Greetings all!  It’s Thursday and you know what that means.  Cold winter weather is slamming us here on the east coast today, but that won’t stop me from giving you The Word.  It’s been sort of a slow week, but there has been some really surprising news happening.

Movie Nerd

Jon Favreau Won’t Direct Iron Man 3
This has got to be the most surprising news this week in the nerd world.  Actor/director Jon Favreau confirmed the story that broke Tuesday that he will not be directing Iron Man 3.  After the announcement there was speculation for the reason, but nothing firm until Favreau late Tuesday.  In an interview with the LA Times, he explained his reasoning for leaving the Marvel franchise.  There are also rumors from Hollywood sources that a rift between Favreau and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. was the cause of the split.  You can read more about it at Hero Complex, Geek Tyrant and Comic Book Movie.

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson Announce Divorce
The Green Lantern and Iron Man 2 stars who wed in 2008 announced Tuesday that they have mutually decided to end their marriage.  The pair issued a joint statement saying that “We entered our relationship with love, and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”  As sad as it may be, it doesn’t appear that the break up will affect any upcoming projects for either actor.  So all the single girls and guys can once again resume hope.

Release Date for Wrath of the Titans Announced
The eagerly awaited sequel (hint of sarcasm) to Clash of the Titans has been set for release on March 30, 2012.  Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will be reprising their roles.  I wasn’t that impressed with Clash of the Titans so I am not all that excited to see the sequel.  Maybe as a continuation of the story this film will be better than the first.  It’s hard to imagine how it could get worse.

More Dark Knight Rises Rumors
However unlikely this may be I have to admit it sounds really cool.  An undisclosed “source” from Warner Bros. has supposedly spilled the beans about the plot of The Dark Knight Rises.  The script has been turned in and reveals that Dr. Hugo Strange, Talia al Ghul, Black Mask, Killer Croc and Scarecrow will all make appearances along with Harvey Bullock and Sarah Essen.  There are some descriptions of several plot points that are awesome, but I doubt there is much validity in this story.  You can read all about it at Comic Book Movie.  Since the original post, this rumor has been debunked at false.  Click here for more.

Tim Burton Superman Costume in Action
Remember that god awful Superman costume that would have been worn by Nicholas Cage in Tim Burton’s Superman movie?  If not, then catch the video below and count your blessings that it never made it to the big screen.  I am not sure what look they were going for but I have seen cosplay costumes that were much better looking.

The Future of Marvel Comics Movies
With the departure of Jon Favreau from the Iron Man franchise it is hard to determine now what the fate of future Marvel projects will be.  Before the news of Jon’s jumping ship broke, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios spoke with the LA Times about upcoming projects.  Check out the interview at Collider.

The Ark in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
If you paid attention to the trailer and you are a Transformers G1 fan, then you may have noticed something.  The crashed alien spaceship on the moon is more than likely the Autobot Ark.  In the original animated series, the Ark was the ship that brought Optimus Prime and the other Autobots to Earth.  Although it was never referred to as the Ark in the series, the comic book stories established it.  Read more about it at Seibertron.

Tech Nerd
Internet Connected HDTVs Vulnerable to Hackers
A study by a security marketing firm has determined hackers could use an internet connected HDTV to gain access to home networks.  There are few details as to what the vulnerabilities are or how to fix them.  The name of the firm who discovered the problem is also being kept secret.  What is known is that the hack is similar to PC hacks that involve Java scripts.  You can read more about it at The Register.

Email Protected by Fourth Amendment
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that email is protected by the Fourth Amendment.  That means that authorities are required to have a warrant before being able to access your email.  This should have been a no-brainer from the start, but it’s nice to know that not all of our rights are being trampled upon.  Read more about it at EFF

15 Tips to Improve iTunes
iTunes works pretty good as is.  With recent updates its better than it ever has been, but there is always room for improvement.  From the fine folks at Maximum PC, 15 tips to help make iTunes even better.  Click here.

Facebook Named Best Place to Work
According to a survey by, the world’s leading social networking site Facebook is number one on their list of the best places to work.  The survey shows that websites rated higher on the survey than offline companies when it came to employee satisfaction.  My dream company to work for Google was 29th on the list.  Read all about it at CNET.

