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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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At  last,  it’s  finally  here!!!  THE  MOVIE  CATEGORY!!!!!!!

CAST:  Chris  Pine,  Zachary  Quinto,  Karl  Urban,  Zoe  Saldana,  Simon  Pegg,  John  Cho,  Anton  Yelchin,  Bruce  Greenwood,  Alice  Eve,  Peter  Weller  and  Benedict  Cumberbatch.

THE  PLOT:  The  crew of  the  U.S.S.  Enterprise  is  summoned  home  when  one  of  their  own  officers  murders  Admiral  Christopher  Pike  (Bruce  Greenwood)  and  half  of  the  fleet.  An  enraged  Captain  James  Tiberius  Kirk  (Chris  Pine)  alongside   new  crew member  Doctor  Carol  Marcus  (Alice  Eve/Entourage,  She’s  Out  Of  My  League),  wages  war  against  this  destructive  force  as  the  futures  of  Earth,  Starfleet,  the  universe  and  everyone  aboard  the  Enterprise  hang  in  the  balance.

Out  of  respect  for  those  who  haven’t  seen  the  movie  yet,  I  won’t  give  a  lot  of  it  away.

I  saw  this  movie  last  Saturday, and  it  was  great!  This  movie  continued  to   show  wonderful  the  Star  Trek  franchise  is.  Benedict  Cumberbatch  (Sherlock,  War  Horse,  The  Hobbit:  An  Unexpected  Journey)  did  a  wonderful,  and  frightening  job  as  the  villain  much  like  Eric  Bana  did  as  Nero  in 2009’s  prequel.  Earlier  this  week,  Director  J.J.  Abrams  appeared  on  Conan,  and  as  he  talked  about  the  movie,  he  mentioned  that  there  were  some  people  who  complained  about  one  scene  where  Captain  Kirk  sees  Doctor  Carol  Marcus  in  her  lingerie.  He  defended  it  by  saying  that’s   Captain  Kirk  (What  did  anyone  expect?).  One  of  the  movie’s  surprises  was  the  appearance  of  Peter  Weller  (Robocop,  The  Adventures  of  Buckaroo  Banzai  Across  the  8th  Dimension,  Naked  Lunch,  Screamers)!

The  movie,  much  like  the  prequel,  continues  to  pay  tribute  to  the  many  past  moments  of  the  franchise.  And  with  that,  GO  SEE  THIS  MOVIE!!!  You’ll  be  glad  you  did!!!

Star  Trek  Into  Darkness  is  rated  PG-13.

 

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On Saturday of last week, my little brother and myself attended what was billed as Washington, D.C.’s first ever comic book convention Awesome Con. The event was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The promoters thought it would have a small turnout, but it was much larger than they expected (YEE-HA!!!) The celebrities who in attendance were Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Oz), Billy West (The Ren and Stimpy Show, Ren and Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon, Doug, Futurama), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Phil Lamarr (MADtv,  Samurai Jack,  Futurama) and Theodus Crane (The Walking Dead). They were there to take pictures and sign autographs, but the visitors and myself were told that it was not free, but I did get a chance to talk with the legendary Ernie Hudson.

Another celebrity who was in attendance was Larry Hama, who played a big part in the revival of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe in 1982. It was his designs of the characters that were seen in the comic book series that was a big hit with Marvel Comics from 1982 until 1994. The series was under name G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. I had the chance to speak with him as well. There were panels, one of them was the ongoing debate of Star Trek vs. Star Wars, and I missed that one.

The one panel that I did participate in was about professional wrestling!!! I caught some heat during the panel for wearing a Hulkamania t-shirt that I got last Christmas, but I told them that it’s MUCH, MUCH BETTER than John Cena’s new t-shirt. Afterwards, I did shake hands with all three of the panels moderators, and became friends with one of them on Facebook!!! Another feature was Sci-Fi Speed Dating, that one I sat out and watched. There was also a costume contest, but a lot of people were unable to get in.

This two-day event was a wonderful celebration of comic books, movies, television, anime, art and popular culture in general. I am one of many who can’t wait until next year!!! While I didn’t take a lot of photos, here are some below that I did take. Enjoy!!!

Here’s  Week  Four  of  Arena  Football  in case  you  missed  it:

1.  04/13/2013:  Jacksonville  Sharks  (3-1):   76                    New  Orleans  VooDoo  (1-2):  30.

San  Antonio  Talons  (1-2):   52                              Tampa  Bay  Storm  (2-2):  36.

Spokane   Shock   (4-0):  66                             Arizona  Rattlers   (3-1):  49.

2.  04/13/2013:  NET10  ARENA  FOOTBALL  SATURDAY:  Philadelphia  Soul  (3-0):  54                       Iowa  Barnstormers  (2-1):  43.

3.  04/14/2013:    Chicago  Rush  (2-2):  45         Pittsburgh  Power  (2-1):  14.

The  Spokane  Shock  and  Philadelphia  Soul  are  right  now  undefeated.

And  that’s  Week  Four  folks!!!!!!!!!!!!

This  Saturday,  The  Chicago  Rush  will  face  The  Utah  Blaze  at  The  EnergySolutions  Arena  in  Salt  Lake  City,  Utah  at  10PM  ET/9PM  CT/8PM  MT/7PM  PT.  This  game  will  be  aired  on  the  CBS  Sports  Network.  Please  visit  ArenaFootball.com  for  more  information.  Thank  you.

