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Spoiler Talk: Cowboys & Aliens
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Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens

“Pockets on Shrek, Rockets on deck
Tell me what’s next, alien sex
I’ma disrobe you, than I’mma probe you
See I abducted you, so I tell ya what to do
I tell ya what to do, what to do, what to do”

-Those Kanye West “rhymes” from ET

Despite the geektastic union of James Bond and Indiana Jones sharing the same 40 feet of screen for the very first time, Cowboys & Aliens remains, after a distractedly puzzling 2 hours, a study of ‘Oh, what could/should have been’. You leave as the credits roll not necessarily dissatisfied, but with the niggling feeling that, considering the pedigree of those involved in front of and behind the camera, this movie should be a lot better than it is.

In terms of Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion flicks, C&A is leagues better than June’s 80’s nostalgia theme restaurant Super 8. It appears that 1880s evil aliens have a lot more going for it than 1980s weepy bitch aliens.

However, if the thought of seeing Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford together is just too enticing, then by all means go. Just make sure your expectations are roped nicely in check, for though the names Spielberg, producer Ron Howard, Lost’s Damon Lindelof contributing to the screenplay, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau may lead you to expect genre transcendence, you may just have to be satisfied by the very averageness of the production.

Time for some SPOILER TALK! Below are SPOILERS for Cowboys & Aliens. Free free to add your thoughts in the Comments section.

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The Beatles Invaded America 47 Years Ago Today
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The Beatles

By Frank Ramblings

February 7, 1964: Beatlemania Begins

It was a cold February day at the newly-renamed John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. At about 1:20PM, Pan Am flight 101 landed to the excitement of the 3,000 screaming fans who had been waiting patiently all morning. Four young lads from Liverpool, England, were about to step onto U.S. soil and change the world forever. The Beatles had arrived in America. The British Invasion had begun.

Timing played a huge role in the Beatles success in the United States. It’s easy to forget that when the Fab Four arrived, Americans were still mourning the loss of their slain President John F. Kennedy, who had been shot down less than three months prior. Violence in Vietnam was escalating rapidly. The country desperately needed a distraction from the harsh realities they had been made to face.

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Geek Art: The Beatles In Lord Of The Rings In ‘Moria Road’
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Beatles Lord Of The Rings - Moria Road

Believe it or not, there was a time when The Beatles wanted to star in a live-action adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, with Stanley Kubrick to direct. The cast would be Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins, Ringo Starr as Sam Gamgee (both as hobbits), George Harrison as the wizard Gandalf, and John Lennon as the creature Gollum, but either Kubrick wasn’t on board for it or Tolkien killed it (it’s unclear which).

Obviously, that would have been an interesting project that unfortunately we’ll never get to see. But artist Shane Parker has decided to give us his depiction of what the Beatles in the LoTR could have looked like with his Abbey Road-LoTR mash-up “Moria Road.”

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Beatles’ Abbey Road Crossing Given Landmark Status
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Beatles abbey road

Abbey Road Crossing, where the iconic photo of The Beatles was taken for their Abbey Road album, has been designated a heritage site.

The photo of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking single-file along the north London zebra crossing (as it’s known in the UK) was included on the album’s sleeve and is one of the most famous pictures of The Beatles. Abbey Road Crossing, which is outside the Abbey Road Studios where the 1969 album was recorded, is already a tourist attraction that thousands of people flock to each year to recreate the famous image.

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Best Movie Ever? The Beatles To Become Zombies In ‘Paul Is Undead’
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Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion

Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Double Feature Films have optioned a feature film adaptation of Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, the mash-up novel from author Alan Goldsher.

The novel tells one of the currently-popular alternate history stories where zombies and monsters and vampires and aliens are used as an added special ingredient to classic old stories or even to the lives of celebrities and historical figures. This began with Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and has gone as far as the recent announcement of the Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov collaboration on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

In Goldsher’s tale, John Lennon is turned into a zombie while still a young child in 1940 England. As time goes on, he grows into an incredibly talented musician who kills and re-animates Paul McCartney and George Harrison before adding “Drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord” Ringo Starr to the group, creating and amazing and talented band of (mostly) zombie musicians called The Beatles, who go set off to share their music with millions of adoring fans…some of which they eat. Eventually, however, they must face two deadly foes: 1.) Feared zombie-hunter Mick Jagger. 2.) Eight Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono, who replaces their spiritual mentor and causes the band’s bond to falter.

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