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Geek Girl: 'Guardians' rules at box office and on iTunes

August 8, 2014

Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone for the positive feedback I and The Inyo Register have received for my inaugural column. I’d also like to address the piece of fan mail I got: Thanks for the compli-ments, Mom. I’ll be out to fix your computer tomorrow. This week in the Geek World …

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the No. 1 movie of the weekend with a record-breaking, for the month of August, $94 mil-lion box office take. With strong reviews (92 percent of professional movie critics gave the movie positive reviews, according to rotten-tomatoes.com) and positive word-of-mouth (moviegoers gave the film an “A” rating, according to cinemascore.com), the movie may be worth your time and money. I have been too busy researching “Guardians” on the Internet to actually see the movie. Curse you, pro-fessional responsibilities! …
There is, finally, forward plot development on CBS’ summer show “Extant.” Still no answers on how the mish-mash of alien babies, the faith vs. science debate, a treatise on the ethics of sci-entific progress, creepy robot children and space goo actually comes together in one coherent story. I thought I knew where the show was going, but the introduction of the goo threw me. You can catch up on the show on Amazon Prime or cbs.com. …
Rumors are going around that Sony pictures is in the process of re-booting “Ghostbusters”with an all-female lead cast. Ten bucks says the Bill Murray charac-ter has to d ecide between attending a big, careering-making meeting or busting ghosts with her “true” friends … The top album on iTunes is “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1.” The soundtrack includes songs from the 1970s including “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. Don’t read too many of the customer reviews: you will want to punch a wall by the fourth teenager writing how “cool” it is to “discover this music!”… On

TNT’s “Falling Skies,”

Noah Wyle’s character made a terrible decision. In related news, the earth continues to rotate. So, business as usual …
Star Trek Las Vegas 2014 was held over the weekend in, of all places, Las Vegas. The annual convention cele- brating the enduring Star Trek franchise included an appearance by William Shatner. There was plenty of cosplay going on during the four-day festivities. Author’s note: They are really strict about adherence to the Star Trek theme, and thus did not take too kindly to my Bellatrix Lestrange outfit …
After a production delay for “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS finalized negotiations with the show’s three stars, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons. The three will be making $1 million per episode for the next three seasons, but according to tvguide.com, they could each take home between $90 million and $100 million total with the addition of bonuses, production deals and partial ownership of the show. I have no joke for this; I’m dumbfounded by the ridiculous amount of money the show must be worth if nearly $300 million is up for grabs. Seriously, I have no words. Until next time!

(Jennifer Ellis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from U.C. Santa Cruz, but is most proud of her George R.R. Martin auto- graphs.)

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