         

 

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Earlier  this  month,  I  attended  The  2013  Washington  Auto  Show  at  the  Walter  E.  Washington  Convention  Center  in  Washington,  D.C.  There  were  some  great  automobiles  that  caught  my  eye,  and  some  that  didn’t.  I  also  wondered  why  Mitsubishi  and  Saab  weren’t  there,  and  I  also  wondered why  Porsche  wasn’t  there  (since  2009).  But,  here  are  a  few  photos  of  what  I  saw:

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Looks  like  Lexus  took  a  page  from  The  Fast  and  The  Furious.  Either  that  or  they  wanted  their  own  version  of  the  Nissan  GT-R.

That,  and  here’s  the  GT-R:

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In  honor  of  Mattel  Toys  celebrating  the  45th  Anniversary  of  their  beloved  Hot  Wheels  franchise,  they  partnered  up  with  Chevrolet  to  brand  the  Hot  Wheels  logo  on  the  Camaro.  Here’s  the  result  of  that  partnership:

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As  they  say  in  the  Hot  Wheels  commercials  of  today:  HOT  WHEELS!  LEADING  THE  WAY!  BEAT  THAT!

And  here’s  one  from  Lotus:

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And  now, as  a  gift  for  all  of  you,  a  gallery of  this  year’s  auto  show. Enjoy!!!

Here  are  the  results  of  WWE  Royal  Rumble  2013:

From  The  US  Airways  Center  in  Phoenix,  Arizona:

Hosted  by  Michael  Cole  and  WWE  Hall  of  Famer  Jerry  “The  King”  Lawler.

1.  A  WWE  UNITED  STATES  CHAMPIONSHIP  PRE-SHOW:  Antonio  Cesaro  (Champion)  vs.  The   Miz  (Challenger/Former  Champion).

This  match  was  streamed  live  on  YouTube.com,  Facebook.com  and  WWE.com.

THE  WINNER,  AND  STILL,  WWE  UNITED  STATES  CHAMPION:  ANTONIO  CESARO.

2.  WWE  TAG  TEAM  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Team  Hell  No  (Kane  and  Daniel  Bryan/Champions)  vs.  Team  Rhodes  Scholars  (Damien  Sandow  and  Cody  Rhodes/Challengers).

Cody  Rhodes  has  held  the  tag  titles  before.

THE  WINNERS,  AND  STILL,  WWE  TAG  TEAM  CHAMPIONS:  TEAM   HELL  NO.

THE  30-MAN  ROYAL  RUMBLE

THE  CONTESTANTS:  John  Cena,  WWE  Intercontinental  Champion  Wade  Barrett,  RyBack,  Dolph  Ziggler,  Santino  Marella,  Kofi  Kingston,  The  3MB  (Three-Man  Band/Heath  Slater,  Jinder  Mahal  and  Drew  McIntyre),  Sheamus,  Randy  Orton,  Tensai,  “The  Funkasaurus”  Brodus  Clay,  The  Great  Khali,  Sin  Cara,  Rey  Misterio,  Jr.,  WWE  Tag  Team  Champions  Team Hell  No,  Team  Rhodes  Scholars,  The  Prime  Time  Players  (Darren  Young  and  Titus  O’Neil),  David  Otunga,  Zack  Ryder,  WWE  United  States  Champion  Antonio  Cesaro,  the  debuting  Bo  Dallas,  and  the  returns  of  The  Godfather,  Goldust  and  Chris  Jericho!!!!!!!

THE  REWARD:  The  winner  will  face  the  champion  at  WWE  Wrestlemania  29.

THE  WINNER  OF  THE  2013  ROYAL  RUMBLE:  JOHN  CENA!!!

John  Cena  is  now  a  two-time  Royal  Rumble  winner  (He  won  the  30-man  2008  WWE  Royal  Rumble).

4.  A  LAST  MAN  STANDING  MATCH  FOR  THE  WWE  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPIONSHIP:  Alberto  del  Rio  (Champion)  with  Ricardo  Rodriguez  vs.  The  Big  Show  (Challenger/Former  Champion).

THE  WINNER,  AND  STILL,  WWE  WORLD  HEAVYWEIGHT  CHAMPION:  ALBERTO  DEL  RIO!!!

5.  A  WWE  CHAMPIONSHIP  MAIN  EVENT:  CM  Punk  (Champion)  with  Paul  Heyman  vs.  The  Rock  (Challenger/Former  WWF  World  Heavyweight  Champion).

NOTE:  By  order  of  WWE  Chairman  Vince  McMahon,  if  The  Shield  (Seth  Rollins,  Dean  Ambrose  and  Roman  Reigns) interferes  during  the  match,  CM  Punk  will  be  stripped  of  the  title

ANOTHER  NOTE:  At  one  point  during  the  match,  the  lights  went  out,  and  a  body  was  triple  powerbombed  through  the  commentator’s  table.  Michael  Cole  announced  that  it  was  The  Shield.  When  the  lights  came  back  on,  it  was  The  Rock  who  suffered  the  triple  powerbomb.  Vince  appeared  to  strip  Punk  of  the  title,  but  The  Rock  stopped  him,  and  demanded  the  match  to  be  restarted.

THE  WINNER,  AND  ONCE  AGAIN, FOR  THE  FIRST  TIME  SINCE  2002,  THE  WWE  CHAMPION:  THE  ROCK!!!!!!!!!!

And that’s  the  Royal  Rumble  folks!!!!!!