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Hail to the Fake Chiefs

On Monday we had the pleasure of witnessing one of the many things that makes our country unique and stresses to the world the greatness of democracy. The Presidential Inauguration represents a bloodless transition of power that truly makes me proud of my country, despite my feelings toward our current administration.  Audiences are flocking to see Daniel  “and the Oscar goes to” Day- Lewis in Lincoln. Bill Murray is portraying FDR in the upcoming Hyde Park on Hudson. Yes- our media in every format is buzzing about presidents both real and fictional.

With all of this in mind (and because I am on vacation this week), I present my favorite actors portraying fictional presidents:

 

John Travolta Primary Colors:image property of Universal Studios

Sure the character’s name is Stanton and not Clinton, but this one is almost too close to reality for comfort. Travolta’s southern good ole’ boy with a weakness for fried foods and the ladies screams Bill Clinton in every possible way. Primary Colors is probably as close to a portrayal of our 42nd president we will ever see. Travolta gets all of those Clintonesque gestures and voice inflections just right, while highlighting the empathy and powerful public speaking ability of the man.

 

 

 

 

Harrison Ford Air Force One:image property of Columbia Pictures

So Jack Ryan got elected president, and hijackers led by Gary Oldman are trying to take over his plane while the first family is on board. This outrageous and fantastic plot reads more like Die Hard. The story centers on the idea that a president with “Military experience” has intimate enough knowledge on the inner workings of an airliner to foil a terrorist plot.

 

 

 

 

 

James Garner/Jack Lemon My Fellow Americans:image property of Warner Bros.

So Jack Lemon, a Republican, was president until James Garner, a Democrat,  ran against him. James Garner was president until he was beaten out by Dan Aykroyd. When both Lemon and Garner are framed for a murder, they are forced to go on the run together. This anti-buddy comedy sought to capitalize on the highly successful Grumpy Old Men. With their accounts frozen and the free world they used to serve hunting their famous faces, the two rivals must work together to clear their names, and stay alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Sellers Dr Strangelove:image property of columbia pictures

Sellers plays the doveish, rather-emasculated President Merkin Muffley. Of all the characters on this list Muffley is the one you would least want in office during a nuclear war. Maybe that was Kuberick’s point.  His bald head and effete manner suggest  liberal presidential aspirant Adlai Stevenson, though Stanley Kubrick’s satire is equally contemptuous of the hawkish faction represented by George C. Scott’s General Turgidson. Sellers plays his president with restraint. If you are expecting the overt and physical comedy of The Pink Panther you may be disappointed.

 

 

 

Bill Pullman Independence day:image property of 20th century fox

Aliens attack, not the undocumented kind, the flying saucer kind. Aliens kill first lady, and others. Young untested president pilots a fighter jet to destroy aliens and save the planet. Nothing more needs to be said.

There you have it a Mount Rushmore plus 1 of fictional commanders in Chief.

 

 

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The Week in Geek: Oct. 19, 2012

I’m taking time out of my busy birthday (that I’m sure you care about so much) to let you know what we’ll be talking about at my party.

Snow White and Death by Amy Mebberson

Uno is a great way to pass the time waiting on a prince. Illustrator Amy Mebberson has some brilliant work on her site and Tumblr. Everything from pinups to modernist posters to cute pincesses. Check her work out! Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

First and foremost, as if there were any other news this week, AGENT PHIL M*****F***** COULSON IS COMING BACK!

Speaking of people with M*****F***** as a middle name, Bill Murray crashed some dude’s kickball game because he’s Bill Murray. If you have to ask why, you’ve clearly never heard of a Bill Murray Story.

After many years of having games played with our hearts in ways that that Backstreet Boys could never have imagined, it looks like Ghostbusters 3 is moving forward….without Venkman. Here’s a history of this film’s risen from the grave yet again.

When he isn’t impersonating Honey Boo Boo Child, Christopher Walken is playing a pretty mean Boarderlands 2.

You know those TED Talks that we all think will change the world but secretly know won’t (and we’re actually only checking out because it looked like it was about dinosaurs or sex or dinosaur sex)? Well, The Onion has started their version creatively called “Onion Talks.”

Grover Batman by Amy Mebberson

Grover’s not just the monster at the end of the book, he’s also the night! Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

There’s a new plot summary for Iron Man 3 out and it’s as vague as you assumed it would be! Excise “Iron Man” from this paragraph and it literally could be about any movie ever.

As the Ponds swim off to new lakes and streams, Rob won’t be weeping for them.

Lots of people get paid lots of money to be on the teevee, but the Internet would respectfully disagree with who pulls in the big bucks. Here’s how they’d like to see it in their happy little world.

No, sir, I do want to put these monsters in my pocket! I don’t care if they’re called Pokemon! Those realistic illustrations are just too freaky! I said good day!

Liberal level 9000 that I am, you should be proud that I waited this far in the article to link to the Binders Full of Women Tumblr.

Capt Kirk-met by Amy Mebberson

Captain Kirk-met directs his ship to the Pig Planet for reasons unknown to his crew. Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

In news that ruins your hypothetical childhood, if you ever imagine what life would be like if you were nine last summer, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier  wouldn’t work. You can trust them because their website has the word “tech” in is and it is on YouTube.

J. Fortune has learned more from the space dive than just that it is really cool when someone jumps to the planet from space, a’la the most recent Star Trek.

The Avengers are back….as pugs. And it’s adorable. And it’s why the Internet exists. And the end, when Pug Thor can’t take off his helmet is hilarious.

Julie wants you to remember to takes the Zombie Survival Guide’s advice and organize before they rise.

The secret to getting Wolverine claws is to come up with a catchy viral K-Pop song. Who knew?

New York Comic Con was last week, and people were in costume, cosplaying as we in the geek industry would call it. Sorry to throw jargon at you. I don’t like to brag, but I’m preeety geeky. Aynwho, here and here are some badass cosplayers. Gabrielle agrees that costumes are for more than Halloween!

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