Marvel, with a lot of help from Disney, has built itself a mighty movie empire from its comic books, one that may just keep going and going and going forever. DC and WB are trying to do the same, and now Activision, with its huge stable of popular and iconic video game titles wants some of that movie/video game/action figure action. Just because video game movie adaptations have mostly flopped doesn’t mean they always will. Just look at the brief live action superhero boom of the 1970s— they tried, most TV and movie adaptations from that time sucked, but eventually, it worked out. And with titles like Call of Duty, Warcraft, Starcraft, Skylanders, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Guitar Hero and pages more, Activision’s decades of development and acquisitions has made it a powerhouse of familiar titles with storylines that can possibly be milked for a long, long time, just has Marvel has discovered it can do.
I’ve had one other person mention that, though I’m not seeing it. It might be something with YouTube itself or Tumblr might be tinkering with things right now.
Nineteenth century astronomers had it right, 20th century got it wrong and it drastically delayed the search for exoplanets
While space based telescopes such as Hubble and Kepler have become really, really damn good at finding exoplanets now that we know what we’re looking for, there was a point in the early 20th century when scientists thought our planet-rich solar system was a total fluke, and it was likely there weren’t many other planets at all in the solar system. Problem is, this overturned 19th century ideas of planetary formation that were right all along, and would have begun the search for exoplanets much earlier. Nineteenth century astronomers believed solar systems formed in gaseous nebulae, but in the 20th century, the idea became popular that our solar system was a freak, and that all the stuff from the other bodies in it was due to another star passing too close to the sun, causing the sun to eject out all kinds of junk that became the planets and moons, and that such an event was probably extremely unlikely to happen in any other cases, if at all.
The Expendables 3 is in theatres now, wrangling up every washed up action star of the last 30 years, again, and trying to cram them in another film. For the most part, the franchise has been fun, and this one looks to up the action. But as this film proves, more is not always better.