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  • The Truth About Zombies

    Posted on October 20, 2011 by PopFunk

    ZOMBIES: They're one of the most enduring creatures in human folklore, enjoying quite a pop culture resurgence in the last few decades. We know them well from classic horror flicks like Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead, as well as more recent rompers like 28 Days Later and AMC's series The Walking Dead. They're decomposing, hungry for brains, and coming to get you. That much we know. Oh, and they must be killed by a blow to the head... But what is the truth about zombies? Where did their myth originate and why are we so fascinated with them? Zombiism has roots in Haitian Voodoo culture. Voodoo priests called Bokors were believed to have the ability to reanimate dead bodies. This in itself, however, was more like a sleight of hand. Bokors were not able to resurrect the dead. What they were actually doing was placing an individual in a coma-like state using a powdery substance called coup padre. Their vital signs would become undetectable, leading family members to bury their "dead", only to have them exhumed later by the Bokors very much alive. However, the coup padre also left these individuals in a primitive, mindless state, leaving them to do little more than grunt and roam through the village. Haitian myth maintains that these zombies would then remain under the control of the Bokor until they themselves died. In American culture, the concept of the zombiism owes much to the medium of film, becoming a popular cinematic theme following 1932's zombie flick prototype, White Zombie. From there, George A. Romero was largely responsible for laying the groundwork for the zombie culture we know today. His seminal zombie trilogy -- Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead -- spanned three decades, providing endless inspiration for zombie movies, and the horror genre in general. Today, we tune in to zombies weekly on television. We dress up as them in large zombified assemblies. Sometimes we even encounter them while driving. With Halloween approaching, and no end to the zombie mania in sight, at least now you'll have a little background on zombiism in your brain should you ever need it. Just keep on an eye on that thing. You never know who may try to eat it. Read More

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  • What is Comic Con?

    Posted on October 12, 2011 by PopFunk

    In the last 41 years, San Diego Comic Con International has established itself as the preeminent comic convention in the United States (not to mention fourth largest in the world), boasting over 130,000 attendees in 2010. However, New York Comic Con, SDCC’s East Coast counterpart since 2006, continues to make its bid for biggest US geek gathering with this weekend’s convention. Expecting to eclipse last year’s attendance mark of 96,000 happy comic enthusiasts, the 2011 New York Comic Con will enlist over 700 exhibitors and 400 artists. Among the participating exhibitors staking a claim on the Jacob Javits Center this weekend are Activision, Capcom, Dark Horse, DC, Hasbro, Marvel and Mattel. Notable artists include Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller and Kevin Smith. Also appearing to throughout the weekend will be Eliza Dushku, Mark Hamil, Rose McGowan, Jason Momoa, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, and the entire cast of Paramount’s upcoming Avengers movie. Organizers have also landed a first time sponsor in Chevrolet, who plan to make its consumer debut of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the convention. Ticket packages for NYCC are still available at www.newyorkcomiccon.com. Killer comic t shirts that will make you the envy of every other fanatic at the convention are still available at www.popfunk.com. New York Comic Con Read More

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  • Google Celebrates Jim Henson's 75th Birthday

    Posted on September 28, 2011 by PopFunk

    On September 24, The Jim Henson Company celebrated what would have been the 75th birthday of the famed puppeteer, producer, director and all-around visionary. In a unique collaboration with Google, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop built original digital puppets for the occasion, resulting in a custom Google Doodle – the company’s awesome, often interactive alternative front page logos. Google Doodle for Jim Henson's 75th Birthday. To go along with Doodle, Jim’s son Brian (who now runs the family business) wrote a poignant tribute to his father for the Google Blog.

    “[Jim Henson] loved games—card games, board games, all kinds of games. He was one of those rare parents who was always ready to play again. He loved dogs, particularly goofy ones. And he lived for those moments when everyone laughed so hard they couldn’t talk. I often walked onto the Muppet set to find everyone just laughing hysterically.”

    Thanks for the years of laughter, Jim. Happy 75th from Popfunk! Read More

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  • Eureka Gets Cancelled

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by PopFunk

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    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. Syfy cancels Eureka 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!

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  • What's Out this Weekend: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by PopFunk

    This 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.