Mark Zuckerberg Named Person of the Year
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was named this year’s Person of the Year by Time Magazine.  In spite of having been painted in a bad light by the movie Social Network and the bad press Facebook has been getting due to security and privacy concerns, Time Magazine chose Zuckerberg.  You can read more about it CNET.

Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2010
Lifehacker has compiled a list of their most popular downloads based on site traffic.  It doesn’t contain some of my personal favorites, but it is impressive nonetheless.  These are all free applications some more useful than others to help enhance your Windows experience.  Check out the full list here.

AT&T Customers to Jump to Verizon
If the rumors are true and everything is pointing to them being true, then AT&T may be in trouble in the coming year.  It is being predicted that AT&T stands to lose a significant number of iPhone customers to Verizon.  With Verizon rumored to be getting the iPhone sometime early next year, this spells trouble for AT&T who was recently rated dead last among mobile providers.  I for one will be one of those early adopters.  Read more at it at CNET.

TV Nerd

David E. Kelly Wonder Woman Series May Not Happen
In what seemed like a done deal now has the shadow of doubt cast upon it.  Kelly said in an interview with Comic Book Movie that there is no deal in place but he intends to “take a stab at it.”  He went on to say that he’s not committed to the project yet and unless he can find a way to make it work, he won’t “delude Warner Bros. or anybody else that I should be doing it.”  Read more at Geek Tyrant.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3
Season 3 of The Clone Wars appears to be heating up.  The series takes place between the events in Episodes 2 & 3 of the Star Wars movies.  The Republic is at war with Count Dooku and the Separatists.  Jedi Anakan Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi lead the clone armies against the droid forces of General Grievous.  In season 3 starting in January 2011, things take an unexpected turn.  Catch the video preview below.

Gaming Nerd

Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Network
The two online gaming platforms were pitted head to head to see which was the reigning champ.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  Users of either will try to convince you why theirs is better than the other.  If you’re trying to decide which is the best for you, then this guide can help you choose.  Read all about it at Reg Hardware.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets Major PC Patch
Treyarch’s latest patch for Black Ops is now live for PC.  Earlier this week Xbox 360 and PlayStation consoles received patches that fixed a number of reported issues.  Unfortunately for PlayStation owners, the patch caused additional problems.  The full list of fixes for the 1.04 patch can be found at GameKit.

Han Solo and Chewbacca Killed
Yeah you read that right.  The two beloved characters meet their demise in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.  The video below shows the rather gruesome and disturbing snuffing of Han and Chewie when the Battle of Endor takes an unexpected turn for the worse.  Check it out via YouTube.

First Sex Game for Kinect
You knew this was coming.  As soon as some revolutionary new technology is released, someone finds a way to adapt it for sex.  This is rather disturbing and NSFW video, the new game being developed is demonstrated.  When you can sit in your living room and have sex with any woman in the world, it’s going to make crack look like Red Bull in comparison.  Again I will warn you the video is NSFW.  Click here for more.

Gadget Nerd
TRON Inspired Gaming Headset
TRON is everywhere these days and you can expect it to be around for just a little while longer depending how well the movie does this weekend.  To go along with your TRON 360, PlayStation and Wii controllers and your TRON mouse and keyboard, you now can get TRON headphones to complete your set.  These aren’t as impressive looking as some of the other products released but they look just cool enough to complete your TRON ensemble.  Get a close look at Engadget.

Reigo Smart Toilet
As you get older you learn to appreciate the notion of a well functioning and self-cleaning toilet.  Now I have to say that I have seen it all, but I will admit that I sort of want one of these.  This is the ultimate water closet accessory.  It comes fully equipped with a cushioned heated seat, automatic opening and closing lid, automatic air sanitizer, lighted interior and exterior, it’s self flushing, has SD card support so you can listen to music while you take care of business and it will even clean your DMZ with warm water when you’re done.  Who could ask for more in a toilet?  Read more about it and place an order for your own at INAX.

Pic of the Week

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