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‘Behind the Magic’ of ‘Once Upon a Time’ at D23

This weekend Disney held its annual D23 Expo for fans where they unveiled future projects, big changes, new merchandise, and panels with celebrity interviews!

The Once Upon a Time panel, An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen, opened with a special behind the scenes feature. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas hosted the Behind the Magic tour of the Once Upon a Time set, showcasing Storybrooke and its environs!

Here is a recap of their quirky and rather adorable tour through the sets and lots that house their television home.

  • Goodwin introduces us to the lot where their main streets are laid out. This includes Granny’s diner where Josh Dallas is found cooking behind the counter
  • Fun fact: Dallas wanted to work as a cashier when he was little because he thought they got to keep all the money
  • In the Mayor’s office, the cast chairs are usually set up in the foyer; Mary Margaret’s song bird painting still hangs in the elegant but austere black and white office
  • Outside Goodwin loses Dallas again, but she finds Eduardo Castro, the head costume designer who points her in the possible direction of her husband
  • Down another hall we find a live set, the Blanchard loft– where we find Dallas asleep in their bed where they have been known to make … tacos *achem*
  • Mary Margaret has a collection of clocks and pictures of herself And Emma decorating her loft; the rarely seen bathroom is shown to ooh and aahs of the crowd
  • Dallas spots Jennifer Morrison, clad in her trademark red leather jacket, as she does her best Bigfoot-running-off-camera impression; Lana Parrilla wanders in munching on a pastry as Dallas whispers frantically, “It’s Lana, it’s Lana! Don’t look her in the eyes!” Parrilla turns to the camera and treats us with a look reminiscent of Mara daring the riders on Indiana Jones to make eye contact
  • Dallas leads us out to the back lot where he has once again lost Goodwin; at Stage 6 we find the outside of Mr. Gold’s pawn shop; inside we hear cackling from the back room, and we find Goodwin maniacally fiddling with the Dark One’s dagger
  • While Goodwin waves the Dagger around dangerously, Dallas tries to point out the more interesting props while avoiding the pointy end; Goodwin absconds casually with the Dagger
  • Dallas attempts to follow Goodwin and looks for her at Kraft Services; upon spotting her, he reminds her he will always find her; she offers him a piece of cheese…. skewered on the end of the Dagger

Thus concludes our Behind the Magic tour, written and hosted by Goodwin and Dallas! If you’d like to see the whole thing in glorious HD, look for in included in the Once Upon a Time DVD box set available August 18.

Did you attend D23? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Lay The Favorite On DVD Giveaway

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Lay The Favorite will arrive on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 5th, and GeekGirl World is giving you the opportunity to get a copy of  this film on DVD!

To enter our giveaway contest, all you have to do is like our Facebook page and make a comment on the Facebook post announcing the contest here. One lucky fan of ours will receive a copy of the movie on DVD! The contest will end on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:00 pm PST.

Edit: (March 5th, 2013) Congratulations to our winner, Matt Armstrong! He will receive a copy of Lay The Favorite on DVD!

The film is based on the best-selling novel Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling by Beth Raymer, and stars  Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The story follows the exploits of a gambling operation in a town known for playing favorites: Las Vegas.

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Out On DVD And Blu-Ray

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The Blu-Ray combo pack of the latest addition in the Battlestar Galactica Series comes out today with never-before-seen, unrated footage. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is a new spin-off film that debuted on Machinima’s premiere Youtube channel, Machinima Prime, on November 9, 2012 as a 10-part series, then premiered as a 2-hour movie event on the SyFy channel February 10, 2013.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome stars Luke Pasqualino (“The Borgias”) as a young Captain William Adama in the hard-hitting tale of the first Cylon war.  Humans on the 12 colonial worlds are battling against their sentient creations, the Cylons, and a young Captain Adama is in the middle of the action assigned to the most powerful battlestar in the entire colonial fleet: the Galactica.  With Ben Cotton (“Alcatraz”) as his co-pilot Coker  and Lili Bordán (“Silent Witness”) as Dr. Becca Kelly, Captain Adama finds himself on a dangerous mission that becomes a turning point in the war for the desperate fleet.

With top-notch special effects and CGI, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, lives up to the franchise by providing stunning action visuals. This film is set between the events in Caprica, and the acclaimed reboot of the series. The additional footage added to the Blu-Ray combo pack edition adds more depth and development to the characters for a more well-rounded story arc.

