FANDOM FIVE: Top Geek News of the Week

A roundup of what’s making fanboys and girls sweat. This week: “Tintin”, “Transformers”, and more
We now present the Fandom Five, tracking the most important new developments in the world of comic book films/TV and other fanboy-oriented media. Are people Ka-wowed or Persnickety-Snick’d?

1) Tintin is like soccer

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson unveiled the first moving pictures from their CG adaptation of the globe-trotting hero Tintin based on the comics by famed Belgian artist Hergé. The trailer immediately set off a polarizing debate between fans who bickered over whether the motion capture used was giving off a Robert Zemeckis creepy-dead-eyes effect, or whether it was faithfully rendered. Also in debate was whether American audiences would embrace Tintin, who is much like soccer: popular the world over except in the good ole USA.

2) More than meets the eyes in your face

There was no debating the Transformers: Dark of the Moon footage shown by Paramount at a special conversation between Michael Bay and James Cameron co-hosted by The Hollywood Reporter. Fifteen to 20 minutes of the film was shown and the simple verdict: it rocked. And the 3D only enhances everything on screen. Could this be the biggest movie of the summer?

3) Return of the Star Tours

Disney last year closed down Star Tours, the Star Wars-based ride that’s been running space missions since the late 1980s. Friday, at Florida’s Disney World, it unveiled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, the updated ride outfitted with the latest amusement technology and lets rides experience up to 50 different missions. California’s Disneyland gets their new Star Tours June 3. Is the Force still strong with this ride?

Here’s a cheesy trailer:


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