Happy New Year 2008!
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My Friends of Doom,

Holy Freakin’ Hell! I’m having a hard time finding the words to express how amazed I am at all that’s taken place this year. I want to thank you all for making this, our first true year of life here at ‘GoD’ a truly amazing year! Multiple millions of geeks seeking geek have crossed our threshold throughout the year, and continue to amble on through our humble abode at the rate of thousands a day.

We’ve welcomed close to thirty EXTREMELY talented contributors into our family… and make no mistake, it is a family— a family which continues to grow all the time.

Both Eve and I are thankful every second of every single day, for EVERY one of our contributors, EVERY one of readers, and for all the things great and small that Geeks of Doom has made possible for us.

We wish the very best to every one of you in the coming year and look forward to feeding your geek jones well into the next decade!

Dave3 and Empress Eve

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DVD Review: The Tudors — The Complete First Season

The Tudors
The Complete First Season
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam
Paramount Home Video
Available Jan. 1, 2008

This 10-episode dramatic series takes a look at the early reign of a young Henry VIII, the 16th century Tudor King of England. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as King Henry, who plans to declare war on the French after they murder his uncle. The self-serving conniving Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Sam Neill), who has a mistress and dreams of grandeur, believes that instead of waging war, Henry should propose a peace treaty the King of France. Henry’s friend and trusted advisor Sir Thomas More (Jeremy Northam), author of Utopia, agrees with the peace treaty proposition, which convinces Henry to enact that plan.

Aside from the political aspect of King Henry’s early reign, Season 1 of The Tudors chronicles Henry’s now-famed tumultuous love life. At the opening of the show, the King is married to Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), who has been unable to produce a much-need male offspring. Disgusted with Catherine, Henry eventually involves the Catholic Church, who had papal authority in England at the time, in a very difficult effort to dissolve his marriage.

While awaiting a possible annulment, Henry seeks pleasure elsewhere. Being the King provides him with a bounty of choices for mistresses, his favorite being the young and beautiful Lady Elizabeth Blount (Ruta Gedmintas). But Henry quickly tires of his concubines, and since in the Tudor world women are commodities, the ambitious Thomas Boleyn (Nick Dunning) is more then happy to offer his daughters over to Henry. It is up to Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) to seduce and sink her claws into the King to elevate the status of the Boleyn family.

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DVD Review: Shoot ’Em Up

Shoot ‘Em Up
Directed by Michael Davis
Starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci
New Line Home Video
Available Jan. 1, 2008

Talk about shooting your load. — Clive Owen, Shoot ‘Em Up

NOTE: I’ve been obligated to write this review since the middle of August. Due to Shoot “˜Em Up being rated R, and being that I’m underage, and being that it was playing at a theater that I couldn’t sneak into, I missed one hell of a time. So”¦ umm”¦ sorry Dave and Eve”¦

There comes a time in all of our lives when we see something that doesn’t look the least bit realistic. This year alone, I had the opportunity to watch Bruce Willis ride on a fighter plane, a stripper with a gun for a leg kill zombies, and Britney Spears performing at the VMAs once again, and I didn’t believe a single bit of it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed myself. I had fun with each and every one of them, and I was in one hell of a mood that could have turned a drunk sober.

But why do I bring them up in a review for a completely different thing? Well, looky here and learn something. These past few days I’ve been waiting anxiously for two things — a Chik-Fil-A sandwich and the Shoot ‘Em Up DVD. I got my Chik-Fil-A sandwich last Friday and this lucky bastard got two of them, and he was as giddy as Lindsay Lohan receiving a bottle of Jack Daniels in her Christmas stocking. A week later, I received Shoot ‘Em Up. Now what can’t you like about a film with a line-up like this and a trailer like the ones that you’ve seen on TV?

I’ve been waiting for your answer. Guess you’re clueless.

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‘Watchmen’ Artist Dave Gibbons Visits the Movie Set – Part 2
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The official Watchmen site blog has been updated with Part 2 of Dave Gibbons‘s visit to the Watchmen movie set this month.

Gibbons, who is co-creator (along with Alan Moore) and artist of the Watchmen graphic novel, posted Part 1 of his visit to Zack Snyder‘s movie set earlier this month.

The photo at right that accompanies the blog entry (click for larger view).

After describing set pieces from the backlot, Gibbons says:

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Rumor: Tyler Perry Joins ‘Star Trek XI’
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I normally don’t post rumors, because they usually turn out to be false, but every so often, one will pique my interest. At UGO.com, I found this one rumor particularly amusing because it links Star Trek with — of all people — Tyler Perry.

Back in the summer, I posted some assets for Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and not only did a few Doomers asked me why in hell I would do such a thing, but I really wondered to myself, Why the hell am I doing this? To my defense, I thought it was a comedy at first, and as as it turned out, we received lots of hits on those posts and positive reader feedback. PEOPLE LIKE PERRY.

Well, precognition was perhaps in play, as it looks like Perry will legitimately make it into the Geek hall of fame, because the rumor is that Perry has joined the cast of J.J. Abram‘s highly anticipated prequel Star Trek XI, which hits theaters December 25, 2008. (And in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious to all who know me … Note to GoD Staff and my family: I got dibs on the Trek XI movie review and the Christmas 2008 festivities will now be relocated to the nearby UA cinema).

If this rumor is true, then BEWARE OF SPOILERS when you click on this link to UGO. Not only does it contain information on the character Perry supposedly plays, but it also contains plot details.

And because I’m dying to talk about the plot details, BEWARE OF SPOILERS below here after the jump.

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