Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v. 4


It’s been a roller coaster week for geeks, from disappointments over perplexing comic-to-movie adaptations to box office successes to big time Internet privacy fails. Let’s jump right into this week’s wins and fails in everything geek.

FAIL: Nick Cave’s The Crow
An unnamed actor in the cast of the forthcoming Crow movie, set to star Mark Wahlberg, rejected musician and quirky, dark film maker Nick Cave’s script. So it’s back to the drawing board for the movie, and both Cave and Crow fans are left scratching their heads. A Cave Crow could’ve had tremendous potential with Cave directing and screenwriting. Such a pity.

WIN: Red
This snazzy action film staring Bruce Willis and a host of other notables like Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, has done a respectable business at the box office. But most interestingly, it’s far surpassed the quality of the graphic novel on which its based. Red the comic is somewhat disappointing – short, one-sided, and pretty predictable. Red the film brings in a richer cast of characters and keeps the pace going strong the whole movie through. A rare occurrence when a movie’s actually better than its original source material.

FAIL: Zynga. Period.
FarmVille creators Zynga have been slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that Zynga illegally shared Facebook user data with advertisers and, of course, data brokers. Zynga’s reaction? “We believe that the complaint is without merit, and we intend to defend against it vigorously.” Yawn. [Via USA Today]

FAIL: UK Privacy Rights
If you’re in, or will be visiting, the United Kingdom, prepare to turn the paranoia dial up to 11. New plans to introduce legislation that will allow police to log every phone call, text message, e-mail, and web site visit made by the UK public. The content of the communications won’t be stored, but the data about the calls, texts, e-mails, and visits will be – for at least a year.

WIN: Retro Sega
Sega announced plans to bring back Dreamcast games on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Up first: Space Channel 5 and Sega Bass Fishing. While this definitely earns Sega points for serving up a dose of nostalgia, I say wake me when they’ve done the same with Genesis games.

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