Bonus Features exclusive to the Blu-Ray combo pack include seven additional deleted scenes while the bonus features on the Blu-Ray and DVD editions includes only six deleted scenes. All editions include the featurette “Blood & Chrome Visual Effects” which goes behind the scenes to show viewers how some of the amazing green screen work was completed.

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Frankenweenie on Blu-Ray

Frankenweenie4DiscComboWant a copy of Frankenweenie? Enter our Contest!

“Frankenweenie” will be out on January 8th in a 4 disc Blu-Ray Combo pack. The movie from Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) features the voice talents of Emmy Award®-winner Catherine O’Hara, Tony Award®-winner Martin Short, Academy Award®-winner Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Golden Globe®-winner Winona Ryder.

GeekGirl World will be giving away 1 copy to one of our lucky Facebook friends. Just like our Facebook page  and comment on our “Frankenweenie” contest post, then you are entered to win!

EDIT: (January 9, 2013) Our winner is Tiffany Nichole! Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for our next giveaway!

In the meantime, we have clips to share with you from the movie’s upcoming Blu-Ray release!

“Abandon Gold Mine”

“Colossus Lives”

“Mr. Rzykruski”

“Rocket Man”

“Mr. Whiskers Had A Dream About You”

“You Should Be A Scientist”

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Blade Anime on DVD Review and Giveaway

Blade Anime Box ArtBlade, the popular comic book half human, half vampire hero was the last in the series of animes developed by popular anime producers Madhouse in conjunction with Marvel Entertainment. Blade originally aired on Japanese television in July, 2011 and then debuted on G4TV in January of this year. New York Times best selling author Warren Ellis helped to craft the story line for this reimagining of the tragic Marvel comic book title character.

The first few scenes of episode one set the tone for the rest of the series, as we see the vampire, Deacon Frost, brutally attack a pregnant woman. The woman dies in childbirth but her son, Eric Brooks, lives on to hunt vampires as Blade (voiced in English by Harold Perrineau, “Lost”). Blade tracks the vampire who killed his mother all over Southeast Asia, and discovers a vampire plot to destroy the world as we know it.

Madhouse’s art direction and design really shine in this anime. The action sequences we’re very well put together with colorful nightlife back drops that transport you to the stealthy Southeast Asian underworld. Blade’s Character design is an edgy mix between, Samuel L. Jackson and Mike Tyson. Harold Perrineau does an excellent job of making Blade sound menacing and cool at the same time.

Special features include three new featurettes: The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened, which takes us into the development process of the daywalking half vampire hero, Blade: The Vampire-Slayer, which compares Blade against other more traditional vampires in folklore, and Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine, is an interview with the creators of both anime series. (Read our review on Wolverine here.)

We are giving away one copy of Blade anime on DVD. All you have to do is comment on this review, by registering for our site, or add us to your circles on google+ and comment there.

Contest will end at 3:00pm PST on Friday August 3, 2012. Contest is only open to US residents.

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New Hunger Games Featurette Clip Debuts at Comic-Con

blu-thehungergames-boxart300-jpg_220940The Hunger Games is set to release on Blu-Ray and DVD August 18. Last night at the San Diego Comic Con, Lionsgate debuted an exclusive clip from the special features that will be available on the discs. The clip give viewers an inside look at one of the more harrowing scenes in the movie as Katniss tried to outrun a wall of fire.

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Is Windows 8 Without Media Center Such a Bad Thing?

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Microsoft recently announced that the new Windows 8 would not have Media Center packaged with it. Instead, you will have to pay an upgrade fee if you have the basic Window 8 edition and you will have to pay to get the software to play DVDs if you have the Windows 8 Pro. But is this really something for the public to be enraged about? Not hardly. Most of us don’t even use Media Center, and there are a ton of free software programs out there that can do all of the things that Media center can do, and do it better.

Chances are, if you are downloading music on the internet, you are using iTunes for your music library. If you are burning DVDs and playing Blu-rays then you are probably using the software that came bundled with your DVD burner, such as Nero, or CyberLink’s PowerDVD. And with the increasing amount of home users streaming TV and Movies through other devices natively, is it even necessary to connect your computer through Media Center to your TV? Not having the native ability to playback DVDs on you computer shouldn’t be the thing that worries you about Windows 8.

There is still no new information on what the pricing will be or when Windows 8 will be available, but here is a preliminary partial list of what will be available by version:

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium x x
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

Source: PC World

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