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The Drill Down 497: #MeToo
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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, #MeToo, speaking out on sexual harassment, Tesla sends power to Puerto Rico, protected WiFi is now vulnerable to eavesdropping, the battle for the net, giant robots duke it out!, and much more.

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Trailer For ‘Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Zombies Mode Starring John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, More
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An official trailer has been released for the first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC pack, titled “Havoc.”

The DLC offers the new Exo Zombies mode, and will be available on January 27th on Xbox Live to start. It features the voices (as well as some eerily realistic animated versions) of John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal.

You can watch the trailer for the Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies mode below.

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Dragon*Con 2012: 3 Favorite Moments From The Con
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Day 4 of Dragon*Con, Monday, offers up a mixed bag of emotions. Most attendees are exhausted and maybe missing their beds at home. At the same time, there are nearly 55,000 geeks, all like-minded, all connected by fandom, in one place enjoying things they love. So looking at faces around the convention toward the end of the day on Monday reveals a little post-con depression. There are a few cosplayers left on Monday mixed with attendees hitting repeats of panels they may have missed earlier in the show and others trying to negotiate last minute deals in the dealer room, the art show, and the two exhibitor halls.

This seems like a great time to look back on the experience and recount my three favorite moments of Dragon*Con 2012.

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Deal: Charmed: The Complete Series
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The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is Charmed: The Complete Series DVD box set for only $85.99 (that’s 55% off the list price of $189.98).

Note, this deal is only for today, Thursday, October 13, 2011, until 11:59pm PST while supplies last.

This limited edition 49-disc DVD box set contains all 8 seasons of the television series Charmed and comes with a bonus disc of special features, including interviews with the show’s stars Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan, all in a special Book of Shadows packaging.

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Movie Review: Conan The Barbarian
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Conan The Barbarian
Directed by Marcus Nispel
Starring: Jason Momoa, Leo Howard, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman
Release Date: August 19, 2011

Director Marcus Nispel has most undoubtedly taken on quite the challenge in the new Conan The Barbarian film. Consider to begin with, the original Robert E. Howard stories, followed by the additional work by subsequent authors over the years. Moreover, there’s the legend of Conan depicted in comics, perhaps most memorably in The Savage Sword Of Conan. But the biggest challenge facing Nispel is probably the unforgettable film version portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by John Milius. The 1980’s Conan pervaded mainstream pop culture and left quite an impact, and the original film is still considered by some fans with reverence.

Having said all that, Nispel along with the writers of the latest Conan The Barbarian have released a film that will most likely please the fans of the Conan books and comics, but may disappoint those whose only experience with the Cimmerian warrior has been through Schwarzenegger’s depiction. The new movie, for all intents and purposes, is an origin tale and begins with narration from (believe it or not) Morgan Freeman. Conan is born on the battlefield, in a gruesome birth sequence that would easily be the fastest Caesarian procedure by sword captured on film. He is raised under the watchful eye of his father, Corin (Ron Perlman), learning the ways of the warrior and the tradition of the Cimmerian Barbarians.

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