before it goes on sale to the public.  To learn more about Marching To The Freedom Dream and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/282566080/dan-budnik-marching-to-the-freedom-dream

Zombie Beach The Musical

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Zombie Beach The Musical is a punk-infused, surf rock musical that tells a timeless story of young love.  Also? There are zombies.  The show debuted last summer as a series of rock opera events at a fantastic Tiki bar, Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City.  Now they would like to bring their little show to a wider audience, and they figure the best way for them to do that is by shooting it as a movie!  The musical plot involves Freddie and Beebee who are enjoying their 1960’s summer vacation when they find a lost girl out on the beach at night.  They have no idea that she’s here from beyond the stars, intent on raising the dead and enslaving the living.  Before they know it, our lovestruck heroes find themselves in the middle of a zombie invasion of Earth!

What are the songs like in this musical?  Imagine if The Ramones wrote the songs for The Rocky Horror Show.  Imagine if The Cramps wrote the songs for Grease.  Imagine if Little Shop of Horrors was made by Alice Cooper.  Now imagine that the musicians and singers involved at every level were from among the very best talents NYC has to offer.  That’s the songs you get from this musical!  Zombie Beach the Musical will be shot on sets, instead of on location.  This will keep the costs down (like, way down), and give them more control over the aesthetic of the movie.  And the aesthetic will matter.  They don’t even want to bother making it look realistic (for that, they would need way more money), but more like a dream.  Their movie’s roots in live theatre will be embraced, and the sets will reflect this. They won’t green-screen backgrounds, but will design and build sets reminiscent of the work of 80’s cult filmmaker Stephen Sayadian.

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Mostly everyone involved with the live shows will be a part of the movie including Elizabeth Aylsworth, Laura Rebel Angel, and Seth Kesel.  Auditions will also be held to fill the entire cast in this movie.  John Cecil will be the writer/director in this movie and they would hire a cinematographer, choreographer, set designer, costume designer, SFX technician, and makeup artist.  Once Zombie Beach the Musical is completed, it will be shopped around to film festivals, distributors, and will be put online!

The Kickstarter funds would go towards sets, costumes, SFX, and all the performers and crew members who will need to be paid for their work.  They believe their vision for this movie can be realized for a very low $80,000.  They know that doesn’t sound like a “very low” amount, but for a movie, that really isn’t much.  The craft services table on some movies costs more than that. 

 They know what they want to achieve, they know how to do it, and they feel they can get it done for eighty grand.  And that’s even with some wiggle room if things go wrong (more like when things go wrong, ahem).

  They really want to bring this project to light, and they need your help!  So, please?  Pretty please?  With sugar on top?

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As of September 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $1,100 of the $80,000 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 22 days left to reach the $80,000 goal.  For a pledge of $10, you will get a full album download of the movie!  For a pledge of $15, you will get a digital download of the movie!  There are many more awesome pledge levels like screening tickets, posters, t-shirts, being in a song, signed guitar, voice greeting, naming a character, being a zombie, and more!  To learn more about Zombie Beach the Musical, and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/144029125/zombie-beach-the-musical