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Cinegeek

An encyclopedia of fun, colorful tidbits about the most popular films! Imagine a list of the best romantic comedies without Hugh Grant! Or a tally of the most improbable fantasy flicks. Or even a ranking of giant movie monsters by size! In Cinegeek, messy, joyful, and 100% subjective appreciation of cinema comes into focus for the delight of moviegoers and pop culture fans everywhere!

The 96 page hardcover will be released on June 20, 2017.

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Batman: Facts And Stats From The Classic TV Show By Joe Desris

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KA-POW! BOFF! ZAP! This action-packed compendium is the perfect introduction and guide to the beloved 1960s Batman TV series. The dynamic duo, the colorful villains, the gadgets, that theme tune — it’s all here! Filled with fascinating facts, statistics and quotes, this fun-filled 80 page paperback Bat-book is loaded with great photos. The ideal gift for all Bat-fans!

Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show ($15) by Joe Desris will be released on September 1, 2015.

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10 Facts You Might Not Know About Tim Burton’s Batman

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Before Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie, Batman was largely known for the campy Adam West/Burt Ward TV series. In fact, they wanted to make a Batman movie based on that show called Batman in Outer Space.

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Luckily, two movie producers bought the rights and wanted to make a darker version of Batman’s story. In the mid-80s, after the success of Ghostbusters, director Ivan Reitman was attached to direct and he wanted to cast Bill Murray as Batman and Eddie Murphy as Robin. These are just some of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which heads to Gotham with the original Batman!

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While the Bill Murray/Eddie Murphy movie never got made, Warner Bros. eventually hired Tim Burton, who wanted Michael Keaton to star. Keaton was primarily known for his comedic roles and his casting caused a major controversy. If you think that modern comic book fans are the only ones to complain about casting, back in 1988 angry comic fans sent over 50,000 handwritten letters to the Warner Bros. offices complaining about Keaton as Batman.

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80 Facts About The 80’s

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This week, John Green from Mental Floss takes a fond look back at the ‘80s.

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High-Profile Movies That Changed Their Title

Entertainment Weekly has rounded up 23 of the most memorable movie title changes to decide if the films were named correctly, or if they had it right the first time. You can check out the list HERE.

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Original name: Revenge of the Jedi

Final name: Return of the Jedi

For better or worse? Debatable. I’m sure Star Wars diehards will have an opinion on this, but from a purely title-based standpoint, both evoke the same feelings. Revenge makes things sounds a little harsher, which could be good or bad. This one’s a toss up.

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33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

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The talented Gregory Brothers are featured on Mental Floss to discuss 33 fascinating songwriting stories.

 

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20 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Stephen King

How much do you know about the prolific author behind Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Misery, It, Pet Sematary and much, much more? Click HERE to read 20 things you probably didn’t know about Stephen King courtesy of ShortList.com.

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10 Famous Movie Misquotes

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In this video, All Time 10s shares ten famous movie quotes that you may have been saying wrong.

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In Honor of Friday The 13th We Present The History Behind 13 Popular Superstitions

It’s Friday the 13th and for your reading pleasure, here is a little background on the origins of 13 of the best known superstitions worldwide.
1. Horseshoe

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Due to horseshoes having seven holes in them — a number that is considered lucky and divine — many people associate them with good fortune. According to the Arizona Republic, the iron in horseshoes was also considered to possess magical abilities — allowing the horseshoes to detour evil spirits that attempt to haunt your dreams.

2. Friday the 13th

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The superstition of Friday the 13th has been around since the 19th century. One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.

3. Bird Droppings

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In many countries a bird pooping on you or your property is a sign of good luck and possible future riches.

4. Something Old, Something New. Something Borrowed and Something Blue 

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This well-known wedding tradition is believed to have been created during the Victorian Era.

The older gift is said to represent continuity and the new item is a symbol of hope and the couple’s future. The borrowed item is for happiness and the blue item is said to bring love, purity and fidelity to the newlyweds’ relationship.

5. Black Cat

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Songs, poems, movies and numerous last-minute Halloween costumes have been devoted to this timeless superstition. It is believed that if a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck.

This idea was first introduced in the middle ages when it was thought that single women — usually of older ages — who were in close quarters with cats were believed to actually be witches who could transform themselves into the felines. This then led to the idea that a black cat walking in your path could possibly be a witch in disguise.

6. Crossing Your Fingers

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Crossing your fingers is a gesture most people learn early on as a sign of good luck and sending positive vibes toward something in the future. This sign was used during Christian persecution in ancient times so that believers could identify other believers.

On the less wholesome side, the gesture has also been adopted to identify and excuse the act of telling a “white lie.”

7. The Number 13

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The number 13 has been associated with bad luck for ages, leading many to take some pretty dramatic precautions to avoid the number. From architects designing buildings without 13th floors to people adding items to register totals that end in 13 cents, the number continues to strike worry and fear into superstitious individuals around the world.

8. Wishing On A Star

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The origins of the superstition of wishing on the first start that you see in the evening or night sky remains cloudy. But some believe it may be a hybrid of similar ancient superstitions such as the Greeks’ belief that stars were the falling souls of humans and it was good luck to wish on them.

9. Breaking A Mirror

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Break a mirror and you are stuck with seven years of bad luck, says this well known superstition. Though there aren’t any solid leads to the history behind this myth, some attribute the superstition to the idea that mirrors are thought to be soul sucking devices. And that when you break a mirror, the trapped souls negatively alter your luck.

10. Four Leaf Clover

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Another superstition that’s origins have been lost over time, this belief can be found throughout numerous cultures. The variations of activating the good luck power of the clover ranges from simply wearing it around your neck to actually having to devour it.

11. Ringing Bells

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Bells have grown to be important parts of weddings and other important events. This is due to the belief that the sound of the ringing bells scares away evil spirits. This idea first originated during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as a means to ask for prayers for the souls of those who have died and scare away evil spirits that took up dwelled at the foot of the bed.

12. A Rabbit’s Foot

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Good fortune is believed to be locked in the small package that is a rabbit’s foot. This superstition dates back to the seventh century BC and requires that the left foot of the rabbit be taken in order to harness the creatures magical powers.

13. Knocking On Wood

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It’s a natural reaction for many to say “knock on wood” after making a statement they hope will come to fruition. This superstition is thought to come from an ancient belief that good, positive spirits live in trees. So, by knocking on a tree or object made of wood, it was believed you were directly calling on those spirits for protection.

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10 Comic Book Characters That Didn’t Debut in Comic Books

Newsarama presents to you 10 comic book characters that didn’t debut in comic books. Check out the list HERE.

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Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel worked at Arkham Asylum as a psychiatrist, treating Batman’s rogue’s gallery of insane villains. While treating the Joker, she fell madly in love with the psychotic clown, and adopted the personality of Harley Quinn, a harlequin jester, becoming his sidekick, his lover, and a breakout star on Batman: The Animated Series. The character was introduced on September 11, 1992, in Batman: The Animated Series and later adapted into DC Comics’ Batman comic books, first appearing in The Batman Adventures #12

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