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The Drill Down 478: Playing by Facebook’s Rules
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The Drill Down Facebook rule

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, hope for WannaCry victims, FCC starts to scrap Net Neutrality, bad news for patent trolls, Facebook’s rulebook, Google‘s AI beats human gameplayers on their own turf, plus much, much more.

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Book Spotlight: He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Val Staples, Josh de Lioncourt, James Eatock, Danielle Gelehrter
Dark Horse Books
Release Date: May 10, 2017

Whatever you think you know about He-man, She-Ra, and the rest is nothing in comparison to the knowledge this book holds. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium is not just another hardcover nostalgic release. No, friends, it is a comprehensive encyclopedia of literally everything from Eternia and even quite a bit more!

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Interview: Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment of the popular franchise. While the first three told a harrowing trilogy that brought back the swashbuckling fun of pirate films, the fourth was a minor sidestep in a different direction. But Dead Men Tell No Tales is a return to form for the franchise. Johnny Depp is back, reprising the role everybody is a fan of, and he is joined by some familiar faces like Geoffrey Rush who is back to play Captain Hector Barbossa. Newcomers Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario will join Depp as they attempt to find the legendary Poseidon’s Trident while trying out outrun the evil Salazar (Javier Bardem) a vengeful Spanish sea captain bent on getting revenge on Sparrow for cursing him in his decayed form.

We had a chance to attend the film’s press day where we got to join our fellow journalists and talk to Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the directors of the film. During our interview, the two talked about what it was like to join a blockbuster franchise, keeping things grounded, a possible director’s cut, and more. Check it all out below.

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Interview: Javier Bardem
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Javier Bardem has played some iconic characters throughout his career, but he is best known for his work as the villain. He takes on that role once more in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, playing the vengeful Salazar, an undead Spanish sea captain who escapes his ghostly prison in the Devil’s Triangle and kills every pirate he comes across on the seven seas to hunt down and kill Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

We were recently invited to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to Bardem about his role in the film and approach to the character. He also revealed his history working with Depp, and how he and his wife share something in common. Check out the full interview below.

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Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites Talk ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starring Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment of the franchise. In the film, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself the target of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), an undead pirate who seeks revenge on Jack who had cursed him during one of his pirate hunting expeditions. So in order to avoid being killed, Sparrow joins forces with Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) – the son of Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Turner (Keira Knightley) – and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a horologist accused of witchcraft to find the legendary Poseidon’s Trident before Salazar does.

We were fortunate enough to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to the cast and crew of the about the film. First up in these round of interviews are the newcomers to the franchise: Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. The two talked about their experience watching the first film as kids, what it was like to be in a scene with both Johnny Depp and Jack Sparrow, strong female characters, and what they love about the ride that inspired the films. Check it out below.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 105: Extremis
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On the latest episode of Doctor Who, “Extremis“: after returning from space, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) must face a new challenge, one he has never encountered before. But before coping with his new circumstances, he is sought after by the Pope, who needs him to translate a mysterious text called Veritas. Recruiting Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) on the mission, the trio quickly find out that not everything is what it seems to be…

During TARDISblend 105, we enter the midpoint of the season and begin discussing the secret of the Vault and the return of a familiar villain. We also examine the writing style of this episode, both the highs and the lows.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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104: Git Gone – The Dominant Paradigm: An American Gods Podcast
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The Dominant Paradigm is a weekly podcast where Geeks of Doom Podcast hosts Dwayne D, Andrew Sorcini, and Tosin Onafowokan discuss STARZ’s TV series American Gods, the works that inspired it, and the larger questions about the lenses in which we see our world, AKA, the paradigms.

In this episode of The Dominant Paradigm, Dwayne, Andrew and Tosin delve into American Gods, episode 4, “Git Gone.” Beyond the recap, the three discuss the salient imagery of cats, the power of luck, and the reason Laura wants Robbie to sing to her while giving him road head. We also talk about the way the show has radically departed from the from the 2001 novel, and why that’s for the better.

Finally, you’ll find Ephemera – links to content that is either related to American Gods or that gives insight to the show.

Podcast (play or download podcast here)

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The Drill Down 477: Google I/O 2017
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This week, a global ransomware hack will make you WannaCry, Google’s I/O Conference, babies made from skin cells, Apple builds a new spaceship, and a pizza box, plus much, much more.

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Disney In Depth: A Retrospective and Farewell
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Five years ago, I embarked on an exciting chapter in my life. I started to write for Geeks of Doom with a column based on my greatest diversion: Disney. Now, reaching this momentous milestone, I reflect on my experiences in writing about the House of Mouse, share some thoughts about the value of The Walt Disney Company in our lives, and say good-bye for now to the column that has continually enriched my life. Please indulge me as I offer a retrospective that also gives context to the meaning of Disney to me, and likely fellow Disney aficionados.

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Comic Spotlight: Misfit City #1
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Misfit City #1
Written by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Art by Naomi Franquiz
Colors by Brittany Peer
Letters by Jim Campbell
Covers by Naomi Franquiz and Brittany Peer, Ester Zejn, Paulina Ganucheau, John Allison
Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Cannon Cove, Oregon has nothing going for it except that once upon a time, long ago, a movie that was destined to become a kids’ cult classic was filmed there. You might have heard of it: The Gloomies*. You know that Gloomies never say die, right? Too bad the town never lived by that motto.

In Misfit City #1 we watch as local kids find a real adventure in their little hometown.

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