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  • Star Trek Inventions We Now Have

    Posted on July 13, 2011 by PopFunk

    This repost is brought to you by the Star Trek T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and by Craig Baird at roadtickle.com. Star Trek is one of the most famous television shows and media franchises in the world today, and while many love the storylines of the original show, along with its spinoffs and movies, we may not fully realize the impact the show has had on our lives. No, we are not talking about pop culture impacts, but what Star Trek envisioned for technology, which then inspired many scientists to make those visions a reality. In many ways, that little show from the 1960s has essentially invented the future as we know it. So, what are some of the things we have now that Star Trek invented? 1. Personal Computing When Star Trek debuted in 1966, computers were very large, very expensive and very slow compared with what we have today. That didn’t stop Gene Roddenberry from envisioning a future where small computers were in every meeting room and wherever people needed them. The computers in the original series were larger than what we have today, but they were personal computers nonetheless. Roughly five years after Star Trek left the air waves, the Altair 8800 was built by Ed Roberts, who just happened to name the computer after a galaxy mentioned in Star Trek. This build-it-yourself personal computer was pretty basic, but it would inspire two guys named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to improve upon the model and usher in the age of the personal computer. On that same note, the Tablet PC also appeared in the original Star Trek, with Captain Kirk using a tablet and stylus to sign off on important matters. Everyone who uses an iPad now can thank Star Trek for showing us what a tablet PC could do in the 1960s. Oh, and what was the name of the tablet PC used in Star Trek? The PADD…. 2. Portable Computer Memory From the old floppy disks, to the small hard disks, over to our memory sticks with their huge capacities, all this portable memory could be found in the 1960s, in Star Trek. Star Trek used square disks that were three inches by three inches and only a quarter of an inch thick. To use them, they were inserted in computers where they would display the information contained on them, sound familiar? 3. Wireless Ear Piece Drive down the road in the city and you will probably see quite a few people using Bluetooth headsets to talk to people without having to hold a cell phone to their ear. Well, roughly 30 years before cell phones became mainstream, Star Trek was already using wireless earpieces for communication. That is not too bad considering that Star Trek envisioned wireless earpieces 300 years from now. 4. GPS No, we do not have transporters, although scientists have been able to transport individual light particles for a couple years now, but we do have GPS. Back in Star Trek: The Original Series, the transporter system could lock onto someone and transport them from where they were to some place else. Locators on the communicators were used to find where individuals were in the show, kind of like how we have GPS in our phones now that show where we are. It was only four years after the end of the original Star Trek that the Department of Defense began to develop GPS. By launching satellites they were able to refine the system over time and after 1983 it became available to the public. By 2000, it was possible to find someone within 20 meters of their location. Now with things like OnStar in our cars and GPS in our phones, even emergency personnel can find us without us saying where we are. 5. Tricorders Having something that scans the area around you and tells you information that you need about that area doesn’t quite exist yet, although we are getting pretty close. What we do have is devices like the PDA, the Blackberry and the iPod/iPhone. These wonderful little devices have screens that display to us information we access from the internet, much like a tricorder would in Star Trek. When they needed information, they would call it up on a tricorder and see it on a tiny screen, no different than we do with our handheld devices today. Given how far these devices have come, it should be no surprise that pretty soon they will have sensors. 6. Plasma Screens In the days of the original Star Trek series, televisions had small screens and the quality was not very good. The concept of the Enterprises’ view screen was amazing to many people who wished they could have a television as large as what was on the Enterprise. Before Star Trek, spaceships used windows at the front, but with The Original Series, a video screen became the norm for many science fiction shows and movies. These days, more and more plasma screens are hitting the market and the price is falling. The days of the old tube television are now disappearing as people get their own large view screens in their home. Screens these days hit about 50 inches before they become too pricey but it won’t be long before 100 or 200 inch plasma televisions turn the walls of our homes into view screens. Thanks Star Trek! 7. Cell Phones Probably the most famous invention to come from Star Trek is the cell phone. In the days of Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Kirk and the gang would use a communicator to speak with each other simply by opening it and hailing someone by saying their name into the communicator. This may have seemed far-fetched considering at the time rotary phones were the most common phones in the world. It was Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola, who invented the cell phone. When asked what was the inspiration for the cell phone, he is not shy of saying Star Trek’s communicator was what started the gears in his mind moving. Only four years after the cancellation of Star Trek, the first portable cell phone call was made. Just over 20 years after the Original Series debuted, one million cell phones were in use and it just exploded from there. These days there are hundreds of millions of cell phone users across the planet and cell phones are now pushing the old land-line phone into museums. Our cell phones these days are more than what the communicator of Star Trek was considering we can now take photos, access the internet, use GPS and keep track of everything in the PDA functionality of our smart phones.   Soundoff:  What other inventions do you think will be made possible that have debuted in sci-fi films recently?!?

