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Posted on August 11, 2011 by PopFunkThis post is brought to you by the Eureka T-Shirt Collection at Popfunk.com and MTV Geek.Reversing what it had said just last week, Syfy pulled the plug on Eureka, a playful science-fiction series that the channel has broadcast since 2006. Last week, Syfy’s president of programming, Mark Stern, announced that there would be a six episode sixth season to wrap up the show – they’re currently running season 4.5, with season 5 currently in production; then yesterday, without mention of the previous decision, the Network announced the show would be ending with Season 5. Apparently there was a miscommunication. Inside a sprawling company like NBC Universal, which owns Syfy, giving the green light to a new season of a show requires approvals by many layers of bosses, and those approvals apparently had not been given. The whiplash alone shocked fans, not to mention the fact that, well, they kind of forgot to tell the actors. “I almost found out through Twitter.... unfortunately!” said actor Erica Cerra, who plays Jo Lupo on the series, when we contacted her to talk about the cancellation. “However in the nick of time, Bruce Miller, Jaime Paglia and Tod Sharp called and we had a great talk about how sad we are that this had to come to an end… We were not prepared to say goodbye, so soon. Still in a bit of shock.” Naturally, the fans themselves came out and immediately started a petition to keep the show going. One site, called Save Eureka has garnered 788 “Twitition” signatures so far, and we’re sure there are plenty more places to throw your hot dog into the well (that’s the expression, right?). Also, it’s only a matter of time before someone starts mailing SyFy some sort of integral part of the show en masse, like Roswell’s hot sauce. May we suggest Neil Graystons? The actors, on the other hand, seem somewhat resigned to the cancellation, though they won’t go happily into the night. In a pointed statement on his popular blog, Wil Wheaton – who plays Doctor Isaac Parrish on the show – chided the network for not letting the actors know before the press: "At this point, I know as much as you do, because I found out the same way you did,” said Wheaton. “I'm trying really hard not to be upset with the network for issuing a statement to the press before the cast knew, so we wouldn't have to find out the way we did; as you can imagine, it isn't exactly easy.” That all said, there is still a full season and a half of the show to go, including a Christmas Special in December. “Season four and five are some of the BEST work we've done,” said Cerra. “The fans will be thrilled.” And as for those fans, Cerra has a personal message for them: “I can't thank you enough for all your support and well wishes. You are patient fans with eight months between seasons, and still you come back to show us love.” Here’s a statement from Syfy: “After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012." Are you guys disappointed that Eureka has been cancelled?!? Comment below and let us know!
Posted on August 10, 2011 by PopFunkThis post is brought to you by the DC Originals T-Shirt Collection at Popfunk.com and Totally Top 10. Comic books were available for less than a dollar an issue back in the day, but now the value of some well-known issues have increased tremendously over the years. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, or even more of these issues, you could be the owner of a small fortune. Here is a list of the top ten most expensive comic books of all time.
10. Amazing Fantasy, No. 15This August 1960′s 15th issue of Amazing Fantasy marked the debut of Spider-Man. The comic book series was scheduled for cancellation, but when Marvel received high reviews and sales went skyrocketing, The Amazing Spider-Man was released as a full-time comic series. Spider-Man was created by famous writer Stan Lee, and has since become one of the most well-known Marvel Comics characters. Value: $280,000
9. Flash Comics, No. 1This comic series and issue debuted in January of 1940. It introduced the characters of both Flash and Hawkman into the comic world. The value of this first issue is estimated to be around 289,000 dollars. Value: $289,000
8. More Fun Comics, No. 52More Fun Comics ran only 12 years, from 1935 to 1947. The 52nd issue of this comic’s ephemeral lifetime marked the introduction of The Spectre to comic book fans. More Fun Comics, No. 52 is valued at nearly 316,000 dollars. Value: $316,000
7. Batman, No. 1After Batman’s popular series in Detective Comics, it received it’s own comic book in the spring of 1940. This issue was the first to include Robin, Batman’s sidekick. Robin was created in order to attract younger readers to the comic book world. Value: $359,000
6. Marvel Comics, No. 1The fact that the first issue of Marvel Comics is an immensely valuable issue should come as no surprise, since Marvel Comics is one of the most well-known comics of all time. This October issue featured characters such as The Human Torch, Submariner, and Masked Raider. Since this first issue, Marvel Comics has featured many superheroes including Spiderman, The Hulk, Wolverine, and Iron Man. Value: $367,000
