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I didn’t like #1 and fell asleep during #2 (How many times did Mickey Rourke sharpen something while talking to himself?), but “Iron Man 3” shows promise — The Mandarin is like a wicked Splinter with Harry Potter powers. Check out the Super Bowl XLVII extended trailer and an image gallery by clicking below!

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“The Mandarin, Tony Stark Heroics Highlight ‘Iron Man 3’ Super Bowl Spots” — Click to read full article

“A 30-second trailer for ‘Iron Man 3’ ran during Super Bowl XLVII with Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., turning on the heroics, saving people in a free fall after their plane explodes in midair. Shortly thereafter on the Iron Man Facebook page a 1:30 trailer debuted with extended footage, highlighted by a shot of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes sporting a new set of armor.”

The trailer worked — I want to see this movie. Click the link to see the Super Bowl LXVII spot and a gallery of screen shots!

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“Emerald City Shines in “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Super Bowl Spot — Click to read full article

“A new trailer for ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ aired during Super Bowl XLVII, showcasing a volley of colorful action sequences and new shots of James Franco’s character, Oscar Diggs, in the fantastical world. Moments expanded upon from the full-length trailer include peculiar creatures surprising Diggs, enormous fireballs, vicious flying monkeys and an all-new clip of magical airborne transport bubbles.”

For CBR, I cut screen shots of two movie trailers aired during Super Bowl XLVII featuring the Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers —  “Star Trek Into Darkness” & “The Lone Ranger.” Click the links to read the full articles complete with trailers and photo galleries! Personally, I think both films look solid, especially ‘Trek — the 2009 movie made me a fan of the franchise, and this sequel looks like it’s going to blow that away.

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“‘The Lone Ranger’ Rides for Justice in New Super Bowl Spot” — Click to read entire article

“Part origin story, part high-stakes action scene and all Jerry Bruckheimer, Walt Disney Studios’ Super Bowl spot for this summer’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ offers a look at how the title character and his sidekick teamed up.

‘There were rumors that sustained us. Stories of a man born in the desert. A ghost, some said. Some said flesh and blood. A masked man — a Lone Ranger,’ the voice-over says, over images of a blood-splattered Texas Rangers badge and a tortured Armie Hammer left for dead … that is, until Johnny Depp’s Tonto shows up.”

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“‘Our World Will Fall:’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Super Bowl Spot” — Click to read entire article

“While the previous ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ trailer was fairly somber, today’s 30-second Super Bowl spot that Paramount Pictures debuted cranks up the destruction, mayhem and drama, proclaiming ‘Our World Will Fall.’ We witness some brief verbal jousting between Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), interspersed with an Enterprise crashing into (I believe) London. Meanwhile, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) share a tender moment, lava explodes and Harrison asks, ‘Shall we begin?'”

Oh man — yesterday I found two totally awesome retro items this near-30 year old geek man-child must own:

1) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Complete Classic Series DVD Set — Available 11/28/12 for $99.99

“Cowabunga! Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga in this totally tubular 23-disc set of the original animated series, featuring all 10 seasons in one complete cowabunga collection! From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza- loving, shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei Master Splinter, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight outta the sewer action!”

2) “Star Wars” Rocket Firing Boba Fett 12″ Kenner Replica Figure — Available 3/27/2013 for $85

“Gentle Giant is proud to present their take on one of the most legendary toys in action figure history – the Rocket Firing Boba Fett. Never released due to safety concerns, the few figures that found their way out of Kenner’s factories are some of the most sought-after Star Wars collectibles in the world. Digitally scanned from an authentic 3 3/4″ Kenner prototype and reproduced to a substantial 12″ tall, no detail has been overlooked. Injection molded and made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure comes fully articulated and includes real rocket-firing action! That’s not all, this classic Kenner creation comes packaged on a 1980 Empire Strikes Back-inspired blister card, featuring original artwork, in a resealable plastic outer clamshell to help protect and display!”

Given the price tags on these sexy babies I can likely only afford one, which will undoubtedly be the TMNT DVD set. That’s my childhood packaged in a sleek looking Turtle Van. I actually own the original Kenner Boba Fett figurine. It’s out of the box, missing the gun and well loved but still; it’s a piece of geek history.

Also yesterday while doing research on the ’70s “Shazam!” TV show starring Michael Gray as Billy Batson, I happened upon the opening credits for this other ’70s T.V. show I’d never heard of — “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.” The catchy theme, sexy jogging and Dyna Girl’s pigtails were enough to make me watch the clip a couple times. Totally wish the show wasn’t before my time and I’d love to track down some episodes.

I found this ticket in a stack of stuff in my old room while visiting home last month. Pure nostalgia.

The worst NFL game ever played was on Sunday, December 16 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio featuring the Buffalo Bills vs. the Cleveland Browns.