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  • July 2011 BlockBusters

    Posted on June 24, 2011 by PopFunk

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    Summer time reigns as the best movie season.  Directors, producers & production companies all fight for your viewership with projects that are often plugged months, sometimes years in advance. There’s never really any losing when the only way to beat the sweltering heat and boredom is to take a crisply, air-conditioned cinematic break. Here is a list of films on our radar; feel free sound off with what you’re dying to see this summer. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: 7/1 Michael Bay’s latest Transformers installment is expected to live up to its predecessors as it’s star Shia Le Beouf fights alongside Optimus Prime and his Autobots to defeat a new villain, Shockwave. The cast has been rounded with several new additions and we already know what to expect of Bay’s explosive delivery. Check the trailer here at the official site. X Men: First Class: 7/3 Matthew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox are going to bring 2011’s Independence Day in with a sure-fire bang! There is so much anticipation for the First Class Series! It’s a real treat to see how closely your imagination lines up with directors when it comes to prequels. A coming of age story riddled with action, explosives and the unknown: sure to size up against other shows debuting this month. See the trailer here at the official site. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: 7/15 J.K. Rowling is taking her final bow with this coveted and final cinematic addition to the Harry Potter Anthology. The face off between Potter played by Daniel Radcliffe and Lord Voldemort is sure to be an epic thriller. Rowling’s literary masterpiece piqued our inner wizard and her artistry is timeless, unlike summer days. Check the movie’s trailer here on the official site. Captain America: The First Avenger: 7/22 Wave your flag and your favorite T Shirt for the release of Marvel Studios’ production of its hometown boyCaptain America played by Chris Evans. Witness how Operation: Rebirth transforms a military reject into one of America’s favorite comic book heroes. Tommy Lee Jones and Neal McDonough also star.  See the trailer here at the official site.

     

             

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  • Potter's Gotta Brand New Bag

    Posted on June 23, 2011 by PopFunk

    Screenshots from J.K. Rowling's New Pottermore

      This wicked post is brought to you by the CHARMED T SHIRT COLLECTION at PopFunk.com , youtube.com, harrypotterspage.com The Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator or HPANA. Wizard Withdrawals?  J.K. Rowling has announced the launch of her latest project, Pottermore. The site will host magnanimous amounts of content and interactive activities for Harry Potter fan across the world to delve into never before released material from the famed author. Pottermore will keep you spell bound with first time ever e-books and an international community. Check out Rowling’s official announcement. Sound Off: What else would you like to see Rowling do to extend Harry Potter’s shelf life?

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  • 2011 International Comic-Con: San Diego

    Posted on June 21, 2011 by PopFunk

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    Comic-Con 2011: San Diego This re-post is brought to you thanks to the complete line of Comic & Graphic T Shirts by PopFunk.com & the   2011 International Comic-Con. From July 21-24, 2011 San Diego, CA will be swelling with super-human power and imagination as comic book creators, historians, novices, collectors and fans will converge upon the 2011 International Comic-Con. Cops across the nation will have to put in over time as these vetted crime-fighting- master-artist-visionary geniuses come together to showcase, swap and stake more territory for geeks across the world. With notable attendees including GerryAlanguilan, Seymour Chwast, David Finch and Jim Lee 2011’s Comic-Con is bound to rival past events. There will be 400 events held over the course of the convention and most attendees have gotten an early start on planning as registration opened in February 2011. According to the 2011 International Comic-Con official website, there will be features of major movie studio programs, and TV networks give presentations that showcase favorite and new shows. (Comic-Con has a tradition of premiering network shows months before they first air, with past examples including Lost, Heroes, Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Reaper, and many more.) A Complete Programming schedule will be posted on the official site about ten days to two weeks prior to the show. With all that’s buzzing, it may be a difficult task figuring out which comic character you’ll want to don to showcase your extreme fandom. PopFunk.com has you covered with a bustling collection of nostalgic and trendy T Shirts featuring all of your favorites.  

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