5. Detective Comics, No. 1For numerous years, fans of Detective Comics have rivaled with fans of Marvel Comics over which comic sports the best group of superheroes and villians. The first issue of Detective Comics was debuted in March of 1937. Since then, Detective Comics has gone on to publish 888 issues, and is the longest publiched American comic book. Detective Comics is best known for its introduction of iconic superheroes such as Batman and Superman. Value: $405,000
4. All-American Comics, No. 16The 16th issue of All-American Comics marked the initial appearance of the well-known comic book character The Green Lantern. The Green Lantern was the result of a collaboration of Bob Kane, the inventor of Batman, and artist Martin Nodell. Value: $430,000
3. Superman, No. 1Althoug Superman first appeared in Action Comics, the popularity of this superhero led to a full comic book series to be dedicated to Superman. This first issue of the Superman comics is estimated at 671,000 dollars. Value: $671,000
2. Detective Comics, No. 27Detective Comics, issue number 27, is where Batman made his debut appearance. The comic was released in May of 1939, where it was sold for only 10 cents. Batman was originally referred to as “The Bat-Man”, and is known in the comic book world as “the world’s greatest detective”. Today, this issue is now valued at $1.38 million. Value: $1.38 million
1. Action Comics, No. 1Action Comics made its debut to the world in June of 1938. This comic book series was the first to introduce the famous superhero Superman. Stephen Fisher, a leading comic book expert, suggests that the first issue of Action Comics was a pivotal point for the comic book world. Before this first issue, comic books were not very popular, and there wasn’t even such a thing as a “superhero”. Superman is often recognized as the first American comic book superhero, and is still one of the most popular superheroes to date. Action Comics No. 1 is estimated to be valued at 1.5 million dollars. Value: $1.5 million How much would you be willing to pay for these comics? Comment below and tell us which comic you would shell out the big bucks for!
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Posted on August 4, 2011 by PopFunkThis post is brought to you by the Garfield T-Shirt Collection at PopFunk Movies get remade very frequently now a days. As you all probably know, Hollywood is coming out with another remake of the sci-fi pop culture sensation, The Planet of the Apes, and it is set to grace movie screens everywhere this Friday. I know what you're thinking, the original film franchise was so good! How could they even think of making another?!? And I know,they did attempt to make a new one in 2001 starring Mark Wahlberg, and it was good... but no sequel came. Nevertheless they're at it again, and this time it might produce sequels. I am not saying it will be better than the original (and when I say original I mean dating back to the late 60's early 70's franchise), but it doesn't look half bad. In fact, the movies will be quite different from one another. For example, the monkeys in the 2011 adaptation, do not talk like they do in the original. Also they are not actors, but mere computer enhanced chimps and apes. Some may look at this as a downfall to the movie. I look at it as a new interesting way to portray the characters in the film. Another huge difference is the plot line. No longer are astronauts hurtling into deep space, only to come crashing back down to earth in a post-apocalyptic era of the future. Now the film takes place on earth in a year very close to our own, where a scientist, (James Franco), is working on a cure for Alzheimer's, which by accident gives Cesar, a lab monkey, enhanced intelligence. Of the five original movies, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, most resembles the fourth installation, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. In CPA, Cesar is a monkey whose parents were two talking chimps from the future that came back to our time, but were murdered when Americans found out the mother had him. However they hid Cesar at a circus to save his life. Years later, Cesar returns to the city and sees that monkeys are now slaves to the humans and are mistreated. Judging from the preview of the new film, it looks as if the intelligent lab monkey named Cesar breaks free to begin his own revolution. Although the plot lines vary, the movies are similar with regard to the ending. The contrast in the two films could make or break the success of the new adaptation. It could be a major turn off to the die hard fans of this famous pop-culture movie franchise. On the other hand, it could be another summer blockbuster. Check out the trailer for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What do you think, sure hit or dud? Comment below and tell us why.