I was at this game with my dad, the only Bills away game I’ve ever seen live, and while the game was horrendous with the final score being 8-0 Cleveland, it was a memorable experience with my dad and one I’ll likely never forget. It was cold, with the temperature starting in the low 30s and creeping down to the 20s as the game went on. Humidity was around 80% and the windchill had to be at least 20 degrees with the stadium sitting right on Lake Erie. I remember when we left my coat had become a frozen shell of refuge around my body. The snow was so thick by kickoff it blanketed the entire field and obstructed vision to the point from where I was sitting I could barely make out the Buffalo players in their white away jerseys.

We arrived in Cleveland the day before to check out the NFL Hall of Fame, and the morning of the game the weather was normal. We tailgated in a parking garage (Cleveland doesn’t have many options being downtown and on the Lake) and with a nice layer of alcohol and meat product warming our blood, my dad and I headed inside. That’s when the snow started coming down hard. We sat in the uppermost level, nice and high, which didn’t help our field of vision.

The game saw two Browns field goals and a safety when Buffalo punter Brian Moorman fumbled the snap or something and ended up kicking the ball out his own endzone. Clearly he was being reactionary and the white glaze may have gotten to his head to do something like that, but yeah, it was a difficult game to watch both literally and figuratively.

And I have to say — Browns fans were not nice people. One would think a game with weather like that would bring fans of two North Eastern teams together in the spirit of football, but no. We were being blasted with snowballs the entire time and on our way out people would say things to my dad and I like “Hope your drive home takes forever,” or “Hope you get in an accident” and other shit like that (the drive did take us around 6 hours to get back, roughly double what it should have). More snowballs and ice chunks found their way towards us, too, as we exited the stadium. This all pissed me off because Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. was one of the few owners who backed Cleveland when the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996 and became the Ravens. I’ve heard, but have not been able to confirm via the internet, Wilson even went as far as to shuttle hundreds of Browns fans to Buffalo to watch the first ever Bills/Ravens game in Western New York. If that’s true… jeez, Browns fans.

Believe me — I’m all about taking a sound ribbing for the teams I cheer for, it’s a given being a Bills fan in today’s world, but wishing death on someone over a sport is asinine. I had a great time — don’t get me wrong — but I have a marred view of Browns fans in their own house.

I understand why they’d be angry, though. People think the Bills are bad, but damn, the Browns have a history littered with only bad. They’ve never been to the big dance, the Super Bowl. At least the Bills have some tasty sprinkles in their history — like four Super Bowls in a row and a decade of solid play (come back 1990s!). Woof woof.

What makes this loss even worse is the following season on November 17, 2008 the Bills had a chance at redemption, playing the Browns on Monday Night Football at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. I was at that one too and the Bills lost 29-27 on the final play of the game — a field goal.

Total suck.

Snapped this from the parking lot of the Ralph, walking in for MNF!

From our seats in the 300 level. 0-0. Back when anything was possible.

I’m involved in the webseries “Super Power Beat Down” with Bat in the Sun Productions. It’s a show which takes two super powered legends from across geek culture and makes them battle in live action fights.

My role with the show is to play co-host and master debater with my pals Damian Beurer, Marisha Ray, Jennifer Wenger and other geek experts on who would win each fight. Our roles are merely supplementary to the kick ass live action battles, but it’s a lot of fun to put together. My character comes off as a misogynistic wiener at times — I promise you I’m not like that in real life!

Our most recent episode went live recently and features two video game personas going head to head — Nathan Drake vs. Lara Croft, a.k.a. Tomb Raider.

Check it out:

Super Power Beat Down #4: Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake

Catch all three past episodes here:

Episode #3: Wolverine vs. Batman

Episode #2: Gandalf vs. Darth Vader

Episode #1: 1960s Batmobile vs. 1980s Batmobile

If you want to vote for the winner of the next fight visit SuperPowerBeatDown.com — it’s Gambit vs. Nightwing! And now for some more behind the scenes photos:

Scored an exclusive trailer for CBR of the “Batgirl Spoiled” webseries featuring my pals Damian Beurer, Marisha Ray and Joey Rassool.

Click to watch the trailer and read the full article

“The crew of “Batgirl Spoiled” has provided CBR TV with an exclusive trailer of their upcoming webseries, “Batgirl Spoiled.” The production stars Marisha Ray as Stephanie Brown, Taliesin Jaffe as The Riddler and is directed by Damian Beurer. The trailer teases cameo appearances of the Bat family, including Batwoman, The Question and many others.”

Side note — I never realized until I started writing for CBR how fast people rip content from other sites and pass it off as their own. It’s sad.

Oh yes.

On this festive holiday, John Daker reminds us what Easter is all about. Sing it brother:

Happy Easter everybody!

[Sabres/Bruins recap coming soon!]

What does the worlds most notorious villain think about Terrell Owens signing with the Buffalo Bills? Find out for yourself:

While I may not agree with everything that is said on this video about the signing, it is absolutely hilarious!! Bravo to whoever put this together!

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Finally completed Episode II.

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Here’s my first video review! I didn’t realize the 10 minute YouTube limit until after filming, so I had to break Episode I up into two parts. Thanks for watching and enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

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